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Saturday, January 15, 2011
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Petrol dearer by up to Rs 2.54 per litre

NEW DELHI :  (19:50 IST)   State-owned oil companies today raised petrol prices by Rs 2.50-Rs 2.54 per litre, the second hike in a month, on back of rising crude oil prices. Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer, will raise petrol prices by Rs 2.50 per litre with effect from midnight tonight, while Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) would hike rates by Rs 2.54 a litre, an industry official said.....more

Time not ripe for troop withdrawal in J&K: Lt Gen Parnaik

AKHNOOR :  (16:00 IST)   In the wake of Union Home Secretary G K Pillai’s statement on cutting down troops in Jammu and Kashmir by 25 per cent following improvement ground in situation, Lt Gen K T Parnaik, GOC-in-C Northern Command today said that time is not ripe for withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir.....more

J&K troop reduction: Gen Singh says
he was talking about Army

NEW DELHI :   (15:25 IST)   A day after his comments which were seen as countering Home Secretary on troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General V K Singh today clarified that he was talking about the Army personnel while G K Pillai was referring to paramilitary forces......more

104 killed, 50 injured in Sabarimala stampede

VANDIPERIYAR, KERALA :  (12:25 IST)  In the worst pilgrim tragedy that struck south India, 104 Lord Ayyappa devotees were killed and 50 injured, seven of them seriously, in a stampede that occurred at Uppupara near here last night. Majority of the deceased were from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as the grassland forest route known as ‘Pulmedu’ in the Periyar tiger reserve, is trodden by devotees from these states. .....more

Heavy snowfall in Kashmir throws life out of gear

January-15,2011-SRINAGAR:A kashmiri man walks as paneromic view of Partap park in Srinagar  as moderate  heavy snowfall was recorded in Kashmir valley during the intervening night of 14 January in Srinagar on Saturday .Kashmir valley witnessed yet another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall bringing down the day temperature. Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed last two days due to heavy snowfall near the Jawahar tunnel and flights to and from Srinagar were also cancelled. Photo/Mohd Amin War

January-15,2011-SRINAGAR:A kashmiri man walks as paneromic view of Partap park in Srinagar as moderate heavy snowfall was recorded in Kashmir valley during the intervening night of 14 January in Srinagar on Saturday .Kashmir valley witnessed yet another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall bringing down the day temperature. Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed last two days due to heavy snowfall near the Jawahar tunnel and flights to and from Srinagar were also cancelled. Photo/Mohd Amin War

SRINAGAR : (12:05 IST)  The Kashmir valley remained cut off from the rest of the country for the second consecutive day today due to closure of 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway following heavy snowfall and slippery road conditions. Life was thrown out of gear in the Kashmir valley, where moderate to very heavy snowfall since yesterday snapped power, road communication and telephone services. .....more

37 villages declared backward; 7 IAS, 4 KAS officers promoted
Cabinet gives nod for preparation
of Sawalkote Project DPR

By Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, Jan 14: State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, today, accepted the report of the Negotiating Committee and gave its nod for the preparation of fresh Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Sawalkote Hydroelectric Project, whose fate was hanging in balance for the past several decades. The Cabinet also approved promotion of three IAS officers to the super time scale of IAS with effect from October 27, 2010. These include Dr Sayed Mohammad Fazal-ul-Ullah, A K Raina (on proformas basis) and B A Runiyal, Secretary Technical Education. .....more

Madhav Lal to be new CS

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: Madhav Lal, Additional Secretary to Government of India in Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, is being appointed as new Chief Secretary of the State. Authoritative sources told the EXCELSIOR that State Cabinet, which met here this evening, discussed the list of senior most IAS officers of J&K cadre and finally the name of Madhav Lal, an IAS officer of 1977 batch, was cleared for appointment as new Chief Secretary of the State in place of Sham Singh Kapur, who is retiring on January 31, 2011......more

IMFAs transferred to Varsities

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: State Cabinet today approved the transfer of Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Srinagar and Jammu by the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to the Universities of Kashmir and Jammu respectively. The proposal in this regard was earlier approved by Central Committee of Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in its meeting held on August 6, 2009 under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, who is the president of Academy, authoritative sources told the EXCELSIOR.....more

Pak bid to stall Kishenganga project thwarted

NEW DELHI, Jan 14: Pakistan’s bid to stall construction work at the Kishenganga power project in Jammu and Kashmir was thwarted today as it was forced to withdraw a petition in this regard at the International Court of Arbitration. During the first hearing of the Kishenganga Arbitration Court in The Hague in The Netherlands, the Indian side put up a spirited argument for construction of the 330-MW project on Kishenganga, a tributary of the Jhelum river, sources said....more

Amandeep murder accused shifted

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: In the much publicized Amandeep Singh murder case, 2nd Additional Sessions Judge Jammu, Vinod Chatterji Koul today ordered shifting of accused to different jails. The accused Rakesh Singh and Jatinder Singh were shifted to District Jail Kathua while as Choudhary Nagar Singh, Sarwar Hussain Bukhari and Raj Singh shifted to Sub-Jail Hira Nagar from Central Jail Kot-Bhalwal. The accused Royal Singh, Satnam Singh, Sultan Mirza and Manohar Singh will continue in Central Jail Kot-Bhalwal Jammu. ...more

