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Govt mulling to establish rice Mandis at district level: Bandh

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 11: Minister for Agriculture Muhammad Khalil Bandh today said that Government is mulling to establish rice Mandis in every district of state.
He made these remarks during the opening day of 2- day silver Jubilee meeting of ICAR Regional Committee organized by ICAR-IISWC Dehradun, ICAR-CITH and SKUAST Srinagar.
Minister for Animal Sheep and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli also attended the meeting.
Highlighting the role of universities in helping the farmers in better farming practices, Bandh said that it is because of agricultural scientist’s efforts that the farmers have moved from struggling for self-sufficient production to marketing their produce.
Saying that Apple industry is one of the major contributors of the state economy, Minister said that ill-conceived marketing strategies of Apple industry is affecting the financial returns of the growers.
“The quality of our apple is unparalleled in the world, but when we compare it with a market value of apple produce in other countries, it fetches our grower peanuts. It is important to have market intervention from time to time,” he told the gathering.
Stressing on the wide publicity of the best agricultural practices, Bandh said that agriculture department should organize awareness programmes of latest agricultural techniques in every area of the state.
He also said there is need to strengthen fertilizer testing labs, seed testing labs, soil testing labs in every area of the state.
While praising Agricultural scientists for developing better yielding crops, Minister for Animal Sheep and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli asked the scientists to develop better hybrid livestock suitable for the local environment.
This will help in the realization of goal of self-sufficiency in the production of mutton, eggs, poultry and fishes, he said.
Saying that state offers vast green meadows, the Minister said that J&K is the best suitable place for rearing and growth of livestock.
“Besides green pastures, State has abundant natural freshwater resources everywhere, we should use them for fish production. it will help us in attaining self-sufficiency in production. ”
He stressed on creating awareness about benefits of setting up poultry and sheep rearing centres so that unemployed youth can take it as the preferred choice of entrepreneurship.
He urged scientists who had come from other states to help the state government in developing latest techniques for the growth of livestock here.


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Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.

 

He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth

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Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.

 

He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.

 

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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.

 

On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.

 

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