Srinagar: For those who label Kashmir as “dangerous place”, this should serve as an eye-opener.
Famed Scottish footballer and Real Kashmir FC coach David Robertson on Thursday said Kashmir is one of the safest places in world.
“I have been here for three years now and I enjoyed being with the people of Kashmir. People are great here.I love Kashmiris and their love for football,” he said.
Robertson said it was the secure atmosphere of the valley that prompted him to convince foreign players to play for Real Kashmir FC.
“I brought my family including my son, wife and daughter here. Even we have two coaches Jimmy and Jonathan now. If I feared for my safety then I wouldn’t havebrought them here. I lived here during strikes, internet shutdown. But I never feared for the safety of my life. This is lovely and great place,” he said.
Robertson poured his heart out at a time when Real Kashmir FC popularly known as snow leopards is bracing up for second season in prestigious I- League. The team, which has added new players to the squad, is practising hard in Srinagar to take up new challenges in the coming season.
Robertson said experienced players have signed-up for the squad this season.“Now there is more depth in our squad. Last season we had a good defensive side but we could score goals. We created chances but couldn’t utilise them effectively. Now we got some very experienced players including Kellam from England, Chesterpaul and Subhash Singh,” he said
Real Kashmir FC coach said the upcoming season will be equally challenging since all the teams have signed experienced players.
Asked about the atmosphere in the camp, Robertson said his team was fully prepared to take up the challenge.
“The players were fascinated during Kolkata, Mumbai, Jamshedpur and Goa tours. It is important that our players are robust. That is what makes us a strong team,” he said.
Ahead of I –league, the Snow Leopards displayed spectacular performances against Indian Super League teams in outside state tours.
Real Kashmir FC defeated Kerala blasters, held draw with Jamshedpur FC, Goa FC and Mumbai City FC.
This season, the team signed up ace English striker Kallum Michael Higgeinbotham, former Pune city winger ChesterpaulLyngdoh and former ShillongLajjong FC goalkeeper PhurbaTempalachenpa and others.
Unscheduled power cuts affect research in KU
Srinagar, Nov 05: Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of Kashmir.
“I am doing research on plant ecology and most of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.
Another research scholar in Kashmir University said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started displaying false readings”, he said.
An official in the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50 different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry, botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics, electronics and chemistry.
“The high definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official said.
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.
“PDD has proposed to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said.
Spokesperson of Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon as possible,” he said.
Sources said Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply. Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs 4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.
CB produces charge sheet against Revenue officials involved in land fraud
Srinagar, Nov 05: According to a statement issued by the Crime Branch Kashmir here the other day, a charge sheet against Revenue officials of Thesil Phalgam involved in land fraud case has been filed.
The accused include then Patwari Laripora now Tehsildar Saller Phalgam, Ghulam Mohammad Itoo, Girdawar Abdul Gani Rather and Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Abdul Razak Sheikh, Ali Mohammad Sheikh and Sakeena.
The accused are involved in case registered under FIR No. 1o/2010 P/S Crime Branch, for commission of offences punishable under section 420, 468, 471, 120-B, 201 RPC read with 5 (2) PC Act. The case has been produced before the Court of Additional Special Judge Anti-Corruption Anantnag.
The statement reads that the case was registered in police station Crime Branch Kashmir on a written complaint received from Abdul Khaliq Sheikh and others from Frislan Phalgam.
The investigation conducted in to the matter has revealed that the officials of Revenue Department in league with the accused has attested mutation fraudulently in respect of land measuring six kanals and nine marlas situated at Estate Firslan Phalgam Anantnag.
During the course of investigation, it was established that the afore-said false and fabricated entry of mutation was attested in favour of the accused on the basis of oral gift when no such gift was made by the actual owner of the land.
The land was sold to Ajaz Ahamd Mir and Showkat Ahmad Shah from Srinagar and the real owners were deprived of the ownership.
JK High Court dismisses petition challenging detention
Srinagar, Nov 05: The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir today dismissed a petition challenging alleged restraints and house detention of Muzzaffar Shah, Begum Khalida Shah and Dr. Mustafa Kamal.
Justice Ali Mohammed Magray observed that the petition is not maintainable and is unnecessary after communication submitted by SSP Srinagar stated that petitioners have neither been put under house arrest at 10, Moulana Azad Road nor their liberty has been curbed.