The security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district killed three militants in an encounter on May 11. Reportedly, following a tip-off of militant’s presence the forces initiated a search operation at Vailoo in the Komernag area of district. Soon the search operation was turned into a fierce encounter as the militants opened fire on forces. Retaliating, the security forces gunned down three militants while the encounter continued.
Welcoming the recent military understanding between India and Pakistan, the Saudi Crown Prince has urged them to resolve their issues including the Kashmir issue. The development came during Pakistan PM Imran Khan and Crown Prince’s meeting held under Khan’s visit to the gulf country. While Saudi welcomed the recent Indo-Pak ceasefire agreement along LoC, both countries emphasized the importance of dialogue to resolve issues and ensure peace… read-more
Former J&K Governor Jagmohan has died after battling an illness on May 3. Expressing his grief, PM Modi termed his demise as a “monumental loss for the nation.” Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his tribute calling him "a devoted politician who took key decisions for the nation's peace & progress". He had served as the Union Minister for Urban Development and Tourism before becoming the J&K Governor in 1990.
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Pakistani troops on May 3 opened fire along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, the ceasefire violation was the first instance after the February 25 agreement signed between India and Pakistan to maintain peace along the Line of Control. While no casualties were reported, a BSF official said, earlier also a similar agreement was signed in 2003 but could not stop ceasefire violations.
Jammu and Kashmir's Grand Mufti, Nasir-ul-Islam, on April 27 stated the vaccine jab does not affect the fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. Clearing the vaccine hesitancy among the residents of the valley, the Grand Mufti stated jab, being an intra-muscular treatment, "does not break the fast." Further, he requested everyone to offer prayers at home, and asked clerics to inform people to follow COVID-19 protocols when in mosques.
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The Border Security Forces personnel on April 24 detected two drones crossing International border from Pakistan after which they opened fire forcing them to return to Pakistan side. Spotted hovering in Jabbowal and Vikram border outpost areas in Arnia sector of Jammu, the BSF jawans fired around 15-rounds to bring them down. Notably, Pakistan has been using drones to drop weapons and drugs in the Indian territory.
An army sepoy shot himself dead with his service rifle in Jammu Kashmir’s Ramban district on April 18. Identified as sepoy Hanuman Choudhary, the deceased was on a sentry duty and was found dead in his Ukhral camp during midnight. While the motive behind such tragic step taken by the sepoy is yet to be ascertained, the police have sent the body for postmortem.
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The Indian army has changed the colour of flags to blue from red on its military convoy vehicles to be more enchanting for the public. Over the walls of Army cantonments, the army has decided to put pictures of young achievers from Kashmir. Moreover, the troops will replace lathis with whistles for stopping vehicles. Reportedly, these measures are adopted to restore normalcy in the region after the abrogation of Article 370.
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Owing to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory, the government has postponed the Darbar move- a century-old practice of biannual shift of governance from Srinagar to Jammu. Moreover, the Lt Governor of J&K announced that the Secretariat will be functional in both Srinagar and Jammu ensuring smooth governance. The decision will eliminate the risk of travel and ensure safety, he added.
Setting an example of India’s unity in diversity culture, Muslims in the J&K's Srinagar participated in religious rituals performed by the Kashmiri Pandits. The pooja was performed at Srinagar's Sheetal Nath Temple in Kral Khud to mark the beginning of Navratri, locally known as 'Navreh'. Reportedly, the Pooja marks the return of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. A local participant said, "Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims are coming together… read-more
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