Kulgam, April 06: While calling for its immediate withdrawal of ban on the movement of civilian traffic on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday said the explanation of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir that “there will be no blanket ban on movement of civilian traffic on the highway” is unsatisfactory and confusing.
Addressing a party convention in Kulgam, he said “the ban on the movement of civilian traffic on the 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway twice a week would have serious repercussions. The Governor Administration must revoke the ban immediately and find an alternative for the safe passage of security forces convoys. The decision must have been taken by the Government as a security issue, but why should be the issues of patients, students, employees, businessmen, and others who will suffer hugely due to this ban left unattended?”
“This highway is the only road link that connects Kashmir with rest of the country. This is completely choking the freedom of movement for lakhs of residents as it will restrict people from going to jobs and will halt business activities. How will patients move? It is unheard-of in recent history,” Tarigami said.
CPI (M) leader said “The ban will not only deprive patients from reaching to hospitals on time but is also bound to dent the Valley’s horticulture industry and tourism. There is a large chunk of apples stored in cold storages, which requires urgent transportation to various destination in the country. The apple crop will be hit badly by the ban. Besides, it will also delay the chemical treatment of orchards. The ban is unjustified and will make small-time farmers suffer.”
“The ban will also have serious implications for upcoming tourist season as it will only add to the woes of tourists and pilgrims. There is no alternative road connectivity to Kashmir and tourists would skip coming here. It will also result in shortage of essentials as the Valley is entirely dependent on the supplies of essential items from outside,” he added.
Tarigami said “Similarly, employees, who have to reach to their offices, will have to observe a holiday when there is traffic restrictions on the highway. And what will students do, who have to attend their school, colleges and universities on the day there is ban on movement of traffic on the highway?”
He said “The biggest sufferers would be patients, who need immediate treatment, as instead of going to hospitals, they have to go to district magistrate’s office for getting a pass to travel on the highway. A patient can’t wait till a pass is issued as in some cases it can prove disastrous and life threatening.”
“There must be clarity on these issues and government must find an alternative to it before imposing the ban. Hundreds of educational institutions and hospitals can only be accessed via this crucial road,” Tarigami said.
“The convoy movement timings must be devised so as there is no inconvenience to general public. There is a need to fine-tune the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the movement of security forces convoys so as there is no clash with the movement of civilian traffic. The timing of the security forces’ convoy could be fixed such that it is different than the timing when highways and other roads witness peak civilian traffic movement,” CPI (M) leader added.
Number of people reading Urdu newspapers on decline: CUK VC
Ganderbal, Apr 24: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir Wednesday said that there has been a sharp decline in the number of people reading Urdu newspapers in Kashmir valley.
“The current trend among people, particularly the youth is to read English newspapers. However, strenuous efforts should be made to promote reading of Urdu newspapers among masses as Urdu is the official language of the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said while addressing the inaugural function of the two-day workshop on Urdu journalism “Skill Enhancement of Urdu Journalists of Kashmir,” organised by CUK’s Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ) in collaboration with Jammu Kashmir Urdu Council and Anjuman-e-Urdu Sahafat at varsity’s Green Campus here.
Prof, Mehraj ud Din Mir said that in order to promote Urdu journalism in valley, the varsity is contemplating to start Diploma in Urdu journalism. He said that a state-of-the-art studio will be constructed for the DCJ at the Tulmulla campus of the university, adding the journalists belonging to Ganderbal district would be also allowed to avail certain facilities provided in the Convergent Journalism.
Addressing the gathering Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, said, that at present, the Urdu journalism is at crossroads and there is a dire need to conduct such type of workshops. “Urdu has its own history and a cherished past,” Prof. Nikka said, journalism has its own contours, importance, duties and responsibilities, adding that journalists are spokespersons of the society and they have to highlight the problems and issues confronting the society in an objective manner. They have to construct a moral order in the society through their reportage and promote sense of brotherhood among different communities, based on mutual trust and understanding. Prof. Nikka said that there seems to be decline in Urdu journalism and its readers as people have become inclined towards English in all the spheres of life.
