J&K administration to conduct countrywide roadshows ahead of global investors summit

Jammu: In a bid to attract investment and industries to Jammu and Kashmir, the Union territory administration has come up with a plan to send 54 of its top officers to conduct roadshows across the country from February 17.

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam chaired the second apex committee meeting on Friday to review the preparations for the upcoming Jammu and Kashmir Global Investors Summit 2020, to be held in the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.

In the run-up to the mega event, roadshows were scheduled from February 17 onwards in major cities across the country, a senior officer said, adding that each roadshow will focus on showcasing specific sectors for seeking investment in Jammu and Kashmir.

The roadshows will be held in Bengaluru and Kolkata on February 17, in Mumbai on February 21, in Hyderabad on March 2, in Chennai on March 5 and in Ahmedabad on March 9, officials said.

Fifty-four senior officers and dignitaries will preside over the pre-event functions slated during the roadshows, they added.

International roadshows were also being planned to attract foreign investment, the officials said.

Besides, mini conclaves will be held in Srinagar and Jammu in March, they added.

Signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with the interested investors will also form a part of the roadshows and the main summit, the officials said.

Reviewing the preparations of various pre-event activities, the chief secretary laid emphasis on ensuring the participation of major industry players for an enhanced awareness among investors to project Jammu and Kashmir as an investment-friendly region.

It was decided that the Media and Publicity Committee will finalise the media plan and share it with the Industries department for its implementation.

Nodal officers from each department shall be nominated for dissemination of information on the focus sectors.

The chief secretary expressed optimism that the summit will prove to be a gala event.

“The summit will not only help present business-friendly policies of the government, identify business opportunities in Jammu and Kashmir to the participating trade and industry organisations, but also harmonise Jammu and Kashmir’s intrinsic strength and aspirations of development and employment opportunities,” he said.

The chief secretary asked all the administrative secretaries concerned to re-double their efforts to prepare investment-friendly sectoral polices within a week.

He also stressed on the need to synergise the roles and responsibilities of the administrative secretaries, heads of departments and other officers to encourage one-on-one interaction with potential investors in their respective departments and areas so as to make the summit productive and outcome oriented. (PTI)

Death toll in China’s coronavirus epidemic jumps to over 1600

BEIJING: Death toll in China’s coronavirus has gone up to 1,631 with 143 new fatalities reported from all over the country, Chinese health officials said on Saturday.

Hubei Province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported 2,420 new confirmed cases and 139 new deaths on Friday, China’s National Health Commission said.

Two deaths were reported from Henan and one each from Beijing and Chongqing as the overall death toll reached 143 with 2,641 new confirmed cases of the infection being reported from 31 provincial-level regions, the Commission said.

The number of new cases included 1,138 clinically diagnosed cases, which have been seen as confirmed cases. The latest report brought the total confirmed cases in Hubei province to 54,406 cases.

The total number of cases in China have gone up to 67,535.

Second batch of foreign envoys including EU representatives to visit J-K today

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A fresh batch of 25 foreign diplomats, including those from Germany, Canada, France and Afghanistan, will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday to witness the ground situation in the region nearly six months after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Consitution.

This is the second batch of foreign diplomats that will be visiting Jammu and Kashmir in the last one month.

According to local media reports, the delegation will be meeting fruit growers in North Kashmir before reaching Srinagar where they are scheduled to meet media representatives, civil society groups and politicians of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian Army will also brief the visiting diplomats on the security situation in Kashmir and are expected to give a detailed presentation on Pakistan’s involvement in fomenting and sponsoring terrorism in the newly-formed Union Territory.

According to reports, the envoys will have a night halt in Srinagar before moving to Jammu next day where they are expected to meet Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu and civil society groups.

The fresh batch of diplomats also includes EU representatives from Poland, Bulgaria and Czech Republic, and their participation assumes significance as the EU Parliament recently initiated to bring a joint draft resolution on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and Kashmir, the vote on which was later deferred.

Also, the India-EU summit is also slated to take place in Brussels next month where External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be participating.

Last month, envoys of 15 countries including US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster and diplomats from Vietnam, South Korea, Brazil, Niger, Nigeria, Morocco, Guyana, Argentina, Philippines, Norway, Maldives, Fiji, Togo, Bangladesh and Peru visited Jammu and Kashmir on January 9 and 10 to see first-hand efforts being made by the government in the region.

ANI spoke to some of the envoys who visited Kashmir last month. The diplomats had expressed satisfaction and hoped for the return of normalcy in the region soon.

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Pham Sanh Chau had said he witnessed “normalcy in the daily lives of the people” during his trip to Jammu and Kashmir.

“I want to say that it was a very worthwhile trip. Seeing is believing. That has us to have a fuller picture of the situation here,” Chau had told ANI.

“My observation is that we see normalcy in the daily life of the people, which is a very positive sign,” the envoy had said, adding that his interactions with different groups in the region had him felt that they are “very happy with the current situation.

BDC chairman held in murder attempt case in Samba

Jammu: A Block Development Council (BDC) chairman was arrested for allegedly attempting to kill two brothers over an old enmity in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.

