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J&K: Night temperatures increase, heavy rainfall expected




Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 7: Night temperatures rose across Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday due to a partial overnight cloud cover. The meteorological department said heavy rains and snowfall expected between December 11 and 15.

“A western disturbance is most likely to become active in Jammu and Kashmir from December 11 onwards, news agency IANS quoted Sonam Lotus, Director of the MET department was saying.

“Under the influence of this western disturbance, we are expecting moderate to heavy rainfall in the plains and snowfall in Jammu”.

“Moderate to heavy snowfall  in the Valley and the Ladakh region”.

“The western disturbance would commence weakening from December 15 onwards”.

“Following this Air and surface traffic will get disrupted,” Lotus added.

On the hand, the night temperatures improved in all the three regions of the state, the weather office asserted.

“Jammu  and Leh witnessed the season’s coldest night at 6.4 and minus 13.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

“Minimum temperature was 7.1 and minus 7.0 in Jammu city and the Leh town respectively on Thursday. Kargil  also recorded minus 7.0.

“The night’s coldest temperature was negative 2.7 in Srinagar city, while 1.3 in Pahalgam and minus 2.5 in Gulmarg”.

“Other regions in Jammu, Katra town recorded 9.0, Batote 5.9, Bannihal 5.1, Bhaderwah 4.4 and Udhampur 3.8 as the coldest  temperatures on Thursday.”



Will back ordinance on Ram temple: Muslim litigant in Ayodhya dispute



Lucknow, Nov 20 Amid growing chorus to build Ram temple at Ayodhya by bypassing the Supreme Court and bringing in an ordinance, a Muslim litigant in the matter, Iqbal Ansari, on Tuesday said he had no problem if this was done.

Talking to local media in Ayodhya, Ansari said if the Union government brought an ordinance for a Ram temple, he would not oppose it.

“If the country would be happy in doing so, I am for it,” he said. “Agar isse mulk mein aman our khushhaali aayegi to main iske liye tayyar noon” (if this brings peace and prosperity in the country, so be it, am ready), he said.

He also pointed out that he was doing so as he was a law-abiding citizen of the country. “We want good of this country and if ordinance route is the way, I support the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” Ansari said.

He, however, voiced his concern over the gathering of activists belonging to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Shiv Sena and other organisations in the temple town ahead of the November 25 ‘dharma Sabha.’ He said he had apprised the district administration of his viewpoint.

Sometime back, Ansari had aired his apprehensions at the congregation and said the build-up was like what it was prior to the demolition of Babri mosque in 1992. He had also threatened to migrate from Ayodhya due to “fear and feeling of insecurity”.

Uttar Pradesh DGP, OP Singh had however allayed his fears and said police would protect all citizens of the state. Security cover has since been given to the litigant.

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Odisha: 12 killed as bus falls from Mahanadi bridge in Cuttack




Odisha, Nov 20 : At least twelve people were dead after a bus carrying around 30 passengers fell from the Mahanadi bridge near Jagatpur in Odisha’s Cuttack on Tuesday.

Several passengers have also been seriously injured in the accident, reports said. Rescue teams were present at the spot. District administration officials and local police have also reached the accident site. Orissa Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams, as well as fire brigade personnel and local residents, were carrying out the rescue operations at the accident site.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed deep grief at the death of some passengers in the accident and announced ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh each to next of the kin of the deceased, and free treatment for those injured.

The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. The bus driver lost control of the vehicle after the bus hit a buffalo, veered off and fell 30 feet below the bridge. The accident took place when the bus collided with a buffalo. Buffalo also died and its body was recovered.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has reportedly expressed his grief over the tragic incident while minister Chandrasarathu Behera is set to visit the accident spot immediately.

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Nagrota terror attack: NIA chargesheet names JeM chief’s brother, 13 others




New Delhi, Nov 20 : The NIA on Tuesday named Pakistan-based UN-designated terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) deputy chief Maulana Abdul Rouf Asgar, the brother of outlawed organisation’s founder Maulana Masood Azhar, and 13 others in its chargesheet in 2016 Nagrota terror attack case.

The NIA chargesheet was filed in Jammu.

The National Investigation Agency revealed that four Kashmiri JeM members –Mohd Ashiq Baba, Syed Munir-Ul-Hassan Qadri, Tariq Ahmad Dar and Ashraf Hamid Khandey — had facilitated a group of three heavily armed Pakistani terrorists and transported them from International Border in Samba-Kathua sector to Hotel Jagdamba in Jammu.

The three were taken to Nagrota by the accused in their vehicles for the attack on the November 28, 2016 on Officers’ Mess complex, 166 Medium Regiment of Indian Army in Nagrota Cantonment (near Jammu).

All the four Kashmiris were arrested by the NIA later.

The anti-terror agency said the three JeM terroists — identified as Khalid, Numan and Aadil — were highly trained and equipped with AK-47 rifles and explosives. Seven Army personnel were killed and three suffered injuries in the attack carried out by the terrorists.

The terrorists were killed in retaliatory action by the security forces.

Investigation conducted by the NIA revealed that Maulana Abdul Rouf Asgar was the mastermind of the attack.

“Asgar worked out the plan of Fidyeen attack and provided training to the three slain JeM terrorists. He also directed Mufti Asgar, launch commander of JeM in Kashmir region, to provide training, funds, equipment and mobile and other logistics to local JeM member Mohd. Ashiq Baba,” said the NIA in its chargesheet.

The NIA said that Ashiq Baba had visited Pakistan many times and met JeM terrorists Waseem (operational commander), Abu Talha (a commander in Jammu region) and Qari Zarar (launch commander for Jammu region).

He was taken for a meeting with Mufti Asgar at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, said the NIA.

“On reaching there, he was received by Abdullah and Tariq Mir, both JeM terrorists who are close associates of Mufti Asgar,” the chargesheet said.

“During the meeting with top leadership of JeM commanders Mufti Asgar chalked out a detailed plan including the modus operandi to be adopted for infiltration of JeM terrorists and he asked Ashiq to activate local JeM network in Jammu and Kashmir for Jehadi cause.”

Ashiq Baba was trained by JeM at Manshera in Pakistan and given money for arranging logistics along with a GPS-enabled Huawei mobile phone for communication with JeM leaders in Pakistan, the NIA said.

According to the NIA, it has collected evidence on the basis of disclosure of the accused, detailed social media analysis, digital evidence through requests under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and analysis of data extracted from the seized digital devices.

The agency said that further investigation is continuing.

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