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Militants storm CRPF camp, 5 including officer dead; 2 local militants also killed in pre-dawn attack

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Srinagar, Dec 31: Five CRPF personnel were killed and at least three others injured in a pre-dawn fidayeen attack on Sunday by Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants on the heavily-guarded paramilitary Commando Training Centre (CTC) in Lethpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
A group of two to three JeM militants carried out the attack at around 2:30 am by lobbing grenades and storming the camp.
The troopers on guard duty returned fire, which started a gunfight in which four CRPF men died of bullet wounds while the fifth died due to a cardiac arrest during the operation, defence sources said.
At least, three wounded soldiers, they said, were rushed to the hospital, where they were said to be stable.
The 4-storey building at the camp consists of 3 blocks. Block 1 is used for officers’ family accommodation, second block as main office while block three, which houses a hospital and a control room, was the one targeted by militants.
Soon after the attack, reinforcement of army’s Special Forces and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned off the whole area amid fierce gunfight.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor on Sunday evening, around 15 hours after the initial storming of the paramilitary camp, CRPF Spokesperson Rajesh Yadav said the operation was still on.
“We have five casualties (including the one who died of heart attack). Two bodies of the militants have been recovered. There are more militants inside, either one or many. We may have to wait till tomorrow morning,” he said.
He also confirmed injuries to three troopers.
Quoting official sources, local news gathering agency GNS, identified one of the slain troopers, who died due to heart attack, as Inspector Kuldeep Roy.
The other deceased, as per GNS, were identified as Sharifdin Ganie of 185 bn R/o Chadoora, Budgam, Head Constable Tufail Ahmad of 185 bn, Constable Rajender Nain of 130 bn CRPF and Pradeep Kr Panda.
As per sources, the two attackers of JeM were also killed during the gunfight. One of them was later identified as 16-year old Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, son of Ghulam Mohammad Khanday of Nazeenpora, village in Tral. Fardeen father, as per reports, is a police constable.
The second slain militant was identified as Manzoor Ahmad Baba son of Ali Mohammad Baba of Drubgam, Pulwama.
CM, Deputy CM condemn attack: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of CRPF troopers, including an officer, in a past-midnight attack at a CRPF training centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district on Sunday.
Terming the act as “dastardly”, the Chief Minister said “violence has taken a heavy toll on the society in the State in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of the social fabric, inflicting massive economic, academic and social losses besides the irreparable loss of human lives”.
The Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the troopers of the force killed in the attack. She also conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families of the slain men.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh also expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in a militant attack on 185th Battalion Camp of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Lethpora in Pulwama district today. He also prayed for early recovery of other troopers who have suffered bullet injuries.
The Deputy CM while condemning the incident said that it is a despicable act which needs to be condemned by every section of the society. Deputy CM while expressing his solidarity with the bereaved families, prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls.


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Govt all set to revamp loss making PSUs in JK

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Srinagar, Oct 16: Jammu and Kashmir government is all set to revamp the functioning of loss making public sector undertakings (PSUs) in a bid to make them profit earning corporations.

Most of the public sector undertakings (corporations) in Jammu and Kashmir are running in losses and have become a major burden on the state exchequer. 

Centre has now told Jammu Kashmir government to take measures for making the PSUs into profit making corporations.

 

“Under a new proposal, all the public sector undertakings will work under the Industrial Development Corporation which will be headed by Chief Managing Director, who shall be an IAS level officer. Each corporation will be headed by Executive Director,” said a Managing Director of one of the corporations.

According to him, Centre has also told the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide details of employees, assets, and liabilities of corporations.

“Once the details are finalised, the government may merge few of the corporations and take measures for making them profit earning corporations,” he added.

As per an official document, the Centre has also told the J&K government to provide details about board of directors in corporations.

“The government will appoint new board of directors in several corporations like it did recently in JK Bank. There will be further changes in corporations in coming weeks,” a source said.

The government has already directed the corporations not to make any recruitment or initiate works without the concurrence of the Finance Department. 

“No new posts shall be created by the PSUs, autonomous bodies, without the prior concurrence of Finance department. No recruitment shall be made by public sector undertakings, without following a transparent and due process including advertisements inviting applications from eligible candidates irrespective of class of the posts,” an order reads, issued earlier.

As per the directives, no procurement of goods and services shall be made by the public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, societies aided by state government without following a transparent bidding process.

