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PC confident of winning both mayor, deputy mayor posts in Srinagar: Sajad Lone

Cong all set to take control of SMC: Mir

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Srinagar, Nov 5: Peoples’ Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone on Monday said that Peoples’ Conference was set to create history and deliver change in Srinagar by winning the Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral elections in Srinagar with flying colours.
In a statement issued from Srinagar, the PC Chairman said that the PC Mayoral Candidate Junaid Azim Mattu and the independent Deputy Mayoral Candidate Muhammad Saleem Lone would win the elections and deliver on the promise of a developed, prosperous and progressive Srinagar.
“We are very confident that we will get both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor posts in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation. This will be a significant milestone that will signify a departure from the politics of exploitation, misrule and stagnation in Srinagar. The elected Corporators will leave no stone unturned to meet the developmental and infrastructural challenges the City is faced with and also ensure that the quality of life for the citizens of the City is raised. There will be a perceptible and palpable change in Srinagar”, the PC Chairman said.
“The traditional exploiters, especially the Congress are trying to distort development by redefining it in terms of discord and social unrest. These are the people who were at the helm of affairs for decades and the masters of 1987 rigged elections which thrust the State into a violent state and after thousands of killings the State is yet to come out of it. I fail to understand how they muster the courage to come and continue their litany of lies in front of the people. The die is cast, change will dawn on Srinagar City and deliverance will be redefined and identified with making Srinagar a world-class tourist city”, the PC Chairman said.

Cong all set to take control of SMC: Mir

Srinagar, Nov 5: The J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has said that the upcoming Elections in Srinagar Municipal Corporation is a good opportunity for right thinkingElected Members of Srinagar District to defeat the divisive politics of BJP RSS.
He also said that these Elections is apparently a direct fight between Congress and BJP RSS Sponsored Candidates, expressing confidence that Congress led amalgam is all set to take control of Srinagar Municipal Corporation on 6th of this Month.
Describing the upcoming election in Srinagar Municipal Corporation as a direct fight between Congress led Secular amalgam and BJP RSS, G.A. Mir said that the Saffron Party is desperate enough to grab power, besides making inroads in Srinagar City with the support of their alliance partner, but the secular amalgam led by Congress will ensure their defeat in the election scheduled on Nov 6th.
He said BJP RSS has always been desperate enough to erode the authority of democratic institutions in the State to serve their vested interests, besides exhibiting their existence, but the matter of fact is that Saffron Party while having no base in Srinagar City fielded Sponsored Candidates in Corporations Elections, which will not work, rather this process has further exposed the divisive politics of BJP, Mir said.
He blamed them (BJP) for erosion of democratic Institutions in the country cautioning the elected Corporators about the politics of exploitation on their part, urged them (Corporators) to ensure defeat of BJP Sponsored Candidates.
He reiterated his appeal to all secular and right thinking people to rise to the occasion to defeat BJP RSS and their alliance partner to ensure that the democratic institutions in the State are not erode by the Saffron Party, he added and said that Congress Party will continue to fight against the divisive politics of BJP RSS.

 
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No decision yet on resumption of Cross LOC trade

Govt working on installing truck scanners on trade routes

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Srinagar, May 18: Though they are unlikely to resume the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade soon, the authorities are working on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in the Kashmir valley and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 18 had suspended the cross-LoC trade in J&K, saying that it was being used for “funneling of illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency”.
“As such there is no order to resume the LOC trade but yes work had started on installing truck scanners at both the trade centres Salamabad in Kashmir and Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch in Jammu,” said one of the top government officials.
He said if the trade resumed, the truck scanners will enable the customs department and other agencies to see what is being imported from the other side.
After suspending the LOC trade, the MHA had said that the issue will be “revisited” after a “stricter regulatory & enforcement mechanism” that is being worked out is “put in place in consultation with various agencies”.
Cross-LoC traders and others associated with the trade are demanding the resumption of the business.
Traders has said that they support the government’s every move to put strict and transparent regulatory measure but suspension of trade that took a decade to establish itself is no answer.
“Over the past decade, cross-LoC trade has been our only source of income. Suspension of trade has affected our families. We request government to implement strict regulatory measures and continue trade simultaneously,” said one of the LOC traders.
In October 2008, as a confidence building measure, India and Pakistan agreed to carry out trade along the Line of Control through the Uri-Muzaffarabad route in Kashmir and the Poonch-Rawalakot route in Jammu.
The two countries agreed on a Standard Operating Procedure.
The defining feature of the initiative was that there would be no exchange of money between traders – it would involve the barter system. If a trader in Pakistan sent across goods worth five lakh Indian rupees to a trader on the Indian side, that trader would send back goods of the same value as payment.
It is to mention here that the initiative was launched during the tenure of the Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government, its seed was planted in 2004, in the peace process initiated by the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf.
Cross-LoC trade was the second confidence-building measure between India and Pakistan after a cross-LoC bus service, which was launched in 2005.
For security agencies, cross-LoC trade has always attracted strict surveillance. They have, over the years maintained that they seized weapons, fake currency and narcotics being transported from the other side.

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B’pora teacher still missing; family protests for whereabouts

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Srinagar, May 18: The family members and relatives of the missing Bandipora government teacher on Saturday held a demonstration here in Mantrigam Bandipora area of north Kashmir’s district seeking his whereabouts.
Eye witnesses said that family members and relatives of Mushtaq Ahmad lone a government teacher assembled here in Mantrigam area of Bandipora and blocked the Bandipora-Gurez road.
They staged a demonstration seeking Mushtaq’s whereabouts, who went missing on May 13 after he left home for duty to Government Higher Secondary School Chuntimulla and has not returned home till date.
Family sources said that they tried to locate him everywhere but couldn’t find any clue despite lodging missing report in Pathkoot Police station.
“We have called relatives and friends, however, there has been no trace of him so far,” the family members said adding “his phone has been switched off for a long time.”
The family members and relatives of Mushtaq urged deputy commissioner Bandipora and SSP Bandipora to help in locating their missing son.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer said a missing report in this matter has been lodged in police station Pathkoot and investigation has been taken up.

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Unabated killings even during Ramadan worrisome: PDP

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Srinagar, May 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said it’s worrisome to witness that there is no letup in killings and bloodshed in Kashmir even during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a statement, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said the unabated killings of civilians, militants and security forces in Kashmir has once again made peace elusive even during the ongoing sacred month of Ramadan.
He said the way in which precious human lives are lost in Kashmir, there are apprehensions that the government is in no mood to shun the muscular policy that so far has yielded no positive results.
Hanjura said that it has been the cardinal Principe of the PDP that muscular and iron fist approach is bound to fail in Kashmir as such measures have in the past only wreaked havoc and in the future also wouldn’t bring any positive change on ground.
He said keeping the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan in view, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti as the Chief Minister last year played a vital role in making GOI declare unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir. This year also, said Hanjura, the PDP President made a fervent appeal to both militants as well to the security grid to declare truce and respect the ongoing holy month. “It is hoped that good sense will prevail and the vicious cycle of violence and bloodshed is stopped at an earliest so that the people of Kashmir yearning for peace could heave a sigh of relief,” said Hanjura.

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