Srinagar, Oct 26: The Advisors to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad GanaiFriday held joint interaction with the office bearers and executive members of various Editors’ Bodies of local newspapers and Kashmir Press Club at SKICC lawns here.
Secretary, Information, Sarmad Hafeez, Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar, Joint Director Information (Headquarters), SajidYehaya Naqash and Joint Director Information Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Hakak were also present during the interaction.
The Editors’ Bodies included Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) led by Masood Hussain and Bashir Manzar, J&K Press Association led by Ghulam Hassan Kaloo and Mohammad Shafi Simnani and J&K Editors Forum led by Rashid Rahil and Farooq Ahmad.
The Kashmir Press Club delegation was led by its acting President Shuja-ul-Haq.
The Editors’ Bodies apprised the Advisors of various issues pertaining to the newspapers and journalists in the state. The delegations sought early redress of the issues raised by them.
The Advisors assured the Editors’ Bodies that the Governor’s Administration would look into the issues raised by them. They informed the editors that the Government has initiated various measures to ensure growth of the newspapers and socio-economic security of the journalists.
Advisor K Vijay Kumar also planted a Chinar sapling in the SKICC lawns on this occasion as a part of the Chinar Conservation Programme launched by the Forest Department.
Rs 16.5 crore released for completing major drinking water, drainage projects in Srinagar
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: The government has released around 16.5 crore rupees to complete major drainage and drinking water network projects in Srinagar.
This was informed here in a meeting with concerned departments held under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
The amount released under the Special Area Development Programme or SADP 2019-20 includes 13.5 crore rupees released to SMC Drainage and 3 crore rupees released to PHE Department.
The projects cover various areas across Srinagar and benefit a large population put together. Most of these projects either revamp the old existing infrastructure or fill infrastructural gaps in order to augment the vital facilities of drainage and drinking water network.
These include 26 works under the drainage sector and 4 works under that of drinking water network.
The former covers a total of some 9 kilometres of road length in areas across Srinagar including various low-lying areas and various areas in the old city. These include main roads as well as lanes — at Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Raj Bagh, IG Road, Mehjoor Nagar, Nowgam, Chanapora, Mominabad Batamaloo, Malroo Shalteng, Hamdaniya Colony Bemina, Zainakote, Kaluna Colony and Rose Avenue HMT, Bishamber Nagar, Mandibal Nowshera, Jamia Masjid to Zawoora, Shahanshah and Umer Colony Lal Bazar, Firdous Colony Buchpora among others.
This also includes construction of a dewatering station and sluice chamber at Nowgam at a cost of 85 lac rupees.
The projects under the PHE sector include replacement of worn-out water distribution system in Bemina area at 191 lac, installation of 100 mm dia DI main line from Zakura to Habbak for augmentation and improvement of water supply to these areas at 51.5 lac, realignment of supply line and construction of sluice chamber at Alamgari Bazar to make way for long-pending construction of drainage through the area at 45 lac, and installation of 100 mm dia main supply for augmenting WSS Gasoo supplies at 9.5 lac.
The meeting was informed that all these projects will be completed by the end of March 2020.
Dr Shahid while speaking on the occasion emphasised the importance of these projects and how these will bridge shortfalls in drainage and drinking water networks in these areas. He directed both the departments to ensure all these works are completed within the deadline.
Concerned officers including SE Drainage SMC and SE Hydraulics PHE and JD Planning Srinagar were present in the meeting.
SSC to conduct exams for J&K and Ladakh students in September
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 17: Staff Selection Commission (SSC) is going to conduct four examinations for the candidates of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh at Jammu, Samba, Leh and Chandigarh in the month of September.
According to the details, for Junior Engineers Examination-2018, the SSC will conduct the examination at Jammu, Samba, Leh from 23 September to 27 September. 4279 candidates are going to appear in the examination.
The examination of MTS (NT)-2018, for the remaining candidates of Srinagar centre, will be held on 27 September at Jammu. 2872 candidates are going to appear in the examination.
The examination for SI in CAPFs (Paper-11)-2018, will be conducted on 27 September in Chandigarh in which one candidate is going to appear.
Furthermore CHSL Exam (Tier-11)-2018, will be held at Jammu on 29 September in which 16 candidates will appear.
SSC had advised the candidates to download their admit cards containing information regarding date, shift, centre, venue of respective examinations and important instructions from the website of the SSC (www.sscnwr.org). SSC also said that the admit cards would also be sent to the individual candidate by e-mail and SMSs with the requisite information.
In case of any assistance, the students have been advised to contact the office of concerned Divisional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and Staff Selection Commission (North Western Region), Kendriya Sadan, Sector-9A, Chandigarh (UT) Phone-0172-2744366.
Neither single shot has been fired nor has anyone died in Kashmir: Amit Shah
Allaying concerns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that neither a single shot has been fired nor has anyone died there till now and asserted that there is peace in the valley.
“From August 5 till now, we did not have to fire a single shot and not even a single person has died. There is peace in Kashmir,” said he said at an event here. .
Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.
The BJP chief said that many people had called the surgical strikes in 2016, a “fluke”,but they now “certify” the country’s defence policies after it revoked the provisions of Article 370.
“Even though surgical and airstrikes give immense joy to the people, taking such decisions needs immense courage. The airstrikes changed the way the world looks at us now,’ Shah added.
Shah also took a dig at the erstwhile Congress government and said that during their tenure, there used to be news of corruption every day, borders were insecure, soldiers were beheaded, women felt unsafe and people protested on the roads every day.
“A government was running where every minister considered himself as Prime Minister but did not look at the actual Prime Minister as one,” he scoffed.
Shah said that unlike the erstwhile government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government never took any decision for “vote bank” but rather for the benefit of the people.
“Some governments work for 30 years and take one big decision, but our government worked for five years and took over 50 major decisions, including GST, demonetisation, airstrikes, etc. No one else dared take it during their tenure,” said the Union Minister.
Shah said that India is growing economically, adding that the agriculture sector and the per capita income are also increasing. “We are progressing towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and I am confident that it will happen before 2024,” he added.(ANI)
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