Chairman DD Council Anantnag Inaugurates Badaran-Diyroo Road
ANANTNAG, SEPTEMBER 30: Chairman District Development Council Anantnag, Mohammad Yousuf Gorsi today inaugurated Badaran-Diyroo road, here. Member DDC Khovripora, AEE and technical staff R&B, PRI members besides the general public were present at the inaugural ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, the DDC Chairman said the active involvement of PRIs has given a major boost to development initiatives of the government adding that a number of such projects are being executed and completed in the district.
Later, alongwith Chief Education Officer, the DDC Chairman visited High School Lidroo and took stock of its functioning besides enquiring about the facilities available here.
21 More Absconders Evading Arrest Since Years Arrested In Reasi: Police
Reasi, Sep 30: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday said that it have arrested 21 more absconders, who were evading arrests since years in the Reasi district in the last four weeks, while around 100 absconders have been arrested since May this year under the F’rari Giraftari drive in the district.
As per a statement a spokesperson said that 21 more absconders, evading arrests since years have been arrested, while 35 warrants have been executed in the last four week under F’rari Giraftari drive against underground criminals and absconders in Reasi.
“Around 100 absconding criminals which include 04 OGWs, 10 surrendered militants, 05 murder and attempt to murderer accused of whom 19 were involved in kidnapping and rape, 09 were involved in drug peddling and 53 were involved in other offences and were evading arrests since years have been arrested and produced in the concerned courts since May 2021, while 154 general warrants of Arrest issued by Hon’ble Courts have been executed,” the statement reads.
It reads that out of these 100 absconders 12 have been arrested after 30 years, 18 after 20 years, 31 apprehended after 10 years and 39 were arrested after 05 years of commission of crime. “Meanwhile, 10 absconders under pressure of being caught have opted to surrender before the concerned courts of district than being caught by Reasi Police.”
Meanwhile, as per the statement, Senior Superintendent of Police Reasi, Shailender Singh said that F’rari Giraftari is an initiative for arresting the absconders who are evading arrests since years. “Under this drive Reasi Police remained successful in nabbing hardcore, notorious and habitual criminals who were evading the due process of law since years and against whom General Warrants of Arrest were issued by Hon’ble Courts were pending.”
He said that the arrests of these criminals are important police work to maintain peace and tranquility in the area and Reasi Police will leave no stone unturned to arrest and produce them in concerned trial court of law.
The statement reads that to proactively tighten the noose against the criminals, six months back, Police in the Reasi district have recommended nine cases for cancellation of gun licenses with dossiers of history sheeters of the district.
“Seven Gun Licenses have been cancelled and two cases are under process,” it reads.kno
School Van Turns Turtle After Hitting Electric Pole In Krusan Lolab, Three Students Injured
Kupwara, Sep 30: At least three students were injured after a van from Army Goodwill School Krusan met with an accident on Thursday afternoon in Saiwan Lolab in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Reports reaching said that the incident occurred after the driver Showkat Ahmad Ganaie son of Ghulam Hassan lost control over the vehicle bearing registration number JK09A-1209 and hit an electric pole. The vehicle was on way from Krusan to Khurhama.
In the incident three injured students identified as Syed Umair Pir (10), Syed Zia Pir (10) and Uzma Jan all residents of Khurhama were immediately brought to SDH Sogam wherefrom two boys injured in the accident were referred to SKIMS Soura Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Crime Branch Produces Chargesheet Against Man For Impersonating As Minister To Extract Money From Officials
Srinagar, Sept 30: Crime Branch Kashmir has produced charge sheet against a “notorious fraudster” for impersonating as minister(s) and bureaucrat(s) by using spoof call application to extract money from various government servants, officials said on Thursday.
The Chargesheet in Case (FIR No: 46 of 2018) under section 419, 420, RPC and 66-D IT Act of police station CBK was produced before Court of 13th Finance Srinagar against the “notorious fraudster Firdous Ahmad son of Abdul Rehman Ahangar of Nund Resh Colony Bemina Srinagar, the Crime Branch Kashmir.
Giving details of the case, it said the CBK received a communication that Cell No: 7880919630 was being used by some cheat/fraudster, impersonating as Minister (s) /Bureaucrat (s), demanding money from engineers of PWD, PMGSY and Tehsildar Uri.
