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Police foil SSA teachers protest march in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Police on Thursday foiled the protest march Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) employees and detained scores of its members after they tried to march towards Civil Secretariat here to protest against the redressal of issue of SSA teachers, RMSA teachers and masters.
EJAC employees under the leadership of Senior JCC leader and President of EJAC, Ab Qayoom Wani assembled in Sher-e-Kashmir park and shouted slogans for implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of SSA, RMSA teachers and masters.
The protesters tried to march towards Civil Secretariat here but were stopped by heavy contingent of police already deployed outside SK Park.
Police used batons and water canon to disperse the protesting employees.
However, the EJAC statement issued to KNS reads that scores of leaders and activists were injured especially Lateef Ahmad Malik senior leader EJAC who was admitted in SMHS for treatment.
During protests, Wani along with hundreds of leaders and activists were bundled in police vehicles and detained in different police stations of Srinager.
Wani with other senior EJAC leaders were arrested.
The protesting employees demanded implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of SSA, RMSA teachers and masters and linking of their salaries with state sector.
Leaders of EJAC who addressed the gathering warned the government of dire consequences if humiliation to nation builders will not be stopped forthwith.
“In case the legitimate demands will not be redressed at an earliest, EJAC will be forced to intensify its struggle,” they said.
Wani said that govt is unnecessarily pushing teaching fraternity to the wall. “Teachers and masters working under SSA and RMSA are being humiliated by depriving them from their legitimate rights,” he said.
He said that the successive political regimes have deceived teaching fraternity by hallow promise and now teachers have pinned their hopes with the Governor administration for justice. “Although the administration seems to be positive but exercise for implementing 7th pay commission and linking of SSA, RMSA salary seems to be going on slowly and teachers do feel that justice delayed is justice denied,” he added.
Wani said that teachers don’t want to come on roads but ignoring their legitimate rights is main cause for opting agitating path. He said delay in resolution the 7th pay commission and liking of salaries of forty thousand teachers and masters working under SSA, RMSA directly or in directly will prove harmful for the academics in the schools.
He urged upon Governor of the state N. N. Vohra, Advisors Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie, B B Vyas, Chief Secretary B. V. Subramaniyam and Secretary Education for their immediate personal intervention so that this human issue may be redressed at an earliest.
Talking to media, Wani said if govt failed to resolve the issues of SSA, RMSA teachers and masters, the leadership of Teachers Joint Action Committee will have a crucial meeting on 13th of August and future course of action will be announced in the meeting.
Pertinently, similar protests were also held under the banner of EJAC at Divisional Commissioner office Jammu under the leadership of Ganesh Khajuria and press club Jammu under the leadership of Vinod Sharma and Kargil in which thousands of employees, EJAC activists participated and expressed solidarity with SSA, RMSA teachers and masters.


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Unable to trace his son since 2006, Kupwara man appeals for assistance

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Aug 21: Ten years on, an ailing father from Kupwara has been unable to locate his son who went missing from Gujarat’s Barooq Zilla.
Narrating his ordeal, Hakeem Din Kissana, a resident of Rajpora, Handwara, said his son, Mohammad Ashraf, went missing from Darul Aloom Arbia in 2006.
“He was my elder son. He went to Gujarat to do a course in Islamic studies, for his very fond of Islamiyat,” he said.
A labourer by profession, Kissana has three daughters and one more son.
“Ashraf was different. He was caring and loved by everyone in the family. We have been missing him a lot. In his absence, we have been living a miserable life, not able to accept that he is not with us,” he said.
He said he searched for his son everywhere and appealed the government to provide him assistance.
“Now ten years have passed, he is still not traceable. The law considers him missing. There is a provision of assistance, but so far we have not been given any kind of help,” he said.
Kassana claims to have completed all formalities required to get assistance from the government.
“I went to every platform, but could not trace the whereabouts of my son. I went to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) concerned and even to the Divisional Commissioner, who asked the DC to consider my case for assistance,” he said.
He appealed Governor, N N Vohra, to intervene.
The DC, Kupwara, Khalid Jehangir, said Ashraf has not been declared dead yet by the committee looking after the disappearance cases.
“The committee examining his case will be meeting in a couple of days. Once it declares him dead, further action would be initiated,” he said.

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Changes to Art 35-A linked to 2019 polls: APSCC

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Srinagar, Aug 21: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Tuesday protested against plans to make changes to Article 35-A of the constitution, which guarantees special status to Jammu Kashmir.
The APSCC activists led by chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina assembled at Pratap Park here to register their protest.
Talking to reporters, Raina claimed that the demand for abrogation of Article 35-A was “closely linked” to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to derive mileage out of the abrogation of Article 35-A, so that BJP emerges victorious in 2019 parliamentary elections,” he added.
“It is unfortunate that BJP and more so the prime minister is concerned about electoral gains rather than the consequences that would emerge if Article 35-A is abrogated. People of the state are united and won’t allow such a thing to happen,” Raina said.
He said the APSCC has extended support to the two-day protest programme of separatist Joint Resistance Leadership on August 26 and 27.

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Yatra suspended due to non-availability of pilgrims

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Jammu, Aug 21: The Amarnath Yatra was suspended from Jammu on Tuesday due to non-availability of adequate number of pilgrims, officials said, adding that it may be resumed depending on the arrival of pilgrims at the base camp.
However, the Budha Amarnath Yatra went smoothly with the fifth batch of 449 devotees leaving Bhagwati Nagar base camp for the mountainous shrine of Lord Shiva in Poonch district, they said.
On Monday, the smallest batch of 43 pilgrims left the base camp for Kashmir to undertake the annual yatra to the 3,880 metre-high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
“No devotee arrived for the pilgrimage and accordingly it was decided to suspend the yatra from here for the time being,” the officials said, adding in case the pilgrims again arrive at the base camp for the yatra, it will be resumed to facilitate them to pay obeisance at the shrine before the conclusion of the pilgrimage on August 26.
The 60-day pilgrimage commenced from the twin routes of Baltal and Pahalgam on June 28 but over the past fortnight, the arrival of devotees recorded a sharp decline owing to the early melting of the naturally formed ice-shivlingam at the shrine.
Till last evening, as many as 2,83,140 pilgrims had visited the cave shrine since the commencement of the yatra which entered into the final phase on Monday with the joining of the “Charri Mubarak” (saffron robed holy mace of Lord Shiva).
The holy mace was taken from its abode in Srinagar to Pahalgam by a group of Sadhus on Monday and after a night halt, the onward journey started on Tuesday.
It is scheduled to reach the cave shrine on August 26, marking the conclusion of the pilgrimage.
Meanwhile, the fifth batch of 499 pilgrims including 72 women left the Bhagwati Nagar base camp here for Budha Amarnath shrine in mountainous Poonch district this morning, the officials said.
The 10-day yatra was going on smoothly and so far over 7,000 pilgrims had paid their obeisance at the shrine, they said, adding the yatra is also scheduled to conclude on August 26, coinciding with ‘Raksha Bandhan’.

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