Friday, December 17, 2010


We are to fulfil mandate, not to pass judgement: Interlocutors

JAMMU : (20:15 IST) Kashmir interlocutors today rubbished a media report that they had criticised the Omar Abdullah government and self-rule, saying they were here to fulfil their mandate and not to pass judgements...more

AFSPA amendments likely in next CCS meeting

NEW DELHI : (13:55 IST)  Notwithstanding the opposition from the Army and the Defence Ministry, the amendments to the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act, aimed at making it “more humane”, are likely to be placed soon before the highest government body on security issues....more

Interlocutors arrive in Jammu

JAMMU : (13:05 IST)   A two-member team of interlocutors today arrived here to meet Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and to assess situation in the mountainous Rajouri and Poonch districts....more

Geelani, Omar under house arrest in Srinagar

Srinagar :  (12:05 IST) Chairmen of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq are under house arrest in the summer capital. Official sources said it was a precautionary measure....more

Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh meeting Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao in New Delhi on Thursday. (UNI)
Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh meeting
Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao in New Delhi on Thursday. (UNI)

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Key concerns discussed in Singh-Wen meet
No breakthrough on stapled visa, terror, UNSC seat

NEW DELHI, Dec 16: Talks between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh failed to yield any breakthrough today on India's key concerns---stapled visa to people of Jammu and Kashmir and terrorism emanating from Pakistan-- and in getting support for its bid for a UNSC permanent seat. Wen, who is on a fence-mending mission after one year of unease in bilateral ties, held talks with Dr Singh for over one hour during which bilateral, regional and global issues were discussed. Though the issue of stapled visa did not figure in the joint communique, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told reporters after the talks that the Chinese Premier himself raised the issue and suggested that officials from both the countries should have in-depth consultations to resolve the issue. "Wen said China takes this issue very seriously and takes our concern on this issue very seriously," Rao said but noted that "the ball is in their court. There is no doubt about that." China had also denied visa to Lt Gen B S Jaswal, who is in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir prompting India to suspend all defence exchanges with that country...more


Humane approach with people: Lt Gen Hasnain

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's strategic 15 Corps Lt General S A Hasnain today said he would be adopting a humane approach with the people of Kashmir in his efforts to usher in stability to the Valley. "My approach is entirely human and nothing more than that. I think my force should not be seen as a force with arms everywhere," Lt Gen Hasnain, who became only second Muslim officer to command 15 Corps in the past 20 years, told reporters on the occasion of Vijay Diwas, marking the victory over Pakistan Army in 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Lt General Zaki was the last Muslim officer to command the 15 Corps, one of the three Corps in Jammu and Kashmir, since 1990. Lt Gen Hasnain said he was looking at a long term perspective where Army can assist the State administration and the Government in reaching out to the people by putting a balm on the wounds which may have occurred in Kashmir over a period of time. "Our main weapon is our heart and that is the main weapon we carry around in all our efforts to ensure that we bring stability to the State all over again," he said. ...more

Budget session of Legislature
Long duration to take care of Oppn

By Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Dec 16: Budget session of the State Legislature will have a long duration this time. It was likely to begin from middle of the February next year and could extend up to first week of April. Legislative Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone told the Excelsior that the opposition parties especially the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) appeared to be in good mood as they were attending meetings of the House Committees formed by the Legislature and the District Development Boards (DDBs). "This was a healthy sign and we expect their presence in the Assembly during the budget session. We hope they (the opposition) will forget the past and look towards future. It is for them that we want to hold a long budget session so that they could speak as much as they can in the House’’, Mr Lone said. The PDP has boycotted entire session of the Legislature after attending it only on first day of obituary reference in Srinagar in September-October to protest killings of civilians in the Kashmir valley. Rest of the opposition including BJP, NPP and JSM had also boycotted the session after attending three-four sittings to protest Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks on accession. "Though our duty is to hold the session as its timing and duration is finalized by the Cabinet, we are proposing a long session of the Legislature this time compared to previous budget sessions to keep enough time for the opposition to speak to compensate them for the time lost in the previous session’’, the Speaker said....more

SC directs probe into 2G from 2001 to 2008

NEW DELHI, Dec 16: Set to monitor the 2G spectrum scam probe, the Supreme Court today widened the investigation in the case by bringing in its ambit the telecom policy from 2001 to 2008 covering both the NDA and the UPA regimes. A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly made it clear that the emphasis of the investigation would be to determine the loss of money to the public exchequer and said a progress report on the probe has to be filed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate in a sealed cover on the next date of hearing on February 10, 2011. However, the bench said there was no need for a special team to investigate the scam as the Government has agreed for court-monitored investigation which is moving in the right direction and Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium and senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for CBI, have ....more

Magisterial probe into custodial death; SI beaten

People protest death of a man in police custody at Reasi on Thursday.  -Excelsior/Mengi
People protest death of a man in police custody
at Reasi on Thursday. -Excelsior/Mengi

