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RSS leader, guard shot dead in Kishtwar

Admin imposes curfew in town, army carries flag march

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Kishtwar, Apr 9: A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader and his personal security officer (PSO) were killed when gunmen opened fire at them in Kishtwar district of Jammu on Tuesday.
A police official said that unidentified gunmen opened fire at the RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma and his security guard at the district hospital in Kishtwar.
Sharma, as per reports, worked as a medical assistant at the hospital and was posted in the outpatient department of the hospital.
The gunmen, suspected as militants, barged into the hospital and snatched the PSO’s weapon. They attempted to fire at the RSS leader, but in the scuffle, Sharma’s personal security officer was shot dead. The gunmen then decamped with the rifle of the slain policeman.
Sharma too was shot at during the incident and succumbed to his injuries at GMC Jammu where he was airlifted in a special chopper arranged by the district administration.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said that curfew was put in place in Kishtwar town and some other areas of the district.
The district administration also called in the army that has carried a flag march amid curfew in the town and its adjoining parts.
Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, Angrez Singh Rana told that army has been called to carry a flag march while curfew was imposed soon after the incident to prevent any law and order disturbance.
On November 1 last year, suspected militants killed BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother in an attack in Kishtwar.

Guv, Omar, Mehbooba condemn attack

Srinagar, Apr 9: Governor Satya Pal Malik has condemned the attack inside a Hospital in district Kishtwar in which two lives were lost on Tuesday.
A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader and his personal security officer (PSO) were killed when gunmen opened fire at them in the hospital in Kishtwar town.
Expressing grief over the tragic loss of lives, Governor in a condolence message has prayed for peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families in their hour of grief.
Governor has directed civil and police administration to review the safety and security aspects of all the important installations, establishments and public places and maintain strict vigil to thwart the nefarious designs of the forces inimical to peace and stability of the State.
He appealed to the people to cooperate with the administration and maintain peace and harmony.
Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti too condemned the killings.
“Unequivocally condemn the brutal murder of Chandrakant & his personal security officer in #Kishtwar today. There can be no place for targeting political operatives like this. I hope the residents of the area will cooperate with the administration & maintain calm,” Omar said in a tweet.
“Condemn this act of terror. Seems like part of a bigger plan to incite communal tension. Urge @jandkgovernor to initiate a probe & appeal to people of Kishtwar to maintain peace & harmony,” Mehbooba tweeted.

 
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After Noori, Kashmir scientists planning to clone Hangul

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Srinagar, Apr 25: After successfully cloning Pashmina goat in 2012, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at SKUAST-K is now contemplating to make clone of Kashmir Stag (Hangul).

Realising that the Hangul was gradually getting extinct from the valley, the scientists at Department of Biotechnology SKUAST-K Shuhama came up with this idea.

“This project is in infancy as we require permission from Wild Life department, local government and Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA),” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a veterinarian in the animal biotechnology center of SKUAST.

 

Shah said the execution of the project would require heavy funding and creation of the advanced infrastructure in the research centre.

“First of all a Deer park in needed where there these animals must have been already reared. Then advanced infrastructure is need as we currently have some basic machinery here. So overall this project can be only executed when the government is serious in accomplishing it,” he said.

He said the cloning could be achieved by using the body cells of some other inter-species including a goat or a sheep.

While the initial work including the framing of paper has been done, Shah said the tracing and catching this rare animal was becoming equally challenging for the concerned department.

“They usually die on being caught by the people. Still it could be managed but they are not being currently traced in abundance in the forests here,” he said.

 Shah believed that cloning of the deer can be an equally effective process like breeding procedure done to improve their population.

Official data reveals that population of Hangul has reduced to from 5,000 to 182 in last 118 years.

Department of Wildlife’s data shows the population of Kashmiri Hangul in 1900 was 5,000, spread over 65 miles from north to east of the Jhelum and lower Chenab valley.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is also all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautiful animal from disappearing from earth.

In 2012, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat. The healthy female goat was born using a foster mother and it took two years for standardisation of the technique.

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Assembly polls in JK: EC to convene meeting today

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New Delhi, Apr 25: Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will meet on Friday to discuss assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government are also expected to attend the meeting to assess whether the state assembly elections can be conducted in June this year.

While announcing the seven-phase Lok Sabha election schedule on March 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had said that elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly would not be conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. In June 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had withdrawn support to the PDP, led by Mehbooba Mufti in the 87-member state assembly.

 

Since the fallout of the coalition government, the state has been under President’s rule.

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IT Dept searches premises of kin of ex-minister

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Srinagar, Apr 25: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at two premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, officials said here.

They said the income tax officials, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF, carried out the searches at a business complex in the upmarket Karan Nagar where locations of North Point Complex were searched by the tax personnel.

Later, a team was sent to search another premises of the family at Alamgiri Bazar in the downtown Srinagar.

 

The income tax officials maintained that Thursday’s raids were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone.

Ansari’s sister is married to the family whose premises have been raided.

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