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Pak violates ceasefire along IB in Samba, targets BoP
10/23/2014 1:00:18 AM
Jammu, Oct 22: After a brief lull of three days, Pakistan today again resorted to firing from across the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir in yet another act of ceasefire violation. "Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing at Narainpur BoP along IB in Ramgarh sector of Samba district at around 1030 hours," Ramgarh Station House Officer (SHO), Satesh Kumar, said. Confirming the ceasefire violation, a BSF spokesman said that Indian troops had retaliated to the Pakistani firing in brief exchanges. "There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing," the spokesman added. The latest ceasefire violation comes 72 hours after the last instance of firing from across the border by the neighbouring country's troops on the night of October 19 in Pargwal sector of Jammu district. Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on Oct. 18 and 17 by resorting to firing on BoPs in the Makwal and Allah mahi Da Kothay (AMK) areas of Jammu district. Before that, the ceasefire was violated twice on Oct. 17 along the Line of Control (LoC) in Hamirpur sector of Poonch district. Ceasefire violations also took place on Oct. 16 night. In firing from across the LoC in the Saujian-Kirni-Shahpur belts of Poonch on Oct. 15, a seven-year-old boy, Riyaz of Kuiyian Gotirian village, was injured. The IB and LoC in Jammu region have witnessed heavy firi...
OGW module of LeT busted, arms cache recovered
10/23/2014 1:00:11 AM
Poonch: With the arrest of two Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Jammu and Kashmir police today claimed to have busted a terrorist module that was using passenger vehicles to ferry arms and ammunition. "Two OGWs of Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist outfit were arrested yesterday as they were transporting arms and ammunition from the bordering district of Poonch to Srinagar," a senior police officer said. He said the two accused were arrested from a passenger bus that was on its way to Srinagar from Mandi Tehsil in frontier Poonch district. "On specific information, we stopped the bus and conducted a search operation and recovered three hand grenades, a pistol and some ammunition...
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Flood rehabilitation delayed due to prolonged rescue operations: Jitendra Singh
10/23/2014 1:00:05 AM
Srinagar, Oct 22: Centre today said the rehabilitation of the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir has been delayed due to prolonged rescue operations following the natural calamity in the state last month. "Rehabilitation follows rescue. When the rescue part is prolonged, when the rescue operation is more onerous, the rehabilitation gets delayed accordingly," Union Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh told reporters here. Asked if the present government at the Centre had been tardy compared to the response to 2005 earthquake, Singh said there was no comparison between magnitude of the two tragedies. "I don't think there is any comparison. This is an unequal comparis...
Won’t renew army’s Tosamaidan firing range lease: Omar
Other parties in hurry for political rehabilitation
10/23/2014 12:59:55 AM
Tosamaidan, Oct 22: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that the army's lease for the field firing range in the famous meadow of Tosamaidan in central Kashmir's Budgam district would not be renewed and the area would be opened for tourism. "The lease has not been renewed. We are in discussions with the army... they understand that the lease for Tosamaidan is not likely to be renewed. We want to open this area for tourism and that is exactly why the army has demined this area," Omar told reporters here today. The chief minister, however, said that even after the area is thrown open to public, the army would continue to have a presence there for security reasons. "There will be an army p...
Security beefed up ahead of Diwali celebrations in Jammu
10/23/2014 12:59:42 AM
Jammu, Oct 22: In view of repeated ceasefire violations from across the border, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in Jammu region ahead of Diwali celebrations. "Adequate police personnel have been deployed at the known infiltration routes. Police check posts have also been established at all the vulnerable routes where anti-national elements could try to infiltrate," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu, Uttam Chand said. "Nothing has been left on chance as elaborate security arrangements have been kept in place in the city in view of the Diwali celebrations," another senior police officer said. Uttam Chand said "additional police force has been deployed at al...
Jaitley hints at UPA minister in Black Money list
10/23/2014 12:59:34 AM
NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today may have dropped hints that a minister in the previous UPA government could be one of those who had stashed money abroad. "I know who you are hinting at. But please wait for the appropriate time," he told Times Now when asked if he was not violating the treaty (on confidentiality) if you say that it could be a person in Manmohan Singh's council of ministers. Asked if he was not denying that there could be minister from the UPA government, Jaitley quipped, "I am neither confirming nor denying, I am only smiling." To a question if there was anyone from the council of ministers of the government headed by Manmohan Singh, he said, "I don't want ...
Sena-BJP’s conciliatory talks revive hopes of coalition
10/23/2014 12:59:26 AM
MUMBAI: After days of stand-off, Shiv Sena and BJP today struck a conciliatory note following last night's talks between their leaders in Delhi, reviving hopes of a saffron coalition government in Maharashtra. In an apparent attempt at rapprochement, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had dispatched Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai and party's leader in the outgoing Assembly Subhash Desai to the national capital last night. "We had gone to Delhi to take forward our talks on forming the next government together. We are ready for an alliance with BJP to form government and talks were positive," Subhash Desai, who briefed Uddhav on the developments earlier in the day, told reporters. "We just had informa...
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