A CCTV footage shows the explosion in the truck, which was intercepted by security forces near Ban Toll Plaza in J-K's Nagrota where four terrorists were killed by the security forces on November 19. The driver of the truck managed to escape. Four terrorists were gunned down and two police constables sustained injuries in the encounter at Ban Toll Plaza in Jammu today.
At least four terrorists have been gunned down and one police constable sustained injuries in the encounter at Ban Toll Plaza in Jammu. The encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces on the morning of November 19. The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was shut in view of the encounter. Security has also been tightened in the area. Further details are awaited.
Saplings are selling like hot cakes as harsh winter nears in Jammu and Kashmir. Autumn is considered best time to sow the flower saplings for next season in the valley. Saplings are being sold at reasonable prices by Department of Floriculture at Plant Introduction Section Srinagar. Gardening enthusiasts prefer visiting the section to ensure getting high quality saplings. Section is abuzz and employees are busy to cater to demands of customers. Autumn season offers suitable sowing conditions for better results.
Om Mahajan, a resident of Nashik, has covered the distance between Kashmir and Kanyakumari by cycling for 3600 kilometres in record 8 days 7 hours and 38 minutes. The Nashik boy was met with roaring welcome upon his return, with many calling him 'Nashik ka Bhai'. Interestingly, Om Mahajan has brought the title home again as his uncle had also completed the vertical journey in record time, but then was later beaten by Colonel Bharat Pannu. "My uncle's record was broken by Colonel Bharat Pannu sahab. Now I have brought the title home again by doing it in 8 days 7 hours and 38 minutes," he told ANI.
The tour operators in Kashmir are gearing up to begin campaigning for winter tourism. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, tourism industry in JandK took a temporary hit. Hence the Tourism Department of JandK has taken the initiative to bring back the sector on track. Tour operators under JandK's Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum (PILTOF) in collaboration with department of tourism restarted the activities to attract visitors.
Tour and travel operators from Maharashtra have initiated an "Unlock Kashmir Tourism Campaign" with support from the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department. Around 70 members of travel operators, writers and journalists from Mumbai visited Kashmir. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, tourism industry in JandK took a temporary hit. Hence the Tourism Department of JandK supported the initiative to invite renowned tour operators and writers from Mumbai as an innovative method to promote the derailed tourism sector in the valley.
International karate champion Syeda Falak has decided to serve the people through politics. Falak has joined the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party. Syeda has been into social activities for the last two years and by raising her voice against injustice. "I have been into social activities since two years, raising my voice against the injustices done across India. I can see how the situation of the country is now. It is time for a change in Indian Politics. Minorities be it Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis and other marginalised communities, they should not be slaves to so called secular parties. They should have their own voice. I want to serve the people and work for the society hence, I decided to join politics," she said. Talking about her past life and achievements, Syeda said, "I started learning Karate at the age of 12. Now it's been 13 to 14 years for my Karate career. I have represented India at many International championships, a winner of 20 National level Karate championships and 22 International level Karate championships and first from Telangana to qualify for World and Asian Karate Championships as well as first from Telangana to win the senior National title. I have also represented India at many world Karate Premium Leagues."
Madhya Pradesh Assembly Protem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma on November 17 said that government is discussing on a provision that woman from ST/SC community wouldn't be entitled to the benefits of ST/SC if she married to a Muslim or Christian man after being converted. "We are also discussing a provision wherein if any woman from ST/SC community is married to a Muslim or Christian man after being converted. Then she wouldn't be entitled to the benefits of ST/SC," said Sharma.
Having mutual tolerance and regards for each other's beliefs is the characteristic of Indian society. Keeping it alive are a few Muslim families in the Aligarh city of Uttar Pradesh who light up the evening of their Hindu brothers by making beautiful clay lamps. Today let's take you to meet one such Muslim family who has been doing this work for years now.
