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Altaf Bukhari demands dedicated university for Ladakh

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Srinagar, Nov 7: Senior PDP leader Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday vehemently supported the demand for establishment of a full-fledged university in Ladakh with its headquarter in Kargil.

In a press release issued to the media, Bukhari said the Kashmir University’s satellite campus in Ladakh region is vibrant in district Kargil while as with almost similar infrastructural facilities available in Leh district, its out campus, remains almost deserted.

Expressing serious concern over the declining enrolment in Ladakh colleges that has come down drastically due to the delay in examination and declaration of results, Bukhari observed that with no full-fledged university available in Ladakh, the students of the region are forced to leave their homes in pursuit of higher education.

“The government under the new education policy in the country and the state is committed to provide quality education including higher education at the doorsteps of the students. But it is most unfortunate that the successive regimes in the center and the state failed to address this long pending demand of students of Ladakh,” he remarked, while adding that during his tenure as the education minister in J&K, to begin with, he had proposed establishment of three cluster universities for Pir Panchal region, Chenab Valley and Ladakh.

“Unfortunately with the breakdown of coalition government in the state, the proposal of establishing these cluster universities remained unexecuted. I call upon the governor led administration to pursue those proposals and get the requisite funding from the Ministry of Human Resources Development government of India for their early implementation,” he remarked.

Bukhari said that any modern welfare state is committed for providing equal opportunities to its citizens regardless of the topography, language and ethnicity of its people. “Ladakhi students could be seen pursuing their higher studies outside the state like Chandigarh, Delhi or Punjab. While moving out from the state for higher learning is good but the government cannot shy away from its responsibility of providing institutions of higher studies to its students in all its regions of the state,” he added.

He said that reportedly around 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Ladakh are forced to pursue higher studies outside the region because of the government’s failure to address their demand. “I think only a dedicated University could serve as a catalyst to bring a change in the educational scenario in Ladakh by turning its students into better human resources and productive regional workforce for capacity-building in the state,” he demanded.

 

 

 


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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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