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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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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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Minor earthquake shakes Jammu & Kashmir

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, shook Jammu & Kashmir early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 34.0°N and longitude 74.7°E, occurred at 0544 hours at a focal depth of 150 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Two dead, 30 injured in grenade attack in Tral, Jammu and Kashmir

 
Two dead, 30 injured in grenade attack in J&K
Two civilians, including a teenaged girl, died and about 30 others suffered injuries when militants hurled a grenade at a bus stand at Tral in Jammu and Kashmir today.
 
The two deceased persons were identified as Pinky Kaur, 17, of Chhatrogam and Ghulam Nabi Trag, 56, of Tral-e-Payeen.
 
Police sources said the injured persons included seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men, two policemen and 21 civilians. All the injured were rushed to a local hospital, 18 of them, including two CRPF men, were discharged. The rest were shifted to a hospital in Srinagar.
 
Police said they fired some shots in the area to prevent any further attack.
 
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Two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces in Kulgam, third arrested

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Security forces killed two unidentified terrorists and arrested a third during an overnight encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police sources said today.
 
The two terrorists died during a gunfight with a joint team of the J& K Police, the Army and the Central Reserve Police (CRPF) in the Khudwani area of Kulgam, they said.
 
The sources said the security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the area after receiving specific inputs about the presence of some militants there. While the search was going on, the militants opened fire at the security personnel, who responded, leading to a gunbattle, they said.
 
According to the sources, some weapons were recovered by the security forces from the scene later.
 
The incident came just a day after two terrorists were killed and one had surrendered in a similar operation at Barbugh in Shopian yesterday. According to official sources, the two terrorists were identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat and Altaf Ahmad Rather. They were neutralised near the Imam Sahib area in the encounter which started on Saturday evening, they said.
 
According to them, the third terrorist, Adil Hussainn Dar, who had joined the terrorist ranks in May 2017, surrendered to security forces.
 
The Shopian Police, along with personnel of the Rashtriya Rifles, had launched a cordon and search operation in Barbugh area when the terrorists hiding in the area opened fire on the search party. Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter, the sources said.
 
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Rajnath says bullet proof vehicles to be provided at all police stations in J&K

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the Government was fully aware of the extremely challenging circumstances the police and security forces were working under in Jammu and Kashmir and was making all out efforts for their security.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh taking the salute at the guard of honour, during his visit to the Jammu and Kashmir Police Lines, in Anantnag district on September 10, 2017.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh taking the salute at the guard of honour, during his visit to the Jammu and Kashmir Police Lines, in Anantnag district on September 10, 2017.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the Government was fully aware of the extremely challenging circumstances the police and security forces were working under in Jammu and Kashmir and was making all out efforts for their security.
 
Speaking during a visit  to the Jammu and Kashmir Police Lines and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Anantnag, he said a trauma centre had been sanctioned and bullet proof vehicles would be provided at all police stations in the state.
 
He said the Centre had also released adequate funds for the procurement of bullet proof vehicles, vests and latest equipment for police stations.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh was accompanied on the visit by Jammu & Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh and Union Home Minister Rajiv Gauba.
 
He said nation is indebted to the supreme sacrifices made by security personnel and no amount of money could compensate for them.
 
He said the Government would again make Jammu and Kashmir a "heaven on earth" and no force could stop the country from achieving this goal.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh said this is his fifth visit to the State within the space of a year. Reiterating the commitment of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, he said the Centre would provide all assistance to the State, including resolving the housing problem of the jawans. 
 
The Union Home Minister later addressed a Sainik Sammelan at the CRPF 90 Battalion Camp in Anantnag. “Courage is not something that can be bought from the market; you are born with unassailable and unmatched courage,” he said. 
 
Stating that the Centre is ready to extend more facilities to CRPF personnel, he said the Government will consider providing helicopter services to the CRPF personnel in J&K. 
 
“It is my aim to provide at least Rs. 1 crore to the families of our martyrs from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)," he said.
 
He said the Government had launched the “Bharat ke Veer” portal to support the families of martyrs and the nation as a whole had given tremendous support to their cause. 
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh also interacted with the J&K Police and CRPF personnel on the second day of his visit to the state. He paid tributes to constable Imtiyas Ahmed, who was killed in a terrorist attack on a police patrol yesterday, barely a kilometer away from the venue of his meeting today at the Polcie Lines, and assistant sub-inspector Abdul Rasheed who was killed in a terrorist attack in Anantnag last month. 
 
“This is not an ordinary sacrifice, this is the supreme sacrifice,” he said. “I am short of words to salute your bravery in the line of duty, even the Prime Minister has praised your courage,” he added.
 
