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Jammu & Kashmir , 11 Mar 2015

             Government to sought list of corrupt officials from vigilance organization



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

The Jammu and Kashmir government led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syeed is all set to shot a letter to State vigilance organization, to prepare a comprehensive list of officers who were involved in ‘corrupt practices’ or have been rendered as ‘dead wood’ to summarily dismiss them from services or suggest other kind of action, whose offence in corruption was minor.One of the cabinet minister of PDP-BJP government wished anonymity told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that government within next couple of days will dispatch letter to the Vigilance organization for preparing the list of corrupt officials. “The vigilance organization will also be asked to submit it to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat for scrutiny followed by action,” the minister claimed.He also said that the instructions have also been forwarded to all the commissioner secretaries to submit the list of HOD’s, Directors, MD’s ,KAS officers and including other tainted officer against whom many corruption charges have been leveled for taking immediate action against them by the Government,” he said.He said that government has also taken a decision that that officers having good integrity will be given important assignment involving public dealing whereas officers of doubtful integrity will not be posted to any sensitive assignment or those having public dealing, the sources said.

Sources said that the action could include dismissal from services of the officers, who have completed their stipulated tenure in services and disciplinary action against the officers, who were yet to complete 20 years of service.

Meanwhile sources told KNS that all the cabinet ministers have issued directives to their secretaries to prepare lists of officers of doubtful integrity and undesirable officials in the department to root out Corruption.Rural Development minister Abdul Haq Khan told KNS that the government will not bear the corrupt officials. ‘There are reports that many officials are involved in the practices of corruption, the government will pay special attention towards removing corruption from all the departments by adopting a two-pronged strategy-process, re-engineering,”.Meanwhile sources also told KNS that the government has decided that all the transfers and postings will now be governed by the proper transfer policy. “The government rules will be followed strictly while preparing the transfer policy under which officers of impeccable integrity and those known for efficiency (honest and efficient) would be given the most sensitive or important postings,” sources said. (KNS)

 

Make sure the presence in the office on working days, CM to officials



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Syeed, has directed all the district officials to remain present in their offices and make serious efforts to solve problems faced by the people.He also warned that any laxity on this front will not be tolerated.Reliable sources told KNS that Chief Minister gave above directions soon after chaired a high level meeting with the administrative officers at Jammu on Wednesday.“Officers should survey developments of their areas and must stay at their offices. Any complaint regarding non seriousness on behalf of any official will be dealt severely and the officers will be punished,” he warned.The chief Minister also said that large number of people turning to civil secretariat was a pointer that district officials were not paying adequate attention to redressal of grievances and warned them that any laxity on this front will not be tolerated by the State Government and stringent action would be taken against callous officials.Sources said that he has asked the officials to hear out the problems brought before them by general public, list them and ensure time bound and adequate action on the complaints.Meanwhile sources told KNS that the CM met people who had come from various parts of the state and listened to their problems at his official residence here on Wednesday morning. (KNS)

 

SSA teachers to get pending salaries within few days: Education minister


5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

After taking up the issue of releasing salaries to the SSA teachers, with Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the state government Wednesday said that government will release salaries of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers within few days.Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) Education Minister Nayeem Ahktar Wednesday admitted that due to non-availability of funds the salaries of teachers appointed under SSA were pending. “The funds were not available with the government but now the government has taken up the issue regarding release of funds with Government of India and they have assured that the funds will be released soon,” he said and added that the payment of the salaries to the SSA teachers will be streamlined within next few days.The development came after the newly elected state government gave positive response to release its state share for SSA to clear the liabilities pending from past few months.

Meanwhile officials in the education department admitted that SSA teachers in some districts didn't get their salaries for past five months saying the funds from both, MHRD and state government were not released due to some departmental issues.“We had some liabilities pending with the department due to delayed funding, however, the matter will be resolved as soon as possible,” they said.It is to mention here that hundreds of SSA teachers in the state have not got their salaries for the past four months.Salary under the SSA scheme is shared between the Central government (65 per cent) and the state government (35 per cent).As the state government had been on the edge of a financial meltdown for long, there have been many occasions when teachers did not get their salaries on time, but this is the first time that there has been a four-month delay in disbursing salaries, said one of the teacher of SSA. (KNS)

 

‘Tourism has great potential to generate jobs’: Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Tour, travel operators calls on Mufti



5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Identifying tourism industry as one of the prioritized sectors of the new Government, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Wednesday highlighted the urgent need to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure for high-end tourists as well taking effective steps in promoting new destinations to increase the visitors’ footfall in the State.According to a statement issued to KNS, the Chief Minister, who also holds the charge of the Tourism portfolio, said this while interacting with a delegation of Tour & Travel Associations of Kashmir, here today.Managing Director, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC), Farooq Ahmad Shah, who also holds the charge of Director Tourism, Kashmir, was present on the occasion.

Expressing concern over the considerably low intake capacity of the Valley to accommodate ever-increasing flow of tourists, especially high-end, the Chief Minister said there is an urgent need to create sufficient accommodation to meet the demands of incoming tourists. “Tourism will not develop unless it comes with the required paraphernalia. We have to be innovative in our thinking to make Kashmir valley a leading tourist destination of the country and abroad. Tented accommodation and building eco-cottages at tourist resorts is one innovative way to increase the low intake capacity,” the Chief Minister stated.The Chief Minister asked the MD JKTDC to immediately undertake forceful marketing drives and FAM (Familiarity) Tours to promote scenic destinations like Sonamarg, Kokernag, Daksum, Warwan and Dodhpathri so that visitors are able to explore the Valley beyond known destinations like Gulmarg and Pahalgam. “Nature has bestowed us with beauty in abundance. We have to take steps to utilize idle tourism infrastructure at these nature spots for which New Tourism Development Authorities were created when I first took over in 2002,” he said and added that the Tourism Development Authorities shall be soon revitalized to focus on uniform spread of tourists across the valley.Describing tourism as a binding force that joins several other key sectors like the famed handicrafts / handloom and food industry of Kashmir, the Chief Minister assured that tourism, which has been flagged by the present Government as one of the key sectors, will flourish in the days to come. “We see tourism and industry as areas where we have great potential to generate jobs for our skilled unemployed youth,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister revealed that he will take up all issues like allowing night-landing facility at the Srinagar International Airport, realignment of the houseboats in the Dal Lake, putting to use the unutilized tourism infrastructure and better road and power connectivity so that bottlenecks in promotion of tourism are removed immediately. He added that a joint Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Tourism Conference will be organized shortly to discuss issues for growth of tourism in the State.Stressing the need to promote adventure and high-end tourism in the State, the Chief Minister said new Tourism Circuits shall be added and several places like the Suru Valley in Ladakh, Jai-Bhaderwah in Jammu and the Mughal Road that connects Poonch with Kashmir Valley shall be taken up on priority.

Asking Director Tourism to explore ways and means to offer package tours to the visitors that showcase J&K as a confluence where nature, pilgrim and heritage tourism meet, the Chief Minister credited the sector for playing a vital role in encapsulating and defining Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh in its right perspective. “We need tourists that travel to Kashmir to come to Jammu for paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and vice versa. Similarly, those visiting the enchanting land of Ladakh should travel to Kashmir and Jammu to see and enjoy the unique oneness of J&K. This will come only when proper marketing strategies are in place,” he added.         

