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J-K: BSF jawan injured in ceasefire violation by Pak troops in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire on Friday by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, leaving a BSF jawan injured.”At 10 AM, a BSF constable deployed at a forward location at LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district sustained an injury due to single round fire (sniper fire) from Pakistan Forward Defence location”, a senior BSF officer said today. The condition of the jawan is stable.The fresh ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops has taken place after a lull of over one week along the LoC.Eleven persons including six Army personnel, four BSF jawans and a civilian porter working with Army were injured in Pakistan shelling and firing in Nowshera, Manjakote, Balakote, Mendhar and Gurez sectors on November 23.A total of 26 people, including 14 security personnel and 12 civilians, have been killed and more than 83 suffered injured in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu after surgical strikes.

Another BSF soldier killed on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan army killed another Border Security Force (BSF) peronnel and injured three others when they resorted to heavy firing and shelling in three sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of the Pirpanjal valley in Jammu division on Sunday night.Fifteen soldiers have been killed by Pakistan army and Rangers on the LoC and International Border (IB) since Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on September 29.Around 12 civilians have also been killed and more than 50 others injured in Pakistani firing and shelling on the civilian areas along the twin borders across the restive Jammu and Kashmir.Pakistan army resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Rajouri sector on Sunday night using high calibre weapons, including 120 mm mortars. One of the shell landed near the Forward Defence Location (FDL) of the BSF injuring four soldiers. Head Constable Rai Singh later succumbed to his wounds.“Last night in ceasefire violation from Pakistan in Rajouri area of LoC, four BSF men were injured in shelling. Head Ct Rai Singh attained martyrdom,” tweeted BSF. Indian Army responded quickly to silence the Pakistani guns which were using heavy calibre weapons to target the Indian forward posts. “Heavy Pakistani firing in the Rajöuri Sector. Four soldiers were injured. Being responded and will be responded to appropriately”, tweeted Northern Command headquarters. On Monday morning Pakistan army shifted the gears and opened another front in Krishna Ghati and Naushera sectors of the twin districts. “Pakistan army initiatied cease fire violation from 8.30 am today morning on Indian army posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector. The Indian army posts responded strongly,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, Defence Spokesman at Jammu.

BSF head constable killed due to Pakistan’s ceasefire violation in Rajouri, Kashmir

Jammu: A BSF head constable who was injured in heavy cross-border firing from the Pakistani side succumbed to his injuries on Monday in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

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Rai Singh, 40, was injured in Sunday night’s shelling from the Pakistani side along the line of control (LoC) in the Rajouri sector in which three other BSF personnel were also injured. The condition of another BSF personnel was critical.

“Last night in heavy shelling from Pakistan side along the LoC in Rajouri area, four BSF Personnel sustained splinter injuries. Head Constable Rai Singh, who was seriously injured, succumbed to his injuries, while the condition of another personnel was serious,” a BSF officer said.

Singh, a resident of Jhajjar district of Haryana, is survived by wife, three sons and mother, he said.

The army and the BSF were giving befitting response to the Pakistani ceasefire violations and the exchange of fire was going on till last reports came in.

Sunday night’s violation of the ceasefire came a day after a BSF jawan and a woman were injured and two houses damaged when Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri with mortar attacks and small arms fire.

On Saturday morning, Pakistani army resorted to ceasefire violations in the Nowshera sector and in the afternoon, they started firing in the Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas.

On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of Jammu district. On Tuesday, they also targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

There have been over 290 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops. These incidents have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on 29 September.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 09:29 IST

Pakistan’s ceasefire violation in Rajouri, Kashmir injures four army men

Jammu: Four army jawans were injured as Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night, in third ceasefire violation since Saturday.

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“Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in the Rajouri sector, in which four of our soldiers have been injured,” an army officer said.

He said the army was giving befitting response to the Pakistani fire and the exchange of fire was going on till last reports came in.

Sunday’s violation of the ceasefire came a day after a BSF jawan and a woman were injured and two houses damaged when Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri with mortar attacks and small arms fire.

On Saturday morning, Pakistani army resorted to violation of the ceasefire in the Nowshera sector and in the afternoon, they started firing in the Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas.

On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of Jammu district.

Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

There have been a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on 29 September.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 07:52 IST

Jammu and Kashmir: 1 jawan killed, 3 injured as Pak violates ceasefire in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One army jawan was killed and three others were injured as Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night, in third ceasefire violation since Saturday.”Pakistani army resorted to heavy cross-border firing in the Rajouri sector, in which four of our soldiers have been injured,” an army officer said.He said the army was giving befitting response to the Pakistani fire and the exchange of fire was going on till last reports came in.Today’s violation of the ceasefire came a day after a BSF jawan and a woman were injured and two houses damaged when Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri with mortar attacks and small arms fire.on Saturday morning, Pakistani army resorted to violation of the ceasefire in the Nowshera sector and in the afternoon, they started firing in the Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas.On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of Jammu district.Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.There have been a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on September 29.

Pakistan shells LoC areas in Rajouri, woman injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was injured and two houses damaged when Pakistani troops on Saturday targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri district with mortar bombs and small arms fire, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.”A woman identified as Shanti Devi (55) was injured and two houses were damaged in the heavy mortar shelling by the Pakistan army in Khamba village in the Nowshera sector,” a police officer said.He said the injured lady has been shifted to the Sub District Hospital Nowshera for treatment.Earlier in the morning, Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector and in the afternoon they started firing in the Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas.”Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire. Our army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani fire,” a defence spokesman said.”Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation in the Sunderbani Sector using 120 mm mortars, automatic and small arms from 1410 hrs and it is being responded to befittingly by own troops,” the spokesman said.On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district.Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.There has been a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and International Border(IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on September 29.

J-K: Pakistan violates ceasefire twice in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army today targeted several posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri district with mortars and small arms fire, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.The firing in Sunderbani is the second ceasefire violation by the Pakistani side in less than six hours. EEarlier today Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector and in the afternoon they started firing in Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas. “Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire.Our army is giving a befitting response to Pakistani fire,” a Defence Spokesman said.He said there has been no loss of life, injury or damage to property reported so far even as the exchange of firing continued. “Pakistan Army resorted to ceasefire violation in Sunderbani sector using 120 mm mortars, automatic and small arms from 1410 hrs,” the spokesman said.”Our troops are giving a befitting response,” the spokesman said.

Pakistan Army resorts to firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector, India retaliates

Jammu: Pakistani troops resorted to firing along the Line of Control (LOC) in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district, on Thursday evening prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.

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“Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Pallanwala sector at 1915 hours today, using automatic weapons and mortars.

“The same is being responded to befittingly by own troops”, a defence spokesman said.

Pakistani troops on Tuesday had targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC
in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

On Monday, Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing on Indian posts in four sectors along the LoC in
Pallanwala sector of Jammu, Sunderbani and Naushera sectors of Rajouri and Khadi sector of Poonch district, in which two persons including a jawan were injured.

Pakistan on Monday said seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops across the LoC.

The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 22:34 IST

Delhi: Doctor detained with Rs 70 lakh cash in Rs 100 denominations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A paediatrician was detained on Wednesday for allegedly possessing around Rs 70 lakhs in Rs 100 denominations in central Delhi’s Paharganj area, police said.The doctor, identified as Nallal, was allegedly putting bundles of cash in his car when a passerby noticed his action and made a PCR call, they said.Nallal was detained and it was found that he was carrying Rs 69,86,000 in Rs 100 denominations, police said.The accused told police that his businessman friend had given him the money to keep and he was taking the cash to his house in Rajouri Garden.The matter has been forwarded to the IT department, which has taken up the probe, they added.

