Jammu and Kashmir CM chairs top security meeting

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 Jammu and Kashmir CM chairs top security meeting



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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday chaired his first meeting of the Unified Headquarters, the state's top security grid, in Jammu.The meeting was attended by state chief secretary, state police chief, army commander of northern command, corps commanders, intelligence heads of state and central intelligence agencies and senior officials of the paramilitary forces.Sayeed took over as the chief minister of the state on March 1. The Unified Headquarters is the top security grid in the state that functions under the chief minister to create synergy and coordination among various security agencies while carrying out anti-militancy operations in the state.Sayeed said at the meeting that there should be no laxity in carrying out anti-militancy operations, but these must take place with zero tolerance against human rights violations.The chief minister said the basic aim of security is to free the hearts and minds of the people from fear and it needs to be ensured that no action is taken that results in creating any distance between the people and the security forces.Thursday's meeting has taken place in the backdrop of the release of Masrat Alam, a fiery separatist.

      NC accuses New Delhi of ‘harassing’ Mufti Muhammad Sayeed

‘Mufti has right to take any decision’


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Srinagar

National Conference Thursday said that New Delhi should stop harassing and distressing elected Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and in no way Centre should intervene into the subjects that fall in State List.“Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is not an autocrat but a Chief Minister who has been elected by the people of Kashmir. People have given him authority to take decisions in the State. Centre has no right to challenge and raise hue and cry over the decisions taken by him,” former member parliament and National Conference senior leader Shari-u-Din Sharik told CNS adding that New Delhi is treating Kashmir as its colony.“Kashmir is not a colony of India. It has its own elected Chief Minister who has right to take decisions. Centre is not only challenging the authority of Chief Minister but also giving an impression to the people of Kashmir that they are the slaves of India upon whom all decisions will be thrusted from New Delhi,” he said.

Castigating New Delhi for over-reacting over the release of Masrat Aalam, Sharif-u-Din Sharik said that Masrat was arrested by State Police and it was the state court that ordered his release, so Centre has no right to intervene into the matter. “Centre is not only challenging the authority of elected Chief Minister, but it is also challenging the authority of Jammu and Kashmir Constitution. Unnecessarily, New Delhi is creating hurdles for Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and is not allowing him to work for the betterment of the people. So what I am from National Conference and no doubt i don’t see eye to eye with the State Chief Minister but I believe that Centre is undermining the Mufti’s authority and it can prove fatal in coming years,” he said.

Former Indian Parliament Member admitted that New Delhi does not trust the people of Kashmir. “When Tamil Nadu Chief Minister passed a resolution in favour of the killers of Rajiv Gandhi, Centre that time acted as a lamb and did not bother to issue even a statement and neither no Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha member raised hue and cry over the issue. But when the State released Masrat Aalam, everyone started barking and gave impression that Kashmir is India’s colony,” he said.He said that it is high time for the Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his party to pass a resolution in State Assembly condemn the attitude and behaviour of New Delhi and castigate it for undermining the authority of Chief Minister of the State. (CNS)

 

New Delhi directs JK Govt to challenge the bail of Masrat Aalam


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Central Government Thursday directed Jammu and Kashmir to challenge bail granted to separatist Masarat Alam Bhat, whose release from prison last week has ignited a political row. An advisory from the home ministry also asks the state government to keep close surveillance on the hardliner and his associates."All 27 cases against Alam should be rigorously pursued and the government should take steps to challenge bail to him in those cases," Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament, where opposition parties have attacked his government on the separatist's release.He added that the state must ensure surveillance on Alam "in close tandem with the Centre."The advisory follows days of political sparring over the release of Masarat Alam, the man behind stone-throwing protests across the Kashmir Valley in 2010.

Alam had been granted bail in all 27 cases against him but had been kept in jail under the Public Safety Act, which allows detention for up to two years without trial.The Jammu and Kashmir government, led by  Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has already informed the Centre that there were no fresh grounds to keep Alam in jail.The Indian Home Minister said that, “I had made a Statement based on the report received from the Government of Jammu & Kashmir on 9th March, 2015 regarding the release of separatist Masarat Alam Bhat I had also mentioned that more information in this regard is being collected from the State Government. We have received a further report from the State Government in the matter.

The State Government has informed that 27 criminal cases are continuing against Masarat Alan Bhat. Masarat Alam Bhat has been booked 8 times, since February, 2010 under Section 8 of the Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act of 1978. The last such detention order was issued by the District Magistrate, Jammu on 15.09.2014. Such detention order issued by the District Magistrate, Jammu is to be approved by the State Government within 12 days of the issuance of such detention order as per Section 8(4) of the Public Safety Act.. The detention order issued by the District Magistrate, Jammu on 15.09.2014 was received in the Home Department of Jammu & Kashmir on 09.10.2014 after the lapse of 23 days and hence the same could not be approved.

The State Government has further informed that there were no fresh grounds for detention as verified from the District Magistrate, Jammu. The grounds based on which earlier detention orders were, quashed by the Hon’ble High Court and this detention order contained the same old grounds of detention.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India had also, in March 2013, observed that if any fresh detention order is issued by the Government of Jammu & Kashmir with respect to Masarat Alan Bhat, the same shall not come into force for a period of one week from the date of communication of the order to enable him to pursue appropriate legal remedy.

After some correspondence with the District Magistrate, Jamrnu and State Law Department, the State Government wrote to the District Magistrate, Jammu on 04.02.2015 vide their letter No. Home/PD/01/2014 dated 4.2.2015 informing that the detention order dated 15.09.2014 issued by him ceased to remain in force The District Magistrate, Jammu was further informed that a fresh order can, however, be issued for detention of the detainee after following the procedure prescribed in the Public Safety Act and directions of the Hon’bie Supreme Court.Thereafter, the detenue was released on 07.03.2015.The State Government has also informed that a proper system is in place to have an effective surveillance over Masarat Alam l3hat’s activities. As and when anything adverse surfaces, appropriate action as envisaged by law will be taken. The intelligence apparatus and local police work in tandem thereby facilitating planning of advance and adequate deployment of law and order components for maintenance of peace and order in areas likely to be visited by Masarat Alam Bhat and other separatist elements. (CNS)

Masrat Aalam row:Home Minister issues advisory to J&K Government



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The Home Ministry issued an advisory to the Government of Jammu & Kashmir that reads, “All 27 criminal cases registered against Masarat Alam Bhat will be pursued vigorously and steps also taken as per law to challenge the orders pertaining to grant of bail to him in such cases.” “A close surveillance must be ensured on such of the activities of Masarat Alam Bhat and his Other associates and followers, which are detrimental to public order or the unity and integrity of the country in general and the State of Jammu & Kashmir in particular. Anything coming to adverse notice must be promptly reviewed in the light of the Public Safety Act and appropriate action taken immediately.”“The State Government will ensure that the surveillance and monitoring of the activities of Masarat Alam Bhat and his associates and followers is done in close tandem with the Central Government security and intelligence agencies in the larger interest of maintaining peace and public order and normalcy in the State.” (CNS)


  ‘All political parties of India one, when it comes to Kashmir’: Hakim Yasin



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Legislator and Chairman People’s Democratic Front Hakim Muhammad Yasin Thursday said that all political parties of India including Congress irrespective of their differences get united when it comes to Kashmir. “Its shocking and irony that India is poking its nose in every matter related to Kashmir. This is the height of injustice,” Hakim told CNS adding that the political parties of India are hell bent to weaken all democratic institutions.“The over enthusiastic reaction from political parties of India including the ally of PDP is an eye-opener for all. It shows how helpless we are and how the Centre is meddling into those subjects as well that fall in the List of State Government,” he said and added that it is high time for PDP to take a positive course of action.He said that it is shocking New Delhi wants to thrust its decision on State over a person like Masrat Aalam who was arrested in Kashmir, booked by Kashmir police and tried in Kashmir court. “New Delhi is nowhere in picture as far as the case of Masrat Aalam is concerned. One fails to understand why Centre is so eager to meddle into the affairs of the State,” he said and added that Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed should answer to the people of Kashmir why under his nose, New Delhi is undermining the authority of elected government.Responding to a question, Hakim Muhammad Yasin said that if Mufti had promised people of Kashmir that he will give them peace and dignified life, then how come Centre is reluctant to accept his view point and decisions on various issues. (CNS)

 

  RSS mouthpiece Organiser shows large parts of J&K in Pakistan



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India’s hardline Hindu Organization Rashtriya Swamik Sangh (RSS) was embarassed after its mouthpiece ‘Organizer’ in an online and printed map showed large parts of Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan.Reports said that RSS run newspaper ‘Organizer’ in its latest issue came up with a map of South Asia depicting large parts of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan. The Sangh quickly pulled out the map from its online edition, but the print edition carries the mutilated Indian map.Pertinently, the Sangh has been at the forefront of protests when any foreign agency show Jammu and Kashmir part of Pakistan.