The tour operators’ delegation, led by Nasir Shah, presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister highlighting their demands which include need for special rehabilitation policy for the flood-hit travel bodies, soft loan, incentive-based schemes, better marketing drives and removal of travel advisories by various countries. They also urged the Chief Minister to take up the issue of rising air-fare and regulated and hassle-free movement of tourist cabs on resort routes like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.Those present in the delegation included Showkat Pakhtoon, Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK), Peerzada Fayaz, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK), Manzoor Pakhtoon, J&K Tourism Alliance, Nazir Ahmad Mir, Association of Kashmir Tour Operators, Jan Mohammad, Urban Travel Agents Association, G. R. Siah, J&K Pilgrim & Leisure Tour Operators Forum, Nazir A Gosani, Travel Trade Interest Guild, Rauf Tramboo, Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK), Hameed Wangnoo, Domestic Tour Operators Association of Kashmir, Shamim A. Shah, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAI-JKC), Khaliq Wangnoo, Indian Association of Tour Operators and Hameed Narwari, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India. (KNS)

 

If Akalis can have memorial of Bhindranwale

Why Can’t Guru Mortal remains be sent back: Er Rashid


5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Awami Itihaad Party AIP President and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid while addressing a crowded press conference at Srinagar stated that he has submitted two important resolutions in Jammu & Kashmir Assembly with reference to bringing mortal remains of Afzal Guru Back and release of all political prisoners of J&K locked in prisons of Jammu & Kashmir and also outside J&K.In a statement to KNS, Engineer Rashid stated “I have already submitted two vital resolutions in the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly one pertains to demand of bringing mortal remains of Afzal Guru Back and another pertains to release of all political prisoners of J&K locked in different jails of India.”

Engineer Rashid also questioned double standards of Indian Government with reference to one Paradigm adopted in Nagaland and another paradigm adopted in Kashmir. “If a feared Naga militant leader like Isaac Muivah can have his office in Delhi and enjoy all perks from state despite his militant organization collecting taxes from Naga people and running a parallel government in Nagaland than why is same Indian state apparatus creating so much hue and cry over legal release of Kashmiri political prisoner Masrat Alam one fails to understand this and it simply reflects sheer hypocrisy on part of Indian government and media of India.”

Engineer Rashid added, “Those fascist voices who live in constant fear that bringing back Afzal Guru mortal remains back will lead to building some sort of memorial should answer how memorial of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale has been established at sacred golden Temple Amritsar by Akalis .”On the occasion Engineer Rashid presented the photographs of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale memorial and observed  “ Congress is adopting double standards as in parliament it is raising all ultra nationalist outcry on Afzal Guru mortal remains and release of Masrat Alam and in Kashmir the five Congress  MLAs issue apology letter for hanging of Afzal Guru. Congress should than expel these five MLAs or adopt an uniform standard”.Engineer Rashid appealed to PDP and NC to get united for genuine causes of browbeaten nation of Kashmir and remarked “If Indian Government creates a notion about Mufti Sayeed being a pro-Pakistan CM and lot of venom against genuine release of political prisoner like Masrat Alam with mass following it is undoubtedly high time for Separatist and mainstream leadership of Kashmir to think how can the Government of India brought on table to discuss real political dispute of J&K.” (KNS)

 

 Dy CM asks PDD officials to be sensitive towards public grievances

Reviews availability, maintenance, buffer stock of transformers



5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, Wednesday stressed on the PDD authorities to remain sensitive towards the grievances of the people and make efforts to address these issues.These directions were given by the Deputy Chief Minister while reviewing the status of transformers, damages and maintenance and buffer stock available with the department in a meeting with PDD officials here.According to a statement issued to KNS, Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu, who was also present in the meeting, said that a provision of Rs 16 Cr for the purpose of maintenance, buffer stock of transformers etc will be kept available.

Reiterating the commitment of the Government to improve the system of public service delivery across all departments, Dr Nirmal sought details regarding buffer stock of transformers, repair workshops etc so that department faces no hindrance in providing hassle free power supply to people in the coming summer season.Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister directed Chief Engineer, Maintenance wing to devise a mechanism for fixing responsibility in case of laxity shown by the field level officials in discharging their duties.Dr Nirmal while referring to the incident of a damaged transformer due to recent rains in Bhagwati Nagar area of the city, urged upon the officers to ensure that such issues are addressed urgently, keeping in view  the problems faced by the people. (KNS)  

  

Ashraf discusses draft Policy for dealing with unauthorized constructions


5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and Wednesday discussed the proposed policy for dealing with the unauthorized constructions in violation of Master plan in Jammu, Srinagar and Katra cities, at a meeting of officers held here.Secretary Housing & Urban Development, Satesh Nehru, Vice Chairman, JDA, Mubarak Singh, Commissioner JMC, Kiran Wattal, Managing Director J&K Housing Board, Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Chief Architect, V. K. Pant, Chief Town Planners, Kashmir/Jammu and officers of allied wings of the Housing Department attended the meeting.

According to a statement issued to KNS, the proposed policy document which has been framed by the Department on the directions of the J&K High Court was discussed in detail and several new ideas were deliberated upon and incorporated in the document. The main thrust was to ensure that the existing Master Plans are implemented in letter and spirit to stop the unauthorized constructions in these cities in future. The ways and means to deal with the violations already occurred at various places also came under discussion.

The Minister appreciated the document and directed the concerned for adopting a cautious approach, keeping in view the sensitivity involved as well as the Court directions. He said the document should serve as a future guideline to deal with the violations and deterrent for the defaulters. The interests of all the stakeholders should be equally guarded so that the innocents may not suffer.He endorsed suitable punishment for the violators; particularly those related to commercial ones, stressing that this is must to curb the practice in future. He directed the concerned to make the Khilafwarzi/enforcement wings in these cities proactive to keep a regular vigil on the activities in future.He stressed the need for proper implementation of existing Master Plans in both the capital cities to maintain their pristine glory, adding that Jammu and Kashmir is a tourist State and focus must be on the balanced and holistic development of these cities said the Minister.

Giving the background of the Policy document, Nehru said that the J&K High Court in the PIL titled Mujeeb Andrabi V/s State of J&K, directed the Government to come up with a policy in view of large scale violations of Master Plan/ Building Byelaws in the major cities of Srinagar, Jammu and Katra. Consequently, a high-level Committee was constituted by the Governed and on its recommendations, the J&K Civic Law (Special Provision) Act, 2014 was enacted enabling to form a comprehensive uniform policy to tackle the issues relating to the violations by the end of March, 2015.The J&K Civic Laws (Special Provision) Act, 2014 came into force on 5th March, 2014. Section 3 of the Act provides that the State Government shall formulate a policy before 31st March, 2015 to deal with/regulate unauthorized constructions in the areas covered by the Act. It was also essential for a time-bound action being taken to list all Master Plan violations, said Nehru. (KNS)

 

Tragic Dog attack Lachipura incident

Sajad Lone meets families of victim children



Handwara

Minister for Science, Technology and Animal Husbandry Sajad Gani Lone today met the families of two children who were mauled to death by stray dogs the other day at Lachipura Handwara.According to a statement issued to KNS, the Minister expressed deep shock over the unfortunate incident and consoled the grief stricken families of the victim children. Expressing concern over the increasing population of stray dogs in the area, he said that concerted measures would be taken with the involvement of   the experts and local civic authorities to prevent such incidents in future.

