Briefing September 11-17, 2022

JAMMU

Dr Chander Shekhar Chandra (SC), a Muradabad resident who committed suicide on September 7, 2022, in Jammu University’s Psychology Department, days before he would take over as its head on September 30.

Seemingly, it was the real-life copy of one of Pakistan’s famous TV serials, Dunk (Sting) which tells the story of a university professor who committed suicide after one of her students accused him of misconduct. Dr Chander Shekhar Chandra was teaching psychology at the University of Jammu. A resident of Meerut, he was founded hanging in his own flat. An associate professor, killed himself within a day after his services were placed under suspension on the allegations of a sexual harassment charge. He was supposed to take over the leadership of his department by the month end. The university said it had constituted a committee on basis of the allegation of molestation and its report found the allegations to be true. Interestingly, the report was complated within five days including two holidays. It was on basis of this report that his services were placed under suspension. He allegedly hanged himself within minutes after being told of the decision. Now many organisations working for the rights of SCs and STs are demanding a CBI probe. Jammu Kashmir Police have constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the case as explosive revelations have been made by people.

Jammu and Kashmir Social Welfare Department has identified 686 children living in street situations.

LADAKH

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visits Army hospital, in Ladakh on July 03, 2020. He interacted with the soldiers who were injured in the June 15 clash with Chinese army in Galwan valley. A PIB Photo

In the first major indication that the Sino-Indian border tensions in Ladakh may be heading towards a resolution, the two sides have agreed to disengage from the Gogra-Hot Springs (Point15) area. After the two sides reached a consensus on September 8, in the 16th round of local commander-level talks, a Chinese spokesman said the PLA has begun disengaging from the Jianan Daban area. “This is (the) outcome of multiple rounds of talks in a period of time between the two sides’ military and diplomatic establishments at various levels, and is conducive to peace and stability,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Mao Ning, told reporters in Beijing. “We do not accept the [April 2020] status quo. This doesn’t mean we do not value the peace and stability there. I should say both sides have always been in contact on this issue.”

The disengagement of troops came a week ahead of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan which is expected to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In Delhi, MEA spokesman, Arindam Bagchi said that the two sides have agreed that all temporary structures and other allied infrastructure created in the area by both sides will be dismantled and mutually verified. “The landforms in the area will be restored to the pre-standoff period by both sides,” he said. “The two sides have agreed to cease forward deployments in this area in a phased, coordinated and verified manner, resulting in the return of the troops of both sides to their respective areas.” The implementation of the agreement, Bagchi said started on September 8 and will be completed by September 12.

Against 473 crime cases against children in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, the numbers have surged to 470 in 2019, 606 in 2020 and 845 in 2021 – a jump of 39.4 per cent. Kidnapping and abduction of children is the main crime. There were 1137 such cases in 2018, 961 in 2019 and 2020 and in 2021 the numbers have gone up to 1013.

DHAKA

Khusboo Manzoor daughter of Manzoor Ahmad of Katoo village of Bijbehara

Yet another medical student in Bangladesh is dead. Unlike all earlier cases, Khushboo, 22, is reported to have had a fall in her hostel and died in the hospital ICU. She had suffered multiple fractures, spinal cord compression, haemothorax, left kidney crush, pelvic and femur fractures besides shoulder dislocation. Enrolled at Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College, she was a resident of Bejbehara and the only girl child of her parents.

Jammu and Kashmir collected Rs 3002.26 crores of tax for the five months of the current fiscal ending August 2022.  The collections were Rs 2559.04 crore in the same period in the last fiscal.

BISHNAH

A young dancer died on stage while performing on a devotional song. Reports said that Yogesh Gupta, 20, was dressed as Goddess Parvati and was performing a devotional song, sung by a devotional singer. The performance was linked to Ganesh Puja dancing-cum-musical opera at a night Jagran in Kotha Sonia hamlet of Bishnah. Locally known as Tanshu son Kuldeep Gupta, he was a resident Bhor area in Satwari, Jammu.

The video shows the young man suddenly sitting down on his knees while performing. He then laid down on the stage. He is seen making attempts to get up by pushing his arms and legs. People watching him perform felt his sitting down and laying was part of the script and performance. However, when many minutes passed by and he still did not move and the song was going on, a fellow performer dressed up as Lord Shiva went to check up on him. It was at this stage that the audience knew that he was no more. Though efforts were made to revive him, everything failed.

The government has identified 181 villages having picturesque beauty and cultural significance for transformation into tourist destinations.

