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




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.



Youths’ sacrifice a huge responsibility on our shoulders: Sehrai



Srinagar, Oct 22: Tehreek- e- Hurriyat Chairman Mohammad Ashraf  Sehrai Monday said the sacrifices of youth in Kashmir places a huge responsibility on people’s shoulders.

In a statement, Sehrai said that “no power or repression” can break the resolve of “freedom-loving” Kashmiris.

Sehrai, while referring to the Sunday’s killings in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, said it was a “brazen display of human genocide”.

“The martyrdom of these youth has put a huge responsibility on our shoulders and it is our responsibility to honour these sacrifices and take the movement to its ongoing resistance movement to its logical end,” Sehrai, whose own son joined the militant ranks in March, said in the statement.

In a statement issued here this afternoon, Sehrai said that under a “well-planned conspiracy”, the forces in absence of any accountability, have decided to go for a full-fledged war against people of Kashmir.

“The government forces have failed to suppress the Kashmiris and are now using inhuman and brazen tactics to suppress their resolve. However, the sacrifices rendered by the people won’t go waste,” he said.

Paying tributes to the people killed in Kulgam, Sehrai said that people of Kashmir were associated with a great and sacred cause and the repressive measures won’t cow-down people or resistance leadership into a submission.

Sehrai in a statement also castigated the authorities for placing resistance leadership under frequent house detention and lodging many others under preventive custody, launching search and cordon operations in southern districts of Kashmir, harassing and arresting youth and strongly condemned the house arrest of Tehreek e hurriyat leader Mohammad Ashraf  Laya.

Sehrai in a statement asked that “how long will world community maintain silence over the genocide of Kashmiris.”

According to the statement, he said, “The government forces have failed to suppress the Kashmiris and are now using inhuman  and brazen tactics to suppress their resolve.”

He questioned over the silence maintained by the world community and international human rights organizations, saying that “why don’t they break their silence over the human rights violation in Kashmir.”

“The sacrifices rendered by the people won’t go waste,” said Sehrai in a statement.

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Guv to inaugurate Kashmir Autumn FAM Tour on Oct 25



Srinagar, Oct 22: Governor Satya Pal Malik will inaugurate Kashmir Autumn FAM (Familiarization) Tour-2018 at SKICC which will commence from October 25 to 27, in which 100 visitors from across the country, will visit tourist places in Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.

The tour programme is being organized by Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir.

In order to chalk-out the modalities for Kashmir Autumn FAM (Familiarization) tour-2018, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today convened a meeting with senior officers to review the preparedness and arrangements.

The meeting was informed that the visitors will reach Srinagar on October 25 at SKICC where reception function will be held. The reception function will start with National Anthem after that Governor will address the function. Izband Sozi, distribution of Welcome kit, release of Special Cover by India post, Shehnai Vadan, Santoor Vandan, Multi-Lingual Folk Dances of the State, on spot Sand Art painting portrait, Saazina Performance, Felicitation Ceremony and Cultural Programmes are the main attractions of the reception function.

Advisor to the Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai will address on the reception function.

It was further informed that after the culmination of the reception function, the visitors will tour to Srinagar where they visited Pari-Mahal, Chashmashah and Royal Spring Golf Course.

On October 26, the group will visit Betab Valley, Aru and Chandanwari in Pahalgam. The visitors will also enjoy Gandola ride in Gulmarg on October 27 besides they will visit Temple, Church, Strawberry Valley and Leopards valley in and around the Gulmarg area. Local Artists will present Cultural Programmes for the visitors in every location where they will visit.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir stressed on the importance of this event and reiterated that the visiting dignitaries will be the ambassadors of Kashmir Tourism outside the state and beyond. He further impressed upon all the participants that they should leave no stone unturned to make this tour a success as it will be an important landmark in dispelling the negative perceptions.

He directed officers of SKICC to ensure that all arrangements are well in place. Authorities of SMC will undertake a special drive before the event in and around the SKICC.

Khan also directed Director Floriculture to decorate the main hall on the day of the main function at SKICC, she will also keep available flower bouquets at airport and SKICC for guests.

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag and Baramulla were asked to ensure that all the arrangements are in place during the visit and stay of the dignitaries at Pahalgham and Gulmarg respectively. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag will be designate Nodal Officers for the event.

Div Com urged officers of Cultural Academy to make all arrangements for the cultural events as per the programme devised by Director Tourism at all the locations.

He directed Deputy Director State Motor Garages to provide vehicles as and when requisitioned by Director Tourism. Directorate of Health Services, will place adequate medical facilities available at all the venues viz SKICC, Gulmarg and Pahalgam 24×7 during the event. Deputy Director Tourism (publicity) was asked to create a Whatsapp group for the smooth coordination among all the stakeholders.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir called for close coordination among the concerned Departments for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the Kashmir Autumn FAM (Familiarization) tour-2018.

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Major reshuffle on cards in health department

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Oct 22: To ease the burden on city hospitals, the Health department is going for a major reshuffle to strengthen the understaffed health care centres in far-flung areas in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources in the civil secretariat told that health department has sought the list of overstaying doctors and deficiency of medicos in hospitals and other health care centres of the state.
They said the department was making a list of doctors who have not served in rural areas so far so that they could be sent to rural areas. “The step is aimed at decrease in referral cases of patients and would reduce the burden on city hospitals,” a senior official of the Health department said.
Official figures reveal that in Rural Health, J&K is facing dearth of almost 50 percent manpower, especially doctors.
The figures say that state has deficiency of around 7,000 employees including doctors, resulting the health sector continuous to get suffer.
Earlier, the government had issued an order in which it was mandatory for a doctor to serve in rural areas for strengthening of health centres in far-flung areas in the state.
Ironically, the order was not implemented on the ground after most of the doctors opposed the move, who were willing to serve only in district hospitals and various hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu district.
The official said all the overstaying doctors will be transferred very soon to overcome the dearth of doctors in rural areas. He said the reshuffle will take place in all 22 districts of the state.
“Those doctors who have served in cities only will be sent to rural areas to strengthen the understaffed hospitals in rural areas. Every doctor has to serve now some time in rural area,” he said.
He said he will make the doctors accountable to work for the welfare of the people.
The Jammu and Kashmir has already deficiency of 1,700 health institutions. Kashmir lacks 42 Community Health Centres (CHC), 122 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and 898 Sub-Centres (SCs) as per population norms presenting a dismal picture of the health scenario of the State. Similarly, the Directorate of Health Services, Jammu, is deficient by 22 CHCs, 79 PHCs and 594 SCs.

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