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16 trapped in landslide in J&K as authorities issue flood alert in state

At least 16 persons were believed trapped after a landslide buried several houses in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir on Monday even as the authorities issued a flood alert after incessant rains in the state since Saturday.

 
Water level in Jhelum rises in Kashmir, rescue efforts underway
At least 16 persons were believed trapped after a landslide buried several houses in the Chadoora area of Budgam district of Jammu & Kashmir today even as the authorities issued a flood alert after incessant rains in the state since Saturday.
 
The police and the army, along with the people of the area, have launched a major effort to rescue those feared trapped under the tons of mud in Laiden village of Chadoora area, official sources said.
 
The continuous rains of the past few days have raised fears of a repeat of the devastating floods that hit the state in September last year -- the worst in six decades.
 
But officials said the rain gods had relented a bit today and they were hopeful of an improvement in the situation.
 
However, the Jhelum was flowing close to the danger level in many areas and the authorities have alerted those living on its banks to be vigilant and be prepared to move to safer areas if necessary.
 
Schools have been closed for the next two days as a precautionary measure, they said.
 
In New Delhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs said it was in touch with the state government and closely monitoring the situation of increasing water levels in the Jhelum. No breach of embankment has been reported, it said.
 
'However, as a precautionary measure, to assist the state government authorities, two teams of NDRF have been deputed and another four teams kept stand-by. 
 
"The state government has been asked to indicate the assistance required by them," an official press release added.
 
Officials said they had learnt from last year's disaster and are taking several precautionary steps to prevent a repeat of that kind of tragedy. Boats, sandbags and other facilities are being made available in all the vulnerable areas.
 
In particular, a close watch is being kept on the embankments of the river, which had suffered breaches at many places last year and which were not plugged fully yet.
 
"There is no reason for panic, but we have asked the people to be alert," the officials said.
 
Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed went around some parts of Srinagar to take stock of the situation.
 
Meanwhile, with the meteorological department forecasting more rains over the next few days, the civil administration has reached out to the Arm for rescue and relief efforts in Srinagar and Pulwama districts.
 
The Army is keeping a close watch on the situation and 20 columns with rescue boats and other equipment have been kept on alert.
 
An official spokesperson said the Army was assisting the civil administration in flood control measures in Baramulla since yesterday and a relief operation is under progress in South Kashmir to rescue people trapped in collapsed houses. 
 
Army engineers are also undertaking strengthening of identified weak spots on the bunds of Jhelum river near Sonwar in Srinagar. 
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh discussed the situation in the state with Mr Sayeed and assured him of full Central assistance to tackle any eventuality.
 
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A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) was held here today under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Ajit Seth to take stock of the situation and to review the arrangements made or required to be made to deal with it.
 
The meeting was attended by the Secretaries and other senior officers of the relevant departments of the Government of India. The Chief Secretary of Jammu & Kashmir and other officers of the State Government participated through video conferencing. 
 
The Chief Secretary gave an account of the ground situation indicating that the Jhelum is flowing above the danger mark at certain places and as a result, flood alert has been issued by the State Government.
 
He said the State Government was geared up to deal with the situation and all steps had been taken to safeguard life and property from the flood waters. They have adequate sand bags and river bank reinforcement material. As a precautionary measure adequate quantities of rice, potable water and medical supplies are being stocked at various locations. There is no shortage of various types of fuel as there is a minimum stock level of all varieties of fuel for 10 days. 
 
The National Highway 1-A between Jammu and Srinagar, which is blocked due to landslides, is likely to be cleared for vehicular traffic later today.
 
Mr Seth reviewed the preparatory arrangements made to handle the flood situation and issued necessary directions to all departments of the Government of India to provide all possible assistance to tide over the crisis. 
 
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Centre not consulted, informed: Modi tells Lok Sabha on Masarat Alam's release

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the Lok Sabha on Monday that the Centre was not consulted or informed by the Jammu & Kashmir government on its decision to release separatist Masarat Alam and made it clear that he shared the anger of the house on the issue.

