Ahead of District Development Council (DDC) elections, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain in Srinagar campaigning for the party. He also interacted with the locals at Dal Lake. Speaking to ANI on DDC election, Hussain assured that lotus will bloom in Dal Lake. "The people here are with us. Narendra Modi lives in the hearts of the people of Kashmir. This time the lotus will bloom in Dal Lake," said Hussain. BJP also deployed Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur for DDC polls. The DDC elections are schedules to start from November 28.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has taken the responsibility to beautify the Shalimar-Dal Lake water channel which was in pathetic condition from past few years. The poor condition arose as all the waste materials including deadly polythene were thrown into the channel. Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) is on a full-fledged mission to renovate and beautify one of the oldest water channels which connects Shalimar garden to Dal Lake. Shalimar channel was once used to flush out the overflowing water from the garden and also a shortcut route for Mughal rulers to enter the world famous Dal Lake by Shikara. The renovation comes as a big relief for the local business as it is likely to fuel tourism and business opportunities.
A Kashmir-based podcast offers a platform to youngsters to connect with the locals of the Valley. The podcast 'Mashq Talks' empowers young talent to harness creativity. The 'Mashq Talks' podcast series is an episodic series of digital audio or video files. Its aim is to connect young Kashmiris to the world through digital media. Founder Umar Nisar said, "I tried to offer Kashmir, its own 'Ted Talks' and I started an initiative and named it 'Mashq Talks'. It is as same as 'Ted Talks'. We started a podcast through which we targeted 100 Kashmiri influencers and featured them. Kashmir has abundance of talent but at the same time, they lack platform." A writer Sulah Shabir said, "Their intention is to bring youth from the Valley in front. If I talk about myself, I have been writing for last 6 years but I am in limelight for last 6 months. This happened because we don't know how to reach to the audience through our talent. We have lots of talent but no exposure and this is our biggest drawback as our social and political situation are not well. This podcast is a big initiative."
Here is good news for all the book lovers in the Valley. The Jammu and Kashmir government has reopened libraries for students and bibliophiles. The libraries were shut since COVID-induced lockdown. The government took this decision to provide study material to students as online classes have its demerits. Students applauded the decision of the government.
Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated its 56th Raising Day on December 01 across the nation. BSF personnel celebrated the event in Srinagar today. Kashmir BSF IG, Rajesh Mishra also attended the event. He said, "It's the 56th Raising Day of BSF and I am sure the sentinels, officers and employees all would be happy and proud to reach this stage." The Border Security Force was constituted on December 01, 1965 and is one of the paramilitary forces of India.
Polling underway in the second phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Panchari area of Udhampur. People were also seen standing in a queue at a polling booth in Srinagar's Balhama area, waiting for their turn to cast their votes. DDC elections will be held in eight phases and will go on till December 19.
BRO rescued five passengers stuck in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar. Passengers were stuck at Zojila Pass due to avalanche. Portion of the car can be partially seen stuck in the snow. Vehicle was pulled out of snow at Srinagar-Sonmarg road. Vehicles were evacuated and the road was later opened for traffic.
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Singer and host Aditya Narayan married his fiancée, actor Shweta Agarwal. Given the Covid restrictions, a simple wedding ceremony was held in Mumbai on December 1. Aditya Narayan was dressed in an ivory white sherwani with a turban while Shweta Agarwal was dressed in an ivory lehenga with a pale pink dupatta. Aditya’s father Udit Narayan & others were seen dancing in the baarat. Both Aditya and Shweta have been dating for a decade after meeting on sets of their film Shaapit. Watch the full video for more.
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Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Director-General Dr Shekhar C Mande slammed a recent Chinese research report which claimed that Covid-19 had origins in India or Bangladesh. "There is a paper which is under consideration of publication in Lancet. It has not been peer-reviewed yet, so we can't say what the peer review system will do to it. But it claims that the origin of the SARS-CoV2 virus is in India, and having read the paper myself fully and thoroughly understood what it says, the study is very shoddily done. The analysis was very badly done, and I don't think it will stand the scrutiny of a peer review system," said Mande. His comments come after Chinese researchers in a study proposed that the 1st transmission of SARS-CoV-2 may have taken place in India or Bangladesh. Watch the full video for more.
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Higher reaches of Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir received heavy snowfall. A thick blanket of snow engulfed the Mughal Road in Rajouri district. Snow clearance operation by local authority took place on the Mughal Road. Heavy snowfall has led to a dip in the temperature over the past few days. Mughal road connects south Kashmir's Shopian to Rajouri and Poonch districts.
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