Villages along IB turn into ghost towns as cross border shelling killed 5, displaced 90000

A week of relentless Pakistan shelling has driven 1,00,000 people from their homes in Jammu and Kashmir, reducing their villages to ghost towns and leaving their homes pockmarked, bearing the telltale signs of hostilities from across the border. Soonam Kundal is busy gathering her belongings at her home in Keso village, a few kilometers from the border. The 19-year-old is alone at home. On Tuesday evening, her father was curing a newly built boundary wall when a mortar shell landed in the compound of their house, injuring him, her mother…

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Border Flare-Up: Firing intensifies, 24 BSF posts targeted, 20 Civilian injured

The fresh mortar shelling across the International Border (IB) injured 20 more civilians in Samba and Arnia sectors and RS Pura Tuesday evening. The heavy shelling triggered mass migration from Arnia and R S Pura. At least 24 villages in Arnia (inhabited by around 25, 000 people) and 25 villages in RS Pura have suffered badly due to mortar shelling. Sources said during the intervening night, two civilian were wounded in Arnia with mortar shells fired toward PindiChadkan village. The injured were identified as MadanLal, son of Saba Ram of…

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Lal Singh threatens to pull the govt down, if Rasna case not handed over to CBI

Dares Kashmiri politicians to hold rallies in Valley ‘Entire Jammu will be on roads if demands not met’ Challenging Kashmiri mainstream politicians to hold rallies in Kashmir like him, former Minister and BJP MLA, Chowdary Lal Singh on Sunday said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti should order Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in Rasana-rape-and-murder case otherwise the “Dogras won’t care if the government remains or falls”. He was addressing a “Dogra Swabiman” rally which was attended by hundreds of people who marched from Samba and Kathua districts and reached…

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On eve of PM Modi’s visit, 5 killed in Jammu border firing

A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir four civilians and a Border Security Force soldier were killed early Friday morning during cross border firing and shelling by Pakistan rangers on Indian border posts in Jammu. The deaths came on the third day of continuing cross border exchange in Hiranagar and Samba sectors that spread to many border outposts (BoPs) along the undisputed part of the boundary between India and Pakistan in the state. Arun Manhas, Additional District Development Commissioner said four civilians, including a…

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BSF jawan killed, 4 Civilians injured in Pak firing along RS Pura border

A constable of the Border Security Force (BSF) was killed and four civilians injured after Pakistan Rangers targeted Indian forward posts along the International Border (IB) in Jammu’s RS Pura sector on Thursday night. The constable, identified as 27-year-old Sita Ram Upadhyay of the 192 battalion, was hit by enemy fire at Jabowal around 1:30 am. He was shifted to GMC Jammu where he was declared brought dead at 3:20 am. Hailing from Paaliganj in Jharkhand’s Giridh district, Upadhyay is survived by a three-year-old son and one-year-old daughter. Four civilians were also injured the…

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Hindu Ekta Manch now raises jihad, demography bogey

The Hindu Ekta Manch (HEM), a rightwing Hindu organisation that sparked outrage for rallying in support of the accused in rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, has started a donation campaign to fund “litigation cost in the Supreme Court and to counter demographic invasion in Jammu”. In a message widely shared on social media, the HEM said since it has decided to move the Supreme Court to appeal for a CBI inquiry—because it doesn’t trust the Crime Branch whose investigation led to arrests—the organisation has “constituted a team of…

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Denied ministerial berth, BJP MLA Sukhnandan Choudhary gives veiled warning to party brass

Annoyed at being denied ministerial berth, sulking BJP legislator from Marh Sukhnandan Choudhary on Sunday gave a veiled warning to the party leadership by asking his supporters to “take a decision about his future”. “What I am today is all due to your support, so I will accept whatever decision you take about my future,” Choudhary told his supporters during a rally, which was organised by locals at Marh. “Although the BJP had given me a mandate in the Assembly elections, it was all due to your votes that I…

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PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Pakal Dul power project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of 1,000 MW Pakal Dul Hydroelectric Project being constructed by Chenab Valley Power Projects Ltd in Kishtwar district on May 19. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall lay the foundation stone of Pakal Dul project in a function at Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu, on May 19,” a statement issued by the company said. The project is being constructed on Marusudar river which is a tributary of the Chenab. The project, when completed, will generate 3,330 MU of energy and comprises…

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Suspected movement along IB, Red Alert in Hiranagar

A high alert was sounded in the Jammu region after movement of suspected militants was detected along the International Border (I-B) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, a senior police officer said today. The development comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on May 19. “We have sounded a high alert in the area since 12 am after the detection of suspected movement of a group of people near the I-B in Kathua district,” the officer told PTI. Security installations along highways in Kathua, Samba, Jammu…

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Strong winds plunges Jammu city into darkness for 16 hours

Strong winds damaged high-voltage power lines, resulting in 16-hour shutdown in most parts of the city on Saturday and Sunday. Almost half the city is facing power crisis due to the damage to 132 KV and 33 KV high-tension wires due to high-velocity winds. Meanwhile, the Power Development Department (PDD) is struggling to maintain the supply. According to senior PDD officials, infrastructure had been damaged at several places, especially in Jammu-Sidhra and Muthi-Barnai areas, which feeds power to Janipur grid station. Janipur, Subash Nagar, Paloura, Muthi, Barnai, Bantalab, parts of…

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