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Army officers pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Pathankot on Tuesday.

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Daily Excelsior 10 Jul 2024 1:48 am

Army Vehicles Attacked By Terrorists In J&K's Kathua, Second Attack In 2 Days

Army vehicles have been attacked by terrorists and one soldier injured - in the second strike in as many days - in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, which borders Punjab's Pathankot.

NDTV 8 Jul 2024 5:00 pm

Punjab Police enhances security in Pathankot and border areas in view of Amarnath Yatra

CHANDIGARH, July 3: Special Director General of Punjab Police Arpit Shukla chaired a security review meeting in Pathankot on Wednesday on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir. Police chiefs of neighbouring states and senior Army, IAF, BSF and central agency officials attended it. The annual Amarnath pilgrimage began in the neighbouring Union territory [] The post Punjab Police enhances security in Pathankot and border areas in view of Amarnath Yatra appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 3 Jul 2024 8:49 pm

Punjab Police Enhances Security In Pathankot, Border Areas In View Of Amarnath Yatra

CHANDIGARH, July 3: Special Director General of Punjab Police Arpit Shukla chaired a security review meeting in Pathankot on Wednesday on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir. Police chiefs of neighbouring states and senior Army, IAF, BSF and central agency officials attended it. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp The annual Amarnath pilgrimage began in the neighbouring Union territory on Saturday via the Nunwan-Pahalgam route in Anantnag and the Baltal route in Ganderbal. The 52-day yatra [] The post Punjab Police Enhances Security In Pathankot, Border Areas In View Of Amarnath Yatra appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 3 Jul 2024 8:05 pm

Electricity affected in Samba as Power House submerges in rain water

Excelsior Correspondent SAMBA, July 2: Samba Power House got submerged in the rain water last night due to which the electricity was affected for about 11 hours in the area. As the Power House is situated adjacent to the Jammu -Pathankot National Highway, the drains built on the side of the Highway got blocked due to heavy rainfall and the rain water entered the Power House with the result it got submerged in the water. The water level kept increasing [] The post Electricity affected in Samba as Power House submerges in rain water appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 3 Jul 2024 5:22 am

Pathankot on alert as 2 armed men spotted

In Pathankot, the presence of armed suspects triggered vigilance, leading to combing operations. The suspects' threat to migrant labourers escalated tension in the region, necessitating increased security measures across borders. Deputy inspector general (DIG), Border Range, Rakesh Kumar Kaushal said suspicious movement was detected Tuesday night. It is also learned that the suspected armed militants threatened the migrant labourers of dire consequences if they reported their presence to the police. In the past, armed fidayeen representing the United Jihad Council had stormed the Pathankot Air Force base on January 2, 2016.

The Times of India 27 Jun 2024 12:56 am

Gurdaspur, Pathankot on edge as 2 suspected terrorists spark fear

The districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot along the international border were placed under high security following reports that two armed individuals were spotted in the region. According to local police sources, a late-night call was received from a village near the border claiming that two masked men carrying weapons had entered their property and demanded [] The post Gurdaspur, Pathankot on edge as 2 suspected terrorists spark fear appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 26 Jun 2024 3:29 pm

Security forces on high alert after two armed men spotted in Pathankot

CHANDIGARH, Jun 26: Security forces were put on high alert after a villager claimed to have spotted two suspicious armed men in Punjab's Pathankot, officials said on Wednesday. The Punjab Police, along with the Army and the Border Security Force (BSF), launched a massive search operation in Pathankot, a senior Punjab Police officer said.The search [] The post Security forces on high alert after two armed men spotted in Pathankot appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 26 Jun 2024 1:10 pm

Punjab on high alert: Two armed men spotted in Pathankot, combing operations underway

CHANDIGARH: After the two suspected terrorists from Pakistan allegedly entered into Indian Territory in Punjab along the Indo-Pak International in Pathankot district and had dinner at a farmhouse, the border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot in the state have been put on a high alert and the combing operation is being carried out by the Punjab Police. The Mamun army cantonment and the Pathankot Air Force station have been secured. Sources said that a villager Bhathian hamlet which is near the International Border rang up the police control room around midnight and claimed that two masked men both heavily armed had forcefully entered his farm house and then told him to prepare dinner for them and after having dinner they left and went towards Pathankot. So far the police have not been able to locate the suspected terrorists. The checking has been intensified at railway stations and bus stands of Gurdaspur, Dhariwal, Dinanagar and Pathankot. All the vehicles on the Gurdaspur-Pathankot-Jammu National Highway are being checked. The Batala district police have also been put on alert. After receiving the information, Senior Superintendent of Police of Pathankot Suhail Qasim Mir and Senior Superintendent of Police of Gurdaspur Harish Dayama held meetings with their respective senior officers. The Border Security Force (BSF) and army have been alerted about the suspected movement. The Mamun army cantonment and the Pathankot Air Force station have been secured, said sources. Confirming this development Deputy Inspector General of Police (Border Range) Rakesh Kaushal said that the police received a phone call from a person stating that two suspected armed men entered his farm house, had dinner and left. The police started the combing operation since late last night after the phone call was received. Also the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Border Security Force (BSF) and army was alerted. More than 1000 police personnel are carrying out the rekey and search operations. Till now, we have not been able to verify the claim by that person from any other source, he said. This deployment comes just before the start of Amarnath Yatra. Some ten days ago the state police had issued instructions in Pathankot district especially the area bordering J&K. The police have been on high alert in the area since June 15. Way back in 2015, in two separate incidents, terrorists entered from this area and killed 17 people before they were neutralized. In the first incident, three terrorists had entered into the Dinanagar police station of Gurdaspur district. Seven person including an SP rank officer were killed before the terrorists were neutralized. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) had claimed they had infiltrated into the country from Bamial village in Pathankot district. Then six months later, four Pakistan-backed militants laid siege to the Pathankot Air Force station for days. In that incident, ten people were killed before the National Security Guard (NSG) killed all the four militants. These terrorists had also entered from Bamial area.

The New Indian Express 26 Jun 2024 12:09 pm

Security forces on high alert after two armed men spotted in Punjab's Pathankot

Security forces in Punjab's Pathankot remain vigilant following recent terror attacks in Dinanagar and the Pathankot airbase, prompting a thorough search operation in the region.

The Economic Times 26 Jun 2024 12:05 pm

Security Forces On High Alert After Two Armed Men Spotted In Punjabs Pathankot

CHANDIGARH, June 26: Security forces were put on high alert after a villager claimed to have spotted two suspicious armed men in Punjabs Pathankot, officials said on Wednesday. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp The Punjab Police, along with the Army and the Border Security Force (BSF), launched a massive search operation in Pathankot, a senior Punjab Police officer said. The search operation was being carried out in the Bamial area, the officer said. We are on alert, [] The post Security Forces On High Alert After Two Armed Men Spotted In Punjabs Pathankot appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 26 Jun 2024 12:00 pm

Security on high alert after suspected terrorists spotted in Pathankot

Recent security alert in Pathankot due to suspicious sightings of two suspicious armed individuals moving in villages near the Pathankot district of Punjab, which borders the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. The forces have assembled and initiated a combing and sanitisation operation and there is nothing to panic, as the security forces have the situation under control, he added.

The Times of India 26 Jun 2024 10:21 am

Gurdaspur, Pathankot put on high alert as two suspected terrorists sighted

Gurdaspur/Pathankot, Jun 26: The border districts of Gurdaspur and Pathankot have been put on a high alert after the police claimed that they had reports that two persons, believed to be suspected terrorists, had entered Pathankot. A villager of Kot Bhathian hamlet, located near the International Border (IB), rang up the control room around midnight [] The post Gurdaspur, Pathankot put on high alert as two suspected terrorists sighted appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 26 Jun 2024 9:26 am

North India grapples with brutal heat wave, rising casualties; slight relief likely in coming days

Northern and eastern India faced severe heat wave conditions on Wednesday, with only slight relief expected in the coming days from a western disturbance, according to the India Meteorological Department. Additionally, conditions are now favourable for the further advancement of the monsoon, which had stalled between June 12 and 18, prolonging the wait for rains in north India amidst the intense heat. Maximum temperatures ranged from 43 to 45 degrees Celsius in many parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and north Rajasthan. In the national capital, hospitals reported a spike in heatstroke cases and several deaths in the last two days. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 43.6 degrees Celsius, over four notches above normal. The minimum temperature in Delhi was 35.2 degrees Celsius, highest in June since 1969. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said heat wave to severe heat wave conditions prevailed in parts of Uttar Pradesh, south Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Punjab and pockets of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Jammu division. A fresh western disturbance is expected to bring some relief in the northern region from the high temperatures. Delhi can expect light rainfall on June 20. Several places in Uttarakhand, including Dehradun received light showers on Wednesday after a prolonged dry spell. In Himchal Pradesh, thunderstorms and rains in Shimla and surrounding areas brought some respite. The maximum temperature in Dehradun, which had shot up to around 40 degrees Celsius by Wednesday afternoon, plummeted sharply with the rains which were preceded by gusty winds. In Haryana, Nuh recorded a high of 45.3 degrees Celsius, Faridabad recorded 45 degrees Celsius, and Gurugram recorded 43.6 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh, the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, also sweltered at a maximum of 43.1 degrees Celsius. Sangrur in Punjab recorded 44.8 degrees Celsius, while Pathankot saw a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius. The blistering heat has left a large number of people scrambling for water, with storage levels in reservoirs and rivers hitting record lows. The shortage of water for irrigation is impacting agriculture in some areas. The power grids are under immense pressure and there has been an increase in incidents of short circuits and fires. The Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NRLDC) said on Wednesday that multiple-tripping incidents were reported in the northern region on Monday after power demand shot up to 89.4 gigawatts (GW), leading to a supply gap of 16.5 GW. Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and J-K were the affected states, it said. Bats drop dead as heatwave intensifies in UPs Kanpur Massive consumption of electricity amid a punishing heat wave stretching over weeks pushed the peak power demand of Delhi to an all-time high level of 8656 MW on Wednesday afternoon, according to discom officials. Cooling load due to the increased use of air conditioners and other cooling appliances amid the relentless heat wave has led to a record rise in power demand, they said. Temperatures in Delhi have remained above 40 degrees since May 12. In these 36 days, the city saw 16 days when the mercury reached or surpassed 45 degrees. The water crisis, worsened by the heat wave, prompted Delhi Water Minister Atishi to seek Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention. She threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike from June 21 if the issue was not resolved soon. Hospitals in Delhi-NCR have been seeing an influx of patients with complaints of heat stroke and heat exhaustion as the mercury continued to soar, with doctors advising the elderly and immuno-compromised patients to avoid stepping outdoors. At the Centre-run RML Hospital, authorities have received 22 patients in the last two days. There have been five deaths and 12 patients are on ventilator support. At the Safdarjung Hospital, there have been a total of 60 heatstroke cases, including 42 patients who have been admitted. The hospital has reported six casualties, including a 60-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man who died on Tuesday. According to LNJP Hospital authorities, four patients have died due to suspected heatstroke in the last two days. Union Health Minister JP Nadda reviewed the heatwave situation and preparedness of central government hospitals. He ordered that special heatwave units be started in the central government-run hospitals. IMD officials said high minimum temperatures or warm nights are exacerbating the impact of the deadly heat. High night temperatures are considered dangerous because the body does not get a chance to cool down. Increasing nighttime temperature is more common in cities because of the urban heat island effect, in which metro areas are significantly hotter than their surroundings. This is scaring me. The minimum temperature in cities is not going down. People are not getting a chance to recover, which means that we are getting more deaths at night than during the daytime, because normally the minimum temperature would fall and you would be able to recover to go back to work the next day, just not getting that, environmentalist Sunita Narain said. India is experiencing one of its hottest summers this time. Multiple heat waves have pushed millions in the country to their limits and many states have reported heat-related deaths. According to IMD, around 40 percent of the country has recorded double the number of heat wave days than it usually does. Rajasthan has hit 50 degrees Celsius twice over the last few weeks, and Delhi has recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius for 36 consecutive days. On Wednesday, maximum temperatures were recorded two to five degrees Celsius above normal in Rajasthan's Jaipur, Kota, Udaipur and Bikaner divisions. According to the Meteorological Center Jaipur, in the last 24 hours, rain was recorded with cloudy weather in some parts of eastern Rajasthan and the weather remained dry in western Rajasthan. Experts attribute the scorching heat to climate change and the naturally occurring El-Nino phenomenon, which is basically an unusual warming of the ocean surface in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean. While heat waves are common in India during April and May, scientists say climate change has made them more frequent and intense. Data shows that 12 of the warmest years in India have occurred since 2006, with 2016 experiencing the highest temperatures to date. The World Weather Attribution Group said similar heatwaves, which once occurred every 30 years, have become about 45 times more likely due to climate change. Delhi's outdoor workers, low-income households bear brunt of deadly heat

