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Panchayat Polls: In phase-VI, 1716 candidates in fray for 590 Sarpanch Halqas

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Srinagar, Nov 18: For the Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls, 1716 candidates are in the fray for 590 Sarpanch Halqas and 6689 candidates for 4546 Panch wards across the State after scrutiny of nominations. Voting and counting for Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 1 December 2018.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra, for Phase-VI, 19 candidates are in the fray for 15 Sarpanch Halqas and 81 candidates for 107 Panch wards in district Bandipora; 19 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 21 for 188 Panch Halqas in district Baramulla; 52 candidates for 24 Sarpanch Halqas and 144 for 18 Panch wards in district Ganderbal; 10 candidates for 9 Sarpanch Halqas and 22 for 79 Panch wards in district Srinagar; 25 candidates for 25 Sarpanch Halqas and 110 for 181 Panch wards in district Budgam; 6 candidates for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 8 for 229 Panch wards in district Pulwama; 5 candidates for 11 Sarpanch Halqas and 17 for 91 Panch wards in district Shopian; 32 candidates for 38 Sarpanch Halqas and 72 for 302 Panch wards in district Kulgam; 65 candidates for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 180 for 382 Panch wards in district Anantnag; 195 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 683 for 329 Panch wards in district Doda; 70 candidates for 18 Sarpanch Halqas and 263 for 136 Panch wards in district Ramban; 228 candidates for 47 Sarpanch Halqas and 809 for 367 Panch wards in district Udhampur; 76 candidates for 21 Sarpanch Halqas and 383 for 181 Panch wards in district Reasi; 263 candidates for 54 Sarpanch Halqas and 954 for 420 Panch wards in district Kathua; 149 candidates for 36 Sarpanch Halqas and 672 for 284 Panch wards in district Samba; 208 candidates for 50 Sarpanch Halqas and 990 for 406 Panch wards in district Jammu; 195 candidates for 58 Sarpanch Halqas and 797 for 416 Panch wards in district Rajouri and 99 candidates for 32 Sarpanch Halqas and 483 for 268 Panch wards in district Poonch.
According to the CEO, for Phase-II, 1038 candidates are in the fray for 468 Sarpanch Halqas and 4165 candidates for 3610 Panch wards for which voting and counting is scheduled be held on 20 November 2018.
For Phase-III, 1371 candidates are in the fray for 553 Sarpanch Halqas and 5426 candidates for 4279 Panch wards across the State for which voting and counting is scheduled be held on 24 November 2018.
For Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls, 1382 candidates are in the fray for 531 Sarpanch Halqas and 5201 candidates for 4140 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-IV of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 27 November 2018.
For the Phase-V of Panchayat Polls, 1209 candidates are in the fray for 541 Sarpanch Halqas and 4723 candidates for 4297 Panch wards across the State. Voting and counting for Phase-V of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 29 November 2018.


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‘Rising communalism’ taking toll on Urdu: Farooq

All-India Urdu book fair at Kashmir University

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Srinagar, Jun 15: National Conference Party president Farooq Abdullah Saturday inaugurated 23rd All India Urdu book fair (Kul Hind Urdu Mela) organized by National council for promotion of Urdu language at University of Kashmir.
Farooq who was chief guest on the occasion visited 51 stalls being erected by book sellers from across India.
Books on various subjects from all across the country have been put on display for the readers.
Party president in his address said that there was a “kind of communal mentality that is spreading a malicious propaganda about Urdu language.”
“Urdu has never belonged to a particular sect or faith. Urdu is a representative language of Ganga-Jammuna Tahzeeb of India; the language has been watered by both Hindus and Muslims. The existence of Urdu language owes a lot to Munshi Prem Chand and others,” he said.
Farooq said the “rise of communalism in the country is taking toll on the language.”
“Today we see homogeneity being forced on our country that has always been known for its diversity. This I believe is one of the diminishing factors of Urdu from our day to day lives,” he said.
“However I take this opportunity to welcome the initiative of NCPUL for coming up with such fairs annually. Events like these provide a window of opportunity for those who have a penchant for Urdu literature. Such festivals and fairs will surely acquaint the new generation about the contemporary happening in the field of Urdu literature,” he said.
Party president on the occasion underscored the need giving equal respect to local languages.
“Kashmiri languages known for its richness, particularly for its poetry, maxims and other literary aspects; the need of the hour is to get our new generation acquainted with it. Similarly the speakers of other languages take equal pride in speaking their languages. It is thus imperative for a government to provide patronage to all the languages of the state,” he said.
Among others Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Talat Ahmad, registrar Nisar Ahmad, Director NCPUL Dr Sheikh Nida were also present on the occasion.

