Jammu And Kashmir

4 army personnel died, 4 hurt in Pak shelling, school to shut for 3 days

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Out of eight, four army personnel including a young captain were killed and 4 are severely injured during a heavy Pakistani shelling today in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

All the army personnel were giving the apt reply during the tough exchanges, however when Pakistani opened unprovoked heavy firing and shelling along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district, three jawans were killed in the shelling, senior Army officials told PTI.

A 22-year-old captain, a resident of village Ransika in Haryana's Gurgaon district, was killed in the shelling 6 days before his birthday, Army officials said.

Forty two-year-old Havildar Roshan Lal, resident of Samba district, 27-year-old Riflemen Ramavatar of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and Subham Singh (23) of J&K's Kathua district were also killed, he said.

"Martyrdom of Indian Army soldiers will not go in vain. The unprovoked action by the Pakistan Army will be given a befitting response," an official said.

Earlier in the day, two teenagers and a jawan were injured in Shahpur sector of Poonch district in shelling from across the border, a police official said.

He identified the injured civilians as Shahnaz Bano (15) and Yasin Arif (14), residents of Islamabad village.

A defence spokesman said the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and mortars around 1110 hours. The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, he said.

In another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Rajouri district, a police official said six mortars exploded near Neaka Panjgrain and Tarkundi villages in Manjakote sector around 1540 hours.

The mortars were fired by Pakistani troops and the Indian forces guarding the LoC responded, triggering an exchange of fire between the two sides, he said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed pain at the deaths due to Pakistani shelling along the LoC. "My condolences to the families of the deceased," she said.

Authorities in Poonch issued an advisory asking people to stay inside their homes.

Following the ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri, all schools in the district have been closed as a precautionary measure.

The District Collector of Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary told ANI on Sunday, "In wake of ceasefire violation, we have closed all 84 schools as a precautionary measure and have pressed into action our emergency evacuation teams."

Chaudhary informed that relief camps have also been established to shift people there in case of an emergency.

"All 84 schools located in 0-5 km from the LoC stretch from Sunderbani to Manjakote shall remain closed for the next three days," Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqbal said.

Officials said the situation was very tense as firing and shelling by Pakistani troops continued round-the-clock.

In January alone eight civilians and six security personnel were killed and around 70 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops along Indo-Pak border in Jammu region.

Pakistani troops carried out intense shelling along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts and LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts from January 18 to 22.

While there were no ceasefire violations by Pakistan reported along the IB since January 22, intermittent shelling has taken place along the LoC.

With Agency Inputs

Minor Held

Class 9 student murder case: Absconding minor apprehended

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Delhi police claimed to have apprehended a minor on Sunday, who was on the run in the connection with strange death of class 9 student in Karawal Nagar, northeast Delhi area.

Victim Tusshar (16), was found unconscious by some of the students in the school bathroom. He was later taken to GTB hospital on 1st February, where he was declared brought dead.

The family of the deceased alleged that he was thrashed to death by some of the students, police added.

In the matter, three students were apprehended on Saturday and one was absconding. The forth was also detained on Saturday evening from Khajuri Khas. CCTV footage revealed about the students who went after him in the school washroom, police said.It was earlier suspected that the victim died due to the internal injuries sustained during the scuffle. However, they allegedly punched him in the neck and face. Police further added. Three of the students with whom he had a fight were apprehended, a senior police official said.

Sealing Drive

Sealing campaign: Traders on for 2-day bandh to protest

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Many from the traders and businessmen in the Capital have planned to observe a trade bandh for two days, on Friday and Saturday, to protest an ongoing sealing drive.

It is said that due to the ‘bandh’, called by Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) markets in Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Lajpat Nagar, Defence Colony, Green Park, Rajouri Garden and Tilak Nagar will remain closed, reported The Indian Express.

Despite the Centre's decision to amend the Delhi Master Plan (DMP) 2021, CAIT boasts the support of nearly 2K traders and decided to call a bandh.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Praveen Khandelwal, national secretary-general of CAIT, said "To lodge a strong protest against the arbitrary sealing of commercial establishments in Delhi, the CAIT has called for a complete shutdown in which more than seven lakh business establishments and 2,500 markets will participate.

While further adding to he said that no commercial activity will take place in the aforementioned places.

CAIT will take out a protest march and hold 'dharna' in their respective markets. "Prior to this, the traders will 'gherao' Delhi MPs and MLAs and will submit their memorandum," the industry body had said earlier in a statement. The statement also said that memoranda would also be given to prominent leaders of all political parties.

A Hindustan Times report stated that on Saturday, around 100 traders from all across India will march from Red Fort to Town Hall in Chandni Chowk. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-backed Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) will also hold a protest march from Kashmere Gate to Old Hindu College on Friday, according to the report.

CTI convenor Brijesh Goel said that 750 market associations have supported the bandh, reported The Hindu. "There is a lot of anger among the traders against the attitude of the municipal officials on sealing. Traders have decided that the authorities will not be affected by a day or two of closure, and it has to be long enough for some action to be initiated in our favour," The Hindu quoted Goel as saying.