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 11:29 pm

Fire at Kathlour Wildlife Sanctuary in Punjabs Pathankot

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The News Mill 19 Jun 2024 9:01 am

Heatwave persists in Punjab, Haryana; Bathinda hits 46.9 degrees Celsius

There was no let up in the ongoing heat wave conditions sweeping Punjab and Haryana for the last several days, with Bathinda reeling at 46.9 degrees Celsius on Monday. While blistering heat swept Bathinda in Punjab, Pindara in Haryana's Jind also recorded a maximum temperature of 46.9 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in the state. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered and recorded a maximum temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT Department. Faridkot in Punjab was also under the grip of severe heat at 46 degrees Celsius while Pathankot recorded a high of 45.8 degrees Celsius. Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Gurdaspur and Ferozepur also sweltered under severe heat recording respective maximum temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius, 44.6 degrees Celsius, 45.4 degrees Celsius, 45 degrees Celsius and 44.3 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, in Haryana, intense heat conditions prevailed in Faridabad and Sirsa, which recorded ...

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 7:32 pm

Two inter-state roads reopened after 3-day closure owing to terror attack in J-K's Doda

Two inter-state roads reopened after 3-day closure owing to terror attack in J-K's Doda Two inter-state roads connecting Doda district in Jammu region with Punjab and Himachal Pradesh were reopened on Saturday after a three-day closure owing to a terror attack, officials said The development has brought a major respite to tourists and locals. Terrorists struck a joint security post in 12,000-feet-high Chattergalla, the highest point on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot and Bhaderwah-Chamba inter-state roads Tuesday night, causing injuries to five soldiers and a Special Police Officer. A massive search operation was launched to track down the terrorists while traffic on the two busy inter-state roads was suspended to avoid any untoward incident. Restrictions were also imposed on all high-altitude picnic spots including Guldanda, Chattergalla Paas, Padri and Jaie Ghati following the terrorist attack. Officials said though efforts are on to neutralise the terrorists, the two vital roads have been made secure with the deployment of additional forces. Chief Executive Officer of Bhaderwah Development Authority Bal Krishan said all restrictions on the movement of locals and visitors have been lifted and tourists should not pay heed to rumours as ''we assure the safety of all visitors in all high-altitude spots''. Locals and visitors thanked the administration for lifting the restrictions and said they have full faith in the security forces.

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 9:23 pm

I&B cracks the whip, asks pvt news channels not to live-stream anti-terror ops

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry on Wednesday cautioned private news channels against live telecast of anti-terrorist operations by the security forces. The ministry issued the advisory in view of the extensive TV coverage by some news channels of two counter-terrorism operations in Kathua and Doda. Such telecast is in violation of Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021 and liable for action thereunder. Therefore, all TV channels are advised not to telecast live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by the security forces in the interest of national security and to safeguard innocent lives. Media coverage may be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate Government till the operation concludes, it said. The ministry said that it had already issued advisories to all TV channels in the past. Rule 6(1)(p) states that no programme should be carried in the cable service which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces, the advisory from the ministry clarified. A CRPF jawan was killed and six security personnel were injured in two overnight encounters with terrorists in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu. In Doda, five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer were injured when terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road. CRPF jawan Kabir Dass was critically injured in a firing by a terrorist holed up in Kathua districts Saida Sukhal village at around 3 am on Wednesday, officials said. He was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries. What rules stipulate The I&B ministry said it had already issued advisories to all television channels in the past to adhere to the rules. Rule 6(1)(p) states that no programme should be carried in the cable service which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces, wherein media coverage shall be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate government, till such operation concludes, the advisory from the ministry clarified.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 8:55 am

Search launched to flush out terrorists hiding in Doda

Five troopers of the Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer were injured Tuesday night when the terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road in the hilly district.

Rediff 12 Jun 2024 5:38 pm

Centre cautions news channels against live telecast of anti-terror operations

NEW DELHI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) on Wednesday cautioned private news channels against live telecast of anti-terrorist operations by security forces. The advisory issued by the ministry said that live coverage of such operations is a violation of the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021. The caution came after extensive TV coverage of two counter-terrorism operations in Kathua and Doda by some news channels. Such telecast is in violation of Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021 and liable for action thereunder. Therefore, all TV channels are advised not to telecast live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by the security forces in the interest of national security and to safeguard innocent lives, read the advisory issued by the ministry. The ministry further stated that in the past, it had already issued advisories to all TV channels to adhere to the rules. One terrorist killed, two others trapped in encounter in J&Ks Kathua Rule 6(1)(p) states that no programme should be carried in the cable service which contains live coverage of any anti-terrorist operation by security forces, wherein media coverage shall be restricted to periodic briefing by an officer designated by the appropriate government, till such operation concludes, the advisory further clarifies. A CRPF jawan was killed and six security personnel were injured in two overnight encounters with terrorists in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu. In Doda district, five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured when terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road. In another incident, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan Kabir Dass was critically injured in firing by a terrorist holed up in Kathua district's Saida Sukhal village around 3 am, officials said, adding the soldier was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment. They said the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire to break the security cordon in the village, over 60 km from here. Terrorists attacked the village near the international border on Tuesday evening and injured a civilian. Security personnel carried out a cordon and search operation after the incident in Kathua. (With PTI inputs)

The New Indian Express 12 Jun 2024 5:25 pm

Search Operation to Neutralize Terrorists Present in Higher Reaches of J-K's Doda: Police

Bhaderwah: One group comprising three to four terrorists is present in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, a senior police officer said on Wednesday, asserting that a search operation is on to neutralize them despite the challenging terrain. Five troopers of the Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured Tuesday night when the terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road in the hilly district. Over the past few days, we were getting information about the movement of terrorists through the intelligence branch of district police, and accordingly, temporary posts jointly manned by the army and police were set up in the higher reaches along with checkpoints on the (inter-state) road, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban range, Shridhar Patil, told reporters here. Patil, who is supervising the anti-terrorist operation, said the sentry of a post at Chattergalla pass, connecting Doda and Kathua districts, observed suspicious movement late Tuesday night and challenged the suspected persons. The terrorists opened fire and in the ensuing exchange of firing which continued for a long time, more than one-and-a-half hours, the deployed personnel fought bravely. Some of our personnel, including a policeman were injured but all of them are stable and out of danger, the officer said. He said the whole area is being combed with the utilization of modern equipment and 'we are hopeful of neutralizing this group (of terrorists) very soon.' The DIG said the group of terrorists only consisted of three to four members. Talking about the challenges during the operation, he said the mountains are very deep with thick forest cover. We have to move tactically as there is a difference in conducting operations in the plains and mountainous areas. The combing in tough terrains takes time and we have to tread cautiously to avoid any casualty on our side before neutralizing the terrorists, he added. According to the officials, traffic movement has been completely suspended on the busy Bhadarwah-Pathankot interstate highway in view of the ongoing search and cordon operation in Chattergalla, Guldandi, Sarthal, Shankh Pader and Kailash mountain range.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 5:11 pm

J&K: Third Terror Attack In Three Days; Jaish-Linked Terrorists Open Fire At Army Post In Doda

An encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda. The gunfight broke out after terrorists attacked an army base late last night. The base is a joint checkpost of four Rashtriya Rifles of the Indian army and police in Chattergalla area on Bhadarwah-Pathankot road in Doda, as per officials. Five soldiers and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were injured in the shootout. Jaish-e-Mohammed-linked terror group, the Kashmir Tigers, has claimed responsibility for the ambush attack on security forces.

The Times of India 12 Jun 2024 12:26 pm

CRPF jawan killed, 6 injured in 2 encounters in J-K

In Doda district, five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured when terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road.

Rediff 12 Jun 2024 10:30 am

Jawan killed, 6 security personnel injured in terrorist attacks in J&K

Jammu: A CRPF jawan was killed and six security personnel were injured in two overnight encounters with terrorists in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.In Doda district, five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured when terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road. On the other hand, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan Kabir Dass was critically injured in a firing by a terrorist holed up in Kathua district's Saida Sukhal village around 3 am, officials said, adding the soldier was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment. They said the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire to break the security cordon in the village, over 60 kms from here. Terrorists attacked the village near the International Border on Tuesday evening and injured a civilian. During a subsequent search operation, one terrorist was killed while efforts were being made to flush out the other holed-up terrorist who is believed to have infiltrated from across the border. Senior police officers led by the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) are at the scene of the encounter. Police said the area has been cordoned off, and a house-to-house search is underway with the assistance of the CRPF. The two overnight incidents come just days after terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims from the Shiv Khori temple to Katra, causing it to veer off the road and fall into a deep gorge, resulting in the death of nine people and injuries to 41 others. In Doda, terrorists fired on a joint checkpost of the 4 Rashtriya Rifles and police at Chattergalla area late on Tuesday night, leading to a fierce gunfight which continued for several hours, officials said. They said five Rashtriya Rifles personnel and an SPO were injured and taken to hospital. Additional security personnel have been rushed to the area to intensify the operation against the terrorists, the officials added. About the operation in Kathua's Saida Sukhal village, ADGP (Jammu zone) Anand Jain said, Two terrorists, who appeared to have freshly infiltrated (from across the border), surfaced in the village around 8 pm and asked for water from a household. The people got frightened, and as soon as information was received, a police team rushed to the village. One of the terrorists tried to hurl a grenade at the police team and was killed in the exchange of fire, while the second terrorist is reported to be hiding in the village, Jain said, adding an assault rifle and a rucksack were recovered from the slain terrorist whose identity and group affiliation were being ascertained.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 10:18 am

CRPF jawan killed, six security personnel injured in two encounters with terrorists in J-K

JAMMU: A CRPF jawan was killed and six security personnel were injured in two overnight encounters with terrorists in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. In Doda district, five troopers of Rashtriya Rifles and a special police officer (SPO) were injured when terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road. On the other hand, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan Kabir Dass was critically injured in a firing by a terrorist holed up in Kathua district's Saida Sukhal village around 3 am, officials said, adding the soldier was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries during treatment. They said the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire to break the security cordon in the village, over 60 kms from here. Terrorists attacked the village near the International Border on Tuesday evening and injured a civilian. One terrorist killed, two others trapped in encounter in J&Ks Kathua During a subsequent search operation, one terrorist was killed while efforts were being made to flush out the other holed-up terrorist who is believed to have infiltrated from across the border. Senior police officers led by the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) are at the scene of the encounter. Police said the area has been cordoned off, and a house-to-house search is underway with the assistance of the CRPF. The two overnight incidents come just days after terrorists attacked a bus carrying pilgrims from the Shiv Khori temple to Katra, causing it to veer off the road and fall into a deep gorge, resulting in the death of nine people and injuries to 41 others. Terrorists open fire at bus carrying pilgrims; nine dead, 33 injured In Doda, terrorists fired on a joint checkpost of the 4 Rashtriya Rifles and police at Chattergalla area late on Tuesday night, leading to a fierce gunfight which continued for several hours, officials said. They said five Rashtriya Rifles personnel and an SPO were injured and taken to hospital. Additional security personnel have been rushed to the area to intensify the operation against the terrorists, the officials added. About the operation in Kathua's Saida Sukhal village, ADGP (Jammu zone) Anand Jain said, Two terrorists, who appeared to have freshly infiltrated (from across the border), surfaced in the village around 8 pm and asked for water from a household. The people got frightened, and as soon as information was received, a police team rushed to the village. One of the terrorists tried to hurl a grenade at the police team and was killed in the exchange of fire, while the second terrorist is reported to be hiding in the village, Jain said, adding an assault rifle and a rucksack were recovered from the slain terrorist whose identity and group affiliation were being ascertained. WATCH HERE:

