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Growing misuse of mobile phone kills creativity among children: PSAJK

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Srinagar, March 18: Private Schools’ Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) on Monday expressed its concern over the growing misuse of mobile phones by children in homes and schools alike, as the trend is not only killing the creativity among children and teens but also pushing them towards moral degradation and other ills.

The spokesman said that association after deliberations with several schools and experts have decided to take several steps including the imposition of fines, confiscation of mobile phones and counselling, to confront the menace. “With every passing day, the growing use of mobile phones, e-games and other such applications by our students are having a disastrous impact on them. Be it mobile games or video creating applications, uncontrolled use has become a huge problem. It not only distracts students from academics but affects his health and leads to many social ills,” said G N Var chairman PSAJK. “We are taking remedial measures and for its to be successful we need cooperation from parents too.”

The Association has decided to ban the mobile phones and other such electronic gadgets in school premises. “Anybody found using these mobile phones will be subjected to fine besides confiscation of mobile phones, by the respective school authorities. The fine will increase proportionately for repeat offenders. For repeat offenders the parents will be summoned to schools too,” said Var. “At homes too, the screen time of students has to be restricted and here parents need to do their effort. There is a need for the strict parental watch on the use of mobiles by their wards.”

 

The Association said that modern technology has brought a lot of benefits but at the same time it has its disadvantages if used without care. “The excess screen time is killing creativity among students and this will become worse with every passing day. Such is the bad effects of these gadgets that tech giants like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs used to keep their children away from these phones,” said Var. “

The Associations said that besides having a negative effect on health, the mobile phones are also leading to moral degradation and loss of social values among students particularly teenagers. “Teenagers are attracted to such devices but without parental watch they particularly girls can land themselves in severe troubles,” said Var. “There have already been some incidents involving mobile phones and steps need to be taken before it goes out of hand.”

Citing global studies, the Association said that early introduction to electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets, is linked to speech delays in toddlers, reduced sleep and delayed sleep onset. Older children, including teenagers, are also feeling the negative effects of screen time, with poor sleep quality and higher incidences depression (related to social media use in teens).

The Association is also in talks with subject specialists and course is being prepared for counselling the students against ill-effects of mobile phones. “We have also appealed the schools to prepare the best material available on the internet to tackle the growing use of mobiles even by toddlers and make students understand about its impact,” said Var. “For our efforts to succeed we also need cooperation from parents. They too need to control their screen time and keep a watch on their wards when it comes to using the internet.”


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Number of people reading Urdu newspapers on decline: CUK VC

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Ganderbal, Apr 24: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir Wednesday said that there has been a sharp decline in the number of people reading Urdu newspapers in Kashmir valley.

“The current trend among people, particularly the youth is to read English newspapers. However, strenuous efforts should be made to promote reading of Urdu newspapers among masses as Urdu is the official language of the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said while addressing the inaugural function of the two-day workshop on Urdu journalism “Skill Enhancement of Urdu Journalists of Kashmir,” organised by CUK’s Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ) in collaboration with Jammu Kashmir Urdu Council and Anjuman-e-Urdu Sahafat at varsity’s Green Campus here.

Prof, Mehraj ud Din Mir said that in order to promote Urdu journalism in valley, the varsity is contemplating to start Diploma in Urdu journalism. He said that a state-of-the-art studio will be constructed for the DCJ at the Tulmulla campus of the university, adding the journalists belonging to Ganderbal district would be also allowed to avail certain facilities provided in the Convergent Journalism.

 

Addressing the gathering Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, said, that at present, the Urdu journalism is at crossroads and there is a dire need to conduct such type of workshops. “Urdu has its own history and a cherished past,” Prof. Nikka said, journalism has its own contours, importance, duties and responsibilities, adding that journalists are spokespersons of the society and they have to highlight the problems and issues confronting the society in an objective manner. They have to construct a moral order in the society through their reportage and promote sense of brotherhood among different communities, based on mutual trust and understanding. Prof. Nikka said that there seems to be decline in Urdu journalism and its readers as people have become inclined towards English in all the spheres of life.

