High Alert In Kashmir, Intel Warns Of Attacks On Power Projects, Emergency Landing Strip

High Alert In Kashmir, Intel Warns Of Attacks On Power Projects, Emergency Landing Strip

Security has been beefed up around the Uri-I and Uri-II hydro-power projects, which are close to the LoC.

A high alert has been sounded in Kashmir following intelligence inputs that a new militant group, Harkat 313, has been tasked to launch attacks on government infrastructure, including hydel power plants of Uri-I and Uri-II.

Security has been beefed up around the Uri-I and Uri-II hydro-power projects, which are close to the LoC.

According to inputs, militants are also likely to target the emergency landing strip in Anantnag. Another alert has been issued saying Hizbul Mujahideen is planning to target religious leaders to create a major law and order situation in the valley.

Inputs have also been received of terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and The Resistance Front (TRF) planning to attack sarpanches and non-local people in Kashmir.

The alerts come amid a spate of attacks on non-local workers in J&K. This month, 11 people have lost their lives in shootings targeting civilians.

On Sunday, militants shot dead two workers from Bihar and injured another in Kulgam in South Kashmir. The deceased have been identified as Raja Reshi Dev and Joginder Reshi Dev. The militants entered the rented accommodation of the labourers and fired on them indiscriminately.(file photo of Indian security forces)

United Liberation Front {ULF} Claims Responsibility For 11 Civilian Killings, Asks Migrant Workers To Leave Valley

United Liberation Front {ULF} Claims Responsibility For 11 Civilian Killings, Asks Migrant Workers To Leave Valley

18 OCT 2021: The United Liberation Front has claimed the responsibility for killing 11 civilians, including two labourers (both migrant workers) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Militants had shot dead two civilians and injured another in Kulgam on Sunday, the latest in the series of attacks targeting civilians. The information was shared by the Kashmir zone Police said on its Twitter handle, adding the area was cordoned off.

In a letter claiming the responsibility for killing 11 civilians, the United Liberation Front has asked migrant workers to leave Kashmir, adding they would revenge the killing of Muslims across the country.

The United Liberation Front is the frontal organisation of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Militants had barged into the rented accommodation of the labourers and fired on them indiscriminately.

This was the third attack on non-local labourers in less than 24 hours. A street vendor from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by the ultras on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, amid the spate of civilian killings, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha had on Sunday vowed to avenge every drop of their blood by hunting down terrorists and their sympathisers.

Sinha said attempts are being made to disrupt the peace and socio-economic progress of Jammu and Kashmir and the individual growth of people, and reiterated the commitment to the fast-paced development of the Union territory.

Forces Launch Massive Cordon And Search Operation {CASO} In Chewakhurad Village Of Pulwama District

Forces Launch Massive Cordon And Search Operation {CASO} In Chewakhurad Village Of Pulwama District

Following inputs about the presence of militants in the area joint team of government forces including 55RR, CRPF and SOG of J&K police launched a massive cordon and search operation in south kashmir’s Chewakhurad area of district Pulwama.

Reportedly huge contingent of forces deployed in the area.

Kerala Floods: Blame Game Begins As Death Toll Reaches 35

Kerala Floods: Blame Game Begins As Death Toll Reaches 35

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 18: As the death toll in Kerala floods and heavy rainfall reached 35, the Congress-led opposition on Monday accused the Pinarayi Vijayan government of not acting in time. However, the government quickly denied the charges.

Leader of Opposition V.D. Satheesan, who on Sunday visited the worst-affected areas in Idukki and Kottayam districts, raised questions as to why, despite the IMD warning, the state government failed to act.

“Wish to know why and what happened and it has now proved that the State government failed to act on warnings. We are told it took several hours for the team of the government officials to reach certain spots with men and material to do the rescue act. Something has gone wrong and we want answers,” said Satheesan.

State Revenue Minister K. Rajan, however, said there has been no wrong on the part of the State government.

