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The International News Weekly India April 13, 2018 | Toronto 12 Four killed, 40 injured during Kashmir gunfight Indo-Asian News Service Srinagar : A soldier and three civilians were killed as militants clashed with security forces on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district, triggering violent street protests, officials and witnesses said. The security forces finally used heavy explosives to destroy the house from where two or three militants linked to the Lashkare-Taiba (LeT) were firing away in Wani Mohalla in Khudwani area. By then, however, one soldier and three civilians had been killed while two security personnel and over 40 civilians were injured. Reports from the battle site said the house where the militants were hiding was destroyed while two others caught fire when the security forces used explosives. Two security personnel were also injured in the gunfight. There was no official word on the death of any militant. The civilian casualties occurred when people out of their homes during the gun battle and pelted stones at the security personnel. Doctors said a civilian, Faisal Elahi, 15, was brought to a hospital in Qaimoh town in Kulgam district and he succumbed to critical bullet injuries. Earlier, two other civilians, Bilal Ahmad Dar, 17, and Sharjeel Sheikh 28, injured during clashes between protesters and security forces died. Four injured civilians have been referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Informed sources said over 40 civilians were injured in street clashes. Police said the soldier was killed and two other security personnel were injured in firing by the holed up militants. Authorities ordered closure of all schools and colleges in Kulgam and Internet services have been suspended in south Kashmir. Clashes also erupted on Wednesday between students and security personnel in north Kashmir's Sopore town as news about the deaths of civilians in Kulgam spread. Student protests also rocked Kashmir University in Srinagar, Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora in south Kashmir and Degree College in Bandipora in north Kashmir. Will take all steps to protect people, territory: Modi Indo-Asian News Service Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India is ready to take all steps to equip the armed forces to protect her people and territory. He said his government has streamlined defence manufacturing and procurement processes. "India has sent one of the largest numbers of UN peacekeepers all over the word. Our commitment to peace is just as strong as our commitment to protecting our people and our territory," Modi said after formally inaugurating the Defence Expo 2018 here. "For this, we are ready to take all necessary measures to equip our armed forces, including through the establishment of a strategically independent defence industrial complex." The country's history of thousands of years shows India never desired anyone else's territory, Modi added. On the defence front, he said his government has taken steps to strengthen and improve manufacturing licenses, exports clearances, Foreign Direct Investment and reforming procurement. "In all these areas, our regulations, processes and procedures have been made more industry-friendly, more transparent, more predictable, more outcomeoriented," he added. Modi said the Defence Procurement Procedure has been revised with many specific provisions for stimulating growth of the domestic defence industry. "We have also de-notified some items earlier made exclusively by Ordnance Factories, so that the private sector, especially, the MSMEs can enter this space," he said. Manmohan Singh donates 3,500 books to PU Indo-Asian News Service Chandigarh : Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has donated 3,500 books from his personal library to his alma mater Panjab University (PU) here, a university official said on Wednesday. Singh, who was here on Wednesday, announced his wish to donate the books. University authorities said that arrangements would soon be made to transport books and memorabilia, photographs and paintings from New Delhi to the university campus. The books and other objects will be kept in the Guru Teg Bahadur Bhawan on the university campus. Singh, also a noted economist, was a student of the university in the 1950s and later joined the Department of Economics here as a faculty member. He became a professor at the age of 32 years and continued teaching in PU till the mid-1960s before moving to other international assignments. He was the Prime Minister from 2004 to 2014. SC/ST Act: You don't have power to legislate, Centre tells top court New Delhi: Reminding the Supreme Court about "separation of powers" enshrined in the Constitution, the Central Government on Thursday said the court has been misled into thinking that it has the power to legislate, adding that its recent order on an SC/ST Act has "diluted" the provisions of the law, resulting in "great damage" to the country. Attorney General (AG) K.K. Venugopal, on behalf of the Centre, said the "confusion" created by the apex court judgment deserves to be corrected by reviewing the order and recalling the directions. "This case dealing with an issue of very sensitive nature has caused a lot of commotion in the country and is also creating anger, unease and a sense of disharmony," the AG said in the written submissions filed in the Supreme Court. "The entire judgment is vitiated by the fact that the court proceeds on the basis that it can legislate, and has the power 'to make law when none exists'." "The bland statement that 'power to declare law carries with it, within the limits of duty, to make law when none exists' is wholly fallacious because we live under a written Constitution of which separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary is the very basic structure and is inviolable," it added. "This judgment has diluted, for the reasons stated, the provisions of the Atrocities Act read with the Code, resulting in great damage to the country." The submission came on a plea seeking recall of the court's March order where it said that no arrest would be effected on a complaint under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, without an inquiry. Punjab CM should either fulfill his promises or quit Punjab, says Shwait Malik Chandigarh : Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party will launch a statewide ‘Quit Punjab’ campaign against corruption, misgovernance and reneging of the Congress government in the state, said Punjab BJP’s newly-appointed President, Shwait Malik, here today. Malik was addressing the party workers, gathered from all across the state, after assuming the charge of the state chief. National Vice-president of the BJP and Punjab party incharge Prabhat Jha, National vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna, Natiional secretary Tarun Chugh, Union Minister and outgoing state party president Vijay Sampla, former state party presidents- Madan Mohan Mittal, Manoranjan Kalia, Prof. Rajinder Bhandari, Ashwani Sharma, and Kamal Sharma- and senior BJP leader & famous sufi singer Hansraj Hans specially attended the ceremony and guided the party workers. Lambasting the Congress in his inaugural speech, Malik said that the Congress was successful in forming the government after promising drug eradication in four weeks, job for every household, Rs 2500 unemployment allowance, smartphones, Rs 1500 pension to the elderly, but these promises remain yet to be fulfilled even after a year. Farmers, farm labourers, youth, dalits, urban & rural populace, women and the elderly, all are feeling betrayed in Capt. Amarinder Singh’s one year regime, said Malik. Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jailtley for expressing confidence in him, Malik said that he will work hard and try his best to rise up to their expectations. Malik said that by handing the charge of the state president to an ordinary party member like him, the BJP has once again shown that the ground workers have an important place in the party. BJP is not like other parties where nepotism prevails, he added. Malik said that it was due to PM Modiled Centre government’s policies that the country is today becoming Congressfree. Addressing the gathering, Prabhat Jha said that the BJP has always honoured its ordinary members who have selflessly worked for the party. He also wished Shwait Malik best for his new innings. Meanwhile, Union Minister Vijay Sampla congratulated Malik and promised him his full support. Sampla said that he himself had appealed to the party high command to relieve him from the post in line with the ‘one-position, one-man’ policy of the party.

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