2 terrorists killed in encounter, cop injured in Jammu & Kashmir’s Baramulla

Indian army. File Photo: PTI.

Srinagar: Two terrorists are believed to be killed while two security personnel sustained injuries in an encounter that broke out in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Wednesday, officials said.

The security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Watergam area of Baramulla district on Wednesday morning following information about the presence of ultras there, they said.
The officials said the search operation turned into an encounter after the terrorists opened firing on the security forces.

A senior police official said two bodies have been seen at the scene of the gunbattle but have not been retrieved so far. He added that two security personnel -- a cop and an army jawan -- were injured in the exchange of firing with the terrorists.

PM Modi to lead International Yoga Day celebrations in J&K
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will mark this year's International Day of Yoga on June 21 in Srinagar during which he will address the gathering and also participate in a yoga session, his office said on Wednesday.
Modi will visit Jammu and Kashmir on June 20 and 21, 2024, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

Prime Minister Modi will participate in 'Empowering Youth, Transforming J&K' event at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) in Srinagar at around 6 pm on June 20. He will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects in J&K. He will also launch Competitiveness Improvement in Agriculture and Allied Sectors Project (JKCIP), the statement said.

The prime minister will participate in 10th International Day of Yoga event at SKICC in Srinagar at around 6: 30 am on June 21. He will address the gathering on the occasion and take part in the yoga session thereafter, it said. This year's Yoga Day event underscores yoga's profound impact on young minds and bodies. The celebration aims to unite thousands in the practice of yoga, promoting health and wellness on a global scale.

Since 2015, PM Modi has led the International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations at various iconic locations, including Kartavya Path in Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Ranchi, Lucknow, Mysuru and even the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year's theme "Yoga for Self and Society" highlights the dual role in fostering individual and societal well-being. The event will encourage grassroots participation and the spread of yoga in rural areas.

The event on June 20 -- 'Empowering Youth, Transforming J&K' -- is a pivotal moment for the region, showcasing progress and providing inspiration to young achievers, the statement said. On the occasion, the prime minister will inspect stalls and interact with the young achievers of Jammu and Kashmir.

The PM will also lay the foundation stone and inaugurate 84 major developmental projects valued at more than Rs 1,500 crore. The inaugurations will include projects related to road infrastructure, water supply schemes and infrastructure in higher education etc.
Additionally, the prime minister will also lay the foundation stone for projects like improvement of Chenani-Patnitop-Nashri Section, development of Industrial Estates and construction of six government degree colleges. He will also launch the Competitiveness Improvement in Agriculture and Allied Sectors (JKCIP) Project worth Rs 1,800 crore. The project will be implemented in 90 blocks across 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir, and will have the project outreach of 3,00,000 households covering 15 lakh beneficiaries.

Prime Minister Modi will also distribute appointment letters to more than 2,000 persons appointed in government service, the statement said. The foundation stone laying/inauguration and launch of these projects will empower the youth and upgrade the infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir. 

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