“Subsequent to the information, a verification was initiated in Crime Branch Kashmir, Srinagar which lead to the registration of case FIR No. 46/2018 U/S 419, 420 RPC 66-D IT Act of P/S CBK,” it said.
During the course of investigation, the CBK said, it came to fore that the cell number was being used by Firdous Ahmad to contact Superintending Engineer PMGSY Srinagar, Executive Engineer R&B Division Kupwara, Tehsildar Uri and Chief Education Officer Ganderbal respectively. “He introduced himself as MoS for R&B and Revenue department, and stated to them that they might be transferred unless they pay money to him,” it said, adding, “The investigation thus conducted has established that the accused Firdous Ahmad has used the cell number by using a spoof call application, which displayed the cell number of concerned ministers on the cell phone of the receiver of such calls/SMS’s, and impersonated himself as Minister of concerned departments in order to cheat them and extract money from them against their transfer or post them as per their choice.”
During the course of investigation, offences U/S 511-420, 419, 468, 201 RPC, 66-D IT Act were established and the Final Report (charge sheet) of the instant case was produced before the court of 13th Finance, Srinagar on September 29.
“Pertinent to mention that the accused person is also involved Case FIR No: 17/2012 U/S 420, 468, 471, 120-B RPC P/S CBK, which stands charge-sheeted on 21.02.2013 before the court of law.”
Moreover, it said, Case FIR No: 63/2016, U/S 420, 66 IT Act & FIR No: 37/2017 U/S 419, 120-B RPC P/S Crime Branch Kashmir was also registered against the said accused person for cheating and the investigation of these cases is going on. gns
Case Registered Against Facebook User for Using ‘Abusive Language’ Against Revenue Official
Handwara, Sep 30: Police on Thursday lodged a formal case against a Facebook user for allegedly resorting to ‘abusive language’ against a middle-rung revenue official in Handwara in north-Kashmir’s Kupwara.
An official in the knowhow of the things told that Naib-Tehsildar Qalamabad approached the local police station with a complaint against a Facebook user over the latter’s alleged abusive comments and messages against him. The revenue official sought a formal case be registered into the matter.
Taking cognizance of the ‘abusive act’, the police registered a case against the accused person identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar from Mawer Bala, the official said.
Meanwhile a police official told that a case has been registered against the accused person for necessary action. (GNS)
Police Recovered Minor Girl, Arrest Kidnapper In Budgam
Budgam, Sep 30: Police in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district recovered a kidnapped minor girl and arrested the alleged kidnapper within 12 hours.
A police spokesperson said that Police Station Magam received a written complaint from Muhammad Ayoub Hajam son of Ghulam Hussain Hajam resident of Hagerpora that his minor daughter (name withheld) was kidnapped by one Rafeeq Ahmed Malla son of Fayaz Ahmed Malla alias Kuka resident of Kongamdara pattan.
Accordingly, a case vide FIR number number 218/2021 under relevant sections of law was registered at Police Station Magam and investigation initiated.
During investigation, a special team headed by SHO Magam Inspector Gowhar Ali while acting on the specific leads raided various places for recovery of the girl. After strenuous efforts, the police team recovered the kidnapped girl from Archandrahama area of Magam and also arrested the accused kidnapper. He has been shifted to Police Station Magam where he remains in custody.
After fulfilling all medico-legal formalities, the girl was handed over to her legal heirs. Investigation into the matter is in progress.
Doctor Suspended After 32 Students, Who Were Reported Covid Positive, Test Negative On RTPCR In Rajouri
Rajouri, Sep 30: The authorities on Thursday suspended a doctor of CHC Thanamandi after 32 students at a private school were reported Covid-19 positive under the doctor’s supervision and later they turned out to be negative for Covid-19 during RTPCR testing in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district.
An order, stated that during the Testing on 27.09.2021, at one of the Private School in Thanamandi Zone, under the supervision of Dr. Shabab Ahmed (Dental Surgeon) Nodal Officer COVID-19, 32 students were detected COVID-19 Positive and as per SOPs, they were shifted to Covid Care Centre Plangarh for Isolation.