Indian Army rejects Pakistan’s claim of killing 11 soldiers along LoC

New Delhi: Indian Army on Thursday denied Pakistan’s claim of killing its soldiers after Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif said 11 Indian soldiers were killed in cross border firing on 14 November.

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“No fatal casualties due to Pak firing on 14, 15 or 16 Nov. Pak Army Chief claim of killing Indian soldiers on 14 Nov false,” Northern Command of Indian Army said in a tweet.

According to a report in Dawn newspaper, General Sharif on Wednesday said 11 Indian soldiers were killed on 14 November after Pakistan Army “responded to unprovoked firing”.

On 14 November, Pakistan had said seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Also on the same day, one terrorist was killed by Indian soldiers while attempting infiltration amid Pakistan Army’s shelling and firing at one of three Indian positions on the LoC in Rajouri and Jammu districts.

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 10:18 IST

Army loses another jawan, 11th since surgical strikes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the border security with military chiefs on Tuesday, another Indian soldier was martyred in Naushera on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu division.With this the number of Indian soldiers killed in Pakistani firing and shelling on LoC and International Border (IB) since the September 29 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has touched 11. Around 12 civilians also succumbed to Pakistan shelling during this period.The unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Naushera sector started in the morning when they used 82 mm mortars and automatics to target Indian positions. Defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta in Jammu said heavy damage has been caused to Pakistan army posts. Pak army is using long range weapons including 82 mm mortars, with a range of 4.5 kms, and 120 mm mortars, which have a range of 7 kms, to target deep into the civilian areas along the LoC.Figures reveal Pakistan has carried out more than 105 ceasefire violations with Indian troops foiling 61 Pakistan-abetted infiltration bids. They also confirm 405 incidents of cross-border firing along the Indo-Pak border in J&K in 2015, killing 16 civilians. Of this 253 incidents of cross-border firing have taken place along the IB and 152 along the LoC.

Pakistan resorts to shelling, one jawan killed; India damages 3 Pak posts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops resorted to shelling on Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, inviting a strong response in which three Pakistani military posts were said to have been damaged.”One jawan has been martyred in Pakistan shelling along LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district today,” said an officer of Army’s Northern Command.Firing by Pakistani troops along LoC in Naushera sector started around 8:45 am on Tuesday.”Heavy exchange of fire is going on. Heavy damage has been caused to Pakistan Army posts. Their three posts have been damaged,” a senior army official said. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from around 1345 hours. Indian troops guarding the border, retaliated resulting in exchanges.”Pakistani troops used 120 mm mortars and automatic weapons during the ceasefire violation,” a defence spokesman said, adding befitting reply was given to them without any casualty on the Indian side.Meanwhile, two jawans are reported to have been injured in shelling by Pakistan in Kalal belt along LoC. It may be recalled that Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire and resorted to firing in Mankote and Balakote areas of Mendhar sector in Poonch district yesterday.Earlier, on November 6, two army jawans were killed and five others–two soldiers, a BSF officer and two women–were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in an attempt to facilitate two infiltration bids along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors of Poonch district.There have been over 100 ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strike.

Jammu witnesses uneasy calm after death of eight civilians in crossborder firing

Jammu witnesses uneasy calm after death of eight civilians in crossborder firing

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Jammu: An uneasy calm prevailed on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Jammu on Wednesday, a day after eight civilians were killed and 24 injured in Pakistan targeting of civilian facilities.

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Eerie silence ruled the villages close to the IB in Ramgarh, RS Pura, Hira Nagar and other sectors in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts during the night as guns fell silent on both sides.

Firing was also not reported from the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district on Wednesday.

“There was no crossborder shelling or firing anywhere on the IB or the LoC during the night,” police said.

While six civilians were killed in Ramgarh sector, two others were killed in Naushera in the indiscriminate targeting of civilians areas by Pakistani troops on Tuesday.

Border Security Force officials said on Tuesday that in a counter offensive, it destroyed all 14 outposts of Pakistan from where shelling and firing on civilian areas were carried out.

Pakistan shells border hamlets, posts in ceasefire violation; 4 civilians killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One woman was killed and four others were injured on Tuesday when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by shelling border hamlets and posts with mortar bombs along the International Border (IB) and the LoC in Samba, Jammu and Rajouri districts. In Ramgarh, two boys were killed and 8 others were injured in the firing. In the last 24 hours, the death toll from the ceasefire violation has reached four.”Pakistani Rangers started firing with small arms followed by mortars at one place and further spread to four or five places in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Samba and Jammu district from 0630 hours,” DIG BSF (G) Dharmendra Pareek said. They fired 82 mm mortar bombs intermittently, Pareek said, adding, BSF gave them a befitting reply.A woman aged between 21 to 22 years died during shelling in a hamlet in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, SSP Samba Joginder Singh said. Six persons have been injured in the ceasefire violations since Monday.At 7:10 am, three mortar shells landed in the border village of Pindi in Arnia sector of Jammu district, injuring four persons identified as Bodraj (44), Niky, Dharana Devi and Chanchla Devi (49), he said.Two women, Robiya Kouser (28) and Tasveer Bi (24), were injured in Pakistani shelling in Mendhar sector of Poonch district on Monday evening and have been hospitalised, police said.Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Naushera sector of Rajouri district from 5:30 am using small arms, automatics, 82 and 120 mm mortars, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta said.There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. On Monday, an elderly woman and a soldier were killed and a girl and two armymen were injured in cross-LoC shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire again; 2 civilians injured in Arnia sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan violated ceasefire in Nowshera sector in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday morning and has been firing on since 5 AM, reported ANI. Ceasefire was also violated in Ramgarh sector of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir since 6:30 AM with strong retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF).In the ceasefire violation by Pakistan used small arms, automatics and 82 mm mortars. Two civilians have been injured the ceasefire violation in Arnia sector of RS Pura district.Meanwhile, an encounter between security forces and terrorists is underway in Ajar village in Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir). More details are awaited.On Monday, an elderly woman and a soldier were killed and a girl and two armymen were injured in cross-LoC shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. On Monday morning, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling on the Indian positions and the civilian villages in the Balakote, Mankote belts of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district, an army officer said. Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire in several areas of Rajouri district this afternoon, the officer said.There was a lull along the International Border (IB) since 9 AM on Monday after ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers on Sunday. There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29. 13 people, including three civilians, and eight security personnel were killed and over 40 people, mostly civilians were injured in the incidents. With ANI/PTI inputs.

