Srinagar, Oct 17: Terming Srinagar as one of the most beautiful cities, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam Wednesday said that cleanliness plays key role towards developing an optimistic and productive attitude among the people.
The Chief Secretary said this while flagging off 7-Day chain of cleanliness drive with the theme “From-Me-To-You” from Peerzo along the banks of River Jhelum here this morning. The cleanliness drive is being organized by the Directorate of Technical Education, J&K.
Around 300 students from different Polytechnics and ITIs from the Valley are participating in the drive.
Appreciating the drive launched by the Technical Education Department, Chief Secretary urged the local residents, volunteers and students to participate in the cleanliness drives and carry out awareness campaign across the state, besides taking initiatives to restore the pristine glory Kashmir’s scenic sites to attract tourists.
Subrahmanyam urged students and volunteers for continuing this chain of cleanliness drive with same enthusiasm and energy, besides motivating other people around to be part of the process so that the drive triggers a chain reaction.
Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan said the process of cleanliness should be continuous and the youth should take an active part in such campaigns. “They should also create awareness about the cleanliness,” he said.
He urged the students, staff and employees to come out and join in large numbers along with their family and friends and contribute in the noble cause.
He emphasized that cleanliness is most important for physical well-being and a healthy environment and it is essential for everyone to learn about cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation and various diseases that are caused due to poor hygienic conditions.
Khan said the drive will continue for a week and after that other departments will be involved in the process to continue the cleanliness drive across the state.
The participants took an oath from volunteers and students that they would spend some time every day to clean the city, besides motivating others to become part of this cause.
Later, the Chief Secretary visited an exhibition organized by the Technical Education Department and District Industrial Training Institutes to display various innovations, handicrafts, products and artworks created by the students of these ITIs.
IGP Kashmir S P Pani, Secretary Technical Education, A K Sahu, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Director Technical Education, Anoo Malhotra, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Peerzada Hafizullah, Director Rural Sanitation, Indu Kanwal Chib and other concerned officials were present on the occasion.
Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark
‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’
Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.
During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.
“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.
Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”
PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir
Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.
In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.
Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.
Two engineers of PDD suspended in B’pora for dereliction of duty
Bandipora, April 22: An Assistant Engineer (AE) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of Power Development Department (PDD) were on Monday suspended for dereliction of duty and putting general public to inconvenience in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said this afternoon.
They said the engineers were suspended after they failed to adhere to the orders of Deputy Commissioner’s office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience in Ahstengoo village of Bandipora.
They said the inhabitants of village Ashtangoo staged a protest and blocked Bandipora-Sopore Road today against PDD for not replacing the power transformer. However, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza directed both the engineers telephonically to reach on spot and sort-out the issue with the agitators who had blocked the road.
However, the engineers did not adhere to the orders of this office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience. Later it was also found that the concerned JE was absent from duties without any leave as confirmed from the Executive Engineer.