Ceasefire violation was initiated by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on January 16. Regular shelling has been a major problem for the locals. People living in the Balakot sector urged government to not concentrate on elections instead on the people living here. One of the locals said, "The Central government has given the full emphasis on elections, but elections will not resolve people's problems. People want roads, bunkers, they are disturbed due to the regular shelling activities. The emphasis should not be on elections instead authorities should think about the people living here."
The traditional fire-pot locally known as "Kangri" sales goes up as cold wave grips in Kashmir Valley. Made from the dried twigs of willow trees and a round earthen pot, there has been a surge in the sale of Kangris in Valley as it witnessed snowfall on higher reaches and rainfall in plains. Kangri is preferred over other heating devices in winters in rural as well as urban areas. It is the easiest and cheapest way to keep oneself warm in the chilling cold of Kashmir. Huge stocks of Kangris can be seen in the markets.
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.
The Kashmiri youth are now competing with the new age and entering into field of their choice. A Kashmiri youth started his own dance and singing academy. Nasir Wani's aim is to provide stage to those..