Koshur Samachar

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Sumeer Chrungoo

June 2021

Zyestha Devi yajnya postha to you, your family members and well-wishers. The Coronavirus has killed..

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Bhawan Calling

14 Jun 2021

We have experienced in the month of May lost so many young community members across India. From the last month it declined slowly. Kashmiri samiti delhi paid rich tributes to all those who lost their lives during the month due to dreaded virous. Kashmiri Samiti Delhi was offered by some community members from global that they wanted to transfer some amount but it was refused by our president Sh Sumeer chrungoo. As and when the help was required by any community member, approached us. The team has in its meeting consented to help the community members who needs it. Admission in kvs and higher technical institutes

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15 Jun 2021

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13 Apr 2021

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15 Mar 2021

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Leaders of Kashmiri Samiti Delhi, of K.P. organisations and welfare associations of the capital and N.C.R. held a discussion on the statement made by Home Minister Amit Shah, in Parliament, on February 13. He was speaking in connection with an amendment act relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

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22 Feb 2021

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20 Jan 2021

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PM’s residential construction plan for common citizens Bhadarwah resident receives Best Award Bed-ridden for the last 15 years, a 65-year-old man from Bhadarwah in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district was among three residents of the Union Territory who recently received the ‘best construction award’ under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

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16 Jan 2021

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PM’s residential construction plan for common citizens Bhadarwah resident receives Best Award Bed-ridden for the last 15 years, a 65-year-old man from Bhadarwah in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district was among three residents of the Union Territory who recently received the ‘best construction award’ under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Abdul Latief Ganai expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said “the scheme came as a blessing in disguise for his family”. Modi and Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri awarded the ‘best construction award’ under PMAY to Ganai through video conferencing on the New Year Day The awardee was joined by Doda Deputy Commissioner Sagar Dattaray Doifode, Bhadarwah Municipal Committee Executive Officer Yusaf-Ul-Umar and other officials at the mini secretariat in Doda. During the video conference, Modi talked about the scheme that started in June 2015 and the number of beneficiaries from poor and middle-class families. Out of the total 88 beneficiaries selected for the best construction award from the country, three belonged to Jammu and Kashmir — one each from Samba, Ramgarh and Bhadarwah. “Due to my prolonged illness, I had to sell everything I had and lived in one room with my wife and two sons but the scheme came as a big relief to my family,” Ganai told PTI. Hailing from ward 10 of Tharra Mohalla locality of Bhadarwah town, Ganai used to work at a small cloth shop but a severe slip disc left him bedridden for 15 years and bankrupt. “The scheme came as a blessing in disguise for my family as today we are living in our own pucca house and also have been awarded for the best construction by the Prime Minister himself,” the villager said. His 24-year-old son, Nadeem Latief, who recently completed his post-graduation in history, also joined his father at Doda during the video conference and felt elated while his father’s name was being announced for the best construction award. “We have seen very difficult times as for years. My brother and I used to spend nights with our cousins or at a friend’s place as we have only one room, but now we have our own roof for which we are thankful to the Prime Minister,” Nadeem said. (Courtesy: Times of India, January 4, 2020) Gaashtarukh viii — KP Idol Talent Hunt Jammu Kashmir Vichar Mancha socio-cultural organisation, has strived hard for the ast 25 years to protect and preserve the Kashmiri culture and language. Towards achieving this, JKVM has been organising cultural programmes, seminars and various competitions to promote the Kashmiri language. In this direction we have been involving and evolving the Kashmiri Pandit youth with their active participation in various such events. Gaashtarukhis a yearly musical event organised for the community youth to create a greater connect with their roots, i.e., Kashmir, its culture and language. This year we successfully organised the Gaashtarukh VIII through virtual platforms for over a period of one month. The children participated in Kashmiri singing, dance and instrumentals in various age groups. All the participants are awarded a medallion and a certificate of participation. The Winner, i.e., the Gaashtrukh, The KP Idol,gets a trophy and a cash prize also. The final list of winners in various categories is: Senior Singing: winner — Ms. Siya Pota, Delhi — Gaashtarukh, The KP Idol Senior Singing: 1st runner up — Ms. Krisha Bhat, Jaipur Senior Singing: 2nd runner up — Ms. Upasana Pandita, Indirapuram Junior Singing: winner— Ms. Geetika Bhat — Bengaluru — Gaashtarukh, The KP Idol Junior Singing: 1st runner up  — Mr. Daksh Bhat — Zirakpur Junior Singing: 2nd runner up — Ms. Lavanaya Koul — Jammu Senior Dancing: winner— Ms. Aarna Ambaradr, Vaishali — Gaashtarukh, The KP Idol Senior Dancing: 1st runner up — Ms. Priya Laxmi Koul, Shalimar Garden Senior Dancing: 2nd runner up— Ms. Sneha Pandita, Faridabad Junior Dancing: winner — Mr. Vihaan Tickoo — Jammu —-Gaashtarukh, The