News Briefs for 26 September 2022
Azad Launches His 'Democratic Azad Party' Jammu , September 26 : Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday launched his new party the Democratic Azad Party (DAP) coinciding with the first day of Navratri festival, exactly a month after ending his over five-decade long association with the Congress. Azad, 73, also unveiled the party's flag that has three strips of mustard, white and dark blue colours, and said the priority of the new party will be its registration with the Election Commission, though it will continue its activities because assembly elections in J and K can be declared anytime. Announcing 50 per cent tickets to youth and women in the next assembly polls, Azad said he will not make the restoration of Article 370 an election issue in Jammu and Kashmir.
In Past 3 Years, 7 Political Parties From J&K Registered By ECI Srinagar , September 26 : In the past three years, seven new political parties, including a few little-known groups, from Jammu & Kashmir have been registered by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The ECI records show that since 2019, seven political parties have been registered by the Commission after they completed requisite formalities. According to the documents, National Awami United Party, National Democratic Party (Indian), Aman Aur Shanti Tehreek-e-Jammu & Kashmir, Voice of Labour Party (Jammu & Kashmir), Haq Insaaf Party, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement and Jammu & Kashmir Apni Party have been registered by the ECI after 2019.
Azad's party a team of turncoats: JKPCC chief Jammu , September 26 : Hours after former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad launched the Democratic Azad Party', Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president Vikar Rasool Wani on Monday said his party belongs to a group of turncoats who stand exposed. Even as over two dozen former ministers and legislators of the Congress, including ex-deputy chief minister Tara Chand have joined Azad, Wani said the Congress has started a campaign to strengthen the party at the grassroots in all the 90 constituencies and will bring young faces to ensure the defeat of those who quit the party. During the party convention in Katra in Reasi district, the JKPCC chief also welcomed former Dogra Swabhiman Sangathan Party (DSSP) leader Bupender Singh Jamwal and his supporters into the party fold.
Rs 500-cr loss in September at Sopore fruit mandi Sopore , September 26 : Halting of fruit-laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu national highway has taken a heavy toll on Asia's second largest fruit mandi in Sopore, with the mandi administration saying they have suffered Rs 500 crore loss in the month of September only. Revealing the tentative loss assessment, President of the traders association at Fruit Mandi Sopore, Mudasir Ahmed Bhat, said that a trader suffers a loss of Rs 4-5 lakh per truck due to the authorities unnecessarily stopping trucks on the highway. “If the situation doesnt change, we will go for a hunger strike and the government will be responsible for that,” Bhat added.
Apni Party stands for J&Ks peace, prosperity, and development; political and economic empowerment of people: Altaf Bukhari Srinagar, September 26 : Several political activists from Mehjoor Nagar and Bagh-e-Mehtab areas of the city joined Apni Party on Monday. Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari greeted the new entrants into the party fold during the joining event organized at the party office at Sheikh Bagh in Srinagar. In charge of Chanapora Constituency Mohammad Ashraf Dar, and Provincial Convenor for the party's youth wing Shoaib Dar were also present on the occasion.
Foreign JeM Militant Abu Hurarah Killed In Kulgam Gunfight, says ADGP Kumar Srinagar, September 26 : Additional Director General of Police Kashmir Zone, Vijay Kumar on Monday identified the pakistani militant who was killed in Kulgam gunfight as Abu Hurarah, a foreign and said that he was linked with proscribed militant outfit Jash-e-Mohammad. The ADGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said that the Killed Miltant has been identified as Abu Hurarah, a foreign Pakistani militant linked with proscribed militant outfit JeM. "Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including AK rifle recovered," he said.
J&K nomads return to plains as govt provides free transport Srinagar , September 26 : As the winter is around the corner, the nomadic Bakarwal tribe of Jammu and Kashmir begins to move from the upper reaches to the plains. Every year, thousands of nomads begin their annual seasonal journey with lakhs of sheep and goats from the Jammu region to reach the Kashmir valley. These families embark on their journey towards the alpine pastures for grazing during the summer before returning to warmer districts of the Jammu region in October as the temperature goes down.
Kashmir's fruit industry in dire-straits: KTA Srinagar , September 26 : Kashmir Traders Alliance has expressed serious concern over the plight of fruit growers who are incurring losses due to transportation hassles along the Srinagar-Jammu Highway. President KTA, Aijaz Shahdhar said that the government has shown non-seriousness towards the issues which is hurting the interests of over 8 lakh families who are eking their livelihood from the horticulture sector. " It is unfortunate that the administration is not showing any keenness to ensure hassle free movement of fruit carrying trucks on the national highway despite the repeated attempts of fruit growers and traders," he said.