Encounter underway between rebels and security forces in Kishtwar, 2 LeT rebels feared trapped

Two Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants are believed to be trapped in a cordon laid by troops in the forest area of Kishwan in mountainous district. Sources told Kashmir Post that forces launched cordon and search operation (CASO) in dense forests of Kishwan after receiving credible information about presence of two LeT militants. They said as troops were conducting searches in the dense forest area, they came under fire from militants hiding there. “The fire was returned by troops and both sides exchanged gunfire for some time,” sources said. They said as…

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Worrying trend across Kashmir Valley as more locals joining rebel ranks

Mohammad Salman Khan and Shabir Ahmad Dar deserted the Jammu and Kashmir police’s counter-insurgency wing to cross over to the other side on June 5. The special police officers (SPOs) left Pulwama’s district police lines with their automatic weapons and joined Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad four months after it carried out one of the deadliest attacks in Kashmir on February 14 that left 40 paramilitary troopers dead. Within hours of their desertion, security forces raided a house where security forces were tipped off about the duo’s presence at Panjran Lassipora,…

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BJP told to clear stand on Articles 35A, 370: PIL

Dilly-dallying on the abrogation of Articles 35A and 370 amounts to “murdering people’s mandate and negating Preamble of the Indian Constitution”. “The abrogation of these Articles, constitution of a Delimitation Commission to give the Jammu province due representation in the Assembly and implementation of the March 12, 2018, Supreme Court order passed in the PIL titled Ankur Sharma vs Union of India and Ors regarding the identification/notification of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians as minorities in J&K have become imperative,” said Ankur Sharma, chairman, Ikkjutt Jammu, adding that the…

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Army commanders whose bases breached in terror attacks may be told to put in their papers and retire

Commanders who were in charge of the Uri brigade, the Sunjuwan military camp and the Nagrota army base in Jammu and Kashmir when their establishments were stormed by terrorists in past years may have “to go home”, the government has decided, seeking to take action against the senior leadership for security lapses that may have aided the attacks. The government has communicated its recommendation to the Indian Army, a senior official in the security establishment said, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media. Essentially, the…

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As PDP is moving towards a makeover, Muzaffar Baig would be getting a bigger role

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is mulling considerable changes in its party constitution to transfer many of the powers of the all-powerful president Mehbooba Mufti to its patron Muzaffar Hussain Baig in a bid to revive its fortunes ahead of the Assembly elections. In its dismal performance in the parliamentary elections, the PDP lost all three seats in the Kashmir valley, and among the losers was the party president Mehbooba Mufti. That was a big blow to the party as it was aware of the anger of people against its…

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Rasikh Salam banned for two years by BCCI for age fudging

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday (June 19) withdrew Rasikh Salam from the India Under-19 squad after banning him for two years for age fudging and named Prabhat Maurya as his replacement for an ODI tri-series, to be held in England from July 21. “Mr. Rasikh Salam has been banned by the BCCI for two years following a discrepancy – submission of faulty birth certificate to BCCI,” stated BCCI in the press release. The paceman from Jammu and Kashmir, who submitted a faulty birth certificate to…

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Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to fresh floods: Reports

A disaster management report has revealed that the state has witnessed abrupt changes in the climate over the years and 13 districts here are among 100 districts in India which have been declared as multi-hazard districts.” “Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to…

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Heat wave claims 70 lives across three districts in Bihar

The 45°C heat wave sweeping across Bihar claimed at least 70 lives in the past 24 hours in three districts of the Magadh division, which includes Gaya, Aurangabad, Nawada, Arwal, and Jehanabad. There were 30 deaths in Aurangabad, 20 in Gaya, and 10 in Nawada, according to the regional health director Dr Vijay Kumar. In addition, there were 10 heat stroke cases of people brought dead at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH), Gaya, but those were not recorded officially at the hospital, said Dr Neeraj Kumar,…

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BJP sets 35 seat target for J&K, foresees to form next govt on its own

The BJP has set a target of winning at least 35 seats on its own in the forthcoming Assembly poll so as to have its own Chief Minister in this only Muslim-majority state of the country. Notably, the saffron party had taken lead in 27 Assembly segments in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. During its state executive committee, held first time after the Lok Sabha elections, the party leadership was confident about improving its performance in the Assembly elections as compared to the Lok Sabha poll. “We have devised a…

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In a first, Amarnath pilgrims to be tagged for a safe trek

In a first, each of the 300,000-odd pilgrims expected to visit the Amarnath Shrine this year will be tracked from the base camp to the shrine and back, using a unique card, even as nearly 45,000 security personnel will be deployed to protect them, a senior home ministry official said on the condition of anonymity. The annual pilgrimage to the cave shrine begins on July 1. “Each pilgrim will be personally tracked through a unique card. The cards will be given to them when they set out from the base…

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