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PSA slapped on 4 Anantnag youth; Hurriyat (M) expresses anger

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Srinagar, July 4: Expressing strong resentment and anger over arrest and slapping of draconian Public Safety Act on three Anantnag youth, Shabir Ahmed Rather son of Ghulam Hassan Rahter, Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh son of Mehr Ali and Aijaz Ahmed Malik son of Ghulam Muhammad and shifting them to Jammu’s Kotbalwal Jail, the Hurriyat (M) Wednesday said these repressive measures are being used as tools to punish the innocent people and to force people of Kashmir into a submission.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (M) strongly denounced the CASO of at least 17 villages in Hajin, Bandipora amid deployment of thousands of forces personnel stating that people were kept hostages in their own homes for hours together while as youth were questioned and harassed during the search operation.
“The Hurriyat said that when people of Hajin protested against the unjustified forces’ action dozens of protestors sustained injuries when government forces resorted to indiscriminate pellet and tear gas shelling at them, which deserves all forms of condemnation. These coercive and oppressive measures can’t break the resolve of freedom loving people of Kashmir,” Hurriyat (M) said.
Meanwhile, on the directions of chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , a delegation led by senior Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza visited Bone and Joints Hospital Barzulla and inquired about the health of those injured in the forces action recently at Pulwama. The delegation prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured
Another delegation comprising senior members that include Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Ghulam Nabi Najar, and Ghulam Muhammad Pandit, visited the residence of slain militant Sajad Ahmed Shah at Chogul Handwara and expressed solidarity with his family members.
“Mirwaiz also spoke to the slain militant’s father over the phone and stated that sacrifices offered by the youth are great assets of the ongoing movement and it was because of these priceless sacrifices,” read the statement.
The Hurriyat (M) spokesman also expressed grief over the deaths and damage to property caused by the yesterday’s thunderstorms and incessant rains across Kashmir including Srinagar. The spokesman urged people to arrange prayers for repentance and seeking Allah’s forgiveness from the wrath of natural calamities.


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Financial audit of schools not done for years

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Srinagar, Sep 22: government seems to be in deep slumber regarding the auditing of prominent government higher secondary schools in Srinagar for the last three years.
An audit is an examination of funds to determine whether the money spend by the school authority on various expenses in schools are being managed efficiently and effectively. However, the financial position of several schools is not known as no audit has been done in last few years.
“It is necessary to have an effective audit system in government schools to ensure proper utilization of government funds. It has to be done once in every two years but nothing such has been followed here,” said an official at Accounts General Office.
The official said that there is no examination of funds at most of the prominent government higher secondary schools of Srinagar, including Government Higher Secondary School NawaKadal and Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School.
“There are also several other schools where audit is pending since two to three years,” he added.
Principal Kothi Bagh, Qazi Romana told The Kashmir Monitor, “I am here for the last three years and since my time period no one from Accounts General Office have come for examining the funds in my school.”
Similarly NawaKadal Higher Secondary School has also been left without auditing the funds used since more than three years.
NawaKadal Higher Secondary School principal, Fatimah Shaheen said, “Auditing of funds is pending for last three years in my school as it is done by AG (Accounts General) office.”
Chief Education Officer, Mudasir Kaleem Fazili told The Kashmir Monitor, “We are not the concerned authority accountable for auditing of funds in government schools.”
He said that Accounts General Office is the concerned authority which is responsible for supervising the utilization of funds in the government schools.
Deputy Accountant General, Tsewang Tharchin, was not available in the office nor could be contacted for comments. While the senior Audit Officer, Narinder Gupta too refused to comment on the issue.

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Municipal Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for 3rd Phase

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shaleen Kabra today issued notification for the conduct of 3rd Phase of Municipal Polls-2018.
The notification has been issued for Srinagar Municipal Corporation (ward No. 06 to 15 & 38 to 53), Municipal Committee Hajin (ward 1 to 13), Municipal Council Sopore (1 to 21 wards), Municipal Committee Uri (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Tral (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Awantipora (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Mattan (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Pahalgam (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Aishmuqam (1 to 13 wards) and Municipal Committee Seer Hamdan (1 to 13 wards) in Kashmir Division.
In Jammu Division the elections will be held in Phase 3rd in Municipal Committee Samba (1 to 17 wards), Municipal Committee Ramgarh (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Vijaypur (1 to 13 wards) and Municipal Committee Bari Brahmana (1 to 13 wards).
According to the notification the last date for making nominations is 29th September, 2018 (Saturday), the date for the scrutiny of nominations is 01 October, 2018 (Monday), the last date for withdrawal of candidature is the 03 October, 2018 (Wednesday), the date on which a poll, if necessary, shall be taken from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm on 13th October, 2018 (Saturday), the date of counting is the 20th October, 2018 (Saturday) and the date before which the election shall be completed on 27th October, 2018 (Saturday).

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KCCI’s Executive committee polls held, result on Sep 29

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The annual election to the Executive Committee of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) was conducted on Saturday.
The annual elections as per a statement issued to KNO started from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, Srinagar as per the provision of the Articles of Association of the Chamber.
Of the 1305 members of the Chamber 1082 (83%) cast their votes till 4:00 PM. The votes were cast personally by the registered member concerns.
The election process has been carried out under overall supervision of the Election Commission of the KCC&I consisting of Rauf Ahmad Punjabi, Chairman, Dr. Mubeen Shah, Member and Abdul Hamid Punjabi, Member.
The polling for the election was conducted by the Polling Committee consisting Qazi Mohammad Yehya, Chairman, G.M. Dug, Member, Majid Aslam Wafai, Member, Javid Burza, Member, Dr. Abdul Majid, Member, Maqsood Misri , members.
The polling process was held in most cordial, peaceful and transparent manner. The process of counting of votes will be started today and the result of poll shall be announced in the 84th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber scheduled to be held on 29th of September, 2018 at the SKICC, Srinagar.
“We at the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry are highly thankful to the management of Kashmir Government Arts Emporium especially the Managing Director, and Police Department,” the statement said.

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