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Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Dec 16: Deputy Commissioner Reasi today ordered Magisterial inquiry into the case pertaining to death of a man in police custody while people staged massive protest demonstration against the police outside the office of SDM and SSP and disrupted movement of traffic in the town here. A Medical Board was constituted on the demand of public for conducting postmortem of the body of deceased Manoj Kumar. The Board comprised of three doctors from District hospital Reasi. They are Dr R C Sharma, Dr P S Thakur and Dr Mohan Attri. The postmortem was conducted under videography in presence of the Magistrate. A large number of people gathered at the hospital here at around 9 am today as the body of the deceased had reached from GMC Jammu during last mid night. Hundreds of people, including family members and relatives of the deceased, staged protest at the hospital. Then they moved towards the office of SDM and Tehsildar near Bus Stand and staged protest. They were shouting slogans against the police and demanding action against SHO and other cops allegedly involved in the torture and death of Manoj Kumar (40). They also demanded job for the wife of the deceased person. The agitators blocked main road and disrupted movement of traffic for about two hours. ..more

Qureshi shifted to Doda for interrogation
SOG Jammu to take custody of ultras from HP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: Hizbul Mujahideen commander Ghulam Nabi Sheikh alias Javaid Qureshi and his associate Tanveer Ahmed were today shifted to Doda under tight security arrangements while a SOG Jammu team will leave for Kangra in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday along with a production warrant taken from Doda court to take custody of another Hizbul divisional commander (finances) Jameel Ahmed alias Nasir Qureshi and Ghulam Nabi, who were arrested yesterday in a joint operation by SOG Jammu and Himachal police. While Javaid Qureshi and Tanveer Ahmed reached Doda this evening, Jameel Qureshi and Ghulam Nabi are expected to be taken over by SOG Jammu either on Saturday or Sunday from Himachal Pradesh police and brought to Jammu. Significantly, all four militants including the two commanders hailed from Marmat area of Doda district. With the arrest of four militants, all of whom were operating in Marmat, only two militants of the outfit were now left in hilly belt of Doda and efforts were being made by police to nail them, official sources said...more

Curfew in parts of Srinagar

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir today announced imposition of curfew in parts of the summer capital tomorrow to scuttle attempts by Shia mourners to take out the Muharram procession through the city. The decision to impose curfew in the areas falling under seven police stations was taken by the district administration, officials said. They said the curfew will be strictly imposed tomorrow in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Police stations Kothi Bagh, Maisuma, Kralkhud, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal, Nowhatta and Khanyar, covering major parts of the city.....more

NC-Cong Coordination Comm meets

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: After several months, the National Conference-Congress Coordination Committee met under the chairmanship of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief, Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz here this evening and discussed various issues. It was discussed that since the 73rd Amendment has empowered the Panchayati Raj Institutions and further democratized them in the country, it is necessary to adopt the provision of amendment. It was, therefore, decided that a committee would be constituted to go into this question in depth and recommend within a month, the areas where the current Panchayati Raj Act in the State needs to be amended to incorporate the provisions of the 73rd Amendment, said a handout issued by PCC....more

Interlocutors arrive today

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: All three Interlocutors—Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and M M Ansari are reaching here tomorrow morning on their third trip to the State. Official sources said the Interlocutors would reach here from New Delhi in Spice Jet flight at 10.10 am and will stay at the Guest House. They will inter-act with some security officials followed by a meeting with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. They will also meet some other individuals during their stay. As reported, the Interlocutors will proceed to Poonch on December 18 and meet representatives of political parties and various other organizations besides the common man. Subject to security situation, their tour itinerary also includes a visit to the LoC in Mendhar. ..more

AKs, pistols, grenades seized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: Army and police today recovered a large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. Recoveries included two AK rifles, three pistols and seven grenades. A joint team of 11 Kumaon and police recovered a consignment of weaponry from forward village of Deri Dabsi, close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector of Poonch district this evening. SSP Poonch Manmohan Singh said the recoveries included two AK-47 rifles with two magazines, one pistol, one revolver and some other ammunition. He said Army and police conducted searches in the area. However, no arrests were made. ....more

No solution in present framework: Mirwaiz

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today rejected any solution to Kashmir issue within the framework of Constitution saying there was a need for New Delhi, Islamabad and Kashmiri leadership for a negotiated settlement. "Time has come for India, Pakistan and representatives of Jammu and Kashmir to thrash out a negotiated settlement to Kashmir issue," chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said at a press conference here. Responding to a question about Centre's interlocutor Dileep Padgaonkar describing PDP's self rule as a possible solution, Mirwaiz said any solution to Kashmir issue within the present frame work was not possible and right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir was non-negotiable. ....more

SIT begins fresh probe in Chopra case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 16: The Special Investigating Team (SIT), constituted for fresh investigations into the killing of Raju Chopra and four others including his two family members and two helpers at Trikuta Nagar in September 2006, today had a fresh look of the site of killings. The SIT headed by DIG Jammu-Kathua range Farooq Khan visited the house of Raju Chopra at Trikuta Nagar and had a detailed examination of the spot where Chopra, his wife Madhu, Saloni, daughter, a helper and a driver were killed on the intervening night of September 16 and 17, 2006.....more

1800 qtls FCI foodgrain seized

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Police today recovered huge quantity of foodgrain and other essential items meant for distribution through Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department from a private godown in Batamaloo area of the city. "On a specific information Srinagar police raided a godown at Mominabad Batamaloo and recovered 1000 quintals (approximately) of rice, 300 bags (approximately) of sugar and 500 bags (approximately) of flour meant for distribution through CAPD outlets," a police spokesman said. ....more

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