News Briefs for 21 August 2022
China disregarded border pacts with India: Jaishankar Sao Paulo (Brazil) , August 21 : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that China has disregarded the border pacts with India, casting a shadow on the bilateral ties as he asserted that a lasting relationship cannot be a one-way street and there has to be mutual respect. Jaishankar, who arrived here on the first leg of his six-day visit to South America aimed at boosting overall bilateral ties with the region, made the remarks during his interaction with the Indian community here on Saturday. While responding to a question on Sino-India ties, Jaishankar said India and China have agreements going back to the 1990s which prohibits bringing troops to the border area.
JK becoming a leading region of India: LG Sinha Srinagar , August 21 : Jammu and Kashmir is now moving ahead to become one of the leading regions in sectors like IT, industries, tourism, women entrepreneurship and youth empowerment, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said here on Sunday. Addressing the 17th edition of the Awaam Ki Awaaz programme, Sinha said Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav provides the perfect opportunity to make the union territory job-oriented and free from fear, corruption and drugs. These four resolutions entail the participation of the people to fulfil our resolve and build upon the achievements of the last 75 years, he added.
JK parties to discuss today new hot potato: non-local voters Srinagar , August 21 : Dissatisfied with the clarification issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on issues related to revised electoral rolls, the National Conference said they will go ahead with their planned all-party meeting on Monday to discuss the matter. Parties like the NC and PDP claimed the administration has not addressed their main concern on whether outsiders ordinarily residing in J-K will be allowed to enroll as voters. So the meeting will discuss everything threadbare.
LG says one thing, police does another: Omar Srinagar , August 21 : National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah Sunday criticised the Jammu and Kashmir administration over Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinhas comments on Mirwaiz Umar Farooqs house arrest, claiming the LG says one thing and the police does something entirely different. Omars remarks came after journalists were not allowed to meet the Mirwaiz at his Nigeen residence here on Saturday, a day after Sinha had said the religious-separatist leader was not under house arrest. The LG says one thing & the police does something entirely different, Omar wrote on Twitter, reacting to the reports of journalists prevented from meeting or interviewing the Mirwaiz.
Mehbooba posts pics of her house arrest Srinagar , August 21 : PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday claimed she had been put under house arrest to stop her from visiting the family of Kashmiri Pandit Sunil Kumar Bhat who was shot dead by terrorists in Shopian recently. Taking to Twitter, Mufti posted pictures of the locked gates of her residence in Gupkar area here and a CRPF vehicle parked outside. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said the Centres callous policies have led to target killings of Kashmiri Pandits.
JK Congress to lose 80 percent of its cadre if remedial measures arent taken: Kadfeen Srinagar , August 21 : Congress leader Kadfeen Choudhary has said that party's doom in Jammu and Kashmir is inevitable is remedial measures aren't taken vis-à-vis the procedure and the process in which office bearers are dispatched like paratroopers by the high command in the state. Kadfeen said that it is ironic that the party which advocates with high pitch about safeguarding the democratic principles in the country is undermining, shelving and ruthlessly dusting the democratic process itself when it comes to according key positions to the members. He said that Shahi farmans are issued without compunction, leading to chaos and confusion within the ranks.
New Delhi does not necessarily need peace in Kashmir, but the Kashmiris do: Altaf BukhariSrinagar August 21 : Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Sunday said that “J&K people have realized the fact that violence is the biggest enemy to their social, political and economic interests.” He added that New Delhi does not necessarily need to have peace and tranquility in J&K, but the people of this region do because they have high stakes in a peaceful environment here. Apni Party President was speaking at a largely attended public rally in the Bemina area of the Shalteng assembly constituency in Srinagar, wherein besides the common masses, hundreds of party workers and prominent party leaders were present. Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari while addressing the gathering extended his gratitude to people for their enthusiastic participation in the rally.
Couple of civilians injured as militants hurl grenade in Nishat: Police Srinagar , August 21 : A couple of civilians were injured after militants lobbed a grenade in Nishat area of Srinagar on Sunday evening, police said. A Police spokesman in a tweet said, "There was an incident of grenade throwing in nishat area by terrorists, causing a low intensity blast. A couple of civilians received minor injuries."
Intruder held in Rajouri while trying to cross LoC for suicide attack Srinagar , August 21 : Indian Army troops on LOC in the Sehar Makri area of town Nowshera shot at and apprehended an intruder who was allegedly coming for a suicide attack. The intruder identified as Tabarak Husain (26) was at first noticed to be involved in suspicious activity and was confronted by the army troops in the Sehar Makri area of town Nowshera in the Rajouri district of Jammu. The infiltrator attempted to escape from the army troops but was shot at and intercepted in injured condition, said the Rajouri district police.
Major incident averted as 10-12 kgs IED recovered in Tral: Police Srinagar , August 21 : Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday claimed to have averted a major incident by recovering an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing around 10-12 kgs in Tral area of South Kashmir's Pulwama district. Kashmir Zone Police in a tweet informed that based on a specific input by police, IED weighing around 10-12 kgs was recovered in Beihgund area of Tral. Police also said that army and police were on job to destroy the IED in-situ.