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CUK holds first convocation; Vohra appeals academics to research for state’s progress

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, July 4: Governor N N Vohra on Wednesday stressed on the academicians to carry out the research for solving the state’s problems.
In his presidential address on 1st convocation of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at SK International Conference Centre here, Vohra said, “The state is facing a lot of challenges. There are several geographic disadvantages and historical challenges and not all of are our making.”
He stressed on the academicians to carry out the research on host of problems that the state was facing.
“I have been suggesting to vice chancellors of universities that relevance and importance of universities is over. The research has to be carried out related to problems that the state is facing,” he said.
Pointing out some of the challenges the state was facing, he said, “There are host of problems like climatic change, preservation of water bodies, Wular and Dal Lake, biodiversity, master plans and other issues.”
“How many institutions like universities and higher education institutions carry out research on these issues,” he asked.
On the occasion, the students were also presented degrees and medals. However, some of the students did not stand during the playing of the national anthem.
Professor Dr K Vijay Raghavan scientific advisor to government was the chief guest, while Professor Srikumar Banerjee, former chairman Atomic Energy Commission Government of India and founding vice-chancellor of CUK was guest of honour. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, former ministers, Mian Altaf, Naeem Akhtar, Mohammad Akbar Lone, incumbent and former vice-chancellors of universities, and senior officials were present on the occasion.
Vohra said that he suggested to vice chancellors to get larger number of senior students involved in capacity building.
“We can’t leave this (research) competition. Each student has to carry out certain responsibilities. They have to contribute towards growing development at village, district, state level, and national level,” he said.
This he said was possible if teachers and students with the “capacity to change themselves towards problem-solving evolution”. “Some changes are happening in universities. There is no dearth of capacity.”
After the establishment of CUK, he said that the varsity faced a lot of challenges. “There was shortage of faculties, paucity of resources. The state would not help much and UGC found it difficult to provide any help because we did not qualify as we not had requisite facilities. There were no professors and laboratories.. Now the CUK has 150 faculty and there will be 3000 students by the end of this year.”
However, he said the vice chancellors had been holding interactions to help to each other.
Raghavan said that CUK has made a “commendable” contribution in the areas of teaching, research, and extension. “We may need to adopt a balance research approach in the area of research and development so that research is not carried out for getting out mere degrees.”
Vice Chancellor CUK, Professor Mehraj ud Din Mir highlighted the university report 2009-2018.
However, he pointed out several issues that the varsity has been facing.
“We have been organizing conferences and libraries are running in rented buildings. Students also avail facilities at Kashmir University and NIT,” he said.


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I-League 2018-19: Real test for Real Kashmir today

Over 15,000 spectators expected as RKFC takes on Mohun Bagan

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Nov 19: The stage is set for the historic and probably the most-awaited I-League match between Real Kashmir FC and Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan FC to be played at Astro Turf TRC Ground on Tuesday.

Popularly known as Mariners, Mohun Bagan is the oldest and most-celebrated football club of India, which will be playing its first official match here.

A day before the match, football fans, particularly those of Real Kashmir FC, thronged to the TRC ground for passes to the match.

At least, more than 6,000 passes were given to the ecstatic spectators, who are aiming to watch the game.

An official deputed at TRC ground said they were expecting “more than 15,000” spectators.

“People for long have been waiting for the event. Mohun Bagan is a popular football club and it is not less than a treat to watch them play in Srinagar,” he said.

More than three dozen Mohun Bagan fans have also travelled with the team for the game.

Defeated by Neroca FC alone this year, the Snow Leopards hope to turn the opportunity into a grand event.

“Since Mohun Bagan is a big club, pressure will definitely be on them. To play against a club like Mohun Bagan, the chances will be definitely less for us, but we have to put up a good show,” Real Kashmir FC Head Coach, David Robertson, said in a pre-match press conference.

“Teams coming here find it difficult because of the altitude and unless you are here five-six days here before the game, it is going to be very difficult in the last 20 minutes of the game,” he said.

Coach Robertson said facing Mohun Bagan in Kashmir would be “more than an achievement” for his team.

“We have one point out of six in the last two games. But then we are underdogs, and saw just one defeat in the last one year,” he said.

He said the previous defeat against Neroca FC won’t have any impact over the performances of his players.