“Further, PSU, autonomous bodies, societies are instructed to undertake the changes as may be required in their bye-laws, regulations with the approval of competent authority,” the order adds.

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Separatism must be uprooted from JK: Modi

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Haryana, Oct 15:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that his government will stop water flowing to Pakistan and divert it to Haryana as it rightfully belongs to the country and the farmers of the state.

“For 70 years, water that belonged to Haryana’s farmers and to us flowed to Pakistan…But this Modi will stop that water and bring it to your house. I have already started working on it. The water belongs to India and farmers of Haryana…That is why Modi is fighting this for you,” he said at an election rally here.

 Referring to J&K, the PM said that “separatism must be uprooted” from the state.

 

He made the statement while hitting out at the rival Congress party over Article 370, while addressing an election campaign here.

“They (Congress) are creating hullabaloo over Article 370 across the world. Politics continues, elections come and go, victory and loss happen. But national security remains the top priority. Till when terrorism and separatism will prevail in J&K? Till when brave soldiers will be martyred?” he said.

“Today, we are taking tough and big public interest decisions regarding humanity. The phase of separatism must end, the lives of young people should not be destroyed, mothers should not be bereaved of her son,” he added.

In August, the government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also divided the state into two union territories- J&K and Ladakh.

The Prime Minister continued: “We see a mother from Kashmir performing ‘namaaz’ 5 times a day & bowing her head before ‘Allah’, to call back her son from joining militancy. I want to ask Congress leaders, should not such mothers get their sons back?”

He said that irrespective of the Congress’ stand on Article 370, the government will take decisions in the national interest without a second thought.

Modi reiterated that the abrogation of Article 370 led to the integration of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country, saying the region would now see fast-paced development and prosperity.

Modi said that the central government is making all arrangement so that people can celebrate Prakash Parv of Guru Govind Singh.

“I am happy that the Kartarpur Corridor project is about to be completed. We are fortunate that we have got the chance to fix the political & strategic failure that happened seven decades ago, to some extent,” he added.

Taking at dig previous Congress, the Prime Minister said that state governments before 2014, used to keep an eye on the vote of the farmers of Haryana and their land.

“This is the first time in the last 5 years that meaningful steps have been taken to protect the interests of the farmers of Haryana. The BJP government here has made ended scam related to the purchase of land. License for change of land use is now decided to be given through open auction,” he said.

Haryana, where 90 Assembly seats are at stake, will go to polls on October 21. The counting of votes will take place on October 24.

Lauding women for proving their mettle in various fields, Modi said that this year’s Diwali in Haryana should be dedicated to “our daughters and celebrate their achievements”.

“ We will have two types of Diwali this time. A ‘diya’ (earthen lamp) Diwali, and a ‘kamal’ (lotus) Diwali. We should dedicate this Diwali to our daughters and celebrate their achievements,” the Prime Minister said.

Urging the people to re-elect the BJP again in the ensuing Assembly elections, Modi said that the state is witnessing progress due to “double engine” of development.

“The double engine of Modi in Delhi and Manohar Lal Khattar in Haryana has resulted in unprecedented development of the state,” he added.

The Prime Minister is currently in Haryana and is addressing rallies as part of BJP’s electioneering ahead of the Assembly polls.

The state will head for elections on October 21 in a single phase. Counting of votes will take place on October 24.

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Reorganisation of J&K into UTs : Countdown begins, Amit Shah to attend function

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Srinagar, Oct 15: Preparations are in full swing to celebrate the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on October 31.

Several union ministers including Amit Shah is likely to attend a function on October 31, when Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will be officially declared union territories.

“Union Home Minister Amit Shah, his cabinet colleagues including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jitendra Singh are also likely to attend the function, which will be held at Civil Secretariat Srinagar. Guard of honour will be presented to new Lieutenant Governor (LG),” said a source at the Civil Secretariat.

 

So far no decision has been taken whether Satya Pal Malik will be the LG of new Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Government has already directed the administrative secretaries to remain available at Srinagar on October 31. Earlier, government had removed Jammu and Kashmir’s flag that was flying next to the national flag on the Civil Secretariat.

Prior to August 5, Jammu and Kashmir had its own constitution by virtue of its special status. Every legislation except in the matters related to defence, external affairs, and communications began with an exception clause that the law will apply to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir.

Post abrogation of Article 370, 164 state laws have ceased to exist in J&K. Similarly 106 central laws will be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir when it officially becomes Union Territory from November 1.

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