LeT militant killed, another injured in Pulwama gunfight

Thousands attend slain militant’s funeral
Police says identity of injured being ascertained
Srinagar, Oct 13 (KNS): A militant affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was Saturday killed while as another sustained injuries in a gunfight that raged between forces and militants in Kangan Babagund village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Officials told KNS that police and forces in the wee hours of this morning launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Kangan area of district Pulwama based on credible inputs about the presence of militants in the area.
During the search operation, militants fired on the search party leading to an encounter. In the ensuing encounter one terrorist was eliminated.
“The slain militant has been identified as Shabir Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad of Sangri, Samboora, Pampore,” police said, adding that he was affiliated with LeT and was involved in attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities in the area.
“Many cases prominent among them include 162/2016 under section 13 (I)-B, 16, 18 UL(A)P Act at P/S Pampore and 277/2018 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act at P/S Pulwama where registered against him,” police spokesman said in a statement issued to KNS.
Police also said that in this operation, no collateral damage took place besides incriminating materials including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.
“Moreover, one suspect who was part of a same group that was engaged in encounter at Pulwama has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar with a bullet injury. Police is ascertaining his identity and other related facts of the incident,” police said, adding that a case has been registered and investigation initiated in the instant matter.
Meanwhile, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of slain militant who was killed in the gunfight earlier in a day.
People raised slogans in favour of freedom during the funeral prayers of the slain militants, witnesses said, adding that the slain militant was later laid to rest at his native village. (KNS)

5-Day workshop on concludes at JKBOSE Bemina

We need to set papers to tap real potential of students: Chairperson JKBOSE
Will send trainee evaluators, paper setters for exposure tours to NCERT, other State Boards: DSEK
Srinagar, October 13 (KNS): (SMCSE,DSEK) 5-Day Workshop on Educational Evaluation/ Paper setting concluded today at JKBOSE Bemina.
The workshop was organized by JKBOSE in collaboration with RIE Ajmer, NCERT in which 60 Key Resource Persons (Lecturers/Masters/Teachers) from different subjects like English, Mathematics, Science, Urdu, etc. were trained by the experts from RIE Ajmer which include Chairman RIE Ajmer Dr. Vishvanath Thappa, Prof. Veerpaul Singh from NCERT, Prof. Dr. Chandrashekhar from RIE Ajmer and Prof. Mamta Agarwal on the latest trends on evaluation and paper setting.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson JKBOSE Veena Pandita said that we need to set the papers in such a way so that we can tap the real potential of the students. Chairperson said that our teachers are very efficient and they only need to get familiar with the latest trends in paper setting and evaluation. Chairperson said that the papers should be framed in such a way that our students can compete with CBSE students and even surpass them.
Director School Education Kashmir Dr. G.N. Itoo during his address congratulated all the participants for the successful completion of the workshop and said that the Department will send these trainees for exposure visits to NCERT, New Delhi and other State Boards to make them familiar with the latest trends and practices in evaluation and paper setting. DSEK appreciated the presentations which were presented on the occasion and said that it speaks of the hardwork put in by the participating teachers during the workshop.
In his address Secretary JKBOSE, Riyaz Ahmad also appreciated the presentations of the participants and assured of adopting all the useful suggestions provided by the teachers.
The experts from RIE Ajmer and NCERT also shared their experience and views with participants.
Director Academics Dr. Farooq Ahmad Peer formally thanked the faculty from NCERT and RIE Ajmer for benefitting the State with their expertise and assured of conducting such programmes in the future as well.
On the occasion the best presentations were awarded with prizes and certificates.
The experts from RIE Ajmer and NCERT New Delhi were also felicitated. (KNS)

ULB polls: 16.4% polling recorded in Phase-III Srinagar, Oct 13 : The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra this evening said that overall 16.4% polling was witnessed in the Phase-III of Municipal Polls-2018 across J&K today. Kabra said in Jammu division 81.4% polling was witnessed in 4 ULBs of district Samba that went to polls today while Kashmir division witnessed average 3.5% polling with Municipal Committee Uri recording the highest of 75.3 % voting. The lowest poll percentage of 1.8% was recorded in Srinagar. In Jammu division highest polling percentage of 85.73% was recorded in Bari Brahamana ULB, the CEO said. He said the cumulative poll percentage in all the three phases till date is 41.9% with 68.4% voting recorded in Jammu division and 6.7% in Kashmir Division. The final phase of the Municipal Polls is scheduled to be held on 16 October 2018. Kabra said that 365 candidates were in the fray for 96 wards of 8 Urban Local Bodies for the 3rd Phase comprising a total electorate of 193990 electors. The CEO said that due to non-replacement of EVM in time, repoll shall be held at Polling Station No: 9 Bachidarwaza of Makhdoom Sahab (Ward No: 41) on 16 October 2018.

