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Srinagar, July 4: Abid Raza Ansari, the legislator from Zadibal Constituency of Srinagar city, who distanced himself from PDP Wednesday leveled grave allegations against Mehbooba Mufti and her ‘loyalists’ claiming that at least 14 PDP legislators are mulling to leave the party.
“I am in touch with at least 14 PDP legislators who are dissatisfied and mulling to leave the party. Third Front can’t be ruled out,” Ansari said.
Ansari while targeting Naeem Akhtar, Pirzada Mansoor, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and Sartaj Madni said the party that was established by late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed offering his blood was ruined by her ‘incapable’ daughter and other members.
Abid Raza Ansari, as per news agency CNS, said Mehbooba Mufti and her loyalists humiliated every MLA from time to time.
“Mehbooba groomed Naeem Akhtar who ruled the roost. Akhtar who was not elected by people interfered in every constituency and didn’t allow Ministers and legislators to function smoothly. Akhtar indulged in corruption and bought 250 kanals of land in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The matter needs to be investigated. He along with Pirzada Mansoor, Sartaj Madni, Farooq Andrabi misguided Mehbooba Mufti,” alleged Ansari adding that every PDP legislator faced humiliation at the hands of either Nayeem Akhtar or Pirzada Mansoor.
He said it was mandatory for every PDP legislator to inform or meet Pirzada Mansoor first before meeting Mehbooba Mufti. “Mehbooba rarely had time for any MLA. It was Mansoor who was calling shots directing PDP legislators what to do and what not to do. Many MLA’s faced humiliation when Mehbooba didn’t lend ear to their grievances and instead asked them to consult Pirzada Mansoor,” he said adding the biggest humiliation was that elected representatives were ruled by a defeated candidate.
“One day a team of 11 MLA’s went to meet Mehbooba Mufti. I was part of that team and we all had multiple grievances. Instead of addressing our grievances, she insulted us and accused us of hatching a conspiracy to dethrone her. Her immaturity befuddled us all,” Ansar said.
In a scathing attack on Sartaj Mandni, the disgruntled legislator said he violated all the norms to adjust his son in a department. “Madni is a contractor who only knows how to maximize profits.”
Ansari alleged that Mehbooba Mufti gave too much importance to some of her loyalists. “A quota of 250 seats were given to Waheed-ur- Rehman Parra and he adjusted his nears and dears in Jammu Kashmir Bank, Jammu Kashmir Police, Youth Service and Sports and other departments,” Ansari alleged.
Ansari claimed that nobody was taken into confidence when Tasaduq Mufti was launched by Mehbooba Mufti. “We did not even know that Mufti Sayeed had a son. Mehbooba is no match to her father. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was a great leader who respected every party worker.”
Ansari alleged that Mehbooba’s loyalists encouraged corruption in every department. “Vice Chairmen were nominated through corrupt means and most of them were defeated candidates. A simple doctor was appointed as Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation. He was sent to JK House in New Delhi and in his place, another relative of Mehbooba was assigned the job of Commissioner SMC. Without tender, the contract for Government Medical College Dooru Ananatnag was assigned to a sycophant. Smart City project was kept in abeyance because Mehbooba’s loyalists didn’t find any person who could fill up their coffers to their content,” Ansari alleged and said that a transfer industry was created to mint money from top officials.
Ansari said that a hardworking doctor at SKIMS was removed as Director to pave way for a person who was close to PDP lobby. “The remote of SKIMS is with one Dr Wani who is in London. Mehbooba wanted him to bring here but later changed mind,” he said.
He challenged Mehbooba Mufti to show a single point in Agenda of Alliance that was implemented in letter and spirit. “During PDP-BJP rule, the economy of Kashmir suffered extensively,” Ansari said. (CNS)


CNS Kashmir is the most credible and largest circulated news agency of Jammu Kashmir. CNS came into being in 1995 with an avowed objective to report objectively, impartially without any bias.

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Defunct street lights? Don’t expect SMC to fix them

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Srinagar, Jun 17: Srinagar plunges into darkness soon after sunset as most of the street lights in the capital city are defunct.

This being so since Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) claims it is incapable to deal with the issue.

In absence of this basic facility, the city residents face a lot of inconvenience moving out of their homes to the markets or masjids during the evening and early morning hours.

 

Cases of burglary and dog-bites have been reported from many secluded areas where residents complain of either having defunct or no street lights.

People living in many of these poorly-lit areas feel scared to venture out of their homes in late hours.

“I prefer not to leave my home after Isha namaz. Dogs chase passersby since there is no street light in this colony,” said Bashir Ahmed, 60, a resident of Illahibagh.

