Raising concern over the increasing consumption of intoxicants among youth in Punjab, politicians and eminent personalities on Sunday said people need to come together to end the drug menace in the state just the way militancy and extremism was eradicated.
A senior army officer on Saturday said a number of educated youth joining militancy in Jammu and Kashmir was "disturbing" and a matter of concern but the force was taking initiatives to engage them meaningfully.
Two auxiliary police battalions with around 1,500 personnel will be created by the Home Ministry to provide police training and impart job-oriented courses to surrendered militants for their future rehabilitation in various central forces and other jobs.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court bench here has expressed "grave reservation" over an order passed by a single judge on Punjab police over the "fake encounters" during the period of militancy in the state in 1990s.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today advocated addressing political issues through talks, saying militancy and violence had not changed anything but only brought miseries and bloodshed to the state.
CRPF, that secures the Kashmir Valley with more than 60,000 of its personnel, on Monday said the place has moved ahead from the days of militancy but warned that attempts are being made to foment violence.
In a scathing attack on VK Singh`s recent comments on Kashmir, former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (retd) SK Sinha on Friday expressed the opinion that the former Army Chief should have been sacked when he took Government to court over the age issue.