Srinagar, Feb 12: Expanding the insurance options further for its customers across the state and beyond, J&K Bank today entered into a tie-up with IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance – a joint venture between one of the world’s biggest cooperative society, Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative (IFFCO) and the largest listed insurance group in Japan, Tokio Marine Group.
The agreement between the two leading companies was signed in presence of Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed and Managing Director IFFCO TokioWarendra Sinha, Director Marketing Anamika Roy Rashtrawar and Director Operations Jun Matsui here at the bank’s Corporate Office.
Executive Presidents RK Chibber, Ab Rashid Shiegan, President M Younis Patoo, Vice Presidents VibhakarKhajuria and RoshanKhayal Khan were also present on the occasion.
The bank’s President Insurance M Younis Patoo signed the MoU on behalf of the bank while as Anamika Roy Rashtrawar put in her signatures representing IFFCO Tokio.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Parvez Ahmed while hailing the tie up conveyed the insurance company to deliver the best available products and services to the customers of J&K Bank and script a next-level service set-up for them.
“In J&K, our bank is not merely a brand or a company but an institution of critical importance to the financial architecture of the state itself. Being partners here means a lot more than garnering business for both the companies. It is a responsibility to deliver and deliver better than your competitors”, he said.
He further added, “Since customers remain at the center of our strategy, every effort of the bank is therefore aimed at adding value to its products and services so as to serve and satisfy them. Through this MoU with us, your products have already reached the largest retail chain of finance in the state. Therefore, it is all up to your business acumen to generate not only goodwill among our customers but a healthy competitive ambiance for best insurance products within Jammu and Kashmir.
Elucidating further, Chairman and CEO said, “The penetration of non-life insurance in India is below 1 percent, in terms of gross premium as a percentage of GDP, therefore allows ample headroom for growth through multiple players especially in retail, small and medium enterprise segments. Now the challenge lies in designing customized products that suit the needs of customers across the state.”
“I am sure that IFFCO-Tokiowill live up to their brand reputation along with our expectations and deliver its products and services to the satisfaction of our customers in J&K”, he added.
Terming the signing of the agreement as a “momentous occasion”, Managing Director IFFCO-TOKIO, Warendra Sinha acknowledged the positive role of the bank in the financial and social set-up of the state and asserted that J&K Bank is the true leader when it comes to empowering people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and beyond.
“Like J&K Bank, customers come first for our company. For us it is important that people at large perceive us as a company sensitive to their needs and expectations. We will definitely take the customer service to the next level as desired by the bank and fill the existing gaps by providing customized products and personalized services,” he said while adding that the company will work for the welfare and inclusivity of the people of the state in line with the vision of the bank.
Executive President R K Chibber while speaking at the occasion maintained that both the institutions are committed to work for the welfare of the people besides extending value added services to customers while also adding that under the dynamic leadership of Chairman and CEO, the bank works with a missionary zeal to provide world class services to its customers and signing of the MOU is yet another step in that direction.
Earlier, in his welcome address President Insurance M Younis Patoo expressed a view to prioritize the needs of our customers above everything else, by entering into an agreement with one of the reputed insurance companies of the country so as to facilitate our end customers a better and insured tomorrow.
Through this agreement, the bank shall act as a corporate agent to IFFCO-TokioGeneral Insurance and sell their insurance products which include motor, travel, health, home insurance including corporate policies such as property insurance and liability insurance.
Vice President VibhakarKhajuria extended vote of thanks and commended the prudent decision of the management for roping in IFFCO- Tokio General insurance company to provide best in class service to customers. Director Marketing IFFCO TokioAnamika Roy Rashtrawar while thanking the bank expressed hope that the common thread between both the companies is that we both understand the difficulties of the common people and we would work in tandem to address their concerns.
Incorporated in 2000, IFFCO-TokioGeneral Insurance is a joint venture wherein IFFCO holds 51 percent in the company and the remaining 49 percent is held by Tokio Marine Group.
The insurer shall start its operations in two districts, Srinagar & Anantnag to start with, effective from 1st April, 2019.
‘Rising communalism’ taking toll on Urdu: Farooq
All-India Urdu book fair at Kashmir University
Srinagar, Jun 15: National Conference Party president Farooq Abdullah Saturday inaugurated 23rd All India Urdu book fair (Kul Hind Urdu Mela) organized by National council for promotion of Urdu language at University of Kashmir.
Farooq who was chief guest on the occasion visited 51 stalls being erected by book sellers from across India.
Books on various subjects from all across the country have been put on display for the readers.
Party president in his address said that there was a “kind of communal mentality that is spreading a malicious propaganda about Urdu language.”
“Urdu has never belonged to a particular sect or faith. Urdu is a representative language of Ganga-Jammuna Tahzeeb of India; the language has been watered by both Hindus and Muslims. The existence of Urdu language owes a lot to Munshi Prem Chand and others,” he said.
Farooq said the “rise of communalism in the country is taking toll on the language.”
“Today we see homogeneity being forced on our country that has always been known for its diversity. This I believe is one of the diminishing factors of Urdu from our day to day lives,” he said.
“However I take this opportunity to welcome the initiative of NCPUL for coming up with such fairs annually. Events like these provide a window of opportunity for those who have a penchant for Urdu literature. Such festivals and fairs will surely acquaint the new generation about the contemporary happening in the field of Urdu literature,” he said.
Party president on the occasion underscored the need giving equal respect to local languages.
“Kashmiri languages known for its richness, particularly for its poetry, maxims and other literary aspects; the need of the hour is to get our new generation acquainted with it. Similarly the speakers of other languages take equal pride in speaking their languages. It is thus imperative for a government to provide patronage to all the languages of the state,” he said.
