Srinagar, Aug 28: To provide ration facilities at the doorstep of consumers of the state, Minister for CA&PD and Transport, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan Wednesday announced that government is contemplating to open new Food Centers across the State. He said this would help the department to reach out the far off areas of the state but it would also generate employment opportunities for the educated youth of the state. The Minister said this while addressing in a Food and Supply Employees Association conference in CA&PD office at Shaheed Gunj Srinagar. The Conference was attended by a large number of CA&PD employees all across the Valley. On the occasion, the MLA Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani was also present. Addressing the gathering, the Minister said that the employees of the concerned department are not only working in odd hours but they are also serving to the people by mitigating their requirements not only in urban but in far flung and remote areas of the State. Ch. Ramzan urged the employees to work with more devotion and dedication and keep the tempo of serving people with zeal in odd and crucial circumstances. He said that the employees of the concerned department despite facing a lot of challenges have to utilize their efforts for mitigating the problems of the people so that they may not face any more inconvenience in getting their ration well in time. He said that there are certain sections of the society who are wholly dependent on the Government ration. Responding to the demands of the employees, the Minister said that the vacancies at district level have been referred to SSRB for filling the vacant post so that the man power of CA&PD will be more strengthened. Regarding promotions of the employees, the Minister said that after fulfilling the official procedures including vigilance clearance, the eligible employees would be promoted under rules. On the occasion, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani lauded the efforts and working spirit of the employees of CA&PD in serving the people especially in remote areas. He asked the Minister to consider the demands of the employees on priority basis. Earlier, the members of Employees Association put forth their demands before the Minister and appealed for meeting their genuine demands as earlier as possible.
SRINAGAR, AUGUST 28: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has condoled the sad demise of veteran Journalist and former Rajya Sabha Member, Mr. D. C. Prashant. In his condolence message, CM conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.
SRINAGAR: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday said the large Gujjar community after having suffered centuries of neglect and exploitation need a focussed and composite development plan to ensure their progress and decent life. As per a statement Mehbooba while addressing a gathering of community representatives of Gujjars and Bakerwals at Peer-ki-Gali, on the historic Mughal road, has said, “While making efforts to give a push to the development of this most backward section of our society, it has to be ensured that their traditions and environment are preserved.” Mehbooba has said Gujjars are an important community of the state and their input to economy and cultural variety has been immense, but unfortunately the benefits of progress have failed to reach them. “These innocent people have always been exploited and used as a vote bank and audience for public meetings without ever trying to address their problems of survival, leave alone their issues of development,” she said. Stressing the need for improving education and health care facilities to Gujjar community, who are spread all over the state and living in far flung places, Mehbooba has said the number of schemes, launched by the Government of India, for their focussed welfare, have in Jammu & Kashmir been derailed by the present government. She claimed that the mobile schools and mobile dispensaries have almost become dysfunctional, leaving the children and other members of nomadic Gujjars without any access to basic education and health care. She said, similarly, the tribal sub plans, approved for the community, have generally been sabotaged by allocating funds on political considerations, which has resulted in frequent suspension of allotment of funds by government of India. She has also said that the tension and fear along the LoC and borders, which had ended following the ceasefire pact between India and Pakistan in 2003, has returned to haunt the people there among them is the larger section of Gujjar population. Mehbooba said, “Even though the community had traditionally supported and voted for National Conference, but all key welfare majors, benefiting the community were taken when NC was out of power.” And added the tribal status to the community was granted by Janata Dal led government in 1991, and the NC and Congress were not in power then. Similarly, mega projects like the Mughal road and the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, which are of special significances for Poonch and Rajouri regions having larger concentration of Gujjars, were initiated by the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led government.” In contrast to this, she has said, “The present government has failed to construct the model schools sanctioned by the Government of India for tribal students at every district headquarter. Similar is the fate of Gujjar Bakerwal hostels which are in a mess and the special scholarship schemes offered by the government of India to tribal students.” She said the wool and wool products which in the past were significant source of income for the community have suffered a slump in the market as a result of changed customer preferences. The wool board, which was supposed to support prices to sheep breeders, has ceased to function and the government needs to revive the market intervention in wool. Appealing the community leaders to appreciate the difference between different parties, Mehbooba said it is high time that the people and especially those from Gujjar community, who have been forgotten for decades, assess the performance of NC its allies and the PDP. She said the party has clear vision about solving the problems of all sections of society including the more neglected Gujjars. She said the area opened up with the construction of Mughal road has immense potential for developing tourism. While doing so the party would ensure that young people from the community are provided appropriate skills and financial support to establish hospitality units and find dignified avenues of employment in their own environment and localities.
