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  • 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

  • J&K: Gunbattle breaks out at DPS Srinagar in wee hours

    DPS Srinagar In Wee Hours

    New Delhi: In Jammu and Kashmir, a gunbattle broke out at DPS Srinagar in the wee hours on Sunday as security forces launched an offensive to flush out terrorists who took refuge inside the school after attacking CRPF personnel in Pantha chowk area yesterday evening.

    A police official said, the exchange of firing between security forces and terrorists began around 3.40 AM and is going on intermittently.

  • J&K: Terrorists attack BSF camp in Srinagar, 3 jawans injured, one terrorist killed

    BSF Camp In Srinagar

    In Jammu and Kashmir, a group of terrorists attacked a BSF camp near Srinagar airport early this morning. Terrorists hurled grenades and resorted to heavy firing at BSF camp in Humhama. Heavy firing and loud explosions could be heard in the area. 

    Three BSF personnel were reportedly injured in the attack. State Director General of Police Dr SP Vaid told AIR that security forces killed one terrorist, while operation is still continuing to neutralised the remaining terrorists. Airport operations have been suspended as the security forces are fighting terrorists holed up in the 182nd battalion headquarters of BSF. This battalion is entrusted with security of runway of the Srinagar airport.

  • J&K: Three militants killed in encounter in Anantnag

    Militants Killed In JK

    In Jammu and Kashmir, three militants were killed by the security forces in an encounter in Anantnag district of south Kashmir yesterday.

    Defence spokesman told that the encounter broke out at around 8 pm at Wanihama village of Anantnag district, following an anti-militancy operation launched by the security forces.He said three militants were killed in the ensuing gunbattle. Two among three killed are believed to be locals and third one a Pakistani.

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Cloudburst in Doda district, 3 killed and many trapped

    Cloudburst In Doda District

    Three people have been killed and several houses and shops destroyed as flash floods in the result of a cloudburst unleashed wreck in Doda District of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours today.

    The cloudburst took place around 2 am on Thursday at Thatri Town of the district, causing flash floods.

  • Jammu militants attack: 2 junior commissioned officers killed, 6 hurt

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    A group of militants stormed the Sunjwan Army camp in Jammu city in the early hours today, resulted two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) were killed and six others injured, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said.

    Thw two deceased were Subedar Maganlal and Subedar Mohammed Ashraf who face the brunt during the attack.

    While the minister did not specify the group affiliation of the militants who launched the attack, officials said Jaish-e-Mohammed militants were behind the terror strike.

    Ruckus broke out after Speaker of the Assembly Kavinder Gupta pointed towards Rohingyas for facilitating the attack. The comment created chaos with the opposition saying the state government and the central government should be blamed for security lapses, and not any particular community.

    National Conference leader Ali Mohammed Sagar said they had been asking the government to initiate dialogue to resolve the issue politically.  National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah had also stated that dialogue was the solution to resolve the Kashmir issue, he added. 

    The ruling BJP legislators, on the other hand, raised anti Pakistan slogans and alleged Pakistan was directly involved in the attack. They said Pakistan was pushing the militants towards Jammu as in Kashmir Valley militants have been neutralised by the Army and security forces are present in large numbers.

    At around 4.55 a.m today, a group of four to five militants entered the premises of JCOs family quarters inside the camp and started firing. The camp falls under the first Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry in 36 Brigade.

    DGP S P Vaid said the terrorists entered from the rear side of Sunjwan Army camp where family quarters are located.

    Soon after the attack, reinforcements of the Army’s special forces and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid a fierce gunfight, security official said.

    Schools in the entire area around the camp have been closed by authorities as a precautionary measure.

    Intelligence inputs had warned of an attack on the Army or security establishment by Jaish-e-Mohammed in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru who was hanged on February 9, 2013.

    (With  agency inputs)

  • Kashmiri students assaulted in H’yana, FIR lodged

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    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for Haryana authorities to investigate the incident and take strict action, after reports of the assault emerged on Friday.

    Haryana police has registered an FIR on Saturday, for allegedly assaulting two Kashmiri students of Central University of Haryana. J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti asked Haryana authorities to take strict action.

    As per Kamaldeep ,SP Mahendergarh, Haryana, the total of 6 accused have been noticed from which 3 nabbed, " On the basis on a CCTV footage, total 6 people are accused in the mishappening out of which 3 people have been arrested and 3 others identified and we are further investigating in the matter,"

    The FIR was registered at the Mahendergarh Police Station, under sections 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly guilty of offence towards common object), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), police said today.

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called for Haryana authorities to investigate the incident and take strict action, after reports of the assault emerged on Friday.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Pak again violates ceasefire in Arnia sector of Jammu district in wee hours today; One BSF soldier martyred

    Arnia Sector Of Jammu District

    In Jammu and Kashmir a BSF jawan was martyred as Pakistan's forces resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing in Arnia sector along the International Border in Jammu district today. BSF sources told AIR that the Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing and shelling on Indian positions and civilian areas in Arnia sector around 1 am today.

    In the firing Constable Bijender Bahadur hailing from U.P. who was deployed at a forward post was injured seriously. The jawan succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital. BSF troops guarding the border retaliated the firing and gave a befitting reply.The intermittently exchange of fire was still on.

  • RTE still struggling to bring edu in J&K

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    Post 71 years of Independence, Right to Education Act (RTE) - 2009 is still fighting to reach in the state of J&K with its free and compulsory education to the children between 6 - 14 years where literacy is a dream for the residents.