“We rely on the reports and act on the basis of the Centre and we have done just that. Strict action will be taken against those who misuse the social media when the state is passing through tough times,” said Rajan.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is chairing a meeting to discuss the floods and the strategy to be adopted to open dams in the state which are full. The one decision that was taken is that dam shutters will only be opened during the day time.

On Wednesday, when the Assembly session resumes, the opposition is going to raise the issue in the House.

Meanwhile, around 4,000 people are now lodged at various camps that have been opened in Idukki, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts of the state.

The latest weather forecast, which has now come out predicts heavy rains to lash the state starting Wednesday.

It all started with the century’s biggest floods in 2018 and since then every year, Kerala has seen heavy rains and flash floods.

This time the worst-affected have been the Kottayam and Idukki districts and though the rains have slowed down since Saturday evening and on Monday morning, authorities have issued an alert in eight of the 14 districts of the state.

However, on Monday in Pathanamthitta district in Central Kerala, things appear not that encouraging.

Meanwhile, the social media has also taken up the recurring natural disaster as nothing but man-made and numerous trolls have come highlighting the statement of noted environmentalist Madhav Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel and in 2013 warned that if Kerala does not stop tampering with the Western Ghats, a huge disaster is round the corner.—(IANS)

Kulgam Killings Aftermath: Non-Local Residents Shifted To Safer Places In Sopore

Kulgam Killings Aftermath: Non-Local Residents Shifted To Safer Places In Sopore

Sopore, Oct 18: Hours after the killing of two non local residents at Laran Ganjipora area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday evening the authorities here in north Kashmir’s Sopore township have shifted the non local labourers to the safer destinations.

According to the sources, the non local residents of in and around the township of this Baramulla district have been relocated and shifted to the safer locations.

They have been shifted to safer destinations while necessary security arrangements have been made arround the venues in order to safeguard their lives, they said.

Non-local residents said, we have been told to submit the documents to the nearest police stations and are being shifted to other locations.

Meanwhile, hours after the incident, an order went viral in which the Police directed the DIGs to shift the non-locals in the region to nearest police stations and army camps. However, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar strongly rebutted the order and termed it as baseless and fake.

Police official said, we have no official order but as a precautionary measure and to safeguard them we are locating them to the safer locations. kns

India Reports 13,596 New COVID-19 Cases, 166 Deaths, Tally Over 3.40 Cr

India Reports 13,596 New COVID-19 Cases, 166 Deaths, Tally Over 3.40 Cr

New Delhi, Oct 18: India added 13,596 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,40,81,315, while the active cases declined to 1,89,694, the lowest in 221 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,52,290 with 166 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 24 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 113 consecutive days now.

The active cases comprise 0.56 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.12 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.

A decrease of 6,152 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 240.6 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 4.89 Mn

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 240.6 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 4.89 Mn

Washington, Oct 18: The global coronavirus caseload has topped 240.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.89 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.61 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Monday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 240,658,812, 4,898,374 and 6,617,433,262, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 44,933,336 and 724,317, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 34,067,719 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (21,644,464), the UK (8,488,665), Russia (7,870,529), Turkey (7,630,133), France (7,189,566), Iran (5,784,815), Argentina (5,272,551), Spain (4,984,386), Colombia (4,981,532), Italy (4,717,899), Germany (4,382,019), Indonesia (4,234,758) and Mexico (3,755,063), the CSSE figures showed.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Brazil (603,282), India (452,124), Mexico (284,321), Russia (219,342), Peru (199,816), Indonesia (142,952), the UK (138,997), Italy (131,541), Colombia (126,865), Iran (124,075), France (118,183) and Argentina (115,666).—(IANS)

Yuvraj Singh Arrested Over Castiest Comment, Released On Bail: Haryana Police

Yuvraj Singh Arrested Over Castiest Comment, Released On Bail: Haryana Police

The Haryana Police said cricketer Yuvraj Singh was arrested and released on bail in an alleged casteist remarks case in compliance with a high court order. Singh was accused of making casteist remarks against another cricketer during an Instagram chat last year.

