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Srinagar, March 14: Advisor to Governor K. Skandan Thursday listened to people’s issues as several delegations including those from Trade and Industry met him here Thursday.

Director Industries and Commerce, Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah, AC Revenue central Qazi Irfan and other officers were present on the occasion. 

A delegation of PHD Chamber of Commerce led By Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya presented various demands confronting the industry. The delegation demanded refund of SGST to service sector, extension of industrial benefits to tourism sector, besides extension of industrial power tariff to hotels beyond March 2019. The delegation also raised issues of handicraft, Handloom, Horticulture and Sericulture sectors.

 

A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce led by Nasir Ahmed raised the issue of strengthening the Industries and Commerce Department with more manpower particularly posting of General Managers in all districts of Kashmir valley. The delegation also demanded creating infrastructure and dolling out incentives for the promotion of horticulture sector.

Advisor Kumar assured the delegation that Government will take all necessary steps for the promotion of horticulture in the state and asked the delegation to provide consultancy to the growers so that all stakeholders from primary to tertiary level get benefitted.

A delegation of Kashmir Youth Entrepreneur Federation led by Babar Chowdhary sought creation of land banks in all districts to provide young entrepreneurs an opportunity to setup their units. . The delegation projected many other demands to give flip to the entrepreneurship in the state.

A delegation of students led by social activist Shehla Rashid projected the issues of students studying in the colleges outside the state. She informed the Advisor regarding suspension and termination   of these students from their colleges after the Pulwama attack. The Advisor assured to extend all possible help through liaison officers posted in various states so that they can resume their studies at an earliest.

A delegation from Aloosa Bandipora demanded augmentation of road, health and education sector infrastructure in the area.

A delegation of Junior Engineers aspirants of J&KPDC sought intervention of Advisor in expediting the process of their selection.

A delegation of students of Craft Development Institute Srinagar sought the intervention of Advisor in recognition of their degrees by competent authority.

Other deputations which met the Advisor include daily wagers of Railway Collect Orate, Trade Fair Artisans of Kashmir Haat, besides, delegation of Sogam Kupwara and sought early redressal of their grievances.

Meanwhile, Advisor Skandan asked officials to reach out to the people and address their issues in a time bound manner.


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Come clean on alliance with Congress: Rasheed to NC

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Srinagar, March 25: AIP President Er Rasheed has asked NC to come clean on its alliance with Congress.

While addressing media person, Rasheed said that Lone’s claim speaks volumes about double standards NC has been following since 1947.

“So-called secular forces seem to be having just one agenda to grab power and play with the sentiments and emotions of Kashmiris. While Farooq Abdullah talks day and night of supporting congress but NC’s parliamentary candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone calls Congress more evil and harmful than BJP and both Congress and NC need to tell the truth about their agenda of exploitation and vote to grab politics. If Congress is eviler than BJP how can the party support Congress in Jammu, Poonch and Srinagar parliamentary seats,” Rasheed was quoted by the spokesman as saying.

 

“Lone’s statement, may turn right, and NC may tie up with BJP in near future,” Rasheed added.

Accusing Raja Aijaz Ali of exploiting the sentiments of Pahari community Rasheed said that just being a member of a particular community does not mean that any person has a right to mislead the deprived people of that community. “Going by Raja Aijaz’s logic he should not then even dare to seek support from other communities and ethnic groups,” Rasheed said.

Lashing out at PDP Rasheed said that Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to get power and can join hands with anyone and speak anything which she may never believe in.

He said that 2019 parliamentary election is a test check to the wisdom and political maturity of masses and if they want their sentiments and emotions to be represented in the parliament they have no option but to vote for AIP. Appealing masses to donate money for his election campaign, Rasheed asked people to judge his ten years tenure as MLA before deciding to vote for any particular party and ask their conscience who can represent them better in parliament.

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Geelani, Hurriyat (M) denounce arrest of separatist leaders

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Srinagar, March 25: Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (m) on Monday condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists, booking them under PSA and shifting them to outside jails, terming it as a sheer “political vendetta and totalitarian.”

In a statement, Geelani said, “The rhetoric of Delhi being the world’s largest democracy is mere hoax and deceit as its highhandedness has tarnished every fabric of democratic norm.”

Condemning the shifting of Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Hamid Fayaz to Kuthwa and crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF and other Hurriyat leaders and activists, Hurriyat chairman said that every political event brings a bad of worries and miseries for the helpless inmates of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (m) in a statement condemned the ban on JKLF and said raids being conducted on front activists and leaders across Kashmir in an open attempt to crush the peoples’ genuine right to dissent.

Hurriyat also strongly condemned the fresh assault on the Kashmiri engineering student in Bangalore stating that the way Kashmiri students studying in various parts of India are being intimidated, harassed and thrashed, it is forcing them to come back and leave their colleges which putting their future at stake. It said that the primary responsibility of the governments of these states where Kashmiri students are studying is to ensure the safety and security of all the Kashmiri students so that they are not forced to flee.

Hurriyat also denounced repeated CASO in Shopian villages and said that irrespective of their age including the youth are being harassed and intimidated and caused great inconvenience.

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Faesal starts public reach out in Kupwara

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Kupwara, March 25: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) under the leadership of Dr Shah Faesal launched it’s Public Reach-out’ campaign starting from the frontier district, Kupwara to understand the people’s grievances, demands and problems.

The spokesman said that in its first public reach-out, JKPM team visited various villages and held interactions with the delegations from Bumhama, Dodawan, Nag Sarai, Mudmadu, Thyan, Huayhama, Hayhama B, MerNag, Kupwara town, Doniwari, Wowura, Chepora, Chaiwan and Mudanpora.

A team comprising  Dr Shah Faisal, Chasfeda Shah, Shah Mubashir, Dr Mustafa, Perzada Feroze, Zameer Ahmad Shah, Iqbal Rather, Feroz Wani, Arshid Nazir Paray, Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Nazer Ahmad Khan and Dr Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was overwhelmed by the response from the people hoping that Faesal will work for the common people, find a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue and give them an alternative from the traditional “oppressive dynastic politics”.

 

The spokesman added that “Reach-out” campaign is primarily focusing on bringing social awareness which is viewed as the precursor for the political revolution that JKPM has envisioned. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Faesal JKPM will reach out to all the villages and remotest areas of the state to give them a say in determining their future, development and prosperity.

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