 
Modi says Centre not consulted on Masarat Alam release
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told the Lok Sabha that the Centre was not consulted or informed by the Jammu & Kashmir government on its decision to release separatist Masarat Alam and made it clear that he shared the anger of the house on the issue.
 
"There is outrage in the house and outside and I would like to add my voice to that," he said after the Congress and other Opposition parties raised the issue, demanding a statement from the Prime Minister clarifying the Government's position on Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed's decision.
 
Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a partner of Mr Sayeed's People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the J&K government.
 
"This country, on the issue of separatism, terrorism, does not think in partisan terms and will not do even now," he said, noting that the house had expressed its outrage in one voice today.
 
"I wish to assure the house, the people of the country that whatever steps, decisions have been taken in Jammu & Kashmir, were not taken in consultation with Government of India  and they were done without informing the Government of India," he said.
 
He urged members not to politicise the issue, though he acknowledged that they had the right to criticise the BJP as a partner in the J&K government.
 
"But let us not speak in different voices on issues related to national security, let us not give that message to the world or to Jammu and Kashmir or to the rest of the country.
 
"That is why I would like to assure the house and the entire country that this government will not accept any such steps. We do not approve of any compromise with the unity and integrity of the country," he said.
 
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"Decisions can be taken only within the limits of the Constitution, now and in the future also," he said.
 
Mr Modi said it was wrong to suggest that he was staying silent on the issue because he had spoken about such issues only a few days ago in the house.
 
"We are those people, who for these principles, had sacrificed the life of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. Therefore, kindly do not give us lessons in patriotism," he told the Opposition.
 
Mr Modi said the Centre had sought some clarifications from the state government on the decision and would provide more information to the house as and when they are received.
 
"This is not the anger of any one party, but of the entire country...not of those benches or these benches, it is of the entire house," he said.
 
"And in one voice, we want to convey to separatist forces, their supporters and those who misuse the law, our outrage. This house is committed to the unity and integrity of the country and the government will take all the steps needed in this regard," he added.
 
The Congress was not fully satisfied with Mr Modi's statement, suggesting that, if he felt so strongly about it, the BJP should withdraw its support to the PDP.
 
Earlier, Mr Rajnath Singh said the Home Ministry had sought a report from the J&K government on the release of Alam and some clarifications.
 
He said that, after receiving the clarifications, the Centre would take appropriate steps in the matter.
 
Alam, 44, had been arrested by the previous Omar Abdullah-led government in J&K in 2010 for his alleged role in fanning trouble during street protests, in which more than a hundred people had died. He was released on Saturday from the Baramullah jail, within days after Mr Sayeed assumed office.
 
The PDP has justified the release, saying it was part of its efforts for reconciliation and that the government could not engage with separatists and bring them into the mainstream when they were in prison.
 
Mr Sayeed had caused the BJP some embarrassment within hours of being sworn in on March 1 when, addressing mediapersons, he thanked "people from across the border", which was taken as a reference to Pakistan and militants -- for allowing the smooth conduct of the recent Assembly elections in the state.
 
The Congress and other parties had raised a similar ruckus on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, too.
 
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IMD forecasts widespread rainfall, snowfall over J&K, Himachal during next 24 hours

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that fairly widespread rainfall or snowfall was very likely over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh during the next 24 hours under the influence of a fresh Western disturbance as an upper air cyclonic circulation over Pakistan and neighbourhood.
 
A press release from the IMD said that, under the influence of the above system, scattered rainfall was also very likely over Uttarakhand during the next 24 hours.
 
The release said the minimum temperatures were likely to fall by 3-5 C during the next four days, thereby resulting in cold wave conditions over Jammu division, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat from December 16 to 18.
 
It said dense to very dense fog was very likely at many places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan on December 14 and at a few places over the same region on December 15, especially during morning hours.
 
