March 2022 News

News Briefs for 31 March 2022

'Kashmir Files' Brought Truth To Fore After 31 Years: Kavinder

Jammu 30 Mar: Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta said that movie 'The Kashmir Files' has brought to fore the truth behind the misery of Kashmiri Pandits after 31 years as before 2014 no one cared about the plight of this hapless community which became refugee in its own country, a rare example in history.

Kashmir Valley Attracts 3 Lakh Tourists In Past 3 Mths

Jammu 30 Mar: The tourist 'hot spots' across picturesque Kashmir Valley and the foothills of Mata Vaishno Devi have been witnessing huge footfalls bringing back smiles on the faces of tour operators and all others thriving on the tourism industry to earn their livelihood. Each day the tourist footfall is recording an upward trend raising hopes of the tourism industry already expecting a jam packed summer season ahead.

Youth Should Not Pick Up Guns: Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar 30 Mar: J&K Apni Party President Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday said youth should not pick up guns but they should act as a driving force towards the path of development for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. According to a press note, Bukhari was addressing a function at party office while welcoming new entrants into the party fold. 'Prominent political leaders and youth members from Baramulla joined the party fold in presence of Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, who told them about the key principles of the party pertaining to better employment, good infrastructure and sustainable livelihood,'the press note added

Two militants killed in nocturnal encounter in Rainawari: Police

Srinagar 30 Mar: Two militants were killed in an encounter that broke out in Rainawari area of Srinagar late last night, police said here. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that encounter broke out in Rainawari at around 1 am. He said that during the ensuing encounter two militants were killed, while arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of encounter.

In a first, active militants in Kashmir under 200: IGP Kashmir

Srinagar 30 Mar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said that the number of active militants in the valley has come down and is currently under 200 for the first time. Talking to media persons here, IGP said that iy is an open thing that militant numbers have come down and for the first time it has reduced below 200. He said that they will bring it further down, while some people had guessed that numbers will rise but there is nothing like that.

NIA announces cash reward of Rs 10 lakh against four absconding LeT `Terrorists`

Srinagar 30 Mar: NIA has announced a cash reward of Rs. 10,00,000 against absconding "terrorists" accused in case no, RC 32/2021/NIA/DLI. According to a statement, the four "terrorists include Sajjad Gul alias Sheikh Saijad son of Ghulam Ahmed resident of Ansari Lane, HMT Colony, Srinagar, Salem Rehmani alias Abu Saad of Nawab Shah, Sindh Pakistan, Saifullah Sajid Jatt of village Shangamanga, District Kasur, Punjab, Pakistan and Basit Ahmed Dar s/o Late Abdul Rashid Dar of Redwani Payeen, Kulgam.

Sopore Petrol Bomb Attack: Burqa-clad woman identified, will be arrested soon : IGP Kashmir

Waris Fayaz Srinagar 30 Mar: Inspector general of police Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said that burqa-clad woman who hurled a petrol bomb toward a CRPF camp in Sopore last evening, has been identified and will be arrested soon. IGP said that the woman was identified through CRPFs CCTV footage in which she could be seen fleeing after hurling petrol bomb towards the bunker. He also said the woman will be arrested soon.

IGP Kashmir Warns Journalists Against Spreading Fake News

Srinagar 30 Mar: Hours after a militant and his associate were killed in an overnight encounter with government forces here, the IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar on Wednesday warned journalists of action if they indulge in anti-national activity, instigating people or spreading fake news. One of the deceased was running a social media handle titled Valley News Service, according to the police. Sounding a word of caution, the IGP said the information department and journalists should follow the Press Council of India guidelines.

2 constables, teacher, nurse, computer operator: Sacked for militancy links

Srinagar 30 Mar: The Jammu & Kashmir government on Wednesday sacked five employees for their involvement in militancy-related incidents. According to separate orders issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), the Lieutenant Governor has dismissed these employees after being satisfied that it is not expedient to hold inquiry against them in the interest of the security of the State. Under sub-clause (C) of the proviso to clause (2) of the Article 311 of Constitution of India, the government can terminate an employee without holding mandatory inquiry into charges against him.

No rules to dismiss employees for sympathy to UAPA, PSA accused: GoI

Srinagar 30 Mar: The Government of India on Wednesday said that no new rules have been notified by the J&K administration under which employees can be dismissed from service if they or their family members are found to be sympathetic to people accused under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and Public Safety Act (PSA). While replying to a query, Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai said that Jammu & Kashmir Govt has issued instructions regarding mandatory Vigilance Clearance for Government employees for obtaining a passport in accordance with the instructions of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoP&T), Government of India. Replying to a question on whether any new rules have been notified under which employees can dismissed from service if found sympathetic to people accused under UAPA and PSA, he said that no new rules have been notified in this regard by the government on J&K.

Sacking govt employees move to disempower locals: Mehbooba

Srinagar 30 Mar: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday flayed the Jammu and Kashmir administration for dismissing five employees and alleged that it was a move to disempower the locals. The administration on Wednesday sacked police constable Tawseef Ahmed Mir, who has been accused of actively working for Hizbul Mujahideen and trying to kill two of his colleagues and four more employees for alleged links with terror groups. It terminated the services of the employees following a recommendation of a designated committee constituted under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution that allows dismissal without an inquiry in the interest of the security of the State.

US Urges Citizens to Avoid J&K Travel

Srinagar 30 Mar: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC, the State Department said. India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, it said, adding that the only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan.

Weve No Interest in Keeping J&K Under Prez Rule: Shah

Srinagar 30 Mar: Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held once the delimitation exercise is over and after consultation with political parties. "We have no interest in keeping Jammu and Kashmir under President`s Rule," Shah said in Lok Sabha while responding to concerns raised by members on Kashmir during the discussion on the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill. Shah said that he had made it clear that first panchayat elections will be held in Jammu and Kashmir, then this would be followed by the delimitation exercise, after which assembly elections will be held, and then J-K`s statehood will be restored.

Jammu And Kashmir's Power Supply To Double In 3 Years From 3500 MW

Srinagar 30 Mar: Jammu and Kashmir has been able to produce only 3500 megawatts of electricity under various governments during the past 70 years, prompting administration to focus on doubling power generation in next three years in the union territory, according to senior officials. Total 8 new hydro-electric power projects with a capacity of 6272 megawatts have been taken up by NHPC and a joint venture that would double power generation in the UT.