“Experts will be consulted to scientifically control the increasing canine population in the area” he said and assured that he would personally pursue the matter for an early action in this regard.Pertinently, two children, Sobia Farooq (8) daughter of Farooq Ahmed Dar, Irfan Ahmed Khan (10) son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan died after a pack of stray dogs attacked them on Tuesday near their residence in Lahcipura area, village of Rajwar. (KNS) 

 

Hurriyat (M) expressed grief over the death of two kids



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

APHC Spokesman has expressed grief and deep concern over the unfortunate death of two kids, who where mauled by ferocious dogs at Lachhipora Handwara and attack of a wild bear, in which two persons were seriously injured in the populated locality of Kahanpora –Handwara. Conveying his deep condolences and sympathies with the families of the deceased and with the persons injured, the APHC spokesman has said that the ever-increasing number of street dogs in towns as well as in rural areas is posing serious problems for the population. He said that administration seems to take no interest in safeguarding the lives of humans from the harm caused by these ferocious animals and is rather more trumpeting about the safety of dogs.  

In a statement to KNS, spokesman said that since most of the rural areas of Handwara lie close to the forests wild animal attacks occurs every other day. Criticizing the Wild Life Department and other responsible authorities, the spokesman stated that the callousness and negligence of these authorities and inaction over escalating animal attacks causing loss of human lives is deplorable.The Spokesman stated that be it the animal attacks in Handwara, or the deaths of mother and child due to negligence of the doctors at Pulwama, or the closing of the Srinagar - Jammu highway resulting in shortage of essential commodities and hoarding of food items and the thereby causing artificial shortage of essential commodities by some shopkeepers, all this reflects the callousness of the ruling class towards the people’s problems. He said the governing class is busy in scoring political points through petty politicking and is all together indifferent towards the public issues for which they claim to have come to power.Meanwhile, a delegation of APHC led by Hurriyat leader Ghulam Nabi Wasim visited Lachipora Handwara, where on behalf of Hurriyat Conference he expressed condolences and solidarity with the family of the kids killed in the animal attack. (KNS)

 

Shabir Shah pays tributes to KH Khurshid



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah while paying glorious tributes to KH Khurshid on his 27th anniversary said the late leader was a true patriot of nation.In a statement issued to KNS, Shah while remembering the late KH Khurshid termed him a great son of soil and a selfless political leader. "Late KH Khurshid dedicated his whole life to the cause of oppressed nation of Kashmir and Muslim ummah and had served as a senior member in the Muslim League along with Quaid-e-Azam MA Jinnah (RA)."

Highlighting the political role of KH Khurshid, Shabir Ahmad Shah said the late leader was active with the freedom movement since his education days and in year 1944 as a general secretary to Quaid-e-Azam (RA), he played a great role in the freedom movement in the subcontinent."During that period he (KH Khurshid) laid foundation of Kashmir Students Federation and in collaboration with the like-minded youth started working for the freedom cause. Even Quaid-e-Azam (RA) confessed it that he achieved the nation of Pakistan with the utmost and selfless help of KH Khurshid. For his contribution to Kashmir freedom movement, KH Khurshid was chosen as President of Azad Kashmir in 1960 and during his tenure he contributed a lot towards the freedom struggle of Kashmiris which history will remember forever,"Shabir Ahmad Shah in his tribute to Late KH Khurshid said and prayed for his highest status in heaven. (KNS)

 

JKLF pays tributes to martyr Fayaz Ahmad Dar

Malik expresses condolence to bereaved Bhat and Naqash families




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Jammu Kashmir liberation front has paid rich tributes to martyr Fayaz Ahmad Dar on his martyrdom day Wednesday.In a statement issued to KNS, while remembering the struggle and sacrifices of martyr Fayaz Ahmad Dar, JKLF said that he was a passionate freedom fighter who laid his life for the sacred cause.Meanwhile Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of mother of incarcerated APHC (G) leader Ghulam Mohammad Butt and also at the sad demise of brother of Hurriyat leader Mohammad Yousuf Naqash. Yasin Malik visited both the bereaved families and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. (KNS) 

DAK condoles demise


5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) condoled the sad demise of father of Dr Muzaffer Jan senior consultant at GB Pant hospital who breathed his last on Tuesday after a brief illness.In a statement to KNS, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan expressed profound grief over the demise and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.Meanwhile a delegation of DAK led by its president visited the residence of deceased at Humhama Srinagar to express their heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. (KNS)

 

Markus Kraft to Hold Event “Pehal” On 16th March at KU Convocation Complex



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Markus Kraft and Masters in craft Management and Entrepreneurship is going to Hold Event “Pehal” On 16th March At KU Convocation Complex. The Vision of This Even this is to bring due recognition to the creative people of Jammu and Kashmir and is a move towards strengthening the cultural and creative industries of J&K by fostering creativity and innovation.Mission: The event proposes to provide platform to all the stakeholders related of handicrafts, from top to grassroots level, and top innovators from the country in order to facilitate a dialogue on sustainable solutions to the problems faced at the grassroots by our artisans, known for their golden hands and creativity worldwide.

Resolution: Despite gaining recognition worldwide for their creative work, the artisan and his production systems face limitations. The state is known for handicrafts such as Pashmina, Kani and shatoosh shawls, silk carpets, copperware, stoneware’s, basketry, ariwork, woodcarving, papier-mâché etc. The handicrafts of Kashmir have tremendous export value and are important to the state economy. However, handicrafts cannot be produced at a larger scale for mass consumption. Also certain handicrafts such as pashmina shawl making is ‘skill intensive’ and also time consuming, thus the production is limited. At the same time, because handicrafts are time consuming and requires great amount of precision, it sometimes take a toll on the health of the artisans, who eventually leave their art. There is a need for innovations specific to the needs of the artisans which will make their lives easier by making production systems innovative, without compromising on the ‘handmade’ quality of the products. 

This event is a step towards finding sustainable and innovative solutions for the improvement of production systems of handicrafts which will ensure better lives of artisans and as well as increase the production sustainably still keeping the integrity of Kashmir in our handicrafts intact. Implementation: The experts shall study the problem areas of handicrafts at the grassroots level and devise innovative solutions towards improving production at various stages. Best practices and grassroots innovations from across the country will be presented and their applicability in the scenario of J&K handicrafts will be assessed. A man with 300 patents and national award winner engineer from Bangalore Rs hire math is coming as guest of honour Rs hire math. The event will start at 2:30 Pm at convocation complex university of Kashmir. (KNS)

 

                       Assistant Manager JKPCC Unit-XI Kulgam falls in Vigilance Net




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Vigilance Organisation Kashmir registered a case FIR No.18/2015 at P/S VOK against Mohammad Shafi Shah the then Assistant Manager JKPCC Unit-XI Kulgam, on the outcome of verification conducted by Vigilance Organisation Kashmir regarding accumulation of disproportionate assets by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices.According to a statement issued to KNS, the verification reveals that assets found are disproportionate to his (suspect) known source of income. Thus omissions and commissions on the part of the above mentioned public servant constitute offences punishable U/S 5(1) (e), r/w 5(2) J&K P.C.Act Svt.2006 and further investigation taken up. (KNS)

Cabinet to meet again on Thursday



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

The state cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syeed Wednesday has decided to meet again on Thursday.

“The Cabinet meeting is scheduled for 4 Pm on Thursday in which the governors address for the upcoming budget session will be finalized,” One of the cabinet minister confirmed to KNS.Meanwhile sources told KNS that the cabinet which met on Wednesday modified the content of governor’s speech and both the parties have drafted the Governors speech again as per the PDP-BJP common minimum program (CMP).Sources said that the address will formally be sent to the Governor N.N Vohara tomorrow who will address a joint session of legislature on March 18.Sources told KNS that all the cabinet ministers of both PDP and BJP were present in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, However Sajad Lone did not attend the meeting.KNS

 

Hurriyat (G) demands release of all political prisoners



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

All Parties Hurriyat Conference Executive Body Majlish Shoora Wednesday held an important meeting at its head office Hyderpora, which was presided over by Hurriyat Conference General Secretary Haji Ghulam Nabi Sumji. The meeting was attended by the heads and representatives of all its constituents.

