Kashmiri Businessman Missing On Way Back From Delhi
A 35-year-old businessman from Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district has gone missing from Jammu on April 27. He was returning from Delhi.
The family of missing person Ghulam Hassan Yatoo, son of Mohammad Ramzan Yatoo, a resident of Chanderhama Pattan told that they have not been able to contact him since April 27. They said Ghulam Hassan was on the way back to Kashmir from Delhi.
According to local reports, Hassan was a fruit grower and had gone to Delhi on April 24 to collect account details regarding a dealer of Delhi, however, after returning, he has not reached home yet.
J&K Police, when contacted, told GNS, “We have been informed about the missing businessman, however, the concerned police station in Delhi wherefrom he has gone missing will register an FIR.”
Portfolios Of J&K Ministers: Sat Sharma Is Housing Minister, Manyal Health, Sunil PDD, Rajiv Jasrotia Forest
Portfolios of few J&K Ministers are out as per information Sat Sharma is Housing Minister, DK Manyal Health, Sunil Sharma PDD, Rajiv Jasrotia Forest.
Whereas Dy CM has probabably got Industries along with one small portfolio.
KU Postpones All Exams Scheduled On Ist May
The authorities of the University of Kashmir on Monday postponed all the examinations scheduled for Tuesday.
The spokesman said that in view of concerns expressed by students, all Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on May 1, 2018 (Tuesday) are postponed.
Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, later, the statement added.
Son Of Pakistani Bus Driver Sajid Javid Named As Home Secretary Of United Kingdom
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday named Sajid Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, the new Home Secretary following Amber Rudd’s resignation for “inadvertently misleading” MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.
Javid, whose family came to the UK in the 1960s, is currently Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary, reports the BBC. He is also the first member of an ethnic minority to hold the position.
The 48-year-old former investment banker and MP for Bromsgrove had also served as the Business and Culture Secretaries.
“The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Sajid Javid MP as Secretary of State for the Home Department,” the Downing Street said.
Rudd handed her resignation papers to May on Sunday night. Her exit followed weeks of revelations about the treatment of “Windrush generation” of Caribbean immigrants, who settled legally in post-war Britain but whose right-to-remain has been questioned, and controversy over the government’s “hostile environment” immigration policy.
Following Javid’s promotion, the Downing Street also announced that former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire will return to the cabinet as Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary.
Javid, who first entered Parliament in 2010 and supported remaining in the European Union despite being regarded as a Eurosceptic, led the government’s response to last year’s Grenfell fire disaster.
Over the weekend, he told the Sunday Telegraph the Windrush scandal felt “very personal”.
“I’m a second-generation migrant. My parents came to this country from Pakistan just like the Windrush generation.
“They came to this country after the Second World War to help rebuild it… My dad worked in a cotton mill, he worked as a bus driver.
“When I heard about the Windrush issue, I thought that could’ve been my mum, dad, uncle or me.”
Rudd’s resignation after the Guardian revealed that in a leaked 2017 letter to May, Rudd had told the Prime Minister of her intention to increase deportations by 10 per cent, seemingly at odds with her denials that she was aware of deportation targets.
She was due to appear in the House of Commons on Monday to explain the revelation.
Speculation about her future had swirled on April 27, as the Home Office and Downing Street failed to respond to claims that she was aware of targets for removing illegal migrants from Britain.
On April 26, May had apologised to the UK’s black community in a letter she sent to the national Afro-Caribbean daily, The Voice, saying: “We have let you down and I am deeply sorry. But apologies alone are not good enough. We must urgently right this historic wrong.”
JRL Calls For Complete Shutdown On 1st May 2018
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while strongly condemning the killing of a student Shahid Ashraf Dar and two youth Sameer Ahmad and Aqib Wani by armed forces and injuring more than 50 innocent unarmed people by using bullets and pellets and unleashing a reign of terror at Drabgam Pulwama and other parts of south Kashmir have called for complete shutdown on 1st May 2018 Tuesday against these unabated killings.