No need to scale down forces: Army chief
Govt considering 25 pc troops cut in J&K: Pillai
*6 month multiple entry permits for PoK people

NEW DELHI, Jan 14: Army chief Gen V K Singh said today that the Army do not feel the need to "cut down’’ their forces in Jammu and Kashmir by 25 per cent. He said it will be ensured that "extra pressure’’ is not put on his "already-stretched’’ deployment. He was reacting to Home Secretary G K Pillai’s statement that the Central Government is considering reducing the strength of security forces deployed in Jammu and Kashmir by 25 per cent as a Confidence Building Measure (CBM).......more

Omar hails Centre’s move

NEW DELHI, Jan 14: Hailing Centre’s proposal to reduce the number of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that it is an achievable target but subject to review even as he indicated that more confidence building measures were on the anvil. "It is a natural progression, we gradually want to reduce the footprint of the Army and paramilitary forces and start handing over more responsibility to J&K Police," he said. Omar was responding to questions on Home Secretary G K Pillai’s statement that the Government was considering reducing the strength of security forces deployed in J&K by 25 per cent as a confidence building measure......more

Highway closed, air traffic suspended

Vehicles move on the snow covered Baramulla road on Friday as Kashmir valley witnessed yet another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall.	 —Excelsior/Amin War
Vehicles move on the snow covered Baramulla road on Friday as Kashmir valley
witnessed yet another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall. —Excelsior/Amin War

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Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Jan 14: Air and surface links to Kashmir were snapped today as the Valley witnessed first heavy snowfall of this winter, resulting in the landscape getting covered by a "white blanket" measuring between three inches to nearly two feet. The 294-km arterial Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for traffic this morning as a precautionary measure following snowfall in the wee hours on either side of Jawahar Tunnel, which connects Kashmir valley by road to rest of the country....more

DRDO still testing anti-fog devices
BSF demarcates sensitive points on IB

A BSF jawan guards IB right at fencing amid dense fog in Suchetgarh on Friday—Excelsior/Rakesh
A BSF jawan guards IB right at fencing amid dense fog in Suchetgarh on Friday—Excelsior/Rakesh
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By Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Jan 14: Dense fog all along the International Border (IB) in Jammu sector has not only reduced the visibility of the Border Security Force (BSF) jawans manning 180 kilometer long international boundary in Jammu sector but has also effected to quite an extent the surveillance gadgetry deployed on forward pickets to check infiltration by the militants from Pakistan especially with specific inputs that the ultras could make an attempt to intrude into the City from across on or before Republic Day celebrations....more

Two students crushed to death

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: Two Law students were crushed to death on the spot when their motorcycle was hit by speedy truck in Bari Brahmana area, here today. A police spokesman said that Vikas Narwal, son of Girdhari Lal, resident of Kangri, Nowshera of Rajouri district and Tariq Hussain, son of Mustaq Hussain of Katra died on the spot when their motorcycle bearing registration No JK02AP-7134 was hit by speedy truck bearing registration No HR46F-8333 near Bari Brahmana rail bridge. ...more

PCC delegation meets PM, Sonia

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: A delegation of Pradesh Congress Committee met the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and All India Congress Committee president, Sonia Gandhi in the Union capital today and discussed the organizational matters. Sources close to the PCC chief said that the delegation has taken up the issue related to retaining Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz as the J&K PCC president for the next term again as he has been working very hard to strengthen the party in the State. The delegation met Dr Manmohan Singh in the afternoon and then with the AICC chief in the evening....more

Central officers postpone visit

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: A high level 31 member delegation of senior Central bureaucrats led by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar, which was scheduled to visit Jammu on a two days visit on January 17 and 18, has postponed its visit to the State. The delegation, which comprised senior officers of various Ministries including Ministry of Home Affairs, was scheduled to review development and security scenario in the State....more

Youth shot at, accused held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: A youth was shot at and injured by a MBA student at Subash Nagar under the jurisdiction of Bakshi Nagar police station this evening. Police have arrested the accused. Reports said a MBA second year student of Punjab Technical University, Abimanyam Bandral son of late Sub Inspector Narinder Bandral R/o Subash Nagar intercepted Avtar Singh when he was returning to his house after closing his service station in the same locality this evening....more

One nabbed with fake currency

Srinagar, Jan 14: Police today arrested one person from Baramulla district and recovered fake currency from him. A police spokesman said here this evening on a specific information a naka was established by police under the supervision of Deputy SP (Operations) Pattan, Reyaz Iqbal, near Babateng on Srinagar-Baramulla highway in view of forthcoming Republic Day celebrations. During checking of vehicles, at about 1700 hrs one pedestrian going towards Pattan was found in a suspicious condition....more

Authorities raid onion dealers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 14: Civil and police authorities raided two wholesale dealers of onions at Narwal Mandi this morning following reports of black-marketing and hoarding by some of the dealers. The onion prices had been escalating countrywide. Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma said a joint squad of civil, police, CAPD and horticulture officers besides other agencies raided godowns and shops of two wholesale onion dealers at Narwal Mandi this morning....more

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