The New Indian Express 12 Jun 2024 9:32 am

Terror Strikes in Jammu: CRPF Jawan Killed, Six Security Personnel Injured

Terror Strikes in Jammu: CRPF Jawan Killed, Six Security Personnel Injured A CRPF jawan was killed, and six security personnel were injured in two overnight encounters with terrorists in Kathua and Doda districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. In Doda district, five Rashtriya Rifles troopers and a special police officer (SPO) were injured during an attack on a joint check post on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road. In Kathua's Saida Sukhal village, CRPF jawan Kabir Dass was critically injured by terrorist fire and later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Efforts to neutralize the holed-up terrorists continue.

devdiscourse 12 Jun 2024 9:02 am

Security Forces Engage in Intense Gunfights in Jammu & Kashmir

Security Forces Engage in Intense Gunfights in Jammu & Kashmir Three security personnel have sustained injuries in a fierce exchange of gunfire between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, following an attack on a joint checkpost, officials reported on Wednesday. In a separate incident, police and security teams are engaged in an operation to apprehend a terrorist hiding in Saida Sukhal village in Kathua district. Security forces neutralized a suspected Pakistani terrorist after extremists launched an attack on a village near the International Border (IB) on Tuesday evening, resulting in civilian injuries. In Doda, terrorists targeted a joint checkpost of the 4 Rashtriya Rifles and police along the Bhadarwah-Pathankot road on Tuesday night. Three security personnel were hospitalized. Reinforcements have been dispatched to intensify the ongoing operation.

devdiscourse 12 Jun 2024 7:04 am

Jammu & Kashmir: 35-year old chemist Amarjit Sharma found dead with his throat slit open in Kathua

Following the murder, hundreds of people, carrying Amarjit Sharmas body, blocked Jammu-Pathankot highway and the nearby railway track in nearby Hiranagar area on Monday morning.

OpIndia 11 Jun 2024 11:08 pm

Scorching heatwave continues in parts of north India, temperature remains above 40 deg C

NEW DELHI: Temperatures in most parts of north India remained above the 40 degree Celsius-mark as heatwave conditions persisted on Tuesday, with Delhi's Narela and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh recording highs of 47.1 degrees Celsius. Delhi sweltered under intense heat as the Safdarjung observatory, considered the official marker of the national capital, noted a high of 43.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above the normal average. The Narela weather station recorded the highest temperature in the city at 47.1 degrees Celsius, they said. Other weather stations, such as Najafgarh recorded a high of 46.6 degrees Celsius while Aya Nagar recorded 44.8 degrees C, Ridge 45 degrees C and Palam 44.1 degrees C, the bulletin said. The national capital was on orange alert, which stands for e prepared in the colour codes of the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest maximum temperature in the state at 47.1 degrees C. Varanasi recorded a high of 45.3, Baghpat and Fursatganj 45.2 degrees C each, Fatehpur 45 degrees while the state capital Lucknow saw a maximum temperature of 44.7 degrees C. Meanwhile, light rains occurred in Agra. In Rajasthan, Churu was the hottest place with a high of 45.6 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said. Light rain was also observed in some parts of the state today. Sriganganagar recorded 45.1 degrees, followed by 44.8 degrees each in Fatehpur and Bikaner. Pilani recorded a high of 44.7 degrees C, Sangaria 44.3 degrees, Barmer 44 degrees while it was 43.5 degrees each in Jaipur, Alwar and Jaisalmer. Isolated heatwave returned to Jammu with the maximum temperature in the city settling at 43 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal during this part of the season, the meteorological department said. The city, which reeled under heatwave for most part of the last month, got relief on June 7 when the temperature dropped to 37.6 degrees Celsius. However, the day temperature once again shot up in Jammu to 41.2 degrees Celsius on Monday amid prediction of dry weather and return of isolated heatwave from June 11 till June 17. In Himachal Pradesh, the weather remained dry as Neri in Hamirpur district was hottest place in the state with a high of 44.8 degree Celsius. Una recorded a high of 42.8 degrees, Dhaulakuan 42.6 degree Celsius, Hamirpur 40.8 degree and Sundernagar 40 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature remained above normal at most places and Neri recorded a low of 28.3 degree, followed by Dehra Gopipur 26.0 degree and Paonta Sahib 25.0 degree. The MeT station in Himachal has predicted dry weather in lower and mid hills on June 12 and 13 and rains at isolated places in higher hills from June 12 to 14. In Haryana, Nuh reeled at 45.9 degrees Celsius and Hisar recorded a maximum temperature of 44.8 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Ambala in Punjab clocked a high of 44.1 degrees Celsius and Karnal registered 42.6 degrees C. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered, recording a maximum of 43.9 degrees Celsius, it said. Hot weather conditions also continued in Gurugram and Faridabad, which recorded maximums of 43.4 and 44.9 degrees Celsius, respectively. Amritsar also reeled under intense heat at 45.1 degrees C followed by Pathankot at 44.7 degrees C, Bathinda 44.4 degrees C, Ludhiana 44.3 degrees C, Gurdaspur 44 degrees C and Faridkot 43 degrees C, the weather department added.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 9:47 pm

Kathua Tragedy Claims Life of Young Girl Who Fell into Roadside Ditch

Kathua/Jammu, Jun 9: A 12-year-old girl drowned when she slipped into a roadside ditch in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district on Sunday, officials said. The girl, Aroshi, accidentally fell into the water storage, constructed by a private road construction company, at Sakta Chak along the Jammu-Pathankot highway this afternoon, they said. This incident triggered protest [] The post Kathua Tragedy Claims Life of Young Girl Who Fell into Roadside Ditch appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 9 Jun 2024 7:32 pm

Girl Dies After Falling Into Roadside Ditch In J&Ks Kathua

Kathua/Jammu, Jun 9: A 12-year-old girl drowned when she slipped into a roadside ditch in Jammu and Kashmirs Kathua district on Sunday, officials said. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp The girl, Aroshi, accidentally fell into the water storage, constructed by a private road construction company, at Sakta Chak along the Jammu-Pathankot highway this afternoon, they said. This incident triggered protest by the villagers. As the deceaseds body was fished out by the rescuers, the angry villagers blocked []

Daily Excelsior 9 Jun 2024 7:06 pm

Rana seeks blessings of Swami Gurdeep Giri Ji Maharaj

Excelsior Correspondent PATHANKOT June 7: Senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana today seeked blessings of Shri Shri 108 Swami Gurdeep Giri Ji Maharaj at Swami Jagat Giri Ji Ashram here this afternoon. Being bestowed blessings by the Guruji has always been a source of spiritual enlightenment for one and all, Devender Rana said while interacting with the devotees in the Ashram. Lauding the great contribution of Swami Gurdeep Giri Ji Maharaj in strengthening harmony in the society by preaching love [] The post Rana seeks blessings of Swami Gurdeep Giri Ji Maharaj appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 8 Jun 2024 6:07 am

Travel tips: Dalhousie can be visited even on a low budget, know the 10 major tourist places here

Whenever it comes to visiting a pleasant place, the name Himachal Pradesh comes up and there are many tourist places. Today in this episode we are going to talk about Dalhousie, which is a small city located in the lap of Himachal Pradesh. It is like heaven for the tourists coming here. Away from the crowded cities of the country, Dalhousie is a very quaint city that provides a pollution-free environment and also makes you feel like you are in the lap of nature. If you are looking for a place that is famous for its natural beauty and ancient attractions, then you can come to Dalhousie for a visit. Here you can also fulfill your desire to visit on a low budget with good planning. We are going to tell you about the major tourist places in Dalhousie. Let's know about them... Khajjiar Khajjiar is a small town located near Dalhousie which is also known as 'Mini Switzerland' or 'Switzerland of India'. The beauty of this place attracts everyone. Situated at an altitude of 6,500 feet, Khajjiar is one of the best places to visit near Dalhousie due to its natural beauty and picturesque landscape. Khajjiar is a plateau with a small lake which is one of the most favorite places of tourists. Adventure sports like zorbing, trekking, etc. attract tourists to this place. Panchpula Panchpula is a beautiful waterfall surrounded by a cover of green pine trees, which is one of the major tourist places of Dalhousie. Panchpula is the place where you can see five streams together. Let us tell you, this place is known for its beautiful views. A mausoleum has been built in the memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, a great revolutionary, near Panchpula, where he breathed his last. This place looks even more beautiful during the monsoon season. Chamunda Devi Temple An ancient temple of Mata Kali is also built in Dalhousie, which is also known as Chamunda Devi Temple. This Chamunda Devi Temple dedicated to Kali ji is an important religious center. Tourists also get to see many beautiful scenes here. It is said that Goddess Ambika killed demons named Chanda and Munda. Also, the goddess is kept wrapped in a red cloth in the temple, the idol is not allowed to be touched here. People who believe in Hinduism come to visit Mata Chamunda Devi. A big statue of Mata Kali is installed inside the Chamunda Devi Temple. A lake is also built outside the temple, in which people also go boating etc. Satdhara Falls Satdhara Falls is located in the Chamba Valley, surrounded by spectacular views of snow-capped mountains and fresh pine trees. Satdhara means seven waterfalls, this waterfall is named Satdhara because the water of seven beautiful waterfalls meets together. The water of these waterfalls meets at a point 2036 meters above sea level. This place is special for those who want to experience peace by going away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Satdhara Falls is also known for its medicinal properties as mica is found in the water here, which has properties to cure skin diseases. Sach Pass This pass of Dalhousie, which is at an altitude of about 4500 meters from the Panjal mountain range, connects Dalhousie city with the Chamba and Pangi valleys. If you want to see this, then you will have to cover a distance of 150 kilometers from Dalhousie. Tourists who like to do adventure often come to this place. You can go here by booking a car etc. If you come to visit this place on a bike instead of a car, then you will have a lot of fun here. Apart from this, people who want to do trekking can also go to this place. Many tourists also come to do trekking. You can go to visit this pass with your friends, relatives and family. Mall Road Visiting Mall Road in Dalhousie is fun. You can plan to visit Mall Road with your partner, especially in the evening. In the evening, Mall Road is very bright with markets. Also, you can visit St. John's Church and St. Francis Church in the afternoon. After visiting Mall Road, you can stop at a dhaba to eat. Subhash Baoli This is a place named after freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose. There is also a natural and beautiful waterfall here which attracts people flowing in the glacial stream. Subhash Baoli is famous for its far-flung snow mountain views and beauty and beautiful natural views. In 1937, when Subhash Chandra Bose's health deteriorated, he came to this place and stayed there for about 7 months. After this, his health was cured. Bakarota Hills Bakarota Hills, also known as Upper Bakrota, is the highest area of Dalhousie and it is a circle of a road called Bakrota Walk, which leads to Khajjiar. Even though there is not much to attract tourists to this place, but walking here and seeing the attractive views all around gives immense pleasure to the eyes of the tourists. Let us tell you that this area is surrounded by pine trees and lush green hills on all sides. Dainkund Peak Dainkund Peak is also known as Singing Hill, which is located at an altitude of 2755 meters above sea level in Dalhousie. Let us tell you, being the highest point in Dalhousie, from here you can see amazing views of the valleys and mountains. This place is like a paradise for nature lovers. Dainkund is known for its beautiful snow-capped peaks and lush green environment. Ganji Pahari Ganji Pahari is a beautiful hill located 5 km from Dalhousie town on Pathankot road. Ganji Pahari was named after its special feature as there is complete absence of vegetation on this hill. Ganji means baldness. Being located near Dalhousie, this hill is a favourite picnic spot. During winter, this area is covered with thick snow which presents a picturesque view. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 1 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

