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Soldier killed in training event accident near LoC

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One soldier was killed and seven others were injured on Wednesday in an accident during a training event near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a defence spokesman said.
 
"Today in a training event accident in a forward area in Poonch, one soldier was seriously wounded and a few others suffered minor injuries," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said.
 
The critically injured soldier succumbed to his wounds in a hospital later.
 
Anand denied that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device.
 
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Pakistan violates ceasefire on IB, firing on

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Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba sector on Tuesday evening, sparking off a gunfight which was still on, police said.
 
"Pakistan Rangers targeted Border Security Force positions in Samba sector in the evening using small arms and automatics. BSF troopers have retaliated. Firing exchanges were going on till last reports came in," police sources said.
 
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6 militants, soldier among 8 killed in three Valley gunfights

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Six militants, including a top Jaish-e-Mohammad commander, as well as a soldier and a civilian were killed and four others injured in three gunfights between security forces and militants across the Kashmir Valley on Thursday.
 
In the first gunfight in Dalipora village of Pulwama district, three Jaish militants, including a top commander who had masterminded the 2017 attack on a CRPF camp, a soldier and a civilian were killed, police said.
 
"The slain militants have been identified as two locals, Naseer Pandit and Umar Mir and Pakistani national Khalid Bhai. Khalid was a top JeM commander and had masterminded the 2017 attack on the CRPF camp in Lethpora in which five troopers were killed," a police source said.
 
The civilian victim was identified as Rayees Ahmad Dar, son of the owner of the house where the militants were hiding. His brother, Muhammad Younis, sustained a gunshot injury.
 
According to the sources, two soldiers were also injured in the exchange of firing.
 
Giving details of the gunfight, a police statement said: "On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched today morning by police and security forces at Dalipora area.
 
"As police and security forces were evacuating civilians from the neighbourhood around the target house, the hiding terrorists fired indiscriminately. In the process, one Army jawan, Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life."
 
Security forces retaliated, killing three militants whose bodies were retrieved from the site, it said.
 
"They were identified as Naseer Pandit of Kareemabad, Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and from the incriminating material recovered from the site of encounter, one terrorist has been identified as a Pakistani, namely Khalid.
 
"According to police records, the killed terrorists were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM," it said.
 
The statement said that Khalid, "who was operating as commander of proscribed terror outfit JeM was involved in several terror attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area. Many terror crime cases were registered against him".
 
Amid massive clashes near the gunfight site and adjoining areas, authorities imposed curfew in Pulwama town and suspended mobile internet services. Mobile internet speed was also reduced in Srinagar city to prevent uploading of inflammatory pictures and posts.
 
In another gunfight in Handew village of Shopian district, three militants were killed while a soldier was injured. Police said firing exchanges have stopped but the search operation is still going on.
 
"Bodies of the slain militants have been recovered. Their exact identities and group affiliation are being ascertained," police said.
 
Following specific information about the presence of militants, troops of the army's counter-insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and the Special Operations Group of the state police launched a cordon and search operation in Handew village, but came under fire from the hiding militants and retaliated.
 
The third gunfight took place in Kandi forest area of Kupwara district.
 
Security forces surrounded the forest area after intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants there.
 
Police said a brief shootout took place in Kandi forest area, but there was no report of any casualty.
 
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Heavy firing on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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Heavy firing exchanges took place between Indian and Pakistani troopers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Sunday, a defence official said.
 
"At 11 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing of small arms in the Krishna Ghati and Kirni sectors. Our troops retaliated effectively," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told the media.
 
For the last three days, the two armies have traded fire on the LoC in Shahpur, Kirni and Krishna Ghati sectors of Poonch district.
 
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Tourist killed in Jammu-Srinagar highway accident

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A tourist from Maharashtra was killed and three others were injured on Sunday in an accident on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, police said.
 
"The victim and the injured were on their way from the Kashmir Valley to Jammu when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a boulder that rolled down the mountain in Ramsoo area," the police said.
 
There were 12 people in the vehicle. The victim was identified as Sunil Kathe of Nasik.
 
