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Srinagar, Jan 01: J&K Bank Officers Association organized annual felicitation of retired officials of the Bank at Zorawar Singh Auditorium, Jammu.

The function where, J&K Bank Chairman & CEO, Parvez Ahmed was the Chief Guest, witnessed the felicitation of 149 officers of the bank who attained the age of superannuation during the last two years. J&K Bank Executive Presidents P.K. Tikoo and R.K. Chibber, President Rakesh Gandotra and Arun Gandotra were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the retired fraternity of the Bank, Parvez Ahmed said, “The Bank where it stands today is the result of persistent hard work and passion of the retired employees over the years who built a strong foundation year on and have given a stable, progressive institution to the current generation of JK Bank family. I personally recall all the revered Officers and senior team mates with whom I learnt and worked over the years and express my gratitude to the generous guidance that I was offered over the course of my career. I must mention the strong culture of mentorship that was present at that time and I urge upon today’s leaders to revive and enhance the concept of mentoring junior management employees during various assignments and build a strong culture of collective spirit of growth.”

 

Speaking about retired employee welfare, he said, “The welfare and secure future of employees and their families is an idea most close to my heart and I feel very satisfied at the various steps and new schemes we have undertaken particularly towards both working and retired employees. Your contribution to this premier Institution is exemplary which will be remembered by generations of J&K Bank. While this forum is an opportunity of interaction with you, I am delighted to learn how keenly you all continue to think about the welfare of the Bank by offering your valuable, experience rich suggestions towards the overall processes and direction of the Bank.”

Speaking about the Bank’s vision for the current financial year, he said, “Bank has seen six consecutive quarters of profitability and going forward, we will witness favorable results in the current quarter as well. Bank while building on its age old values and passionate spirit of service is embracing new practices via its long term transformation strategy which has started to give positive results. Go all out to leverage our potential in business mobilization to maximize the business of the Bank to not only ward off the dynamic risks emerging in the banking sector but also to offset the various cost pressures on our balance sheet be it the enhanced provisioning, wage revision, regularizations in the subordinate cadre, career progression across the board and incremental investment in establishment of infrastructure for employees comfort and convenience. We must collectively strive hard to achieve the envisaged profit figure of Rs.2000 Crore business by the end of FY 2021-22, and given the sincerity, commitment and dedication of the bank’s human capital towards the institutional business goals I have firm belief that we will surpass the figure. This shall also enable the bank to shore up its capital base by plough back of profits”. Alongside, we consistently strive to give back positively to the society through our CSR initiatives. On the occasion, the Chairman also consented to take up the pensioner’s demand to include the retirees of the bank under the ambit of MoU signed between J&K Bank and SMVDU Narayana Hospital which offers a special rebate of 15 % on all their services. The Chairman also assented to revise the Family Pension in respect of Twenty Three cases pertaining to those who got retired before 1996 and were drawing a meager pension of Rs 3000 per month.

Earlier Arjun Singh Rathore Vice President JKBOA Jammu unit welcomed all the dignitaries at the event. While extolling the role of all the retirees present at the venue, he termed them as real heroes who have strengthened the Bank for which their services can never be forgotten.  He also described Mr. Parvez Ahmed as a Peoples Chairman for his empathetic approach and sensitivity towards the needs of each and every employee of J&K Bank family. Tassaduq Madni, President of AIJKBOF expressed the bank’s indebtedness and gratefulness towards its ex-employees as the seeds of their hard work are now bearing fruits towards securing the current generation’s future, a legacy which must be carried forward earnestly. The President of J&K Bank Retired Employee’s Federation S. Mohinder Singh gave a brief overview of the transitions witnessed by the bank since its inception in 1938. The vote of thanks was presented by Vice President of JKBOA Jammu Unit.

 


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Make coordinated efforts to conserve biodiversity: Adv Kumar to officials

