April 2022 News

News Briefs for 22 April 2022

BJP expel its District president Bandipora on demanding, accepting 1 lakh to release jailed youth

Bandipora Apr 21 Apr: Bhartiya Janta Party on Thursday expelled it`s District president of Bandipora Abdul Rahman Tekri on demanding and accepting 1 lac rupees to release jailed youth. In a communique signed by BJP President Ravinder Raina, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS) reads that Abdul Rehman Tikri, District president, BJP Bandipora is relieved off of his responsibilities as district president, BJP Bandipora and all other party responsibilities with immediate effect. The District President had demanded and accepted Rs 1 lakh from the woman namely Anjum Khursheed in lieu of releasing her incarcerated brother Aqib Khursheed from Jail.

Top most LeT commander among 02 terrorists killed in Baramulla encounter: Police

Srinagar 21 Apr: Top most and longest surviving terrorist of LeT was among tow terrorists killed in an encounter in Malwah village of Baramulla district on Thursday, while four soldiers including an officer and a cop were also injured, police said here. According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) , Police alongwith Army achieved a major success by neutralizing 02 terrorists including a dreaded terrorist of LeT Yousuf Kantroo who was amongst the list of top 10 most wanted terrorists during the encounter in Baramulla. The statement reads that acting on specific information generated by Budgam police, a special team of Budgam Police alongwith Army (62RR) launched a joint cordon & search operation in Malwah area of Baramulla.

CBI Raids Senior J&K Bureaucrat Navin Choudhary`s Residence

Jammu 21 Apr: The CBI on Thursday raided the residence of a senior J&K IAS officer in connection with a corruption case being investigated by the agency. Official sources said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out raids at the residence of senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, Navin Choudhary, principal secretary agriculture production and farmers welfare department. Raids were also carried out at residences of former officers of Chenab Valley projects construction limited and premises of a construction company in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bihar and Jammu.

J&K Achieves Highest Growth Rate In GST Collections: Govt

Srinagar 21 Apr: Jammu and Kashmir figures among the top four states- Union Territories in the country in Gross Domestic State Product growth and achieved one of the highest growth rate in GST collections despite Covid pandemic slowdown. The J&K Government realised the revenue collection of Rs 15217.17 crores in the year 2021-22 which is a 25.70 % growth rate as compared to Rs 12105.95 crs (17.02% growth rate )in 2020-21, Rs 10345.46 crs in 2019-20 (8.18 %) and Rs 9562.80 crs in 2018-19.

India Condemns US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's Visit To Pak-Occupied Kashmir

New Delhi 21 Apr: India today condemned US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's visit to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. The Congresswoman is on a four-day visit to Pakistan starting April 20, where she has also met former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his successor Shahbaz Sharif. Answering a question about her visit to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, the foreign ministry spokesperson said it is condemnable.

LG admin issues formal order for 50 pc remission in stamp duty for first-time property buyers

Jammu 21 Apr: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday issued the formal order for 50 percent remission in stamp duty for first-time buyers of real estate in the housing sector in the union territory. On February 25, the Administrative Council (AC), which had met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, had approved the remission in stamp duty for first-time property buyers. In exercise of power conferred by stamps act, the government hereby directs that there shall be remission of fifty percent (50) of duty chargeable under the said act for the first time buyers or lessees on purchase or lease of more than 20 years of immovable residential property or apartment or house or a residential plot from any agency of government, or development authority of from developer of project approved by RERA, said a notification issued by Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Atal Dulloo.

Rajnath asks Army to prepare for every possible security challenge

New Delhi 21 Apr: In the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked the top commanders of the Army to prepare for every possible security challenge that India may face in the future including that of unconventional and asymmetric warfare. Singh made the remarks at the biannual Army Commanders Conference that began on Monday. The defence minister also complimented the Army for its operational readiness to deal with any possible eventualities.

Terrorism biggest form of human rights violation, says Amit Shah

New Delhi 21 Apr: Terrorism is the biggest form of human rights violation and action against terrorism cannot be contradictory to human rights, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday. Addressing the 13th foundation day of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here, Shah said strong action has been taken against terror funding in Jammu and Kashmir and against those who had helped terrorism and were living respectfully in society. Terrorism is the biggest curse for the society, he said, adding that if there is any country which bore the maximum brunt of terrorism, it is India.

Ex-J&K Governors Bribe Bomb: CBI Files Two FIRs, Raids 14 Spots

New Delhi 21 Apr: The CBI has registered two FIRs in connection with corruption allegations levelled by former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik in the awarding of contracts for a group medical insurance scheme for government employees and civil work worth Rs 2,200 crore related to Kiru hydroelectric power project in the erstwhile state, officials said on Thursday. The CBI, after registering the FIRs, carried out searches on Thursday morning at 14 locations in Jammu, Srinagar, Delhi, Mumbai, Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Trivandrum in Kerala and Darbhanga in Bihar, they said. The central agency has named Reliance General Insurance and Trinity Re-Insurance Brokers Limited as accused in its FIR related to a controversial health insurance scheme for Jammu and Kashmir government employees reportedly cleared by Malik in the state administrative council meeting on August 31, 2018.