Senior faculty member, Media Education Research Centre, University of Kashmir, Prof. Nasir Mirza in his address, hailed the DCJ and Urdu Council for organizing the workshop. He said the technical sessions on different aspects of Urdu journalism would be beneficial to the participating reporters and sub-editors. Prof. Nasir Mirza also shed light on the advent of Urdu journalism in Kashmir.

Dean School of Media Studies, Prof. Hamidullah Marazi said, the DCJ is offering Post-Graduate programme in Journalism and has started research programme in 2018. He said the department has produced many documentaries, which have bagged awards at local and national level. Prof. Marazi said the students graduating from the department are working in prestigious media organizations in the State and Country. Prof. Hamidullah also underscored the need to promote Urdu journalism and asked the organizations working for promotion of Urdu to take immediate steps in this regard.

DCJ Coordinator, Dr. John Babu Koyee while speaking on the occasion, said, the purpose of holding the workshop is to revive Urdu journalism. “As Urdu newspapers are circulated across the Jammu and Kashmir, it becomes imperative to train and orient the journalists in Urdu journalism, so that they report professionally,” he said, adding that despite the fact the number of people reading Urdu newspapers are decreasing with each passing day, the number of journalists, starting their venture as Urdu newspapers is increasing.

Earlier, Ifham ul Islam recited Tilawat-e-Quran while as Faizan recited Na’at.

Academician and Journalist, Rashid Maqbool conducted the programme proceedings and also gave an overview of Urdu journalism in Kashmir while as JK Urdu Council, President proposed the vote of thanks.

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Masoodi condemns assault on Bijbehara youth by PDP workers

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Srinagar, April 24: National Conference leader and Candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency, Justice Hasnain Masoodi Wednesday thanked voters of district Anantnag for casting their vote in favour of National Conference, the party that stands for Kashmir identity and against the forces that have in last seven decades and particularly four and a half years eroded autonomy and their local collaborators.

Justice Masoodi as per a statement issued to here raised concern on clubbing of polling stations, as according to him, clubbing has made it inconvenient for voters to traverse long distances, in some cases few kilometers, to cast their vote. “The clubbing of polling stations, it is pointed out, has not only contributed to low turnout of voters but practically deprived voters of their precious right to vote,” he said.

He also condemned the ‘deadly assault’ by PDP workers and their accomplices on local youth within premises of a polling station at Bijbehara, only because the youth had courage to resist fake and bogus voting.

 

The attack, according to Justice Masoodi, depicts level of frustration and nervousness of the PDP leadership. He demanded registration of case against those responsible for attack and its impartial investigation. “The voters of Bijbehara, it is stated had no option but to reject the PDP through ballot, as PDP heaped unprecedented atrocities on the people and made lethal attacks on the identity and autonomy of Jammu & Kashmir. The voters of Bijbehara by deciding not to vote for PDP, have only made a honest effort to wash off the blot, that has smeared image of a town occupying a distinguished place in the history of the State,” Justice Masoodi said.

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Police arrests burglar, recovers jewellery, cash in Srinagar

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Harwan, April 24: Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said it has solved a burglary case with the arrest of an accused in Srinagar.

Jewellery and cash were recovered from their possession, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

He said one Showkat Ahmad Jan, resident of Aarbal, Shalimar reported in police station Harwan that on February 13, 2019, he locked his house and left for Delhi along with his family. On 23 April, when he came back with the family he found his house trespassed with burglary of cash and jewellery, which was kept in a locker.

 

Accordingly a case FIR No. 08/2019 U/S 457,380 RPC was registered and investigation taken up, police spokesman said.

“During the investigation, a team led by SHO Harwan Zafar Iqbal zeroed on one person as a servant (domestic help) who served before few months in the house and was brought to police station and after sustained questioning, the suspect confessed the crime and all stolen jewellery (two golden sets with three pairs of golden earrings) and a cash of Rs 175000 and 2900 USD were recovered on the confession of the accused.”

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