News Briefs for 16 March 2022
PM Modi Slams 'conspiracy' To 'discredit' Film Kashmir FilesNew Delhi 15 Mar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today came down heavily on those attempting to discredit the film 'Kashmir FIles' and said a campaign was being run by an entire ecosystem to 'bury truths' and urged lawmakers of the Bharatiya Janata Party to stand in solidarity with those who try and bring out the truth. The PM's statement came amid a raging controversy over the film that deals with the exodus and persecution of Kashmiri Pandits decades ago.
Pak Bid To Rake Up Kashmir Issue At OIC MeetNew Delhi 15 Mar: Pakistan is coaxing the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) to hold a meeting of its Contact Group on Kashmir when it holds its ministerial summit in Islamabad on March 22 and 23. Pakistan has in the recent couple of years expressed frustration over OCI's reluctance to frequently give hard hitting statement on Kashmir as it had done in the past.
MJ Akbar Recalls Rajiv Gandhi's Reply On Exodus Of Kashmiri PanditsNew Delhi 15 Mar: Senior journalist and BJP member MJ Akbar on Tuesday recalled his question to the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits and said that his response was a 'political one', but 'the Centre cannot turn blind eye to such horrific episodes.' Speaking to ANI, Akbar said, 'I was moved by the events of that time. I was unable to watch the people of a particular community having to live as refugees in their own country.'
Activist Group Holds Demonstration Against Pakistan's Illegal Occupation Of KashmirGeneva 15 Mar: A Europe based Kashmiri activist group held a demonstration at the 'Broken Chair' monument in Geneva here on Tuesday against Pakistan's illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. The United Kashmir People's National Party (UKPNP) held the demonstration attended by about 40 people. The main agenda of the protest was to condemn Pakistan's forcible occupation of Kashmir and denial of basic rights.
J&K Budget 2022-23 steers clear of stakeholders in J&K: Masoodi in LSNew Delhi March 15 ( KNS ) 15 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday said the J&K
Budget 2022- 23 presented in the Parliament by the Union Finance
Minister ignored the established parliamentary norms and the aspirations
of all the concerned stakeholders. This
was said by the Party Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hasnain
Masoodi while replying to the Union Finance Ministers Budget speech
in the Parliament late evening in Lok Sabha, while taking part in the
discussions on the annual financial statement with regards to Jammu and
strong exception to the suspension of rule 205 of the parliamentary
proceedings, Masoodi said, The honourable members of the house were
deprived of their right to discuss the budget.
Jammu has become byword for unemployment, development deficit, administrative inertia: NCJammu 15 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday said that the
Jammu region had become a byword for underdevelopment , unemployment and
widespread administrative inertia, saying the good governance claims of
the government have fallen flat. This
was said by the party`s Provincial President Ratan Lal Gupta, while
presiding over a meeting of office bearers from Samba. Expressing
concern over the inordinate delay in the payment of crop compensation
case of Border areas, Gupta said, Already worried over low production
and damage being done to their paddy crop by the recent windstorm, the
affected farmers in the Jammu region have not much expectations from the
government in terms of disbursement of relief, which they will get
after assessment of the damaged crop.
LeT militant killed in Awantipora encounter: PoliceSrinagar 15 Mar: A militant of LeT outfit
was killed in an encounter in Charsoo area of Awantipora today morning
even as the inspector general of police Kashmir zone termed the
operation as important as it situated very close to the National
Highway. In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) ,
a spokesperson said that based on a specific input generated by Police
regarding presence of militant in Charsoo area, a joint cordon and
search operation was launched by Police, 42RR and 130Bn CRPF in
the said area. The statement reads that during the search operation, as the search
party proceeded towards the suspected spot, the hiding militant fired
indiscriminately upon the search party which was retaliated effectively
leading to an encounter.
Successive NC, PDP governments responsible for strengthening BJP in J&K: VakilRafiabad Mar 15 (KNS) 15 Mar: J&K
Peoples Conference senior Vice President and former Minister Abdul Gani
Vakil today said that the successive NC and PDP governments failed to
represent the aspirations of the people of J&K and worked against
their interests for the sake of securing power. Vakil
while touring Patusa, Panzla, Pakhwara, Kangroosa, Taqiya and Doabgah
areas of Rafiabad also regretted the failure of previous governments to
promote tourism in Rafiabad despite countless promises made by both
parties. He maintained that if PC comes to power, Rafiabad will be
developed as a thriving tourist destination which will immensely benefit
the inhabitants of the area.
When in power Mehbooba Mufti banned newspapers, when out of power she acts opposite: Sheikh ImranSrinagar 15 Mar: Peoples Conference youth
president, Sheikh Mohammad Imran on Tuesday asked PDP president Mehbooba
Mufti to stop befooling people as she was herself responsible for
arrest of large number of journalists as Fact Finding Committee of PCI
suggested in it reports. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Imran said that as per PCIs
FFC report, harassment of journalists in Kashmir started in 2016 when
Mehbooba Mufti was the chief minister. On 28th of Sep 2021, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti writes to
PressCouncil_IN about atrocities &harassment done to Journalists of
104 Security Men Killed In Last 2 Years: GoISrinagar 15 Mar: 104 forces personnel were killed and 223 were injured in militancy
related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 2 years, the Ministry
of Home Affairs said on Tuesday. Responding to a written question
by BJP parliamentarian Dr. Nishikant Dubey in the Lok Sabha, Minister
of State MHA, Nityanand Rai, said that 62 personnel were killed and 106
others injured in the militancy violence, including encounters during
the infiltration, in the Jammu and Kashmir in 2020. 42 personnel were killed and 117 injured in 2021, according to the written reply.
Hijab verdict one-sided: MMUSrinagar 15 Mar: Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu &
Kashmir, headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, deeply regretted
the decision of Karnataka High Court regarding the issue of female
students wearing hijab to educational institutions, saying that hijab
is not essential to Islam. In a statement, MMU said it is and an interference in religious matters of muslims and the Muslim personal law. Majlis-e-Ulema said that this one sided decision of the court adversely
affects the right to education of Muslim women who want to continue
their studies while wearing the hijab or veil; and in this way so many
of our daughters will be deprived of the fundamental right to education.
Omar, Mehbooba disappointedSrinagar 15 Mar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar
Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday called the Karnataka high courts
decision upholding ban on entry of girls into government schools
wearing hijab, disappointing. Very disappointed by the verdict of the Karnataka High Court. Regardless of what you may think about the hijab its not about an item
of clothing, its about the right of a woman to choose how she wants to
Army Ready To Face Evolving Threats: Lt Gen DwivediUdhampur 15 Mar: The Army`s Northern Command is in a high
state of readiness to face constantly evolving threats and challenges,
General Officer-commanding-in-chief Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi said on
Tuesday. The commander presented gallantry awards as well as
distinguished service awards to bravehearts, both officers and other
ranks, in a solemn and distinguished investiture ceremony here. "The
security situation in Northern Command continues to remain volatile, as
we are the only command in active operations facing adversaries from
both the northern and western front, in addition to the internal
security threats," the commander said.