January 2022 News

News Briefs for 05 January 2022

Hakeem Yaseen seeks ban on illegal import of Iranian fruit to protect kashmiri apple trade

Srinagar 04 Jan: Chairman People`s Democratic Front (PDF) and former Minister, Hakeem Yaseen has urged the government of India to ban illegal import of Iranian apple which is being imported under the garb of Afghan apples through Wagah Border without any import duty. He has demanded to levy import duty on Iranian fruits to make Kashmir apple competitive in the open market. In a statement issued to KNS, Hakeem Yaseen said due to import of Iranian fruit without import duty, these are sold at low prices as against high quality Kashmiri apple.

Two LeT militants killed in Kulgam encounter: Police

Srinagar 04 Jan: Two militants of LeT outfit were killed in an encounter in Okey village of Kulgam district on Tuesday morning, police said here. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), based on a specific input generated by Police regarding the presence of militants in Okey village, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 9RR and 18Bn CRPF in the said area. The statement reads that during the search operation, as the joint search party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.

Kashmir Records Four Gunfights in First 4 Days of New Year

Srinagar 04 Jan: The year 2022 has started with encounters in Kashmir as the first four days of the New Year have recorded a gunfight everyday resulting in the killing of five militants including a top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander. Figures available suggest, out of four gun-battles, Srinagar district witnessed two encounters in a span of just one hour while Kupwara district in North Kashmir recorded one encounter and Kulgam district in South Kashmir also saw one encounter. On January 01, a non-local militant was killed in Keran sector of Kupwara district who was later identified by police as Muhammad Shabir Malik, a Pakistani national, the figures reads, adding that On January 03, LeT commander Saleem Parry of Hajin Bandipora who was active since 2016 was killed in Shalimar area of Srinagar.

Delimitation panel acted as rubber stamp of BJP: NPP

Jammu 04 Jan: National Panthers Party (NPP) chairman Harsh Dev Singh on Tuesday alleged that the new assembly seats proposed by the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission were decided in the BJP office and the panel acted as a mere rubber stamp. Addressing a public meeting in Udhampur district, Singh said suggestions of opposition parties and civil society groups seemed to have been rejected by the commission and it surrendered before the present authoritarian regime. The Delimitation Commission, set up to redraw the assembly seats of the union territory, is learnt to have proposed six additional seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir in its Paper 1 discussed with its five associate members three MPs of National Conference and two of BJP from J&K in Delhi on December 20.

Modi govt systematically destroying democratic institutions: Mir

Jammu 04 Jan: The BJP-led Central government has been systematically destroying democratic institutions of the country, spreading hatred and harming pluralistic harmony, Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee president G A Mir said Tuesday. Addressing a party meeting here, he asked people to oppose the BJP for it wrong policies and force the government through democratic means to shun its anti-people anti-poor and anti-youth policies. The present BJP government led by (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has been systematically destroying democratic institutions and the culture in the country and spreading hatred, besides destroying economy and harming the pluralistic harmony, he said.

Rahul Gandhi questions PM Modis silence over reports of China constructing bridge in Pangong Tso

NEW DELHI 04 Jan: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over reports of China constructing a bridge on the Pangong Tso Lake in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). PMs silence is deafening. Our land, our people, our borders deserve better, Gandhi said on Twitter.

JKP To Get American Assault Rifles, Pistols To Fight Militants

Jammu 04 Jan: Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel will soon get American Sig Sauer assault rifles and pistols to carry out anti-militancy operations, officials said. The Army has already equipped its personnel guarding the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China with the state-of-the-art rifles. The Jammu and Kashmir Police is probably the first in the country to get the modern weapons, they said, adding that the force will be procuring 500 Sig Sauer-716 rifles and 100 Sig Sauer MPX 9mm pistols.