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Pak youth returns without visiting parental home

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Poonch, Feb 4: Kamran Aftab, 21, travelled from Pakistan administrated Kashmir via peace bus on January 28 to visit his parental home dwelled by his grandmother, uncle and other relatives at Galota Behrote in this mountainous frontier district.

However, army did not allow him to travel to Galota Behrote, a village located ahead of LoC fence and requiring passage through the gates manned by the army. Aftab, who had got valid permission to stay till February 25 was not permitted to travel despite deputy Commissioner Poonch’s letter, asking army to allow the 21-year-old to visit his ancestral home so that he could meet his grandmother and other relatives.

Disappointed, Kamran left for home at Bandi in Kotli district of PaK early on Monday and emotional scenes prevailed as his relative bid him adieu when he boarded the peace bus near Chakan-da-Bagh Poonch. His grandmother and other relatives travelled to this side of fence to meet him.


On Thursday last, the army cited a decision taken at a security conference last year for not allowing Kamran to meet his grandmother and his other relatives at native place.

The army had written a letter to Deputy Commissioner Poonch giving reference of the minutes of the security conference held last year.
On reaching Poonch, Aftab said he moved towards Mendhar in order to meet his grandmother and relatives Mohammad Mahroof son of Faqir Mohammad living in GalotaBehrote.

“I reached the army gate so that I can move towards the village where my grandmother and uncle are living but army disallowed me,” he has said, adding that he then went to Police Post Balakote along with some local residents and also visited the office of deputy commissioner Poonch and informed him about the matter.

The officer, in turn, wrote a letter to army authorities, asking them to permit Aftab to travel across to meet the grandmother and other relatives.



Will foil attempts of fiddling with J&K’s special identity, singular entity: NC




Poonch June 20- Senior National Conference leaders on Thursday pledged to foil conspiracies being hatched to fiddle with the special identity and singular entity of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Those nurturing wild dreams of trifurcating the state or tinkering with its special status are destined to fail, as the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are determined to frustrate all their attempts with their full might”, General Secretary Mr Ali Mohammed Sagar said while addressing senior functionaries and delegates of Mendhar, Surankote and Poonch here this evening.

Former ministers Mian Altaf Ahmed, Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, and Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari, Provincial Youth National Conference President Ajaz Jan, former legislators Th Rachpal Singh, Javed Rana, Rattan Lal Gupta, Rahim Dad and senior leaders also addressed the convention.


Ali Mohammed Sagar also cautioned against the machinations being engineered to weaken the National Conference, a bold voice of the people of the state and a binding force between the regions and the communities living in harmony for centuries. To achieve their malicious agenda, anti-people and anti-poor elements are being encouraged to cause divisions and wedge between the people, he said.

The General Secretary called for further strengthening National Conference at the grass roots level to meet the challenges facing the state. He said the recent victory in the parliamentary elections reflects the urges of the people to have a strong government which can uphold the political aspirations and undertake holistic development across the state with equal opportunities of progress to all. He exhorted the cadre to get prepared for the assembly elections, whenever held in near future.

Emphasisng the need for closing ranks and girding up loins for the assembly elections, Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana said National Conference is all set to script a historic victory and forming the government on its own.

Rana said the miseries inflicted upon the people of the state, especially those living in remote and far off areas call for a special dispensation in terms of employment, development and economic emancipation. The successive National Conference governments have set a high standard of performance. While the government led by Omar Abdullah laid strong developmental edifice with thrust on employability, Dr Farooq Abdullah government between 1996 and 2002 put the state on the path of normalcy. Addressing the workers, former minister Mian Altaf Ahmed spelt out the initiatives taken by National Conference for the upliftment of marginalized segments including Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, OBCs and other weaker sections of the society.

Former minister Syed Mushtaq Ahmad Shah Bukhari, while addressing the workers, called for intensifying the mass outreach programme to sanitize the people about challenges faced to the state.

Bukhari recalled the crucial role played by National Conference in border development and enhancing the quality of life of the people living in disadvantageous areas.

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SAC approves award of contract under EPC mode for 12MW Karnah HEP in Kupwara district




Srinagar, June 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the award of contract for EPC mode of execution of the 12 MW Karnah Hydro Electric Project (HEP) at village Pingla, Tehsil Karnah, District Kupwara to the L1 bidder, M/s Angelique-SAPU Consortium at the quoted cost of Rs 96.967 Crore with applicable taxes.

SAC authorized the Managing Director, JKSPDCL to execute all such documents and take such actions as may be required in this regard.

The completion time of the Karnah HEP is 42 months from the date of award of work which includes the time required for pre-construction activities including infrastructure works. The project will cater to the power demand of the area and will also be a source of their socio-economic upliftment.


The project is proposed to be funded with a debt-equity ratio of 70:30. While the debt requirement shall be raised from financial institutions/banks like PFC, REC and J&K Bank, the equity portion for the project i.e 30% of the total project cost is proposed to be funded by the Government of India (Gol) from the Prime Minister Developmental Programme funds (PMDP). In case of any additional requirement of funds, same is proposed to be met from the internal resources of JKSPDCL.

The Karnah HEP is a run-of-river project with an installed capacity of 2 MW located on Owari Nag Nallah at village Haridal in district Kupwara of Jammu and Kashmir state. The project was commissioned in 1991 but the scheme underwent forced stoppage many times in between September 1992 and July 2010 due to various reasons including damages due to earthquake of 2005, flash flood of 2010 etc. The project was finally made functional in July, 2011. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Karnah HEP was prepared in 2011-12 for enhancing the power generation capacity from 2 MW to 12 MW besides shifting the power house downstream by about 1.5 km near village Khudri. After a competitive bidding process, the Board of Directors of JKSPDC in its 74th meeting held on 22.04.2019 approved the award in favour of M/s Angelique-SAPU Consortium.

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Northern Army Commander reviews security scenario in Kashmir




Srinagar, June 20:  The Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh arrived in Srinagar on Thursday on a two-day visit to review the overall security scenario in the Kashmir Valley.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, in a solemn ceremony renamed, The Army Goodwill School Wuzur as “Shaheed Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, Ashok Chakra, Sena Medal** Army Goodwill School Wuzur”. The renaming was done to honour the contributions of a great son of soil, who was the first Kashmiri to be bestowed Ashok Chakra, the highest peacetime gallantry award of the country on Republic Day this year.

The Army Commander accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon visited formations along the Line of Control in Kupwara District. He was briefed on development works, the counter infiltration grid and operational preparedness. The Army Commander was appreciative of the measures and Standard Operating Procedures instituted by the units and formations to meet the challenges posed by the inimical elements.


Later in the day the Army Commander also chaired a key Security Review Meeting which was attended by the senior officials from the Army, Police, CRPF and other security agencies. During the meeting, Amarnath Yatra, neutralisation of militants and minimisation of civilian casualties during operations were focused. He also appreciated the synergy being maintained through the joint efforts of all the agencies. He said that the synergy was most critical for successful counter-militant operations.

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