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Better to die than joining BJP’ Ch. Lal Singh on Devender Rana



Former Forest, Environment and Ecology Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and currently the Chairman of Dogra Swabhinan Sangathan Party Choudhary Lal Singh had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Ashish Kohli.

Choudhary talked about the politics in J&K UT. Devender Rana’s shifting from NC to BJP said that it ‘dying’ was much better than joining BJP.

Q. Devender Rana joined BJP. What are your thoughts on this?

I think this step is regrettable. I don’t know why people are giving up and playing with politics? Shifting to BJP when it is in power is not something that I appreciate. National Congress does have many negatives since the beginning but leaving it for selfish needs is unacceptable. Serving people and not yourself is a true politician.

Q. You recently talked to Rana Ji before the incident. Did you try to stop him from doing this?

I had a chat with Rana a few days back. I told him that he shouldn’t leave his party at this moment. I agree that NC never thought about Jammu’s development, but Rana needed to take a stand. Instead of that, he switched the party!

On the other side, BJP isn’t doing great for the people. We all can see several people protesting every day. The covid-19 pandemic has stopped some; otherwise, chaos would have been formed. Jammu public had expectations from BJP, but it only got unemployment.

Q. Will Devender Rana be able to raise a voice regarding the Jammu Declaration?

No, not at all! Whoever is saying this is nonsense. Rana left NC only when BJP accepted him. No matter about Declaration. It was to join the ruling party. You see, NC has lost its power. Its leaders are getting attacked. So, considering the situation, he shifted to BJP.

Q. Choudhary Ji, you too shifted from Congress to BJP a few years back. Was it correct then?

I left Congress because they cheated on me. Madan Lal and I were good at our positions until the party made us contest Parliament elections. So many people cried about my condition. I couldn’t see that and left the party.

My joining of BJP was different. I never switched it for my benefit. Seventy thousand people came in support of the union.

Q. Rana and Slathia left the party for people’s benefit. Your take on this?

A few days back, we all heard Devender Rana criticising the Bhartiya Janata Party for no development in Jammu and Kashmir, and now himself joining the party. Now tell me, is it for the people or self benefit? An intelligent person will get the point!

I started the ‘Jai Duggar, Jai Dogra’ slogan to awaken our community, but many other leaders misused it.

Q. Can Devender Singh Rana be the face of the Chief Minister of Jammu?

Is there any face left to destroy Jammu? (Laughs) No one is capable in BJP to contest for the post of Chief Minister, I guess.

Look at Ladakh how they are fighting for their State. We are Dogras, and we need to fight for our rights. Leave people of other communities, work for yours. Look at us; where do we stand? What’s the current position of Schools and Colleges in Jammu? Our children aren’t getting admission when the Right to Education is a fundamental right.

Q. Can Choudhary Lal Singh be the next one to change his political party?

People talking about such things can be declared foolish from my side. It’s better to think constructive rather than switching parties—so many problems in our region. Try to unite and solve them. Don’t be foolish.

Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media


Gen Bipin Rawat, wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 others dead in chopper crash




General Bipin Rawat, India’s Chief of Defence Staff, his wife madhulika Rawat and 11 others have been killed in the chopper crash near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. General Rawat was 63.

Indian Air Force confirmed the news on Twitter and said, “With deep regret, it has now been ascertained that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other persons on board have died in the unfortunate accident.”

They also wrote, “Gp Capt Varun Singh SC, Directing Staff at DSSC with injuries is currently under treatment at Military Hospital, Wellington.”

IAF informed that Gen Rawat was on a visit to Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to address the faculty and student officers of the Staff Course today.


Visuals showed the badly damaged chopper in flames, possibly under the impact of the crash. Apparently, a major tragedy was averted as the helicopter fell at some distance away from a human habitation, averting possible mass casualties.

The accident site was a scene of despair with trees being reduced to broken pieces under the impact of the crash, flames from the chopper engulfing the wooden logs resulting in billowing smoke and personnel scurrying to douse the fire, including using buckets and water hose. What seemed to be some charred bodies were also seen lying around.

