Shopian Killings:Commission pitches for prompt action ‘Inaction against guilty sends wrong signal’

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Jammu & Kashmir , 16 Mar 2015

Shopian Killings:Commission pitches for prompt action

‘Inaction against guilty sends wrong signal’



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Justice (retd) Moti Lal Koul who in his report indicted CRPF personnel for killing 3 unarmed innocent youth at Gagrin area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district Monday urged upon the Mufti-government to initiate action against the guilty troopers. He said that it has been almost a year now when he submitted his report to the previous government but so far no action has been initiated against the guilty.Koul told CNS that inaction over the recommendations submitted by the Commission has not only put his credibility at stake but also it will have send a wrong signal and people will start losing faith among Commissions and Committees entrusted the job to probe any important matter.

Justice (retd) ML Koul with regard to Shopian (Gagrin) killings on September 7, 2013 indicted CRPF for the innocent killings and had submitted his report in July 2014.Four persons including three innocent youth and a Pakistani militant was killed in CRPF firing at Gagrin Shopian on September 7, when music maestro Zubin Mehta performed in Srinagar. The Commission while justifying the killing of Pakistani militant Abdullah Haroon, had termed the other three slain youth as innocent and had demanded stern action against the guilty CRPF personnel. ‘We had submitted our report based on facts in July 2014 but that has been eating dust in the Home Department. I have been also probing the killings of over 110 youth in 2010 summer unrest and if no action would be taken on Shopian report, the inquiry that is going on about 2010 killings will lose importance,” Koul said adding that report is gathering dust and no action was initiated by the previous NC-Congress Coalition Government.

In its report Koul had indicted two CRPF jawans Ashok Kumar Pathania and constable Santosh Kumar who according to Commission were responsible for firing 32 shots on people after killing three innocent youth, Tariq Ahmad Mir, Tauseef Ahmad and Muhammad Yusuf and a Pakistani militant Abdullah Haroon.In its report Justice Koul had also made recommendations that the dependents of the deceased youth be paid compensation (Rs 4 lakh) saying that Sami Jan widow of deceased Muhammad Yousuf Sofi and Ghulam Muhammad Bhat son of Tawseef Bhat need compensation as they live in abject poverty. Besides the Commission had also recommended that two persons who are the close relatives of the slain youth be appointed under SRO 43 of 1994 on the basis of educational qualification in any government department. “We don’t know what happened to the report. Neither guilty were punished, nor facts were made public,” said a relative of a slain youth awaiting justice.

Pertinently then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had said the report submitted by the one-man panel was being examined.Justice (retd) ML Koul appealed to the new government at dispensation to initiate action over the recommendations of the Commission.“I did my job and now government has to deliver justice. I am hopeful that truth will prevail the PDP-BJP Government will nail the guilty,” Koul said. (CNS)

Fresh snowfall disrupts life in Kashmir

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Amid heavy snowfall fresh showers drenched plains and hilly areas across Jammu and Kashmir. Fresh and heavy snowfall continued throughout the day on Monday in Kashmir and various parts of jammu province including Ramban, Patnitop, Banihal Tunnel. The mercury came down resulting in re-emergence of intense cold across Kashmir Valley.Snowfall crippled life in Kashmir, snapping road and air links. Electricity supply in certain parts of Kashmir Valley was also suspended due to the fresh bout of snowfall, which began on Monday morning. In the upper hills, Jammu and its adjoining areas witnessed heavy overnight rains.     

Vehicular traffic from Jammu-Srinagar highway was suspended due to slippery road conditions in Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas. Flights to and from Srinagar were also been put off for the time being.Fresh snowfall was recorded in Srinagar, hills of Kishtwar, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Kathua, Reasi, Ramban and Bhaderwah Valley."Srinagar city recorded 0.6 Celsius, Gulmarg minus 0.5 Celsius, Pahalgam 0.0 Celsius, Leh minus 1.6 Celsius, Kargil minus 8.0 Celsius and Jammu city 11.4 Celsius as the minimum temperatures today," the official said.

In tourist resorts like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg cold wave conditions further intensified during the day as these places received intermittent rains and snow throughout the day. There has been over one and half feet snowfall during the night at the ski resort of Gulmarg and Pahalgam in the Valley.

The sky remained heavily overcast.Baramulla-Bannihal train service was also suspended today due to snow accumulation on the track. Air traffic to and from the Valley was stalled due to poor visibility.There was a sharp fall in day temperature.The local weather office forecast inclement weather to continue for the next 12 hours till late Monday. "Rain and snow are likely to occur across Jammu and Kashmir during the next 12 hours with possibility of heavy rain and snow at isolated places," Director Met department, Sonam Lotus told CNS.Due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, hundreds of passengers were stranded at many places on the highway including Sarmoli, Toll Plaza Nagrota, Udhumpur and Banihal Tunnel.A traffic official said that two feet of fresh snowfall in the Bannihal sector and landslides in the Ramban sector have hampered road clearance operations due to which no traffic was allowed on Monday.” The highway was shut for traffic on Sunday afternoon due to landslides in Ramban sector for over 280 Kilometre long road that forms the landlocked valley's only land connection with the rest of the world.The authorities ordered the suspension of all classes upto 5th standard in schools across the Valley because of snowfall. (CNS)

 

  Protest against ‘disappearance’ of accused from police station

Family demands whereabouts of Tariq


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Family members and relatives of a local youth staged a massive protest against the alleged ‘mysterious’ disappearance of a youth from Police Station Maharaj Ganj here on Monday.

Amid heavy sonwfall and chill, scores of protesters mostly females from Palapora Pamposh Conlony Noorbagh area of Srinagar city assembled at Press Enclave demanding whereabouts of Tariq Ahmed Matta who according to protestors was picked up by a police party from MRG police station during a raid on February 1 last month from his Palapora residence.Parveena Akhtar told reporters that police raided her house and picked up her husband Tariq with the assurance that he will be released after questioning. Police party informed us that Tariq will be questioned for a burglary incident. “From past one month we had been visiting police station demanding his release, but everytime we were forced to leave from the police chowki with an assurance that he will be released tomorrow,” she said.

Feroz Ahmed, the brother of Tariq Ahmed told CNS that to secure the release of Tariq, they approached Court for the bail. “When we presented bail before the Munshi of the Chowki, he refused to release Tariq citing the absence of SHO from the Chowki as the reason. For two days, the Munshi avoided us and when we approached the next day, the SHO assured us that Tariq will be realsed at 4 pm,” he said adding that they met Tariq in lock up and his little son offered him a banana on March 14.The next day on March 15 (Sunday) we received a phone from Zainakadal police chowki. The caller informed us that Tariq escaped from police lock up. Soon after the call, a policeman in plain clothes arrived at our residence and claimed that Tariq fled from the police station. The same policeman tried to force the brother-in-law of Tariq, Showkat Ahmed Malik to sign on paper accepting that police handed over Tariq to him,” Feroz Ahmed told reporters adding that when Showkat refused to sign on paper, the policemen threatened him of dire consequences.

The protesters alleged that Tariq did not escape from police station and ‘police has cooked a story to escape from the wrath of law.”The policeman in plain clothes who arrived at our home requested us not to raise hue and cry over the matter. “Our jobs are in danger. We will provide you land and money to construct a new house. You just maintain silence,” the brother of Tariq Ahmed quoting policeman as saying to Tariq’s wife Parveena Akhtar said.When contacted, SDPO Maharaj Ganj Ajaz Ahmed told CNS that, “two accused persons namely Muhammad  Ramzan Shiekh son of Muhammad Jamal resident of khudwani kulgam and Tariq Ahmad Mathanji resident of PamposhColony srinagar involved in case vide FIR number 70/2014, 9/2015 under section 457 380 RPC managed to flee form custody of police station M.R.Gunj during intervening night of March 14 and 15 this month and in this regard case FIR vide number 24/2015 under section 224 RPC stands registered and massive hunt to nab the duo is underway.” He said that four officials of the police station MR Gung including MHC (Munshi) and constables were placed under suspension for their gross negligence and carelessness.” (CNS) 

 

Gear up men, machinery to help people: BJP to admin    


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The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on Monday asked the administration to gear up its men and machinery to mitigate the hardships of the people which they are facing due to extended winter this year.The BJP spokesman Khaild Jehangir in a statement here said, “People in far flung areas are facing immense hardships due to the snowfall as many link roads are blocked and power has been snapped. It’s the duty of the officials to reach out to these people and help them out during crisis. There are reports that in many areas people are carrying the patients to the hospitals on stretchers as roads are blocked.”

