Srinagar, Dec 30: Former education minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Sunday felicitated students who qualified the 10th standard annual examination and complimented the government run schools for remarkable improvement in their performance.
Expressing great satisfaction over the performance shown by the government schools who have been the major gainers this year with an improvement from 46.70 percent to 63.71 percent, the former education minister appreciated the consistent efforts of the teaching and non-teaching staff, students and parents that has made it possible.
“During my tenure as the education minister in the state, we would time and again reiterate that the government teachers possess the requisite qualification, expertise and are full of talent to change the destiny of students of the state. And today these results vindicate my stand,” Bukhari observed.
The former minister hailed the students especially from South Kashmir for their brilliant performance despite facing the turbulent security situation throughout their academic session.
“I whole heartedly compliment the students of Kashmir especially those belonging to Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts who witnessed the highest number of strikes and huge disturbances this year. But defying all odds many of them topped the class 10th examination which exhibits the potential of our children to make it possible,” Bukhari remarked.
He also complimented the parents and the civil society for their encouraging role that has resulted into visible improvement in the educational standards of the government schools over the past couple of years. “The latest results are reassuring and speak volumes that despite having unfortunate and tragic disturbances in Kashmir, our students and teachers have put in their best efforts to make up for the losses,” he said.
Referring to the pass percentage that has increased from 62.94 percent to 75.44 percent this year, Bukhari said that this trend shall continue and the only thing needed is the motivation and encouragement, to bring about the much-needed turn around in the academic environment especially in our government schools.
While hailing the painstaking efforts of the education department particularly the directorate of school education Kashmir in streamlining the education scenario in government run schools, Bukhari stressed on the need of providing quality education with constant monitoring and mentoring, uncompromising academic quality and individual attention to students to be adopted as the guiding principles of the education sector. Bukhari also hailed the State Board of School education for declaring the results within stipulated time period.
In order to bring change in Pak behaviour, India must also change: Chidambaram
New Delhi, Apr 21: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Sunday said that in order to bring a change in Pakistan’s behaviour, India must also change its behaviour towards the neighbouring country. The former home minister also said that a way must be found to normalise the India-Pakistan relations so as to answer the country’s “biggest external challenge” in terms of security and various other aspects.
“Whatever we do, we have to make Pakistan change its behaviour. That means we must also change our behaviour towards Pakistan. These attitudinal changes will happen over a period of time. But we must make an effort,” he said at a discussion titled — “Beyond Politics: Debating a new Security Manifesto”, organised by think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) here. Retired Lt General DS Hooda, who headed the Army’s Northern Command when India carried out surgical strike in terror camps across the border in 2017, contended that “one surgical strike or air strike cannot change the behaviour of Pakistan.”
Gen (retd) Hooda also presented salient features of his report “India’s National Security Strategy” — a policy created by his team for the Congress party. Chidambaram said, “We build strong armies not to win a war but to avoid the war. If that is kept in mind everything will fall in place.”
“We may have tried everything and failed, but we have to try and try and try until we have a break. There is no reason why one day an Indian prime minister and a Pakistan prime minister cannot walk into each other’s territory and shake hands,” he said, adding there has to be some “radical” thinking, a departure from conventional thinking. Chidambaram suggested that efforts should be made to resolve issue which are easy to sort out and batted for increased mutual visits by the people of the two countries.
He said war is not an option for developing countries like India and Pakistan. “Barring China, countries in the region are not even middle income countries. The narrative of war is misleading. The war is not at all an option,” he said. “We cannot afford to do things beyond the economic capacity.”
He also explained how internal security is also linked to the national security, mentioning the case of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and Naga insurgency. Chidambaram disputed the claim of the BJP that the current government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a strong one, claiming that last year saw the highest number of terrorist incursions, highest number of deaths of security jawans and civilians.
Lt. Gen. (retd) Hooda said there is a need for a longterm security policy to be effective against adversaries. He also underlined the need to solve issues like Jammu and Kashmir with a combination of effective military and political policies.
Advisor Sharma reviews Darbar Move arrangements
Takes stock of PadshahiBagh – Wullar Lake Diversion Channel
SRINAGAR, APRIL 21: Advisor to Governor K.K. Sharma today visited Civil Secretariat, Srinagar, and took stock of the arrangements being made regarding the Darbar move.
Later, he visited Bemina to get the status of ongoing work on PadshahiBagh – Wullar Lake Diversion Channel.
During the visit, the Advisor was accompanied by Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Chief Engineer RNB, SE Irrigation and Flood Control and other senior officers of the department.
Taking stock of the work, the Advisor directed the concerned to expedite the work on the channel and remove all the bottlenecks so that the project could be completed at an earliest.
He also visited the site of Automatic Gauge Reader System (Measuring water level) at Ram MunshiBagh.
RO Anantnag reviews final preparedness
ANANTNAG, APR 21: Returning Officer (RO) Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, Khalid Jahangir today in presence of General Observers, Police Observer convened a meeting of Assistant Returning Officers (ARO), Nodal Officers, Zonal and Sectoral Magistrates to review the final preparedness for the smooth conduct of parliamentary elections conducted in the district on April 23, 2019.
The RO stressed upon the officers that they should put in best their efforts to ensure that elections are conducted in the smooth and fair manner in accordance with Election Commission of India (ECI) directions. He emphasized that proper implementation of the plans be ensured so that no room is left for any laxity or lapses.
Zonal and Sectoral Magistrates were re-sensitized that they shall ensure assured minimum facilities (AMU), arrangements for polling parties, conduct of mock poll, carrying of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) as per standard operating procedure, maintenance of law and order, keep close watch on the situation and also ensure that no intimidation to voters, booth capturing or any other malpractice takes place. The concerned officers were asked to ensure strict adherence to all the aspects of these plans and directed for that timely, safe and secure induction and re-induction of polling parties according to standard operating procedure.
The AROs were directed that dispatch centres must be properly organised. All the officers were directed to work with dedication and zeal and handle the election process in a meticulous, professional and efficient manner to ensure peaceful, free fair and transparent elections.
The meeting was attended by Narash Thakral General Observer for Bijbehara and Pahalgam constituencies, Daljitsingh Manget General Observer for Dooru and Anantnag, Rajvee Sharma General Observer for Kokernag and Shangus, Ajay Kumar Tripati Police Observer, DIG CRPF Mohsin Shaheedi, SSP Anantnag Altaf Ahmad Khan, Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Deputy District Election Officer, AROs of Anantnag, Nodal Officers, Zonal Magistrates & Sectoral Magistrates.
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