ULB polls: 16.4% polling recorded in Phase-III

Srinagar, Oct 13 : The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra this evening said that overall 16.4% polling was witnessed in the Phase-III of Municipal Polls-2018 across J&K today.
Kabra said in Jammu division 81.4% polling was witnessed in 4 ULBs of district Samba that went to polls today while Kashmir division witnessed average 3.5% polling with Municipal Committee Uri recording the highest of 75.3 % voting. The lowest poll percentage of 1.8% was recorded in Srinagar.
In Jammu division highest polling percentage of 85.73% was recorded in Bari Brahamana ULB, the CEO said.
He said the cumulative poll percentage in all the three phases till date is 41.9% with 68.4% voting recorded in Jammu division and 6.7% in Kashmir Division. The final phase of the Municipal Polls is scheduled to be held on 16 October 2018.
Kabra said that 365 candidates were in the fray for 96 wards of 8 Urban Local Bodies for the 3rd Phase comprising a total electorate of 193990 electors.
The CEO said that due to non-replacement of EVM in time, repoll shall be held at Polling Station No: 9 Bachidarwaza of Makhdoom Sahab (Ward No: 41) on 16 October 2018.

Kashmir shuts to mourn Manan Wani’s death

Restrictions imposed in Srinagar parts, Kupwara
Situation remained peaceful, says police
Srinagar, Oct 12 (.): Authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar while as a complete shutdown was observed across the Valley following the call given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to pay tributes to slain PhD scholar-turned-militant, Dr Manan Wani.
Manan Wani and his associate Ashiq Ahmad of Handwara were killed in an encounter that raged between forces and militants in Shatgund Qalamad area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.
The district administration Srinagar had imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar today to prevent the protests against the death of Manan Wani here, thus erecting barricades and concertina wires on the roads here to put a halt to the vehicular as well as pedestrians movement.
Witnesses and locals from Old City areas told Kashmir News Service (.) that the police and paramilitary troopers were deployed in huge number on the roads since the wee hours of this morning.
According to . correspondent, Shameem Bhat restrictions were also imposed across the Kupwara district today especially in Lolab, native town of Manan Wani to thwart any possible protests against his death.
Forces were deployed in strength in Kupwara district throughout the day, he said.
Besides, a complete shutdown was observed across the Valley to mourn the death of Manan Wani.
All the shops business establishments, petrol pumps and other commercial establishments remained closed while as the traffic was also thin on the roads.
Fearing protests by students, the colleges and other educational institutes were also closed by the authorities today in Srinagar, Kupwara and other district today as ‘a precautionary measure’.
Meanwhile, the authorities also disallowed the Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid here in Old City area of Nowhatta here.
Amid restrictions in Srinagar areas, the authorities barred people from offering congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid here.
All the four gates of Jamia Masjid were sealed by the authorities, thus disallowing the Friday congregational prayers at the grand Masjid yet again.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who continued to remain under house detention went on social networking blog, twitter and said that “repression of Government of India has pushed the youth to armed resistance and a cycle of death and loss.”
“Even as Kashmir shuts to mourn scholar shaheed Mananwani , downtown under strict curfew prayers at Jamia Masjid again barred for the 15 th Friday this year while arbitrary arrests PSAs on activists , suspension of Kashmiri students from universities, repeated closure of colleges and universities to disallow dissent continues unabated. This repression coupled with intransigence of Govt of India pushes young boys to armed resistance and a cycle of death and loss,” Mirwaiz tweeted.
Meanwhile, at least 20 persons sustained injuries during the clashes between youth and forces in Tikipora Lolab area of Kupwara district, . correspondent Shameem Bhat reported, saying that clashes erupted in the area after the youth hit the streets today to protest against Manan Wani’s death.
Witnesses said that the forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth started pelting stone to them at Tikipora Lolab, adding that 20 persons also sustained injuries during the clashes.
Meanwhile, funeral prayers in absentia were held for the slain Phd scholar-turned-militant today at Tikipora Lolab and Trehgam Kupwara in which hundreds of people participated.
He also reported that four persons also sustained injuries during the clashes at Lalpora area of Kupwara. The clashes in the area started in this morning during which forces used tar smoke shells, leaving four persons injured, he added.
Clashes also broke out in Anchar area of Soura here after youth hit the streets and pelted stone on the forces, who in retaliation used tear gas canisters to disperse the agitating youth.
Meanwhile, clashes also broke out at Shopian after forces launched cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) in the district.
Reports said a joint team of army’s 34 RR, 23 PARA, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir Police and 14 BN CRPF launched a search operation in Nadigam village.
However, youth took to streets soon after the CASO was launched and clashed with the forces, reports added.
Besides, the railway authorities in Kashmir also suspended the train services from Baramulla to Banihal here.
Officials said that the train services were suspended as a ‘security reason’.
Meanwhile, the mobile internet services in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district continued to remain suspended from Thursday morning while as in rest of the districts across the Valley, the speed was reduced to 2g.
The speed continued to remain reduced when the report was last filed.
A top police official said that barring some stray incidents of stone pelting, the situation across the Valley remained peaceful throughout the day. (.)

