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5 lakh pension cases of widows, destitutes, disabled persons pending: SHRC

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Srinagar, Nov 27: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairperson, Justice Bilal Ahmad Nazki Tuesday revealed that about five lakh applications of widows, physically challenged and destitute persons, seeking monthly pension of Rs 1000, under various schemes, are pending with the Government.

“From the year 2009 till date, no application has been sanctioned and no pension has been granted to such persons,” Justice Nazki said while addressing the participants during the One Day Basic Training Programme on Human Rights organised by the School of Legal Studies, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), in association with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity here.
He said the rights of five lakh people “have been violated” continuously from 2009 till date and that was not by the police, adding that, due to efforts of SHRC, pension for 50,000 people have now been sanctioned.

He said the Commission deals with the Human Rights violations associated with police and security forces and also with the rights violation committed by others which are more predominant.

 

He said the protection of human rights in the third world countries and in India is not an easy task. “The protection of Human Rights has to be done by various institutions at different levels,” he said. Justice Nazki said that one of the biggest criticism, the Commissions face in India is that their recommendations are not binding on the respective Governments, adding that with the passage of time, the law does evolve and cited the Judgment of Allahabad High Court, wherein it was stated the recommendations of the Commissions are binding on the State Governments, and the same judgment is pending in the Supreme Court.

Delivering the presidential address, Vice-Chancellor, CUK, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, said the concept and observance Human Rights was deeply ingrained in our ancestors despite the fact that they had never read it in any book or Constitution. “They were extremely conscious about the Human Rights and used to implement them in letter and spirit,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said, adding that the ancestors and our forefathers used to implement the HR first in their homes and then with the neighbors.

He said that at present the Human Rights are enshrined in different Constitutions of various countries and are talked about by different leaders, but they are seldom implemented and are violated in different countries. The Vice-Chancellor further said that even the fundamental rights are violated every now and then and nobody is raising a voice regarding the same. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the programme on the Human Rights would have been an eye opener for the participants and would have sensitized them about their basic rights.

Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir also deliberated upon the reservation policy stating that the same was created to lift up those belonging to the downtrodden strata of the society. “However, the reservation policy is now only being used by those who have already availed its benefits and are working in good positions, leaving those who need it the most in lurch,” he said.

Earlier, while speaking on the occasion, Dean School of Legal Studies, Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain said, the objective of today’s programme is to spread awareness about the Human Rights among the teaching, scholars and students fraternity. “We have always been trying to equip the teachers and students with capacity of projecting and contemplating on Human Rights,” Dr. Sheikh Showkat said.

He said the Human Rights always become causality within a conflict zone. Dr. Sheikh Showkat said university has invited resource persons from SHRC, Highest Judiciary and other relevant fields and asked the participants to gather first hand information from them regarding the implementation of laws pertaining to the Human Rights and the impediments they face while doing the same. He further said the department was contemplating to start a diploma programme in Human Rights in near future.

During the programme, Prof. Noor Muhammad Bilal, faculty of Law, University of Kashmir, deliberated on “Part III and IV of Indian Constitution, Dr. Sheikh Showkat shed light on “Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) International Covenants Regarding Human Rights,” former Head and Dean Faculty of Law, University of Kashmir, spoke about “Bonded Labour Issues and the Bonded Labour System (Abolition Act, 1976) and Child Labour Issues and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986 and Deputy Director, Tribal Affairs, Ms. Nighat Majeed, threw light on “SC/ST issues and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989, Civil Liberties Act, 1988 and the Forest Right Act, 2006.
School of Legal Studies, Assistant Professor and workshop coordinator, Ms Gulafroz Jan conducted the programme proceedings and also proposed the vote of thanks.


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‘Rising communalism’ taking toll on Urdu: Farooq

All-India Urdu book fair at Kashmir University

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Srinagar, Jun 15: National Conference Party president Farooq Abdullah Saturday inaugurated 23rd All India Urdu book fair (Kul Hind Urdu Mela) organized by National council for promotion of Urdu language at University of Kashmir.
Farooq who was chief guest on the occasion visited 51 stalls being erected by book sellers from across India.
Books on various subjects from all across the country have been put on display for the readers.
Party president in his address said that there was a “kind of communal mentality that is spreading a malicious propaganda about Urdu language.”
“Urdu has never belonged to a particular sect or faith. Urdu is a representative language of Ganga-Jammuna Tahzeeb of India; the language has been watered by both Hindus and Muslims. The existence of Urdu language owes a lot to Munshi Prem Chand and others,” he said.
Farooq said the “rise of communalism in the country is taking toll on the language.”
“Today we see homogeneity being forced on our country that has always been known for its diversity. This I believe is one of the diminishing factors of Urdu from our day to day lives,” he said.
“However I take this opportunity to welcome the initiative of NCPUL for coming up with such fairs annually. Events like these provide a window of opportunity for those who have a penchant for Urdu literature. Such festivals and fairs will surely acquaint the new generation about the contemporary happening in the field of Urdu literature,” he said.
Party president on the occasion underscored the need giving equal respect to local languages.
“Kashmiri languages known for its richness, particularly for its poetry, maxims and other literary aspects; the need of the hour is to get our new generation acquainted with it. Similarly the speakers of other languages take equal pride in speaking their languages. It is thus imperative for a government to provide patronage to all the languages of the state,” he said.
Among others Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Talat Ahmad, registrar Nisar Ahmad, Director NCPUL Dr Sheikh Nida were also present on the occasion.

