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Kashmiris know they cannot achieve what they desired for: Army Chief

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New Delhi, Jan 17: The Army Chief Bipin Rawat has said that people in Kashmir have got tired and have realized that they cannot achieve what they have desired for, said a media report on Wednesday.
Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 event in New Delhi, General Rawat said: “People of Kashmir in general are getting tired of militancy. It has not given them what they desired for. You cannot cede away from India. People have realised that. Some have got radicalised… I feel most of them want to join the mainstream,” General Rawat said, adding that the deradicalisation campaign needs to continue. “If that continues, we will soon be able to put an end to terrorism in Kashmir.”
He warned that militants’ access to nuclear warfare could mean doom for mankind.
“The threat of nuclear and chemical weapons falling in the hands of militants can be a disaster for humanity,” he said.
In a veiled attack on Pakistan, General Rawat stressed that nations sponsoring militant organisations need to be singled out.
“The militants are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders. We need to disrupt militants and their sponsors. Need to identify nations who are sponsors,” he said.
“I understand that in a democratic country people might have issues when we put curbs in place. But it is important to restrict the use of social media to tackle Militancy,” the Army Chief said in his address at the Raisina Dialogue in the national capital.
“Militants are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders. We need to disrupt militants and their sponsors. Need to identify nations who are sponsors,” General Rawat added.
The Army Chief also said the threat of nuclear and chemical weapons falling into the hands of militants could spell disaster for humanity.
“Militants are using systems which are highly technology enabled and transcending international borders. We need to disrupt militants and their sponsors. We need to identify nations who are sponsors.” the Army Chief said.
The Army Chief further said Militancy had two sides to it – militant and political.
“It is important to tackle both. Many may argue that there is no point in banning political outfits since they don’t indulge in terror activities directly, but we should not forget that they support it,” he added.
Commenting on ways to counter Militancy, General Rawat said it was imperative to identify who militants were and which are the nations that support Militancy.
“Anyone who uses violence as a means to an end is a militant. We need to identify the nations that have a state-sponsored policy to support Militancy,” he said. Once they are identified, General Rawat added, “The nations had to do their own job. While there should be international support, the nation still needs to work on countering its own militants.”
The Army chief also said it was important to identify where the militants get funds from. General Rawat added that one must “look at where poppy and cannabis grows”.
The Army Chief also listed the importance of biological chemical weapons and the threat that comes with it.
“Militancy is here to stay. Unless all countries come together. Militancy cannot be the new warfare. It has been seen that those nations that support Militancy often become victims of it eventually. So if you want a safe home, then we need to work towards ending it,” General Rawat said.
This is not the first time the Army chief has warned against the possible use of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) weapons by militant organisations.
“The threat of the use of CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) weapons is becoming a reality, particularly from the non-state actors,” he said last week.


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J&K govt to take call on release of political leaders, no interference from us: Shah

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New Delhi, Dec 10: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said the local administration of Jammu and Kashmir will take a call on the release of detained political leaders in the valley and the Centre won’t interfere in the process.

Shah said the government has no intention to keep any leader under custody for a single day more than required.

“..it is for local administration to decide when political leaders will be released. We don’t want to keep anyone (leaders) in jail even for a day more than what is required. As and when the local administration feels the time is appropriate, they will be released. There will be no interference from our side,” Shah said.

 

He was responding to a question by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and detention of political leaders.

Taking on the Congress, Shah said, Farooq Abdullah is in custody for six months but the Congress had kept his father in custody for 11 years.

“Farooq Abdullah’s father was kept in jail for 11 years by the Congress. We don’t want to follow them and as soon as the administration decides, they will be released,” he said.

He further said all leaders should be concerned about political leaders in the valley, he is also concerned but if leaders are more worried about people of Kashmir it will send a better message.

