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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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‘170 ADB-funded projects costing 3305 cr completed’

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Srinagar, Jul 20: Jammu & Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (JKERA) has completed 170 externally funded infrastructure projects in the State with a cumulative investment of Rs 3305 crore.
This information was given at a high-level meeting chaired by Principal Secretary, Planning, Development & Monitoring Department, Rohit Kansal here this morning to review the progress of externally funded infrastructure projects.
CEO, JKERA, Vikas Kundal briefed the meeting in detail about the physical and financial progress of externally funded infrastructure projects being executed in the State.
The meeting was informed that JKERA began its activities on ground in 2006 starting with the execution of Phase-I of Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded projects under Jammu & Kashmir Multi-Sector Project for Infrastructure Rehabilitation (JKMPIR) to improve the delivery of basic services in the state and help sustain economic growth.
Under JKMPIR, 117 projects were taken up for execution with an investment of Rs 1611 crores. These projects included improvement/upgradation of around 600 KMs road length across the State, construction of 31 bridges, construction of 53 storage reservoirs, redevelopment of 38 tube wells in Jammu, revamping/ rehabilitation of 5 Water Treatment Plants in Srinagar, construction of 95 KMs of storm water drainage network in Jammu/Srinagar cities, construction of 36 Public Toilets at tourist destinations and hospitals in Srinagar/Jammu cities, providing 35 water tankers to Public Health Engineering Department, providing 26 Garbage Carriers, 15 Loaders, 10 Sewer Cleaning equipments, 175 Containers to Srinagar and Jammu Municipal Corporations for transportation of solid waste and development of infrastructure at Achan Landfill site in Srinagar.
In Phase-II, 53 major infrastructure projects funded by ADB under Jammu & Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Programme (JKUSDIP) were taken up at a cost of Rs 1694 crores to further strengthen the basic public infrastructure in the twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu.
Some of the key projects executed under JKUSDIP include construction of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh-Barzalla Flyover and TRC Grade Separator in Srinagar and Bikram Chowk flyover in Jammu to decongest the traffic in the twin capital cities.
Under JKUSDIP, JKERA also constructed two mechanized parking facilities in the city centre’s of Srinagar and Jammu to provide maiden vertical parking facility in the busiest commercial hubs of the twin capital cities. Construction of sewerage project was also taken up under JKUSDIP in Jammu.
The component of solid waste management under ADB funded JKMPIR was continued under JKUSDIP. JKERA took up a comprehensive project for converting the Achan landfill site to Scientific Land fill site with the construction of state-of-the-art sanitary cells.
The meeting was informed that identification of projects for Phase-III of the ADB funding to the tune of $150 Million has been completed and process has been initiated for engagement of Project Design and Management Consultancy (PDMC) in JKERA.
While reviewing the progress of Rs 1500 crore, World Bank funded Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP), the meeting was informed that Project Management Unit (PMU) has been able to provide necessary impetus to the project and has awarded works costing more than Rs 500 crores during the past 6 months.

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Kashmir journos protest ‘baseless’ ToI report

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Srinagar, Jul 20: Scores of Kashmiri journalists Saturday held a silent protest at the Kashmir Press Club premises against the “baseless and misleading” report published in Times of India the other day.
In a joint statement, various scribe associations said that journalists from both national and regional media vociferously condemned the “malicious” report which was based entirely on “fabrication and concoction” on part of Saleem Pandith, the reporter under whose byline the story was published.
“Journalists in unanimous voice said that Pandith has no right to defame credible institutions like the Kashmir Press Club, Kashmir Editors Guild and English daily Kashmir Reader,” the statement read.
The protesting journalists also deplored the act of labeling Kashmiri journalists by Pandith.
“He unfortunately is notorious for disseminating fake news to suit his personal agenda and to avenge his group’s loss in the recently-held elections of KPC,” they said in the statement.
“…Pandith has relied on unsubstantiated claims to malign and endanger the entire journalist fraternity of Kashmir,” they added.
Members from KPC, Kashmir Editors Guild, Kashmir Working Journalists Association, Kashmir Journalists Association, Kashmir Press and Photographers Association and several other organisations demanded strict action against the reporter.
The protestors also demanded that membership of Salim Pandith at KPC “should be cancelled without any delay.”
They, as per the statement, demanded that ToI “must immediately remove the baseless report and publish an unconditional apology for publishing Pandith’s fantasies.”

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Fund startups, Adv to Financial institutions

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Srinagar, Jul 20: The Advisor to Governor K Skandan Saturday urged financial institutions to give a thought for ‘positive policy’ to fund startups by associating them with innovation ecosystems to guide them in their early stages of business.
The Advisor stated this during a launch ceremony of ‘Smart JK Hackathon’—the first State-level Innovation Competition—at J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Pampore.
The one-and-a-half-month long innovation competition is aimed to institutionalize a model for harnessing the creativity and technical expertise of students and innovators to an already defined problem statement.
Hackathon is a digital programming competition aimed at identifying new and disruptive technological innovations for solving the challenges faced by the public, businesses and the industry.
Speaking on the occasion, the Advisor said that innovation ecosystems can act as a bridge between financial institutions and startups where these ecosystems provide the accessibility to superior technology, mentors, talent, corporates, customers, and government agencies, investors, etc.
He said that not all startups need investors while some need nurturing mainly during their early months or years, adding by this there can be balance by providing incubators to young firms.

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