Jehangir exuded hope that Divisional Commissioner Kashmir would ensure that administration reaches out to people and they are not left to suffer. “BJP is monitoring the situation and is in touch with the concerned,” Jehangir added.He said that officials need to maintain vigil over bunds which had suffered serious breaches during 2014 floods. “These bunds were not repaired completely by the previous regime. Officials should ensure that wrongs which were committed during the erstwhile NC-Cong rule are set right and the mistakes are not repeated in future,” Jehangir added. (CNS)  

 

Vaccination single best defense against H1N1: DAK

Health officials misleading people    


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Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Monday said that it is unfortunate that health officials of the valley are misleading people by issuing incorrect information regarding H1N1 vaccination.

 President DAK and H1N1 expert Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan said that vaccination is the single best tool to protect people from contracting H1N1.According to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune current H1N1 strain did not show any mutation and it is the same as 2009 H1N1 strain.The current vaccine is closely matching the circulating H1N1 strain in the community and is highly effective.

 NIV Pune has rejected the commentary by Massachusetts Institute of Technology of United States that had suggested that H1N1 virus in India might have changed.Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that even if the virus has changed vaccine can still protect people and prevent flu related complications because of cross protection. The statement of Director SKIMS that current vaccine is ineffective is factually incorrect and misleading.These health officials have vaccinated their children and left others unimmunized and defenseless which is outrageous. The health officials by questioning the effectiveness of vaccine have hampered vaccination drive thus risking human lives.

 On one hand health officials say vaccines are ineffective, on the other hand they procure vaccines and give it to their kith and kin. More than 7000 vaccines have been acquired by GMC Srinagar but as per Medical Superintendent SMHS no vaccines were supplied to the hospital. Where have the vaccines gone? Health officials have failed to protect people from dying due to H1N1 and by issuing irresponsible statements are further endangering human lives. We have seen in past outbreaks when it seemed worst is over flu activity increase abruptly because of unpredictability of virus and vaccination is the only defense. People ideally should get vaccinated before flu season begins but vaccination is recommended as long as virus is circulating in the community. DAK urged  people who have not been vaccinated to get vaccine now. (CNS)

 

JK Legislature a powerhouse, maintain its sanctity: CM to first-time Legislators



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Describing the State Legislature as a place of great sanctity and honour, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called upon the first-time Legislators to the to maintain its pride and admirably play the principal role of lawmakers so that the society we live in functions in a much better way.The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating a workshop organized by J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration & Rural Development (IMPARD) to sensitize the debutant Legislators about the “Rules of Procedure & Conduct of Business in J&K Legislature”, at EDI Complex, here today.

This is the first workshop of its kind that has been organized in J&K for the first-time entrants to the Assembly and Council on specific instructions of the Chief Minister.The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari, along with the other Members in the Council of Ministry were present on the occasion.

Welcoming the new Members to the day-long workshop, Mufti described the J&K Legislature as one of the most powerful Houses of the country and asked the Members to ensure its honour is safeguarded. “I want the new Legislators to highlight issues on general policies of the Government and problems confronting their respective constituencies,” he said and added that no other forum can match the powers that emanate out of the Legislature.Urging the newly-elected Legislators to initiate quality debates, the Chief Minister said the Legislature gives unlimited powers to those who are not in power. “I urge the Members to take this workshop seriously so that you acquaint yourselves about the rules and procedures in vogue and highlight the areas of worry,” he stated.

Stressing on revival of debates par excellence in the Houses, the Chief Minister urged the Opposition to keep the Government on its toes and highlight its weaknesses. “I hope those sitting on the opposition benches will play a constructive role in pointing out the shortcomings of the Government. I assure that their views and observations will be taken seriously. We are here to do business in the Houses so that people who are the real stakeholders on the ground benefit from the policies and laws that we frame,” the Chief Minister said.Referring to the Government’s decision to call a Budget Session instead of a Vote-on-Account from March 18 later this week, the Chief Minister emphasized the significance of the Houses in conveying to the people the future policies and programmes of the Coalition Government. “We have to run the business of the Houses efficiently so that the issues confronting the people are highlighted and resolved in a better way,” he said and added that he wants to place the Agenda of the Alliance of the Coalition Government before the people.

Mufti advised his Council of Ministers, most of whom are first-time MLAs/MLCs, to attend the workshop to familiarize themselves about the procedure of rules and business.Later, the Chief Minister sat through the first technical session which was conducted by former Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather. He shared with the new entrants his vast experience as a former Speaker and Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs in running the affairs of the State Legislature. He also made them aware about the best practices available to successfully conduct the business in the Legislature.

Dr. Nirmal Singh, in his address, called the workshop a very progressive idea that will benefit the Legislators in highlighting their issues of concern. “Indian democracy is very vibrant. People have reposed their trust in its institutions. I thank the Chief Minister for coming up with this very novel idea of organizing a workshop so that our new Legislators, including me, are able to gain knowledge and comprehend rules. It will also make us aware about how we conduct ourselves inside and outside the Houses,” he said. 

Earlier, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari, highlighted the need to organize the workshop. He said the workshop is being held to improve the ability of the new Legislators to perform effectively in the two Chambers of the Legislature. “Fifty-eight new Members, out of the House of 87, have been elected to the Legislative Assembly and a number of Members have also been elected to the Legislative Council. Since people have voted for change in such a big way, the Chief Minister suggested that a workshop be conducted to make debutant Legislators cognizant about how the Houses’ function,” Bukhari explained while welcoming the participants in the workshop. (CNS)


Burglars and drug peddlers held in Central Kashmir



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Police on Monday managed to nab notorious burglars in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal and Kangan areas who reportedly had been giving locals sleepless nights. Police sources told CNS that police apprehended three burglars red handed during night patrolling when they were attempting to broke into the shops in Ganderbal and Kangan. Reports said that night patrolling team from Police Station Kangan caught a burglar red-handed when he was attempting to sneak into a provisional store.SDPO Kangan, Mushtaq Ahmed Choudhary said that their night patrolling team apprehended a person red handed when he was trying to sneak into a Kiryana shop. He identified the burglar as Sher Jahan of Argam Bandipora.

We registered an FIR vide number 48/2015 under section 380, 457 RPC in this regard and investigation is going on,” the Police Officer said.Meanwhile, Ganderbal police party during a night patrol also nabbed two notorious burglars when they were making a bid to loot a mobile shop. Confirming the incident, Station House Officer Ganderbal Asif Iqbal identified the accused as Tufail Ahmed Kaloo and Muhammad Ashraf Dar both residents of Barsoo Ganderbal.The accused during questioning confessed that they had been indulging in burglary incidents in the district and recently they managed to decamp goods from a provisional store in Ganderbal. We have registered a two cases vide FIR numbers 48 and 49 of 2015 under section 457,380 of RPC against them,” he said.In another action, police held two drug peddlers from the same district along with 137 Codeine syrups. Police identified these peddlers as Showket Bhat and Irshad Mir both residents of Saloora Ganderbal. (CNS)

BOSE postpones 10th class exam scheduled for Tuesday



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Srinagar

Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) authorities Monday postponed 10th class exam scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow) in Kashmir division due to inclement weather conditions.“The 10th class paper which was scheduled for March 17 (Tuesday) has been postponed due to heavy snowfall and fresh dates will be announced separately”, Secretary BOSE, Veena Pandita told GNS. (GNS)

 

Many schools reopen amid snowfall


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After 114 days of winter vacations, many schools upto 8th class re-opened in Kashmir Valley amid snowfall on Monday.While there was thin attendance in all educational institutes due the continuous snowfall, the students who attended the schools shivered with the biting cold as temperatures plummeted in the Valley. Amidst government decision not to extent the vacations by few more days despite weather forecast for more rains and snow, several private schools postponed the re-opening.The schools in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley besides winter zones of Jammu were closed on November 24 last year for students’ upto 8th standard and from December 8 for those studying in class IX to XII. 

