An 80-year-old man who crossed into oncoming traffic New Year's Eve and struck a vehicle head-on, killing the driver, has been arrested on a murder charge, the California Highway Patrol said on Friday.
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha on January 20 appealed to beneficiaries to get themselves vaccinated by COVID-19 vaccines, amid apprehensions of their efficacy. "There is a need to spread awareness about the vaccine...Both the COVID-19 vaccines were given emergency use approval only after scientists were convinced of their safety. I appeal to all beneficiaries to get themselves vaccinated," said LG Manoj Sinha. COVID-19 vaccination drive was roll out on January 16 across the country.
Activists of Dogra Front on January 20 staged protest against the web series 'Tandav' in Jammu and Kashmir's Dogra. 'Tandav', an Amazon Prime Video-based series addressed the backlash against its content that has hurt religious sentiments of many viewers. Muslim people also showed their anguish against the web series by showing placards. The protestors alleged that the creators of the web series have tried to disrupt the communal harmony in the country. Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Government has received a complaint regarding 'Tandav' and will be taking appropriate action against the web series. Earlier on Monday, the cast and crew of the Saif Ali Khan starrer political-drama had extended their apologies to the viewers for "unintentionally" hurting their sentiments. An FIR was also registered at Lucknow's Hazratganj Kotwali against Amazon Prime's India and team of 'tandav' for allegedly hurting religious sentiments on Monday.
An awareness campaign was carried out in Canada on January 19, the anniversary of Kashmiri Hindu's exodus from the Valley. A mobile billboard campaign was reportedly launched in the Greater Toronto area with the vehicle covering 60 km. Photographs of apparent victims, and protestors were displayed on the screens. Slogans like 'Hindu Genocide 1990', and 'We Exist Despite Pakistani Terror' were displayed. The vehicle was also stationed near a Pakistan consulate. Watch the full video for more.
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General Officer Commanding of Army's Chinar Corps commented on the terror situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Lt Gen BS Raju said that Pakistan attracts Kashmiri youth for education and then diverts some of them into terrorism. He added that as security forces were plugging gaps in border infrastructure, Pakistan was sending drugs and weapons via drones and tunnels. He said that the forces are countering this using advanced technology. He also said that at 217, strength of terrorists in the Valley was at a decadal low. Watch the full video for more.
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For the second day in a row, a thick layer of smog enveloped the Nepal capital Kathmandu. Visibility in the valley went down dramatically in the last two days with the Air Quality Index shown by the US Embassy in the capital remaining over 300 which means "Hazardous". As a sudden drop in mercury settled down atmospheric pollutants, the Department of Environment requested people not to come out without genuine reasons. The department also stated that the air quality in other major cities like Nepalgunj and Biratnagar will be deteriorating and people should be cautious. The PM 2.5 levels of more than 150mg/m3 are considered extremely dangerous for human health, and people are recommended to stay indoors. According to IQ Air, a Swiss air quality technology company, overall air quality index of the Valley today stood at 437mg/m3 - the worst in the world. In order to address the problem, the government earlier had introduced a provision that allows authorities concerned to declare an air pollution emergency whenever the air quality index goes over 300 (mg/m3). However, none of the concerned authorities has sent out a signal in this regard as the nation is reeling through the COVID-19 pandemic where pollution might worsen complexities among infected ones. AQI is a composite measurement of the concentration of particulate matter below 10 and 2.5 microns, carbon monoxide, sulphur and nitrogen dioxide and ground ozone. Reeling above the mark of 300, Kathmandu is expected to get rid of smog only after heavy rainfall.
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has reconstructed Bailey bridge at Kela Morh in Ramban on Jammu-Srinagar highway in record 60 hours. One of the passways of the bridge was damaged due to landslide which led to the closing of the national highway for more than a week. A trial run was carried out successfully on January 16 and traffic will be able to run on it by evening, according to BRO. Brigadier IK Jaggi, Chief Engineer of BRO, said, "By evening, traffic will resume on it".
The COVID-19 vaccination drive began at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on January 16. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitin Patel were present during the inaugural launch. Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha also reviewed COVID-19 vaccination drive in Jammu. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India today.
Civil defence experts trained volunteers and locals on how to handle emergency situations such as fires, earthquakes, and snow avalanches at a training programme in the Kashmir valley. The training programme was organised for the volunteers of different government and non-governmental organisations at Bilaliya Educational Institute, Nawab Bagh, and Baghwanpora-Lal Bazar Srinagar. It was organised by the Kashmir Welfare Trust and Nigeen Tourist Traders Association in collaboration with the Civil Defence, Srinagar and J and K State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC). "The government has a lot of rescue forces, but they cannot reach every place. It is important to prepare the community for such adverse situations. We have trained the volunteers in Nigeen about search operations, first aid, and fire fighting," said Aamir Ali, Deputy Chief Warden Civil Defence Srinagar. The aim of the five days programme was to train people on how to handle the emergency cases such as fires, earthquakes, and especially snow avalanches which have become common in the upper reaches of Kashmir Valley.
Indian Army organised Jammu and Kashmir's biggest talent hunt-cum-music concert show ''SHAURYA'' at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar on January 18. Famous Bollywood singer, Sukhwinder Singh performed live at SKICC in front of an enthralling gathering. On the occasion, senior officers of Army and a large number of music lovers were present. J and K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha also attended the event. Sinha also felicitated young achievers of Kashmir Valley who have performed well in different fields.
Continuous snowfall and rains in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir have escalated the demand of warm clothes. Srinagar's Dal Lake also froze on Thursday as the city recorded coldest night since 1991...