The Union Home Minister said it was not just Jammu and Kashmir, but the whole nation was proud of the bravery and valour of the security forces in facing the terrorism sponsored by the neighbouring country. 
 
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S P Vaid underlined the need for providing a safe and secure environment to the families of the police personnel. Despite inadequate infrastructure and maintenance grant and the enemy’s nefarious designs to demonize the police personnel through the social media, they are performing the most difficult task with utmost bravery and devotion, he added.
 
Later in the day, Mr. Rajnath Singh chaired a high-level security review meeting here on the law and order and security situation in the state.
 
Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior officers of the Army, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), security forces and the state administration were amongst those who attended the meeting.
 
Earlier, delegations of various national and regional parties met Mr. Rajnath Singh here today. He had held discussions yesterday with as many as 33 civil society delegations comprising more than 200 members representing traders, tour operators, farmers, youth associations and other groups. 
 
On the third day of his visit tomorrow, Mr. Rajnath Singh will address a press conference in Srinagar before visiting relief camps at Nowshera in Rajouri district and interact with Border Security Force (BSF) jawans at Rajouri. 
 
He will reach Jammu later in the afternoon tomorrow and meet various delegations, an official press release said.
 
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One policeman killed, two injured in attack by terrorists at Anantnag in J&K

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A policeman was killed when terrorists attacked a police party in Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir today, official sources said.
 
Police said two other policemen suffered injuries in the attack and had been taken to hospital for treatment.
 
The attack took place near the main bus stand in Anantnag, they said, adding that the area had been cordoned off and a search had been launched to nab the attackers.
 
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Rajnath Singh to pay four-day visit to Jammu & Kashmir from September 9-12

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will pay a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow during which he will review the security situation in the state as well as the implementation of the Prime Minister's Development Package for the state.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh will be accompanied by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officers of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
 
An official press release said Mr. Rajnath Singh would meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He will also meet various delegations at Srinagar and Jammu.
 
The Home Minister will also interact with personnel of the J&K Police, Central Railway Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF).
 
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Couple dead after truck hits their motorcycle in Jammu

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A couple died when their motorcycle was hit by a truck in the Paloura area here yesterday evening, police said.
 
According to the police, the couple died on the spot and their bodies were shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital here.
 
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Two policemen, one militant killed in separate incidents in Jammu & Kashmir

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Two policemen were killed in separate incidents in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, while a militant was killed in a gunfight with security forces today, official sources said.
 
The sources said a policeman died and three suffered injuries when terrorists fired at their vehicle at Zeewan on the outskirts of Srinagar yesterday evening. The three injured policemen were said to be in a stable condition in hospital.
 
An assistant sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) died in firing from across the Line of Control by Pakistani forces at Ghora post in the KG sector of Poonch, the sources said. The assistant sub-inspector was identified as Kamaljeet Singh.
 
Police sources also said that a militant was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Kulgam district of south Kashmir yesterday. The security forces had cordoned off the Tantraypora village of Bihibagh area of the district following inputs about the presence of militants, the sources added.
 
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Solar technology to heat up homes in Zanskar Valley

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Scientists have fabricated solar panels that can withstand the harsh environmental conditions that prevail in the upper reaches of Himalayas. These panels have been deployed in the Zanskar Valley area to meet energy needs of people living there.
 
The panels have been designed to provide either warm water or help heat up the people’s homes. They work on the simple principle of solar energy absorption by black coated galvanised iron sheet and aluminum alloy pipe coil through a normal window glass to heat the water or the air. Each panel can heat 100 to 120 litres of water per day. The space heating panels can heat up the air and blow it into living spaces at temperatures of up to 65-70 degrees Celsius.
 
A total of 158 panels have been transported from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh traversing eight mountain passes including Tanglangla - the second highest pass in the world at an altitude of 17, 582 feet.
 
The project has been implemented by the Shimla-based Himalayan Research Group of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Highland Agricultural Research and Extension Station at Padum, under the Technology Intervention for Mountain Ecosystem: Livelihood Enhancement through Action Research and Networking (TEAM-LEARN) programme.
 
At present, residents of the area use the dung from their livestock as the source of heat. Women had to spend nearly three to four hours every day. With the induction of the solar technology, this drudgery would be saved. In addition, it would mitigate the pollution problems caused by burning of dung indoors and help improve the productivity of their farms as the dung would be available as manure.
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Seven dead after their car rolls down into gorge in Rajouri district of J&K

 
7 of family killed after car plunges into river in J&K
Seven members of a family died when their car veered off the road, rolled down about 60 feet into a deep gorge and plunged into a river near Narian in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday afternoon, official sources said.
 