Editor ‘Organizer’ Prafulla Ketkar termed the ‘mistake’ inadvertent but told reporters that it is a blunder and unacceptable mistake. He said the map was sourced from "a SAARC website picking up link from Banglapedia". He assured a correction will be issued in the next issue of the magazine.The map appeared as part of an article, 'Reintegrating Saarc' authored by a research associate working with right-wing think tank India Foundation. Rights activist John Dayal, who posted a snapshot of the map on Facebook, questioned how a map with incorrect boundaries was permitted to be carried in the magazine.

"For lesser offences, members of the Sangh have been acting like censorship police. For people like me, who read the Organizer every week, this was a shocker. We don't expect this from the magazine. They should apologize in their next issue,” he said. (CNS)

 

Class 12th Examination:Erroneous Kashmiri paper leave students flummoxed



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Srinagar

Class XI students from Kashmir Division appearing in exam were in for a rude shock when their Kashmiri paper turned out to be extremely erroneous . The paper setter according to students and Kashmiri known scholars has committed at least 87  mistakes and all the students were unable to grasp what was written on the paper.“The Kashmiri paper left students completely flummoxed. Students were even seen breaking into tears at most examination centers, said a Kashmiri lecturer to CNS adding that despite showing the flawed question paper to Board of School Examination, the authorities did not take a note of blunders in the question paper.Reports said that hundreds of students assembled at BOSE office located at Bemina, however according to students Secretary Bose Veena Pandita was not present there.When contacted Secretary BOSE Professor Veena Pandita advised the aggrieved students to handover a written application to Joint Secretary BOSE. “We will definitely do justice to these students,” she said adding that she had left fro Jammu on Thursday that is why she did not meet the aggrieved students. (CNS)


H1N1 influenza virus not caused the death of South Kashmir woman

Police arrests man to ascertain the facts


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Pulwama

Police Thursday arrested a person for allegedly poisoning her pregnant paramour to death in South Kashmir’s Rajpora area of Pulwama district.A 22-year-old pregnant girl from Qalampora Rajpora had died of suspected H1N1 virus at SKIMS Soura on March 5 this month. The SKIMS authorities in its report had maintained that the lady who was referred as a case of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and suspected case of H1N1 died after doctors diagnosed Intra-uterine death of fetus.The death of the said lady due to ‘Swine-flu’ had created panic in Rajpora and its adjoining areas while the authorities had advised people to take extra measures to from getting infected.

Reports said that after going through the SKIMS report that had called the deceased unmarried lady as pregnant, the First Class Magistrate ordered police to probe the matter and accordingly in a swift action, police arrested a suspect who reportedly had an ‘affair’ with the deceased lady.Police sources informed that the accused who has been identified as Muhammad Yaqoob Bhat son of Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Qalampora Rajpora confessed before police that he had an affair with the deceased girl.“We have been investigating the case as there is every possibilty that the culprit may have poisoned the lady. Initial investigation has revealed that deceased woman was pregnant and the accused was desperate to kill the fetus (unborn offspring) and for that reason he was frequently administering some poisonous substances to the girl, ultimately resulting in her death,” a police official said.

He added that nobody cast a doubt on the heinous crime of the accused as the word had spread in the area that the  deceased was suffering from H1N1 because the local Primary Health Centre doctors had referred her to SKIMS after she complained of respiratory disorder.“We have arrested the accused and a investigation is going on fast track,” he said.Meanwhile, the district administration has ordered police to exhume the body of deceased woman. “Yes, the body of the deceased will be exhumed on March 14 (Saturday). Postmortem will be conducted to ascertain the facts,” the police official said. (CNS) 

  No party even if it has numbers can abrogate 370: CPI(M)

Not status-quo, complete restoration only way out


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J&K State Committee of CPI(M) Thursday reiterated its stand that Article 370 cannot be abrogated, as this is the  only link between Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India.  The State Secretary of the party, M.Y.Tarigami alogwith Sham Prasad Kesar and M.Y.G Nairang senior leaders of the party addressed a news conference in Jammu on Thursday. They referred to the statement of Union MOS Home in which the Minister informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the present government is not considering the abrogation of the article, because it has not the required numbers in the parliament. The leaders asserted that even if the government has 2/3rd majority in the parliament it cannot abrogate the article 370 as for that, recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of J&K is mandatory and the constituent assembly has ceased to exist after 1956.  In fact, article 370 which has been reduced to husk, needs to be restored to its original position, they maintained.

Replying to a question they explained that article 370 in no way, undermines the unity of the country and is in the best interest of the entire state of J&K.  It was included in the Constitution of India after prolonged negotiations between the then established leadership of the state and the rest of the country.  

The leaders expressed their dismay over too much hype given to the release of Masrat Alam and said that an individual’s release should not create an impression that it will jeopardize the security system of the entire country. Instead of focusing on such an unimportant issue, the government should rather try to deliver on ground and mitigate the sufferings of the people, who are in a miserable condition, due to devastating floods, untimely heavy rains and snow blizzards in Kashmir and several areas of Jammu.  Replying to another question, they  made it clear that India has a vibrant judicial system and if the govt. fails to prove charges against people arrested under PSA and such other draconian laws , then the people languishing in jails have the right to be free.  CPI(M) has been consistently demanding the immediate release of all those who are not involved in heinous crimes, the leaders affirmed.

Government of India along with the government of J&K must initiate, comprehensive dialogue with all the stake holders for resolving the Kashmir issue, keeping in view its historical context and the democratic aspiration of the people of all the regions.The present coalition government of the state, without wasting time and without seeking to cultivate the respective constituencies for electoral gains, must address the immediate and acute issues related to the livelihood of the common man. Enough is enough, no more polarization, rather serious efforts for reconciliation and unity of the people must be initiated. (CNS)

CM chairs first UHQ meeting in Jammu

Discusses security situation, issues instructions to top brass


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Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syed Thursday chaired first meeting of Unified Headquarters in 11 day rule of PDP-BJP Government.Sources told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that the highest level body for discussions on security situation in Jammu and Kashmir was chaired by Mufti, who also holds the charge of Home Minister, at his official residence Jammu on Thursday.“Entire range of security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir including the situation in internal areas to the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB), working of counter-infiltration grid, number of militants within the State and their capability to strike and measures taken by all security agencies to maintain peace in the State were discussed in the meeting,” one of the officials who was part of the meeting wishing anonymity told KNS.

He said that the meeting was attended by GOC-in-C Northern Command, GOC 16 Corps, GOC 15 corps, DGP J&K, IG BSF, IG CRPF, senior officers of IB and RAW including the Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.This was the first meeting of the Unified Headquarters, which comprised top brass of Army, para-military forces, police, Intelligence agencies and civil administration, after Mufti took over as the Chief Minister on March 1.Governor NN Vohra had chaired the Unified Headquarters meeting on January 20 during the Governor’s rule.Sources told KNS that in the wake of controversy shrouding release of Masrat Alam, the release of other political prisoners were not part of the Unified Headquarters meeting. “Only security situation and related aspects and steps to strengthen intelligence and security mechanism, co-ordination among various security agencies and related matters were discussed,” they said.

