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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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Modi to visit Jammu, Srinagar and Leh on Sunday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Jammu, Srinagar and Leh in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday when he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of various development projects. He will also inspect Dal Lake in Srinagar.
 
An official press release said Modi would unveil the plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stones of the new All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS) at Vijaypur and Awantipora.
 
The Union Cabinet had approved setting up of AIIMS at Vijaypur in Jammu and AIIMS at Awantipora in Pulwama, Kashmir. Setting up of the new AIIMS would transform the health care facilities, health education and training in the region, an official press release said.
 
He will also lay the foundation stone for the construction of Northern Regional Centre Campus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication at Jammu through the unveiling of plaque.
 
He will also launch the University of Ladakh, which will be the first university in the Ladakh region, established under University of Ladakh Act 2018. It will be a cluster university comprising degree colleges of Leh, Kargil, Nubra, Zanskar, Drass and Khaltsi. The university will have administrative offices at Leh and Kargil.
 
Modi will also digitally launch various projects under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). He will lay foundation stone of 54 new Model Degree Colleges, 11 Professional Colleges and one Women’s University in the country.
 
He will inaugurate 16 Model Degree Colleges and 66 Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Career Hubs in the country. He will also lay the foundation stone of three Model Degree Colleges in J&K, at Kishtwar, Kupwara and Baramulla, and the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Career Hub in University of Jammu.
 
The University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Kathua will be dedicated to the nation by the PM. He will then lay the foundation stone for construction of transit accomodation for Kashmiri migrant employees in Kashmir valley through the unveiling of plaque. 
 
The Prime Minister will  declare 100% electrification of households in the State Of Jammu And Kashmir under the Saubhagya Scheme. He will also lay foundation stone of 624 MW Kiru Hydroelectric project in Kishtwar, Jammu Kashmir. It is a run of river project across River Chenab and once completed, the project will generate 2272 million units of electricity annually.
 
He will inaugurate the 9 MW Dah Hydroelectric project. Located in Dah near village Datang, the project is a run-of–the-river scheme, by Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Limited.
 
He will dedicate to the nation the 220 KV Srinagar-Alusteng-Drass-Kargil -Leh transmission system. The foundation stone of this prestigious project was also laid by him in August, 2014. 
 
The 400 KV D/C Jalandhar-Samba-Rajouri-Shopian-Amargarh (Sopore) transmission lane will be dedicated to the nation by Modi. The project has augmented the grid connectivity in Jammu & Kashmir.
 
Modi will lay the foundation stone of 1640 m span double lane bridge over River Chenab at Sajwal. The project will provide an alternative route for the population of Sajwal and Indri Pattian. With the completion of this bridge, the distance between Sajwal and Indri Pattian shall be reduced to 5 kms from 47 kms earlier.
 
He will also lay the foundation of the project aimed at reducing pollution of Rivers Devika and Tawi under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP). Upon completion, the project will have a significant and direct beneficial impact in terms of reduction of pollution load in the two rivers and improvement in their water quality.
 
The Prime Minister will will lay foundation stone of the new terminal building of Kushok Bakula Rimpochee (KBR) Airport in Leh by unveiling the plaque. The new terminal will be a modular, energy efficient and self-sustaining building of 18,985 sq.m.
 
He will then open new tourist and trekking routes in Ladakh. This will offer diverse tourist activities in Ladakh and will result in more tourist flow. It will also open better livelihood opportunities to many villages.
 
Facilities for launch of Rural BPO, Bandipora will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. This will enhance employment opportunities for the youth in Bandipora and neighbouring districts. He will inaugurate Multipurpose Indoor Sports Facility at Sephora, Ganderbal. The indoor sports facility will be an invaluable asset for the youth of the district Ganderbal, where they will get the chance to play indoor games.
 
In Srinagar, the Prime Minister will interact with students from the states of Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha, Maharashtra and Telangana. He will also hold an interaction with the newly elected Sarpanches.
 
Modi had earlier visited Jammu, Srinagar and Leh on May 19, 2018 to lay the foundation stone for various infrastructure projects in the state.
 