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Mughal Road closed after Pir Panjal range receives fresh snowfall

 
Mughal Road closed after Pir Panjal receives fresh snowfall

The historic Mughal Road, which connects Poonch district to Shopian district in Kashmir, was blocked after the Pir Panjal Range received fresh snowfall on Monday.

The roads are blocked and authorities are working to clear the snow off the roads.

Locals have been advised to stay indoors and contact police before continuing their journey on the road. 

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Minor earthquake shakes Jammu & Kashmir

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, shook Jammu & Kashmir today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 33.3°N and longitude  76.8°E, occurred at 1613 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin  added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts J&K-Xinjiang border region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Jammu & Kashmir-Xinjiang border region, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 35.5°N and longitude 77.6°E, occurred at 0459 hours at a focal depth of 35 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Hydel plant in Biaras Drass is first project commissioned under PM's Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative

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The Biaras Small Hydro Power Project (SHP) of 1.5 MW capacity, in Biaras Drass, Kargil Jammu & Kashmir, commissioned on November 4, has become the first project to be commissioned under the Prime Minister's Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative (LREI).
 
The total cost of the project, fully funded by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, is Rs. 17 crores, an official press release said.
 
The plant will power Drass town in Kargil, which is one of the coldest places in India. Power from Biaras SHP would be sufficient to meet normal power requirement of about 1000 families, which would make them comfortable in the extreme winter season. 
 
The project has been developed by Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) under Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, the release added.
 
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NIA seizes demonetized currency worth Rs. 36.34 crore, arrests nine persons in J&K terror funding case

 
J&K terror funding: NIA seizes demonetised notes worth Rs. 36 crore
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today said it had seized demonetized currency worth Rs. 36,34,78,500 and arrested nine persons in connection with a terror funding case in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The agency is investigating the case relating to the financing of terrorist and separatist activities in the Kashmir valley.
 
A press release from NIA said that, during the investigation, it had  emerged that persons and entities linked to separatists and terrorists were still in possession of a significant amount of demonetised currency which they could not deposit in banks or convert during the period earmarked by the Government.
 
The Government had, on November 8 last year, demonetised Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 bank notes as part of its fight against black money, terror funding and counterfeit notes.
 
"Surveillance was mounted on such persons/entities. This led to unearthing of a conspiracy wherein a gang of such persons/ entities were making an attempt to convert this demonetised money into valid currency," the release said.
 
According to the release, an  NIA team intercepted the gang members at Jai Singh Road near Connaught Place in New Delhi yesterday. It said they were carrying 28 cartons filled with demonetised currency notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in four luxury vehicles. 
 
The NIA said a total of seven persons were initially apprehended and brought to its headquarters for further questioning. The demonetised currency notes were duly seized and brought to the headquarters. Three other associates of this gang were apprehended later in the evening yesterday and were brought for questioning to the NIA headquarters.
 
"After initial questioning the said nine persons have been arrested today in the J&K Terror Funding case and they will be produced in the Special NIA Court tomorrow," it said.
 
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Three terrorists, including JeM chief's nephew killed in Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir Inspector General of Police Munir Khan displaying, at a press conference, the M4 carbine colt rifle found after three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama on the night of November 6, 2017
Jammu & Kashmir Inspector General of Police Munir Khan displaying, at a press conference, the M4 carbine colt rifle found after three terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama on the night of November 6, 2017
Three terrorists, including Talhal Rashid, the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir last night, in which an Army soldier also lost his life, official sources said.
 
J&K Police sources said that, following credible leads, the police, along with personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), had conducted an operation in Aglar Kandi area in the jurisdiction of Rajpura police station.
 
They said the three JeM terrorists killed in the operation included two foreign terrorists and one local terrorist, including the outfit's divisional commander for South Kashmir, Mehmood. The local terrorist was identified as Waseem Ganale of Pulwama, who joined militancy only in August this year.
 
