Top-trending news of 2017 in J&K

A look back at the newsmakers and events that made headlines in 2017; let's hope that 2018 brings stability and peace in the strife-torn valley.

New entrant in politics: Tassaduq Mufti

Tassaduq Hussain Mufti, son of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is the bespectacled man from Mufti clan. He is a cinematographer by profession and has returned to valley after his father's death leaving behind his lucrative and promising career to enter politics. Tassaduq joined the politics last year only and since then, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is trying to clear decks in order to include him in the Cabinet. Tassaduq Mufti has been vocal about his primary interest in the environment, ecology and preservation of cultural heritage of Kashmir right from the beginning. His inclination towards the nature might have earned him the seat of the Tourism and Culture Minister. Tassaduq believes that it is the right time for the state to acquire a well-deserved place in the global arena, not only as creators but as owners.

Killing of 200 militants in Kashmir Valley

This year has been a great in terms of bringing peace and harmony in the valley because for the first time in seven years, the number of militants killed in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir crossed 200. According to official figures presented by DGP Dr. S.P. Vaid, 200 militants have been killed by Jammu Links News Copyright the security forces during counter-insurgency operations from January 1 till date this year, which is the highest since 2010. In 2010, 270 militants were killed. However the number dropped to around 100 per year by the end of 2015.

Success story of child actor, Zaira Wasim

Zaira Wasim is an Indian film child actress from Jammu And Kashmir State who made her acting debut with the biographical sports drama film Dangal with superstar Aamir Khan and the film emerged as the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Later, she appeared in another film "Secret Superstar" which fetched her 2017 National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement by President Ram Nath Kovind for her service in the field of performing arts. Zaira has propagated Jammu Links News Copyright the message of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao very strongly ever since she has started her career. She has been successful in conveying a powerful message of climbing all the barriers and achieving one's dreams and thereby has served as a source of inspiration for many young girls.

Sana Dua, first runner-up 54th Femina Miss India World 2017

Sana Dua, the daughter of the soil made ripples in the beauty industry by becoming the first runner-up 54th Femina Miss India World 2017. She is a lawyer by profession and her army background has contributed immensely to shape her personality. In one of her interviews, she said that she has taken a big leap in her career from law to modeling. But her family and friends supported a lot which let her conquer all the fears she had. She wants to inspire other girls to dream big and follow their goals to shine in this world.

Human shield incident

The mid of 2017 witnessed massive online protest against one of the viral videos from the valley in which a youth was shown, who was going for a condolence gathering after casting his vote on 9 April was tied to the bonnet of a jeep by an army officer and paraded through over 20 villages as a human shield.

The incident prompted a former army general to say "Image of a 'stone-pelter' tied in front of a jeep as a 'human shield', will forever haunt the Indian Army & the nation!" The incident stirred a major Jammu Links News Copyright controversy and the, Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission asked the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to a local youth. People went ballistic over this controversial incident and widely condemned it on social-media platforms.

Opening of Chenani-Nashri tunnel

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country's longest road tunnel that links the Kashmir Valley with Jammu in the month of April this year. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches has reduced the journey time by two hours and provides a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The whole project was built at Rs 3,720 crore; the tunnel has reduced the distance between Jammu and Srinagar from 41 km to 9.2 km. The tunnel has automated integrated traffic control system to monitor the traffic round-the-clock.

Beautification of walls in Jammu under Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan

In order to commemorate the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission as Swachhata Hi Sewa Jammu Municipal Corporation organized open wall painting competition on retaining walls near Hotel Asia which lasted for three days in the month of September .The artists came along with different ideas for the makeover of the long wall near Hotel Asia and they ended up painting different alarming issues faced by the society, some historical places etc. The artists were provided a free hand to paint whatever comes to their mind but it is appreciable that they came up with such good concepts like domestic violence, abuse, cleanliness drive, historical monuments of the city, go green slogans and local culture etc. Besides, beautiful plants were mounted on the Tawi Bridge to revive the lost touch from nature. All such efforts from the state government has not only helped the city to become more beautiful but it has also made people realize the need to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings

Farooq Abdullah made a comeback

National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who lost elections in 2014, made a comeback to the Lok Sabha, defeating PDP candidate Nazir Ahmad Khan by over 10,000 votes, a huge margin considering that only 88,951 votes were cast.

Footballer turned militant surrendered

The strife-torn valley also witnessed the return of twenty-year-old footballer turned militant, Majid Khan who joined the ranks of militants but days after appeal by his parents, he shunned everything and came back home. After fervent appeals made by the distraught mother and his father's mild heart attack, Majid agreed to return home. After his surrender, the Kashmir police chief Muneer Khan reiterated the surrender offer for local men and assured them to be adequately supported and rehabilitated.

Dineshwar Sharma sent for Kashmir dialogue

This year, Centre government took one of the biggest moves with regard to Jammu and Kashmir by appointing former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma as its special representative for initiating a sustained dialogue with all stakeholders in the state in October. He interacted with a number of people for bringing change in the way Kashmir issue is seen. Sharma has made headway with his meetings which will consequently help the Centre to bring separatists to the table.

Regularization of 60,000 daily-wagers

This year also brought a major relief for daily wagers and casual laborers working in different departments as the Jammu and Kashmir government announced that 60,000 such employees will be regularized. The Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti asserted that the hard work and dedication must always be Jammu Links News Copyright recognized and appreciated so she asked the Finance Department to workout concrete measures to operationalize the roadmap to meet the long-standing demand of such engaged persons. These daily wagers have been working in different departments for past 20 years and the decision was welcomed by all.

Film fraternity meets soldiers

The members of the film fraternity visited Jammu and Kashmir all-round the year for one assignment or another and almost all of them met soldiers who are courageously guarding our borders and sacrificing their lives for the safety of commoners.

Akshay Kumar visited the BSF base camp, Jammu to pay homage to the martyrs, who lost their lives during the ceasefire violations and encounters. He addressed thousands of BSF soldiers and praised their bravery.

Later, this year India's limited-overs' wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni was in town for attending the final of the Chinar Cricket Premier League in Kashmir. He also met the brave soldiers guarding the country. Recently, Nana Patekar visited the Border Security Force (BSF) campus at Paloura where he was welcomed by Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontier, Ram Awtar and took responsibility of two children for higher studies in the field of art. He further expressed his regards for the BSF soldiers who serve their nation round-the clock.

Ring Road Jammu

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded a contract for the construction of the 58.25-km Ring Road around Jammu. The project costs around Rs 1,339 crore and the project have been awarded to Gayatri Projects Ltd and Ukrainian Public Joint Stock Company Kyivmetrobud Jammu Links News Copyright in a joint venture. The project will be carried out on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis and the construction period is 36 months. And as per the Road Transport and Highways Ministry, the proposed Jammu Bypass starts from km 86/100 of Jammu-Srinagar highway (NH-1A) and ends at km 14/700 of Nagrota Bypass of NH-1A for a length of 58.255 km. The Ring Road will also lead to substantial socio-economic growth of the area and will transverse through 56 villages, nine tehsils and two districts.



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