Electoral Clash in Kangra: Bharadwaj vs. Sharma

Electoral Clash in Kangra: Bharadwaj vs. Sharma It is a battle between a politician who fought a poll over four decades back and an electoral debutant in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra Lok Sabha constituency. Making his debut in this general elections at the age of 62, Dr Rajiv Bharadwaj of the BJP is contesting against Congress leader and former Union minister Anand Sharma in the parliamentary seat made up of 13 assembly segments of Kangra district and four of Chamba district. While, to his advantage, Bharadwaj has the legacy of his uncle and former chief minister Shanta Kumar and his popularity as a grassroots BJP worker and doctor to bank on to connect with the electorate, Sharma held a spirited campaign along with local and national Congress leaders to woo people. The Congress candidate last contested a poll from the Shimla assembly seat in 1982 and lost. He was a Union minister as a member of the Rajya Sabha. Since the first Lok Sabha polls in 1951-52, Kangra has been won by the BJP in six elections -- four times by Kumar -- and 10 times by the Congress. The seat, which goes to polls in the seventh and last phase of the polls on June 1 and has a sitting BJP MP, was in Punjab till the state's reorganisation in 1966. Kangra was won by the Janata Party once. Both the BJP and the ruling Congress in the state have put up determined campaigns to woo voters with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda among others canvassing for Bharadwaj and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other senior party leaders for 71-year-old Sharma. Sharma during his campaigns in the constituency, which has a seizable population of families who have members in the armed forces and ex-servicemen, attacked his rival on the BJP-led central government's Agniveer scheme. He also targetted the BJP, accusing it of doing ''divisive'' politics, while also racking up the Congress's promise to ''save'' the Constitution and democracy. Releasing a ''five-year agenda'' for Kangra, Bharadwaj based his campaigning around local issues, besides highlighting the works of the Narendra Modi government and the construction of the Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya. Developing Dharamshala, Mcleodganj, Khajjiar and Palampur as major tourist destinations, completing the Holi-Uttarala tunnel, restoring the Jogindernagar-Pathankot rail service, bringing schemes to generate employment in rural areas and starting 'Meet your MP programme' are on the BJP candidate's agenda. The Congress leader also promised four tunnels in the hilly Kangra-Chamba region and strengthening road infrastructure and the tourism sector of Himachal Pradesh. With no other prominent candidate in the poll fray to challenge the BJP and the Congress, it is a direct contest in Kangra -- Brahmins, OBCs, Gaddis and ex-servicemen form a large chunk of the electorate. While the BJP replaced its sitting MP Kishan Kapoor, hailing from the Gaddi community, with Bharadwaj, the Congress did not retain Pawan Kajal as its candidate. In the 2019 polls, Kapoor, who is not in good health, had defeated Kajal by a margin of 4,77,623 votes. In view of his health, Kapoor kept away from campaigning. He, however, has the grouse that he was not consulted before the BJP announced Bharadwaj candidature. Campaigning for the last phase of the polls, which ended Thursday, saw the Congress trying to convince people that only a leader of tall stature like Sharma can effectively raise the issues of the state at the Centre. Bharadwaj has dubbed Sharma as an outsider, claiming it is for the first time that any national party has fielded a candidate who is not from Kangra. The Congress leader has countered his rival, saying he hails from Himachal Pradesh and resides in capital Sharma and pointing out that even Prime Minister Modi who is from Gujarat is contesting the polls on June 1 from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Of the 17 assembly segments in the Kangra Lok Sabha constituency, 11 were won by the Congress in the 2022 state polls. There are 15,02,506 electors voters in this constituency, going to polls on June 1.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 11:12 am

Scorching Heat Wave Breaks Records Across India

Scorching Heat Wave Breaks Records Across India Large parts of northern and central India remained in the grip of a sweltering heat wave on Wednesday with the maximum temperature in the national capital soaring to a 79-year high. While Delhi's primary weather station Safdarjung observatory recorded a maximum of 46.8 degrees Celsius, the weather officials in the city were left baffled when Mungeshpur reported 52.9 degrees prompting the IMD to examine the automatic weather station in the locality for possible errors in its sensors. Cities and towns across Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh sizzled at maximum temperatures in excess of 47 degrees Celsius with Rohtak and Prayagraj logging 48.8 degrees, the highest temperatures recorded in the country on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the IMD, both Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh and Rohtak in Haryana broke records for the highest maximum temperature ever recorded for the month. Prayagraj had clocked a maximum of 48.4 degrees Celsius on May 30, 1994. For Rohtak, the previous all-time high maximum was 47.2 degrees on June 6, 1995. But, it was the maximum temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius in Mungeshpur, a densely populated locality amid fields and open spaces on the fringes of the national capital that left weather scientists flummoxed. ''It looks abnormal and it is an outlier when compared with other weather stations in the national capital region,'' IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said in a statement. Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju also directed the IMD to verify the weather station in Mungeshpur for possible errors as the maximum temperatures had witnessed a slight decline on Wednesday from the 49.9 degrees recorded at three weather stations in the national capital. The weather office has said the heat wave conditions were likely to abate over the next couple of days due to a western disturbance, rainfall, thunderstorms and moist south-westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea to northwest India. Una, one of the entry points for Himachal Pradesh, logged a maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 45.2 degrees observed on May 24, 2013. Karwar in coastal Karnataka also recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees, the hottest in May in the state. The previous record for 37.6 degrees was on May 5, 2022. Amid intense heat wave conditions in the state, the Bihar government ordered the closure of all private and government-run schools, coaching institutes and anganwadi centres until June 8. The decision came in response to reports of several students fainting due to extreme heat wave conditions. Incidents of students fainting were reported from Sheikhpura, Begusarai, East Champaran, and other regions due to the scorching heat. Meanwhile, the IMD has forecast that heat wave conditions are expected to persist for another three or four days in the state. Officials from the Bihar Disaster Management Department advised people to avoid heat exposure, stay cool, and prevent dehydration. In Haryana, intense heat prevailed in Hisar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Mahendragarh recorded a high of 48.3 degrees Celsius while Sirsa sweltered at 48.2 degrees. Extremely hot weather conditions also prevailed in Jhajjar and Faridabad, which recorded respective maximums of 48.4 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Celsius. Ambala recorded a high of 44.3 degrees and Karnal 42.2 degrees. Meanwhile, Rohtak and Hisar received light showers in the evening, providing temporary respite from the sizzling weather. In Punjab, Bathinda was the hottest with a high of 48.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 46.1 degrees Celsius in both Ludhiana and Pathankot. Faridkot recorded a high of 46 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 45.8 degrees, Patiala 45.7 degrees, and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. Intense heat conditions also prevailed in Rajasthan despite the maximum temperatures falling by one to three degrees Celsius. Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district was recorded as the hottest place in the state with 48.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Churu, where the day temperature was 47.7 degrees Celsius.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 11:26 pm

Scorching Heat Wave Grips Haryana and Punjab

Scorching Heat Wave Grips Haryana and Punjab The ongoing heat wave conditions in Haryana and Punjab continued unabated on Wednesday, with the mercury soaring to 48.8 degrees Celsius in Rohtak. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered, recording the hottest day of the season so far at a maximum of 46 degrees Celsius. According to the meteorological department here, while blistering heat swept Rohtak in Haryana, among other places in the state, intense heat also prevailed in Hisar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Mahendragarh recorded a high of 48.3 degrees Celsius while Sirsa sweltered at 48.2 degrees Celsius. Extremely hot weather conditions also prevailed in Jhajjar and Faridabad, which recorded respective maximums of 48.4 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Celsius. Ambala recorded a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius and Karnal 42.2 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Rohtak and Hisar received light showers in the evening, providing temporary respite from the sizzling weather. In Punjab, Bathinda was the hottest with a high of 48.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 46.1 degrees Celsius in both Ludhiana and Pathankot. Faridkot recorded a high of 46 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 45.8 degrees Celsius, Patiala 45.7 degrees Celsius, and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees Celsius.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 10:11 pm

SC refuses urgent listing of Kejriwal's interimbail extension plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court's Registry on Wednesday refused to accept the urgent hearing request of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea for the extension of his interim bail by seven days on medical grounds in the Delhi excise policy case. The registry said that the apex court's previous order gave him the liberty to move the trial court for regular bail. The top court on May 10 had granted interim bail to Kejriwal till June 1 to campaign for the Lok Sabha election and asked him to surrender on June 2. Earlier on Tuesday, the SC refused to allow an urgent hearing of Kejriwal's plea for the extension of his interim bail by seven days on medical grounds in the Delhi excise policy case. The vacation bench of Justices JK Maheshwari and KV Viswanathan said the Chief Justice of India would take a call on the listing of Kejriwal's application. As senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Kejriwal, mentioned the application for urgent hearing, the bench said, This is heard and reserved matter. We cannot do anything. Place before CJI for appropriate orders. Filing a fresh application, Singhvi said Kejriwal sought only 7 days extension. This is just a medical extension and not the abuse of liberty. In the application seeking an extension of one week time, Kejriwal has stated that he needs to undergo diagnostic tests, including a PET-CT Scan. The application stated that recent medical tests revealed elevated blood glucose and ketone levels, suggesting potential kidney-related complications and damage. Kejriwal was arrested by the ED on March 21 in connection with a money laundering probe relating to alleged irregularities in the now-cancelled Delhi excise policy 2021-22. Meanwhile, Kejriwal campaigned for AAP candidate in Punjab on Tuesday and appeared confident of a good show in the state. The huge crowd present in the road shows held in Pathankot and Zirakpur even in 45-degree temperature is proof that this time the people of Punjab are ready to answer the dictatorship of BJP sitting in the centre with their votes and Aam Aadmi Party is winning all the 13 seats, he said. The state of Punjab goes to the polls on June 1 and the election results will be declared on June 4.

Deccan Chronicle 29 May 2024 12:04 pm

Intense heat wave sweeps Haryana, Punjab; Mahendragarh sizzles at 47 degrees

Haryana and Punjab are in the grip of intense heat wave conditions with Mahendragarh recording the highest temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Various cities like Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot, Bathinda, Faridkot, and Gurdaspur are experiencing high temperatures, as per the Meteorological Department.

