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IUST explains position on Sikh girl’s harassment claim

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Srinagar, July 8: The Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora Sunday explained its position on the alleged harassment of a Sikh girl of Tral, who is a student at the varsity. “This is in reference to the news items being shown in both print and electronic media regarding the incident of harassment of one girl student (name withheld) who is pursuing Diploma programme at Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST), Awantipora,” the IUST said in a statement. The university came to know about the incident in the morning of 26th June 2018 when the father along with the daughter who hail from Tral area of district Pulwama reported that she is being harassed by some of her classmates. After having detailed discussions with the Vice Chancellor, both girl and her father got convinced about the seriousness of university to look into the matter, they left the campus. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter, the university immediately constituted a Committee which was asked to look into the incident and submit the preliminary report upto 4.00 PM on 26th June 2018. The Committee submitted the preliminary report on the same day. On the recommendations of the committee, one female faculty from Polytechnic Collège was instructed to personally remain in touch with the girl. Further while going through the records of the girl, it has been found that she has some health issues in first semester and around 3 backlogs in first semester and has very poor attendance in the second (current) semester. The father of the girl again visited the campus on 2nd of July and met Vice Chancellor and informed that her daughter has been attacked by some unknown masked men in the morning of 2nd July at Tral Bus Stand when she was waiting for the bus. A FIR in this regard has been lodged in the Police Station Tral. The Vice Chancellor apprised the father of the girl that the university is taking all the possible factors associated with the matter into consideration and prime concern of the University is safety within the campus and continuation of studies of the candidate. The university also offered hostel facility to the girl within the campus and permitted her to stay in the hostel along with her guardian if she so wishes, but the they did not agree to that. Instead they informed that if the university bus can be extended to 3 to 4 kilometers more, their problem will get solved and she can continue her studies. The university immediately extended the bus facility to the spot which was identified by the father of the girl. A delegation of Gurdawara Prabandh Committee under the leadership of their district President Prof. Joginder Singh Shan met twice to the Registrar of the university who held threadbare discussions in a very cordial and conducive atmosphere. Prof. Shan expressed his full satisfaction and confidence in the tireless efforts made by the university administration to resolve this issue amicably. Prof. Shan also assured all his possible help to the university administration to resolve this issue. The case is being investigated by the J&K Police and university besides being in constant touch, is sharing all the relevant information with the investigating agency so that a true picture of the matter is ascertained. The university refutes all allegations and requests all the civilized citizens of the country to not take any heed to any rumours and conspiracies of all those mischievous elements who are always there to create mistrust and dilute the harmony and diversity of the country. These elements are trying to further their selfish interests by creating a divide in society through propaganda. IUST has been a symbol of harmony and diversity since its inception and recent joining of many people from various parts of the country as its family members is a living example in this regard. The university has upheld the spirit of respect and dignity towards all faiths and will continue to protect the ambience of the university from any dividing and negative elements. We have been living and working as a family and we shall remain as a family inspite of all odds and barriers.


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Indo-Pak need to talk: NC

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Srinagar, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir national conference on Monday said that India and Pakistan need to sit across the table and share each other perspectives notwithstanding the intricateness of the issue that has been plaguing the bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.

A delegation of German diplomats on Monday called on political advisor to party vice president Tanvir Sadiq. Interacting with the delegation Tanvir necessitated for dialogue between India and Pakistan.

While speaking with diplomats Bastian Weber, Second Secretary Political Affairs and Protocol and Sakshi Aroro from the German Embassy, National conference leader and political advisor to Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq ?reflected on the wide range of issues of issues pertaining to the state and the region in general.

 

While calling for a Comprehensive Dialogue Process (CDP) and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries Tanvir said, “We are hopeful that the new government in the country starts a process of dialogue with Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs in order to remove the cobwebs of mistrust. Many lives have been lost to the frenzy of conflict, now it is high time that both the countries seriously engage with each for the greater cause of peace and tranquility in the region.”

Emphasizing on the need of initialization of a peace process by addressing political issues of the state politically Tanvir said that National Conference had always been a votary of cordial Indo Pak relations. “It is the people of J&K, who directly come in-between the line of fire between the two nations. If the relation between the two countries becomes cordial it will noticeably bring relief to the people of our state. The people of our state are the straight beneficiaries of the good neighborly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.”

Taking about the solution to the protracted issue of Kashmir Tanvir said, “Restoration of Autonomy to the state of J&K has been the bed rock of policy of J&K National Conference; the party will continue to work for the restoration of the autonomy to the state. It is the only solution that satiates the political and development demands of all the region of the state. We aren’t seeking anything new, we are asking for what has been guaranteed to us Constitution of India.”

While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Tanvir talked about the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people right from 1953. He said our party envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular Jammu and Kashmir.

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Geelani pays tributes to May 21 martyrs

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Srinagar, May 20: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Monday paid the rich tributes to the Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq on their respective anniversaries.

Geelani in a statement issued here said that both the leaders played a glaring role for the ongoing movement for the right to self-determination.

Recalling his personal relationship with both the leaders, Hurriyat chairman said that he always treated them as younger brothers. They had immense leadership qualities and had dedicated their lives for the sacred cause of movement.

 

While memorizing their valuable contributions for the ongoing movement, he expressed his hope that their followers and fans shall lead their mission with zeal and zest and stand as a mountain against those who are hell-bent to exploit their sacrifices for their petty interests.

Terming Moulana Farooq as an Islamic scholar and great orator and Abdul Gani Lone a seasoned politician and a statesman Hurriyat chairman urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on May 21, 2019, and make “Eidgah Chaloo” programme a grand success to commemorate their martyrdom.

Hurriyat leader paid his tributes and reverence to all those martyrs who have sacrificed their honour, wealth and precious lives since 1931.

He also expressed his hope that the people of Kashmir shall remain vigilant to safeguard their exemplary sacrifices and shall not allow anybody sellout for petty political gains and shall rise to the occasion against oppressive and suppressive methods.

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Two injured in Baramulla road accident

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Srinagar, May 20: Two persons were injured on Monday after vehicle met with an accident on Uri Nambla road near Syedpora village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Officials said that a chassis Eeco vehicle skidded off from the road and fell into a river near Syedpora village resulting injuries to two persons.

They identified the injured as Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Niloosa Bijhama and Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Balkote.

 

They said both the injured were shifted to SDH Uri for treatment.

Police have taken cognizance of the case, they added.

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