"It is also learnt that Talhal Rashid, the nephew of JeM Chief Maulana Masud Azhar, was one among the three dead terrorists," they said.
 
The sources said that, while the  cordon was being laid, the terrorists opened fire in which one army jawan, identified as Ct Shamsunder of 44 RR and a civilian identified as Tariq Ahmad Dar, resident of Aglar Kandi got injured. The army jawan succumbed to his injuries while the injured civilian was taken to hospital where his condition is stated to be stable.
 
 
Pulwama encounter: 3 terrorists killed, one Army man dies
"From the encounter site three weapons which include one AK 47 Draco rifle, one M4 carbine colt rifle and one pistol besides ammunition were recovered. It is pertinent to mention that this M4 carbine colt rifle was in the social media in the recent time. Further, it is the same group that was wanted for the attack on the police naka a couple of days before at P/S Rajpora, where police official Sg Ct Abdul Salam has attained martyrdom. Investigation of the case is in progress," they said.
 
Inspector General of Police Munir Khan displayed the M4 carbine colt rifle to journalists at a press conference.
 
Major General BS Raju of Rashtriya Rifles said this was the first time that a US-made weapon was recovered in Kashmir.
 
Mr. Khan said the police would conduct a full investigation to ascertian how such a weapon reached the  hands of terrorists.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Jammu & Kashmir

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook Jammu & Kashmir this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 33.2°N and longitude 74.6°E, occurred at 1940 hours at a focal depth of 55 km, an IMD bulletin  added.
 
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Army eliminates two terrorists, foils major infiltration bid in Uri sector

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The Indian Army today said it had foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in Baramulla district and eliminated two terrorists last night.
 
The terrorists were attempting to infiltrate by exploiting difficult terrain conditions along the LoC when  they intercepted by alert Army troops on duty close to the LoC.
 
"The terrorists thereafter resorted to indiscriminate firing and in the ensuing gun battle two terrorists were killed," a press release from the Army said.
 
"Deliberate search operation was launched, in areas close to the Line of Control, during which the bodies of slain terrorists were recovered by the troops. Army also recovered few weapons and warlike stores. This is the fourth infiltration attempt foiled in Uri sector in last five months," the release added.
 
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Powergrid completes project extending grid connectivity to Leh-Ladakh region of J&K

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The public sector Power Grid Corporation of India Limited today said it had successfully completed and charged the 220 kV S/c  Leh - Khalsti Line section of 220 KV S/c Alusteng (Srinagar) - Leh Transmission line, along with 220/66 kV GIS sub-stations at Leh and Khalsti on October 31.
 
This is the first time in the country that any 220kV voltage level substation is built at such a high altitude of over 11500 feet, a press release from the company.
 
The release said this is a prestigious project of the Government of India for extending grid connectivity to the difficult geographical areas of Leh-Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The foundation of this strategically important project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 12, 2014. The implementation of the Srinagar-Leh Transmission System has as been entrusted to Powergrid.
 
"Commissioning of these elements will facilitate delivery of power from the Nimmo Bazgo (3x15MW) Hydro-electric power stations in Leh/Ladhakh Region, with reliability," the release said.
 
The remaining sections of the project -- Khalsti-Kargil-Drass-Alusteng(Srinagar) section -- is under progress, which upon completion, will facilitate transfer of power to Ladakh region, directly from Northern Grid, in all seasons, with reliability, the release added.
 
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Modi condemns Chidambaram's remarks on Kashmir, says they are insult to soldiers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sundaymounted a scathing attack on the Congress, condemning its leader P. Chidambaram's comments on Jammu and Kashmir and saying that they amounted to an insult to the brave soldiers who had laid down their lives to protect the unity and integrity of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a welcome gathering at the Bengaluru airport on October 29, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a welcome gathering at the Bengaluru airport on October 29, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today mounted a scathing attack on the Congress, condemning its leader P. Chidambaram's comments on Jammu and Kashmir and saying that they amounted to an insult to the brave soldiers who had laid down their lives to protect the unity and integrity of the country.
 
