Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a one-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on July 4, his first to the state after assuming office, official sources said. The prime minister will arrive in Jammu and then proceed to nearby Katra town to inaugurate the Katra-Udhampur train that would cover a 25km distance between the two places, the sources said. Katra is the base town of the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine that is visited by millions of devotees every year. After the commissioning of the Katra railway station, pilgrims would be able to reach the town directly without having to engage other modes of transport as they now do. Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda and Minister of State in the PMO Jitender Singh will accompany Modi during his visit. The prime minister will then leave for Srinagar where he will chair a security review meeting at the Badami Bagh headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps. Governor N N Vohra will later host lunch for the prime minister at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. Modi is also scheduled to visit Uri town in Baramulla district to inaugurate the 240MW Uri-II hydroelectric power project.
Man shot dead over love affair
Patna: In a barbaric act, a 22-year-old man was blinded and then shot dead yesterday in Bihar’s Patna district in front of his girl friend’s house allegedly by her close relatives in a suspected “honour” killing case, police said. Two people have been arrested. Rahul Kumar was first mercilessly beaten, both his eyes gouged out, before he was shot dead at Daulatpur in Patna, a police official said. The post-mortem report also revealed that both his eyes were badly damaged and he was shot twice. Following the horrifying incident, police have arrested two people and lodged a named FIR against six people in this connection. Some villagers have informed the local police officials that the girl’s close relatives were against her affair with Rahul.
Gas pipeline blast toll rises to 17
Hyderabad: The death toll in Friday’s explosion in a GAIL pipeline in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district yesterday rose to 17 while a high-level committee began its probe. Two injured, including a five-year-old girl, succumbed at a hospital in Kakinada yesterday, taking the toll to 17. Meanwhile, the high-level committee appointed by the union petroleum ministry visited the village. R P Singh, who is heading the panel, said if people insist the ministry would consider shifting ONGC refinery from Tatipaka.