Srinagar, July 4: A couple of photographs have gone viral showing some Amarnath pilgrims urinating in Liddar nallah of tourist resort Pahalgam of Kashmir Valley.
Locals have been expressing resentment and appealing concerned authorities to check this practice and initiate strict action against those who pollute water bodies.
Earlier a couple of photographs had also gone viral in which a couple of non-locals were seen urinating on the banks of Dal Lake. Even a video has gone viral on social networking sites facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp in which a local can be seen advising some non-locals not to urinate in open in green belt area of Srinagar city.
Senior Journalist, Yousuf Jameel on his Facebook wall posted, “The pictures showing a horde of Amarnath Pilgrims peeing on the banks of Dal Lake reveal the truth about the outreach of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. You need to change your mind set to change your behavior.”
A group of people from Pahalgam told CNS that the non-local pilgrims are always welcome in Valley, but they should not take undue advantage of Kashmir hospitality. “It is disgusting to see these non-local Yatris urinating in Liddar nallah of Pahalgam. If you will visit in Pahalgam you will see heaps of polythene bags thrown in open by these people. It is high time, concerned authorities particularly Shri Amarnath Shrine Board management make aware these Yatris about the implications of their actions,” they said.
The locals said that these Yatris who enjoy every kind of facility in Kashmir Valley have become habitual of polluting water bodies. “Please understand, we are not talking about religion but the mindset of some Yatris. Please, understand, these Yatris are welcome but they should take care of our fragile environment,” said a Nazir Ahmed adding that proper health and hygiene training should be given to the pilgrims to keep environment neat and clean.
Advisor Ganai for improving quality of education in Govt schools
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today urged the Principals and Headmasters serving in Education Department to improve the quality of education in Government run schools by drawing upon the wealth of their knowledge and experience. The Advisor made these observations while chairing a meeting with General Line Teachers Forum who apprised him about various issues faced by the teachers and educational institutions.
Elaborating on the issue, the Advisor said that Government understands that the head of institutions are required to take care of all the administrative work and may not have much time at their hands to take regular classes, however, to achieve the academic excellence, especially in Government run schools, everyone including principals and headmasters, need to extend their helping hand.
He said that the Principals and Headmasters usually have years of teaching experience and wealth of knowledge and by volunteering to take one or two classes in their institutions, they will not only send a good message among the staff members but will enable the students to avail the benefit from their immense knowledge.
Ganai further added that the teaching will help the Principals and Headmasters to stay in touch with their specialized subjects, and most importantly would enable them to encourage other staff members to give their best.
Earlier, the delegation of the General Line Teachers Forum during their interaction with the Advisor sought immediate redressal of the promotion stagnation issue in the department. They informed that there are many among them who despite getting recruited through proper channel have not received their due promotions for years.
The delegation also suggested for creation of “Teachers Welfare Fund”, adding it could be on the pattern of the welfare fund created in police department, where the employees can themselves contribute on monthly basis.
Besides, they also demanded for creation of lecturer and master grade posts for teaching newly introduced subjects in the education department.
Students, teachers should be ambassadors for cleanliness drive: DSEK
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Students and teachers should be ambassadors for maintaining cleanliness in the schools in particular and society in general. This was stated by Director School Education Kashmir Dr. G.N. Itoo during a function organized by Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information, and Government of India, unit Srinagar in collaboration with Directorate of School Education Kashmir, SMC Srinagar and Directorate of Urban Sanitation in which he was participating as a Chief Guest.
The function was attended by Commissioner Municipality Riyaz Ahmad Wani, Head of RNU, Radio Kashmir, Srinagar Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, Joint Director Trainings Mehboob Hussain, Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information, Field Officer Mr. Sikandar Qureshi and BDO Srinagar and Qamarwari Muhammad Akbar.
He said that in order to create awareness about cleanliness among the students in schools the Department has constituted up Nature Clubs in every Higher Secondary School. He further added that cleanliness has been kept as a mandatory component of the Education Planner. He directed all the Head of the Institutions to dedicate 5 minutes in the morning assembly for creating awareness about cleanliness among the students.
Speaking on the occasion Commissioner Municipal Corporation Srinagar Riyaz Ahmad Wani announced Rs 50,000 for making Drum Compost Unit at GHSS Kothibagh. He stressed upon all to make this programme a success and appreciated the role of School Education Department in making this programme effective on ground level.
DSEK requested Municipal Commissioner to construct sanitary complexes in rented schools of Srinagar so that students of these schools can get this facility. He also requested for making toilets for specially-abled children.
Earlier a Provincial Level Painting Competition organized by Directorate of School Education Kashmir was held at GHSS Kothibagh in which 30 students from 10 Districts of Kashmir Division participated. Shah Faisal from BHSS Pulwama bagged 1st position, Sama Masoodi from GHSS Sopore bagged 2nd position and Ayesha Samad from GHSS Langate was awarded 3rd position. These students were felicitated in the function by DSEK and other dignitaries.
Soz welcomes SC direction for separate law for curbing lynching menace
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s direction for a separate law for curbing lynching menace in the country, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday said it was a great relief to people, particularly to down trodden, including minorities.
In a statement issued, Prof Soz said, “The Supreme Court’s judgment on widespread menace of lynching in the country, asking the Central government to initiate immediate steps for enactment of a separate law for punishment for this crime, has come as a great relief to the people of India, particularly, to the downtrodden including minorities.”
He said it is a measure of great relief when the court described the situation in the country as extremely bad and observed strongly that there can be no shadow of doubt that the authorities have the principal obligation to see that vigilantism, be it cow vigilantism or any other vigilantism, does not take place.
“It is further a matter of great relief to the nation that the Supreme Court has passed this strong judgment at a time when Parliament is in session”, he said in the statement.
He alleged that if the government had paid any attention initially, it would not have become a widespread menace
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