Srinagar, Oct 12: National Conference delegation led by party General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar called on Governor SP Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday and discussed the existing appalling security situation, unbridled human right violations and mounting anger of the youth.
The delegation comprised former ministers and senior leaders Abdul Rahim Rather, Chowdary Muhammad Ramzan, Sakina Itoo and Saifullah Mir.
In an hour long interaction with the governor, the delegation reiterated party’s concern over the unabated human rights violations across the valley.
“Despite repeated assurances coming from the state and central government the human right violations continue to happen every other day. People have now lost faith over such assurances resulting in large scale disenchantment among all sections of the society particularly the youth,” the delegation said.
Urging the governor to initiate a conciliatory process with the alienated educated youth to instill a sense of security in them, the general secretary said, “A sharp rise in militancy in Kashmir over the last four years is a direct consequence of the alarming level of alienation in Kashmir witnessed during PDP-BJP combine We are concerned about Catch and Kill Policy where youngsters are not given a chance to return back to mainstream. Such acts add to the alienation and anguish on the ground and need to be stopped.”
National Conference has been of the consistent opinion that J&K issue is political in nature and deserves a sustained, holistic and comprehensive political engagement with all the stakeholders.
“The recent minimal poll percentage across the valley has proved beyond doubt that holding ULB elections was not the right decision in the backdrop of central governments confusing stand on states special status,” he said.
The general secretary said, “We have always respected the governor’s office and will continue to do so. We have a record of working in unison with successive governors of the state and therefore we in our party vouch for an affable connection with the Governor’s office. Keeping up with our values, our leadership welcomed and looked forward to work with the new governor to bring everlasting peace to the ailing and bruised state of Jammu & Kashmir.”
Reiterating that National Conference has always promoted progressive, secular and democratic values in the state, the delegation said, “The institutions that we cherish today have been nurtured by our party over a period of time. It pains us to see when such institutions are being fiddled with politically.”
Expressing concern over the undue praise of certain political outfits by governor Sagar said, “This is highly unbecoming of the governor’s office to praise some parties and ridicule others. The PDP-BJP combine has ruined the state after taking over in 2015. Their only achievement is disenchantment towards mainstream politics which has seeped into the psyche of Kashmiris particularly the youth.”
“We appreciate the way Mr Malik has unequivocally underscored the role played by New Delhi in pushing the Jammu and Kashmir to wall and we expected that a conciliatory process will start which will impress at the helm of affairs in New Delhi to initiate some CBMs but to our dismay that has not happened.”
“What was more disturbing is utter silence of the governor’s office on the barbaric killing of two of our colleagues in Habba kadal area days before ULB polls. We anticipated a strong condemnation from the governor’s office on the killings,” he said.
The delegation implored upon the governor the duress the people of valley are going through owing to the iron fist strategy employed by the government to contain the situation.
The delegation said that the governor took note of their assessment of the situation and assured them that he had already ordered the concerned to show maximum restraint while dealing with the situation.
Missing B’pora teacher found dead in Wular
Srinagar, May 20: Body of a government school teacher missing for the last one week was recovered from Wular Lake under mysterious conditions near Leharwalpora area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday.
The police have started proceedings under 174 CrPc into the nature of death.
Reports said that some locals spotted the body in the Lake near Leharwalpora Monday morning and accordingly informed the concerned police station.
A police team immediately reached the spot and retrieved the body from the lake, they said.
The deceased has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Lone (27) son of Abdul Rehman Lone of Gurez at present Sheikhpora Colony Mantrigam Bandipora.
Mushtaq, a teacher by profession had left to attend his duty at Government High Secondary School Chuntimulla on May 13 but did not return since then.
Confirming the incident, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik said that an FSL team was rushed to the spot for medical examination.
“The medical team has been constituted for post-mortem including experts from GMC Srinagar in the presence of Magistrate,” he said.
Proper photography and videography is being done of entire proceedings. Rest all other medico legal formalities of the deceased are being done, he said.
We are awaiting FSL and medical report to come to ascertain the actual cause of death, he said.
“An enquiry under 174 CrPc has been initiated and further investigations have been taken up,” the officer added.
Pertinently, the family members and neighbors held a protest demonstration on May 18 and had urged administration for help in tracing their missing kin.
Kashmir University gets A+ NAAC accreditation
Srinagar, May 20: After bagging 53rd rank in NIRF 2019 and 51st in QS India University Rankings 2019, the University of Kashmir added yet another feather to its cap by scoring A+ grade in the recent reaccreditation cycle by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
According to the result issued by NAAC, the University of Kashmir is scoring an impressive 3.31 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04 ahead of several other leading Universities in the country.
The University has scored 3.89 in Infrastructure and Learning Resources, 3.67 in Curricular Aspects, 3.18 in Teaching Learning and Evaluation, 3.05 in Research, Innovations and Extension, 3.61 in Institutional Values and Best Practices, 3.1 in Governance, Leadership and Management and 2.94 in Student Support and Progression.
The long-awaited accreditation was awarded to the University by peer NAAC team on Monday, May 20, 2019, which visited the varsity in the first week of May 2019 from 02-05-2019 to 04-05-2019.
It is in place to mention here that KU has earlier been accredited during its previous two cycles first in 2002 and then again in 2011 and on both these two occasions the University was awarded grade ‘A’ by NAAC.
Pertinently the Peer NAAC team comprising of six members during its visit to the University earlier this month applauded University for its research standards and stated that the varsity has made a quantum jump in its Infrastructure and Learning resources.
Being the chairperson of Monitoring and Steering Committee the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad personally monitored the preparedness of the University for the Peer NAAC team visit.
While congratulating the staff, students, scholars and alumni on the occasion Prof Talat said “I congratulate both teaching and non-teaching faculty, students, scholars and alumni for this tremendous feat. It was a team effort and we succeeded in our efforts. However at the same time we must understand that we don’t have to be complacent and work harder to achieve much higher grade next time so that our University gets international recognition.”
Registrar KU Dr Nisar A Mir said “I congratulate all the stakeholders of the University and this particular grade will ensure better job placements for our students and will fetch more fellowships to our scholars. Moreover, it will help us to upgrade our infrastructure while we will succeed in securing better funds from different funding agencies governed by UGC and other bodies.”
Governor congratulates varsity:
Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Monday congratulated Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of the University, his colleagues, staff and students for being awarded A+ Accreditation by peer NAAC Team.
Governor has expressed happiness on the impressive performance of the University by securing 3.31 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04. He has urged for making the University a leading Institute in teaching and research and wished it success in all its future academic endeavours.
Mirwaiz Farooq’s anniversary: Curbs in parts of downtown today
Srinagar, May 20: The Srinagar administration has decided to impose curbs in parts of downtown on Tuesday on the eve of Awami Action Committee (AAC) rally from Jamia Masjid to Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq.
An official that restrictions will be imposed on Tuesday in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Khanyar. “The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure,” the official said.
Meanwhile, authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest ahead of the Eidgah Chalo call announced by Hurriyat (M) to observe death anniversary of Mirwaiz Farooq.
A police official confirmed that Mirwaiz had been placed under house while as restrictions Will be imposed in various parts of Srinagar.