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Taken oath to defeat designs of communal, fascist forces: Congress

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Srinagar, April 11: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and INC Candidate for Anantnag Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency G A Mir on Thursday said that their party has taken an oath to defeat the designs of communal and fascist forces in the country.

Addressing the party cadres from Pampore, Tral, Shopian, Wachi and Pulwama at Party Office Srinagar, the Congress leader

said that it is the duty of Congress cadres and common people to defeat the designs of communal and fascist forces hell bent upon to divide the people to serve the vested interests.

 

He urged the party workers to gear up for the upcoming elections in South Kashmir to ensure Party’s victory with a thumping majority, as the victory of Congress party will infuse confidence among the people in J&K, who have been facing the hardship due to the misrule and mis-governance by unholy alliance PDP-BJP in the State.

Mir expressed confidence that Congress party will not only do well in J&K, but in the entire country will do extremely well in the ensuing Parliamentary Elections by defeating BJP RSS miserably, as that, Congress Party has taken the oath to defeat the designs of communal and fascist forces responsible for the chaotic situation in the Country and State and will do everything to safeguard the unity, harmony and brotherhood in the Country.

Mir told the Party workers to defeat the falsehood and political exploitation by opportunist political party especially the PDP responsible for the damages caused to peace and development in the State, the unholy alliance between north pole and south (PDP BJP) will continue to remain as a big source of alienation among the people for the fact they have vitiated the atmosphere in the State to serve their dirty political ends, he said.

Lashing out at PDP for betraying and backstabbing people on sensitive issues Mir told the party leaders it was their bounden duty to reach out to people to apprise them about the political gimmicks on the part of PDP as this opportunist party have once again started playing with the emotions of people on sensitive issues, but at the same time, Mir expressed confidence, that this time people will not even listen to its mere propaganda for securing votes, he added.

Taking the opportunity of the meeting, G.A Mir also appealed the people of Jammu and Kashmir to remain vigilant about the false poll propaganda by PDP, BJP and others and defeat them in the ensuing elections in order to ensure victory of Congress party in the elections, for the fact, it was the Congress party alone which has fought against fascist and communal forces and will continue to remain committed to work as a bridge between different religions an community, he maintained.

Those who were present on this occasion included Senior Leaders Mohd Anwar Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Farooq Andrabi, Surinder Singh Channi, Gulam Nabi Mir Lasjan, Zahid Hussain Jan, Irfan Naqib, Sahil Farooq, Shameem Iqbal, Abid Kashmiri, Gulam Mohd Mir, Dr. Syed Ahmad, Nissar Ahmad Mundoo, Irfan Naqashandi, Nissar Ahmad Khan, Dr. Fayaz, Gusher Khan, Kadfeen Chowdhary, Imtiyaz Khan, Jawahira Bano, Shameema Mir, Amir Rasool, Gazi Ruhullah, Hilal Ahmad Wani, Waseem Ahmad Shalla, Arif Maqbool, Corporators of SMC Srinagar, Block Presidents, PCC Members, Youth Leaders, Mahila Congress leaders and others.


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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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