“The RTPCR Test of all the Students was conducted on 28.09.2021, wherein all have reported “Negative”, Now therefore, in view of the lackadaisical approach & dereliction of duties, Dr. Shabab Ahmed, Dental Surgeon CHC Thanamandi (Nodal Officer, COVID-19 Block Thanamandi) is hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect, pending further enquiry into the matter,” the order reads.
It reads that during the period of the suspension he shall remain attached with the office of the Addl. Deputy Commissioner, Koteranka.
“Further, Block Medical Officer, Darhal, is hereby directed to explain her position, regarding the lapse on the part of Health Department, within 3 days, positively, so that further action under Service rules may be initiated,” it reads.
Block Divas: DDC Listens Public Grievances At Achabal, Calls Upon People To Participate In Gram Sabhas, Flags Off Publicity Van To Carry Out Awareness Campaign On CAB, Vaccination
ANANTNAG, SEPTEMBER 30: The Government’s public outreach cum grievance redressal programme, Block Divas resumed today, here. In this connection, District Development Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Piyush Singla chaired a meeting with the general public, their elected representatives and delegations at Dak Bangalow Achabal. The programme was also attended by Member DDC Achabal, SSP, ADDC, CPO, ACD, CMO, DSWO, BDO, BMO, Exen R & B and other officers.
During the programme, the local people and PRI members put forth their demands viz upgradation of facilities at SDH Achabal, macadamisation of roads, PMAY sanctions, sorting water supply issues in some areas etc.
ACD briefed about the schemes of the Rural Development Department and appealed to the people to participate in the Gram Sabhas for prioritising and seeking early redressal of their genuine demands.
The DDC listened to the public representatives and delegations patiently and said that district administration is focussed to redress their all genuine issues in a time bound manner.
Emphasising the importance of Gram Sabhas, the DDC advised the people and PRIs to project their local aspirations, needs and demands through this platform. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that a number of public demands have been taken up in the capex budget.
Later, the DDC flagged off a Publicity Van which will be utilised to carry out an awareness campaign on the importance of Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Vaccination in rural and far-flung areas of the district. The Van shall be used for making announcements, playing pre-recorded audio messages besides distributing printed material and face masks among the people.
Pertinent to mention, the Van is being provided by Field Outreach Bureau (Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting), Anantnag. Officials of FOB, health and others were present on the occasion.
Holding Of Salaries: Director Of Information And Public Relations (DIPR) Rescinds Order
Srinagar, Sep 29: Director of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) has decided to rescind the order that it had issued holding the salaries of employees who allegedly were not remaining present on duty during the visit of dignitaries in Jammu and Kashmir.
Yesterday, the employees had staged a protest demanding release of salary. They had alleged that salaries were stopped for unknown reasons.
“Based on the report received from Joint Director Information, Kashmir it has been certified that all employees were present on duty in connection with the visit of various dignitaries to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Therefore, Order No. INF/101 of 2021 dated 28.09.2021 issued under endorsement No.INF/Estt-II/2021/2131- 41 dated 28.09.2021 and Notice issued under endorsement No. INF/Estt-141/2021/2121-30 dated 28.09.2021 are withdrawn.
“The order that has been withdrawn was about the absence of employees but the fact is that no employee remains absent and work round the clock,” said an employee.
He said though order has been withdrawn but they are going to meet the Director and will urge him to release the salaries of employees of both Kashmir and Jammu Division.
Meanwhile, DIPR employees in Jammu observed pen down strike demanding release of salaries.
India Reports 18,870 New COVID-19 Cases, 378 Deaths, Tally Over 3.37 Cr
New Delhi, Sep 29: The daily rise in coronavirus infections remained below 20,000 for the second consecutive day with 18,870 fresh cases recorded in a single day, while the active cases declined to 2,82,520, the lowest in 194 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
With the fresh cases, India”s tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,37,16,451.
The death toll climbed to 4,47,751 with 378 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The active cases comprise 0.84 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.83 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.
A decrease of 9,686 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.
Residents Of Rawalpora Complain Of Foul Smell Due To Open Drain, Seeking Redressal
Srinagar, Sept 28: Residents of Syed Jaffar Colony and Astaan Pora Rawalpora here on Tuesday complained that they are facing tremendous inconvenience due an “unpleasant and nauseous odour” from an “open drainage” in the area.
The pungent smell, they said, leaves them feel queasy and most people have headache as soon as they move through the open drainage.
