Two Senior Jammu And Kashmir Officials Suspended In Rs 250 Crore Bank Fraud Case

Two Senior Jammu And Kashmir Officials Suspended In Rs 250 Crore Bank Fraud Case

The Jammu and Kashmir administration suspended two senior officials pending an inquiry into their conduct in a case pertaining to Rs 250-crore bank fraud, officials said The administration suspended Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) officer Mujib-ur-Rehman Ghassi, Special Secretary to the Government, Industries and Commerce Department, and Ashiq Hussian, Deputy Registrar Cooperative Societies J-K, pending an inquiry against them, they said. The officials said two separate suspension orders were issued against the officials by the General Administration Department (GAD).

The officials said Ghassi will remain attached with the GAD during the period of his suspension, while Hussain shall remain attached in the office of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir. The names of both the officials were mentioned in a case, registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on August 25, related to Rs 250 crore loan to a non-existent cooperative housing society two years ago.

The ACB produced a charge-sheet against three persons, including a former chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Bank, for sanctioning a Rs 250 crore loan to a non-existent cooperative housing society.

The ACB filed the charge-sheet against Mohammad Shafi Dar, the then chairman of J-K State Cooperative Bank Limited (JKSTCB), Hilal Ahmad Mir, chairman of non-existent River Jhelum Cooperative House Building Society, Srinagar, and Abdul Hamid Hajam, secretary of the non-existent River Jhelum Cooperative House Building Society, Srinagar, according to officials.

The anti-graft body registered the case against Dar and others under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly sanctioning a loan to the tune of Rs 250 crore in favour of the non-existent society for the purpose of construction of a satellite township at Shivpora locality in Srinagar, bypassing the credit policy of the bank and on the basis of false and fabricated documents, they said.

The ACB investigation revealed that a conspiracy was hatched between Dar, Mir, Hajam, Mujib Ur Rehman Ghasi — the then registrar of cooperative societies, J-K, Syed Ashiq Hussain — deputy registrar cooperative societies, and others in creating the fake society in 2018-19 in order to obtain a loan from the bank, officials said.

On Duty BSF Officer Collapses On Road, Dies In Srinagar Hospital

On Duty BSF Officer Collapses On Road, Dies In Srinagar Hospital

Srinagar, Sep 26: A Border Security Force officer stationed at Raj Bhawan Srinagar died in the hospital after collapsing on the road during patrolling duty here in Kashmir capital Srinagar.

Police sources told that an Assistant Sub-Inspector of BSF Hayat Singh fell unconscious on the road during patrolling. He was shifted to Unit Headquarters at Pantha Chowk Srinagar, where doctors declared him dead.

The deceased BSF officer was affiliated with 163 Battalion of C Company Raj Bhawan Srinagar. Police in this regard have initiated proceedings under 174 CrPc.

Internet Closure In Sopore: Police Issues Statement

Internet Closure In Sopore: Police Issues Statement

On 15-09-2020 at about 12:45 hours, one OGW namely Irfan Ahmad Dar (Age about 23/24 years) S/O Mohammad Akbar Dar R/O Sidiq-Colony, Sopore was apprehended and two Chinese Hand Grenades were recovered from his possession.

In this regard, Case FIR No. 257/2020 U/S 18 ULA (P) Act, 7/27 A. Act was registered in Police Station Sopore and investigation taken up.

During the course of investigation, a Police Team visited Chairdaji area of Tujjar-Sharief along with OGW for affecting some more recovery on the disclosure of the OGW.

In the meanwhile, the OGW while taking advantage of darkness and terrain managed to escape regarding which a separate Case FIR No. 71/2020 U/S 224 IPC was registered in Police Station Bomai and during search the body of OGW was found near Stone Quarry of Tujjar-Sharief.

Accordingly the body was taken to the nearby PHC, wherefrom shifted to PCR Kashmir Hospital for fulfilling medical and other legal formalities and final disposal.

Further investigation is going on.

Pulwama Encounter Update: Two Army Men Injured In Ongoing Gunfight In Marvel Kakapora Pulwama

Pulwama Encounter Update: Two Army Men Injured In Ongoing Gunfight In Marvel Kakapora Pulwama

Two army men were injured in an ongoing gunfight at Marvel area of Kakapora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama District on Tuesday.