Mr. Modi's remarks, made at a welcome gathering of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and others at Bengaluru airport, came in response to the former Union Home Minister's statement yesterday that most people who call for "azaadi" in Jammu and Kashmir actually want autonomy for the state.
 
"My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for 'azaadi', most people mean autonomy," Mr. Chidambaram had said yesterday.
 
"Yesterday's statement of a Congress leader on Kashmir clearly shows how the party feels on surgical strikes and the bravery of our army. Congress will have to answer for the recent statement of their leaders on Kashmir. The statement was unacceptable," Mr. Modi said.
 
"Why are Congress leaders lending their voice to those who want Azadi in Kashmir. This is an insult to our brave soldiers," he said.
 
"Do you remember the lies Congress was spreading on Doklam. People of India trusted them so much but this is their conduct," he said.
 
Mr. Modi said the Congress was disconnected with the aspirations of the country and the people had no expectations from the party.
 
Stating that those who were in power until the other day were now suddenly taking a U-turn and shamelessly speaking the language of the separatists in Kashmir and their masters in Pakistan, he said those who play politics over the lives of martyrs could not be expected to lead India on the path of development.
 
He said soldiers from every part of India had laid down their lives in Kashmir to protect the unity and integrity of the country and the people of the country would demand answers from the Congress on its stand.
 
"Mothers who have sacrificed their sons, sisters who sacrificed their brothers, children who sacrificed their fathers will seek answers from the Congress," he said.
 
"This is Sardar Patel's land. We will not make or allow any compromise with the unity and integrity of the country," he said.
 
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Mr. Modi said he could now understand why the Congress could not "digest" the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian troops against terrorist training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
 
He said when the whole world had appreciated India's strong stand on the Doklam issue, the Congress was spreading misinformation in the matter.
 
"Those who ruled the country for so long, whom people trusted so much, have turned out to be like this," he remarked.
 
Mr. Modi said he thought the Congress would learn from its repeated losses in elections. "But we are seeing irresponsible behaviour and statements from them. It seems they are determined not to mend their ways. Normally people learn from their mistakes and correct themselves. But they are arrogant," he said.
 
The Prime Minister began by expressing happiness that so many people had turned out to hear him with great enthusiasm. "It looks like the people of Karnataka cannot wait for long for the elections," he said, referring to the state assembly elections due next year.
 
"Like other states, Karnataka also wants to join the journey of development. After the coming elections, I am confident that Karnataka will join the mainstream of development," he said.
 
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Development projects in J&K to be accelerated

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Projects under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for Jammu & Kashmir will be fast-tracked by making encumbrance free land available for the infrastructure projects including roads, power and health.
 
J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Chief Secretary J&K and other senior officials from MHA and State Government.
 
The Development Package involves a total of Rs 80,068 crore. For 63 major development projects pertaining to 15 Central Government Ministries, an amount of Rs 62,599 crore (approximately 78%) has been sanctioned and an amount of Rs 22,042 crore (approximately 28%) has been released.
 
Special emphasis will be given for development of border areas (0-10 km) while selecting projects under the Border Area Development Program (BADP). It was also decided that to ensure the safety of these people in border areas, construction of bunkers along the border will be expedited.
 
It was also decided to accelerate the development projects relating to additional jobs to Kashmiri migrants, transit accommodations, transfer of cash relief/honorarium through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode and providing employment to youth of J&K, an official press release added.
 
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Centre names Dineshwar Sharma as its representative for talks in J&K

Mr. Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau, calling on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after being appointed as the Representative of Government of India to initiate dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi on October 23, 2017.
Mr. Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of Intelligence Bureau, calling on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, after being appointed as the Representative of Government of India to initiate dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi on October 23, 2017.
The Centre today appointed Mr. Dineshwar Sharma, former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, as the Representative of Government of India to initiate and carry forward a dialogue with the elected representatives, various organizations and concerned individuals in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
An official press release said Mr. Sharma would initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand the legitimate aspirations of the wide cross sections of society, particularly the youth in Jammu and Kashmir and communicate them to the State Government and the Centre.
 
