Srinagar, Oct 31: Asserting that J&K Bank is the collective asset of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan on Wednesday that this financial institution should not be politicized.
In a statement, Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation said for quite some time efforts are being made to “politicize and demonize” J&K Bank in one way or the other only to meet nefarious designs of some vested interests.
“Some forces are hell bent to defame the bank as a part of the larger conspiracy to deprive the people of Jammu and Kashmir of their assets by making drastic changes that may look good at the face of it but will have far-reaching consequences,” Khan said.
The KEA said it was encouraging that in the last few quarters the bank has shown growth, when other such financial institutions have been witnessing a fall in their assets across south Asian region. “At a time when we should appreciate our bank we’ re joining ranks of those who want to defame it to meet their larger designs against the interests of this state,” he said.
Asking the political setup, the civil society and the business community to rise to the occasion, Yasin Khan said safeguard of the J&K Bank and its interests should be basic priorities of every state subject.
“Time has come that we all join hands to safeguard our collective asset, our own bank, the J&K Bank,” Khan said.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.