Sourecs said that two army soldiers received splinter injuries in an initial exchange of firing the injured soldier has been shifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Badami Bagh cantonment area of Srinagar were both are undergoing treatment.

Operation in the area is continuing.No fresh firing reported from last one hour.

Kashmir News Network-KNN Online Editor Dar Masood Bereaved

Kashmir News Network-KNN Online Editor Dar Masood Bereaved

Kashmir News Network-KNN team condoles the sad demise of Mohammad Ramzan Dar Resident of Halmulla Sethar Bijbhera Uncle of KNN Online Editor Dar Masood.

We pray for eternal peace to the departed soul, may Allah grant him highest place in Jannatul Firdous.

KNN Team expressed deep condolences and sympathy with Dar Masood and bereaved family.

One Dead, Three Injured In Tral Road Mishap

One Dead, Three Injured In Tral Road Mishap

KNN/Muzafar Pulwama

Tral, Sep 12: One person was killed while three others sustained injuries in a road mishap in South Kashmir’s Tral on Saturday.

Reports said a load carrier Auto Skidded at Paner Jageer Tral on early Saturday, resulting in one dead on spot while three others sustained injuries in the mishap.

All injured persons were shifted to nearby hospital for advance treatment.

The deceased person identified as Ab Rahman parry from Koil ShiKargah Tral, while injured persons identified as Mohd Yaqoob Gujar from Karmullah Tral,Bilal Ahmad Bhat from Koil ShiKargah Tral and his wife injured.

A police officer told KNN that all the Injured are said to be stable, he said a case in this regard has been registered and further investigation has been initiated.{KNN}

Body Of A Militant Recovered After Four Days Of Search Operation In Budgam Central Kashmir

Body Of A Militant Recovered After Four Days Of Search Operation In Budgam Central Kashmir

Body of a militant was recovered late last night from Check Kawoosa after four days of searches following a brief gunfight in the Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

A senior police officer told that the body was recovered from a Nala (Waterbody) in which the militant had jumped after suffering bullet injury in his neck during the brief gunfight on September 07.

The encounter had ensued after a joint team of police, 02 RR of army and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation amid inputs about the presence of militants.

Since then the searches were continuing and the body was recovered late last night.

As per the sources, the Slain militant has been identified as Aqib lone resident of Aglar, Shopian and believed to be affiliated with JeM.

M4 US Carbine, AK Rifle And Other Arms Ammunition Recovered From Two Persons Arrested Near Jawahar Tunnel Qazigund

M4 US Carbine, AK Rifle And Other Arms Ammunition Recovered From Two Persons Arrested Near Jawahar Tunnel Qazigund

Two persons were arrested along with arms and ammunition including M4 US carbine and an AK rifle by joint forces near Jawahar tunnel in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district late last night, official sources said on Wednesday.

They said the joint forces intercepted a truck (JK22B-1737), coming from Samba district, near Jawahar Tunnel and recovered one AK rifle with 2 magazines, one M4 US Carbine with 3 magazines, six Chinese pistols with 12 magazines.

Confirming it, a senior police officer told that two persons onboard the truck have been arrested and their interrogation was going on.

The officer identified the duo as Bilal Ahmad son of Ghulam Muhammad Kuttey and Shahnwaz Ahmad Mir son of Zahoor Ahmad Mir, both residents of Shopian.

Besides, the officer said at least three more persons were detained on the lead of Kashmir police from the Ramban district in connection with the incident. “The investigations are underway and further details would be shared later,” the officer added.

SSP Anantnag Holds Meeting With Trade Associations Of Anantnag

SSP Anantnag Holds Meeting With Trade Associations Of Anantnag

Sandeep Chaudhary, IPS, SSP Anantnag today held metting with All the traders associations of Anantnag. A number of issues of public importance were discused in the meeting.

The issues centred around included illegal encroachments in the market on footpaths, parking discipline, overcharging by Sumos, traffic jams. The office bearers of the associations put forth their concerns regarding drug abuse among the youth.

