20 July 2022 News

News Briefs for 20 July 2022

China Plans To Build New Highway Along LAC: Report

Beijing , July 20 : China plans to build a new highway along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with India as part of Beijing`s efforts to strengthen its strategic position and project its power, a media report said on Wednesday. The highway, spanning from Lhunze county in Tibet to Mazha in Kashgar, Xinjiang region, is among 345 construction plans proposed in the new national programme, which aims to build a total of 461,000 kms of highway and motorway by 2035, as China seeks to revive its faltering economy with infrastructure investment, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported. Lhunze county, according to reports, formed part of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as part of South Tibet.

No Kashmiri Pandit Left Valley After Art-370 Abrogation: MHA

Srinagar , July 20 : No Kashmiri Pandit has migrated from Kashmir since the abrogation of Article-370, while the central government has approved construction of 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees working in the Valley under Prime Ministers special employment package, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "As per record, no Kashmiri Pandit reportedly migrated from Kashmir during said period (August 5, 2019 to July 9, 2022)," Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai submitted in the Rajya Sabha, to a question by Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Rai also said the government has acquired state land (including Khalsa Sarkar, Kahchrie, Shamilat, etc.,) measuring 2,359.45 hectares for various public purposes such as roads, railways, schools, playgrounds, parks, border fencing and industrial estates during 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-2022 (up to June 2022).

118 civilians including 21 Hindus killed in Kashmir since abrogation of Article 370: Govt

New Delhi , July 20 : As many as 118 civilians, including five Kashmiri Pandits and 16 other Hindus and Sikhs, were killed in Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019, the government said Wednesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said in Rajya Sabha that 5,502 Kashmiri Pandits have been provided jobs in different departments of government of Jammu and Kashmir in the valley and no Kashmiri Pandit has reportedly migrated from the valley since August 2019. Rai said there has been substantial decline in militant attacks in last three years - from 417 in 2018 to 229 in 2021.

6,000 transit accommodations cleared for Kashmiri migrants employed in Valley: MoS Rai to RS

New Delhi , July 20 : The central government has approved construction of 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees working in the Valley under a special package of the prime minister, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said the government has acquired state land (including Khalsa Sarkar, Kahchrie, Shamilat, etc.,) measuring 2,359.45 hectares for various public purposes such as roads, railways, schools, playgrounds, parks, border fencing and industrial estates during 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-2022 (up to June 2022). The Government of India approved the construction of 6,000 transit accommodations for Kashmiri migrant employees engaged or to be engaged in different districts of Kashmir Valley under Prime Ministers Development Package, 2015 (PMDP-2015) announced on November 7, 2015.

Mayawati asks party leaders to make full preparations for J&K assembly polls

Lucknow , July 20 : BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday asked party leaders and workers to make full preparations for the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. She exhorted that without getting distracted by the victory or defeat in elections, the workers and leaders have to persevere in the missionary work. Speaking about the prevailing situation in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati termed the arrest of people under serious sections like National Security Act (NSA) as the official fashion of repression to cover up the failure on crime control and law and order.

NIA carries out searches at 9 places in Kashmir

Srinagar , July 20 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted searches at nine locations in the Kashmir valley in connection with a case related to the recovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition here, an official said. Two local hybrid militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were arrested in the Chanapora area of Srinagar on May 23, and 15 pistols, 30 magazines, 300 rounds and a silencer were seized from them. Two more accused were arrested later, and a vehicle was seized.

Gear up for upcoming elections, get connect with people at grass roots: G.A.Mir to Party workers

Srinagar July 20 ( KNS ) , July 20 : The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Wednesday held workers meeting at Verinag in South Kashmir vowed to strengthen the organization at grass roots and continue to work for the betterment of the people. J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir who presided over the meeting urged the party workers to gear up for the upcoming elections, besides invigorating the party at grass roots. Mir asked the Party workers to feel resolute in their endeavor to serve people and highlight the plight of the common masses for their resolution while urging them to expose the BJP for adopting anti people policies, besides defeating the forces weakening the party to serve their vested interests.

Militant attacks have significantly declined in J&K since 2018: Govt

Srinagar , July 20 : Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that there has been a substantial decline in militant attacks in Jammu and Kashmir since 2018. In a written reply to a query, he said that the government has a policy of zero tolerance against militancy and the security situation has improved significantly in J&K. He said the incidents of militant attacks also decreased significantly since 2018 with 229 militant attacks reported in 2021, 244 in 2020, 255 in 2019, and 417 in 2018.

Altaf Bukhari urges the party cadre to intensify their political activities and public outreach programme

Srinagar , July 20 : Urging the party leaders, workers, and functionaries to enhance their political activities and public outreach programme in every part of Jammu and Kashmir, the Apni Party President has said the common people have high expectations from the Apni Party as they trust its unambiguous agenda and policies. Bukhari was speaking in an even at the party headquarter in Srinagar, wherein a number of political activists from Karnah, and a large group from the Sikh community joined the Party today.

Since Article 370 abrogation, 21 from minority communities killed, no Kashmiri Pandit left Valley: MoS in LS

New Delhi , July 20 : As many as 21 non-Muslim Kashmiris and outsiders were killed by militants in the Valley since August 5, 2019 but no Kashmiri Pandit migrated out of the Valley (since the said date), the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. “From August 5, 2019, till July 9, 2022, 128 security personnel and 118 civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Out of 118 civilians killed, five were Kashmiri Pandits and 16 belonged to other Hindu/Sikh communities. No pilgrim has been killed during this period,” MoS Home Nityanand Rai told Lok Sabha in a written reply to a question. On being asked how many Kashmiri Pandits had migrated out of the Valley due to these recent killings, Rai said, “Under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), 5,502 Kashmiri Pandits have been provided Government jobs in different departments of Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir in the Valley. Further, as per the records, no Kashmiri Pandit has reportedly migrated from the Valley during the said period.”