They were scheduled to re-open on February 23 but the winter vacations were extended for the primary and middle classes till March 14 in the wake of heavy rain and snowfall in the Valley as well as in view of the swine flu which so far claimed 12 lives while 384 people have tested positive for the deadly though curable virus. Last week schools were reopened for class IX to XII but there was hanrdly any class work as government announced mass promotions for all but class tenth and twelfth standard in the valley and winter zone of Jammu. “Many schools re-opened as per schedule but some schools postponed the opening due to heavy snowfall,” officials of the education department said.

They said that in view of the inclement weather, the local school authorities were given option of either re-opening or postponing the classwork.“While the winter break was extended for two weeks earlier, two or three days extension would not have matter a lot and students would not have been subjected to inconvenience,” Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Nowhatta Srinagar said and questioned the government decision.Reports said that a number of private schools have now decided to resume normal class work from March 18 as local meteorological has predicted improvement in the weather. (GNS)

 

 

  Snow disconnects Kashmir with outside world

Over 2000 vehicles stranded on highway, flights cancelled, rail services halted



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Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the world, remained cut-off from rest of the world with air and road traffic suspended due to fresh snowfall on Monday, officials told GNS.The plains and higher reaches of valley including summer capital witnessed light to moderate snowfall and intermittent rain since last evening.An official of Meteorological Department told GNS that Srinagar received 9.5 cm of snow.  He said Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir received 16 centimeter of snow while Qazigund 11 centimeter, Kokernag 13 centimeter, Banihal 30 centimeter. The world famous skiing resort, Gulmarg, received 7 inches of snow till 5 pm bringing.

A senior police official told GNS that the National Highway was closed today for the vehicular movement because of heavy snowfall and rain at several places.“Due to landslides caused by fresh rains and snowfall at several places on the crucial Srinagar-Jammu national highway including Jawahar Tunnel, Patnitop, Qazigund, Banihal , Batote and few parts of Udhamur district, the highway was shut. We also witnessed heavy rainfall at Ramsoo and Ramban which are landslide prone areas,” he said.

“Almost 2000 Jammu bound light and heavy vehicles are stranded on highway near Ramban”, he said.The officer further said that if weather and road conditions improve, they would clear first the stranded vehicles, he said.Snowfall and poor visibility also affected the air traffic as incoming and outgoing flights were suspended at the Srinagar International airport. “All flights cancelled due to poor visibility. No flight landed or took from Srinagar International airport,” an official of a private airliner told GNS.

Train service was also suspended due to accumulation of snow on tracks.Reports of snowfall were also received from Shopian, Kulgam, Phalgam, Anantna Gulmarg, Baramulla and Bandipora districts of Valley.Meanwhile, weatherman predicted more snowfall and rains in the region in next 24-hours. “There will be intermittent rain and snow during the time”, weatherman said.Avalanche warning

As per communication of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, medium danger of avalanche warning exists from March 16 to March 17, 2015 in avalanche prone areas of Bandipora, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Ganderbal and Kupwara districts of Kashmir Division.The Deputy Commissioners of Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Ganderbal districts are asked to advise people not to venture out in avalanche prone areas.People of these areas are also advised to temporarily evacuate those locations which are under fall line of avalanches. (GNS)

 

 

 

Teenager hangs self in Pakherpora



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A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself inside her home at Pakherpora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district on Monday.Shaheena Akhter, 18, daughter of Abdur Rehman Wagay of Kanidajan area of Pakherpora hanged herself inside her home this morning, official sources told GNS. The family members of the girl, after spotting her hanging inside the room, immediately rushed her to the nearby hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.Meanwhile, a police official confirmed that they have registered a case under 174 Cr Pc and taken up further investigations in this regard. (GNS)

 

 

 

Landslide in Sarankote, woman killed



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Srinagar

A young woman died on Monday after a landslide hit a hilly area of Surankote in Poonch district.Tasleema Akhter, 20, daughter of Mohammad Bashir of Harimarot village of Surankote was fetching water from a nearby stream when a landslide hit the area this morning, officials told GNS. The girl was buried under the landslide and her body was recovered after hectic efforts. (GNS)

 

 

4 cops suspended after two accused flee from custody: Police

Family of one of them rebuts police claims, stages protest



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Srinagar

Police on Monday suspended four of its men after two accused fled from a police station in downtown here, sources told GNS.Mohammad Ramzan Shiekh, son of Jamal of Khudwani, Kulgam and Tariq Ahmad Mathanji of Pamposh Colony gave slip to the cops during the intervening night of Saturday and managed to escape from the police station Maharaj Gunj, where they were detained, sources said. The duo were involved in cases Fir No 70/2014 and 09/2015 under sections 457, 380 RPC.“A fresh case Fir No 24/2015 under section 224 RPC has been registered against the duo. A manhunt has been launched to nab them,” sources said, adding “Four policemen have been placed under suspension for their gross negligence and carelessness.

Meanwhile, the family members and relatives of one of them staged a protest rebutting the police claims that Irfan Ahmad fled from the custody.Scores of people from Palapora Pamposh Conlony Noorbagh area of Srinagar city assembled at Press Colony demanding whereabouts of Tariq Ahmed Matta who according to protestors was picked up by a police party from MR Gung police station during a raid on February 1 from his residence.“Police detained my husband assuring me that he will be released after questioning related to some case. We are worried and want his whereabouts”, Parvena Akhter wife of Tariq Ahmad said . (GNS)

 

 

  

Man dies after falling from rooftop



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A man was killed while clearing snow from the roof of his house in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, officials told GNS Monday.65 year old Bashir Ahmad Bimla, son of Mir Mohammad Bimla of Saas Khudan village of, Ring Mandu in Dooru Shahabad fell from the rooftop of his house when he was clearing snow, they said. He was removed to the hospital by his family for treatment. However, on arrival, the doctors there declared him brought dead. (GNS)

 

 

Youth stabbed in Ganderbal , another beaten to pulp, assailants arrested



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A youth was critically injured after he was stabbed by another youth with sharp edged weapon in this central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Monday.Police sources said a youth identified as Aqib Farooq Rather was stabbed by a youth namely Nadeem Javaid Sofi @ Sonu after they had some heated argument over an issue."Nadeem Javaid stabbed Aqib Farooq with sharp edged weapon after they had some heated argument following some issue" , a police official said, adding the youth sustained grave injuries in neck and collapsed on the spot.

Aqib was immediately rushed to SKIMS Soura in unconscious state where he is undergoing treatment.Police said the assailant Nadeem has been taken into custody and the matter is being investigated adding a case under FIR no 44 under section 341,323 RPC has been registered.

Meanwhile Ganderbal police while acting against drug peddlers held two drug peddlers along with 37 bottles of Codeine Phosphate.Police official said that they held two persons Showket Ahmed Bhat son of Ghulam Muhammad Bhat and Irshad Ahmed Mir son of Ali Muhammad Mir residents of Saloora Ganderbal and recovered 137 bottles of illicit liquor from their possession.Police officials said a case under FIR no 47 under section 8/ 21 NDPS act has been registered against the duo.

In an incident of thrashing Ganderbal police have booked two persons on charges of attempt to murder.Police sources said that a youth from Nuner was on way to School when two other youths, Owais Ramzan Lone son of Mohi-ud- din and Khalid Hassan Lone son of Gh Hassan Lone both residents of Duderhama Ganderbal thrashed him without any valid reason and damaged his scooty.Later sources said the youth complained to Ganderbal police about the incident and police swung into action and arrested the duo.Police officials while confirming the incident said that both the accused have been arrested and a case under FIR no 46 under section 392, 341 RPC has been registered against them. (GNS)

 

 

Girl kidnapped, raped, accused held



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A teenage girl was allegedly abducted and raped by a youth in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, official sources told GNS on Monday.They said, a girl hailing from Kotan area of Mendhar area was allegedly kidnapped outside her residence by a youth and taken her to the unknown destination on Friday last.The family members of the girl filed a missing report in the nearby police station on Saturday morning when the girl did not returned home on the other day who according to them had gone to their relatives.

Soon after the complaint filed, police launched massive searches and finally arrested the accused at GB post near Line of Control (LoC) in the district.A police officer while confirming the incident identified the arrested youth as Naveed Mustafa son of Mohammad Rashid of Ari Mendhar.After conducting all medical formalities, police handed over the girl to her parents, he said.“A case under FIR No. 19/2015 under section 366/376, 342 RPC in this regard has been registered in this regard and further investigation is going on”, he said. (GNS)

 

 

 

Vaccination single best defense against H1N1: DAK

  Health officials misleading people   



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Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that it is unfortunate that health officials of the valley are misleading people by issuing incorrect information regarding H1N1 vaccination.President DAK and H1N1 expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said that vaccination is the single best tool to protect people from contracting H1N1”, DAK spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS said.“According to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune current H1N1 strain did not show any mutation and it is the same as 2009 H1N1 strain”.

