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Kashmiri teaching not included in winter tutorials

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Srinagar, Dec 31: After making the subject compulsory, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has excluded teaching Kashmiri language during winter tutorials in the valley.
While extra-curricular activities like have been allotted an hour, the compulsory Kashmiri language finds no mention in the time-table issued by the DSEK to the centres recently.
Post the government’s June order, which made teaching Kashmiri at the secondary level in the schools compulsory, it was expected that the DSEK would appoint the subject-specialist teachers at the centres to mark the beginning of the new academic session.
However, teachers from several winter tutorial centres across Kashmir told The Kashmir Monitor that the ‘compulsory’ subject was not being taught at the centres.
“There are no teachers for teaching Kashmiri at the centres even after the government’s order,” a teacher posted at one of the winter tutorial centres in central Kashmir’s Budgam district said.
With no specialist teachers for teaching the mother tongue, another teacher from the district who also teaches at one of the winter tutorial centres also said that there were no teachers for teaching the subject.
Referring to the DSEK’s issued time-table, which has omitted Kashmiri, a teacher from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district said, “We have to go by the department’s issued schedule.”
An insider from the DSEK said the subject was “not being taught” in winter tutorials.
Secretary Academy of Art Culture and Languages, Dr Aziz Hajini termed the DSEK’s omission of Kashmiri language from the time-table as “unfortunate”.
Secretary School Education Department, Farooq Ahmad Shah, said, “There are many general line teachers. We are looking how we can train the teachers for the job. We are at it”.
Shah didn’t confirm whether or not the government had any plans to create posts for Kashmiri teachers.
Against 70 posts of Kashmiri language teachers in higher education, the School Education Department, expected to impart basic knowledge in the language, has just 11 posts of the teachers, official sources revealed.
The 11 teachers in the schools across Kashmir have been appointed only in higher secondary schools to teach classes 11 and 12 students, said the sources.


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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