J-K: Artisans Kani Shawl

J-K: Artisans Weave Kani Shawl With India’s Map Design

In a bid to promote the age-old rich art and craft of the region, an institute in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar prepared one of its kind Kani shawl, which cascaded the Indian map filled with colours of the national flag.

The size of this unique product is two feet wide and three feet long and it will be particularly used as a wall hanging to highlight the unique artwork which will be an attraction point for the tourists.
The Kashmiri art and craft is famous worldwide due to its unique quality, design and handwork done by artisans of the valley.

The traditional Kani shawl which is made of pashmina is prepared by the most experienced artisans at the School of Designs in the valley.

A number of artisans belong to this trade who earn their livelihood which is why, after the completion of the unique piece of the shawl, the School of Design will start to prepare other hanging products with such types of unique designs.

Speaking to ANI, Mushtaq Ahmad of Artisan School of Designs said that they have used Kashmiri flowers to enhance the beauty which will appeal to the tourists.

“Our Kani shawl was mainly made into shawls, mufflers and other things. Our institute thought to use it as a wall hanging. We made the Indian map and gave the colours of the tri-colour in which we used Kashmiri flowers. When the wall-hanging will be presented at a place, people will visit to see it. We can make numerous designs be it any map of the country or a sketch. It would cost cheaper for them. It can be used to decorate the house,” he said.

Director of Handicraft and Handlooms, Mehmood Shah said, “Our design bank has the capability and software available with the help of which we can convert any portrait into Kani. We have made a flag, and map on the Kani shawl. Many of our products have been taken as flagship products under our programme ODOP (One District One Programme).” (ANI)

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First Woman E-Rickshaw Driver In J-K

Meet Seema Devi, The First Woman E-Rickshaw Driver In J-K

Seema Devi from Jammu’s Nagrota area was a virtual unknown till she resolved to earn a living for herself and find a way to support her husband. The first woman e-rickshaw driver from the Valley, Seema Devi said the move to chart a source of living for herself stemmed from the urge to help her husband financially.

Seema said she explored many avenues to earn a living for herself till her husband learned that e-rickshaws were available for purchase at subsidized rates. Before long, the couple bought a three-wheeler on EMI (easy monthly installment) scheme and Seema’s husband took it upon himself to teach her to drive the vehicle.
Having taken the driving lessons in earnest from her spouse, Seema is now not only a professional e-rickshaw driver ferrying passengers to their desired destinations in Nagrota but is also making good money out of it. However, she conceded that the journey to becoming the first woman e-rickshaw driver wasn’t rosy as she had to overcome certain inhibitions and the nervousness of having passersby and commuters stare at her in amusement. A mother of three, Seema said she has gotten over those initial hiccups and is happy to be earning for her family and children. She added that her family members were unstinting in their support of her in this pursuit and her fellow residents have come to appreciate her resolve to make a living for herself.

Fellow locals said Seema Devi is an inspiration for other women who aspire to make a living for themselves and their households.

Seema said that her day job has not been an obstacle to carrying out her regular household chores. She said she sets out with her vehicle early in the morning and caters to her household duties as and when she gets time in between. (ANI)

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J-K: 3,000 Receive Appointment Letters From L-G Sinha

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday distributed government job appointment letters to 3,000 youths of Jammu and Kashmir as part of ‘Rozgar Mela’.

As a part of the Rozgar Mela, Jammu and Kashmir L-G provided government job appointment letters to 3,000 youths.
Taking to Twitter, LG Sinha wrote, “Grateful to Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi ji for addressing Jammu Kashmir Rozgar Mela & blessing 3,000 youths who have received appointment letters. Under the guidance of Hon’ble PM, J&K’s youth is scripting new history in different sectors and contributing to the national progress.”

“Good Governance is a commitment to serve people & work for prosperity and welfare of the poorest of the poor”, LG Sinha said.

“I am confident the new appointees will play the vital role of reinforcing our values in public service and serve the people with honesty, absolute integrity, and truthfulness”, he said.

On the sidelines of the Rozgar Mela event today the Lt Governor said in ‘Azadi ka Amrit Kaal Khand’, our youth power will work with full dedication for the bright future of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Today youth of J&K UT are working in different sectors with the single-minded pursuit of excellence through determination and hard work. Such commitment is the foundation of a vibrant society, which keeps the wheel of peace, progress, and prosperity moving,” the Lt Governor observed.