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Indian, Pakistan army trade fire on LoC in Poonch

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Indian and Pakistan army traded fire on the Line of Control on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
 
Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said, "About 4 p.m. today Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms along the LoC in Qasba sector of Poonch district. Indian Army retaliated befittingly".
 
Yesterday also the two armies had exchanged heavy fire in Shahpur and Kirni sectors of the same district.
 
Authorities had ordered closure of schools in areas close to the LoC in Kirni sector on Thursday because of heavy shelling in the area.
 
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India, Pakistan trade fire on LoC in Poonch

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Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on Thursday on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, Defence Ministry said.
 
"At about 9.30 a.m. Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Shahpur and Kirni sectors on the LoC in Poonch. They started firing with small arms followed by shelling with mortars," Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said.
 
"The Indian Army is now retaliating befittingly. Firing and shelling exchanges are going on."
 
Thursday's ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army comes nearly after a fortnight of calm on the LoC.
 
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Online helicopter booking from May 1 for Amarnath Yatra

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The online helicopter booking for the annual Amarnath Yatra will begin on May 1, according to an announcement on Friday.
 
A statement issued here by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual Himalayan Yatra said: "Online booking of helicopter tickets for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2019 shall commence on May 1 at 10 a.m.
 
"SASB has made arrangements with M/s Global Vectra Helicorps Ltd and M/s Himalayan Heli Services Pvt Ltd on the Neelgrath (Baltal)-Panjtarni- Neelgrath (Baltal) sector and M/s UTair India Pvt Ltd on the Pahalgam-Panjtarni-Pahalgam sector".
 
SASB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Umang Narula said the online booking facility would be available to the intending Yatris on the website of these companies.
 
"Based on competitive bidding, the one-way per passenger helicopter fare for Neelgrath (Baltal)-Panjtarni has been fixed at Rs 1,804. Similarly the one-way Pahalgam-Panjtarni fare will be Rs 3,104," the CEO said.
 
Yatris intending to use the helicopter service will not be allowed to board the helicopter unless they produce the required Compulsory Health Certificate issued by authorised doctors or institutes which have been notified by their respective state governments, he added.
 
Yatris intending to use helicopter services have been advised to get tickets only from the authorised helicopter operators or their authorised agents and not to fall prey to unscrupulous elements who may mislead them and try to sell fake tickets.
 
This year's Amarnath Yatra begins on July 1 and will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.
 
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Five killed, nine injured in landslide in J&K's Doda district

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Five people were killed and nine others injured when a landslide hit a mini-bus in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district on Wednesday, police said.
 
The mini-bus was its way from Gandoh to Thathri in Doda district when it was hit by a landslide in the afternoon.
 
"Three persons were killed on the spot while two others succumbed in the local health centre where the injured were shifted. Thr injured are being treated," police said.
 
The deceased have been identified as Mansoor Ahmad and his wife Gulshan, Mudasir Ahmad, Kamlesh Devi and Shakeela Begum.
 
"All the deceased belonged to Doda district," the police added.
 
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Heavy firing on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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Heavy firing exchanges took place between Indian and Pakistani troopers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district on Monday, a defence official said.
 
"At 8.15 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms in the Nowshera sector. Our troops retaliated effectively," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told the media.
 
Reports said that intermittent firing were still continuing in the area.
 
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India, Pakistan trade heavy fire across LoC

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The Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Friday, the Defence Ministry said.
 
"At about 8.30 a.m., Pakistan initiated unprovoked shelling using mortars and firing small arms along the LoC in Sawjian sector," Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said. 
 
The Indian Army retaliated "befittingly", he added.
 
Intermittent firing exchanges were still going on.
 
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Yasin Malik shifted from Jammu to Delhi's Tihar Jail

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Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, was on Tuesday shifted from Jammu's Kot Balwal jail to the Tihar Jail in Delhi, official sources said.
 
He was brought from Jammu to Delhi on an Air India flight in the evening, the sources said.
 
Malik had been booked under the harsh Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Jammu on March 7. Under the PSA, any person can be kept in detention for two years without any judicial intervention.
 
