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PDP and BJP continue to be in a tactical alliance: Omar Abdullah

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Budgam, August 09: National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that there was no doubt left anymore that PDP and BJP continue to be in a tactical alliance despite BJP’s withdrawal of support to the PDP.
The NC Vice President said this had against become clear when PDP’s two MPs in the Rajya Sabha abstained from voting in the election of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson and by the tragic fact that the elaborate report on 35-A continues to gather dust on the Law Secretary’s tables since one year.
“There is a very elaborate and deep intrigue to assault the State’s Special Status. The elaborate and comprehensive 60 page report on Article 35-A has still not been submitted in the Supreme Court and the file continue to gather dust on the Law Secretary’s table. This proves beyond any doubt that PDP is a part of this intrigue and continue to facilitate this anti-J&K agenda from within the State. Had National Conference not raised the grave issue of assaults on Article 35-A in the Legislative Assembly, PDP would have brazenly surrendered on the crucial issue for appeasing their allies”, the NC Vice President said.
“It was the duty of the Mehbooba Mufti Government to submit the elaborate report on 35-A in the Supreme Court but her Government chose inaction and surrender bringing us to this present situation. PDP chose not to confront the BJP and its longstanding agenda to weaken the State’s special status”, Mr. Omar Abdullah added.
The Workers’ Convention was also addressed and attended by NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, Senior Leader and Former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Central Zone President MLC Ali Muhammad Dar, Political Advisor Tanvir Sadiq and Party Leader Manzoor Ahmed Wani besides party functionaries and office bearers.
“Mehbooba Mufti is today telling the people that she drank a cup of poison by aligning with the BJP. She is also trying to tell us that the BJP-led Central Government is using NIA and CBI to coerce her MLAs to revolt against her. If this is in fact true, why did Mehbooba Mufti instruct her two Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha to not vote against the BJP candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson? The fact of the matter is that PDP is still in a tactical alliance with the BJP which is also evidenced by the fact that PDP is not defending Article 35-A in the Supreme Court as compared to National Conference which has retained a legal team and filed an intervention plea for this purpose. Why haven’t Senior PDP leaders who are practicing advocate at the Supreme Court filed for intervention and impleadment in this matter?”, the NC Vice President asked.
“National Conference has been fighting against these powers since decades. It was on this day in 1953 that a popular leader of the State, Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was overthrown and incarcerated for standing up for the rights of his people. We have seen in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 2002 how the powers that be have tried to weaken the State’s voice and fragment its representation through local connivance. We have fought against these machinations every single time and we will continue to fight against such ploys in the future”, the NC Vice President added.


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Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.

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90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.

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Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor

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Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.

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