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J&K: Road mishap in Raesi; 22 killed, 30 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vehicle travelling along the Raesi district of Jammu and Kashmir, skidded off the road and rolled into a deep gorge . The bus turned turtle and fell into a deep gorge resulting in the death of 22 passengers, Tahir Sajad Bhat, SSP Reasi said. “15 persons have been killed and 30 others injured when a bus carrying 45 passengers that was on its way to Buckle from Reasi met with an accident near Reasi here today,” Bhat told PTI.”The people who were seriously injured are being airlifted to Government Medical College and Hospital for treatment,” he said.Police said some of the injured persons are in a critical conditions. “The rescue operation is going on and a police team and the district administration is on the spot,” he said.Ajay Nanda, J&K Minister informed ANI that the death toll had risen to 22 and injured persons were being shifted in ambulances. With ANI/PTI inputs

Husband throttles wife, throws body off cliff at Vaishno Devi

A Vaishno Devi-bound pilgrim was allegedly killed by her husband who throttled her and then threw the body off a cliff to make it look like an accident in Katra town of Reasi district, police said on Tuesday. The couple got married on March 10.The body of the woman, identified as Lakshmi Gupta (25), a resident of New Delhi, was found in a stream in Lambikeri area, en route to the Bhavan this morning, said a police officer.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The husband of the deceased, Shakti Gupta, had filed a missing report at the police post at Ardh Kumari. During the course of investigation, police became suspicious of the husband and started interrogating him, the officer added.”His statement created a suspicion and the police contacted the parents of the deceased who confirmed a matrimonial dispute between the couple,” he said.When put to sustained interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime. He told the police that after throttling his wife at night, taking advantage of the darkness, he pushed the body into a gorge from the cliff near Lambikeri area, the officer added.”The husband has been arrested and an investigation is on to reveal the motive behind the murder,” said the officer.

Red alert in Vaishno Devi as army uniforms recovered abandoned

Jammu : Security has been put on high alert in and around Katra town, the base camp of the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, in the Reasi district after two army uniforms were recovered from under a bridge.

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A file photo of Mata Vaishno devi Shrine. Reuters

During a routine patrolling, two army uniforms and shoes were last evening found abandoned under the bridge in the Jammu district’s Jhajjar Kotli area near Katra, a police officer said on Saturday.

He said security has been tightened in and around Katra town but so for nothing substantial has been found and the situation was normal in the town.

“We have kept the security on the high alert in the entire Katra town, although nothing substantial has been found but frisking of vehicles coming to the town are being done on every check post,” the officer said.

He said the police is looking on all the angles as how the army uniform was abandoned in the area.

Massive forest fire engulfs 10 kilometer area near Vaishno Devi shrine

Massive fire has engulfed the dense pine forests near the revered Shri Mata Vaishno Devi (SMVD) shrine in Katra town of Reasi district in the Jammu division.Spread over 10 kilometres, fire started from Banganga ridge on the Trikuta hills and spread quickly to other areas prompting the authorities to shut the helipad for sometime as a precautionary measure to avoid any mishap.SMVD shrine board authorities later requisitioned the Indian Air Force for help to douse the flames. Indian Air Force has pressed two choppers into service which are fetching water from the Salal dam in Reasi to sprinkle on the affected areas in a bid to douse the flames.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Fire fighting operations were conducted by the two Mi-17V5 helicopters of the 153 Helicopter Units, Udhampur. Till 2.30 pm the helicopters conducted five sorties using Bambi Bucket. Over 18,000 litres of water was dispensed (to douse the flames)”, Colonel SD Goswami, defence spokesman at Northern Command, told dna.Police said the yatra however, remained unaffected and pilgrims had dharshan at the holy cave shrine without any hassles as the fire was controlled to a large extent.”It was a natural fire which broke out yesterday in the 10 kilometer area. Yatra, Yatries and chopper services remained unaffected. Fire has been controlled at the areas near the public places. Smoke is billowing from few places on the upper ridges. IAF choppers are sprinkling water to control the fire,” Sujit Kumar, senior superintendent of police, Reasi, told dna.Experts said the reasons for the fire could be either man made or natural given the prevailing heat wave in the area.”When pine needles fall from the trees it creates a carpet like layer on the ground. A small spark by a cigarette bit can cause massive fires. Another reason could be that in the scorching heat, the stones start rolling down which sometimes create sparks. This too ignites the forest fire,” said Mohinder Singh, deputy director of Forest Protection Force (FPF).Located at the altitude of 5,200 feet in the Tirukta hills, the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in Indian sub continent. The pilgrims have to trek around 12 kilometres from the base camp to the Holy cave.Millions of devotees visit the shrine every year to perform puja at the sanctum sanctorum. Official data reveal 77.76 pilgrims visited the shrine in 2014 against 78.03 lakh in 2014. Around 93.24 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine in 2013.”We have controlled the fire to a large extent. There has been no damage to the life or property. The chopper operations at the helipad has also resumed,” said Jagdish Singh, sub divisional magistrate at SMVD.