Sources added the Chief Minister passed directions to all security agencies on the steps required to be taken while dealing with different kind of situation especially during the law and order. (KNS)

 

 

 

CM’s assurance to vacate hotels from security forces

IG CRPF rules out any immediate possibility


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Srinagar

A day after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syeed stated that government will ensure all hotels in Srinagar city that have been occupied by security forces are evacuated, Inspector General Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)  K S Bhandari Thursday ruled out any immediate possibility of vacating the hotels and gust houses.Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) Bhandari said, “Nobody has officially approached us regarding this matter till now. But before coming to us it is a responsibility of the state government to provide us with a suitable alternative. Until and unless the government will not provide the alternative accommodations to our troops it is not possible for us to vacate hotels,”

While accepting many hotels and gust houses are under the occupation CRPF he said, “CRPF battalions are putting up in around 15 different hotels and gust houses. State Government should understand that in absence of any proper accommodation we are left with no option other than to live in the tents,”

Interestingly on Wednesday Mufti had assured tourism players to get all hotels in Srinagar city evacuated from the occupation of security forces.

Interacting with a delegation of tour and travel associations of Kashmir at his Jammu residence, the chief minister had assured them to take all necessary steps to revive tourism sector in the state. “All the hotels, guest houses that are under the occupation of security forces will be evacuated and thrown open for tourism activates,” the CM had said.It is pertinent to mention here that in the past the directions had been passed by Home Ministry to CRPF to vacate hotels after a police report wherein they had mentioned that tourists face accommodation problem in Srinagar and other tourist resorts. According to the report, police had mentioned that around 35 per cent of tourist accommodations were under the occupation of forces and at some Government offices are housed in the buildings meant for tourists. KNS

 

 

 

No authority can abrogate or modify Article 370: Prof Soz

‘Statement of Union MoS Home thoroughly misleading’


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Srinagar

Reacting to the statement of Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju in which he informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the NDA government was not considering the abrogation of the Article 370, because it does not have two third majority in the Parliament, the former Union Minister Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz Thursday said that no authority in India can abrogate or modify it except the people of Jammu and Kashmir state.Talking to KNS he said, “The Minister’s statement on the issue is thoroughly misleading. The Minister doesn’t seem to be educated enough to make a statement on such an issue. If the BJP or to be precise the RSS thinking on these lines it is certainly groping in the dark and it must be realise that for all times to come that the Constitutional positions is that Article 370 happens to be an essential element of the basic structure of the Constitution of India.”“It can neither be abrogated nor amended, except through the free will of people of Jammu and Kashmir state,” he said.“The only constitutional authority that could abrogate or amend Article 370 happened to be the J&K Constituent Assembly that completed its task and ended in 1957. Thereafter no institution atleast exists in India that can abrogate or amend Article 370,” he asserted.

 

 

 

Patch work of valley roads to be started within few days: R&B minister


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Srinagar

State government Thursday claimed that the patch work of all roads which are in bad shape will be carried out within a few days and other maintenance works like resurfacing will be completed by the end of current year.Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS) Minister for R&B, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari said “It is true that the maximum roads of the valley especially in the Srinagar City are in dilapidated condition. The deteriorated condition of the City roads creates hurdle for traffic movement. The government has prepared a plan to carry out the repair and other patch work on roads within a next couple of days,”He said that under the proposal, the PWD will carry out maintenance work on roads. “The process to float tenders in this regard will be started within a few days. The basic patch works will be done within two three weeks besides the measures will also be initiated by the government to carry out heavy maintenance works in the roads,” he said.The Minister also expressed concern over the worsening condition of the highway and said that the government has put up the issue with the Union Transport ministry. “The government has put up the matter of bad condition of National highway with the Union transport ministry and has urged for the early completion of the highway projects,” he said.It is pertinent to mention here that the devastating floods last year hit almost all the roads badly. KNS 

 

 

 

     No party even if it has numbers can abrogate Article 370: CPI (M)

   Not status-quo but its complete restoration is the only way out: Tarigami



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Jammu

J&K State Committee of CPI (M) today reiterated its stand that Article 370 cannot be abrogated, as this is the only link between Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India.The State Secretary of the party, M Y Tarigami alogwith Sham Prasad Kesar and M Y G Nairang senior leaders of the party addressed a news conference in Jammu on Thursday. They referred to the statement of Union MoS Home in which the Minister informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the present government is not considering the abrogation of the article, because it has not the required numbers in the parliament. The leaders asserted that even if the government has 2/3rd majority in the parliament it cannot abrogate the article 370 as for that, recommendation of the Constituent Assembly of J&K is mandatory and the constituent assembly has ceased to exist after 1956.  In fact, article 370 which has been reduced to husk, needs to be restored to its original position, they maintained.

Replying to a question they explained that article 370 in no way, undermines the unity of the country and is in the best interest of the entire state of J&K.  It was included in the Constitution of India after prolonged negotiations between the then established leadership of the state and the rest of the country.

The leaders expressed their dismay over too much hype given to the release of Masrat Alam and said that an individual’s release should not create an impression that it will jeopardize the security system of the entire country. Instead of focusing on such an unimportant issue, the government should rather try to deliver on ground and mitigate the sufferings of the people, who are in a miserable condition, due to devastating floods, untimely heavy rains and snow blizzards in Kashmir and several areas of Jammu.  

Replying to another question, they  made it clear that India has a vibrant judicial system and if the govt. fails to prove charges against people arrested under PSA and such other draconian laws , then the people languishing in jails have the right to be free.  CPI (M) has been consistently demanding the immediate release of all those who are not involved in heinous crimes, the leaders affirmed.Government of India alongwith the government of J&K must initiate, comprehensive dialogue with all the stake holders for resolving the Kashmir issue, keeping in view its historical context and the democratic aspiration of the people of all the regions.The present coalition government of the state, without wasting time and without seeking to cultivate the respective constituencies for electoral gains, must address the immediate and acute issues related to the livelihood of the common man. Enough is enough, no more polarization, rather serious efforts for reconciliation and unity of the people must be initiated.

 

 

Hurriyat (G) concerned over safety of Masrat Alam


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Expressing its apprehension and concern over the safety of the pro-freedom leader Masrat Alam Bhat, Hurriyat Conference (G) cautioned that any kind of harm to him will have serious and horrible consequences and all its responsibility will be on the shoulders of the government.In a statement to KNS Hurriyat (G) spokesperson strongly condemned the attitude of New Delhi and national media for projecting Masrat a dangerous person and a terrorist and “this is extremely an irresponsible attitude while as Masrat sahib is a famous and respectable political leader of Kashmir and he have never committed any crime in his lifetime.”Expressing surprise and concern over the revelation of a former police officer Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, ge demanded registration of FIRs under Article 302 against Omer Abdullah and all other police and CRPF personals who are directly involved in the killings of 2010 and “who got promotions and awards for that bloodshed.”

“The Indian investigation agency NIA has no constitutional, legal and moral justification to interfere into the cases of Masrat Alam. The state high court has dozens of times termed the allegations levelled by the state government against the Masrat sahib as baseless and fake and have dozens of times ordered his release. Due to the special status of the state, firstly the NIA has no jurisdiction here and secondly they can’t reopen the cases once closed by the state high court,” he said.The Hurriyat (G) spokesman added that the situation of 2010 for which Masrat Alam is being blamed was actually the public reaction of Machil fake encounter and the killing of many other innocent students. Terming the revelation of a former police officer as serious and deplorable, he said, “Omer Abdullah has many times accused Bukhari for killings of 2010 and today this fact has came to fore that all those killings have happened on his directions and he has offered promotions, perks and rewards to the murderers for all those killings. This situation demands that all those incidents should be investigated by an independent agency and the people involved in the war crimes should be held accountable.”

