March 2022 News

News Briefs for 30 March 2022

Farooq Defends His Father's Decision To Support Accession With India

Srinagar 29 Mar: National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday defended his father Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah's decision to support accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India. In an informal interaction with media persons here, he said with that decision the people of Jammu and Kashmir were saved from the domination of Punjabis.

NC alive to predicaments suffered by people of J&K: Sagar

Exhorts office bearers 29 Mar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar Tuesday exhorted party functionaries to work in tandem towards making party stronger at grassroots level in order to take on the imminent challenges to the people of J&K. He said this while addressing a meeting of delegates of Khanyar constituency here at the party headquarters Nawa e Subha. Provincial VP Syed Tauqeer, YNC Provincial President Kashmir Salman Ali Sagar, Block President Bashir Ahmed Wani, Block Secretary Mehrajdin, YNC Block President Abid Wani were also present on the occasion.

Petrol bomb hurled towards CRPF bunker In Sopore, no damage reported

Waris Fayaz Sopore 29 Mar: Unknown persons on Tuesday evening hurled a petrol bomb towards a CRPF bunker in Sopore town of Baramulla district, official sources said here. Official sources told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that petrol bomb was hurled at a CRPF Bunker at Main Chowk Sopore, however, there was no casualty reported in the incident. They said that soon after the incident, reinforcements of police and other security forces reached to the spot and cordoned off the area in a bid to nab the attackers.

90 Flights A Day: Srinagar Airport Marks Busiest Day In History

Srinagar 29 Mar: The Srinagar International Airport marked the busiest day in its history, handling 15,0 14 passengers who boarded 90 flights to travel in or out of Kashmir on Monday, officials said. "We handled 45 arriving flights with 7,824 passengers and 45 departing flights with 7,190 passengers on March 28," a spokesperson of the Sheikhul Alam International Airport said in a tweet. " A total of 90 flights with 15,014 passengers makes it the busiest day in our history.

British Parliament Invites Vivek Agnihotri And Pallavi Joshi To Share Kashmir Pandits' Plight

New Delhi 29 Mar: Vivek Agnihotri's The Kashmir Files has emerged as one of the biggest superhit movies of the year. The film, which was released on March 11, has been making headlines and ruling the box office. It has received a positive response from both, the audience and critics. Considering the same, the filmmaker and his wife Pallavi Joshi (who also featured in the movie) have now been invited by the British Parliament to talk about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits.

As Guns Start To Fall Silent, Tourism Booms In Kashmir

Srinagar 29 Mar: Going by the footfall in the first three months of the year, Kashmir is poised to break the number of 13 lakh tourist arrivals recorded in 2011. Officials say seven thousand holidaymakers have reached Kashmir daily in the last three days, taking the number to 1.60 lakh in March. In January and February, despite disruptions in air and surface transport due to bad weather, 61,400 and 1.05 lakh guests arrived in the Valley. The numbers are expected to go up in the next three months.

34 people from outside bought properties in J&K after abrogation of Article 370: Govt

New Delhi 29 Mar: As many as 34 people from outside Jammu and Kashmir have bought properties in the Union Territory after abrogation of Article 370, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also barred people from outside to acquire properties, was abrogated on August 5, 2019 and the erstwhile state was bifurcated into two Union Territories Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. As per the information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, 34 people from outside the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir have bought properties in the UT of J&K after abrogation of Article 370, he said replying to a written question.

Instead of ensuring safe and dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits, BJP indulging in misinformation campaign: NC

Jammu 29 Mar: Reiterating its demand for a truth and reconciliation commission to look into the circumstances leading to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, the National Conference on Tuesday alleged the ruling BJP, instead of ensuring their safe and dignified return to Kashmir Valley, was indulging in a misinformation campaign to malign its president Farooq Abdullah. Senior National Conference leader and former minister Ajay Kumar Sadhotra said the party leadership stood like a rock by all segments of society, including the Kashmiri Pandit community which has been let down by the BJP during the past seven-and-half years of its rule. Instead of ensuring their safe and dignified return back to their homes, the saffron party is indulging in a misinformation campaign to malign Abdullah, he said.

J&K govt receives 4,226 proposals worth Rs 47,441 crore

Jammu 29 Mar: The government has received 4,226 investment proposals worth Rs 47,441 crore for land allotment to set up industrial units in Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir administration in January last year announced a new industrial developmental scheme with an outlay of Rs 28,400 crore to encourage new investment and take industrial development to the block level. The new policy, which has been applicable till 2037, also paved the way for foreigners to invest in the region.

Plea in SC by Kashmir residents challenging constitution of J&K delimitation commission

New Delhi 29 Mar: A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court by two Kashmir residents challenging the Centres decision to constitute the delimitation commission for redrawing the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir. The plea filed by Srinagar residents Haji Abdul Gani Khan and Dr. Mohammad Ayub Mattoo sought declaration that the increase of number of seats from 107 to 114 (including 24 seats in Pakistan administered Kashmir) in Jammu & Kashmir is Ultra vires the Constitutional Provisions such as Articles 81, 82, 170, 330 and 332 and Statutory Provisions particularly under Section 63 of the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. The plea said that if August 5, 2019 was to unite the Jammu and Kashmir State with India, then the delimitation process defeats new order of One Nation One Constitution in the country.

RSS chief to address Kashmiri Pandits on April 3

Jammu 29 Mar: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will virtually address members of the Kashmiri Pandit community on April 3, the last day of the three-day Navreh celebrations to be organised here, the BJP said on Tuesday. According to Jammu and Kashmir BJP spokesperson and former legislator G L Raina, this is the first time that Bhagwat will be addressing the Kashmiri Pandits. On April 3, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address the displaced community across the world through an online interaction.

China-Pak Tango: Army Chief To Review Security Preparedness

New Delhi 29 Mar: Army Chief Gen MM Naravane will carry out a comprehensive review of India`s military preparedness along the borders with China and Pakistan as well as possible implications of the ongoing geopolitical turmoil for national security at a high-level meeting on Wednesday. Senior commanders of the three services will attend the meeting being held at the headquarters of the Army`s central command in Lucknow, official sources said. The conflict in Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan are expected to be discussed in the context of their possible long-term implications for India as well as the region, they said.

Kashmir Resident Arrested for Social Media Post

Jammu 29 Mar: Police on Monday night arrested a man here for making objectionable remarks during an interview on social media, an official spokesperson said. The accused has been identified as Mohd Yousaf Wani, a resident of Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the police spokesperson said. During an anti-encroachment drive conducted by the Jammu administration on Sunday, Wani made some sensitive and objectionable remarks in an interview on social media, he said.