Superintendent of Police (Hansi) Nitika Gahlaut said over the phone, “We only made a formal arrest and he was released on bail in compliance of the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.” “Yuvraj Singh came to Hansi on Saturday and we made a formal arrest. He was released on bail bond after a few hours,” DSP (Hansi) Vinod Shankar said.

While noting that the Haryana police is seeking only Singh’s “formal arrest” in the case, the high court had last week directed that upon joining the probe with the investigating officer, if the cricketer is arrested, he would be released on interim bail upon furnishing bail and surety bonds.

The high court was listening to a plea by the cricketer seeking quashing of an FIR filed against him earlier this year under sections of the IPC and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act based on a complaint by lawyer Rajat Kalsan at the Hansi Police Station in Hisar.

Kalsan had filed the police complaint last year, alleging that Singh’s comment had hurt the sentiments of the Dalit community and a large number of people had watched the video on social media.

Expressing regret over the comments, Singh had earlier tweeted, “I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same.”

Important Meeting Of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) Held In Srinagar

Important Meeting Of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) Held In Srinagar

Srinagar October 18: The Executive Council of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) held an important meeting on 17/10/2021 in Srinagar. The meeting was convened to deliberate on the current socio political and economic situation of Jammu and Kashmir and to restructure the hierarchy of the party to rejuvenate the working of the party at the grassroots level. The executive council of the party passed a resolution to appoint Dr. Mustafa Khan as its fulltime President, Mohd Hussain as Senior Vice President, Adv Syed Iqbal Tahir as Vice President, Mudassir Mir as Chief Organizer, Javed Ahmed Khan as Additional General Secretary along with many other office bearers were also nominated through the same resolution.

The party met under the newly nominated president and discussed political, social or economic scenario of Jammu and Kashmir and expressed dissatisfaction and regret at the shape the things have taken. At the very outset the party expressed shock and sorrow at the civilian deaths taking place across the length and breadth of Jammu and Kashmir and strongly condemned the killing of the civilians. The party criticized the local administration and the central government for failing to provide a sense of security, economic well being and has miserably failed in instilling any hope of good life for people in the near future. The government has failed on all the fronts whether it is safety and security of the people, providing employment to youth especially the educated section, reviving economic development, controlling the unending price rise and the spread of drug addiction in Jammu and Kashmir.

J&K Encounter: Three Detained For Questioning As Search Operation Enter Day Seven In Poonch-Rajouri Forests

J&K Encounter: Three Detained For Questioning As Search Operation Enter Day Seven In Poonch-Rajouri Forests

Jammu, October 17: Three persons, including a mother-son duo, were detained for questioning during an ongoing search operation in the forest belt of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch and Rajouri border districts where nine soldiers were killed in two separate gunfights with terrorists over the past week, officials said on Sunday.

Five Army personnel, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), died in a fierce gunfight during a counter-insurgency operation in Surankote forest on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Four soldiers, including another JCO, died in another encounter in the Mendhar sector on Thursday evening.

A man along with a 45-year-old woman and her son, all residents of Bhatta Durrian forest, were taken into custody for questioning on the suspicion of giving logistic support to militants, the officials said.

It was a matter of investigation whether they provided food and shelter to the terrorists voluntarily or at gunpoint, they said.

The officials underlined that the area is mountainous and the forest is dense, which makes the operation difficult and dangerous.

So far, contact with hiding militants was established thrice — first on October 11 in Poonch’s Surankote which was followed by another exchange of fire between the security forces and the fleeing militants in the adjoining Thanamandi forest in Rajouri district the same day but the ultras managed their escape in both the encounters.

The third encounter took place in the Nar Khas forest in the Mendhar area of Poonch on Thursday evening.