Drubgam Encounter Update: Sameer Tiger Another Hizbul Mujahedeen Commander Killed in Drabgam Gunfight
Two Hizbul Mujahideen commanders, Sameer Tiger and Aqib Khan have been killed in Drubgam gunfight, sources said.
They said that Sameer, a resident of Drubgam and Aqib a resident of Rajpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district were well known faces of Hizbul Mujahideen
The encounter had started after forces cordoned off Drubgam village early today.
Locals tried to disrupt the forces operation and pelted them with rocks resulting in clashes near the gunfight site.
A 15 year old boy, Shahid Ahmad was killed in the clashes. At least 18 others sustained injuries in forces action against protesting civilians.
Two Army personnel, including an officer also sustained bullet injuries during the gunfight with militants.
Forces had pressed helicopters in service against the hiding militants.
Drubgam Gunfight Update: 18 Years Old Youth Killed In Clashes Near Encounter Site In Pulwama South Kashmir
A teenage youth was killed during intense clashes between government forces and protesters in Drubgam village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.
Sources said that Shahid Ashraf Dar (18) son of Mohammad Ashraf Dar, a resident of Arihal, sustained a critical bullet wound during the clashes near the site of a gun battle between forces and militants in Drubgam.
He was shifted to District Hospital Pulwama where doctors declared him dead on arrival, they said.
Medical Superintendent Pulwama hospital, Abdul Rashid Parra also confirmed the death of the youth. He said that the youth had received serious firearm injury.
The gunfight broke out in Drubgam village early today after the joint team of Army, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in the area.
A major and a soldier of 44 RR were injured in the initial exchange of fire with the militants, reports said. The injured were shifted to 92 base military hospital in Badami Bagh Srinagar.
Over a dozen protesters have been injured during clashes near the encounter site.
Drubgam Encounter Continues: Army Using Helicopters, Four Protesting Youth Sustained Bullet Injuries
At least 4 protesting youth sustained bullet injuries while clashing with government forces near the gunfight site at Brubgam in south Kashmir’s Puwama district on Monday.
The injured are being treated at local hospitals except one who was shifted to District Hospital Pulwama, sources said.
They said that those treated locally have bullet injuries in lower limbs.
Meanwhile, the encounter between militants and government forces at Drubgam was underway where forces have pressed their helicopters into service.
Intense clashes between protesters and forces near and around the encounter site were also going on.
The encounter broke out after a cordon and search operation (CASO) was launched by troops of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) 182 Battalion and 183 Battalion, along with 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) Pulwama.
Two Army soldiers including an officer were injured in the initial firing with militants.
Haq Khan, Bali Baghat Dropped From Cabinet
In anticipation of the cabinet reshuffle, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has dropped Rural Development and Law Minister Abdul Haj Khan.
Khan represents the Lolab assembly segment in the state assembly. Reasons for his exclusion from the cabinet were not immediately known. “Everybody knows why he was dropped,” one PDP insider said without explaining the reason.
Others dropped from the council of minister included Dr Nirmal Singh, the former Deputy Chief Minister, and Priya Sethi. Bali Baghat has also been dropped by the BJP. He was the Health Minister of J&K.
Dr Singh would now be the Speaker and his position in the cabinet is being taken by Kavinder Gupta.
The new ministers are right now taking the oath of office.
JK Cabinet Reshuffle: BJP Brings In Five New Faces
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) inducted five new faces in the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet on Monday.
Assembly speaker and BJP leader Kavinder Gupta has been sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
Satpal Sharma, Rajiv Jasrotia, Devinder Kumar Maniyal and Shakti Raj were sworn-in as ministers for the state.
Kavinder Gupta is a former mayor of Jammu. He had won the 2014 Assembly election from Gandhinagar constituency in Jammu. Satpal Sharma is the president of Jammu and Kashmir state unit of the BJP, Devinder Kumar Maniyal is an SC elect from the Samba constituency in Jammu and Shakti Raj is an MLA from the Dodha district in Jammu.
Nirmal Singh will be named the new Speaker of the state Legislative Assembly, sources said.
The oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers was administered by Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the convention centre Jammu instead of Raj Bhavan as the government has already shut down its offices in Jammu and shifted its base to summer capital Srinagar.
Drabgam Encounter Update: Army Major Among Two Soldiers Wounded In Ongoing Pulwama Encounter
Two army men, including an officer, were wounded in an ongoing gunfight at Drabgam in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday.
Reports said that a major and a soldier of 44 RR were injured in initial exchange of fire with the militants. They were shifted to 92 base military hospital in Badami Bagh Srinagar.
Two soldiers, including an army major, received bullet wounds and have been hospitalized, GNS quoted SSP Pulwama as having said
At Least Six Including A Journalist Killed In Kabul Double Explosions
Double explosions targeted central Kabul today morning, killing at least six people, including a journalist, and wounding 14, authorities said.
Five people were killed by the initial blast and 11 wounded, according to Mohammad Asim, chief of the Kabul ambulance service.
The first explosion was soon followed by another. Police officer Jan Agha said the journalist died in the second blast, which also wounded two police officers
Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin says the area of Kabul that was targeted includes foreign offices
Mohammad Mousa Zahir, director of Wazir Akbarkhan Hospital, said several people suffering injuries from the blast were being treated at the hospita
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The local Islamic State group affiliate and the more firmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks around the country, with the Taliban usually targeting the government and security forces and IS targeting the Shiite minority.
Both groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan. (AP)
Sopore CASO Update: CASO Ended Peacefully In Sopore Outskirts
The Cordon and Search operation was launched by the Forces on Sunday evening in Sopore outskirts ended on a peaceful note.
Reports said that Army’s 22 RR, Sopore Police and CRPF had Launched the Cordon and search Operation in Sagipora area of Sopore in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday evening after inputs of militants movement in the area, reports added several hours search ended on peaceful note when no connection of militants found in the area
Meanwhile officials told that the operation concluded peacefully as nothing was found in the area. (gns).
Drubgam Encounter Update: Clashes Erupt Near Encounter Site in Drubgam Pulwama
Intense clashes erupted between government forces and protesters in Drubgam village of Pulwama on Monday.
Earlier a gunfight raged between militants and forces in the village after a search operation was launched in the area.
Sources said that during initial exchange of fire between militants and forces, scores of youth took to streets and started pelting stones on forces to disrupt their operation and help hiding militants escape.
Clashes were going on when reports last came in.
Police officials confirmed the gunfight between militants and forces however said that situation was under their control.
Nirmal Singh Resigns As J&K Deputy Chief Minister
Nirmal Singh resigned as Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.
The decision comes ahead of a major reshuffle in the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet.
Singh had assumed office as Deputy Chief Minister on April 4, 2016.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kavinder Gupta will take over as the new Deputy Chief Minister of the state.
Former Policeman Turned BJP Activist Shot At In Srinagar
A 30-year-old man was injured after fired upon by unknown gunmen in Allochibagh area of Srinagar city on Sunday evening.
Official sources told news agency GNS that the gunmen fired upon Zubair Majeed Parray (30) son of Abdul Majeed Parray at around 8:35 pm. “The gunmen shot him from point blank range on his crockery shop in Allochibagh”.
Parray was shifted to SMHS Hospital in serious conditions,” they said.
Sources said that Parray was associated with BJP and had participated in the election campaign in 2014 assembly polls.
SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismaiel Parray when contacted confirmed the incident and said that they have launched a hunt to nab the assailants.
He said that Parray was a former policeman. He had left the job few years back. Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said that the unknown gunmen fired upon a civilian Zubair Ahmad Parray at Allochibagh.
In the incident Parray sustained injuries and shifted to hospital.
PDP Hopes India,Pakistan Realize Futility Of Hostility And Confrontation
Peoples Democratic Party vice-president Sartaj Madni has said that global trend for peace and reconciliation augurs well for problem resolution, said a party statement said.