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar, Rajouri sectors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops violated ceasefire on Monday in Bala Kote village of Mendhar sector in Poonch district and in Rajouri sector, said the army. The army was retaliating strongly, ANI reported.On Sunday, Pakistani Rangers had pounded BSF posts and civilian areas using small arms and mortars shells in continuous ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts, prompting BSF to retaliate. “Unprovoked” firings resumed along the International Border (IB) in RS Pura sector of Jammu district Sunday evening, after shelling stopped in the morning.There had been a calm on all the borders since 8am on Sunday after overnight firings along the IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu region on Saturday night, a senior BSF officer said.On Friday, two civilians were killed and as many injured when Pakistan targeted civilian areas and forward India posts along the LoC and IB in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts, following which Indian troops retaliated and killed 15 Pakistani soldiers. BSF said as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling it appeared that Pakistani Army was supporting Pakistani rangers along IB.On October 25, at least 2-3 Pakistani army men were believed to have been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district. Over 60 ceasefire violations have taken place since surgical strikes by Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

BSF jawan killed while retaliating to ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan was killed accidentally while he was retaliating to ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector along the Line of Control in Kashmir. BSF constable Nitin Subhash sustained grievous injuries on Friday evening when an explosion inside the chamber of the long range weapon led to a recoil while he was firing in retaliation to ceasefire violation from across the LoC, BSF IG (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra said.”Subhash was injured due to recoil and was admitted to a medical facility where he succumbed late last night,” the official said.Earlier, a top BSF official had said that the jawan was killed on Saturday in firing by Pakistani troops.28-year-old Subhash, hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra, had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years. Pakistan Rangers also violate ceasefire in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along International Border on Saturday.In Macchil sector, terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, had last night crossed the Line of Control in the sector. They killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body prompting the Indian army to warn that “the incident will be responded to appropriately”.Four army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. In Friday night’s attack, one militant was also killed. “In an encounter close to the Line of Control this evening, one solider was martyred and one terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the jawan before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing by Pakistan Army,” an army spokesman had said. He said the incident reflected the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan.Two civilians were also killed and as many injured on Friday after Pakistani troops pounded civilian areas and forward India posts with 120 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts. BSF on Friday said that it had killed 15 Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory firing along IB so far after the flare up started.

BSF jawan Nitin Subhash dies in ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along LoC

Srinagar: A BSF jawan was killed in ceasefire violation on Saturday by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

28-year-old Constable Koli Nitin Subhash, hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra, was martyred on Saturday  morning in firing by Pakistani security forces, a BSF official said.

Subhash had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years.

The fresh casualty came hours after terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, last night crossed the Line of Control in the sector. They killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body prompting the Indian army to warn that “the incident will be responded to appropriately”.

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Four army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan Rangers also violate ceasefire in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along International Border on Saturday.

In last night’s attack, one attacker was killed in the incident.

“In an encounter close to the Line of Control this evening, one solider was martyred and one terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the jawan before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing by Pakistan Army,” an army spokesman said.

He said the incident reflected the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan.

Two civilians were killed and as many injured on Friday after Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward India posts with 120 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts.

BSF on Friday said that it killed 15 Pakistani soldiers till now in retaliatory firing along IB.

BSF jawan killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in J&K’s Machil sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides an Indian Army soldier, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan also lost his life in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Machhal sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Last night, in an encounter close to the Line of Control in Machhal sector, an Indian Army soldier lost his life and a terrorist was also neutralised.During the encounter, a terrorist mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), supported by covering fire from Pakistan Army posts. “This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisation across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response,” the Indian Army said in a statement. Meanwhile, heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan has been reported in Kathua and Abdullian in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian troops are giving a befitting response to the ceasefire violation initiated by Pakistan. On Friday, A BSF head constable was killed and seven civilians injured as Pakistan Rangers on Thursday continued firing mortar shells and small arms in RS Pura and Arnia sectors, while the Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Sunderbani, Mendhar and KG sectors. However, A BSF spokesperson, said that a Pakistan Ranger was also killed and another injured in retaliatory fire. Ever since the Indian Army on September 29th carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, ceasefire violations are a daily norm along the LoC and five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured since. On October 21st, the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers and a terrorist in Kathua and on October 25, around three Pakistani Army personnel were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.

Pakistan Army contradicts BSF, claims none of their soldiers killed in firing at border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army on Friday claimed that none of its soldiers had died in firing at the border, contradicting the BSF’s assertion that it had killed 15 Pakistan Rangers personnel while retaliating to cross-border firing.The BSF today said it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross-border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.However, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) rejected BSF’s assertion.”Indian claims of killing any Pakistani soldier at the Working Boundary is absolutely baseless and untrue,” the ISPR said in a statement.”India”s claim is part of their propaganda campaign aimed to hide their losses at the Working Boundary and also divert world attention from the Kashmir issue,” it said.Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani Rangers have been killed so far, the BSF had said.

J&K: Six civilians injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six civilians were injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops along International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday morning.Pakistani Rangers pounded civilian areas and Indian paramilitary posts in two sectors of the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir since Wednesday night, prompting authorities to order closure of schools and advise people to shift to safer places.On Wednesday, an officer of the Border Security Force was injured when a shell fired by Pakistani Rangers exploded near him during overnight ceasefire violation”Assistant Sub Inspector of BSF A K Upadhayay was injured when a shell exploded near him in RS Pura sector. He received splinter injures in his hand,” a BSF spokesman said.Pakistani side was targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with heavy mortar and small arms fire.On October 16, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire twice along the LoC in Naushera and Rajouri sectors in which one jawan was martyred.On October 8, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Poonch district resulting in injuries to a jawan.Pakistani troops had on October 5 violated the ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Indian Army says retaliatory firing killed 2-3 Pakistan soldiers near LoC

Jammu: At least two-three Pakistani armymen are believed to have been killed today in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district while six female members of a family were injured in RS Pura sector of Jammu district in cross-border shelling.

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Heavy exchange of fire, involving use of 82 mm and 120 mm mortar shells besides small arms, was still going on in the evening after it started at around 10 am.

“From 10 AM, Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Noushera sector of Rajouri district by targeting our positions with mortar bombs and small arms fire,” an army officer said.

The Indian army gave a “befitting response” to the ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side, he added.

“We have inputs that two to three Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the retaliatory firing by our men,” an army officer told PTI here.

“The firing is still going on and our side is giving a befitting reply,” he said, adding there is no loss of life or injury on our side.

In Jammu district, 6 female members of a family were injured in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura along the International Border after a mortar shell fired by the Pakistan Rangers exploded in their house this evening.

“They are being given first aid at R S Pura hospital after which they will be shifted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital here shortly,” said Simrandeep Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ‘ceasefire violations’ along Working Boundary

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned India’s deputy high commissioner and lodged a strong protest against “ceasefire violations” along the Working Boundary, the Pakistan’s foreign office said.

Deputy high Commissioner JP Singh was summoned by the director feneral (South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).

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A strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on 23-24 October by Indian forces at the Working Boundary in Phuklian and Chaprar Sectors in which two civilians, including a one-and-a-half-year-old girl, were killed and six others were injured, foreign office said in a statement.

“It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace on the Working Boundary,” the statement said.

Pakistan has also lodged a protest with the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) over the killing of two civilians in ‘unprovoked’ firing across the Working Boundary, Dawn reported.

“India resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in the Bhimber and Chaprar sectors respectively on Tuesday,” Inter-Services Public Relations said.

“The exchange of fire was ongoing,” the statement added.

“Protest lodged by Pakistan with UNMOGIP reg unprovoked firing by Indian forces on WB last night that killed innocent civilians,” M Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, tweeted.

Meanwhile, India on Tuesday said Pakistan army violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.

A six-year-old boy and a BSF Jawan were killed and 10 people including eight civilians were injured in the shelling on Monday when Pakistan Rangers targeted over 25 border outposts in the border hamlets along International Border.

There have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since the Indian side carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an army camp in Uri on 18 September.

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri, Kashmir

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Jammu: Pakistani troops on Tuesday violated a 2003 ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district using automatics and small arms to target Indian positions.

Defence Ministry sources said the Pakistanis resorted to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector.

