February 2022 News

News Briefs for 16 February 2022

Successive Govts Exploited STs In J&K: Slathia

Jammu 15 Feb: Saying that the BJP is committed to socio-economic and political empowerment of the marginalized segments of Jammu and Kashmir, the Party Pradesh vice president Surjeet Singh Slathia today referred to reservation of seats for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community as a major and significant step towards their important role in the decision making.

AAC holds executive council meeting, demands release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Srinagar 15 Feb: J&K Awami Action Committee held a meeting of its executive council at the party headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal regarding completion of two and a half years of house detention of its chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) , AAC said that Mirwaiz was put under arbitrary house arrest on the eve of 5th August 2019 and it also expressed deep regret and condemned the continuous closure of Jama Masjid for Friday prayers As per the statement, AAC denounced forcible and arbitrary house detention of its chairman by the authorities, whereby all his human rights stand completely violated. It said that AAC since its inception in 1963 under the leadership of Shaheed Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq and after his Martyrdom in 1990 under the leadership of the present Chairman, advocates for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict as per the will and aspirations of the people of J&K.

Framing of delimitation draft proposal an attack on history, culture of J&K: Masoodi, as NC files objections

Tasaduq Rasheed Srinagar 15 Feb: National Conference has filed its objections before the Delimitation Commission on its second draft report, which has proposed massive changes in the assembly and parliamentary constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir. Talking exclusively to Kashmir News Service (KNS) NC parliamentarian from South Kashmir Justice (Retd.) Hasnain Masoodi said that they have filed the objections before the commission.

BJP ruining economy and destroying business culture of J&K: JKPCC President

Ramban February 15 15 Feb: ( KNS ) JKPCC membership drive with the slogan Aayo Chalein Congress Ke Sath, Badlein Pradesh Ke Halaat organized by District Congress Committee Ramban reached Tuesday under the leadership of JKPCC President GA Mir along with JKPCC Working President Raman Bhalla besides Ravinder Sharma Chief Spokesperson Congress, Yogesh Sawhney JKPCC General Secretary, Gulzar Ahmad Wani Ex MLA, Sewa Dal Chairmen Vijay Sharma Babbi, Transport Department Chairmen Gajan Singh, Parnav Shagotra Ex Youth President. Prominent among those present on the occasion include Ashok Kumar Ex MLA Farooq Ahmed Kotach, Arun Singh, Feroz Khan, Madam Zahida Khan, Karleep Singh, Imtiaz Singh, Jai Ram Bhagat, Feeroz Ahmed Wani, Gopal Raina, Mohd Khalid Wani, Janak Singh, Rehmatulla Runya, Sharuk Bhatti, Amin Bhatt, Mohan Singh, Munshi Ram, Mohd Iqbal, Rashid Malik,Dara Singh, Narinder Kour beside others. According to a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Speaking on the occasion, Mir accused BJP Govt in J&K of being a total failure on all fronts, especially employment generation, and claimed that there is no "double engine government" in J&K as every now and then claimed by BJP leadership.

National Conference wedded to democratic pluralism and welfarism: Dr Farooq Abdullah

Jammu February 15 15 Feb: ( KNS ) The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar stated that the vision of the National Conference is wedded to democratic pluralism and welfarism. Party President, who reached Jammu, earlier today, took review of the ongoing party activities in the region. He asked the party`s provincial and Zonal level functionaries to intensify their public outreach.

Clashes in Magam over slain Iranian generals photo

Srinagar 15 Feb: Clashes broke out in Magam and some adjoining areas in central Kashmir after the army allegedly burnt the photo of Qasem Suleimani, regarded as the second most powerful figure by Shia Muslims after Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Suleimani was killed in an attack by the US in August 2020. Reports said that soon after news broke out that some army men burnt the picture of Suleimani, a number of people took to streets and staged a protest demonstration.

College campuses back to life with students

Srinagar 15 Feb: Months of online mode education was back to offline mode on Tuesday, when many Government Degree Colleges (GDCs) resumed classwork for students of undergraduate and integrated courses in Jammu and Kashmir. This has brought a sense among people that life is getting back to normal, after remaining buried for months under restrictions imposed for preventing the spread of COVID-19. There would soon be another lease of life when the schools will reopen, most likely on February 28, in Kashmir.

Kashmiri student booked for sedition in MP over objectionable video on Pulwama attack

Neemuch (MP) 15 Feb: A case of sedition has been registered against a minor college student from Pulwama, studying in Madhya Pradeshs Neemuch city under a central governments scholarship scheme, for allegedly posting an objectionable video regarding the 2019 Pulwama attack, an official said on Tuesday. In the video, shared by the student on WhatsApp and Instagram and which has also surfaced on other social media platforms, he has allegedly termed the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14, 2019, as an act of revenge for the Babri demolition and some other incidents, the official said. The in-charge principal of the Neemuch-based PG College, where the student is enrolled, on Monday came across the objectionable video, which was seen by other pupils as well, and approached the police, Superintendent of Police (SP) Suraj Kumar Verma said.

Those protesting should file objections with delimitation panel

Srinagar 15 Feb: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday suggested that those protesting against the delimitation panel draft report should file objections. Replying to a query about protests and filing of objections by associate members over a draft proposal of the Delimitation Commission that was set up to redraw the assembly seats of the Union Territory, he said India is a democratic country where everyone is free to speak. The Election Commission is a constitutional body and the Delimitation Commission works in accordance with the delimitation act enacted by Parliament.

Railways Makes Breakthrough In Ambitious Kashmir Project

Banihal, Jammu 15 Feb: The Northern Railways has achieved a line and level breakthrough of the longest 12.758 km tunnel between Sumber and Arpinchala station on the Katra-Banihal section under the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project, an official said on Tuesday. The breakthrough was achieved on the T-49 tunnel, which is going to be the longest tunnel of the Indian Railways surpassing the 11.2 km-long Pir Panjal tunnel constructed by USBRL on the Banihal-Qazigund section. The South portal of tunnel T-49 is located in the picturesque Sumber village at a distance of 45 km from district headquarters Ramban at an altitude of 1,200 metres, while the North portal is located near Arpinchala village in Khari Tehsil at an altitude of 1,600 metres, he said.