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Condemnations pour in for Kulgam killings

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Srinagar, Oct 21: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) and MLA Khan Sahib Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, CPI(M) Secretary and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami and Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Haji Yasin Khan and many others Sunday expressed their anguish over the killing of civilians in a blast near a gunfight site in Laroo village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Strongly condemning the killing of civilians in Laroo village of Kulgam district during an anti-militancy operation on Sunday, PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir has warned the government of India of shunning its iron fist response to every situation here.

Terming that militaristic approach of an elected government will further alienate the people and it’s a mockery of democratic values when a day after results of sham elections, brutality is unleashed on civilians.


Expressing his serious concern and anguish over the civilian killings in Laroo Kulgam the Chairman PDF & MLA, Khansahib, Hakeem Yaseen sought an immediate end to ongoing violence as the Kashmir is losing its creamy layer of young generation.

He has asked both Central and state Governments to engage youth in a meaningful dialogue to meet their urges and aspirations rather than using military might to douse the flames of their anger. He said ongoing bloodshed in the state will lead to nowhere as resolution of every issue lies in the process of dialogue and reconciliation.

Expressing pain and sorrow over the killing of innocent civilians in an explosion at encounter site in Laroo village of Kulgam, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said the killings have become everyday norm in Kashmir now.

“Unfortunately, New Delhi is watching all this like a mute spectator and seems in no mood to address the issues politically. There is a deep sense of alienation among Kashmiris, especially youth. It is this deepening alienation and anger which is driving young and old towards the deadly encounter sites”, he said.

Expressing his deep anguish over the killing of civilians, Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president G H Mir demanded a high level judicial probe into the incident that led to the killing of civilians and punishment to the guilty. Mir said: “I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and stand with them in this hour of grief and shock.

Expressing his deep anguish over the civilian killings in Kulgam the chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) strongly condemned the innocent killings in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district which has left almost six civilians dead and dozens seriously injured. Blaming government forces for carrying planned massacre in state, KTMF president termed it sheer cowardice and inhuman act.

In a statement, Khan said, “our youth are being slaughtered like animals as Government of India refuses to give up its policy of repression and acknowledge that people of Kashmir will not yield to submission”. He said entire Valley is in shock and state of mourning by the Killing of almost six civilians in Kulgam.



3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight

Press Trust of India



SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.

The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.

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Governor chairs Ist meeting of Jammu Cluster University Council

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the Cluster University of Jammu, today chaired the first meeting of the University Council here at the Raj Bhavan.

Advisor to Governor, Khurshid A. Ganai, Pro-Chancellor was also present in the meeting.

While taking overview of the activities of the Cluster University, the Chancellor and Advisor called for creation of University’s own campus with the establishment of schools of excellence. At the outset, the Chancellor stressed that the Cluster Universities are created with the vision to have a strong commitment to nurturing collegiality and leading collaboratively with unremitting dedication to improve transparency and efficiency. He further said that the Cluster University inherits an academic mission whose goals are lofty, yet firmly grounded in an ethos of dynamism and academic responsibility and the mission is to create a community of lifelong learners that fosters Research, Development, Quality, Innovation, experimental learning, community engagements, academic leadership and administrative support.


The Members made several tangible suggestions to make the Cluster University Jammu a real hub of educational activities. They said that Cluster University is a new concept in Jammu and Kashmir and it needs to be empowered so that it becomes choice of students over other Universities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Prof Anju Bhasin, Vice-Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu made a detailed presentation on the activities and various initiatives taken by the University. The presentation focused on the functioning of the administrative, academic, financial, examination, evaluation and other sectors. She also reported the status of student enrolment in the University, and measures for the development of students and faculty.

Listing some achievements by the University, the VC apprised that 12 new 5 year integrated courses, Honours programme in each of the colleges at UG level and new self-financing innovative, cross disciplinary skill based courses have been introduced. She further highlighted the important reforms introduced by the University which includes Academic Calendar defined for year-1, year-2 and year 3, flexibility to students to choose elective courses, admissions through centralized process, holding of examination in time-bound manner etc.

Financial Commissioner Finance (Financial Advisor Universities), Dr. A.K. Mehta, Financial Commissioner to Governor, Umang Narula, VC, Cluster University of Srinagar, Prof. Sheikh Javid Ahmed, VC, Jammu University, Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Secretary Higher Education, Talat Parvez Rohella, Dean Faculty of Education, Prof. M.A. Lone, Dean Academic Affairs, Prof. Poonam Dhawan, Dr. Jatinder Khajuria, Registrar Member-Secretary, Prof. Anil Gupta, Principal S.P.M.R College of Commerce, Jammu, Prof. Sangeeta Nagri, Principal, College of Education, Jammu, Prof. Koushal Smotra, Principal, GGM Science College, Jammu and Prof. Ravinder Tickoo, Principal, GCW, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu attended the meeting.

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Centre mulling political initiative in Kashmir




Srinagar, Oct 15: After restoring mobile phone connectivity in the Valley on Monday, the Jammu and Kashmir administration is now working on a mechanism to initiate political engagement which is likely to involve mainstream political parties.

The move is expected to lead to the release of more political leaders from detention though a decision releasing former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti is not on the table yet, Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

Quoting sources, the report said the Centre was keen on beginning political dialogue within the Valley to bridge the trust deficit between the state administration and Kashmiris following the August 5 decision to scrap the state’s special status and bifurcate J&K into Union Territories.


The political mechanism currently under discussion is likely to involve second-rung leaders from regional parties in the Valley to form a political council that can initiate dialogue with people and assuage their fears in the wake of the August 5 decisions, report said.

Part of this council’s mandate is alleviating the sense of alienation and anger in the Valley. Also on the table are certain special provisions that will protect local jobs and the settlement of outsiders in the Valley in order to protect its demographic character and culture.

“Delhi is keen on initiating political engagement. The contours of it are still under discussion. Among the ideas is involvement of the existing political class which as of now does not include the Muftis and the Abdullahs,” the report quoted a senior official privy to the developments.

“Gradual release of significant political actors will be taken in the weeks to come. The Home Minister has already said that statehood will be returned. A decision on who these political actors will be is yet to be taken,” the report added.

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