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)

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

Pic credit ANI

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.

Centre wants new dawn of development, accountability in J&K: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

E-inaugurates Rs. 16.53 cr Malroo bridge, Rs. 6.62 cr FPF office bldng, lays foundation of Dara High School

Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that the Central Government wants a new dawn of development and accountability in the functioning of government machinery in Jammu & Kashmir.

He said this at the Public Outreach Programme and E-inauguration/foundation stone laying ceremony at Harwan block in Srinagar.

Advisor to Lt Governor, Farooq Khan and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary were also present on the occasion.

The function was also attended by large number of people from different areas of Srinagar.

In his opening remarks, the Union Minister said that the Center’s outreach programme provides an opportunity for people to raise their demands and seek their resolution. He said the huge gathering at today’s event reflects the interest of people in development of their place.

“It is time for people to take benefit of development schemes. J&K should be part of developmental story of India. Our government wants people of J&K as first beneficiaries of any developmental programme,” he told the gathering.

He added that central government is monitoring and ensuring that funds that are meant for developmental schemes reach to the grass root level.

“Central governments were always releasing funds for J&K, but there was no accountability on the spending. They were going into the pockets of few people,” he said.

Regarding the Haj quota this year, Naqvi said they would try to accommodate all the Haj aspirants from Jammu & Kashmir.

“More than 2 lakh Hajis go for Haj every year from India. We ensure all the facilities are available to the Hajis. To ensure transparency India is the first country to digitize details of journey of pilgrims,” he said.

He also said that to encourage youth to take different job-oriented courses, skill development courses are being imparted for minority communities.

Meanwhile, Naqvi in presence of Advisor Khan e-inaugurated the 5×44 meter trussed Girder Bridge over River Jehlum at Malroo which has been constructed at the cost of Rs 16.53 crore. He also e-inaugurated a mega 1223.69 sqm Forest Protection Force(FPF) office complex at Bemina which was constructed at a cost of Rs 6.62 crore.

The Union Minister along with Advisor Khan also laid e-foundation of High School Building at Dara to be constructed at a cost of Rs 97.01 lacs.

On the occasion Advisor Khan said that it is a golden opportunity for the people of J&K to raise their issues with the Union Ministers.

“It will also help the Ministers to know the status of various schemes/programmes on ground,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary during his welcome address gave historical background of Harwan area.

Later, Union Minister also toured the Dal Lake and interacted with members of boatmen community. He heard their demands and assured them Central Government is working on various fronts to promote tourism in Kashmir.

Envoys from 16 nations, including US, on two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir

starting today; will meet L-G GC Murmu, civil society members

New Delhi: US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster will be among envoys of 16 countries who will undertake a two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir starting Thursday, officials said.

The Delhi-based envoys will fly to Srinagar on Thursday morning before going to Jammu, the winter capital of the newly created Union Territory, for an overnight stay. They will meet Lt Governor GC Murmu as well as civil society members, they said.

Besides the United States, the delegation will include diplomats from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Norway, Maldives, South Korea, Morocco and Nigeria, among others.

Brazil’s envoy André Aranha Correa do Lago was also scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir. However, he backed out because of his preoccupation in Delhi, the officials said on Wednesday.

Envoys from 16 nations, including US, on two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir starting today; will meet L-G GC Murmu, civil society members
Representational image. Getty Images

The European Union (EU) countries are understood to have conveyed that they would visit the Union Territory on a different date and are also believed to have stressed on meeting three former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti – who are under detention.

According to the officials, the envoys travelling on Thursday will meet civil society members and receive a briefing on the security situation from various agencies.

“On the same day, they will be taken to Jammu where they would meet Lt Governor Murmu and other officials before returning to the National Capital on Friday,” they added.

The officials said the envoys of a number of countries had requested the government for a visit to Kashmir to get a first-hand account of the situation prevailing in the Valley following the abrogation of certain provisions of Article 370.

The move is a part of India’s diplomatic outreach to rebut Pakistan’s propaganda against it on the Kashmir issue.

This will be the second visit of a foreign delegation to Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre’s move to revoke the state’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union territories – Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, a delegation of 23 EU MPs was taken on a two-day visit to assess the situation in the Union Territory by the International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies, a Delhi-based think tank.

However, the government had distanced itself from the visit of the delegation. Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had informed Parliament that the European parliamentarians were on a “private visit”.

Srinagar police arrests 03 drug peddlers, contraband substance seized

January 06: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar arrested 03 drug peddlers and seized contraband substance from their possession.

