News Briefs for 18 August 2022
New voters will be J&K youth; Electoral rolls follows same process applicable in rest of the country, Says Govt Officials Srinagar , August 18 : Even prior to abrogation of Article 370, those ordinarily residing in UT of Jammu & Kashmir were eligible to get registered in the Electoral Rolls. During the last Parliamentary Elections there were approximately 32,000 such Non Permanent Resident voters," government officials said on Thursday. They clarified that the estimated 25 lakh new voters being enrolled in the Union Territory will be the youth of J&K, who have attained the age of 18 years after January 2019, besides other left out persons. "The constitution of India gives the right to all citizens of India, who are not barred by any law, to exercise their right to vote where they ordinarily reside. Post abrogation of article 370 the same laws applies to UT of J&K. Even a person from J&K working and living in other parts of the country has the right to vote in that particular state. There is a misinformation campaign on this issue. The fact is law is same for the entire country and not specific to J&K UT," govt officials said.
Kashmir Waqf Board Cracks Down On Unauthorised Khadims Srinagar , August 18 : The Waqf Board authorities on Thursday removed over 100 unauthorised caretakers of shrines and dozens of donation boxes in a major crackdown to enforce ban imposed on collecting donations through force or exploitative means from the devotees. Following the directions by the Waqf Board regarding ban on unethical practices at the shrines, the officials have removed the unauthorised caretakers (Muajvirs) from the shrines where they had occupied the spots for decades. Officials said that it was a very hectic process to remove these Mujavirs from the shrines as they had occupied the spots a few decades ago.
Allowing outsiders as voters aimed at finishing off democracy: Mehbooba Srinagar , August 18 : Accusing the BJP of converting Jammu and Kashmir into a laboratory for its experiments, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said she has asked NC president Farooq Abdullah to convene an all-party meeting over poll authorities allowing outsiders to register as voters in the Union Territory. Hours later, a National Conference (NC) spokesperson said party president Farooq Abdullah has spoken to all mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir, except the BJP, and invited them to join the meeting here on August 22 to discuss the issue. I have requested Farooq Sahib, being the senior most leader, to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the new developments for adopting a unified course of action to deal with it, Mufti told reporters earlier.
Apni Party seeks clarification from GoI Srinagar , August 18 : Apni Party chief Altaf Bukhari on Thursday sought clarification from the Centre on the inclusion of non-local voters in the electoral rolls of Jammu and Kashmir and said his party will not allow anyone to change the demography. His reaction comes a day after Jammu and Kashmirs Chief Electoral Officer Hirdesh Kumar said the Union territory is likely to get around 25 lakh additional voters, including outsiders, as people ordinarily residing here even for work purposes can cast vote in the next assembly election. Bukhari said the chief electoral officers remarks have created confusion and uneasiness among the people.
Farooq calls for all-party meet to discuss non-local voter issue Srinagar , August 18 : National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah has convened an all-party meeting here on August 22 to formulate a common position on the issue of inclusion of outside voters in Jammu and Kashmir electoral rolls. The meeting, scheduled to be held at 11 am on Monday at Abdullahs residence in Gupkar area of the city here, will discuss the future course of action with regard to the Election Commission allowing outsiders to register as voters in the Union Territory. With regard to CEOs announcement stating that non-locals will be added as voters in J&K, Dr Farooq Abdullah has convened an APM (all-party meeting) on August 22 (Monday) at his residence, Jammu and Kashmir NC spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said.
Govt blocks 8 YouTube channels for fake, sensational and anti-India content New Delhi , August 18 : The government on Thursday ordered the blocking of eight YouTube channels, including one operating from Pakistan, for allegedly using fake and sensational thumbnails and spreading disinformation related to Indias national security. The channels that were blocked under the Information Technology Rules-2021 include seven Indian news channels, a statement from the Information and Broadcasting ministry said. The blocked YouTube channels had over 114 crore views and 85.73 lakh subscribers and the content was being monetised, it said.
Jailed Pak militant killed in encounter in Jammu: Police Jammu , August 18 : Police here seized an ammunition consignment allegedly meant for militants dropped by a drone from Pakistan near International Border (IB) in Jammu, officials said on Thursday. The arms were seized on the basis of information provided by a jailed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, who was killed during an encounter at the site where the consignment was found, they said. Mohmmad Ali Hussain alias Qasim alias Jehangir was fatally shot after he snatched the rifle of a policeman and fired at the police team that had taken him to a spot near the IB to discover weapons on Wednesday, ADGP Mukesh Singh said.
Man detained in suspected militancy financing case in Jammu Jammu , August 18 : Police have detained a man in connection with a suspected terror financing case here, officials said. One person has been called for questioning in connection with suspected terror financing, ADGP (Jammu Zone) Mukesh Singh said. He said that police are investigating it.
NIA Raids Multiple Locations Over Arms, Ammo Dropped By Pak Drones Srinagar, August 18 : National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday carried out raids at multiple places along the International Border (IB) in three districts of J&K. Officials told K ashmir News Service (KNS) , that the sleuths of NIA carried out raids at multiple places along the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts in connection with the recovery of arms and ammunition along the International Border wherein the packages were dropped via drones controlled through Pakistan. "Places raided include Kanachak, Ramgarh, Arnia, R.S.Pura etc, sources said adding that during the course of these raids vital evidence connected with drone weapon droppings in the area has been unearthed," the officials said A similar raid was conducted by the sleuth of NIA at the residence of Sarjeel Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Ahad, a resident of Rose Lane colony Chanapora house no 152.
You deceived Kashmiri people, told lies, family rule is over now: Manzoor Bhat Srinagar , August 18 : Reacting over the remarks made by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti during a presser on Thursday, BJP media incharge Manzoor Bhat said that the family rule is over, uncle-nephew's politics, father-son's politics, father-daughter's politics which is completely over now. In a series of tweets, Manzoor Bhat wrote, “I totally agree with you. Today if you are saying that the last nail has been put in the coffin.