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Rana favours opening of Hindu pilgrimage routes across LoC

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Jammu, Dec 02: Hailing the huge initiative on Kartarpur Corridor, National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday called for opening of Shardapeeth and Mangla Mata Mandir, Mirpur in Pakistan administered Kashmir for the Hindu pilgrimage.

“Encouraged by the Indo-Pak initiative on Kartarpur Sahib, a hope has rekindled among the Hindus and Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir to visit their most revered temples and Gurdwaras in the PaK”, Rana said at an interactive session where in Commodore D. S Sodhi, NM presented him his book ‘Kashmir-Divine Connect and Sikh Rule, which is being released shortly.

He said a lot of people and delegations have strongly been pitching for opening of these religious places for pilgrimage, which will ultimate lead to people to people contact and help in normalizing the relations between the two neighbouring countries. In this context he sought opening of Ali Baig Gurdwara on the northeastern side of the Mirpur-Jhelum Link Road in Bimber District for the Sikh Sangat.

He also sought passage to Khoi Ratta Bowli, a hot water spring, in Kotli, a symbol of communal harmony which was being frequented by the people seeking cure to skin diseases. This Bowli used to be visited people belonging to all faiths decades ago, he added.

The Provincial President described opening of various routes to Pak occupied Kashmir key to building confidence among the people, who are keen to end hostilities and lead a peaceful life. He said thaw between the two countries is imperative for overall development and prosperity of the people of the sub-continent, especially those in Jammu and Kashmir, who will be the main beneficiaries of harmonious relations.

Rana said that people on both sides of the Line of Control have a strong cultural bonding the places of worship had been playing important role in strengthen this from times immemorial.

The Provincial President urged India and Pakistan to work towards satiating the urges and aspirations of the people of both sides of Jammu and Kashmir and take all necessary measures in this regard on the analogy of Kartarpur Sahib.

Dwelling upon his work, Commodore Sodhi said that it gives a brief insight into various aspects of Kashmir and provides an account on Kashmir’s Divine Connect. “Various religious faiths that were followed in Kashmir have been covered as also beliefs like Mysticism, Sufiism, Rishiism, Sama have been spoken about”, he said adding that the book also provides an account on Sikh Rule in Kashmir. “Kashmiriyat and composite culture along with the need for divine intervention for restoration of peace in Kashmir have also been addressed”, the author added.

Rana congratulated and complimented Commodore on his literary contribution, hoping this will serve the purpose of integration and strengthening the bonds between various communities.


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BJP’s divisive agenda stands rejected: NC

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Srinagar, Dec12 : Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday asserted that the debacle of BJP in Hindi heart land reflects triumph of truth over falsehood and the revulsion of people for divisive and communal politics.

In a statement released from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah Srinagar Provincial Spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said that the recent election results in five states reveal that people are the real source of power and that they cannot be taken for granted. “People anticipate deliverance on development issues.

The results should act as an eye opener to those political parties who continue to play politics of polarization. The results are reflective of the fact how people have disapproved of BJP’s divisive agenda aimed at sowing seeds of communal discord,” he said.Imran said that unqualified, naïve and haughty attitude of the BJP leadership and government towards farmer distress and the apathetic condition of small business holders is responsible for their failure in the elections that many say were the semi-finals for the forth coming national elections.

“They however tried their level best to garner support by name changing frenzy, but the people did not heed that claptrap and gave befitting reply to them,” he said.Imran said that the poll debacle of BJP is pointer of the change that people are yearning for. “The results show that people aren’t swayed by fanfare, slogan mongering and catachreses,” he said.

He said that people are now aware of BJP’s poor performance on economic front and foreign affairs front mishandling coupled with its historic mismanagement while dealing with Jammu & Kashmir. “People’s wisdom ought to be respected who want a government that could deliver,” he said.He said that the very secular visage of India was being fiddled with every day. “The results have reinstated that India is a country for all,” he said adding, “Every election is like a fare that invigorates the democratic setup of a country.”

He said that the consequences of BJP’s drubbing in these states should act as eye opener to all parties that politics is a medium to serve people humbly. “I wish the change augments well for our state too,” he said adding, “Those who were looking upto BJP for their political sustenance in Kashmir and were acting as their Trojan horses here won’t be able to see their dreams materialize.”

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Tarigami demands one time KCC loan exemption to farmers

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Kulgam, Dec 12: While expressing serious concern over rising unemployment, power scarcity, corruption and unabated arrests and killings in Kashmir, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Wednesday demanded one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the recent heavy snowfall.

This was mentioned in a press release issued here.

Addressing workers convention at Kulgam today he said the announced scale of relief under “state-specific special natural calamity” for damaged orchards due to snowfall is quite inadequate given the quantum of destruction. Besides, the huge damage to the present crop, the snowfall caused massive damage to fruit trees. Millions of trees have been damaged due to the snowfall and the mainstay of the Kashmir economy – horticulture – is in shambles. Even the announced meagre relief has not been disbursed among the victims though almost one and half months have passed.

Tarigami said that the need is to announce one-time exemption of KCC loan to the small farmers and fruit growers whose harvest was damaged by the snowfall, besides the implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS) in the state. “Though the announcement of the crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme has not implemented in Kashmir so far. It becomes an obligation for the government to come to the support and succour of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries,” said he.

The issue of unemployment, he said, has reached to an alarming proportion as successive governments have failed to suggest a framework to tackle this issue. No policy framework has been suggested to address this huge and vulnerable problem. In absence of other viable avenues, government sector is the only area which provides some opportunity of employment generation. But, the inability of the government in creating such opportunities the future seems to be bleak for our younger generation.

 

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Defunct street lights, decayed electric wires irk Karan Nagar traders

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Srinagar, Dec 12: The Traders Community Wednesday alleged that the main commercial hub of Srinagar City has been ignored by the authorities.

President Traders Federation Karan Nagar Ajaz Shahdhar said that the street lights of this commercial hub are defunct from past couple of years and no efforts are being made to rectify them or to make them functional, considering that Karan Nagar road leads to the premier hospitals of the state SMHS and SKIMS.

“After the sunset and in the absence of street lights, the shopkeepers windup their business much earlier than the desired time,” he said.

The Traders Federation added that high tension wires of PDD pass very close and at low height to the commercial buildings, thereby putting the lives of the people in danger. In past, there have been such instances where people got electrocuted due to low lying, old and damaged electric wires and electric poles that are yet to be replaced.

Though the effort of road widening were taken earlier, but those widened roads are yet to be macadamized leading them to damps in rains and thereby causing lot of inconvenience to general public.

The Traders Federation has sought the intervention of higher ups.

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