February 2022 News

News Briefs for 07 February 2022

Indian Community In US Stages Protest Pak-backed Terror Activities In Kashmir

Washington DC 06 Feb: Indian community including several Kashmiris have staged a protest in the United States on Saturday against Pakistan for interfering with New Delhi's internal affairs. Notably, there is anger in the community that an economically crippled Pakistan, with help of Turkey and Qatar, has been trying to cover up its terror activities in Kashmir under the pretext of celebrating 'Kashmir Solidarity Day.'

After Article 370 Abrogation, J&K Moving In Right Direction: Think Tank

New Delhi 06 Feb: Jammu and Kashmir has been moving in the right direction after the abolition of Article 370 in 2019 as more jobs have been created through various projects by the Government of India, according to an Indonesia-based think tank. In an effort to know more about India and Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) has organized an international webinar with the title '75 years of India's Independence: Jammu and Kashmir's journey toward prosperity' on February 4

Court Summons Gowhar Geelani For Activities Having Security Concerns

Srinagar 06 Feb: A Court in South Kashmir's Shopian district has summoned Srinagar-based journalist Gowhar Nazir Geelani to ensure personal appearance before it on 7th February for acting in a manner 'prejudicial' to the public interest that tends to 'disturb' public peace.

J&K rejects Delimitation draft report: ANC Chief Begum Khalida Shah

Srinagar 06 Feb: ( KNS ) J&K Awami National Conference president Begum Khalida Shah has said that J&K out rightly rejects the delimitation commissions second draft proposal & there are no takers for it anywhere in Jammu & Kashmir. The ANC rejects this drama carried out in the name of Delimitation. In a statement to Kashmir News Service (KNS), She said that the Delimitation Commission exercise was against the constitution and any change in the existing setup amounts to challenging the Indian constitution.

JK youth facing unrestrained assaults on their future: Masoodi

New Delhi 06 Feb: ( KNS ) The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of Parliament Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi on Sunday expressed discontent over the withdrawing of vacancies referred to J&K Public Service Commission and (JKPSC) J&K Service Selection Board (JKSSB) for recruitment before October 31, 2019, saying the circular has dashed the job hopes of thousands of youth across Jammu and Kashmir. Far from coming up with a bail out for the educated and unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir, Masoodi said the government was making unrestrained assaults on the future of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

PAGD to convene meeting on Feb 13 in Jammu

Srinagar 06 Feb: The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration has convened a meeting of its constituent members in Jammu on 13 February to discuss several issues including Delimitation Commission`s second Draft Report, sources said here on Sunday. Sources told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that PAGD meeting has been convened by its president and National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah at Jammu, wherein Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti, CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami and ANC senior vice-president Muzaffar Ahmad Shah will also be present. Notably, the meeting has been called a day ahead when Parliament Members, who are part of the Delimitation Commission, are supposed to file their objections related to commission`s second draft report.

Govt lifts weekend lockdown in J&K

Srinagar 06 Feb: Authorities on Sunday decided to lift weekend lockdown after decline in Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir and also allowed coaching centres to take offline classes with 50 percent capacity subject to the condition that both staff as well students are fully vaccinated. According to an order issued by the State Executive Committee, night curfew will remain in force in the entire J&K from 10 pm to 6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement. The order also stated that coaching centres from civil services, engineering and NEET etc.

Political parties reject delimitation panel report

Srinagar 06 Feb: Political parties on Sunday unanimously rejected the delimitation panel draft report that has proposed massive change in assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Kashmir, saying Peoples Democratic Party, Peoples Conference (PC), Apni Party, CPI(M) and Awami National Conference criticised the Delimitation Commissions draft report that proposed redrawing of boundaries of assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. Rejecting the interim report by the panel, the Peoples Democratic Party said that instead of a constitutional body, it has proved itself to be a frontal organization of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. From the media reports regarding the interim recommendations of the commission, it was clear that the sole objective of the body was to ensure backdoor entry of BJP and its shadow organizations to the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman of the party said, adding that the apprehensions about the entire exercise expressed by the party have come true.

China says opposed to unilateral actions to resolve Kashmir issue

Beijing 06 Feb: China on Sunday pledged closer cooperation with Pakistan under the USD 60 billion CPEC investment programme and called for resolving the Kashmir issue properly and peacefully while opposing any unilateral actions that could complicate the situation as Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping. Khan called on President Xi on the last day of his four-day visit to China to discuss a host of issues including the slow pace of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and increasing concerns of Beijing over recurring attacks on Chinese personnel working in its various projects in Pakistan. In his meeting with Khan, Xi said China firmly supports Pakistan in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty, dignity and fighting terrorism, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Editors Guild demands release of scribes, end to harassment in the name of national security

New Delhi 06 Feb: The Editors Guild of India (EGI) on Sunday condemned the arrest of Fahad Shah, the editor of The Kashmir Walla news portal, and demanded his immediate release, urging the Jammu and Kashmir administration to stop the harassment of journalists in the name of national security. In a statement, the editors body also demanded the immediate release of another journalist, Sajad Gul, who was arrested in Kashmir last month. The EGI noted that Shah was arrested on the specious ground of glorifying terrorist activities, spreading fake news and inciting the public for creating a law-and-order situation, and said the space for media freedom has progressively eroded in Kashmir.

Three Pak intruders killed along IB in Samba: BSF

Jammu 06 Feb: Three Pakistani intruders were gunned down on Sunday by the BSF as it scuttled a major narcotic smuggling attempt and recovered 36 kgs heroin worth crores of rupees along the International Border in Samba sector of Jammu, officials said. This was the fourth narcotic smuggling bid foiled by the BSF troops along the border this year, while a total of nine Pakistani intruders were eliminated in various such attempts in the past one year, Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu frontier, D K Boora said. We had a very good operation the previous night when the alert troops eliminated a narcotic smuggling attempt from Pakistan.

New Sharada Temple In Kashmir To Come Up With Sringeri Shankaracharya Math Support

Bangalore 06 Feb: A new temple for Goddess Sharada in Kashmir would be built at Teetwal at the Line of Control (LOC) on the banks of Kishanganga river in Kashmir with the support of Sringeri Shankaracharya Math in Karnataka. It will be built at Teetwal, en route to the Sarvajna Peeth - the original sixth century AD Sharada temple in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir - which is in ruins.