Among others Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Talat Ahmad, registrar Nisar Ahmad, Director NCPUL Dr Sheikh Nida were also present on the occasion.
National Geriatric Conference held in Srinagar
Srinagar, Jun 15: For commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir Saturday organised National Geriatric Conference in collaboration with Geriatric Society of India (GSI) and Government College of Education, Srinagar, at College of Education here
In her keynote address, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Kunzes Dolma, who was the chief Guest on the occasion, said: “Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir is committed for the health and well-being of the geriatric population”.
Commending the efforts put in by Geriatric Consultant Dr Zubair Saleem for the advancement of Geriatrics in Kashmir, she added, “I congratulate Dr Zubair for tirelessly helping our senior citizens for leading a pain-free life.”
Special Guest Dr Aabha Chaudhary, Chairperson, Anugraha Centre on Ageing, in her speech, said: “I am glad to see that such conferences are being held in Kashmir. My organisation would further strengthen the relationship with Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Ahata Waqar (Elderly Day-care Centre) for the common issues pertaining to the elderly population”.
She also applauded Dr Saleem for his relentless services towards the health of the elderly.
Dr. Saleem, the Geriatric Consultant in his address said: “Government alone cannot come up to all the expectations of elderly health as Geriatrics is still in infancy in Kashmir. Civil Society too needs to come forward and lend a helping hand in giving a healthy and dignified life to elderly.”
On the occasion, a book ‘Mere Yaden’, authored by former Headmaster Tyndale Biscoe School Roshan Lal Kachru was released as a tribute to the creative contributions by senior citizens.
To felicitate the individuals who strived for the advancement of Geriatric Medicine in Kashmir during last one year, certificates of appreciation and awards were given on the occasion. The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award was given to Dr Zubair Saleem by Director Health Services, Kashmir.
He was also felicitated by Rehabilitation Alliance Kashmir, Batamaloo Traders Association, Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation for his selfless contribution towards the betterment of marginalized elderly of Kashmir.
Others who were awarded on the occasion include Dr Kunzes Dolma; Dr Zakir Hussain Khan, MS, JLNM Hospital; Dr Talat Jabeen, CMO Srinagar; Dr Shakeel ur Rehman, Kashmir Clinics; and Ajaz Rashid, Umeed Foundation.
Scientific papers were also presented by Dr H Waqar, Associate Professor, GMC Baramulla, Dr Nasir Shamas, Consultant JLNM Hospital and Dr Iftikhar Wani, Consultant Orthopedics, B&J Hospital.
The conference was coordinated by Prof Gurmeet Kour, Govt College of Education, Srinagar.
Burglary gang which stole cigarettes, copperware busted
Srinagar, Jun 15: Srinagar police Saturday busted a gang of burglars who had stolen property worth lakhs.
Addressing media persons here at Police Station Safa Kadal, SSP Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that the gang was involved in a series of burglaries and attempts to burglary within the district.
The SSP was accompanied by SP (North) Sajjad Ahmad and other police officers.
The modus-operandi of the gang, as per the police spokesperson, was to recce the big godowns/ware houses and shops in the district and strike in the dead of the night and decamp with valuables especially cigarettes, he said, adding that the gang would take the help of special implements like bolt-cutters, etc to break open the locks and get access to the godowns without creating much noise.
“The gang was technically updated and used to take CCTVs and electronic surveillance equipment along with them and dispose it off so as to destroy any sort of video footage/evidence. The police started seriously working on the leads after a godown at Baghinand Singh was burgled and goods (Cigarettes) worth lakhs of rupees were looted,” he said.
He added that in this connection a case under FIR number 76/2019 under section 457, 380 RPC was registered in Police Station Safakadal and investigation taken up.
On the directions of SSP Srinagar and SP City North, a special investigation team was constituted headed by SDPO M.R. Gunj Feroz Qadri assisted by SHO Police Station Safakadal Adil Rashid, Incharge Police Post Baghiyas Shanawaz Ahmed and incharge Police Post Noorbagh Sheikh Ajaz Ahmad.
Working on the leads after strenuous efforts and utilizing both technical and scientific aids, the team zeroed in on a few suspects. “Special team succeeded in identifying the suspects and their arrests were made in one go, so that chances of escape and destruction of stolen property is avoided,” he said.
After thorough questioning of the suspects, the team finally succeeded in making break-through and was able to nab a group of organised notorious burglars from various parts of city and its adjoining districts.
Those arrested included Mohammad Yaseen Hajam, son of Ghulam Mustafa, resident of Trikolbal Pattan, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, resident of Hanjiwera Pattan, Altaf Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Ahmad Mir, resident of Khumani Chowk Bemina, Irfan Ahmad Nagar, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Saida Kadal and Serwar Hussain Bhat, son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat, resident of Labartal Budgam.
SP North told media persons that Yaseen Hajjam, who lead the group, was the mastermind of all burglaries.
Stolen property worth several lakhs was recovered on the disclosure of the arrested accused and vehicles used in the commission of crimes were also seized.
The recoveries as per the police so far include Copper utensils of different make, Electric/ Electronic appliances, Cigarettes of different brands worth several lakhs while as the seized vehicles so far include Scorpio DL43CNB 5501, Santro JKOIR 2266, Honda City DL7CF 8139 and Maruti DL3CAD 8969.
The investigation of the case is going on and more arrests and recoveries are expected, he said.
Meanwhile, all the vehicles seized are Delhi based, which seems that somebody from the outside have also links with the gangs, which is being investigated and will come to the conclusion soon.