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Addt’l deployment of forces at sensitive places on Eid-ul-fitr

Govt asks police, civil admn officers not to leave hqrs

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Srinagar, Jun 13: Authorities have decided to make additional deployment of security personnel in sensitive places on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, with police and civil administration have been directed to monitor the situation closely on the festival in Kashmir.

Sources told Kashmir News Service that the government has directed police and district civil administration officers to be available at their district headquarters to monitor the situation on Eid-ul-Fitr.

Sources said the government has directed these officers not to leave the headquarters, without the prior permission of the designated authorities.

 

This step according to sources has been taken to keep proper vigil on the situation.

One of the top Police officials said that adequate security arrangements will be made across the state to avoid any law and order problem.

“The activities of all those youth who had been arrested, released on the charges of stone pelting in the past are being properly monitored,” the police official said.

“There will be additional deployment of security forces in various place in Srinagar, Sopore, Tral, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and other places that witness frequent protests,” the official maintained.

A senior official said police was committed to ensure peaceful upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.

“We are well prepared to deal with any situation and nobody will be allowed to disturb law and order,” he said.

Meanwhile sources said that the government was unlikely to release political prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Hurriyat leaders have demanded the release of all the political prisoners before the Eid.

A senior police official wishing anonymity said that police was yet to take any decision over releasing of any political prisoners. “Moreover it was outside the domain of police to release any prisoner on its own. No such decision has been taken since we have to adhere the court orders before releasing any prisoner,” he said.

When asked police had released some political prisoners and stone pelters before the Eid in the previous years, he replied, “There is nothing such and they would have been released as per the court orders. Before Eid if any prisoner is released, it will be on the court orders,” the official maintained.


Release all prisoners before Eid: Hurriyat (M)

Srinagar, Jun 13: Demanding the immediate release of thousands of political prisoners lodged in various jails in and outside the Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) demanded unconditional release of all the prisoners before the Eid-ul-Fitr stating that the plight of Kashmiri prisoners was disappointing.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Hurriyat (M) said that people irrespective of their age as from 80-year-old to minors to women, continue to remain lodged in various prisons and majority of them are without trial and deprived for the all the basic facilities guaranteed in their respective jail manual.

Hurriyat (M) said that prolonging the detention of prisoners is nothing but a “political vendetta to break their resolve” but time has proved that all the inmates have shown a tremendous courage and patience despite remaining in prisons for decades together.

Hurriyat (M) said that in Kashmir, repression is being unleashed through military might to muzzle the rights of people and to force them into a submission.

It said that Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various prisons that include Kotbalwal, Central Jail Srinagar, Tihar Jail Delhi, Udhampur, Kahtua, Hira Nagar and other prisons are facing tremendous hardships and even basic healthcare is not available to them.

Hurriyat Conference (M) said that the height is that Kashmiri prisoners are being kept with the hardcore criminals thereby raising the risk of them being getting killed or injured as seen a few months back in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. It said that to crush the sacred struggle of Kashmir, Delhi let loose NIA and ED to arrest resistance leaders that include Shabir Shmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahidul Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, Shahid Yousuf Shah and others who have been framed in fictitious cases and continue to lodged in Tihar Jail without any justification and trial.

Hurriyat (M) said likewise, there are hundreds of prisoners, who are lodged in various prisons since past over ten, and twenty years that include Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shearti, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Showkat Ahmed Khan, Abdul Gani Goni, Lateef Ahmed Waza, Javaid Ahmed Khan, Mehmood Topi Wala, Iftikhar Mirza, Feroz Ahmed, Pervez Ahmed Tariq Ahmed Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Muzafar Ahmed Dar Muhammad Ayoub Mirza, Nisar Hussain, Lateef Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Lateef Budgami and dozens others who continued to stay lodged miles away from their homes in scorching heat. The Hurriyat said the other political prisoners that include Masrat Alam Bhat, Sirajudin Mir, Abdul Rashid Mughloo, Mir Hafzuallh, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yosuuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Asadullah Parray, Shaokat Hakeem, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Bilal Ahmed Kota, Farooq Towheedi, Ali Muhammad Bhat, Muhammad Yosuf Mir, Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Abdul Gani, Muhammad Subhan Wani, and others who have been booked under draconian PSA and continue to languish in prisons and various police stations.

Hurriyat Conference (M) said 18 youth who belong to downtown, have been booked in the case of DySP killing also continues to remain behind the bars. Similarly, the Hurriyat said that woman resistance leader Asiya Andrabi and her close aide, Fehmeeda Sofi also continues to remain lodged in the prison. It said that leaders that include Sirajudin Mir and Abdur Rashid Mughloo too have been slapped with PSA and are languishing in Kotbalwal Jail while as Sheikh Nazir Ahmed is also being forced to spend lifer in the prison.

