39 bunkers removed from civilian areas: Govt
Jammu and Kashmir Government
today said that 39 bunkers have been removed from the populated
areas since October 2010.
Replying to a question from PDP
MLA Abdul Rehman Veeri that whether it is a fact that the new
Campus of Security Forces are being established in various
civilian areas, Minister in-charge Home said, ‘’no new campus of
security forces are being established.’’
He said keeping in view the
present security scenario, 39 bunkers of security forces have
been removed from the civilian areas since October 2010.
Replying to another question
regarding details of persons killed, injured and arrested from
March 2010 till date, the Minister said, From March 2010 upto
February 15, 2011, 106 persons were killed, 996 injured and
4,064 were arrested while 137 were detained under Public Safety
Act during this period.
He further said that 32 PSA
detainees were released during this period and similarly 3900
people out of 4064 people arrested between March 2010 and
February 15, 2011 were either released or bailed out. (Agencies)
Omar renews appeal to separatists to talk to
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah today renewed his appeal to separatists to be part
of the process of "political engagement" in the State and come
forward to hold talks with central interlocutors.
"They (separatists) should come
forward for talks with interlocutors. There is no need for them
to surrender, no need to sign any documents (to hold talks with
interlocutors)", Omar told the state Legislative Assembly.
Winding up the discussion on
demands for grants for his departments, Omar said "you
(separatists) have not to sign any agreement or paper. Come
forward and hold talks. If you can freely say outside about
Azadi, merger with Pakistan, Plebiscite, they should tell it to
"They (interlocutors) have never
said that they are not ready to listen to them. They have not
laid any pre-condition", he said adding it (separatists point of
view) would be registered in their report once they meet them
and Centre will have to look over it.
Referring to the situation in the
state, Omar said "Jammu and Kashmir should be engaged
politically. It is a political society in the state which talks
of their demands in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh".
"I presented this point of view
before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia
Gandhi. We are not thankless people. We get full benefit of the
packages but the basic issue of Jammu and Kashmir is political
The Chief Minister said that
there can be different basis for governance like Autonomy,
Self-Rule, 1975 Sheikh-Indira Accord, Constituent Assembly,
Abrogation of Article 370, but it is all political in nature.
"That is why Interlocutors were
appointed and talks were held," he said adding "I want one time
settlement and not in piece meal. If it happens, it will be
better for the people of the State".
Referring to the interlocutors,
he said "I request Interlocutors that there is no need to go to
press. You have been placed as a bridge for undertaking
political dialogue. Please do it".
On efforts for a Kashmir
solution, he said it should be acceptable to all sections and
regions of the people of the state. "All sections and regions
ideologies has to be kept in mind. It will not work if we think
the solution should be Jammu, Ladakh or Kashmir centric", he
"I always say that the solution
should be accepted to most of the people. It cannot be accepted
by all (100 percent people) of the state. Such situation could
not be created during the Sheikh Abdullah's government and it
cannot even be thought of now", he said.
Referring to the healing touch
policy, he said that 600 families (of the kin of youth who have
crossed over to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Pakistan)
have given their applications to the state government. "We have
processed 25 applications so far in order to facilitate return
of the cross-border youth back to their families in J&K," he
Revoke’Do Nishaan, Do Sanvidhaan’ policy to resolve J&K
JAMMU : Bharatiya Janata
Party today said revocation of ‘Do Nishaan, Do Sanvidhaan’,
policy is a must to resolve the present crisis in Jammu and
Kashmir and to end separatism.
BJP legislator Ashok Khajuria
while speaking on Chief Minister’s grants during Legislative
Assembly, said, “unless ‘Do Nishaan, Do Sanvidhaan’, policy will
not be withdrawn, the J&K issue will never be solved.”
The BJP leader said it is the
only medium to crush separatism adding, “we need to sit on, one
table and besides solving the crisis should also discuss peoples
He, however, asked the government
to avoid ‘conditional politics’ adding, “either accept Kashmir
as an integral part of the country or go for Azaadi.”
The BJP MLA meanwhile, also asked
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to consider the demands of
protesting refugees, technocrats, physiotherapists unemployed
He also alleged that a nexus of
bureaucrats was operating in the state, which required to be
curbed with iron hands. (AGENCIES)
arrested in Kashmir valley
JAMMU : The
Jammu and Kashmir Government today said that
4,270 persons were arrested during the last 9
months in the Kashmir Valley which witnessed
summer unrest last year.
persons were arrested from June 2010 till
February 25, 2011, Law and Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said on the
behalf of the chief minister in the Legislative
Assembly while responding to a question of PDP
member Zulfikar Ali today.
He said that 4,047
of them have been released by the Police till
now, adding that 152 were detained under Public
Safety Act (PSA) of which 38 have been released.