The exams that were canceled will be held soon and the process of handing over 700 appointment letters in different government departments will also be completed in the coming days, the Lt Governor further said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the Jammu & Kashmir Rozgar Mela via video message today.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister marked today as an important day for the bright youth of Jammu & Kashmir. He congratulated all 3,000 youths that received appointment letters to work in the government in 20 different places in Jammu & Kashmir. He informed that these youths will get opportunities to serve in various departments like PWD, Health Department, Food and Civil Supplies Department, Animal Husbandry, Jal Shakti, and Education-Culture.

The Prime Minister further highlighted that preparations are in full swing to hand out more than 700 appointment letters in other departments in the coming days.

Throwing light on the significance of this decade of the 21st century in the history of Jammu & Kashmir, the Prime Minister said, “Now is the time to leave the old challenges behind, and take full advantage of the new possibilities. I am happy that the youth of Jammu & Kashmir are coming forward in large numbers for the development of their region and the people.”

Modi underlined that it is our youth who will write a new story of development in Jammu & Kashmir thereby making the organization of Rozgar Mela in the Union Territory, very special.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor SMC; Aftab Malik, DDC Chairperson Srinagar; Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department; Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, HODs, other senior officers and youth were present on the occasion. (ANI)

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J-K: Man Arrested For Sacrilege At Srinagar Mosque

Srinagar Police on Saturday arrested a man in a case of alleged sacrilege at a mosque in the city.

According to Police, an incident of sacrilege took place in Khan Masjid Gojwara, wherein a person threw the Quran into water.
The incident took place at a mosque in the Gojwara area of the Srinagar district.

“Accused Irshad Ahmad Mir of Maloora, Srinagar arrested in overnight raids. The accused seems of unsound mind,” said police.

A case was registered at the Nowhatta police station under relevant sections.

An investigation is underway. (ANI)

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JK Police Busts Trafficking Racket

JK Police Busts Trafficking Racket, Rescues 14 Women, Arrests 3

Acting upon information of human trafficking being operational in the district, a police team from Budgam raided a place in Dulipora village and rescued 14 women including minors from the house of one Shamim Ahmad Bhat and other adjacent places.

Accordingly, Shamim Ahmad and the other two accused namely Shagufta and Asmat both residents of Dulipora Parthan were arrested. An FIR under relevant sections of law was registered at Budgam police station, informed the Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday.
During preliminary investigation, it was found that the three arrested accused persons are involved in human trafficking by means of procuring the girls from different places and exploiting them in Budgam and other parts of the valley.

Further investigation into the case is going on and more arrests are expected.

Meanwhile, the rescued human trafficking victims have been shifted to Nari Niketan Rehabilitation Centre Chadoora and the process for their rehabilitation has been initiated. (ANI)

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Rajnath Singh Attends ‘Shaurya Diwas’ In JK’s Budgam

On the 76th Infantry Day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday attended the ‘Shaurya Diwas’ programme organized by the Indian Army in Budgam.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha was also present at the programme. Singh also visited an exhibition by the Indian Army on the occasion.

Infantry Day is observed as a remembrance of the first military event of independent India, when the Indian Army repelled the first attack on Indian soil on October 27, 1947, in the Kashmir valley.

The victory was accomplished by the personnel of the First Battalion of the Sikh Regiment.

On the 76th Infantry Day, the Defence Minister also extended greetings and warm wishes to the courageous infantry personnel and their families.

“On the 76th Infantry Day, greetings and warm wishes to our courageous infantry personnel and their families. Indian infantry has been associated with utmost courage and professionalism. The nation salutes their bravery, sacrifice and service,” tweeted Singh.

Rajnath Singh has been the second top Union minister to visit Jammu and Kashmir this month.

Earlier, Union Home minister Amit Shah was on a three-day visit to the Union Territory from October 4.

Later in the day, the Defence Minister will reach Leh on a two-day visit to the Union Territory of Ladakh.

The Indian Army celebrates October 27 every year as the ‘Infantry Day’, as it was on this day that the 1st Battalion of the Sikh Regiment landed at Srinagar airbase and displayed resoluteness and extraordinary courage to thwart the evil designs of the Pakistan Army, who had invaded Kashmir with the help of tribal raiders in 1947.

That is why every year on October 27, the Indian Army celebrates it as ‘Infantry Day.

