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Priyanka Slammed Over Sikkim ‘Insurgency’ Comment, Apologizes…….

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has produced a Sikkimese film, came under attack after calling the hill state insurgency-troubled. She has apologized to the Sikkim government, which wants another apology in more “clear-cut terms”.

Netizens on Thursday slammed and trolled Priyanka for being “politically illiterate” after she spoke of Sikkim in an interview, on the sidelines of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She was discussing ‘Pahuna: The Little Visitors’, her Sikkimese production which premiered at the gala.

Sikkim Tourism Secretary C. Zangpo Bhutia said: “We have received an apology note from Priyanka Chopra for her comments, where she has written ‘I tender an apology’. But we are not satisfied. We have asked her to send us another letter in more clear-cut terms.”

Asked what the Sikkim government felt about Priyanka’s comments, he said: “Whatever she said is totally unacceptable. This has tarnished the image of our state. So we asked her to take back her statement and apologize to us. But as we are not satisfied with her first letter. We are waiting for a fresh note from her.”

Priyanka, who now divides her time in the US and India, is yet to issue an official statement.

Her film ‘Pahuna…’ is about three Nepalese children who get separated from their parents, escape the Maoists in Nepal and flee to Sikkim.

Talking about the movie, Priyanka said: “This is a Sikkimese film. Sikkim is a small state in the northeast of India which never had a film industry or anyone who made films from there. And this is the first film ever that’s come out of that region because it’s very troubled with insurgency and troubling situations.”

 This remark was widely slammed.
 Directed by first-timer Paakhi A. Tyrewala, the ‘Pahuna…’ was launched as an association between Priyanka and her mother Madhu Chopra’s banner Purple Pebble Pictures and Ministry of Tourism Sikkim.
The National Award winning actress, a former Miss World, is a known face globally courtesy American television show ‘Quantico’.

Police arrested Four OGWs of Hizbul Mujahideen in Shopain including a Cop and a Bank Employee……..

Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested four over-ground workers of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit in south Kashmir’s Shopian district who they said were involved in an attack on a Special Police officer last month.

The accused include a police constable, a bank employee and a private school teacher

“Pursuing the investigation of case FIR number 138/2017 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act and 16 ULA (P) Act of Police Station Shopian  of attack on SPO Khurshid  Ahmed in Imamsahab on 11th of June 2017, Shopian police has arrested four individuals for their involvement in providing logistic support and participation in the furthering the said criminal act,” said a police spokesman.

“During the course of investigation, it has [been] revealed that the said attack was carried out by HM outfit based in Shopian.”

“One Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction of other HM militants namely Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie, both residents of Heff carried the attack,” he said.

The spokesman said that four over-ground workers provided logistical support to the militant group.

The accused were identified as Amir Mohidin, resident of Heff, working  as RE in a bank Chitragam; Constable Towseef Ahmad of Chakoora, Basharat Yusuf Mir resident of Litter, working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather @Jamshed resident of Awneera.

“After sustained questioning, they were arrested and are being investigated for their roles,” said the spokesman.

“Investigation so far conducted has revealed their complicity in entering into criminal conspiracy for carrying future attacks at the behest of this group for targeting some more policemen and civilians.”

Accident of Amarnath Yatra Bus in Banihal 11 killed, 35 injured…………

Eleven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 35 injured after a bus they were travelling on met with an accident and fell into a gorge on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Banihal on Sunday, police said.

An official said that a bus carrying yatris was heading towards Srinagar when it met with an accident after a tyre burst at Nachilana onthe highway.

More details awaited.

18 Bn CRPF attack by Grenade at Kulgam……..

Suspected militants hurled a grenade on a patrolling party of 18 Bn CRPF in Laroo area of Kulgam district today afternoon , Reports said .

Assistant Sub Inspector of 18 Bn CRPF Rajinder Singh got injured in the grenade blast.

Some reports said that grenade thrower was apprehended by the CRPF Personnel.

Tral Encounter Update: Three Jaish-e-Mohammad Militants killed in gunfight, Encounter Over………..

 Jaish-e-Mohammed Saturday said three militants killed by forces in Tral belonged to its outfit and claimed their “mission” would be taken to the logical end.

Spokesperson of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Mohammad Hassan Shah, in a statement to The Kashmir Monitor said three militants belonged to its outfit were killed by forces at Satoora in Tral area of Pulwama district.

“Two of them were local militants and third one was Hassan Bhai,” the spokesperson said.
Mohammad Hassan Shah, claimed that the slain militants caused “huge damage” to the forces.

Internet Suspended in Tral as Six Youths injured in clashes with Government forces near Encounter Site……..

At least six protesters were injured in clashes in Satura village of Tral where a gunfight is underway since early Saturday morning.

Two militants have been killed in the ongoing encounter in Wantiwen forest area of Tral, police said.

IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan said that one or two militants of Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit are still holed up inside a cave in Satura forest.

Reports said that clashes erupted in Satura, Bus stand Tral amid a complete shutdown in the area.

Six protesters who sustained minor injuries in the clashes were shifted to PHC Aripal for treatment.

Meanwhile, mobile Internet services have been snapped as a “precautionary measure”.

Tral Encounter Update: Gunfight Still on 2 Militants believed to be killed so far, 4 to 5 still believed to be trapped insde………

At least two militants were killed in an ongoing gunfight with government forces on Saturday in forest area of Tral in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police sources said.

An official said that a gunfight erupted after forces cordoned off Gujar Basti in Wantiwen forests of Satura village

He said that two to three militants have been killed during the firefight with Army’s 42 RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police so far.

He said that the militants, who were yet to be identified, belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit.

The official said that at least five more militants are believed to be hiding in the area.

He said helicopters and para commandos have been pressed into service to neutralise the rest of the hiding militants.

Encounter Started in Tral Forests in South Kashmir…….

A gunfight is underway between militants and government forces in forest area of Tral in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

He said that a gunfight erupted after forces cordoned off Gujar Basti in Wantiwen forests of Satura village.

They said that heavy firing is going on past couple of hours.

Unofficial reports said that three trapped militants have been killed during the firefight with Army’s 42 RR and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police.

More details are awaited.

United States has No Proof that IS leader Baghdadi is dead: Mattis…….

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said today he cannot confirm whether or not Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead, after reports from Syria that the jihadist leader had been killed.

“If we knew, we would tell you — right now, I can’t confirm or deny it,” Mattis said.

“Our approach is we assume he’s alive until it’s proven otherwise, and right now I can’t prove it otherwise.”

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a longtime conflict monitor, said earlier this week it had heard from senior IS leaders in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province that Baghdadi was dead.

There was no official confirmation or denial of the news on IS-run social media outlets.

12 minors detained, Jamia Masjid desecrated during clashes in Anantnag locals alleged, Auqaf Committee Jamia Masjid calls for Complete Shutdown tomorrow in Anantnag…….

Locals of Islamabad localities of Anantnag district  on Friday accused police of arresting nearly 12 minors during the clashes that erupted after congregational prayers. Besides, the locals alleged that the forces personnel desecrated Jamia Masjid Islamabad.

The locals said that 16 youth have been detained among who 12 are minors.

The detainees include twelve year old Riyyan son of a Hurriyat activist.

Meanwhile, Auqaf committee Jamia Masjid Islamabad has called for a complete shutdown tomorrow against the desecration of Jamia Masjid in Islamabad and the arrest of dozens of boys. The Auqaf committee met in the Masjid after Maghreb prayers and called for a complete shutdown in Islamabad against the highhandedness of forces. The Committee also condemned the arrest of boys and demanded their immediate release.