Gulmarg, Jan 2: Islamic Fraternity (IF), an organization working in the field of Da’wah, education and social welfare, wrapped-up its week-long winter Da’wah program in Gulmarg on Tuesday.
The program saw IF volunteers conveying to more than 1500 tourists the message of Islam.
The organization distributed Islamic literature including Hindi, English and Gujarati-translated versions of the holy Qur’an, among the non-Muslim tourists in an attempt to clear their misconceptions about Islam and Muslims.
The tourists were also served traditional Kashmiri Kehwa.
The volunteers that had come from several places in Kashmir had set up a tent on the snow-covered meadow of Gulmarg, to attract conversations with non-Muslim tourists and held open conversations with them about Islam and other religions.
People, especially locals, hailed the organisation for their efforts to counter the propaganda manufactured by the anti-Islam elements, particularly by a section of media trying to demonise Islam and weaken the Muslims around the world.
Dr. Shuaib Sayyed from Mumbai, was invited by the organization as the main guest this year to oversee the program and to train the volunteers with Da’wah skills.
He actively participated in the program and propagated the message of Islam among the non-Muslim tourists.
Bearing bitter cold and bad health, Dr. Sayyed remained steadfast during the entire program and with his brief sermons inspiring many to enquire more about Islam.
President IF, Muhammad Aamir, said they received a positive response from both the locals and the tourists for propagating the true message of Islam and distributing the Islamic literature.
He said that such programs will continue and that they’re planning to hold next program in coming summer at another tourist hub in Kashmir.
During the program, IF had kept an ambulance ready to help the people in case of any medical emergency.
Aamir thanked Deputy Director Tourism, Kashmir, Masarat Hashim, Chief Executive Officer, Gulmarg Development Authority, Hanief Balkhi and Additional Director Tourism, Gulmarg, Nasir Khan for cooperating with IF for providing accommodation and other services to program organizers.
Shift vendors from Parimpora bus stand: Div Com to officers
Srinagar, March 26: In order to decongest Parimpora Bus Stand, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir directed SDA, SMC, Traffic Police and RTO to start intense drive immediately and shift all registered road side vendors to the new vending zones.
The Divisional Commissioner passed this direction while reviewing various issues of transporters and commuters at Parimpora Bus Stand.
Div Com directed Traffic and Police officers to ensure that unregistered vendors do not enter the new vending zones and violators be dealt strictly as per the law.
Other issues of Parimpora bus stand were also discussed threadbare in the meeting.
The Divisional Commissioner asked Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to personally visit the Parimpora Bus stand next week and submit the report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office.
The Divisional Commissioner stressed all concerned officers to work with close coordination and dedication so that all bottlenecks of Parimpora Bus stand will be removed immediately so thatcommuters and transporters do not have inconvenience.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, VC SDA, Chief Engineer R&B, RTO Kashmir, Police, Traffic, SMC and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.
After 70 years, Langate village gets electricity
Srinagar, Mar 26: After 70 years, Madwah village of Nowgam in north Kashmir’s Langate area of Kupwara district got electricity connection for the first time. The region was deprived of power supply since India achieved independence and J&K acceded to India.
This comes days after the Power Development Department (PDD) department received Saubhagya award for hundred percent electrification in the state.
Locals told Kashmir News Service (KNS), “It is like Eid for us. Even after more than 70 years there had been no electricity here. Earlier also we had approached the concerned officials, MLAs etc but no one heard us. Finally we got it. No senior official ever visited our village,” they said.
The locals thank the Executive Engineer of Power Development Department (PDD) Farooq Ahmad for delivering and fulfilling their decades old demand.
“We have seen electricity in our houses after 70 years. Now the electric bulb is lighting in my house. It is like Eid,” said an elderly, Ghulam Hassan.
Another elderly man said the last senior official of the government had visited our village some 33 years ago. “It was some 33 years ago, a senior officer of the government had come here…if my memory serves me right. Since then we haven’t seen anyone except few politicians who visit us during election time,” he recalled.
In March last year, the Government of India had stated that out of 18,452 villages in India that were power deprived 3 years ago, 17,181 have been electrified. Others are uninhabited or classified as grazing reserves.
However, Bijli is the first basic amenity the government has provided this village. The villagers say they still have demands of road and clean drinking water. “We hope the roads and drinking water will be provided sooner than later. It should not take another 70 years,” the villagers demanded.
According to KNS correspondent, the overall functioning of government run institutions is the village paints a very grim picture.
“Since no one visits to monitor what is happening in this village. So every lower rung employee working here are at their own will. The teachers’ open and close school at their own will. One day in this month only, the school was opened at 3:30 and closed at 4PM. This is how things work here. It is all happening because of absence of proper monitoring,” the locals said.
12 lakh Tulip bulbs planted in Asia’s largest Tulip garden this year
Srinagar, March 26: The floriculture department has planted 12 lakh Tulip bulbs of different varieties and colours in Asia’s largest Tulip garden that will be thrown open for the visitors soon.
Director Floriculture Dr. Hafeez Shah said that the opening of Tulip Garden was delayed due to inclement weather conditions and will be thrown open soon for the visitors here.
He added that 12 lakh tulip bulbs of different varieties have been planted while as the lights have also been installed this year to ensure the garden would remain open till later hours of the visitors.
“I wish the people from all nooks and corner will visit the garden,” he added.
Furthermore, Shah said that a plantation drive was launched on the Arbors day here and the target of planting 15500 will also be achieved.
He added that Chinar and other saplings were planted at many places. “I visited many places Anantnag including Sherbagh, Sherpora, Achabal and other places where saplings were planted. We hope the target of 15500 will be achieved till March 15,” he added.