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News Briefs for 06 January 2022

Armed Forces To Get 1358 Kanal Land In Gulmarg, Sonmarg

Srinagar 05 Jan: The Jammu & Kashmir government has declared 1358 kanals and 6 marlas of land as 'strategic areas' for training and operational requirements of the armed forces in Gulmarg and Sonamarg tourist resorts in Kashmir Valley. A copy of notification issued by the J&K's Tourism Department reveals that 1034 kanals and six marlas of land at Gulmarg and 354 Kanals at Sonamarg have been notified as strategic areas by the authorities while exercising powers under the Jammu and Kashmir Development Act.

Govt orders complete restriction on non-essential movement from 9 pm to 6 am in J&K

Srinagar 05 Jan: The government of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday ordered complete restriction of non-essential movement in the entire UT from 9 pm to 6 am till further orders. According to an order issued by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, who is also the chairman state executive committee, in view of the rise in Covid-19 cases in J&K, there will be complete restriction on non-essential movement from 9 pm to 6 am till further orders. The order, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS) has been issued under under Section 24 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and following a meeting chaired by the chairman State Executive Committee with the ACS (Health and Medical Education) and other senior Health functionaries today.

Kashmir issue will be resolved if peaceful deliberations are held among concerned parties: APHC

Srinagar 05 Jan: All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said that the Kashmir issue will be resolved if engagement for deliberations among the concerned parties will be given a chance as the lingering conflict continues to consume lives on all sides bringing only pain and sorrow with it. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), APHC said that it has been seventy-five years since J&K was forcibly divided and its people were separated by an artificial line, giving birth to the Kashmir issue. It said that the issue continues to remain unresolved, despite UN resolutions, wars and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan and in the meantime, people of J&K continue to bear the brunt and suffer.

Three JeM militants killed in Pulwama encounter: Police

Srinagar 05 Jan: Three militants of JeM outfit have been killed in an encounter that broke out between security forces and militants in Pulwama district in the wee hours today, police said here. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the encounter started between security forces and militants in Chandgam village this morning. He said that in the ensuing encounter three militant were killed, while search operation was going on.

J&K Govt Now Says Employees Can Get Passport Without VO Clearance

Srinagar 05 Jan: The Jammu and Kashmir government has asked passport authorities as well as verifying agencies not to insist on latest vigilance clearance from its employees, underlining that it causes unnecessary delay and unwarranted inconvenience in issuance of the passport. Attention of Administrative Departments/Heads of Departments/Passport issuing/verifying authorities is invited towards Circular No. 35-JK(GAD) of 2021 Dated 16.09.2021, wherein it has been made mandatory to seek the latest vigilance status of a Government employee applying for issuance of a passport, reads a circular by the government.

Unemployment Rate Declines To 15% In J&K

Srinagar 05 Jan: The unemployment rate in December for Jammu and Kashmir has declined to 15 percent, as per the data revealed by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). According to the CMIE, the unemployment rate in the Union Territory for the month of December, 2021 has declined to 15 percent in comparison to rate recorded at 21.2 percent in November 2021. In September, CMIE has noted that J&K has the highest unemployment figure in the country with a gruelling rate of 21.6 percent.

NC questions delimitation panels recommendations for J&K

New Delhi 05 Jan: Terming the Reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir Act constitutionally suspect, the National Conference (NC) questioned the Delimitation Panels recommendations for the union territory, especially its rationale behind increasing six seats in Jammu division against one in Kashmir region. In its reply to the commission, the NC said there were question marks over the panels constitutional propriety, especially when the party along with several others, had approached the Supreme Court challenging the Centres 2019 action of revoking the special status of the erstwhile state and bifurcating it into the Union territories of Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir. The party said the commission was formed because of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019, which was under judicial scrutiny, and on which the apex court is yet to deliver its order.

BSF lodges protest with Pak Rangers over arms smuggling

Jammu 05 Jan: The Border Security Force lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Rangers at a commander-level meeting on Wednesday over smuggling of arms and narcotic substances from across the border, a BSF spokesperson said. The BSF reiterated that these types of activities from the Pakistani side are unacceptable. It also strictly objected to the drone operations carried out by Pakistan regularly violating the International Border, the spokesperson said.

Air Traffic Between Kashmir, Rest Of Country Remains Affected For 2nd Day

Srinagar 05 Jan: Air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country remained affected for the second consecutive day on Wednesday due to inclement weather as intermittent snowfall was reported from most parts of the valley over the past 24 hours, officials said here. 'Flight operations have not been possible at Srinagar airport today due to inclement weather. Four flights have been cancelled so far,' a senior official of the Airport Authority of India told PTI. He said the resumption of air traffic would depend on the weather conditions.