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Adv Ganai attends State Skill Ministers Conclave in Delhi




New Delhi, Oct 03: The Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Wednesday attended State Skill Ministers Conference in New Delhi, which was held on the sidelines of India Skills Competition, 2018.

He also interacted with the 6 participants from J&K who are competing at the competition being held at Aerocity grounds, New Delhi.

During his interaction with the participants and the JKSDM team, the Advisor was informed about the different preparatory stages of the competition and the facilities that are being provided to the participants for the competition. The participants are also being accompanied by the officials from J&K Skill Development Mission (JKSDM).


The Advisor said that the performance of the participants at the skill competition has set a new trend and benchmark for others to follow in the State wherein the youth are now attracted towards skill development and explore different opportunities to enhance and exhibit their skills.

After interacting with the participants, Advisor Khurshid Ganai attended the State Skill Ministers Conference which was chaired by  Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Anant Kumar Hegde, State Skill Ministers from Manipur, UP, Maharashtra and  Himachal Pradesh, Secretary Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) Dr. K.P. Krishnan, Senior Advisor, MSDE Sunita Sanghi, Joint Secretary, MSDE Rajesh Agrawal, CEO, National Skill Development Corporation Manish Kumar, Secretaries and State Skill Mission Directors from other states and other senior officials of the State and Central government.

In his address, Ganai said, “JKSDM is doing a great job in imparting skills but Central Ministry needs to support us to strengthen it and make it better”.

“Engagement opportunities for the youth need to be explored, for example, in the construction of Zojilla Tunnel, the labour requirement can be fulfilled by proving the requisite skill training to the youth of J&K. Convergence of the different skill departments is need of the hour and essential in creating skillful opportunities for the youth,” Advisor Ganai added.

Later on, Advisor Ganai, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Anant Kumar Hegde along with galaxy of Ministers and officials of the central government launched the coffee table book titled “Reimagining Skilled J&K” at the Skills Ministers Conference.

The coffee table book encapsulates the journey of 21 State level winners which are today role models/ change makers/ Skill Heroes of the State. This compilation of stories strives to record the struggles and the moments of doubt which these youngsters faced in their lives, and how they have overcome their insecurities and doubts to achieve success.

The conference included open house discussions wherein skill ministers of various States shared the best practices and other experiences related to skill development.

Six under 21- youth from J&K are participating at the prestigious India Skills National Competition, which is considered as country’s biggest skill competition. The National level competition is being held from 3rd October – 5th October, 2018 at Aerocity Grounds, New Delhi.



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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