SRINAGAR, August 28: Chairman JKLF Yasin Malik has expressed his anguish over the worsening condition of kashmiri prisoners in the jails of Jammu, Kashmir and India. Terming the continues torture, ill behavior and atrocities against these inmates as a clear violation of Geneva convention, Yasin Malik said that the hardships faced by kashmri prisoners especially those who are jailed for life is very alarming. Citing the case of an elderly kashmiri prisoner Mehmood Ayoub Topiwala, who has been in Tihar jail since 16 years, yasin said that this prisoner is suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure but from 2010 he has been even deprived from the important life saving drugs. Inmates in jails are asked to pay bribe for medical care and lives of many inmates who languish in these jails are at stake because of the ill behavior of jail authorities. Kashmiri prisoners in Jodhpur jail especially Mohammad Lateef waza, Enjineer Farooq Ahmad Khan, Abdul gani Goni, Mirza Nisar Hussain, Mohammad Ali kilay ,Bashir Ahmad Baba (Central jail Gujrat) etc are facing torture on daily basis. In many jails across India prisoners are being used as forced labors. Jail authorities and rulers directly responsible for this ill behavior of prisoners. JKLF condemns this attitude of rulers and appeals to the amnesty international and international Red Cross to take note of this situation and act to safeguard the lives of these kashmiri prisoners.
SRINAGAR, AUGUST 28: Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora on Wednesday laid the foundation Stone of Srinagar Development Authority Guest House at Bemina for providing accommodation facilities to visiting dignitaries. The Vice Chairman, SDA Mr. M.S.Shafi was also present on the occasion. On the occasion, the Minister was informed that the Proposed Guest House costing of Rs 1.66 comprises of 9 luxurious bed rooms with separate attached bath rooms and dressing rooms, one dining hall with kitchen and Store, Common wash room, reception/entrance and waiting lounge and Conference-cum-meeting hall. He was further informed that the Project would be completed within one year. The Minister said that the proposed Guest on its completion would not only serve as boarding and lodging facility for the visiting officers and officials, but would also be able to hold State/National level Conferences and meetings. While interacting with the officers and other visiting dignitaries, Mr. Jora said that Government efforts are to develop the Srinagar city on the modern lines with special focus on the development of basic infrastructure.Responding to the demands of the employees of SDA, the Minister assured them that due consideration would be given on them and added that he has already placed instructions to VC, SDA for redressing the grievances and demands of employees at the earliest. the Minister further said that strict directions has already been passed to all the concerned to take action against the SDA land encroachers and land grabbers. Earlier on his welcome address, the Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, Mr. Mohammad Shafi Rather said that the construction progress of number of projects taken in hand by the SDA including Nowgam Rail Head Commercial Complex is in full swing and added on completion of these projects, not only the common people will be benefitted by getting accommodation, but hoped that a large number of unemployed youth would be able to get jobs. He also said that the said project would also be able to cater accommodation facilities to various other line departments like State Board of School Education, Technical Education Department, Revenue Department, SKIMS, Medical College Hospital, Rehabilitation Centre and other department located in Bemina. Referring the demands of the employees of the department, Mr .Rather said that some initiatives have already been taken to hold DPC very soon but however; he said there are some official procedures which have to be full filled first. Director, Land Management, Mrs Rubina, and Deputy Directors of various wings of the Agency, Land Management, Technical and Enforcement were present on the occasion.
