The Jammu and Kashmir Handicrafts Department organised handicrafts and handloom exhibition in Srinagar. The exhibition is being organised to provide marketing support to artisans and weavers of the Valley. Various products were displayed during the exhibition. Altogether 25 stalls have been set up to display the rich handloom and handicrafts products of the Valley. The exhibition began on March 25 which also coincides with the Tulip festival.
A calligraphy competition themed 'Your Hand Drawn Charm'was organized in Srinagar. The art competition was organized by a local NGO "Shama" to promote talented young calligraphers."Calligraphy is losing its sheen. However, post coronavirus outbreak, the art is coming back to life. The competition was organized at Kashmir University and other places too. This creates an interest and it makes us contemplate that there is something special about this art. The Quaran is also written with calligraphy," said a participant.
While speaking to ANI, 15 Corps (Srinagar) Commander Lt Gen DP Pandey said that Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations to assist infiltrations but it is now reduced after the agreement between India and Pakistan. He also emphasised that current terrorist attacks have not been led by Pakistan but it is instigating local terrorists in Kashmir valley. "Ceasefire was announced about 2 months back and both sides (India and Pakistan) are adhering to norms, but we shouldn't draw too many conclusions. In about another month or two, we'll get to see the impact of this ceasefire in Kashmir. The numbers of (terror) incidents are on decline, they're virtually half, as compared to last year. Pakistan Army used ceasefire violations primarily to assist infiltrations; currently what we observe is adherence and reduction," said Lt Gen DP Pandey. He further said, "Pakistan's objective in terms of facilitating terrorism in Kashmir hasn't changed, but their intent to indigenize it has changed. For last few years, Pakistan terrorists aren't leading attacks, but primarily instigating local terrorists."
To promote the handicraft and handloom weavers in the Valley, awareness camp was organized in Srinagar. Organized by the Industrial Co-operative Society (INDUSCOS) wing of the Department of Handicrafts and Handloom, Kashmir, the camp aimed to raise awareness of the various financial schemes provided by the government. "We have a rich cultural history. Programs like these are very important. The government should organize more programs like in the Valley," said an artisan, Abdul Wahid Dar.
To boost the flower growers in the Valley, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Department of Floriculture organized a one-day training program on commercial floriculture for framers of Kashmir Division. More than 50 flower growers and entrepreneurs from different parts of the Valley participated in the program held at gardener's training school in Rajbagh. During the program, experts discussed various topics on the production of flower cuttings, rooting hormones, and hybrid seeds, and the different aspects of floriculture.
To encourage the Kabaddi players in the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council in collaboration with Kabaddi Association of J-K organized special Kabaddi matches at Indoor Sports Hall Srinagar on March 5. With multiple new facilities being added in the winter sports category, the sports authorities said that a good number of sports enthusiasts are taking part in activities after the COVID-19 pandemic. "Kabaddi is an indigenous game of our country. Earlier, we used to move out of state for training but now we are getting the infrastructure here. We want to get sponsorship for tournaments in the days to come", says a Kappadi player Faizan Shafi.
There is a famous saying, "Where there is a will, there is a way." This has been proved to be true by Pallavi Sharma from Jib Village of Udhampur district in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite belonging to a lower middle class family with limited resources, Pallavi has cracked the JandK Bank PO (probationary officers) exam. While narrating her story, Pallavi told ANI that if not for Pradhan Mantri Scholarship Programme, she wouldn't have been able to complete her B Tech. She credited her parents for her success and also appealed to youth to not let hardships demotivate them.
The RCC T-Beam Bridge over Dhansiri River, Dimapur connecting the main town area was inaugurated by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on April 13. CM Rio congratulated the department, the engineering wing and the contractor for successful completion of the project. The bridge was constructed by Aien Meren Enterprises and funded under the 10% Lumpsum Scheme, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.