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Jammu-Srinagar highway remains shut for 6th day

Div Com Jammu, IGP Jammu, IGP Traffic supervise road clearance operation

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Srinagar, Feb 11: The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the sixth consecutive day on Monday, stranding hundreds of vehicles and creating a crisis of essential supplies in the Kashmir Valley.

“Even as hectic landslide clearance operation was on in the Ramsoo-Ramban sector, a massive landslide hit the highway at Marog on Sunday, delaying the opening of the highway,” a traffic department official said.

Unless this is cleared, no traffic will be allowed, he added.

 

Over 3,000 vehicles are stranded along the nearly 300-kilometre long road for the last six days.
Many stranded vehicles are carrying essential supplies for the landlocked valley. Due to the non-availability of essentials a crisis situation has arisen there.

In addition to severe shortages of edibles like vegetables, poultry products, mutton, there is shortage of petroleum products as well.

Authorities were forced to order rationing of petroleum products till the supply position improves.
Airfare between the valley and outside has skyrocketed after the closure of the highway on February 6, with series of avalanches hitting Jammu and Kashmir in various spots.

Scores of valley-bound people stranded have started running short of money due to the unforeseen severing of road links.

Those stranded have demanded special air sorties so that they can reach the valley.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IGP Jammu M K Sinha, IGP Traffic Alok Kumar along with Director NHW Authority on Monday visited the site of the massive slide on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Maroog in district Ramban to personally oversee the clearance operation so that the highway is reopened for the traffic at an earliest.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma said, “Road clearance operation is going apace. I along with IGP Jammu, IGP Traffic and other higher authorities are personally supervising the road clearance operation at Ramban and it would take few hours more to clear the road blocks and landslides on the vulnerable stretches between Banihal to Ramban and Ramban to Ramsoo.”

The traffic is likely to be restored by Monday evening or Tuesday morning, he said, adding that “we have ferried some of the passenger to accessible destinations where from they can proceed to Srinagar to reach their homes safely

 

Our natural routes closed, made dependent on artificial highway: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, Feb 11: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed deep concern about the fate of people stranded on highways, roads and airports because of inclement weather and asked Kashmiris’ to help each other in this hour of crisis.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter Mirwaiz said, “Tens of thousands of Kashmiri’s are stranded in Jammu for past one week as the Srinagar Jammu highway is closed and few flights are operating on this sector.”
“People are facing tremendous hardship as their recourses to support themselves are drying up and they are stranded. There is no support in place for them from those who rule this place and they are left to fend for themselves,” he said.
Mirwaiz further said that no additional flights or accommodation and food till they reach home is provided.” It is incumbent upon those who have blocked our natural routes to outside world and made us solely dependent on this artificial route( Jammu srinagar highway) mostly closed in winter due to weather vagaries, to take responsibility of the dire consequences that people of Kashmir have to face and at least provide them with relief and help till they reach home.”


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Show statesmanship and resolve Kashmir: Mirwaiz urges Modi, Imran

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Srinagar, June 20 : Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday reiterated his appeal to the leadership of India and Pakistan – PM Modi and PM Khan – to “show statesmanship” while enjoying the full support of their people and resolve the Kashmir issue once and for all in the interest of humanity and peace.

It was India and Pakistan who took the issue to UN when Jammu and Kashmir got divided in 1947, Mirwaiz said while addressing the 56th foundation day of at Awami Action Committee (AAC) at its headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal.

According to an AAC statement issued, the event was attended by a large number of party members and activists.

 

Mirwaiz, who is also the patron of AAC, said the two countries signed the UN resolutions and in the last 70 years, have gone to wars over it.

India and Pakistan signed various agreements at Tashkent, Simla, Agra, Lahore, and started the composite dialogue, but it is the people of Kashmir who have suffered the most and are at the receiving end, he said.

Mirwaiz said that Awami Action Committee was founded with a view to give voice to Kashmiris and their genuine demand for the resolution of Kashmir issue in a peaceful manner.

“It was the founder of AAC Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Farooq who first talked of alternative means of a peaceful and democratic resolution in the form of dialogue among the stakeholders including with the people of J&K, which included all the regions of the state,” he said.