This year both the Indian Army and the Air Force are going to celebrate this special day as “Shaurya Diwas” because Thursday is also the golden jubilee celebration of the Indian Air Force’s Kashmir Air Base. (ANI)

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J-K Tourism Receives Highest Number Of Tourists In 75 Years

Jammu and Kashmir have recorded a tourist footfall of 1.62 crores for the first time in the history of 75 years of independent India.

This enhanced tourism in the Union Territory has generated the greatest employment in various regions, thus highlighting its overall development through a constructive approach, transformative initiatives, and inevitable reforms to empower J-K for its people, culture, and society.
Ever since the abrogation of Article 370, ample changes have taken place in the region.

The tourism industry in the Union Territory has been allocated Rs 786 crore, which has witnessed remarkable achievements including a significant uptick in profit generation over the last few months.

This significant boost of 184 percent (as compared to the last year’s allocated fund) has a lot to do with the betterment of infrastructural facilities in the region.

Despite the noise and attention that the region has attracted over the last few decades, basic infrastructural support and connectivity measures were never prioritized. In the last few years, rapid strides have been made in the arena of infrastructure and social development of the region and its people.

With the construction of the new Chenab bridge which was completed at the cost of Rs 1,327 crores under the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link Project, a corridor transit in and around the Kashmir Valley has also been planned to be completed within a limited time frame of the next four years.

The Government of India is also making a significant thrust to ensure better infrastructural facilities for the region’s people and entice visitors. This has resulted in a fortuitous surge in tourist activities with better law and order, a promising security system, and maintenance of peace in addition to infrastructural and connectivity improvements.

A tourist destination that is now being promoted on all possible global forums, Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh have witnessed their highest-ever tourist footfall and air traffic in recent years.

The Kashmir Valley has been the destination that attracted most tourists.

To maximize tourism here, direct international flights have also been introduced apart from the leisure activities that form a core part of tourism, better security and resulting faith in the law and order mechanism of the region have ensured that religious tourism within the Union Territory has always taken place smoothly and with ease.

The sector of Tourism witnessed a significant boost in April 2022 with the highest-ever record of 102 to and fro flights as well as around 15,199 average daily passengers.

As a result, a new terminal of the Srinagar International Airport was granted approval to cater to the increased footfall and possible rush for the upcoming tourist season.

For ensuring sustainable growth during months other than the tourist season, the government has also sought to establish a more balanced socio-economic development model that can seep through to the block level on a deeper level.

The idea behind the macroeconomic plan is to create jobs to the tune of 5-6 lakhs and create momentum that would help garner further capital investment in the areas of manufacturing and services.

On that front, two significant projects have been successfully managed so far– Tulip Garden of Kashmir– with an all-time greatest number of the arrival of visitors making it the highest-visited garden (during the short span of its opening week) in Asia.

Along with the same, the administration has also made changes to ensure that tourists visiting the Kashmir valley witness a mesmerizing experience at the Manasbal Lake in Ganderbal with a festival that is geared at promoting local art, culture, cuisine, and water sports.

With over 82 lakh tourists have visited the region between November 2021 to June 2022, it is clear that the transformative initiatives of the administration have pushed the sector to the brink of becoming self-sustaining or Atmanirbhar in a short span of time.

The Directorate of Information & Public Relations in its report earlier this month announced that about Jammu and Kashmir hosted around 1.62 crore tourists in the nine months since January 2022. This is the highest tourist footfall in a year since independence. Earlier, the region had an average footfall of about 10 lakh tourists which saw a huge boost in a short span of time, thereby generating substantial employment for the youth as well as local businesses.

These initiatives along with the general local-friendly approach undertaken till now have reaffirmed the faith of the locals in the administrative machinery of the state. A synergy-driven approach of the Government of India would ensure that there is peace, order, and development in the region along with ensuring meaningful participation of the people. (ANI)

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J-K: Charge Sheet Against 12 In Sunjwan Terrorist Attack

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against twelve accused persons including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, in the Sunjwan Terrorist attack case, informed NIA in a press release.

As per the release, the charge sheet was filed in NIA Special Court, Jammu against the 12 persons in connection to a case related to the conspiracy hatched among Kashmir-based terrorist operatives, Pakistan-based handlers and terrorists of proscribed terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
As a part of the conspiracy, two JeM terrorists infiltrated India through a tunnel. The release stated that the tunnel was excavated on the International Border in the area falling under BOP Chack Faqira in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The release further stated that the security forces intercepted the movement of the said terrorists and both terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in the area of Sunjwan, Jammu.

The case was initially registered as FIR No. 115/2022 dated 22.04.2022 at PS Bahu Fort, Jammu and re-registered by NIA on 26.04.2022.