In a statement issued to KNS, Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that the meeting thoroughly discussed the latest political developments in the state and deliberated upon the future strategy. While expressing their happiness over the release of Masrat Alam Bhat, the executive body paid rich tributes to his courage and valor and expressed their hope that he will soon start his political activities. Demanding immediate release of all other political prisoners, the Shoora said that all the brave hearts who are in jails are heroes of the Kashmiri nation and none of them are criminals.

Terming the noise created over the release of Masrat Alam Bhat in the Indian parliament as ridiculous, the meeting said that this attitude is a big question on the democratic claims of India. Jammu & Kashmir high court has dozens of times issued release orders of Masrat sahib and he has been released on the orders of the same court. The Indian parliament members have themselves insulted their own judiciary by questioning the Masrat release.This attitude reflects extremist policies of India towards the Kashmiri nation and it proves that India only need land of Kashmir not its people. The executive body expressed their apprehension that all this drama and noise created upon the issue is a part of the mutual understanding of both PDP and BJP and its purpose is to project Mufti Sayeed a pro-Kashmir politician so that the freedom movement of Kashmir will get damaged by him in future. 

While strongly endorsing and supporting the stand of Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani regarding the Kashmir issue, the executive body in clear words said that the Hurriyat Conference is not against the dialogue process and nor are they afraid of talks but until India doesn’t accept the disputed nature of Kashmir and until they would not stop the rhetoric of integral part, all kinds of dialogues and talks processes will be fruitless and futile. Some pro-freedom leaders have experimented the bilateral dialogues with New Delhi in the past but that experiment have out rightly failed and the Kashmir dispute didn’t moved an inch towards its solution. The executive body also said that they are duty bound to further strengthen and make more pro-active the Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and are desirous of seeing all the pro-freedom parties on a single platform with some set principles.Expressing their pleasure and satisfaction over the stand adopted by the Pakistan government vis-à-vis Kashmir issue during the recently held Indo-Pak foreign secretary level talks, the executive body said that until India too will not address Kashmir as its core issue, we can’t expect any breakthrough from the dialogue process of both the countries and this process will prove to be meaningless and fruitless. (KNS)

 

Ghulam Rasool makes clean sweep in Sectt. Elections

Elected President, bags all the Union Posts




5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Ghulam Rasool Mir was Wednesday declared successful as the President of Civil Secretariat Non Gazzetted Employees Union. He defeated his nearest rival Rouf Ahmad by a margin of 250 votes.According to a statement issued to KNS, hailing from Anderhama, Kupwara, Mir is known for his affable and employee friendly attitude. He started his career as junior assistant and by dint of hard work rose to the position of Office Superintendent.

The results of elections were declared by Returning Officer, Dr. G N Itoo.

Ghulam Rasool Mir got 564 votes while as his rival Rouf Ahmed Bhat got 278 votes.Surinder Bedia was elected as Vice President While as Thana Ji Bhat was elected General Secretary. Farooq Ahmed was elected as Secretary while as Parveez Ahmed Khan and Ghulam Nabi Tantray were elected as Publicity Secretary and Treasurer respectively.Ghulam Rasool’s group bagged all the 20 positions of members of the Union by defeating their nearest rivals by convincing margins. (KNS)

   

Travel and trade meeting in Katra

It is significant moment: Farooq Shah


5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

In a significant move to bridge the gap between travel trade fraternity of different regions of J&K state and to jointly work together to promote jk as an ideal destination the tourist trade fraternity of Jammu, Kashmir and Katra  came together in Katra’s Shri Maata Vaishno Devi spiritual hall conference room to discuss and devise ways to forge alliance and business bonds for mutual benefits of all the regions .The tourist trade associations of Kashmir. TASK, TAAK , AKTO, JKTA, TAAI, PILTOP, ATOAK interacted and discussed various issues of common ground with their counterparts in katra and Jammu and it was finalized to make a joint forum to represent the aspirations and issues of Jammu ,Kashmir ,and Katra travel trade .the speakers stressed to be united to get more and more tourists to the state of Jammu Kashmir ,the  interaction lasted for three hrs in which MDJKTDC/Director Tourism Kashmir Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director Tourism Jammu R.K Verma were present .

Farooq Ahmad Shah said that it is one of the significant moment as we are all one and have common aspirations and issues being in the same sector and this step will  go in long way to promote Jammu Kashmir as one of the ideal tourist destinations all the year.Farooq Ahmad Shah added that to begin with we will provide a booking and facilitation counters for Kashmir tourist trade in Katra and it will be reciprocated on same line in Kashmir and by this we will able to convert the Vaishno Devi tourist rush for sightseeing in Kashmir and vice versa. Verma termed it as a good step to forge bonds between travel trade which will benefit every stake holder. (KNS)

 

Army conducts swine flu awareness camp



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Indian Army has heralded the crusade against the killer disease spread by H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu by conducting various lectures and camps on subjects of health and sanitation. The first step in combating the disease is to be aware of its cause, symptoms and safety precautions. Indian Army conducted on interactive lecture on swine flu on 11 Mar 2015 at Shivpora locality of Srinagar under aegis of Chinar Corps. The lecture was conducted by Station Health Officer of the Army Cantonment, who explained the various pertinent issues related to the disease lucidly and clarified doubts of the attendees. Army officials from the cantonment interacted with the members of the audience and assured them that the Army is fully geared up to provide necessary assistance.

According to a statement issued to KNS, the lecture was attended by residents of Shivpora and nearby areas who pledged to maintain basic hygiene and sanitation in their localities and combat the disease effectively. The residents hailed this initiative by the Indian Army as a noble step and exhorted the Army officials to conduct similar lectures and camps in other parts of the town for benefit of the local population. This camp has further strengthened ties of the Indian Army with the AWAM and provided vital succour to the needy. (KNS)

 

Naqash condoled over brother’s death 




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Delegations of Hurriyat leaders, civil society members and human rights activists visited the residence of Islamic Political Party Chairman, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash to condole the demise of his elder brother.According to a statement issued to KNS, the visitors expressed solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved family and prayed for the heavenly abode of the deceased.Among those, who visited Muhammad Yousuf Naqash included Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Dar, Abdul Qadeer Dar  and Javed Ahmad Mir. They expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal peace to departed soul.Meanwhile, the Hurriyat AJK chapter leaders at a meeting held in Islamabad, today, expressed profound grief and sorrow over the death of the brother of Muhammad Yousuf Naqash. The participants offered Fateha for the departed soul and prayed Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace.

