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All religions of world emphasize on importance of cleanliness, hygiene: Guv






Srinagar, Oct 02: Governor Satya Pal Malik participated in the state level Grand Finale/Felicitation Ceremony of “Swachhata Hi Seva” Campaign organized jointly by the Housing and Urban Development Department and School Education Department at the SKICC here Tuesday.

“Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign was launched from 15th September-2nd October 2018, as a precursor to the launch of the year-long 150thbirth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi and in the run up to the 4th anniversary celebrations of “Swachh Bharat Mission”.

The Campaign witnessed large scale participation by the citizenry in the form of voluntary service for cleanliness, clean and green drives, Swachhta pledges, rallies, Swachhta competitions in educational institutions, wall paintings, plogging drives (picking garbage while jogging) etc.


The winners of various competitions organized during this Campaign were felicitated by Governor on the occasion.

Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Advisor to Governor,  BVRSubrahmanyam,  K.B. Agrawal, Financial Commissioner HUDD,  Ajit Kumar Sahu, Secretary School Education, among many other distinguished Guests were present on the occasion.

Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary on 2nd October, 2014, Governor observed that Mahatma Gandhi had cleanliness and sanitation closest to his heart. He had made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living and mentioned that Mahatma Gandhi had a rule in his ‘ashram’ for self cleaning of toilets. Governor noted that all religions and philosophies of the world have emphasized importance of cleanliness and hygiene for the overall health of individuals and societies.

Governor observed that India gained freedom under the leadership of Gandhiji, but his dream of a clean India is still unfulfilled. To fulfill  this dream, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ on 2nd October 2014 to provide sanitation facilities to every Indian, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village sanitation, and safe and adequate drinking water supply by 2nd October, 2019.

Governor congratulated the State Administration for their efforts in making the State 100% Open Defecation Free. He observed that due to sustained efforts of all stakeholders, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 100 per cent toilet coverage and has become Open Defecation Free (ODF), one year in advance. He also lauded the efforts of Education Department in this regard.

Governor emphasized that cleanliness is most important for physical well-being and a healthy environment and it is essential for everyone to learn about cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation and the various diseases that are caused due to poor hygienic conditions.  He expressed special concern for women who suffer from health ailments due to lack of toilet facilities in our homes. He observed that cleanliness generates a positive frame of mind which is crucial for making us lead a purposeful life.

Governor urged people to follow the Gandhian principles of Truth, Non –Violence and Satyagraha while dealing with various issues and appealed that these Principles should be followed in our fight for ensuring cleanliness in our surroundings. Governor remarked that small steps lead to achieving big objectives and we should never hesitate to contribute our little bit for the benefit of the society irrespective of impact it generates.

Governor gave away cash prize to the students of Govt Higher Secondary School Kothi Bagh for their quality Song and Skit performances on the occasion.

Advisor Ganai emphasized the relevance of Gandhian thoughts in resolving various contemporary issues facing the world and urged the gathering particularly the students to always follow the path of truth and non-violence in their life. He also enumerated the activities undertaken by the School Education department during the fortnightly “Swachhata Hi Seva” Campaign and announced winners of various competitions organized during this period.

BVR Subrahmanyam highlighted the importance of “Swachhata Hi Seva” Campaign and urged people to help government authorities in keeping cities and villages clean and green.

Documentaries of events organized under the Campaign by the HUDD and School Education Department were screened on the occasion and ‘Swachhta’ pledge was taken by all participants.