“The presence of militants in the forest area connecting Poonch and Rajouri was observed two-and-a-half months ago and accordingly tactical operations were launched to track them down,” Deputy Inspector General of Police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Vivek Gupta said on Saturday.

“A joint security grid was tracking different groups of militants but sometimes operations take time depending on the topography of the area. Contact with the militants was established thrice this week based on intelligence inputs,” the officer said.

The terrorists are holed up and the joint forces are on the job to take the operation to the logical conclusion, he added.

Officials said the entire forest area from Mendhar to Thanamandi remains under a strict cordon and a massive search operation is on to neutralise the terrorists moving from one place to another in an attempt to escape the dragnet.

The Army has deployed para-commandos and a helicopter was also seen hovering over the forest area for surveillance on Saturday.

Officials said the traffic between Mendhar and Thanamandi along the Jammu-Rajouri highway remained suspended for the third day on Sunday in the wake of the ongoing operation.

Rajouri and Poonch in the Jammu region have witnessed a rise in infiltration attempts since June this year.

Nine militants have been killed in separate encounters.—(PTI)

Problem In J&K Not Over With Scrapping Of Art 370, Those Seeking ‘Azadi’ Must Be Integrated With ‘Bharat’: RSS

Problem In J&K Not Over With Scrapping Of Art 370, Those Seeking ‘Azadi’ Must Be Integrated With ‘Bharat’: RSS

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the abrogation of Article 370 which had given a special status to Jammu and Kashmir has not solved the problem completely, and there is a section of population there which still speaks of “Azadi” (independence). Speaking at a book launch function here, he said society must reach out to this section so as to integrate it with “Bharat”.

He visited Kashmir recently and saw that abrogation of Article 370 in 2019 has paved the way for development in the region, Bhagwat said. He also saw Muslim students from Jammu and Kashmir stating during a program in Mumbai last month that they wanted to be part of India and now they could be Indian without any barrier, he said.

Earlier, Jammu and Ladakh faced “discrimination” and 80 per cent of the resources spent on Kashmir Valley went into local leaders’ pockets without benefiting people, the RSS chief said. Now this has changed and people’s lives there are “happier”, he claimed.

Article 370 also came in the way of taking action against terrorists but now nobody fears terrorists, he added. “People who had put stones in the hands of their children instead of books have stopped praising them (terrorists). There is an open atmosphere….Tomorrow elections will be held and new government will be formed,” the RSS chief said.
But sometimes we get complacent and lethargic when “hurdles are removed”, Bhagwat said, adding, “The problem has not gone away. Was Article 370 the problem? The reason why Article 370 had been created was the problem. “There is one section, which….persuaded by Pakistan and with communal feelings in the heart says (demands) Azaadi (freedom/independence). And these sections are still there,” Bhagwat said.

Many in Kashmir identify with Indian nationalism, he said. But there are some others who are happy that “corrupt leaders have gone to jail” and there is development, but “in their hearts they feel even with all this, if we get independence, it will be good,” Bhagwat said.

“And the problem lies there,” he added. “We will need to speed up efforts for assimilation,” the RSS chief said, adding that Indian society should take benefit of the “good atmosphere” prevailing now and “reach out to all of them and establish close relations….make them feel that they belong to Bharat.”(PTI)

Seven JKNRLM Staffers Injured As Cab Turns Turtle In Handwara Area Of North Kashmir

Seven JKNRLM Staffers Injured As Cab Turns Turtle In Handwara Area Of North Kashmir

Handwara, Oct 17: At least seven Jammu Kashmir National Rural Livelihoods Mission (JKNRLM) staffers sustained injuries after a cab they were on board met with an accident in Shogipora Magam in north Kashmir’s Handwara on Sunday afternoon.

