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Div Com interacts with Srinagar traders; Directs for immediate redressal of their issues

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SRINAGAR, JAN 3: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today held a meeting with the traders to take the first-hand appraisal of the issues and grievances of the business community.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Srinagar, VC Srinagar Development Authority (SDA),  SSP Traffic (Srinagar), Joint Commissioner SMC, Traffic Advisor to J&K government, officials from PDD, PHE, R&B and other concerned departments attended the meeting along with traders’ representatives from various areas of Srinagar headed by President of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association, Mohammad Yasin Khan.
On the occasion, Div Com was informed about various problems and issues faced by the traders’ community. The issues raised include parking issues for shopkeepers, regular traffic congestion around various business centres, regular power cuts, reallocation of shopkeepers and houses that come under road widening. After giving a patient hearing, Div Com passed on spot directions for the redressal of their genuine grievances.
Div Com directed DC Srinagar, SSP Traffic (Srinagar) and Commissioner SMC to work in coordination and depute a dedicated team who will remain in the areas surrounding Amira Kadal for 15 days and look after removal of encroachment and unauthorized parking. He also asked shopkeepers to abstain from putting their goods outside their shop fronts.
Speaking on the occasion, SSP Traffic, Srinagar, sought suggestions from the traders’ to develop parking space in various areas, especially in Shehr-i-Khaas so that the parking issue could be resolved at an earliest.
Regarding the rehabilitation of displaced people in Zadibal area, the Div Com said that Chief Minister has already announced that they will be rehabilitated in Bum Choonth Bagh. He further saidthat process of rehabilitation will be carried out at an earliest.
Besides other issues, road widening at various places in Srinagar was also discussed during the meeting.


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Jammu airport to function till 9 PM

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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.

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Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home

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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.

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PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC

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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.

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