J&K: Northern Command chief visits LoC, reviews security scenario
Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi visited various forward areas in Rajouri, Bhimber Gali and Poonch sectors in J&K, said defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand
Northern Army commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi on Wednesday visited Ace of Spades division and reviewed the security situation along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch sectors, said officials. “Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi visited various forward areas in Rajouri, Bhimber Gali and Poonch sectors. The army commander was briefed on the security situation by field commanders along the LoC,” said defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand. Lt Gen Dwivedi reviewed the development of defence infrastructure and operational preparedness undertaken despite challenging terrain and weather conditions in the region. “He interacted with all ranks and appreciated the professionalism and operational response towards the evolving threat matrix,” said the spokesperson.
Congress is the only alternative to BJP: Rajni Patil
Senior AICC leader and Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Rajni Patil on Wednesday said people were “fed up with BJP’s poor performance, opportunist and wrong policies, for which there was a strong wave among the people who want change in Jammu and they look towards the Congress”. She said the Congress is the only viable alternative to the BJP, which has utterly failed on all fronts and snatched the statehood, dignity and rights, employment and trade of the people. Addressing a big gathering of party workers here, Patil said the BJP has vitiated the atmosphere of peace, harmony and progress and downgraded the historical state against the wishes of people. J&KPCC chief GA Mir also raised a strong pitch on the issue of restoration of historical Dogra state of Jammu and Kashmir, which, he said, “was snatched from people, arbitrarily and undemocratically on August 5, 2019”. Mir said the delimitation exercise was biased and has caused more injustice to different areas. AICC spokesperson Alka Lamba also took a swipe at the BJP for “playing with the sentiments” of people.
Pretty flyover pillars won’t solve traffic mess: Omar
Expressing his disappointment over traffic management in Srinagar, NC vice-president Omar Abdullah said painting pretty flyover pillars will not solve the mess on roads. “I haven’t seen any meaningful steps being taken and no new infrastructure being invested in after the Rambagh flyover was completed,” Omar said in a tweet.
NIA conducts raids in Valley
NIA on Wednesday carried multiple raids across Kashmir. The raids were carried out at Turkawangam, Chittragam Moolu, DK Pora and Dalal Mohalla in Shopian and in Pattan area of north Kashmir. The NIA sleuths were accompanied by police and CRPF. NIA is investigating several high-profile cases related to militancy in J&K.
24 new cases surface in J&K
Jammu and Kashmir recorded 24 fresh Covid cases on Wednesday that took the infection tally to 4,53,347, officials said. No Covid-related death was reported in the past 24 hours, they said. Eleven of the total 22 districts in the Union Territory did not report any new case. There are 312 active cases while the overall recoveries have reached 4,48,286, they said, adding that death toll stands at 4,749.
Every district to have ‘women haat’ within a month
Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary Arun Kumar Mehta announced setting up of ‘women haat’ in every district of the UT by next month. Mehta also honoured women achievers of Jammu and Kashmir and launched women-oriented initiatives. “Every district will have a Umeed women haat within a month,” he said.