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Gadkari inaugurates bridge over River Ravi in J&K

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Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday inaugurated a 1210-metre span-bridge over river Ravi in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Dedicating the bridge to the nation, Gadkari said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had set a new mark in timely delivery of public goods by completing various projects on or before time.
 
He said that the government was focused on providing corruption-free and transparent governance to the people without compromising on quality. 
 
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik and Union Minister Jitendra Singh were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
The bridge over Ravi  at Keerian-Gandial will benefit over 2,20,000 people living on the two sides – Kathua in Jammu, and Pathankot in Punjab. It will reduce the distance between the two cities from 45 kms to 8.6 kms, which will save on both time and fuel cost. 
 
The Keerian-Gandial bridge has been constructed at a cost of Rs 158.84 crore to improve inter-state connectivity, an official press release said.
 
Gadkari said the national highway (NH) network in Jammu and Kashmir had increased by 969 kms in the last ofur years, from 1695 km in 2014 to 2664 kms in 2019. In addition, four state roads of 400 kms had also been approved, he said.
 
He said the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is executing 16 projects worth Rs 45,107 crore through NHAI, NHIDCL, State PWD and BRO under the Prime Minister’s special development package (PMDP) for J&K announced on 7th November 2015. Of these, works worth Rs 30,000 crore have already started. NHAI is executing eight projects worth Rs 14,987 crore, NHIDCL/BRO – six projects costing Rs 24120 crore, and PWD – two projects for Rs 6,000 crore.
 
He said two major road corridors are being built in J&K – Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh. The Chenani-Nashri tunnel road under the first is the largest highway tunnel in the country. It has resulted in reducing the travel time between Jammu and Srinagar by two and a half hours, while the distance between the two has come down by 30 kms. The tunnel is benefitting by way of making travel possible throughout the year and saving of upto Rs 27 lakh worth fuel on the route, he said.
 
A 62-km long 4-lane ring road is being constructed in Srinagar city at a cost of Rs 1,860 crore. The road begins from Ganderbal on NH-44 and ends at Vayul on NH-1D. It will connect 54 villages in six districts. Also, about 25 per cent work on the 58.255 km 4-lane Jammu Ring Road has been completed. The total cost of this project is Rs 1,891 crore. The project involves construction of eight major bridges, 22 minor bridges, six flyovers, and two tunnels of 770 meters and 710 meters, respectively, he said.
 
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Cabinet approves three new AIIMS in Samba, Pulwama and Rajkot

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The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Vijaynagar, Samba in Jammu, Awantipura, Pulwama in Kashmir and Rajkot in Gujarat.
 
The AIIMS at Vijaynagar and Awantipura will be set up at a cost of Rs 1828 crore and the one in Rajkot at a cost of Rs 1195 crore. These institutes will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), an official press release said.
 
One post of Director in the basic pay of Rs 2,25,000/- (fixed) plus NPA (pay + NPA would not exceed Rs 2,37,500) will be created for each of the three AIIMS.
 
The AIIMS in Vijaynagar will be built in 48 months. It will broadly comprise a pre-construction phase of 12 months, a construction phase of 30 months and stabilization/ commission phase of 6 months.
 
The AIIMS in Awantipura will be built in 72 months, with a pre-construction phase of 12 months, a construction phase of 54 months and stabilization/commission phase of 6 months.
 
The AIIMS in Rajkot will be built in 45 months with a pre-construction phase of 10 months, a construction phase of 32 months and stabilization/commission phase of 3 months.
 
Establishment of new AIIMS involves the creation of Hospital, Teaching Block for medical & nursing courses, residential complex and allied facilities/services, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi and other six new AIIMS taken up under Phase-I of PMSSY. 
 
The objective is to establish the new AIIMS as Institutions of National Importance for providing quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
 
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Each new AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) seats. Each will have 15-20 Super Specialty Departments.
 
Each of them will add around 750 hospital beds which will include Emergency/Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Private Beds and ICU Speciality & Super Speciality beds.
 
It is expected that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1500 OPD patients per day and around 1000 IPD patients per month.
 
There will be a Medical College, AYUSH Block, Auditorium, Night Shelter, Guest House, Hostels and residential facilities.
 