“Firing is still going on,” an official said.

Pakistan Rangers on Monday used mortars and automatic weapons to target civilian and military facilities on the International Border in Jammu. The attack killed a Border Security Force trooper and a minor.

Pakistan Rangers strike villages with mortar bombs, people close to Hiranagar border evacuated

Jammu: Escalating cross-border firing, Pakistan Rangers overnight pounded border hamlets and outposts with mortar shells and opened fire from automatic weapons in RS Pura sector of Jammu district.

“There has been heavy firing and mortar shelling along the IB in RS Pura belt during the night”, Inspector General of BSF, DK Uphadayaya said on Saturday.

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The fresh firing and shelling comes after Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire six times on Friday. Seven Pakistan Rangers and a terrorist were killed and three others seriously injured in retaliatory firing by BSF troops along the International border.

The IG said the areas which came under fire along the IB include Karotana Khurd and Abdullian.

“We have asked the authorities to ensure safety of the people as firing and shelling exchanges have increased. We do not want civilians to suffer”, the IG said.

He said Pakistan Rangers tried to snipe at a jawan on a Observation tower but he jumped from it. The jawan injured his feet in the process.

Due to firing and shelling in the border areas, over 1,000 people living close to the IB in Hiranagar and other places have migrated to safety.

“Apart from firing, Pakistan Rangers fired 60 and 81 mm mortar bomb shells intermittently from 11 pm and it continued till early morning in Bidipur and Karotana in Suchetgarh sub-sector”, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said.

He said that due to firing and shelling four cattle were killed.

The DC said people have been advised to stay indoors during the day time also as there is likelihood of shelling even during the day.

“Officers have been told to close all the schools in villages which are vulnerable as a precautionary measure”, DC said.

As many as 50 to 80 schools in these border areas have been directed to be shut by the district administration as a precautionary measure, DC said.

Pakistan troops had yesterday violated the ceasefire six times.

Pakistani troops targeted five sectors of RS Pura (Jammu), Hiranagar (Kathua), Samba, Pargwal (Jammu) along IB and Rajouri and Mendhar (Poonch) along LoC by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling resulting in serious injuries to a BSF jawan.

There have been over 37 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by Army troops in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads.

BSF scuttles infiltration bid in Jammu sector, kills 7 Pak Rangers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In strong retaliation to a sniper attack by Pakistan Rangers, the Border Security Force (BSF) achieved major success on Friday killing seven Rangers and one militant opposite Kathua and Pagwal region of Jammu frontier.It all began yesterday night at 9:35 when Pak Rangers suddenly opened fire to give cover to an infiltration attempt near the Bobiyan village of Hira Nagar sector in Kathua, but had to flee back because of heavy retaliatory fire from BSF troopers positioned near the infiltration prone border.”Our firing killed one militant. Today morning the Pak Rangers again opened fire at 9:40, critically injuring our trooper Gurnam Singh in sniper fire. We immediately responded first to evacuate the injured trooper and then to soften them up. When the firing stopped we found that seven Pak Rangers had perished,” Rakesh Sharma, BSF inspector general (Jammu frontier) told DNA.The Rangers used artillery fire of 82 mm and 60 mm, besides LMG and sniper fire. BSF replied to them in the same manner with accuracy, added Sharma.Major General Asim Bajwa of Pakistan Army, however, contradicted BSF’s claims.”Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pakistan soldier/Ranger with firing at anytime today at LOC/ working bdry absolutely false,” tweeted Gen Bajwa.Responding to Bajwa, a senior BSF official in New Delhi said, “They would naturally say so to keep the morale of their soldiers high, but we are confident. We saw them picking up the bodies. Moreover, we heard intercepts in which Pak Rangers mentioned five killed. Our source input also says that Pak Post is running a news item claiming five Pak Rangers death.””The firing since has stopped but we are alert to thwart any fresh attempt. BSF is ready to face any eventuality. We will maintain the policy of not firing first but will retaliate and repulse any attack effectively,”said BSF director general K K Sharma.Pakistani army also violated the ceasefire on the LoC in Rajouri sector even as Indian army foiled a major infiltration bid in Poonch sector.”Unprovoked ceasefire violation was carried out by Pakistan in Rajouri sector from 1240 hours using small arms and automatics. It is being responded appropriately and befittingly by our troops”, said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu.”On noticing some suspicious activity the alert troops deployed along the LoC challenged a group of two to three infiltrators where were attempting to cross. The group immediately opened fire which was responded to in equal measure by the alert troops forcing them to flee back”, said Lt. Col. Mehta.Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.

J&K: BSF retaliates at Bobiya post in Hiranagar sector, kills Pak ranger

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One BSF jawan injured in firing by Pakistan at Bobiya post in Hiranagar sector. The BSF has retaliated to the firing killing one Pakistani ranger.Pakistani troops had heavily shelled areas along the LoC in Rajouri district overnight on Monday, prompting Indian troops to give a befitting reply.Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire for past over 15 hours in this sector. “The small arms and automatic weapons firing is on along LoC in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri this morning”, a Defence Spokesman said, adding, “our troops are responding appropriately and giving befitting reply”.There was heavy mortar shelling overnight and it ended 0330 hours, the spokesman said, adding the unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan started in Bhimber Gali (BG) Sector from 1630 hours yesterday.Pakistani troops used small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm mortars bombs in targeting Indian positions, he said.There has been 30 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along LoC in J&K after surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK

Pakistan resorts to cross-border firing at Indian posts on LoC in Kashmir

Pakistan resorts to cross-border firing at Indian posts on LoC in Kashmir

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Jammu: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday resorted to heavy cross-border firing at Indian posts on the Line of Control (LoC) in the frontier Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, defence sources said.

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The sources said Indian positions were targeted in Tarkundi area on the LoC, the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.

“The Pakistan Army used 82 mm mortar shells and small arms to target our positions. Our troops effectively retaliated the Pakistan shelling and firing using same calibre weapons,” a defence spokesperson said.

The shelling from both sides was on till late in the evening. There were no reports of any loss of lives from either side.

It was the latest in a series of violations of the 2013 ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army alleged that Pakistan violated the bilateral truce in the same area of the LoC on Tuesday.

Pakistan resorts to unprovoked shelling at army posts in Rajouri, Indian troops retaliate

Jammu: Violating the ceasefire, Pakistani troops fired from small arms and shelled mortar bombs on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

“There was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district”, a Defence Spokesman said. Pakistani troops fired 82 mm mortar bombs, used small and automatic weapons in the firing on forward Indian posts in Laam Battalion area in Naushera from 2030 hours to 0130 hours, the spokesman said.

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Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation. Few rounds were also fired in Naushera sector late last night. There have been 29 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by the Army in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads.

On 16 October, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire twice along the LoC in Naushera and Rajouri sectors in which one jawan was martyred. On 8 October, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Poonch district resulting in injuries to a jawan.

Pakistani troops had on 5 October violated the ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Pakistani troops had on October 4 targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shells in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts. They shelled mortar bombs and opened fire from small and
automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.

Pakistani troops had on 3 October violated the ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district.

On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district. On 1 October, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilianareas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS.

