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New Delhi, May 13, 2017: Hundreds of people took part in a candle light march at India Gate here to pay tributes to Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was abducted and killed by militants in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week.

Some of them were carrying posters and banners to convey their respect for Fayaz and their admiration and love for the Indian Army.

There was a large presence of youth at the India Gate lawns, some of whom said they wanted to join the Army. Many ex-servicemen also took part in the march.

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The officers of 129th National Defence Academy course attended by Fayaz gave the call for the march.

Fayaz was on leave and visiting his native place in Kulgam to attend the marriage of his maternal uncle’s daughter in Batapura village when militants kidnapped him on Tuesday. His bullet-riddled body was found on Wednesday.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police has released posters of three militants, saying they were responsible for the killing of Kashmiri Army officer. (IANS)

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Jammu and Kashmir cabinet gets five fresh additions

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and junior Minister Priya Sethi will not be included in the new council, Top party sources said late Sunday.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will induct five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and has also decided to drop three ministers in the much-awaited coalition ministry reshuffle slated to take place on Monday.
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will induct five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet and has also decided to drop three ministers in the much-awaited coalition ministry reshuffle slated to take place on Monday.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Health Minister Bali Bhagat and junior Minister Priya Sethi will not be included in the new council, Top party sources said late Sunday.

"Among the existing ministers, Sunil Sharma will be elevated to cabinet rank," the sources added.
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“Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta will be the new Deputy Chief Minister. Nirmal Singh who will be named the new Sspeaker of the state Legislative Assembly,” the sources said.

“The other legislators who will be inducted into the cabinet today are Sat Sharma, Rajiv Jasrotia, Devender Maniyal and Shakti Parihar.

“Parihar will be sworn in as a junior minister while the other four will be of cabinet minister rank.

“Among the existing ministers, Sunil Sharma will be elevated to cabinet rank,” the sources added.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also inducting two new faces into the council.

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Pulwama MLA Muhammad Khalil Bhand and Sonawar MLA Muhammad Ashraf Mir will be sworn-in on Monday.

State Governor N.N. Vohra will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at the Convention Centre here.

Portfolios of the Council of Ministers will be announced by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti later on Monday. (IANS)

 

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