Grenade attack in Jammu, four injured

Four people, including three policemen and a civilian, have been injured after militants hurled a grenade at a police vehicle here in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. According to the police, militants lobbed the grenade at the police vehicle near Jammu bus stand around 11 p.m. on Thursday in which Station House Officer Rajesh Jasrotia, driver Arjun Kumar, Constable Shah Israr and a civilian, Jagdev Raj, were injured. All the injured were rushed to S.M.G.S. hospital. The area was cordoned off but the militants managed to escape, police said.

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Hotel fracas: Girl states she met Major of her ‘Own Will’

In the investigation into the fracas involving Major Leetul Gogoi at a hotel in Srinagar on Wednesday, the Jammu & Kashmir Police have recorded the statement of the girl who was detained with him. The Army officer had courted controversy last year when he had made a youth in Budgam a human shield to escape stone-throwers during parliamentary bypoll. In the statement recorded before a Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC, which is voluntary and admissible as evidence, the girl has said that she came to the hotel “of…

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Amid border flare-up, BJP mulls celebrating 4 year rule

While the 198-km-long International Border remains volatile with nearly 10 civilian deaths in Pakistan firing and injuries to more than 90 residents in the past one week, the BJP is busy preparing for the celebratory programmes to highlight the party’s four-year rule. The list of programmes to be held by the party on May 26 was released by BJP state president Ravinder Raina. He chaired a meeting of party workers and decided to celebrate the four years of the BJP government at all levels. A party worker confirmed that all…

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After Jammu, India, Pak trade fire along Uri sector in Kashmir

After several civilian killings along the International Border in Jammu region, the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri region of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Wednesday night. An official said that Pakistan army violated ceasefire around 9:55 pm by resorting to fire from automatic weapons and shelling in Kamalkote area. The shelling continued till 12:30 am, he said. The official said that several army posts were fired at by the Pakistani army. He said that Indian army retaliated to the fire. However,…

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Militants may shift focus to north Kashmir: J&K Police

Even as south Kashmir has become a hotbed of violent confrontation between security forces and local Kashmiri commanders, police and state intelligence are warning of a sharp rise in militant activity in north Kashmir with infiltrators from across the border attempting to gain a foothold in the region. According to experts, senior Jammu and Kashmir police officers and intelligence officers, several incidents in north Kashmir in the past few of months, coupled with fresh intelligence inputs, seem to suggest that the northern region of the Valley could be a major…

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Antibiotic resistance linked to global warming, rising population

The resistance to antibiotics among the human pathogens is spreading like a wild fire and will have serious consequences on the spread of infections and how our doctors treat them in the future. It is estimated that by 2050 around 10 million people will die worldwide, as a result of increased resistance to antibiotics. Till now the major reason given for this rising resistance in humans is overuse of antibiotics. But now scientists have come up with new findings which show that there are also other environmental factors which might…

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Top Officials, Politicians, Spymasters advocates for Kashmir talks

Senior government officials from across India who attended a security meet chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday suggested holding a dialogue with the separatists as well as Pakistan to ease tensions in the Kashmir Valley and along the border. Mr. Singh sought the views of top intelligence and State government officials and the Army at the two-day National Security Strategies Conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Delhi, and the majority of them were of the view that Hurriyat should be roped in for talks, a top…

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Suspension of operations by security forces likely to continue in Valley after Ramadan: Sources

Suspension of anti-terror operations by security forces in Jammu in Kashmir is likely to continue after Ramadan. The Ministry of Home Affairs had on May 16, 2018, asked security forces not to launch operations in J&K during the holy month of Ramadan. The ministry had said that the decision had been taken to help the “peace-loving Muslims observe Ramadan in a peaceful environment”. The Centre had also said that the security forces reserved “the right to retaliate if attacked or if essential to protect the lives of innocent people”. As…

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Thanks to Ramadan Ceasefire, Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma will finally get to do his job

Unexpected things are happening in Kashmir — the Centre announced a suspension of military operations popularly being referred to as the ‘Ramzan Ceasefire’; there are strong rumours of the Centre holding talks with the Hurriyat leadership and the central government appointed interlocutor to Kashmir – Dineshwar Sharma – visited Makhdoom Sahib, a popular Sufi shrine, to pray for peace in the Valley. Sharma’s visit to Kashmir, his first since suspension of military operations were announced, was meant to review the situation in the Valley and build upon goodwill earned through…

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Smartphone overindulgence blamed for weapons snatching in Valley

Blaming overindulgence in use of smartphones by police personnel for spike in weapon-snatching incidents in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir Police has banned use of such gadgets by its sentries during duty time. The order, issued by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Armed, AK Choudhary, on Wednesday, said the tendency not only lowered the image of the police, but also compromised with personal security of individuals. “It has been observed that recent weapon-snatching incidents have occurred due to the reason that sentries on duty remain engaged with their smartphones…

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