Ceremonial military send-off of Pak firing martyr Sudees Kumar held in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army bid adieu to sepoy Sudees Kumar on Monday, who lost his life in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LOC) in Rajouri district. A wreath laying ceremony was held to honour the martyr who laid down his life on Sunday while guarding the nation’s frontiers along the LoC in Rajouri sector, a Defence spokesman said.He said the ceremonial military send-off was held in Rajouri on Monday evening. “General Officer Commanding of 25 Infantry Division laid a wreath on behalf of Lt Gen A K Sharma, GOC, 16 Corps,” he said.The mortal remains of the soldier would be sent to his native village for performing the last rites, the spokesman said. Kumar belonged to Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his elderly parents, wife and a four-month-old daughter.He had joined Indian Army in 2013 and became the first person from his village to do so. “He was a thorough professional and loved his job to the core. The nation will remain indebted to him for the supreme sacrifice and his devotion to duty will continue to motivate the future generations,” the spokesman added.

Kashmir: Militants overpower TV tower guards and escape with guns

Separatist guerrillas snatched weapons from TV tower guards in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said on Monday.

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The police said the militants attacked the guards posted at a Low Power Transmitter station of public service broadcaster Doordarshan in Dalvash village late Sunday night. They took away five service rifles.

In a report by DNA, the militants forced their way into the guardroom on Sunday night, in Dangwachi area of South Kashmir, where they beat security before taking the guns and escaping.

Hindustan Times reports that allegedly, senior police officers arrived later for assessment, sounding an alert and closing entry and exit to Dooru village. A search has been launched. One Insas and carnbine rifle and three self-loading rifled have been taken. The security guards of the TV tower have been arrested.

This is the second such incident in recent times. Militants attacked the guard post at the residence of a National Conference leader in Kulgam district of Kashmir and decamped with rifles of policemen on 8 September. The ultras barged into the residential compound of NC block president Abdul Rashid Khanday at Begom in Kulgam late night on 7 September and took away four service rifles of the cops posted on guard duty of the political leader, a police official had said. The militants had decamped with two Insas rifles, one SLR rifle and a 303 rifle from the the cops. A departmental inquiry had been set up to probe the incident and security forces had been put on alert in south Kashmir to track the militants who carried out the incident, he said.

On Sunday evening, a soldier Sudesh Kumar of 6 Rajput Regiment was killed in sniper firing on the LoC in Tarkundi area of Rajouri, on a day when when India hosted leaders of a number of countries, including Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping, for Brics and Bimstec summits. The Pakistani army had earlier on Sunday opened unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the LoC in Rajouri district in the morning.

“Pakistan Army violated ceasefire in Naushera sector of the LoC using small arms. Our troops have responded befittingly using same calibre weapons,” said defence spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Manish Mehta.

“Firing exchanges stopped at 8 am,” he added. In the firing and shelling, five civilians and four armymen sustained injuries in Poonch district.

With inputs from agencies

He left us for nothing but nation, say slain Sepoy Sudees Kumar’s family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Army jawan Sepoy Sudees Kumar of the 6 Rajputana Rifles has left his family mourning after he sacrificed his life in the line of duty during the ceasefire violations conducted by the Pakistani troops on Sunday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “We got a call in the evening and were informed about the sad news,” said Sudees’ father. “He never left us and always had a smile on his face before serving his duty,” he added. “An Army Jawan, Sepoy Sudees Kumar was martyred when Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LC) in Rajauri sector on 16 October 2016,” said Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta. Kumar (24) is survived by his wife.”The soldier hailed from Sambhal District of Uttar Pradesh. The area in which incident took place falls in Tarkundi belt of Rajouri district,” Lt Col Mehta added. The ceasefire violations by Pakistan took place on a day when India hosted leaders of a number of countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, for the BRICS and BIMSTEC Summit. Pakistan opened unprovoked fire in Naushera Sector to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply. Following the September 18 Uri terror army base attack that killed 19 soldiers and India’s subsequent surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), there has been a flare-up on the LoC with both nuclear-armed countries intermittently trading heavy fire.

One jawan martyred in ceasefire violation in J&K’s Rajouri sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri sector, an army jawan lost his life. Sepoy Sudees Kumar, 24, from sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, was martyred in the firing by Pakistan. He is survived by his wife. More details awaited.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Naushera; heavy gunbattle underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a week-long lull, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops. “There was unprovoked firing from small arms on forward areas in Naushera sector of Rajouri district along the LoC by Pakistani troops”, PRO, Ministry of Defence, Jammu said. Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation. A senior Army officer said there have been over 25 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by Army troops in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads. In the firing and shelling, five civilians and four armymen had sustained injuries in Poonch district. Nine Pakistani armymen were injured in retaliatory action by Indian troops along LoC. On October 8, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Pooch district resulting in injuries to one jawan.On October 5, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts. Pakistani troops had on October 4 targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shelling and firing with five ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along LoC in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts. They shelled mortar bombs and opened small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district. Pakistani troops had on October 3 violated the ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district. On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling from 1915 hours along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district. On October 1, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector in Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district. On September 30, Pakistani troops restored to small arms firing along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

Surgical strikes aftermath: 20 ceasefire violations as Pakistani troops retaliate

After the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on 29 September (to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), Pakistan stepped up cross-border firing and violated the Line of Control ceasefire at least 20 times.

In the wake of the increasing violations of this nature, the BSF has increased deployment of its troops (and technical equipment) along the International Border (IB). People living in the areas along the LoC, have been evacuated and moved to safer places.

In 2015, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan. While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the IB, 152 incidents were reported along the LoC.

Here are is a dateline of all the violations that took place since the surgical strike.

30 September

On 30 September, a day after the announcement by the Indian government about the surgical strikes carried out by the armed forces on terror launch pads near LoC, Pakistan violated the ceasefire. Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district. The troops had restored to small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district during the night.

This was the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September.

“There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.

The firing had lasted for an hour and a half. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.

On 29 September Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector without any casualty.

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1 October

On 1 October, the Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy machine guns along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, which lasted around three hours. There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and heavy machine guns and small arms firing on forward positions along the LoC in Pallanwala sector and Chamb area of Akhnoor tehsil.

Police said the Pakistani troops targeted Badoo and Chanoo hamlets and the villagers residing near the LoC were evacuated and shifted to safer places.

2 October

On 2 October, Pakistani troops launched firing and shelling on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district this evening.

3 October

On 3 October, the Pakistani troops intensified action, by violating ceasefire four times. They resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on Indian Army posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving five civilians injured and several shops ablaze.

The firing and shelling was carried out in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors in Poonch district, officials said.

Reports said in the retaliatory action by the Indian Army, one Pakistani post Twiven was destroyed.

The Pakistani troops fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.

In shelling, five people were injured in Shahpur Kerni and Saujian sectors, officials said, adding the injured have
been hospitalised.

4 October

On 4 October, violating the border ceasefire five times since Monday, Pakistan troops pounded Indian military and civilian positions in 10 areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region, provoking retaliation.

The Pakistani troops resorted to shelling of mortar bombs and small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.

Firing and shelling along LoC was reported from Balnoi and Krishnagati sector in Poonch district.

One jawan reportedly suffered minor injuries in the action.

Pakistani troops targeted Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri sub-sectors of Noushera belt. They fired mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.

5 October

On 5 October, the Pakistan troops violated the border ceasefire four times as they resorted to heavy shelling and firing on Indian posts and civilian areas in Poonch, Rajouri and Kupwara districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Krishnagati sectors in Rajouri and Poonch district, said Defence PRO Manish Mehta.

A senior army officer said ceasefire violations also took place in Mendhar sector of Poonch and Macchil sector of
Kupwara.