The Times of India 26 May 2024 11:16 pm

Heatwave Grips Haryana and Punjab: Temperatures Soar Above 47C

Heatwave Grips Haryana and Punjab: Temperatures Soar Above 47C Haryana and Punjab continued to remain in the grip of intense heat wave conditions, with maximum temperatures hovering above normal limits on Sunday. Mahendragarh in Haryana sizzled, recording the maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Rohtak and Hisar sweltered recording maximum temperatures of 46.7 degrees and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively. Ambala recorded a high of 44.8 degrees, Karnal 43.7 degrees, Sirsa 46.8 degrees while sizzling heat wave swept Gurugram at 45.8 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, was also under the influence of intense hot weather conditions. The maximum temperature here settled at 44.5 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded the maximum of 44.8 degrees, while Patiala 45.7, Pathankot 44.5, Bathinda 45.2, Faridkot 44 and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. According to the MeT Department, heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are likely to continue in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh during May 26-29.

devdiscourse 26 May 2024 11:03 pm

AAP leaders sitting in Delhi controlling Punjab, CM cannot take a single decision: PM Modi

AAP leaders sitting in Delhi controlling Punjab, CM cannot take a single decision: PM Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday alleged that the Punjab government is being controlled by top leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sitting, adding that the Chief Minister of state cannot make a single decision on his own. Addressing a public rally in Punjab's Gurdaspur, said that 'Durbaris' of Delhi are governing Punjab. Unfortunately, Punjab is being governed via remote control. The Durbaris of Delhi are governing Punjab. The CM of Punjab cannot make a single decision on his own... The CM had to go to Tihar Jail to take new orders to run his government... After 1st June, the corrupt will go to jail again. Will the Punjab government function from the jail again? PM Modi said. He further attacked Congress and said that Congress's 'royal family' removed Amarinder Singh from CM's post when he refused to obey orders When Congress was in power in Punjab, Congress wanted to run the government of Punjab through remote control. But Captain Amarinder Singh refused to obey the orders of the 'Shehzada' of Delhi (Rahul Gandhi). He gave priority to national security being a border state. The result was that the royal family of Congress and the 'Shehzada' removed him from the post of Chief Minister. Can anyone ever forget this insult to Punjab?, he said. He further said that INDIA boc people are a great danger to the security of the country. They are talking about reintroducing Article 370 in Kashmir. They want terrorism back in Kashmir. They want to hand over Kashmir to separatists again. They will send messages of friendship to Pakistan again. They will send roses to Pakistan. Pakistan will carry out bomb blasts. There will be terrorist attacks on the country. Congress will say, we have to talk no matter what. For this, Congress has already started creating an atmosphere. Their leaders are saying, Pakistan has an atomic bomb. Their people are saying, we'll have to live in fear of Pakistan. These INDI alliance people are speaking Pakistan's language, he added. The Prime Minister further said that the problem with Congress is that it has no faith in India. The scions of Congress tarnish the country's image when they go abroad. They say that India is not a nation. Therefore, they want to change the nation's identity. The mentor of the scions has said that the construction of the Ram temple and celebrating Ram Navami in the country threatens the identity of India, he said. Emphasizing the need for rapid development, PM Modi assured the people of Gurdaspur, Punjab, and the entire country of his unwavering commitment to their progress and prosperity. He said, Punjab's development is Modi's priority. The BJP government is building highways like the Delhi-Katra highway and the Amritsar-Pathankot highway here. BJP is developing railway facilities here, he said. Our effort is to create new opportunities in Punjab, to benefit the farmers. In the last 10 years, we have procured record amounts of rice and wheat across Punjab. The MSP, which was fixed during the Congress government, has been increased by two and a half times. Farmers are receiving PM Kisan Samman Nidhi for seeds, fertilizers, and other necessities, PM Modi added. In Punjab, voting for its 13 seats will take place in a single phase, with the seventh and final phase on June 1 seeing voting in Gurudaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala constituencies. (ANI)

devdiscourse 24 May 2024 11:32 pm

Travel tips: Visit Mini Switzerland for just Rs 7000, summer holidays will become memorable

If you are thinking of going to a hill station on weekends in summer, then you can head towards Himachal Pradesh. You will find many beautiful and cheap hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. The tourist places here are close to nature and very relaxing to the mind. Apart from this, the temperature in many places of Himachal Pradesh is also lower as compared to the plains. For this reason, in summer, crowds of tourists reach the popular hill stations of Himachal Pradesh like Shimla-Manali. However, if you want to avoid too much crowd, and want to go on a summer vacation to a place full of natural beauty, then you can include Dharamshala Hill Station in your option. Unlike most crowded places, traveling to Dharamshala can be fun and on a budget. Let us know when and how to reach Dharamshala. Also, through this article, I learned about the average cost of spending a holiday in Dharamshala. Delhi to Dharamshala journey The distance from Delhi to Dharamshala is 480 km, which may take about 9-10 hours by road. Even if you are going to Dharamshala by train, you can reach the destination in about 12 hours. You can catch the HRTC bus from Kashmiri Gate in Delhi. How to reach Dharamshala If you want to visit Dharamshala in a budget then travel by train. However, there is no railway station in Dharamshala. The nearest railway station to the city is Pathankot station in Punjab, about 86 km away. After reaching Pathankot, travel to Dharamshala by bus or taxi. Apart from this, you can also book a bike from Pathankot and visit the valleys of Dharamshala. You can also go to Dharamshala directly from Delhi by private vehicle. Tourist places in Dharamshala Triund Hill St. John in the Wilderness Church War Memorial Bhagsunag Temple Gyotto Monastery Kareli Dal Lake Kangra Fort Bhagsu Falls Dalai Lama Temple Masroor Rock Cut Temple Kangra Art Museum Jwala Devi Temple Kalachakra Temple Cost of visiting Dharamshala A trip to Dharamshala can cost Rs 5-6 thousand per person. If you are going to Dharamshala by bus or train, the fare may cost Rs 300 to 1,000. Booking a bus or bike from Pathankot to Dharamshala can cost up to Rs 600. In Dharamshala, a room will be available for Rs 1000 to Rs 3000 for a day. One does not have to spend much on food and drink. You can eat delicious local dishes for 500 to 1000 rupees. You can rent a bike or scooter to roam around. If you want, you can also visit the tourist places of Dharamshala by local transport. (PC: ISTOCK)

Kalam Times 24 May 2024 1:40 pm

Youth crushed by train

Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, May 19: A youth was crushed to death when DMU train ran over him this afternoon on Jammu-Pathankot Railway track in Rajbagh area. After getting the information of the incident, Railway Police from Rajbagh Station rushed to the spot and shifted the body to GMC Kathua for postmortem and legal proceedings. The identification of body was not yet ascertained and local people were asked to identify the body. The body was kept in mortuary for identification. As [] The post Youth crushed by train appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 20 May 2024 5:00 am

Will seek transfer of Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan, says SAD chief Badal

Will seek transfer of Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan, says SAD chief Badal The Shiromani Akali Dal on Saturday came out with its poll manifesto and said it will seek transfer of Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan to India through mutual land exchange between the two countries. After releasing his party's manifesto for the June 1 Lok Sabha polls in Punjab, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party makes a commitment to renew the fight for the inclusion of Chandigarh and other Punjabi speaking areas left out of the state. ''Chandigarh was categorically declared to belong to Punjab and was to remain a Union Territory only for five years. We will fight Centre's betrayal of Punjab on this with renewed force,'' he said in a statement. Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. Describing its manifesto as 'ailan-nama', Badal said the party will use its mandate to seek transfer of Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan to India through mutual land exchange between the two countries. ''The party also promises to work through the Government of India seeking that the requirement for passports for pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib be dropped and be replaced with a simple permit system, he added. The Kartarpur corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district. The party manifesto said with people's mandate, it will move to cancel all decisions and settlements on river waters that have been made without Punjab's concurrence and in violation of the nationally accepted Riparian principle. Badal said his party will seek royalty on its river water given to non-Riparian states and will take all political or legal steps necessary for this. The manifesto demanded opening of Attari and Hussainiwala borders with Pakistan for trade and tourism to usher in economic prosperity. It also promised to secure Special Economic Zones (SEZ) status for the entire border. We will engage with the Centre to bring small, medium and MSME industrial units in the border districts, '' it said. It also emphasised the need for industry-focused skill education institutes in this belt. The manifesto said apart from ''discriminating'' against the Sikhs, the Centre is ''discriminating against and terrorising other minorities, including Muslims, Christian, Bodhis and Jainis. SAD will champion their cause in every sphere''. It also announced to oppose any move at enforcing the Uniform Civil Code. The manifesto said the party will seek to put an end to the ''dangerous interference into Sikh religious affairs by non-Sikh forces who have been using some disgruntled Sikh elements as cosmetic front for their nefarious designs to weaken the 'Panth' from within''. Badal said his party would use the people's mandate to create three Special Economic Hubs, developing Mohali as an IT hub, Malwa belt as textile hub and Sri Amritsar Sahib as well Hari ke Patan and areas around Pathankot, Ranjit Sagar Dam as major tourism hub of global scale.

devdiscourse 18 May 2024 10:12 pm

Chandigarh Sizzles at a Scorching 44.5C!

Chandigarh Sizzles at a Scorching 44.5C! The maximum temperature in the city reached 44.5 degrees Celsius as hot weather conditions continued unabated in Haryana and Punjab, the weather office here said on Friday. According to the Meteorological Department, the common capital of the two states was hotter by six notches above the season's normal limits. Rohtak and Sirsa in Haryana recorded identical maximums of 45.8 degrees Celsius, while heatwave also swept Hisar, Karnal and Ambala, which recorded temperatures of 45.5, 43.4 and 43.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, it said. Bhiwani recorded a maximum temperature of 43.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said. In Punjab, the maximum temperature in Amritsar reached 44.3 degrees Celsius, while in Faridkot it was 43 degrees Celsius, it said. According to the weather office, the mercury settled at 44.4 degrees Celsius in Patiala and Pathankot, and 43.8 degrees Celsius in Ludhiana. Gurdaspur recorded a high of 43 degrees Celsius while Mohali registered a maximum of 43.2 degrees Celsius, it said.

devdiscourse 17 May 2024 11:59 pm

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Daily Excelsior 17 May 2024 11:18 am

Five Killed In Separate Road Incidents In Jammu And Kashmir

JAMMU, May 15: Five people, including a minor girl, were killed in four separate road incidents in Samba, Poonch, and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Two sadhus, Baba Bhim Giri, 55, and Suresh Kumar, 52, both residents of Narwal bypass, were killed when their two-wheeler was hit by a truck coming from the wrong side on a bridge in Samba along the Jammu-Pathankot highway, they said. Follow the Daily Excelsior channel on WhatsApp The [] The post Five Killed In Separate Road Incidents In Jammu And Kashmir appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 15 May 2024 3:18 pm

Tragic Tragedies: Five Lives Lost in Road Incidents in Jammu and Kashmir

Tragic Tragedies: Five Lives Lost in Road Incidents in Jammu and Kashmir Five people, including a minor girl, were killed in four separate road incidents in Samba, Poonch, and Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said. Two sadhus, Baba Bhim Giri, 55, and Suresh Kumar, 52, both residents of Narwal bypass, were killed when their two-wheeler was hit by a truck coming from the wrong side on a bridge in Samba along the Jammu-Pathankot highway, they said. The accident took place around 10 am when the two were headed towards Pathankot. The driver of the truck, which way on its way to Jammu, fled the scene and efforts are on to arrest him, police said. In Surankote area of Poonch, a passenger vehicle driven by 26-year-old Mohd Naseer Khan skidded off the road and fell into an over-100 metre gorge near his house in Bufliaz around 11.30 am. He died on the spot. A 17-year-old girl, identified as Saboora Rafiq, was killed when she was hit by a speeding truck near the Banihal court complex along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, police said, adding, they have arrested the driver. In another incident in Ramban along the same highway, a driver was killed and two passengers injured, when a rashly driven truck hit a parked dumper near Dalwas. They said the injured were rushed to hospital, while efforts are on to identify the deceased truck driver.

devdiscourse 15 May 2024 2:32 pm

Colonel Kale killed in Gaza played crucial role in fending off 2016 Pathankot terror hit

Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale, serving with UN department of safety and security, played a crucial role in fending off the 2016 terror attack on Pathankot airbase. Lt Col Hange SD mentioned Kale was an alumnus of NDA in Pune, commanding Indian Army's 11 J&K Rifles battalion during the attack.

