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Scholarship for Pahari speakers: Students demand extension to submit applications

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Dec 05: The Pahari speaking students on Wednesday asked the authorities to extend the date for receiving the online applications pertaining to scholarships.

On December 1, J &K State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People (JKSABDPS) invited applications from the candidates, who intend to apply for scholarships.

The aim of providing the scholarships in various professional and non-professional courses is to raise the educational standard of the students belonging to Pahari speaking community.

 

The candidates have been asked to submit the applications latest by December 10, however the candidates   who approached this newspaper said that they would not be able to submit the applications within the given deadline.

“I cannot submit the application within the prescribed dates as I have to do some more paper work. The University of Kashmir is yet to come up   with the fee structure for under graduate courses,” said a student of Government Degree College (GDC), Baramulla.

“The applications are to be submitted along with an affidavit, income certificate and fee receipt. Where from will I get the receipt? It takes time to arrange these things,” said Nasir Ahmad, a student of Government Degree College (GDC), Uri.

Asking the board to extend the date by at least by 20 days, the candidates said, “If date was not increased, many candidates would not able to apply.”

“Every year, the board has been inviting the applications but the time frame has always been a concern for the candidates. We appeal the concerned authorities to look into the issue .Extend the date at an earliest,” they added.

The authorities at JKSB could not be contacted despite repeated attempts for their comments.


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Hajj pilgrims directed to deposit insurance premium, transport charges

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Srinagar, June 18: The Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee (SHC) Tuesday informed that all the selected Hajj pilgrims shall deposit the State Hajj dues including mandatory insurance premium, transport charges from Hajj House to Airport and other handling charges to be incurred by SHC.

Giving break-up of the dues to be paid, the official handout issued from the office of SHC read that pilgrims who do not want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House Srinagar shall pay Rs 750 per pilgrim, while as the pilgrims who want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House, Srinagar shall pay Rs 1000 per pilgrim which include Rs 250 as boarding charges for one night. Besides, pilgrims travelling from Delhi Embarkation Point shall have to pay Rs 150 per pilgrim as insurance premium. It is further informed that those Hajj pilgrims who have opted Delhi Embarkation Point for their departure shall have to deposit only Rs 150 per pilgrim.

The Hajj pilgrims of Jammu division who have opted Srinagar Embarkation point and Hajj pilgrims of Ladakh division shall have to deposit additional charges on account of boarding for their stay at Hajj House, Srinagar.

 

The concerned pilgrims are required to deposit the receipt of the amount at the office of respective deputy commissioners at the time of collection of passports and other travel documents.

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I&B Ministry cautions channels over portrayal of children in dance reality shows

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New Delhi, June 18: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes.

The I&B Ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.

“These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age,” an official statement said.

 

All private satellite TV channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed, the I&B Ministry advisory to the channels read.

According to the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.

The ministry has accordingly issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes, the statement said.

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About 150 landline phones, broadband connections disrupted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, June 18: About 150 landline telephone and broadband connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are down since June 16 evening in the uptown Srinagar badly affecting professionals, including doctors, media persons and students.

Responding to the question, BSNL official said that some miscreants have damaged the main cable between Sanant Nagar telephone exchange to different parts of the uptown, particularly Natipora, Budshah Nagar and Azad Basti.

‘We are looking to locate the area where the damage has been caused,’ they said, adding that it may take some time to restore the telephone and broadband lines.

 
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