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People scared to register complaints in SAC: Justice Khan

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Srinagar, Apr 17: Chairman of the State Accountability Commission (SAC) and former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Bashir Ahmad Khan on Tuesday said that people are afraid to register their complaint in the commission.
Justice B A Khan said that the people here are unaware about various laws for which the commission has organized an awareness camp to make people aware about such laws.
“People must come up with their complaints in SAC if any, so that the commission would go through it and take action against those involved in any kind of lapses or apathy by the political leaders or the government,” he said.
“People don’t register their complaints in the commission. They are afraid to register their compliant,” he said, adding that the complaints by the people should not be for their vested interests like rivalry or any other related things. “If a complainant would file wrong complaint then action would be against him,” he added.
He said that if people have complaints against the apathy or corruption, then they must visit the commission with apt proof so that action would be initiated. (KNS)


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UGC to varsities :Observe May 21 as Anti-Terrorism day

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Srinagar, May 20: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed varsities and higher educational institutions to observe May 21 as Anti-Terrorism day to wean away the youth from terrorism.

The activities suggested for the day include debates, discussions, symposium, pledge taking ceremony and screening of films.

“Every year May 21 is observed as Anti-Terrorism day in India to wean away the youth from terrorism and showing as to how it is prejudicial to the national interest,” the commission said in a letter to vice chancellors.

 

“You are requested to kindly observe the ‘Anti-terrorism day’ in your university and in your affiliated colleges on May 21, 2019. You should accordingly organise appropriate programmes suggested by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” the letter stated.

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Militants hurl grenade at Shopian police station

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Shopian, May 20: Suspected militants Monday evening lobbed a grenade outside police station Shopian.

An official said that the grenade was thrown towards the police station Shopian which however exploded away from it.

The official said there were no injuries to any one and area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.

 

“Militants hurled a grenade towards Police Station Shopian from a distance which exploded far outside the PS boundary. No loss of life or property. No firing or attack. Investigation on,” Shopian police tweeted on its official handle.

To it SP Shopian, Sandeep Choudhary reacted: “Grenade hurled at Police Station Shopian from a distance by militants. The grenade exploded far outside the PS boundary. This is not an attack on Police Station. Inclination for sensationalism may please be avoided for places like this slowly healing district.”

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Life comes to standstill for the cross-LoC trade workers

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Srinagar, May 19:  Tragedy befell 50-year-old labourer, Noor-ul-Amin three years ago when he was grievously injured while unloading the goods from the cross-LoC truck at the Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre in Uri.

Unable to work, Amin has been bed-ridden at his home nursing the injury. With no money left to bear the medical expenses, it was his fellow Cross-LoC trade workers who joined in to help Amin in meeting the medical expenses.

Enter the government decision to suspend the Cross LoC trade, the workers, who were not only eking out their living but also helping workers like Amin, were left jobless.  With no money coming, Amin accompanied by his family members can be seen in mosques seeking alms from the people.

 

“For the last one month we couldn’t pool money for Khan. He is now seeking donations from the people at mosques in order to meet his daily expenses of medicines. These labourers would meet expenses of five ill workers who earlier were injured at the facilitation centre”,  said Mohammad Yusuf, a labourer who used to work at Salamabad Trade Facilitation Centre.

Last month, Centre suspended cross LoC trade from both routes –Salamabad (Uri) and Chakan-da-Bagh  (Poonch)– citing its ‘misuse’ by Pakistan.

Started in October 2008, Cross-LoC trade was considered as mother of all confidence building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan. However, the trade could not grow beyond barter system. Lack of proper banking and communication facilities added to the woes of the traders.

More than 600 traders are registered for the cross LoC trade and 21 items are on the approved export and import list from both routes. Some of items to be traded include Rice, Carpets, Precious Stones Wall Hangings, Gabbas Shawls and Stoles, Namdas, Peshwari Leather Chappals, Medicinal Herbs Embroidered Items, Honey, dry and fresh fruits etc.

Official figures reveal that goods worth 1274.43 crore traded out and Rs 1093.39 crore were traded in from 2014-15 to 2016-17 from Uri-Salamabad cross LoC route. Similarly  goods worth Rs 402.34 crore were traded out and Rs 662.78 were traded in from Chakan da Bagh crossing in Poonch from 2014-15 to 2016-17.

Haneef, a 28 year old postgraduate working as a labourer for the last eight years is equally worried with the suspension of the trade. Like him, many educated youth were working as labourers to earn their livilhood.

“This was the only means to earn bread for our families, which too has been snatched now. There are no good avenues of employment in Uri and we fear our families will have to starve ahead,” he said.

Data reveal that there are at least 100 labourer whose livelihood have got impacted due to the closure of cross LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir. “The trade was a source of hope to earn livelihood for many families. We have no other option than to look for other sources, which is becoming harder now” Haneef said.

Scores of labourers have now moved to the other districts for work as hopes fade for the early resumption of cross LoC trade. “Earlier our work station was near to our homes. But now we have to travel to other towns in search of work. Majority of the labourers here have moved to Srinagar, Baramulla or either in Uri town. Our livelihood has been affected as all of us have been rendered jobless,” said Shabir Ahmad another labourer

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