Police said the mishap occurred around 1655 hours when the Maruti Suzuki Celerio was on its way from Rajouri to Jammu.
 
All seven persons died on the spot. Police identified them as (1) Mahmood Ahmed (PA to DC Rajouri), 41; his wife Zamila Begum, 38; their children Rehan, 11, Alisha, 9, and  Hussain, 7; his brother Abdul Aziz, 32; and his sister Aktter Begum, 25.
 
Police, district administration officials and emergency services personnel rushed to the scene and extricated the victims from the car and shifted the bodies to the district hospital at Rajouri, police added.
 
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Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes Jammu & Kashmir

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 36.0°N and longitude 74.3°E, occurred at 0228 horus at a focal depth of 90 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Kovind presents colours to all five Ladakh Scouts Battalions and Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre

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President Ram Nath Kovind presented Colours to all five Ladakh Scouts Battalions and the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre here today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kovind said this was his first visit outside Delhi after assuming office. In his capacity as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, he dedicated the visit to the armed forces of the country.
 
The President said it has been 54 years since the Ladakh Scouts became part of the Indian Army. This period has been replete with tales of heroism, honour and glory. The genesis of the Regiment was in the invasion by Pakistani raiders in 1947-48 and the resolve with which Ladakhis defended their motherland. This continues to remain a matter of pride for the entire country.
 
In a little over half a century, the Regiment has earned 605 Honours and Awards for conspicuous gallantry and distinguished service. 
 
“This speaks for the exceptional valour and spirit of the Regiment personnel and is a model for all soldiers and officers of our armed forces. They have earned the distinction in various wars and operations and excelled in sports, adventure pursuits and professional challenges,” he added.
 
The President paid homage to the martyrs of the Ladakh Scouts Regiment. “Their blood and sacrifice have secured our sovereignty, brought glory to our nation and protected our people from harm,” he said. He also congratulated all veterans and serving soldiers of the Regiment for their adherence to duty and professional conduct.
 
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Jammu & Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Kumar Singh, other Ministers of the State Government as well as Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat.
 
Later the President laid the foundation stone of the Buddha Park for World Peace at Leh’s Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre. Thereafter he flew back to Delhi.
 
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Kovind to visit Leh in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Leh in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow to present colours to all five Ladakh Scouts Battalions and Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre there. 
 
On the same day, he will also visit the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre at Leh before returning to Delhi, an official press release added.
 
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Upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport inaugurated

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The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport was inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti here today.
 
“We believe in augmenting infrastructure of our airports to enhance connectivity. With the upgraded Jammu Airport, we would be better prepared to give improved services to air travelers visiting this city of temples," Mr. Raju said on the occasion.
 
Appreciating the upgraded terminal building of the airport, Ms. Mufti said, “We have been witnessing promising growth in number of air travelers to and from Jammu. The upgraded terminal of Jammu Airport is in line to enhance capacity and will contribute to the economic growth of Jammu – the gateway to the State.” 
 
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office and Mr. Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
 
Jammu Airport belongs to the Indian Air Force, and Airports Authority of India (AAI) maintains a Civil Enclave for civil aircraft operations. During the year 2016-17, passenger traffic movement at Jammu airport reached 1.16 million and the passenger growth rate has touched 29 per cent in the first quarter of 2017-18. 
 
To cope with the increasing passenger growth and demand, the existing terminal building of Jammu Airport has been expanded and upgraded. The area of the terminal building has been expanded from 6700 sq. mtrs. to 14,500 sq. mtrs. with an upgraded peak hour handling capacity of 720 passengers at a time, from the earlier 360 peak hour passengers. 
 
The upgraded passenger terminal building of Jammu Airport is a glass and steel structure and is equipped with passenger facilities and amenities like CUTE-complied check-in counters, Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosk for check-in, central air-conditioning, two arrival conveyor belts, escalators and glass elevators, Flight Information Display System, PA system and comfortable seating capacity. 
 
The terminal building is also equipped with Fire Fighting and Fire Alarm System, CCTV and Baggage Scanners, among other facilites. There is a provision for installation of three Passenger Boarding Bridges with Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (AVDGS) for the terminal which would increase operational efficiency besides convenience to passengers. 
 
The building has green features like double insulated roofing system, rainwater harvesting, 200 KLD sewage treatment plant (soil-based technology), reuse of treated water for horticulture and air conditioning purposes, use of fly ash bricks, low heat gain glazing, low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints, LED lighting, energy efficient chillers, VFDs (Variable Frequency Drive) for high capacity motors, and so on, an official press release added.
 
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