The SSP assured them that district police is working hard to counter drug abuse. He also laid emphasis upon counselling of youth especially career guidance.

He added that youth of Anantnag will be included in the Operation Dreams initiative for career guidance and coaching for competitive exams.

Coronavirus: Former Legislator From Rajouri Dies Due To Covid-19

Coronavirus: Former Legislator From Rajouri Dies Due To Covid-19

Rajouri, Sep 07: A former legislator from Rajouri district and National Conference leader, Thakur Rashpal Singh died due to Coronavirus and some other medical issues on Monday morning.

Singh, a resident of Sialsui Kalakote, has won elections several times from Kalakote assembly segment and was leader of National Conference since decades. He has also served as Vice Chairman of State Kissan Advisory Board during Omar Abdullah led government in 2009-15.

The officials told that former legislator developed some medical issues on Sunday evening and was taken to SMVDN hospital Katra where he breathed his last at around 2 AM. He was also been tested positive for Coronavirus, they said.

“I have been informed that former legislator has been tested positive for Coronavirus,” said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rajouri, Mohammad Nazir Sheikh.

He said that deployment of police has been made in the area to prevent any gathering in funeral.

Fake Doctor Arrested By Police In Kupwara Town Of North Kashmir

Fake Doctor Arrested By Police In Kupwara Town Of North Kashmir

Kupwara, Sep 06: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday detained an alleged fake doctor practicing in main town in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

An official told that police this afternoon detained the alleged fake doctor and initiated enquiry.

He said that the arrest was made after complaints about the individual practising at a private clinic in Kupwara town and is believed to be a government employee.

Meanwhile, a senior police official said that it is too early to say that the arrested man is a fake doctor or an employee of some government department.

“It will be clear only after thorough investigation into the matter.”

He said a case FIR no. 225/2020 has been registered at police station Kupwara and further investigation is going on.

Meanwhile, sources said that the alleged fake doctor is said to be a sanitary inspector.kno

Policeman Arrested For Duping Handwara Man Of Rs Two Lakh On Job Promise

Policeman Arrested For Duping Handwara Man Of Rs Two Lakh On Job Promise

Handwara: A policeman was arrested on Saturday on the charges of duping a man of Rs two lakhs by promising him a job in the department, a police official said.

Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Shanoo village in Langate had filed a complaint at police station Handwara alleging that the policeman posted in Handwara duped him of the money by promising him a job as SPO in the department, in 2017.

As per the complaint, the accused had in 2017 even handed over an “appointment order” to Sheikh, as an SPO. The complainant alleged that the accused also provided him a fake belt number and took him along several times to the District Police Line, Handwara.

“I even received salary for the three consecutive months,” the complainant said.

An official said following the complaint, Handwara police started investigation which culminated with the arrested of the accused policeman.

A case (FIR No 300/2020) has been registered in police station Handwara, said the official. “We have arrested the accused person and filed a case of fraud against him. Further investigation is on,” the official said.

High Court Continues To Crack Whip On Encroachments In Pahalgam Anantnag

High Court Continues To Crack Whip On Encroachments In Pahalgam Anantnag

The J&K High Court on Friday asked the Chief Secretary of J&K Government to take appropriate action regarding encroachments on state land (including forest land) in Pahalgam resort.

The court remarked that the issue needs immediate attention at the highest level after a report was filed by Chief Executive Officer, Pahalgam Development Authority, pointing towards discrepancies in government land records, particularly in lease records.

The report submitted that a total 66 kanals of land in Pahalgam had been leased out but the records were short of details regarding the date of renewal of leases, payment received, and arrears due.

The report mentioned that more than 7 kanals of state land in Pahalgam had been encroached upon, apart from encroachments in forest and wildlife areas.

A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Puneet Gupta while perusing the report directed the CEO to undertake the exercise of ascertaining the extent of land which was originally leased.

The court directed the officer to also ascertain the particulars of the lessees and the extent of land under occupation despite expiry of the leases.

“Such exercise shall be immediately commenced and a status report be placed before us before the next date of hearing,” the court directed.

The court noted that the policy of the Government regarding expired leases has also not been placed before it. “Let the same be placed before us before the next date of hearing,” the Division Bench said.

