Srinagar, Oct 26: The administration has asked for enquiry into alleged illegal sand mining in the Jhelum in the guise of dredging.
In a letter addressed to Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, the residents of Vethpora, Soiteng, Batwara, Indira Nagar, and Sonwar here have enquired about the “multi-crore sand and clay scam” in the name of dredging in the river Jhelum from Kandizal up to Kursoo Raj Bagh.
“In this connection, I am directed to request you to kindly look into the matter personally and immediate enquiry about the whole complaint and stop the said illegal activities and furnish a detailed report enabling this office to proceed further in the matter,” reads a letter from the DC to Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Kashmir.
A copy of the letter is with The Kashmir Monitor.
The residents have claimed that in the aftermath of 2014 floods, the land mafia has been converted into “sand mafia”.
The residents have also written a letter to the Inspector General of Police Crime, which reads: “As no any enquiry has been conducted by the concerned authorities till date, the involved brokers are still busy in the above said scam and no any action has been taken against them till date.”
The residents have said the “brokers took undue advantage” of the letter pads of the local mosques and the local mohalla committees for extracting the clay.
“They have sold all this sand and clay on highest rates and have collected huge amounts from its sale,” the letter reads.
“The flood control department is going to construct the bunds on the previous positions and the tenders have been sanctioned which will affect the state Exchequer and will finally make much loss to the state economy.”
Recently, the government has carried out a survey to identify the places in Srinagar for sand extraction to reduce the impact of illegal sand mining on rivers.
The survey report, a copy of which is in the possession of The Kashmir Monitor, says that the river Jhelum is main drainage endowed with sand resources to meet the local requirements of the developmental works of the district.
“The central portion of the river Jhelum from Raj Bagh to Cement Bridge Qamarwari being in the heart of the Srinagar city is discouraged for extraction of sand,” the report had suggested.
For the last four years, 76,162 metric tons of sand have been extracted from Jhelum in Srinagar, it says.
The report also mentions Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India notification, making it mandatory to obtain environmental clearance for different kinds of development projects including mining projects.
An official of Irrigation and Flood Control Department said that government has been receiving complaints that illegal sand extraction has been taking place at Raj Bagh locality and it’s adjoining areas.
The areas have become vulnerable to floods due to the weakening of the embankments of the river in several areas of Srinagar.
Journos protest against 100 days of internet blackout
Srinagar, Nov 12: Journalists in the Valley took out a protest march here against the continued suspension of internet services which completed 100 days on Tuesday since the abrogation of the Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.
Scores of journalists working with different media organisations assembled at the Kashmir Press Club here and took out a protest march against the snapping of internet services in the Valley on the night of August 4, hours before the Centre revoked the state’s special status under Article 370 and abrogated it into two Union Territories.
The journalists demanded immediate restoration of the services to facilitate the media persons to discharge their professional duties.
“We took out the protest against the suspension of internet services for 100 days now. Internet is a basic took for journalists to discharge their professional duties and we demand its immediate restoration,” senior journalist Pervez Bukhari told reporters after the protest.
The Centre’s August 5 decision led to an unannounced shutdown in the valley even as authorities imposed severe restrictions, including on communication, which were later gradually eased out.
Postpaid mobile services on all networks were restored in the Valley on October 14, 72 days after they were snapped. However, pre-paid mobile phones and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.
The government has set up a ‘Media Facilitation Centre’ at a conference hall of a local hotel here for journalists to discharge their professional duties. But the media persons complain that it has not enough computers and they have to wait for hours for their turn.
Accused arrested: Six-year-old raped, killed in Samba
Jammu, Nov 12: A six-year-old tribal girl, hailing from Madhya Pradesh, was allegedly raped and killed by youth from her own community in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old accused, identified as Vishal alias “Chotu”, was arrested and booked in the case, the official said.
The incident took place at a slum inhabited by a group of labourers from Madhya Pradesh in the industrial area of Rakhamtali late on Monday.
The accused lured the girl, allegedly raped her and later strangulated her to death, the official said.
The minor’s body was recovered from inside a shanty and subsequently, the accused was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday, he said, adding that the post-mortem of the body was conducted at the district hospital Tuesday morning.
‘Unreal Fans of Real Kashmir’: Adidas launches new home jersey
New Delhi, Nov 12: Global Sportswear giant Adidas and Jammu & Kashmir based football club Real Kashmir FC together unveiled the club’s 2019-2020 home jersey dedicating it to fans of the club.
The club, which played in the I-League for the very first-time last season, attracted massive crowds in both home and away games across the country, becoming one of the most loved clubs across India.
Adidas announced its partnership with Real Kashmir FC last season with an aim to bring about a positive change narrating an inspiring story of the ‘Snow Leopards’, as the club is popularly known.
The story has redefined the ‘Real’ Kashmir, with football at the catalyst for change. The result has been unexpected, the team scaled unprecedented heights finishing third in their first appearance in the I-League despite playing in extreme temperatures and having faced numerous challenges, semi-finalists in this year’s Durand Cup and now a serious title contender.
Unveiling the new season jersey, Adidas has dedicated this season to the “UNREAL FANS OF REAL KASHMIR” as the club gave rise to a new phenomenon in the Indian footballing history.
The 2018-19 I-League season saw a unique trend take place where fans of opponent clubs started cheering for Real Kashmir FC. It became the second favourite club of opponent fans on social media. Fans from across India joined in conversation to shut the cynics and lead the voice of positivity. And as the Real Kashmir FC team travelled across the country, often, the club received standing ovations at away games from opponent fans, who did not switch loyalties but rather supported both clubs – a trend not seen before in football fanfare.
Manish Sapra, Senior Marketing Director, Adidas India, “Our partnership with Real Kashmir is an essential part of the brand living its core belief that through sport, we have the power to change lives. With this launch of the new home jersey, we are celebrating this belief with fans who have shown their love and support for the club. This jersey is made for all those Unreal Fans who not only watch football but believe in the higher purpose of sport.”
The new season jersey has been carefully crafted, “Create. Believe. Inspire” written on the neck at the back, inspiring every individual to make a difference in their game, life and world. This season the yellow home jersey is accessible to the fans, available only in limited quantities across select Adidas stores and online on shop.adidas.com starting from 21st Nov 2019, is built with Adidas Climalite fabric and has the iconic Adidas 3-Stripes on the shoulder.
Present at the unveiling of the jersey, Sandeep Chattoo, Co-owner of Real Kashmir F.C, said – “Adidas and the snow leopards share a belief that sport has the power to change lives. Among other things, this power has inspired the youth, and put football at the center of conversations on Kashmir. It has garnered us a mammoth fan base that we could not have imagined. We are thrilled as, with this support, we are sure that we can go on to win the League”.
The club was founded in 2016 by a Kashmiri Pundit and a Muslim to channelize the energies of Kashmir’s youth through football, signed with Adidas last year and has seen great progress both on and off the pitch in a short span of time.