The Times of India 15 May 2024 3:15 am

Congress candidate Sukhjinder Randhawa predicts victory in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat

Congress candidate Sukhjinder Randhawa predicts victory in Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat Four-time Punjab MLA and the Congress's Lok Sabha poll candidate from Gurdaspur Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa does not see any challenge from his political rivals on the road to ''victory'' from the constituency, which once used to be the grand old party's fortress. The former deputy chief minister of Punjab considers drugs and weapons being sent to the state from across the border through drones and unemployment as some of the major issues facing the border constituency. At the same time, he lashed out at the Bhagwant Mann government over the allegedly deteriorating law-and-order scenario of the state. The Congress has placed its faith on political heavyweight Randhawa to wrest the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the June 1 election in Punjab. The seat is currently represented in the Lok Sabha by BJP MP Sunny Deol. ''We have complete support of people in the Gurdaspur constituency. We will definitely win,'' Randhawa told PTI on Thursday. The Congress leader will go to Parliament for the first time he wins the poll contest from Gurdaspur. Randhawa became an MLA from Fatehgarh Churian in 2002 and was re-elected to the Assembly from the Dera Baba Nanak segment in 2012, 2017 and 2022. The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat comprises nine Assembly constituencies, of which six -- Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian and Fatehgarh Churian -- are held by the Congress, two -- Bhoa and Batala -- are with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Pathankot segment is represented by BJP. The Gurdaspur parliamentary segment used to be a Congress citadel before the BJP brought in actor Vinod Khanna and fielded him from the constituency in 1998. Khanna defeated five-time Congress MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder. Khanna again registered victory in the 1999, 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, he lost the seat to Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa in 2009. Following Khanna's death in 2017, Congress leader Sunil Jakhar won the seat in a bypoll. In the 2019 parliamentary polls, Deol won the seat. Slamming the AAP government in Punjab, Randhawa, who held the home portfolio in the previous Charanjit Singh Channi government, claimed that law and order has ''collapsed'' in the state. ''People are receiving extortion calls every day. In Batala, many families have received extortion calls,'' he said. Describing the smuggling of heroin and arms and ammunition through drones from across the border as a major issue, the Congress leader said drugs are being pushed into the state on a daily basis. ''Unemployment is another major issue here,'' he added. The 65-year-old leader demanded announcing fiscal incentives, as given to industries in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, for the border districts of Punjab to boost industrial development. ''When new industry comes up here, it will generate employment opportunities,'' he said. Randhawa claimed that due to a lack of support, many industrial units have shifted from the area to Kathua in Jammu and Baddi in Himachal Pradesh. He said there is a need to revive Batala's industrial cluster -- foundries and machine tools -- and industrial units in Pathankot district. Calling the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) the ''B team'' of the BJP, the Congress leader said, ''Voting for the Akali Dal will be equal to voting for the BJP.'' On BJP nominee Dinesh Babbu, Randhawa said he was an MLA for 15 years ''but never uttered a single word in the Assembly''. ''People are not allowing him to enter villages,'' he said, referring to farmers holding protests against the BJP's poll candidates. Randhawa was the deputy chief minister in the previous Congress government in Punjab led by chief minister Channi. He is currently an MLA from the Dera Baba Nanak Assembly seat and also the Congress's in-charge for Rajasthan. Gurdaspur is set to witness a four-cornered poll contest. The SAD has fielded former minister Daljit Singh Cheema, BJP has named former MLA Babbu and the AAP has nominated Batala MLA Amansher Singh Sherry Kalsi from the seat.

devdiscourse 9 May 2024 3:11 pm

Four players from Roundglass Punjab Academy selected for Indian junior hockey team

Four players from Roundglass Punjab Academy selected for Indian junior hockey team Gurjot Singh, Gursewak Singh, Arshdeep Singh and Prince Deep Singh from Roundglass Punjab Hockey Academy have been selected to the Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team that will tour Europe between May 20 and May 29. The Indian Junior Men's Hockey team will be playing matches in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands as part of Hockey India's initiative to help the team gain exposure and build on experience. 19-year-old Gurjot Singh, who hails from Nakoder in Jalandhar was part of the Indian Senior side that finished fifth in the FIH Hockey5s World Cup held in Oman. Gursewak Singh comes from Batala and has been with the Academy since 2021. The 17-year-old has been performing at the highest level in the national junior circuit and will debut for the National side. Pathankot-born goalkeeper, Prince Deep Singh, joined the Academy in 2022 and the 19-year-old will look to impress between the posts in Europe. 19-year-old Arshdeep Singh hails from Amritsar and will look to spearhead the attacking line of the junior national side. Gursewak, Prince Deep and Arshdeep will be playing in the national team for the first time. Sharing his thoughts on the selection, Dronacharya award winner, Olympic Gold medalist and Technical Lead of Roundglass Punjab Hockey Academy, Rajinder Singh, said, The selection of Gurjot, Gursewak, Arshdeep and Prince Deep is a result of the hard work put in by everyone at the Academy. We always focus on the development of grassroots players, and we believe that in the coming years, we will be sending many more athletes from our Academy to play on the national side. I wish all four of our boys good luck and hope they perform their best during the tour. The Indian team will play their first match on 20th May against Belgium in Antwerp, Belgium before playing the same opponents in Breda, Netherlands on May 22. The Indian Junior Men's Hockey team will then play the Netherlands' Club team Bredase Hockey Vereniging Push in Breda on May 23 followed by a game against Germany on May 28 in Germany. After that, they will return to Breda to play Germany again on May 29 in the final match of the tour. (ANI)

devdiscourse 7 May 2024 11:30 pm

Greater Kailash Murder Case: People stages protest, block Jammu-Pathankot National Highway

Police slaps PSA against Gola Shah Jammu Tawi, May 2: Seeking stern action against the culprits arrested by the police in murder case of a youth over land issue, the family of the deceased and the people of the area on Thursday staged protest and blocked the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway near Gangyal here in the [] The post Greater Kailash Murder Case: People stages protest, block Jammu-Pathankot National Highway appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 3 May 2024 7:57 am

Greater Kailash Murder Case | Family Stages Protest, Block Jammu-Pathankot National Highway

JAMMU, May 2: Seeking stern action against the culprits arrested by the police in murder case of a youth over land issue, the family of the deceased on Thursday staged protest and blocked the Jammu-Pathankot national highway near Gangyal here in the city outskirts. Shouting We want justice and anti-police slogans, the family members and relatives staged a protest demanding strict action against the culprits. Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel Notably, a day after police initiated action in [] The post Greater Kailash Murder Case | Family Stages Protest, Block Jammu-Pathankot National Highway appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 2 May 2024 5:27 pm

SAD to contest Gurdaspur LS seat on party symbol for first time in 26 years

SAD to contest Gurdaspur LS seat on party symbol for first time in 26 years After snapping ties with the BJP, the Akali Dal is all set to contest the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat on party symbol 'takdi or scales for the first time since 1996 as it braces for a showdown with its former ally which has used star power to clinch the seat on numerous occasions. The Shiromani Akali Dal had joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1996. As part of the seat-sharing arrangement for the 13 Lok Sabha constituencies of Punjab, the BJP used to contest from Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur. The SAD walked out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in 2020 over the now-repealed farm laws. The SAD walked out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in 2020 over the now-repealed farm laws. The Sukhbir Singh Badal-led SAD has placed its bet on the party's senior vice president and veteran leader Daljit Singh Cheema from the seat. The SAD workers are enthusiastic over the party fielding its own candidate from Gurdaspur and are happy to see the party symbol 'takdi'. There is an emotional attachment with the symbol, Cheema told PTI. Cheema, an MBBS doctor, said the SAD had last contested from Gurdaspur in the 1996 general elections and party nominee Jagdish Singh Walia came second. Rubbishing BJP's charge that he was an outsider, Cheema said he was born in Mari Buchian village in Sri Hargobindpur and studied in the village school. He said he contested his first election in 2002 from the Sri Hargobindpur assembly seat in Gurdaspur. The BJP has managed to keep the seat in its kitty by fielding Bollywood stars like Vinod Khanna and Sunny Deol from the seat. However, this time around, it has named local leader and former MLA Dinesh Singh Babbu as its candidate -- a move 62-year-old Cheema attributed to the ''negativity'' that the BJP was facing. The BJP had announced on March 26 that it would go solo in the general elections in Punjab. The party named Babbu in its eight list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls on March 30. The BJP has been facing negativity in the constituency where it has been fielding movie actors. The party has been dependent on film actors as it failed to find suitable local candidates, Cheema said. The BJP had been bringing candidates from outside and it was the SAD that ensured their victory, he said, referring to the erstwhile alliance with the BJP. The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat used to be a Congress bastion before the BJP brought in Bollywood star Khanna and fielded him from the constituency in 1998. Khanna defeated five-time Congress MP Sukhbans Kaur Bhinder and won again in 1999, 2004 and 2014. Khanna lost the seat in 2009 to Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa. Following Khanna's death in 2017, Congress' Sunil Jakhar won the 2017 bypoll. In the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, the BJP fielded Deol who won the seat. Taking a jibe at Deol over his absence from the constituency, Cheema said gumshuda or missing posters had come up against the actor-turned-politician in the constituency. On Babbu's candidature, Cheema said the BJP was ''forced'' to field him as the people of the constituency were fed up with the paradropping of film actors. Babbu (when he was MLA) never spoke in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha. He did not utter a single word. What will such people do in Parliament, asked Cheema, who was the education minister in the erstwhile Akali government. On the campaign trail, Babbu has been facing the anger of farmers protesting against the BJP-led central government for not allowing agitators enter Delhi and its failure to give a legal guarantee for MSP among other issues. A group of farmers showed black flags to Babbu on Saturday while he was campaigning in Gurdaspur. He also faced the farmers' wrath in Batala on April 21. On the Kartarpur corridor, Cheema said a permit system should be introduced by doing away with the requirement of passports so more and more people can offer prayers at the historic gurdwara in Pakistan. The corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district. Cheema pitched for a special package for the border areas to boost industrialisation and also stressed fiscal incentives for the industry in Gurdaspur and Pathankot. From the Gurdaspur seat, the AAP has fielded Batala MLA Amansher Singh Kalsi while the Congress has yet to name its candidate. Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will take place on June 1.

devdiscourse 28 Apr 2024 11:04 am

Punjab: Several trains affected as farmers squat on track demanding release of fellow protesters

Punjab: Several trains affected as farmers squat on track demanding release of fellow protesters Farmers under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha on Wednesday squatted on a rail track in Patiala district near the Punjab and Haryana border, demanding the release of three farmers who had been arrested by the Haryana Police. The movement of more than 30 trains was impacted as they were either diverted, cancelled or short-terminated because of the blockade at the Shambhu Railway Station, railway authorities said. The disruption in rail movement also caused inconvenience to rail passengers on the occasion of Ram Navami. KMM leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said the Haryana administration had given them an assurance that the arrested farmers would be released by April 16. ''When our farmers were not released, we decided to squat on the rail track,'' Pandher said. Three farmers, including Navdeep Singh, were arrested during the ongoing farmers' stir. Though the Punjab Police had erected barricades to prevent protesters from heading towards the rail track, farmers forced their way and sat on the Ambala-Ludhiana rail track. Farmer leaders said they will not end their protest until the protesters are released. ''If the government releases them now, we will vacate the rail tracks within 10 minutes,'' said another farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal. The farmer leaders said they were forced to sit on the rail track as the Haryana government failed to accept their demand. Pandher threatened to squat on more rail tracks if the three farmers were not released in the coming days. According to railway authorities, trains from Amritsar to New Jalpaiguri, Amritsar to Kathiar, Pathankot to Old Delhi, Amritsar to Tata Nagar, Kolkata to Amritsar, Delhi to Amritsar, Haridwar to Amritsar and Darbhanga to Amritsar were diverted. While trains from Ludhiana to Churu and Churu to Ludhiana, Ambala Cantt to Jalandhar City, Ludhiana to Ambala Cantt, and Patiala to Ambala were cancelled, they said. The SKM (non-political) and the KMM are spearheading the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers to press the government to accept their demands which include that the Centre should give a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. The farmers have been staying put at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points between Punjab and Haryana since February 13 when their march was stopped by the security forces.