Reports reaching said that a Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK09A-2055, carrying the staffers from Tarathpora towards Srinagar turned turtle after skidding off the road, resulting in injuries to seven persons working under JKNRLM scheme. The injured persons have been identified as Mubeena Begum, Nasreena Bano, Mahjabeena Bano, Shahzada Akhter, Ateeqa Bano, Mansoor Ahmad War and Tahir Ahmad – all residents of Ramhall Handwara.

All the injured were immediately evacuated to District Hospital Handwara for treatment, where all of them are said to be stable.

Meanwhile a police official confirming the incident told that a case has been registered in this regard. 

IT Dept Detects Tax Evasion Worth Crores After Raids On Two Business Entities

IT Dept Detects Tax Evasion Worth Crores After Raids On Two Business Entities

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department has detected tax evasion worth crores of rupees after it raided a group engaged in digital marketing and another entity engaged in solid waste management, the CBDT said on Sunday.

The searches were carried out on October 12 in a number of states.

The first group is engaged in digital marketing and campaign management and the raids were carried out at seven premises located in Bengaluru, Surat, Chandigarh and Mohali, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement

“Incriminating evidence found reveals that the group has been engaged in obtaining accommodation entries (bogus business entries) using an entry operator.

The entry operator has admitted to have facilitated transfer of cash and unaccounted income of the group through hawala operators,” it alleged.

Inflation of expenditure and under-reporting of revenue has also been detected and the group has also been found to be indulging in unaccounted cash payments, the CBDT said.

The department found that personal expenses of the directors have been booked as business expenses in the books of accounts.

“Luxurious vehicles used by the directors and their family members are found to have been purchased in the names of employees and entry provider,” it claimed.

The second group searched is engaged in solid waste management and deals in solid waste collection, transportation, processing and disposal services across the country, primarily catering to Indian municipalities.

“Evidence found reveals that this group has indulged in booking of bogus bills for expenses and sub-contracts and a preliminary estimate of such bogus expenses booked is to the tune of Rs 70 crore,” the statement said.

Unaccounted investment in property of about Rs 7 crore has been detected and unaccounted cash of Rs 1.95 crore and jewellery of Rs. 65 lakh has been seized, it said. (PTI)

Manali-Leh Highway Shut Owing To Possible Snowfall

Manali-Leh Highway Shut Owing To Possible Snowfall

Manali, Oct 17: Authorities on Sunday closed the highway for two days that connects this Himachal Pradesh tourist resort with Leh in Ladakh owing to possible snowfall this week.

They also advised motorists to avoid travelling on high mountain passes till October 18.

“Chances of snowfall on the Manali-Leh National Highway-21 are high till October 18. We have closed the traffic movement beyond Darcha,” Deputy Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told IANS.

The General Reserve Engineering Force, a wing of the Border Roads Organisation, maintains the Manali-Leh highway that passes through rugged Himalayan ranges, including the Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft), Lachlungla Pass (16,620 ft) and Tanglangla Pass (17,480 ft).

The weather at the passes is harsh. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions.

The highway is strategically important to maintain supplies for the armed forces posted in the forward areas of Ladakh region along the borders with China and Pakistan.—(IANS)

MeT Predicts Light To Moderate Rains For Two Days, Possibility Of Light Snowfall In Upper Reaches

MeT Predicts Light To Moderate Rains For Two Days, Possibility Of Light Snowfall In Upper Reaches

Sonum Lotus has forecasted widespread light to moderate rain in plains of valley with light snowfall in upper reaches till Monday forenoon.

While the weatherman said that, as predicted light rain occurred at most places of valley and at scattered places at Jammu. The weather will remain cloudy and rainy till forenoon of Monday morning with moderate rains from today afternoon.

Light snowfall is expected at higher reaches of valley with improvement in weather thereafter. Mainly dry weather is expected from October 19-22. No prediction of rains or snow for next one week, he added.

Today will be a cold day due to intermittent rains. For Crops and agricultural land some minor precautions should be taken but no special advisory is issued as the rains are seasonal, he said.