“A great votary of peace, progress and friendship among the people of both the nations, he (Mirwaiz Farooq) wanted Kashmir to be a bridge of friendship between the two countries not a source of continuous belligerence, which only benefits the arms suppliers of the world at the expense of resources that should go for upliftment of millions of poor in both countries,” he said.

Hurriyat (M) chairman said that “AAC was not formed for furtherance of any vested interest or to gain power and that continues to be so”.

“The party’s purpose is to peacefully press for resolution of Kashmir issue keeping in view the sentiments and aspirations of its people. It believes in the democratic principle that the people ofentire J&K as it existed in 1947 have a right to seek a resolution of the issue that arose when the subcontinent was divided and subsequently J&K also got divided,” he said.

“An artificial line runs through this land dividing friends and family. The people of Kashmir want an end to uncertainty of past many decades they want a closure. We are not against any nation or its people. We are people of peace and good will and all we say is peacefully through dialogue resolve the issue,” Mirwaiz said.

He said that disengagement, bloodshed, force and intimidation have not and will not be able to solve the issue. He termed it extremely painful that “each day we shoulder the coffins of our young, take them to graves when a bright future is what we seek for them”.

“We are losing our most precious resource our young to the conflict. In the past one week alone, more than 25 people have lost their life including armed youth civilians and soldiers to the conflict, which is extremely unfortunate and sad. We want an end to all these killings,” the AAC president said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the NIA charge against JKLF chairman Yasin Malik who is in its custody, “for forging unity amongst people and leadership”, Mirwaiz said that forging unity is no crime.

“In the past decade, people many times have launched agitations to raise their voice seeking resolution forcefully. We have always advocated a peaceful manner of reflecting our sentiment,” Mirwaiz said.

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SAC approves bill for extending 10% reservation to EWS

JAKFED to wind up by August, 2019
Major step towards realizing 24×7 Power supply in Srinagar, Jammu cities

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Srinagar, Jun 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019’ for incorporating provisions for implementation of the 103rd  amendment of the Indian Constitution. The amendment will provide for 10% reservation to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in educational institutions and direct recruitment in civil posts and services not covered under the scheme of the reservation for SCs / STs / OBCs.

The Union Government extended 10% reservation to the persons belonging to Economically Weaker sections (EWSs), who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs/STs/OBCs in terms of Constitution of India (One Hundred and Third Amendment) Act, 2019. Subsequently, on the recommendations of the State Government, the Government of India extended the said Act to the Jammu and Kashmir State vide Presidential Order Dated 01.3.2019 notified vide G.S.R. 175(E) of 2019.

Pertinent to mention that the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 and Rules made there under viz. “The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Rules, 2005” notified vide SRO 294 of 2005 dated 21.10.2005 provide for reservation to various categories viz Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Socially & Educationally Backward Classes (Residents of Backward Area, Actual Line of Control / International Border and Social Castes).

 

The Act provides that total percentage of reservation shall in no case exceed 50%. Presently 46% reservation is being extended to various classes. For implementation of 103rd amendment of Constitution of India to provide for 10% reservation, an amendment to the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 was necessary.

The amendment will benefit a large number of people in J&K who are not covered under the scheme of the reservation for SCs / STs / OBC etc.

JAKFED to wind up by August, 2019

Srinagar, Jun 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the winding up of Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (JAKFED) by August 2019.

The process of winding up of the Federation will be concluded by the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, J&K in terms of Section 74 of the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Society Act, 1989 by 31.08.2019.

SAC directed the Cooperative Department to constitute a Committee which will coordinate the winding up of JAKFED. The Cooperative Department, under the guidance of the Committee will come up with a detailed winding up plan, including an appropriate VRS for employees of the Federation by 31.07.2019.

All the movable/immovable assets of JAKFED shall be taken over by the State Government and financial commitments, if any, shall be met by the Cooperative department through sale of these assets and the State Government shall not bear any financial liability whatsoever on this account.

