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Wanted LeT militant nabbed

JAMMU : (22:20 IST)  A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeTs) militant, wanted in the killing of a civilian, was today arrested from the Kishtwar district, official spokesman here said.  "In a major breakthrough, a joint operation was launched late last night by the Army and the police and one LeT terrorist was arrested from village Koat in Kishtwar district," the spokesman told here.....more

J&K interlocutors: Will shortly
submit report to Chidambaram

SRINAGAR : (17:20 IST) Centre’s interlocutors on J&K today said they would shortly submit a report on their eighth visit to the Kashmir Valley to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram....more

  • 2 militants held with arms

  • SRINAGAR :  (16:50 IST)  Two suspected militants were arrested along with a hand grenade, pistol and other arms and ammunition in Baramulla district. Official sources said today that a naka was established at Bahrampora in Baramulla following a tip-off about the movement of militants in the area......more

    Growing China-Pak defence ties matter of concern: Antony

    NEW DELHI : (15:55 IST)   India today said it views with “serious concern” the growing defence ties between China and Pakistan and that it will have to enhance its own capabilities to meet the challenge......more

    Suicide attack on US consulate convoy
    in Pakistan kills one

    ISLAMABAD :   (13:40 IST)   A Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber targeted a US consulate convoy in Peshawar today, killing one person and injuring over a dozen others in the first attack on Americans in the country since Osama bin Laden’s death.....more

    V-Mart opens first hypermarket in Kashmir Valley

    May-20,2011- SRINAGAR : People busy in purchasing things at the V-Mart multi-purpose departmental store which was inaugurated in Srinagar on Friday. The departmental store first of its kind in Srinagar offers various things under one roof in summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. The inauguration of the departmental store has been welcomed by people saying that this would add new dimension to the shopping in Srinagar.  Photo/ Mohd Amin WarSRINAGAR :  (13:25 IST)   V-Mart today became the first leading hypermarket format retail chain of the country to open an outlet in the Kashmir Valley and plans to open five more outlets in the near future. The retail company opened its showroom in the Srinagar city’s commercial nerve centre, near Jehangir Chowk. The store offers groceries, ladies’ wear, kids’ wear, men’s wear, footwear, accessories, luggage, crockery, home furnishing, kitchen appliances and plastic goods all under one roof, V-Mart General Manager - Operations Jai Banerjee said.....more

    Amarnath yatra: over 1.30 lakh pilgrims registered

    JAMMU :  (13:05 IST) Over 1.34 lakh people have registered themselves for the annual pilgrimage to the 13,500-feet-high cave shrine of Amarnath in the Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir.....more

    Centre acts on Rangarajan report
    CCEA nod to job-linked skill programme
    for 1 lakh JK youth

    Excelsior Correspondent

    JAMMU, May 19: In a major initiative, the Central Government has cleared a proposal to provide job linked skill training to one lakh youth of the State during next five years from both rural and urban areas. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved the proposal of Union Ministry of Rural Development to implement the scheme called Skill, Empowerment and Employment Special Scheme (SEE J&K). It would be a 100 per cent Centrally Sponsored Scheme to be implement in next five years involving a total expenditure of Rs 235.3 crore. The scheme is a placement linked, market driven skill training programme for J&K youth. The placements will be in the private sector, both within and outside J&K, official sources said. They added that the scheme would commence from June-July this year. First set of placements is likely to take place by October-November. During the first year, 15,000 youth will receive training for salaried and self employment opportunities. Of the total expenditure of Rs 235.3 crore for the scheme (SEE J&K), Rs 70.59 crore will be met from existing budget of the Ministry of Rural Development under its SGSY Scheme to cover 75 per cent cost of training rural youth living under the Below Poverty Line (BPL). Remaining Rs 164.71 crore will be covered under special scheme for J&K to cover rural non-BPL, urban BPL and non-BPL youth....more

    RAW, IB withhold return of 18 youth from Pak; clear 5

    By Sanjeev Pargal

    JAMMU, May 19: Of 23 names short-listed by the State Intelligence agencies for return from Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) under Rehabilitation Policy of the Government, clearance of 18 has been withheld by national agencies like Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) on different pretexts while giving nod to return of five militants. All five militants cleared for return from Pakistan and PoK once belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and hailed from Anantnag district of Kashmir valley. They were held-up in PoK for a period ranging between 10 to 20 years, official sources said. The militants, whose names have been approved for return by all national and State Intelligence and security agencies from Pakistan and PoK and forwarded to the Union Home Ministry, have been identified as Bashir Ahmed Bhat son of Abdul Kabir Bhat R/o Dooru, Anantnag, Abdul Rashid alias Koka son of Habibullah, Shabir Ahmed son of Ghulam Hassan, Tariq Ahmed Lone, a resident of Qazigund and Tariq Ahmed Sheikh son of Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, all residents of Anantnag. Sources said on remaining 18 names, cleared for return by the State Intelligence agencies, there were some objections to one or the other national agencies mainly the RAW and IB. The two agencies have conveyed their points of objections to the State agencies......more