“Hurriyat conference will try to explore other legal options for bringing the killers of innocent students of 2010 to justice. We appeal Indian people not to come into the negative propaganda against Masrat Alam created by the government and the media and know the fact that Masrat sahib is not any dangerous person and nor is he involved in any kind of criminal activity,” he said. “Masrat Alam is a nice person and a respectable political leader and he was detained for 4 and ½ years under such a law which has been termed as a “lawless law” by the Amnesty International and other human rights organizations.”

 

 

 

Media trial against political prisoners undermines law in India: Shah

‘Modi led govt must express its willingness to hold referendum in JK’



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Terming the approach adopted by national media regarding the release of political prisoners as ‘immoral’ and ‘unconstitutional’, Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah Thursday said that “by doing so it is raising questions over its own judiciary and is undermining law in India.”“By forcibly starting media trial of political prisoners, India media makes it clear that ‘law is not above all’ in India,” Shah said in a statement issued to media said, adding, “The Government of India must answer as to who has to decide the issue of political prisoners – the government, the media or the judiciary? The reality is that Indian government is so weak that it easily succumbs to media dictation and its propaganda despite the court orders/directions.”

He said Kashmiris have rendered in numerous sacrifices in their freedom struggle and such biased and prejudicial media trial will not deter them from pursuing their path of resistance. He also demanded the release of political prisoners and shifting of those languishing in outside state jails to Valley.

Shah said Narendra Modi led BJP government is in majority in Indian and they must, without any worry, hold plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and whatever decision its people will come with, will be acceptable to all stakeholders. “If they (BJP) are hopeful after the recent elections in Jammu Kashmir that situation is in their favour, they should, without waiting too long, express willingness to hold referendum here. We respect the people’s democratic thought and approach and whatever mandate they’ll give, would be acceptable to us.”

He said India should come out from sticking to rhetoric of ‘integral part’ and must acknowledge the historical and ground realities of Kashmir issue. “We’re always ready for tripartite talks. The party with weak stand always finds a way out from dialogue.”Shah also termed the Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s recent statement regarding Kashmir issue as ‘encouraging’. “Mr Sharif’s statement regarding the crucial dispute of Kashmir is based on reality and we hope that Pakistan will put Kashmir issue on priority in its talks with India. We’re extremely grateful to Pakistan for all its support and encouragement.”The DFP Chairman while terming the UN resolutions and tripartite talks as the basis of K-issue resolution said the world bodies must keep in mind that without finding a peaceful solution to this issue, the peace in south Asia is a distant dream. “We’re a peace loving and peace seeking nation and world bodies must respect our genuine demands and play their role in this regard. The way the world bodies expressed their interest and willingness in resolving the disputes of Scotland, East Timor and South Sudan in a short span of time, they should reiterate the same vis-à-vis the Kashmir dispute.”

 

 

 

Aman Ullah Khan’s elder sister passes away

Malik expresses grief, sorrow


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Srinagar

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Thursday expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of elder sister of JKLF supreme head Aman ullah Khan.In a statement to KNS a spokesperson of the JKLF said the deceased was living in Astoor Gilgit and breathed her last during the intervening night of march 10-11. “Her funeral prayers were offered in Lot Astoor Gilgit in which thousands participated. The deceased was very close to Aman Ullah Khan sahib and the news of her death was a big shock for him,” he said.While expressing his grief and sorrow over her demise, Malik described her death as a personal loss. He prayed to Allah for her heavenly abode and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. A condolence meeting was also held at JKLF headquarters in which leaders expressed grief over her demise.       

Malik also expressed his grief over the demise of JKLF well-wishers Bashir Ahmad Malik (Yaripora) and Ghulam Qadir Pahloo (Pulwama). “A JKLF delegation led by engineer JKLF secretary general Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidi visited Pulwama. JKLF zonal vice presidents Mohammad Yasin Butt and Mohammad Sideeq Shah, district president Javed Ahmad Butt along with Mohammad Ayub Naikoo and M Dawoodi were part of the delegation. Delegation expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of deceased Ghulam Qadir who was father in law of JKLF vice president (district Pulwama) Mohammad Rajab Malik.  Another delegation comprising of district president Abdul Sattar and Nazir Ahmad etc visited Yaripora and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of deceased Bashir Ahmad Malik,” a statement of the party said.

 

 

 

Veeri inspects Residency Road shopping complex, Jamia Masjid

‘Shopping complex an important asset for Auqaf’


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Jammu

Minister for Haj, Auqaf and Horticulture, Abdul Rahman Veeri today inspected the ongoing works of Shopping Mall cum Office complex at Residency road and Jamia Masjid Talab Khatinka, Jammu.The Minister was apprised that construction work of 4 storey shopping complex project taken up by the Auqaf Department is being executed  through private public partnership mode at an estimated cost of Rs 23 crores .The work of the basement is in progress and the project is expected to be completed within two years.Special officer, Auqaf, Abdul Satar, Administrator Auqaf Jammu and other senior officers and Engineers were accompanied by the Minister during the tour.

The complex has a facility for 12 show rooms, parking lot in ground and first floor while as shops in 2nd and 3rd floor with food court facilities and office accommodation on the 4th floor.The Minister said that the building will be an asset for Auqaf and help generate income in addition to providing employment opportunities to the youth.The Minister while reviewing the construction work of Jamia Masjid said that Auqaf has provided Rs 5crore so far for its construction. He said Auqaf would also help in the construction of tomb of the mosque, which he said would be 190 feet high and a great tourist attraction.The Minister was informed that construction work of the Jamia Masjid would be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crore and so far about Rs 7crore have been expended on its construction.

The super structure of the Jamia Masjid has been completed while as the work on the dome is in progress. The mosque has three floors and after completion would provide prayer facilities to over 25000 people. The mosque also has   parking facility and other allied facilities.The Minister during his interaction with the members of Jamia Masjid committee said that Auqaf will provide all possible assistance for completion of the mosque and added that the people should also come forward and donate whole heartedly for this endeavour.The Minister directed the concerned officers to regularly monitor the execution of these projects for ensuring use of quality material and their time bound completion.Veeri also paid obeisance at the shrine of Baba Budan Ali Shah at Satwari and prayed for peace and prosperity of the State.

 

 

 

Bukhari takes stock of work on New Legislature Complex

Reviews preparation ahead of Budget Session


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Jammu

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari on Thursday visited the New Legislature complex under construction adjacent to the Civil Secretariat, here.JKPCC officers along with the Project architect briefed the Minister about the layout Plan of the 42 m high multi-storied complex with building area of 238556 Sft. The building has ample provision for Parking in its 2 basement floors.Bukhari on the occasion inspected the work on the floors meant for Assembly and Council Business besides officers Chambers, Press Galleries and Committee rooms.

Showing concern over the cost escalations in the Project, Bukhari directed the Law Secretary to get the issue examined by the 3 member Committee consisting of a Senior Engineering expert, Architect and Additional Secretary Law. The Committee has been tasked to submit the report within 2 weeks after examining the terms of reference and reasons for cost escalations.

Under the approved DPR, the original cost of the project was pegged at 104 Cr.Bukhari directed the concerned officers to speed up the work so that the New Legislature Complex can be thrown open at the earliest.Meanwhile, the Minister also visited the existing Legislature Complex and took stock of the preparations ahead of the ensuing Budget session slated from 18th March.During the visit, the Minister was accompanied by Secretary Law, Secretary Legislative Assembly, MD JKPCC, Director Estates and the project Architect from Consultant Engineering Services, New Delhi.

 

 

 

Altaf Bukhari meets Nitin Gadkari

Union RT&H Ministry agrees to enhance CRF to Rs 480 Crores


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New Delhi

Minister for R&B, Gardens, Parks and Floriculture, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Thursday met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (RT&H), Nitin Gadkari here and discussed matters related to the road communication sector in Jammu and Kashmir with the union Minister.The Minister of State for Public Works Sunil Kumar Sharma besides three Members of the Parliament, Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Nazir Ahmad Laway and Shamsher Singh Manhas were also present in the meeting.Underlining the urgency of better road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir with a mosaic of geographical diversity, hilly and inaccessible terrains, remoteness of areas and weather vagaries, Mr Bukhari highlighted the importance of this sector for overall development and economic welfare of the State.