The release said the move comes in the wake of various steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the needs of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It recalled that, during his visit to Srinagar on November 7, 2015, the Prime Minister had announced a package of Rs. 80,068 crore for the overall development of the State.
 
He also met the leaders of political parties from time to time and received suggestions with regard to the issue of peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
 
Centre to begin dialogue on Kashmir issue, ex-IB chief to lead talks
In continuation of this process, in his address to the nation on 15th August this year, Mr. Modi had mentioned that, “Neither by bullet, nor by abuses but by embracing we can solve the problem of Kashmir."
 
Subsequently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also visited Jammu and Kashmir from September 9-12 and met a large number of delegations from a wide spectrum of the society.
 
Mr. Sharma is a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) of the 1979 batch (Kerala cadre). During his career, he has served in J&K, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur and as Additional Director and Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau at its headquarters here.
 
"He has in-depth understanding of security related matters and considerable knowledge and experience of issues relating to Jammu and Kashmir," the release added.
 
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Two minor earthquakes shake Jammu & Kashmir

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Two minor earthquakes shook Jammu and Kashmir early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre at latitude 33.5°N and longitude 76.1°E, occurred at 0640 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier, a tremor measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre at latitude 33.6°N Long 75.3°E, occurred at 0624 hours at a depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Two IAF commandos, two terrorists killed in gunfight in Bandipora, Kashmir

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Two Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud commandos, who were training with the Army, and two terrorists were killed in an encounter at Hajin village in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir today, official sources said.
 
The two IAF Garuds were part of a joint security team that was carrying out a combined cordon and search operation in the area, the sources said.
 
A press release from the Ministry of Defence said that security forces had received an intelligence report yesterday night saying that five or six terrorists were hiding in a house in Hajin.
 
"The joint team laid a cordon around the house today at 0400 h. Terrorists ran out of the house lobbing grenades and firing indiscriminately towards the cordon party. Two terrorists firing indiscriminately ran towards the position of Garuds, who challenged them and killed two terrorists.
 
"In the intense operation, two IAF Garuds {Sergeant Khairnar Milind Kishor and Corporal Nilesh Kumar Nayan} sustained serious multiple bullet injuries and were evacuated to Base Hospital, Srinagar where they succumbed to the injuries and were martyred," the release added.
 
According to the sources, the Air Force commandos were placed with the Army for operational experience and training.
 
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Three terrorists, ASI killed in terror attack on BSF camp in Srinagar

Three terrorists and a Border Security Force (BSF) assistant sub-inspector were killed and three BSF jawans were injured when the terrorists attempted to storm into the BSF camp at Gogoland, adjacent to the airport, in Srinagar on Tuesday.

 
Three terrorists gunned down, ASI killed in attack on BSF camp
Three terrorists and a Border Security Force (BSF) assistant sub-inspector were killed and three BSF jawans were injured when the terrorists attempted to storm into the BSF camp at Gogoland, adjacent to the airport, here today.
 
"Only three terrorists were sighted. All three were eliminated," BSF sources said, adding that assistant sub-inspector B. K. Yadav died fighting valiantly.
 
Operations at the Srinagar airport were affected for some time because of the gunfight. Later, out-station bound passengers were allowed to move towards the airport, the sources said.
 
The sources said the security forces were able to thwart the attempt by the three terrorists, believed to be operatives of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), to storm the camp near the high-security airport. The Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack, the sources said.
 
According to the sources, the terrorists entered the BSF's 182 battalion headquarters through a damaged boundary wall and opened fire indiscriminately, in which three BSF jawans suffered injuries and one of the terrorists was gunned down.
 
