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RTO organizes Road Safety Week

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Srinagar Feb 04: Regional Transport Office (RTO) Kashmir on Monday organized 30th Road Safety Week across the division to create awareness about traffic rules and regulations.

The programme which commenced from today will culminated on 10th of this month. The theme for this year is ‘Sadak Suraksha Jeevan Raksha.’

RTO Kashmir, Akramullah Tak told The Kashmir Monitor that during the week various programmes like seminars, debates, health check-ups, and vision tests will be held. The main emphasis of the programme is to sensitize the people of the state about traffic rules and regulations and various other road safety measures.

 

Regional Transport Officer further added: “We want people to adhere to the programme and save precious lives and resources of the state.”

Many safety programmes like awareness regarding over speeding, drunk driving, overloading, overcrowding, wrong side driving, using mobile while driving and various other issues will be held during the week.

Tak further said, “Our team will visit various tuition centers and interact with students and make them aware of road safety measures as they are young and it is important that they strictly adhere to the rules.”

“We will check that drivers have a proper driving license and wear seatbelts. We are conducting various medical check-ups and vision tests of bus drivers,” he added.

He further assured that they will try their best to enlighten people about the precautions which should be taken while driving and not to take their lives for granted.

Tahir Gillani, SSP Traffic Srinagar, said, “An Auto Rikshaw rally was held on Monday on Residency road to make people aware of the usage of meters which are already installed in autos.”

“We want to ensure safe commuting and minimize road accidents,” he added.


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DC Shopian suspends two forest officials

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Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.

Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties. 

 

Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.

He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.

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Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami

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Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.

“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.

“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.

 

He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.

“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.

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Dir Gen IMD meets Guv

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.

Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.

 
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