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Governor launches ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’: J&K declared ODF; 1.1 million toilets constructed in 4- years

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Srinagar, Sep 15: Governor, Satya Pal Malik launched the “Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS)” Programme for J&K, a fortnight long program (till 2nd October) for public awareness and involvement of community, in a function held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre. On this occasion the State was self declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by the Governor.
Governor congratulated the State Administration for their efforts in making the State 100% Open Defecation Free. He observed that due to sustained efforts of all stakeholders, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 100 per cent toilet coverage and has become Open Defecation Free (ODF), one year in advance. All the 22 districts, 4,171 Gram Panchayats and 7,565 villages in the state are self- declared ODF as per Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) SBM (G) guidelines.
Governor observed that apart from constructing 1.1 million Individual Household Toilets (IHHLs) and 1350 Community Sanitary Complexes in the state, Swachh bharat Abhiyan has played a vital role in bringing about behavioural change in the people.
Governor emphasised the high importance of cleanliness in ensuring over all well being of our family and community and expressed concern for the women folk who suffer from health ailments due to lack of toilet facilities at our homes. He observed that cleanliness generates a positive frame of mind which is crucial for making us lead a purposeful life. He cited example of Mahatma Gandhi who had a rule in his ‘ashram’ for self cleaning of toilets and noted that all religions and philosophies of the world have emphasised importance of cleanliness and hygiene for the overall health of individuals and societies.
Governor noted that contribution of common people is the main driving force behind achieving such remarkable targets. He hoped that people like Sonam Wangchuk, an education reformist, Cricketer Manzoor Dar, and Singer Sonali Dogra, who are associated with this movement as its Barnd Ambassadors will inspire people to contribute towards making our State clean.
Reiterating his resolve for ensuring all round development of the State, Governor observed that one of the priorities of the Governor’s Administration would be ensuring cleanliness of all the water bodies and lakes, cities, towns and villages of the State and formulating a sustainable solid and liquid waste disposal programme. He noted that his Administration will ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity during festivals and examinations.
Governor expressed his concern over non-availability of avenues to youth for pursuing their hobbies and showcasing their talents. He observed that he is working with IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla on the idea of having an IPL team for J&K and noted that very soon IPL matches will be played in J&K. He also reiterated his commitment for strengthening sports infrastructure in the State with construction of Stadiums in all districts having state of the art facilities.
Governor remarked that the Raj Bhavan is open to everyone whosoever wishes to register his grievances.
Governor released a book on State ODF Declaration- “The Journey – The Milestone”. SBM-G Scheme Anthem sung by Ms. Sonali Dogra was also released on the occasion.
The Deputy Commissioners and District Panchayat Officers of all the districts were felicitated on the occasion.
Sh. Durga Shankar Mishra, Union Secretary Housing and Urban Affairs, Sh. B.B. Vyas, Sh. Khurshid Ahmad Ganai- Advisors to Governor, Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, lauded the efforts of the Rural Development Department in achieving the target making the State OFD well before the given timelines.
Ms. Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Rural Development Department presented an overview of SBM-G Scheme and ODF Declaration process. Ms. Indu Kanwal Chib, Mission Director SBM-G, J&K presented a brief about the SHS.
Senior Officers, Officers of Rural Development Department, District Development Commissioners, District Panchayat Officers, Zila Swachh Bharat Preraks, members of UMEED-self help group and RDD field functionaries were present on the occasion.


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How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi

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How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.

 

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.

“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.

He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.

“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.

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JK police announces vacancies to recruit 1,350 female constables

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Srinagar : The Jammu and Kashmir Police will raise 1,350 vacancies for the inducting constables in two women battalions.

“The recruitment will be made for a total number of 1,350 vacancies in 2 women battalions distributed as per guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs, 60 per cent equally for border districts of Jammu and Kashmir and 40 per cent equally for other districts,” J-K Police said in an advertisement notification for the vacancies. The candidates should not be below 18 years and above 28 years in age. They will go through a physical standard test (PST) and written examination consisting of objective questions, it said.

The candidates can fill up an online application form or use the services of common service centres to apply for the post with a payment of Rs 300. The last date for submission of online application form shall be 30 days after the activation of the link which will be notified separately on Jammu and Kashmir police website. The advertisement for the recruitment of constables in women battalions was issued on March 9.

 
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Four soldiers injured as Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch

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Jammu, September 16: Four Army personnel suffered minor splinter injuries in mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said on Monday.

“Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars in Balakote area of Mendhar sector around 2230 hours on Sunday,” Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand said.

“Indian army retaliated befittingly. Indian troopers suffered minor injuries in the Pakistani shelling and the injured have been evacuated to hospital where they are under treatment,” he said in a statement.
Officials said an Army column was on an ambush duty near the LoC when two mortar shells exploded near them around 12.30 am, causing injuries to at least four of them.

 

The condition of the injured is said to be stable, the officials said.

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