Construction in jungle causes bears to intrude into civil areas: Experts
Srinagar, Aug 27: (GNS) Notwithstanding the terror leashed by stray dogs in Valley, now it is wild bears that have created havoc across valley with more than 13 persons reportedly killed and 157 injured so far in the last few months. The latest victims were a 10-year-old boy Sahil Hilal from Ganderbal and a lady Fatima from Bun Nambal who were attacked and injured by a wild bear on Tuesday in their vicinity. They were later on referred to Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) for specialized treatment. According to details gathered by Srinagar based news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS), bears across the Valley from past few months have attacked almost 170 persons mostly from North Kashmir area where 7 deaths have been reported till date. South Kashmir too has witnessed surge in bear mauls while Srinagar city is also in the list as news about bears roaming in Gupkar area of Sonawar hit headlines. The roaming of bears in Gupkar area had given sleepless nights to former Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Saeed. The reports of collision of a black bear with a vehicle outside Mufti’s residence on Tuesday this week also came in news. Experts believe the rise of temperature and food scarcity in the hilly areas is vibrant reason which forced bears to move into civil areas to gratify their needs. While talking to GNS Director, Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Dr. Showkat Zargar said the “bear mauling” is sensitive issue as it needs immediate attention. “We are receiving bear mauled patients who are largely multi fractured and special attention is being given to them,” Zargar said, adding, we are trying to help them whatever means we could. While talking to Chief Wildlife Warden, Kashmir, A.K Singh told GNS that we are trying our level best to minimize the causalities though we have recorded lowest casualties this year as compared to previous years. “We are also holding awareness camps in different localities to aware people what to do when countered with bears.” “We have 20 control rooms across Valley and have given necessary orders to the wardens to shoot at site when in need. Mostly Himalayan Black Bears are involved in attacks which mostly maul faces,” Sing added. Senior Specialist at Plastic Surgery Department, SKIMS, Prof. Adil Ahamd while commenting on the issue said it is pertinent to inform society how figures have crossed significantly. “The foremost reason is that humans are intruding into their (wild) regions while constructing houses and commercial buildings which forced these wild animals to leave their space and move towards civilian areas.” He said we were earlier receiving few patients of bear mauls in a year. “Now more a couple of patients are being admitted daily in our department. These patients take years to recover as they can’t get their shape of face again. We are informing Government officials to increase the aid to victims so that they can get artificial body parts which are costly to the patients who can’t afford them,” Prof. Adil added. Meanwhile, in 2010, SKIMS Hospital had published a detailed report on bear attacks on International Journal of Injury which is still leading the chart on the website of Journal Injury. (GNS)
SRINAGAR: United Jihad Council Chairman, an umbrella of many militant organizations, Syed Salahudeen, has said that thousands of militants would move across from Afghanistan to Kashmir once Nato forces are out from Afghansitan. “The coming months and years will see a tremendous surge in mujahideen’s activities in Kashmir,” AFP reported Salahudun as saying. “The encounter between mujahideen and Indian forces will enhance to an unprecedented level. The increase in attacks will be enormous and Indian forces will face huge losses,” he added. Regular deadly exchanges of fire across the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) have killed 11 people since August 5 and sent tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours soaring. The latest spate of clashes began when five Indian soldiers were killed in a raid that Delhi blamed on the Pakistani military. The attack came shortly after Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office, promising to improve ties with India. Pakistan flatly denied any involvement in the killings and Sharif has consistently urged restraint and dialogue to resolve the dispute, which dates back to independence from Britain in 1947. Sharif also wants to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next month, although New Delhi has since warned the violence may make this impossible. Militants now claim they no longer need the clandestine support of the Pakistani security establishment, signalling that the conflict in Kashmir is increasingly out of Pakistan’s control. Pakistan has also faced a bitter backlash in the form of a Taliban-led insurgency that has killed thousands of people. “Kashmiri youths realise that they should now rely on themselves,” AFP reported Uzair Ahmed, a militant with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen group as saying. “The attacks on Indian forces by Kashmiri mujahideen have already been enhanced during the last three to four months… and the coming three-four years will be very difficult for the Indian forces,” he added. “Abdul Aziz Alvi, the Kashmir head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), blacklisted as a terror organisation by the United Nations and United States, said the militants command wide support. “We, the citizens of Pakistani Kashmir, will also provide them support, whatever they require from us, because fighting to free our homeland is our basic duty,” he told AFP. A deadly flare-up along the LoC in January halted peace talks that had only just resumed after a three-year hiatus sparked by the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which India blamed on Pakistani terrorists. Delhi and Islamabad agreed a ceasefire in 2003 after the Pakistan army’s incursion in the Kargil sector in 1999 brought the two countries to the brink of war. India says the number of infiltration attempts across the LoC in January to August this year doubled compared with the same period last year. But a senior official in the Indian army’s northern command told AFP “almost all” the attempts to smuggle fighters across the LoC had been thwarted. “It is usual during the summer months that infiltration attempts by militants increase because the mountain passes are open,” he said on condition of anonymity. India still accuses Pakistan of providing logistical help to the fighters, though Islamabad insists it extends only moral and political support.