Srinagar, Jan 22: An IPS officer’s brother was reportedly among three militants killed in a fierce encounter that ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Tuesday.
An Army official told UNI that following specific information about presence of militants in an orchard at Hafshermal in Shopian district, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SGO) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation this morning.
However, he said when the security forces were moving towards the area in the orchard, militants hiding inside a hideout, fired at them with automatic weapons.
“Security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter, he said, adding additional security forces were rushed to further seal the entire area to foil any attempt by militants to escape.
Official sources said that three militants were killed in the exchange of fire. “The operation was still going on when the reports last came in,” they added.
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A day after ceasefire violations by Pakistan, all the schools in Nowshera sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir remain closed for the second consecutive day today, officials said. The district administration decided to close all the 67 schools, along LoC in Nowshera sector--the worst affected in the cross-border shelling, as a precautionary measure for the safety of the students. "Schools along LoC in Nowshera will remain closed for next three days in view of fresh ceasefire violation yesterday," District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said
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SRINAGAR, MAY 31: Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today said the 'Agenda of Alliance' outlines a comprehensive roadmap for PDP-BJP coalition government and it will be implemented in letter and spirit to address the challenges confronting Jammu and Kashmir.
"I am confident that if we succeed in implementing the 'Agenda of Alliance', it will take care of most of the problems facing J&K, faced as it is with decades long political uncertainty, economic deprivation, development deficit, unfulfilled aspirations and mounting unemployment," the Chief said while winding up the discussion on Motion of Thanks on Governor's address in the Legislative Council today.
Ms Mehbooba said PDP has entered into an alliance with the BJP to seek in accordance with the 'Agenda of Alliance' national reconciliation on the political and economic challenges confronting Jammu and Kashmir. She said the purpose of this alliance is to catalyze reconciliation and confidence building within the State and across the Line of Control (LoC) to create an enabling environment for sustainable peace, all round economic development and prosperity of J&K.
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PANAJI (GOA), DECEMBER 16:
Strongly advocating opening of historic routes in Jammu & Kashmir, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has pleaded for opening up the State to the outside world and its opportunities.
Addressing the India Ideas Conclave-2017 here last night, the Chief Minister said the geographical positioning of the State makes it gateway to the Central Asia and that position ought to be used for opening up its people to the outside world. “By re opening the traditional and historic routes in the State, we shall be writing a new history”, she added.Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb Drabu was also present on the occasion.
Mehbooba Mufti suggested making Jammu & Kashmir a model State with connectivity all across so that it becomes a model for SAARC cooperation in the region. “Let’s make it a model for cooperation at bigger scale in the region”, she said.
On the problems being faced by the people of the State, the Chief Minister said it is the duty of every citizen of the country to come forward and help Jammu & Kashmir in coming out of these uncertainties. “People of the State ought to be given a sense of belonging because the idea of India is incomplete without idea of Jammu & Kashmir. Reconciliation is the way ahead”, she added.
The Chief Minister exuded confidence in the deep roots of values and ethos which the people of the State have displayed at critical times. “See how many young boys rushed to donate blood when Amarnath yatries were attacked or who can forget that boatman who drowned himself to save a tourist. Kashmiriyat is deep rooted to be affected by any outside influence”, she added.
On the measures taken by her Government, the Chief Minister said the amnesty for youth recently announced by her is aimed at giving them a chance to a peaceful life hereafter. She hoped with the appointment of an Interlocutor the way forward for reconciliation has been laid out.
On forming Government in the State, Mehbooba Mufti said though both PDP and BJP have ideological differences on many issues, the idea of alliance was aimed to get Jammu & Kashmir out of the present situation of uncertainty, end the inter regional discord in the State and, above all, connect the people of the State with their counterparts in rest of the country. “The idea to go with BJP was to get Jammu & Kashmir out of this siege”, she added.
There is a need, the Chief Minister asserted, to go back to the era of Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee through whose initiatives cross LoC routes were opened, ceasefire on LoC was ensure for a decade or so and peace prevailed as a consequence in the State and between the two countries.
On the return of migrant Pandit families, the Chief Minister said not only the Government but the entire society in Kashmir wants them back, honourably. She said in this regard Government has been taking many steps for their return back home. “We are also trying to rehabilitate those Pandit families, in terms of employment and other incentives, who stayed back home and did not migrate”, she said.
Mehbooba Mufti appealed media to play its crucial role in bringing people and communities closer to each other. She regretted the conduct of some media houses which by their irresponsible coverage of incidents end up creating more discord and acrimony among people and communities.
The conclave was attended by Vice President, M. Venkiah Naidu; several Union Ministers; former Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Chandrika Kumaratunga; Minister from UAE, Zaki Anwar Misbah; Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar besides a galaxy of politicians, industrialists, mediapersons and social activists from all across the globe.
Srinagar, Apr 3 (UNI) Six Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured when militants ambushed their vehicles at Pantha Chowk in the city outskirts this afternoon. ''Yes, six of our men were injured in the firing by militants,'' a CRPF spokesman told UNI.
He said CRPF personnel were travelling in a private bus when militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons resulting in injuries to six personnel.
He said the injured have been hospitalised.
The area was immediately cordoned off by the Road Opening Party (ROP) already deployed there and additional security forces rushed from nearby stations.
A woman was also reportedly injured in the firing, official source said, adding that CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar for bypoll duty in Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies, where polling will be held on April 9 and 12 respectively.
This was the second militant attack on security forces since last evening when a grenade attack left one policeman dead and 11 others, including three CRPF men, injured in Nowhatta area of the downtown.
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