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Jammu and Kashmir High Court Alert Regarding new Covid variant Omicron, new guidelines issued

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All precautionary steps are being taken in Jammu and Kashmir amidst the turmoil due to the availability of a new variant Omicron. While the state administration is taking appropriate measures to prevent this possible outbreak, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has also issued further instructions regarding the Covid-19 protocol in the courts at its level.

The High Court has made it mandatory for all the courts of the state to strictly follow the Covid-19 protocol, without vaccine lawyers and petitioners to enter the premises in the court, lawyers to enter the court premises only after the case is listed in the court premises. They have been instructed to wear masks and follow the necessary distance. Furthermore, the High Court has said that where necessary, the witness or petitioner should be produced. For this, it will be mandatory for them to have a vaccination certificate and give prior information.

In view of the latest guidelines of the High Court and the advice of the World Health Organization, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has also issued a new advisory at its level. To discuss the latest situation, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senior Advocate MK Bhardwaj, President of the Association, in which all the members of the Association were instructed to strictly follow the latest guidelines issued by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and the State Administration.

The Association has issued a circular after the meeting, advising all the lawyers to adopt a physical distance of at least one meter from each other in the court premises, wear masks and appear online in case of ill health. According to the President of the Association, Bhardwaj, all precautionary steps are being taken in the court premises because of the new challenge, and most of the lawyers and staff members are fully vaccinated.

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Militancy incidents on decline in Pulwama, but local militant recruitment still up: GoC D P Pandey

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General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey Wednesday said that the southern district of Pulwama has indeed shown a decline in militancy-related incidents but the district continues to see local militant recruitment on the rise. He said that in the ensuing year, the army believes that Pulwama will see a further dip in local militant recruitment.
As per the news agency, the GoC was on a visit to the southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama on the eve of 73rd Republic Day. He met senior citizens and traders in these twin districts of South Kashmir.
Talking to media persons at Shopian, the GoC said that the people of Kashmir want peace and not militancy. “Militancy related incidents are declining and we believe they will further go down in the ongoing year,” he said.
The army officer said that if the number of militants and militancy-related incidents decline, it will provide more opportunities to local youth to make their future.
“Time has come when people have to choose the path of peace and stability,” he said, adding that the people of South Kashmir like those of north Kashmir have realized the effects of militancy.
The GoC said that the wrong narrative is being taught to children and wherever it happens, youth are bound to choose the wrong path “as it is the easy way out and just a glamour.”
“Youth are picking guns because of unemployment but the wrong path is being shown to them,” Pandey said. He said that the situation was getting better as people, especially youth have understood that taking the path of militancy was wrong.
He said that militancy-related incidents have declined in Pulwama but “local militant recruitment continues to be on the rise.” “We believe this (local militant recruitment) will also go down in the ongoing area,” the GoC said and sought people’s cooperating in bringing peace and development in southern districts of Kashmir
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Driver dead, another injured as lorry rolls down into gorge

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A trucker was killed and another person injured after a truck rolled down into a deep gorge near Tulbagh, one kilometre from Banihal town of J&K’s Ramban district on Wednesday.

An official that a truck, bearing registration number JK05A 8209, which was on its way from Jammu towards Srinagar fell into a deep gorge near Tulbagh around 7 pm, resulting in on spot death of the driver.

Soon after the accident, Banihal police and local volunteers launched a rescue operation and retrieved the body of the trucker, who was identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh (58), son of Abdul Gani Sheikh, a resident of Bandipora in north Kashmir.

The injured, identified as Naveed Ahmad son of Nazir Ahmad, also a resident of Bandipora, was shifted to Emergency Hospital Banihal.

An official said that the body is being shifted to Bandipora and that the relatives of the victims were on their way to Banihal.

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3 Soldiers Injured In Shopian Gunfight

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On Wednesday, three soldiers were injured, two of them critically, in an ongoing gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, reports quoted officials said.

They said that two soldiers suffered bullet injuries as soon as the gunfight started between militants and a joint team of Police and army in the Nowgam area of the district. Later, another soldier was injured in the firefight.

Quoting official sources, a news agency reported that the injured were shifted to the army’s 92 base hospital, where two remain in “critical condition.”

The encounter had ensued after Police and army launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of the militants.

As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the officials said, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off a gunfight, they said.

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27 Jan 2022, 4:56 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,371,500 Total Cases
491,729 Death Cases
37,677,328 Recovered Cases

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