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22-yr-old Sopore youth goes missing; Family appeals son to return home

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Srinagar, Feb 09: Family members of 22-year-old youth, who has gone missing from February 2, have urged their son to return home and appealed government to help them in tracing him.
Asif Ahmad War, resident of Warpora Spore has been missing since February 02 when he left his home to offer Asar prayer while keeping his mobile phone at home.
Asif’s elder brother, Mudasir war told The Kashmir Monitor over phone that on Saturday at 4.30 in the afternoon, Asif left home to offer prayers in mosque as the part of his daily routine. “However, after Nimaz, he didn’t return to his home.”
Mudasir lamented that many of our friends and neighbors have spotted him roving in the village in the same evening hours after which he went missing.
Asif was the lone breadwinner for his family which included his handicapped father, an ailing mother, and an unmarried sister.
His elder brother Mudasir is married and lives separately.
After coming to know that Asif has not returned home, his handicapped father, Ghulam Nabi War tried his mobile number. However, soon he came to know that his son has kept phone at home.
Unable to make any contact with their son, anxious family started search in the neighborhood.
“In the Sunday morning we called our relatives and friends and everyone we could think of to know if they had any information about Asif, but nobody had any clue of where he might have gone,” said Mudasir with a heavy voice.
Mudasir and Asif worked in the fruit mandi, Spore. “I am accountant in the Spore Fruit Mandi, where Asif worked as a labourer,” Mudasir informed.
Negating the theories that Asif might have joined militant ranks, Mudasir said, “I don’t think that could be the case as I have never seen such kind of inclinations in him. He does not even talk about any such things either,” Mudasir added.
The missing son has left the family shattered who are pleading their son and militants for immediate return.
“We appeal our son, for the sake of your handicapped father please don’t leave us like this and return home as soon as possible, we cannot live without you,” said Ghulam Nabi while breaking in tears.
“If he is with any militant outfit, we request them that please send our son back to his home. He is very innocent. We don’t have any support except him,” wails Asif’s mother.
War family has also registered a missing report of their son in the nearest police station.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Senior Superintendent of Police, spore, Javaid Iqbal, said, “We are investigating the matter. We cannot reach to any conclusion whether he has joined militancy or not.”


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Will foil attempts of fiddling with J&K’s special identity, singular entity: NC

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Poonch June 20- Senior National Conference leaders on Thursday pledged to foil conspiracies being hatched to fiddle with the special identity and singular entity of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Those nurturing wild dreams of trifurcating the state or tinkering with its special status are destined to fail, as the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are determined to frustrate all their attempts with their full might”, General Secretary Mr Ali Mohammed Sagar said while addressing senior functionaries and delegates of Mendhar, Surankote and Poonch here this evening.

Former ministers Mian Altaf Ahmed, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, and Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Provincial Youth National Conference President Ajaz Jan, former legislators Th Rachpal Singh, Javed Rana, Rattan Lal Gupta, Rahim Dad and senior leaders also addressed the convention.

 

Ali Mohammed Sagar also cautioned against the machinations being engineered to weaken the National Conference, a bold voice of the people of the state and a binding force between the regions and the communities living in harmony for centuries. To achieve their malicious agenda, anti-people and anti-poor elements are being encouraged to cause divisions and wedge between the people, he said.

The General Secretary called for further strengthening National Conference at the grass roots level to meet the challenges facing the state. He said the recent victory in the parliamentary elections reflects the urges of the people to have a strong government which can uphold the political aspirations and undertake holistic development across the state with equal opportunities of progress to all. He exhorted the cadre to get prepared for the assembly elections, whenever held in near future.

Emphasisng the need for closing ranks and girding up loins for the assembly elections, Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana said National Conference is all set to script a historic victory and forming the government on its own.

Rana said the miseries inflicted upon the people of the state, especially those living in remote and far off areas call for a special dispensation in terms of employment, development and economic emancipation. The successive National Conference governments have set a high standard of performance. While the government led by Omar Abdullah laid strong developmental edifice with thrust on employability, Dr Farooq Abdullah government between 1996 and 2002 put the state on the path of normalcy. Addressing the workers, former minister Mian Altaf Ahmed spelt out the initiatives taken by National Conference for the upliftment of marginalized segments including Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, OBCs and other weaker sections of the society.

Former minister Syed Mushtaq Ahmad Shah Bukhari, while addressing the workers, called for intensifying the mass outreach programme to sanitize the people about challenges faced to the state.

Bukhari recalled the crucial role played by National Conference in border development and enhancing the quality of life of the people living in disadvantageous areas.

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SAC approves award of contract under EPC mode for 12MW Karnah HEP in Kupwara district

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Srinagar, June 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the award of contract for EPC mode of execution of the 12 MW Karnah Hydro Electric Project (HEP) at village Pingla, Tehsil Karnah, District Kupwara to the L1 bidder, M/s Angelique-SAPU Consortium at the quoted cost of Rs 96.967 Crore with applicable taxes.

SAC authorized the Managing Director, JKSPDCL to execute all such documents and take such actions as may be required in this regard.

The completion time of the Karnah HEP is 42 months from the date of award of work which includes the time required for pre-construction activities including infrastructure works. The project will cater to the power demand of the area and will also be a source of their socio-economic upliftment.

 

The project is proposed to be funded with a debt-equity ratio of 70:30. While the debt requirement shall be raised from financial institutions/banks like PFC, REC and J&K Bank, the equity portion for the project i.e 30% of the total project cost is proposed to be funded by the Government of India (Gol) from the Prime Minister Developmental Programme funds (PMDP). In case of any additional requirement of funds, same is proposed to be met from the internal resources of JKSPDCL.

The Karnah HEP is a run-of-river project with an installed capacity of 2 MW located on Owari Nag Nallah at village Haridal in district Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir state. The project was commissioned in 1991 but the scheme underwent forced stoppage many times in between September 1992 and July 2010 due to various reasons including damages due to earthquake of 2005, flash flood of 2010 etc. The project was finally made functional in July, 2011. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Karnah HEP was prepared in 2011-12 for enhancing the power generation capacity from 2 MW to 12 MW besides shifting the power house downstream by about 1.5 km near village Khudri. After a competitive bidding process, the Board of Directors of JKSPDC in its 74th meeting held on 22.04.2019 approved the award in favour of M/s Angelique-SAPU Consortium.

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Northern Army Commander reviews security scenario in Kashmir

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Srinagar, June 20:  The Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on a two-day visit to review the overall security scenario in the Kashmir Valley.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, in a solemn ceremony renamed, The Army Goodwill School Wuzur as “Shaheed Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, Ashok Chakra, Sena Medal** Army Goodwill School Wuzur”. The renaming was done to honour the contributions of a great son of soil, who was the first Kashmiri to be bestowed Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award of the country on Republic Day this year.

The Army Commander accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon visited formations along the Line of Control in Kupwara District. He was briefed on development works, the counter infiltration grid and operational preparedness. The Army Commander was appreciative of the measures and Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the units and formations to meet the challenges posed by the inimical elements.

 

Later in the day the Army Commander also chaired a key Security Review Meeting which was attended by the senior officials from the Army, Police, CRPF and other security agencies. During the meeting, Amarnath Yatra, neutralisation of militants and minimisation of civilian casualties during operations were focused. He also appreciated the synergy being maintained through the joint efforts of all the agencies. He said that the synergy was most critical for successful counter-militant operations.

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