The other two terrorists split into different directions and took shelter in different buildings but security forces managed to eliminate them.
 
Meanwhile, the Indian Army yesterday foiled infiltration attempts in the Tangdhar sector of Kupwara and Rampur sector of Baramulla and eliminated five armed intruders. Three intruders were killed in Tangdhar and two in Rampur, Army sources added.
 
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Two minors killed, 12 injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch district

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Two minors -- a ten-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl -- were killed and 12 other civilians suffered injuries when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir this morning, official sources said.
 
Police sources said the boy, identified as Asrar Ahmed of Mahallha Kasba, died on the spot in the heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Kerni sector of Poonch.
 
Two others, Mohammad Rafiq, 25, and Rashmi Bi, 45, suffered injuries in the firing there, they said.
 
Ceasfire violation was also reported with heavy and small weapons early this morning and later again around 1025 hours in Dhigwar sector, also in Ponch.
 
Yasmina Akhtar, 15, died on the spot in the firing, while ten others suffered injuries, the sources said.
 
The injured were identified as Yashir Hussain, 13, Mohammad Sadiq, 16 and Mohammad Sadiq, 54, Arfhan Shabir, 12 (residents of Bagaldara), Mohammad Sajad, 30 (resident of Banpat), Sehima Bi, 22, Zobia Gohar, 5, and Tazam Akhtar, 18, Parveen Akhtar, 14, and Naseem Akhtar, 25 (all residents of Dhigwar). 
 
All the injured and the bodies of the deceased were shifted to the District Hospital at Poonch, the sources added.
 
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10-year-old boy killed, five injured as Pakistan violates ceasefire in J&K's Poonch district

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A ten-year-old boy was killed and five civilians suffered injuries when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir today.
 
Police sources said the boy, identified as Asrar Ahmed of Mahallha Kasba, died on the spot in the heavy shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Kerni sector of Poonch.
 
Two others, Mohammad Rafiq, 25, and Rashmi Bi, 45, suffered injuries in the firing, they said.
 
Ceasefire violation was also reported, with heavy and small weapons, this morning in Dhigwar sector, also in Poonch, this morning. Three persons suffered injuries in the incident. They were identified as Yashir Hussain, 13, Mohammad Sadiq, 16 and Mohammad Sadiq, 54, all residents of Bagaldara, the sources added.
 
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Nirmala Sitharaman visits Leh, Ladakh and Siachen

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the forward locations of Leh, Ladakh and Siachen in Jammu and Kashmir today and reviewed the security situation in the area. 
 
During her visit she was accompanied by the Chief of the Army Staff, the Army Commander, Northern Command and Corps Commander of the Ladakh Corps. 
 
Ms. Sitharaman interacted with the soldiers in the remote areas of Siachen Glacier and conveyed her best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra. 
 
She also inaugurated a bridge on river Shyok on the road between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) which was constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). 
 
During her visit to Leh, she interacted with the personnel of the Indian Air Force at Air Force Station Leh, an official press release added.
 
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BSF jawan on leave shot dead by terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir, three others injured

 
BSF jawan shot dead by terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir
A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was shot dead and four other members of his family were injured when terrorists stormed into their home in Hajin, Bandipora in north Kashmir yesterday and opened fire indiscriminately, official sources said.
 
The jawan, identified as Mohammad Ramzan Parray, 30, of the 73rd battalion of the BSF, was on leave when the attack took place, they  said.
 
According to the sources, the injured included the jawan's father and three other relatives. They were rushed to a hospital and are undergoing treatment, the sources said.
 
According to various accounts, the terrorists opened fire indiscriminately after forcing their way into the house in Parray Mohalla. While the jawan died on the spot, the others suffered bullet injuries, the sources said.
 
"Prahari Pariwar stands by the family of one of our member Constable Md Ramzan who was cowardly killed by terrorists today. He was on leave," the BSF said on Twitter.
 
