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40 killed in terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of J&K

At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed and an equal number suffered injuries when terrorists attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying security forces with a car bomb at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
 
40 CRPF men killed in blast in J&K
At least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and an equal number suffered injuries when terrorists attacked a convoy of vehicles carrying security forces with a car bomb at Awantipora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
 
According to initial reports, it appeared to be a suicide attack in which a Mahindra Scorpio sports utility vehicle (SUV) with about 350 kg of explosives rammed into the convoy of about 78 vehicles transporting about 2500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar.
 
About 13 of the injured CRPF men were said to be in a critical condition and were rushed to the Army hospital in Srinagar, official sources said.
 
Officials said the exact number of those killed and injured as well as other details of the incident would take some time to ascertain. However, a senior official told a news agency that at least 40 CRPF men had died.
 
Reports reaching here said terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility for the attack. 
 
Official sources said terrorists triggered the explosion around 3.30 pm when the convoy, which had left Jammu in the early hours of today, was passing through the Goripora area on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, about 30 km short of Srinagar.
 
Television pictures from the scene showed that one of the buses, which bore the brunt of the explosion, was completely destroyed in the massive explosion.
 
According to preliminary information, the explosives-laden car was driven by a local youth. But officials said they were trying to verify this and other details, including the manner in which the attack was carried out. Senior officials of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the CRPF had reached the scene and were carrying out investigations into all these aspects.
 
"Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Ji and other top officials regarding the situation in the wake of the attack in Pulwama," he added.
 
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Rajnath Singh said the "dastardly attack" was extremely painful and disturbing.
 
"I bow to each and every CRPF jawan who has sacrificed his life in service to the nation. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, the Director General of CRPF and the Home Secretary about the attack. They have apprised him of the situation.
 
The Home Minister has cancelled a scheduled visit to Bihar tomorrow. The Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation, official sources said.
 
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is understood to have briefed the Prime Minister about the incident.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who cut short an official visit to Bhutan, will fly to Srinagar tomorrow, the sources said.
 
A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) team with forensic experts is being sent to Srinagar to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in evaluation of the scene of the crime.
 
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is likely to meet here tomorrow morning to discuss the situation.
 
"I’m deeply disturbed by the cowardly attack on a #CRPF convoy in J&K in which many of our brave CRPF men have been martyred and a large number wounded, some critically. My condolences to the families of our martyrs. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
 
Today's terror strike is said to be the one of the worst on security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and much worse than the September 18, 2016 incident in which 18 soldiers were killed when a group of four heavily armed terrorists attacked an army administrative base at Uri in Baramulla district near the Line of Control.
 
Ten days later, the Indian Army responded with "surgical strikes" at launch pads across the LoC to prevent Pakistani terrorists positioned there from crossing over into the country and striking at targets in Jammu & Kashmir and other places. While details were not given out, the Army said it had inflicted "significant number of casualties" on the terrorists and those who were trying to support them.
 
For the CRPF, it was the biggest loss of men after the April 6, 2010 attack in which 75 personnel were killed in an ambush on their vehicle by left-wing extremists in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
 
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Hundreds attend slain journalist Shujaat Bukhari's funeral

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
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Shujaat Bukhari
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bukhari in his ancestral hometown of Kheeri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, state Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar, senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz, local journalists and other members from all sections of society attended the funeral.
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was also present in Kheeri.
 
Three motorcycle-borne militants killed Bukhari and two of his security guards as he was getting into his car in Srinagar's Press Enclave area at around 7.15 p.m. on Wednesday to reach home in time for Iftar.
 
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Senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.
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Shujaat Bukhari
Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
 
State police chief S.P.Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was getting  into his car when he was attacked by militants.
 
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.
 
The killing drew wide condemnation from politicians across India and media organisations.
 
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said: "Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family." 
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in a tweet, recited the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, and said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed it an "act of cowardice".
 
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his Twitter handle.
 
The Congress said it was anguished, with party President Rahul Gandhi terming Bukhari "a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace".
 
"He was a brave heart who fought fearlessly for justice and peace in Jammu and Kashmir. My condolences to his family. He will be missed," Gandhi said in a tweet.
 
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said: "Anguished beyond words. Security situation in J&K has hit its nadir. Demand the Centre to take swift action to nab the killers. They can silence us but not our thoughts." 
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed shock.
 