“Everyone passing through the area has to cover their noses. I feel nauseating and get a bad headache because of the smell,” Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of the area, told
Flanked by others, he said, “People especially children and elderly are having health issues to due to it.”
Shahid Ahmad, another resident, said: “The smell is pungent and it leaves us with headaches every single day. It has become nearly impossible even to stay in this place.”
The locals have requested concerned authorities to look into the issue and redress the same for safety of people.
Gadkari Visits Zojila, Z-Morh Tunnel, Directs To Complete Work On Approaching Tunnels Before 2024 Polls, Projects Worth Rs 1 Lakh Crore Implemented In Jammu And Kashmir
Ganderbal, Sep 28: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari Tuesday expressed satisfaction over the construction work of the Zojilla tunnel and said that he has directed the authorities to complete the approaching tunnels before the 2024 parliamentary election.
“I am satisfied with the speed of the construction and have told the authorities to complete the construction of the approaching tunnels before May 2024, so that we can show the opposition that we have achieved,” Gadkari said, while addressing a press conference after inspecting work progress on Zojila and Z-Morh tunnel. Gadkari said that projects worth Rs1 lakh crore are currently being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir
“Among all the projects, six of them are the most important ones for the socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said. Gadkari said that since 2014, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took over the government, the national highway has been stretched from 1695 km to 2664 km. “There has been an increase of 969 km in the national highway,” he said.
Gadkari Tuesday visited Zojila and Z-Morh tunnels here on Tuesday to review and inspect work on the tunnels. The minister is on a two day visit to Jammu & Kashmir to review the progress on Tunnel 1 and Tunnel 2 at Nilgrar site. These twin tunnels are part of an 18 km long approach road to Zojila west portal. He also visits the Zojila through the east and west ends.
Addressing the media, settlement engineer Burhan Ahmad said that NHIDCL is geared up to continue the work on zojila tunnel in winter months and the project will provide all weather connectivity to the Union Territory of Ladakh.
The Zojila tunnel is of a significant importance to the development and tourism for both UTs of J&K and Ladakh as it will provide round the year connectivity to Ladakh region.
Prashant Kumar (DGM) while talking with reporters said that the tunnel has a historical significance and from the last 20 years the government is working on the project.
“Without wasting a day, we are doing work round the clock to complete the project before scheduled date to connect the people of J&K Union Territory with Drass, ladakh UT round the year,” Kumar said
Meanwhile, in view of the visit of the minister for road transport and highways and LG at Zojilla tunnel, Div Com.,IGP Kashmir, DIG CKR, DC Ganderbal, SSP ganderbal and other district and sub division officers reached Sonamarg.
Once completed, the Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel. Several bridges are being constructed along this route and a connecting tunnel from Z-Morh in the National Highway-1 to Zojila tunnel will be constructed in the Zojila Ghats between Sonamarg and Kargil.
The entire work is divided into two divisions in the 33 km span.The project site of Zojila tunnel is located at existing highway (NH-01) starting from Sonamarg (UT of J&K) and ending at Minimarg (UT of Ladakh) at an elevation ranging from 2700m to 3300m.
The present site location falls into seismic zone IV and all precautionary measures have been provisioned to safeguard the tunnels. Kno
Navjot Singh Sidhu Resigns As Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief
Chandigarh, Sep 28: Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday resigned as the chief of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu, however, said he will continue to serve the party.
Sidhu had taken over as the state party chief in July this year.
“The collapse of a man”s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab”s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab,” he wrote in the letter.
“Therefore, I hereby resign as the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” he further wrote.
It is immediately not known what prompted Sidhu to leave the post of the Punjab Congress chief.—(PTI)
Pakistan’s First Blind Diplomat Wins Appreciation For UNGA Speech
Islamabad: Saima Saleem, Pakistani diplomat serving as the counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations, became the first blind civil servant to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
This was the first time she spoke during the summit reading Braille. Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Munir Akram, congratulated Saleem “for successfully putting forward Pakistan’s position.”
The woman diplomat gained special appreciation for her powerful speech from the government leaders and common people. “Not only I but the nation is very proud of her,” said Pakistan’s President Dr. Arif Alvi. This is the Pakistan that we want where people with talent rise, a land of equal opportunities and compassion.”
“Saima is visually impaired but the way she spoke seems her heart can see everything, you have made us proud,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet.