Officers at a checkpoint established near SMHS Hospital Srinagar arrested 03 drug peddlers identified as Salib Parvaiz resident of Maisuma Bund, Aabid Hussain Bhaghadi resident of Khnayar Radhpora and Showket Ahmad Gilkar resident of Shah Mohalla Nawabazar, Srinagar.

Officers have recovered 200 grams of Charas concealed in two polythene bags from their possession. They have been arrested and shifted to Police Station Karan-Nagar where they remain in the custody.  Officers at the check point have also seized Maruti car bearing registration No. DL3CBC/3480 used in the commission of crime.

Case FIR No. 01/2020 under relevant sections of law has been registered in PS Karan-Nagar and initiated investigation into the matter.
Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.

Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.

Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Nisar Dar arrested by J&K Police & Security Forces.

Dreaded terrorist caught alive by Jammu and Kashmir Police. Identified as Nissar Ahmed Dar, terrorist was planning an attack on some Security Force establishment. An ops was launched last night by Srinagar police in which the terrorist was caught alive.

He had escaped from an encounter in Kullan Ganderbal in which one Pakistani terrorist of proscribed terror outfit was killed. This dreaded terrorist was wanted in many terror crimes.

Nissar Ahmad Dar, (23) was active for the past some years and a Categorised Terrorist .
He is involved in 8 FIRs ( 7 in 2016 and 1 in 2019). He is detained TWICE in PSA( 1 in 2016 and 1 in 2017). He is associate of Salim parray who is top terrorist of Lashkar e Toiba.

Corrupt Leaders In J&K Would Be “In Jail Or On Bail”: JP Nadda

People of Kashmir were happy with the scrapping of the state’s special status as they became part of mainstream India, JP Nadda said.

Even a law like the POCSO Act was not applicable in Kashmir earlier, JP Nadda said

Panaji: BJP working president J P Nadda said on Friday that with the scrapping of Article 370, corruption in Jammu and Kashmir would now be probed, and those found guilty would be “either in jail or out on bail”.

He was in Panaji to address a rally in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA.

People of Kashmir were happy with the scrapping of the state’s special status as they became part of mainstream India, the BJP leader said.

Before the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, several laws passed by Parliament were not implemented in the Himalayan state, he said.

“The law such as the Prevention of Corruption Act was not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, so the leaders there could have their way out (of scams) despite being involved in corruption,” Mr Nadda claimed.

“The Indian government was giving them money and they kept on siphoning it off, there was no audit or inquiry… Now article 370 has been abrogated. Now there will be inquiry, either the leaders would be in jail or would be out on bail,” the BJP leader said.

Even a law like the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was not applicable in Kashmir earlier, he said.

“Now the law would be enforced. Not only people from across the country, but also people of Jammu and Kashmir are happy as they are part of the mainstream,” Mr Nadda said, praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for taking the step of scrapping Article 370. (GNS)

Barring five top leaders, all detainees in MLA Hostel set to be released: Report

Srinagar: Political detainees being held at the MLA Hostel in Srinagar barring five leaders are likely to be released by the Jammu and Kashmir administration in batches in January,The Indian Express reported.

The Indian Express quoted the sources as having said that the five leaders unlikely to be released soon are Peoples’ Conference chief Sajad Lone, National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, former IAS officer and Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement president Shah Faesal, senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar and PDP youth wing president Waheed ur Rehman Para.

“Barring these five individuals, others are likely to be released in batches slowly. At least six individuals are scheduled to be released this week subject to their signing of release bonds,” a source in the administration, who did not wish to be named, said.

As on date, 26 persons are under detention at the MLA Hostel including PDP’s Ajaz Mir, NC’s Salman Sagar, Showkat Ganai, Ali Mohammad Dar and Altaf Kuloo and Awami Ittihad Party lawyer and social activist Bilal Sultan. They were moved to their current location from the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre citing logistical and security concerns in the last week of November. In the first week of August, a total of 58 political detainees were housed at the Sher-e-Kashmir centre, reported The Indian Express.

Many individuals were detained in the first few weeks of August from across the Valley. “Approximately 800 or so are still under detention all over Kashmir,” a source said. Besides this, about 200 individuals are held in jails in other states, the source added.

Those in the MLA Hostel were picked up under clauses of preventive detention in the wake of the situation in Kashmir post August 5, the day the Central government revoked the special status accorded to the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state, and decided to split it into two union territories.