"Saddened and shocked at the brutal killing of respected editor and senior journalist @bukharishujaat. With a few hours to go for Eid this is terrible," Banerjee tweeted.
 
Several journalist bodies condemned the killing and demanded swift action against the forces responsible for his killing. 
 
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Condemning what it called a "dastardly attack", the Editors Guild of India said that Bukhari was "a voice of moderation and a courageous, big-hearted editor who mentored a large cadre of young journalists from Kashmir". 
 
"The guild calls upon the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take urgent steps to bring to book the culprits and ensure safety and security for the media in the state," it said in a statement. 
 
It added that an attack on a journalist challenges the very foundations of a free press and vibrant democracy and more so in a state like Jammu and Kashmir that is going through militancy, and called upon the state and Central government to enhance security for all journalists in the state. 
 
"Recent weeks have also seen threats of violence against many journalists in different parts of the country," it added. 
 
The Press Club of India also "strongly condemned" the killing in the holy month of Ramadan and said that "forces inimical to restoring peace in Kashmir Valley had silenced a voice of reason, logic and peace".
 
"Press Club of India deeply mourns the loss of Shujaat Bukhari's life and extends its condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of crisis," it said in a statement.
 
It added that the "terror attack" showed that lives of journalists were not safe.
 
"Press Club of India has time and again underlined the threat to the lives of journalists working under difficult and challenging circumstances and demanded protection for them," it said.
 
The Indian Women's Press Corps, Press Association and Federation of Press Club of India also expressed "deep shock and outrage at the brazen murder" of Bukhari. 
 
They said that Bukhari was a respected journalist known for his wide range of analytical writings on Kashmir and that he continued to write actively despite the death threats issued to him. 
 
"His murder can only be viewed as yet another attempt to muzzle the media and the freedom of the press in the valley," a joint statement said. 
 
Bukhari started his career as a young reporter with Kashmir Times and moved to The Hindu in the 1990s. Later, he established his own English daily Rising Kashmir.
 
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Senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office in Srinagar, police said.
Shujaat Bukhari
Shujaat Bukhari
Senior journalist and Editor-in-Chief of English daily "Rising Kashmir" Shujaat Bhukhari was on Thursday shot dead by militants outside his office here, police said.
 
State police chief S. P. Vaid said that it was around 7.15 p.m., the Iftar time, that Bukhari came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his car when he was attacked by militants.
 
"Three motorcycle-borne militants came and fired at Bukhari and his guards. Bukhari and one guard were killed and another security guard critically injured," he said.
 
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed shock at the killing.
 
"Shocked & deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Shujaat Bukhari. The scourge of terror has reared its ugly head on the eve of Eid. I strongly condemn this act of mindless violence & pray for his soul to rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family," she said in a tweet.
 
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also expressed shock at the gruesome murder of this senior Kashmiri journalist. Reciting the Muslim prayer on hearing about a Muslim's death, he said: "Shocked beyond words. May Shujaat find place in Jannat & May his loved ones find strength at this difficult time."
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed shock at the incident.
 
"The killing of @RisingKashmir editor, Shujaat Bukhari is an act of cowardice. It is an attempt to silence the saner voices of Kashmir. He was a courageous and fearless journalist. Extremely shocked & pained at his death. My thoughts and prayers are with his bereaved family," he said on his Twitter handle.
 
The murder also sent shock waves in the media fraternity.
 
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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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Rahul to lead opposition delegation to Kashmir

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A delegation of nine opposition parties led by former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will visit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday to meet the people and party leaders in the region where restrictions have been imposed since the abrogation of Article 370.
 
A senior Congress leader told IANS that "Rahul Gandhi along with senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and leaders from CPI, CPI-M, RJD, DMK and others will be part of the delegation."
 
Saturday's visit to Srinagar will be Gandhi's first visit since the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
He said the BSP and the Samajwadi Party are not part of the delegation going along with Gandhi. The party leader said that opposition leaders will travel to Srinagar on an Air Vistara flight at 11.50 a.m.
 
The visit of the opposition parties comes almost three weeks after the BJP-led NDA government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to the state.
 
Earlier, Azad was not allowed to enter Srinagar once and Jammu twice and was sent back to Delhi. Similarly, CPI and CPI-M General Secretaries D. Raja and Sitaram Yechury were also not allowed to enter Srinagar and were detained at the airport and then sent back to Delhi.
 
