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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Friday said the PDP-BJP alliance is an alliance for peace, development and better tourism in the state.

Laying the foundation stone of the 19-km road widening project from Lakhanpur to Thain, Sayeed said the alliance between the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was formed for peace, development and better tourism in the state.

He said Lakhanpur town in Kathua district was the gateway to Jammu and Kashmir and it has a huge tourism potential.

“Lakhanpur can be the tourism gateway of Jammu and Kashmir as it has a huge tourism potential which we will develop,” Sayeed said while addressing a gathering at the function.

State Health Minister Chowdhary Lal Singh, who belongs to the BJP, said the shortage of electric power was badly affecting every industrial activity in the state.

Sayeed told the minister that while the education department was progressing fast in developing model institutions in the state, the health department was yet to start its programme of building model health centres here.

The road widening project is estimated to cost about Rs 44 crores.

Earlier, Sayeed laid the foundation stone of a multi-layered parking area at the bus stand in Jammu. It is estimated to cost Rs 201 crores.

(IANS)

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Modi Appeals For A Regional Front Against Terrorism

India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of plotting terror attacks

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Modi Appeals For A Regional Front Against Terrorism, flickr

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed for a regional front against terrorism and slammed attempts to “threaten” peace in Afghanistan, which accuses neighbouring Pakistan of causing trouble in its territory.

At the restricted session of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao, Modi said the worsening situation in Afghanistan was “an unfortunate example” of terrorism.

India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of plotting terror attacks in their countries.

“All parties in the region should respect the sentiment with which (Afghan) President Ghani has taken courageous steps for peace,” Modi said.

He said it was “our common responsibility to ensure that reasons that threaten Afghanistan’s sovereignty and security are not repeated”.

Modi also talked about connectivity projects and said India was all for such programmes provided they respect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

New Delhi opposes Beijing’s Belt and Road project, whose key artery cuts through the disputed Kashmir held by Pakistan and claimed by India.

“We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbourhood and in the SCO region is our priority,” Modi said.

Modi also talked about connectivity projects
Modi also talked about connectivity projects, flickr

“We welcome any new connectivity project, which is inclusive, sustainable and transparent and respects country’s sovereignty and regional integrity.

“India’s active participation in the development of international North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar port, shows our commitment.”

He also talked about regional security.

Also read: India Canada fight terrorism

He coined an acronym for the word SECURE: ‘E’ for economic development, ‘C’ for connectivity in the region, ‘U’ for unity, ‘R’ for respect of sovereignty and integrity and ‘E for environment protection. (IANS)

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