Hurriyat leaders who attended the meeting included, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, Syed Yousuf Naseem, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar, Abdul Hameed Lone, Mohammad Farooq Rehmani, Syed Muzaffar Shah, Mir Tahir Masood, Maulana Ghulam Nabi Nowsheri, Abdul Majeed Mir, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Manzoor ul Haq Butt, Mohammad Hussain Khateeb, Mirza Nisar, Abdul Majeed Malik, Khadim Hussain, Altaf Ahmad Butt, Syed Abdullah Gilani, Dawood khan Yousuf zai, Abdul Mateen, Muhammad Sahfi Dar, Nazir Ahmad Karnai, Engineer Mushtaq Mehmood, Mohammad Sultan Butt, Adeel Mushtaq Wani, Ajaz Rehmani and Dr Muhammad Aslam. (KNS)  

 

People’s League held a meeting at Wanpora, Anantnag



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

An extra ordinary meeting of Jammu and Kashmir People’s League held at Wanpora, Anantnag Kashmir. The meeting was presided over by APHC senior Executive leader and Peoples League chairman Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.Addressing the meeting Mukhtar Ahmad Waza retreated that the resolution of Kashmir issue is the only key to the peace for whole subcontinent. He said the need of the hour is to take some concrete and honest steps towards the resolution of Kashmir issue.Waza appealed international community to use their influence and good relations for the resolution of Kashmir issue, by asking the current leadership of India for result oriented dialogue with the main stakeholders of Kashmir dispute.Waza hoped that all the political persons languished in different jails of India will be released as soon as possible to make a political environment suitable for the talks for the resolution of Kashmir issue. (KNS)    

 Key to tourism growth lies in modern infrastructure, promoting new destinations: CM 

                             Tour, travel operators call on Mufti




5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Identifying tourism industry as one of the prioritized sectors of the new Government, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today highlighted the urgent need to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure for high-end tourists as well taking effective steps in promoting new destinations to increase the visitors’ footfall in the State.The Chief Minister, who also holds the charge of the Tourism portfolio, said this while interacting with a delegation of Tour & Travel Associations of Kashmir, here today.Managing Director, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC), Farooq Ahmad Shah, who also holds the charge of Director Tourism, Kashmir, was present on the occasion.

Expressing concern over the considerably low intake capacity of the Valley to accommodate ever-increasing flow of tourists, especially high-end, the Chief Minister said there is an urgent need to create sufficient accommodation to meet the demands of incoming tourists. “Tourism will not develop unless it comes with the required paraphernalia. We have to be innovative in our thinking to make Kashmir valley a leading tourist destination of the country and abroad. Tented accommodation and building eco-cottages at tourist resorts is one innovative way to increase the low intake capacity,” the Chief Minister stated.The Chief Minister asked the MD JKTDC to immediately undertake forceful marketing drives and FAM (Familiarity) Tours to promote scenic destinations like Sonamarg, Kokernag, Daksum, Warwan and Dodhpathri so that visitors are able to explore the Valley beyond known destinations like Gulmarg and Pahalgam. “Nature has bestowed us with beauty in abundance. We have to take steps to utilize idle tourism infrastructure at these nature spots for which New Tourism Development Authorities were created when I first took over in 2002,” he said and added that the Tourism Development Authorities shall be soon revitalized to focus on uniform spread of tourists across the valley.Describing tourism as a binding force that joins several other key sectors like the famed handicrafts / handloom and food industry of Kashmir, the Chief Minister assured that tourism, which has been flagged by the present Government as one of the key sectors, will flourish in the days to come. “We see tourism and industry as areas where we have great potential to generate jobs for our skilled unemployed youth,” the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister revealed that he will take up all issues like allowing night-landing facility at the Srinagar International Airport, realignment of the houseboats in the Dal Lake, putting to use the unutilized tourism infrastructure and better road and power connectivity so that bottlenecks in promotion of tourism are removed immediately. He added that a joint Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Tourism Conference will be organized shortly to discuss issues for growth of tourism in the State.Stressing the need to promote adventure and high-end tourism in the State, the Chief Minister said new Tourism Circuits shall be added and several places like the Suru Valley in Ladakh, Jai-Bhaderwah in Jammu and the Mughal Road that connects Poonch with Kashmir Valley shall be taken up on priority.

Asking Director Tourism to explore ways and means to offer package tours to the visitors that showcase J&K as a confluence where nature, pilgrim and heritage tourism meet, the Chief Minister credited the sector for playing a vital role in encapsulating and defining Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh in its right perspective. “We need tourists that travel to Kashmir to come to Jammu for paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and vice versa. Similarly, those visiting the enchanting land of Ladakh should travel to Kashmir and Jammu to see and enjoy the unique oneness of J&K. This will come only when proper marketing strategies are in place,” he added.        

The tour operators’ delegation, led by Nasir Shah, presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister highlighting their demands which include need for special rehabilitation policy for the flood-hit travel bodies, soft loan, incentive-based schemes, better marketing drives and removal of travel advisories by various countries. They also urged the Chief Minister to take up the issue of rising air-fare and regulated and hassle-free movement of tourist cabs on resort routes like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.

Those present in the delegation included Showkat Pakhtoon, Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK), Peerzada Fayaz, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK), Manzoor Pakhtoon, J&K Tourism Alliance, Nazir Ahmad Mir, Association of Kashmir Tour Operators, Jan Mohammad, Urban Travel Agents Association, G. R. Siah, J&K Pilgrim & Leisure Tour Operators Forum, Nazir A Gosani, Travel Trade Interest Guild, Rauf Tramboo, Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK), Hameed Wangnoo, Domestic Tour Operators Association of Kashmir, Shamim A. Shah, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAI-JKC), Khaliq Wangnoo, Indian Association of Tour Operators and Hameed Narwari, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India. (GNS)

 

 

Another woman dies of doctor’s negligence in Pulwama

Protests ransack hospital, demands probe




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Death of a young pregnant woman, second of its kind in less than three days at Pulwama hospital sparked off massive protests in the southern district with locals alleging negligence on part of doctors.Khursheeda Akhter (30) wife of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Lehjoora, Pulwama was brought to the district hospital by her relatives for pregnancy complications on last evening. The doctors told the family that the woman would be operated shortly as the case seems to be normal, her relatives said.They said that later in the night, Khursheeda gave birth to a baby girl after being operated upon by a team of doctors at around 2:30 a.m. However, hour’s later woman died.

Soon after the news about the death of the woman spread in the area early Wednesday morning, hundreds of people took to streets and attacked hospital with stones.They alleged that there was negligence on part of doctors leading to the death of the woman and demanded that there should be an independent enquiry into the death of the woman and those found guilty should be punished.Niraj Kumar, District Commissioner of Pulwama, said a magisterial probe has been ordered into the death of the woman.In wake of the second death, the DC said that he has recommended transfer of the doctors from the hospital.

The DC said that the probe panel will also look into the allegations by locals that the doctors have left some kind of blade inside the deceased’s body after operating upon her.

The relatives cried of negligence by doctors and demanded that an FIR be registered against the erring doctors.On being assured by the commissioner, the protesters were dispersed.Postmortem is being conducted by a team of doctors.According to Dr Saleem, Medical Superintendent of the District Hospital, all possible efforts were taken by the doctors to save her life but she could not survive and died due to drop in blood pressure and subsequently cardiac arrest.

There was no negligence on the part of the doctors attending the patient, he said.Meanwhile, in a related development the staff who were on night duty in the hospital include two doctors Dr Tasleema , Dr Tahira  and a staff nurse Miss Tahria Rasool has been attached with BMO Sopore’s office by orders of Deputy Director Health Services Kashmir. The order has been issued pending inquiry into the incident.Pertinently, Ruksana Akhter (22) wife of Imtiyaz Bhat of Wahibugh, Pulwama died in the district hospital Pulwama after doctors operated upon her following pregnancy complications on Sunday last. (GNS)

 

 

 

 

CRPF trooper found dead inside bunker


5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was charred to death on Wednesday inside a camp at Rajpora area of Pulwama in south Kashmir.Official sources told GNS, Constable Tej Ram of 181 Bn from Rajasthan sustained serious burn injuries after a bunker gutted probably due to leakage of Kerosene heater.Early, today morning when the colleagues found the bunker gutted and the trooper lying on the floor, he said.The trooper was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, he said.Meanwhile, Police has registered a case and started further investigations in this regard. (GNS)

 

  

How Omar declared me killer despite rewarding me: Ex-SSP Ashiq Bukhari  




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Former SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari Wednesday questioned ex-Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah for calling him ‘killer’ despite rewards from time to time “for arresting Masrat Alm and bring down killings during his tenure.”“When I took over as SSP Srinagar City in 2010, agitation was at its peak and Masrat Alam was one among the protesters. It took us two months to arrest him and we were given Rs 15 lakh as award while seven other policemen were rewarded with departmental promotion out of turn by Omar Abdullah,” Bukhari, now retired,  told GNS.