KP Idol Junior Dancing: 1st runner up — Ms. Aneka Jala, Ghaziabad Junior Dancing: 2nd runner up  — Ms. Arshiya Malla, Pune Senior Instrumentals: Winner— Mr. Neal Pandita, vaishali — Gaashtarukh, The KP Idol Junior Instrumentals: Winner— Mr. Sarthak Pandita, Vaishali — Gaashtarukh, The KP Idol The elite panel of judges comprised Sh. Chand Narayan Ji (Master Ji); Sh. Rajinder Kachroo JI; Sh. Dileep Langoo Ji; Smt. Naina Saproo Ji and Smt. Sushma Kalla Ji who judged the singing and instrumental categories; Sh. Aneesh Ji and Smt Himani Jiwho judged the dance category. ThePresident and the General Secretary thanked the participants and their parents for cooperating with the team JKVM for successfully completing the marathon event Gaashtarukh VIII. They also thanked the team of Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch who put in a brilliant and selfless effort to successfully conduct the competitions. UNESCO Award for Srinagar Amar Singh College The Srinagar-based Amar Singh College’s building, built nearly 80 years ago, is one of the seven conservative projects to be recognised with the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The award was announced by a jury, comprising nine international conservation experts, and it was convened from November 20 to 22 to deliberate on the project entries. The deliberations were held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, INTACH’s Jammu and Kashmir chapter said. The Amar Singh College was recognised with the ‘Award of Merit’ in the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, it said. This year, the jury awarded two Special Recognition for Sustainable Development awards, one Award of Excellence, one Award of Distinction, one Award for New Design in Heritage Contexts and three Awards of Merit, the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Jammu and Kashmir chapter said. The INTACH chapter in the Union Territory had carried out the conservation work at the Amar Singh College. “The restoration of the Amar Singh College brought back one of the most prominent institutional buildings in Kashmir to its former glory. Undertaken with a high level of technical proficiency, the project reversed major deterioration resulting from years of inappropriate additions, poor maintenance, and catastrophic events such as the unprecedented flooding in 2014,” the jury said in its comments about the work done one the project. “The project team’s meticulous attention to original building design and materials involved training a new generation of building artisans in brick and stone masonry,” it said. The project serves as a noteworthy model for safeguarding a unique 20th-century architectural asset in the Victorian neighborhood of the old city of Srinagar, the jury said. (Courtesy: Rising Kashmir: PTI MIJ ANB) Snowfall enhanced tourism income in Kashmir Junaid Kathju Srinagar, Dec 20: Despite little promotions by the local travel and tourism fraternity in the ongoing COVID pandemic, the recent snowfall has attracted a good number of travellers to ski resort Gulmarg. As per reports, most of the hotels at the premier ski resort of the country were sold out till the first week of January. Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani said that all the hotels and most of the huts in Gulmarg were fully booked till January 5. “We are happy that tourists have started arriving in Kashmir once again. Gulmarg is our main tourist destination in winter which is abuzz with travellers,” Wani said. Wani said they have already started a plethora of winter sports activities which has created a buzz among the travellers who are keen to visit the ski resort. “Tourists can enjoy many sports activities including skiing, snowboarding, snow cycling, sledging and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) race, snow-tubing, etc.,” he said. In October, Gulmarg Gondola, was also reopened for tourists after remaining closed for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though the ropeway is currently operating only till the first phase, Wani said the second phase of the Gondola too would be made operational soon. “We require a minimum of 2-metre thick snow for the second phase. In the next snowfall, we will make it operational as well,” he saidon December 20,2020. Travel and Hospitality sector is also upbeat over the good tourist footfall. President Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK) Mir Anwar said there are ample number of bookings confirmed.  “Gulmarg hotels are also sold out for this period.” Anwar said early snowfall has played a vital role in tourism revival. “Both the stakeholders and department of tourism have played an important role in the promotion of tourism which is bearing the fruits this time. We are hopeful of a good winter season.” President of Travels Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK),  Farooq Ahmad Kuthoo also said the early snowfall in Gulmarg and Sonmarg has increased tourists’ interest in holidaying in the Valley. “We are getting a lot of queries for the winter season. Most of the hotels are booked in Gulmarg till January,” said Kuthoo. Many travellers had to postpone their visits to Kashmir due to non-availability of the rooms in Gulmarg. A traveller from Kolkata, Vaibhav, had arranged his tour for Kashmir on Christmas. However due to non-availability of rooms at Khyber, he had to postpone his plans to the second week of January. “We are three families, we couldn’t get rooms at Khyber hotel from December 25 onwards till January next week. We had to shift our dates to the next available dates at Khyber,” he said. Secretary-General JK Hoteliers Club Tariq Rashid Ghani said it is almost after a year that tourism has picked up in the Valley. “We have faced a lot of hardships for the past year. Finally, we are doing some business,” Ghani said. “We are hopeful that in summer also, the tourists will continue to visit.”  Tourism is the key sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy and accounts for almost 8 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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19 Nov 2020

