Srinagar, Jan 1: In a pioneering initiative the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has, on the directions of the Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, launched CM’s Super-50 Coaching for Civil Services examinations.
“The objective of this maiden initiative is to provide free coaching to 50 meritorious students for the national and state-level civil services examinations,” said Dr G N Itoo, Director School Education Kashmir.
He said the 50 students are being picked up for free coaching under CM’s Super-50 initiative for civil services through a screening test.
Dr Itoo said it was heartening to note that around 400 aspirants appeared in the screening test for CM’s Super-50 coaching initiative for civil services conducted by DSEK at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Kothibagh. “The screening test was conducted for social science and arts streams today,” he said and added that 50 students would be selected for intensive 6 months coaching from subject experts from within and outside the Department.
The Director School Education said that the key of the screening test conducted by DSEK would be available on the website of the Directorate (www.dsek.nic.in) by tomorrow and the result would be declared within three days.
Dr Itoo said the coaching classes for the selected candidates shall formally start from 8 January 2018 at GHSS Kothibagh at 10.30 am sharp. He said apart from providing tutoring in general studies to the students, they would also be imparted coaching as per the C-SAT pattern and all the study materials would be provided to them free of cost.
Attacks on Kashmiris: Omar, Mehbooba appeal for calm
Srinagar, Feb 18: In a joint appeal, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday expressed dismay over attacks on Kashmiris across the country and urged the government of India (GoI) to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiris everywhere.
The two former chief ministers underscored the need to maintain communal harmony across the country. In their appeal, the leaders asserted that by attacking, terrorizing, intimidating Kashmiris, the youngsters of Kashmir are implicitly being told that they have no future outside of the valley.
“Intimidating Kashmiris is aimed at creating a wedge between different communities in India. We should not allow the terror to divide us. By using such incidents to divide us, we fall into the trap of those behind the attack on CRPF soldiers; we are wittingly or unwittingly playing to the tunes of our enemies,” Mehbooba & Omar said.
The leaders asserted that attacking innocent people because of their ethnicity or religion, is no way to honour the sacrifice of the CRPF men. “Kashmiri Muslims or the Muslims of Jammu didn’t attack our CRPF Jawans the other day, terrorists did. This violence is a convenient tool by some to shift the blame. Let us unite against terror, let’s not allow terror to divide us,” they said.
The two former CMs maintained it was tragic to see educated and civilized people spearheading vicious propaganda to paint Kashmiris and terrorists with the same brush. “The thought behind such attacks is to divide us. Our pain must not fuel such diabolical plans because eventually the axe forgets and the tree remembers,” they said.
Expressing dismay over the continuous rhetoric being used against Kashmiris the leaders said, “No mainstream political party will condone terrorism. The ferocity of the rhetoric by certain media channels is also dangerous. They churn lies, hatred and divisive agenda by berating the national interests.”
The leaders while expressing concern over the reports of violence, and arson in Jammu described the happenings as worrying. Both the leaders urged the political dispensation and civil society of Jammu to ensure that cooler heads prevail.
The leaders made an earnest appeal to the GOI to ensure the directions issued to all state governments to ensure safety and security of Kashmiris are implemented. “It doesn’t augur well for a democratic country like India to hound its own people in its response to the heinous attack on our forces. Hounding innocent Kashmiris will indisputably disenchant them; the humiliation, suspicion, isolation will push innocent Kashmiris to the wall.
“As a country we need to stand together in this hour of grief and sorrow and not allow forces inimical to unity in our country to find any space” Mehbooba and Omar together appealed.
Defeat attempts of provocation, maintain traditional amity: Congress appeals people
Jammu, Feb 18: A meeting of Senior Leaders of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) was held at Jammu to take stock of the current situation in the wake of the suicide attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
The meeting was presided over JKPCC President G.A. Mir and attended by several senior leaders included former MP, former minister, former legislators and senior functionaries of the party.
The meeting observed two minute silence in memory of all those martyred in the recent attacks including the four army personnel in the encounter at Pulwama today.
The meeting expressed great shock over the loss of precious lives and conveyed deep sympathies with the families of the Martyrs and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. The meeting commended the Security Forces who are fighting and eliminating the terrorists least caring for their lives in order to defend Nation and its citizens.
The meeting reviewed overall scenario in the state and elsewhere in the country following the anger of the Nation over the biggest ever attack on Security forces in the State, which resulted into huge loss of precious lives.
The meeting reiterated the resolve of the Nation to unitedly fight against the terror which is threat to the peace, unity and integrity of the Country.
The meeting felt that the need of the hour is to maintain peace, unity and religious brotherhood at all costs and defeat the nefarious designs of the enemies of our Nation and not to allow such designs to succeed in any manner.
The meeting further said that people should defeat any such attempts of provocation to disturb the traditional amity and brotherhood in Jammu region and elsewhere in the Country. The meeting also extended full cooperation to the Governor’s Administration to maintain peace and normalcy and also appealed all sections of the Society to extend full Cooperation to the law enforcing agencies to ensure peace and communal harmony, so that the security forces carry out their anti-militancy operations to fight and eliminate the menace of terror.
Expressing grave concern over the increasing incidents of Militancy and attack on our Forces both within and on the Borders in the recent past the Party asked the Centre Govt to take more effective and befitting measures to counter Pak sponsored terrorism at all fronts, so as to ensure safety an security of the citizens and our brave soldiers.
PDP marches against attacks on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 17: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday took out a peace march in state’s summer capital, urging upon the central government to ensure safety of Kashmiris staying at present at different states across the country.
A peace march taken out from PDP’s Srinagar headquarters was led by PDP vice president Abdul Rahman Veeri and also witnessed the participation of senior party leaders including chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir, Khursheed Alam, Asia Naqash, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Dr Ali Mohammad and several others.
The leaders urged upon the governments of all states in the country to take all requisite measures so that minorities and people hailing from Kashmir valley aren’t targeted, harassed or intimidated.
The leaders also conveyed concern over the smear campaign launched against Kashmiris by few fanatic groups, exposing the already perturbed people to greater risks.
They also pitched for communal harmony and tolerance in Jammu region wherein few elements are out to defame the brotherhood and communal harmony about which Jammu region is known for centuries.
Meanwhile, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Lone Hanjura has urged the government t6 ensure safety of students studying in country’s various colleges and universities. Hanjura said that it is deeply concerning that the students have been made soft targets and are being harassed without any fault. He demanded adequate security to Kashmiri students, employees, patients who are staying in various states and also underscored the need of restoring law & order so that further untoward incidents are avoided.