    According to educational experts, 6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) should be spent for the enhancement of Educational System where as only 3.3 per cent of the budget is invested in education sector.

    Speaking on the issue Dr Shashi Pal Singh, Senior Lecturer in Higher Secondary School in Kathua, Jammu said education without basic needs and administration becomes tough, “It is difficult for us to serve the youth in the best manner as we are facing number of problems regarding infrastructure, books, uniform and lack of a good administration.  Beside the shortage of funds and timely disbursement of salaries, we are giving our best to the children."

    Due to less connectivity and transportation issues in rural areas it is difficult for the teachers to maintain regularity as they commute miles by foot in 95 per cent of state is hilly terrain. "There is no proper mode of transportation and even at some places there are no roads to school. In the month of July and August play ground of the school and even class rooms are filled with water for weeks. There is no maintenance of hygiene. It is hard for the teacher to teach students in such miserable conditions”, said Mrs. Usha Gupta, principal of High school Changran.

    There are 81 schools in J&K which have a single teacher according to National University of Educational Planning and Administration also there is no proper access to electricity and water in government schools. 

    During the period first five years, the appointee shall be entitled to the minimum of scale of pay along with the grade pay applicable to the post against which he is appointed and every appointee shall after completion of five years period on probation be entitled to fixation of pay in the time scale of pay applicable to the post against which he is appointed. The person appointed shall be entitled to annual increments, dearness, allowance, house rent allowance and city compensatory allowance is only 20% of the basic pay.

    Politics undoubtedly plays a big role in the society since there is political interference in posting of the teachers. There is total mismanagement in call of posting by the interference of leaders. Dr. Bhushan sharma said, "I have been posting in Doda district for 5 years which is 214 kms from kathua my home town. I am not having political support that is why I am here from the past so many years. According to the system, the time period teacher to work at one place is 2 years but I am working here continuously for the 5 years."  

    Budget recently presented by Finance minister Haseeb Drabu has bring  a sigh of relief among teaching fraternity.  The Government recently reduced the eligibility for full pension from 33 years of qualifying service to 20 years of qualifying service benefitting more than half of the number of employees on the rolls and commited to implement  7th pay commission recommendation from April 1 , 2018 . It is the need of the hour to eradicate all the hurdles which come in way of this system.

     

    (Writer is a freelance journalist)

  • Security forces have killed 92 terrorist this year

    Indian Security Force

    As many as 92 terrorist were killed in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by security forces till July 2 this year, compared to 79 during the same period in 2016.  The stats released by the Home Ministry indicate gain by security forces against terrorist, following ramped up counter-terrorism efforts. An official said most of the terrorist killed this year were prominent operatives. As many as 72 and 67 terrorist were killed in counter –insurgency operation in 2012 and 2013 respectively, during the UPA tenure. Also this has resulted in far improved responses by security forces against attacks on their personnel and installations, an official said. There’s a need to continue this movement for more long – term gains against terrorist. 

  • Terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki threatened India again

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    Mastermind of Mumbai attacks Abdul Rehman Makki threatened India again in the press conference held in Faisalabad of Pakistan. By pointing on Kashmir he said that the attacks on Kashmir will increase. After the house arrest of mastermind Hafis Sayeed Makki handled the position of Jamat-Ud- Dava. 

  • Two terrorists killed in encounter with security forces at Sopore in Baramulla district of J&K

    Sopore In Baramulla District

    In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces at Sopore in Baramulla district today. Police said, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Check-e-Brath area of Sopore, based on specific intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists there. Police said, as the forces were conducting the operation, the terrorists fired upon them. The forces retaliated, resulting in an encounter in which two terrorists were gunned down. The operation is still on.

  • Two terrorists killed in Kulgam district of J&K

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    In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Kulgam district early this morning. 

    Defence spokesperson Lt Col Rajesh Kalia said, the encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Gopalpora on specific information about the movement of terrorists in the area. 

  • ‘One Nation One Tax’ regime to be cleared in Jammu and Kashmir by July 6

    One Nation One Tax

    Jammu and Kashmir is the only state which has not yet implemented the new tax regime which came into force in the country from July 1. It is likely to clear the legislation by July 6. State Finance Minister, Haseeb Drabu attended the midnight launch of GST in Central Hall of Parliament said that in view of differences among the political parties, the state government had set up an all-party consultative group to find a common opinion from one and all. After the second meeting of the consultative group yesterday, the government declared that the parties were in agreement on the extension of the new tax regime.

  • ‘Protect soldiers' human rights’

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    While taking a stand against the stone-pelters and mob attacks on army personnel in J&K, army personnel kids have written to National Human Rights Commission and filed a petition to protect army personnel's human rights. 

    The letter noted that the FIRs registered against the stone pelters and violence perpetrators have been withdrawn upon the direction of the State government. 

    All it said was "As young Indians and citizens of this great country, especially as children of army personnel, we are concerned about the state of affairs of the troops serving in the disturbed areas and we are compelled to approach the Hon'ble Commission to seek intervention in the matter and initiate appropriate inquiry in the incidents of violations of human rights of the members of the armed forces," read the official letter. 

    The letter also stated that other countries "would never accept such indignities rained upon their armed forces," and laid out in detail, punishment that is meted out to perpetrators in other countries. 

    "Being concerned for the safety of soldiers and officers of the Indian army, deployed in counter-insurgency areas in J&K and other states, we wish to draw your attention to the innumerable and frequent instances of violations of human rights of the army personnel," read the letter. 

    (With Agency Inputs)