Earlier this month, Gandhi also had a run-in with Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik on Twitter. The Governor had said that Gandhi was trying to politicise the matter of Jammu and Kashmir and that he should visit the valley if he wants to know the "real ground situation."
 
On August 14, Gandhi accepted Malik's invitation to visit the state without any conditions and asked when he could come.
 
His remarks came a day after Malik on August 13 accused Gandhi of politicising the Kashmir issue by seeking to put several pre-conditions to visiting the valley, and which he said would lead to further unrest and problems for the people.
 
Malik said Gandhi was responding to fake news possibly spread from across the border about the situation in Kashmir which was peaceful with negligible incidents.
 
The Governor on August 12 had also offered to send Gandhi an aircraft to visit the valley and see for himself the ground situation to which the former Congress chief responded saying that he did not need an aircraft but freedom to travel and meet the people.
 
Following the abrogation of Article 370, former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and several other leaders have been put under house arrest in the valley.
 
Mobile, telephone and internet services were also blocked for several days in the region as a precautionary measure.
 
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Indian soldier killed in Pakistan shelling along LoC

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An Indian soldier was killed on Friday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir following a ceasefire violation by Pakistan.
 
Naik Rajib Thapa was killed in shelling by the Pakistani forces in Nowshera sector, Rajouri district.
 
The Indian Army issued a statement that, in retaliatory firing, heavy damage was inflicted upon the Pakistani Army posts which resulted in casualties of Pakistani soldiers as well.
 
The exact number of casualties on the Pakistani side was not known.
 
Thapa, 34, belonged to West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district.
 
"Thapa was a brave, highly motivated and sincere soldier. The nation will always remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and devotion to duty," said an Army official.
 
This is the second Indian casualty this week due to unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces. 
 
On Tuesday, Naik Ravi Ranjan Singh was killed in the Krishna Ghati sector. On August 17, another soldier was killed in Nowshera sector.
 
Till July, there had been six casualties on the Indian side due to ceasefire violations. 
 
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SPO killed, cop injured in first encounter in J&K since abrogation of Article 370

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An SPO of Jammu and Kashmir police was killed while another cop was injured in an encounter with terrorists in Baramulla district on Tuesday night.
 
Cops also gunned down a terrorist during the encounter whose identity is yet to be established. The martyred SPO has been identified by the police as Billal.
 
The police said the injured sub-inspector, Amardeep Parihar, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
 
The gun battle between security forces and armed militants, which had begun on Tuesday evening, had continued into the night.
 
At 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir police tweeted that the encounter was over.
 
"Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital," stated the police in the tweet.
 
Security agencies were involved in heavy exchange of gunfire with the terrorists in the encounter. The firing had begun with the militants at around 5 p.m. in Old Baramullah and the area was cordoned off for the public.
 
This was the first encounter between security forces and terrorists ever since the Union government abrogated special category status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 by reading down Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
 
Kashmir valley has been by and large peaceful apart from stray incidents of stone-pelting and protests since August 5. The number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the LoC have increased, however, over the past week after a lull in the first fortnight of August.
 
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First encounter since abrogation of Art 370 in Baramullah

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In the first encounter in nearly two weeks, a fierce gun-battle broke out this evening between terrorists and security forces in Baramulla area of north Kashmir. This is also the first encounter after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Sources say two to three terrorists are trapped inside as a joint operation by CRPF, Army and the Special Operation Group of the J&K Police was launched. Baramullah is around 54 km from capital Srinagar.
 
Meanwhile, Kashmir Zone Police took to Twitter to say, "Exchange of fire between security forces and terrorists in Baramulla. (The) area under cordon. Details will follow."
 
Ever since Article 370 was abrogated on August 5, the Valley has been by and large peaceful apart from certain stray incidents of stone-pelting.
 
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Soldier killed in Pakistan firing in Poonch

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An Indian soldier was killed on Tuesday after Pakistan again resorted to unprovoked shelling on Indian posts in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, triggering a fierce response from the Indian side.
 
According to Defence Ministry officials, Pakistan violated the ceasefire at 11 a.m. by firing small arms and shelling mortars in the Krishna Ghati sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of the Valley.
 
He said in the exchange of fire in Mendhar Sector, Naik Ravi Ranjan Kumar Singh was killed. The official said that Singh (36) was a resident of Rohtas in Bihar and is survived by his wife.
 
The official said the Indian Army responded strongly and effectively.
 
"Heavy damage to Pakistan army posts and casualties to Pakistan soldiers have been inflicted by our troops," he said. 
 
