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PUF starts 3-day sit-in to demand tunnels for Karnah, Gurez

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Srinagar, July 09: Volunteers of People’s United Front led by former legislator Er Rasheed started 3-day sit-in near Civil

Secretariat Srinagar on Tuesday to press for providing tunnel connectivity to Gurez and Karnah without further delay.

On the occasion, Er Rasheed while talking to media said that people of Karnah, Gurez and other border areas have a right to live with honor and dignity.


Former legislator Er Rasheed on Tuesday staged a sit-in near Civil Secretariat here along with activists of Peoples United Front (PUF) to demand tunnels for Gurez and Karnah areas.

Er Rasheed said, “Karnah and Gurez need tunnel not LOC shelling, Bofors guns, arms and ammunition. It is disgraceful that despite praising people of border areas every time and using their innocence and sincerity for national gains, Delhi has been doing worst to the local population in these border areas. Every year precious lives are lost and the areas remain cut off for months together in bad weathers.”

“While people on the other side of the LOC have better roads and other basic amenities but unfortunately people from our side are living a miserable life. The government must wake up and listen to the sufferings of people of Gurez and Karnah,” he said.

Er Rasheed added that sit-in is aimed at not only asking Union government to take notice of miseries and misfortunes of people of border areas but let the entire people of J&K wake up and speak for people of Karnah and Gurez.

Er Rasheed appealed Governor Satya pal Malik to prove his claims of good governance and take up the issue with Union government for early approval of the much-needed tunnels at Nastachun Gali (Sadhna Top) and Razdhan top for Karnah and Gurez respectively.

Er Rasheeed lashed out at National media and said that if Karnah and Gurez fetch headlines in hours of tension at borders, why couldn’t the sufferings of Karnah and Gurez become a headline or night hour debate for these national TV channels.



Swachh Bharat summer internship workshop kick-starts at ICSC Srinagar

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Srinagar, July 15: The week-long Swachh Bharat Summer Internship-2019 commenced Monday at the Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The inaugural session was inaugurated by the Principal ICSC Srinagar, Professor (Dr) Sheikh Aijaz Bashir, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Bashir stated that such type of awareness programmes help in educating the youth for the proper use and re-use of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable solid waste in society.


“Nothing would change unless we as a community don’t change our attitude towards Waste Management,” he said. He also stressed on segregation of waste at source.

Other speakers gave a detailed presentation on the conceptual framework of Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solid Waste Management on the occasion.

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Advisor Sharma on whirlwind tour to Leh

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Leh, July 14: Advisor to Governor, K K Sharma—who is on his four-day tour to Ladakh division on Sunday took stock of 45MW Alchi Hydel project besides meeting several delegations in Leh district.

The Advisor took detailed review of the power supply scenario of under this project.  He inquired in detail about the capacity and feeding area of this project and urged to work for further improvement of the project efficiency.

During the inspection at the project site, the General Manager, NHPC has briefed to the Advisor in detail about the power network, saying that currently this project is generating 20 to 21 MW against the requirement of 15 MW peak load of the feeding area. He apprised the Advisor that around 10MW of power is being fed to the Grid during day time at present.


Later, Sharma also inspected the 220/66 KV GIS Station at Phyang and interacted with the engineers of Power Development Corporation and Power Development Department about the functioning of this power station and the working of transmission line. Advisor also enquired about the potentiality of future expansion plan under Alchi Hydel project.

The Chief Engineer, Generation/ M&RE Ladakh Wing, Ajaz Ahmad Dar briefed the Advisor that Nubra valley is all set to bring under the ambit of Alchi project  and the tendering process of the work is under active progress.

The DC, Leh Avny Lavasa also briefed the Advisor that few power projects of the capacity upto 5MW are also coming up shortly through LREDA in Nubra valley and this will capably cater to the power need of the valley.

Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas has received the Advisor at Leh in the afternoon.

Later Member Parliament (MP) from Leh, Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also called on Advisor to Governor, K.K Sharma.

Namgyal discussed various issues pertaining to the Ladakh region of the State—urging Advisor Sharma to give patient hearing to the people and address their issues on priority.

The MP hailed government of Jammu and Kashmir for creating separate divisions of Ladakh region. He urged Advisor to focus on development on all fronts. He said that Ladakh has been neglected and remained backward, urged Advisor Sharma to shift focus on for its overall development.

He also sought that more posts should be created in Agriculture and other allied departments. He said that PDD should initiative augment infra and other developmental activities. He said that issues of Dah, Hanu, hydroelectricity power projects—run by JKSPDC, should be addressed on priority. The MP also raised issues of manpower in government-run departments at Khalsi and Drass tehsils.

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Three drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar: Police

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Srinagar, July 14: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar have arrested three drug peddlers at a checkpoint and recovered contraband substance from their possession.

Officers at a checkpoint established near Eidgah, arrested three drug peddlers. They have been shifted to Police Station Safakadal where they remain in custody.  Contraband substance including 50 grams of charas and 01 gram of heroin has been seized by the officers.

Case FIR No. 106/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered and initiated investigations in the matter.


Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.

Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.

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