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Nation at a Glance

14 killed in Valley violence flare-up

srinagar: Fourteen people, including five villagers and four securitymen, were killed in separate incidents on Monday as violence escalated in Jammu and Kashmir, reports our correspondent.

Heavily-armed militants forced entry into two homes in Dadasanpain village in Rajouri district and opened indiscriminate fire on the residents, killing five persons, including two women, on the spot.

Police later airlifted one woman, identified as Krishna Devi, to Jammuís Government Medical College Hospital. Senior police officers immediately rushed to the spot and organised a thorough combing operation.

Militants engaged security forces in a pitched gunbattle late on Sunday in the lower Dabri village in Jammuís Udhampur district. Three people, including one soldier and a village defence committee member, were killed in the action.

Militants ambushed a police party in Budgam district late last night. Three policemen, including a Special Police Officer, died in the crossfire. One militant was killed while a head constable and a driver escaped unhurt.

Armyman caught spying for Pak

jaisalmer (PTI): An army jawan was arrested while he was allegedly delivering documents on defence preparedness to a Pakistani spy near a railway station here, a top police official said on Monday.

Chandresh Shukla, hailing from Katni in Madhya Pradesh and posted on the Jaisalmer border with the 10 Engineering battalion, was arrested by Rajasthan police on Sunday. He was handing over sensitive documents to a spy of the intelligence wing of the Pakistani army, additional director-general of police (intelligence) Arun Duggar said.

The spy, identified as Mohammad Ali of Hasan-kin-kasind village in Dangia district, was also arrested.

The documents contained details on anti-tank mines, inset rifles manufacturing and also on movement of the Engineering battalion, Duggar said.

Setback for dam activists

New Delhi (PTI): In a setback to the Narmada Bachao Andolan, the Supreme Court on Monday disposed of an NBA petition which said the Narmada dam height was raised without proper rehabilitation of dam oustees in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice B.N. Kirpal, and Justices K.G. Balakrishnan and Arijit Passayat said those affected by the dam construction had not come to court. The persons whose land had submerged could go before the Grievance Redressal Authority, the bench said.

Dawood hearing

Mumbai (PTI): A local court on Monday deferred framing of charges against six alleged members of Dawood Ibrahimís gang to September 24. The six had allegedly plotted to kill politicians, including deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, and had also planned to strike key installations in Mumbai and other cities.

New CBI post

New Delhi (PTI): U.S. Mishra joined the CBI as special director, a post lying vacant for over a year. Mishra joined the agency after the appointments committee of the Cabinet gave its nod.

Gang strikes pump

Guntur (PTI): Armed dacoits struck at a petrol pump owner's house at Narasaraopet in the wee hours on Monday and decamped with cash and gold worth more than Rs 3 lakhs.

Man burnt to death

Nashik (PTI): An old man was allegedly burnt to death by neighbours following a petty quarrel in Shahada in Dhule district on Saturday, police said. Daga Dipa Patil, 65, had asked his neighbours if they had taken the stones kept outside his house. An argument broke out over this and irate neighbours poured kerosene over him and set him ablaze. He was taken to the hospital with 70 per cent burns. He died on Sunday.

Landmines found

Anantapur (PTI): Combing operations were intensified in Puttaparthi and Kothacheruvu in Andhra Pradesh after three landmines were discovered on Saturday night.

Uttaranchal chief minister N.D. Tiwari took the audience by surprise at a function when he sang a patriotic song, penned by him during the freedom struggle. Using the dais as a tabla, he sang for more than five minutes in Hardwar on Sunday.

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