“During my tenure as SSP, killings stopped and we were appreciated and given Rs 1.5 crores awards from time to time,” Bukhari said and questioned Omar for calling him ‘killer’ during electioneering of last year’s assembly polls which led to ouster of National Conference led government in the state. “During elections, Omar said I was responsible for killings and how Omar declared me as killer when rewarding me and my team,” Bukhari said.Along with Masrat Alam, Bukhari said, police arrested fifteen hundred youths in separate raids in Kashmir Valley.“He was simply an agitator and there is nothing dreaded about him. When others were released, there is nothing bad about releasing him (Masrat Alam),” Bukahri said and refuted reports attributed to him regarding Masrat Alam in section of press.  (GNS)

 

 

  Dy CM asks PDD officials to be sensitive towards public grievances

Reviews availability, maintenance, buffer stock of transformers



5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, Wednesday stressed on the PDD authorities to remain sensitive towards the grievances of the people and make efforts to address these issues.These directions were given by the Deputy Chief Minister while reviewing the status of transformers, damages and maintenance and buffer stock available with the department in a meeting with PDD officials here.Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu, who was also present in the meeting, said that a provision of Rs 16 Cr for the purpose of maintenance, buffer stock of transformers etc will be kept available.

Reiterating the commitment of the Government to improve the system of public service delivery across all departments, Dr Nirmal sought details regarding buffer stock of transformers, repair workshops etc so that department faces no hindrance in providing hassle free power supply to people in the coming summer season.Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister directed Chief Engineer, Maintenance wing to devise a mechanism for fixing responsibility in case of laxity shown by the field level officials in discharging their duties.Dr Nirmal while referring to the incident of a damaged transformer due to recent rains in Bhagwati Nagar area of the city, urged upon the officers to ensure that such issues are addressed urgently, keeping in view  the problems faced by the people. (GNS)

 

 

                                          World Bank team meets Dr Drabu



5 Dariya News (Jammu)

World Bank team on Wednesday held discussions with Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu regarding the assistance under various identified sectors to support the State in its post –disaster recovery plans.The World Bank team had visited the flood hit state earlier and thereafter submitted detailed report to the Union Government based on the ground level assessment of damages. (GNS)

 

 

 

US Embassy official calls on Dy CM



5 Dariya News (Jammu)

The US Embassy’s senior First Secretary and Internal Politics Unit chief  Chad Thomeberry, who was here on two days visit today called on Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh   on Wednesday and interacted with him on various issues concerning the Jammu and Kashmir. (GNS)

 

 

 

NABARD delegation calls on Dy CM


5 Dariya News (Jammu)

A delegation of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development led by its Chief General Manager,  Shankar A. Pande called on Dy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh on Wednesday and extended their greetings to him on assuming the charge of the Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State. (GNS)

 

 

 

 

  Ghulam Rasool makes clean sweep in Sectt. Elections

Elected President, bags all the Union Posts




5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Ghulam Rasool Mir was today declared successful as the President of Civil Secretariat Non Gazetted Employees Union. He defeated his nearest rival Rouf Ahmad by a margin of 250 votes.Hailing from Anderhama, Kupwara, Mir is known for his affable and employee friendly attitude. He started his career as junior assistant and by dint of hard work rose to the position of Office Superintendent.The results of elections were declared by Returning Officer, Dr. G N Itoo.Ghulam Rasool Mir got 564 votes while as his rival Rouf Ahmed Bhat got 278 votes.Surinder Bedia was elected as Vice President While as Thana Ji Bhat was elected General Secretary.  Farooq Ahmed was elected as Secretary while as Parveez Ahmed Khan and Ghulam Nabi Tantray were elected as Publicity Secretary and Treasurer respectively.Ghulam Rasool’s group bagged all the 20 positions of members of the Union by defeating their nearest rivals by convincing margins. (GNS)

 

 

Tragic Dog attack Lachipura incident

              Sajad Lone meets families of victim children



5 Dariya News(Handwara)

Minister for Science, Technology and Animal Husbandry Sajad Gani Lone today met the families of two children who were mauled to death by stray dogs the other day at Lachipura Handwara.The Minister expressed deep shock over the unfortunate incident and consoled the grief stricken families of the victim children.Expressing concern over the increasing population of stray dogs in the area, he said that concerted measures would be taken with the involvement of   the experts and local civic authorities to prevent such incidents in future.“Experts will be consulted to scientifically control the increasing canine population in the area” he said and assured that he would personally pursue the matter for an early action in this regard.    

Pertinently, two children, Sobia Farooq (8) daughter of Farooq Ahmed Dar, Irfan Ahmed Khan (10) son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan died after a pack of stray dogs attacked them on Tuesday near their residence in Lahcipura area, village of Rajwar.  (GNS)

 


Peddler held with Codeine Phosphate in Sopore




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Police on Monday arrested a drug peddler and recovered 33 bottles of Codeine Phosphate from his possession.On a tip off, Sopore police apprehended a peddler Azad Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Majeed Mir resident of Hib Dangerpora at Reban Sopore with 33 bottles of codeine phosphate. The accused used to sell the contraband among the youth indulging in drug abuse in the townA case FIR number 35/2015 under section 8/22 NDPS was registered against the peddler and investigation has been taken up. (GNS)


DAK condoles demise




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) condoled the sad demise of father of Dr Muzaffer Jan senior consultant at GB Pant hospital who breathed his last on Tuesday after a brief illness.President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan expressed profound grief over the demise and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.Meanwhile a delegation of DAK led by its president visited the residence of deceased at Humhama Srinagar to express their heartfelt condolences to bereaved family. (GNS)

Families await shifting of inmates from Indian jails to Kashmir

28 serve life imprisonment



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Over 300 people mostly youth from Jammu and Kashmir implicated in anti-national cases are languishing in different jails of India. Scores of people from Kashmir Valley have also been languishing in different jails like Kot-Balwal, Kathau, Udhumpur and other jails of Jammu province.  Twenty-eight Kashmiri’s are serving life imprisonment and most of them are spending their days and nights in Asia’s largest Tihar Jail.Renowned Supreme Court lawyer Professor Bhim Singh believes that most of the prisoners from Jammu and Kashmir locked up in various jails of India have been implicated in false cases and majority of them are under trials.“It is not only youth from Kashmir but from different parts of Jammu province who have been implicated in false cases and are shut in narrow and dark cells. In Varanasi jail alone, there are 15 youth all from Rajouri who are languishing there from past many years,” Singh informed CSN.

He said that Jammu and Kashmir youth have been put in Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Naini, Mumbai, Alahabad, Madhya Pradesh, Rajhstan, Vadodara, Banglore, Jaipur, Lucknow and other jails. “I had filed a petition in Supreme Court seeking the status and details about the actual number of people belonging to Jammu and Kashmir who have been languishing in different jails of India. I have not received any official response yet but being in touch with some of the detainees, I can tell you with authority that there are more than 300 State youth who are locked up in Indian jails,” he said adding that most of the Kashmiri people detained for allegedly involving in anti-India activities have been lodged either in Tihar, Mumbai or Naine Jails.

