Insha-e-Darab kashmir celeberation

Insha-e-Darab: A Celebration Of Kashmir Rich Heritage

A seven-day exhibition based on the rare manuscripts of the famous 20th-century Persian writer, poet, and researcher Khawaja Muhammad Amin Darab and rare samples of Kashmiri culture concluded today at Amar Singh Club, Srinagar.

This exhibition was organized jointly by Infotech Kashmir and HELP Foundation.

About 73 rare manuscripts of Khawaja Muhammad Amin Darab were exhibited in the exhibition. They also include 11 books. The exhibit includes a chronogram of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing, a congratulatory message from Srinagar businessmen to Dogra Maharaja Hari Singh on his accession to the throne in 1923, and several beliefs of prominent scholars, including Muslim scholars and jurisprudents on death. Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri was also involved.

Salim Baig, convener of Intake Kashmir said that this workshop is also important because the use of Persian, which was once the official language, is now decreasing. He said that it is a matter of surprise that Darab Sahib, the owner of an all-around personality, kept these manuscripts safe. He said that it is the need of the hour to bring these manuscripts to the public so that the new generation can get acquainted with this great capital and at the same time feel proud of their glorious past.

It is noteworthy that in Kashmir from the 14th to the 19th century, Persian emerged as the language of administration and all types of writing, including historical, literary, religious, etc., were written in Persian. In such a situation, such an exhibition is of great importance in Kashmir, which is called Iran Sub-region.

During the conversation with Zubair Qureshi on this occasion, former bureaucrat Muhammad Shafi Pandit said that the services of the Darabo family are unforgettable, especially the work of Muhammad Amin Darab is the important capital of the Kashmir valley. He said that he feels very happy to put these rare manuscripts on display for the public. (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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Al Huda Educational Trust Case

Al Huda Educational Trust Case: NIA Conducts Raids In J-K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday carried out searches at multiple locations in Jammu and Kashmir in a terror funding case having links to suspicious activities of Al Huda Educational Trust in the Union Territory.

The anti-terror agency has been conducting searches at locations in the districts of Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu, Srinagar, Pulwama, Budgam, Shopian and Bandipora in Jammu and Kashmir.
NIA sources said that the case is related to the suspicious activities of Al Huda Educational Trust in the Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The case was registered suo-moto by NIA about the funding pattern and activities of Al Huda Educational Trust, which is functioning as a frontal entity for Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, which was declared as an ‘unlawful association’ under UA(P)A in 2019.

Sources said that NIA’s multiple teams carried out these raids based on specific inputs. The raids were conducted in coordination with Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). (ANI)

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