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Boycotting 2018 panchayat polls ‘a huge mistake’, says Farooq Abdullah

Srinagar:

National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Monday said boycotting the panchayat polls in 2018 was “a huge mistake” and the party must contest every future election in Jammu and Kashmir.
Abdullah also warned the government and the security forces not to interfere in any election process.

“I want to tell the party that boycotting the panchayat elections (in 2018) was a huge mistake. Remember this, we will not boycott any coming election. Instead (we will) contest and win them,” Abdullah said while addressing the party’s delegate session where he was re-elected unopposed as National Conference (NC) president.
Referring to his son Omar Abdullah’s announcement that he would not contest elections as long as Jammu and Kashmir remained a Union Territory, the senior Abdullah said, “As party president, I am telling you (Omar Abdullah) that you have to contest the election.”
“Because if we have to fight them then we all have to jump into the fray and contest elections,” he added.

The former Union minister said the BJP “will do anything, even make attempts to buy your loyalties, but God will fail all their designs”.
Abdullah also warned the security forces and the government not to interfere in the elections in Jammu and Kashmir and said “let people decide who to vote for”.
“Otherwise there will be such a storm which you will not be able to control,” he said.
Abdullah also threatened to launch an agitation in case such a thing occurred.
“We will be ready to sacrifice our lives. Farooq Abdullah will be the first to start an agitation over it,” he said.

J-K plans to set up incubator for cybersecurity-related startups

Jammu:

Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to set up a dedicated incubator for cybersecurity-related startups to promote local industries.

Under its recently launched Cyber Security Policy, the administration will also outsource relevant research and development projects to the corporate sector.

It is also mulling to provide special fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to cybersecurity firms operating in the union territory (UT) according to the prevailing government policies.

17 injured as bus turns turtle in Rajouri

Jammu:

At least 17 persons, who were part of a marriage ceremony, were injured in a road accident in Rajouri district on Monday morning.
An official said that the accident took place when a bus, carrying “Baraatis” turned turtle near Tarkundi LoC road.

He said at least 17 persons were injured in the accident and they were immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital.
The official added condition of five of the injured persons is stated to be serious.

Dr Farooq Abdullah re-elected NC president

Srinagar:

Dr Farooq Abdullah re-elected NC president

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock to begin 2-day visit on Dec 5

New Delhi:

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will be on a two-day visit to India beginning December 5 as the two countries look to strengthen cooperation, the Ministry of External Affairs said Thursday.

Baerbock will Monday hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said.

German Ambassador to India Philipp Ackermann called on Jaishankar on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Germany announced that it had finalised 22 projects totalling €1 billion to support transition to renewable energy in India.
The funding, including 10 per cent grants and 90 per cent in the form of lines of credit, will support India’s efforts in the fields of renewable energy, sustainable urban development in smart cities and sustainable use of natural resources, German Ambassador Ackermann said.

India and Germany celebrated 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations last year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Germany twice this year.

Pakistan’s former premier Imran Khan accuses Gen Bajwa of playing ‘double game’ against his govt

Islamabad:

Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Imran Khan has accused former army chief Gen (retd.) Qamar Javed Bajwa of playing “double game” against his government and said that he committed a “big mistake” by extending the tenure of then military chief in 2019.

Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, made the comments during an interview with a local TV channel on Saturday where he also regretted that he put his trust in the then army chief Gen (retd.) Bajwa.

“I would believe in everything General Bajwa would tell me because our interests were the same… that we had to save the country,” said 70-year-old Khan, who was ousted from power through a no-confidence motion in April this year.

Sacrifices of Sikh community can’t be forgotten: Azad

Jammu:

Democratic Azad Party chairman and former J&K Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad lauded the contribution of Sikh community for their humanitarian efforts and fighting the enemy whenever needed to protect the country.

Azad met a delegation of Sikh community in Jammu and said that the harmony prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir is its real strength. He said whenever there were crisis on borders and enemies tried to attack our country, the Sikh community was first to respond.

“Sikh community has an inseparable bond with the country and they always paid sacrifices to secure the national interests. They paid with their lives and upheld the national interests,” he said.

Azad said that the community has also been on forefront to meet the humanitarian needs whenever and whichever community was in crisis.

