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Kashmir Reporter Vol No, 01 Issue 01

Wednesday, January 08, 2014


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One cop killed, three injured in Sopore encounter


A policeman was killed and three others injured in a

fierce encounter between security forces and terrorists at Chankhan area of Sopore town in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district.

Omar condemns killing of ASI J&K Police KR NEWS JAMMU. JAN 07

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the killing of Assistant Sub Inspector of J&K Police Kafeel Ahmed in militancy related violence. He highlighted the sacrifice of duty bound Late Kafeel Ahmed and said that J&K Police personnel exhibited highest degree of bravery which has been the tradition of J&K Police Force. In a condolence message to the bereaved family and Police Department, the Chief Minister has expressed grief over the killing of the police personnel and conveyed his solidarity to the bereaved family and the police force. He also prayed for peace to the departed soul.

Kichloo condoles ASI's death KR NEWS JAMMU, JAN 7

Minister of State for Industries & Commerce, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, who also hold the Home portfolio, has condoled the death of Assistant Sub Inspector, Kafeel Ahmad of J&K Police who was killed in action today at Sopore. In a message of condolence to the family of late Kafeel, the Minister lauded the bravery of the cop who laid his life but not left the post. Mr. Kichloo hoped that God would give strength to the family to bear with the irreparable loss. Earlier in the day, a wreath laying function was organised at Zonal Police Headquarters where senior officers prayed for the departed soul.

Air India operates additional flight for Leh KR NEWS JAMMU, JAN 07

According to Station Manager, Air India Jammu, due to cancellation of previous flight (AI450) from Jammu to Leh scheduled on 6-01-2014 due to bad weather, Air India shall operate additional flight to Leh on 9th January, 2014. The departure of Additional Flight AI-4450 will be at 09. 40 A.M. All the stranded passengers of cancelled flight are advised to report at Airport at 07.40 A.M sharp.

Raids continue in Budgam, three held KR NEWS


At least three more people were arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police in a series of raids in central Budgam district in the aftermath of Hashroo encounter that left a Pakistani militant dead. Official sources said acting on specific information, police's special operation group arrested three more persons taking to the toll of arrested persons to ten since the gun-battle. The trio picked from their homes last evening were Ghulam Hassan Mir son of Abdul Ahad of Hanjura, Chodur, Nazir Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad and Abdul Ahad Ganie son of Mahad Ganie, both residents of Bunhad, Chrawani, Chrar-e-Sharief. At least seven alleged over ground workers (OGWs) including a father-son duo have been arrested by police by police in the district last week for allegedly sheltering the militants owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Toiba.

PDP slams AAP leader Kumar Vishwas for hurting sentiments of Muslim KR NEWS SRINAGAR, JAN 7

Condemning the reported expression of disrespect for Muharram by a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Kumar Vishwas, the main opposition in Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday said: Vishwas has hurt the feelings of Muslims and all freedom loving people across India. A PDP spokesman said the leaders of youngest party, AAP, need to curb their exuberance while making statements that have the potential of hurting people’s sentiments and sounding offensive. The spokesman said: it was highly disappointing that a prominent member of the emerging political party, which claims to represent resistance against tyranny and injustice, should have used disrespectful words against the greatest symbol of resistance that is Muharram. Revolutionaries across the world have received inspiration from Karbala and in our part of the world even Mahatama Gandhi has acknowledged the importance of Imam Hussain’s (RA) mission in upholding the dignity and liberty CONTD P2

Police officials said the encounter started after a search team visited the area to look for terrorists militants after getting a tip-off. There

was information that two to three terrorists could be hiding in a house. As the police officials arrived at the house, terrorists lobbed a grenade injuring four policemen. Injured police personnel were shifted to a Srinagar hospital, where an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) succumbed to his injuries. "An ASI today succumbed to injuries in the hospital. Other three injured policemen are being treated in hospital. The operation against the militants is still on," the senior police officer said. Firing has reportedly stopped in the area which has been cordoned off by the security forces including the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the police, soldiers of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles and troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Kashmiri children walk on a snow-covered road on the outskirts of Srinagar, India.

