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Jammu, Dec 30: Governor Satya Pal Malik attended Losar celebrations at Abhinav Theatre here today.
The function was organized by All Ladakh Students Association Jammu (ALSAJ) to celebrate the festival.
Highlighting the significance of Losar, Governor observed Losar is the most significant  socio-religious event of Ladakh region which is marked by ancient rituals, music, folk dance, and other performing arts. He noted that Losar symbolizes throwing away of the evils and marks bidding farewell to the bygons  and welcoming the new one.
Extending Losar greetings on the occasion,  Governor  emphasized upon the Ladakh students community to strive for achieving quality education and serve the society by working for peace, love, compassion which is fundamental to celebration of Losar.
Highlighting the rich heritage and diversity of Ladakh, Governor termed Ladakh a  land where peace prevails. He noted that Ladakh is the home to people of different religions and we should work to  strengthen the diversity which helps in flourishing the region.
Governor announced that a nodal officer would be appointed to ensure welfare, safety and security of clusters of Ladakhi students studying out the State.  He noted that other demands of the ALSAJ would be sympathically  considered and examined.
Lauding the efforts of ALSAJ for organizing the function to celebrate the  festival away from home, the Governor also appreciated the participants of the cultural programmes presented on the occasion featuring folk dance and music of Ladakh region.
In his welcome address, the President of ALSAJ on behalf of ladakhi students and whole population of ladakh expressed gratitude for according sanction to establish Cluster University in Leh. He also projected a charter of demands which includes opening of full-fledge University, establishment of professional colleges, establishment of Sub-Centres of JKSSB/JKPSC for examination purpose,  construction of  Boys hostel for students of Leh at Jammu  and enhancing intake capacity of girls hostel at Muthi.
Among others, Revered Lamas; Sh. Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu;  Sh. Rigzin Sampheal, Secretary Tourism; Chering Dorjey former Minister; former Chief Secretary and Chairman, Public Enterprises Selection Board, Government of India, C. Phunsog; Chewang  Norphel, glacier man of Ladakh; besides a large number of students were present  on the occasion.


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No Helmet No Fuel! Motorcyclists, filling stations flout guidelines with impunity

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Srinagar, Jun 26: Eight months on, the much hyped ‘No Helmet No Fuel’ rule  is openly being flouted in the central Kashmir region.

In a move to curb the accidents by two-wheelers, the districts magistrates of Srinagar and Budgam had issued separate orders directing the filling stations not to sell fuel to the motorcyclists who did not wear helmets.

However, eight months have passed, the authorities have failed to implement the order in the twin districts.

 

The Kashmir Monitor reporter visited several filling stations in the city and discovered that the rule is being openly flouted.

Shuja Wani, a filling station owner at Kanipora told The Kashmir Monitor that they are ready to follow the orders but customers resort to unruly behavior if they are denied fuel.

“Sales people at my station sometimes face harsh behavior when they deny fuel to the motorcyclists without helmets. We have asked for the security from the administration so that we can implement the order and avert any law and order problem at the pumps,” he said.

A fuel pump operator at old city said they faced lot of harassment when they refused to dispense petrol to the people not wearing helmets.

“Once we told a motorcyclist about the government rule, he asked us to shut up and not argue. Even some people boast of not wearing helmets saying it was none of our jobs. The rule is good but our safety is paramount,” he said .

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said they will work out a plan to implement the order in letter and spirit.

“We will see what can be done for the implementation of the order. The public needs to be aware about this. This is for the welfare of the general public,” he said.

District Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asghar said law is already in place and they have made certain challans against the people who were not complying with the instructions.

Additional Superintendent of Traffic Police, Sonam Dechen however admitted that the people are not taking the rule seriously. “Security and enforcement at the filling stations can be provided by the district police,” he said.

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Govt to set up de-addiction centres at SKIMS, medical colleges, other hospitals

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Srinagar, Jun 26: The drug addiction is widespread, fast-rising and is quickly taking the form of an epidemic in Jammu and Kashmir, says Drug De Addiction Policy.

Studies conducted in recent years have shown an alarming increase in drug abuse.

One of the studies conducted by Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (IMHANS), of Govt Medical College Srinagar, has found that over two-third of patients in the study had started substance abuse in the age group of 11-20 years.

 

To tackle this problem, authorities told KNS that they have decided to set up of a drug de-addiction centres with adequate facilities at SKIMS medical college, Srinagar and in five new medical colleges and hospitals of the state.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on last Friday also expressed concerned over growing drug and liquor abuse in Kashmir. “Members from cross section of society have been informing me. I have been receiving large number of letters suggesting the menace of drug addiction is spreading far and wide in Srinagar and across the valley especially among the youth including girls,” Mirwaiz had said.

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday also hailed Mirwaiz for speaking on drug abuse.

Data from Srinagar’s SMHS hospital show an 85 percent increase in the number of drug and substance abuse cases, from 410 in 2014 to 759 in 2016.

Combined cases of drug abuse and related psychological issues also went up from more than 14,500 cases in 2014 to 33,222 in 2016, a staggering 130 percent increase in two years and till April 2017, this number was 13,352.

A United Nations International Drug Control Programme survey in 2008 estimated 70,000 drug addicts in Kashmir, out of which 4,000 were women.

Further, the figures released by Crime Branch Kashmir of total persons arrested in relation to drug related crimes since 2012 was 614, in 2017 the number increased to 1363, an increase of 122 percent in five years.

Experts say the geographical location of Jammu and Kashmir helps in easy availability of drugs in the state. “Stress and the overall turmoil naturally play a role but other factors like peer pressure, unemployment, easy availability (of the drugs) and the fact that no one wants to talk about the issue is an area of concern, too,” said one of the psychiatrist and professor, who has been practising for years at the SMHS Hospital. According to home department data, between October 2014- 2016, more than 3800 people were treated for de-addiction in Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla. The highest number of cases came from Srinagar (2,260), followed by Jammu (610), Anantnag (603) and Baramulla (391).

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Pvt Schools up in arms against centre over new education policy

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Srinagar, Jun 26:  Private schools across the country are up in arms against the centre over the New Education Policy.

Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD)  recently put the New Education Policy (NEP) 2019 in the public domain. The Ministry has sought the feedback from the academicians, educationists and other concerned bodies, within one month.  

However, the Private school Association (PSA) and National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) said the policy is full of flaws and sought more time for further studies and consultations.

 

Dr. Kulbubshan Sharma, President NISA said they need at least two months to do a comprehensive study of the policy before giving their feedback.

Sharma said the government has skipped crucial issues like gender, caste and the environment in the draft. “Human rights and constitutional rights issues are grossly excluded and Sanskrit and Yoga are projected beyond all reasonable proportions right from school education,”  he said.

Another main flaw in the policy, he said, is that the government wants to extend the jurisdiction of School Management Committee (SMC), monitoring the government schools, to private institutions as well. 

“Earlier a bench of 11 judges had given the historical judgment which upheld the autonomy of private schools. They want to curb the autonomy of private schools and give the unwanted powers to SMC,” Sharma said.

President NISA noted that “it seems that the main aim of the policy is to make 80 percent of students as bonded employees of the capitalist world while as 20 percent will have an upper edge on them”. “The NEP destroys the concept of equality and it is anti-poor,” he claimed. 

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