“There are 25 Kashmir youth lodged in Mumbai jail, 15 youth from Rajouri are in Naine jail, 12 more Kashmiri’s are in Gujrat jails and so on,” Singh said adding that has been pleading the cases of some 1300 foreigners out of 750 are either from Pakistan or Pakistan administered Kashmir. “It is irony that those prisoners who have completed their term are not being deported while section 436(A) of the Indian Penal Code reads that any prisoners who complete his term should be released without any delay,” he said.Ever since PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has assumed the charge of the state, the demand for immediate release or shifting of local inmates from outside states to Srinagar Central Jail has gone louder.It will be a great service from Mufti Muhammad Sayeed to society if he succeeds in his endeavor and would bring back all the Kashmir prisoners back to Valley from the all the outside jails of India,” a reputed Civil Society member said.  

There are more than two dozen people who have been serving life imprisonment. These include Sheikh Nazir Ahmad of Batamaloo, Showkat Ahmad Khan from Nishat, Javed Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Muhammad Ayub Mir (Hazratbal), Ghulam Qadir Bhat (Dooru), Muhammad Shafi Khan, Raj Din Khan, Shabir Ahmad Malik, Muhammad Amin Dar, Noor Muhammad Tantry, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Parvez Ahmed Mir, Sheikh Samiullah and Ali Muhammad Sheikh (brothers), Mushtaq Ahmed Kaloo, Muhammad Amin Wani, Mahmoud Topiwala, Javed Ahmed Wani, Shabir Ahmad Najar , Gulzar Ahmad Wani and Muhammad Ishaq Paul (Shopian), Sheikh Farhat (Bemina) and Sheikh Imran (Karfali Mohalla Habba Kadal).Families of these convicted persons blame Delhi police for “implicating” their dear ones in “false cases.”

The Baba family from Rainawari Srinagar has been waiting for their beloved to get shifted from Vodadara Gujrat to Srinagar from past five years.

Nazir Ahmed Baba from Rainawari Srinagar told CNS that on March 14, 2010, Gujarat’s ‘Anti-Terrorist Squad’ (ATS) arrested his brother Bashir Baba, despite Jammu and Kashmir police had given him clean chit and had asked Gujrat police to release him.“Gujrat police knows Baba is innocent. When we cross long distance to meet him, the Jail authorities provide us only 15 minutes and every time we return with gloomy faces,” he said.The brother of Muhammad Hussain Fazli a resident of Soura Srinagar told CNS that there are some youth who doesn’t figure anywhere and nobody knows about them. “Some caged people are so unfortunate that nobody is interested to plead their cases,” he said.

   Senior separatist leader Javid Ahmed Mir said that there is no denying in this fact that the cases of some of the caged people do not get highlighted the way they should. “There are people locked up in detention centres about whom people know nothing. Muhammad Hussain Fazli (Soura), Muhammad Rafiq Shah (Alesteng), Abdul Gani Goni (Kishtwar) Javid Ahmed Khan (Nowpora), Latif Waja and Mirza Nisar both residents of Khankah Srinagar and many more are spending their time behind the bars and are living in anonymity.The families of Sheikh Imran (Karfali Mohalla) and Sheikh Farhat (Bemina) were relieved when the duo were shifted to Kotbalwal and then to Baramulla Sub Jail from Alipore Jail Kolkatta. “Even Kolkatta police know that both Imran and Farhat are innocent and yet they were implicated in a fabricated case in 2003,” Muzamil the brother of Imran told CNS.

Ghulam Qadir Bhat, 60, hailing from Dooru, Islamabad was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Court on the charges of hatching a conspiracy to eliminate high profile personalities. Her daughter Mubeena is fighting a lonely battle for the past ten years to get her father released from Tihar Jail.Latif Ahmed Wajah, a resident of Khankah Srinagar has been languishing from 19 years in Jaipur Rajsthan jail. “My brother was acquitted by Gujrat and Jaipur court and still after that he was accused of planting bombs in different states of India. It has become a routine affair for my family to visit him once in a month from past 19 years and the agony and pain that we feel is unfathomable,” said Tariq Ahmed. Muslim Tehreek Khawteen Chairperson, Zamrooda Habib told CNS that at least 70 to 80 Kashmiri people are languishing in different jails of India.“Mirza Nisar, Ali Muhammad Bhat, Javid Ahmed Khan Tariq Ahmed Dar, Farooq Ahmed Daga and Abdul Gani Goni are languishing in different jails including Jaipur, Tihar, Banglore, Rajsthan and Gujrat,” she said and demanded that State Government must take steps to ensure their safety and bring them back to Central Jail Srinagar.

    According to Hurriyat G spokesperson Ayaz Akbar at least 500 political prisoners including militants have been locked up in jails of Jammu and Kashmir. “Some of them include Dr Qasim Faktoo, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Hurriyat G district president Shopian Shakil Ahmed Itoo, district president Kulgam Muhammad Shaban Dar, Zubir Ahmed Turray (Shopian), Showkat Ahmed (Kulgam), Nasir Abdullah (Palhalan), Sameer Gojri (Baramulla), Muhammad Amin Dar (Banihal), Sabzar Ahmed Pala, Mubarak Ahmed Wani, Pir Muhammad Ashraf (Anantnag), Manzoor Ahmed Najar, Ashiq Hussain, Basharat Mir, Sameer Ahmed, Muhammad Asif, Arif Nazir, Abdul Hamid Malik and others.” (CNS)   

 

 

PSA has track record of gross abuse

Govt should review cases of political prisoners: Swami Agnivesh



5 Dariya News (New Delhi)

Lauding the role of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister for using his authority in getting Masrat Aalam released from the jail, renowned social activist and Hindu scholar, Swami Agnivesh Wednesday said that it is illegal and inhuman to keep someone in jail for years without trial.Agnivesh told CNS that draconian Public safety Act has a track record of gross abuse and in fact Mufti government should review many more such cases and take appropriate action before it is too late.“Jammu and Kashmir especially Kashmir badly needs a healing touch. People are wounded and government needs to put a balm on these wounds. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has shown statesman like courage to say and do things which he has said and has done since assuming power,” Agnivesh said.He said that BJP should congratulate itself for being a partner in a government who’s Chief Minister has taken such a bold initiative. “Such actions will soon alienate the forces of separatism and militancy and pave the way for inclusive development. The BJP should use this opportunity to push through the long awaited return of the Kashmir Pandits to their native home,” he said.Appealing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remain steadfast in his initiatives to bring peace and development to India and South Asia without being cowed down by the boisterous opposition Swami Agnivesh lauded the statesmanship of Narendra Modi  for sending Foreign Secretary Jai Shankar to Pakistan with a letter to his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, thus rising above his own government’s earlier stand to cancel dialogue with Pakistan because the Pak High Commission had met some Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi. (CNS)

 

 

Release of political prisoners

   JKSM stages protest




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Scores of activists of separatist orgainzation Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement staged a peaceful protest at media hub here, demanding immediate release of political prisoners languishing in jails of Jammu Kashmir and outside State.Carrying placards and banners seeking release of political prisoner and withdrawing of ‘frivolous’ charges against them, JKSM activists led by Zafar Akbar Bhat while raising pro-freedom slogans lashed out at Indian media for its biased and malicious propganda against the political prisoners of Kashmir.Talking to reporters, JKSM chairman, Zafar Akbar said that these poltical prisoners are the true representatives of Kashmiri people who have been fighting for a sacred cause. “Delhi has no right to play politics over Masrat Aalam issue as he has been released on the directions of Court and all the cases filed against him have already been turned down by all local courts,” he said.He appealed International Community and Humna Rights organizations to put pressure on India and use their good offices to release all the Kashmiri  political prisoners languishing in the jails of Jammu and Kashmir and outside States. (CNS)