The current vaccine is closely matching the circulating H1N1 strain in the community and is highly effective, he said, adding that NIV Pune has rejected the commentary by Massachusetts Institute of Technology of United States that had suggested that H1N1 virus in India might have changed.“Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that even if the virus has changed vaccine can still protect people and prevent flu related complications because of cross protection”, he said. He said that the statement of Director SKIMS that current vaccine is ineffective is factually incorrect and misleading.These health officials have vaccinated their children and left others unimmunized and defenseless which is outrageous”. (GNS)

 The health officials by questioning the effectiveness of vaccine have hampered vaccination drive thus risking human lives, he said.On one hand health officials say vaccines are ineffective, on the other hand they procure vaccines and give it to their kith and kin”.He further said that more than 7000 vaccines have been acquired by GMC Srinagar but as per Medical Superintendent SMHS no vaccines were supplied to the hospital. Where have the vaccines gone? (GNS) Health officials have failed to protect people from dying due to H1N1 and by issuing irresponsible statements are further endangering human lives.  We have seen in past outbreaks when it seemed worst is over flu activity increase abruptly because of unpredictability of virus and vaccination is the only defense. People ideally should get vaccinated before flu season begins but vaccination is recommended as long as virus is circulating in the community.  We urge people who have not been vaccinated to get vaccine now. (GNS)

 

 

JK Legislature a powerhouse, maintain its sanctity: CM to first-time Legislators

Inaugurates first-ever workshop held for new Legislators




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Jammu

Describing the State Legislature as a place of great sanctity and honour, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called upon the first-time Legislators to maintain its pride and admirably play the principal role of lawmakers so that the society we live in functions in a much better way.The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating a workshop organized by J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration & Rural Development (IMPARD) to sensitize the debutant Legislators about the “Rules of Procedure & Conduct of Business in J&K Legislature”, at EDI Complex, here today.This is the first workshop of its kind that has been organized in J&K for the first-time entrants to the Assembly and Council on specific instructions of the Chief Minister.   

The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari, along with the other Members in the Council of Ministry were present on the occasion.Welcoming the new Members to the day-long workshop, Mufti described the J&K Legislature as one of the most powerful Houses of the country and asked the Members to ensure its honour is safeguarded. “I want the new Legislators to highlight issues on general policies of the Government and problems confronting their respective constituencies,” he said and added that no other forum can match the powers that emanate out of the Legislature.

Urging the newly-elected Legislators to initiate quality debates, the Chief Minister said the Legislature gives unlimited powers to those who are not in power. “I urge the Members to take this workshop seriously so that you acquaint yourselves about the rules and procedures in vogue and highlight the areas of worry,” he stated.

Stressing on revival of debates par excellence in the Houses, the Chief Minister urged the Opposition to keep the Government on its toes and highlight its weaknesses. “I hope those sitting on the opposition benches will play a constructive role in pointing out the shortcomings of the Government. I assure that their views and observations will be taken seriously. We are here to do business in the Houses so that people who are the real stakeholders on the ground benefit from the policies and laws that we frame,” the Chief Minister said.

Referring to the Government’s decision to call a Budget Session instead of a Vote-on-Account from March 18 later this week, the Chief Minister emphasized the significance of the Houses in conveying to the people the future policies and programmes of the Coalition Government. “We have to run the business of the Houses efficiently so that the issues confronting the people are highlighted and resolved in a better way,” he said and added that he wants to place the Agenda of the Alliance of the Coalition Government before the people.Mufti advised his Council of Ministers, most of whom are first-time MLAs/MLCs, to attend the workshop to familiarize themselves about the procedure of rules and business.

Later, the Chief Minister sat through the first technical session which was conducted by former Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather. He shared with the new entrants his vast experience as a former Speaker and Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs in running the affairs of the State Legislature. He also made them aware about the best practices available to successfully conduct the business in the Legislature.

Dr. Nirmal Singh, in his address, called the workshop a very progressive idea that will benefit the Legislators in highlighting their issues of concern. “Indian democracy is very vibrant. People have reposed their trust in its institutions. I thank the Chief Minister for coming up with this very novel idea of organizing a workshop so that our new Legislators, including me, are able to gain knowledge and comprehend rules. It will also make us aware about how we conduct ourselves inside and outside the Houses,” he said. Earlier, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari, highlighted the need to organize the workshop. He said the workshop is being held to improve the ability of the new Legislators to perform effectively in the two Chambers of the Legislature. “Fifty-eight new Members, out of the House of 87, have been elected to the Legislative Assembly and a number of Members have also been elected to the Legislative Council. Since people have voted for change in such a big way, the Chief Minister suggested that a workshop be conducted to make debutant Legislators cognizant about how the Houses’ function,” Bukhari explained while welcoming the participants in the workshop. (GNS)

 

 

Ansari reviews snow clearance, supply of essentials at Srinagar

Directs administration to gear up for public convenience



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Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Imran Raza Ansari today convened a divisional level officers meeting to review the situation arised after snowfall and unprecedented rains.The Minister got appraisal from the concerned officers about the snow clearance from the city roads and district headquarters, besides drainage of accumulated water from low lying areas of Srinagar city.

The Minister also took stock of availability of food grains and other essential commodities in the valley.The Minister was informed that the snow have been cleared from all roads of Srinagar city and district headquarters. He was informed snow cutter machine have been put in service in the all affected areas.Regarding dewatering, the Minister was informed that SMC and Fire and Emergency Services have put their men and machinery in service the process of dewatering in water logged area is in full swing.   Regarding availability of essential commodities, the Minister was informed that sufficient quantity of food grains including rice, sugar, atta, k-oil besides LPG is available in the valley.

The Minister also took stock of restoration of electricity. He was informed that power supply has been restored.Speaking on the occasion, the Minister exhorted upon the divisional administration to redouble their efforts and provided all amenities to the people so that they do not suffer.The Minister was informed that all health institutions are functioning normally. The minister instructed the Commissioner SMC to ensure fumigation of all schools of Srinagar. He directed the CA&PD authorities to intensify market checking in order to avoid profiteering and black marketing. He also directed the Traffic Police to ensure traffic regulation in city.Among others, who attended the meeting include Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Rohit Kansal, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, SSP Srinagar, Director Health Services Kashmir, Chief Engineers of various disciplines, Commissioner SMC and Joint Director Information, Kashmir. (GNS)

 

 

 

  DC visits water logged areas of Srinagar




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The Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar accompanied by Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation and other officers today had an extensive tour of Srinagar city including Polo View, Radio Kashmir, Tagore Hall, Exhibition Crossing and Zero Bridge and took stock of water logging affected due to unprecedented rains and snow.The Deputy Commissioner was informed that SMC Srinagar and Fire and Emergency Services have put their men and machinery into service for dewatering the affected area.The Commissioner directed the concerned officers to redouble their efforts so that people could be facilitated. (GNS)

JK legislature a powerhouse, maintain its sanctity: CM to first-time legislators

Inaugurates first-ever workshop held for new legislators



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Describing the State Legislature as a place of great sanctity and honour, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today called upon the first-time Legislators to the to maintain its pride and admirably play the principal role of lawmakers so that the society we live in functions in a much better way.The Chief Minister was speaking after inaugurating a workshop organized by J&K Institute of Management, Public Administration & Rural Development (IMPARD) to sensitize the debutant Legislators about the “Rules of Procedure & Conduct of Business in J&K Legislature”, at EDI Complex, here today.

This is the first workshop of its kind that has been organized in J&K for the first-time entrants to the Assembly and Council on specific instructions of the Chief Minister. the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari, along with the other Members in the Council of Ministry were present on the occasion.

Welcoming the new Members to the day-long workshop, Mufti described the J&K Legislature as one of the most powerful Houses of the country and asked the Members to ensure its honour is safeguarded. “I want the new Legislators to highlight issues on general policies of the Government and problems confronting their respective constituencies,” he said and added that no other forum can match the powers that emanate out of the Legislature.Urging the newly-elected Legislators to initiate quality debates, the Chief Minister said the Legislature gives unlimited powers to those who are not in power. “I urge the Members to take this workshop seriously so that you acquaint yourselves about the rules and procedures in vogue and highlight the areas of worry,” he stated.