The court observed that given the large extent of encroachments and unauthorised constructions, it is essential to pinpoint the location, status and level of the unauthorised constructions.

“The Pahalgam Development Authority is required to undertake marking and fencing boundaries of the Government Land/ Forest Land/ Wildlife Land so that further encroachment is prevented,” the court directed.

The Bench noted that it had already directed the respondents to submit a status report with regard to drone videography and other allied directions in an order dated 25th of August, 2020, and for this purpose the matter has been directed to be listed on 12th of October, 2020.

Meantime the court said that the other issues pointed out by the Pahalgam Development Authority with regard to the difficulty in managing solid waste on account of overlapping jurisdiction also needs to be resolved.

“Solid Waste Management is a municipal function and all over the country is undertaken by municipal committees/ corporations. The jurisdiction with regard to the Solid Waste Management has to be clearly demarcated and assigned in Pahalgam as well. Solid waste management shall be undertaken as per the provisions of the Solid Waste Management Bye-Laws,” the court directed.

“A report regarding the issues of solid waste management shall be filed before us by the Municipality and the PDA,” the court directed.

The court mentioned that the report of the Chief Executive Officer, Pahalgam Development Authority has also pointed out that the Municipal Committee is constructing toilet blocks and is granting permission for constructions contrary to the Master Plan of Pahalgam-2032.

“No construction can be raised contrary to the Master Plan. All authorities including the Municipal Committee, BOCA shall strictly abide by the Master Plan and the Building Bye-Laws while considering applications for construction and granting permission to do so,” the court directed.

The court will again hear the matter on 24 September.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Militant Arrested During Cordon And Search Operation {CASO} In Kakapora Pulwama

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Militant Arrested During Cordon And Search Operation {CASO} In Kakapora Pulwama

A newly recruited militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba(LeT) was arrested by the forces in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said on Friday.

The militant was arrested after a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched in Sethargund area of Kakapora South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. 

“On specific information, a CASO was launched in which one militant identified as Shanaf Akbar Bhat of Khadermoh Kakapora of LeT was arrested along ammunition,” a police officer said.

Police said a case has been registered and investigations were taken up.kno

Another Encounter Started Between Militants And Government Forces In Babhoora Pulwama

Another Encounter Started Between Militants And Government Forces In Babhoora Pulwama

Pulwama, September 04: A gunfight breaks out between militants and government forces in Babhoora area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama on Friday.

A joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Babhoora.

As the joint team encircled the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter.

A senior police officer confirmed that the exchange of fire between the joint team and the militants. As per the sources, two to three militants are believed to be trapped.

Pertinently, this 2nd encounter of the day in Valley. Pattan encounter still underway.

Pattan Gunfight Update: Two Unidentified Militants Killed, SoG Man Injured, Encounter Continues

Pattan Gunfight Update: Two Unidentified Militants Killed, SoG Man Injured, Encounter Continues

Pattan, Sep 04: Two unidentified militant were killed while as a SoG man was injured in the fresh firing in the ongoing gunfight at Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district while as an army officer was injured in the initial exchange of firing, official sources said.

An encounter raged in the morning in Yiddipora, Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after joint teams of army, police and CRPF men laid a siege on the basis of a credible information about presence of militants.

Defence spokesman in Srinagar Rajesh Kalia said that a fierce gunfight is on after evacuation of civilians from the areas. “One officer injured during the operation. Joint operation in progress,” he said.

Pattan Gunfight Update: One Militant Killed, Army Major Injured In The Ongoing Encounter In Yadipora Pattan

Pattan Gunfight Update: One Militant Killed, Army Major Injured In The Ongoing Encounter In Yadipora Pattan

A militant has been killed in ongoing encounter in Yadipora area of Pattan in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Official sources told that a militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter, however his identification couldn’t be ascertained yet.

In Intial exchange of firing a Major of 29 RR was also injured, who was evacuated to 92 Base hospital for treatment.

A senior police officer told that, operation was halted for sometime as some civilians were trapped inside the encounter area. After they were rescued, operation was resumed again.

A joint team of Police, Army’s RR 29 and CRPF launched a cordon-and-search-operation in Yadipora.