Meanwhile, the NIA on Tuesday summoned former PDP legislator, Ajaz Mir to appear before the agency on April 12 in Delhi in connection with the arms loot case being investigated by the agency.
 
On September 28 last year, Special Police Officer Adil Bashir Sheikh had decamped with seven AK-47 rifles of the security guards and one pistol of Mir from the official residence of the legislator in Jawahar Nagar area of Srinagar city. The SPO has since joined the militant ranks.
 
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Indian, Pakistani troops clash on LoC

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Indian and Pakistani troops traded mortars and gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday.
 
The first violation of the ceasefire by the Pakistan Army took place in Rajouri and it then spread to Poonch district, officials said.
 
Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand said that around 5 p.m. the Pakistanis used mortars and small arms to target Indian positions along the LoC in Shahpur and Kerni sectors of Poonch district.
 
"Indian positions retaliated and heavy firing exchanges are now going on between the two sides," the spokesman said.
 
A 6-year old girl, a woman and an inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed and 13 others injured in indiscriminate shelling and firing by the Pakistan Army in the same sectors a day earlier.
 
Authorities closed all educational institutions within a five kilometre distance of the LoC in Poonch district as a precaution.
 
Earlier, firing exchanges started between the two armies in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district at about 11.30 a.m.
 
"The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly," the spokesman said.
 
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BSF officer, girl killed, 14 injured in Pakistani shelling

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A BSF officer and a 6-year-old girl were killed and 14 persons, including five other security personnel, were injured on Monday in Pakistani shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
 
Police said the girl was killed and nine civilians were injured in the shelling in Shahpur, Kerni, Mankote, Mendhar and Krishna Ghati sectors.
 
"The girl died after being hit by a splinter fired by the Pakistan Army," a police officer said.
 
Also killed was a BSF officer, official sources said, but did not give his name or designation yet.
 
Nine civilians and six security personnel, including two soldiers and four Border Security Force (BSF) troopers, were injured in indiscriminate shelling and firing by Pakistan, police said, adding that all the injured have been shifted to hospital.
 
One of the injured BSF men, an inspector, succumbed to his injuries.
 
Reports said that heavy firing exchanges were continuing intermittently on the LoC at many places in Poonch district.
 
Authorities have closed all educational institutions close to the LoC following the ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army that began at 7.45 a.m.
 
According to Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Devender Anand, the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms.
 
The Indian troops retaliated effectively, the officer said.
 
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Heavy firing on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

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Heavy firing exchanges took place between Indian and Pakistani troopers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Monday, a defence official said.
 
"At 7.45 a.m., the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing of small arms in the Shahpur and Kerni sectors. Our troops retaliated effectively," Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand told the media.
 
The firing exchanges were still continuing, the spokesman added.
 
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Soldier killed in Pakistan firing on LoC

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An Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, defence sources said on Sunday.
 
According to the sources, the Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Shahpur area late Saturday night which continued till Sunday morning.
 
"The soldier was critically injured in the firing. He succumbed to his injuries earlier today," the sources added.
 
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Two killed in Jammu and Kashmir landslide

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Two people were killed on Saturday in a landslide in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, police said.
 
The massive landslide hit a truck on Thathri road in Gandoh area, killing both the driver and the helper on the spot.
 
"Locals rushed to the spot immediately, but could not save the victims," the police added.
 
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Soldier killed in Pakistan firing on LoC

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An Indian soldier was killed on Thursday in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.
 
Defence Ministry sources said the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked shelling of mortars and firing with small arms to target Indian positions in the Sunderbani sector.
 
"The Pakistan ceasefire violation started early on Thursday morning. One soldier sustained critical injuries in the shelling and succumbed to the injuries. Our positions are effectively retaliating," an official said.
 
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CRPF trooper kills three colleagues, shoots himself

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A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper shot dead three colleagues before shooting and seriously wounding himself in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district, police said on Thursday.
 
CRPF Constable Ajit Singh killed his colleagues inside a camp in Battal Ballian area on Wednesday evening before shooting himself with his service rifle.
 
