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IGP Traffic, SMC mayor trade barbs over city traffic management

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Srinagar, Nov 9: Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic BasantRath and the newly-elected mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Junaid Mattu on Friday engaged in a verbal spat over traffic management in the city.

Rath hit out at Mattu after the latter said that he had sought a review of traffic plans in the city in view of “traffic management issues”.

“Not your domain. Traffic diversion at Jehangir Chowk is a compulsion. The vendors have created a mess on Amira Kadal-HSHS-Maharaja Bazaz-LD Hospital stretch. SMC needs to clear the mess,” Rath wrote on Twitter while responding to Mattu.

Earlier, Mattu had said that he had received numerous complaints of traffic mismanagement issues in the city.

“Have received numerous complaints about traffic mismanagement issues in the city. I have spoken to the SP Traffic (Urban) and sought a review of current traffic diversions and plans. The SMC has been directed to help with decongestion of alternate routes for some relief,” Mattu wrote on Twitter.

On Thursday Mattu had said that Rath was “unwell” after the latter termed him as “cabbage” over his remarks on wetlands.


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Divisive discourse contributes negatively to K-situation: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has asked the leadership in Delhi to address the alienation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and said that same cannot be done without sustained political process.
Addressing party functionaries of south Kashmir’s Bijbehara and Srinagar’s Zadibal, Mehbooba reiterated that the core philosophy of the PDP has been to make consistent efforts for peace and tranquility in the state and that the national leadership in the country has to listen to the clarion call of present time.
She added that the central government is duty bound to address on priority the alienation of the people of the state and particularly the youth and it cannot be done in absence of a sustained political process with dialogue as its important component.
Mehbooba also expressed serious concern over the divisive discourse taking prominent space in the country and stated that same contributes negatively to the situation in Kashmir. “It is unfortunate that the focus is on the things other than development and inclusive politics. The fact is that the youth of Kashmir get discouraged due to such a discourse and it contributes to their alienation and anger,” said the PDP president.
She underscored the need of addressing Kashmir issue through a meaningful dialogue and sustained political process and said that external dimension of Kashmir has to be addressed without any delay along with a sustained political process internally.
Mehbooba said that the core philosophy of the PDP is to get the state out of the squalid conditions and that the party has remained at the forefront to pitch for dialogue and reconciliation between the two countries so that an era of peace and tranquility is ushered and the people already perturbed due to decades of violence heave a sigh of relief.
According to the party spokesman, other PDP leaders who were present on the occasion include PDP vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Srinagar District President Khurshid Alam, District President Anantnag Javaid Ahmad and several others.

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‘NC contesting elections has unnerved BJP’

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Srinagar, Nov 16: National Conference on Friday rejected the “jibes” of MoS PMO Jitendra Singh as sheer panicky borne out of BJP’s edginess about the participation of Jammu and Kashmir National conference in forthcoming Assembly and Parliamentary elections.
In a statement issued from part headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said that the working committee decision to stay away from polls was limited to ULB and Panchayat elections.
“The decision had nothing to do with Assembly or Parliament elections. We will fight to win forthcoming elections so as to defend Art 35 A/Art 370 and to prevent BJP from installing its proxies via the back door as they have started doing.”
“The assertions of Dr Singh are reflective of the jittery that BJP and its proxies in Kashmir are facing,” he said.
“Even if we wanted to boycott the forthcoming elections, people would pressurize us to fight. They are watchful of BJP and its sequacious henchmen and in such an uncertain situation people would want us to put up a strong front against the contriving RSS and its servile proxies,” he said.
“Our party took a stand to stay away from ULB, Panchayat elections in wake of the vacillating approach of GOI towards ART 35 A/ Art 370 which is an article of faith for us,” he said adding, “We have already requested Governor SP Malik to plead for deferment on next hearing of Art 35 A in SC till the formation of a popular government in the state. And he has principally agreed to our suggestion.”
He said that BJP in spite of a poor front put up by the Congress party and the non-participation of local parties had to content with just four municipal wards in Srinagar. “The very thought of us participating in the elections has unnerved them. And our endeavour shall be to resist any machinations of RSS and its proxies in the state. People would never want us to let these forces as are inimical to states special status make inroads in the state,” he said.
“My advice to Singh would be to stop being panicky and remember that the next elections will be a fight not a one sided walk over,” he said.

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Traders not selling vegetables as per rate-list

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Disregarding the rate list issued by the government, the traders are selling vegetables at exorbitant rates.
Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCSCA) has issued a rate list for vegetables and fruits.
As per the rate list, prices of potato has been fixed at Rs 18 per kilogram (white) and Rs 22 per kilogram (red), onions at Rs 22 per kg while tomatoes are to be sold for Rs 26 per kg and carrot for Rs 30 per kg.
Price of saag has been fixed at Rs 40 per kg while lotus root produced from Dal Lake has been fixed at Rs 175 per bunch.
However, vegetable sellers continue to overcharge consumers.
A consumer, Abdul Rashid, purchasing lotus roots (nadru) at Hari Singh High Street here, was disappointed by the rates of vegetables.
“They are selling nadru for Rs 250 per bunch which is costlier than the government rate,” he said.
He said the government should enforce the rate-list.
Another consumer, Shameena bought potatoes and tomatoes for Rs 40 per kg each at Maharaja Bazar market.
“I believe vegetable sellers are following the pattern of auto-rickshaws, who also do not follow any rate-list,” she said.
Deputy Director Supplies FCSCA, Shanawaz Bukhari, said the erring traders would be fined.
“We have issued the rate-list and kept an enforcement cell for monitoring the rates in the market,” he said.
“It is not possible for our men to keep an eye on every vendor; it is responsibility of the general public as well. They must lodge complaints on our helpline number,” he said.

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