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DSEK helpline gets overwhelming response from students

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Srinagar, Nov 07: The recently launched helpline of Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) is proving quite beneficial for the student community in coordinating the arrangements required for the smooth conduct of examination, a statement by DSEK said.

DSEK set up the helpline on  November 4, 2018, to open a direct channel of communication with all stakeholders particularly students and till now more than 1000 SMS, 1600 WhatsApp messages and 700 voice calls have been received and individually responded by the helpline operators, the statement added.

“Students have been sharing their grievances and issues on the helpline and redressal is being ensured by the officers concerned immediately after the grievances are forwarded to them,” the DSEK said.

It said grievances with regard to heating, lighting and seating arrangements were registered at various examination centres particularly in private schools during the last couple of days. Some students and parents also complained about the unfair means at some specific examination centres.

Taking immediate notice of the grievances and complaints, Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr G. N. Itoo along with other officers of the department acted tough against the erring staff and directed for their immediate replacement as well.


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DEO Baramulla reviews Panchayat poll arrangements

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Baramulla, Nov 21: District Election Officer (DEO) Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the arrangements put in place for the smooth and fair conduct of Panchayat Polls scheduled on November 24.

On the occasion, a thorough discussion with regard to the necessary arrangements including the deployment of poll staff, transportation of polling material, heating and lighting arrangements, security arrangements at the polling stations and other requisite arrangements was held.

Emphasizing for maintaining close coordination, the DEO stressed for working with synergy and enthusiasm so that elections are conducted in a free and fair manner. He directed for the deployment of polling staff and material well in advance at the respective polling stations, adding that such an exercise will help in conducting the polls in a hassle-free manner.

Meanwhile, the DEO was briefed by the Deputy District Election Officer that in district Baramulla polling in two blocks has been scheduled in Phase-III in which 51 candidates for 15 sarpanch halqas and 151 candidates for 113 panch halqas are in the fray. He informed that 116 polling stations have been established wherein about 18754 eligible voters can cast their votes.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Farooq Ahmad Baba, SSP Sopore, ACR Baramulla, District Panchayat Officer, Observers, ROs, AEROs, and various other concerned were present on the occasion.

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Forest deptt plants 500 saplings in Langate

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Srinagar, Nov 21:  Forest Department North Circle planted 500 saplings in Langate Forest as a part of plantation campaign “Reforest Kashmir”, initiated by the department to increase green cover and boost public participation.

According to the official handout, under the campaign, a plantation programme was organized in compartment No. 12/ Rfd (Braman Rafiabad) of Langate forest division where 500 saplings were planted. The programme was attended by newly recruited forest guards, civil society members and students of the local area.

Speaking on the occasion, DFO Langate Forest Division Waseem Farooq Mir (DCF) emphasized the importance of planting local species and also imparted training about plantation techniques to the participants.

DFO Baramulla Forest Division Parvaiz Ahmad Wani and Deputy Director Forest Protection Force Kupwara Sarwar Shah were also present on the occasion and interacted with the participants. 

Irfan Rasool Conservator North Circle said that such drives will continue in North Circle for increasing green cover of Kashmir.

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DC Leh appreciates female participation in election training

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Leh, Nov 21:  A day-long election training programme for the female employees was organized today at Conference Hall of DC, Leh Wednesday under the supervision of District Panchayat Election Officer/ Deputy Commissioner, Leh Avny Lavasa.

The master trainer, Dr. Stanzin Rabgyas and Dy. District Panchayat Election Officer, Leh Dr. Udham Dass gave detailed training to them about every procedure of elections and urged them to perform the duties with utmost dedication and sincerity to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.
DC Leh Avny Lavasa appreciated the female participation for voluntarily performing the election duties. “Taking a new task apart from the routine work would give an opportunity of new experiences in life,” she said and asked the female trainees to do the election duties with full knowledge and greater responsibility. She urged to look for the possibility of framing at least 2-3 polling parties for the 3rd phase of Panchayat elections in Leh comprising of female officials only, saying that it would be a new inventiveness from Leh district. Lavasa wished the female participants all the best and hoped that female employees of Leh district would perform election duties with greatest confidence and commitment.

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