Governor accepts A.K. LeT infiltration: Delhi Police arrest Ganguly's resignation two suspects, continue raids in UP AGECNIES


The resignation of Justice A.K. Ganguly as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct with a law intern has been accepted. West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan, whom the former Supreme Court judge met and handed over his resignation yesterday, has accepted it, highly-placed sources said on Tuesday. "The Governor has accepted the resignation and has informed the state government about it," the sources told PTI. After his meeting with the Governor at Raj Bhavan on Monday, 66-year-old Ganguly had refused to make any comments. However, highly placed sources had said Justice

Ganguly handed over his resignation, four days after the Union Cabinet met and decided to make a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court for his removal from the post as mandated under the Human Rights Commission Act. Ever since the scandal broke in November, the former apex court judge had refused to step down even after a

Heavy snowfall forecast for Wednesday SRINAGAR: The weather office here Tuesday forecast mod-

erate to heavy snowfall at many places in Jammu and Kashmir between Jan 8 and 10. "A fresh western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas is likely to affect the state from Jan 8 to 10, 2014 with its main activity Jan 9," Met department director Sonam Lotus said in an advisory. "Under the influence of this weather system, moderate to heavy snow will occur at many places in Jammu and Kashmir divisions and a few places in Ladakh region, particularly in Zojila, Drass and Kargil hilly areas," the official said. Surface and air transport may be affected. Day temperatures may fall by five to six degrees Celsius and night temperatures may rise by two to three degrees Celsius, the advisory said. The western disturbance is an extra tropical storm that originates in the Mediterranean Sea under whose influence rain or snow occurs in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Srinagar witnessed a further drop in night temperature, recording a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius against minus 2.3 degrees Celsius yesterday. Gulmarg, the world famous tourist resort in north Kashmir remained the coldest place in the valley. The hill resort, teeming with tourists, recorded a low of minus CONTD P2

Priyanka holds high-level Congress meet; Rahul Gandhi set to be named PM candidate? NEW DELHI: In an interest-

ing turn of events, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday called a high-level meet of party leaders. The meeting was held at Rahul Gandhi's residence here. Apart from Priyanka, the meeting was attended by Sonia's political secretary Ahmed Patel, Union minister Jairam Ramesh and senior leader Janardhan Dwivedi, among others. Interestingly, sources said Rahul was not present at the meet. The meeting holds significance ahead of Congress' crucial January 17 meet where it is expected to name Rahul as the party's prime ministerial candidate for upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The meeting has given birth to fresh speculations about Congress' PM candidate, and many are looking at today's meet as a precursor to the big decision which could even be preponed in the wake of rising popularity of Narendra Modi (BJP) and Arvind Kejriwal (AAP).

three-judge committee of the Supreme Court had indicted him. The panel had held that the statement of the intern, both written and oral, had prima facie disclosed "an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature)" by the judge with her in the Le Meridien hotel room in Delhi on December 24, 2012. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written twice to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking urgent action against the retired judge. The Union Cabinet among other things had taken into account the Chief Minister's communication to the President. Justice Ganguly has denied the allegations of the law intern and blamed "powerful interests" of CONTD P2


Amid reports that operatives of terror outfit Lashkar-eToiba (LeT) tried to recruit some Muzaffarnagar riot victims, the Delhi Police on Tuesday said that it is conducting raids at various places to verify whether the terrorist organisation is trying to infiltrate communally sensitive parts of Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a press conference, SN Shrivastava (Special CP, Special Cell of Delhi Police) said, "We had arrested two men - Mohd Shaheed and Mohd Rasheed - and interrogated them to find out the truth." "The two individuals were arrested from Mewat following inputs from intelligence agencies. We have also registered a case of criminal conspiracy under various section of IPC against the two men." Shrivastava said.

When questioned whether the two individuals arrested by Delhi Police have actually contacted the riot victims, Shrivastava said, "They have confirmed that they have contacted few people but we need to verify this at our end." Replying to a question as to what Delhi Police intends to do in order to foil LeT's plan to expand its base in parts of UP, the officer said, "We have to question and arrest more people involved, until then we cant say anything." "We are probing whether the motive for recruitment was to avenge Muzaffarnagar riots. We are searching for LeT recruiters in Uttar Pradesh," the Special Cell Commissioner said. Shrivastava, however, categorically stated that those contacted were not Muzaffarnagar riot victims, but ordinary residents of Muzaffarnagar. The media reports on LeT

Arvind Kejriwal opposes Bhushan AGENCEIS NEW DELHI, JAN 7

Aam Aadmi Party on Monday distanced itself from the views of its senior leader Prashant Bhushan that a referendum should be carried out in Kashmir to decide on deployment of the Army to deal with security threats in the valley. Kejriwal said decisions on internal security are taken based on the law and order situation and there cannot have referendum on deployment of the Army in Kashmir. "Deployment of the Army within the country should be decided on the basis of internal security threat. There is no question of a referendum on this. But we believe the senti-

ments of locals should be respected. Otherwise democracy will be under threat," he told reporters when asked about Bhushan's comments on the issue yesterday.