“Last time we got a lot of chances and made errors even, but it is a part of a game. But tomorrow we will have some changes as Danish is currently injured. Bazie Armand and Mason will play at different positions. We got options as we are bringing four strikers and also need more for upfront,” Coach Robertson said.

“The support by Kahsmiris, who come in numbers, actually gives us an edge. We don’t have the history like Kolkata clubs, but again, since we are in I-League and the people’s support adds pressure on the away team,” Coach Robertson said.

Head Coach of Mohun Bagan, Shankarlal Chakraborty, said facing Real Kashmir in their hometown was more worrying for them than playing on synthetic turf for the first time.

“We came prior to the scheduled match to practice more on synthetic turf, but Real Kashmir team as a team is more worrying for us. They lost the previous match, but they are good at creating chances for a goal,” he said.

“The way Kashmir played the last game was really good. They have a good combination of both Indian and foreign players. Their defenders, midfielders are very strong. We hope we put up up a good show against them and win three points,” Coach Chakraborty said.

Asked whether his players will cope with cold weather conditions Chakraborty said, “As far as the weather conditions are concerned, we did train in the afternoon yesterday. We were not uncomfortable. After warming up, the body responded well and the players had a good session.”

Both the teams have played three games each so far.

Mohun Bagan is one of the three unbeaten teams in the league and is fifth on the table.

Real Kashmir is seventh, with four points.

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Panchayat elections:Phase II today, 4014 candidates in fray

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Nov 19: Polling for Phase-II of Panchayat Polls-2018 will be held Tuesday at 2179 polling stations across the state, including 828 in Kashmir and 1351 in Jammu Division.

In a statement, Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra said that 4,014 candidates are in the fray for 281 Sarpanch and 1286 Panch seats in Phase-II.

He said 90 Sarpanchs and 1069 Panchs have already been elected unopposed in Phase-II.

Kabra said 601 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive including 490 in Kashmir Division and 196 in Jammu Division.

He said in the areas going to polls in the Phase-II, electorate of 3,29, 818 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies, 207796 for Panch constituencies.

Polling will be held from 8 am to 2 pm while counting of the votes will be taken up immediately after the voting is over.

The polls will be held in the border areas of Kupwara district like Kalaroos, Machil, and Rajwar. Similarly, the polls will be held in two Panchayat constituencies of Bandipora-Ganstan, Nowgam.

In Baramulla, the elections will be held at Wagoora and Sangrama.

In central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts, polls will be held at Kangan, Rathsun, and Budgam panchayat constituencies.

At the same time, most of the areas where there is a larger presence of militancy will face elections in the last phases.

However, two Panchayat constituencies of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Bijbehara and Anantnag will witness polling.

However, there will be no elections in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts, and in summer capital Srinagar in the second phase.

Bhambatt, Karsha, Sankoo, Shaker, Chaktan,  Shargol, Lotchum of Kargil district and Khaltsi,  Skurbuchan,  Turtuk, and Panamik panchayat constituencies of Leh district too will face polls.

Polling will also take place in various constituencies of Jammu region.

In the phase I, Kashmir saw a 64 per cent voter turnout while nearly 75 per cent electorate exercised their right to franchise in Jammu region of panchayat elections on Saturday.

The first phase of the panchayat polls in the Valley was held in the traditionally high voter turnout belts along the Line of Control.

The polling in next eight phases will be held on November 24, 27, 29, December 1, December 4, December 8, and December 11.

The panchayat elections are being held in J&K after a gap of seven years. The last elections were conducted in 2011 and the panchayats had completed their five-year term in 2016.

The nine-phase panchayat polls are being held in the state to 316 blocks in 4,483 Panchayat Halqas comprising 35,029 Panch.

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Those behind circulating execution videos identified: IGP Pani

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Srinagar, Nov 19: Police on Monday claimed to have identified those behind circulation of the recent “execution videos” in south Kashmir.

Those who are propagating brutal killing videos have been identified and soon action will be taken against them,” Inspector General of Police SP Pani said.

The top police officer of Kashmir said that cyber domain used by militants for these “gruesome acts stand identified and they will be brought before the law.”

He further said: “These execution videos of innocent civilians in Kashmir is reflection of ‘terror’ crimes.”

Asked who was behind these killings, the IGP said that these are “terror crimes” and the accused shall be brought before law.

Unidentified gunmen last week killed two persons in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama and later circulated their videos.

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