If heavy snowfall or rains will be forecasted, the MeT department will issue a advisory beforehand, he asserted.

Meanwhile, Srinagar received rainfall of 2.4 mm in 24 hours while minimum temperature recorded was 11.3° C. Kns

Drangbal Pampore Encounter Update || Two Militants Including A Top Commander Of LeT Killed In Gunfight

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Drangbal Pampore Encounter Update || Top Lashkar-e-Toiba Commander Umar Mushtaq Trapped, Operation Continues || IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar

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Army Jawan Killed In An Ongoing Encounter In Mendhar Poonch, Traffic Stopped On Poonch- Jammu National Highway

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ACB Arrests Mohd Sharief, Panchayat Secretary, Rural Development Department Of Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz, District Poonch While Accepting Bribe Of Rs 50,000/-

ACB Arrests Mohd Sharief, Panchayat Secretary, Rural Development Department Of Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz, District Poonch While Accepting Bribe Of Rs 50,000/-

Jammu: A complaint was received in the office of the ACB P/S Central, J&K, Jammu against Mohd Sharief s/o Mishri R/o Draba Khatana Tehsil Surankote, District Poonch, presently posted as Secretary (RDD Deptt) Panchayat Draba Khatana, Block Bafliaz alleging therein that the accused is demanding bribe of Rs. 5000/- per file for release of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY) 1st installment from the beneficiaries of the said scheme who are homeless poor villagers of Panchayat Halqa, Draba Khatana, Poonch through the complainant who happens to be the Sarpanch of that Panchayat. The said complainant / Sarpanch was told by the accused to collect Rs. 5000/- per file as his commission / bribe for the release of the payment from the beneficiaries.

2. Based upon the facts disclosed in the complaint which prima facie constituted an offence under section 7 of the PC Act 1988 (as amended in 2018). A verification was got conducted and it is found that there are 10 beneficiaries whose payments was blocked by the said accused for the want of bribe money at the tune of Rs. 5,000/- per file which amounts to Rs. 50,000/- in total.

3. Accordingly, an FIR No. 09/2021 was registered in P/S Central ACB, J&K on 12.10.2021 against the accused person. Consequently a trap team was constituted whereupon the accused person was caught red handed on the spot while accepting the bribe of Rs. 50,000/- and accordingly was placed under arrest in the case. Searches are being conducted at the official and residential premises of the accused.

4. Further investigation in the case is under progress.

Sensitization, Capacity Building Programme On FRA Held At Anantnag

Sensitization, Capacity Building Programme On FRA Held At Anantnag

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 14 : A one day sensitization cum capacity building programme on Forest Rights Act 2006 was held at Dakbanglow Anantnag today, here. Arvind Kumar Jha, former Commissioner, Tribal Research Training Institute, Pune Maharashtra presided over the session. He apprised the gathering about his valuable experience and expertise on the subject.

During the session, the main provisions of the act like eligibility, responsibility, sustainability, etc were discussed threadbare. Detailed deliberations on formation of Forest Rights Committees and processing of FRA claims were held with officers of concerned departments including revenue, forest and rural development.

The former commissioner discussed case studies from other parts of the country and enlightened the gathering about the usual hurdles faced during implementation of the Act besides their timely and apt solutions.

Jha impressed on the gathering that balanced development ensuring conservation of forests while at the same time recognizing and safeguarding rights guaranteed to scheduled tribes and other forest dwelling tribes are the way forward. He laid emphasis on sustainable development and the need to prevent misuse of provisions contained in the act.

On the occasion, the commissioner interacted with PRI members besides the field functionaries of various departments. He gave a patient hearing to their issues and clarified their doubts regarding implementation and coverage of the act.

The programme was also attended by ADC Gulzar Ahmad, DFO Lidder Divison Bijbehara, DFO Anantnag, ACR, SDMs, BDOs and other officials.

