Srinagar, Sept11: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar inaugurated Audio-Visual (A-V) Unit and Studio of the Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) at Media Complex, here Tuesday.
The Audio-Visual Unit and the Recording Studio has been constructed by the R&B Department at a cost of around Rs 1.30 crore.
Secretary Information Sarmad Hafeez, Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar, Special Secretary Information Narinder Singh Bali, Joint Director Information (HQs) Saajid Yehaya Naqash, Joint Director Information Kashmir, Mohammed Ashraf Hakak, Deputy Director (AV), Rakesh Dubey and other officers of DIPR were present on the occasion.
The newly constructed Studio at Audio Visual Unit is a state-of-the-art facility and is equipped with the latest equipment required for a functional television studio.
After inaugurating the facility, K Vijay Kumar visited the studio and was briefed about its functioning. He interacted with the In-charge Studio and enquired about the equipment including cameras, editing machines, and other gadgets installed there.
Advisor congratulated DIPR for putting such a high-end facility in place and asked for utilizing it properly. It was informed that the Studio will help the department in making special TV programmes highlighting developmental activities of the government.
The Advisor also visited the other facilities at the Media Complex including Central Media Centre, Auditorium and Conference Hall with video conferencing facility and appreciated the infrastructure available at the Media Complex.
Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar apprised the Advisor that DIPR is providing these facilities to other departments for conducting programmes and meetings on rent basis. Various kinds of cultural and intellectual activities are being conducted in the Auditorium, Director DIPR informed the Advisor.
It was further told that the Auditorium having 220 seating capacity and 50-seater Conference Hall has been constructed last year.
Meanwhile, the Advisor along with Secretary Information and other officers visited the Media Centre at the Complex. He also interacted with the staff and enquired about the functioning of Central Media Centre.
Later, the Advisor held informal interaction with the journalists and discussed with them the issues confronting them in the smooth discharge of their professional duties.
President, Kashmir Press Club Shuja-ul-Haq also met the Advisor and discussed the issues required to be addressed for the completion of pending works and making the Press Club fully functional.
Secretary Information informed the Advisor that J&K Bank has been requested to provide some financial assistance under its CSR initiative for upgradation of infrastructure at Press Club Srinagar.
Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark
‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’
Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.
During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.
“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.
Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”
PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir
Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.
In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.
Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.
Two engineers of PDD suspended in B’pora for dereliction of duty
Bandipora, April 22: An Assistant Engineer (AE) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of Power Development Department (PDD) were on Monday suspended for dereliction of duty and putting general public to inconvenience in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said this afternoon.
They said the engineers were suspended after they failed to adhere to the orders of Deputy Commissioner’s office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience in Ahstengoo village of Bandipora.
They said the inhabitants of village Ashtangoo staged a protest and blocked Bandipora-Sopore Road today against PDD for not replacing the power transformer. However, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza directed both the engineers telephonically to reach on spot and sort-out the issue with the agitators who had blocked the road.
However, the engineers did not adhere to the orders of this office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience. Later it was also found that the concerned JE was absent from duties without any leave as confirmed from the Executive Engineer.