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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




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.



Entrepreneur duo comes up with ‘Fast Beetle’, valley’s ‘first’ logistics company

Hirra Azmat



Srinagar, Jan 22: In the fast paced world, convenience and ease of access is a mantra that no business can afford to ignore.

In Kashmir too, the customer demands his pound of flesh and businesses have begun to cater to this aspect.

Enter ‘Fast Beetle’, a specialised delivery service that began operations last year and claims to be the first logistics company in the entire valley that provides end-to-end service to the entrepreneurs, specifically women.


Owned by two young entrepreneurs, Sami Ullah and Abid Rashid, the logistics company promises to take on the challenge of fulfilling the promise of timely delivery. They ensure that orders received from many valley based e-commerce websites reach the customer within a day.

After completing his MBA, Sami Ullah, 27, started working with a company called ‘Kashmir Box’. He came across many e-commerce website owners who were facing problems in the delivery of their products. This triggered the idea behind his startup.“What I observed was that the issue was mostly faced by female entrepreneurs. They find difficult to move out from their home every day. So I decided why not set up a delivery service,” recalls Sami Ullah.

Last year in September, Sami Ullah started working on the idea along with his friend Abid, who too has an MBA.
After two months of research, the duo gradually built their network with the local e-commerce websites, soon interacting with over 50 entrepreneurs, mostly women.

“In the first stage, we did the mapping of Instagram pages and accordingly approached them. We started off as delivery boys and would pick up the products ourselves,” recounts Sami Ullah.

The founders started the company with a moderate capital saved from their previous jobs and they worked on a minimum-profit basis.

However, their start-up didn’t progress the way they had planned. The challenges came as the business started to evolve.“As the customers multiplied, the phone calls about the delivery details increased too.

The clients would call us repeatedly to ensure if their product was delivered. The whole process became tedious,” says Sami Ullah.

The duo then developed a software that streamlined the order details including the delivery status.“When the entrepreneurs create an order, the company receives an e-mail automatically through the system. Our admin assigns the delivery boys and then forwards the details of the order.  It provides an end to end protection to our clients,” explains Sami Ullah.

At present, the duo functions from a warehouse in Zaldagar area of old-city.

They have five people working for them.

The company receives over 50-60 orders on an average every day and has, so far, delivered over 4,000 orders.

They now earn double than what their jobs offered and are proud owners of five motorcycles used for the delivery purposes.“Most deliveries that we do are for cosmetics, medicines, clothes, shoes and other grocery items,” says Sami Ullah.

The company charges the client a commission on the total value of the order.

The company has extended its cash on delivery services in Anantnag, Sopore and Baramulla and plans to start a franchise model in every district in the future.

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No public transport in late hours; authorities say electric buses in offing

Sakeena Banday



Srinagar, Jan 22: Authorities have failed to provide inter and intra-district public transport service for the people of Kashmir, especially during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Each working day, commuters can be seen jostling for seats in private cabs here, a limited number of which ply to and fro the districts of Kashmir.
At Jehangir Chowk in Srinagar, people are seen anxiously waiting for a cab in late hours, knowing if they miss one, they may have to wait for hours for another.

A similar situation is also faced by the commuters on various city routes, who complain about the absence of passenger buses and cabs.


In addition to the hassle, the passengers pay a much higher fare than they would have had there been any government transport service available.
“After 5 pm, cabs running from Lal Chowk to Nishat are difficult to find and even after waiting for hours at Jehangir Chowk, we hardly find any transport in the evening,” said a resident of Nishat, who travels to the city-centre each day.

The problem, commuters say, aggravates in winters because of lesser daylight.“There is hardly any direct cab service between Lal Chowk and Soura. I travel by bus which moves very slowly, wasting a good hour and a half for the journey that can be completed within 30 minutes,” a resident from Soura said.

Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon said the government’s plan to run eco-friendly, battery-powered buses will be rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir soon.“It will take some time because we need to set up electric charge-stations. Till then, by the month of March, 50 to 70 city buses should be started (sic),” he said.

Asked about inter-district transport, Samoon said: “We will try to start night services and transport services for long routes as well.”

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JK fully prepared for census of water bodies: Revenue Deptt



Jammu, Jan 22: Department of Revenue today said that Financial Commissioner (Revenue), who is also Census Commissioner, has initiated all the requisite measures for smooth conduct of 6th Minor Irrigation Census and first census of Water Bodies with the reference year 2017-18.
The census is being conducted in Jammu and Kashmir along with other States by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
For conducting the census efficiently, field functionaries of Revenue Department viz Tehsildars/ Naib-Tehsildars/ Girdawars/Patwaries/OQs have been imparted training at their respective District Headquarters in all Districts except Leh and Kargil by the Planning Cell in the Office of Financial Commissioner, Revenue.
The schedules along with Guidelines and Instruction Manual have been distributed among the Tehsils. Village directory required by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India has been prepared and sent to the concerned.
“Deputy Commissioners have been authorized as per plan of activities approved by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to procure Mobile Devices for each Tehsil as required for capturing photographs of water bodies, a statement of the Department said.
“A mobile-friendly app/software would be made available by the concerned Ministry.”
All enumerators have been kept in the state of readiness for field operation which shall commence as per the time schedule to be circulated by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, the statement added.

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