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Activist shot dead: Grieving family surprised, condemns PDP for disowning him

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Srinagar, Apr 25: Family of Ghulam Nabi Patel, who was killed by unidentified gunmen at Rajpora Pulwama on Wednesday, expressed “surprise” over PDP president and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement for “disowning” him by calling him a Congress activist.
“He (Gulam Nabi Patel) campaigned for PDP in the legislative assembly elections,” said Ali Mohammad, brother of the deceased Gulam Nabi who was killed by unidentified gunmen at Rajpora on Wednesday afternoon.
“It has come as a shock and surprise to us that he has been disowned by PDP and the statement of disowning him has come none other than party president and chief minister of the state Mehbooba Mufti,” Ali Mohammad said.
Sources said that Patel was seen in several PDP rallies then however “the party had recently distanced itself from him.”
Ali Mohammad also stated that it would be premature to blame militants for killing his brother. He hastily added that a fair investigation would reveal as to who killed his brother.
The gunmen fired at Rajpora Chowk upon the vehicle (Scorpio JK01M- 0099) in which Ghulam Nabi Patel was travelling.
In the incident, two policemen guarding the activist received bullet wounds. However, another cop present inside the vehicle was unhurt.
The injured cops have been identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Zargar and Bilal Ahmad Mir.
Patil, a resident of Dangerpora Shadimarg later succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital.
A police officer confirmed the incident and said that a hunt has been launched to nab the assailants.
According to local sources, Patel was associated with Congress and had joined ruling PDP later. Interesting, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is also president of PDP, referred to Patel as ‘Congress” activist while condemning his killing.
J&K Congress chief G A Mir, on the other hand, called him ‘PDP’ activist. Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah criticized the PDP and Congress for what he said disowning Patel, saying: “just call him NC worker so his death is not in vain”.


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After Noori, Kashmir scientists planning to clone Hangul

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Srinagar, Apr 25: After successfully cloning Pashmina goat in 2012, the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry at SKUAST-K is now contemplating to make clone of Kashmir Stag (Hangul).

Realising that the Hangul was gradually getting extinct from the valley, the scientists at Department of Biotechnology SKUAST-K Shuhama came up with this idea.

“This project is in infancy as we require permission from Wild Life department, local government and Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA),” said Dr Riyaz Ahmad Shah, a veterinarian in the animal biotechnology center of SKUAST.

 

Shah said the execution of the project would require heavy funding and creation of the advanced infrastructure in the research centre.

“First of all a Deer park in needed where there these animals must have been already reared. Then advanced infrastructure is need as we currently have some basic machinery here. So overall this project can be only executed when the government is serious in accomplishing it,” he said.

He said the cloning could be achieved by using the body cells of some other inter-species including a goat or a sheep.

While the initial work including the framing of paper has been done, Shah said the tracing and catching this rare animal was becoming equally challenging for the concerned department.

“They usually die on being caught by the people. Still it could be managed but they are not being currently traced in abundance in the forests here,” he said.

 Shah believed that cloning of the deer can be an equally effective process like breeding procedure done to improve their population.

Official data reveals that population of Hangul has reduced to from 5,000 to 182 in last 118 years.

Department of Wildlife’s data shows the population of Kashmiri Hangul in 1900 was 5,000, spread over 65 miles from north to east of the Jhelum and lower Chenab valley.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is also all set to declare it a ‘critically endangered’ species to protect this beautiful animal from disappearing from earth.

In 2012, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat. The healthy female goat was born using a foster mother and it took two years for standardisation of the technique.

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Assembly polls in JK: EC to convene meeting today

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New Delhi, Apr 25: Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will meet on Friday to discuss assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Officials of the Jammu and Kashmir government are also expected to attend the meeting to assess whether the state assembly elections can be conducted in June this year.

While announcing the seven-phase Lok Sabha election schedule on March 10, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had said that elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly would not be conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. In June 2018, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had withdrawn support to the PDP, led by Mehbooba Mufti in the 87-member state assembly.

 

Since the fallout of the coalition government, the state has been under President’s rule.

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IT Dept searches premises of kin of ex-minister

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Srinagar, Apr 25: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at two premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, officials said here.

They said the income tax officials, assisted by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF, carried out the searches at a business complex in the upmarket Karan Nagar where locations of North Point Complex were searched by the tax personnel.

Later, a team was sent to search another premises of the family at Alamgiri Bazar in the downtown Srinagar.

 

The income tax officials maintained that Thursday’s raids were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone.

Ansari’s sister is married to the family whose premises have been raided.

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