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Hindu listed as Muslims in Scholarship scheme: Govt takes cognisance of KM report, to take up issue with GoI

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Srinagar, May 15: The beneficiaries of government of India’s Minority Scholarship Scheme for Kulgam do not belong to the district, authorities said on Wednesday.

The district administration took cognisance of The Kashmir Monitor report on discrepancies in government of India’s Minority Affairs ‘merit cum means scholarship for professional and technical courses’, wherein hundreds of apparently Hindu candidates were listed as Muslim in Kulgam district.

“We looked into the matter today. We checked bank account numbers of all 474 candidates who have availed benefit under the scheme. It has been found that they are not from Kulgam district,” District Development Commissioner Kulgam, Shamim Ahmad Wani told The Kashmir Monitor.  

 

“We initially thought there may be some issue with the portal but there is something wrong. The concerned authorities have taken cognizance of the matter to unveil the facts,” he added.

A team of officers from Social Welfare Department Wednesday raised the issue with Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal.

“It has been decided that the issue will be raised with Union Ministry of Minority Affairs,” a source said.

Director Social Welfare Department, Kashmir, Rukhsana Gani said it was “inappropriate to comment at this stage.”

“We are looking into the matter. I will comment once the process is completed. This issue has also been raised with the concerned authorities,” she said.

As reported on Wednesday, the data on the National Scholarship Portal shows the names of 474 candidates who have availed a cumulative Rs 1.5 crore under this scheme for 2019-20 in Kulgam district.

However, majority of these candidates in the list carry Hindu names but are listed as Muslim along with other details including the scholarship amount they have availed.

Pankaj Karmakar (clearly a Hindu name), a candidate figuring at serial number 5, is being shown as a ‘Muslim’ with Babar Sekh listed as his father’s name. Pankaj as per the data has availed the scholarship of Rs 25,000.

One Ashok Mandal (another Hindu name) is listed as ‘Muslim’ at serial 12 with name Sajahan SK showing in the father’s column. Ashok has availed Rs 30,000.

Similarly, a female candidate MandiraGhosh is also listed as ‘Muslim’ at serial 377 with SayebaAktari as her father.

Shartat Ghose (apparently a Bengali Hindu name) is listed as ‘Muslim’with Imran Ali as his father. He has been provided Rs 30,000 to study at IndraGanesan College of Bachelor of Engineering in Tamil Nadu.

SabitaGhosh another ‘Muslim’ beneficiary has Jamal Sk listed as his father. He has been provided Rs 25,000 to study computer sciences at Vasavi Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, Andhra Pradesh.

Another candidate at serial 381 has been mentioned as Barkat Sekh son of BadalMandal. He has been provided an amount of Rs 30,000 to pursue Masters in Computer Sciences at VignanaBharathi Institute of Technology, Proddatur, Andhra Pradesh.

The data is available on the website https://scholarships.gov.in

The objective of the Merit-Cum-Means Scholarship, as per Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, is to provide financial assistance to the poor and meritorious students belonging to minority communities (Muslim, Christian, Budhist, Sikhs, Parsis and Jain) to enable them to pursue professional and technical courses.


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Zakir Musa killing: Shutdown, restrictions on Day 2 as well

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Srinagar, May 25: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir on the second as well against the killing of Zakir Musa, the militant ‘commander’ and chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead during an encounter in Dadsara, Tral early Friday morning.
Authorities also continued placing curbs in parts of the valley to foil any protests or clashes. Following the orders from the divisional administration, all educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed for the second consecutive day as well.
High-speed mobile internet continued to remain suspended in most districts of Kashmir although 2G- speed internet service was restored in Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama.
Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal line also remained suspended, the official said.
“Curfew continued to remain imposed in parts of the Kashmir valley today (Saturday) as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the official said.
In Srinagar, he added, strict restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
The official said that government forces including police and paramilitary was deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley following the strike call by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Zakir and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama – who was killed allegedly by government forces on Thursday.
Public transport was also off the roads.
Zakir, one of the most-wanted militant ‘commanders’ in Kashmir, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara Tral after forces launched a search operation late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.
His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley.

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Zakir’s death marks end of ‘radical jihad’: DGP

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Srinagar, May 25: Police Saturday said the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa has ended the “cult and concept of radical jihad” and Zakir was the last militant of “ISIS-influenced ideology”.
“Zakir Musa had created a new concept of radical jihad and militancy in Kashmir. He was the last militant of such radicalised ideology. With his killing, security forces have eliminated the last such militant who was influenced by ISIS kind of militancy in Kashmir,” Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh was quoted saying by a local news agency.
The DGP said that youth should understand that “radical ideology or other kind of militancy leads to death and destruction.”
“Some youth were influenced by the radical ideology of Zakir Musa and we would see youth waving ISIS flags in Downtown around Jamia Masjid on Fridays. His killing is the death of radical concept of Jihad in Kashmir. Any radical idea of militancy is against the interests of youth and other people of the state,” the DGP said.
The DGP said that he appreciates and is grateful to the people of Kashmir for “maintaining peace and calm in the last three days.”
Zakir was killed in Dadsara village of Tral in Pulwama district by government forces in a gunfight during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
His killing triggered protests at several places with authorities imposing restrictions and Hurriyat calling for shutdown in Kashmir.

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‘Minorities have been cheated, have to stop it: Modi

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New Delhi, May 25: A bow before the Constitution of India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first action after being unanimously elected the National Democratic Alliance’s leader as he set the agenda for the next term of his government in the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday.
In his address, Modi reached out to minorities, who he said have been “cheated” by the opposition and called for the lawmakers to earn their trust and put an end to the deception immediately.
“We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now we have to strive for sabka vishwas,” the PM said while addressing NDA MPs in parliament’s Central Hall Saturday evening.
“The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been in focus. I expect from you in 2019 that you would be able to make a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said.
The PM, who is likely to be sworn in next week, said this time in the general elections, people voted for pro-incumbency.
“There was pro-incumbency wave in this election, its result was a positive mandate,” the PM told NDA leaders, and added, “The 2019 elections have helped bring down walls, connect hearts.”
The BJP scored 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the national election and along with its allies, won a remarkable tally of 353.
The formality of allies naming PM Modi as the undisputed leader of the NDA was carried out in the Central Hall of parliament amid loud applause, desk-thumping and chants of “Modi, Modi”.
Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting.
On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal moved a resolution to elect PM Modi as the leader of the NDA Parliamentary Party which was supported by JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA.
“The people have accepted Narendra Modi experiment again from their heart. I want to say this about Modiji, whom I have worked with – for 20 years, he has not taken even a day off. He has worked 18 hours a day.”
On Friday, the council of ministers led by PM Modi submitted their resignation which was accepted by President Kovind, paving way for formation of new government.
Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, the president had had asked them to continue as a caretaker until the formation of a new government.

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