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Srinagar, May 22: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Wednesday highlighted the importance of biodiversity which is essential for sustainable development and human well-being in present world. He said that coordinated efforts need to be made for conservation of biological diversity to ensure the sustainable utilization of life support systems on earth.
The Advisor said this while addressing the participants during celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity organized by J&K State Biodiversity Board/State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) J&K in collaboration with SKUAST-Kashmir at its Shalimar Campus.
Theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity was “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” and it focuses on biodiversity as the foundation of our food, health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health.
Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K Prof. Nazir Ahmad, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Chairman JKSPCB Ravi Kesar, Director SFRI, O P Sharma, Director Ecology Environment & Remote Sensing B Siddhartha Kumar, Director ISM Dr Phuntsog Angchuk, CCF Kashmir Farooq Gillani, other senior officers of Forest & allied departments, Faculty and students of SKUAST-K were present on the occasion.
The Advisor along with the other dignitaries inspected the stalls established by various departments/faculty including Forest, Horticulture, SFRI, Wildlife Protection, National Medicinal Plant Board, Fisheries, Agriculture, Sericulture, Unani Medicine Srinagar, DARS Budgam, Veterinary Sciences, College of Temperate Sericulture and others.
K Vijay Kumar while interacting with the staff at the stalls, enquired about the products they have displayed and their efforts for the conservation of biodiversity. He also held brief discussion with the experts on the topic and asked them to share their expertise and knowledge with the concerned agencies/departments so that their suggestions/inputs are utilized in making an effective bio-diversity conservation plan.
He also asked the experts in rendering their support to develop State’s Medicinal Plant Board and expand its activities related to development and sustainable use of medicinal plants in the state.
The Advisor commended the efforts of all participants for putting in their strong efforts in the field of biodiversity and working towards its conservation. He said that damage has already been caused to the biological diversity but still our united efforts can bring a positive change in this regard.
He also appreciated the efforts of SFRI and SKUAST-K for conducting research in the field of biological diversity and suggesting measures for its conservation.
On the occasion, On-Spot Painting & Photography Competition on the theme, Kashmir Himalyan Biodiversity – A Rich Heritage was also organized in which students of SKUAST-K participated and displayed their talent.
To mark the occasion, the Advisor also planted a sapling of ‘Ginkgo biloba’ also called maidenhairs tree which is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct.

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Enhance Budget for Kheer Bhawani pilgrimage: Shah Faesal

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Srinagar, May 22: President J&K Peoples Movement Dr. Shah Faesal has called upon the State Government to enhance the budgetary support for facilitation of annual Mata Kheer Bhawani Yatra, one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Kashmiri Pandit community.

Stressing the need for making adequate transport arrangements from Delhi to Srinagar, Shah Faesal said that besides religious significance the pilgrimage represents nostalgic homecoming of Kashmiri Pandits to their motherland and as such every effort should be made to ensure maximum participation.

Shah Faesal was speaking to a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits who met him at the J&K Peoples Movement party office at Srinagar.

 

“Tulmul has the potential to emerge as a spiritual center of Kashmir where the idea of inter-faith brotherhood can be nurtured. It can also open up immense opportunities for pilgrimage tourism for the entire Ganderbal District,” he added.

Dr. Shah further asked for upgrading the facilities at Tulmul to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims and emphasised that previous liabilities on account of boarding and transport arrangements should be cleared immediately.

Shah Faesal assured the delegation that JKPM will leave no stone unturned to ensure dignified return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland and will make all efforts for protection of their sites of worship.

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Geelani welcomes UNHRHC’s initiative

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Srinagar, May 22: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani welcomed the United Nations Human Rights High Commission (UNHRHC) fresh initiative for asking India to submit its report with reference to killings and human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that the UN bears moral and political obligations to address Kashmir issue at the earliest and till its final resolution ensure right to live with liberty and dignity to the people of Kashmir.

In a statement issued to media, expressing his grave concern on the use of military might to strangulate the political will and voice of the subjugated people of Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) chairman demanded a high level probe of the extra-judicial killings, random arrests, ruthless killings, maiming and blinding by pellets and bullets and the worst plight of prisoners rights in the nook and corner of the state.

 

Urging an early visit by the UNHRC, Amnesty International, ICRC and other human rights groups to take on spot stock to human rights in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leader pinned hope that the UN as a responsible institution shall come to the rescue of the people of the state and prevail upon the authorities to abstain from perpetrating worst human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman castigated the behavior meted out to the detenues, lodged in different jails, including Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Hamid Fayaz, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Anrabi, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Ahad Para, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan, Tika Khan, Mohammad Shafi Wani, Gh. Mustafa, Mohammad Ayoub Mir.

“Our prisoners are deprived of the basic amenities, proper medical treatment, food and other facilities,” alleged Hurriyat chairman.

Reiterating his political stand, Geelani said that the people of Kashmir have never accepted “aggression.” They demand right to self-determination which is their birth right.

Hurriyat (G) chairman said that our movement bears moral and political support of the vast majority of the international community, so sooner or later our legitimate demand for right to self-determination shall be accepted.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani felicitated Moien-ul-Haq for his fresh appointment as Pak-Ambassador in India.

In a welcome message, Hurriyat (G) chairman expressed hope that Moien-ul-Haq shall leave no stone unturned to render diplomatic services in his new destination.

He prayed for his success in relation to his new appointment.

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