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Adopt diverse cropping pattern, use modern Agri –techniques: Hanjura




RAMBAN, MARCH 25: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura today asked the farmers to adopt diverse cropping pattern and use modern Agri -techniques as it would help them to attain economic security.
The Minister was addressing the farmers after inaugurating Kissan cum exhibition Mela at Ramban here.
MLA Ramban, Neelam Kumar Langeh, Director General Sericulture, Mir Tariq Ali, District Development Commissioner Ramban, Tariq Hussan Ganie, Director Agriculture Jammu, H.K. Razdan, MD Agro, Rakesh Khajuria, Chief Agriculture Officer Ramban, K.K. Gupta and other senior officers of the department were present.
The Minister said that introduction of globally accepted Agri techniques, farm machinery and promotion of diversified cropping system was the priority of the Government to make agriculture a profitable activity.
He said in this direction, the farmers are being acquainted through Kissan cum Machinery melas about the far reaching benefits of these techniques for enhancement of agriculture produce, besides providing them better market linkages for better returns.
He said with launching of massive awareness about these schemes and programmes at district, block and Panchayat levels farmers are switching over to new farm machinery, hybrid seeds, organic farming and other agriculture inputs for better produce.
Hanjura said that modern soil testing labs would be setup in all the districts of the state for the benefit of farming community.
Hanjura said the main objective of conducting Kissan cum Machinery mela was too aware the stakeholders about the latest techniques of agriculture, which has become vital for boosting the agriculture and its allied sectors. He said the topography of the state demands introduction of diversified crop pattern, farm machinery for making the agriculture cost effective.
Calling upon the farmers to take the benefits of various schemes, the Minister said that the Government is taking every step to encourage the farmers by facilitating them with new agriculture inputs.
MLA Ramban, Neelam Langeh highlighted the achievements of the present government. He asked the concerned to provide booklets of seeds and agriculture technology among the farmers.
Earlier, the Minister inspected the stalls set up by different departments to showcase their performance in different fields of agriculture. Farm machinery was also showcased at the Mela.
During the Kisan Mela, farmers interacted with the agricultural scientists, who gave them suggestions regarding the present technology and schemes.
Scores of people including growers, farmers, and entrepreneurs were present at the event.



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



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



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

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



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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