Srinagar, Oct 07: Over two lakh youth participated in 268 sports events across the Kashmir Division under different youth engagement programmes.
This was informed in a meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan to review the performance of all District Level Task Force (DLTF) Committees.
The Committees were constituted for youth engagement in sports and other extracurricular activities.
District Commissioners (DCs) of Kashmir Division, who are also heads of DLTF Committees in their respective jurisdictions, briefed the Div Com about the progress of sports events.
It was give out that in Anantnag district 24583 youth participated in 24 different sports events, in Kulgam 21,000 in 25 events, in Shopian 11,000 in 40 events, in Pulwama 30,326 in 32 events, in Ganderbal 9,000 in 26 events, in Bandipora 14,007 in 16 events, in Kupwara 25,000 in 26 events, in Baramulla 21,881 in 25 events, in Budgam 40,000 in 14 events, in Srinagar 9,000 in 12 events and in Kargil district 17,400 youth participated in 28 sports events.
A total of 2, 23,197 youth participated in 268 sports events across the Kashmir Division including Kargil district under different sports categories.
The meeting was also informed that 4500 kits and uniforms will be distributed among the players besides felicitation of awards, medals and trophies. In Srinagar 17 Astro-Turf mats had been laid in Higher Secondary institutions to provide international standard facilities for the sportspersons. Construction of 503 play-fields has been taken up in which 265 are ready for use.
It was further informed that from October 11, 2018, JK Sports Council will organize District and State level competitions of different sports events under ‘Khelo India’ programme in which more than 30,000 youth will participate.
The Divisional Commissioner directed all DCs to expedite the work on playfields and stadiums on priority basis besides start sports activities in ready-to-use stadiums.
For the mass participation of youth, Div Com asked JK Sports Council to share sports calendar with concerned DCs.
He asked all DCs to involve more youth in extracurricular activities like cultural programmes, painting, photography, singing competitions, seminars, debates, educational tours, awareness programmes, volunteer services etc, making green clubs, coaching clubs, skill development, career counselling and other youth-related activities, so that energies of youth are harnessed for constructive engagement.
All DLTF committees were asked to send their holistic youth engagement plan to the divisional commissioner office within three days for the necessary course of action.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir asked all concerned officers to work in close coordination so that youth engagement programmes become a big success across the valley as well as in the Ladakh region.
Divisional Sports Officer JK Sports Council, Joint Director Youth Services and Sports, Executive Engineer JK Sports Council, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officials were present in the meeting whereas all DDCs of the Kashmir Division participated in the meeting via video conferencing.
No Friday prayers at Jamia, Mirwaiz put under house arrest
Srinagar, Mar 22: The authorities put under house arrest the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday and barred the congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in here.
Reports said that the authorities placed restrictions at several parts of Old City including Nowhatta where authorities did not allow people to offer the Friday prayers.
An official said restrictions were imposed in view of call for protests issued by the Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
Joint Hurriyat had called for peaceful protests after the prayers against the “custodial death” of Awantipora school teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who addresses the faithful at the mosque every Friday was put under house arrest. He termed the disallowing of Friday prayers as “religious assault”.
“While repression, killings and arbitrary arrests continue unabated, for the 3rd time this month #JamaMasjid put under lockdown and Friday prayers disallowed. Condemn the authorities for this religious assault,” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter. This was on the third time in this month that authorities barred the Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid.
IUST, KU faculty groups condemn teacher’s custodial killing
Srinagar, Mar 22: Islamic University Faculty Association (IUFA) Friday condemned the alleged custodial killing of a teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith and has termed it outrageous and a tremendous loss to education while demanding immediate justice for him.
In a statement, the IUFA said Pandith worked as a guest faculty in the Polytechnic College, Islamic University of Science and Technology in 2018.
“He was not just a competent academician, but a thorough gentleman as well. His untimely death is a huge loss to education in South Kashmir where he was heading a school and a coaching center as well,” the statement of the Association said.
The association has demanded that the perpetrators of such crimes be brought to justice at an earliest as there is no place for such horrific crimes in civilized and responsible societies.
The Association has once again expressed dismay and concern over the delay in the dispensation of justice in the custodial killing of another teacher Shabir Ahmad Mango, a college lecturer by Army personnel on August 17, 2016. “Such gory cases of the custodial killings of teachers have caused an immense damage to the intellectual capital of the education sector in the state and we again call for justice to Mango also,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) too has strongly condemned the killing and demanded immediate dispensation of justice. “Such treatment to the ‘nation builders’ on sustained basis does not augur well for the peace and stability in the state,” reiterated the KUTA spokesperson.
The two associations have also called for an immediate end to the continued human rights violations in Kashmir.
MPs of 2014 have been mute spectators in Parl: Altaf Bukhari
Srinagar, Mar 22: Terming the upcoming parliament and assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir as one of the crucial elections, former Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday said these elections would likely pose a serious challenge for the special status of the State and to its inclusive political culture.
Addressing a workers’ convention at his private office here, Bukhari emphasized on the state’s electorate to compare and elect their candidates on promises made versus performance basis.
The former minister observed that people of the state particularly that of the Kashmir valley, have not forgotten that they were asked for votes in lieu of a ‘mandate for a mission’.
“People have not even forgotten being promised to ‘make the parliament a forum for representing the Kashmir issue at the national level’. But what they did in the Parliament later?” Bukhari asked, adding, “Analyze their attendance and performance on internet and you will witness their dismal track record of attending and intervening in the House. They have simply been mute spectators in the Parliament and wasted the mandate of people.”
The former finance minister remarked that people need to elect their representatives after proper application of mind and wisdom. “While we need to show a united face and defeat the nefarious designs of some divisive political forces, at the same time we need to strengthen the hands of the leadership that has the courage to call a spade a spade.”
Bukhari opined that the electorate of Jammu and Kashmir especially in the valley must decide whether they want to go with the forces who berated and bartered their mandate for their petty political gains or the forces who can safeguard their interests and the special identity of the State.
He said a drastic electoral division or fragmented vote will not be in the interests of people as the same can give a hegemonic control over all state institutions, as well as the public discourse in the hands of forces who are inimical to the identity of this state.
The former minister also stressed on a need for creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere for holding elections saying that political activities cannot fetch a desired change in an atmosphere of mass arrests, raids, civilian harassment and custodial killings.
“Although almost all the mainstream political parties have condemned the recent custodial killing of the school teacher but mere words cannot heal the wounds of that family. The probe in this incident needs to be conducted in a transparent and time bound manner so that the culprits are booked as per law,” Bukhari reiterated his demand.
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