Mehta said Pakistan troops shelled mortar bombs and fired from automatic and small weapons.

With inputs from PTI

Pakistan violates ceasefire once again in Rajouri district, Indian Army retaliates strongly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has once again violated ceasefire on Wednesday in Jammu’s Rajouri district. According to reports, Pak troops resorted to heavy firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani and Mendhar sectors of Jammu’s Rajouri district. ANI reported that the Indian Army is strongly retaliating. The ceasefire violation comes a day after Pak violated ceasefire on October 4 in the Kalsian village of Naushera sector in Rajouri. Further details awaited

J&K: Sixth ceasefire in 36 hours; Pakistan targets Indian posts in Jammu, Rajouri districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops targeted Pallanwala sector, violating the ceasefire for the sixth time in the past 36 hours by shelling and firing on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Rajouri districts. “Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing in Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district from 1.35 PM”, PRO Defence, Col Manish Mehta said.”Firing is on and Army troops from our side retaliated”, he said. Earlier, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in three areas of Rajouri district from 0515 hours, he said.Pakistani troops targeted Jhangar, Kalsian and Makri sub-sectors of Noushera belt. They fired mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms, he said, adding the exchanges are going on with Indian troops giving a befitting reply.
ALSO READ J&K: Pakistan again violates ceasefire in Noushera sector, resorts to mortar shellingThere have been five ceasefire violations in the past over 24 hours along the LoC. On Monday, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district, where five civilian were injured and several shops burnt down after a shell triggered fire in oil containers kept in a security force camp.

Pakistan violates ceasefire for 5th time in 24 hours, targets army posts in Rajouri, Kashmir

Jammu: Intensifying attacks, Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire on Tuesday by resorting to mortar shelling and firing on Army posts and civilian areas along the LoC in three areas of Noushera sector in Rajouri district.

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“Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing in three areas of Noushera Rajouri district from 05:15 hours today,” Defence Spokesman Col Manish Mehta said.

They fired mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms, he said, adding that Indian troops gave a befitting reply.

There has been five ceasefire violations in over 24 hours along the Line of Control (LoC).

On Monday, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district, injuring 5 civilians, including five women.

Several shops were burnt down after a shell triggered fire in oil containers at a security force camp.

On 2 October, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling from 19:15 hours along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district.

On 1 October, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC this sector.

On 30 September, Pakistani troops had opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial and Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

On 29 September, Pakistan troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector.

The Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on 28 September by opening fire on Indian army posts along LoC in Sabzian area Poonch sector.

On 6 September, Pakistani troops had fired on Army posts along the LoC in Pooch sector.

Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on 2 September by firing on forward army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan.

War with Pakistan? Situation at LoC in Kashmir shows the huge cost of escalation

A soldier fixed his gaze on Saleem-ud-Din Khan as he walked out of his home facing an Army bunker in Silikote village, a sparsely populated and one of the last inhabitations along the Line of Control in north Kashmir’s Uri.

Earlier in the day, Khan, a labourer, had heard about the attacks carried out by Indian forces along the LoC. Without wasting time, Khan and his wife bundled their valuables in a trunk and waited, prepared to leave any time in case of escalation.

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After India’s surgical strikes, panic spread among villages along the LoC, sometimes fanned by government announcements; sometimes by rumour mills. Many residents packed their valuables, waiting for the government’s evacuation call. War is still in the air, and on airwaves, but it hasn’t happened so far.

“We know the cost of war. For people sitting far away, it is easy to speak about war. For us, it is a matter of life and death. We become targets of slight escalation on the borders. We not only have to leave our homes but our very way of life,” Khan, 52, said.

At some distance, a shepherd is herding his flock of sheep along the LoC fence which crisscrosses through Silikote. The fence was raised in 2003 after India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire, providing much-needed relief to the residents living in border areas of two Kashmirs.

After a decade of raging hostilities and skirmishes along the de facto border, India and Pakistan agreed to the ongoing ceasefire brokered on 26 November, 2003, in the first formal truce between the two armies since the outbreak of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

On the next day, guns and mortars roaring along the Line of Control, International Border and in Siachen Glacier fell silent.

Since Thursday, when India claimed to have carried out strikes along the LoC, Khan, along with other residents of Silikote, have been glued to their satellite dish-powered television sets, surfing news channels which have covered the rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours on a minute-to-minute basis.

The advancements made by technology, Khan says, are a cause of psychological trauma for people living along the fragile 740-kilometre LoC. “Before the satellite dish became a norm here, news of Pakistani shelling in nearby village would take days to reach us. Now, it takes minutes for the war between two neighbours to reach your bedroom.”

The fear of possible escalation and retaliation by Pakistani troops, after surgical strikes in Pakistani side of Kashmir, has triggered panic and confusion among border residents, some of whom have been evacuated, while many more are moving towards safer places on their own.

A fragile peace that had sustained the changing climate of Indo-Pak relations for more than a decade, villagers fear, is likely to be replaced with the sound of falling mortars and artillery.

On Saturday, minor skirmish between two armies were reported from Jammu region in Pallanwala area of Akhnoor. Officials said five of their posts were attacked with small arms but their was no damage and they have given “befitting replay to Pakistan”.

The atmosphere around the Silkote village is tense. Residents prefer to walk in groups and the fear of retaliation from across the LoC, catching them unawares, looms large. A Pakistani bunker a few hundred metres from the village is a constant reminder of the dangers faced by them. On Monday, India and Pakistan again resorted to exchange of firing in areas along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Although there has been a massive voluntary migration throughout the towns and village along the LoC and international border in Jammu, the state government has not asked people to vacate their homes in Uri.

“But we are prepared for the worst. We have identified places for rehabilitation of people in case of any eventuality of shelling,” says Showkat Ahmad Rather, a Sub Divisional Magistrate in Uri.

However, the scene in Jammu region is of chaos and confusion after Jammu and Kashmir government encouraged thousands of people to evacuate areas falling within a 10-kilometre radius of the international border. Many have refused to flee, citing inadequate facilities at the camps and a bumper crop waiting to be harvested.

“We were eyeing a bumper paddy crop this year. Now we don’t want to leave our farms unattended and move in filthy rehabilitation camps,” Rajendra Chaudhary, a resident of Ramgarh village in Samba district along the International Border between India and Pakistan, said.

In villages like Ramgarh of Samba district in Jammu, residents say they have already moved to a school building in the village but not towards the plains. The state government had last year said it was going to construct 20,000 concrete bunkers along the LoC and international border in Jammu and Kashmir to shelter residents in case of such eventualities.

“A proposal has been submitted to the union home ministry for the construction of 20,125 community-type bunkers in Jammu division for people living near the border.” Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the former CM of Jammu and Kashmir had said in the state assembly. The cost of constructing the bunkers was expected to be over Rs 1,000 crore.

But the bunkers are yet to come up and the residents says they shelter themselves in old, dilapidated ones, constructed in early nineties, which can give away at any time.

Mohammad Harun Malik, deputy commissioner of the border Poonch district, said the administration will provide accommodation to people who are feeling unsafe in border areas in safer areas. “A pilot project is being executed but it will take some time to finish,” he said.

Authorities have also shut schools in at least three districts of Samba, Kathua and parts of Rajouri in anticipation of retaliation by the Pakistani troops. Residents have been asked to shelter themselves in the premises of these government institution if shelling takes place.