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Indian Army celebrates Diwali and Children’s Day with locals in Sopore In continuation with various Military Civic Action Programmes, aimed at “Winning Hearts and Minds” of the Local AWAM, Zalurah COB of Sopore/Watlab Rashtriya Rifles Battalion celebrated the auspicious occasion of Diwali and Children’s Day by distributing sweets and ration to the underprivileged and the destitute of the region. The locals, especially children, were excited to receive sweets and gifts from the soldiers and spread their invaluable smiles to make the surroundings full of love, affection, peace and harmony showering from each delighted face. The gala day culminated on a positive note. The beneficiaries appreciated the goodwill gesture of the forces. They expressed a sense of satisfaction towards normalcy returning in the region. Mehbooba’s U-turn on Tricolour:  ‘Will hold both flags together’ SRINAGAR: Former J&K CM and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, on November 10, did a U-turn on her refusal to hoist the Tricolour, only to ignite a fresh controversy by saying that terrorism had spiked under BJP’s watch because Kashmiri youth would rather pick up the gun than get hauled to jail for voicing dissent. “I have taken oath with my hand on both Jammu and Kashmir’s (erstwhile) constitution and the Constitution of India to protect the sovereignty and integrity of the country. I will hold both flags together,” Mehbooba told reporters at the end of her five-day Jammu outreach. “We are the people, especially those in the Valley, who had held the Tricolour high over the years at the cost of thousands of lives. It is only because of the government’s high-handedness that youth in Kashmir are again taking to the gun,” she said. In her first presser after being released from detention under the Public Safety Act last month, Mehbooba had said that she wouldn’t hoist the national flag until J&K’s special status was restored along with its flag. Courtesy: Times of India, November 11,  2020. PoK Muslims offer pooja at Sharda Peeth Save Sharda Committee Kashmir organized a small puja, during the Navratri festival, at Sharda Peeth in PoK, on October 23. Civil society members, across the LoC, laid flowers and applied sindoor (vermillion) inside the Peeth — for the first time in the last 72 years. The members were led by Mr. Rayees Mohammed, who laid flowers on behalf of Ssharda followers. The civil society, across, laid flowers and made a sindoor swastik on the sanctum sanctorum. It was in November, 2016, that flowers were laid on the Sharda Peeth through the civil society across LoC.  Swami Nand Lal Ji — a Kashmiri saint — was the last to sit on this peeth up to 1948. Swami Ji had to move to Tikker in Kupwara after the tribal raids. Since then, no J&K Hindu has gone there , nor any pilgrimage held. Save Sharda Committee Kashmir is pressing for reopening of Sharda Peeth and has been in touch with the authorities in India, Pakistan and PoK for the purpose.

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14 Oct 2020

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In online essay writing competition Ramakrishna Mission , Srinagar; Zeishtha Devi Prabandakh Committee, Srinagar and Kashmiri Pandit Sabha, Ambphalla jointly organised first-ever Online Essay writing Competition Post 1990 for the children of minorities who are still presently settled in the valley in their homes or Displaced Camps.