The Minister, while emphasizing the need for early completion of 4-lane National Highway Project, also laid stress on up-gradation and improvement of existing Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.Bukhari raised the issue of declaration of Mughal Road and other major roads of the state as National Highways. He also raised the issue of construction of tunnels on various routes including a tunnel at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road,   Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel,  Lolab-Bandipora  tunnel and the  Sudh-Mahadev tunnel connecting Marmath of Doda district. The proposals for the construction of these tunnels have already been submitted to the Union Government. Mr Gadkari assured that the union ministry for Road Transport and Highways will have examine these proposals.

Syed Altaf also sought enhancement of limited Central Road Funds (CRF) scheme for various projects other than the 13 projects already submitted to the union ministry costing Rs 274 Crore. He also discussed the allotment of funds to the State under CRF Scheme and sought its rationalization.The Minister also raised the issue of delay in completion of Sopore Bridge and Parimpora to Narbal road, saying that the work by the central agencies is going on a  snail pace.  He urged the union minister to pull up the Border Roads Organization (BRO) for the early completion of these two projects for the convenience of the general public.The Minister for Public Works vehemently stressed on approval of more projects under Inter State Connectivity plans and got approval for one more Inter State connectivity project Basohli-Bani-Bhadarwah costing Rs 197 Crores in addition to already agreed upon funds by the union ministry. He sought speedy completion of National Highway project by the Central Agencies and mentioned the delays in completion of works at Srinagar-Qazigund stretch. He urged the Union Minister for taking up the work of two more sub projects of Banihal-Ramban section and Ramban Udhampur section for which the funds have already been approved by the central government.

Reassuring full support to the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways agreed to enhance the sanctioned allocations under CRF to a total of Rs 480 Crores for current fiscal and asked for a Detailed Project Reports of the projects other than the already submitted 13 projects including up-gradation of old Airport road from Bypass to Rangreth and Dang-Duru to Hanzal Marwah in Kishtwar. The Union Ministry for Road Transport agreed in principal to handover Srinagar-Baramulla highway to the state Public Works department.Bukhari is also scheduled to meet the Union Minister for Rural Development to discuss issues related to Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in the evening.

 

 

 

CWA members call on CAPD Minister

SCPC to be reconstituted, made effective: Zulfkar


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Jammu

Government is serious about effective functioning of Divisional and District level Consumer Forums set up in the State to enable the consumers to seek redressal of their grievances well in time.This was stated by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, while interacting with the members of Consumer Welfare Association (CWA) Jammu, which called on him here today.The Minister said for better services and early redressal of the public grievances, the State Consumer Protection Council (SCPC) will be reconstituted while as the existing Consumer Forums at Divisional and District levels will be refurbished to make these fully functional. 

The Minister directed the concerned to submit a detailed proposal in this regard.The Forum Members, led by Consumer Welfare Association (CWA) Jammu, President Vikram Gour, raised various issues with regard to consumers’ welfare including consumer services, check on the packed eatables and intensive market checking to curb profiteering and hoarding. The other members, including Vice President, S K Gupta and Secretary CWA, Chander Prakash apprised the minister about various problems being faced by the general public in their day to day life.Responding to the demands, the Minister assured that the meetings of Price Committee shall be conducted on monthly basis so that measures are taken to regulate the price. He also said that the market checking flying squads have been activated to intensify the market checking.

Earlier, the Minister also checked the Grievance Cell in the Directorate of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution, Jammu by calling on Toll-free No 1976. The Minister had a firsthand appraisal of the grievances registered in the Cell. He directed the concerned that the action taken report on the registered grievances should be sent to his office on daily basis.Among others Secretary CA&PD, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Director CA&PD, A S Chib, Joint Controller Legal Metrology, Amar Singh, Deputy Controller Manoj Prabhakar were also present on the occasion.

 

 

 

Govt directs TOs not to entertain any bill after March 30


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Jammu

The government has directed the Treasury Officers (TO)s not to entertain any bill/ cheque for payment at treasury received after working hours on March 30.The Treasury Officers are also advised to convey these instructions to the Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) operating upon their respective treasuries by way of prior advice or notice.A circular issued in this regard by the Finance Department, states “It has been observed during the past that the bulk of bills/cheques are received at the treasuries on 31st of March and even after working hours and this provides little or no opportunity to the concerned Treasury officers to verify and scrutinize the bills/ cheques which dilutes the rigour of scrutiny of bills posing avoidable risks.“Further, such a practice has all along been objected by the Account General and has advised to avoid rush of expenditure on 31st of March” it adds.

 

 

 

Bali for stringent steps to improve functioning of Anganwari Centres

Calls for framing fresh policy for nutrition procurement


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Jammu

Minister for Social Welfare, Bali Bhagat has stressed the need for stringent measures to improve the functioning of Anganwari Centres across the State.

While interacting with the District Programme Officers (DPOs) of ICDS from Jammu division, here today, the Minister called for overall fine-tuning the functioning of these Centres to achieve the objective of the scheme. He stressed the need for strengthening the monitoring mechanism at the grass-root level to make the ground level functionaries accountable. He directed the DPOs to undertake regular field visits to personally monitor the activities of the Centres and addressing the important issues, if any, on the spot. Strict action needs to be taken against any slackness which is responsible for the poor functioning of the Centres, the Minister asserted.

To address the issues related to the procurement, supply and quality of nutritional items, the Minister directed the Secretary Social Welfare to come up with a fresh comprehensive procurement policy. He said the complaint regarding the sub-standard supply of nutritional items shall be viewed seriously. All concerned should be vigilant to ensure that quality nutrition is provided to the children, said the Minister.Referring to the complaints regarding pilferage of nutrition, poor quality, thin attendance of children and poor functioning of Anganwari Centres across the State, the Minister directed for evolving complete transparency in the system and prominently displaying the chart of nutrition items to be offered to the children in the Anganwari Centres. This list of items should also appear in the prominent newspapers in different languages so that the beneficiaries can avail benefits of the scheme, said the Minister.Secretary Social Welfare, Sanjeev Verma and State Mission Director, ICDS briefed the Minister about the scheme and steps initiated to further streamline the functioning.

 

 

Industrialists’ deputation calls on Mir


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Jammu

A deputation of industrialist led by President Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir (FCIK), Mohammad Ashraf Mir, today called on Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash, and apprised him of various issues and problems seeking an early redressal to the same.The deputationists highlighted various demands besides seeking his intervention in shifting and functioning of various offices of Industries and Commerce department in the Udhyog Bhawan, Kashmir.They also demanded adequate marketing support to Small Scale Industrial units in the valley.The Minister assured the deputationists that all their issues would be looked into for consideration. 

 

 

Lone reviews functioning of Agri deptt, stock supply position of fertilizers

Says, dealers selling sub-standard material to face action


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Jammu

As much as 24000 metric tonnes fertilizers is available with the dealers, while more 20000 metric tonnes  is on way to meet the requirements of the farmers in the Kashmir Valley.This was disclosed by the Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura while reviewing the supply and stock of fertilizers at a meeting of officers of Agriculture, Sericulture and JK Agro department. The Minister also reviewed the functioning of the departments and implementation of various schemes under agriculture and allied sectors.The Minister took a detailed review of the availability of stock position of fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, utilization of funds under RKVY, besides implementation of saffron mission, vegetable initiative, national mission on protein supplements and other schemes. The establishment of agriculture malls at every district headquarter and utilization of mobile soil testing vans also came up for discussion.

