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Governor, Admn mourns demise of Khandey

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Jammu, Nov 19: Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the sad demise of Sh. Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, former J&K Chief Secretary who passed away in Srinagar this morning.

Governor in his condolence message described him as an able administrator who worked with dedication for public welfare.

Governor prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in its hour of grief.

A condolence meeting was convened in the Civil Secretariat here today to mourn the demise of Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, former J&K Chief Secretary, who passed away in Srinagar this morning.

Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, Administrative Secretaries and other senior officers attended the condolence meeting.

Advisor Kumar remembered Iqbal Khandey for his administrative acumen and dynamism. “Our heart goes out to the family members of Iqbal KhandeySahab, who in the later part of his life went through a personal tragedy of losing his son to an unfortunate road accident” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Secretary said that Iqbal Khandey has made an everlasting and indelible impression on the State Administration. “His prompt decision-making, decisiveness in resolution of issues, clinical commentary on the files and immaculate get-up have been the hallmark of his service career” Chief Secretary observed.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of my colleagues, I express heartfelt condolences to the family. We pray for the departed soul and strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss,” Chief Secretary said in his condolence message.

A direct recruit IAS officer of 1978 batch, Iqbal Khandey was born on 15.11.1955. He had the distinction of having served on various key and pivotal positions before being appointed as Chief Secretary in February, 2013. The noteworthy positions held by the late officer during his illustrious, immaculate and unparalleled service career include DC Doda, Director School Education Kashmir, Secretary to Chief Minister, Director Tourism, Chairman SSB, Administrative Secretary of the Departments of Health, ARI, Home, Science & Technology, PW(R&B), Planning, Forest, Finance, Agriculture Production, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Director General, IMPA.

The meeting observed that Iqbal Khandey would be remembered for his prompt decision making and artistic abilities for evolving solutions to ticklish issues. He was full of compassion and belongingness for the people of the State in particular to those belonging to downtrodden communities. With his demise, the State has lost an able and gifted administrator, thereby creating a void which would be difficult to fill. He would truly go as one of the ablest administrators in the history books of the State.

On this occasion, two-minute silence was observed to pay respects to the departed soul and pray for his eternal peace.

 


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759 stone pelting incidents in J&K in 2018: MHA

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Srinagar, Dec 12: As many as 759 incidents of stone pelting were reported in Jammu and Kashmir so far this year; the Rajya Sabha was informed Wednesday.
Union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir also said 238 militants were killed by the forces in Jammu and Kashmir till December 2, 2018.
“There are instances of stone pelting during anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir. The state government has reported that 759 cases have been registered against stone pelters in 2018,” he said replying to a written question.
There were 587 incidents of violence in the state till December 2 this year in which 86 forces’ personnel and 37 civilians were also killed.
In the corresponding period in 2017, there were 329 incidents of militant violence in the state in which 200 militants were killed while 74 forces’ personnel and 36 civilians were also killed in these incidents.
Ahir said the violence in Jammu and Kashmir has been “sponsored and supported” from across the border and it has direct links to the infiltration.

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GoI releases Rs 260 cr for five new Medical Colleges

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JAMMU, DECEMBER 12: Government of India today released Rs 260 crore to the Health and Medical Education Department for 5 New Medical Colleges coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri.
According to Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, with the latest release of funds by the Government of India, the cumulative release of central share for these colleges till date has reached Rs 765 crores.
He said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has sanctioned 5 New Medical Colleges in the Sate at a cost of Rs 189 crore each which includes Rs 139 crore for civil works and Rs 50 crore for machinery and equipment.
He said the civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited of late to put the requisite infrastructure in place at the earliest.
Dulloo said the Department has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and human resource in these colleges as per MCI guidelines to start 1st batch of MBBS admissions next year.
He said with the completion of these 5 New Medical Colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of MBBS course in the state.

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Family members of slain constables in Shopian attack share memories

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Srinagar, Dec 12: Eighteen-month-old Uzma searches for her father, Constable Abdul Majeed Ganaie, among the mourners who continue to stream into their home in Ganderbal. To calm her down, a family member plays a video clip of Majeed crooning a Bollywood number.
The video solaces Uzma, who looks confused by the sudden arrival of teary eyed people trying to console her mother and other family members.
Majeed gave the performance at a family function. His voice had left all of us stunned, recalls his brother Showkat, a labourer, as he receives mourners at his residence.
The song “Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan” by Kishore Kumar was his favourite and he would sing it quite often, he says.
“Friendship was the only thing he had earned all these years,” Showkat says, as he puts the song on a loop for his niece Uzma, who wants to see her ‘Baba’.
Showkat chokes back tears as he recalls his last meeting with Majeed 15 days ago when he had come home for a break. “Majeed would advise me not to fight as I am a bit short-tempered,” he says.
Born at Shallabugh Ganderbal in central Kashmir, Majeed had only studied till Class 8 and had subsequently started working as a labourer.
In 1995, he joined the Hizbul Mujahideen as a locally trained militant, but he left militancy a year later. Thereafter, he started working as a labourer till 2000 when he got selected as a constable.
The four policemen were on guard duty outside a minority pocket — a term used for localities where Kashmiri Pandits stay — when militants attacked them.
The pregnant wife of Anees ul Islam Mir, one of the slain constables, is in trauma since she’s heard the news about her husband’s death.
“They had got married seven months ago and she was expecting. Both of them were really excited about it. Anees was just 26 years old,” his maternal uncle Sabzar Bhat says.
Mourners continue to throng their residence in Kulgam village of South Kashmir since Wednesday morning and his wife has fainted many times.
Bhat, who runs a chemist shop, has kept a doctor on standby for her.
Constable Mehrajuddin Dar’s family was preparing for his wedding next year. He had started constructing a house for himself in Khewa of Safapora in Bandipore district of North Kashmir.
“He was a darling of his nieces and nephews. He would spend time with children during holidays,” recalls his brother Farooq Dar.
Constbale Hamidullah Ganie stayed with his brother Abdul Majeed Ganie after his marriage with Khalida. His family stays in Fatehpora of Anantnag in South Kashmir.

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