Saima Saleem, 37, describes herself as the “first blind civil servant of Pakistan and a diplomat with insight, not sight.” She fought for her right to become the first visually impaired person to serve overseas in Pakistan Foreign Service. At every step of the way from CSS examinations to serving as foreign service officer, she refused to be held back by obstacles, and broke all invisible barriers to carve her own path and joined the foreign service in 2008.
She went to the Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, in Washington DC on a Fulbright scholarship. She also has a master’s degree in English literature from the Kinnaird College For Women University, and an international humanitarian law degree from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.
Her brother, Yousuf Saleem, is Pakistan’s first visually impaired judge.
Speeding Tipper Crushes 16 Sheep To Death In Pulwama Area Of South Kashmir
Pulwama: 28 September 2021: In a ghastly incident, Around 16 sheep’s belongs to a Bakerwal community, were crushed to death by a speeding tipper in Malwara, Newa area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Eyewitnesses said that, the speedy tipper ran over 16 sheep that were coming from the opposite side at Malwara Newa and killed them on spot.
However, the shepherd escaped unhurt.
A police official told that driver had fled after the accident.
However, police have reached the spot and started further investigation.
Every Party United In J&K On Restoration Of Article 370, 35-A: Dr Farooq Abdullah, Says Want To Resolve Issues Through Gandhian Way; Instead Of Providing Jobs To People, Government Axing Employees
Srinagar, Sep 28: Member Parliament and Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president, Dr Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said every party in JK is united on restoration of Article 370 and 35-A is concerned and there are no differences.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a function at Nawai Subh complex in Srinagar, Dr Farooq said that every party has its own system, however, as far as Jammu and Kashmir, Article 370 and 35-A is concerned, they all are united.
Referring to the BJP, he said that they want to create a division between Muslims, so that they can rule. “They have always used the policy of divide and rule and they want to follow the same, but we have to stay united as unity is the only way we can defeat these people,” he said.
He also said that every party has its own system, and they are all working under that system, but when it comes to Jammu and Kashmir, they all are united ad there are no differences.
He said that they are waiting for the court hearing regarding the restoration of Article 370 and 35-A. “We have not picked up guns neither pelting stones. We want to resolve the issued through Gandhian way and what Delhi will do that is their job,” he said.
Replying to a question, he said that Mehbooba Mufti has her own way of doing this and it is her job what to do and what not.
About dismissing of ICDS helpers, he said that the LG administration has done wrong by dismissing them and snatching livelihood from them. “How will one survive if you snatch livelihood from them.
We had provided jobs to the people so that they can survive and live a normal life, but the LG administration did wrong by dismissing them. Government had promised that they will provide 50, 000 jobs, where are they? Instead of providing jobs to the people, they are dismissing them, Government should desist from this,” he said.
He also said that everyone needs to get together to find a solution to growing problems, especially the problems being faced by the youth, otherwise there will be destruction. “We need to create avenues for the youth, if we fail to do that the problems will be compounded and the drug menace that is prevalent here will create trouble for the youth and coming generation,” he said.kno
Two OGWs Arrested In Pulwama: Police, Says Empty Hideout Discovered In Nowhatta Srinagar
Srinagar, Sep 28: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two OGWs from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and stated that a hideout was also discovered.
An official told that Srinagar police with assistance of Pulwama police and 50 RR arrested 2 OGWs from Pulwama.
“On further interrogation an input regarding the presence of Riyaz Sathrgund (LeT commander) was developed. Reportedly Reyaz has asked them to build a hideout in Razikadal area of Nowhatta Srinagar,” he said.
The official said that on this a CASO was launched along with CRPF and the hideout was discovered.
“However, the hideout was empty, while house owner was brought to PS and questioning and investigation is going on,” he said.
People Need Not To Worry About Little Bit ‘Mischief’ On LoC: Lt Gen D P Pandey
Uri, Sep 27: General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based army’s 15 Corps lieutenant general D P Pandey said that a little bit of mischief will continue to take place on the LoC and that the army was fully prepared to deal with the same.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Boniyar, Uri in northern district of Baramulla, the GoC Pandey said that people of Kashmir need not to worry about the situation on LoC. “There would be a little bit of mischief on the LoC but troops are well prepared to deal with the same,” he said.