Stressing on revival of debates par excellence in the Houses, the Chief Minister urged the Opposition to keep the Government on its toes and highlight its weaknesses. “I hope those sitting on the opposition benches will play a constructive role in pointing out the shortcomings of the Government. I assure that their views and observations will be taken seriously. We are here to do business in the Houses so that people who are the real stakeholders on the ground benefit from the policies and laws that we frame,” the Chief Minister said.Referring to the Government’s decision to call a Budget Session instead of a Vote-on-Account from March 18 later this week, the Chief Minister emphasized the significance of the Houses in conveying to the people the future policies and programmes of the Coalition Government. “We have to run the business of the Houses efficiently so that the issues confronting the people are highlighted and resolved in a better way,” he said and added that he wants to place the Agenda of the Alliance of the Coalition Government before the people.

Mufti advised his Council of Ministers, most of whom are first-time MLAs/MLCs, to attend the workshop to familiarize themselves about the procedure of rules and business.Later, the Chief Minister sat through the first technical session which was conducted by former Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather. He shared with the new entrants his vast experience as a former Speaker and Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs in running the affairs of the State Legislature. He also made them aware about the best practices available to successfully conduct the business in the Legislature.

Dr. Nirmal Singh, in his address, called the workshop a very progressive idea that will benefit the Legislators in highlighting their issues of concern. “Indian democracy is very vibrant. People have reposed their trust in its institutions. I thank the Chief Minister for coming up with this very novel idea of organizing a workshop so that our new Legislators, including me, are able to gain knowledge and comprehend rules. It will also make us aware about how we conduct ourselves inside and outside the Houses,” he said. 

Earlier, Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Basharat Bukhari, highlighted the need to organize the workshop. He said the workshop is being held to improve the ability of the new Legislators to perform effectively in the two Chambers of the Legislature. “Fifty-eight new Members, out of the House of 87, have been elected to the Legislative Assembly and a number of Members have also been elected to the Legislative Council. Since people have voted for change in such a big way, the Chief Minister suggested that a workshop be conducted to make debutant Legislators cognizant about how the Houses’ function,” Bukhari explained while welcoming the participants in the workshop.

 

 

 

Congress terms return of Guru’s mortal remains ‘humanitarian issue’

Will not oppose any order over return of Afzal’s remains from Tihar: Mir



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The state Congress on Monday made a surprising revelation saying the party would not oppose if mortal remains of the parliament attack convict Afzal Guru are returned to valley from Tihar jail.“The issue of return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru has emerged as humanitarian issue across the country and everyone is raising concern over it. Congress party has a stand that if GOI approves the plea, we will not oppose any such move,” newly appointed state Congress chief G.A. Mir told KNS.

Tightlipped over whether his party would support the resolution being moved by Independent legislator Engineer Rashid, he said, “The party could discuss its strategy in near future after going through the c0ntents of the resolution. So far, I have not read the resolution, we will take a collective decision only after the party meet. So far we can say that the return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru is humanitarian issue.”Pitching for the screening of cases against the prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir languishing in different jails since years, Mir said that the government must initiate the scrutiny of the cases so that ones against whom no serious charges are registered could be freed.The state Congress chief claimed that the new dispensation of the BJP-PDP bonhomie would fall in the coming days as the politics and internal rift has marred the new coalition government. “There are no services being provided to the common masses. It is only politics that has dominated the scenes. The expectations of the common man from the new government have been out rightly ignored,” Mir said.

Substantiating his claims, the state Congress chief stated that both the parties have ‘ditched’ their supporters and workers and have taken a virtual U- turn from their respective stands. “It won’t last long. My political experience says the government would be soon at the brink of a dreadful collapse.”The former tourism minister termed the recent administrative reshuffle in the state ‘a politically motivated measure’, saying a pick and choose was adopted by both BJP and PDP to install their own men on key positions. “Blue eyed people have been installed at important positions. It is not to ensure transparency but to ensure nepotism and favoritism. It will strengthen corruption in the state instead of eradicating it,” he claimed.

The state Congress chief added that the party will corner the government in the coming assembly session on issues pertaining to people at large. “It will be less politics and more about the common issues,” said Mir.He also hinted to have a joint strategy with the National Conference over various issues. “Yes we can have a common strategy on certain issues. So far there has been no communication between the two parties but there could be coordination between the two parties if the need arises.”

 

 

 

Administrative reshuffle not politically motivated: Bukhari

Says those accusing govt must come up with facts



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The senior PDP leader and R&B minister Syed Altaf Bukhari  Monday while rejecting the reports that the recent reshuffle in the state administration was ‘politically motivated’, said the measure was taken according to merit and in the best interests of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Congress earlier had accused that the transfers in  the civil and police administration was a politically motivated step and a measure aimed at installing blue eyed on the key posts.

“Those who are leveling these allegations must come out in open to indentify who the blue eyed persons are who have been installed at important positions in Jammu and Kashmir,” Bukhari told KNS.He added that the transfers in the administration were done to ensure maximum governance and to make the system more effective and transparent. “Transfer is no punishment. The measure is taken in the interests of the state and not against any individual.”

The minister added that the transfers have been ordered purely on the grounds of merit and on the recommendations of board. “Supreme Court guidelines have been followed and there was no partiality adopted,” he said.Congress had termed the recent administrative reshuffle ‘a politically motivated measure’, saying a pick and choose was adopted by both BJP and PDP to install their own men on key positions.

 

 

Resolution over return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains

Parties keep cards close to chest; Hold meetings to finalize strategy




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Srinagar

Two days ahead of the Budget session of state Assembly, political parties are holding series of meetings to take final call over whether to support resolution on return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru being moved by the independent legislator.Sources told KNS that National Conference has so far kept cards close to its chest with its leaders tight lipped over commenting on party’s stand on the resolution. NC core group leaders are holding a crucial meet on Tuesday evening to discuss party’s strategy over the issue, sources informed that the party leadership has been asked to present  their opinion about whether NC sould support the resolution or not.

Surrounded by trouble seems the ruling party PDP which has so far only stated that ‘it has a stated position over return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains’. 

When asked whether the party would support the resolution, the PDP has limited its approach to ‘let the resolution come’ mantra.Congress, says its chief GA Mir, is holding a meeting of its leaders to discuss party’s strategy for the coming assembly session. Mir told KNS that so far the party has not decided whether to support Guru’s resolution or not. The issue shall be threadbare discussed at the party meet wherein the final call will be taken, he said,Meanwhile, the BJP with 25 MLAs in the house has already made its position clear, saying the party will not allow any such resolution to be tabled in the house.Engineer Rashid submitted a resolution for budget session of Legislative Assembly on seeking return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains. He is also moving resolution to seek release of all political prisoners.

 

 

Snowfall affects power supplies in valley

Will rectify system once weather improves: CE PDD



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As the fresh snowfall was witnessed in various parts of Kashmir valley on Monday, the Power Development Department (PDD) said the damage caused in the distribution lines has led to power breakdown in various places including Srinagar.Talking to KNS, PDD chief engineer Bashir Ahmad Khan said if weather improves, the damage caused in the system shall be rectified at an earliest. He added that in various areas of South Kashmir, the reports have been received about the power breakdown in various areas. “The entire team is on tenterhooks to repair the damaged lines. It is being strived to restore electricity supply at an earliest.”He said in Srinagar, there has been damage caused in various areas and particularly in the old city. “Due to congestion in power lines, the electricity supply had got affected in various areas. In some localities, the power has been restored and in other parts, the PDD men are working.”Khan added that the power system affected due to the latest snowfall was not serious and with minor incidents, the electricity overall remained hassle free in valley on Monday. 

He maintained that if in some areas, the supplies are disrupted; same shall be rectified once the weather conditions get improved.Pertinently, people in various areas complained on Monday about the erratic power supply, saying that the snowfall of few inches has made PDD to go for unscheduled power cuts.  In various areas of Srinagar city , people were up in arms against the state authorities demanding immediate restoration of power that according to them got disrupted without any reason.

