Jailed PDP Youth President Waheed Parra Shifted To Kot Bhalwal Jail In Jammu
Srinagar, June 18: PDP youth President who is facing detention in connection with a case UAPA alleging a “nexus” between unnamed politicians and militant outfits in Kashmir was shifted from Srinagar central jail to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu.
An official told that Waheed parra, President Youth wing of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu from central jail Srinagar this morning.
Parra was detained in November last year, three days after he filed his nomination papers for the District Development Council (DDC) elections, by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a case against former J&K police officer Davinder Singh.
According to the NIA, Para, who went on to win the polls, was allegedly in touch with one of the accused. The PDP had denied the charges.
On January 10 this year, a special court granted bail to Waheed Parra in the NIA case, saying that the “offences, particularly falling under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), are not prima facie made out”.
A few hours after his release (on bail), he was arrested and detained by the Counter- Intelligence in Kashmir (CIK) under a different charge related to providing financial support to militant groups. On 11 January 2021, he was formally charged and transferred to Srinagar under the custody of CIK. He appeared before court with a lawyer for a bail hearing. Bail was denied and he remains in remand.
Pertinently, Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations (UN) have sought a response from the Government of India (GoI) on an alleged series of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including the arrest of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth president Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and two other men.
However, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) did not respond to a request for a comment, or for confirmation that it has received the letter, which was uploaded on the official website of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights based in Geneva. Nor did the Jammu Kashmir Police or the National Investigation Agency (NIA), whose officials are accused of human rights abuses, give any comment. kdc
Pakistani Drone Noticed By BSF In Punjab’s Dera Baba Nanak
New Delhi, June 18: Over a month after the BSF recovered arms and ammunition dropped by a Pakistani drone in Jammu, another Pakistani drone was noticed in Dera Baba Nanak of Punjab’s Gurdaspur district on Friday, said BSF sources.
According to sources, the drone was noticed by BSF troops at around 4:30 am today.
BSF fired upon the drone near BOP Aabad after which the Pakistani drone went back, they said.
They further stated that a search operation has been launched in the area.
“Today around 4:30 am, a Pakistani drone was noticed in Dera Baba Nanak area by BSF troops. BSF fired upon the drone near BOP Aabad After which the Pakistani drone went back. BSF has started search operation in the area,” BSF sources said.
This comes after the Border Security Force (BSF) on May 14, recovered an AK-47 rifle, a 9-mm pistol with a magazine and 15 rounds dropped by a Pakistani drone in the Samba sector of Jammu.
“On specific information of BSF regarding the crossing of arms/ammunition through drone from Samba border area. As per input, BSF troops carried out a search operation in the general area of the Samba sector on May 14. At about 11.30 am, BSF troops recovered a wrapped item with a yellow colour polythene bag in a field. After taking all precautionary measures, troops opened the wrapped packet and found an AK-47, a pistol, a magazine, 15 rounds of 9 mm, a wooden frame (used to attach the payload with drone) and the wrapping material. The site was around 250 metre from the international border inside the Indian Territory,” read a BSF statement.
Earlier on April 24, BSF troops in Arnia sector of Jammu district in Jammu and Kashmir had foiled a drone intrusion bid by Pakistan on the International Border by firing upon two drones/UAVs that they observed entering from Pakistan side and compelled them to retreat.
An official statement issued by the BSF had said, “Today alert BSF troops in Arnia Sector foiled drone intrusion bid by Pakistan on International Border. During the early morning hours today, two drones/UAV were observed entering from Pakistan side and immediately fired upon by vigilant BSF troops which compelled it to retreat back to Pakistan territory.”
The BSF had stated that the drone intrusion bid foiled by BSF Jammu troops was indicative of alertness and swift retaliatory action by BSF on a drone intrusion from the Pakistan side.—(ANI)
Weather Update For Jammu And Kashmir, Ladakh
Weather will remain overcast to cloudy in whole LEH district and generally cloudy in Kargil district. Intermittent incessant light Rain /Shower and snowfall over mountains and will occur at many places of LEH district and at a few places of Zanskar region. A brief spell of moderate shower is possible in some Areas especially on hilly areas. We expect decrease in rainfall from this evening /tonight . There’s NO forecast of any Heavy Shower. However there can be a brief spell of Heavy Shower at isolated places especially on hilly area.
Weather likely to remain partly to generally cloudy with chances of brief spell of Rain /Thunderstorm towards afternoon /evening. .