Sikh organisations staged a protest march under the aegis of Sri Akal Takht Sahib in Amritsar on November 07. The march was headed to the Golden Temple, over their demand for FIRs against Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) employees regarding 328 missing holy 'saroops' of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) condemned Pakistan's move to hand over Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur's management to a non-Sikh body. DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa said, "It's unfortunate that Pakistan cabinet has handed over Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur's management to an ISI organisation ETPB from Pakistan Gurdwara Committee, which is a Sikh organisation. A non-Sikh body will control historic Gurdwara. This is very shameful act. Pakistan has been doing such heinous attacks continuously but we will not tolerate this act at all. We'll ask Foreign Ministry today to take up this matter as soon as possible. DSGMC and SAD condemn this act." Pakistan government took away rights of management of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur from Pakistan Gurdwara Committee and handed it over to Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).
On the occasion of 'Parkash Purab' of Guru Ramdas, Golden Temple was illuminated in Punjab's Amritsar on November 02. Larger number of devotees offered their prayers. The Sikh community across the world is celebrating the occasion. Guru Ramdas is the fourth of the ten Gurus of Sikhism.
Trinamool Congress’ Lok Sabha MP Nusrat Jahan has spoken on the ‘Love-Jihad’ law that has been proposed by some BJP ruled states. ‘Love is personal. Love and jihad can't go hand in hand. Who I love is personal and no one can have a say in that,’ The TMC MP said. Jahan, who has faced the ire of hardliners for wearing vermillion on her head, practising customs of a Hindu married woman, said that people need to stop using religion as a political tool. She added that some parties rake up such issues during elections and reminded them that India is a democracy and what you eat, who you marry are personal choices. Jahan also said that in West Bengal under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, there is no discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, gender or religion and such the youth are not interested in such issues. This comes as some BJP ruled states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam & Haryana are mulling an anti ‘Love Jihad’ law. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Indian-Americans celebrated Chhath Puja to worship the Sun God at various places in the US. People gathered in small numbers due to Covid pandemic at various water bodies. Devotees performed Chhath puja rituals at Lake Manalapan in New Jersey. The annual festival was organised by Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America. The event was attended by Consul General of India (New York) Randhir Jaiswal and his deputy. Hundreds of Indian-American devotees watched celebrations live on Zoom and other social media. The four-day puja see rituals known as Prathihar, Dala Chhath, Chhathi, Surya Shashthi. Chhath Puja is celebrated on the sixth day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar.
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Union minister Giriraj Singh commented on the issue of 'love jihad' and the plans of many states to formulate laws against it. 'Love jihad' is a conspiracy to convert Hindu women, alleged by some Hindutva organisations. Singh said that 'love jihad' is a cancer for communal harmony and the newly formed government in Bihar should make a law to penalise it. Bharatiya Janata Party governments in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka have already announced their intention to punish 'love jihad'. Watch the full video for more.
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Farmers in Punjab's Amritsar continued their protest against the new farm laws, saying that they will not allow the passenger trains to run, even as Western Railway (WR) announced to restore the services of 11 trains, which were either cancelled, short-terminated or short-originated, on Monday. The Western Railway (WR) on Monday said it restored 11 trains, which were either cancelled, short-terminated or short-originated, due to the farmers' agitation in Punjab. On Monday night, the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee members blocked railway tracks in Amritsar's Jandiala Guru to protest against the recently enacted farm laws. The developments come even as Indian Railways is preparing to resume passenger train services in Punjab while following COVID-19 protocols from Wednesday. The Indian Railways on Sunday decided to restore train services in Punjab, starting with the trial run of freight trains on Monday to observe safety and security on the tracks. Punjab farmers are observing 'rail-roko' protest against three agriculture laws.
Bollywood actor cum 'social worker' Sonu Sood was snapped in Mumbai's Juhu. Sonu Sood has been making to headlines for his generous work amid COVID. Recently, the actor was appointed as Punjab's state icon by the Election Commission of India.
DRI, Delhi Police intercepted 2 trucks carrying smuggled gold into India through Indo-Myanmar border. Police seized 400 gold bars weighing 66.4 kgs valued at Rs 35 crore. The gold was concealed in fuel tanks of trucks and was destined for Punjab. 5 persons were apprehended.