 

 

Fresh snowfall disrupts normal life in Valley

Authorities issue avalanche warning,



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Srinagar

As Kashmir valley experienced fresh spell of snowfall since Monday morning the authorities issued high and medium-danger avalanche warning for higher parts of the State."On the basis of information, Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Management Authority issued high to medium Danger avalanche warning for hilly areas of Tangmarg and Khilanmarg in Gulmarg sector and higher reaches of north Kashmir's Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora districts and Kargil in frontier region of Ladakh," a government official told KNS.

He said a medium danger warning has also been issued for higher reaches of Banihal, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region, Pulwama and Kulgam in south and Budgam and Ganderbal districts in central Kashmir.The weather office has predicted moderate to rather heavy rain or snow at most places over the state during the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile snowfall disrupted the normal life throughout Kashmir valley on Monday.

After heavy rains lashed Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir for many hours yesterday, it started snowing in the Monday morning putting the normal life to a halt. Due to snow the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed and there was no possibility of flights landing in Srinagar on Monday.Schools which were scheduled to reopen Monday for primary and middle classes were also closed for the day though no official announcement was made in this regard. (KNS)

 

 

Committee to probe ‘illegal appointments’ of JK-SRTC



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The Jammu and Kashmir Government Monday said that it will constitute a committee to probe the “illegal appointments” made in State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) which had filled dozens of post as apprentice engineers without any proper advertisement.The Corporation had filled dozens of post as apprentice engineers without any proper advertisement and surprisingly without referring these posts to any of the government recruiting agency. The Corporation obtained approval of then Minister for Transport, who happened to be the Chairman of JKSRTC.

When Kashmir News Service (KNS) brought the issue into the notice of the Transport Minister Abdul Gani Kohili, he said that he will constitute a committee who will probe the issue.

“Government will probe the matter thoroughly and will constitute a committee to scrutinize all the illegal appointments in the transport department. If at all any illegal appointment will be found in the department the government will take immediate action according to the law,” he said.It is pertinent to mention here that as per the government reply to the Right to Information (RTI) application, the Department has neither record traceable nor any consolidated information with regard to the number of apprentice engineers engaged from time to time in the Corporation. The Corporation in the RTI had also admitted that some of the selected engineers have been terminated after discrepancies were found in their certificates and at least 12 candidates were sent on deputation on Motor Vehicle Department as Motor Vehicle Inspectors.

General Manager, Administration, JKSRTC had also replied in written after an information was sought under RTI application No. JKSRTC/GMA/PS/J/337, dated 04/03/2014 that the apprentice engineers initially were engaged on consolidated wages in 1996-97 and then were regularized as Junior Inspectors in 10/2002.The RTI had also revealed that one of the candidates who is JE Mechanical PWD (R&B) have been placed at the disposal of Transport Department vide Government order No 24 PW(R&B) of 2010 dated 22/01/2010 issued by the Public Works (R&B) Department under endorsement No PW/M&S/30/2005 dated 22/12/2009 for his posting in Motor Vehicle Department for a period of two years which expired on 21/01/2012. KNS

 

 

Subramanian Swamy in direct attack on Islam, Muslims: Hurriyat (G)



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Terming the Guwahati (Assam) statement of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in which he had said that “Masjids are mere buildings used for prayers and these can be demolished” as a direct attack on the Islam and the Muslims, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani condemned it in strong words.In a statement to KNS he said, “BJP who are holding the chair of power in New Delhi are in haste and hurry in implementing the RSS agenda and due to this the life, property, dignity and religion of Indian Muslims, Christians and Sikhs have got trapped in an extreme danger and this situation can take a serious and ugly turn in future.”“Subramanian Swamy is among the central leaders of BJP and his words can’t be taken lightly. His remarks about the Masjids is not any result of his mental frustration but it is the standing policy of the RSS and its allies and there are hundreds of religious places of Muslims in India which are on their target and they are waiting for a proper time to demolish them all like they did in the case of Babri Masjid,” he said.

“India is said to be a secular country but as this country has completed 7 decades of its independence, the Muslims have neither been accepted and nor been trusted upon in this country. Harassing and insulting them and subjecting them to the physical as well as mental torture are being considered as great service to the nation,” he added.The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that in the backdrop of this situation the Muslims who reside in India have left with only two options that is either they have to migrate from this country or they have to unite to protect their identity. “Otherwise they have no other option except to accept the Saffron color. Due to the cooperation of some opportunistic Kashmiri leaders, these communal people of India have got a chance to practice their dangerous agendas in Jammu & Kashmir and they will try hard to thrust their own culture upon the people by using the state power and machinery and they also want to change the demography of the state. It has been their first challenge from the day one to convert the Muslim majority into a minority in this disputed region and gradually transform this region into a Hindu state,” Geelani alleged.He said that in 1947, the Muslim were 85% of the total population of the state and “now this figure have declined to 68% and for its further decline, the BJP is very enthusiastic.”

 

 

Geelani condemns Pak church blasts

Terms it anti-human, terrorist act



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Srinagar

While expressing his deep shock, sorrow and grief over the loss of lives which resulted due to the two separate blasts at the Churches in Lahore city of Punjab province of Pakistan, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Monday said it is absolutely an anti-human and terrorist act and it should be condemned at all levels.While demanding death punishment for the criminals of this act, Geelani in a statement to KNS said, “The protection of life, property, dignity and Religious places of the minorities is the legal, religious and moral responsibility of the Pakistan government and they should perform this responsibility with priority.”

“To kill any innocent and unarmed person is totally against the basic principles, values and teachings of Islam and any person who is any way involved in these types of activities even if he claims to be the well-wisher of Islam is the biggest enemy of this religion of peace and mercy,” he said.While commenting over the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s claim of responsibility of these attacks, Geelani said, “Now it has proven that some of the groups of the TTP are working as agents of the external enemies of the Pakistan and their only purpose is to destabilize and weaken the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”He expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolence with the bereaved families of the Christian brothers and said that we equally share their grief and pain.

 

 

Unscheduled power cuts irk Bemina residents



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Srinagar

A severe electricity crisis has gripped Bemina area of Srinagar and its adjourning areas, compelling people to take to the streets to protest against the power cuts. Every day the area witnesses’ unscheduled power cuts.On Monday people from the Bemina complained to KNS that power supply remains off for hours daily. “Though our area is metered, the department goes for unscheduled and extended power cuts for hours. In past five days, our area faced several unscheduled power cuts. If power is not provided to us as per the schedule we will be left with no option other to protest on the streets,” said Shabir Ahmad.

Another resident Habibulah of M.I.G Colony said it is shocking that instead of ensuring regular power supply during the peak hours, the Power Development Department is resorting to forced cuts. ‘Every day and night we find ourselves in complete darkness. The electricity is playing hide and seek for the past few days,” he added.“We are witnessing frequent power cuts despite our locality being fully metered.” Another consumer, Mushtaq Ahmad from housing colony Bemina, which is a metered area, said and added that we fail to understand why the authorities are not sticking to any schedule. (KNS)

 

 

2010 civilian killings: Untoo moves to HC against Omar, Bukhari



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Local human rights worker Mohammad Ahsaan Untoo has submitted a Public interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court where he has prayed that the criminal proceedings be initiated against the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari for their alleged role in the killings of innocent youth in general and 23 youths of Srinagar in 2010.As per the details provided to KNS by Mohammad Ahsaan Untoo ,Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights JK, Srinagar, he(Untoo) in his application has prayed that in view of the above facts, applicant seeks indulgence of the court by treating this application as PIL and initiate a judicial process by looking in all aspects of the events of 2010 which lead to killings of innocent youth in general and 23 youths of Srinagar in particular by “use of excessive force and target killings on upper body parts of victims by State machinery.”

“The criminal proceedings be initiated against the then Chief Minister Umar Abdullah and SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari for their active role in these killings and status of trails of victims killed in 2010 as so far trail in these cases are going at snail’s pace and a not a single arrests have taken place till date as all the culprits are rooming freely as they  were being shielded by state,” Untoo prayed before the court.In the PIL, Untoo has appealed that Judicial inquiry of role allegedly played Omar and Bakhari for their alleged involvement and conspiracy in killing of 23 innocent students of district Srinagar mostly minors in 2010 by “misusing the state machinery and power in violation of laws of the land and international laws.”

