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Jhelum water transport to start from June 28

Pedestrian only vendor market for Saturday, Sunday






Srinagar, Jun 11: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that the government will start the water transport in river Jhelum from June 28, 2018.

The Divisional Commissioner made this direction in an extensive meeting with senior officers from across the Kashmir valley to review the steps taken to streamline the traffic in the Kashmir Division.

The meeting was informed that Irrigation & Flood Control had made a proposal of Rs 2.20 crores for the construction of additional river ghats while as Rs 35 lacs for the repair of old river ghats. The process of estimation for the lightening of river ghats was already completed by PDD. The day service of water transport will be started on the said date.


The Divisional Commissioner directed DC Srinagar, Tourism, JKTDC and Irrigation and Flood Control departments to finalize the route wise rates for the water transport in river Jhelum within four days so that the service will be started on June 28, 2018without any difficulty.

It was further informed that UEED had made a proposal of Sewage treatment Plant for Raj Bagh at an estimated cost of Rs 7 crores while as from Fateh Kadal to Zaina Kadal at Rs 10 crores respectively.

While reviewing the progress of road marking, installation of signage’s and mobile toilets, he directed concerned officers to submit a complete report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office within a week.

During the meeting a proposal submitted by Traffic Advisor to Government was also discussed, to which Divisional Commissioner said that government has marked two days a week (Saturday & Sunday) for Pedestrian Show which means that vendor market will remain open on these two days from TRC to Exhibition Ground. In these days no traffic will ply on these routes.

He asked Traffic Advisor to identify specific parking areas, capacity of vehicles, total number of vendors and area occupancy by those vendors and do other mapping work on ground in coordination with traffic police, local SHO and SMC so that Pedestrian Show become a big success for streamlining a traffic in the main business hub of the city.

The Divisional Commissioner also constituted a Sub-Committee of Traffic Advisor to Government, DC Srinagar, SMC Commissioner, Joint Transport Commissioner and SSP Traffic. The committee will discuss all directions of the Divisional Commissioner in threadbare and send the compliance report to him immediately so that all bottlenecks will be cleared to streamline the traffic in the Kashmir Division.

Chief Engineers of R&B, UEED, VC SDA, Joint Commissioner SMC, RTO Kashmir, Deputy Director Tourism, SE R&B, SE LAWDA, SE Mechanical, SE PDD and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whileas joint transport commissioner participated via video conferencing.



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




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




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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