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News Briefs for 11 January 2022

DGP sanctions rupees 94 lakh in favour of NoKs of martyred/deceased Police personnel/SPOs

Jammu 10 Jan: Continuing with its welfare initiatives to provide financial assistance to the next of kins of martyrs/deceased Police personnel/SPOs, the Director General of Police Shri Dilbag Singh has sanctioned special welfare relief of Rupees ninety four lakhs and welfare relief of Rupees 5.4 lakh in favour of NoKs of martyred Police personnel/SPOs under different order of PHQ. Under PHQ`s orders, Special Welfare Relief of Rs 22 lakh each has been sanctioned in favour of dependents and legal heirs of martyr ASI Ghulam Hassan, martyr SgCt. Shafeeq Ahamed, and Ct. Rameez Ahmad, who attained martyrdom in a terrorists attack in Zewan last month.

Government afraid of struggle carried out by PDP for people of J&K: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar 10 Jan: Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that the government is afraid of the struggle carried out by her party for the people of J&K and that is why Covid SOPs are meant for her party only. As per Kashmir News Service (KNS), talking to reporters at the party office in Srinagar, Mufti said that Coovid-19 protocols are only to be followed at the time of rallies and conventions organized by the PDP and not at the time of other political parties. "COVID comes only when PDP leaders and workers visit for Fateh Khwani at their deceased leader`s graveyard.

Illegal Apple import from Iran will crush Kashmirs economy: NC

Srinagar 10 Jan: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday voiced concern over the illegal and tax-free import of Iranian apples into Indian market asking GOI to safeguard the interests of orchardists from Kashmir. Drawing attention of GoI towards the havoc played by illegal dumping of Iranian Apples in India, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar stated that the quantum of cheap Iranian apples entering India illegally is eating into the Kashmiri Apple market share. "Losses incurred due to the illegal import of Iranian apples into Indian markets has resulted in a dip in demand for local apple produce as a result of which over 3 Cr apple boxes are lying unsold in Kashmir division," he said adding, Kashmirs economy stands in shatters owing to back to back lockdowns starting from 2019.

2 Local Militants Killed In South Kashmir

Srinagar 10 Jan: Two local militants responsible for attacking policemen and civilians in south Kashmirs Pulwama district, were killed by government forces in an overnight gunfight, police said Monday. The two Al-Badr militants Muzaffar Wani of Arigam Pulwama and Abdul Rashid Thoker of Hassanpora were killed by police and armys 1RR in a joint operation in village Hasanpora bordering the twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag in south Kashmir, a police spokesperson said Monday. The search operation, he said, was launched on Sunday evening on the basis of specific input about the presence of militants in the village.

KPC calls for release of journalist Sajad Gul, urges authorities to drop charges against him

Srinagar 10 Jan: Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on Monday called for immediate release of a budding journalist Sajad Gul and urged the authorities to drop all cases against him to allow him pursue his media education and career in journalism. In a statement, the KPC said it was deeply disturbed by the arrest of Gul, who apart from contributing news reports from his area for an online portal, is presently pursuing Masters in Convergent Journalism from Central University of Kashmir. The Club has urged the authorities to immediately drop the alleged charges against Gul for his journalistic work, adding that the FIR against him is purely aimed at criminalising the reportage and journalistic work in Kashmir.

Banihal Highway Reopens After 3 Days

Banihal, Jammu 10 Jan: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was reopened for traffic on Monday after remaining closed for the past three days owing to heavy snowfall and multiple landslides in Ramban district, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police, traffic-national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said the traffic from both the twin capital cities was allowed after the arterial road was cleared of fresh landslides at Panthiyal and Maroog by road clearance agencies. The clearance of debris at certain places was still going on to ensure smooth movement of traffic, the officer told PTI.