    Inclusion of Khan in most wanted list a mistake: PC

    NEW DELHI, May 18: Accepting it as a "mistake" and taking "responsibility", Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the inclusion of terror accused Wazhul Kamar Khan in the list of most wanted fugitives given to Pakistan was a "genuine error" by Mumbai Police and "oversight" by the Intelligence Bureau. Addressing a press conference a day after the goof up was exposed in the media and facing attack, he contended that it was not such a "monumental mistake" of "calamitous consequence" and said he was prepared to face some "political exchanges" on the issue. "We take responsibility. It is a mistake. How this mistake has happened has been explained subsequently. CBI through Interpol will notify the arrest of Khan," he said, adding his name has already been removed from the list of wanted men. Giving details of the events that led to the "lapse" as he termed it, Chidambaram said it now transpired that the Mumbai Police arrested Khan, an accused in 2003 Mulund blasts, on May 21, 2010.....more

    Mamata quits as Rlys Minister, to take oath as CM today

    KOLKATA, May 19: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, set to take over as West Bengal Chief Minister tomorrow, resigned as Railway Minister today. Railway sources said Banerjee sent her resignation to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Banerjee took over as Railway Minister of UPA-II Government in May, 2009. She had also held the Ministry for less than two years in the NDA Government. Banerjee, who engineered the landslide victory of the Trinamool Congress-Congress combine, will be sworn in as West Bengal’s first woman Chief Minister tomorrow. The swearing-in at a ceremony in the presence of 3200 invitees drawn from among the top names in politics, business and art and culture will take place at 1:01 pm as per the wishes of the Trinamool supremo. Banerjee, who will be the 11th Chief Minister of the State, will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor M K Narayanan on the southwest lawn of the 208- year old Raj Bhavan, where shamianas have been erected....more

    CBI in Denmark with expired warrant for Davy
    Another 'most wanted' found in Mumbai jail

    NEW DELHI, May 19: In another major embarrassment for the Government, a second ‘fugitive’ in India’s most wanted list handed over to Pakistan was today traced to a Mumbai jail, following which a CBI inspector was suspended and two of its senior officials transferred. The CBI Inspector was suspended and an SP and DySP transferred for the "lapse", the agency announced after a preliminary inquiry. India’s list of ’50 most wanted’ has the name of Feroz Abdul Khan, alias Hamza, 51, an accused in 1993 Mumbai blast case, who was arrested from a village in Navi Mumbai in February last year and was handed over to CBI for further investigation. CBI had issued an Interpol Red Corner Notice against Khan in 1994 but the notice was not withdrawn even after the agency has got his custody.....more

    Parents, wife and sister of martyr CRPF jawan, Rashpal wailing on coffin as his body arrived at their Nagrota residence on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
    Parents, wife and sister of martyr CRPF jawan, Rashpal
    wailing on coffin as his body arrived at their Nagrota
    residence on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

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    Heart-rending scenes as CRPF jawans'
    bodies reach Jammu

    By Gopal Sharma

    JAMMU, May 19: Heart-rending scenes were witnessed at the Jammu airport and also at their native villages, as the bodies of the Dogra martyrs arrived here in a flight from Chhatisgarh via Delhi this afternoon. Several family members of the jawans were waiting at the airport since long for the arrival of the bodies. They received the coffins of their dear ones with eyes drenched in tears. Many of them were seen wailing at the coffins and others seen visibly moved. Wrapped in tri-colour, the coffins with bodies of the martyrs including four from Jammu region and one from Noorpur tehsil of district Kangra, reached Jammu airport at around 1.30 pm. Much shocking and painful scene was witnessed when the shell shocked young widow (Sushma) of Rashpal (26), from Nagrota village ran towards the coffin of her young husband as jawans entered house with body. She was wailing bitterly and breaking her red-marriage bangles on the dead body of her husband. She was followed by mother (Guddo Devi), father and sister besides other relatives. They all were sobbing and wailing in pain. Everyone including relatives, villagers and also those in uniform at the scene, were seen visibly moved and in tears. The relatives and villagers tried to separate the young widow of Rashpal and mother from the coffin but they found them helpless in their efforts several times. The last rites of Rashpal were performed this evening. Rashpal was a driver in the 2nd Battalion of CRPF and was married hardly 15 months back.....more

