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Photographs showing pilgrims urinating in Liddar nallah of Pahalgam leave locals fuming

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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.


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Two Kupwara youth booked under PSA after bail granted by court

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Srinagar, Sep 22: Two youth from north Kashmir’s Lolab valley have been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to Kot Balwal jail in the Jammu region.

Reports reaching news gathering agency Global News Service said that Firdous Ahmad Shah, son of Bashir Ahmad Shah and Adil Hussain son of Ghulam Mohammad, both residents of Shatmuqam Lolab were slapped with PSA and sent to Kot Balwal Jail on Friday.

“Whereas perusal of dossier and other incriminating material revealed that subject namely Adil Hussain son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah of Shatmuqam has been involved in activities which are detrimental to security of state and inspite been involved in breaking law of the land and inspite of various FIRs registered against him under the provisions of the Ranbir Penal Code, he has not shun the path of subversion and violence,” reads an order by the District Magistrate in an order (12-DMK/PSA of 2018) issued on September 18.

Similar grounds are mentioned in the order (13-DMK/PSA of 2018) issued in the PSA case of Firdous Ahmad.

Adil’s father Ghulam Mohammad Shah told GNS that the orders against the duo was issued hours after a court (Judicial Magistrate Ist Class Sogam) granted bail to them. He said both of youth were taken to the police station from Court and later sent to Kot Balwal Jail.
“At the court, SHO told us to visit the police station. When we went there, the officer told us that both of them have been booked under PSA and will be shifted to Jail. I was shocked on hearing it,” Shah said.

He alleged that the officer also turned down his request seeking a last meeting with his son by him and his mother at the police station.

Shah said that his son and another youth were arrested on charges of snatching rifle of a policeman during the rally of former Minister and PDP leader Abdul Haq Khan.
Pertinently, police had claimed two militants Bilal Ahmad Shah and Zahoor Ahmad killed in Khumriyal were responsible for the rifle snatching incident.

A senior police officer said that apart from the two slain militants, Adil and Firdous also had a hand in the rifle snatching incident.

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Kashmir has become a ‘dreadful battle ground’: Geelani

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Srinagar, Sep 22: Paying rich tributes to the slain militants in Bandipora, chairman Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Geelani said that the Kashmir has become a “dreadful battle ground where death and destruction is observed as a routine matter”.
“Time and again we have raised our voice for justice to the people of Kashmir, but the Indian military might and its stubbornness is a major stumbling block in the way of a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute, which turned Kashmir into shambles,” Geelani said in a statement.
“Demanding their right to self-determination is not a sin especially when the people bear a glorious history of gentle nature and a peace loving mentality,” he added.
The elderly separatist leader said the people of Kashmir raise their “just and legitimate” demand for a peaceful settlement of the dispute as promised by the then Indian leadership and “in turn get bullets, pellets and disgrace of every kind, at the hands of government forces.”
Geelani termed the “ongoing movement” well in accordance with the United Nations resolutions and other legitimate political and democratic norms.
Demanding an early resolution of the Kashmir dispute, he urged the proactive role of United Nations organization and its security council to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

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‘Unnecessary travel of Babus cost lakhs to Govt’

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Srinagar, Sep 22: Putting a huge burden on the state exchequer, it has become a routine for the bureaucrats posted in Kashmir division to travel unnecessarily to Jammu and various parts of the country.
Official sources said that heads of departments who have to stay in Kashmir are “unnecessarily” travelling to Jammu. “There travel expenses are costing lakhs of rupees to the government,” an official said.
The official said that each bureaucrat, who has to stay in Kashmir, is travelling at least five times in a month to Jammu. “Government directed the officials several times to avoid unnecessary expenditure but to no avail,” the official said.
In order to promote fiscal discipline, government had ordered its officials to avoid unnecessary expenditure in functioning of the departments.
The departments have been told that facility of video conferencing must be used effectively and travel for the purpose of attending meetings should be avoided to the extent possible. “But 90 percent departments didn’t use such facility and would travel to Jammu by flight that puts a huge burden on the state exchequer,” an official said.
“There are departments where employees are without salaries for months but their authorities would spend lakhs annually on travel expenses,” he said.
Further the officials have been directed to travel only by economy class regardless of entitlement within the country.
In all cases of air travel, the lowest air fare ticket available for entitled class is to be purchased/ procured, says the government instructions. “The Finance department had issued these instructions as most of the heads of departments have spent crores on travel within and outside the country. The functioning of several departments have been affected for want of funds due to unnecessarily expanses by several bureaucrats and politicians. Despite these instructions there is no change and bureaucrats travel within and outside country on the money of state exchequer,” a senior official of Finance department said.
Government had issued instructions in view of the increasing liabilities of various departments as bureaucrats and ministers had spent crores of rupees “unnecessarily” over the years thus putting a huge burden on the state exchequer.
Finance Department Jammu and Kashmir has also asked administrative secretaries to adhere to its instructions for promotion of fiscal discipline and to ensure balanced pace of expenditure.
Further, departments were asked to have utmost economy in organizing conferences, seminars and workshops. The departmental heads were instructed that only conferences, workshops seminars shall be held which are ‘absolutely essential’.
Meanwhile sources said that despite the state and central government having advised the officials to use video- conferencing as far as possible for their official work, with an eye on saving costs entailed in convening physical meetings, it has been seen that the large number of bureaucrats are still visiting from one station to another even on small meetings.
The departments have been told that facility of video-conferencing must be used effectively and travel for the purpose of attending meetings should be avoided to the extent possible. “But 90 percent departments didn’t use such facility and would travel to Jammu, or Srinagar by flight that put a huge burden on the state exchequer,” an official said.

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