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Adv Ganai takes stock of post-snowfall situation in Anantnag

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Anantnag, Nov 08: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ganai Thursday reviewed the restoration of water, power supply, clearance of roads and supply of essentials commodities, like rice, atta, sugar, K. Oil & LPG in the district at a high-level meeting at Dak Bungalow Khannabal, Anantnag.

The District Commissioner (DC), Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik informed the Advisor about the restoration of basic services and said that there is no shortage of essential commodities in the district. The meeting was informed that at present 61349 Qtls of rice and 11060 Qtls of wheat are available at FCI Depot Mir Bazaar while as out of the allocation of 46107 Qtls rice, 20800 Qtls rice have been lifted as on date out of which 11980 Qtls of rice have been distributed. Similarly, 3076 Qtls of sugar have been distributed out of the 3137 Qtls of the allotted sugar quota. 25300 LPG cylinders have lifted out of which 17720 cylinders stand distributed.

The DC informed the chair that all the roads of the district have been cleared by various engineering agencies including the National Highway from Pujteng to Jawahar Tunnel. 100 % road connectivity has been restored in the district. All the health institutions are functioning normally and patients are being attended by the doctors/paramedics, ambulance service is functioning normally and heating system has been made functional in the hospitals. He added that 80 % power supply has been restored in 25 receiving stations out of 32 receiving stations while as repairs on 132 KV Lisser line is under progress. Cent percent power supply will be restored by tomorrow, he informed.

The DC also informed that under PHE sector out of 99 water supply schemes in Bijbehara PHE Division, 97 has been made functional. Two WSS were affected during the snowfall in Kokernag and Kandiwara and to meet the needs of the people in the areas, Water Tankers are being used. In Qazigund PHE Division, out of 17 WSS, 13 have been made functional and for areas impacted by non-functional 04 water supply schemes, tankers are being used.

The DC also informed that 21 Kacha residential houses and 71 Pacca houses were damaged partially and tentative damage report of Horticulture Sector has been prepared which shows 6000 hectares out of 20000 hectares under fresh plantation has been damaged. 15 lac trees have been damaged due to recent heavy snowfall, he added.

The Advisor directed Horticulture Director and Chief Horticulture Officer to deploy scientists and experts to assess the losses including future fruit-bearing capacity and age factors of partially damaged trees.  Besides, he also stressed on technical support by the experts for binding of damaged trees for their recovery. He also directed SE PDD to ensure restoration of electricity in the district by tomorrow positively. He stressed upon all departments to be prepared and keep men and machinery ready to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions and ensure prompt restoration.

Various deputations including Traders Federation, Anantnag, Dachnipora Fruit Growers Association, Bijbehara Traders Association, Auqaf Committee, Verinag, village committee Panzath, Kokernag, Akingam, Dooru Shahabad, Qazigund and Donipawa met the Advisor and put forth their demands related to power supply, water supply, construction of receiving station, release of flood compensation 2014, rehabilitation of affected shopkeepers at tool plaza Levdora, separate Municipal Committee for Verinag, shifting of MCCH to Rehmat-e-Aalam Hospital, inauguration of newly constructed hospital at Dooru, augmentation of water supply for Akingam, full relief to the fruit growers which were effected due to recent snowfall, immediate repairs of Wanihama and Lisser towers, completion of Jablipora fruit mandi and other such demands.

The Advisor patiently listened to the deputations and assured them that their genuine demands will be fulfilled. He also directed Director HMPCC for completion of 300 kanal Jablipora fruit mandi, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 33 Crores. The Advisor emphasised upon the importance of the horticulture sector in the State economy and assured the growers that every possible support and assistance would be provided for the revival of the Horticulture and Agriculture sectors.

Earlier the Advisor visited Cheniwadder and Khiram to take spot inspection of the damaged orchards. Various orchard owners demanded for assessment of loss by the Revenue and Horticulture Departments. They also demanded exemption of interest on KCC Loans.

The Advisor assured them that he will seek all possible help from higher authorities for early compensation to the affected growers.