Senior faculty member, Media Education Research Centre, University of Kashmir, Prof. Nasir Mirza in his address, hailed the DCJ and Urdu Council for organizing the workshop. He said the technical sessions on different aspects of Urdu journalism would be beneficial to the participating reporters and sub-editors. Prof. Nasir Mirza also shed light on the advent of Urdu journalism in Kashmir.
Dean School of Media Studies, Prof. Hamidullah Marazi said, the DCJ is offering Post-Graduate programme in Journalism and has started research programme in 2018. He said the department has produced many documentaries, which have bagged awards at local and national level. Prof. Marazi said the students graduating from the department are working in prestigious media organizations in the State and Country. Prof. Hamidullah also underscored the need to promote Urdu journalism and asked the organizations working for promotion of Urdu to take immediate steps in this regard.
DCJ Coordinator, Dr. John Babu Koyee while speaking on the occasion, said, the purpose of holding the workshop is to revive Urdu journalism. “As Urdu newspapers are circulated across the Jammu and Kashmir, it becomes imperative to train and orient the journalists in Urdu journalism, so that they report professionally,” he said, adding that despite the fact the number of people reading Urdu newspapers are decreasing with each passing day, the number of journalists, starting their venture as Urdu newspapers is increasing.
Earlier, Ifham ul Islam recited Tilawat-e-Quran while as Faizan recited Na’at.
Academician and Journalist, Rashid Maqbool conducted the programme proceedings and also gave an overview of Urdu journalism in Kashmir while as JK Urdu Council, President proposed the vote of thanks.
Masoodi condemns assault on Bijbehara youth by PDP workers
Srinagar, April 24: National Conference leader and Candidate for Anantnag parliamentary constituency, Justice Hasnain Masoodi Wednesday thanked voters of district Anantnag for casting their vote in favour of National Conference, the party that stands for Kashmir identity and against the forces that have in last seven decades and particularly four and a half years eroded autonomy and their local collaborators.
Justice Masoodi as per a statement issued to here raised concern on clubbing of polling stations, as according to him, clubbing has made it inconvenient for voters to traverse long distances, in some cases few kilometers, to cast their vote. “The clubbing of polling stations, it is pointed out, has not only contributed to low turnout of voters but practically deprived voters of their precious right to vote,” he said.
He also condemned the ‘deadly assault’ by PDP workers and their accomplices on local youth within premises of a polling station at Bijbehara, only because the youth had courage to resist fake and bogus voting.
The attack, according to Justice Masoodi, depicts level of frustration and nervousness of the PDP leadership. He demanded registration of case against those responsible for attack and its impartial investigation. “The voters of Bijbehara, it is stated had no option but to reject the PDP through ballot, as PDP heaped unprecedented atrocities on the people and made lethal attacks on the identity and autonomy of Jammu & Kashmir. The voters of Bijbehara by deciding not to vote for PDP, have only made a honest effort to wash off the blot, that has smeared image of a town occupying a distinguished place in the history of the State,” Justice Masoodi said.
Police arrests burglar, recovers jewellery, cash in Srinagar
Harwan, April 24: Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said it has solved a burglary case with the arrest of an accused in Srinagar.
Jewellery and cash were recovered from their possession, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.
He said one Showkat Ahmad Jan, resident of Aarbal, Shalimar reported in police station Harwan that on February 13, 2019, he locked his house and left for Delhi along with his family. On 23 April, when he came back with the family he found his house trespassed with burglary of cash and jewellery, which was kept in a locker.
Accordingly a case FIR No. 08/2019 U/S 457,380 RPC was registered and investigation taken up, police spokesman said.
“During the investigation, a team led by SHO Harwan Zafar Iqbal zeroed on one person as a servant (domestic help) who served before few months in the house and was brought to police station and after sustained questioning, the suspect confessed the crime and all stolen jewellery (two golden sets with three pairs of golden earrings) and a cash of Rs 175000 and 2900 USD were recovered on the confession of the accused.”