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Srinagar, Sep 21: Paying allegiance to Imam Hussain (as), tens of thousands of Shia Muslims here commemorated Youm-i-Ashoora by holding processions from morning to night on Friday. With people from all walks of life participating in the day long procession, they said, “Muharam is the month of resistance which rejuvenates the spirit to stand against oppression.”
In some Shia-dominated areas, particularly in Zadibal and Budgam, massive Ashura processions were taken out, but many people faced difficulty in reaching these areas due to restrictions and concertina wires laid on roads to block traffic movement.
Government had issued an order to impose restrictions in areas under the jurisdiction of 13 police stations. The areas included Karan Nagar, Shaheed Gunj, Batamaloo, Shergari, Maisuma, Kothibagh, Kralkhud, Ram Munshi Bagh, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, MR Gunj and Safakadal.
All shops and business establishments remained closed in these areas throughout the day, while traffic movement was also paralysed in the old city.
Authorities disallowed congregational weekly prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar by imposing restrictions in the area.
An official said the restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar as a “precautionary measure” to regulate Muharram processions in the city.
Early Friday morning, Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who delivers a sermon every Friday, was placed under house arrest.
“Curbs curfew & House Arrests continue, even on #Aashura ! No Friday prayers allowed at many mosques in the city including #JamaMasjid by the rulers. Even majlis-e-tableeg to pay tributes to #ImamHussian(AS) and #MartyrsOf Karbala which I was going to address,barred!” tweeted Mirwaiz.
Mourners were seen carrying black banners and shouting slogans in praise of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who were martyred in Karbala, some 1,400 years ago. Every year on the 10th of Moharram, Shia Muslims mark the day of Youm-e-Ashura to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (RA).
Men, women and children clad in black clothes were out on the roads, while some women looked out from windows of their houses and beat their breasts when the procession passed.
Several volunteers and self-help groups had pitched tents to feed the mourners along the path of the procession, and to ensure that roads were not blocked. Several ambulances were also kept ready in case of emergency, and there were free medical check-up and blood donations camps along the way.
Anjuman Shari Shian president and senior separatist leader Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi led a massive procession on Youm-i-Ashura in district Budgam. Youm-i-Ashoora was observed throughout the district, with Alam, Zuljinah and Tazia processions taken out amid tight security arrangements.
Thousands of mourners participated in the procession that emerged from Babul Alam Mirgund and culminated at Markazi Imambara Budgam where Aga Syed Hasan led Friday congregational prayers.
Mourners were seen carrying black banners and shouting slogans in praise of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who were martyred in Karbala, some 1,400 years ago. Every year on the 10th of Moharram, Shia Muslims mark the day of Youm-e-Ashura to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain (RA).
Anjuman Shari Shian President and senior separatist leader Aga Syed Hasan threw light on life and teachings of Imam Hussain (A.S) and asked people to follow the path and teachings of Islam, besides he said that the martyrs of karbala have set an example before us through their deeds, which will remain till the last day of this world. He said Imam Hussain (RA) fought against the evil forces who were hell bent spread anarchy and tarnish the image of Islam.
He condemned the use of force on mourners and said that authorities thrash mourners for organizing peaceful religious processions. “It is direct intervention into the religious affairs that is highly condemnable. The curbs on these processions are uncalled for and need to be lifted without any delay.” he said.
A Zuljana procession was also led by Aga Syed Muntazir Almosvi at Zadibal. The procession emerged from Botakadal Gulshan Bagh and ended at the shrine of Mir Shamasuddin Iraqi. Thousands of mourners participated in the procession.
Besides, Zuljina processions were taken out at Abadpora, Awadawra, Bogha Chhal, Astan Sharif Wuyen Chadoora, Palar Budgam, Malik Gund Chatargam, Astanpora Sikandarpora, Gulshan Bagh Batakadal, Khomeni Chowk, Awdeena, Zalpora, Gund Nawgam, Sonaburn, Inderkoot, Gawmadao, Kehnpeth, Chhalipora, Hayatpora, Batapora, Rawalpora , Malapora, Daslipora, Chhalipora, Devrah, Norkah, Kamalkot Uri, Panar Jagir, Chhatargul and other areas.
Ashoora processions were also taken out at Dub, Balti Kullan and Sarbal in Ganderbal, Sultanpora, Habak Tango and Aram Pora area of Pattan.