The mangled and burnt remains of the ill-fated IAF chopper were strewn along the site, even as rescue services personnel were seen carrying bodies in stretchers to be transported through waiting ambulances.

The accident site remained out of bounds for civilians. Local eyewitnesses told a Tamil TV channel they could hear a loud noise, apparently of the crash, and later saw the chopper on fire, with some of the occupants suffering serious burn injuries.

Rawat was on his way to the Defence Staff College in Wellington.


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Govt to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all: Dr Jitendra




Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha today that the government has initiated the process to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all and for this purpose, Common Service Center (CSC) has been engaged to make CPGRAMS more inclusive and accessible to all including the differently-abled citizens.

Pertinent to mention that CPGRAMS (Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) is an online platform available to the citizens 24×7 to lodge their grievances to the public authorities on any subject related to service delivery.

In reply to a question, the Minister stated that the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is a continuously evolving platform which strives to add new features as per latest available technology to make it more efficient and user-friendly for all.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that a total of 1, 28, 74,337 grievances have been filed under CPGRAMS platforms in last 10 years of which 1, 19, 90,434 have been disposed of. Similarly, a total of 67677 appeals were filed in CPGRAMS since the introduction of the appeal facility in CPGRAMS in January 2021.
The Minister informed that CPGRAMS has been integrated with several other Grievance portals. PMO PG portal, President Secretariat PG portal, Cabinet Secretariat PG portal and Grievance portals of Department of Pension and pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Securities and Exchange Board of India are integrated with CPGRAMS at the backend.
CPGRAMS has also linked through the web API with Grievance Portals of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and the States of Assam, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
In reply to another question, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Incharge India Meteorological Department (IMD), stated that India Meteorological Department (IMD) is continuously working on improving operational forecasting models for various weather and climate extreme events to help farmers and others.
The Minister informed the House that the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) had launched an ambitious and well-resourced research programme on mission mode, called the Monsoon Mission. The first phase of the mission was implemented during 2012-2017 and the second phase (2017-22) is underway.
Dr Jitendra Singh further stated that India has augmented its capability of High-Performance Computing (HPC) system, which is close to 10 petaflops capacity now and it is the backbone of the monsoon research and operational services in the country. He said, India has the fourth best computing facilities in the world for weather and climate services and the Monsoon Mission has helped in the significant improvement of monsoon forecasts in all time scales, right from short-range to seasonal.
The Minister informed that India is now proud of having one of the best prediction system for generating real time forecasts and warnings in all spatial scales from a location to Block, district, meteorological subdivisions and homogeneous regions and temporal scales of a few hours (nowcast), 3 days (short range forecast), 4-7 days ((short range forecast), 4-7 days (medium range forecast) 1-4 weeks (extended range forecast) and one month to a season (long range forecast).
The reply by Dr Jitendra Singh also gave detail that IMD is issuing Impact Based Forecast (IBF) which gives details of what the weather will do rather than what the weather will be. It contains the details of impacts expected from the severe weather elements and guidelines to the general public about do’s and don’ts while getting exposed to severe weather conditions like cyclone, heat wave, thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. IMD also runs an operational Agrometeorological Advisory Services (AAS) viz Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) scheme for the benefit of farming communities in the country.

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366 terrorists eliminated in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370: MoS Home Nityanand Rai




Union Minister for State for Home affairs Nityanand Rai on Wednesday informed Rajya Sabha that 366 terrorists were eliminated in Kashmir after the abrogation of article 370.

Rai in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on the question of Congress MP Digvijay Singh said, “366 terrorists killed, 96 Civilians also lost their life while 81 Security Forces (SFs) martyred in Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370 on 5th August 2019 till 30th November 2021.”

Rai further informed the Upper House that after the repeal of Article 370, no Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu has been displaced from the valley.
“However, recently some Kashmiri Pandit families, mostly women, and children, living in Kashmir have moved to the Jammu region. These families are of Govt. employees, many of whom, move to Jammu in winter as part of the movement of officials and the winter vacation in educational institutions,” he further added.

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