Make coordinated efforts to conserve biodiversity: Adv Kumar to officials




Srinagar, May 22: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Wednesday highlighted the importance of biodiversity which is essential for sustainable development and human well-being in present world. He said that coordinated efforts need to be made for conservation of biological diversity to ensure the sustainable utilization of life support systems on earth.
The Advisor said this while addressing the participants during celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity organized by J&K State Biodiversity Board/State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) J&K in collaboration with SKUAST-Kashmir at its Shalimar Campus.
Theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity was “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” and it focuses on biodiversity as the foundation of our food, health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health.
Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K Prof. Nazir Ahmad, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Chairman JKSPCB Ravi Kesar, Director SFRI, O P Sharma, Director Ecology Environment & Remote Sensing B Siddhartha Kumar, Director ISM Dr Phuntsog Angchuk, CCF Kashmir Farooq Gillani, other senior officers of Forest & allied departments, Faculty and students of SKUAST-K were present on the occasion.
The Advisor along with the other dignitaries inspected the stalls established by various departments/faculty including Forest, Horticulture, SFRI, Wildlife Protection, National Medicinal Plant Board, Fisheries, Agriculture, Sericulture, Unani Medicine Srinagar, DARS Budgam, Veterinary Sciences, College of Temperate Sericulture and others.
K Vijay Kumar while interacting with the staff at the stalls, enquired about the products they have displayed and their efforts for the conservation of biodiversity. He also held brief discussion with the experts on the topic and asked them to share their expertise and knowledge with the concerned agencies/departments so that their suggestions/inputs are utilized in making an effective bio-diversity conservation plan.
He also asked the experts in rendering their support to develop State’s Medicinal Plant Board and expand its activities related to development and sustainable use of medicinal plants in the state.
The Advisor commended the efforts of all participants for putting in their strong efforts in the field of biodiversity and working towards its conservation. He said that damage has already been caused to the biological diversity but still our united efforts can bring a positive change in this regard.
He also appreciated the efforts of SFRI and SKUAST-K for conducting research in the field of biological diversity and suggesting measures for its conservation.
On the occasion, On-Spot Painting & Photography Competition on the theme, Kashmir Himalyan Biodiversity – A Rich Heritage was also organized in which students of SKUAST-K participated and displayed their talent.
To mark the occasion, the Advisor also planted a sapling of ‘Ginkgo biloba’ also called maidenhairs tree which is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct.

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Enhance Budget for Kheer Bhawani pilgrimage: Shah Faesal




Srinagar, May 22: President J&K Peoples Movement Dr. Shah Faesal has called upon the State Government to enhance the budgetary support for facilitation of annual Mata Kheer Bhawani Yatra, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Kashmiri Pandit community.

Stressing the need for making adequate transport arrangements from Delhi to Srinagar, Shah Faesal said that besides religious significance the pilgrimage represents nostalgic homecoming of Kashmiri Pandits to their motherland and as such every effort should be made to ensure maximum participation.

Shah Faesal was speaking to a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits who met him at the J&K Peoples Movement party office at Srinagar.


“Tulmul has the potential to emerge as a spiritual center of Kashmir where the idea of inter-faith brotherhood can be nurtured. It can also open up immense opportunities for pilgrimage tourism for the entire Ganderbal District,” he added.

Dr. Shah further asked for upgrading the facilities at Tulmul to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims and emphasised that previous liabilities on account of boarding and transport arrangements should be cleared immediately.

Shah Faesal assured the delegation that JKPM will leave no stone unturned to ensure dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland and will make all efforts for protection of their sites of worship.

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Geelani welcomes UNHRHC’s initiative




Srinagar, May 22: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani welcomed the United Nations Human Rights High Commission (UNHRHC) fresh initiative for asking India to submit its report with reference to killings and human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the UN bears moral and political obligations to address Kashmir issue at the earliest and till its final resolution ensure right to live with liberty and dignity to the people of Kashmir.

In a statement issued to media, expressing his grave concern on the use of military might to strangulate the political will and voice of the subjugated people of Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) chairman demanded a high level probe of the extra-judicial killings, random arrests, ruthless killings, maiming and blinding by pellets and bullets and the worst plight of prisoners rights in the nook and corner of the state.


Urging an early visit by the UNHRC, Amnesty International, ICRC and other human rights groups to take on spot stock to human rights in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leader pinned hope that the UN as a responsible institution shall come to the rescue of the people of the state and prevail upon the authorities to abstain from perpetrating worst human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman castigated the behavior meted out to the detenues, lodged in different jails, including Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Hamid Fayaz, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Anrabi, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Ahad Para, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan, Tika Khan, Mohammad Shafi Wani, Gh. Mustafa, Mohammad Ayoub Mir.

“Our prisoners are deprived of the basic amenities, proper medical treatment, food and other facilities,” alleged Hurriyat chairman.

Reiterating his political stand, Geelani said that the people of Kashmir have never accepted “aggression.” They demand right to self-determination which is their birth right.

Hurriyat (G) chairman said that our movement bears moral and political support of the vast majority of the international community, so sooner or later our legitimate demand for right to self-determination shall be accepted.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani felicitated Moien-ul-Haq for his fresh appointment as Pak-Ambassador in India.

In a welcome message, Hurriyat (G) chairman expressed hope that Moien-ul-Haq shall leave no stone unturned to render diplomatic services in his new destination.

He prayed for his success in relation to his new appointment.

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