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Councilors anguished over govt’s failure to empower them

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Nov 14: Around a two dozen councilors on Wednesday expressed anguish over failure of the government to “empower” them.

Addressing media persons here in Srinagar, councilor ward number 12, Budshah Nagar Aijaz Rasool Bhat said that government has adopted lackadaisical approach towards the issues confronting the councilors.

“We were elected one and half months ago, but still we haven’t been briefed about our job profile. The concerned authorities themselves don’t know, what we are supposed to do,” he said.

 

He added that they have been continuously visiting Srinagar Municipal Commissioner (SMC) Commissioner’s office to enquire about the works, they can undertake in their respective wards.

“The Commission says that he has not received circular pertaining to us. We should come to know about our duties as we have to work for those who voted for us,” he said.

“Bye-laws should be handed over to us at an earliest,” he added.

Referring towards SMC, Mayor, Junaid Azim Matoo, Bhat said that since he took over he has not taken a single meeting.

“In a month, he is supposed to take twelve meetings. It seems that he is busy with his personal work. We have been getting good response on the ground. We need the support of mayor. We have to work as a team, then only we can address the issues of people,” he said.

Councilor from ward number 4, Dalgate Sumaira Bashir said that they are not able to meet the people due to fear.

“Neither the security, nor any car has been provided to us. The funds for developmental works have still not been released. Once released, we can initiate some developmental works in our wards,”she said.


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Reasons by GoI to suspend cross-LoC trade highly indefensible: Soz

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Srinagar, April 23: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were highly untenable and indefensible.

“PM Modi wants to promote propaganda for Election 2019 and tries to bring in Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination”, Soz said in a statement here.

He alleged that since everything is happening at the behest of Prime Ministers Office (PMO), stopping the LOC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a “trickery” aimed at the Election-2019.

 
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Two electrocuted to death in Poonch

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Srinagar, April 23: A police constable and a civilian died due to short circuit of 33KV transformer at Chungan Chroon area of Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday early morning.

Reports said that a constable (Follower) in JK police identified as Faiz son of Mohd Sharif age 40 year and a civilian Mohd Shabir son of Ab Rahim age 38 year died on the spot after they came in touch with a live wire.

SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar also confirmed to a news agency that two people including a cop and civilian was dead when they came in touch with live wire after there was a short circuit in a Transfer. Meanwhile, SHO Mendhar also rushed to the spot to assess the situation.

 
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World Book day celebrated at Sgr, Kup

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Srinagar, April 23: To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar.

The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.

Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts, paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.

 

Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.

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