SMC claims it has installed more than 40,000 street lights across the city. However, majority of them remain dysfunctional due to lack of an established electric division and less technical manpower in the corporation.

Executive Engineer SMC, Qazi Imtiyaz who looks after the Mechanical division, said: “We have nothing. Zero manpower to look after the technical faults of street lights. There is no electric division in our corporation.”

SMC Commissioner, Khursheed Ahmad Sanai said: “SMC lacks an established electric division as well as skilled staff to mend defunct street lights in Srinagar. But we are constantly making up to illuminate more areas through whatever little staff is available to us.”

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RKFC signs top English striker

More signings to follow; Club on track to become India’s football powerhouse

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Srinagar, Jun 17: J&K’s premier football club, Real Kashmir FC, has signed an experienced striker from England to play for the team in the upcoming season.

Announcing on RKFC’s official Twitter handle, the club management wrote: “RKFC is delighted to announce the signing of Kallum Higginbotham from Dunfermline Athletic, Scotland. Kallum is an experienced striker who has played at the highest level in the UK. Kallum has played for top teams such as Huddersfield Town, Kilmarnock, and Motherwell.”

Former Kilmarnock frontman, Kallum, who’s originally from Salford, England, will join the club in the third week of July, club sources told The Kashmir Monitor.

 

With Rangers legend David Robertson training the team, Kallum will be the second European player to play for RKFC after the coach’s son Mason.

The club finished third in the I-League last season in their first campaign in the top flight.

Terming it as an important signing, club’s co-owner, Sandeep Chattoo said: “Today’s signing of Kallum shows our intent that we mean business. We will leave no stone unturned to make RKFC a powerhouse of football not just in India but Asia. In coming days we will unveil more top signings. As a co-owner, I want to tell the fans that we will do whatever we can to play top class breathtaking football next season. RKFC is not just a football team. It’s the heartbeat of the state. For me personally it’s a project. We have just completed phase one. Lot more to follow.”

Head Coach David Robertson had a similar viewpoint on Kallum’s inclusion in the club: “Signing player of Kallum’s experience and quality is a huge statement and shows continued ambition of Real Kashmir. He will give us an extra edge upfront and can also play in various roles within the team. Our team is shaping up nicely and we are all eager and excited for the start of the new campaign.”

President J&K Football Association, Zameer Thakur congratulated the team on the signing.

“We welcome this signing and hope that RKFC will not just maintain but improve its last season’s performance in the upcoming one,” he told The Kashmir Monitor. 

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Overall nuclear arms decline but India, Pak, China expanding arsenal

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Stockholm, Jun 17: The overall number of nuclear warheads in the world has declined in the past year but nations are modernising their arsenals, a report published Monday said.

At the start of 2019, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea had a total of some 13,865 nuclear weapons, according to estimates in a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

That represents a decrease of 600 nuclear weapons compared to the start of 2018.

 

But at the same time all nuclear weapon-possessing countries are modernising these arms ¬– and China, India and Pakistan are also increasing the size of their arsenals.

“The world is seeing fewer but newer weapons,” Shannon Kile, director of the SIPRI Nuclear Arms Control Programme and one of the report’s authors, told AFP.

The drop in recent years can mainly be attributed to the US and Russia, whose combined arsenals still make up more than 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.

This is in part due to the countries fulfilling their obligations under the New START treaty — which puts a cap on the number of deployed warheads and was signed by the US and Russia in 2010 — as well as getting rid of obsolete warheads from the Cold War era.

The START treaty is however due to expire in 2021, which Kile said was worrying since there are currently “no serious discussions underway about extending it”.

Next year the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) — considered the cornerstone of the world’s nuclear order — turns 50.

The number of nuclear arms has been drastically reduced since a peak in the mid-1980s when there were some 70,000 nuclear warheads in the world.

While Kile said progress should not be underestimated, he also noted a number of worrying trends, such as the build-up of nuclear arms on both sides of the border between India and Pakistan, and the danger of a conventional conflict escalating to a nuclear one.

There is also a more general trend towards an “increased salience” of nuclear weapons, where changing strategic doctrines, particularly in the US, are giving nuclear weapons an expanded role in both military operations and national security dialogue, Kile said.

“I think the trend is moving away from where we were five years ago, where the world’s nuclear weapons were being marginalised,” Kile said.

Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon recently urged nuclear powers to “get serious” about disarmament and warned there was a “very real risk” that decades of work on international arms control could collapse following the US pullout of the Iran nuclear deal, which he said sent the wrong signal to North Korea.

Global disarmament efforts also suffered a blow when the United States announced in February it would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, prompting Russia to say it would also suspend its participation.

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