Srinagar, Dec 28: Expressing serious concern over the power crises in the Valley, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Chairman Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan demanded that people of Kashmir should have uninterrupted power supply as the Government is exploiting its water resources.
In a press note issued here, the KEA chairman asked, “Why can’t there be the uninterrupted power supply, when our water resources are being exploited?”
According to the chairman, deliberate attempts, including creating severe shortage of power supply, is badly denting the business activities in the Valley.
“Through the deliberate conspiracies the government is systemically ensuring that the business community in Kashmir is unable to revive business activities and life in the Valley has been further deteriorated through “poorest every power supply”.
“As if the government is resorting to some revengeful tactics that Kashmir is witnessing worst ever power supplies this winter. The electricity remains off for the most of the day while low voltage plays hide and seek other times,” Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said.
He said at a time when the business fraternity, particularly shopkeepers are struggling to restore activities, the poor power supply is actually sabotaging such efforts.
Khan said in the given conditions it was difficult to restore tourism activities. “Unless power supply is improved to the level of decency, the tourism activities like hotels, restaurants and shops (Boulevard area)can’t operate,” he said.
Accusing the PDD of wasting time in issuing curtailment programs, he said no such roaster was being followed and that it was the responsibility of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission to keep track of this mischief by the official machinery.
“When the curtailment schedule is not to be adhered to, it’s better for the PDD to issue black posters instead,” Khan said
“We only come across the silly argument that power demand is more than the supply, why can’t they make supply more than the demand?” he asked.
Khan threatened to take to streets if the government fails to improve power supplies as per requirement.
Reasons by GoI to suspend cross-LoC trade highly indefensible: Soz
Srinagar, April 23: Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to promote propaganda for 2019 Lok Sabha elections by trying to bring Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Tuesday said reasons being given for stopping Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade were highly untenable and indefensible.
“PM Modi wants to promote propaganda for Election 2019 and tries to bring in Pakistan, Kashmir and whatever suits his imagination”, Soz said in a statement here.
He alleged that since everything is happening at the behest of Prime Ministers Office (PMO), stopping the LOC trade between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad all of a sudden, is seen by the trading communities on both sides, as part of a “trickery” aimed at the Election-2019.
Two electrocuted to death in Poonch
Srinagar, April 23: A police constable and a civilian died due to short circuit of 33KV transformer at Chungan Chroon area of Mendhar in Poonch district on Tuesday early morning.
Reports said that a constable (Follower) in JK police identified as Faiz son of Mohd Sharif age 40 year and a civilian Mohd Shabir son of Ab Rahim age 38 year died on the spot after they came in touch with a live wire.
SDPO Mendhar Neeraj Padyar also confirmed to a news agency that two people including a cop and civilian was dead when they came in touch with live wire after there was a short circuit in a Transfer. Meanwhile, SHO Mendhar also rushed to the spot to assess the situation.
World Book day celebrated at Sgr, Kup
Srinagar, April 23: To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar.
The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.
Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts, paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.
Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.