As the joint team encircled the suspected spot, the hiding militants fired upon them. The fire was retaliated by the joint team, triggering off an encounter.

Pattan Encounter Update: All Civilians Rescued, Firing Resumed Again

Pattan Encounter Update: All Civilians Rescued, Firing Resumed Again

Fresh Firing resumed in Pattan gunfight as forces rescued all civilians in the area.

An official told that fresh firing resumed, however no militant killing so far.

He said forces rescued all the civilians and shifted them yo safer location.

Earleir in the initial stage of gunfight an Army Major was injured.

Pertinently, A Joint team of Army’s 29 RR, SOG and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation at Yadipora area of Pattan following inputs about the presence of some militants.

The gunfight broke out after searching party was fired by hidding militants.

Anantnag Police Has Started An Initiative Of Imparting Counseling To Students Through Online Mode Of Communication

Anantnag Police Has Started An Initiative Of Imparting Counseling To Students Through Online Mode Of Communication

Anantnag Police Has Started An Initiative Of Imparting Counseling To Students Through Online Mode Of Communication While sharing details with Kashmir News Network-KNN SSP Anantnag Sandeep Chowdhary said that he has launched this initiative under the banner of Operation Dreams and the main purpose of this Operation will be only to deliver Education through online modes.

He said that further communication in this regard shall be made via Police Twitter Handle and other social media networking modes.

SSP urged the youth of Anantnag to register themselves via online for getting education during these tough times.{KNN}

PUBG Ban In India: Parents Happy, Players Shocked

PUBG Ban In India: Parents Happy, Players Shocked

New Delhi: With the PUBG Mobile ban, the government on Wednesday delivered what many Indian parents had been waiting to hear for months now, while leaving their children shocked.

Even before the government banned TikTok, along with 58 other Chinese apps in June, sporadic demands for PUBG ban had surfaced on several platforms from time to time.

While some parents complained about the immensely popular video game impacting studies of their kids, some reports of extreme addiction to the game kept many parents and teachers worried about the mental health of their wards.

As these parents heaved a sigh of relief when the government published a fresh list of banned apps, many players of the game are still coming to terms with the new reality.

Aniket Krishnatray, a BTech final year student from Delhi, said he is accepting the decision because of India’s border tensions with China.

“Just got to know about the shocking news about PUBG getting banned in India. Though my parents are quite happy with this decision, for me it was disheartening because during lockdown, it was my only tool to get rid of so much of monotony,” Krishnatray told IANS.

“Government has banned many apps but we need alternatives at the earliest,” he said.

The news of PUBG ban spread like wildfire on social media platforms and within minutes “PUBG Banned” became the top trending topic on Twitter.

Many “PUBG lovers” wrote paeans to the app, even as they lamented the days that they would have to pass without playing the game.

The PUBG game, which has more than 600 million downloads and 50 million active players globally, has millions of users, especially young, in India.

India’s move to ban PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps came after the fresh Chinese aggression in Indian territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh.

“This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said in a statement, announcing the ban of the apps.

Technology lawyer Mishi Choudhary said that the Indian government has the power to restrict access to the apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

“Whether 59 apps are banned or 118, all this underscores how technology and geopolitical matters are becoming two strands of a braid,” said Choudhary, who is also Founder of SFLC.in, a legal services organisation working on law, technology and policy.

“The data protection law, conspicuous by its absence, has never been more important than now,” she said.

Meanwhile, several Indian startups have welcomed the decision.

“The government, time and again, has proved to support the Indian startup ecosystem. This indeed would just motivate the Indian ecosystem, and we would see more Indian companies going global,” said Sumit Ghosh, CEO and Co-Founder of short video app Chingari.

“Now Indian business apps will get ample opportunity to empower other local businesses with their technology, which will in turn boost the economy by leaps and bounds,” said Sonakshi Nathani, Co-Founder Bikayi App

After Nine Years, Qazigund-Banihal Tunnel On Srinagar Jammu Four Lane National Highway Yet To Complete

After Nine Years, Qazigund-Banihal Tunnel On Srinagar Jammu Four Lane National Highway Yet To Complete

Anantnag: Even as its construction was started nine years ago, the new Qazigund-Banihal tunnel is yet to complete despite missing several deadlines. The project was envisaged to avoid frequent closure of Jawahar tunnel that leaves Kashmir Valley cut off from rest of the country.