He revealed in his application that the victims along with the applicant have been trying to get justice for the past five years to the victims of 2010 by going pillar to post “but nobody has been brought to justice till date because of state’s continuous support to the involved persons by shielding them and by ensuring that no evidence remains against the culprits as same was a well thought conspiracy hatched by then Chief Minister of State and SSP Srinagar to kill the innocent persons for their political and personal motives by misusing state machinery and violating all laws including fundamental and human right laws.”

In the PIL, Untoo has alleged that the number of innocent youths in district Srinagar were killed most of them minors and police authorities declined to initiate investigations in most of the cases. “The total traced number of killed victims is 23 in whose cases nothing concrete have been done so far nor any body has been brought to justice as all of the culprits have been given promotions and other benefit by the government for the killings as same was done in connivance with the then chief minister of J&K State and SSP Srinagar,” he said.

Untoo in his application has said  that the victims as well human rights organizations have lost faith in state, in view of the recent developments wherein the then SSP has come out with revelations about the rule then of Chief Minister of J&K State, therefore, this human rights group comes before this Court with a prayer that a Judicial Commission be appointed under the aegis of High Court to initiate investigation and inquire in the culpability of Chief Minister and SSP in the killings of  2010 and FIR’s be lodged for proper criminal charges against the culprits so as to bring faith amongst the victims and general masses in the temples of justices and law and the official communications and other orders during the turmoil period of 2010 between officers and political bosses including SSP Srinagar and then Chief Minister of J&K State be looked into and brought before general public for scrutiny whether constitutional and legal methods in the directions and order were followed or not as the Chief Minister was heading Home department as well Unified Command Council was under the Chief Minister directly.

Untoo prayed that in view of the above facts, applicant seeks indulgence of this Court by treating this application as PIL and initiate a judicial process by looking in all aspects of the events of 2010 which lead to killings of innocent youth in general and 23 youths of Srinagar in particular by use of excessive force and target killings on upper body parts of victims by State machinery.“The criminal proceedings be initiated against the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and SSP Srinagar Ashiq Bukhari for their active role in these killings and status of trails of victims killed in 2010 as so far trail in these cases are going at snail’s pace and a not a single arrests have taken place till date as all the culprits are rooming freely as they were being shielded by state,” he added.

 

 

Vaccination single best defense against H1N1: DAK

‘Health officials misleading people’



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Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today Monday said it is unfortunate that health officials of the valley are misleading people by issuing incorrect information regarding H1N1 vaccination.

In a statement KNS President DAK and H1N1 expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan said, “Vaccination is the single best tool to protect people from contracting H1N1. According to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune current H1N1 strain did not show any mutation and it is the same as 2009 H1N1 strain. The current vaccine is closely matching the circulating H1N1 strain in the community and is highly effective.”

“NIV Pune has rejected the commentary by Massachusetts Institute of Technology of United States that had suggested that H1N1 virus in India might have changed. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that even if the virus has changed vaccine can still protect people and prevent flu related complications because of cross protection. The statement of Director SKIMS that current vaccine is ineffective is factually incorrect and misleading,” he said.

“These health officials have vaccinated their children and left others unimmunized and defenseless which is outrageous. The health officials by questioning the effectiveness of vaccine have hampered vaccination drive thus risking human lives. On one hand health officials say vaccines are ineffective, on the other hand they procure vaccines and give it to their kith and kin,” he added.Dr Hassan said that more than 7000 vaccines have been acquired by GMC Srinagar but as per Medical Superintendent SMHS no vaccines were supplied to the hospital. “Where have the vaccines gone?” he asked.

“Health officials have failed to protect people from dying due to H1N1 and by issuing irresponsible statements are further endangering human lives. We have seen in past outbreaks when it seemed worst is over flu activity increase abruptly because of unpredictability of virus and vaccination is the only defense. People ideally should get vaccinated before flu season begins but vaccination is recommended as long as virus is circulating in the community. We urge people who have not been vaccinated to get vaccine now,” the DAK president added.

 

 

 

Save girl awareness program held at Pulwama

KNS correspondent awarded



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Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, government of India, in collaboration with Union Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Development and district administration Pulwama organized a one day program on ‘Beti Bacho Beti Padhao.’

Speaking on the Occasion, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Niraj Kumar stressed upon to increase awareness among the people about the gender inequality and decreasing child sex ratio. “There is urgent need to educate the people to create girl child friendly atmosphere in the State,” he said.

Others, who spoke on the occasion, included Principal and Sessions Judge Pulwama Abdul Rashid Malik, Assistant Director of Field and Publicity M A Tantary, Chief education officer (CEO) Pulwama, Mohammad Lateef, District Social Welfare Officer, Bilqees and other prominent people of the area.Meanwhile on this occasion KNS correspondent Qayoom Khan was awarded for his outstanding performance to highlight the issues of general public. KNS

 

 


Gear up men, machinery to help people: BJP to admin 



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The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Monday asked the administration to gear up its men and machinery to mitigate the hardships of the people which they are facing due to extended winter this year.The BJP spokesman Khaild Jehangir in a statement to KNS said, “People in far flung areas are facing immense hardships due to the snowfall as many link roads are blocked and power has been snapped. It’s the duty of the officials to reach out to these people and help them out during crisis. There are reports that in many areas people are carrying the patients to the hospitals on stretchers as roads are blocked.”

Jehangir exuded hope that Divisional Commissioner Kashmir would ensure that administration reaches out to people and they are not left to suffer. “BJP is monitoring the situation and is in touch with the concerned,” Jehangir added.He said that officials need to maintain vigil over bunds which had suffered serious breaches during 2014 floods. “These bunds were not repaired completely by the previous regime. Officials should ensure that wrongs which were committed during the erstwhile NC-Cong rule are set right and the mistakes are not repeated in future,” Jehangir added. 

 

 

AIP castigates HCC for terminating services of locals



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Srinagar

Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) senior leader and General Secretary Advocate Nazir Ahmad Malik Monday castigated Hindustan Construction Company for terminating the services of more than 250 local labourers and employees in Kishanganga Hydroelectric Power Project.In a statement to KNS Malik said, “It is sheer injustice on part of HCC to terminate services of about 285 local employees on one hand and keep in tacit the services of non-local employees. HCC derives all benefits from Kashmir but mistreats local populace and this termination proves it. It is also a fact that the bulk of local employees working with HCC in Kashmir have not been provided with any sort of employment letters which is clear cut violation of given labour & employment rules and regulations. It is also known fact the company for a majority of time made its employees to work under contractors and sub-contractors and thus reminding one of the bleak labour environment situation prevailing in the HCC.”Malik maintained that on environmental side, one is already aware that HCC has been a virtual catastrophe for the serene environ of Bandipore.“It is a burning act  that HCC diverts the chemically polluted water into the nearby beautiful and important streams of the area thus polluting Madhumati River, which is the main water source for whole Bandipore Township, and adjoining villages and all this has continuously made local population horrified,” he alleged.

 

 

SDA seals illegal sheds around Bemina Bypass

‘These structures had become safe-haven for anti-social elements’



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Srinagar

The Enforcement wing of Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) has sealed several unauthorized sheds raised illegally in and around Housing Colony Bemina.According to SDA officials, these sheds were being used for dumping scrap and rag and had become a nuisance in the area. “We were receiving frequent complaints from the locals that these sheds had become safe-havens for anti-social elements including drug addicts,” a SDA official said adding the owners have been asked to remove these sheds immediately.

The SDA official said that in another anti-encroachment drive, scores of vendors were evicted from the area surrounding SKIMS Medical College Bemina.He said the SDA would continue its anti-encroachment drive to prevent the unscrupulous elements from carrying out illegal activities on the SDA land and other properties.The official said that SDA is planning a major beautification drive on the two sides of the Panthachowk-Parimpora Bypass and the Authority has co-opted the Forest Department for plantation of the land around the Bypass.

 

 

VC BGSBU calls on Guv



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Jammu

Professor I.A. Hamal, Vice Chancellor, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, called on N.N. Vohra, Governor at the Raj Bhavan this morning.Prof. Hamal discussed with the Governor the ongoing academic and extra- curricular activities in the University and the concerted efforts which are being made to augment infrastructure development and faculty recruitment. 

The Governor shared with Prof. Hamal some of his concerns about the need to take urgent measures for progressively upgrading the standards of teaching and research in all the institutions of higher education in the State.