On Monday, after a lull of less than 24 hours, Pakistan violated the ceasefire near the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
Earlier, the Indian Army hit a Pakistani military post opposite Rajouri after Pakistani firing killed an Indian soldier. 
 
Army sources said an increase in shelling could be part of Pakistan's efforts to sneak in militants into Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
Ceasefire violations have witnessed a spike after a sudden dip in the first two weeks of August. 
 
The number of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has been the highest in July this year. 
 
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NSA Doval briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir situation

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National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval on Monday briefed Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir which is under a security clampdown since the abrogation of Article 370 earlier this month.
 
The meeting, chaired by Shah, is underway at the Home Ministry. Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and senior intelligence officials were also present in the meeting. 
 
Doval, who had recently spent around 11 days in the Valley amid the security lockdown, returned to Delhi recently. It was Doval's first direct briefing for the Home Minister at his office. 
 
Shah reportedly called the meeting to review the situation in Jammu and Kashmir where the Constitution's Article 370, which gave special status to the region, was scrapped on early August 5. The resolution was later passed by the Parliament and got President's nod. 
 
The region, which now has been bifurcated into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one -- has been under the strict vigil of security forces and restrictions have been imposed there. Mobile and internet facilities have also been cut off since then by the government as a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident in the Valley. 
 
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Schools reopen in Srinagar, but students missing

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After a gap of nearly a fortnight, around 200 schools in Srinagar reopened on Monday, but few students showed up. Though teachers were present in most schools, jittery parents avoided sending their children.
 
"I can't send my children to school. The situation is not conducive and I can't take a risk," said Abdul Aziz, a resident of Maharajpora in Batamaloo.
 
Except in Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Police Public School in Bemina, there was minimal attendance in schools elsewhere in the city. The government said that restrictions on movement were being further eased for the convenience of the people. 
 
The city administration yesterday announced reopening of schools, after the Centre on August 5 abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, that accorded a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
 
A senior state official yesterday said: "We have decided to open schools in Srinagar and other areas tomorrow. We are confident that return of children to classrooms is necessary because their education has suffered heavily in the past 13 days. We will organise extra classes in schools so that the students are able to cover their course on time."
 
Despite the prevailing uncertainty in the state, most Kashmiris do not want the education of their children to suffer. 
 
"We cannot afford to have generations of uneducated Kashmiris. We have suffered long enough to realise that whatever happens to us, the future of our children must be protected at all cost," said Muzaffar Ahmed from Srinagar city.
 
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Indian Army hits Pakistani post opposite Rajouri

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The Indian Army hit a Pakistani post opposite the Rajouri sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday during continuous cross-fire following a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) by Pakistan that left a soldier dead, officials said.
 
The number of casualties incurred by Pakistani forces in the hit are not yet clear. 
 
Shelling from across either side of the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has been underway since 6.30 a.m. on Saturday after Pakistan violated the ceasefire near the Nowshera sector in Rajouri district.
 
"A soldier of the Indian Army was killed in the shelling by Pakistan in the Nowshera sector. By Saturday evening, shelling from Pakistan side across the LoC had subsided but had not stopped completely. There have been increased attempts at infiltration across the LoC into Jammu and Kashmir over the past few days," a senior Army official told IANS.
 
Lance Naik Sandeep Thapa, who sustained fatal injuries during the shelling, is a resident of Dehradun. As per sources, Thapa, 35, had been serving in the Army for the past 15 years.
 
According to Army sources, a major hub has been established by Pakistan in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir region to facilitate entry of terrorists into India.
 
Sources said firing of small arms and shelling with mortars by Pakistan on Saturday was totally unprovoked. There was befitting retaliation from the Indian Army to the unprovoked ceasefire violation.
 
Thapa's death is the seventh instance of casualty of Indians during ceasefire violations by Pakistan this year.
 
As compared to the previous seven months of 2019, there has been a considerable decrease in ceasefire violations at the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in August. On July 30, four special service personnel of Pakistan's Border Action Team had been shot down during an attempt to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Ceasefire violations had been the highest in the month of July in which, incidentally, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump had held a bilateral meeting in Washington DC.
 
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Curbs, communication clampdown being lifted in Kashmir

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Against the forecast of a doomsday scenario, government agencies have succeeded in preventing any loss of life during the 12-day clampdown in the Kashmir Valley and have started easing restrictions stepwise, officials said.
 