Construction of the new AIIMS is fully funded by the Central Government. The Operations & Maintenance expenses will be fully borne by the Central Government, an official press release said.
 
The establishment of the new AIIMS will create capital assets for which requisite specialized manpower will be created, based on the pattern of the six new AIIMS, for their maintenance and upkeep, it said.
 
"Setting up of new AIIMS would transform health education and training and address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. It will serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality health care to the population.
 
"It will also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that will be available for primary and secondary level institutions/facilities being created under the National Health Mission (NHM).
 
"Setting up new AIIMS in Jammu & Kashmir and in Gujarat will lead to employment generation for nearly 3000 people in various faculty & non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS. Indirect employment generation will take place due to facilities & services like a shopping centre, canteens, etc. coming in the vicinity of new AIIMS. The construction activity involved in the creation of the physical infrastructure for the various new AIIMS is also expected to generate substantial employment in the construction phase as well," the release added.
 
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Helicopter, cable car services to Vaishno Devi shrine suspended

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Helicopter and cable car services to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine were suspended on Saturday due to heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district.
 
Officials said the services from Katra base camp to the shrine were suspended following the snowfall on the Trikuta hills.
 
"The services have been temporarily suspended," an official said. "They will resume when the weather improves."
 
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Soldier killed, another injured in avalanche near LoC

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An Indian soldier was killed and another injured in an avalanche in the forward area of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Thursday.
 
Police sources said the avalanche hit an Army post around 4 a.m. along the Line of Control (LoC).
 
"Two soldiers were trapped under the avalanche. A rescue operation was immediately started and both were taken out of the debris.
 
"One of the soldiers identified as Lance Naik Sapan Mehra has succumbed to his injuries while the other has been shifted to a hospital for treatment," an official said.
 
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India, Pakistan trade heavy fire on LoC; schools closed in Rajouri

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The Indian and Pakistani armies on Monday traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir prompting authorities to shut down schools in the vicinity.
 
The Pakistan Army were using automatics and mortars to target Indian military and civilian facilities, defence sources said. 
 
"Unprovoked firing and shelling from the Pakistani side started around 9.30 a.m. in Lam, Keri, Pukharni and Peer Badaser areas in Nowshera sector.
 
"Our troops retaliated strongly and effectively. Firing exchanges were still going when reports last came in," the defence sources added.
 
Authorities in Rajouri district ordered closure of all schools within 5 km area of Lam, Keri, Pusharni and Peer Dadaser villages as the heavy firing and shelling continued.
 
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Farooq promises autonomy resolution within a month if voted to power

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) President  Farooq Abdullah on Thursday said if voted to power, his party would bring the autonomy resolution within one month.
 
Speaking at a function Abdullah said: "If am blessed with good health by Allah and we are voted to power with absolute majority, I promise that we will bring the autonomy resolution within 30 days after assuming power."
 
A former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Gagan Bhagat, who joined the the NC recently, was also present at the function. 
 
The NC President said regional autonomy for the state was the core agenda of his party and there would be no compromise on it.
 
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Peaceful polling in eighth phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Peaceful polling was recorded on Saturday in the 8th phase of the panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir, a poll official said.
 
No untoward incident was reported from any of the 2,633 polling stations -- 550 in Kashmir and 2,083 in Jammu -- where voting started at 8 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. under tight security.
 
The overall voter turnout for the state was 80 per cent while it was 85.1 per cent in Jammu division and 49.7 per cent in the valley.
 
At least 361 polling stations had been categorised as hypersensitive -- 171 in Kashmir and 190 in Jammu.
 
A total of 6,304 candidates were in the fray for 331 sarpanch and 2,007 panch seats in this phase while 43 sarpanches and 681 panches had been elected unopposed.
 
Photo Voter Slips had been distributed among the people to inform them of their polling station.
 
By the end of the seventh phase that took place on December 4, an overall voter turnout of 73.8 per cent had been recorded across the state, with a poll percentage of 44.4 per cent in Kashmir and 83.2 per cent in Jammu.
 