Bhushan had said a referendum should be carried out in Kashmir to decide on deployment of the army to deal with internal security threats in the valley. CONTD P2

trying to infiltrate communally sensitive parts of Uttar Pradesh came days after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed concerns that Pakistan's spy agency ISI may try to take advantage of communal riots in Muzaffarnagar. It was reported that two Muslim clerics, who were arrested from Haryana's Mewat recently for their alleged links with LeT, have revealed to Delhi Police that they paid a visit to the riots-hit Muzaffarnagar and met some victims there. The two suspected LeT operatives also told Delhi Police about their plans to recruit Muzaffarnagar riot victims for anti-India activities. The Muzaffarnagar riot victims also reportedly said that the two LeT operatives tried to recruit men from the relief camps set up after the September communal clashes. When some CONTD P2

Demands in Devyani case not unreasonable: India WASHINGTON: Asserting that its demand after Devyani Khobragade's arrest is not unreasonable, India has said the case is not about mistreatment of a domestic employee but rather of US laws being gamed for immigration purposes. "This case is about not the mistreatment of a domestic employee but rather US laws being gamed for immigration purposes," Indian Embassy spokesman Sridharan Madhusudhanan, wrote in a letter to The Washington Post. India has been demanding the withdrawal of the case against Khobragade and an apology from the US for CONTD P2

US cities shut down by life-threatening temperatures of -52°C AGENCEIS WASHINGTON, JAN 7

The coldest weather conditions for two decades show little sign of relenting in parts of America, as forecasters predict freezing temperatures could make Tuesday the coldest on record in the 21st century. It sounds like a plot device from a bad disaster movie, but for vast swathes of North America, the weather phenomenon known as a "polar vortex" has become all too real, bringing misery to millions across the US and Canada, along with the lowest temperatures seen in almost twenty years. More than 3,000 flights had been cancelled across the region by 10am on Monday. A further 3,700 had already been cancelled during the weekend. Schools were closed in major cities such as Chicago and St Louis, and residents advised to remain indoors. Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Maryland, told Bloomberg could beat January 16, 2009, the coldest day of the century. The governor of Minnesota

closed all the schools in his state, while the mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard, banned driving except in emergencies - the first time the city has issued such a strict travel warning since 1978. Mr Ballard said: "This extreme cold poses a serious health and safety risk and for that reason the city is asking people to proactively prepare." In many areas, particularly in the Midwest and Northern Plains, the cold was considered life-threatening. Hypothermia is a major risk at temperatures of below 25°C, while frostbite can take hold in less than 10 minutes at -37°C. At -45°C, uncovered skin could freeze within five minutes. The windchill in Comertown, Montana, close to the border with Canada, is expected make temperatures feel as low as 52°C. Chicago's National Weather Service office reported that Monday's low of -26°C at O'Hare International Airport beat a record set in 1884 and equalled in 1988. In Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota, temperatures sank below -35°C. Motorists were advised in that state and its

neighbour South Dakota to carry survival kits and a charged mobile phone in case they found themselves stranded in the perilous weather. At least 13 people are thought to have died as a result of the extreme conditions already, including several road accidents, a man who succumbed to hypother-

mia in Wisconsin, and a worker crushed by a massive pile of road salt at a storage facility in Philadelphia. An elderly Alzheimer's sufferer from rural New York state wandered out into the snow; she was later found dead from the cold, around 100 yards from her home. The arctic freeze only exacerbated the problems caused by

a weekend of heavy snowfall that had covered parts of Canada and the northern US in up to 60cm. In Detroit, where 25cm fell, the heavy snow was thought to have caused a roof to collapse, though no one was killed in the incident. Meanwhile in St Louis, shopping centres, cinemas, restaurants and CONTD P2

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