Against the widespread rumours and propaganda, all hotels in Srinagar and other districts of the Valley functioned with near normalcy during the last 12 days.
 
Supply of rations through outlets of the state-run public distribution system were maintained in all rural and urban areas of the Valley during the days of clampdown.
 
The clampdown was imposed in J&K on August 4, a day before both the Houses of the Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, and adopted the resolution to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A, paving way for bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories (UTs) -- Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one.
 
"Rumours spread by anti-social elements that people had been suffering from severe shortages of medicines, baby food and food items have exposed such elements in the eyes of the common man as there were no shortages of these items anywhere during the period of the restriction," an official said.
 
Authorities have all along maintained restriction were imposed under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code and were purely preventive in nature.
 
"All genuine public movement including those of ambulances carrying patients, government servants maintaining essential services etc were allowed from every area where we had imposed restrictions," a senior police officer said.
 
The restrictions were, however, very strictly enforced in old city areas of Srinagar where no public movement was allowed during the periods of restriction. 
 
Police said even in these highly law and order sensitive areas, people were allowed to come out in the evening to buy milk, medicines, food items etc as deployment of the security forces would be withdrawn for some hours in the evenings in these areas.
 
Senior police and paramilitary officers assigned law and order duties had to spend sleepless nights during the 12-day long restrictions in the Valley. 
 
"Supervising, monitoring and constantly ensuring that the deployed forces are not provoked to act in panic had been our biggest challenge and with the support of the people, we have successfully met this challenge," said Munir Khan, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order.
 
The top cop was thankful to people both in the Valley and the Jammu region whom he said ensured that miscreants were kept at bay and stopped from taking advantage of the fragile law and order situation. 
 
Across the board, senior officers of state administration, police, paramilitary forces and the Army appreciate the contribution made by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval who spent more than 10 days in the state to ensure that the historic decision taken by the country's Parliament was not used by anybody to stoke anti-national and anti-social passions.
 
"With the NSA breathing down your neck, how could you not remain on tenterhooks? This first and foremost priority was to ensure that while enforcing the required restrictions, public life and property is protected at all cost. This objective has been achieved successfully," said a senior intelligence officer. 
 
Complete normalcy is still some distance away in Kashmir as life would limp back to normal taking its own time.
 
Authorities have been able to dispel fears over the bloody fall out of the historic decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government. 
 
This gives reasonable hope to the common man that complete peace and normalcy might not elude Kashmir for too long now.
 
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Prohibitory orders being relaxed on assessment, I-Day rehearsals on: Official

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Prohibitory orders are being further relaxed across Kashmir Valley in a phased manner based on local assessment, a senior Jammu and Kashmir government official said on Tuesday.
 
Rohit Kansal, government spokesman and Principal Secretary, Planning, told reporters that dress rehearsals for celebrating Independence Day are being held across all districts of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
 
"Dress rehearsals of Independence Day are being carried out in all districts, and I hope it will be carried out in a grand and befitting manner," he said. 
 
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is set to unfurl the Indian tricolour at Lal Chowk, which separatists had not allowed anyone to do for the past decades.
 
On the prohibitory orders, he said that Jammu is "almost entirely free", while restrictions do continue in parts of Kashmir based on local assessment.
 
"The overall policy continues to be relaxations and easing up, and we are further hopeful that once the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day, being carried out in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh concludes, there will be further relaxations," he said.
 
On the concerns in some quarters over functioning of medical services, he said that "all medical services in all parts continues to be normal and unhindered" in Srinagar and all other districts of the Kashmir Valley.
 
He said figures from Srinagar indicate there were adequate supplies of medicines and medical equipment needed for procedures.
 
He added there was no dearth of facilities at hospitals and that other public utilities, including national highways, airports, power and water were functioning normally.
 
"The health and district administration are watching the situation," Kansal said.
 
He said that the first ever Global Investment Summit would be held in Jammu and Kashmir from October 12-14, and its opening session would be held in Srinagar.
 
A security clampdown was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the government revoking the special status on August 5.
 
Restrictions were eased in Kashmir on Friday to allow people to offer Friday prayers at local mosques. Curbs were also relaxed ahead of Eid al-Adha, on Monday.
 
Kansal said the national highway is functioning normally and over 100 heavy vehicles, trucks carrying LPG cylinders, oil trucks and about 1,500 light motor vehicles and buses have moved over the last 24 hours.
 
"The flight operations are normal too," he added. 
 
