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Srinagar, SEP 15 : Five militants including a Hizb commander have been killed in Chowgam village of Qazigund of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district after a fierce gunfight with government forces started during a nocturnal search operation, sources said on Saturday.

“Five militants have been killed and warlike stores recovered,” army PRO Col Rajesh Kalia confirmed Press Trust of Kashmir”.

Earlier forces launched an operation in Chowgam village of Qazigund area after input about the presence of militants, police said. The hiding militants opened fire on forces triggering a fierce gunfight.

The gunfight started during the past night and lasted till today. Forces blasted the house in which militants were holding up killing three of them early today, sources said.

Meanwhile local told Press Trust of Kashmir that there was a long lull after some blasts in the area however firing resumed after forces started searching for bodies.

The firing according to reports ended only when the remaining two militants were killed including a Hizbul Mujahideen commander.

Meanwhile a police spokesman identified the slain militants as Gulzar Ahmad Padder alias Saif resident of Adijan Kulgam, Faisal Ahmad Rather alias Dawood resident of Yamrach Kulgam, Zahid Ahmad Mir alias Hashim resident of Okey Kulgam, Masroor Molvi alias Abu Darda resident of Fatehpora Anantnag and Zahoor Ahmad Lone alias Rehman Bhai resident of Nagnad Noorabad Damhal Hanjipora.

“5 militants to have been neutralised. Train services between Baramulla -Qazigund suspended. Police and Security Forces on job,” police said on Twitter.

In the backdrop of the killing of militants in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, mobile internet services have been suspended in Anantnag and Kulgam districts as a precautionary measure.

An official said that the service was suspended to “prevent law and order situation” following the killing of militants.

However train services have also been suspended as a precautionary measure. “We have suspended train services in south Kashmir for security reasons,” a railway official said.

However, trains continued to chug on Srinagar-Budgam in central Kashmir to Baramulla in north Kashmir as per schedule, officials said.

Meanwhile Police in a statement said that in the ensuing encounter, 05 militants were killed. This was a group of militants involving proscribed outfits HM and LeT.

Gulzar Paddar was a close associate of Altaf Kachroo and was involved in a series of militant attacks including killing of five police personnel at Pambay last year along with two bank employees, police said.

He was also involved in the killings of SPO at Krewan Chidder in Kulgam. Besides he was involved in looting police guards at Damhaal and weapon snatching cases reported across Kulgam and many other bank robbery cases attempted in the area.

Zahid of Okey village was wanted for his involvement in the killing of policeman Fayaz Ahmad of Zainapora on the day of Eid. Faisal was involved in the killing of Policeman Gowhar Ahmad who was posted in Shopian last year.

Zahoor @ Rehman and Mansoor were involved in series of militancy related acts besides recruitment bid in the locality.

They were affiliated with proscribed militant outfits LeT and HM. Arms and ammunition were also seized from the site of encounter. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the instant matter.

Meanwhile a spontaneous shutdown was reported from parts of south Kashmir. At least one civilian was killed and many injured in clashes near the site of a gunfight between the militants and the government forces in Chowgam village.

According to reports that Rouf Ahmed Ganie son of Abdul Salam Ganie, a resident of Anchidoora was hit by a bullet in his throat during the clashes that erupted following an encounter.

He was referred to Srinagar; however he succumbed on the way to hospital. (PTK)

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Srinagar, SEP 15(KMW): Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association (JKYJA) has lambasted the state government for extending Group mediclaim insurance policy to accredited journalists and their five family members only while ignoring an overwhelming majority that has been working on ground zero but is non-accredited.

JKYJA called an emergency meet at its headquarters in Lalchowk and discussed the issue threadbare, calling the government decision regrettable.

JKYJA President Ajaz Ahmad War said: “JKYJA condemns this move that iognores a huge number of non-accredited journalists. Leaving out an overwhelming majority of journalists who are facing the daily risks of conflict zone is dangerous and shows the state’s attitude towards the fourth estate.”

Terming the decision unfortunate, War said: “It is unfortunate to note that while the accredited journalists get all the benefits and felicitations from the state, apart from the huge revenue of advertisement and handsome salaries, non-accredited journalists are bypassed on every count and left to fend for themselves.”
Furthermore, JKYJA made it clear that committees run by the government to decide the accreditation standards are not working on professional lines. They should work in tune with the need of the time, read a JKYJA statement.

The JKYJA urged government to address the issues pertaining to the working journalists and said that government should come clear on the overall paradigms of insurance and accreditation policy.
It said the policy pertaining to welfare of journalists in Kashmir framed by the government lacks substance, vision and matter.

Scores of JKYJA members attended the meet.

JKYJA vowed to carry forward the real issues faced by journalists and seek their solutions.