The Comprehensive district agriculture plan-district Budgam was also discussed in detail.Lone also took a detailed appraisal of  status of draft gazetted and non-gazetted recruitment rules, departmental promotion committees, fixation of seniority, filing up of vacant class-IV posts, cattle feed plantation, release of honorarium to Rehaber-i-Zarat. While taking stock position of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds, the Minister directed the directors of agriculture production department to ensure availability and distribution of fertilizers and seeds well in time to the farmers. He asked them to monitor the quality of fertilizers and seeds adding that any lapse in this regard could not be tolerated. He instructed them to cancel license of those dealers found selling sub-standard fertilizers and other agri inputs. The Minister directed the agriculture extension officers, Rehbre-i-Zarat and other field officers to conduct field visits and prepare tour diaries and submit weekly report to the concerned directors for onward submission to the personal section of the Minister for his perusal. He also asked the authorities to take cognisance in case of failure in compliance of directions on the part of officers, officials.


Shutdown, protests in Pulwama over deaths of pregnant women

62 paramedics transferred, more heads to roll



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Srinagar

A complete shutdown was observed Thursday in Pulwama Township of south Kashmir against the deaths of two pregnant women in two separate incidents of alleged negligence by the doctors in less than three days. Meanwhile, 62 paramedics were transferred by the authorities to cool down the tempers.Eyewitnesses told GNS that all shops and business establishments remained closed in main town Pulwama due to a spontaneous shutdown, a day after a pregnant woman Khursheeda Akhter, wife of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Lehjoora died due to the alleged negligence of the doctors at the district hospital, Pulwama. Before Khursheeda, another woman Ruksana Akhter, wife of Imtiyaz Bhat of Wahibugh, Pulwama had also died, hours after the doctors operated upon her. Her newborn also died triggering off strong protests by the locals.

Mounting public pressure prompted the district administration to order a probe into the allegations of negligence by the doctors. Acting swiftly, the Deputy Director Health Services attached two doctors Dr Tasleema, Dr Tahira and a staff nurse Miss Tahria Rasool has been attached with BMO Sopore’s office

“We observed shutdown to protest against the careless attitude of the doctors that have caused death of two mothers and a baby in the last three days. The doctors pay no attention to the serious patients and instead are engaged in gossips. This has to stop,” Abdul Gaffar, a trader said.

He said that the locals want the staff of the hospital to be removed and responsible staffers to be posted at the hospital after the two consecutive deaths that have caused scare and anxiety among the people.Meanwhile, the authorities today transferred 62 paramedics at the hospital following anger against the alleged negligence of the hospital administration. The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting that was held at the office of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pulwama. Deputy Director Health Services, Kashmir, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Pulwama and other health officials also attended the meeting. (GNS)

 

 

Body of person buried in avalanche recovered, another missing



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Srinagar

Body of one of the two persons, who were swept away by an avalanche on March 07 was recovered at Tanghdar in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday.The avalanche struck at Khoni Nallah near Sadna Top in the frontier district, sweeping along two persons while three others had a narrow escape.

“On March 8 we have received information about the missing of two persons and immediately an operation was launched”, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara Rahul Malik told GNS.He said that so far one body has been recovered from the site by the team comprising of police and army. (GNS)

 

 


3 more test positive for swine flu in Kashmir, number rises to 374


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Srinagar

Three more patients have tested positive for swine flu, taking the number of those infected with the deadly virus to 374 in Kashmir Valley."Three more patients have tested positive for the virus. The total number of infected people is now at 374," PRO, SKIMS, Kulsoom Bhat in a statement issued to GNS said."There has been no H1N1-related death during the last 24 hours in the Valley," she said."75 patients were seen at the special OPD of the SKIMS hospital today out of which samples of 6 were taken for testing," she said.She said the number of swine flu patients admitted at the isolation ward of the hospital was six.Bhat said the institute has received 2000 fresh vaccines today. (GNS)

 

 

 

  Army recruitment rally draws huge crowd in Rangreth


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Srinagar 

Thousands of youth Thursday appeared at JAK Li Regimental Center, Rangreth in outskirt’s of Srinagar city, where army had conducted a recruitment rally.

Reports reaching here said that thousands of youth turned up at the rally for filling up of 55 vacancies of Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry Battalion (Home & Hearth) of Territorial Army whereas the selection was scheduled and publicized only for the boys belonging to Ganderbal, Budgam,Pulwama and Srinagar.Reports said some of the candidates are even post graduates.They said it was tough for Army to control the crowd, the timely response by JK Police helped army to control the crowed deftly without allowing the recruitment process to get disrupted as also avoiding any untoward incident at the sight.

A call was given by Army for recruitment to the 55 vacancies (52 GD Riflemen + 3 trades men) for the TA (H&H) Battalion through advertisement in newspapers for youth belonging to the only four districts of Ganderbal, Budgam,Pulwama & Srinagar, however, the youth from all over the Valley turned up making it difficult for the Army officials responsible for recruitment to manage them, Brijesh Panday, a senior defence official told GNS.

Army is sensitive to the growing desire of Kashmiri youth to join military and has started conducting recruitment in phased manner. 

However, the desperation for seeking stable and dignified jobs is such that youth do not wait for the turn of their district, the official said.Meanwhile, thirteen youth from Bandipora district are all set to join Indian army, a senior army official told GNS."In a function organized at Army Camp Kaharpora 13 youths interacted with Commanding Officer of 14 Rashtriya Rifles,  Dr Shah Fasil,  DC Bandipur and ASP Yousf Choudhary", he said.The selected youth are among the 75 persons who were being given training by the local army's 14 Rashtriya Rifles to Join Indian Army, he said.

He said training of 75 youths was commenced last year just before the recruitment rally which was held at Sonarwani camp.Meanwhile, 25 youths have successfully completed the formalities and joined the Army last year through Bandipur and Anantnag rallies, the official added.These 13 boys had appeared at the recruitment rally held at Budgam.Felicitaing the youth at Army base in Kharpora in Bandipur commanding officer of the local unit, Dr Shah Faesal and ASP congratulated the young boys.DC and ASP have assured all support to these boys in further documentation. (GNS)

 

 

Srinagar police arrests internet offender


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Srinagar

Srinagar police has arrested an internet offender who was posting defamatory and fake messages about a lady on social networking site Facebook and WhatsApp.Police Station Parimpora was informed by a lady that an unknown person was posting defamatory and fake messages and pictures regarding her on social networking site Facebook and WhatsApp. A case FIR no. 50/2015 under section 504,506,509/RPC was registered in this regard and investigation was taken up.During investigation police succeeded in identifying the culprit who was taken into custody. He was identified as Mohammad Sarjan Mir son of Sona-ul-lah Mir resident of Safapora, Ganderbal, who was the ex-husband of the lady. Initial investigations revealed that the offender had posted such messages and pictures in order to defame the girl to settle his score. (GNS)

 

 

 

Bukhari takes stock of work on New Legislature Complex

Asks Committee to examine project cost escalation



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Jammu

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari on Thursday visited the New Legislature complex under construction adjacent to the Civil Secretariat, here.JKPCC officers along with the Project architect briefed the Minister about the layout Plan of the 42 m high multi-storied complex with building area of 238556 Sft. The building has ample provision for Parking in its 2 basement floors.Bukhari on the occasion inspected the work on the floors meant for Assembly and Council Business besides officers Chambers, Press Galleries and Committee rooms.

Showing concern over the cost escalations in the Project, Bukhari directed the Law Secretary to get the issue examined by the 3 member Committee consisting of a Senior Engineering expert, Architect and Additional Secretary Law. The Committee has been tasked to submit the report within 2 weeks after examining the terms of reference and reasons for cost escalations.

Under the approved DPR, the original cost of the project was pegged at 104 Cr.Bukhari directed the concerned officers to speed up the work so that the New Legislature Complex can be thrown open at the earliest.Meanwhile, the Minister also visited the existing Legislature Complex and took stock of the preparations ahead of the ensuing Budget session slated from 18th March.During the visit, the Minister was accompanied by Secretary Law, Secretary Legislative Assembly, MD JKPCC, Director Estates and the project Architect from Consultant Engineering Services, New Delhi.

