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Search op on in Ramban after soldiers, suspected militants exchange fire

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Ramban/Jammu, September 28: An exchange of fire took place between the Army and two suspected militants in a village along the Jammu-Kishtwar national highway on Saturday, following which a massive search operation was launched in the area, officials said.

The militants fired at the quick reaction team of the Army after a driver of a civilian vehicle informed the force about the presence of two suspicious individuals on the highway in Batote of Ramban district, leading to a brief exchange of fire, they said.        

“Today (Saturday) morning at about 7.30 am, two suspicious individuals tried to stop a civilian vehicle at the general area Batote on the highway. The driver was alert, did not stop the vehicle and rushed and informed the nearest Army post,” an Army official said.

 

“The quick reaction team reacted promptly and contact was established with the suspicious individuals. An exchange of fire took place and further details are awaited,” he added.

The officials said the militants hurled a grenade and followed it by firing soon after noticing the quick reaction team of the Army at Dharmund village.

Reinforcements from the Army and police have rushed to the spot and the whole area has been cordoned off to neutralise the suspected militants who tried to flee after the initial exchange of firing, they said.

There was no immediate report of any casualty in the incident, the officials added.

The search operation is on and there was no fresh exchange of firing between the militants and the security forces, they said.

The movement of the traffic on the highway was stopped following the incident as a precautionary measure, the officials said.


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JK Govt announces winter vacations for schools from Dec 10

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SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 09: Government today ordered winter vacation for all Government Educational Institutions and recognized private schools up to Higher Secondary level functioning in the Kashmir Division and winter zone areas of Jammu Division from December 10 to February 22, 2020.

The order was issued in view of foggy conditions and forecast of further dip in temperature along with rains and snowfall over next week.

 
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Vijay Kumar appointed senior security adviser in home ministry

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New Delhi, December 6: Former adviser to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar, has been appointed as a senior security adviser in the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, an official order said.

The 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service will “advise the ministry on security-related matters of Union Territory of J-K and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states,” the order said.The appointment order issued by the Union Home Ministry on December 3 stated that 67-year-old Kumar would be in the position for a period of one year from the date of his taking charge.

Kumar has served as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad and his most talked-about stint was as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.After his retirement from service and as DG, CRPF, in 2012, Kumar was appointed senior security adviser (LWE) in the Home Ministry then headed by Rajnath Singh.

 
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No power can stop Ram temple construction in Ayodhya: Rajnath

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Pandu (Jharkhand): Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said no power in the world could get in the way of construction of a “grand” Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Addressing a poll meeting here in Bishrampur assembly constituency, the minister also noted that the Rafale fighter jets, acquired by the country from France, were capable of destroying terror camps across the border.

Amid “Jai Shree Ram” chants, he said, “A grand Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya and no power in the world can stop that from happening. The path for construction of the temple has been cleared by the Supreme Court.”

 

Talking about the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, the veteran BJP leader said, “In 1952, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee (founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the predecessor to the BJP) had said that there cannot be two Constitutions, two prime ministers and two flags in one country. We have fulfilled his dream and lived up to the promise made in our poll manifesto.” Condemning the Maoist violence over the past two days in the poll-bound state, he said, the BJP governments at the Centre and the state would give a befitting reply to those responsible for the attack.

“I have seen a couple of incidents happening in Jharkhand. You should be rest assured that the BJP governments at the Centre and the state will not allow anybody to use guns.

A befitting reply will be given to them,” he insisted. Left-wing extremists killed four state police personnel in Latehar district and gunned down two persons, including a local BJP leader, in Palamu district in separate ambushes on Friday and Saturday. Slamming the Congress, Singh said that the party’s efforts to taint the reputation of the central government with corruption allegations failed to bear any fruit.

“The allegations of corruption in Rafale deal were aimed at maligning the government’s image. The Congress tried hard… but its efforts were futile. I visited France to receive the fighter jet and also flew a sortie in one of the aircraft,” the defence minister asserted. He said the country had sent out a clear message that it would not cower in the face of terrorism. “Rafale fighter jets are coming to India. We do not need to cross the borders now. We can use Rafale from our own territory to target terror camps across the border.

That is the power India has achieved under the Narendra Modi government,” the veteran BJP leader contended. Accusing the Congress of “hoodwinking people” for votes since independence, Singh claimed that “the country would have been this powerful 30 years ago”, had the erstwhile governments kept the promises they made to the people.

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