devdiscourse 17 Apr 2024 8:38 pm

Woman killed, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Kathua

Jammu Tawi, Apr 7: A 41-year-old woman was killed and five people, including her husband, were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision in Kathua district on Sunday, a police official said. The accident took place at Dayala Chak along Jammu-Pathankot highway apparently due to over-speeding by two passenger buses, the official said. One of the buses [] The post Woman killed, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash in Kathua appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 8 Apr 2024 7:53 am

Woman killed, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash in J-Ks Kathua

Jammu: A 41-year-old woman was killed and five people, including her husband, were injured in a multiple-vehicle collision in Jammu and Kashmirs Kathua district on Sunday, April 7, a police official said. The accident took place at Dayala Chak along the Jammu-Pathankot highway, apparently due to overspeeding by two passenger buses, the official said. One Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 7 Apr 2024 7:39 pm

LS polls: Punjab police, BSF strategise to counter drug supply from across Indo-Pak border

LS polls: Punjab police, BSF strategise to counter drug supply from across Indo-Pak border In view of the coming Lok Sabha polls, Special Director General of Police Arpit Shukla on Thursday chalked out a strategy with the Border Security Force (BSF) to further strengthen the second line of defence and break the supply chain of drugs from across the border. He held a joint coordination meeting with BSF Inspector General (Punjab Frontier) Atul Fulzele and senior officers of CRPF, ITBP, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and other central agencies to review security arrangements in the state's border areas and discuss matters pertaining to the parliamentary elections 2024, according to a statement. Giving a call for greater synergy and teamwork between the BSF and Punjab Police, Shukla exhorted both forces to work as one team to ensure free and fair elections in the state. He said being positioned at the first line of defence, the BSF needs to be more alert to prevent smuggling and infiltration bids by militants, terrorists or smugglers, the statement said. He also ordered to increase the number of police personnel deployed on night patrolling along the International border, it added. The Special DGP advised the BSF to use drone detection technology to counter the suspicious drone operations at Punjab borders, which have over time emerged as the modus operandi to smuggle drugs from across the Indo-Pak border, according to the statement. He also directed all the district police chiefs of border districts to conduct regular meetings with village level defence committee (VLDC) members and sensitise field staff to keep a strict vigil on the movement of drones. There were 325 drone sightings across the border in 2023, of which 118 drones were successfully recovered. Similarly, 26 drones have been recovered in 2024 so far, the statement said. Sharing details on security arrangements for the coming Lok Sabha elections, Shukla said security has been beefed up across the state and Punjab Police has mobilised 75 per cent of district police and 50 per cent force from other units for deployment during elections. He said police have already laid well-coordinated strong inter-state checkpoints at the points of 10 border districts in the state to stop the menace of liquor and drug smuggling. The 10 inter-state border districts include Pathankot, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Fazilka, Ropar, SAS Nagar, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda. He said 25 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed in vulnerable districts of the state to instil confidence among the general public as well as to dominate sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas in the state.

devdiscourse 4 Apr 2024 9:33 pm

Arni University's Two-Day Bike Rally Passes on Strong Messages - 'Say NO to Drugs' and Empower Women

Vivek Singh Chancellor Arni University Flag Off Bike Rally Along with Kashmiri faculty Mehr Un Nisa, Dr. Neha Salaria, Ms. Monica Thakur, Dr. Gurvinder Singh, along with faculty member Mr. Mayank Sharma, and students Kunal, Sheeran, Gulshan, and Tauseef, played pivotal roles in organizing and executing the rally, ensuring its resounding success. The rally, with its strong emphasis on drug prevention and women empowerment, served as a platform to galvanize community support and drive home important societal messages. The active involvement of women riders, comprising nearly one-third of the total participants, underscored AUs commitment to gender equality and inclusivity. Commencing from Chandigarh, the rally embarked on a symbolic journey, culminating at Khatkar Kalan, a village renowned for its memorial honoring Bhagat Singh, a revered figure in Indias freedom struggle. Mr. Vivek Singh, leading the rally, emphasized the importance of societal values and collective action in combating substance abuse. He remarked, The bike rally serves as a powerful reminder of the values we cherish as a society. Its heartening to see the community come together to promote positive messages and honor the heroes of our nation. The rally continued its course to the Arni University campus, where an enthusiastic reception awaited the bikers, highlighting the unity and support from students towards the cause. The subsequent day saw the rally traversing through Pathankot-Nurpur-Dharamshala, attracting significant attention and participation at each stop. At Dharamshala, the rally reached its zenith, with nearly 1000 people gathering to welcome the riders. Among the distinguished speakers addressing the crowd was Dr. Kshama Metre, popularly known as Doctor Didi, and a recipient of the esteemed Padma Shri award. Flagging of the rally, Dr. Metre underscored the importance of redirecting energies towards constructive endeavors, stating, Addiction, when directed towards sports, education, or nation-building activities, holds the key to individual and societal progress . About Arni University Arni University (AU) stands as a stalwart in the realm of Indian higher education, and it prides itself on the fusion of technical prowess and academic excellence it provides to its students. This institution has been a beacon of knowledge since its inception in 2009, earning the prestigious accreditation by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. AUs educational offerings transcend conventional boundaries. Its diverse range of programs offers students a pathway to academic growth, personal development, and career fulfillment. The institution is committed to instilling versatility, promoting experiential learning, and fostering an interdisciplinary approach among its students. This approach empowers them to discover and pursue their passions while charting their course toward their dream careers. Arni University places great emphasis on shaping socially sensitive individuals. It does so by challenging students intellectually and immersing them in a contemporary and diverse cultural milieu. This environment nurtures not only academic knowledge but also a deep understanding of societal issues and a sense of responsibility toward addressing them.

News Voir 3 Apr 2024 3:26 pm

J-K: Gangster shot dead in encounter with police, injured officer dies during treatment

J-K: Gangster shot dead in encounter with police, injured officer dies during treatment A gangster has been shot dead in an exchange of fire with police near Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, officials said on Wednesday. Probationary Sub-Inspector Deepak Sharma, who suffered head injuries during the encounter, died during treatment on Wednesday, they said, adding that a special police officer was also injured. Acting on a tip-off, a team of officials chased gangsters Vasudev, a key accused in a murder case registered at Ramgarh police station, which led to an exchange of fire near the Government Medical College hospital around 10.30 pm on Tuesday, a police spokesperson said. Vasudev was killed in the encounter while one of his associates was injured, she added. Deepak Sharma was injured in the head while 40-year-old Special Police Officer Anil Kumar also suffered injuries. They were initially admitted to GMC Hospital in Kathua and later taken to Amandeep Hospital in Pathankot, the spokesperson said. Sharma died during treatment on Wednesday. His body has been taken to GMC hospital in Kathua, she added.

devdiscourse 3 Apr 2024 9:09 am

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Daily Excelsior 2 Apr 2024 12:05 pm

LS polls: 3 turncoats and former diplomat in BJP's first list for Punjab

LS polls: 3 turncoats and former diplomat in BJP's first list for Punjab The BJP on Saturday released its first list of six candidates for Punjab, fielding three turncoats Preneet Kaur, Sushil Kumar Rinku and Ravneet Singh Bittu, and former diplomat Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Besides, the saffron party also fielded singer and MP from North West Delhi Hans Raj Hans and former MLA Dinesh Singh Babbu. According to the list, Preneet Kaur, who is a suspended Congress MP from Patiala, has been named as candidate from the same seat. Four-time MP and former Union minister Kaur joined the BJP this month. Kaur was suspended by the Congress in February last year soon after her husband, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, joined the BJP. Kaur will be facing AAP candidate Dr Balbir Singh from Patiala seat. The Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal are yet to announce their candidates from Patiala. As expected the BJP fielded sitting AAP's lone MP Sushil Kumar Rinku from Jalandhar seat, four days after he joined the saffron party in Delhi. Rinku had been named the candidate by the AAP but he quit the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit in less than a year after joining it. Former Congress MLA Rinku had joined the AAP on April 5 last year in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann in Jalandhar. Rinku was fielded from the Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat in the by-election and won it after defeating Congress candidate Karamjit Kaur Chaudhary by a margin of 58,691 votes. The BJP fielded three-time MP Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana seat. Bittu was the third Congress leader who jumped ship after former MLAs Gurpreet Singh GP and Raj Kumar Chabbewal left the Congress to switch sides in less than three weeks. Bittu joined the BJP on Tuesday in Delhi and had said people have made up their mind to elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power again. He had remained an MP twice from Ludhiana and once from Anandpur Sahib. Bittu is the grandson of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, who was assassinated in a terror attack in 1995. From Amritsar, the BJP placed its bet on former Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu. The 61-year-old former diplomat is the grandson of Teja Singh Samundri, who was one of the founding members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and who played an important role in the gurdwara reform movement. Sandhu's father Bishan Singh Samundari was the principal of Khalsa College, Amritsar, and the first Vice Chancellor of the Guru Nanak Dev University. At present, Congress leader Gurjeet Singh Aujla is the MP from Amritsar. The ruling party is especially keen in winning back Amritsar, a seat it has not won since Navjot Singh Sidhu bagged it last in 2009. Sidhu is now in the Congress. BJP's Arun Jaitley and Hardeep Singh Puri, currently a Union minister, lost in the polls from there in 2014 and 2019 respectively. The AAP has fielded Cabinet Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal from Amritsar. From Faridkot seat, the BJP named singer Hans Raj Hans, who is the MP from North West Delhi. The AAP has already fielded Punjabi actor and singer Karamjit Anmol from Faridkot which is a reserved seat. Currently, the Faridkot seat is represented by Congress MP Mohammad Sadique. From Gurdaspur seat, the BJP has named Dinesh Singh Babbu who had remained a three-time MLA from Sujanpur in Pathankot. For the Gurdaspur seat, the names of late actor and MP Vinod Khanna's wife Kavita Khanna, former Punjab BJP chief and MLA Ashwani Sharma, and BJP leader and former Congress MLA Gateh Jung Bajwa were doing the rounds. Currently, actor Sunny Deol is the MP from Gurdaspur. The rival parties had been attacking the BJP for his ''absence'' from the constituency.