Third phase of ULB polls tomorrow

Elaborate security other arrangements in place: DGP
Srinagar, Oct 12 (.): Ahead of the third phase of the Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections in the state tomorrow, the Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said that all arrangements have been put in place to conduct safe and secure elections.
The third phase of polls is being held in the backdrop of strike call given by separatist leaders in the polling areas.
The DGP in a brief chat to this Kashmir News service (.) correspondent said that all security and other necessary arrangements have been put in place. “The polls are part of the democratic process and it is for the betterment of the people,” the DGP said and added that deployment plan of the forces would be in accordance with the requirement in the poll bound areas.
Meanwhile police said that it has intensified vehicle checking, frisking of pedestrians and area domination in the Srinagar city and other poll-bound urban pockets in Kashmir Valley to avert any untoward incident or possible attacks by the militants. Several check points have been set up to check private and public transport vehicles.
The first and second phase of the polls had taken place in the previous week. The elections to 2 municipal corporations, 3 municipal councils and 72 municipal committees in the state shall be covered in four phases from 8 to 16 October.
The polling will be held on 08, 10, 13 and 16 October respectively, while as the date of counting will be October 20. The process of election will complete on 27 October.
One of the top government officials here in the civil secretariat said that the government has formulated unprecedented security plan for the smooth conduct of upcoming Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Panchayat elections in the state. “The plan covers safety and security of both contestants and the voters in most sensitive areas in Kashmir and elsewhere in the State,” said one of the top officials.
Police said that adequate arrangements for the security of the candidates, their personal security as well as the accommodation arrangements have been made. Area domination, checking and operations have been going on to ensure general sense of security. Additional 400 companies of central security forces have already been deployed in the state over and above the security forces already stationed.
Sources said that the Director General of Police reviewed the security situation in the state ahead of the third phase of the municipal elections and directed the police to ensure the security of both the contestants and voters.
The government has already announced that employees deployed on election duty would be paid a month’s additional salary.
The two main regional political parties National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party had decided to boycott the elections as they have asked the Central Government to clear its stand on the issue of Article 35-A and take steps for its protection. The Communist Party of India (CPI) also decided against participating in the polls keeping in view the prevailing situation in the valley.
The State Congress after deferring the decision for some time, of late announced its participation in the elections. The BJP and other Jammu based smaller parties are also participating in the elections. (.)

