As the renewed ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir completes one year next month, troops of the two countries on Saturday exchanged sweets to mark the New Year along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, a Defence spokesman said.
Considering the ongoing ceasefire along the border, this gesture aims further to enhance peace and harmony in the union territory, he said.
At the beginning of 2022, the spokesman said that to promote mutual trust and tranquillity, the Indian Army exchanged sweets and greetings with the Pakistan Army at Poonch and Mendhar crossing points.
India and Pakistan agreed for a renewed ceasefire along the borders in Jammu and Kashmir in February last year, and barring a few violations, the agreement is holding much to the relief of border residents and farmers, who have started resuming farming activities even along the LoC and International Border.
Some politicians of Kashmir try to divide people, destroy Jammu: BJP leader Rana
Some politicians of Kashmir frequently visit Jammu to try to divide people, but they will not be allowed to succeed, senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana said on Friday.
Batting strongly for an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir, he also said that bureaucratic governance could not replace a political government.
Rana, who left the National Conference and joined the BJP last year, said, ”Those politicians who come here (Jammu) from Kashmir and try to divide people in Jammu will not succeed in destroying Jammu in the way they destroyed Kashmir.” The people of Jammu live in peace and will continue to live in communal harmony and brotherhood, the former legislator asserted at a function here.
”But we want the voice of Jammu to be strengthened, and Jammu should get its rights. So we will continue to fight for our rights. There will be no compromise,” he said.
In 2019, Jammu and Kashmir were reorganised into a Union Territory, and its administration is led by a lieutenant governor (L-G). However, bureaucratic governance is no replacement for a political government, Rana said.
”Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is a veteran politician. He has been MP six times and has also been a minister. So he has a lot of experience in governance. The administration is being run in a good way,” he said.
”The bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir is efficient. They are hard-working people. We are proud of the bureaucracy and police in Jammu and Kashmir,” Rana said.
Speaking on the need for an elected government, he said people have an easy reach to elected representatives and are responsible for the people.
”They (elected representatives) are the bridge,” the BJP leader said.
Rana said that leaders of different political parties should play their roles and become bridges between the people and the administration to resolve problems.
”They should listen to the voice of the people. Then, they should take up issues raised by the people with the government and find their resolution,” he said.
Rana said that unemployment is the biggest issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
”We want opportunities of jobs and employment,” he said.
Replying to a question about the prospects of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in forthcoming assembly elections there, Rana said that the BJP would win over 300 seats and be in the majority.
”There is peace and normalcy in Uttar Pradesh, as seen during the rule of the BJP. The era of development has started in the state”, he said.
Jammu Airport Runway now 8000 Feet Long, Indigo Aircraft Takes First Take-off
The runway of the Jammu airport, which has been waiting for an extension for a long time, has become eight thousand feet. After completion of the runway expansion work, IndiGo’s flight took off from Jammu airport and this aircraft was saluted with water cannon on the newly built runway. Earlier, the runway of Jammu airport was 6700 feet long, which is the takeoff of incoming aircraft here. And it was too short for landing. Due to the short runway, the aircraft coming here used to carry less weight than their capacity, and they also had to apply emergency brakes to stop.
The expansion of the runway of the Jammu airport was completed by the Airport Authority in collaboration with the Air Force and MES, while Director Airport Jammu Sanjeev Kumar Garg, Air Commander GS Bullar and other officials were also present on the occasion of the inauguration of the new runway. Indigo aircraft 6E-137 took off from the new runway after duly worshipping. In addition to the new runway, a 2,800-metre-long boundary ball has also been constructed at the airport, and a turn pad is also being built to divert the Airbus 321 after landing.
On the other hand, Director Airport Jammu Sanjeev Kumar Garg thanked the construction agencies and related departments for completing the runway expansion work of the airport. He said that the new terminal at Belicharana would provide more facilities to the commuters coming here.
A decade ago, the length of the runway of the Jammu airport was 5879 feet, i.e. 1780 meters, whereas any national-level airport should have at least 7500 feet (about 2300 meters). The Airport Authority of India has also raised questions on the short runway of the Jammu airport several times and has sought help from the administration for its expansion. In the first phase, its length was increased to 6700 feet, while now it has been increased to eight thousand feet. The army land adjoining the airport became the first hurdle for the runway extension. But, later, the administration gave the army land in the Sujwan area instead, while later, the animal husbandry department’s land was also acquired in Belicharana, where the terminal was built.
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