Initially set to be completed by June 2016, the work on the Rs 2100 crore ambitious project have seen hiccups since its inception in 2011 due both to financial constraints and the concessionaire’s lethargic approach.

In 2011, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) commissioned construction of two tunnels namely Chenani-Nashri and Qazigund-Banihal along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway to reduce travel and make it motorable for all seasons.

Even as the 10.5 km Chenani-Nashri tunnel was thrown open by the end of 2018, the 8.5 km Qazigund-Banihal is still incomplete.

The excavation work inside the tunnel was completed in May 2018 and the NHAI officials had assured the government that its twin tubes would be made operational by January 2019. However the financial issues again delayed the project, sources said.

“The work on the project remained at halt for around a year for want of fund transfer to the executing agency,” an NHAI official said. He said the delay has resulted into further cost escalation of the project.

Project Manager NHAI, Gaurav Gopal, however, told that they have now sufficient funds at their disposal. “The work, which was stopped due to lockdown in the wake of Covid19, has resumed now,” he said, adding that the project is likely to get completed by 2020 year.

The tunnel with two parallel tubes being constructed by Indian infrastructure major Navayuga Engineering Co (NEC) would reduce the distance between two sides by over 16 kms. Each tube will be seven meters (23 ft) wide with two lanes.

“The 1000 meter bench lining on either tube of the tunnel is still pending,” the NEC official said.

He said out of the approved amount of Rs 576 crore, Rs 270 cr have already been released in their favor. “Only after the lining is completed, the finishing work can be undertaken,” an official said.

The new Banihal-Qazigund tunnel’s elevation is 1,790 meters, i.e. 400 meters below the Jawahar tunnel making it less prone to avalanches.

SSP Anantnag Holds Meeting With Sumo And Taxi Associations Of Anantnag

SSP Anantnag Holds Meeting With Sumo And Taxi Associations Of Anantnag

SSP Anantnag, Sandeep Chaudhary held a meeting with Sumo and Taxi Associations of district Anantnag.

The points discussed in the meeting involved following COVID-19 protocols in Sumos and Taxies.

Streamlining of Stand system was discussed in detail to reduce traffic congestion in Anantnag.

The SSP assured that Unified Sticker System for Sumos and Taxies will be introduced to check the entry of unauthorised Taxies in Anantnag.

He emphasised upon the fact that the traffic situation needs to improved through collective efforts by police and community because common man is the biggest sufferer in case of traffic jams.

The representatives of associations assured that they will provide assistance to police in solving the traffic mess.

Senior officers of Anantnag police were also present in the meeting.

Four LeT Militants Associates Held In Budgam Incriminating Material Recovered: Police

Four LeT Militants Associates Held In Budgam Incriminating Material Recovered: Police

Srinagar, September 02: Police claimed to have arrested four LeT militant associates in Central Kashmir’s Budgam on Wednesday.

In a statement to , the police said that on 01 September, Budgam Police and army 53 RR apprehended 04 militant associates of LeT during cordon and search operation from Pethkoot area of Beerwah Budgam.

They have been identified as Shakil Ahmad wani son of Ghulam Ahmad wani , Showkat Ahmad son of Abdul Rashid both residents of Pethkot Beerwah, Aqib Maqbool khan son of Mohd Maqbool khan resident of Chedbug Budgam and Ajaz Ahmad Dar son of Asadullah Dar resident of Cherwani Chrarsharief.

The statement further states that, this group was associated with militant organization LeT and was involved in providing shelter and logistical support to active militants in the area.

During CASO some Ammunition including Ak-47 rounds (24), 05 Detonators and other incriminating material has also been recovered.

In this regard case FIR NO- 225/2020 PS Beerwah under relevant sections of UAPA is registered against them, the statement added.

India Calls For Removing Kashmir Issue From UNSC Agenda

India Calls For Removing Kashmir Issue From UNSC Agenda

United Nations: India at the UN has called for permanently removing the issue of Jammu and Kashmir under the “outdated agenda item” of the ‘India-Pakistan question’ from the Security Council’s agenda, saying such “irrational exuberance” has no takers in a dignified world.