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National Geriatric Conference held in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 15: For commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir Saturday organised National Geriatric Conference in collaboration with Geriatric Society of India (GSI) and Government College of Education, Srinagar, at College of Education here
In her keynote address, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Kunzes Dolma, who was the chief Guest on the occasion, said: “Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir is committed for the health and well-being of the geriatric population”.
Commending the efforts put in by Geriatric Consultant Dr Zubair Saleem for the advancement of Geriatrics in Kashmir, she added, “I congratulate Dr Zubair for tirelessly helping our senior citizens for leading a pain-free life.”
Special Guest Dr Aabha Chaudhary, Chairperson, Anugraha Centre on Ageing, in her speech, said: “I am glad to see that such conferences are being held in Kashmir. My organisation would further strengthen the relationship with Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Ahata Waqar (Elderly Day-care Centre) for the common issues pertaining to the elderly population”.
She also applauded Dr Saleem for his relentless services towards the health of the elderly.
Dr. Saleem, the Geriatric Consultant in his address said: “Government alone cannot come up to all the expectations of elderly health as Geriatrics is still in infancy in Kashmir. Civil Society too needs to come forward and lend a helping hand in giving a healthy and dignified life to elderly.”
On the occasion, a book ‘Mere Yaden’, authored by former Headmaster Tyndale Biscoe School Roshan Lal Kachru was released as a tribute to the creative contributions by senior citizens.
To felicitate the individuals who strived for the advancement of Geriatric Medicine in Kashmir during last one year, certificates of appreciation and awards were given on the occasion. The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award was given to Dr Zubair Saleem by Director Health Services, Kashmir.
He was also felicitated by Rehabilitation Alliance Kashmir, Batamaloo Traders Association, Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation for his selfless contribution towards the betterment of marginalized elderly of Kashmir.
Others who were awarded on the occasion include Dr Kunzes Dolma; Dr Zakir Hussain Khan, MS, JLNM Hospital; Dr Talat Jabeen, CMO Srinagar; Dr Shakeel ur Rehman, Kashmir Clinics; and Ajaz Rashid, Umeed Foundation.
Scientific papers were also presented by Dr H Waqar, Associate Professor, GMC Baramulla, Dr Nasir Shamas, Consultant JLNM Hospital and Dr Iftikhar Wani, Consultant Orthopedics, B&J Hospital.
The conference was coordinated by Prof Gurmeet Kour, Govt College of Education, Srinagar.

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Burglary gang which stole cigarettes, copperware busted

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Srinagar, Jun 15: Srinagar police Saturday busted a gang of burglars who had stolen property worth lakhs.
Addressing media persons here at Police Station Safa Kadal, SSP Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that the gang was involved in a series of burglaries and attempts to burglary within the district.
The SSP was accompanied by SP (North) Sajjad Ahmad and other police officers.
The modus-operandi of the gang, as per the police spokesperson, was to recce the big godowns/ware houses and shops in the district and strike in the dead of the night and decamp with valuables especially cigarettes, he said, adding that the gang would take the help of special implements like bolt-cutters, etc to break open the locks and get access to the godowns without creating much noise.
“The gang was technically updated and used to take CCTVs and electronic surveillance equipment along with them and dispose it off so as to destroy any sort of video footage/evidence. The police started seriously working on the leads after a godown at Baghinand Singh was burgled and goods (Cigarettes) worth lakhs of rupees were looted,” he said.
He added that in this connection a case under FIR number 76/2019 under section 457, 380 RPC was registered in Police Station Safakadal and investigation taken up.
On the directions of SSP Srinagar and SP City North, a special investigation team was constituted headed by SDPO M.R. Gunj Feroz Qadri assisted by SHO Police Station Safakadal Adil Rashid, Incharge Police Post Baghiyas Shanawaz Ahmed and incharge Police Post Noorbagh Sheikh Ajaz Ahmad.
Working on the leads after strenuous efforts and utilizing both technical and scientific aids, the team zeroed in on a few suspects. “Special team succeeded in identifying the suspects and their arrests were made in one go, so that chances of escape and destruction of stolen property is avoided,” he said.
After thorough questioning of the suspects, the team finally succeeded in making break-through and was able to nab a group of organised notorious burglars from various parts of city and its adjoining districts.
Those arrested included Mohammad Yaseen Hajam, son of Ghulam Mustafa, resident of Trikolbal Pattan, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, resident of Hanjiwera Pattan, Altaf Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Ahmad Mir, resident of Khumani Chowk Bemina, Irfan Ahmad Nagar, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Saida Kadal and Serwar Hussain Bhat, son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat, resident of Labartal Budgam.
SP North told media persons that Yaseen Hajjam, who lead the group, was the mastermind of all burglaries.
Stolen property worth several lakhs was recovered on the disclosure of the arrested accused and vehicles used in the commission of crimes were also seized.
The recoveries as per the police so far include Copper utensils of different make, Electric/ Electronic appliances, Cigarettes of different brands worth several lakhs while as the seized vehicles so far include Scorpio DL43CNB 5501, Santro JKOIR 2266, Honda City DL7CF 8139 and Maruti DL3CAD 8969.
The investigation of the case is going on and more arrests and recoveries are expected, he said.
Meanwhile, all the vehicles seized are Delhi based, which seems that somebody from the outside have also links with the gangs, which is being investigated and will come to the conclusion soon.

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