14 July 2022 News

News Briefs for 14 July 2022

More than 1 lakh trees axed for Srinagar Ring Road: NHAI

Jammu , July 14 : More than 1.10 lakh trees of Apple, Chinar, Walnut, Mullberry among other species valued at Rs 13.76 crore have been chopped down by the NHAI to lay down the Srinagar Ring Road, an RTI reply has revealed. The response received by RTI activist Raman Sharma from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on his queries said over 1,200 more private trees which form the lush green cover of the Valley will be chopped down in the coming days to build the new tarmac around Srinagar. The NHAI did not give any estimate of the cost that will be incurred on planting trees along the ring road and said the project is under construction.

The Dalai Lama arriving in Ladakh today for a months stay

Jammu , July 14 : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday said more and more people in China are beginning to realize that he is not seeking independence but meaningful autonomy and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Advocating resolution to all disputes through dialogue, he asserted that all human beings are equal and they need to rise above the narrow-minded approach of my nation, my ideology which is the main trigger for fights among people. The Dalai Lama arrived here to a warm welcome by his followers who turned up in large numbers despite heavy rains.

Excess of Yatris allowed for political purpose: Mehbooba

Srinagar , July 14 : PDP president Mehbooba Mufti accused the Union government of turning Amarnath Yatra into a political issue by allowing people to go on the pilgrimage in numbers far more in excess of what was recommended by a committee. The Peoples Democratic Party leader hit out at the Centre over the Amarnath flash flood which left 15 people dead and over 30 missing, saying the environmental conditions do not permit more than 5,000 pilgrims a day to visit the cave shrine. Mehbooba, a former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister, said the BJP made the yatra a political issue, instead of letting it stay a religious one.