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SHOPIAN, SEPTEMBER, 27: Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, today visited the District Court Complex Shopian and Kulgam where she interacted with the judicial officers and lawyers and took stock of the functioning of the District Courts.
The Chief Justice was accompanied by Administrative Judge District Court Kulgam Justice AalokAaradhe, Justice TashiRabstan, and Principal Secretary to Chief Justice Jawwad Ahmed.
They reviewed various facilities available for litigants, lawyers, functioning of the lower courts and overall infrastructure. The Chief Justice while listening to the demands of the Bar Association Shopian promised posting of an adequate number of Judges for district courts and upgradation of requisite facilities in the interest of the general public. Expressing her pleasure at facilities available at the district court complex, the Chief Justice stressed on adding more amenities in order to improve the overall justice delivery system.
The Chief Justice stressed the need to encourage disposal of pending cases through alternative dispute redressal mechanism where both parties may have win-win situation without wasting time and money, if their dispute is resolved amicably. The Chief Justice also stressed on ensuring speedy, inexpensive and timely disposal of pending cases for litigating public by Judiciary.
At Kulgam during an interactive session, Chief Justice called for speedy disposal of long pending cases. She also inspected various courtrooms along with Principal District and Sessions Judge Kishore Kumar and other judges where she was briefed about the functioning of various sections of the Court.
She was also briefed about new court complex design plan and directed the concerned R&B Exen to relook into the design and add- up new section in new court complex which includes legal aid section, mediation centre, medical centre, and a section for lactating mothers and disabled.
During the visit, Justice Mittal also interacted with women lawyers and complimented them for choosing legal profession as their carrier. She also applauded them for working in tough times with utmost dedication and zeal.
Chief Justice also interacted with Bar Association members of Shopian and Kulgam who apprised her about various issues.
On the occasion, she said that no person should leave courtroom unheard and reiterated that justice dispensation is main objective and stressed for speedy disposal of long pending cases in the courts. She also added that High Court is holding a three-day mediation training course for judges and lawyers.
Among others, the event was attended by Principal District and Sessions Judge Shopian Ashok Kumar Shavan, Deputy Commissioner Shopian Dr Owais Ahmed, DDC Kulgam Dr Shamim Ahmad, Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian Sandeep Chowdry, SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh and other civil and judicial officers.


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Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.

 

Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.

 

According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.

 

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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.

 

The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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