He expressed hope that winds of change will reach the region sooner than later. Addressing a public gathering in Banihal, Madni hailed leaders of North and South Korea for a positive shift from intransigence and hostility to bonhomie and cooperation.
He said similarly Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recognition of China as a useful neighbour is another good development which should help in getting together of big powers for strengthening peace moves.
Madni in a statement said that India and Pakistan need to thrive under the emerging scenario which dictates the necessity to understand the value of engagement for a just world order. He said that Kashmir has suffered the worst as and when the two countries indulged in kind of one-gunmanship in scant regard for shared history and neighbourhood.
Madni said wars and conflicts are entailing unimaginable suffering and devastations in various parts of the world. “Nations and humanity are under stress. But this scenario cannot be lost long as the urge for peace ultimately prevails.”
Madni said PDP’s visionary leader Mufi Muhammad Sayeed was the strong protagonist of conflict resolution through dialogue and reconciliation. “He was a votary of cooperative politics and believed in coexistence. He facilitated people to people dialogue and invited Atal Bihari Vajpayee to send his message of peace from Kashmir soil and trusted the sincerity of Vajpayee in pursuing the mission of peace.”
Madni said those were days when India and Pakistan witnessed calm and development and people reposed faith in institutions of public service. PDP continues to follow its mentor and expects that political leadership of India and Pakistan will realise the futility of hostility and confrontation and orient the establishment for a renewed narrative for peace and resolution. He said it is a good omen that India and China are coming closer with a motive to use huge manpower and resource for human development and friendly global environment.
He exuded confidence that new discourse will shape new relationships where Jammu and Kashmir will find a place to claim fair treatment. Madni assured the gathering that PDP will play a crucial role as promised.
He said that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is leading the alliance with BJP with an avowed objective of keeping the state together and create a culture of harmony in three regions. He said Congress has been feeling uneasy ever since this alliance and some of its leaders have been hatching conspiracies to foment trouble on regional and communal lines.
He appreciated the role of the people of Jammu who do not fall victim to such conspiracies.
R&B Minister Nayeem Akhtar also addressed the gathering. He stressed that the government is doing taking all the measures in underdeveloped areas of the state so that they can keep pace with the development.
“The government has taken various initiatives to ensure development in all three regions of the state. We have taken up major road projects in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh to uplift the road infrastructure in the state,” he added.
KU’s South Campus Holds Workshop On ‘Women, Law And Society’
The Department of Education at Kashmir University’s South Campus Anantnag, in collaboration with Cross Bow Miles organized a one-day workshop on “Women, Law and Society—Challenges & Issues.”
The spokesman in a statement said that the workshop was aimed at highlighting and deliberating upon pressing issues faced by women in the society with special focus on creating awareness for women’s safety and empowerment through financial and digital literacy.
“CrossBow Miles is a mass outreach and engagement platform tailored for cause-driven campaigns for women empowerment and other social issues. It is conceptualised by Srishti Bakshi who embarked on 3800-km on-foot journey across the country and has reached Kashmir for the last leg of the campaign,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman said that speaking at the workshop, Srishti Bakshi shared with the audience her effort aimed to sensitise citizens about the gender divide in the country that can be combated by empowering women with digital and financial literacy.
Students, scholars and faculty members of various Departments of South Campus and Women’s Study Centre, Social Works Department and Women’s College Islamabad were among those who participated in the workshop, the spokesman added.
Bilal Kaloo, Department of Education, South Campus coordinated the workshop. Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Zarri, Director South Campus applauded Srishti for her extraordinary accomplishment to complete 3800-km walk from Kanyakumari to Kashmir along with voicing and raising awareness related to women issues. He further asserted that debates and discussions on social issues in academic institutions hold a lot of promise and potential to solve the problems faced by our society.
Talish Rey and Suniti Ojha, advocates at the Supreme Court deliberated upon legal aspects related to crime against women.
Gulzara Masoodi, well known social activist and Member, Jammu and Kashmir State Commission for Women, said that education is the biggest tool for women empowerment and it would bring about a lot of change in the society, the spokesman said.