 

Official falls in Vigilance Net



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

Vigilance Organisation Kashmir registered a case FIR No.18/2015 at P/S VOK against Mohammad Shafi Shah the then Assistant Manager JKPCC Unit-XI Kulgam, on the outcome of verification conducted by Vigilance Organisation Kashmir regarding accumulation of disproportionate assets by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices.The verification reveals that assets found are disproportionate to his (suspect) known source of income. Thus omissions and commissions on the part of the above mentioned public servant constitute offences punishable U/S 5(1) (e), r/w 5(2) J&K P.C.Act Svt.2006 and further investigation taken up. (CNS)

Key to tourism growth lies in modern infrastructure, promoting new destinations: CM



 

5 Dariya News (Jammu)

Identifying tourism industry as one of the prioritized sectors of the new Government, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today highlighted the urgent need to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure for high-end tourists as well taking effective steps in promoting new destinations to increase the visitors’ footfall in the State.The Chief Minister, who also holds the charge of the Tourism portfolio, said this while interacting with a delegation of Tour & Travel Associations of Kashmir, here today.Managing Director, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC), Farooq Ahmad Shah, who also holds the charge of Director Tourism, Kashmir, was present on the occasion.

Expressing concern over the considerably low intake capacity of the Valley to accommodate ever-increasing flow of tourists, especially high-end, the Chief Minister said there is an urgent need to create sufficient accommodation to meet the demands of incoming tourists. “Tourism will not develop unless it comes with the required paraphernalia. We have to be innovative in our thinking to make Kashmir valley a leading tourist destination of the country and abroad. Tented accommodation and building eco-cottages at tourist resorts is one innovative way to increase the low intake capacity,” the Chief Minister stated.The Chief Minister asked the MD JKTDC to immediately undertake forceful marketing drives and FAM (Familiarity) Tours to promote scenic destinations like Sonamarg, Kokernag, Daksum, Warwan and Dodhpathri so that visitors are able to explore the Valley beyond known destinations like Gulmarg and Pahalgam. “Nature has bestowed us with beauty in abundance. We have to take steps to utilize idle tourism infrastructure at these nature spots for which New Tourism Development Authorities were created when I first took over in 2002,” he said and added that the Tourism Development Authorities shall be soon revitalized to focus on uniform spread of tourists across the valley.

Describing tourism as a binding force that joins several other key sectors like the famed handicrafts / handloom and food industry of Kashmir, the Chief Minister assured that tourism, which has been flagged by the present Government as one of the key sectors, will flourish in the days to come. “We see tourism and industry as areas where we have great potential to generate jobs for our skilled unemployed youth,” the Chief Minister said.The Chief Minister revealed that he will take up all issues like allowing night-landing facility at the Srinagar International Airport, realignment of the houseboats in the Dal Lake, putting to use the unutilized tourism infrastructure and better road and power connectivity so that bottlenecks in promotion of tourism are removed immediately. He added that a joint Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Tourism Conference will be organized shortly to discuss issues for growth of tourism in the State. Stressing the need to promote adventure and high-end tourism in the State, the Chief Minister said new Tourism Circuits shall be added and several places like the Suru Valley in Ladakh, Jai-Bhaderwah in Jammu and the Mughal Road that connects Poonch with Kashmir Valley shall be taken up on priority.Asking Director Tourism to explore ways and means to offer package tours to the visitors that showcase J&K as a confluence where nature, pilgrim and heritage tourism meet, the Chief Minister credited the sector for playing a vital role in encapsulating and defining Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh in its right perspective. “We need tourists that travel to Kashmir to come to Jammu for paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and vice versa. Similarly, those visiting the enchanting land of Ladakh should travel to Kashmir and Jammu to see and enjoy the unique oneness of J&K. This will come only when proper marketing strategies are in place,” he added.        

The tour operators’ delegation, led by Nasir Shah, presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister highlighting their demands which include need for special rehabilitation policy for the flood-hit travel bodies, soft loan, incentive-based schemes, better marketing drives and removal of travel advisories by various countries. They also urged the Chief Minister to take up the issue of rising air-fare and regulated and hassle-free movement of tourist cabs on resort routes like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.Those present in the delegation included Showkat Pakhtoon, Travel Agents Society of Kashmir (TASK), Peerzada Fayaz, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK), Manzoor Pakhtoon, J&K Tourism Alliance, Nazir Ahmad Mir, Association of Kashmir Tour Operators, Jan Mohammad, Urban Travel Agents Association, G. R. Siah, J&K Pilgrim & Leisure Tour Operators Forum, Nazir A Gosani, Travel Trade Interest Guild, Rauf Tramboo, Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK), Hameed Wangnoo, Domestic Tour Operators Association of Kashmir, Shamim A. Shah, Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAI-JKC), Khaliq Wangnoo, Indian Association of Tour Operators and Hameed Narwari, Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India. (CNS)

 

CRPF man dies in fire incident




5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

A CRPF man died Wednesday after the bunker in which he was standing guard caught fire in Pakerpora area, police sources said.They said Constable Tej Ram of 181 Bn from Rajasthan fell unconscious due to the smoke of the Kerosene heater.He sustained severe burn injuries after the bunker caught fire, leading to his death. (CNS)

 

Two deaths in three days:Administration attached Doctors for negligence



5 Dariya News (Pulwama)

Amid protests a complete shutdown was observed in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district against the death of a pregnant woman at District Hospital.This was the second death in the same hospital in last 3 days. On March 8, a woman and her newly born baby died due to alleged negligence of doctors treating her. According to reports Khurshi Banoo, wife of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Lajura hamlet died Wednesday morning after she developed complications following her delivery last night.Family members and relatives of the deceased woman alleged that medical negligence caused her death. The death sparked massive protests while some agitated protesters resorted to stone-pelting and attacked police personnel who arrived at hospital to pacify the protesters.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that the protesters blocked the traffic and amid slogans clashed with police. The police fired some tear-smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes between police and protesters disrupted normal in the town.“After giving birth to a baby following a cesarean, my sister developed complications and soon after breathed her last,” the brother of the deceased woman told CNS.Taking strong note of the alleged negligence on part of medical staff, the district administration attached Dr Tahira Rasool and Dr Tasleema to sub district hospital Sopore.Pertinently, another woman Ruksana and her new-born died at the hospital on March 8, triggering massive protests against the hospital administration. (CNS)

 

 

   Class 12th Exams”,‘For BOSE luck matters not hard work’

                            X, Z series Physics paper tough: Say Students



5 Dariya News (Srinagar)

The students of class 12 who are appearing in their annual exams blamed  Board of School Education authorities for playing with their careers. Scores of students were seen crying and fuming while coming out from examination centres on Wednesday. The students termed the X and Z series of Physics paper extremely tough in comparison with series Y.“This is injustice towards the students. BOSE has added a ‘luck factor’ to this examination. Some students get easy series while some get knotty one. Just compare series X and Y and Z and you will see the difference,” a student told CNS outside Nawakadal College.  

Demanding an inquiry into the paper setting exercise, the students asked Board of School Education (BOSE) to remain impartial with every student. “X and Z series of Physics paper was very tough than Y series. All the students who got X and Z series paper couldn’t do well in their paper whereas students of other series easily completed their paper,” the students said adding that they are afraid that they will either not qualify or their percentage will be low.

Pertinently, students had also complained earlier that “X series of chemistry paper was very tough than Y and Z series. When contacted secretary BOSE Veena Pandita said that she would constitute an expert panel to probe the matter. “I request these students to give me a representation and I assure them appropriate remedial measures will be taken,” she said. (CNS)

 

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