“Whether it was the COVID 19 situation, earth quake in Kashmir, 2014 floods or the Ukraine- Russia war, Sikhs were first to respond with the humanitarian aid for the desperate people. Such gesture from a small community for the larger humanity can’t forgotten and will be written with golden words in the human history,” Azad said.

He said the country remember many heroes from the community who laid their lives for the cause of humanity.

Meanwhile, the representatives of the community told Azad that the present regime have no representation from Sikh community. They said that they feel left out and dejected due to step-brotherly treatment by the Government. They demanded the proper representation in the Minority Commission and the Public Service Commission besides at other powerful and influential forums.

Azad, assured the community that if his party (DAP) comes to power, Sikhs will be inalienable part of it. “If we come to power after elections, we can’t think running it without your proper representation. Our main agenda is inclusive Government representing every community of Jammu and Kashmir,” he assured.

The delegation reposed faith on Azad and his party and assured him that they will stand with him in the elections whenever they take place.
Meanwhile many joined the DAP which includes RK Bhatt, additional secretary retired and others.

Among those who were present in the meeting included former minister RS Chib, Ex- MLA Balwan Singh, Ex- MLC Naresh Gupta, Vickey Mahajan, Vinod Mishra, Salman Nizami, Kirtan Singh, Gurmeent Kaur, Gaurav Chopra and others.

‘Kashmir Files’ best cinematic expression of Kashmir pain: Chugh

BJP national general secretary, Tarun Chugh, who is the party incharge of J&K, on Sunday described the movie Kashmir Files as a historic cinematic expression and lambasted the International Film Festival jury for passing negative remarks about it.

In a statement, Chugh said those who termed Kashmir Files movie as vulgar are are suffering from mental frustration.

“It was real and tragic too which happened with our Kashmiri Pandit brethren. Those who termed the movie as vulgar are suffering from mental frustration”, Chugh said while speaking to the media.

He said entire world came to know about this tragic and heart wrenching incident after 32 years. He also said that truth cannot be concealed.

“Be it genocide carried out by Hitler against Jews; genocide of Sikhs in India by Congress or genocide of KPs in Kashmir by Pakistan, truth cannot be concealed for long. It has to be exposed”, Chugh said.

He added those comments on the judgement passed by Israeli native judge are “sick”and “ill minded”.

“BJP is a patriotic party and works for the betterment of poor people. Sab Ka Sath Sab Ka Vikas is our agenda and we will make the country to prosper with the helf of this agenda”, Chugh added.

Polling underway for re-poll in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar:

Polling was underway on Monday in two district development council (DDC) constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir where a re-poll was ordered by election authorities due to disputed qualification of candidates, officials said.
The polling for the DDC seats of Hajin-A in Bandipora and Drugmulla in Kupwara started this morning.
The State Election Commissioner has appealed voters to come out and cast their votes without any fear and strengthen the democratic process by participating in large numbers, the officials said.

A mock poll was also conducted at all polling stations before the actual start to ensure free and transparent polling, they added.
The DDC elections took place in Jammu and Kashmir in December 2020. However, the counting of votes was withheld in these two seats due to the disputed qualification of two candidates.

Later, the state election commission declared the polling to these constituencies as void, cancelling the candidature of Soomia Sadaf and Shazia Aslam, citing wrong information about the place of birth by the PoK-origin candidates.

Terrorist hideout busted in J&K’s Kishtwar

Jammu:

Security forces on Sunday busted a terrorist hideout in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district and recovered ammunition and explosive material, a defence spokesman said.

The hideout was discovered during a joint search operation by the Army and the police in the remote Sarkundu-Navapachi area of Marwah, he said.

Two hand grenades, one detonator, one safety fuse, two magazines of AK assault rifle with109 rounds, 56 rounds of General Purpose Machine Gun and one magazine of .303 rifle with 27 rounds were recovered from the hideout, he said.

“This recovery of warlike stores from sensitive area has delivered a decisive blow to the nefarious designs of terrorists attempting to reorganise themselves. It has reiterated the total domination of security forces in the Kishtwar district and also showcased the close coordination between Army and police,” the spokesman said.

An official said no one was arrested during the operation.