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Irrigation canal shrinks, allotted funds siphoned in Handwara

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Handwara, Apr 16: Dahgam kul, the Irrigation Canal irrigated ten villages in Handwara has been succumbed to a domestic waste channel after ‘uncared’ encroachment and siphoning of the funds allotted for the restoration of the water body leading to the sharp dip in the irrigated agricultural land share coupled with water stress in the area due to the administrative apathy.

The residents of Ahangar Mohalla, Zargar Mohalla, Jamia Qadeem, Bhat Mohalla, Jamia Jadeed, New Bus Stand and Handwara town are facing the worst water stress due to the collapsing of the historic Dahgam kul. The Dahgam kul was constructed in 18th century and is considered as the lifeline of Handwara town. It is also viewed as the source of the breadbasket of the town since centuries. Unfortunately, the canal has been reduced to a septic and domestic waste drain by the illegal encroachments.

Interestingly, the restoration plan of the Dahgam kul was approved in 2002 and allotted 10 crore rupees for constructing concrete bank-walls and base apart from canal dredging. The irrigation and flood control department has no doubt constructed the concrete walls and base in some patches of the kul but largely have left the canal uncared wall-less. The apathy of the department has led to the encroachment on the banks of the canal which eventually reduced the width of the kul from 16 feet to 4 feet.

 

Javed Zargar, a social activist has already filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) bearing number 16/2014 on the callousness of the department in Jammu and Kashmir High Court on which the court had directed the department for the immediate dismantling of the structures on water bodies. The Department of Irrigation and flood control having the mandate of providing irrigation channels and controlling floods is unscrupulously doing the reverse of shrinking water bodies and increases flood vulnerability of the town. During summer, the de-silting of the irrigation canal by the department removes all the dirt and dumps on the roads which pollutes the air with septic odor which leads to sanitation issues.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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