Vijaypur BDC chairman Yogeshwer Singh, a resident of Suchani village, was arrested in connection with a case registered against him and his relatives at the local police station under various sections including attempt to murder, a police spokesman said.

The court of Principal Sessions Judge, Samba, had on February 6 granted interim bail to Singh. It, however, revoked the bail on Tuesday, leading to his arrest.

On January 31, Mohit Jamwal lodged a complaint with the police alleging that he and his brother Rohit Jamwal, also residents of Suchani village, were assaulted by the BDC chairman and his relatives with the intention to kill them over an old enmity, the spokesman said.

The brothers had reached Vijaypur police station in an injured condition. They alleged that Singh saw them leaving their house on a motorcycle and within minutes, a vehicle, in which the BDC chairman’s relatives were travelling, hit them from behind on reaching Patyari, causing injuries to them, the spokesman said.

Maneshwar Singh was driving the vehicle and Dineshwar Singh was also travelling with him at the time of the incident.

After the brothers were left injured, the vehicle occupants returned with Yogeshwar Singh and his brother Romeshwar Singh and allegedly assaulted the complainant with rods and a bat, the police spokesman said.

He said efforts are on to arrest other accused in the case. (PTI)

Five lives lost their life in road accident at Drabshalla, Kishtwar

Five people lost their life in a road accident on National Highway Jammu-Kishtwar-NH244 on Wednesday.

As per reports, the car accident took place near Paani Nallah in Drabshalla area of Kishtwar District in which five persons lost their lives when a Maruti car Bearing Registration Number JK07-2745 skidded off from the road and plungs into deep gorge. Deceased perosn included a minor baby from Jammu died on spot.

Bodies identified as Sanjay Kumar S/o Pawan Kumar-32, Pawan Kumar S/o Bansi Lal-33, Rekha Devi W/o Pawan Kumar-26, Rita Devi W/ o Rakesh Kumar -30, Kewal Krishan S/o Phool Chand 37, all are the residents of village Bahadat Tesil Drabshalla.

My Valentine, UN-World Radio Day.

Umar Nisar

A Young kashmiri Radio Broadcaster, RJ Umar Nisar, who’s Bollywood acclaimed TEDx Speaker and also known as Radio boy of India. Sharing his story of half decade in Radio Industry on this World Radio Day-2020

In 2014, when cloudburst and floods devastated the Valley, i started contributing with a community radio show “Pesh Kadam” that was managed by Department of Journalism, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora. I was 14 years old when i fell in love with Radio and getting into it was more like impossible.  I went through a lot of predicaments in my journey, but those hurdles didn’t stop my Passion for Radio, i worked hard day and out, finally my hard work paid off and i intiated Kashmir’s first Online Radio Station “Pannun FM Internatinal”, became the youngest director and Radio jockey in state. It was not just a proud moment for me but for the whole state especially for the people of my hometown tral.  Slowly people started recognising me and my work. 
Why i fell in love with Radio? Ummmm!!!I had the heart and determination to be on-air and the best platform for my creativity & passion was just ‘Radio’. Radio is a platform that has advantages over other media as it is a cheap source of information and can be used to Send messages to illiterates, neo-literates and highly educated receivers simultaneously. it does not require captivity. Listeners can receive messages even when they are working. Farmer may listen to farm programmes while working in fields, a busy executive may listen to it even while driving or a housewife may listen to her favorite programme even while working in the kitchen. Future! Radio’s future is a mystery. It is not easy to predict the future of radio. The future of radio would depend on changing regulatory scenarios, technological developments and change of listener’s appeal. Radio’s current localization and specialized programming will continue. Technologically, radio transmission will improve greatly. FM will continue to grow faster and bigger. 
Meanwhile, i was following technology and was a techie, got to know about future Broadcasting “PODCAST”.”Podcast” is a portmanteau word, formed by combining “iPod” and “broadcast”. The term “podcasting” as a name for the nascent technology was first suggested by The Guardian columnist and BBC journalist Ben Hammersley, who invented it in early February 2004 while “padding out” an article for The Guardian newspaper. The term was first used in the audioblogging community in September 2004, when Danny Gregoire introduced it in a message to the ipodder-dev mailing list, from where it was adopted by Adam Curry . Despite the etymology, the content can be accessed using any computer or similar device that can play media files. Use of the term “podcast” predated Apple’s addition of formal support for podcasting to the iPod, or its iTunes software.I researched more about podcast and started to work over it, finally, i was successful to turn radio into a digital Podcast. My Podcast got international acclamination, and it was due to my success in the journey of radio, i got a chance to stand on the stage where king khan of Bollywood too stood. King khan was the first Bollywood actor to speak at ted talks and i was the first Kashmiri teenager to speak at ted talks. This was not less than a dream for me!
Currently i’m working with a kashmir based radio station “95 FM Tadka ” and managing my Podcast at the same, aiming to revolutionise the platform of radio in valley.

The Author can be contacted at: rjumar.95fmtadka@gmail.comAnd also on Instagram at: Rj_Umar_Nisar