JAMMU, NOV 29: In a significant initiative to expand connectivity in J&K, the Government of India has approved extension of Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail link upto Kupwara in north Kashmir.
“I am glad to inform you that Railways has prioritized the extension of rail link from Baramulla to Kupwara and has sanctioned an updated survey for the new link,” Anil Srivastava, Advisor (Transport) NITI Aayog said in his communication to J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam.
According to the communication, the Baramulla-Kupwara rail link project would be taken up under umbrella work by the Railways.
Pertinently, the demand for extension of rail link from Baramulla to Kupwara was forcefully projected by the Governor’s Administration before NITI
Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant during his visit to the Aspirational Districts of Baramulla and Kupwara last month.
Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said the Governor’s Administration has also made a strong case for Jammu.
759 stone pelting incidents in J&K in 2018: MHA
Srinagar, Dec 12: As many as 759 incidents of stone pelting were reported in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year; the Rajya Sabha was informed Wednesday.
Union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir also said 238 militants were killed by the forces in Jammu and Kashmir till December 2, 2018.
“There are instances of stone pelting during anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government has reported that 759 cases have been registered against stone pelters in 2018,” he said replying to a written question.
There were 587 incidents of violence in the state till December 2 this year in which 86 forces’ personnel and 37 civilians were also killed.
In the corresponding period in 2017, there were 329 incidents of militant violence in the state in which 200 militants were killed while 74 forces’ personnel and 36 civilians were also killed in these incidents.
Ahir said the violence in Jammu and Kashmir has been “sponsored and supported” from across the border and it has direct links to the infiltration.
GoI releases Rs 260 cr for five new Medical Colleges
JAMMU, DECEMBER 12: Government of India today released Rs 260 crore to the Health and Medical Education Department for 5 New Medical Colleges coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri.
According to Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, with the latest release of funds by the Government of India, the cumulative release of central share for these colleges till date has reached Rs 765 crores.
He said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has sanctioned 5 New Medical Colleges in the Sate at a cost of Rs 189 crore each which includes Rs 139 crore for civil works and Rs 50 crore for machinery and equipment.
He said the civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited of late to put the requisite infrastructure in place at the earliest.
Dulloo said the Department has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and human resource in these colleges as per MCI guidelines to start 1st batch of MBBS admissions next year.
He said with the completion of these 5 New Medical Colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of MBBS course in the state.
Family members of slain constables in Shopian attack share memories
Srinagar, Dec 12: Eighteen-month-old Uzma searches for her father, Constable Abdul Majeed Ganaie, among the mourners who continue to stream into their home in Ganderbal. To calm her down, a family member plays a video clip of Majeed crooning a Bollywood number.
The video solaces Uzma, who looks confused by the sudden arrival of teary eyed people trying to console her mother and other family members.
Majeed gave the performance at a family function. His voice had left all of us stunned, recalls his brother Showkat, a labourer, as he receives mourners at his residence.
The song “Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan” by Kishore Kumar was his favourite and he would sing it quite often, he says.
“Friendship was the only thing he had earned all these years,” Showkat says, as he puts the song on a loop for his niece Uzma, who wants to see her ‘Baba’.
Showkat chokes back tears as he recalls his last meeting with Majeed 15 days ago when he had come home for a break. “Majeed would advise me not to fight as I am a bit short-tempered,” he says.
Born at Shallabugh Ganderbal in central Kashmir, Majeed had only studied till Class 8 and had subsequently started working as a labourer.
In 1995, he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen as a locally trained militant, but he left militancy a year later. Thereafter, he started working as a labourer till 2000 when he got selected as a constable.
The four policemen were on guard duty outside a minority pocket — a term used for localities where Kashmiri Pandits stay — when militants attacked them.
The pregnant wife of Anees ul Islam Mir, one of the slain constables, is in trauma since she’s heard the news about her husband’s death.
“They had got married seven months ago and she was expecting. Both of them were really excited about it. Anees was just 26 years old,” his maternal uncle Sabzar Bhat says.
Mourners continue to throng their residence in Kulgam village of South Kashmir since Wednesday morning and his wife has fainted many times.
Bhat, who runs a chemist shop, has kept a doctor on standby for her.
Constable Mehrajuddin Dar’s family was preparing for his wedding next year. He had started constructing a house for himself in Khewa of Safapora in Bandipore district of North Kashmir.
“He was a darling of his nieces and nephews. He would spend time with children during holidays,” recalls his brother Farooq Dar.
Constbale Hamidullah Ganie stayed with his brother Abdul Majeed Ganie after his marriage with Khalida. His family stays in Fatehpora of Anantnag in South Kashmir.