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JK to include religious leaders, civil society in fight against drug abuse

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Srinagar, May 17: Government has decided to take the help of Imams and NGOs for fight the rising drug menace in the valley.
According to an official document, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, taking a serious note of the disturbing trend, held a meeting in which he passed the instruction for the fight against drug abuse.
“The deputy commissioners have been instructed to work in tandem with prominent citizens and ask Imams of local Mosques to speak about the issue particularly in their Friday sermons and other religious congregations,” the document stated.
An official privy to the meeting said various departments have been directed to devise a multipronged strategy to check the substance abuse.
Controller Drug and Food Safety Organisation, he said, was directed to prevent the sale of drugs on medical shops.
“Strict action will be taken against the offenders. They may even lose their licenses,” he said.
The official said the government was also considering various proposals to enhance the de-addiction paraphernalia.
He said that Director SKIMS has been directed to submit within one week a detailed report on establishment of a modernized drug de-addiction centre.
The Education Department has been directed to start awareness programmes and educational camps regarding the fallouts of substance abuse, he said.
“The aim of these programmes is to train the teacher fraternity in counselling the students about the bad effects of drug abuse,” the official said.
Police has been instructed to identify the places and spots used for consuming the drugs which may be identified and sanitized.
Narcotics Control Bureau of Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ annual report for 2016 placed J&K among the six major poppy producers in India.

 
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NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher

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Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.

The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands

Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.

 

“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.

He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.

Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.

He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.

“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.

Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.

Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.

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Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.

Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.

Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”

 

“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.

He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.

Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.

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For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates

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Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.

The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.

But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.

 

“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.

Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.

Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.

When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.

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