COVID19 Situation Improving Across J&K’ October Witnesses Lowest Srinagar Cases In 3 Weeks -All Districts Green

COVID19 Situation Improving Across J&K’ October Witnesses Lowest Srinagar Cases In 3 Weeks -All Districts Green

Srinagar: The latest J&K Government analysis of COVID19 situation has shown that cases are dropping across districts, with Srinagar, the epicenter of COVID19 in J&K, witnessing a steady slump, and the lowest cumulative cases of the week compared to the past two.

The analysis dated October 10, weighs various variables and their changes to dissect the COVID19 situation in J&K. The powerpoint presentation shows that after the spike between May and June, COVID19 cases have steadily decreased in the UT. The graphs show that the curve has been early flat since August with slight elevations in between. The last elevations were in the month of September, after the second week. For the past one week, the number of cases has been close to 100, and the line falling lower on most days.

Additional Chief Secretary to J&K Government (Health and Medical Education) Vivek Bhardwaj said that COVID19 situation was under control and the Government was vigilant to “capture and contain any changes”. He said the impetus was on vaccination of the eligible population and the second dose. “Once vaccinated, J&K’s entire population will be in a comfortable position vis-à-vis the Pandemic,” he said.

In terms of active cases, Srinagar district, as has been the trend, has the highest number. The number of active cases in Srinagar is nearly as many as active cases of all other districts put together. Srinagar has seen a high positivity in the past one month. However, in the past one week, the situation in Srinagar has improved, the data shows.

From September 20 to 26, Srinagar reported 445 new cases, which dropped to 325 new cases between 27th September to 03rd October. Between 4 and 10 October, the latest data shows, 294 new cases have been reported. In all districts of Kashmir division, Ganderbal, cases have dropped or remained steady in the past three weeks. In Jammu division as well, cases have dropped across districts. However, Poonch has seen a spike in cases in the latest week.

While the weekly cases per million are still of concern in Poonch, Ganderbal and Srinagar, overall, all districts of J&K are in Green category given other cardinal indicators. The positive percentage of cases is lower than 2 percent in J&K at present and was over 2 percent at the beginning of the month. Overall, bed occupancy is zero or less than 1 percent across districts except Srinagar where 3 percent of the allocated beds are occupied.

Amid Tension In Air, Kashmiri Pandits Perform Ramnavmi Puja In Srinagar

Amid Tension In Air, Kashmiri Pandits Perform Ramnavmi Puja In Srinagar

Srinagar, Oct 14: After a delay amid tension, Kashmiri Pandits on Wednesday performed Ramnavmi puja at Durga Nath temple in Sonwar area of Srinagar.

Manager of the temple, Makhan Lal Koul said that due to the untoward situation in the city for the past two weeks the administration didn’t allow the puja earlier.

“The puja was supposed to be conducted on 12 October as per the calendar but due to the circumstances, the administration didn’t allow it earlier,” Koul said. He said that though the puja took place today, presence of devotees are less as compared to the previous year.

“Despite all odds, we are happy that the puja has finally taken place,” he said.

A devotee Ram Pal Kapoor from Orissa said that he and his family come every year from last nine years to perform Ramnavmi Puja.
“We have never felt insecure here. Kashmir is safe to visit,” Kapoor said.

Another devotee from Kishtwar said that the spree of the killings in the valley should stop and people from all the communities should live in peace and harmony.

Dr Manmohan Singh’s Condition Stable: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Dr Manmohan Singh’s Condition Stable: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Former Prime minister Manmohan Singh’s condition according to doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is stable. Singh, now 89, was admitted to the hospital in Delhi for evaluation of fever on Wednesday and is under the observation of doctors.

“I wish a speedy recovery to former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji. May God grant him good health,” Union minister Hardeep Puri tweeted.
Singh had earlier been admitted to AIIMS after testing positive for Covid-19 in April this year. The two-time Prime minister marked his birthday on September 26.

Last year too, the widely renowned economist was admitted at AIIMS after complaining of uneasiness

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