European diplomats check India's loosening of Kashmir clampdown
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 More than two dozen diplomats are visiting Indian-administered Kashmir, New Delhi said on Wednesday, as the country tries to reassure foreign allies following several months of unrest in the contested territory.
A tunnel was detected by Border Security Force (BSF) in Pansar area along International Border in Kathua, Jammu Kashmir. The security forces detected the tunnel under anti-tunneling campaign. According to Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu NS Jamwal, "We had received inputs from intelligence agencies for a while that there was the possible existence of a tunnel in the Pansar area. Our unit detected this under anti-tunneling campaign." "Pakistan dug this tunnel from the zero-line. The tunnel is almost 140-150 metres long on the Indian side, as we have assessed till now. The tunnel is 2-3 feet wide in diameter."
Ahead of Republic Day, Kashmir IG Vijay Kumar said that they are fully prepared for the celebrations. He said, "Police officials have been instructed to ensure that people are not harassed during security checks in the run-up to Republic Day celebrations...Militants may try to cause some kind of disruption but we are fully prepared."
Flight service from Sikkim's Pakyong Airport to national capital resumed. Airline operations started after a gap of about 18 months. The services were stopped due to technical reasons and unfavourable weather conditions. Daily service to New Delhi is likely to boost Sikkim's tourism sector.
As the President Joe Biden administration takes shape, India will continue to remain engaged at all levels and will work together, said Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava during a press briefing in New Delhi on January 22. "On January 20th after President Joe Biden assumed charge, PM Modi had sent him best wishes via Twitter. As the new administration takes shape, we will continue to remain engaged at all levels and work together," said MEA Spokesperson Srivastava.
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