The last of the nine phases of polling will be held on December 11.
 
Panchayat polls were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.
 
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11 dead as bus falls into gorge in Poonch district of J&K

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Eleven persons were killed and 19 injured on Saturday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, police said.
 
A bus carrying passengers to Poonch went out of the driver's control and plunged into a deep gorge at Plera in the Mandi area. Condition of five injured was said to be critical.
 
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Voting underway for 8th phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Voting was underway on Saturday for the eighth phase of the panchayat polls across Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security.
 
Voting is being held at 2,633 polling stations -- 550 in Kashmir and 2,083 in Jammu.
 
Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.
 
At least 361 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive -- 171 in Kashmir and 190 in Jammu.
 
A total of 6304 candidates are in the fray for 331 sarpanch and 2,007 panch seats in this phase while 43 sarpanchs and 681 panchs have been elected unopposed.
 
Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the people to inform them of their polling station.
 
By the end of the seventh phase that took place on December 4, an overall voter turnout of 73.8 per cent had been recorded across the state, with a poll percentage of 44.4 per cent in the Kashmir and 83.2 per cent in the Jammu.
 
The last of the nine phases of polling will be held on December 11.
 
Panchayat polls were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.
 
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Two BSF troopers injured in Pakistan firing

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Two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were critically injured on Thursday in Pakistani firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district.
 
Police sources said the incident took place in Sunderbani sector.
 
"Pakistan forces targeted two forward locations of the LoC manned by the BSF and Army. Two BSF troopers were injured. They have been shifted to a hospital," an official said.
 
Earlier, a soldier was killed in Pakistan firing in Machil sector in Kupwara district.
 
The Pakistan Army also violated ceasefire in the Uri sector of LoC on Thursday, triggering an Indian retaliation.
 
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Voting underway for 7th phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Voting was underway on Tuesday for the seventh phase of the panchayat polls across Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security.
 
Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both Jammu and the Kashmir Valley despite the morning chill.
 
Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.
 
Voting for this phase is being held at 2,714 polling stations -- 576 in Kashmir and 2,138 in Jammu.
 
At least 892 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive in this phase -- 428 in Kashmir and 464 in Jammu.
 
A total of 5,575 candidates are in the fray for 341 sarpanch and 1,798 panch seats while 85 sarpanchs and 912 panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.
 
Some 475,865 electors will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies and 345880 for Panch constituencies.
 
Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the people to inform them of their polling station.
 
Poll officials said at the end of the sixth phase held on December 1, an overall voter turnout of 73.6 per cent had been recorded across the state.
 
The nine-phased elections that began on November 17 is slated to end on December 11.
 
Panchayat polls were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.
 
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Polling for 6th phase of Panchayat polls ends peacefully in J&K

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Polling for the sixth phase of Panchayat polls ended peacefully on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements.
 
Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both Jammu division and Kashmir valley despite the morning chill. Polling started at 8 a.m and ended at 2 p.m.
 
In the Valley, 17.7 per cent voters turned out to exercise their franchise. 41.5 per cent voters turned out in Ganderbal district, while just 4.6 per cent came out to vote in Kulgam district.
 
In a repoll held in Kupwara district, 81.9 per cent votes were cast.
 
In the Jammu division, 83.7 per cent voter turnout was recorded.
 
For the entire state, the overall voter turnout was 76.2 per cent.
 
Voting for this phase was held at 3,174 polling stations -- 410 in Kashmir and 2,764 in Jammu.
 
At least of 771 polling stations had been categorised as hypersensitive -- 410 in Kashmir and 361 in Jammu.
 
A total of 7,156 candidates were in the fray for 406 Sarpanch and 2,277 Panch seats, while 111 Sarpanchs and 1,048 Panchs were elected unopposed in this phase. Some 597,396 electors were eligible to vote for the Sarpanch constituencies and 457,581 for the Panch.
 
Photo Voter Slips had been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.
 
In the fifth phase on November 29, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1 per cent.  In the fourth phase on November 27, 71.3 per cent polling was recorded. The third phase held on November 23 witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent, while 71.1 per cent was recorded in the second phase on November 20. In the first phase held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded.
 