The accused have been identified as Shafeeq Ahmad Sheikh, Bilal Ahmad Wagay, Mohammed Ishaq Chopan, Abid Mushtaq Mir, Masood Azhar Alvi, Rouf Asgar Alvi, Mohammad Mussadiq, Shahid Latif, Masood Ilyas Kashmiri Asif Ahmad Sheikh and two more slain terrorists against whom charge stands abated,

As per the investigation, the accused namely Shafeeq Ahmad Sheikh, Bilal Ahmad, Mohammad Ishaq Chopan, Abid Mushtaq Mir, and Asif Ahmad Sheikh hatched a conspiracy with two freshly infiltrated Pakistani JeM terrorists and JeM leadership namely Moulana Masood Azhar Alvi, Abdul Rouf Asgar and launching commanders namely Mohammed Mussadiq, Shahid Latif, Masood Ilyas Kashmiri, in the furtherance of which they received, transported and provided logistic support to newly infiltrated JeM terrorists who entered into Indian territory to execute a suicidal attack on the security forces and other vital installations in Jammu region with a view to disrupting the scheduled visit of the Prime Minister of India on April 24, 2022, the release stated.

Further investigations are in progress in the case, the release stated. (ANI)

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Seminar Of Shia Muslims In Kargil

Seminar Of Shia Muslims In Kargil Hails India

A seminar titled “Imam Khomeini the Pivot of the World Unity” was organised by the JK People’s Justice Front of Srinagar at the Syed Mehdi Auditorium, Kargil, which was attended by prominent personalities from Kargil and Kashmir valley.

A variety of audiences took part in the programme from different backgrounds and beliefs. Also, several college and Higher Secondary School students also attended the seminar.
While speaking at the event, Chairman JK People’s Justice Front Aga Syed Abass Rizvi called India as a “mother” and attacked Pakistan for targeted killings in the country.

“India is like a mother where different religions are flourishing together, whereas on the other hand in Pakistan target killing of minorities is common, specifically of Shia Muslims. The Shia community forms only 20 per cent of the total Pakistani population. They are also followers of Islam, but still, the Shia community doesn’t hold the status of equality in the state of Pakistan,” he said.

Chief Coordinator JK People’s Justice Front Syed Mubashir Kazimi also criticised Pakistan for attacks on holy sites saying, “There is no record of blasts in the holy places of minorities in India whereas it is common in Pakistan.”

“Any kind of intoxication is Haram in Islam, but Pakistan makes all-out efforts to push drugs into our society and drugs are ruining the younger generation and we all have to come together and unitedly fight this evil,” said another prominent personality Sheikh Abdullah Jaleeli.

Sheikh Muhammad Hussain Lutfi of Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust Kargil stressed the India-Iran relations saying, “India-Iran relationship has always been strong since time unknown and it should further be strengthened.”

He also said that other diplomats holding charge of religion, culture and education shall visit Kargil and Kashmir valley to further strengthen the Indo-Iranian relationship.

Syed Mohammad Kazim Sabiri, the Chief Guest of the seminar called India is the most trusted friend of Iran.

“India supplied technology to Iran when it was in most need and India had always been a trusted friend to Iran and its masses, so that friendship should be continued and expanded, at any cost,” he said.

Aqleemah Banoo, a religious scholar and a teacher in a local Maktab also addressed the audience and stressed that more opportunities must be made available to the girls to prove to the world that the Shia community is a progressive community, unlike what’s happening in our neighbourhood.

Several other speakers including Syed Tayyeb Rizvi of Anjumane Sahib Zaman, Moulana Zahid Hussain representing Anjumane Sufi Noorbakshia, Sajjad Hussain Kargil, a prominent social activist, and Mohammad Sajjad Khan, a public speaker took part in the programme. (ANI)

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Civilian Shot Dead By Terrorist

J-K: Civilian Shot Dead By Terrorist In Shopian

A civilian succumbed to his injuries after terrorists opened fire at Chowdari Gund in Shopian on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Puran Krishan Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit.
The injured was shifted to the hospital where he was declared dead.

“Terrorists fired upon a civilian (minority) Puran Krishan Bhat while he was on his way to an orchard in Chowdari Gund, Shopian. He was immediately shifted to hospital for treatment where he succumbed,” the Jammu Kashmir police said.

The area has been cordoned off and a search was in progress, the police further said.

Most details are awaited. (ANI)

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