KARGIL

Choskyong Palga Rinpoche, the monk who was about to set Ladakh afire by his march to Kargil for laying foundation of a monastery. The idea was abandoned after Home Minister, Amit Shah intervened a day ahead of monk’s entry into Kargil on June 14, 2022.

After almost half a decade of tensions, Ladakh has settled a controversy over the construction of a gompa in Kargil. Kargil council will give two kanals of land at Kurbathang (new town area) to the Ladakh Buddhist Association for the construction of a gompa. The issue was about to become a crisis in June when an influential Buddhist monk left Leh on foot with his followers to lay the foundation stone of a monastery. Authorities thought the monk’s march will create communal tensions and the highest level of intervention led to the halt in his march. The controversy owes its genesis to a 1961 modification in a 1961 government order permitting the construction of commercial or residential structures at a site in old Kargil town where the makeshift gompa existed.

Under Aao School Chalein Campaign 14.5% increase in enrolment was recorded in 2021-22 as 1,65,000 students were enrolled in various schools.

JAMMU

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha charing Administrative Council meeting at Srinagar on September 8,2022

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha has said that Jammu should stop talking about discrimination as both divisions are being fairly developed. He suggested Jammu to come out of the “discrimination mindset”. Sinha said: “I very politely urge the people to come out of this phobia. Earlier, a mindset was developed that there was discrimination with the Jammu region. Whenever there was a function this issue was raised. Now here is an administration and the Indian Government, which believes in Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas. There is no scope left for discrimination.” He added: “Entire Jammu and Kashmir is part of India. In fact, it is a united J&K which is part of the country. Those who raise the bogey (of discrimination) are trying to fail the plans of Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and the Government of India which want complete UT’s integration with Centre.”

Kashmir attracted 2 million tourists, including 3.65 lakh Amarnath yatris, and 10500 foreigners so far.

AMARNATH

LG Manoj Sinha in Pahalgam interacting with the Amarnath bound pilgrims on July 10, 2022. The yatra has been stopped because of the ongoing rescue operation near the cave where flash floods triggered a devastating crisis on July 8, 2022.

The administration in Jammu and Kashmir has handed over the twin routes to the Amarnath cave shrine in highly ecological-sensitive locations in south and central Kashmir to the Border Roads Organizations (BRO) for maintenance. The twin tracks are Chandanwari- Sheshnag-Panchtarni- Holy Cave and the Baltal-Holy Cave. The Government has also approved the transfer of Ranga to Baltal road including Nilgrath to Y-Junction to the BRO.

More than 140 detainees – mostly militants from Kashmir and Pakistan – were shifted from Jammu jails to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and New Delhi.

JAMMU

Joginder Pal lost both his legs in an accident and his labourer father managed his studies. After his master’s, he cracked the FAA test and is now in protest because the government may bin the selection. KL Image: Special Arrangement.

With three selection lists cancelled, the investigations by CBI into the frauds are in progress. The latest information is that the question papers were leaked at more places simultaneously. Preliminary investigations suggest that beneficiaries of the leakage of police Sub Inspectors exam were mostly confined to Jammu’s Akhnoor belt, unlike FAAs and JE Civil question papers that were leaked at multiple places in Jammu. SSB officials have leaked all three sets of papers. They had links with Bangaluru-based company, Merit Trac, which was assigned the responsibility of conducting the exams.

Incidents of cognisable crimes involving juveniles in conflict with the law in Jammu and Kashmir have almost doubled in 2021. There were 323 such cases in 2021 and 171 in 2020. The 2021 cases include six cases of murder, two of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, three cases of causing death by negligence, nine rape cases and one unnatural offence. In 2021, 408 juveniles were apprehended and 433 cases involving juveniles were pending disposal. As many as 118 juveniles were sent to their homes after advice, 21 were imprisoned, 108 acquitted or discharged, 27 others were sent to special homes and three dealt with fines, while 156 cases were quashed by the court.

MANALI

Adil teli, a Budgam cyclist who holds the record for K2K, a rare feat he achieved in March 2021.

Adil Teli, the Kashmir cyclist who holds Guinness World Record for reaching Kanyakumari from Kashmir in 139 hours and 39 minutes is readying for another record. He wants to cycle the high-altitude distance between Leh and Manali. To ensure, he manages to break the record, Adil has been cycling in Leh for three fortnights now. In order to break the record, Adil will have to cover this distance in less than 34 hours and 54 minutes. A resident of Narbal in Srinagar, he was flagged off by Tourism Department from TRC. In 2019, Teli completed Srinagar to Leh, a distance of 440 km, in 26 hours and 30 minutes.

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