Swaran Singh, a Sarpanch of Pallanwala village, fears matters can go out of hand at any time and as such he did not wait for the government announcement. “This is nothing new. We have migrated four times earlier. Anything can happen at any time, and there is fear of war among people. So we have left our homes,” Mr Singh said.

10,000 villagers evacuated from border villages in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid tension prevailing in areas along the Indo-Pak border after the surgical strikes in PoK to dismantle terrorist launch pads, nearly 10,000 villagers living along IB and LoC have migrated to safer areas in Jammu district.The authorities had yesterday asked border residents to move to safer places in the wake of surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Nearly 10,000 people have migrated from border villages to safer areas,” Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said tonight.Of them, 600 have shifted to camps set up by the government, he said.All the people living within 6 to 7 kms of the border have been asked to move to safer areas and schools within 10 kms of the border have been closed till further notice.These directions have been passed to people living along IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts and along LoC in Rajouri and Poonch, officials said.Most of them have shifted to the houses of their relatives in safer places, a police officer said.The hospitals in the border belt have been put on alert.Army has evacuated some people living in border areas in Noushera belt of Rajouri anticipation of a possible retaliation by Pakistani troops, officials said.

dna Morning Must Reads: US on Army’s surgical strikes, latest in Indo-Pak tensions and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Horrible’ attack like in Uri obviously escalates tensions: US on surgical strikesA terrorist attack like the one on an Indian Army camp in Uri “escalates tensions”, United States have said, asking Pakistan to take action against UN-designated terrorist outfits and delegitimise them. Read more2. Uri payback: Decoding the role of Indian Army’s Special Forces in the surgical strikeDays after terrorists stuck at an Army camp in Uri on September 18, a group of the Army’s Special Forces (SF), acting on specific information, crossed the Line of Control between the Rajouri and Poonch sectors into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) to attack the launching pads where terrorists had positioned themselves. Read in detail3. At UN, Pakistan flags rising tension with India, to discuss matter with Ban Ki-moonPakistan’s UN envoy asked the president of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to informally brief the body on the country’s escalating tension with neighbouring India and said she will discuss it with UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday. Read more4. Black money scheme may see Rs 35,000 crore disclosuresWith just a day left for the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), 2016, to end, tax officials said the undisclosed incomes and assets revealed by individuals and businesses totaled to around Rs 30000-35000 Cr. Read more5. Eden Test: Surging India, sliding KiwisOne cannot but feel sorry for the visiting New Zealand side. Even before the tour started, their chief medium-pacer Tim Southee had to return home with an ankle injury. Off-spinner Mark Craig had to be sent back after hurting his side strain during the first Test. And on the eve of the second Test here on Thursday, right-arm medium-pacer James Neesham has been ruled out of the match with a rib injury. Read more

Did army vehicle mow down 13 Bakerwal horses?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirteen Bakerwal horses were mercilessly mowed down allegedly by a security force vehicle at Frisal village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday sending shock waves across the valley.The horses were part of the herd of animals including sheep and goat, that was on its way to Rajouri from Pahalgam as a part of their bi annual migration.”We were on way to Rajouri from Pahalgam when our horses were mowed down at Frisal,” said Mohammad Aslam, one of the herdsmen.Police have registered a case and massive hunt has been launched to identify the vehicle and its driver for killing the pack of horses in the most brutal manner.Police said a speedy truck like vehicle hit the horses so hard that they were thrown several feet away from the spot causing their instant death.”Complainant who was on the spot said he was not able to recognise the vehicle because it was pitch dark and he could see only two lights. However he said it was big truck like vehicle,” Shridhar Patil, superintendent of police, Kulgam, told dna.Villagers have alleged that security force vehicle was patrolling during the night when it mowed down the horses before fleeing away taking advantage of the darkness.”We are looking at all aspects. We are taking details of all those vehicles that crossed the particular point at that particular time. If villagers cooperate we will be able to catch hold of whoever he is,” said Patil.The nomadic Bakerwal (shepherds) community migrates along with their herds twice in the year to graze their cattle at greener pastures. “They have told us that they were returning to Rajouri from Pahalgam via Reasi when their horses were hit,” said Patil.The issue has taken political overtones with main opposition National Conference (NC) hitting out at the security forces for what they said deliberately mowing down about a dozen horses for no rhyme or reason.”After losing the trust and confidence of the people security forces have now gone berserk. Having satiated themselves over the years with human blood they are now giving vent to their anger and frustration on domestic animals of these nomads. In such a situation no one is safe in J&K considering the fact that state is packed beyond capacity with the security forces and more being pushed in,” said Dr Mustafa Kamal, additional general secretary of NC and uncle of former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

Army’s fresh offensive leaves two militants dead

Stepping up their offensive, the army on Thursday foiled a major infiltration bid and killed two militants on the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.Army sources said troops guarding the LoC intercepted a group of militants at wee hours near Toot Mari Gali in the Naugam sector. When challenged, they opened fire on the troops ensuing in a fierce gunfight between the two sides.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have killed two militants so far. The operation in the area is continuing,” Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesman at Srinagar, told dna.Army has rushed in reinforcements and sealed all exit points to block all possible routes for militants to escape. “The contact (gunfight) is still on with the militants. We can only confirm the number of militants when the firing stops and bodies are retrieved,” said a senior army officer.The infiltration bid was foiled at a time when the army has put in place a multi-tier anti-infiltration grid to thwart militants’ plan to sneak into the valley after the snow melts on the mountain passes along the LoC.Official figures reveal, there were 24 infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control from January 1 to March 31 this year of which 18 were successful. In 2015, around 118 infiltration bids were made of which 33 weresuccessful.”Army is doing an excellent job at the borders by stopping infiltration (from across the line of control),” said Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister.Sources said around 17 groups of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants are waiting on the other side of line of control and international border to be pushed into this side of Jammu and Kashmir.Of them, 11 groups of militants are waiting across the Line of Control opposite Pir Panjal range comprising Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu division. Four groups are waiting across the LoC opposite Kupwara sectors. Two groups are waiting on the IB in Jammu division.

30% surge in forest fires this year, 95% caused due to human negligence

By Chaitanya Mallapur

Forest fires over the first four months of 2016 surged 30% – 20,667 fires were reported as on 21 April, 2016 compared to 15,937 over 2015 – according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) on 26 April, 2016.

Fires swept more than 4,500 hectares of forest in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh since 7 April, 2016. This is 40% more than the 3,185 hectares burnt in Uttarakhand since 2 February, 2016.

Similarly, a forest fire broke out in Bathuni in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir on 1 May, 2016.

While India faces a water shortage, it cost the Uttarakhand government Rs 85 per litre of water used to douse the fire using two Mi-17 helicopters.

Forests cover 701,673 square kilometres (sq km), or 21.34%, of India. Forested area increased by 9,646 sq. km over four years between 2011 and 2015, according to the India State of Forest report.

As many as 117,369 forest fires were reported since 2011. Forest fires are a nationwide phenomenon but they vary in intensity and nature; the season for forest fires is from February to June.

While 54% recorded forested area is prone to fire, only about 6% Indian forests are prone to severe fire damages annually.

Source: Lok Sabha 1, 2; Figures for 2016 as on 21.04.2016.

The north-eastern state of Mizoram reported 2,468 forest fires — the most in 2015. Assam (1,656) was second, followed by Odisha (1,467), Meghalaya (1,373) and Manipur (1,286).

Source: Lok Sabha 1, 2; Figures for 2016 as on 21.04.2016; Ranking based on 2015 figures.

