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Not security forces but locals make Yatra successful: Gov Malik

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Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik emphatically told the reporters in Srinagar that no doubt security forces are working day and night in the smooth movement and security of Yatra but it is the local Kashmiri who makes the Amarnath Yatra a success.

While reiterating the significance of local Kashmiris in making the annual Amaranth pilgrimage successful Governor Malik said, “Police and civil administration are making wonderful contributions by working day and night but it is the local Kashmiri who actually makes Yatra successful”.

“I have ordered setting up special camps for making available all essentials to Yatrais. People are very happy with the arrangement and I hope it remains the same till the last day of the Yatra”, he further added.

 

Pertinently, Hajj pilgrimage has coincided with Amarnath Yatra this year and on this Governor Malik, “The two yatras are going simultaneously. Hajis are leaving for Mecca and Yatris are coming to Amarnath Cave. For these Yatras we have to make necessary arrangements to make both the Yatras smooth and hassle free. In this regard the traffic regulation orders were passed which don’t put blanket ban on public movement.”

When asked about the pendency of hundreds of files in GAD Governor said, “I am making efforts towards the transparency and accountability in the system. I am working in the direction to get an application developed so that the file movement can be easily tracked by public”. While replying to the question that Vigilance has produced the reports on many corruption cases and why action has not been taken, Governor Malik said, “We are working on that”.


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Will take 2-3 days for scheduling flights over Pak air space: AI official

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Air India on Tuesday indicated that it will take two to three days for scheduling flights over Pakistan which has lifted all curbs on flying over its air space. “We are looking into the matter. It will take two to three days for scheduling to use Pakistani airspace,” an Air India official said.

For the first time since February’s Balakot strike, Pakistan fully operationalised its airspace for civilian traffic, bringing a huge relief for the airlines which had to take long and costly detours to avoid the Pakisrtani air space. “With immediate effect, Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civilian traffic on published ATS routes,” read a notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

In a tweet, the Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi termed the move a “great news” and a “big relief to air passengers”. Pakistan had earlier claimed that it would not open its airspace for commercial flights until India removed its fighter jets from forwarding Indian airbases.

 

Pakistan had fully shut its airspace on the eastern border with India after the Indian Air Force had carried out airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)camp in Balakot on February 26.

In mid-April, Pakistan opened one of its 11 air routes for west-bound flights from India — airlines like Air India and Turkish Airlines have started using it. In March, the neighbouring country partially opened its airspace but did not allow Indian flights to fly over its airspace.

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Unidentified male body retrieved in Jehlum

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Srinagar, July 16: Police on Tuesday recovered an identified male body on river Jehlum near Shadipora area of Sumbal in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Reports reaching said that some locals spotted the body floating near Shadipora and informed the concerned police station immediately.

A police team reached the spot and retrieved the body. Confirming it a police officer said that the body has been taken to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities.

 

The officer said that the identity of the deceased is being ascertained.

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963 militants,413 soldiers killed in J&K since 2014: Home Ministry

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A total of 963 militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces since 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was first voted to power.

During the various encounters and anti-combing operations in the state during the period, a total of 413 security personnel were also killed.

The data was furnished by the Ministry of Home Affairs in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. The Home Ministry also said that pursuant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s zero-tolerance policy against militancy, the forces were taking proactive measures to neutralize militants.

 

According to the Home Ministry, each of the Central Armed Police Forces has a designated welfare officer at each headquarter. Apart from it, there are welfare officers at the unit level to facilitate the families of security personnel, who were killed in the line of duty.

On Monday, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik had informed the Rajya Sabha that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 318 militants attacks in 2018, which is 187 more than the number of attacks in 2017.

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel, the government had further said that as many as 265 militants were killed in various counter-militants, counter infiltration and militant Initiated Incidents operations undertaken by the defence and security personnel. In the same year, a total of 43 Army men were killed during anti-militant operations.

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