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Missing B’pora teacher found dead in Wular

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Srinagar, May 20: Body of a government school teacher missing for the last one week was recovered from Wular Lake under mysterious conditions near Leharwalpora area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday.

The police have started proceedings under 174 CrPc into the nature of death.

Reports said that some locals spotted the body in the Lake near Leharwalpora Monday morning and accordingly informed the concerned police station.

 

A police team immediately reached the spot and retrieved the body from the lake, they said.

The deceased has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Lone (27) son of Abdul Rehman Lone of Gurez at present Sheikhpora Colony Mantrigam Bandipora.

Mushtaq, a teacher by profession had left to attend his duty at Government High Secondary School Chuntimulla on May 13 but did not return since then.

Confirming the incident, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik said that an FSL team was rushed to the spot for medical examination.

“The medical team has been constituted for post-mortem including experts from GMC Srinagar in the presence of Magistrate,” he said.

Proper photography and videography is being done of entire proceedings. Rest all other medico legal formalities of the deceased are being done, he said.

We are awaiting FSL and medical report to come to ascertain the actual cause of death, he said.

“An enquiry under 174 CrPc has been initiated and further investigations have been taken up,” the officer added.

Pertinently, the family members and neighbors held a protest demonstration on May 18 and had urged administration for help in tracing their missing kin.

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Kashmir University gets A+ NAAC accreditation

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Srinagar, May 20: After bagging 53rd rank in NIRF 2019 and 51st in QS India University Rankings 2019, the University of Kashmir added yet another feather to its cap by scoring A+ grade in the recent reaccreditation cycle by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

According to the result issued by NAAC, the University of Kashmir is scoring an impressive 3.31 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04 ahead of several other leading Universities in the country.

The University has scored 3.89 in Infrastructure and Learning Resources, 3.67 in Curricular Aspects, 3.18 in Teaching Learning and Evaluation, 3.05 in Research, Innovations and Extension, 3.61 in Institutional Values and Best Practices, 3.1 in Governance, Leadership and Management and 2.94 in Student Support and Progression.

 

The long-awaited accreditation was awarded to the University by peer NAAC team on Monday, May 20, 2019, which visited the varsity in the first week of May 2019 from 02-05-2019 to 04-05-2019.

It is in place to mention here that KU has earlier been accredited during its previous two cycles first in 2002 and then again in 2011 and on both these two occasions the University was awarded grade ‘A’ by NAAC.

Pertinently the Peer NAAC team comprising of six members during its visit to the University earlier this month applauded University for its research standards and stated that the varsity has made a quantum jump in its Infrastructure and Learning resources.

Being the chairperson of Monitoring and Steering Committee the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad personally monitored the preparedness of the University for the Peer NAAC team visit.

While congratulating the staff, students, scholars and alumni on the occasion Prof Talat said “I congratulate both teaching and non-teaching faculty, students, scholars and alumni for this tremendous feat. It was a team effort and we succeeded in our efforts. However at the same time we must understand that we don’t have to be complacent and work harder to achieve much higher grade next time so that our University gets international recognition.”

Registrar KU Dr Nisar A Mir said “I congratulate all the stakeholders of the University and this particular grade will ensure better job placements for our students and will fetch more fellowships to our scholars. Moreover, it will help us to upgrade our infrastructure while we will succeed in securing better funds from different funding agencies governed by UGC and other bodies.”

Governor congratulates varsity:

Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Monday congratulated Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of the University, his colleagues, staff and students for being awarded A+ Accreditation by peer NAAC Team.

Governor has expressed happiness on the impressive performance of the University by securing 3.31 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04. He has urged for making the University a leading Institute in teaching and research and wished it success in all its future academic endeavours.

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Mirwaiz Farooq’s anniversary: Curbs in parts of downtown today

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Srinagar, May 20: The Srinagar administration has decided to impose curbs in parts of downtown on Tuesday on the eve of Awami Action Committee (AAC) rally from Jamia Masjid to Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq.

An official that restrictions will be imposed on Tuesday in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Khanyar. “The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure,” the official said.

Meanwhile, authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest ahead of the Eidgah Chalo call announced by Hurriyat (M) to observe death anniversary of Mirwaiz Farooq.

 

A police official confirmed that Mirwaiz had been placed under house while as restrictions Will be imposed in various parts of Srinagar.

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