ADVISORY FOR LADAKH⚠ :
>>> This Rainfall may led to temporary disruption of LEH -Manali, Khardong La, Changla etc. today. Commuters on above routes should consult concerned Traffic department on the status of major roads.
Regards(MeT Centre, Srinagar /LEH)
Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 177.3 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.84 Mn
Washington, June 18: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 177.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.84 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 177,355,602 and 3,840,181, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,508,384 and 600,933, respectively, according to the CSSE.
In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 29,700,313 cases.
The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (17,702,630), France (5,811,456), Turkey (5,354,153), Russia (5,203,117), the UK (4,616,616), Italy (4,249,755), Argentina (4,222,400), Colombia (3,859,824), Spain (3,753,228), Germany (3,727,668) and Iran (3,070,426), the CSSE figures showed.
In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 496,004 fatalities.
Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (381,903), Mexico (230,624), the UK (128,209), Italy (127,190), Russia (125,853) and France (110,796).—(IANS)
J&K Bank Looks To Raise Upto Rs 150 Cr By Offering Shares To Employees
New Delhi, Jun 16: State-owned Jammu & Kashmir Bank is looking to raise up to Rs 150 crore by issuing shares to its employees under the Employee Stock Purchase Scheme, the lender said on Wednesday.
The Compensation Committee of the board in its meeting on June 16, 2021, has recommended issuance of 7.5 crore equity shares of the face value of Re 1 each aggregating up to Rs 150 crore (including premium) in one or more tranches to eligible employees of the bank, it said in a regulatory filing.
The stock will be allotted under the J&K Bank Employees Stock Purchase Scheme, 2021.
Shares of J&K Bank closed at Rs 30.55 apiece on BSE, up 4.27 per cent from its previous close.—(PTI)
Senior PDP Leader Of Poonch Zahida Sabir Passes Away
Poonch, June 16: Mrs Zahida Sabir, senior PDP leader, of Mendhar area in Poonch passed last night, reports said on Wednesday.
She was wife of Late Ch. Lal Mohammad Sabir, the former works minister of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.
Family sources told that Mrs Zahida Sabir passed away about 11: 25 pm last night after remaining unwell for more than 5 months. She was under treatment at a hospital in Ludhiana Punjab.
Meanwhile, senior PDP leader Advocate Nadeem Rafiq Hussein Khan and Sarpanch Waseem Khan Harni expressed condolences over her demise. gns
Man Wanted In 26 Criminal Cases Arrested In Reasi District Of Jammu And Kashmir
JAMMU: A man allegedly involved in 26 criminal cases was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir”s Reasi district on Tuesday, 14 years after being booked in a first case, officials said.
Based on specific information, a police team arrested Parvaiz Ahmed from Reasi, they said.
He was evading arrest since 1991 in cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act, they said.
He was evading arrest since 2007 in cases of theft.
Twenty-six FIRs had been registered against him and six arrest warrants issued by courts in Reasi district, the officials said.
To avoid conviction, the accused jumped the trial proceedings by going underground in all the four trials as he shifted to unknown places without leaving footprints of his movement, they said.
It took more than three years for the Reasi Police to pick up clues, trace and arrest Ahmed, they said.—(PTI)
Attacks Target Polio Teams In East Afghanistan, 4 Killed
Kabul/15 June: Gunmen on Tuesday targeted members of polio teams in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least four staffers, officials said.
No militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in the city of Jalalabad. Along with the four killed, at least three members of the polio vaccination teams were wounded, said Dr. Jan Mohammad, who coordinates the anti-polio drive for the country’s east.
Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan are the only two remaining countries in the world where polio is endemic, after Nigeria was last year declared free of the virus.
In March, the Islamic State group said it shot and killed three women who were part of a polio vaccination team, also in Jalalabad, the capital of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
The IS affiliate is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan and while the Sunni militant group’s numbers are believed to have gone down after recent government offensives and clashes with the rival Taliban, IS militants have lately stepped up attacks on minority Shiite Muslims.
IS has also taken responsibility for several targeted killings that have taken aim at the country’s nascent civil society, as well as journalists and legal professionals.
The Afghan government in recent months, with the help of UNICEF, has sought to inoculate 9.6 million children against polio. In 2020, Afghanistan reported 54 new cases of polio.
The increased violence and chaos comes as the U.S. and NATO are completing their military withdrawal from Afghanistan. The estimated 2,500-3,500 U.S. soldiers and 7,000 NATO allied troops are to be gone by Sept. 11 at the latest, though there are projections they may be gone by mid July.