"The incident occurred reportedly after a heated argument between Ajit Singh and his colleagues. He has been shifted to hospital in a critical condition," a police officer said.
 
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Soldier killed in Pakistan firing on LoC in Rajouri

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An Indian soldier was killed on Monday in Pakistan firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, defence sources said.
 
He was killed during a ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Army in the Sunderbani sector.
 
"A soldier was killed and four others injured when Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation around 5.30 a.m. today. The Indian Army retaliated effectively," the sources said.
 
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11 killed in road accident in Ramban district of Jammu & Kashmir

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At least 11 persons were killed in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district on Saturday, police said.
 
Their vehicle that set out for Rajgarh from Chanderkote went off the road into a deep gorge near Kunda Nallah after the driver lost control at the wheel.
 
"The accident occurred at 10.30 a.m. Five persons died on the spot while six of the eight injured passengers succumbed to their injuries in the hospital," police said.
 
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Death toll in Jammu blast rises to two

 
Death toll in Jammu blast rises to two
The death toll in Thursday's grenade blast at a bus stand in Jammu rose to two on Friday with the death in hospital of another injured man in hospital last night, official sources said.
 
Police identified the victim as Mohammed Riaz, a resident of Mattan, Anantnag, who had suffered serious injuries in the explosion.
 
A teenager, Yasin Javed Bhat, had died on Thursday in the explosion -- the third at the bus stand since May last year. As many as 31 others had suffered injuries in the incident, which occurred three weeks after the February 14 terrror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which claimed 40 lives.
 
The police have arrested a youth, identified as Yasin Javed Bhat, for allegedly hurling the grenade.
 
Police said that, in preliminary interrogation, the youth had admitted to having hurled the grenade. He hails from Kulgam, where he was tasked to carry out the blast by a person named Farooq Ahmed Bhatt, who is said to be the District Commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM).
 
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One dead, 32 injured in blast at bus stand in Jammu

A teenager was killed and 32 other people suffered injuries when a grenade exploded at a bus stand in Jammu today, three weeks after the February 14 terrror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which claimed 40 lives.
 
One dead, 32 injured in blast at Jammu bus stand
A teenager was killed and 32 other people suffered injuries when a grenade exploded at a bus stand in Jammu today, three weeks after the February 14 terrror attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama which claimed 40 lives.
 
The police have arrested a youth, identified as Yasin Javed Bhat, for allegedly hurling the grenade.
 
Jammu Inspector General of Police M K Sinha told newspersons that the deceased youth was identified as Mohammed Shariq of Hardwar in Uttarakhand. He said the youth could not be saved despite an emergency surgery conducted on him at the Government Medical College and Hospital.
 
He said 32 others suffered injuries in the blast, including 10 from the Jammu region, 11 from Kashmir and nine from other states of India. Two of the injured could not be immediately identified. All of them are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
 
Police said the grenade, probably lobbed into the premises from outside, appeared to have rolled under a parked bus before it went off around 11.50 am.
 
Even as policemen, emergency services personnel and civilians rushed th injured to hospital, police cordoned off and began investigations. Apart from collecting evidence on the spot, they also scanned footage from CCTV cameras in the area and identified a suspect, wearing jeans and a jacket and carrying a red rucksack,
 
All police check posts were immediately alerted and the youth was apprehended at Nagrota.
 
Sinha said that, in preliminary interrogation, the youth had admitted to having hurled the grenade. He hails from Kulgam, where he was tasked to carry out the blast by a person named Farooq Ahmed Bhatt, who is said to be the District Commander of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM),
 
He said the youth would be put through sustained questioning to find out more details about the blast and the people behind it. The youth had said that he had reached Jammu only this morning and was trying to escape from the city when he was caught by the police.'
 
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30 injured in blast at bus stand in Jammu

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At least 30 people suffered injuries when a grenade exploded at a bus stand in Jammu today, official sources said.
 
The injured, including a woman, were admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital here where the condition of some of them was said to be serious.
 
Police said the grenade, probably lobbed into the premises from outside, appeared to have rolled under a parked bus before it went off around 11.30 am.
 