It is noteworthy to mention that JAKFED, registered under the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Societies Act, 1989, is an apex level institution in the Cooperative Sector. The major activities of the federation included procurement and distribution of Fertilizer, building material, domestic gas etc.

JAKFED, initially a profit earning organization could not maintain its tempo on account of malpractices which were probed by a High Level Committee (Pillai Committee) and, thereafter, by the Joint House Committee of Legislative Council.

It was observed that Federation has strength of 224 employees. The Federation is suffering annual recurring loss of around Rs 2.75 Crore and has overall liabilities to the tune of Rs 67 Crore.

After careful analyses of all the pros and cons and in view of the very limited scope for revival, decision to wind up JAKFED has been taken.

Major step towards realizing 24×7 Power supply in Srinagar, Jammu cities

Srinagar, Jun 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the award of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Distribution Management System (DMS) under R-APDRP Scheme for Jammu and Srinagar cities to M/S G.E T&D India Limited at a cost of Rs.173 crore

The establishment of SCADA/DMS is a major step towards realizing the vision of 24×7 Power Supply to all consumers in the twin cities. SCADA will enable setting up of reliable and “no manual touch” systems for system control / data collection and adoption of Information Technology in the area of energy accounting. It will reduce Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses and enable real time monitoring & control of Electric Distribution network, handling of loads while load shedding & restoration, plugging of pilferage points, supply of quality power, faster identification of faults & early restoration of power supply, proper metering, strategic placement of capacitor banks & switches and in proper planning and design of distribution network.

The SCADA project was sanctioned under R-APDRP by the Union Ministry of Power/Power Finance Corporation in the year 2011. The implementation of the project got delayed in view of poor response to the bidding process. With this step, implementation will speed up the vision of 24×7 power supply.

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Operations in JK being conducted in professional, dedicated manner: Army

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Srinagar, June 20: The Army on Thursday said its operations in Jammu and Kashmir are conducted in a professional and dedicated manner and the force had a code of conduct which valued human dignity.

“We have a very strong code of conduct which values human dignity and the values of society. So I wish to assure you that all the operations by the Army in Jammu and Kashmir are being carried out in a professional and dedicated manner,” Army’s northern command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Wuzur in Anantnag district.

In response to a question, the Army commander said, “Wherever there are actions to be taken, those are taken at appropriate levels.”

 

Lt Gen Singh was at Army Goodwill School, Wuzur, which has been renamed after Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was awarded Ashok Chakra posthumously in January this year.

Wani was killed in an anti-insurgency operation at Batagund in Kulgam district on November 25, 2018. Six militants were killed, three of them by the militant-turned-soldier, in the operation.

He was awarded Ashok Chakra for his role in the operation, thereby becoming the first person from the Valley to be awarded the highest peacetime gallantry award of the country.

“It is a matter of great pride for us today to be here at Army Goodwill School at Wuzur because today we have dedicated this school to pay homage to our martyr late Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was a recipient of Ashok Chakra.

“He was also two-time recipient of the Sena medal for gallantry by the government,” Lt Gen Singh said.

On the functioning of the Army Goodwill schools in Kashmir, the Army commander said there are always some distractions which work against the interests of the country.

“It is to the credit of our children, their parents and our teachers that we have been able to ensure that there has been no disruption in the education, which we are trying to impart to the children in these schools,” he said.

“The children of Kashmir are our hope. We are sure that in the times to come they will work hard. They have a huge potential and they will become useful members of society and take us on the trajectory of growth and development as far as Kashmir and the nation are concerned,” he added.

Army school named after Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad

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Srinagar, June 20: An army goodwill school in the Kashmir Valley was on Thursday named after Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the country’s highest peacetime military award.

Northern Command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh presided over the ceremony in Wuzur village in Qazigund area of Kulgam district during which the school was renamed ‘Shaheed Lance Naik AGS Wuzur’ after Wani, who laid down his life fighting militants during an operation in Hirpora in Shopian district on November 28, 2018.

Honouring Wani’s widow Mahjabeen, who was also present on the occasion, Lt Gen Singh said: “Your husband is a role model for Kashmir & inspiration for all of us,” according to a tweet by the Army immediately after the function

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