Parliament approves Rs 1.42 lakh crore budget for J&K

Parliament of India on Wednesday approved the Rs 1.42-lakh-crore budget for the Union Territory of its administered Jammu and Kashmir for 2022-23, with Rajya Sabha returning the relevant bills to the Lok Sabha.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bills on March 14.

The upper House returned the bills — The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill, 2022, and The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2022.

Asia’s largest Tulip Garden in Srinagar thrown open for visitors

Asia’s largest Tulip Garden on the foothills of Zabarwan hills in Srinagar was thrown open to a rush of visitors on Wednesday.

The garden was thrown open for the public by Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta while Director Floriculture, Director Health, Deputy Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation, and other officials were also present on the occasion.

News agency KNT quoted Chief Secretary saying that there was a lot of scope for tourism in J&K and that the government expected more and more visitors will visit the garden.

Madhya Pradesh IAS Officer Gets Notice Over Tweets On ‘The Kashmir Files’

The Madhya Pradesh government will issue a notice to IAS officer Niyaz Khan, who had posted controversial tweets on the recently released movie “The Kashmir Files”, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said on Wednesday.

In one of the tweets, Mr Khan, who is deputy secretary with the MP Public Works Department, had last week urged makers of “The Kashmir Files” to also make a film on the “killings of large number of Muslims across several states” in India, and said members of this minority community are “not insects, but citizens of the country”.

Russia could use nuclear weapons if existence threatened: Kremlin

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said in an interview that Russia would only use nuclear weapons if its very existence were threatened.

Peskov’s comment came as CNN interviewer Christiane Amanpour pushed him on whether he was “convinced or confident” that President Vladimir Putin would not use the nuclear option in the Ukrainian context.

J&K ready to strengthen economic partnership with UAE: LG Sinha

Lieutenant Governor of Indian Administered Jammu and Kashmir (IAJK) Manoj Sinha on Tuesday addressed the Gulf Countries’ Investment Summit at SKICC, Srinagar which is aimed at providing a platform for the foreign business delegates to explore a host of investment opportunities in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor highlighted the scope for IAJK and GCC companies’ economic cooperation to make IAJK UT, paradise on earth, as the most beautiful investment destination in the world.

At least 11 workers charred to death in Hyderabad warehouse fire

At least 11 workers were charred to death after a fire broke out at an iron and plastic scrap warehouse at Bhoiguda in Hyderabad on Wednesday, police said. The bodies recovered so far are believed to be of migr laborers from Bihar.

Fuel Prices Rise By 80 Paise For Second Consecutive Day in india

Sri Lanka deploys troops as fuel shortage sparks protests

Sri Lanka has ordered its military to post soldiers at hundreds of petrol stations to help distribute fuel after a sudden rise in prices of key commodities and the accompanying shortages forced tens of thousands of people to queue for hours.

The Indian Ocean island nation is battling a foreign exchange crisis that forced the devaluation of its currency and hit payments for essential imports such as food, medicine and fuel, prompting the government to approach the International Monetary Fund.

Ukraine war revealed global hypocrisy, Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu tells OIC

The war in Ukraine has revealed the international community’s double standards, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Tuesday.

While addressing the 48th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Foreign Ministers’ Conference in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, Çavuşoğlu said: “We heard those saying ‘This is not the Middle East, this is not Afghanistan. Why is blood spilled?’ For us, the blood spilled in Kharkiv and the blood spilled in Aleppo are equal.”

Saudi Arabia welcomes ‘positive points’ in Lebanese PM statement

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has said it welcomed the “positive points” in a statement by Lebanon’s prime minister, in a sign that Beirut’s tensions with Gulf Arab countries are easing.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati stressed in a statement on Monday the need to stop all Lebanon-originated activities that affect the security and stability of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries.

Israel’s Bennett, Egypt’s Sisi and UAE’s MBZ discuss Iran, joint defense strategy

Prime Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed held a joint meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt to discuss cooperation on defense, energy and other issues on Tuesday.

The leaders discussed a joint defense strategy in dealing with the Iranian, both nuclear and attacks by its proxies in the Middle East.

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