Baig for removing
trust deficit to strengthen regional bond
JAMMU : Advocating
the strengthening of relations among the people
of three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, and
vis-a-vis between the state and the rest of the
country, PDP senior leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig
today said trust deficit should be
removed to strengthen the regional bond.
We need to
reduce trust deficit between the people of Jammu
and Kashmir and India vis-a-vis among the people
of all the three regions of the state to
strengthen the bond of integration, Mr Baig
said, speaking in the House on Chief Minister
Omar Abdullahs grants in the ongoing
People of Jammu have trust deficit for the
people of Kashmir and Ladakh and we need to
reduce this deficit.
On present Kashmir
situation, he said, Kashmir is a political
situation and it cannot be solved through the
developments. The issue is needed to be settled
view of present
Kashmir situation, nobody is interested in
investing to promote tourism.
The PDP leader
said big and transparent initiatives are required
to settle down the issue. PDP is always
blamed for adding fuel to the fire but we assure
you (government) that we will never hatch a
conspiracy to pull you down from the chair.
Sadar-e-Riyasat issue, Mr Baig
favoured the proposal of local governor in the
appointing the governor from outside the state,
the local Governor could be of a great help in
reducing the trust deficit, he said,
advocating the proposal of having the local
Governor from any of the three regions of the
Rs 5 Cr
compensation for 102 killed in Kashmir
JAMMU : The
Jammu and Kashmir Government today sanctioned Rs
5.10 crore as compensation for the 102 persons
killed during last years unrest in the
relief of Rs 5.10 crore has been sanctioned in
favour of the next of kin of the 102 persons at
the rate of Rs 5 lakh each, Law and
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar
said in reply to a question by PDP legislator
Zulfikar Ali in the Legislative Assembly today.
government has sanction the relief package as a
one-time exception to the next of kin of
civilians who lost their lives as a result of
violence attributed to breach of law and order
and were not found directly or indirectly
involved in the violence, he said.
family member of the deceased person would be
appointed in government services in the lowest
grade or payment of cash compensation of Rs 5
lakh including Rs 1 lakh as ex-gratia in lieu of
a government job, he said. (AGENCIES)
Law & order
problems in J&K has impact on hydro projects
NEW DELHI :
Contractual issues at its hydro power project in
Himachal Pradesh may deter state-run NHPCs
ambitious plans of adding over 5,000 MW by March
2012 and law and order problems in Jammu &
Kashmir has impacted the work on three of the
companys hydro projects the 240-MW
Uri, 45-MW Nimmo Bazgo and 44-MW Chutak projects
in the state.
The company which
is setting up a 800 (4x200) MW hydro power
project at Parbati in Himachal Pradesh is
fighting a legal battle with the plants
there is a big contractual issue...NHPC is
involved in litigation with one of the
contractors, the matter has been on for the past
3-4 years, a Power Ministry official told.
He said the matter
is in district court and the judgement was
expected next month.
was earlier due for commissioning during the
current XIth Five Year Plan Period (2007-2012)
and now the commencement of the project has been
postponed to July, 2014.
The dispute with
the contractor has also led to rise in the cost
of the project...It has increased to over Rs
4,200 crore from around Rs 3,900 crore earlier.
As a result of
differences with the contractor, work on the
Parbati-II hydro electric project has been
delayed, with blasting and tunnel boring work not
progressing as per plan. Frequent modifications
are to be carried out to prevent damage to site
involves setting up of a concrete gravity dam,
tunnel, shaft, pilot shaft, a surface power
house, turbine and a switchyard.
This is one of the
many projects of countrys largest hydro
power producer NHPC which is facing problems. The
companys largest 2,000 MW Subansiri project
in Assam is also held up due to local opposition
citing environmental concerns.
have also hit NHPCs 231-MW Chamera-III
project in Himachal Pradesh.
NHPC had planned
to add about 5,322 MW of power generation
capacity during the current plan period but with
more than five of its projects facing some
obstacle or the other the achievement of the
target seems unlikely.
This in turn would
adversely impact the Power Ministrys goal
of adding 62,000 MW of electricity by March,
installed generation capacity of NHPC stands at
over 4,000 MW. (AGENCIES)
tremors felt in Kashmir Valley
Two moderate intensity earthquakes were felt in
the Kashmir Valley today within a span of three
hours but there was no report of any casualty, an
The first tremor
occurred at 9 AM with a magnitude of 4.7 on the
Richter Scale with epicentre in Tajikistan in
Central Asia, an official of Natural Disaster
Management Cell said.
The second tremor
occurred at 11.25 AM with a magnitude
of 5.2 on the
Richter Scale with epicentre near the borders of
China, he added.
Valley, which falls under Seismic Zone V, was hit
by an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 on Monday
prompting people to rush out of buildings fearing
repeat of the 2005 tremor which devastated
several border areas of the Valley. (AGENCIES)