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April 26: Police alongwith Army have arrested a terrorist associate of proscribed terror outfit JeM in Sopore. Incriminating materials and one hand grenade have been recovered from his possession.

Acting on specific information, a joint MVCP was established by Police & Army (52RR) at Hygam near railway crossing bridge in the jurisdiction of police station Tarzoo. During search, one suspected person was intercepted who tried to flee from the spot but was apprehended tactfully by the alert joint party. During search, Incriminating materials and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession. He has been identified as Farooq Ahmad Wani son of Ab Rashid Wani resident of Wagoob Hygam.

During preliminary investigation, it came to fore that he was working as terrorist associate for proscribed terror outfit JeM and was in a constant search of an opportunity to carry out terror attacks on security forces and civilians including outside employees.

Accordingly, a case FIR No. 40/2023 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Tarzoo and further investigation has been initiated.

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Militancy at all-time low in J&K, Jammu to be militancy-free soon: DGP

Sajid Raina

Srinagar, Dec 10 : Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Saturday said militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is declining with each passing day as a result of the “proactive approach” of security forces against them. He also said that “each and every conspiracy of the neighboring country” to spoil the peaceful environment in J&K is being foiled by the security forces here.

Speaking to reporters in the Jammu region, the DGP, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that security forces are counseling the youth across J&K to make them aware that the agencies from across the border are trying to disrupt peace and harmony here by spoiling the blood for the last 30 years; and that it is high time to understand and shun this path.

“With the cooperation of the local people and the proactive approach of security forces, the graph of militancy is declining with each passing day and the remaining will be wiped out soon,” he said.

The DGP said that in the Jammu region, militant activities were being carried out through suicide attacks and other activities. “The efforts are on to wipe out militancy in Jammu and the region will be militancy-free soon,” he said. “At some places, militant modules and cells are being activated to maintain their activities but our security grid and agencies are diligent and every day new modules and conspiracies are coming to the fore, which are being busted by the security forces.”

“Every day, we continue to make efforts to thwart their plans and conspiracies through a thorough and formal plan of action,” the J&K police chief said. “In some cases, modules are being reactivated but they are also being exposed.”—(KNO)

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*Speedy vehicle kills man in Pattan, driver arrested*

Waris Fayaz

Baramulla, Dec 08 (KNO): A man killed in a road accident that took place in Tappar area of Pattan in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday evening.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the man identified as Farooq Ahmad Mir (41) son of Mohammad Sultan Mir of Choora village in Sopore was killed his vehicle was hit by a speedy Tipper in Pattan.

He said Mir died on the spot and his body was later taken to a hospital for medico-legal formalities.

“After completion of medico-legal medical formalities, the body was handed over to the family,”

He added a case has been registered, while have driver has been arrested and his vehicle has also been seized—(KNO)

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Srinagar, Dec 01 : Two friends from Srinagar are giving a modern twist to old traditional ‘Sozni’ skull caps and are selling them online.

Mohsin Fayaz (26), an MBA pass out and Owais Ahmad Bhat, a B.Com graduate both from Eidgah area of Srinagar have been designing the Sozni caps with embroidery lines and selling them across India and even abroad.

Mohsin Fayaz told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that they readied embroidery caps for the first time in 2018.

“We stitched the caps for ourselves. But many were curious to get the same and that is how we started the venture,” he said.

According to him, they started an online venture and have been receiving orders from both within the country as well as outside.

The caps, he said, are made of pashmina and they have engaged artisans to made the caps.

The duo has included beret caps to make choice available for women as well.

The process involves procuring pashmina, dyeing, design followed by needle work or Sozni. Later, it is washed and is stitched by a tailor.

The duo has a message for their counterparts, ‘instead of waiting for government jobs, try to create a niche for themselves—(KNO)

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Mankirt Aulakh has now demanded Punjab Police to increase his security cover following the threats he received from the Davinder Bambiha gang after recent gruesome murder of famous Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala. Davinder Bambiha gang on Monday alleged that Punjabi singer Mankirt Aulakh is involved in the death of Sidhu Moose Wala. The gang also alleged that Mankirt Aulakh extorts money from all the singers in the Punjabi music industry. Aulakh has now demanded Punjab Police to increase his security cover.

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A prominent citizens delegation of NOWGAM, met State Secretary Janta Dal United Sh. Vivek Bali has put fourth the problems of Nowgam, Shagus, District Anantnag faced by the public of Nowgam Shangus District Anantnag and it’s adjoining areas. The State Secretary JD(U) has demanded that the following Problems faced by the masses of this area may be taken due consideration for earliest acceding to fullfilment of these problems by

Govt. Authorities ,especially PWD/R&B, PHE and PDD departments and Tourism Department.