 

Altaf Bukhari meets Nitin Gadkari

Union RT&H Ministry agrees to enhance CRF to Rs 480 Crores


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New Delhi

Minister for R&B, Gardens, Parks and Floriculture, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari Thursday met Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (RT&H), Nitin Gadkari here and discussed matters related to the road communication sector in Jammu and Kashmir with the union Minister.The Minister of State for Public Works Sunil Kumar Sharma besides three Members of the Parliament,  Fayaz Ahmad Mir,  Nazir Ahmad Laway and  Shamsher Singh Manhas were also present in the meeting.Underlining the urgency of better road connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir with a mosaic of geographical diversity, hilly and inaccessible terrains, remoteness of areas and weather vagaries,  Bukhari highlighted the importance of this sector for overall development and economic welfare of the State.

The Minister, while emphasizing the need for early completion of 4-lane National Highway Project, also laid stress on up-gradation and improvement of existing Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Bukhari raised the issue of declaration of Mughal Road and other major roads of the state as National Highways. He also raised the issue of construction of tunnels on various routes including a tunnel at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road,   Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel,  Lolab-Bandipora  tunnel and the  Sudh-Mahadev tunnel connecting Marmath of Doda district. The proposals for the construction of these tunnels have already been submitted to the Union Government.  Gadkari assured that the union ministry for Road Transport and Highways will have examined these proposals.

Syed Altaf also sought enhancement of limited Central Road Funds (CRF) scheme for various projects other than the 13 projects already submitted to the union ministry costing Rs 274 Crore. He also discussed the allotment of funds to the State under CRF Scheme and sought its rationalization.The Minister also raised the issue of delay in completion of Sopore Bridge and Parimpora to Narbal road, saying that the work by the central agencies is going on a snail pace.  He urged the union minister to pull up the Border Roads Organization (BRO) for the early completion of these two projects for the convenience of the general public.

The Minister for Public Works vehemently stressed on approval of more projects under Inter State Connectivity plans and got approval for one more Inter State connectivity project Basohli-Bani-Bhadarwah costing Rs 197 Crores in addition to already agreed upon funds by the union ministry. He sought speedy completion of National Highway project by the Central Agencies and mentioned the delays in completion of works at Srinagar-Qazigund stretch. He urged the Union Minister for taking up the work of two more sub projects of Banihal-Ramban section and Ramban Udhampur section for which the funds have already been approved by the central government.

Reassuring full support to the Jammu and Kashmir Government, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways agreed to enhance the sanctioned allocations under CRF to a total of Rs 480 Crores for current fiscal and asked for a Detailed Project Reports of the projects other than the already submitted 13 projects including up-gradation of old Airport road from Bypass to Rangreth and Dang-Duru to Hanzal Marwah in Kishtwar. The Union Ministry for Road Transport agreed in principal to handover Srinagar-Baramulla highway to the state Public Works department. Bukhari is also scheduled to meet the Union Minister for Rural Development to discuss issues related to Prime Minister’s Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) in the evening. (GNS)

 

 

 

Bukhari inspects renovated Secretariat, Assembly Canteens

Calls for better facilities for public, media persons during Budget Session


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Jammu

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Thursday inspected the refurbished Secretariat Canteen along with MD JKTDC, Director Estates and other officers.The newly refurbished canteen, besides getting improved overall ambience with new furnishing and cleaner dining and kitchen areas has been provided coffee machine and a deep freezer.The Minister examined the new menu available in the canteen and asked the staff to maintain proper dress code while serving the customers.

Meanwhile, the Minister also met and congratulated the newly elected President of the Non Gazetted Civil Secretariat Employees Union, Ghulam Rasool Mir and other members.While emphasising that employees’ welfare shall always remain in the forefront of the Government, Bukhari said that better service will be provided in the canteen and the food served will be available at a subsidised rate of Rs 25 per meal instead of Rs 40 for the Secretariat Employees.

The Minister also visited the Canteen of the Legislature Complex and took stock of the preparations ahead of the Budget session. He asked the concerned to ensure better facilities are made available to the Public, Legislators, Officers and media persons during the session.

 

 

GA Mir met Sonia, Discussed latest political situation in J&K


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Srinagar

President JKPCC Ghulam Ahmed Mir met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at New Delhi Thursday and discussed the latest political situation in the State.

In a statement to KNS, Mir expressed gratitude to Congress High Command for entrusting him the responsibility of the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee. He conveyed her that his selection from rank of the party is a matter of great honour for him and he would leave no stone unturned to strengthen the party at the grass root level in all three regions of the state.President PCC also discussed latest political situation and the organizational affairs in the state. Smt. Gandhi asked him to vigorously go for ongoing membership drive in the state like in other parts of the country. She also asked him to setup and strengthens organizational structure up to booth level, in order to strengthen the party at the grass roots. (KNS)

 

Alliance partners working to weaken state’s special status: Sagar

Remembrance ceremony organized in memory of Sheikh Nazir   


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Srinagar

Asserting that attempts are being made to change the Muslim character of the Kashmir valley, General Secretary National Conference advocate Ali Mohammad Sagar Thursday warned that any such move aimed at changing the demography of the state will be resisted strongly.In connection with the remembrance ceremony in memory of late party leader Late Sheikh Nazir organized here at the National Conference, Al Mohammad Sagar while addressing thousands of workers of Kashmir valley warned that any move to change the demography of the state will ‘happen over our dead bodies’.“Already attempts are being made to change the special status of the state now some parties have wicked plans to alter the demography of the state, which will happen over our dead bodies. People must be made aware of these conspiracies,” Sagar told the mourners.

In a statement to KNS, he said a proof to this fact was given to the people during the parliamentary and then in the assembly elections, after the so-called peoples party entered into an unholy alliance with the BJP, the sole of which is to erode anything that relates state with the centre.“BJP and offshoot of the RSS has raised all such issues that aim at changing the demography of the state. We assure people that they aren’t concerned about the settlement of the west PAK refugees, all they are bothered about is to change the Muslim identity of this Muslim majority state,” he said.“Straight from the headquarters of the RSS at Nagpur, all the sangh leaders made it clear after the BJP-PDP alliance that they want to take Kashmir valley 200 years back when this was a Hindu majority state,” Sagar said and continued “All the RSS leaders after this coalition drama have made it amply clear that the coalition has been formed only to fulfil the dreams of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee - Ek Vidhan, Ek Pradhan aur Ek Nishan” (one country, one constitution, and one national emblem) and their aim is only to weaken the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.”  “By entering into an alliance with PDP, BJP has clear cut plans to erode the identity, the multi-pluralistic culture and the Kashmiriyat of the state,” the senior leader said.He warned that removing the special law eventually will end up changing the demography of the state and turning the majority population into minority.

“NC is the only party that guarantees to protect the special status, state’s own flag and own constitution and people.  No power on earth can revoke Article 370 which is the foundation and basis of the relationship between the state and the rest of country. The revocation of article 370 will weaken the integrity of the country and pose a serious threat to the peace in state. But BJP is adamant on revoking this article and PDP is ready to help them to realise this dream,” Sagar said. Taking a dig at the separatist leaders for maintaining silence after Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed credited them and the militants for the smooth conduct of assembly elections, Sagar asked the Hurriyat leaders that why have they maintained silence over the issue?“Why are they (Hurriyat leaders) silent over this issue? They haven’t responded to what Mufti has said. If at all they have helped Mufti in the elections, then why don’t they respond,” Sagar questioned.