The top five states accounted for 52% of all forest fires across the country in 2015.

The eastern state of Chhattisgarh reported the most forest fires — 2,422 — in 2016 (as on April 21, 2016), followed by Odisha (2,349) and Madhya Pradesh (2,238).

More than 95% forest fires are caused by the negligence of human beings. The remaining 5% fires are caused by natural reasons like lightning and extreme rise in temperature.

“These (fires) are not new but this time due to the heat, the moisture level has reduced, which at times leads to situation like the ones in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh,” environment and forest minister Prakash Javadekar said on 4 May, 2016.

Impact of forest fire

Forest fires in Uttarakhand could melt glaciers faster, black carbon from smog and ash is covering them, making them prone to melting, experts said.

Forest fires are major causes of degradation of environment as uncontrolled fires lead to burning of vegetation and surface organic matter, increasing the frequency of flooding and causing soil erosion.

Forest fires also lead to loss of valuable timber resources, disruption of wildlife patterns and habitat and climate change.

The economic loss of forest fire is estimated to be around Rs 90,000 per hectare per annum, according to the Forest Fire Disaster Management report.

Forest fires around the world

An average of more than one million hectares of forests are burnt annually due to fires in countries like Chad, Australia, United States of America, India and Canada.

Forest fires have been a seasonal phenomenon in Indonesia, caused due to the practice of slash-and-burn agriculture. More than 130,000 forest fires occurred last year, IndiaSpend reported earlier. It was also reported how Indonesian fires are affecting the global climate.

The Indonesian government estimates that 63% of its greenhouse gas emissions are the result of forest and peat-land fires.

(The author is an analyst with IndiaSpend)

Indiaspend.org is a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit

Forces inimical to secular ethos are at centre-stage: Farooq Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said the country is passing through a difficult phase as those against the secular ethos of the country have “got to the centre-stage”. “We are passing through a difficult phase as elements inimical to secular ethos of the country have got to the centre-stage,” he said while addressing his party men on the third day of his ongoing tour to Rajouri and Poonch istricts. “Their machinations to divide the people on the basis of region and religion will be defeated by further strengthening bonds of amity and brotherhood,” he said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said politics of hate and suspicion is detrimental to the secular fabric of the country and the state and those “exploiting” religious sentiments for their ulterior political motives needed to be isolated. “This can be done by maintaining unity,” he said. He said his party’s youth, women, and students wings have been rejuvenated and they will face the situation “boldly”. Abdullah asked his party cadre to gear up for upcoming panchayat and urban local body polls. “Massive participation of youths and women is imperative for ensuring their effective involvement in decision making at local levels,” Abdullah said.

Autonomy to both sides of J&K only realistic solution, says former CM Farooq Abdullah

Jammu: Giving autonomy to both parts of the divided Jammu and Kashmir is the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said on Monday.

During a tour of Rajouri district, the National Conference leader told party activists at Budhal: “Autonomy to both sides of Jammu and Kashmir is the only viable and realistic solution to the nearly seven-decade-old problem that has cast dark shadows over the generations. We owe peace and dignified life to posterity. And that can be achieved only by converting the present dividing line between the two neighbouring countries into a line of peace,” he added.

Pakistan controls the northern third of Jammu and Kashmir. The southern two-third of the state is held by India.

Abdullah is on a two-day visit to Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region.

File photo. Image courtesy PIB.File photo. Image courtesy PIB.

File photo. Image courtesy PIB.

He said the hostilities of 70 years had retarded growth on both sides of the Line of Control and the time had come for India and Pakistan to take a bold initiative by calling a spade a spade.

He referred to the wars of the past and continued border skirmishes, saying these had only added to the miseries of the people of Kashmir.

“The soft borders would open up vistas of economic opportunities besides enabling hassle-free exchange of people, which in turn will be a major dividend to peace and tranquility in the region,” he said.

Abdullah hoped that “good sense will prevail upon all the stakeholders”.

He said denial of autonomy had brought Jammu and Kashmir to the present morass, which if ignored any further could prove detrimental to the larger interests of the state.

Abdullah also spoke about alleged divisive policies being pursued by the Narendra Modi government and said that politics of hate and intolerance were against the very idea of India.

He said India belonged to people of different faiths and they cannot be brought into confrontationist situations for petty politics.

Jammu and Kashmir: Four all-women police stations to start functioning from May 15

Four all-women police stations in Jammu and Kashmir would become functional from May 15, officials said.The police stations have been set up in Anantnag and Baramulla districts of Kashmir division and Rajouri and Udhampur in Jammu region. Orders for deployment of manpower and terms of reference of these police stations were issued on Friday by Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar, an official spokesman said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti after assuming office had issued orders for setting up of four women police stations in the state. In the first cabinet meeting Mehbooba decided to set up the police stations to provide grievance redressal to women in areas close to their homes, the spokesman said.
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AAP MLAs seek more time to respond to EC’s showcause notice

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs have sought more time from the Election Commission of India to respond to its show-cause notice over their appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries by the Delhi government last year.As per the notice, the 21 AAP legislators, who were appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries almost a year ago, must file their replies before the ECI by April 11. The notice, which seeks their response on why they should not be disqualified, was issued on the basis of a petition filed before the EC by Delhi-based advocate. The petition alleged that the said MLAs occupied offices of profit in violation of the Constitution of India.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apart from two women MLAs, including Chandni Chowk legislator Alka Lamba, the list includes prominent AAP legislators such as Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri and Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh.”On April 8, we sought time from the Election Commission. In response to the notice, we have said that the information asked by the EC needs to be sought from the General Administration Department (GAD) of the Delhi government,” said Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh.Madanlal, party legislator from Kasturba Nagar, said on April 8, even he has sought time to respond to the notice. However, he is yet to any official communication from the EC about this.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had appointed 21 members of the Delhi Legislature Assembly as Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers on March 14, 2015. Sources said the MLAs had sought “legal counsel” from the party and the government following which the responses were filed.

Jammu & Kashmir: BSF jawan found hanging at camp

A BSF jawan was found hanging in his room at a camp in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir here, police said today.The jawan was found hanging in a room of his quarter in Noushera BSF camp in the district last night, a BSF officer said.The deceased has been identified as 31-year-old N Singh serving in the 152nd battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF), a police official said.A case has been registered and investigation is on, he said.

Odd-even rule ends, chock-a-block traffic back in New Delhi

Severe traffic snarls were witnessed on Saturday in several parts of the national capital, a day after the odd-even scheme restricting the movement of private cars ended in the city.Around 9 AM, severe traffic congestion was reported in the Delhi Cantonment area. Within an hour, there were long tailbacks witnessed at the stretches between Pankha Road and Uttam Nagar in west Delhi and between Pusa Road and Shadipur in central Delhi, a traffic official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>By 11 AM, the congestion at Delhi Cantonment area led to a chock-a-block situation in and around Dhaula Kuan, where hundreds of commuters were stuck in a severe jam.Also read- Odd-even regulation ends: Kejriwal appeals people to follow rule voluntarilyMeanwhile, traffic snarls were reported at east Delhi’s Khichdipur, outer Delhi’s Burari bypass and the flyover at northeast Delhi’s Shahdara. In east Delhi, long tailbacks were witnessed at Preet Vihar and Vikas Marg, the official said.By noon, the traffic snarls at west Delhi and central Delhi worsened, and its ripple effect was witnessed at Rajouri Garden and Patel Nagar areas respectively, the official added.

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