Underlining that the situation is completely normal in the valley, Shah said, “99.5 per cent students of the eleventh class sat for exams there, but for Adhir Ranjan Ji this is not normalcy, seven lakh people availed OPD services in Srinagar, Section 144 removed from everywhere. But for Adhir Ji the only parameter for normalcy is political activity.”

Earlier Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, responding to a supplementary question by Sridhar Kotagiri, said stone-pelting incidents have decreased substantially in 2019.

In 2018, 802 such incidents were reported which reduced to 544 in 2019, while only 190 stone-pelting incidents were reported since August 5, Reddy said.

All leading English, Urdu newspapers and TV channels are working in the valley, he said.

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Committee to examine academic arrangement system

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Srinagar, Dec 10: Government has constituted a five-member committee to examine all the aspects related to the hiring and remuneration of academic arrangements in various departments.

The committee, as per an official order, will be chaired by Financial Commissioner of Finance department with Secretary Higher Education Department as its Member Secretary, and Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, and Secretaries School Education and Technical Education departments as its members.

The committee has been asked to look into all aspects of academic arrangements made in various departments from time to time.

 

“It shall inspect the mode of hiring teaching faculty and their duration for the academic year and what will be their source of funding,” reads the order.  

Government has directed the committee to suggest a common approach to address the challenges faced by the departments on account of academic arrangements.

“The committee shall be authorized to co-opt any expert in its deliberations,” the order says. 

The committee, the order says, will function under the higher education department and shall submit the report and recommendation, observed during the inspection of the department, to the government by January 10. 

Each year, the government hires services of hundreds of teachers on academic arrangement basis in higher education department.

In most of the colleges in Kashmir, these teachers outnumber the permanent staff members.

Last week, Lt. Governor, GC Murmu reviewed the functioning and problems prevailing in higher education department.

Besides, the Lt. Governor asked the concerned department to frame a comprehensive recruitment policy to rationalize the recruitment process.

“The higher officials have been directed to resolve all the seniority and recruitment issues in the Higher Education Department at the earliest to remove the entire bottleneck prevailing in the department,” Murmu had directed.

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Life in times of fog:Zero visibility, no flights

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Srinagar, Dec 10: For the fifth straight day, dense fog and poor visibility forced the cancelation of all 27 flights at Srinagar International Airport.

With this, the total number of flights cancelled due to poor visibility has crossed 116 in the last four days.

Twenty eight flights were cancelled on Monday. On Sunday, Saturday and Friday, poor visibility at the airport led to the cancellation of 26, 24 and 11 flights, respectively.

 

An official at Srinagar airport said there was zero visibility at the airport on Tuesday and with the result all flight operations were suspended.

“Unfortunately, all the flights got cancelled today as well.  The prevailing conditions didn’t suit the operation of flights as the visibility recorded on Tuesday was zero,” he said.

Director Airport Authority of India (AAI) Santosh Dokay told The Kashmir Monitor, visibility at the runway was less than 50 meters due to the dense fog.

“At least one kilometer visibility is required for flight operation but currently we have a visibility up to 50 meters. Even zero visibility was recorded in the morning. It could lead to accidents if a plane lands or takes-off under these conditions,” he said.

What has compounded the problem is that despite upgrading Instrumental Landing System (ILS), flight operations continue to remain hit.

“We do have an ILS, which was upgraded recently and an Approach Lighting System (ALS) was also installed. The visibility range at the runway has been improved to 1000meters from two kilometers. But the kind of fog witnessed this year hasn’t been witnessed before. It is unprecedented and persists through the day,” Dokay said.

 Due to frequent cancellation of flights, scores of the passengers had to return their homes on the fourth consecutive day. “Every year we have to face the situation when flights get cancelled for weeks together. Many among us have to visit outside state for medical reasons. Every time flights don’t take off,” said Aijaz Ahmad Ganie, who had to take her mother for a checkup to New Delhi.

Meteorological Department (MeT), has forecasted dense fog till Wednesday across the valley.

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