Though not uncommon in Afghanistan, attacks on polio vaccination teams are more frequent in Pakistan, where the Pakistani Taliban and other militants regularly stage attacks on polio teams and security forces escorting them.
They also target vaccination centers and health workers, claiming that anti-polio drives are part of an alleged Western conspiracy to sterilise children or collect intelligence.
Last week, two policemen who were providing security to polio vaccinators were shot and killed in northwest Pakistan.
These attacks increased after it was revealed that a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign was used as a ruse by the CIA in the hunt for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos in 2011 in Pakistan. (AP)
Drone Found Akhnoor Turns To Be That Of Paramilitary, Returned: Police
Jammu, June 15: A drone found in Garota area of Akhnoor sector of Jammu has been confirmed to be that of paramilitary, officials said on Tuesday.
The drone was found abandoned Garota area in city outskirts, they said. Immediately police seized the object and started investigations including about the possibility it might have come from.
SDPO Akhnoor Varun Jandial told that after investigations it transpired that the drone belonged to paramilitary. The device was later handed over to the concerned, he added. gns
Apni Party Demands High Level Inquiry Into Flood Management Programme, A Deep Nexus Is Causing Huge Loss To State Exchequer: Spokesman
SRINAGAR, June 15: Apni Party on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the dismal results of work done under Flood Management Programme in Kashmir division thereby putting a question mark on the efficiency and integrity of the executing agency and the concerned administrative department.
A spokesman of the Party said that after the 2014 deluge a single private company has been allotted multiple projects for dredging and allied works which have so far shown insignificant results.
“The situation on ground remains gloomy and there are reports of a vicious nexus between some high ranked officials and the private firm that has been bestowed with allotment of dredging work of river Jhelum (Rs 399 Cr under FMP-I) and Wular Lake. However, the requisite work done on ground is abysmal thereby causing a huge loss to the State exchequer,” the spokesman observed.
It was also emphasized that the dredging works in River Jhelum under FMP1 were marred by controversies, as the concerned dredging firm was criticized for its unscientific approach and delays in executing the contract.
“The same firm was considered for black listing, however, contrarily it bagged a second contract apparently to increase the carrying capacity of Flood Spill Channel (reconstruction) at Hokersar Wetland,” he said.
The Spokesperson expressed amazement over the absence of any monitoring mechanism that could have physically verified the work done on the prestigious projects.
“The clandestine manner adopted by the concerned authorities while conferring the tenders for important projects is evident from the fact that the same company has been allotted two more contracts for Wular Rejuvenation Program by the Forest Department that are worth over 125 Crores. The authorities seem to be oblivious to this entire nexus that may have dangerous ramifications for the people,” he jibed.
He said that the Lt. Governor led government must take cognizance of this scam and order a high level inquiry to expose the culprits who are causing huge loss to the state exchequer.
The Onus Is On LG To Uphold Democracy In J&K: Peoples Conference, Condemn Action Against Ganderbal Local, LG Must Tell Babus That People Are Supreme In A Democracy
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) has condemned the government action for jailing a Ganderbal local merely for his remarks on non- local bureaucrats. The party has termed such an action as a reflection of the state of affairs in J&K and urged the LG to uphold democracy in J&K.
In a statement issued here, the party spokesman Adnan Ashraf Mir has said that imprisoning people for highlighting the hardships they face in getting their grievances addressed is frivolous and frighteningly undemocratic.
He added that such state action is a direct assault on democratic principles and goes on to relay the hopeless and scary picture of the state of affairs.
“Jailing a man merely for his views on administration and slapping him with severe charges is a step towards demolishing the democratic institutions and stifling voices of the common masses who speak of ground realities with absolute immunity,” he said
Adnan said that the present incident should not be viewed in isolation as it is very much an inseparable part of the policies to bulldoze the institutions of justice and fair-play sans any compunction. He further implored the LG to uphold democracy in J&K.
“Some incidents are thought provoking. Some incidents create history. Maybe it is that moment. Maybe it is a wake up call for the LG to practice democracy in deeds. We don’t know the babu who did it and we don’t want to know the babu who did it. The onus is on LG to uphold democracy in J&K. He has to let the babus know that people are supreme in a democracy”, he concluded.
In A First, Kishtwar’s Warwan Set To Get Mobile Signal
Kishtwar, Jun 15: In a first, remote Warwan village of Kishtwar district will get mobile connectivity, much to surprise and relief of the local residents, officials said here on Tuesday.
