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Rasheed appeals Govt to end miseries of border residents

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Srinagar, July 1: Accusing successive governments of ignoring remote and border areas like Tangdar and Karen and using them for their vote bank politics, AIP President and MLA Langate Er Rasheed said that the condition of roads, bridges, schools, health institutions and various other infrastructures has exposed the hollow claims of development of border areas.

The spokesman said that while addressing a public gathering at Tangdar Rasheed said while Tangdar is providing job opportunity to thousands of non-state subjects in the army, BSF, and other forces, they have been deprived even from a tunnel at Sadhna that would have enabled the Chokibal Karnah road remain open throughout the year. The government seems interested only in ensuring shelling at the borders so that blood, self-respect, and property of border residents are used to fight the battle for elections in Delhi and Islamabad from time to time.

He said that while everyone claims to be world has changed into a global village but the miseries and suffering of people of J&K seem everlasting and are subservient to egos and interests of power structures. Almost every family is having his blood relationship on another side of the LOC, still, they are not allowed to cross the stone’s throw distance because of the bloody line of control. Not only that but the shameful part of the story is that anyone from rest of the state wishing to travel Karnah valley has to seek prior permission in writing which is humiliating and time-consuming process without having any logic. While people on the other side of LOC are enjoying better basic immunities, the border residents on this side of LOC don’t get proper share even in belt forces.

 

Rasheed appealed government to lift unnecessary curbs of various sorts in the entire Karnah valley and develop roads without excuses and delay. He said that every government promised a tunnel at Sadhna but no one fulfilled the promise. He lashed out at Congress and BJP over their exchange of arguments over surgical strikes. He said while people in border areas are living in constant fear, It is shameful that rather solving Kashmir dispute the two main national parties seem engaged in hitting Kashmiris and just use every bullet at borders for their political gains.

Rasheed reiterated that NC and PDP have exploited people of border areas by encouraging ethnic and regional divide and thus diverting the attention from real issues. Rasheed added that the perception that residents of border areas are not interested in the resolution of Kashmir dispute is fabricated and false as border areas have suffered most since 1947 with people getting martyred and handicapped and huge properties getting destroyed almost every year because of the conflict.


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Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.

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90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.

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Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor

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Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.

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