Nation & States  

Kashmiri separatist organisation
heading for a major split 

What is India News Service, July 27, 2004, 1700 hrs IST

Jamaat-e-Islami, Jammu & Kashmir's largest cadre-based separatist organisation and thinktank of the guerrilla outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, is heading for a vertical split. Hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who enjoys the militants' confidence, is all set to capture the Jamaat headquarters at Batmaloo, in Srinagar, on August 5.

Geelani said at a supporters' meeting on Tuesday that he had dropped the idea of launching a new political party. He announced that, on the "insistence of the members of Jamaat-e-Islami", he would call a convention of members at the Batmaloo headquarters of the organisation on August 5. The agenda of the convention, according to Geelani, would be to amend the Jamaat Constitution and remove Nazir Ahmed Kashani as the Amir (Head) of the politico-religious organisation.

Sayeed, PM discuss Kashmir: With signals emanating from Jammu and Kashmir belying optimism of any early resumption of dialogue with the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed held a meeting with prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday. The Mufti also met home minister Shivraj Patil.

9 more Siachen reports presented: An army officer today presented nine situation reports in a Jodhpur military court, recording Summary of Evidence (SoE), about encounters with enemy troops in Siachen Glacier last year.

NDA to stay out of parliamentary committees:
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Tuesday decided to withdraw from all parliamentary committees, including the standing committees and consultative committees specific to individual Ministries. 


Captors threaten to kill Pakistanis: An Iraqi group holding two Pakistani nationals hostage threatened on Monday to kill them, but did not give a deadline.

Tiger absence at aid meeting: A Tamil Tiger rebel boycott of a donor meeting to raise money to rebuild Sri Lanka could result in less aid being pledged.

Passports of killed rebels recycled: Smugglers have been bringing illegal migrants into Canada using passports pilfered from the bodies of Tamil-Canadian rebels killed while fighting in Sri Lanka's civil war, a new RCMP report says

Musharraf, Powell discuss regional issues: The Pakistani president and the US Secretary of State discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in the region.

Powell seeks Musharraf's help: Colin Powell spoke to President Pervez Musharraf on Monday - his second call in three days - to discuss the situation in Sudan's western Darfur province.

Two killed in Orakzai attack: Two paramilitary troops were killed on Sunday night when some Al-Qaeda-linked militants attacked a checkpoint in Ghoz Dara area in Orakzai, witnesses said on Monday.

India abroad

Democrats woo South Asians: There are 211 delegates of Asia-Pacific descent at the Democratic convention which kicked off in Boston Monday evening, the largest ever contingent from the community. 


Water crisis likely to deepen: The north-western parts of the country, including Punjab and Haryana, have experienced 39 per cent less rainfall this monsoon and the prospects of its revival appear bleak in the next few days.
Sayeed discusses Kashmir with PM

Plea dismissed: The Supreme Court today dismissed a public interest litigation petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against 25 judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. 

Copter crash: One person was killed when an Army helicopter on a relief mission crashed into the floodwaters at Sonma-Pranpur village in Begusarai district of Bihar today. The deceased was a relief worker.

Kids worst affected by GTB crisis:  Care and Share Charitable Trust, the city-based voluntary organisation that has been working for the rehabilitation of the runaway kids and orphans, became the worst victim of the crisis in the Global Trust Bank. 

As the Reserve Bank of India blocked the deposits of the GTB, the Care and Share suffered heavily as it is unable to feed children at its rehabilitation homes. With over Rs 1 crore funds frozen in the GTB, the trust now is finding it difficult even to feed the children, for which they require around Rs 45,000 a day. 

Gujarat clash: Two persons were killed, one of them in police firing, and eight injured as members of two communities clashed today in Veraval near Junagadh.

Naxals to attend meet with weapons: Some Naxalites of the People\92s War Group are likely to participate with arms at the martyrs memorial meeting at Mogilicharla on Wednesday. Many could take part in the meet in their battle attire of olive greens, kit bags, and the weapons they usually carry in the jungle. 

There is all-round enthusiasm about the meeting at Mogilicharla, where lakhs of people, mostly from north Telangana region, are expected to participate to pay rich tributes to martyrs. Speaking to reporters at Mogilicherla on Monday, revolutionary poet Vara Vara Rao alleged that a section of police officers were trying to sabotage the peace talks process.

Murder by transcriptionist:  The body of a businessman\92s son, who was kidnapped from Bangalore for ransom, was found on Monday in a sulphuric acid drum. An Australian-educated medical transcriptionist is charged with plotting and executing the crime.



Hurriyat moved towards major split: Its ideologue Geelani, however, said he had given up the idea of forming a new party.

Tigers stayed away from aid meeting: Reports say the LTTE may have damaged Lanka's prospects with donors.

Bank crisis left kids hungry: The moratorium on Global Trust Bank has left a children's organisation in Andhra Pradesh in dire straits.

Supreme Court dismissed plea against judges: It ruled as inadmissible contempt proceedings against 25 judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.