By Rabiya Bashir
Srinagar, April 03: The police as well as the Tourism Department refuted the report carried by a New Delhi-based newspaper as per which two tourist buses were attacked by stone-throwers.
The report, in The Times of India, read: “Two buses carrying tourists from Indonesia were pelted with stones near Dal Lake. Two women tourists from Abu Dhabi suffered head injuries after being hit by stones thrown at their cab the airport on Sunday night. They were hospitalised. A mob attacked a tourist bus at Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and threw stones at it, injuring two women from UP.”
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani said the news was not based on facts and that they would take “appropriate action”.
“Tourist are very safe here. Sometimes during stone pelting anyone can get hurt, but we cannot say tourists are being deliberately targeted. The report is false. We will definitely take an action,” he said.
Director Tourism, Mahmood Ahmad Shah, stated that no tourist was attacked in Kashmir.
“We talked to police and they clarified that no such incident happened in the area (Dalgate),” he said.
“Kashmir was the only place where even robbed belongings are at times returned to the tourists. Kashmiri people have always shown bravery in saving the tourists. They have always welcomed the foreign as well as national tourists with open hearts.”
He said the state received one lakh foreigners and over one crore national tourists in 2017.
“The people and the stakeholders here will never let the tourism industry die. They have kept the industry alive and will continue to doing it,” he said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail Parray, said that didn’t find any stone pelting near Dal Lake.
“We are examining the report. The news report has mentioned about an attack near Dal Lake, but we didn’t find any incident near Dal Lake. We will definitely take an action against the false report,” he said.
He said the news report was carried “to spread a scare”.
“Somebody has a vested interest in filing such stories, but we are collecting the facts and legal action will be taken soon.”
About the reported attack on a tourist bus at Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the SSP concerned, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam, said, “There has been no attack on the tourists in south Kashmir and no incident has happened on the stretch of the national highway falling within my jurisdiction.”
“Day after yesterday there were reports coming about some obstruction at bypass national highway. But when our SHO rushed to the spot he found no such incident. The news report is false. In fact the road leading to Rajouri and Poonch has been opened on March 31, and the people are moving smoothly.”
In a statement released immediately after the news report, police, however, said that two tourists got minor injuries on April 1.
“They were given first aid and discharged immediately. There has been no intended or designed attack on any tourist. It was because the vehicles came in middle an area where pelting was going on,” it said.
Posters, graffiti turn city shabby
Srinagar, May 20: Srinagar city has turned shabby as the walls of various public and private buildings are defaced with utter disregard to aesthetics or the law prohibiting the same.
In a move to curb this disfigurement, Srinagar Municipal Corporation has issued fresh instructions to everyone warning against defacing the city or illegally using the spaces for advertising.
“Instructions issued to all big brands and commercial entities to be fined heavily for defacing the city with unauthorized advertisement hoardings and wall paintings,” Srinagar Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu recently posted on his official Twitter account.
In almost every area of the city, walls along the roads and buildings are defaced with graffiti or posters pasted without any authorization.
Majority of them advertising coaching centres, the posters are seen on walls, lampposts, and flyover pillars giving the overall ambience a shabby look.
Besides, several promotional hoardings are erected on electricity poles and roadside walls.
For instance, most of the roadsides around Jawahar Nagar and Parraypora areas are covered in posters.
The walls of Super Specialty Hospital at Shireen Bagh are seen in hideous condition. Graffiti and advertisement are pasted on the whole stretch.
The situation is almost the same in areas like Barbarshah, Nawa Bazar, Karan Nagar, Jehangir Chowk, Residency Road, Press Enclave, Baghat, Barzulla, and Natipora areas of the city.
The Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 1985 calls for strict punishment against the person found defacing the government property.
As per it, whosoever defaces any property in public view by writing or marking with ink, chalk, paint or any other material shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees or with both.
The law defines the defacement as impairing or interfering with the appearance or beauty, damaging, disfiguring, spoiling or injuring in any other way whatsoever.
Clear Jhelum embankments from encroachments: Div com to I&FC Deptt
Srinagar, May 20: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Monday directed Irrigation & Flood Control Department (I&FC) to clear Jhelum embankments from encroachments and take steps to beautify both the banks.
He said while conducted city tour to inspect various developmental works including face lifting, street lights, drainage, beautification and macadamisation.
Divisional Commissioner visited Poloview, pedestrian bridge near GPO, site of KCCI building, TRC, Amar Singh College crossing, Boulevard and other areas. The Div Com inspected various developmental works and stressed on the officials to ensure completion of all projects within the stipulated time. He also instructed officials to maintain the quality of works while executing the projects.
In Poloview and other areas, Div Com called for repairing the defunct street lights and ensure illumination during night for the benefit of commuters. He also reviewed the functioning of drainage system at Poloview and Amar Singh College crossing. He instructed the officials to ensure removal of blockage of drains so that there is no accumulation of water in the areas during rains.
The Div Com also reviewed the macadamisation work undergoing at TRC and repair work of walkways and ramps at Boulevard. He called on officials to work with dedication so that both locals and tourists are benefited. He said that the work needs to be expedited so that the project is completed at the earliest.
The Div Com directed the DC to regularly monitor all the developmental works in the city and send a weekly report to Div Com office.
The Div Com was accompanied by DC Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, CE R&B, CE PDD, Additional commissioner SMC, Dy Director FCS&CA, SE UEED, SP Srinagar, members of KCCI and other officers.
JKSJA organizes Oath ceremony for newly enrolled advocates
Srinagar, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir State Judicial Academy (JKSJA) Monday organized an oath ceremony for newly enrolled advocates of Kashmir and Ladakh division at JKSJA here at Mominabad Court Complex.
The oath was administered to 60 advocates by chairman JKSJA, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey. The ceremony was followed by lecture on the “Professional Ethics and Conduct” delivered by Justice Magrey.
Principle District and Sessions Judge, Abdul Rashid Malik, Director, JKSJA, Rajeev Gupta, Joint Registrar Protocol, High court, Farooq Ahmed and other concerned were present on the occasion.
Justice Magrey welcomed the newly enrolled advocates to the profession of law and deliberated on the sanctity of the oath ceremony, professional ethics and conduct for the Advocates.
He stressed upon the newly enrolled Advocates that character is vital in all professions and all walks of life, and particularly in the legal profession, observing honesty by the lawyer is a matter of first importance.
In this profession, Justice Magrey said, dedication, devotion and fair practice will take advocates to the higher levels. He stressed upon the advocates that money should not be made the first priority in this profession.
The most worthy and effective advertisement possible for a young lawyer, is the establishment of a well merited reputation for professional capacity and fidelity to trust, he emphasized.
“In the dealings in and outside the Court Advocates should always bear in mind that every member of the Bar is a trustee of the honour and prestige of the profession, which he is duty bound to uphold in letter and spirit,” he said. “Law is a profession that demands constant learning. New laws are being passed and existing laws are amended, that needs constant updation of knowledge.”
Justice Magrey said that compared to the years gone by, most of new advocates are entering the profession with more education and technological skills. “Some of you have post graduate degrees. Some of you are professionals in your own right in other fields. We hope that these extra competencies and capabilities would assist you in coping with the fast changing legal landscape,” he said.
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