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Teenage suicide bombers target Pak
security forces, 24 killed

ISLAMABAD :  (21:25 IST)   A teenage suicide bomber targeted security personnel in a bustling market in the restive Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, killing 24 people and injuring nearly 60 others......more

Tomorrow's CMs meeting on NCTC expected to be fiery

NEW DELHI: (19:05 IST)  The Centre will try its best to get a nod from Chief Ministers to set up the controversial anti-terror hub NCTC at tomorrow's crucial meeting which is expected to witness fiery scenes. Non-Congress Chief Ministers such as Odisha's Naveen Patnaik, Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalithaa and Gujarat's Narendra Modi are likely to oppose the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre at the Chief Ministers' conference despite the Centre's assurance that state Governments will be taken into confidence before any operation is conducted in any state.....more

Security forces bust militant hideout in Poonch

JAMMU :  (17:25 IST) Security forces today busted a militant hideout and recovered arms and ammunition in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Acting on a tip-off, troops of 40 Rastriya Rifles and Special Operation Group busted the hideout in KP nallah area in Sabzian belt of Poonch district today, officials said.......more

When everybody is 'incharge', nobody does discharge duty
Adhocism, stop gap arrangement a rule in J&K

Excelsior Special Correspondent

JAMMU, May 3: Notwith-standing clear-cut instructions from Supreme Court of India to discourage adhocism, hundreds of gazetted officers, including Heads of Departments (HoDs) and Secretaries to the Gover-nment, are either holding additional charge of other substantive posts or officiating on substantive positions without the Government's confirmation. All successive Governments since 1996 have promoted this adhocism, allegedly for vested interest of powerful people in the establishment. Beginning from the top, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah himself has been "temporarily" holding the key portfolio of R&B since the removal of Ghulam Mohammad Saroori from the Cabinet on August 26th, 2010. He has also been holding the "additional charge" of another sensitive portfolio of Education since the resignation of Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed on February 10th, 2012. Chief Minister has been substantively holding the portfolios of Power, General Administration Department, Information, Estates, Hospitality & Protocol, Civil Aviation etc. Being overburdened, he has assigned the responsibility of replying questions of some of his departments in Legislature to his Cabinet colleagues like Abdul Rahim Rather, Ali Mohammad Sagar and Nawang Rigzin Jora. ......more

C, SP not averse to Mukherjee’s candidature
Pranab front runner for Prez post

NEW DELHI, May 3: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee appears to be emerging as front runner in the race for President's post within his party and outside with allies and some others backing him. Key UPA constituent Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party, which held discussions today on the issue appear to be not averse to Mukerjee's candidature if the Congress decides on it and evolves a broad consensus, sources in both the parties said. However, the chances of Vice President Hamid Ansari becoming a UPA sponsored candidate are also not being ruled out completely given the fact that the running of the Government is highly dependent on Mukherjee's utility as a troubleshooter, Congress sources said. The final decision depends on the party leadership, which has to take the call whether to spare Mukherjee for the constitutional post. A senior leader said Mukherjee also stood a chance because the Government has only two more years to go......more

Army jawan killed, hunt on for wanted ultras

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 3: An Army jawan was killed in an encounter with the militants, who comprised at least one of the accused wanted in Delhi High Court blast of September 7, 2011, at village Terana in Palmar area of Kishtwar district. The militants escaped after the killing. Official reports said the militants ambushed a joint team of 17 Rashtriya Rifles and police at village Terana last night. In the encounter that followed, a Territorial Army jawan, Noor Hussain of 159 TA, attached to 17 Rashtriya Rifles, was killed. Noor Hussain hailed from village Rakna in Palmar area. Reports said the joint team of 17 RR and Army was on a routine search operation at village Terana when it was ambushed by at least two militants. Army and police personnel retaliated but the militants managed to escape.......more


Omar to oppose clause on exclusive operations
J&K's high level delegation to attend NCTC meet

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, May 3: A high level delegation from the State would attend the Chief Ministers’ Conference on National Centre for Terrorism Control (NCTC) convened by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi on May 5. While some members of the delegation have already reached New Delhi, others would make it to the Union capital tomorrow. The delegation would be led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and comprised Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Home B R Sharma and Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda. The conference is being held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Mr Abdullah was already camping in New Delhi attending upon his ailing father and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah. Mr Wani and the bureaucrats would be reaching New Delhi tomorrow. Official sources told the Excelsior that the State delegation would comprise two political leaders and three top bureaucrats, it would be only the Chief Minister, who would be addressing the one day conference on NCTC. In addition to the Chief Minister, Home Ministers of all States, Chief Secretaries, Home Secretaries and police chiefs have also been allowed to attend the conference to keep their Chief Ministers’ briefed on the situation and listen to views of the CMs’ of different States.....more

Financial, other irregularities during Prof Mattoo's tenure
JU VC sets in motion exercise to take action on Enquiry Committee report

Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, May 3: As a sequel to the directions of Governor N N Vohra, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Jammu, Prof M P Singh Ishar has set an exercise in motion to take action on the recommendations of the Chief Secretary-headed Enquiry Committee, which has unraveled financial as well as other irregularities committed during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor, Prof Amitabh Mattoo. Authoritative sources told EXCELSIOR that Prof Ishar has completely studied the report of the Chief Secretary-headed Enquiry Committee, which was constituted to probe allegations of administrative impropriety, favoritism and financial irregularities against former Vice-Chancellor Prof Amitabh Mattoo and other officers of the Jammu University. The copy of the report was given to Prof Ishar by none else than Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of the varsity, during the 72nd meeting of University Council held on April 23, 2012 with the directions to take all remedial measures and action on the recommendations of the Enquiry Committee....more

Never give up, be people friendly: Khoda to jawans

JAMMU, May 3: Known for his professionalism, the longest serving Director General of Police in the history of Jammu and Kashmir Kuldeep Khoda asked his jawans to never give up in life and develop friendly relations with people for better results. Born in Srinagar in a very moderate family, Mr Khoda, who will be attaining superannuation on May 31 this year, wants the Jammu and Kashmir Police force to attain new heights and advises his jawans to continue their efforts in developing people friendly force in order to play a vital role in ensuring peace and calm across the State. ‘I had never planned to be a police officer but with every passing year, I felt that this is one of the best services as one can serve people by addressing their problems and grievances,’ Mr Khoda in an exclusive interview here told. ‘As a school going student I had opted for science stream and wanted to pursue a career as an expert in physics,’ he said and added that after his post graduation, he appeared in Civil Services Exam, coming out successful.....more

Militants getting desperate: CM

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 3: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said there were only a handful of militants left in Jammu province who were making desperate attempts to show their existence. The Chief Minister was reacting to killing of an army jawan in a militant attack in Kishtwar district.....more

Lal Singh attacks NC

NEW DELHI, May 3: A Congress member in Lok Sabha today attacked alliance partner National Conference for demanding autonomy for Kashmir saying any attempts to "divide the State" should be taken serious note of. An emotionally charged Lal Singh’s attack on NC for its demand to have a separate (Sadr-e-Riyasat) Prime Minister got instant support from BJP members, including Haren Pathak and Arujn Ram Meghwal who associated themselves with him. "How dare someone demand a separate Prime Minister...We are part and parcel of India and no one can change it. This is a conspiracy," Singh said during Zero Hour amid thumping of desks by BJP members......more 

Army jawan's kidney removed in J&K?

NEW DELHI, May 3: The Centre has been asked by the Delhi High Court to submit it the official records on probe into the death of an Army jawan and removal of his kidney during postmortem in J&K in 2001. Seeking the probe report into the death of Army jawan Ajay Kumar Tyagi by May 17, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said, "Original records relating to investigation carried out by Indian Army into the death of the jawan to be produced before the court by the next date of hearing." The bench was hearing the Government’s plea challenging the single judge’s order directing Indian Army to pay Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the widow of the deceased for removal of the jawan’s kidney after his death....more 

11 SHOs, Incharge PP shifted

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 3: SSP Jammu Prabhat Singh today ordered transfer and postings of 11 SHOs and Incharge Police Post. Inspector Sagar Singh has been shifted from District Police Lines (DPL) Jammu and posted as SHO Nowabad police station in place of Inspector Ajay Bhat, who has been shifted to the DPL. Inspector Naresh Kumar, posted in the office of SSP Jammu, has been shifted and posted as SHO Bagh-e-Bahu police station....more

Centre sets up JWG on power in J&K

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 3: The Union Power Ministry has formed a Joint Working Group (JWG) for sanctioning a scheme for 288 towns of Jammu and Kashmir having a population of more than 4000 persons as per 2001 census. The JWG comprised officers from Power Finance Corporation, New Delhi, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department....more

Indo-Pak talks from May 14-16

ISLAMABAD, May 3: Top officials of India and Pakistan will hold talks this month on key issues like the Sir Creek maritime boundary and counter-terrorism. As part of the resumed dialogue process between the two countries, representatives from both countries will meet in New Delhi during May 14-16 to discuss the Sir Creek issue, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan told a weekly news briefing. The Interior and Home Secretaries of the two sides will meet here during May 24-25 to discuss issues like counter- terrorism and measures to tackle drug trafficking, he said.....more

Two booked for fraud in relief

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 3: Crime Branch has registered a criminal case against two persons for obtaining migrant relief fraudulently. An official spokesman said that during verification conducted on the basis of a source report it came to fore that a seasonal permit of Gujjars/Bakerwals was issued to one Hamida, son of Duda of Gudvail, Anantnag, for movement in other parts of the State by Tehsildar Jammu. The verification further revealed that the Hamida got himself registered as migrant vide "D" Form No. 077277 in the year 1995 and for obtaining the migrant relief, he got an account opened in Canara Bank, Shalimar Road, Jammu....more

Youth serious in mine blast

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 3: A youth was seriously injured in a mine blast while grazing cattle near the Line of Control (LoC) at village Salhutri in Poonch district this afternoon. He has been identified as Mohammad Aziz, 32, son of Mohammad Akbar, a resident of Salhutri....more

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