Phd scholar-turned-militant among two militants killed in Handwara encounter

Police identifies slain militants, thousands attend Manan’s funeral
Srinagar, Oct 11 (.): Two militants including a PhD scholar-turned-militant, Manan Wani was killed in an encounter that raged between forces and militants in Shahgund Qalamabad area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The encounter broke in the village in the wee hours of this morning after police and forces launched a joint operation in the area following the inputs about the presence of militants there.
“During the searches launched in the wee hours, the hiding militants fired on the search party which was retaliated leading to an encounter. Consequently the civilians in the nearby areas were evacuated. Further following the SOP attempts to make the militants to surrender failed,” police spokesman.
In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed, police said, adding that no collateral damage has taken place in the operation.
A top police while confirming the identity of the two slain militants to . said that Manan Wani was possibly among the two slain militants who were in Handwara gunfight.
However, he said that the family of Manan is yet to identify the body.
The top cop further identified the second militant as Ashiq Ahmad of Handwara.
Meanwhile, police said that “incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.”
Police also said that it has registered a case in this regard and the investigation has been initiated in the instant manner.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed throughout the district following the news about the encounter spread there.
All the shops and business establishments remained closed while as the traffic was also thin on the roads, witnesses said, adding that the clashes also broke out near the gunfight site and other places in Handwara during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth.
They said that scores of persons were also injured during the clashes.
Meanwhile, the bodies of slain militants were handed over to their respective families.
According to . correspondent, Shabir Malik who was present on the occasion said that thousands have assembled to participate in the funeral prayers of slain militant Manan Wani.
People from different parts of the valley had assembled in the ground of English Medium Public School at Tikipora Lolab.
Witnesses said that the tight security arrangements were put in place to stop the people from reaching towards the ground where Manan’s funeral will be offered.
They said that the people were being restricted to reach towards Lolab to attend the funeral prayers. Witnesses said that the authorities had also restricted filling of petrol to the motor bikes and other vehicles to stop the commuters to reach Lolab.
The dead body of slain Manan was taken to Lolab in a Casper vehicle.
Manan who had joined the militant ranks on January 05 this year, was doing PhD in Geology at Aligarh Muslim University.
His father Bashir Ahmad Wani is a retired headmaster while as his one brother.
The other brother and a lone sister of Manan are student. (.)

ULB polls: kashmir division 3% polling recorded in Phase-II

 

 

SRINAGAR, OCT 10 : The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shaleen Kabra this evening said that overall 30% polling was witnessed in the Phase-II of Municipal Polls-2018 across J&K today.

Kabra said in Jammu division 76% polling was witnessed in 214 wards that went to polls today while Kashmir division witnessed average 3% polling in 49 wards with Bandipora recording the highest 36% voting.

In Jammu division highest polling percentage of 84.6% was recorded in Reasi, the CEO said.

He said the cumulative polling percentage till date is 46.7% with 67.3% voting recorded in Jammu division and 8.34% in Kashmir Division in Phase-I and Phase-II.

The CEO said that 544 polling stations were designated across the State for Phase-II with 270 polling stations in Kashmir Division and 274 in Jammu Division.

He said 1029 candidates are in the fray for 263 Municipal Wards for Phase-II with 881 candidates in Jammu division and 148 in Kashmir division for Phase-II.

In the first two phases, he said, 436285 voters have exercised their franchise out of a total of 933,000 voters who were eligible to vote for these two phases.

JKBOSE to set up special examination centre for Specially-abled students of Class 10

Srinagar, Oct 06 : In order to provide relief to the specially-abled students, JKBOSE will set up special examination centre at Board Campus Bemina for specially-abled students of Class 10th in the Annual Board examinations 2018. This was stated by DSEK Dr. G.N. Itoo and Secretary JKBOSE Riyaz Ahmad during the review meeting held at the Conference Hall of Board Campus today to take stock of the arrangements put in place for Board Examinations 2018. During the meeting the said officers stressed upon all the concerned from the Kashmir Division to maintain cooperation during the conduct of the examinations for its smooth conduct.
Referring to the instructions from Secretary School Education Ajeet Kumar Sahu, DSEK Dr. G.N. Itoo stressed upon all the Chief Education Officers to personally inspect the examination centres to make sure the proper arrangements as per guidelines and submit the report in this regard immediately. DSEK said that the cleanliness and the discipline in and around the examination centres should be made sure and the heating and proper seating arrangements wherever necessary should be provided especially in far flung areas.
Secretary BOSE stressed upon all the concerned to comply by the norms set by the Board in letter and spirit. During the meeting the officers from different Districts highlighted the issues usually confronted during the examination and proposed certain suggestions, in reply to which the DSEK and Secretary BOSE acknowledged the implementation of their suggestions.
Issuing some directions DSEK stressed upon the officers to strictly comply by the instructions laid down by the Department for the smooth conduct of examinations and ensure that the students carry only the necessary prescribed things to the examination centres. DSEK said that no lapse in this regard shall be entertained.

 

India using chemical weapons in Kashmir says Pakistani Foreign Office

Srinagar, OCT 04 : The Pakistani Foreign Office on Thursday said that ‘India using chemical weapons in Kashmir” Further, condemning Indian aggression in Kashmir, Dr Faisal said the India is using chemical weapons on unarmed citizens of the occupied territory.

“Pakistan strongly condemns Indian aggression,” he said. “We want to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”