News Briefs for 24 February 2022
6.65 Lakh Tourists Visited Kashmir In 2021Srinagar 23 Feb: Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday informed that 6.65 lakh tourists visited Kashmir in 2021 which is the highest number of tourist footfall in the last 7 years. 'Jammu And Kashmir recorded highest tourist footfall in last 7 years. Tourist footfall crossed 6.65 lakh in 2021 compared to 4.1 lakh in 2020. 1.27 lakh tourists were recorded in November which is the highest in the past decade,' reads an official statement of the government.
Six New Liquor Sale Points To Open In Kashmir After Three DecadesSrinagar 23 Feb: The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government is going to open new liquor sale points at different locations in the Kashmir Valley where, since 1991, terror outfits have declared an unofficial ban on its sale and consumption. The excise department has identified 51 new locations, 45 in different parts of the Jammu division and six in Kashmir Valley. New liquor sale points are likely to be opened in tourist destinations of Kashmir Valley.
AC approves policy for promotion of Foreign Investment in Industrial sector in J&K- 2022JAMMU 23 Feb: (KNS) The Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the
chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, today approved the
Policy for Promotion of Foreign Investment in the industrial sector in
Jammu and Kashmir- 2022. Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisors to the Lieutenant
Governor, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K, and Nitishwar
Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the
meeting. The new policy is based on the guiding framework on FDI issued by
the Government of India through the RBI and DPIIT and will be valid for
the next 10 years.
Administration caught napping as problems galore in snow fall: VakilSopore Feb
23 23 Feb: (KNS) Senior Vice President Peoples Conference and Former
Minister Abdul Gani Vakil today said that the administration is
invisible at this time of distress. In a statement,Vakil lashed out at
authorities for allegedly failing to make proper arrangements in view of
the snowfall. Abdul Gani Vakil said that all claims made by the government about
their preparedness have been exposed with a few inches of snow causing
immense hardships to the people of Valley especially people of Rafiabad
and Zainageer area which is still under snow and nobody from the Govt
side coming to the rescue.
All 41 flights cancelled today at Srinagar Airport due to snowfall, low visibility: Director AirportSrinagar 23 Feb: All flights of all airlines, which were scheduled for today, were
cancelled at Srinagar International Airport, while Srinagar-Jammu
highway was closed for traffic and Baramulla-Banihal train service also
remained suspended due to heavy snowfall in the Kashmir valley. Director Srinagar Airport told Kashmir News Service (KNS), there
were total 41 cancellations today including scheduled flights due to
accumulation of snow on the runway and low visibility. He also said that the passengers will be adjusted in the forthcoming flights in next available flight.
Cyber crime/frauds: DGP issues circular; directs to form cyber-crime investigation teamsJammu February
23 23 Feb: (KNS) To avert the growing trend of cyber crimes/frauds, the
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has issued a circular directing
to form teams of well-trained officers to handle the cyber-crime
investigation. The circular copy of which has been forwarded to Spl. DGP Crime,
J&K, ADGP, Jammu Zone and IGP Kashmir reads that teams of
well-trained officers shall be formed to handle cyber-crime
investigations in their each unit/wing and cyber awareness day shall
be observed on the first Wednesday of every month to create awareness on
cyber related frauds in all vernacular languages.
Essential services being restored on war footing, 70 Percent roads cleared under priority Phase-I: Div ComSrinagar 23 Feb: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Pandurang K Pole on Wednesday
said that all essential services are being restored on war footing
basis for the convenience of general public. In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), he informed
that plain areas of South Kashmir received 2 to 3 feet snow while
Central Kashmir received 1 to 1.5 feet snow and North Kashmir 0.5 to 1
feet, besides, hilly areas received 2 to 4 feet snow which affected
normal life and services. He said that Mechanical Engineering Department completed 70% snow
cleance under Priority Phase-I while PWD cleared snow from all the roads
falling under its jurisdiction.
Two militant associates held in BaramullaSrinagar 23 Feb: Government forces arrested two militant associates
of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Baramulla district, police said on
Wednesday. Police along with security forces have arrested two militant associates
linked with LeT (TRF) in Baramulla. Incriminating materials including
ammunition have been recovered from their possession, a police spokesman
Militant associate arrested with grenade in JammuJammu 23 Feb: An alleged overground worker of The Resistance Front
(TRF), an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit, was arrested by the
police and a grenade recovered here, officials said. The timely arrest of the suspect foiled the militants plan to carry out
a grenade attack in the winter capital Jammu, the officials said. Shakir Ahmad Naikoo, a resident of Harpora village of south Kashmirs
Shopian district, was picked up on specific information by the police
from the Narwal area in the outskirts of the city, they said.