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.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.