In a seminar themed "Tapping the potential of Kashmir- Another Day in Paradise'' organized by the tourism department, MasterChef India winner Pankaj Bhadouria presented a live cooking demonstration. Students of Hotel Management (IHM) Srinagar and delegates from other countries including Kenya participated in the seminar. The program was organised by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Srinagar.
Two terrorists and three associates were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. Police seized arms and ammunition from the possession of the terrorists and their aides. Police said that as per the preliminary probe those arrested were working for Al-Badr terror outfit. “We acted on specific information regarding movement of terrorists in the area. A special checkpoint was established near Kachloo Crossing by security forces. During checking of vehicles, three people were apprehended by the alert forces. They were riding a motorcycle and tried to escape from the spot initially. After interrogation, they revealed about two more people who were then nabbed,” a police official said. Two of the arrested were captured from Baderkali forest area following a search operation. Police said that they were planning to attack security forces installations.
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At least six people died and four got injured after a mini bus fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda on April 12. Rescue team was present at the spot and injured persons have been admitted to a hospital in Jammu for treatment, said Doda CMO Dr Yakoob Mir. More details are awaited.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (JKPDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on April12 appealed to the youth of Union Territory to leave weapons and start advocating for the welfare of JandK. Underlining the Bodo peace talks in Assam, she also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not initiating similar peace deals in Kashmir. "We ask our nation to give us back what was snatched away from us. If you want people of Jammu and Kashmir, you'll have to reinstate our honour. There's no other way. I say this to my country. Why does BJP get angry when I say it? Will I ask from Pakistan? If PM Narendra Modi appeals to militants of Assam to join the mainstream and leave their weapons, if talks are held with Boro (Bodo), then what is the difficulty in doing the same in Jammu and Kashmir? Why is there no option besides jail? How long will this injustice continue?," said PDP chief. She further said, "Nobody will understand the language of weapons. If you present your views peacefully, the world will listen to you. If you speak language of guns you'll be killed and you'll gain nothing. I appeal to Jammu and Kashmir youth to leave weapons and talk. They'll have to listen one day."
Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, delivered a clear warning to other nations on April 9. Speaking at the convocation ceremony at Indian Institute of Management, Jammu, he said that the Union Territory is an integral part of India. Stating that India has the capability to solve its own problems, he asked other nations to refrain from commenting on the J&K dispute or other Indian issus, and instead focus on their own domestic problems. Watch the full video for more.
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A batch of foreign envoys arrived in Srinagar on February 17. They have come for a two-day visit to the union territory of JandK to assess the on-ground situation. This is the third such visit since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. Envoys from 24 nations- Chile, Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, EU, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Bangladesh, Malawi, Eritrea, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan- are part of the delegation visiting JandK. Foreign envoys will assess the development work and the security situation in the union territory. The delegation will also travel to Srinagar and Jammu during their two-day visit. Their visit comes in the wake of District Development Council (DDC) and Block Development Council (BDC) elections and the revival of mainstream politics.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at BJP by saying that wherever the party and its ideologue RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there. He said, "People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing." The fifth phase of assembly polls will be held in West Bengal on April 17.
Halfway through the West Bengal elections, a controversy over Trinamool Congress' poll strategist Prashant Kishor's leaked chat caused a storm. One of the statements made by Kishor, as released by BJP, involved a declaration that 'if there's a vote, it's for Hindus, for polarisation, and for Modi'. Pollster Yashwant Deshmukh decodes this statement, and how political parties in India have used appeasement and polarisation politics to win votes. Watch the full video for more.
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Three former PDP leaders Khurshid Alam, Pir Mansoor and Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari joined People's Conference in the presence of party chairman Sajjad Lone. Sajjad Lone said that Khurshid Alam, Pir Mansoor and Syed Basharat have joined a political moment and coming decades will play a pivotal role in contributing to the state of J-K. Recently, senior most PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Beigh had also joined People's Conference
Singur, once the hotbed of political dynamics in West Bengal now bears the melancholy of farmers who ended up being in a Catch-22 situation. Even after getting back their land after Tata Motors' exit, Singur farmers stand clueless as land is turning barren. They are looking forward to getting a solution between industry and agriculture. Even after a decade has passed since the project was suspended, leaving 997.11 acres barren in Singur, the area is still known as 'Tata Nano factory'. It consists of three panchayats namely Kejidi, Gopalnogor and Beraberi. Now farmers carry out potato farming in some portions of this land in small quantity. The protest commenced due to forced land acquisition by the then Left Front government for building Tata Motors car industry. The stir of 2006 in Singur soon turned into a historic anti-land acquisition movement by the farmers that received foremost support from Trinamool Congress and later by other political parties and intellectuals crossing state as well as international borders. The movement ended in 2011. Singur anti-land acquisition movement is one of two major movements that propelled Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to dethrone the 34 years old mighty Left Front rule from Bengal. The other movement that was instrumental to pave the way for the TMC government was the 2007 Nandigram agitation. The snatched land was given back to the farmers legally in 2016 after Supreme Court's verdict. However, the major concern of farmers now remains how to make the land cultivable. Probir Patro, one of the many whose land was snatched during the agitation received it back after SC's order in 2016, however, he is in a 'Catch 22' situation now. Despite having their own land the farmers cultivate on other's land for livelihood. Along with this another section of farmers coexist in Singur who calls themselves 'farmers of yesteryears' and currently have settled for other means of livelihood, through which they somehow manage to earn their day-to-day meal. Against the two heavyweights, CPI(M) has fielded 28-year-old Srijan Bhattacharya as its candidate from Singur. The candidates here have vowed for industrialisation, development as well as agriculture while addressing their public meetings.
A TMC candidate from West Bengal's Cooch Behar was allegedly attacked by BJP workers. The incident took place on Thursday while he was returning from an election campaign, Girindra Nath Barma, TMC candidate from Mathabhanga seat, sustained head injuries. TMC workers protested in front of SDO office and demanded EC's action against it. TMC took to twitter and lashed out at BJP over the incident. Polling for Mathabhanga will be held on Saturday in the fourth phase of elections. BJP has fielded Sushil Barman against TMC's Barman and CPIM's Ashok Barman. The eight-phase polling in West Bengal will conclude on April 29, results on May 2.
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An LDF supporter arrived at a polling booth in Pinarayi in Kannur to cast his vote. He donned red hoodies and red colour traditional dhoti. He shaved CPI (M) party logo on his head. Total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide fate of 957 candidates. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 02.