On the anti-India matter being circulated on social media, Kansal said, "Due cognisance has been taken of all the fake handles and of any items that create disaffection, and it is being tackled at the appropriate levels legally, procedurally and through appropriate measures."
 
"Whenever our attention is drawn to any fake accounts or any attempts to spread disaffection or peddle misinformation or create mischief, they are being dealt with procedurally, legally and through all available measures with the government," he said.
 
He said some arrests had been made following a local assessment of the situation.
 
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Centre now admits 'incident' of protest in Kashmir

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Three days after denying media reports that there were large-scale protests after Friday prayers in the Valley, the government on Tuesday acknowledged that there was an "incident" at Soura in Srinagar in which "miscreants mingled" with locals and resorted to stone-pelting at security forces.
 
The Union Home Ministry spokesperson tweeted: "Stories in media on a said incident in Soura region of #Srinagar. On 09/08, miscreants mingled with people returning home after prayers at a local mosque. They resorted to unprovoked stone pelting against law enforcement forces to cause widespread unrest.
 
"Law enforcement authorities showed restraint and tried to maintain law & order situation. It is reiterated that no bullets have been fired in #JammuAndKashmir since the development related to #Article370," the post said, tagging the J&K Police and the Information and Public Relations department.
 
On August 10, the Union Home Ministry had termed as "completely fabricated and incorrect" a Reuters report claiming there was a protest by 10,000 people in Srinagar on Friday when restrictions were eased.
 
The Ministry said the news report "originally published in Reuters and which appeared in 'Dawn' claimed there was a protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar".
 
"This is completely fabricated and incorrect. There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla, and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people," it had said in a tweet.
 
On Friday, the J&K administration had eased prohibitory orders to allow prayers in mosques and help people make arrangements for Monday's Eid celebrations.
 
J&K was put under lockdown on August 4 ahead of the government's move to revoke Article 370 that accorded special status to J&K.
 
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Mild earthquake recorded in Jammu and Kashmir

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A mild earthquake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in Jammu and Kashmir today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which  had its epicentre at latitude 34.6°N and longitude 77.8°E, occurred at 1620 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Eid celebrated peacefully in Jammu & Kashmir

People offering namaz on Eid-ul-Adha in Srinagar on August 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
People offering namaz on Eid-ul-Adha in Srinagar on August 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Amid massive security arrangements and restrictions, Eid prayers concluded peacefully in all parts of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) on Monday, after the revocation of Article 370 that granted the state a special status.
 
The prayers began at 7 a.m. and continued till noon in some places. The movement of people was facilitated by the police. People offered namaz and were also seen greeting police personnel on duty. 
 
Sharing a photograph of people distributing sweets after offering namaz, Union Home Ministry spokesperson Vasudha Gupta tweeted: "Eid prayers offered peacefully in all local mosques of Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipore, without any untoward incident." 
 
There were large congregations in mosques in Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Trehgam, Sopore, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Awantipora, Anantnag, Ganderbal and Budgam. In Jammu, over 5,000 people prayed at the Eidgah, while in Baramulla around 10,000 people offered namaz at the Jamia Masjid. 
 
However, Jammu's Residency Road Eidgah, one of the oldest in the city, wore a deserted look. "Most local Muslims preferred to offer prayers at their homes," Sheikh Hasin told IANS. "This was for the first time policemen were profiling every person at the Eidgah by clicking their pictures on mobile phones," he added.
 
In Srinagar, prayers were offered in hundreds of local mosques, after large congregations were restricted in sensitive areas. 
 
There were some isolated incidents of stone-pelting and minor protests in a few places. A few people also received minor injuries in the police action that followed.
 
However, the government on Monday released a statement denying reports of firing by the security forces earlier. "There are some reports in the media about firing by security forces and deaths/ injuries. It is categorically denied that any firing incident has happened in the state. Not a single bullet has been fired by security forces nor has there been any casualty," said a statement released by the government on Monday. 
 
In a bid to facilitate Eid celebrations, the state administration had started easing the restrictions from Saturday onwards in a calibrated manner. On Sunday, people thronged the shops that opened during the six hours of curfew relaxation. 
 
There was a massive sale of goats and sheep in Srinagar and other parts of the valley. Over 2.5 lakh sheep were sold in Srinagar by Sunday, before the restrictions were back. 
 
A meeting was also held on Sunday between clerics and the Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Baseer Khan, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani and Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary to ensure a peaceful and smooth celebration of Eid.
 
