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J&K Bank is collective asset, don’t politicize it: KEA

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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.


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DySP among 7 cops injured in Kupwara mishap

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Srinagar, Nov 16: A deputy superintendent of police was among seven cops injured in a road accident near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district last evening, police said on Friday.
An official said that a vehicle (registration number JK09 7831) driven by SgCt Majid Hussain (597/IRP) turned turtle around 6:45 PM in Keran, leaving seven cops injured.
He identified the injured as DySp Bodh Raj of IR-4th BN, Sgct Raten Lal (439/IRP-4th), SgCt Majid Hussain (597/IRP-4th), SgCt Operator (Telecom) Irshad Ahmad (2863/PW), Ct Sanjay (406/IRP-4th), Ct. Ramesh 789/IRP-4th and Ct. Khursheed Ahmad (1173/KP).
“Dysp Bodh Raj was referred to SMHS from PHC Keran,” he said, adding that the rest of the cops suffered minor injuries and were treated at PHC Keran.
He said the wireless equipment which was in the vehicle got damaged too.
The official said the police party was deputed for Panchayat election duty scheduled to begin on Saturday.
“A case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigations were taken up,” official added.
Later in the day, the injured DySP was airlifted to AIIMS Delhi. The Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani saw him off at Airport, alongwith his family for AIIMS New Delhi.

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Geelani thanks people for visiting Sopore to pay homage to his son-in-law

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Friday wholeheartedly thanked all those people who visited his ancestral village Duro to pay homage to late Ghulam Hassan Makhdoomi.

In a statement issued, Geelani said despite heavy showers and cold chilly weather thousands of people mostly from adjoining areas participated in the last rites of the deceased.
Geelani thanked the leaders of the organizations especially Jamaat-e-Islami, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Awami Action Committee, Anjuman-e-Share Shian, Muslim League, People’s League, Bar Association, Anjuman Moien-ul-Islam Sopore, Muslim Conference, Civil Society, all constituent parties of Hurriyat Conference and other political, religious, social and other organizations who traveled from far flung areas to condole and console the bereaved family.
He also thanked all political, religious, social, print and electronic media personalities, lawyers, doctors, columnists, businessmen, neighbours and other personalities who came to Hyderpora and offered their condolences to him.
Geelani also thanked Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi and other international dignities and non-resident Kashmiries living abroad who telephonically condoled the demise of his son-in-law.
He also thanked all women participants who despite their personal and domestic engagements took all the pains to reach the residence of my bereaved daughter.
Geelani also thanked the people especially youth who enthusiastically and very warmly receive me after a long gap of about 8 years and showed their commitment and resolve to the freedom struggle. Their affection and love was unparalleled.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) held a peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in various places in Kashmir valley against the NIA’s charge sheet against incarcerated chairperson of Dukhtran-e-Millat Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmida Sofi and yet another detention under PSA of Hurriyat leader Masarat Aalam Bhat.

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On Joint Hurriyat’s call, JKLF stages protest against HR violations

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Heeding to the call of Joint Hurriyat Leadership, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Friday staged a protest in Srinagar against “continuous human rights violations in Kashmir.”
A spokesman of JKLF said that scores of the party leaders and activists staged two separate protest demonstrations at Koker Bazar and Budshah Chowk in summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the JKLF chairman Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the “oppression in Jammu Kashmir especially in the south and north of Kashmir valley.”
The JKJLF chief, according to the spokesman, said that claims of democracy and continuous tyranny and oppression against unarmed civilians and peaceful political resistance can never go side by side.
“Innocent killings, oppression and suppression, arrest spree and other acts of tyranny have turned Kashmir into a worst hell. Common people are being subject to such oppression which can only be termed as worst dictatorship in the name of democracy,” Malik said, according to the spokesman.

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