Hurriyat (M) appealed international community and world human rights bodies to take cognizance of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners and to play their role in ensuring their release by building pressure on the GoI and also help stop the ill treatment to these prisoners.

 

 


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Mental Health: JK puts MSF, Royal College of Psychiatrists’ recommendations on back burner

Fails to constitute crisis team in four years

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Srinagar, May 26: Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to constitute the crisis teams to identify and treat increasing psychological illnesses in the valley even four years after the same was recommended by Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) and Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) London.

MSF and RCP, in a report to J&K in 2015, had suggested forming crisis teams in the state to deal with the psychological ailments, cases of which have lately witnessed a surge.

Director J&K Health Services, representatives of Psychiatry Disease hospital, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Kashmir University, representatives of RCP, and State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Plan (mhGAP) were part of the meeting when the report was submitted.

 

The concept of formation of crisis team was later incorporated into the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between RCP and Jammu and Kashmir’s Health Department, which was to be assisted by the WHO.

Dr Sayeed Aqeel Hussain, Srinagar-based International Coordinator for mhGAP, said he was ready to facilitate the entire process but “the concerned government departments seemed not interested.”

“I personally appealed the RCP to visit (to help implement the suggestions), but they demanded a formal invitation from the Jammu and Kashmir government, which was not offered,” he said.

According to the MoU, a crisis team would include a group of psychiatrists, who would visit places across Kashmir and identify people with mental illness.

These patients would be provided treatment in their homes through medication and constant counseling.

“The project proposal was discussed by me in the mhGAP forum at WHO assembly in Geneva. It highlighted the need to train the psychiatrists as trainers for establishing crisis team in the community, followed by invitation to psychiatric trainers to UK, where they will have an opportunity to get an insight into the working of the crisis team in the Kingdom,” Dr Hussain said.

Director Health Services Kashmir, Kunzes Dolma said she was unaware of the programme. “I don’t have any information about it. Still, I will first confirm and then comment on it,” she said.

Head of Department, Psychiatric Diseases Hospital Srinagar, Prof Mohammad Maqbool said the department has its “own crisis teams to work on mental health.”

“We had desired to work with Royal College of Psychiatry but later the programme was not followed up by them too. We have drug de-addiction centres in SMHS, Kathidarwaza and other places which function to provide medical aid to the mentally-ill patients. The workload here is too much and the manpower is limited,” he said.

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GoI lauds JK’s performance under AB-PMJAY

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Srinagar, May 26: The Government of India Sunday appreciated the performance of Jammu and Kashmir State under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) scheme.

In a letter addressed to Chief Secretary, J&K, B V R Subrahmanyam, Chief Executive Officer National Health Authority, GoI, Dr Indu Bhushan, lauded the efforts of the State Administration in ensuring the benefits of the AB-PMJAY to the targeted beneficiaries at the grassroots level.

The Government of India has maintained that the J&K has successfully reached out to the needy and issued e-cards covering 57 per cent of families in the state in less than six months, which is highest by any state in the country, as of now.

 

 “There has been a remarkable growth of 150% in the last couple of months in terms of utilization of services in the state,” the letter reads.

It also mentions that in J&K more than 95 per cent of the claims have been paid in time as per the defining timelines. Authorities have wished that Jammu and Kashmir would continue the momentum for this upward trajectory in terms of implementation of AB-PMJAY and will become a model state in the country.

Meanwhile, the Governor, Satya Pal Malik has also congratulated the State Administration for this ambitious achievement and hoped that the implementing agencies shall continue to maintain the tempo to achieve necessary goals in the health sector.

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Modi to be sworn in as PM on May 30

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New Delhi, May 26: Narendra Modi will be sworn in as country’s Prime Minister for the second term on May 30, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said here on Sunday. A communiqué from the President’s House said the oath taking ceremony will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

“The President (Ram Nath Kovind) will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30.05.2019 at 07.00 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” the communiqué issued by President’s press secretary Ashok Malik said. Modi was elected unanimously as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance on Saturday. Later, he called on the President in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha.

The President, exercising powers under the Constitution, appointed Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India and sought his advice about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Earlier on Saturday, a delegation of the NDA led by BJP president Amit Shah, along with Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thakeray, Nitin Gadkari, K Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio, called on the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 

They handed over a letter to the President stating Modi has been elected the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President. The NDA together has strength of 353 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha out of which the BJP has a majority of 303 Members of Parliament.

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