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KCCI writes to Mehbooba Mufti ;Seeks end to hostile operations in civilian areas

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Srinagar, May 08: A premier traders’ body in Kashmir on Tuesday wrote to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and sought her directions to prevent the loss of lives in the valley.

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), in a statement, said that appreciate the anguish expressed by the Chief Minister after every incident of death and murder.

 

The chamber said they expect the CM, who is also chairperson of the Unified Command and the State Home Minister, will issue directions aimed at protecting the lives of the citizens.

“We demand that the Hon’ble Chief Minister restrain her troops by ordering immediate cessation of hostile operations being carried out by the security forces in civilian areas which invariably trigger the killings of innocent and unarmed civilians; the loss of lives of our young generation is an irreparable loss which we can no longer tolerate nor afford,” they said.

Condemning the killing of a tourist from Chennai in a stone-pelting incident yesterday, the KCCI requested the state government to “identify and punish the perpetrators of this gory crime which has brought a bad name to our State.”

They also took exception to “macabre celebrations” over the militant killings in gunfights. “We demand that senior functionaries of the State Government be accordingly sensitized and disciplined over the macabre celebrations being carried out after any killing. The loss of any human life is a somber occasion and jingoistic statements at such a time are not helping anyone’s case,” they said, in the statement.

They said that respecting the dead in a cardinal principle in all conflicts and that they “expect no more from the State”.

They asked the chief minister to put an end to alleged practice of huge financial rewards being offered to soldiers for the killings.

“There are disturbing reports about the huge financial rewards being the reason for having created a vested interest which directly benefits from the escalation in violence. Reports suggest that youth, students and educated individuals are pushed and provoked to feed this growing industry. They are subjected to physical and mental abuse. If true, please put an end to it,” they said.

They also demanded conclusive investigation and accountability in the cases of death and maiming of unarmed protesters.

“The conflict is essentially political and cannot be resolved by military might. Only a serious and sustained dialogue with stakeholders can help in arriving at a resolution. The dialogues initiated earlier have been totally lacking seriousness and appear to be cosmetic in nature which has aggravated the situation. There is a dire need to reach out to all stakeholders, as defined in the Agenda of Alliance, and to find ways and means of controlling the chaos,” they said, in the statement.

“In view of the grim situation prevailing in the State, the Government may consider this as an “Hue and Cry” Notice from the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry seeking the protection of human lives, an end to hostilities and initiation of a meaningful dialogue.”


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Rajnath pays tributes to slain Major

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday paid his tributes to Major Ketan Sharma in New Delhi. The Major had lost his life in an encounter with militants at Anantnag on Monday.

In a tweet, Singh said: “Major Sharma made the supreme sacrifice while fighting against the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Major Sharma fought valiantly like a true soldier. My heart goes out to his bereaved family.”

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also paid his tributes to Major Sharma by laying wreath.

 

Meanwhile, Army, here in Kashmir, too Tuesday paid tributes to Major Sharma and three soldiers killed during a militant attack and an encounter in south Kashmir on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the slain soldiers. Representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their tributes.

Two of the slain soldiers, Havildar Amarjeet Kumar and Naik Ajit Kumar Sahoo, had sustained injuries on Monday in an IED blast in Arihal village of Pulwama. They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.

Amarjeet, 35, had joined the Army in 2005 and hailed from village Dighawlia in Siwan District of Bihar. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Naik Sahoo, 27, hailed from village Badasuanalo in Dhenknal District of Odisha. He had joined the Army in 2015 and is survived by his parents.

On Tuesday, Rifleman Anil Kumar Jaswal sustained a bullet injury in a counter-militancy operation conducted in Marhama village of Anantnag in which two militants were eliminated.

He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but he too succumbed to his injuries. Jaswala, 26, belonged to village Saroh of Una District of Himachal Pradesh. He had joined Army in 2013 and is survived by his wife and a son.

The mortal remains of the slain were flown for the last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours, Army spokesperson said. 

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A round of applause: ‘TheRealKashmir’ shortlisted at Cannes Lions 2019

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Srinagar, Jun 18: The dream story of Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) is being watched and appreciated by the world as a two-minute film on the club was Tuesday shortlisted at Cannes Lions 2019.
‘TheRealKashmir’ was one of the 23 shortlists at the gala considered a global event and the largest gathering of the advertising and creative communications industry.
The international festival of creativity announced the shortlists across Direct, Media, PR, Creative Data, Creative Strategy, Social & Influencer categories on Tuesday.
‘TheRealKashmir’ was shortlisted in the PR category.
“For seven decades, the world has seen only one side of Kashmir. As ‘Sports has the power to change lives’ as its driving philosophy, Adidas partnered with Real Kashmir FC, a rising football club from the strife-torn region, and decided to change the negative perception with which the world sees Kashmir”, Cheil Worldwide India, who shot the movie, had said last month.
Cheil had also noted that they told their story across different mediums to create a brand new positive lens that would enable the world to see ‘TheRealKashmir’.
“We started with a 2 minute long film based on the true story of the club and their rise to the big leagues of India. We partnered with a leading Kashmiri newspaper to reorganize its news sections by bringing the sports page in front instead of the regular cover story of negativity. Then, we organized a photo exhibition in collaboration with the renowned street photographer, Prashant Godbole, showcasing Kashmir through the positive lens of football,” Cheil said.
In fact there are many firsts associated with the Real Kashmir FC. It became the first local football club to hire a former famous Scottish player David Robertson to coach the youngsters. David was playing for Rangers FC and Leeds United before taking up the coaching assignments. Established in 2016, the Real Kashmir FC is only club from Kashmir to have played in Scotland.
Only Tuesday, the club signed a top English striker Kallum Higginbotham for the upcoming season.
In their debut season in the highly competitive I League Real Kashmir FC finished third on the table, and on the way beating power houses such as Mohun Bagan and eventual champions Chennai City FC.
Real Kashmir FC also had huge attendance in all home games played at the TRC astro-turf with an average attendance of 25000. In last I League also saw the first ever match played in snow when RKFC took and defeated Gokulam Kerala FC.

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Mehbooba meets Governor ;Visits slain police officer’s residence

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Srinagar, Jun 18: Former J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti, Tuesday met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here.
Mehbooba, as per a Raj Bhavan spokesperson, shared with Governor her views relating to the present political, and socio-economic situation in the State.
The two also discussed various issues relating to the growth and development of the State.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba, during the day, also visited the residence of slain police officer Arshid Ahmad Khan to express solidarity with the bereaved family.
She expressed solidarity with the slain officer’s family and prayed for their patience at their loss.
She added that the unresolved conflict is claiming precious human lives, destroying families and orphaning children.
Mehbooba pitched for an end to the violence and bloodshed and hoped that saner voices will prevail to resolve the conflict and end peoples sufferings in Jammu and Kashmir.

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