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Cable Car proposed for Loran, Tosamaidan: Priya Sethi

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JAMMU, JAN 03: Minister of State for Tourism Priya Sethi today said the government is contemplating to develop Cable Car in Loran and Tosamaidan to tap tourism potential of these areas.
Responding to a question raised by legislator Shah Mohammad Tantray in the House, the Minister informed that the State Cable Car Corporation Ltd is going to conduct a survey in coming summer to execute the projects at these tourist destinations. She said the survey could not be done last year following tragic accident at Gulmarg Gondola in June.
She further stated that the government is also contemplating to bring the state’s highest water fall at Nandi Chhol near Loran Mandi on tourist map.
The Minister said in this regard, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for an amount of Rs 9.70 crore have been prepared for development of tourist facilities at Nandi Chhol waterfall. She said the project shall be examined by a team of technical experts for its viability from tourism point of view and availability of resources.
The Minister further informed the house that the department is also ascertaining the feasibility for developing parks at Daniloran and Gali Maidan Sawjian for promotion of Eco-Tourism, subject to availability of sufficient resources. She said an amount of Rs 10 lakh has also been proposed for developing these parks during the next financial year under Capex budget.
Meanwhile, Priya Sethi informed the House that the government is making concerted efforts to promote places of tourism attraction in Bhaderwah.
The Minister was replying to a question by MLA Bhaderwah Daleep Singh Parihar.
She further informed that Pul Doda, Gandoh, Bhalessa have also been covered under tourism development. She informed that the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has recently sanctioned a project “Development of Water Sports Centre at Baglihar Dam – Pul Doda” costing Rs 2.98 crore and the work on same is in progress.
In Bhaderwah, tourism potential spots of Gatha, Sarna, Teligarh, Sungli, Nalthi, Padritop and Jai are being projected in big way by way of construction of Tourist Reception Centre (TRC), Yatra Base Camp, wayside amenities, etc, she added.
The Minister told the House that five tourism projects amounting to Rs 1.20 crore stands completed in the Bhaderwah constituency, while four projects involving a cost of Rs.709.41 lakh are at advanced stage of completion.
Elaborating further, the Minister maintained that the Union Ministry of Tourism under Product Infrastructure Destination Development Circuit (PIDDC) scheme has taken an initiative to bring different villages across the state on the tourist map to tap the tourism potential, promote local art, craft and culture.
The Minister added that the Government has also taken steps to tap tourism potential in the areas like Chattergala, Chatri, Gurdanda, Hanga Noori, Tathenra, Bal Padri, Naglotun, Mahulwarkund, Gashir, Kanti, Dhaar, Charala, Jantron-Dhar, Raj Ghoot, Shiviz Dhaar. She said these areas would be developed according to the feasibility and availability of resources.


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Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.

 

Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.

 

According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.

 

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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.

 

The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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