The burning demands putfourth by the State Secretary JD(U) are as under:-

1. Macdemization of 3.5 Km Interior Road in NOWGAM.

2. Mecdemization of GMS Nowgam Road to Andoo under PMGSY scheme.

3. Nowgam to Sumberuna Road widening and mecdemization.

4. Completion of pending road works of Thajiwara to Shangus.

5. Developmental maintenance of Interior road from Chinar 666 colony to Andoo-Pushroo road under PMGSY Scheme.

6. Above this the Public has demand declaration of Khanbal Kuthar Road under National Highway Roads passing through Achabal, Nowgam, Shangus, Brariangan, Sheikhpira, Uttersu for bringing the area under National Tourism Having the area a Natural Tourism attraction.

7. Providing of Padestrain paths in congested market areas of NOWGAM and Shangus. The State Secretay JD(U) Vivek Bali has requested the Honble Lieutenant Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Works, Commissioner Secretary Works , Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Engineer, Works Department Kashmir and District Development Commissioner Anantnag for acceeding to the demands at an earliest for rightful developmental infrastructure of NOWGAM Shangus Area, So that the people of the area may not face sufferings on this account.

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Reacting to the good governance claim made by the Govt in J&K, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has termed the claim as hollow and misleading.

The Party also questioned the HMs claim of restoring Statehood to J&K and said how long the issue will be put in backburner aiming to divert the attention from the real issues.

The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President Ghulam Ahmad Mir has expressed surprise over the good governance claim in J&K, while terming it as hollow and misleading. In a statement to Valley Media Service, Mir said J&K has suffered immensely on every front, which is indicative of the unutilized allocation of developmental funds in J&K.

JKPCC President regretted that J&K has surrendered almost 50 % of the developmental funds, which could not be spent due to the delayed decision and wrong policies on account of the so-called development in J&K.

Quoting the statement of Chief Secretary calling it an exercise to make the administration more innovative etc, Mir said but there was huge disconnect between the bureaucracy and the common people, which remains a hard fact, besides the contradiction to be witnessed within the system, as a result, such promises and claims have failed to instill confidence among the people in J&K, who have lost faith in the present dispensation.

Congress Party strongly contest the claims of the good governance and understands that it was a tool to hide the failed policies and the losses caused to J&K post its downgrading, JKPCC President said.

Ghulam Ahmad Mir also expressed deep concern over the delay in delimitation process and said that people as well as political parties in J&K believe that the process is being delayed to buy time and said Govt must give timeline as to when the process of delimitation is completed?

It was also astonishing to observe that on the one hand Govt claims to have normalized the situation and on the other hand it makes another claim in same breath that statehood will be restored after the situation was back to normal, which is indicative of contradiction within the system, PCC President added and said Govt of India must clear its position and tell the people as to when the Statehood will be restored to people of J&K

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today virtually addressed the Deputy Commissioners of Aspirational Districts of the country during which Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Bhupinder Kumar was also invited as the only DC from Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

​​This interaction with Deputy Commissioner Baramulla was first of its kind and a great honor for being one amongst the five districts of the country. He was specially invited in the event as the Baramulla district has recorded overwhelming and remarkable performance thrice in subsequent NITI Aayog’s delta rankings.

 

On the occassion, Prime Minister enquired from the Deputy Commissioner about the success of the District Baramulla in achieving the better results within the given resources.

 

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla apprised Prime Minister about the initiative and the platform provided by NITI Aayog which identified the critical gaps and ensured the multi-stage monitoring besides, raising the stakes of the filed functionaries from front line worker to Deputy Commissioner in achieving the targets.

 

​​Deputy Commissioner Baramulla highlighted the achievements made in sectors like Agriculture and Water Resources, Health and Nutrition, Skill Development and Financial Inclusion and Basic Infrastructure. The systematic governance systems, better coordination, excellent convergence of funds and functionaries created an environment for better result oriented implementation of the schemes yielding desired outcomes which is reflective of the change in the lives of the common masses, Bhupinder Kumar added.

 

Later, ​ CEO NITI Aayog Shri Amitabh Kant appreciated the efforts and tremendous progress made by Baramulla during this period amongst the Aspirational Districts.

 

It is worth to mention here that District Baramulla has secured three times awards worth Rs. 19.00 Crores through challenge mode in the Champions of Change initiative of NITI Aayog.

 

The event was virtually attended by the Chief Ministers of the States and Hon’ble Lt. Governors of UTs including Hon’ble Lt. Governor

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