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JK Bank inaugurates new premises at G’bal




Srinagar, Dec 24: J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed Monday inaugurated the new premises of bank’s business unit at Dabb Ganderbal. The Chairman inaugurated the new premises in presence of bank’s Executive President Abdul Rashid Sheigan, Zonal Head Kashmir Central (II) Rayees Maqbool, Vice President Roshan Khayal, Cluster Heads Farhat Abbas and Shabir Ahmed, Heads of the adjoining business units and other officers of the bank.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said, “Our relationship with people goes beyond banking. For, we not only want our business to grow but want our people to prosper as well.”

“Village Dab is not rich in literary terms only but has a rich legacy in Kashmir handicrafts also. But there is a need to transform the socio-economic scenario of this area through effective financial intermediation besides promoting the craft through our CSR program. Since majority of the population is engaged in handicrafts in this area we are starting a pilot project for the promotion of handicrafts under CSR here very soon by dedicating a community-centric facility for the people engaged with Kashmir arts,” he said.


“What we are doing here is actually walking the talk of providing the best banking facilities to the people of state. For, while deepening our footprints within the state, we are consistently renewing our interface with customers and people at large by taking care of their convenience and comfort both in terms of available infra-structure, products and services right near their doorsteps”, he said, adding further, “I am happy to see this newly built premises quite spacious, customer-friendly in design especially for our senior citizens and equipped with state-of-the-art banking facilities. It is my vision to make every delivery point of the bank as comfortable and welcoming as one can get for the customers and people at large.”

Urging the Zonal Head and other staff present on the occasion to walk an extra mile in delivering the best possible services to the people in the zone he said, “Best customer service has to be our hallmark being the premiere financial institution of the state. Therefore, I am sure our commitment will be matched by the best customer services from our dedicated work force to make each of our business units a welcome choice for inhabitants in the catchment area”, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Executive President Abdul Rashid Sheigan said that the bank has always been concerned about the community welfare and is on its mission to bring world class banking facilities to the people irrespective of their geography and social status.

Speaking on the occasion, President Auqaf Imamia Syed Nazir Rizvi expressed gratitude to the Bank for the new premises, which he said, would go a long way in mitigating the hardships in terms of banking facilities and financial services faced by the people of the area.

“The new premises is very appealing in its ambiance and has enough space to serve the customers belonging to cross sections of society. We are feeling very comfortable here”, he said.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Zonal Head Rayees Maqbool welcomed the Chairman and briefed him about the business in the zone and the potential segments within the catchment areas.

Cluster Head Farhat Abbas concluded the event by presenting the vote of thanks.



Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed



Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.


Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation



Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.


According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.


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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.


The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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