India to woo businesses to Kashmir in planned investment summit
Thursday, 13 February 2020 India plans to offer around 6,000 acres (2,400 hectares) of land in Kashmir as part of a business summit planned for April or May to help the Himalayan region after withdrawing its special rights and making sweeping administrative changes.
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."
Moderate fog engulfed the national capital on the morning of January 24. Bitter cold conditions prevail in parts of north India. Minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is expected in the upcoming week in Delhi. According to the India Meteorological Department, cold wave to severe cold wave is predicted in isolated pockets of Delhi for next 2-3 days. Northern Indian states including the Himalayas can likely to witness rain, thunderstorm and snow during the next few days. IMD's regional Met centre in New Delhi has issued orange alerts over Uttar Pradesh for Jan 24 and across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi for Jan 24 and 25.
Following the recent delivery of million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from India on grant, Nepal is expected to begin an inoculation drive against the infection from next week.With the announcement of this valuable vaccination drive starting in next ten days, Nepal's Minister of Health and Population Hridayesh Tripathi requested India for continued support to deliver adequate numbers of vaccines to the Himalayan Nation to inoculate 72 percent of nearly 3 million population. COVISHIELD produced by Serum Institute of India reached the Himalyan nation on Thursday afternoon. The vaccine that arrived Nepal in grant assistance would be first administered to frontline workers. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra also assured that India would continue to work on the spirit of People first and Neighborhood first Policy.
As part of annual winter celebrations, ancient bullfighting locally known as "Goru Judai" was recently celebrated in Nuwakot District of Nepal. Marked on the beginning of Magh, the 11th month as per Lunar Calendar, the festival of taming bulls has a history that dates back to the 19th Century. A large number of people spilled in from adjoining districts and other parts of Nepal to witness this thrilling event. A total of 23 bulls competed to secure the top position in the competition. The annual event not just preserves the traditional culture of the Himalayan nation but also contributes to boost tourism.