This move comes a few days after the industry body observed a day-long 'Delhi trade bandh' on 23 January against the ongoing sealing of business establishments in the national capital. The shutdown decision was taken at a meeting of Delhi traders held at the Constitution Club in the national capital, which was attended by leaders of about 500 trade associations of the city.

On 31 January, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) was in the process of amending the Delhi Master Plan 2021 to provide relief to the traders from the ongoing sealing drive.

He said the ministry has proposed certain amendments to the master plan which would be taken up by the DDA in its meeting on Friday. "We are actually going to address the Master Plan... It will need amendment and we are in the process of amending the Master Plan with a view to resolving the issues," Puri had told reporters in New Delhi, according to PTI.

Municipal corporations in Delhi have undertaken the sealing drive initiated by a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee (set up in 2006). Commercial premises have been sealed for failing to deposit conversion charges according to provisions in Master Plan 2021. In 2012, the apex court asked the committee to stop the drive. But in December 2017, it ordered its resumption.

Congress demands Supreme Court halt dealing drive

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Thursday made a presentation before the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, raising the demand for halting the ongoing sealing of illegal commercial establishments in the city.

Maken said the sealing drive was "illegal" and quoted the law and the Delhi Master Plan 2021 to support his claim. "We are hopeful that no sealing in Special Areas and Village Abadi areas of Delhi will take place," he said after the meeting with the monitoring committee members.

Maken said additional floor area-ratio and basements should be allowed to be used for commercial purposes in "local shopping centres", without the owners having to pay conversion charges because there was provision in the law for it.

He claimed that sealing can not happen in markets that existed before 1962, including Chandni Chowk, Paharganj, Shahdara Town and Sadar Bazar, because the law permits them to use their premises for commercial use without any documentary proof.

(With inputs from agencies)

Boy Dead

9th class boy found dead in school

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A 9th class student, resident of Karawal Nagar was found unconscious by some students in the school bathroom when was taken to the GTB Hospital, he was declared brought dead, said police.

Nevertheless the school administration also claimed that the boy was suffering loose motions but the boy's family alleged that he was thrashed due to a tussle with few of his schoolmates, police said.

The family further also alleged that school authorities were trying to shield the students he had a fight with.

According to police there were no marks on the boy’s body but on the basis of the complaint

Of the family, a case has been registered. The medical board will conduct the post mortem tomorrow.

Police is up for the interrogation and questioning his classmates and the students who had found him in an unconscious state.

Local residents along with the boy's family members staged a protest at the Karawal Nagar Chowk and demanded a probe into the matter. Karawal Nagar MLA Kapil Mishra said that he is monitoring the situation and is in touch with top police officials and hospital authorities.


(With agency inputs)


Budget: FM claims its govt ‘reversed’ the trend of India

The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley taday, while announcing the budget said, my government has ‘reversed’ the trend of Inida which was considered to be one of the fragile five economies of the world.

The following are budgets, discussed by the FM:

Post introduction of GST has made indirect tax system simpler and demonetisation has reduced cash in economy, promoted digital transactions.


India is currently a USD 2.5 trillion economy and will soon jump to 5th largest economy in the world then 7th.

Talking about exports, he mentioned its hike by 17 percent in 2017-18.

The government in 2018 budget is focused on strengthening agricultural and rural economy.

Cooking gas being given free to poor and 4 crore unconnected being provided electricity connection, stent prices slashed.

Economy will grow by 7.2-7.5 percent in second half of current fiscal.

Budget will emphasis on generating higher income for the farmers and want to help farmers produce more and realise higher prices.

Crop production at record high; government is committed to provide 50% more than cost of crop production to farmers in the current budget.

Government to set MSP at one-and-half times the cost of production for Kharif crops.

Government will ensure farmers get MSP if prices fall. Niti Aayog will discuss with state governments for mechanism to ensure farmers get better prices in 2018 budget.

Rs 2k crore fund will be set up for upgrading rural agricultural markets.

Government has promoted organic farmers in a big way. Women self-help groups to be encouraged to take up organic farming.

Agriculture ministry will reorient ongoing programmes to promote cluster-based horticulture production.

In Budget 2018, Food processing sector growing at 8%; allocation for food processing ministry being doubled to Rs 1400 crore.

India's agriculture export potential is $100 bn as against current $ 30 bn exports.

Government will allocate Rs500 crore for 'operation green' to promote FPOs, agricultural logistics and processing in Budget 2018.

Kisan credit card facility extended to fisheries and animal husbandry sectors.

We will restructure national bamboo mission with an outlay of Rs 1,290 crore.

Surplus power produced by solar-powered generators used by farmers will be bought by state distribution utilities under Budget 2018.

Institutional credit to agriculture will be raised to Rs 11 lakh crore in 2018-19.
We will set up fisheries and aqua culture infra fund and animal husbandry infra fund with an outlay of Rs 10,000 crore.

Special scheme to support efforts of Haryana, Punjab, UP and Delhi to tackle air pollution through use of in-situ machinery for disposing crop residue.
Rs 16,000 crore will be spent on providing electricity connection to 4 crore poor households.

We will also provide free LPG connection to 8 crore women under Ujjwala scheme, up from earlier target of 5 crore.

Over six crore toilets built under Swachh Bharat Mission; government will build another two crore toilets.

1 crore houses will be built under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in rural areas.