During a virtual informal meeting of the plenary on the annual report of the Security Council, Pakistan’s UN envoy Munir Akram had raked up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and said that the Security Council has also been found lacking in implementing its own resolutions and decisions on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He added that the Council has met thrice during the last one year to consider the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

India, without naming Pakistan, said in a statement on Monday that “there is a delegation that repeatedly attempts to rebrand itself as contributing to international peace, but unfortunately fails to recognise that it is globally known for being the fountainhead of international terror and the hub for terror syndicates.

“This delegation keeps pushing for discussions on an outdated agenda item in the Council, which for all matter needs to be removed from the Council’s agenda permanently. Such irrational exuberance has no takers in a dignified world,” India said on the ‘Report of the Security Council for 2019′.

An August 3, 2020 summary statement by the Secretary-General of “matters of which the Security Council is seized” listed ‘The India-Pakistan question’ among those items that have not been considered by the Council at a “formal meeting” during the period from January 1, 2017 to August 1, 2020.

The agenda item ‘India-Pakistan question’ was first taken up by the Council at a formal meeting on January 6, 1948 and was last considered on November 5, 1965.

Pakistan, backed by its ‘all-weather ally’ China, has been repeatedly seeking to have a discussion on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the Security Council.

The Council had held closed consultations on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir on August 16 last year after China asked for the “closed consultations” to discuss the matter. That meeting had ended without any outcome.

In January this year, China, on behalf of Pakistan, had again made an attempt to raise the Kashmir issue under “other matters” during closed consultations in the Security Council Consultations Room. Then too, China stood alone in the Pakistani corner to get the Security Council to focus on the Kashmir issue.

Last month, as India marked the first anniversary of ending the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, Beijing again called for a discussion on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the Security Council under ‘Any Other Business’.

All these meetings ended without any outcome, as many other members of the Security Council have underlined that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador T S Tirumurti, had told PTI that contrary to what Pakistan may claim, Islamabad has not been successful in trying to put Jammu and Kashmir on the UN agenda.

“Frankly, the attempt by Pakistan to try and internationalise, what is a bilateral issue, is nothing new,” he had said.

Tirumurti had pointed out that contrary to what the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi asserted, “there has been no formal meeting of the Security Council on the India-Pakistan issue even once for the past 55 years, let alone three times!”

Pakistan, backed by China, has only been able to bring up the issue of Jammu and Kashmir informally and in closed door meetings under what is called ‘Any Other Business’, a category where literally any item can be brought for discussion by anyone. These meetings have no records and there is no outcome.

Tirumurti had pointed out that even UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his statement last August, clearly referred to the 1972 bilateral Simla Agreement.

“Consequently, Pakistan has been singularly unsuccessful in making any inroads into the UN on Jammu and Kashmir. That is the reality,” Tirumurti had said.(PTI)

Another Wet Spell On 3rd And 4th September: Meteorological Department (MeT)

Another Wet Spell On 3rd And 4th September: Meteorological Department (MeT)

Srinagar, September 01 2020: Rains lashed Kashmir on Monday bringing down temperatures sharply even as the Meteorological Department (MeT) predicted another wet spell on September 3 and 4.

MeT in its fresh weather forecast said: “Light to moderate rain is likely at scattered to fairly widespread places of J&K mainly during September 3 and 4.”

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus said during this period occasional heavy showers were likely at some places in Jammu region.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) weather forecast issued for various states has also predicted rains in parts of J&K from September 3.

In view of the rain forecast, MeT has issued an alert saying rains could lead to flash floods and landslides especially along the 270-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

Meanwhile, summer capital Srinagar on Monday recorded 11.2 millimetres rainfall while ski-resort Gulmarg received 17.2 mm rains till 5:30 pm.

The rainfall at other places was: Kupwara 10.4 mm, Kokernag 1.6 mm , Qazigund 6.6 mm, Pahalgam 4.2 mm.

Temperatures witnessed a sharp decrease as Srinagar recorded 22.4 degree Celsius while Gulmarg 14.5 degree Celsuis.