Restrictions were completely lifted and limited to the night in five districts of Jammu. 
 
Officials said more than 250 ATMs have been made functional in Srinagar and bank branches were also open. 
 
But the restrictions on connectivity continue, though people are being facilitated to contact their relatives outside the state through widespread deployment of helplines at convenient locations such as the District Commissioner's office, police stations and police posts. 
 
Over 300 public points for phone connectivity have also been functional across the Kashmir division. Thousands of calls are being made every day from these places. Over 5,000 calls were made in one day in Srinagar. 
 
In the absence of communications services, the media is being facilitated through a media centre set up with phone and internet connectivity. Daily briefings are held by a senior government official there at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
 
Jammu and Kashmir has been under lockdown since the government on August 5 abrogated Article 370, and divided the state into two Union Territories.
 
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Tight security in J&K on Eid, no call yet on namaz in open

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With Eid to be celebrated on Monday, the administration and security agencies have made elaborate arrangements to ensure it goes off smoothly in Jammu and Kashmir, but are yet to take a call on whether to allow prayers in the large open grounds where thousands congregate.
 
Security agencies have identified at least four "hotspots" in south Kashmir, with a history of anti-India elements, ahead of August 12 when restrictions upon civilians are also likely to be lifted.
 
"There is a high possibility of trouble following the Eid prayers in certain areas as has been witnessed historically. Certain areas in Shopian, Pulwama and parts of Anantnag and Sopore, which have been witness to unrest in the past, have been identified," said a senior army official.
 
"Security agencies will conduct aggressive area domination in the locations having a history of unrest. The army will synergise with local police and troops of Central Armed Police Forces. The local police and paramilitary forces will co-ordinate for crowd control and maintaining law and order," added the official.
 
The Kashmir Valley is in the midst of unprecedented troop deployment since August 5 ahead of the Central government's decision to withdraw special category status to J&K and to bifurcate the state into two Union territories.
 
The number of cease-fire violations by Pakistan at the LoC has been drastically less in the month of August as compared to the previous month. Ceasefire violations had touched 272 till the end of July, which was the highest for any particular month this calendar year. July was incidentally the month in which Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump had met in Washington DC.
 
"The number of ceasefire violations has been surprisingly low over the past one week. We are however expecting an increase in infiltration attempts from across the PoK into India in the light of veiled threats from Pakistan. But we are prepared for any contingency," said the official.
 
Following the decision of the Indian Parliament to read down Article 370 and withdraw special status to J&K, Imran Khan had warned of another "Pulawama-type incident".
 
Addressing a joint session of the Pakistani Parliament, Khan had said: "Through this move, they are trying to crush the people of Kashmir, as a result of which a Pulawama type incident will happen. I can predict that. They will put the blame on us if such an incident happens again. They may strike us again and we will strike back and it would have grave consequences for the entire world."
 
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Prohibitory orders withdrawn in Jammu

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Restrictions announced across Jammu and Kashmir late on last Sunday, ahead of the announcement of the abrogation of Article 370, were withdrawn in Jammu on Friday, an official statement said.
 
Schools and colleges can open from August 10, read an order from District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan.
 
"The order No DCJ/PS/2019/376-407 dated 05-08-2019 issued under Section 144 CrPC within Municipal Limits of Jammu District is hereby withdrawn," the order said.
 
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Beginning of a new era in J&K, Ladakh: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Centre's decision to repeal Article 370 and reorganise the state by bifurcating it into two Union Territories marked the beginning of a "new era" in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that the rights of all the people across the country were now the same.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation over radio and television on August 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation over radio and television on August 8, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Centre's decision to repeal Article 370 of the Constitution and reorganise the state by bifurcating it into two Union Territories marked the beginning of a "new era" in Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that the rights of all the people across the country are now same.
 
"This is the beginning of a new era in Jammu and Kashmir. Now the rights, as well as responsibilities of people across the country, are equal," Modi said in his first address to the nation after the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha. 
 
In his nearly 40-minute-long speech, Modi also congratulated the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh after the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution which gave special status to the region, and the Parliament's nod to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories (UTs) -- Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh sans one.
 
He promised  that elections to elect a new legislative assembly in Jammu and Kashmir would be held in a transparent manner, like the panchayat polls last year.
 
In his address -- the first after the revocation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state -- Modi also said that all vacant government posts in the new UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh would be filled soon.
 
