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Multidimensional approach must to boost saffron production: Secy APD

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Srinagar, Nov 06: Secretary Agriculture Production Department (APD) Manzoor Ahmad Lone Tuesday stressed on collective multidimensional approach for the revival of saffron and to boost its production.

The Secretary was speaking at a meeting convened to review the overall status of saffron production in the State.

He said that J&K has a monopoly over the production of saffron in the country.  He also called for adopting a collective multidimensional approach where all the stakeholders including scientists, farmers, saffron growers, policymakers and the department is taken on board for the revival of the sector.

“Saffron is such a symbolic and market-oriented crop that it has always a readily available market nationally as well as internationally,” he added.

Lone said that it is high time that all the necessary efforts are put in, translated into actions and implemented on the ground to boost saffron production.

He highlighted the importance of pursuing innovative solutions while dealing with the saffron sector to create and sustain an economically viable venture.

Lone expressed optimism that within the next two years the saffron scenario in the state will witness a positive change. He asked the concerned scientists and experts to ensure that the different components of National Mission on Saffron including plantation of corms on scientific lines and irrigation facilities are taken care of.

Secretary APD asked the Director Agriculture Kashmir to depute extra staff for the saffron growing areas of the valley. He also ordered Mechanical Irrigation Department to maintain the manpower for the regulation of bore wells and sprinkler irrigation systems in the area.

The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Horticulture Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, F.A Nehvi Representative of SKUAST, Joint Directors, representatives of saffron growers and traders and other concerned.

Earlier, Secretary APD inaugurated departmental library at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi Srinagar. On the occasion, Lone asked the officers to introduce e-Books in the library which will be easily accessible to the readers.


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Killing of Shopian youths barbaric: Mehbooba

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Srinagar, Nov 18: Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday termed the killings of civilian youth in Shopian barbaric, stating that the people of the state in unison must save youngsters from such catastrophe.
Huzaif Kuttay, a 19-year-old resident of Kulgam was abducted and his body was found with his throat slit. Earlier, Nadeem Manzoor, a resident of Safanagri was abducted and killed on Thursday night.
While meeting the party functionaries from Wachi and Pulwama, Mehbooba said words aren’t enough to condemn the killing of teenagers and that such acts of brutality have no place in Kashmir which in the entire world for centuries is known for its generosity and kindness and has been an abode of revered Sufis and saints.
Terming the killing of youth worrisome and perturbing, the PDP chief stated that no religion on earth permits any person or a group to commit such heinous acts and terrify the peace loving people.
“We as a society need to rise above party affiliations to save youngsters from becoming victims of the unending cycle of violence. Words are not enough to condemn the killing of the teenagers in Shopian. Our heart goes out to the families at this hour of irreparable loss. The entire state is in shock due to such an unfortunate incident,” Mehbooba said.
Other PDP leaders who were present during the meeting include PDP Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Aijaz Mir, Mohammad Yosuf and others.

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2 persons booked under PSA, shifted to jail in Jammu

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Srinagar, Nov 18: District administration on Saturday ordered detention under Public Safety Act (PSA) of two members of Hizbul Mujahideen including a Border Security Force (BSF) man from frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

A district administration official told Global News Service (GNS) that deputy commissioner Kupwara has ordered the detention of the duo under PSA and have been shifted to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu today evening.
The deputy commissioner has passed separate orders to detain the BSF personal Shakir Ahmad Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh. While Shakir has been booked under PSA number 26/DMK/PSA/ 2018 and Mustafa under 2 /DMK/PSA/ 2018.
The two Hizbul Mujahideen members were arrested by SOG and army’s 28 RR during a raid at Lolab on October 4 this year.
The arrested persons include Shakir Ahmad Wani son of Mohammed Ramzan Wani and Ghulam Mustafa Sheikh son of Abdul Ahad Sheikh, both residents of Tekipora, Lolab.
The police had said that Shakir, a BSF personal was posted outside the state and was on leave when he along with his associate was arrested by the joint team of the government forces.
A police spokesman had said that acting on a specific input, Kupwara Police busted an OGW module of the outfit, operating in Lolab area of the district.
A case FIR no.77 of 2018 u/s 7/25 Arms act 13, 18, 39 Unlawful Activities Act stands registered in P/S Sogam against them.

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LeT pays tribute to slain Al-Badr militants

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Srinagar, Nov 18: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah has paid tribute to Al-Badr militants Yawer Ahmed and Nawaz Ahmed who were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Reban village in Zainpora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
A spokesperson of LeT Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued to GNS quoted Shah as saying that “the martyrs have played a pivotal role in exposing the Indian aggression before the world”.
“It is the honour of the martyrs to retaliate against the unjust occupation and to fight for their fundamental rights,” he said.
Mehmood Shah said New Delhi has never been able to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle through force, nor will it bear any success in future.
Terming the 2019 elections as “drama”, LeT chief said India sees terrorists every now and then.
This is the propaganda and through such vicious tactics, Government of India wants to secure vote bank by sowing the seeds of hatred between Muslims and Hindus.
“Muslims in poor plight are killed in fake encounters so as to convince the Indian public that they have in fact targeted terrorism. How are they terrorists when they did not commit any crime? The Indian policy of hatred will shake its very foundation,” he said.
Mehmood Shah said that if Ram Temple is built on Babri Masjid then Babri Masjid will be built again at the same place in future. “Therefore, Indian forces must come to their senses and quit Kashmir,” he said.

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