Further, there is no move to release the three former Chief Ministers – Farooq Abdullah currently detained at his Gupkar Road residence under the Public Safety Act, Omar Abdullah detained at Hari Niwas and Mehbooba Mufti under detention at a government building in Maulana Azad Road, the sources said.

On Monday, five political detainees — Former PDP MLA Zahoor Mir, Bashir Mir of PDP, Dr Ghulam Nabi of National Conference, former MLA and NC leader Ishfaq Jabbar, and former legislator Yasir Reshi — were released from the MLA hostel.

Those released from SKICC and the MLA Hostel earlier include Mohammad Syed Akhoon of National Conference, Imran Ansari of Peoples’ Conference, Hilal Shah of Congress, Noor Mohammad Sheikh and Yawar Mir of the PDP, and Ghulam Hassan Mir of the Democratic Party (Nationalist), reported The Indian Express.

Broadband Internet services restored in 80 health institutions.

SMS services restored, but Jio, Airtel have developed technical snag; will take strict action against rumour monger : Divisional Commissioner Kashmir

Srinagar, 1st Jan 2020:- Broadband high speed Internet services restored in 80 Government Hospital including health centres and offices linked department of health across Kashmir valley.

According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said that the government has directed all the cellular companies to restore SMS services in Kashmir, but Jio and Airtel cellular companies have developed some technical snag due to which the services have not been restored so far. Khan further added that all the cellular companies have been directed to restore the SMC services from last night (December 31).

Meanwhile, Khan told KNO that strict action will be taken against the people who are spreading rumours in Kashmir from last two days. “The rumours are doing rounds from last two days and we will take strict action against rumour mongers,” he said, appealing people not to pay heed to the rumours.

Pertinently, the rumours claiming that curfew passes have been issued by the government to health employees as the curbs will be imposed in Kashmir, were doing rounds from last two days.

Republic Day-2020: Chief Secretary chairs preparatory Meeting

Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam Wednesday chaired a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Republic Day-2020 celebrations on 26th January across Jammu and Kashmir.
Director General of Police, J&K, Shri Dilbag Singh, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Principal Secretary, Home Department, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, Principal Secretary, Transport, Principal Secretary, Hospitality & Protocol, ADGP CID, J&K, ADGP Security, ADGP Armed, Administrative Secretaries of the Departments of Power Development, Forest, Ecology & Environment, PW(R&B), School Education, General Administration, Youth Service & Sports and Culture, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IGP Jammu zone, major HoDs and other senior officers participated in the meeting.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, IGP Kashmir Zone and DIG Central Kashmir Range participated via video conferencing.

Detailed deliberations were held regarding the venues, security arrangements, parade / band contingents of Army, CRPF, Police, School Children, cultural items, seating arrangements, transport/parking arrangements, refreshment, sanitation, drinking water, power supply, medical aid and emergency facilities.

It was informed that the main Republic Day function will be held at MA Stadium Jammu where Lieutenant Governor, Shri G C Murmu will take salute and preside over the function. At Srinagar, the function will be held at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium where Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Shri Farooq Khan will take the salute and preside over the function. Beating the Retreat ceremony will be organized on 29th January, 2020.

The dress rehearsals for the main functions will commence from 6th January, 2020 with full dress rehearsal being organized on 24th January, 2020. Parade contingents drawn from Armed Forces, J&K Police and School Children besides Bands / Cultural Troupes will participate in the functions. Cultural items and Dare Devil shows by J&K Police Personnel will also form part of the function. Important Government buildings and landmarks will be illuminated on the evening of 25th and 26th January, 2020 to mark the occasion.

Chief Secretary stressed on the civil and police administration to work in complete synergy and coordination to ensure that all functions related to Republic Day are organized smoothly with maximum participation of the public. He asked both the Divisional Commissioners to prepare an event wise booklet of the functions. He asked them to ensure that invitees / guests are seated observing the Warrant of Precedence issued recently on 17 December, 2019 by the Hospitality and Protocol Department.

Chief Secretary directed the General Administration Department to issue a circular regarding participation of Government employees in the Republic Day celebrations and Beating the Retreat Ceremony and deploy liaison officers for the main function at M A Stadium.

Chief Secretary directed the Divisional Commissioners to closely monitor the Republic Day preparations both at the main venues and also at the District, Sub Divisional and the Tehsil level with the DCs / SDMs to ensure that Republic Day-2020, which will be the first major function after the formation of the Union Territory, is celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety.

Chief Secretary asked both the Divisional Commissioners to formulate Committees for choosing the winners for the best parade contingent and cultural item award during the Republic Day functions.