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Kashmir’s beauty enthralls tour operators, filmmakers, media delegates

Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour ends





Gulmarg, Oct 27: The Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour Saturday ended successfully with the delegates enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

Over 70 delegates from different parts of the country including leading travel agents and tour operators, filmmakers, representatives from print and electronic media from different parts of the country were part of the FAM tour.

The delegates were all praise of the Kashmir’s beauty.


Anith Swammy of Time Travel and Tours from Chennai described Kashmir as master of destinations and urged travellers to visit Kashmir for royal hospitality.

“I was hesitant to visit Kashmir earlier. Now I have visited Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg and found everything beautiful and safe. I wish every Indian visits Kashmir and enjoys its beauty,” said Anith.

Chitra Deepa, editor at Hindu newspaper, said Kashmir’s autumn season is beautiful.

“We visited Srinagar and found different hues of trees which is really enchanting. Kashmir is a real paradise to visit,” she said.

Jariwala Abdeali of Universal Travel and Tours from Mumbai said Kashmir is a real heaven on Earth and he would promote the Valley among travellers during all seasons.

Vishvajeet Patil of Raja Rani Travels said Kashmir is absolutely safe for the travellers and there is no need for the tourists to be apprehensive about visiting this place.

“There is no need to go to foreign places. Every beautiful thing is here in Kashmir. The people are also warm and hospitable. I have been selling Kashmir for past many years and all my clients have enjoyed their visits,” said Patil.

The Kashmir FAM Tour was organized in an effort to offset negative perception about Kashmir.

Director tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani said FAM Tour was organized in order to aware the guests how safe Kashmir is and also showcase them local culture, heritage, art and craft.

“We have everything to offer from breathtaking landscape to unique art and craft and sumptuous food. However, there is negative perception among travellers which we want to remove by organising such FAM tours,” said Jeelani.

Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated the 3-day Kashmir Autumn FAM (Familiarisation) Tour-2018 at the SKICC on October 25, 2018.

On the first day, the delegates visited famous Mughal gardens including Pari Mahal, Chesma Shahi and on the second day the guests were taken to Pahalgam, Aru, Betab Valley, Pahalgam Golf Course and on the third day today, the invitees visited Gulmarg, enjoyed Gondola ride there.

Santoor performance by Master Mohammad Abdullah Tibat Bakal, multilingual song performance by Rashid Jahangir, multi-lingual Folk Dances of the State performed by local artists, on spot Sand Art painting done by Ashok Bhardwaj, Shivali Jamwal and Renu Bala enthralled the audience during the opening ceremony and at musical evening at Pahalgam and Gulmarg.





Accord sense of security to people: PDP to Guv



Srinagar, Feb 18: The People’s Democratic Party Monday urged the Government to ensure protection of rights of People of J&K.

In a statement issued to media, Party’s Chief Spokesperson said that aftermath of Pulwama incident, has shown signs of communal violence and misunderstandings where the common Kashmiri is suffering.

Mir said that “central government should ensure that the secular fabric of the country is upheld, the disturbing reports of denying admission and entry to Kashmiri students in various institutions is unconstitutional and no democratic government would ever allow such discrimination to happen which will eventually alienate the people further.


Mir said that we urge the Governor that the rights of people of Valley should not be jeopardized, we appreciate setting up of helpline for students but the Government also needs to accord a sense of security to the people, that concerns their social security. Mir said that civil society including that of mainland country must step in to ensure that communal harmony prevails and the tensions is not escalated by targeting Kashmiris in particular.

Mir said that party is grieved at the Pulwama incident and believes that the cycle of violence has only added to the loss endured. He said that “this is not the time to play politics from positions of polarity, where the anger and outrage is directed towards a common Kashmiri, Mir said.

He said that we earnestly appeal Governor sahib to ensure social security of Darbar move employees in Jammu and particularly Kashmiri students across the country, He said that the axe is unfortunately falling on innocent people who have nothing to do with politics of the state.

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Students stage protest in Sopore against attacks on Kashmiris outside Valley

Global News Service



Srinagar, Feb 18: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of north campus at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday staged a protest demonstration over growing incidents of harassment and attacks on Kashmiris by rightwing extremists in Jammu and outside the state.

The students protested inside the college premises and demanded an immediate release of Kashmiri student who was detained in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside and this is not for the first time that our brothers and sisters are being targeted, harassed and detained,” a group of agriculture students while talking to media said.


Scores of students studying in different tuition centers in Parraypora area of Srinagar also staged a protest against the attacks.

The students also expressed serious resentment over the growing attacks on Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to it.

They also demanded the withdrawal of sedition and other cases the students in different parts of India.

The students also demanded the safety of Kashmiri students outside the Valley.

Pertinently, on Sunday police detained Tahseen Gul of Kashmir, a B.Tech student of Chitkara University in Baddi on the charges of allegedly glorifying suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who was behind the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured on Thursday.

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Invest in establishing educational institutions in Kashmir: Rasheed to political parties



Srinagar, Feb 18: After the Kashmiris were attacked in different parts of the country, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Monday have appealed the regional political parties to assure and include in their manifesto that they will ensure opening of new professional and technical colleges in the state in the private sector and will make the legal procedure for the same easier.

Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said that while state already lacks good professional colleges and institutions, but the ongoing assault and harassment against Kashmiri students in other states have created more need for establishing such institutions in public and private sector.

Rasheed said that many local investors have been trying hard to get permission from the competent authority to establish various much-needed colleges in Kashmir valley but unfortunately bureaucracy has been creating barriers and thus not allowing education sector to flourish beyond a certain point. It is high time for all those regional political parties who are in the race of power to make sincere and concrete promises that they will not only allow investment in the education sector without creating hurdles but will also create a huge network of professional and technical colleges in every district and region of the state.


“Unless main political parties including NC and PDP do not promise to make the process of establishing these institutions time-bound and easy by making necessary amendments in the laws, the aim cannot be achieved,” the spokesman quoted Rashed as saying.

Meanwhile, Rasheed welcomed actor turned politician Kamal Hassan’s statement asking New Delhi to revisit its policies and resolve Kashmir dispute by holding a plebiscite so that peace returns in the entire sub-continent.  He said, “It is good to see credible voices speaking sense and understanding the significance of finding peaceful resolutions rather indulging in spreading venom against each other”.

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