He said that he wanted the local young leaders of the region to enter politics and participate in the polls.
 
The Prime Minister urged the J&K Governor to complete, at the earliest, formation of the block development councils, pending for the last two-three decades.
 
"I am confident that after the removal of Article 370, when these Panchayat members get a chance to work in the new system, they will do wonders. I am confident that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will defeat separatism and move forward with new hopes," he said.
 
Modi also asserted that the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B.R. Ambedkar, Syama Prasad Mookerjee and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee has been fulfilled by abrogating Article 370.
 
"Like one family, one nation, we have taken a historic decision on Jammu and Kashmir. Such a system, due to which the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of many rights, which was a major obstacle in their development, have now gone away.
 
"The dreams of Sardar Patel, Baba Ambedkar, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and crores of patriots have been fulfilled," he said.
 
Modi said that keeping Jammu and Kashmir under central administration for "a brief period" was a "well-thought move".
 
"The decision to keep Jammu and Kashmir directly under Central administration for a brief period was a well-thought-over decision. Since Governor's rule was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, the state administration has been directly in touch with Centre due to which the effects of good governance can be seen on the ground," Modi said in an address to the nation.
 
The Prime Minister said that some things in society and life get so mixed with time that many times, these things are considered permanent. 
 
"It is understood that nothing will change, it will work like this. There was a similar sentiment with Article 370. There was no discussion about the loss of our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Surprisingly, if we talk to anyone, no one could even tell what was the benefit of Article 370 in the lives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.
 
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PM Modi to address nation at 8 p.m. on Thursday on J&K

In a special broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 p.m. on Thursday on All India Radio, two days after the government altered the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
In a special broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 p.m. on Thursday on All India Radio, two days after the government altered the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
He is likely to outline the government's vision on Jammu and Kashmir, and how it plans to bring about development to the now Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh.
 
The government has planned to rope in big investors into the Union Territories, fast track the Srinagar Metro and involve people in the development process, all of which officials say were earlier being hampered by Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
With the separatists and pro-independence sympathisers under lockdown, the NDA government plans to roll out big-time development in the two border Union Territories.
 
Pakistan, which has been insisting on terming Kashmir as a disputed international issue and has expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad, could find mention in the Prime Minister's speech.
 
The Prime Minister's speech comes ahead of his August 15 Independence Day speech at the Red Fort, where he spells out his vision for the nation.
 
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Modi to address nation at 4 p.m. on Thursday on Kashmir

In a special broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 p.m. on Thursday on All India Radio, after the government altered the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
In a special broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 4 p.m. on Thursday on All India Radio, after the government altered the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
He is likely to outline the government's vision on Jammu and Kashmir, and how it plans to bring about development to the now Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and the UT of Ladakh.
 
The government has planned to rope in big investors into the UTs, fast track the Srinagar Metro and involve people in the development process, all of which officials say were earlier being hampered by Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. 
 
With the separatists and pro-independence sympathisers under lockdown, the NDA government plans to roll out big-time development in the two border UTs.
 
Pakistan, which has been insisting on terming Kashmir as a disputed international issue and has expelled the Indian envoy in Islamabad, could find mention in the Prime Minister's speech.
 
The Prime Minister's speech comes ahead of his August 15 Independence Day speech at the Red Fort, where he spells out his vision for the nation.
 
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Doval visits J&K, interacts with Kashmiris over lunch

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval having lunch with local residents in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 7, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval having lunch with local residents in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 7, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Days after the government revoked Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was spotted on Wednesday having lunch with local residents here, in a bid to show that normalcy was slowly returning to the Valley.
 
Doval was in Kashmir to assess the security situation in the state, which was put under curfew hours ahead of the government's announcement. All communication, including the internet and telephones (both mobile and landline), were also snapped. 
 
On Wednesday, however, the NSA was spotted sitting and interacting with a handful of local people outside shuttered down shops in an empty market place in South Kashmir's Shopian. 
 
Between bites of wazwan, Doval was seen explaining to the people how the new set-up would ease people's lives by improving health facilities and education. "The government will make every effort to better the education of the children in the valley. It might not be as good as the private institutes, but you'll definitely see an improvement," he told the people. 
 
Earlier, the NSA met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. He also addressed groups of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force and the Indian Army personnel to boost their morale in the state's altered scenario. He said he was aware of the danger the security forces in the state worked under as he himself had been a part of the security set-up for the past 52 years. 
 
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