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We are in Kashmir to build confidence: Chairman Parliamentary Standing Committee

Says heard all stakeholders patiently, will apprise GoI about same; Valley going to develop on all fronts, Kashmir more beautiful than Switzerland, will visit Jammu too

Abid Bashir

Srinagar, Jan 21: Chairman of the 31-member Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC), T G Venkatesh Thursday said they are in Kashmir to build and create confidence among people of Valley so that more domestic and foreign tourists arrive.

“Kashmir is a beautiful place and its people are very lovable. We have been to Switzerland many a times, but there snowy slopes, that we climb and come back,” Venkatesh told reporters as per news agency—KNO. He said that more tourists are coming to Kashmir—“both domestic and foreigners.” “We are here to create confidence and build trust,” he said.

Venkatesh, a Rajya Sabha MP, is leading the delegation of almost 31 MPs, to Kashmir. The Parliamentary Standing Committee is tasked to meet stakeholders of tourism, culture, roads, and transport.

He said that the Valley is badly affected on developmental front. “Today, we met hoteliers, transporters, traders and tour operators. We can’t reveal things before media. We will brief the Government of India about the problems being faced by the people associated with the tourism,” he said.

Venkatesh said that global and national level investors would soon come here and invest. “There will be local development on all fronts,” he said.

The chairman of PSC said that dreams of Prime Minister Narendera Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will be fulfilled visa-vis Kashmir. “Modi led government will be investing millions of rupees for development. Green field projects will come in a big way,” he said.

He said that today MoS PMO Dr Jitendera Singh and MP Dr Farooq Abdullah also attending the meetings. “Normally ministers doesn’t attend such meetings, but it was good to have them on our side,” he said.

The Rajya Sabha MP said after Covid-19, the committee was constituted for the first time. “If you search globally, you can’t see any place like Kashmir, but this place has been lagging behind on development. In Kashmir there is everything except development,” he said.

He said that the committee discussed various subjects and got the feedback from various stakeholders and will apprise the Parliament. “We will go to Jammu also and meet various shades of opinion there too,” the chairman PSC said.

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.


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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.


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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.


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