March 2022 News

News Briefs for 25 March 2022

CBI To Probe Ex-J&K Guv Malik's Rs 300 Cr Bribe Allegation

Jammu 24 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has recommended a CBI probe into the allegations levelled by former Governor Satya Pal Malik that he was offered a bribe of Rs 300 crore. On October 17, 2021, Malik had said at a function in Rajasthan, 'Two files had come for my consideration. One of the secretaries told me that if I approve these, I can get Rs 150 crore each. I turned down the offer saying that I had brought five 'kurta-pyjamas' to Kashmir and will just go back with them.'

OIC Irrelevant, Pakistan Its Manipulator, Says India On Kashmir Reference

New Delhi 24 Mar: India on Thursday hit out at OIC's references to Kashmir in statements adopted at its meeting in Islamabad, saying these 'demonstrate both the irrelevance of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as a body and role of Pakistan as its manipulator'.

2022-23 budget fails to cater to needs of J&K trade, industry and commerce: Masoodi in LS

New Delhi 24 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Member of Parliament from Anantnag Hasnain Masoodi on Thursday flagged the plight of Jammu and Kashmir trade and industry in the Lok Sabha, saying the Budgetary allocations of 2022-2023 have failed to cater to the needs of the J&K trade, industry and commerce. This was said by him while making an intervention on the demands for grants from the ministry of trade and commerce. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Masoodi said the budgetary allocations for the ministry for the year 2022-23 are less than 2021-22, saying the decrease in the allocations will adversely affect the growth of the concerned industries, commerce and trade sectors.

After breaking chains of Article 370, there is positive change in political thinking of people of J&K: Tarun Chugh

Kishtwar 24 Mar: BJP National General Secretary and in charge of Jammu and Kashmir, Tarun Chugh on Thursday said that The Kashmir Files movie has presented tragedy of a planned genocide in Kashmir in the 1990s in front of the countrymen. Addressing a huge gathering at Kishtwar, he said that the leaders and administration, whose responsibility was to protect their citizens, surrendered further to the terrorists and turned from protectors to eaters. Chugh said that this is the place where Hindus were massacred several times in the 1990s.

72 Lakh Tourists Visited J&K Since Sept 2021: GoI

Srinagar 24 Mar: More than 1.43 lakh tourists visited J&K in December 2021 and the number of tourists who visited J&K since September 2021 is over 72 lakh, the Tourism Ministry said on Thursday While replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of Tourism G Kishan Reddy said that the winter season has witnessed 100 percent occupancy of hotels in Srinagar and other tourist destinations.

Number of militants decreasing, but violence wont end till there are guns and grenades: DGP

Srinagar 24 Mar: DGP Dilbagh Singh on Thursday said while the number of militants is decreasing in Jammu and Kashmir, violence will not end till youngsters possess guns and grenades. He appealed to the youngsters who have joined militant ranks to shun the path of violence and join the countrys mainstream. The number of terrorists is decreasing but till the time there are guns or grenades, violence will continue.

Properties of those providing shelter to militants to be attached: Police

Srinagar 24 Mar: Police on Thursday warned that properties of people providing shelter to militants or their associates will be attached under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Process has started for attachment of some immovable properties which have been used for purpose of terrorism as per section 2(g) & 25 of ULP (UAPA) Act, Srinagar Police wrote on its Twitter handle. The police said properties will be attached as per the law apart from legal action in such cases.

Yechury Urges SC To Hear Art-370 Petitions

Srinagar 24 Mar: The CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday demanded early hearing by the Supreme Court on a batch of petitions challenging the revocation of Jammu and Kashmirs semi-autonomous status by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government on August 5, 2019. Yechury, who was speaking to reporters at a press conference at party leader M Y Tarigami`s residence here lamented that petitions, including that of the CPI(M), challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre`s decision are not being heard in the Supreme Court. "The time the Supreme Court is taking to hear the petitions, gives time to the government to de-facto implement the laws (in J&K).