“Isn’t it contradictory that those seeking Azadi or asking for right to self determination or even accession to Pakistan, are helping during the elections. Then for what over 1 lakh people sacrificed their lives. Who is responsible for the number of unmarked graves in the valley?  Hurriyat must answer people and explain their position over the issue,” Sagar said.Sagar urged Mufti Sayeed to take a cue from the leadership of Omar Abdullah, and understand how as a Chief Minister, a state is run, and the good governance is provided to the people.The ceremony was attended by thousands of workers from Kashmir region. On the occasion party leaders threw light on the life of compassionate of the Kashmiri nation and torch bearer of the Kashmiriyat- Late Sheik Nazir who passed away on 24th February.Others who spoke on the occasion include senior party leader Mohammad Akbar Lone, Nasir Aslam Wani, Ali Mohammad Kar, Irfan Shah, Peer Afaaq, Tanvir Sadiq and many other district presidents of the state. (KNS)

 

CM chairs meeting of Unified Headq’trs, reviews security scenario

‘Effective, vibrant governance to convert J&K into self-reliant State’



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Jammu

The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Thursday sought cooperation from the Army, Police and the Civil Administration in creating a peaceful environment to enable the new Government to implement its agenda of good governance and development brought in for the people of the State.

According to a statement issued to KNS, the Chief Minister was chairing his first meeting of the Unified Headquarters, after assuming charge, here today during which all issues related to the prevailing security and law-and-order situation were discussed threadbare.Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, was also present in the meeting, which was attended by the top brass of the Army, Police and the Civil Administration.  

The Chief Minister, in his opening remarks, complimented the participants in playing their role in strengthening the institution of democracy. He stressed upon the need for adopting a humane approach while dealing with law-and-order situations and exercising zero tolerance towards human rights' violations. “The polls have been held in a very conducive atmosphere. We need to build upon the dividends for putting in place an effective and vibrant governance mechanism for seeking all-round development of the three regions for converting J&K into a self-reliant State," he added.

Terming the formation of the new Government as a historic opportunity to usher in a new era for sustained peace and equitable development, the Chief Minister said the new dispensation will give its people an honest and accountable Government and implement its Agenda of the Alliance. “The people’s mandate has been historic and we have come together to change their future. They have gone through difficult times. We need to return the favour by giving them a Government that means business and is alive to their expectations. Without peace, the goals will be difficult to achieve,” he stated while complimenting the security forces and the civil administration for their agility and coordination in bringing in a perceptible change on the ground and maintaining peace in the State.

Spelling out his agenda of governance, the Chief Minister thanked the Union Government for agreeing on all points mentioned in the Agenda of the Alliance which will be the guiding framework for governance of the Coalition Government.During the briefing by respective agencies about the present security scenario and law-and-order situation, the Chief Minister highlighted the need for putting an integrated plan in place for addressing security and development concerns and requirement for dealing in certain difficult areas.On the issue of firing in border areas from across the IB & LoC, the Chief Minister called for enhanced vigil and asked the administration to provide shelter and all basic facilities to the people displaced at the time of firing.

On array of issues related to internal security and manning LoC and the International Border and land-related issues, the Chief Minister asked the Chief Secretary to shortly convene a Civil-Military Liaison (CML) meeting to iron out and resolve all pending issues.During the meeting, the issue of use of modern technology and equipment for better surveillance was also discussed. 

In his address, the Deputy Chief Minister said the new PDP-BJP Government will focus on economic and social issues confronting the State for which a peaceful environment has to be put in place. He said everybody will be taken on board to meet the challenges that the Government will face in strengthening the democratic institutions so that the people bear the fruits of good governance.Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khanday, GoC-in-C, Northern Command, Lt. Gen, D. S. Hooda,  Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar, Special DG, CRPF (North Zone), J&K, R. C. Tayal,  GoC XVI Corps, Lt. Gen. K. H. Singh, GoC XV Corps, Lt. Gen, Subrat Saha, GoC XIV Corps, Lt. Gen. B. S. Negi, GoC IX Corps, Lt. Gen Rajiv Tiwari, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Home, Suresh Kumar and Divisional Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir participated in the meeting.Also present in the meeting were, IGP CID, J&K, IGP, Kashmir Zone, IGP, Jammu Zone, IG CRPF, Jammu, Additional Commissioner, SB, Jammu, Joint Director IB, Kashmir, Officiating IG, BSF, Kashmir and Deputy Director, (SIB), Jammu. (KNS)

 

Vikar holds public Darbar at Banihal


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Banihal

In order to ensure the early restoration of repairs on national high way in Banihal market and clearance of slides and snow on different local roads of his area, Senior congress leader and Member of Legislative Assembly Banihal Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani Thursday hold one day public Darbar at Banihal in which people from different areas of his assembly constituency apprised their problems arises due to recent snowfall and urged upon the MLA to intervene into the public issues personally so that the public get relief in these hard days.According to a statement issued to KNS, deputationists highlighted the issues related to the damage of power structure, delay in road clearance, non availability of ration and kerosene oil in their respective areas. 

After hearing the public issues Vikar Rasool direct  district administration to assess the pace of progress of restoration work on national high way in Banihal market as well as other road which was blocked due to slides and triggering of boulders and snow avalanches, he also urged upon the officials of PDD, R&B and PMGSY to gear up the restoration damaged works on war foot bases so that the public can not suffer more he also assured the people that he will personally monitor the restoration work and he will ensure the positive results in regard within short possible time.He said the road clearance and restoration of important public services that have been affected by the heavy snowfall & rainfall should be first concern of the government officials. (KNS)

 

Ashraf reviews functioning of JDA,Calls for expeditious completion of Master Plan


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Jammu

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Mohammad Ashraf has called upon the Jammu Development Authorities (JDA) to expedite completion of new Master Plan for the development of Greater Jammu to fulfil the futuristic housing needs of people.According to a statement issued to KNS, while reviewing the functioning of JDA at a meeting held here today, the Minister emphasized for creating modern infrastructure in the JDA owned housing colonies and at other commercial places for the convenience of people, besides undertaking new projects as per the futuristic needs of the people of Jammu.Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Satesh Nehru and other officers of the JDA were present in the meeting.

The Minister asked for visionary planning for catering to the population growth and increasing settlements in urban areas. He directed for developing multi-tier parking lots and shopping complexes in and around Jammu city in view of the increased traffic volume.Expressing satisfaction over the performance of the JDA, the Minister maintained that the organization should step up efforts to retrieve its encroached land and expeditious disposal of Court cases. He also called for proper demarcation of JDA land to avoid encroachments in future.Vice Chairman, JDA, Mubarak Singh gave detailed resume of the activities of the organization. He also briefed about the status of various on-going development projects of JDA.Earlier, the Minister along with Secretary Housing & Urban Development and concerned officers of JDA inspected the on-going development projects at Vegetable market, commercial complex and flatted accommodation at lower Muthi and proposed housing colony at Kot Bhalwal. (KNS)

   

Army organizes series of swine flu awareness campaign


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Srinagar

Indian Army has heralded the series of awareness campaign about H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu by conducting various lectures and camps on subjects of health, hygiene and sanitation. Under the aegis of Chinar Corps, Cantonment Board based at Batwara had organised fourth consecutive awareness campaign at Indranagar today. The   first step in combating the disease is to be aware of its cause, symptoms and precautions to prevent it.  In the series of various camps and lectures being conducted by the Indian Army an interactive lecture on swine flu was conducted today at Indranagar locality of Srinagar. 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 organised by Station Cantonment Board was attended by the residents of Indranagar 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. Army Officials from the Cantonment interacted with the attendees and assured them that the Army is alive to the magnitude of the problem and geared up to combat the killer disease. The attendees hailed this initiative by the Army and exhorted them to conduct similar camps in neighboring localities. (KNS)

 

 

Srinagar police arrests internet offender


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Srinagar

Srinagar police has arrested an internet offender who was posting defamatory and fake messages about a lady on social networking site Facebook and WhatsApp.According to a statement issued to KNS, Police Station Parimpora was informed by a lady that an unknown person was posting defamatory and fake messages and pictures regarding her on social networking site Facebook and WhatsApp. A case FIR no. 50/2015 under section 504,506,509/RPC was registered in this regard and investigation was taken up.During investigation police succeeded in identifying the culprit who was taken into custody. He was identified as Mohammad Sarjan Mir son of Sona-ul-lah Mir resident of Safapora, Ganderbal, who was the ex-husband of the lady. Initial investigations revealed that the offender had posted such messages and pictures in order to defame the girl to settle his score. (KNS)

 

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