BSF adopts ‘winter strategy’ to check infiltration


BSF has put in place its “winter strategy”, which includes deployment of devices that ensure visibility in fog, to prevent infiltration as it apprehends that terrorists may turn to International Border (IB) to sneak into India as the LoC would be inaccessible due to snow. The steps to beef up the security along the IB have been taken after intelligence reports suggested that 8-10 militants have been brought close to the IB on the Pakistani side by ISI to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The BSF has installed anti-fog devices and deployed more troops along the International Border, putting in place its “winter strategy” to …

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Hari Om demands expulsion of BJP MLAs who protested against discriminatory policies of PDP-led coalition govt

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The expelled BJP leader Prof Hari Om on Sunday claimed that he stood completely vindicated and asked the BJP central leadership to expel all those BJP ministers and MLAs from the party for six years, who on Saturday met with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and lodged a complaint with him that the coalition government had rendered them powerless and ineffective, neglected Jammu province and perpetrated injustice after injustice on the people of this province. “If the party considered my pro-Jammu and pro-India stand an anti-party activities and expelled from the party on that count, it cannot apply a different yardstick to the BJP ministers and MLAs who spoke my language and registered their protest against the discriminatory policies of …

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IS a live threat, can’t be ignored in Valley: Army


The terror group, Islamic State is a live threat that cannot be ignored in the Valley, the top Army officer said today. “The IS is a live threat that cannot be ignored. It is a cause of concern and we are monitoring it,” General officer Commander of Army’s 15 Corps Lt General Satish Dua told reporters. The Corps Commander, who heads the army in Kashmir, was replying to a question about the possibility of the Islamic State forging an alliance with the militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaishe-e-Mohammad for expanding its activities to the valley. “All the security forces and the intelligence agencies are monitoring this. That is all I can say,” Lt Gen Dua said. On the recent attack …

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Dialogue only way forward to resolution of Kashmir problem: Farooq Abdullah

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Dialogue is the only way forward for a resolution to the Kashmir issue, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah today said even as he held that nothing has been done to reclaim Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from the neighbouring country while reiterating views that have invited criticism. “The only way left is to hold dialogue and find a solution (to the Kashmir issue),” the National Conference leader said at a function here. “Ever since I came into politics, I have always said that this state (PoK and J&K) can never become one. Neither do we have the power to take back their part (PoK) nor have they (Pakistan) the power to take our part; we are a nuclear power and they, too, are,” …

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ISI brings LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish together to carry out attacks in Jammu & Kashmir – Intelligence


At least 30 terrorists have been brought into the PoK region by ISI to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with the help of terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), intelligence inputs have suggested. According to the inputs, these terrorists were brought from Peshawar under the guidance of ISI and kept in a launching pad across the Line of Control in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir region. The ISI has instructed the terrorists to carry out terror attacks in Kashmir valley over the next one month and before the routes in the upper reaches closes down due to heavy snowfall, the sources said quoting the inputs. The ISI also organised a meeting of LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen and …

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J&K BJP expected to get new state party chief soon


Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP is expected to get a new state president and a major revamp by the first week of December. “The term of the sitting president and Member Parliament comes to an end on November 3,” party sources said here today. Lobbying among the cadre has commenced. “Keeping in mind the present alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party and the political situation in the state, the high command of the Bharatiya Janata Party may go in for a candidate having vast experience in the political arena besides people-to-people contact.” They further added that a sitting MLA or a senior minister is expected be the choice for the next party chief. “The process of appointing new …

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Jammu & Kashmir CM Mufti Sayeed urges India, Pakistan to bring down the ‘walls of hatred’

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Batting strongly for creating an environment of reconciliation between India and Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed on Saturday urged the two nations to bring down the “walls of hatred” for lasting peace and development in the region. “We urge India and Pakistan to bring down the walls of hatred… I will continue to aspire for friendly relations between the two countries for embedding lasting peace in the region,” he said while addressing a public meeting in Poonch. Noting that cordial relations between New Delhi and Islamabad have had a positive impact on the state, the chief minister emphasised on the need for creating an environment of reconciliation to break the deadlock and signal a new thaw …

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India’s Role in Resolving Kashmir Issue Will Continue: Omar Abdullah

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With the US distancing itself on Kashmir issue, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the absence of a third party does not absolve India of its responsibility to find a solution to the problem. “The absence of 3rd party intervention doesn’t absolve India of its responsibility to find a solution…,” Mr Abdullah wrote on social networking site Twitter, referring to US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby’s statement on the issue today. Earlier, Mr Kirby had said that the US has no role to play in Kashmir issue and it is for India and Pakistan to address the problem through dialogue, a day after Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif raised the matter with US Secretary of …

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Cabinet discusses PM’s Rs 80000 cr Reconstruction Plan for J&K


The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed discussed the Reconstruction Plan for J&K amounting to Rs 80068 Crore announced by the Prime Minister on 7th November, 2015. The Reconstruction Plan covers sectors like humanitarian relief, crisis management, social infrastructure, development projects and economic infrastructure aimed at expanding the economic infrastructure and basic services, providing thrust to employment and income generation and providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of September 2014 floods and to strengthen the Disaster Management framework of the state. The Reconstruction Plan also seeks to strengthen the economic and social infrastructure and provide for the balanced development of the three regions of the state. The Cabinet decided that a …

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Pakistan interfering in mobile phone operations in Jammu & Kashmir: Aircel

Pakistan is resorting to cellular interference in some areas of Jammu and Kashmir and operators working in the state have taken up the issue with the Centre, a leading telecom company said on Thursday. “We have highlighted the issue with the government and the government is supporting us on that. There is the issue of interference and the government will find a solution to it shortly,” Anil Gupta, Regional Business Head, North, Aircel, said. Gupta said after the issue was raised by telecommunications companies operating in the state, the Centre has started testing the interference in the areas where such frequency is high. “We had received complaints about poor services in some areas because of the interference. Testing of the …

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