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National Geriatric Conference held in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 15: For commemorating World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir Saturday organised National Geriatric Conference in collaboration with Geriatric Society of India (GSI) and Government College of Education, Srinagar, at College of Education here
In her keynote address, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Kunzes Dolma, who was the chief Guest on the occasion, said: “Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir is committed for the health and well-being of the geriatric population”.
Commending the efforts put in by Geriatric Consultant Dr Zubair Saleem for the advancement of Geriatrics in Kashmir, she added, “I congratulate Dr Zubair for tirelessly helping our senior citizens for leading a pain-free life.”
Special Guest Dr Aabha Chaudhary, Chairperson, Anugraha Centre on Ageing, in her speech, said: “I am glad to see that such conferences are being held in Kashmir. My organisation would further strengthen the relationship with Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Ahata Waqar (Elderly Day-care Centre) for the common issues pertaining to the elderly population”.
She also applauded Dr Saleem for his relentless services towards the health of the elderly.
Dr. Saleem, the Geriatric Consultant in his address said: “Government alone cannot come up to all the expectations of elderly health as Geriatrics is still in infancy in Kashmir. Civil Society too needs to come forward and lend a helping hand in giving a healthy and dignified life to elderly.”
On the occasion, a book ‘Mere Yaden’, authored by former Headmaster Tyndale Biscoe School Roshan Lal Kachru was released as a tribute to the creative contributions by senior citizens.
To felicitate the individuals who strived for the advancement of Geriatric Medicine in Kashmir during last one year, certificates of appreciation and awards were given on the occasion. The Outstanding Individual Achievement Award was given to Dr Zubair Saleem by Director Health Services, Kashmir.
He was also felicitated by Rehabilitation Alliance Kashmir, Batamaloo Traders Association, Kashmir Traders & Manufacturers Federation for his selfless contribution towards the betterment of marginalized elderly of Kashmir.
Others who were awarded on the occasion include Dr Kunzes Dolma; Dr Zakir Hussain Khan, MS, JLNM Hospital; Dr Talat Jabeen, CMO Srinagar; Dr Shakeel ur Rehman, Kashmir Clinics; and Ajaz Rashid, Umeed Foundation.
Scientific papers were also presented by Dr H Waqar, Associate Professor, GMC Baramulla, Dr Nasir Shamas, Consultant JLNM Hospital and Dr Iftikhar Wani, Consultant Orthopedics, B&J Hospital.
The conference was coordinated by Prof Gurmeet Kour, Govt College of Education, Srinagar.

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Burglary gang which stole cigarettes, copperware busted

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Srinagar, Jun 15: Srinagar police Saturday busted a gang of burglars who had stolen property worth lakhs.
Addressing media persons here at Police Station Safa Kadal, SSP Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that the gang was involved in a series of burglaries and attempts to burglary within the district.
The SSP was accompanied by SP (North) Sajjad Ahmad and other police officers.
The modus-operandi of the gang, as per the police spokesperson, was to recce the big godowns/ware houses and shops in the district and strike in the dead of the night and decamp with valuables especially cigarettes, he said, adding that the gang would take the help of special implements like bolt-cutters, etc to break open the locks and get access to the godowns without creating much noise.
“The gang was technically updated and used to take CCTVs and electronic surveillance equipment along with them and dispose it off so as to destroy any sort of video footage/evidence. The police started seriously working on the leads after a godown at Baghinand Singh was burgled and goods (Cigarettes) worth lakhs of rupees were looted,” he said.
He added that in this connection a case under FIR number 76/2019 under section 457, 380 RPC was registered in Police Station Safakadal and investigation taken up.
On the directions of SSP Srinagar and SP City North, a special investigation team was constituted headed by SDPO M.R. Gunj Feroz Qadri assisted by SHO Police Station Safakadal Adil Rashid, Incharge Police Post Baghiyas Shanawaz Ahmed and incharge Police Post Noorbagh Sheikh Ajaz Ahmad.
Working on the leads after strenuous efforts and utilizing both technical and scientific aids, the team zeroed in on a few suspects. “Special team succeeded in identifying the suspects and their arrests were made in one go, so that chances of escape and destruction of stolen property is avoided,” he said.
After thorough questioning of the suspects, the team finally succeeded in making break-through and was able to nab a group of organised notorious burglars from various parts of city and its adjoining districts.
Those arrested included Mohammad Yaseen Hajam, son of Ghulam Mustafa, resident of Trikolbal Pattan, Muzaffar Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, resident of Hanjiwera Pattan, Altaf Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Ahmad Mir, resident of Khumani Chowk Bemina, Irfan Ahmad Nagar, son of Ghulam Nabi, resident of Saida Kadal and Serwar Hussain Bhat, son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat, resident of Labartal Budgam.
SP North told media persons that Yaseen Hajjam, who lead the group, was the mastermind of all burglaries.
Stolen property worth several lakhs was recovered on the disclosure of the arrested accused and vehicles used in the commission of crimes were also seized.
The recoveries as per the police so far include Copper utensils of different make, Electric/ Electronic appliances, Cigarettes of different brands worth several lakhs while as the seized vehicles so far include Scorpio DL43CNB 5501, Santro JKOIR 2266, Honda City DL7CF 8139 and Maruti DL3CAD 8969.
The investigation of the case is going on and more arrests and recoveries are expected, he said.
Meanwhile, all the vehicles seized are Delhi based, which seems that somebody from the outside have also links with the gangs, which is being investigated and will come to the conclusion soon.

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