SRINAGAR, MAY 08: Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah today said the government will constitute Red Cross Committees in all the educational institutions of the State.
He made these remarks during a state-level function to mark the World Red Cross Day at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh. He said the aim of the initiative is to train students in providing first aid to people caught in disaster.
“Education Department can play vital role in producing best Red Cross volunteers from the schools. Proper guidelines should be issued shortly to all the heads of the educational institutions for expending the amount being raised as Red Cross fund,” Shah said, who was chief guest on the occasion, said.
The theme of this year’s day is “Everywhere for every one smile”. The function started with a flag hoisting ceremony by chief guest followed by a prayer ceremony attended by the students of the school.
While paying tributes to Dunant Henri, the founder of the Red Cross, the Secretary Education said Henri dedicated himself to serve humanity and the society must follow the teachings of such men.
He said the State Red Cross Society is playing yeoman’s role in serving the people of the State in disaster and other eventualities. He said the World Red Cross Day is being celebrated to make people aware on how to get relief during natural calamities and other disasters.
The Secretary appreciated the commendable work of the Red Cross volunteers of Ramban district who saved many lives of Shri AmarnathjiYatries at Banihal last year when their bus rolled down and they were crying for help. He felicitated the 35 volunteers by given them mementos.
On the occasion, General Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Red Cross Muhammad Shafi Rather highlighted the importance of the day. He said the main aim of the activities of the Red Cross was to serve the humanity.
Rather said the day makes the people aware on how to save lives by providing assistance during disaster conditions.
A.M. Mir, who is the Executive Director of the J&K Voluntary Health and Development Association, Principal, Girls Hr. Sec. School Kothibagh, Romana Qazi, staff of SP Hr. Sec School and Kothibagh Hr Sec School, guests from ICRS, volunteers from Ramban and large number of students were present.
On the occasion, master trainers of Indian Red Cross and students of Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh, carried out mock drills about life saving and providing first aid, which was hailed by the audience.
Renowned announcer Fayaz Ahmad Fayaz was the presenter of the programme.
Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP
Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.
Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.
“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.
He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.
“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.
The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.
Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth
Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.
Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.
“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.
He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.
The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.
Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.
Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik
Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.
The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.
Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.
On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.