He said that the army is alert and ready to deal with any situation along the LoC or in the hinterland. The GoC said that people of Kashmir have understood the “game of separatists” and that the peaceful environment was prevailing across the region. “Tourist footfall is increasing and booking at the hotels is good as well. Situation is quite peaceful across the region,” the army officer said.
Bharat Bandh: Farmers Block Highways, Squat On Railway Tracks At Many Places In Punjab, Haryana
Chandigarh, Sep 27: Normal life was hit as farmers blocked highways, roads and squatted on railway tracks at many places in Punjab and Haryana on Monday in view of a “Bharat Bandh” called by farm unions against three agriculture laws of the Centre.
In Punjab, the ruling Congress said it firmly stands by the farm unions” “Bharat Bandh” call against the three contentious laws.
The shutdown was almost complete in the state, with transport services suspended during the bandh period, while shops and other commercial establishments remained shut at most places.
National and state highways in several districts, including Amritsar, Rupnagar, Jalandhar, Pathankot, Sangrur, Mohali, Ludhiana, Ferozepur, Bathinda, were blocked by the protesters.
In neighbouring Haryana, the protesters blocked highways in Sirsa, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Hisar, Charkhi Dadri, Karnal, Kaithal, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Panchkula districts.
The protesting farmers squatted on railway tracks at many places in the two states.
Ferozepur”s Divisional Railway Manager Seema Sharma told PTI that some passenger trains have been cancelled while some other services have been rescheduled.
With the protesters squatting on railway tracks, she said as far as possible, the railway authorities try to halt the trains at a station so that the stranded passengers can get some facilities.
Farmers squatted on railway tracks at many places in the two states, including at Shahbad near Kurukshetra, Sonipat, Bahadurgarh, Charkhi Dadri, Jind, Amritsar, Patiala, Barnala and Lalru near Derabassi.
Several trains were held up due to this.
Phagwara Station Superintendent Devinder Singh said the Amritsar-bound 03005 Up Howrah Mail coming from Kolkata was stopped by the railway authorities at 6.35 am, while the Jammu-bound 08237 UP Begampura Express had to be halted at Phagwara at 6.46 am.
He said though the Begampura Express had no scheduled halt at Phagwara, it had to be stopped due to track blockade near Jalandhar.
The Amritsar-Katihar Express, the Saharsa-Amritsar Express, the Uchahar Express trains were halted at the Ambala Cantonment railway station, while the Ambala-Saharanpur passenger train was halted at the Jagadhri railway station.
At the Karnal railway station, the Swaraj Express train headed to Jammu was halted.
Three trains were also halted at the Kurukshetra railway station, officials said.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi urged the Centre to repeal the three “anti-farmer” laws.
“#I Stand With Farmers & appeal the Union Govt. to repeal the three anti-farmer laws. Our farmers have been struggling for their rights since more than a year & it is high time that their voice is heard. I request the farmers to raise their voice in a peaceful manner,” he said in a tweet.
State Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said the PPCC firmly stands by the farmer unions” “Bharat Bandh” call.
“Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee firmly stands by Farmer Unions demand for Bharat Bandh on 27 Sept 2021. In the war of right and wrong you can not afford to be neutral!! We urge every Congress worker to fight with all their might against the three Unconstitutional Black Laws!!” he tweeted.
Hundreds of farmers blocked the Ambala-Delhi National Highway. They put barricades on the roads leading up to the Shambhu border near Ambala and squatted in the middle of the road. The traffic towards Delhi was diverted to alternative routes.
A large number of trucks and other vehicles were stranded on both sides of the highway.
A number of farmers gathered at the new grain market in Ambala city, from where they marched towards various city markets to request the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed.
Most of the grain markets of Ambala district, the wholesale cloth market, Sarafa bazaar, educational institutions and several commercial establishments remained closed.
Shops also remained shut at some other places in Haryana, including in Karnal and Kurukshetra.
In Amritsar, a large number of farmers held a protest near the Golden Gate, the entry point of the holy city.
Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said the Centre should repeal the “black farm laws” without further delay.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions spearheading the agitation, had earlier appealed to people to support the bandh.
The bandh will be held from 6 am to 4 pm during which all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments as well as public events and functions will remain closed or suspended throughout the country, it had said.
All emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief-and-rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies, will be exempted, it had added.—(PTI)
MeT Forecasts Mainly Dry Weather For Next One Week In Jammu And Kashmir
Srinagar, Sept 27 Weatherman on Monday forecast “mainly dry weather” with very little possibility of brief spell of light rain at isolated places during one week in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Weather remained dry in whole Kashmir and same weather is likely to continue for next one week,” a Metrological department official said. However, he said, a brief spell of rain at isolated places cannot be ruled out “although chances are low”.
“There’s no forecast of any significant weather in coming days,” he said. As regards Jammu division, he said there is possibility of light to moderate rain with thunderstorm at scattered places. “Weather is likely to remain mainly dry. However, brief spell of light rain at isolated places can’t be ruled out, although chances are low,” he added.
Meanwhile, the meteorological department official told that Srinagar recorded a low of 14.8 degrees Celsius against normal of 10.4 degree Celsius for this time of the season.
He said Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded minimum of 12.3 degrees Celsius against 12.3 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam, the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, witnessed a low of 11.5 degrees Celsius.
Kokernag had a low of 11.7 degrees Celsius against normal of 9.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.
Northern Kashmir’s Kupwara town recorded minimum of 13.1 degrees Celsius while Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in Baramulla district had a low of 9.0 degrees Celsius.
Pakistan”s Founder M A Jinnah”s Statue Destroyed In Blast In Balochistan
Karachi, Sep 27: A statue of Pakistan”s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah has been destroyed by the Baloch militants in a bomb attack in the coastal city of Gwadar in the troubled Balochistan province.
The statue, which was installed in June at Marine Drive – considered a safe zone – was blown up by explosives placed beneath the statue on Sunday morning, Dawn reported on Monday.
The statue was completely destroyed in the blast, it added.
Babgar Baloch, a spokesman for the banned militant organisation Baloch Republican Army, claimed responsibility for the blast on Twitter, BBC Urdu reported.
The matter was being investigated at the highest level, Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Major (retd) Abdul Kabir Khan was quoted as saying by the BBC Urdu.
He said that the militants who destroyed Jinnah”s statue by planting explosives entered the area as tourists.
According to him, no arrest has been made so far but the investigation will be completed in a day or two. “We are looking into the matter from all angles and the culprits will be caught soon,” he said.
“The demolition of Quaid-e-Azam”s statue in #Gwadar is an attack on Ideology of Pakistan. I request authorities to punish the perpetrators in the same way as we did with those behind the attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat,” Balochistan’s former Home Minister and current Senator Sarfraz Bugti tweeted.
In 2013, Baloch militants blasted a 121-year-old building used by Jinnah at Ziarat and raked it with gunfire, triggering a fire that blazed for four hours, destroying furniture and memorabilia. Jinnah spent the last days of his life there as he suffered from tuberculosis. It was later declared a national monument.
Born on December 25th, 1876, Jinnah served as leader of the All-India Muslim League from 1913 until Pakistan”s creation on August 14, 1947. He then served as Pakistan”s first governor-general until his death in 1948.
Balochistan has been witnessing a spate of low-level violence for years.—(PTI)
Drug Peddler Arrested In Bandipora, Contraband Substance Recovered: Police
Bandipora, Sep 27: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday claimed to have arrested a drug peddler and recovered contraband drugs from his possession in Bazipora area of Ajas in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
In a statement, a police spokesperson said that acting on a specific information regarding movement of a drug peddler a special naka was laid at Bazipora by a police team led by I/C PP Ajas Inspector Sajad Ahmad, under the supervision of SDPO Sumbal Surender Mohan.
“During checking one suspicious person driving a car bearing registration No. JK15A-8320 was signalled to stop and on search 600 Capsules of contraband drug Tramadol Hydrochloride were recovered.”
The statement reads that the accused, identified as Manzoor Ahmad Rather son of Mohammad Maqbool Rather of Bazipora was arrested and his Car was also seized.
“During preliminary enquiry it was revealed that the accused is running a medical shop in Ajas and is involved in supplying drugs to the youth of the area to make them drug addicts.”
It reads that accordingly a case FIR No.128/2021 under relevant sections of NDPS Act was registered in police station Sumbal and further investigation has been taken up.
“People are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers and help police in eradicating the menace of drugs.”