 

 

VC, CU calls on Guv



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Jammu

Prof. Devanand, acting Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu, called on Governor, N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University, here at the Raj Bhavan today.Prof. Devanand briefed the Governor about the to-date construction status of the new campus of the Central University which is coming up at village Bagla, Raya Suchani in Samba district, recruitment of faculty, and certain issues relating to the administrative and   academic functioning.

The Governor urged the Vice- Chancellor to ensure that there was no compromise in laying the foundation of high academic standards and planned pursuit of research facilities in the Varsity. He also urged Prof. Devanand to ensure very early completion of the upcoming campus.

 

 

Rana concerned over outbreak of water-borne diseases in Rabta Bhagani

Seeks immediate measures to combat malady



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Srinagar

Expressing serious concern over outbreak of water-borne diseases in Rabta Bhagani Panchayat in Mathwar Block of Nagrota Constituency and its adjoining areas, Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana on Monday called for a multi-pronged strategy to combat the malady and check its further spread.“Around 400 people, mostly children have been affected who are suffering from gastroenteritis, diarrhea and dehydration problems”, he said after extensive visit to the interior areas since last evening. He visited various affected far off villages of the constituency since wee hours today.

In a statement a spokesperson of the NC said Rana met the people, sought first hand information and coordinated the efforts being made by Health Department to meet the challenge. While appreciating quick response by the doctors, he stressed the need for deployment and stationing of special mobile teams in the most affected areas. He also sought setting up of a temporary control room in the area with adequate facilities to respond to the exigencies, whenever and from wherever reported.

During his visit, the local officers and doctors apprised Mr Rana about the measures taken for providing medical assistance to the affected people and arrangements made to contain its spread.The Provincial President stressed the need for evolving a multi-pronged strategy to ensure safe drinking water, maintain health and hygiene, pump out stagnated water accumulated due to incessant rains for the past few days besides providing timely medical assistance to the suffering people. He asked the officers to find the cause of the outbreak of disease and ensure that contaminated or unsafe water is not provided to the people.

He urged the Public Health Engineering Department to immediately clean up various tube-wells, dug wells and other sources of drinking water besides undertaking repairs of damaged hand-pumps and leaking pipes. He sought testing of water samples and providing of testing kits to the people. While emphasizing the need for generating awareness among the people, he asked the concerned authorities to ensure supply of clean and safe water to children in the schools.

He assured the people of Nagrota that the situation arising in the wake of outbreak of disease will be projected at appropriate forums for seeking immediate redressal.The Provincial President also cautioned the government about spread of disease in other areas in the wake of several areas across the Jammu region getting inundated due to continuous downpour for the past few days. He sought elaborate measures for dewatering in prime areas of the Jammu city that stand choked and submerged due to heavy rainfall.

 

 

Bukhari inaugurates floriculture workshop

Says floral industry has vast potential for employment generation



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Jammu

Highlighting the scope of floriculture, the Minister for Public Works, Floriculture and Gardens, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has said that Government would initiate necessary measures to promote this sector. He underscored the need for providing technical guidance to the farmers for cultivation of high yielding flowers for better marketing.Inaugurating one day State level workshop here today, the Minister said that floral industry has an immense potential for employment generation and earning foreign exchange. He said present day floral industry is a dynamic, fast growing industry, which has achieved significant growth rate. He said Jammu is emerging as significant player of this booming industry. He stressed on harnessing the state’s potential in the field to meet the demand of the flowers outside the state.

The one day workshop was organised by Floriculture Department to familiarize the farmers about latest techniques. About 400 farmers from various areas of the State participated in the workshop wherein the subject experts delivered lectures and educated the farmers about the latest techniques of flower cultivation and their preservation.The Minister urged the farmers to take the full benefits of the various centrally sponsored schemes for promotion of floriculture in view of varied agro climatic conditions of all the three divisions of the state. He also asked the farming community to adopt protected cultivation and micro irrigation and laid stress on promotion of bulb & flower seed production in the State.

The Minister underscored the need for organising more such workshops for the benefit of the farmers and asked the experts of the department to work at ground level for the growth of this industry in the State.The Commissioner/Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon highlighted the various activities of the department.The Director Floriculture Jammu and Kashmir Divisions on the occasion threw detailed light on the activities taken up for development of floriculture in the State.Meanwhile, the Minister also went around the exhibition, set up by floriculture and horticulture Departments in joint collaboration. In the exhibition varied quality of flowers, vegetables, fruits, dry fruits, honey, and fish fillet, horticulture inputs and handloom products were the main attraction.The minister took keen interest in the exhibits and appreciated the organisers for putting up such an exhibition.

 

 

7269 Cases settled in National Lok Adalat in J&K



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Jammu

About 7269 cases were disposed off in the National Lok Adalat held across the state for the cases under Land Acquisition Act, Revenue  & MNREGA at High Court, District and Tehsil level.During the Lok Adalat 76 cases of   Land Acquisition , 910 Revenue cases  and 6283 MNREGA cases  were settled    & an amount of  Rs. 4,82,90,64, was settled in Land Acquisition cases  while Rs. 6,33,16,441 was awarded in MNREGA cases.

The LoK Adalat was held under the patronage of Chief Justice, High Court of J&K Mr. Justice N.Paul Vasantha Kumar, and Patron-in-Chief J&K State Legal Services Authority, and guidance of Judge, High Court of J&K and Executive Chairman, J&K State Legal Services Authority  Mr. Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir.  

 

 

Shah for economic tariffs for tourists



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Srinagar

Director Tourism and MD JKTDC Farooq A Shah while interacting with the representatives of Kashmir Hand Restaurants Federation and Association stressed them to follow strictly the economic and stable tariffs and prices which will in turn have an effective impact on promotional efforts of Department.Shah warned that stringent measures would be taken to punish the violators. He apprised the representatives about the promotional campaigns of the department for the benefit of tourist trade as a whole and explained them about the multiple benefits of tourist friendly behaviors and economic rates.

The Director Tourism also had a meeting with the adventure tourism representatives during which he informed them that government has made a calendar to organize adventure tourism related activities all over the state particularly in valley. Shah said that water games and adventure related activities will be focus of the department and Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Srinagar Dal Lake will become abuzz with adventure activities and events.Meanwhile, Gulmarg Snow Carnival which was kickstarted yesterday is on with more enthusiasm as the fresh snowfall in Gulmarg was accepted as a good omen. The festival  featured, snow cycling, snow trekking, night skiing other than cultural programmes and other traditional folk performances aimed to entertain the tourists and  to promote Gulmarg as an ideal winter tourism destination in domestic and international market.

 

 

Sukhnandan inaugurates NRDWSA Week

Stresses for mass awareness for judicious use of water


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Jammu

Stressing on generating mass awareness and coordinated efforts by all stakeholders for ensuring optimal use of water, the Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sukhnandan Kumar said that emphasis should be laid on sensitising the rural masses about importance of safe drinking water and sanitation.The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week (NRDWSAW) organised by Communication and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU) and Water and Sanitation Support Organization (WSSO) of Department of Public Health Engineering and Irrigation and Flood Control Departments

The Minister informed that the aim and objective of the campaign is to create awareness among the general masses regarding importance of safe drinking water and to improve sanitation for environment protection.Reiterating the government’s resolve to provide   adequate safe water for drinking and other domestic needs on a sustainable basis in the rural areas the Minister said that requisite steps will be taken to fulfill the basic requirements meeting the water quality standards.On the occasion the Minister also flagged off the IEC (Information and Education Campaign) vehicles which would disseminate information among the general public pertaining to the issues of   safe handling of water, water conservation and importance of sanitation .The Minister also launched logo of the PHE Department and Voice Mail SMS Service on the occasion.

Principal Secretary, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Dr. Pawan Kotwal while speaking on the occasion highlighted the importance of NRDWSAW. He asked the programme implementation agencies to coordinate with DWSM, VWSCs and involve Panchayati Raj Institution (PRIs), ASHA Workers and Anganwadi Workers so that better results are achieved at ground level.Executive Director, CCDU Dr. Narinder Bhatial apprised about the programme and said that the week is being celebrated to generate awareness in villages and series of awareness programmes will be organised at all the district headquarters.Chief Engineer, PHE Sushil Aima, Chief Engineer I&FC H. C. Jerath, Chief Engineer RTIC K. K. Gupta, Secretary Institute of Engineering, Jammu Mohinder Manhas and senior officers of PHE, I&FC and CCDU were present on the occasion.

 

 

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