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 13(KMW): Omar Abdullah, MLA Beerwah and former Chief Minister, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today.

Abdullah apprised Governor about his views regarding the prevailing law and order, education and development scenario in the State and about certain development issues relating to his Constituency. He also apprised Governor about his Party’s views on the upcoming elections to Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats.

Governor discussed with Abdullah the crucial importance of empowering people by strengthening local self-governing institutions at grass root level and measures required to be taken for the restoration of peace and normalcy and creating an environment suitable for the holistic development of the youth.

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 12(KMW(: In a significant decision, the Governor’s Administration today extended Group Mediclaim Health Insurance Scheme to the Accredited Journalists in the State.

Under the Scheme an Accredited Journalist alongwith five members of his/her family would be covered under a health insurance cover of Rs 6 lakh per annum at the yearly premium as admissible to the State Government employees. The family will include new born babies and aged parents within the age group of zero to 100 years.

The Journalists, who opt for the insurance cover, can avail cashless out-patient and in-patient healthcare facilities at around 4700 recognized hospitals, within and outside the State.

The government has designated the state’s Information Department as the Nodal Department for the implementation of the Group Mediclaim Health Insurance Scheme for Accredited Journalists.

Pertinently, presently there are 326 Accredited Journalists in the State, who can benefit from the scheme.

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 12(KMW): Dilbag Singh, DGP J&K, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today.

DGP briefed Governor about several important matters relating to Security and Law and Order management and about various welfare schemes of the J&K Police instituted for its personnel.

Governor emphasized the vital importance of public order being maintained, as a first step towards securing peace and normalcy in the state and the vital importance of regularly reviewing and effectively ensuring the security of all protected premises and stressed that all Security Forces must act with complete synergy to achieve effective security on the ground.

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11(KMW): Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP, met J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today.

Madhav discussed with Governor several matters relating to ensuring equitable development in the State and shared his Party’s views about upcoming elections to Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats in the State.

Governor and Madhav discussed about the importance of these polls for strengthening democratic institutions at grass root level and enabling people to directly associate with development of their towns and villages.

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New Delhi, September 11(KMW): The 70th death anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was observed with solemnity at the Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi. The officers and staff of the High Commission offered Quran Khawani for the esal e sawab of the Father of the Nation.

Rich tributes were paid to the vision, fore-sightedness and unflinching resolve of Quaid-e-Azam, which culminated in the successful struggle for freedom and creation of Pakistan as an independent and sovereign state.

High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood stated that the Quaid’s principles and vision served as the guiding lights for the grateful nation. He added that the leadership and people of Pakistan remained dedicated to building Pakistan in line with the Quaid’s vision of a modern, progressive, democratic, Islamic welfare state.

Special prayers were offered on the occasion for a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan.

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Srinagar, Sep 7(KMW): Dilbag Singh, IPS on Friday took over as new Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir day after his predecessor S P Vaid was transferred and posted as Transport Commissioner Thursday night.

Singh, a 1987-batch IPS officer from the state, took over as the new police chief at a simple ceremony. He continues to hold the charge of Director-General (Prisons).

Singh has served the State in various capacities in filed and at staff levels, is a very decorated officer. He has served as ASP headquarter Kupwara, Addl. SP Doda, SP Traffic NHW, SP Doda, SP Vigilance, SP Baramulla, Commandant JKAP 7th battalion, ADIG Anantnag, ADIG Baramulla, DIG Security J&K, DIG Jammu, Director SSG J&K IGP Crime & Railways, IGP CID, IGP Traffic, IGP Homeguard/ Civil Defence, IGP Armed, Director SK Police Academy Udhampur, IGP Jammu Zone, MD Police Housing Corporation, ADGP Security, Commandant General Home guard/ CD and DG Prisons with additional charge of Fire and Emergency Services.

Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was unceremoniously removed as Police chief late last night.

Vaid has been shifted as Transport Commissioner, a post which was held by Saugat Biswas, a 2006-IAS officer. The post has been upgraded from Additional Secretary to the rank of Secretary. It will be headquartered in Jammu.

The police spokesman in a statement said that immediately after taking over as the Director General of Police Dilbag Singh chaired a high-level meeting of Police Officers. In the meeting, he impressed upon the officers to continue with their work for the restoration of peace in the State. He said that the J&K Police has seen many challenges in the past and will sail through the present challenges as well.

He directed the officers to look after the welfare and other needs of their subordinates particularly the constabulary. He assured them that as the leader of the organisation he will always be behind his jawans and officers.