The area was cordoned off and police were conducting investigations, the sources said.
 
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Modi lays stone of AIIMS at Vijaipur, launches several other projects in J&K

 
Modi inaugurates several developmental projects in Jammu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stones of a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Vijaipur in Samba district and the new terminal building of KBR Airport in Leh beside inaugurating several development projects in Jammu and Leh regions of Jammu & Kashmir. 
 
Inaugurating the 624 MW Kiru Hydroelectric project and 850 Megawatt Ratle Hydro Electric project in Kishtwar, Mr Modi said the new power projects in J&K region will provide employment to the youth.
 
At the foundations stone laying of the AIIMS, he said the facility will provide quality healthcare to the people and address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region. He said another 500 seats in the state medical colleges would be added soon. 
 
Inaugurating the University Institute of Engineering & Technology in Kathua, Mr Modi expressed his happiness that the youths from Jammu will benefit from the 10% Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota. 
 
He also laid the foundation stone for the construction of Northern Regional Centre Campus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication at Jammu. The campus, set up in the academic year 2012-13 has been working from a temporary building since then. 
 
Laying the foundation stone for hydro projects in Kishtwar, he said, “New power projects in the region will provide employment to youth”. He also declared 100% electrification of households in the Jammu and Kashmir under the Saubhagya Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana), a project to provide electricity to all households. 
 
The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for construction of Transit accommodation for Kashmiri migrant employees in the valley. He announced that the work was afoot to employ displaced Kashmiris in 3,000 posts. 
 
“India will not forget the circumstances in which the Pandits had to leave their homes. The country must stand with those being persecuted in the neighbouring countries,” he added.
 
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Mr Modi laid the foundation stone of the project aimed at reducing pollution of Rivers Devika & Tawi under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP). This project is scheduled for completion by March 2021. 
 
He said 14,000 bunkers have been built along the border for the safety of the soldiers. “While the previous Government tried to hoodwink One Rank, One Pension (OROP) with a grant of Rs. 500 crore, we have allotted Rs. 35,000 crore. Had the former rulers been proactive, Kartarpur Sahib would have been part of India,” he added.
 
Another highlight of the Prime Minister’s visit to Jammu was laying the foundation stone of 1640 metre span double lane bridge over River Chenab at Sajwal. It will provide an alternative route for the population of Sajwal and Indri Pattian reducing the commuting distance from 47km to just 5km. He said Rs 40,000 crore has been sanctioned to improve connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
During his visit to Leh, applauding the crowd at a meeting for braving a chilly winter, he said, “Those who live in difficult situations, they challenge every difficulty. Your affection gives me a great motivation to keep working hard.”
 
Inaugurating the University of Ladakh, Mr Modi said, “Young students constitute 40% of the population of Ladakh. There has been a long-standing demand for a University in this region. With this launch, this demand would be fulfilled.” 
 
This University will be a cluster comprising degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi and will have administrative offices at Leh and Kargil for the ease of students.
 
He inaugurated 9 MW Dah Hydroelectric project in Dah near Datang village and 220 KV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil–Leh transmission system. 
 
Five new tourist and trekking routes in Ladakh were opened as well. “Life gets easier, economically as well once a city is well connected. Once the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line is completed, the distance from Delhi to Leh will be reduced,” he added.
 
He laid the foundation stone of the new terminal building of Kushok Bakula Rimpochee (KBR) Airport in Leh by unveiling a plaque. The new terminal will provide seamless passenger movement with all modern amenities.
 
These projects will ensure better availability of electricity, improved connectivity and thus result in more tourist footfalls in the region. It will also open better livelihood opportunities to many villages.
 
In addition, the Protected Area Permit’s validity has been increased to 15 days. Now tourists will be able to enjoy their journey to Leh for a longer time.
 
He said a few changes have been made in the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Act and the Council have been given more rights concerning the expenditure. Now the Autonomous Council releases the money sent for the region’s development, he added.
 
About the interim budget, Mr Modi said there has been a hike in allocation by 30% for Scheduled Tribes and nearly 35% hike for the development of Scheduled Castes.
 
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