The last of the nine phases of polling is scheduled for December 11.
 
Panchayat elections were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.
 
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Voting underway for 6th phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Voting was underway on Saturday for the sixth phase of panchayat polls across Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security.
 
Voters were seen queuing outside polling stations in both the Jammu division and the Kashmir Valley despite the morning chill.
 
Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.
 
Voting for this phase is being held at 3,174 polling stations -- 410 in Kashmir and 2,764 in Jammu.
 
A total of 7,156 candidates are in the fray for 406 sarpanch and 2,277 panch seats while 111 sarpanchs and 1,048 panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.
 
Some 597,396 electors will be voting for sarpanch constituencies and 457,581 for the panch.
 
Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.
 
In the fifth phase on November 29, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1 per cent.
 
In the fourth phase on November 27, 71.3 per cent polling was recorded..
 
The third phase held on November 23 witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2 per cent, while 71.1 per cent was recorded in the second phase on November 20. In the first phase held on November 17, 74.1 per cent polling was recorded.
 
The last polls of the nine-phased election is scheduled for December 11.
 
Panchayat elections were last held in Jammu and Kashmir in 2011.
 
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Polling ends for 5th phase of Panchayat polls in J&K

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Polling for the fifth phase of Panchayat elections ended peacefully on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
The overall voter turnout in the 8 a.m.-2 p.m. was 34.9 per cent in the Kashmir Valley, with Kupwara district recording the highest of 45.9 per cent and Pulwama district the lowest (0.4 per cent).
 
The voter participation was 84.2 per cent in Jammu division, with Jammu district accounting for 87.6 per cent.
 
The overall voter turnout in the state was 72.8 per cent.
 
Voting took place in 2,512 polling stations -- 769 in Kashmir and 1,743 in Jammu divisions.
 
Officials said 4,763 candidates were in the fray in this phase -- for 309 Sarpanch and 1,534 Panch seats. A total of 118 Sarpanchs and 1,046 panchs have been elected unopposed.
 
A total of 404,283 electors were eligible to vote in the Sarpanch constituencies and 270,295 for Panch constituencies.
 
The nine-phase Panchayat polls will end on December 17. Panchayat polls were last held in the troubled state in 2011.
 
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Delhi wanted Lone's government: J&K Governor

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Satya Pal Malik
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday said he would have had to let Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone form a government if he had taken hints from Delhi.
 
"I want to make it clear once again. If I had looked at Delhi, I would have had to make a government of Lone and I would have been known in the history as a dishonest (beimaan) man," the Governor reportedly said at an event here on November 24.
 
"That's why I ended the issue. Those who want to abuse me, they will keep abusing. But I am convinced that what I have done was right," Malik said, defending his decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.
 
Later, talking to CNN News 18, Malik said that whatever he did was right. 
 
"Sajad Lone had the numbers, obviously Delhi will push for him," he said, rejecting the claims that Delhi interfered in the decision to dissolve the Assembly.
 
The Governor claimed that PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah made no "serious" efforts to get in touch with him. 
 
"You can't just fax or tweet and form the government. Why didn't they come to Jammu? Why did they not call me?" he said.
 
On November 21, the Governor dissolved the Assembly after the PDP staked claim to form a government along with the Congress and with the outside backing of the National Conference.
 
In no time, Sajad Lone made a counter claim to power with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and rebel Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLAs.
 
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Voting begins in 4th phase of J&K panchayat polls

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Voting started normally on Tuesday for the fourth phase of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir under tight security arrangements.
 
Voting is taking place at 2,618 polling stations across the state, with 639 in Kashmir division and 1,979 in Jammu division. 
 
The process started at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m.
 
Poll officials said 777 polling stations have been categorised as hypersensitive in this phase -- 571 in Kashmir division and 206 in Jammu division .
 
There are 5,470 candidates in the fray for 339 Sarpanch and 1,749 for Panch seats, while 99 Sarpanchs and 969 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this phase.
 
A total of 4,72,160 electorates will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies while 3,32,502 will be voting for Panch constituencies, a poll official said.
 
