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If bloodshed continues, sustained protest will be an only alternative left: Mirwaiz

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Expressing serious concern and strongly condemning the killing of an innocent youth Shahid Bashir Wani of Tarathpora, Handwara in a stage managed encounter by forces, APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said on one hand, a reign of terror is being unleashed under the garb of CASOs with South Kashmir turned into a war zone, on the other hand, youth are being also killed in fake encounters. Mirwaiz said if bloodshed continues with such impunity in Kashmir, there would be no other alternative left with people other than to start a sustained protest.
Addressing Friday congregational gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said though it’s not for the first time that innocent youth have been killed in fake encounters, but the irony is that once again a probe has been ordered where in killers would also act as witnesses leaving a big question mark on the justice. He said in almost every killing in Kashmir those involved have gone scot free and justice has always eluded the victim families.
Mirwaiz said the recent acquittal to five soldiers involved in the killing of innocent people during Machil fake encounter is a case in point and an eye-opener to the world community. The guilty soldiers in Machil are roaming free. He said Kashmiri people are not like cattle who would be killed at the will of forces.
Referring to operation Jamia Masjid, on its 28th anniversary Mirwaiz said that it was on this day in 1989 an attempt was made by the then ruling dispensation to silence the voice of people ,the voice of truth that has been raised from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid without fear or favor by the Mirwazeen. The motive of the operation was to build pressure and to instill fear in the heart of Shaheed e Millat Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq, who always played the pioneering role in the movement for right to self determination that had unnerved the then leadership.
After the operation Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said many religious places of Kashmir including Dargah Hazratbal, Charar-e-Sharief, Khankah Faizpanah Tral, Astan-e-Aliya Khanyar were desecrated in a bid to create a wedge among the Muslims of Kashmir and to divide them on the sectarian lines. He said all such efforts failed. Mirwaiz said time has once again proved that by closing the doors of Jamia Masjid Srinagar for prayers time and again, has not deterred the resolve of people, who continue to throng the central Masjid in great numbers and pledge for their commitment towards the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue. He said the pulpit of Jamia has and will continue to spread the message of truth and highlight the miseries and atrocities inflicted on the justice seeking Kashmiri people.


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JKSSB approves 222 posts for 5 new GMCs, 47 posts of other Deptts

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Jammu, Feb 20:The 163rd Board meeting of J&K Services Selection Board was chaired by Chairman JKSSB, Khalid Jahangir here today.

The meeting was attended by Members of the Board: Angrez Singh Rana, M. Shafiq Chak, Pritam Lal Atri, Harvinder Kour, Prof. Tasleema Peer, Controller of Examination JKSSB Musheer Ahmad Mirza, Special Secretary (Legal) Jung Bhadur and Secretary JKSSB Ranjeet Singh besides other officers of the Board.

During the meeting, threadbare discussions were held on various agenda items related to preparation of various selection lists of five new Government Medical Colleges (GMCs), pending court cases, pending selection lists, recommendation withheld cases of various posts and PM Package (Migrants).

 

The Board approved 269 posts which include 222 posts of various categories for five new GMCs and 47 posts of pending selections.

The Board examined a total of 82 selection files of various categories for five new GMCs and approved 77 selection lists while deferring 5 selection files seeking further clarification from Health and Medical Education Department regarding eligibility and qualification for the post.

Pending selections of Junior Assistant District cadre Doda under item number 60, 02 of 2017, Boiler Mechanic Divisional cadre Jammu under item number 194, 03 of 2016, VLW District cadre Budgam (RBA category) under item number 73, 04 of 2017 under PM Package and Patwari district Budgam (SC category) under item number 364, 06 of 2015 were also approved by the Board and directed the concerned to forward the selection list to the concerned departments for further course of action.

Further, the Board also released 90 recommendations of withheld cases of various posts of different Districts cadre, Divisional cadre Jammu, Divisional cadre Kashmir, State cadre and PM Package (Migrants) and approved 7 cases in pursuance of the directions of Courts related to various categories of posts of pending selections.

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LG greets people on Maha Shivratri

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Jammu, Feb 20: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today greeted the people of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri.

In his felicitation message, the Lt Governor observed that the celebration of this festival is a valuable part of our glorious cultural heritage symbolizing the values of piety, devotion and brotherhood.

He expressed the hope that the celebrations of this auspicious occasion would further strengthen the communal harmony of J&K and also prayed for tranquility and prosperity in the UT and well-being of the people.

 
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Five killed in Samba mishap

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Samba, Feb 20: At least five persons hailing from Jammu region were killed in a tragic road accident that took place in Jatwal area along Jammu-Pathankote national highway on Thursday morning, officials said.

Police officials said that the accident took place when a car was on its way from Kathua to Jammu in which five persons returning from a function in Amritsar were travelling.

They said that at Jatwal area in Samba district, the Alto car they were traveling in collided from backside with a truck parked on roadside, leaving all the five persons dead. The deceased hail from Nanak Nagar and Digiana areas of Jammu and are relatives to each other, officials said.

 

The bodies of deceased were later shifted to Samba hospital for medico-legal formalities. (KNO)

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