“On his arrival, the DGP was received by senior police officers and was presented a guard of honour. Those who were present on the occasion included Dr B. Srinivas, ADGP CID, J&K, A.K Choudhary, ADGP (Armed) J&K, Director Vigilance S. J. M. Gillani J&K, Munir Ahmed Khan, ADGP (Security/Law & Order/HG), J&K, Jagjit Kumar, IGP (Tech.), J&K, Shafkat Watali, IGP (Armed) Kashmir, J.P Singh, IGP (Pers.) PHQ, Alok Kumar, IGP Security, J&K, S. Ahfadul Mujtaba, IGP Crime, J&K, Ashkoor Ahmed Wani, IGP (CIV), PHQ, S.P Pani, IGP Kashmir, Naseer Ahmad, Director Telecom, J&K and all AIG of PHQ, Srinagar based Commandants of Armed Battalions and officers of Prosecution wing PHQ,” said police spokesman.

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Pulwama, Sep 3: A massive Cordon and Search Operation in multiple villages of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district sparked intense clashes at few places resulting the in killing of a youth and injuries to dozens.

Reports said that in a bid to nab or neutralize wanted militants, Government Forces launched a massive search operations in multiple villages of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district this morning.

Reports said over 18 villages of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were brought under siege.

Sources said that the operation against militants was launched to nab or neutralize Hizbul Mujhadeen Operational Commander Riyaz Naiko, the brain behind the recent abductions and subsequent release of cops and their relatives.

Two back to back audio messages of Naikoo went viral threatening anti Freedom Movement elements particularly policemen and scribes.

A police officials confirmed that massive Cordon and Search Operation in 18 villages was launched on Monday morning. “The soldiers from 44, 53, 55 Rashtriya Rifles of Indian Army, 182 and 183 Battalions of Para military troopers CRPF and SOG Pulwama conducted these searches,” the official said.

Some of the villages brought under siege included Rohmu, Belou, Rajpora, Mitrigam, Putrigam, Frasipora, Gosuu, Kachherpora, Chek, Mirgund, Muran, Zagigam, Tukkarpora, Drabgam, Hanjan, Kamrazipora and others.

Reports said that at couple of places youth clashed with Government Forces during the search operation. Clashes broke out in Muran where youth hit to roads and pelted stones on deployed Forces. The Forces in retaliation fired tear-smoke shells to disperse them.

In Gusso village a youth was killed after he received a bullet in his head. Reports said that youth hurled stones on Forces who used live ammunition. One youth whom police sources identified as Fayaz Ahmed Wani son of Muhammad Ahsan, a resident of Chew Kalan sustain head injuries. He was shifted to District Hospital Pulwama where doctors referred him to SMHS. The doctors at SMHS declared him brought dead. A police party seized the dead body in Srinagar and kept it at Police Control Room for some time. The locals accompanying the dead tried to resist police action but failed. They raised pro-freedom slogans.

The killing sparked spontaneous shutdown and clashes in Pulwama. A large number of people hit to roads and organized pro-freedom protests.

While condemning the killing of youth, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tweeted: “As Amarnath Yatra ends more than 20 villages of South Kashmir under massive cordon and search operation. Forces went berserk, in Murran, Pulwama one civilian Fayaz Ahmed shot dead by forces, more than 25 injured as people came out to resist the operation to harass them. Terrorising”

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 3: Sh. Parvez Ahmed, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Bank, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here today. Sh. Ahmed extended warm greetings to Sh. Malik on his appointment as Governor of J&K.

Sh. Ahmed apprised the Governor about the steps initiated by the Bank in the past year for expanding its services, increasing its infrastructure and promoting digital economy. He informed that the Bank is in the process to establish a network of 34 Ultra Small Branches to provide Basic Banking services to all 111 villages of Leh District. The Ultra Small Branch named as JK Bank Easy Payment Unit is a step towards increasing outreach in remote areas to offer basic banking facilities.It shall be a Full time operational Unit run by an official of the position of an Assistant Banking Associate supported by a Banking Facilitator to provide Basic Services viz. Deposit, Withdrawal, Fund Transfer, Loan Repayments, Balance Inquiry, Collection of forms for Account Opening, and Lead generation for loans.

Governor urged Sh. Ahmed to provide targeted financial support to identified segments of the State’s economy including the craftsmen, weavers, artisans, horticulturists, and entrepreneurs particularly the Women Self Help Groups who have viable proposals to set up business units and stressed the Bank’s high responsibility to play a pivotal role in speeding up the growth and development of the State. He advised Chairman Parvez Ahmed to consolidate the Bank’s functioning on every front and clean up all bad debts.

The Chairman presented a cheque of Rs. 11 crore to the Governor. This amount has been donated by employees of J&K Bank as a contribution towards Kerala CM’s Distress Relief Fund. Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary and Sh. Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor were present on the occasion.

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