On May 9 this year, a young officer of the Indian Army, Lt. Ummer Fayaz, was abducted by terrorists and shot dead in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, where he had gone to attend a wedding.
 
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Injured US woman rescued from Leh by IAF helicopter

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Ms. Margaret Allen Stone, a United States citizen, who had gone trekking in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and was stranded in a remote area after suffering an injury, was recued by an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter yesterday.
 
A press release from the Ministry of Defence said the US Embassy here had yesterday afternoon requested it for help in locating and rescuing the woman, who was stranded in  Zhingchan, about 75 km from Leh, since September 6 due to the injury.
 
"Her condition had deteriorated during this prolonged period of lack of care. She was in a critical condition," the release said.
 
"IAF responded to the situation with requisite alacrity. Exact location of Ms Stone was ascertained with the help of civil administration and by evening two IAF helicopters were able to locate Ms Stone in the valley. Ms Stone was brought to the safety of Leh hospital for medical care by sunset on 26 Sep 17," the release added.
 
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HUA Minister Hardeep Singh Puri assures J&K of support in urban sector

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Union Housing & Urban Affairs (HUA) Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has assured the Government and the people of Jammu and Kashmir of priority consideration and all possible assistance in all matters of urban development. 
 
This assurance was given when Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh met him here yesterday and discussed various projects relating to the state. 
 
They discussed progress and implementation of urban sector projects in the state, an official press release said.
 
Dr. Nirmal Singh sought help in River Front Development along a 4.50 km stretch of Tawi River along the lines of Sabarmati River Front Development, completion of Sewerage Project of Greater Jammu sanctioned under JNNURM earlier, inclusion of Katra and  Udhamput under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for basic infrastructure development, and other such projects.
 
 The Deputy Chief Minister informed Mr Puri that the Sewerage Project of Srinagar, sanctioned under JNNURM, is progressing with additional central assistance released by this Government.
 
Mr Puri directed the concerned officials in the Ministry to have the River Front Development proposal under the Smart City Plan of Jammu. After further consultations with the State Government on the mobilization of resources for the sewerage project in Jammu including its financing under the ongoing urban missions, NBCC will be directed to resume the project works, he added.
 
On the inclusion of two more cities under AMRUT, he said 500 cities have been included in this mission based on certain criteria and he will have the possibility in this regard considered, he informed Dr. Singh.
 
Referring to details of various projects sanctioned and investments approved for J & K under various new urban missions, Mr Puri urged the Deputy Chief Minister to speed up their implementation so that the intended outcomes were realized within the specified timeframes. He referred to providing new water supply connections to 1.08 lakh households in the State under Atal Mission.
 
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Three terrorists killed in encounter in Uri area of Jammu & Kashmir

 
Three terrorists killed by security forces in Uri encounter
Jammu and Kashmir police yesterday said they had averted a major terrorist attack with the killing of three heavily armed "non-local" terrorists close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri in  the state.
 
The police said they had received information from some civilians on Friday night about the suspicious movement of the men in the Kalgri area of Salamabad, Uri.
 
Following this, a joint search operation was launched by the Army, the police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the area.
 
"During night hours, it was found that one of the terrorists had forcibly entered into a civilian home and had taken the family members as hostage. In the early morning the civilians were rescued and the terrorist was eliminated," the police said.
 
"Hunt for two other terrorists was launched and one terrorist was found to had taken refuge in a local mosque. Therefore, keeping in view the sanctity of the mosque, a J&K Police team entered into the mosque and without causing any harm to mosque eliminated this terrorist as well. The third terrorist was also killed later on," they said.
 
"With killing of all the three terrorists who appear to be Pakistanis, a major terrorist attack was averted. The group has recently infiltrated from Pakistani side of LoC," the police said.
 
The police recovered three AK series rifles, 10 AK magazines, 10 grenades, one under barrel grenade launcher and other war like stores from their possession, the sources added.
 
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