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Need to harness talent of specially-abled children: Adv Ganai




Jammu, Sept25: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai Tuesday said that the specially-abled students have hidden talent which needs to be harnessed and encouraged so that they too can contribute towards nation building.

Speaking here at an annual day cum award distribution function of Samaj Kalyan Kendra (SKK), Jammu, he called for joint efforts of government and civil society for the emancipation of the children with special needs.

SKK runs a school for deaf children. The function hosted by Rangyug also coincided with the International Week of Deaf.


The Advisor assured that Governor’s Administration will leave no stone unturned to meet the aspirations of specially-abled children. He appreciated the efforts of civil society for running NGOs like SKK to ensure   that no section of the society is left out in the process of social and economic development. He also pitched for membership of the NGO and appealed the audience to donate for this sacred cause.

He assured that all the demands put forward by the NGO management will be examined and looked into by the concerned departments.

He appreciated the School principal, teaching faculty and other staff for bringing best out of the students as reflected in their outstanding multifarious performances in academics, sports and cultural activities. He hoped that they will continue to excel and become a role model for other children.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, President of the school K.B Jandial said that the main objective to organize the programme on a larger scale was to provide students a better platform and rehabilitate them socially, financially and educationally. Highlighting   the educational and sports achievements of the students, he said that they have achieved cent percent results in 8th, 10th and 12th Board exams. He further informed that the students of the school won 5 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze medals in 6th National Judo Championship for Deaf and Blinds and clinched the runners-up trophy for overall performance in the tournament.  He also sought support of the government and on behalf of SKK, projected demands for meeting certain requirements of the school.

A colourful musical show was presented by the student of school featuring Dogri folk dance and music and other cultural items. The programme was appreciated by one and all.

Advisor Ganai also distributed prizes and cash awards among the students of the school who excelled in board exams and won medals in National Judo Championship held at Lucknow this year.

Director Social Welfare Bharat Bhushan, Director School Education Rakesh Kumar, Founder of the school RR Khajuria, Principal Roshan Bhan, General Secretary JK Vaid, retired civil servants, social activists, educationists and other prominent citizens from different walk of the society were also present on the occasion.




Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed



Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.


Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation



Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.


According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.


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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.


The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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