devdiscourse 30 Mar 2024 10:26 pm

Assembly elections in J&K will be held before September: Home Minister Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday claimed that the culture and language of Kashmir have flourished after the abrogation of Article 370 under the current dispensations at the centre. Now, J&K is moving towards prosperity with peace, he said. Amit Shah claimed that the government has banned 12 organisations, designated 36 individuals as terrorists, registered more than 22 cases to stop terror finance seized properties worth Rs. 150 crore, attached 90 properties and frozen about 134 bank accounts so far. The Union Home Minister announced that the election in J&K would be held by September this year as well. Enshrining democracy in Jammu and Kashmir is Modi Jis promise and will be fulfilled. However, this democracy will not be confined to three families alone and will be a peoples democracy, he said. He claimed that for the first time, the OBCs of Jammu and Kashmir have been given reservation by the Modi government, women have been given one-third reservation, and OBC reservations have been made in Panchayat and urban local bodies. Speaking at a conclave here, Shah also added that more than 2 crore tourists visited Jammu and Kashmir, and Formula-4 car racing takes place in Srinagar. Outlining his governments objectives, he stated that the BJP aims to free Kashmir from the influence of dynastic politics that has long dominated the region. He alleged that three dynastic parties - the Congress, the National Conference, and the PDP - consistently obstructed the spread of democracy at the grassroots level. Now, I am sure that these three parties will be shown the door by the people completely this time , he averred. Speaking about J&K, he mentioned that the increase in the number of tourists reflects a growing interest in tourism and a strengthening emotional bond between Kashmir and the rest of India. He emphasized that the Modi government is dedicated to engaging in dialogue with the youth of Kashmir, but not with organizations with ties to Pakistan or those perpetuating dynastic politics. Reiterating Indias claim on PoK, he asserted, The Muslim brothers in PoK are also Indians, as are the Hindu brothers living there, and the land also belongs to India, which has been illegally occupied by Pakistan. Speaking on the effects of the abrogation of Article 370, Shah said that the people of the valley were given the wrong interpretation of Article 370, which now stands nullified after its abrogation Taking a jibe at the Opposition, Shah said, It was always said that once Article 370 is abrogated, the culture, language, and existence of Kashmiriyat will be threatened. It has now been five years since the abrogation, but nothing of the sort has happened. Kashmiris are free today, the importance of the Kashmiri language and food culture has increased, and tourists are flocking to the tourist spots of Kashmir. Highlighting the detrimental consequences of the continuation of Article 370, he said, 'Under the shadow of Article 370, a separatist ideology took root, leading the youth of Jammu and Kashmir into terrorism. 'Pakistan exploited this situation, and in the last four decades, more than 40,000 youths lost their lives. However, today, Jammu and Kashmir is progressing, and terrorism is on the decline. He said that a new kind of renaissance of development is taking place across J&K after the abrogation of Article 370, and peoples money is reaching the people. He mentioned that the Pathankot Naka Permit system has been removed, and after 33 years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are watching movies at theaters at night, and the procession of Muharram is now being taken out. Touching upon the BJPs strategy to win more than 370 seats, Shah said, The strategy to win 370 seats is very clear. The Modi government has worked to develop the nation, including Jammu and Kashmir. We have strengthened the economy, secured the nation, curbed terrorism, and enhanced the nations pride through our foreign policy. Today, Bharat is recognized as a manufacturing hub and a bright spot. Our economy has climbed several steps, moving from the 11th to the fifth largest economy. This will certainly help the BJP achieve its target. Upon being asked about employment, he stated that as many as 34,000 employment opportunities were created in the government sector, with the appointment process of 10,777 people completed. He added, Around 7.5 lakh youths have received opportunities for self-employment through businesses like beekeeping, khadi, pashmina, and fruit processing. Self-employment opportunities of this magnitude were never created earlier in Jammu and Kashmir. After the completion of the proposed investment process, 4 lakh youths will gain employment. He continued, We have allocated space for SCs and STs, without reducing the share of the Gujjar and Bakarwal communities. Pahadis have been given 10% reservation, and special provisions have been made to accommodate those displaced from POK. Speaking about PoK, Shah said that the BJP and the entire Parliament believe that PoK is an integral part of India. The Muslim brothers in PoK are also Indians, as are the Hindu brothers living there, and the land also belongs to India, which has been illegally occupied by Pakistan. It is the goal of every Indian, every Kashmiri, to get it back, he asserted. Citing data, he said that in 2010 there were 2,564 incidents of stone pelting, which is now zero. From 2004 to 2014, there were 7,217 terror incidents, and that has reduced to 2,227 in 2014-23. This is almost a 70% reduction. Total deaths amounted to 2,829 from 2004 to 2014, and it has reduced to 915 during 2014-23, which is a 68% decrease. Deaths of civilians were 1,770 and have decreased to 341, which is an 81% drop. The deaths of security forces decreased from 1,060 to 574, which is a 46% decrease, he claimed. Taking a dig at the Opposition, he said that those who talk about Islam should know that 85% of the deceased in J&K were Muslim. They should stop it. Previously, students from Jammu and Kashmir used to go outside the region for education, but now students from other states come to Jammu and Kashmir for education. I want to urge the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to stay away from the conspiracies of Pakistan. Today, Pakistan is plagued by hunger and poverty, yet they view Kashmir as heaven. I want to tell them that if anyone can save Kashmir, it is Modi Ji, he said.

The New Indian Express 26 Mar 2024 10:14 pm

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma's 'district police chief' brother transferred

The poll panel said in a statement on Thursday that the officials in these two districts have been transferred as pre-emptive measures to dispel any apprehensions of the administration being biased or perceived to be compromised. Among others moved out are SPs of Chhota Udaipur and Ahmedabad Rural districts in Gujarat, SSPs of Pathankot, Fazilka, Jalandhar Rural and Malerkotla districts in Punjab, DM of Dhenkanal and SPs of Deogarh and Cuttack Rural districts in Odisha and DM of Purba Medinipur, Jhargram, Purba Bardhaman and Birbhum districts.

The Economic Times 22 Mar 2024 1:25 am

EC Tells Centre to Stop WhatsApp Promo

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Thursday directed the Centre to stop WhatsApp messages promoting the Centres Viksit Bharat campaign as it violates the Model Code of Conduct. In a letter addressed to the secretary of the electronics and information technology ministry, the EC said though the poll body had sent a letter on March 15, before the MCC came into force, these messages are still being circulated. The EC added it had got complaints from various quarters that such messages are still being delivered on citizens phones. Since the MCC is now in force, you are directed to ensure forthwith that no further delivery of WhatsApp messages take place during the MCC period. A compliance report in this regard may be sent immediately, the EC letter said. The Congress, after succeeding in stopping the BJP governments Viksit Bharat campaign messages, on Thursday met EC officials against the BJPs political advertisements. Urging the EC to get the BJPs false advertisements invoking the 2G allocation issue removed, the Congress said the BJP was pursuing a decade-old narrative that has been thoroughly discredited through a comprehensive judicial process. The second complaint is against the Modi Parivar ads. The Congress has alleged that official resources are being used in what is essentially a thinly veiled campaign advertisement. Furthermore, the brazen use of the armed forces violates multiple directives of the EC. The fact that the I&B ministry is being compelled to produce and broadcast the same also needs to be addressed, the EC said. The Congress third complaint is against an unsolicited letter being circulated on the social media purportedly from the Prime Minister himself. This complaint seeks an inquiry into how the official letterhead of the PMO can be used for what is obvious campaigning material, the Congress said, seeking an inquiry into the group circulating the same and the takedown of the material along with other appropriate action. The Congress has also raised objections to the BJPs advertisements on the Delhi Metro with the tagline #ModikiGuarantee. It also sought the removal of all images of the Prime Minister from government bodies, offices, petrol pumps for the duration of the elections as it violates multiple safeguards in election law. The EC has, meanwhile, issued transfer orders for non-cadre officers posted at leadership positions as district magistrate and superintendent of police in four states Gujarat, Punjab, Odisha and West Bengal. The DM and SP posts are cadre posts for IAS and IPS officers. The decision was taken after the commission convened a meeting chaired by chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar along with election commissioners Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu. The officers to be transferred are: Gujarat SP of Chhota Udaipur and Ahmedabad Rural districts; Punjab SSP of Pathankot, Fazilka, Jalandhar Rural and Malerkotla districts; Odisha DM of Dhenkanal and SPs of Deogarh and Cuttack Rural districts; West Bengal DM of Purba Medinipur, Jhargram, Purba Bardhaman and Birbhum districts. Also, the EC has directed the transfer of SSP Bathinda in Punjab and SP Sonitpur in Assam in view of their kinship or familial association with elected political representatives. The officials in these two districts have been transferred as a pre-emptive measure to dispel any apprehensions of the administration being biased or perceived to be compromised. All state governments have been instructed to promptly transfer non-cadre officers from their current role as DM and SP/SSP with immediate effect, and submit a compliance report to the commission.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Mar 2024 11:23 pm

Punjab CM expresses solidarity with kin of slain constable

Punjab CM expresses solidarity with kin of slain constable Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Tuesday expressed solidarity with the family members of police constable Amritpal Singh who was recently shot dead. Singh was killed on Sunday when a police team came under attack while conducting a raid in Mansoorpur village, about 66 km from here, in a bid to arrest Sukhwinder Singh, suspected of harbouring illegal weapons. As the team was entering the house, the suspect opened fire and Singh was struck in the chest. He later died at a hospital. During his visit, Mann expressed solidarity with the bereaved family members and offered his ''deepest sympathies''. He also paid floral tributes to Singh, highlighting that the constable was not just a son of Jandour village but also a son of Punjab. In his address to the media, Mann reaffirmed the government's commitment to support the family of the slain constable. Mann also announced the construction of a stadium in remembrance of the constable. The man, who killed Singh, was shot dead by the Punjab Police following an exchange of fire near the Adda Bhangala area on the Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway on Monday.

devdiscourse 19 Mar 2024 9:13 pm

Police gun down gangster who shot dead Punjab cop during raid

A day after gangster Rana Mansurpur fatally shot constable Amritpal Singh during a hideout raid, he was killed in an encounter near Bhangala village on the Mukerian-Pathankot national highway in Punjab's Hoshiarpur. Tracking him through CCTV footage, the police located Mansurpur heading towards Bhangala after hitching a ride on a motorcycle.

The Times of India 19 Mar 2024 3:55 am

Man Who Killed Punjab Cop Shot Dead In Encounter

The man who allegedly killed a Punjab Police constable was on Monday shot dead in an encounter with police on the Jalandhar-Pathankot national highway here, officials said.

NDTV 18 Mar 2024 11:22 pm

Army raises first squadron of Apache attack helicopters near Pakistan border

NEW DELHI: Adding attack capability along the Western borders, the Indian Army's Aviation Corps on Friday raised its first squadron of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The 451 Aviation Squadron was formally raised at Jodhpur in the presence of Lt Gen A. K. Suri, Director General Army Aviation. The Army will receive the first batch of three Apaches in May and another three in July, a defence source said. India and the US signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army during US President Donald Trump's visit to New Delhi in 2020. The Ministry of Defence had finalized its order for the production, training and support of 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopters in September 2015. The US completed delivery of 22 Apache attack helicopters to the IAF in July 2020. Army to raise 2 Pinaka regiments The Apache is said to be the most modern attack helicopter meant to take the place of the existing fleet of Mi-35 choppers for assault and anti-armour operations. The AH-64E Apache is designed and equipped with the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems. It has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. Its Fire Control Radar can classify air and ground targets and can operate in the maritime environment. It can also be used for missions like reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, apart from attack operations. The first eight US-made Apache AH-64E multi-role combat helicopters were inducted into the Indian Air Force at Pathankot Air Base on September 3, 2019 as part of the Helicopter Unit (HU) 125 Squadron (Gladiators). The second HU 137 Squadron is based out of Jorhat, Assam. The first four Chinooks had reached India on March 25 2019 at Chandigarh and are twin rotor heavy lift, multi-mission transport helicopters. They can carry a maximum payload of 11 tonnes and 45 troops. A total of 15 helicopters have joined the force with the second Squadron based out of Dinjan, Assam. The delivery of the last five 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF was completed in March 2020. As per Boeing, India is one of 17 nations operating the Apache which have been tailor made to suit the IAF's requirements. Twin rotor Chinooks have been operating for more than 50 years and 20 defence forces around the world either have Chinooks in service, or are on contract to receive them.

The New Indian Express 15 Mar 2024 7:57 pm

Punjab: 2 groups of inmates clash in Gurdaspur central jail

Punjab: 2 groups of inmates clash in Gurdaspur central jail Two groups of inmates clashed in the central jail in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Thursday, prompting the district authorities to deploy heavy police force to control the situation, said officials. Though it is yet unclear what led to the clash, the prisoners indulged in vandalism in the jail and also pelted stones at the police personnel, they said. The Gurdaspur police requisitioned the services of policemen from neighbouring areas like Pathankot, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, and Batala to bring the situation under control, said officials. A few police personnel, including station house officer of Dhariwal police station Mandeep Singh Salgotra, were injured after they tried to stop the clash. They were admitted to a local hospital, officials said.

devdiscourse 14 Mar 2024 6:33 pm