The Vice-Chancellor SKUAST, Nazir Ahmad Malik, Director Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, Director Agriculture, Syed Aijaz Indrabi, Director Sericulture, Gulzar Shabnam, Director HMPPC and other senior officers from various departments were present during the visit.

 


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Killing of Shopian youths barbaric: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Nov 18: Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday termed the killings of civilian youth in Shopian barbaric, stating that the people of the state in unison must save youngsters from such catastrophe.
Huzaif Kuttay, a 19-year-old resident of Kulgam was abducted and his body was found with his throat slit. Earlier, Nadeem Manzoor, a resident of Safanagri was abducted and killed on Thursday night.
While meeting the party functionaries from Wachi and Pulwama, Mehbooba said words aren’t enough to condemn the killing of teenagers and that such acts of brutality have no place in Kashmir which in the entire world for centuries is known for its generosity and kindness and has been an abode of revered Sufis and saints.
Terming the killing of youth worrisome and perturbing, the PDP chief stated that no religion on earth permits any person or a group to commit such heinous acts and terrify the peace loving people.
“We as a society need to rise above party affiliations to save youngsters from becoming victims of the unending cycle of violence. Words are not enough to condemn the killing of the teenagers in Shopian. Our heart goes out to the families at this hour of irreparable loss. The entire state is in shock due to such an unfortunate incident,” Mehbooba said.
Other PDP leaders who were present during the meeting include PDP Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Aijaz Mir, Mohammad Yosuf and others.

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2 persons booked under PSA, shifted to jail in Jammu

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Srinagar, Nov 18: District administration on Saturday ordered detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) of two members of Hizbul Mujahideen including a Border Security Force (BSF) man from frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

A district administration official told Global News Service (GNS) that deputy commissioner Kupwara has ordered the detention of the duo under PSA and have been shifted to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu today evening.
The deputy commissioner has passed separate orders to detain the BSF personal Shakir Ahmad Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh. While Shakir has been booked under PSA number 26/DMK/PSA/ 2018 and Mustafa under 2 /DMK/PSA/ 2018.
The two Hizbul Mujahideen members were arrested by SOG and army’s 28 RR during a raid at Lolab on October 4 this year.
The arrested persons include Shakir Ahmad Wani son of Mohammed Ramzan Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh son of Abdul Ahad Sheikh, both residents of Tekipora, Lolab.
The police had said that Shakir, a BSF personal was posted outside the state and was on leave when he along with his associate was arrested by the joint team of the government forces.
A police spokesman had said that acting on a specific input, Kupwara Police busted an OGW module of the outfit, operating in Lolab area of the district.
A case FIR no.77 of 2018 u/s 7/25 Arms act 13, 18, 39 Unlawful Activities Act stands registered in P/S Sogam against them.

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LeT pays tribute to slain Al-Badr militants

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Srinagar, Nov 18: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah has paid tribute to Al-Badr militants Yawer Ahmed and Nawaz Ahmed who were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Reban village in Zainpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
A spokesperson of LeT Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued to GNS quoted Shah as saying that “the martyrs have played a pivotal role in exposing the Indian aggression before the world”.
“It is the honour of the martyrs to retaliate against the unjust occupation and to fight for their fundamental rights,” he said.
Mehmood Shah said New Delhi has never been able to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle through force, nor will it bear any success in future.
Terming the 2019 elections as “drama”, LeT chief said India sees terrorists every now and then.
This is the propaganda and through such vicious tactics, Government of India wants to secure vote bank by sowing the seeds of hatred between Muslims and Hindus.
“Muslims in poor plight are killed in fake encounters so as to convince the Indian public that they have in fact targeted terrorism. How are they terrorists when they did not commit any crime? The Indian policy of hatred will shake its very foundation,” he said.
Mehmood Shah said that if Ram Temple is built on Babri Masjid then Babri Masjid will be built again at the same place in future. “Therefore, Indian forces must come to their senses and quit Kashmir,” he said.

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