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24 Sep 2020

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Kashmiri Samiti Delhi observed “Balidan Diwas”, on September 14, along with all Kashmiri Pandit organisations at Kashmir Bhawan, Amar Conly, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi.

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21 Aug 2020

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21 Aug 2020

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Sheetalnath remembrance sent for Ram Mandir “Raja-Kan”, of the holy land of Shitalnath, Srinagar, has been sent to the Organizing Committee for the “bhumi-pujan”. Shitalnath has been the centre of Hindu society in Kashmir from the historical, social, cultural and political point of view along with being the “karama-bhumi” of forii Pandits. Sharda Peeth soil for Ram Mandir

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16 Jul 2020

Chinese General ordered clash at Galwan, says US intel report

New Delhi, June 24. Reports of senior PLA officer Gen Zhao Zongqi, in charge of China’s western theatre command, approving the assault on Indian troops at Galwan Valley on the night of June 15 has sparked a fresh discussion over the predetermined attack and motives behind the aggressive act.

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16 Jul 2020

Chinese General ordered clash at Galwan, says US intel report

New Delhi, June 24. Reports of senior PLA officer Gen Zhao Zongqi, in charge of China’s western theatre command, approving the assault on Indian troops at Galwan Valley on the night of June 15 has sparked a fresh discussion over the predetermined attack and motives behind the aggressive act.

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23 Jun 2020

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We won’t leave Kashmir’, says family of slain Pandit sarpanch Ajay Pandita alias Bharti, sarpanch of of Lukbawan village who was shot dead by terrorists in Anantnag on Monday, had spoken about threats to his life last December and had demanded security.

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16 Mar 2020

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13 Sep 2019

KPC: Now, Govt. is in a position to solve KPs’ problems

Kashmiri Pandit Conference, at a meeting, on August 22 last, said that the recent decision of the abrogation of Article 370 by Modi Govt. at the Centre, has paved the way for the Central Government to, directly, redress the problems and meet the aspirations of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit community

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13 Sep 2019

BJP organises function to honour migrant Kashmiris

The Chief Guest of the function, BJP M. P. from Delhi, Manoj Tiwari, presented shawls to Kashmiri migrants. He embraced them and offered them sweets.

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13 Sep 2019

Samay Raina wins grand finale of ‘Comicstaan’ Season-2

Samay, the Kashmiri Pandit boy, who grew up in Hyderabad after his parents migrated from the Valley in the 90s, was the youngest contestant on the show. The 21-year-old performed exceptionally well in the finale and got the highest live audience score

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16 Aug 2019

Shree Pushkara Swami Sewa Ashram condoles the demise of Sh Ashwani Kalla

Shree Pushkara Swami Sewa Ashram Najafgarh, New Delhi and Chinore, Bantalab, Jammu, condoles the demise of Sh Ashwani Kalla, son of Shri Ashok Kumar Kalla, one of the trustees of the Ashram.

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16 Aug 2019

JKVM welcomes changes sought about J&K !

The Jammu Kashmir Vichar Manch has welcomed the landmark, momentous and unprecedented move by the Government to revoke Article 370 and bifurcate the State and converting the state of J&K into Union Territory. This is a historical moment to rejoice for all Indians in general and Kashmiri Pandits in particular.

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16 Aug 2019

Pak Shivala temple opens after a gap of 72 years -Save Sharda Committee hails decision

The Shivala Temple in the Kashmiri Mohalla of Sialkot, Pakistan, has reopened after a lapse of 72 years. It opened after the Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan took a decision to that effect. According to the current indications, Pakistani Hindus, from various provinces, will be allowed to make pilgrimage to the temple. In the next phase, Kashmiri Hindus, also, will be allowed to visit. Save Sharda Committee Kashmir has welcomed the decision. In a letter addressed to Mr. Imran Khan, the Committee demanded that Sharda Peeth, across LoC, also, be reopened for J&K Hindus immediately.

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16 Aug 2019

London seminar on Sharda civilization

“Sharda Civilization: A Cultural and Historic Perspective” was the topic of the seminar held in London, on July 20 last, at the William Barry Theatre, West London University. It was organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC, U.K).

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