The Chinese army is still camping in Indian territory in Ladakh’s Chumar area, 250 km south east of Leh. It has, however, moved back from the original point of transgression. Sources said India had also pushed in an army battalion, comprising about 500 soldiers.
Collections in the rice bucket challenge, as part of the "Joy of Giving" "Daan Utsav" week that began here Friday, will be donated for relief measures in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, an organiser said Friday.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and the Jammu administration have decided to tone down the celebrations on the annual Navratra festival this year due to the loss of lives and property destruction because of the devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir.
Civilians from both sides have ended up becoming part of an India-China standoff over a contentious canal project near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto border between the two countries, at Demchok, 230km from Leh, in Ladakh.
Minister of state for culture and tourism Shripad Yesso Naik Friday said the ministry has given Rs.100 crore as a special assistance for reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir.
The state government has set up chief minister's Flood Relief Fund to receive donations from the individuals, business groups and non-government organizations, intending to donate for relief and rehabilitation of the people affected by the unprecedented floods in the state.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday asked all the private mobile companies operating in J&K to restore connectivity in the state at the earliest.
The Jammu and Kashmir civil secretariat in Srinagar reopened on Thursday after being shut for 11 days after flood hit the Valley almost two weeks back.
The rescue and relief efforts undertaken in Jammu and Kashmir were on a war footing, said union home secretary Anil Goswami on Wednesday, who was camping in Srinagar for nearly a week. "We made an air bridge between Srinagar and Jammu. Aircraft and helicopters were flying every two minutes," he said.
As the Omar Abdullah government gears up to rehabilitate people in flood-battered Kashmir valley, state ministers have begun to lead the administration from the front and are reaching out to the affected.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday urged all, especially MPs, legislators and employees of the state to donate as much as they can for those affected by the floods to the J&K Chief Minister's Flood Relief Fund.
Vehicles carrying relief material to flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir have been exempted from paying toll fee till Sep 24, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.
Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra and chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday donated their one month's salary to the state government's flood relief fund.
As the flood water in Kashmir is turning fetid, the state government has decided to breach the banks of Jhelum at strategic points to let water flow back into the river.
After restoring the national highway between flood ravaged Srinagar and Jammu, Army engineers have successfully constructed four major bridges in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in a big relief to lakhs of people residing here.