Photo Voter Slips have been distributed to inform them of their polling station.
 
Voter turnout in the first phase on November 17 was 74.1 per cent. In the second phase on November 20, 71.1 per cent and in the third phase on November 24, it was 75.2.
 
Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations. Government has declared a holiday on the day in all the panchayat areas going to polls.
 
The nine-phased Panchayat polls will be completed on December 17.
 
The last Panchayat polls in the state were held in 2011.
 
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Polling for third phase of Panchayat polls ends peacefully in J&K

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Voting in the third phase of Panchayat polls ended peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday amid tight security.
 
Polling was held in Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, Kathua, Udhampur, Rajouri and Poonch districts of the Jammu division.
 
Voting for the third phase was also held in Leh and Kargil districts of the Ladakh region in addition to Ganderbal, Badgam, Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora in the Valley.
 
The overall voter turnout in the Jammu division was around 83 per cent, with 85.2 per cent voters turning out in Ramban and Kishtwar districts to exercise their franchise.
 
In the Ladakh region, 75.6 per cent voters cast their votes in Kargil district while 64.1 per cent voters did so in Leh district.
 
The overall voter turnout was 55 per cent in the Valley, where Kupwara registered the highest turnout of 59 per cent and Ganderbal the lowest at 12 per cent.
 
The state saw a 75.3 per cent overall voter turnout on Saturday.
 
Held amid tight security, polling ended peacefully with no reports of violence.
 
The voting took place in 2,773 polling stations -- 918 in Kashmir division and 1,855 in Jammu.
 
Polling started at 8 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m.
 
According to the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra, 727 polling stations had been categorized as hypersensitive -- 493 in Kashmir and 234 in Jammu.
 
He said 5,239 candidates were in the fray for 358 Sarpanch and 1,652 Panch seats, while 96 Sarpanches and 1,437 Panches have already been elected unopposed in this phase.
 
"Photo Voter Slips had been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station," the CEO said.
 
Kabra said that in the first phase of the Panchayat polls held on November 17, 74.1 per cent turnout was recorded.
 
In the second phase that took place on November 20, an overall 71.1 per cent polling was witnessed.
 
Panchayat polls were last held in the state in 2011.
 
The last phase of the 9-phase Panchayat polls is scheduled on December 11.
 
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Governor defends dissolution of J&K Assembly

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Governor Satya Pal Malik on Thursday defended his decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, saying an impending alliance between the PDP, Congress and the National Conference was "opportunistic".
 
The Governor told the media that his Wednesday night decision was taken as per the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
"In the case of Jammu and Kashmir, I don't need to take permission from Parliament. I just need to inform the President about the decision," he said.
 
On Wednesday night, in a dramatic development, the Governor dissolved the Assembly after the PDP staked claim to form a government along with the Congress and with the outside backing of the National Conference.
 
In no time, People's Conference leader Sajad Lone made a counter claim to power with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and rebel Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLAs.
 
Asked about the charge that the PDP and the National Conference got instructions from Pakistan to form a government, Malik said: "I don't say such things. I am in a responsible post. I won't say anything without evidence. 
 
"This grand alliance was opportunistic. There was no agreement. Even one party was saying that there was no formal interaction among them to form the government."
 
Malik denied that he acted at the behest of the BJP. 
 
"They (PDP, NC and Congress) know well what the BJP headquarters wanted. The BJP had a candidate here. If I would have heard the BJP, then I would have called their side. But I did what I thought was best according to the Constitution."
 
Malik alleged that for the last 15-20 days he was getting reports on horse-trading of MLAs.
 
"I had said this in the beginning that I would not support anybody underhand or by defection or who has been threatened. I wanted an elected government here.
 
"I had decided to dissolve the Assembly as the legislators of these parties were indulging in horse-trading... MLAs were being threatened... If I would have given an opportunity to anyone, more horse-trading would have been done. And the entire political and judicial system of the state would have been ruined," he said.
 
The Governor praised the security forces for bringing the situation under control in the state.
 
"The forces are safeguarding us and they have brought the situation under control in the Valley. There has been a drastic fall in the number of stone-pelting incidents."
 
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