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Statehood restoration soon: J&K BJP Gen Secy

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Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Koul said that the party believes that the statehood to Jammu and Kashmir would be restored soon.

A statement of BJP issued here said that replying to a question on J&K’s statehood he said it would be restored soon as was promised in the parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

“A commitment was made by the PM and Home Minister on the floor of the house and I am of the opinion that it is on the anvil,” Koul said. “We believe that our leaders will fulfill the promises and we believe that statehood to J&K will be restored soon.”

He said that the Modi-led government had won the hearts of the minorities in the country while other political parties in the past misused them and considered them as a mere vote bank.

Koul was speaking on the sidelines of an event at which more than a dozen political and social activists from Ganderbal joined the BJP and pledged to “strengthen the hands of PM Modi for J&K’s development”.

Welcoming them into the party fold, Koul said that their joining would further strengthen the BJP in Kashmir and asked them to render their whole-hearted services for the benefit of the people as representatives of BJP in their respective areas.

“BJP has gained the confidence of every person cutting across regional and religious lines. Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh are fast moving on the path of peace and progress and BJP is here to ensure this,” he said.

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Terrorist killed in encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian

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A terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Kashwa village in Zainapora area of the district following information about the presence of militants there.
They said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire towards the security forces drawing retaliation. One terrorist has been killed so far, officials told news agency PTI, adding that the operation was in progress.

The identity and group affiliation of the killed terrorist was not immediately known.

Earlier, terrorists on Wednesday fired upon a civilian at the Chitragam Kalan area of Shopian. Police identified the civilian as Zameer Ahmad Bhat, who is a shopkeeper by profession and a resident of Dangerpora Chitragam Kalan. According to the police, Bhat received gunshot injuries in his leg and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment where his condition is said to be stable.

“Police received information about a terror crime incident in the Chitragam Kalan area of Shopian where terrorists had fired upon a civilian. Senior Police officers reached the terror crime spot,” the statement issued by the J&K police read.

 

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Div Com reviews arrangements for Navratra festival

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Navratra festival

Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer, today reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of the annual Navratra festival at a meeting of concerned officers.

The meeting informed that the nine-day festival would commence on October 7, 2021, culminating on October 15, 2021.
The inaugural function of the festival would be held at Asia Chowk Katra, followed by Shobha Yatra and a grand event showcasing the culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir and India as a whole.

The Assistant Director Tourism presented a detailed report on the scheduled programmes, the activities to be held during the festival, and the preparations being put in place for the same. Threadbare discussions were held on each activity/ event while seeking suggestions from the stakeholders. The Div Com stressed adhering to the covid protocols while holding the festival events. He also suggested excluding activities involving large gatherings.

Representatives of the Hoteliers Association assured to extend full cooperation towards facilitating tourists and guests during the festival. They also confirmed to maintain cleanliness besides following covid related guidelines while serving the guests.

The Divisional Commissioner also had a detailed review of beautification of the town, provision for sanitation, essential services, traffic management and emergency services.
While reviewing arrangements for congregational programmes like ‘Prabhat Pheris’, ‘Mata ki Kahani’ recitation, Devotional Song Competition, Dangal and other cultural items, the Div Com instructed that the committee headed by DC Reasi shall inspect the venues for taking the final decision.

The Div Com directed the concerned officers to put in place all necessary arrangements and work well-coordinated to make preparations well in advance. He stressed proper regulation of traffic, foolproof security, maintenance of roads and streets, beautification of shops/ market, sanitation of Katra town etc.

Chief Executive Officer SMVD Shrine Board, DC Reasi, Director Tourism, SSP Reasi, Assistant Director Tourism Katra, Director Urban Local Bodies, Chief Engineer, PWD, Joint Director Information besides elected members of Katra Municipal Committee, Presidents of Market associations and other eminent citizens among others were also present at the meeting.

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J&K Youths Taking To Drugs Due To Unemployment, Frustration: Farooq Abdullah

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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah accused the Jammu and Kashmir administration of being indifferent to the plight of the youths of the Union Territory, who, he claimed, were turning to drugs out of joblessness and ensuing frustration.
The NC president, who is also the Srinagar MP, made the allegation while interacting with party workers who had called on him at his residence here.

The visiting delegation apprised the party president of various issues concerning the people, particularly youths.

“The J&K youths are sinking under the weight of the incumbent administration’s indifference,” said Mr Abdullah.

He also told the visiting delegation that the August 5, 2019 decision of revoking J&K’s special status has adversely affected the local educated and skilled youths.

“The mounting evidence is in the form of widespread and scathing unemployment and job losses resulting in their continuing alienation and frustration,” he said.

The NC president said the incumbent administration’s “lack of interest” in the needs of youths has also incurred a cost in terms of their physical and mental health.

“Youths are a major part of our demographics but regrettably this promising chunk of the J&K population is living in frustration, unemployment, and insecurity. Despite having the best of capabilities, our youths from Kashmir, Chenab, and Pirpanjal and Jammu regions are uniformly caught in a vortex.

“Mired by hopelessness and anxiety, our youths are taking to drug addiction and substance abuse. The situation is very grim and our youths are living the grimmest nightmare, one which brings new government diktats seeking to deprive them of their land rights, natural resources, livelihood and freedom. There has been no respite,” he said.

Mr Abdullah said there is a great need to come up with a “youth project that seeks to relocate and rejuvenate the disenfranchised energies of our youths”.

Terming unemployment as the most alarming issue faced by youths, he said, “The much-touted promises of local and central governments on extravaganza, investment and fast-tracking of recruitment has fallen flat.”

“On the contrary, unemployment in all J&K regions has seen a manifold increase which also had a cascading effect on other social and health issues particularly of our youths,” he said.

He said the NC remains committed to the revision and revival of the youth policy that will create a situation wherein the J&K youths will get education and employment and remain free from drug abuse, sectarianism and communalism.

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