    Rangers again open firing at IB in Arnia

    Excelsior Correspondent

    Jammu, May 19: Despite a strong protest lodged by the Border Security Force (BSF) against ceasefire violations at Budhwar and Nikowal in Arnia sub sector for two consecutive days on May 14 and 15, the Pakistani Rangers targeted Indian positions by opening unprovoked firing in Arnia sub sector twice since last night. The Rangers opened firing on forward Indian posts at Kote Kubba in Arnia sub sector at 9 pm last night. The firing continued for over 45 minutes. The BSF exercised restraint in retaliation. Again at 1 pm today, the Rangers started firing at almost the same place. The firing lasted half an hour. No casualties or damage was reported in firing by the Rangers...more

    Receiving Stns, transformers developing snags frequently
    Despite several crores expenditure, power
    sector continues to be ailing

    By Mohinder Verma

    JAMMU, May 19: Though several crores of rupees have been spent on the name of reforms in the power sector in Jammu and Kashmir during the past some years yet this important sector continues to be ailing with receiving stations, transformers and other components of distribution system failing to withstand the load during the summer months and developing frequent snags resulting into power curtailments. Official sources said that for three consecutive years—2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 the Union Government provided Rs 1300 crore each year to the Jammu and Kashmir Government for reforms in the power sector but such a huge amount failed to bring any major change and fate of same gets exposed during the summer months every year. "The current summer has also brought to fore that the funds spent for reforms in power sector have yielded no benefit either for the Power Development Department or electricity consumers with receiving stations and electricity lines are continuously developing snags and transformers burning more frequently", they said....more

    Top Commanders review situation

    NEW DELHI, May 19: Top commanders of three defence services met here today to take stock of the security situation and discuss aspects like unified doctrine, joint warfare and rules and procedures for operations launched by the Special Forces. The two-day Unified Commander's Conference, which began here today, also discussed the requirements of developing force structure to meet short-term and long-term challenges to prepare for all possible contingencies in the country. "Several presentations were given by top defence brass on issues of integration of forces and joint operations. The discussions were held keeping in mind the varied security challenges faced by the nation," Defence Ministry officials said....more

    Cabinet approves creation of 6 posts

    Excelsior Correspondent

    SRINAGAR May 19: State Cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here this morning, approved creation of 6 posts for Parliamentary Affairs branch in the Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. The created posts include one Secretary in the Department by corresponding reduction of one post in the cadre of Special Secretary/ Research Officer, one Reporter, one Legal Assistant, one Junior Assistant and two orderlies. The Cabinet also expressed sorrow over the sad demise of Bashir Ahmad Wani (Sogami), father of Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home, H&UDD, PHE, Tourism and Revenue....more


    Yeddy visits Vaishno Devi

    Excelsior Correspondent

    Jammu, May 19: Facing political uncertainty after Governor H R Bhardwaj's recommendation to dismiss his Government, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today sought divine blessings at the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta Hills of Katra in Reasi district. Mr Yeddyurappa reached here by a special helicopter and straightway proceeded to Sanji Chat from Jammu Airport this afternoon. He walked on a 2.5 Km downhill track to the Bhawan. The BJP Chief Minister from Karnataka, who was accompanied by his family and a Minister of his Cabinet, paid obeisance at the shrine at around 4 pm. After 30-minute stay at the Bhawan, where special prayer was held, he flew back to Jammu on way to New Delhi and Bangalore...more


    HC quashes order sacking IPS officer

    SRINAGAR, May 19: High Court today quashed the State Government order sacking senior IPS officer Farooq Ahmad for allegedly fudging his date of birth. Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar quashed the Government order by which Ahmad was dismissed from service in February this year...more


    Patwari, another held tampering record

    Excelsior Correspondent

    JAMMU, May 19: Police today arrested a Patwari and a retired Girdawar for tampering with revenue record by keeping bundles full of records at a private place at Sarore under the jurisdiction of Bari Brahamana police station in Samba district. The arrested Patwari has been identified as Satish Kumar Sharma son of Mulkh Raj Sharma R/o Peer Kho, Jammu and the retired Girdawar as Bushan Lal Koul son of Sham Lal Koul, a resident of Kashmir, presently putting up at Sarore...more


    Absconding Minister resigns

    PATNA, May 19: Under pressure from Opposition parties, Bihar Cooperative Minister and BJP leader Ramadhar Singh, declared an absconder by a court in Aurangabad district 16-years ago, has resigned from the Nitish Kumar cabinet. Singh sent his resignation to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar late last night, officials at CM’s office said today. Sources said Governor Devanand Konwar has accepted Singh’s resignation and the Chief Minister has alloted the portfolio as an additional charge to his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi...more


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