Jammu and Kashmir: PM Modi inaugurates superspeciality hospital in Katra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on dedicated the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in Katra belt of Reasi district.The 230-bed hospital has been set up by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board with an investment of about Rs 300 crore at Kakryal near Katra.At the inauguration, the Prime Minister was flanked by Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and Health Minister Bali Bhagat.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The hospital has more than 20 different streams of medicine and surgery, including cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology, neuro surgery, nephrology etc.The hospital is fully equipped with state-of-the-art computerised diagnostic and treatment equipment including Linear Accelerator, Brachy Therapy, Gamma Camera, MRI and other latest equipments.The hospital has two well equipped Critical Care Ambulances. It also has state-of-the-art dialysis unit.Among the many novel features of the hospital project is the provision for rain water harvesting, solar energy utilisation, incineration of waste material, generators for power backup, and two sewage treatment plants, shopping complex, parking facility and various other required ancillary services.The Shrine Board has an agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, which operates 32 hospitals all over the country, for operationalisation of the superspeciality hospital.

Mehbooba Mufti’s uncle among four new faces in Jammu & Kashmir govt

Uncle of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was among four fresh faces in the new PDP-BJP government which was sworn-in on Monday, three months after the sudden demise of then incumbent Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.Farooq Andrabi, brother-in-law of late Mufti Sayeed, had contested Assembly election from South Kashmir’s Dooru Assembly constituency defeating Congress stalwart G A Mir by a margin of only 161 votes.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The induction of Andrabi into the cabinet is seen as a strategy of PDP to strengthen its base in the once stronghold of Congress from where G A Mir, who is currently JKPCC Chief, had won two consecutive elections of 2002 and 2008. The four new faces were two each from PDP and BJP.Another new face from the PDP is Zahoor Ahmed Dar, MLA from South Kashmir’s Pampore Assembly constituency. Two new faces from the BJP quota are Sham Choudhary, who has been three-time MLA from the Suchetgarh Assembly constituency and is one of the senior most leaders of BJP in the state.Ajay Nanda, who has been inducted as Minister of State, is a first-time MLA from the Reasi Assembly constituency. Five ministers in the Mufti Sayeed Council of Ministers did not find a place in Mehbooba’s government. They included Altaf Bukhari of PDP, who was Public Works Department (PWD) Minister in the previous dispensation, and Javed Mustafa Mir of PDP, who held the portfolio of Revenue during the Mufti-led government.Abdul Majid Paddar of PDP, who was minister of state in the previous PDP-BJP dispensation, was also dropped this time. From BJP quota, two former ministers were unable to secure berth in the Mehbooba-led government.They were Sukhnandan Choudhary, BJP MLA from Marh Assembly constituency who was Minister for Public Health Engineering and Irrigation in the previous government, and BJP’s rebel candidate from Udhampur Assembly constituency Pawan Gupta, who was minister of state for finance from the BJP quota in the previous dispensation.

MLA Engineer Rashid ‘attacked’ in Jammu & Kashmir by people ‘carrying BJP and Bajrang Dal flags’

Jammu and Kashmir Independent MLA Engineer Rashid on Saturday claimed he was attacked in Reasi district by a group of people carrying RSS and Bajrang Dal flags.”I was on my way to Rajouri when a group of 20-25 people who were carrying RSS and Bajrang Dal flags stopped my vehicle near Bamla under the jurisdiction of Reasi district,” the Independent MLA from Langate constituency of Kashmir told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He alleged that the protesters first raised slogans against him and then attacked his vehicle with rods, sticks and stones.”Even I was hit by a stone, the police escort which accompanied me from Jammu saved my life otherwise they would have killed me as they tried to drag me out of my vehicle”, he said.Accusing the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sunderbani of helping the attackers, Rashid said, “strict action should be taken against him”. He also said that his attackers raised slogans against him.Rashid said that the security personnel accompanying him somehow manage to help him flee from the spot but when he was on his way to Jammu, his vehicle was once again attacked by some people.”It is my personal vehicle as I don’t travel in government given vehicle. They have damaged my car completely”, he said.When asked whether he would lodge a police complaint against the attackers, Rashid said that the police must take congnisance and take action against the accused on its own.”If anything of this sort happens in Kashmir, police is swift to slap PSA against Kashmiris then why the treatment is different with the goons in Jammu”, he said.When contacted, a senior police official said that they are investigation the matter and anything in this regard can be said only after verifying all the facts.

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