Officials told that the private mobile service provider Jio will start its services in the Warwan block of Marwah sub-division in Kishtwar.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Kishtwar, Ashok Kumar Sharma informed public about the development through his official Twitter handle.
“Good news coming in for Warwan area. Jio Tower at Afti Warwan has been made on Air and is radiating. If all goes well Basmina, Warwan tower to go on-air tomorrow,” he Tweeted.
Notably, the village had no mobile connectivity and the area would remain cutoff from the outside world and day-to-day happenings.
As per the locals the village also lacks proper road connectivity and remains cutoff during winter months.
With the launch of mobile services in the area, residents will be able to stay in touch with the outside world, and it will assist the administration and government in reaching out to the inhabitants of this remote village.
Officials informed that following successful operation of two mobile towers, few more are being installed in the area including in the most distant village of Sukhnie on the Ladakh border.
They said that work on half-a-dozen towers was also going that will provide mobile access to another distant villages of Marwah sub-division—kno
In A Unique Protest Residents Of Budgam Village Plant Paddy Saplings On Road, Say Road Neglected By R&B For Years Despite Repeated Requests
Budgam, Jun 14: Residents of Check Mohalla in Qazipora village of Chadoora in Budgam district Monday chose a unique way to protest against the government’s failure of repairing the important road link by planting paddy crop on the road stretch to attract attention of authorities.
According to villagers planted paddy saplings as a mark of protest on the Chadoora-Check Mohalla Qazipora road to highlight its poor condition.
Residents alleged that authorities never paid interest to repair the road their and the village is only six kilometers away from Chadoora tehsil.
The residents of the village said that the road is in dilapidated condition as the stretch has not been repaired since a decade due to which they face many problems.
“We took to the streets a number of times to press for our demands but all in vain as the concerned authorities failed to take any step in this regard,” the locals said, adding that they also approached the concerned authorities several times in the past but no steps were taken to redress their demands.
“We apprised R&B department about the bad condition of these roads but they did nothing,” they said.
They appealed the district administration to repair and macdamize the road so that they can heave a sigh of relief—kno
DC Takes Cognisance Of Reports Of Absenteeism Of Doctors At GMC Anantnag, Directs For Strict Monitoring Of Attendence Of Medical Staff
ANANTNAG, 14 JUNE: Taking immediate cognisance of few reports regarding unauthorised absence of some doctors from duties at Government Medical College Anantnag, the Deputy Commissioner (District Magistrate) Anantnag, Dr. Piyush Singla today directed the Principal of the college to strictly monitor the attendence and roster of the doctors and paramedical staff there. He further asked the Principal to ensure the health staff at the college atttend the duties punctually and follow the roster in letter and spirit besides forwarding the attendence to office of the Deputy Commissioner on daily basis.
Meanwhile, on directions of the DC, a team of officials headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh and Tehsildar Anantnag being member, was sent to GMC Anantnag to verify the attendence of the doctors on ground.
Speaking on the matter, the DC said the doctors should regularly attend the duties addding tbe puntuality of medical staff becomes even more significant during these testing (Covid) times.
Srinagar Admin Launches ‘Covid Vaccination Melas’ For Age Group 45 And Above
Srinagar, Jun 14: Ramping up the vaccination process, district administration Srinagar on Monday held mass vaccination Melas at different locations across the district.
An official told that the administration on the directions of DDMA chairman and deputy commissioner Srinagar started mass vaccination for the age group of 45 and obove.
“The vaccination sites were set up at Panthachowk, Batamaloo and Pratap Park where all of people of age group of 45 and above can come and take the vaccine dose,” he said—kno
Decomposed Body Found In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir
Srinagar, June 14: An unidentified decomposed body of a man was found and later recovered by police in Bomai area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, officials said on Monday.
They said that local spotted the body in a field and accordingly informed the police. Later a police party reached the spot and recovered it.
The man’s identity was still unknown, they added. gns
Five More Covid-19 Deaths In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4191
Srinagar, June 14: Jammu and Kashmir reported five more covid-19 deaths since last evening, officials said on Sunday.
They said two deaths were reported from Jammu division and three from Kashmir Valley, taking the fatality count to 4191.
A woman from Kakapora Pulwama died within half an hour of her admission to GMC Anantnag, the officials said.
They said 70-year-old woman from Jobera Awantipora died three days after remaining admitted to hospital.