SATYA PAL

J&K SITUATION: GOVERNOR MALIK CALLS FOR ALERTNESS, REVIEWS SECURITY SCENARIO

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: While reviewing the law and order situation and preparedness of the government machinery, the governor emphasised the need for constant alertness, preparedness and synergy among various departments and agencies to enable dealing with emerging situation in a coordinated and effective manner, the spokesman said.

Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the security situation in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, and called for constant alertness to ensure peace and normalcy.

Malik, in a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan, reviewed to-date status of security and law and order scenario in J&K and Ladakh, a Raj Bhavan spokesman said.

Advisors to the governor K Vijay Kumar, K K Sharma, K Skandan and Farooq Khan, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Financial Commissioner to Governor UmangNarula participated in the meeting.

KASHMIR

DAY 19: RESTRICTIONS RETURN IN KASHMIR VALLEY

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: Authorities have re-imposed curfew like restrictions in most parts of Srinagar city along with other major districts of Kashmir Valley. Sources said that the step has been taken as “Defensive Measure” to prevent protests after Friday congregational prayers across the region and particularly speculation about possible peoples march to United Nations Military Observation Group (UNMOG) here in Srinagar.

Region’s well-known clock tower situated in City Centre Lal Chowk has been completely enveloped by the police and paramilitary forces and barricades have been put in place in order to restrict public movement. Old City of Srinagar city popularly known as Downtown has been sealed by security forces and Jamia Masjid, the Chief Mosque of the city has been lockdown. Sources added that no Friday prayers will be allowed there.

Meanwhile, Life across Kashmir valley remains crippled for the 19th consecutive day today as shops and other business establishments’ remains closed.

Appositely, partially the landline services have been restored in Kashmir, however large section of people alleges that there landline services are yet to be restored. Mobile Phones, a Broadband and Mobile Internet service remains off-track for 19th day today.

In the interim, the state remains under lockdown since 05th of August when Union Government announced abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of state into two separate Union territories. Jammu and Kashmir will be the UT with legislature while as Ladakh province will not have legislature. Post this big decision Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that UT status for J&K in temporary in nature while as it will remain permanent in Ladakh region.

He further stated that once the normalcy returns full statehood will be given back to the state. Suitably, more than 600 mainstream political leaders as well as separatists have been either detained or arrested. Among them prominent names and Three times J&K Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah who is also a Member of Lok Sabha, Former CM’s Omar Abdullah & Mehbooba Mufti along with other elected representatives of various political parties.

SC

SC AGREES TO HEAR PLEA CHALLENGING VALIDITY OF TRIPLE TALAQ

ANM News Desk:  The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to examine the plea challenging the validity of law which makes Triple Talaq among Muslims punishable offence.

DEAD

TEMPLE WALL COLLAPSES IN KOLKATA: 4 KILLED

ANM News Desk:  Four people were killed while several others were injured after a wall collapsed at a Loknath temple in Kolkata where people gathered to celebrate Janmashtami.

KAPIL SIBAL

ECONOMY IS IN ICU & GOVERNMENT HAS ISSUED A ‘LOOK OUT NOTICE’ FOR ALL THOSE DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES: KAPIL SIBAL

ANM News Desk:  Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday took a dig at the Centre, stating that the “economy is in ICU” and the Modi dispensation has issued a “look out notice” for all those defending civil liberties.

DILIP MAMATA

BJP TO INITIATE OUTREACH PROGRAMME ‘CHA CHAKRA’ COUNTERING MAMATA’S ‘DIDI KE BOLO’

ANM News Desk:  In a bid to counter TMC’s “Didi Ke Bolo” (Tell Didi) mass outreach programme, the West Bengal BJP unit is all set to launch “Cha Chakra” – get together over a cup of tea- to reach out to the people and spread party’s message with an eye on the next Assembly polls.

CHIDAMBARAM

P. CHIDAMBARAM TO FACE INDRANI MUKERJEA IN MUMBAI JAIL

ANM News Desk: Former finance minister P. Chidambaram, arrested in the INX Media case by the CBI on Wednesday, is likely to be taken to Byculla Jail in Mumbai for a face-to-face confrontation with Indrani Mukerjea, who is also facing charges of murdering her daughter Sheena Bora.

FORT WILLIAM

ARMY TO OPEN HISTORIC FORT WILLIAM TO PUBLIC FOR GUIDED TOURS

Avijit Nandi Majumdar, Editor-in-Chief: It’s official now: The historic and majestic Fort William, a place of many a British secret and hidden tunnels and hundred year old edifices will now be open to guided public tour. Speaking exclusively to ANM News, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt. Gen MM Naravane said the Indian Army has decided to open the gates of historic Fort William to school children and public. “There will be a guided tour and modalities are being worked out,” he mentioned. Chief of Staff Eastern Command, Lt Gen RP Kalita told ANM News that Indian Army is now in the process of identifying guides and formulate timings and other modalities. Spelling out details, Lt Gen Kalita mentioned that those who are interested can get in touch with Eastern Command either over phone or email. “We will shortly come up with more details,” he added.

ANM News traced back the history and found that there are two Fort Williams. The original fort was built in the year 1696 by the Brithish East India Company under the orders of Sir John Goldsborough. The Fort was built in a decade. Sir Charles Eyre started construction near the bank of the Hoogly River with the South-East Bastion.  It was named after King William III in 1700. John Beard, Eyre’s successor, added the North-East Bastion in 1701, and in 1702 started the construction of the Government House  at the centre of the fort. Construction ended in 1706. The original building had two stories and projecting wings. In 1756, the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj Ud Daulah, attacked the Fort, temporarily conquered the city, and changed its name to Alinagar. This led the British to build a new fort in the Maidan.

Robert Clive started rebuilding the fort in 1758, after the Battle of Plassey (1757); construction was completed in 1781 at a cost of approximately two million pounds. The area around the Fort was cleared, and the Maidan became “the Lungs of Kolkata”. It stretches for around 3 km in the north-south direction and is around 1 km wide.

DOPE

HUGE BLOW FOR NDTL: WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY SUSPENDS ACCREDITATION FOR 6 MONTHS PRIOR OLYMPICS

ANM News Desk: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended National Dope Testing Laboratory’s (NDTL) accreditation for 6 months in what could be a massive blow to anti-doping movement in the country with less than a year left for Tokyo Olympics.

KRISHNA

DEVOTEES ACROSS THE GLOBE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF LORD KRISHNA

ANM News Desk: Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. Believed to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is was said to be born on the eighth day (ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapad. This year, the festival of Janmashtami will be observed on August 24 (midnight).

The festival is celebrated with great fervour in Mathura (which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna).

Netizens also took to Twitter and Facebook spreading the joy and wishes of the festival celebrating one of the most significant Gods in the Bhagvad Gita.