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Schools directed to celebrate ‘surgical strike day’ for three days

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Srinagar, Sep 28: While directing schools not to celebrate ‘annual day’ in order to complete the syllabus, the government has directed the Education Department officials to organise activities in schools for three days to celebrate ‘surgical strike day’.

An official of the department said that government has directed the schools not to celebrate annual day functions in schools. “The school authorities have been directed instead to complete the syllabus,” the official said.

At the same time, the government has asked education department officials to organise activities in public schools from September 28 to 30 to celebrate ‘surgical strike day’ and submit photos and videos of the celebrations by October 1.

 

According to a circular by the Secretary concerned, the Broadcasting and Information Ministry has issued directions for holding activities to observe Saturday September 29th as the ‘Surgical Strike Day’.

“Accordingly, Principal Secretary Home Department has issued directions to ensure celebration of the day by organising activities from September 28 to 30 at various levels across the state,” the circular reads.

The schools have been directed to celebrate the ‘valour’ of the armed forces for three days – September 28 to 30 – and a list of activities has also been given in the circular.

“All schools with units of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) shall organize special parade followed by ‘motivational’ lectures or talks by inviting war veterans and other related persons,” the circular reads.

The government has directed the schools with NCC units to invite war veterans and organise a special parade followed by ‘motivational’ lectures.

It also asked the department officials to make school children pledge their support for armed forces by writing letter or cards to them, addressed to the nearest Army formation.

“The schools shall arrange blank cards to children for writing/creating messages,” the circular reads.

The Education Department authorities were directed to send one page report of the activities along with pictures and videos to the office of the secretary through director school education.

“Both directors (of Kashmir and Jammu divisions) shall consolidate the report and send it to the office of the undersigned by or before October 1,” it added.

The school authorities have been directed that they shell send reports of the activities conducted along with the pictures and videos to Center Government through Director School education Kashmir and Jammu respectively.

Chief Education Officer, Ganderbal, Gayas-u-din, said, “We have instructions from directorate office and we have forwarded direction to the concerned authorities to celebrate the day.”

He said that the instructions have been given to some specific school including those government schools that have NCC units and all Army schools like NavodayaVidyalya, Kendriyavidyalya, Sainik School, Army Goodwill School, Police Public School.

However Chief Education Officer, Srinagar, Mudasir Kaleem Fazili told The Kashmir Monitor that he did not know anything about the issue.

Director Education Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Itoo, was not available to comment.


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ASI among three cops injured in Rajbagh grenade blast

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Srinagar, Jan 17: Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police and two traffic cop were injured in a grenade blast near Zero Bridge in Rajbagh area of Srinagar city in Central Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
Reports said that suspected militants lobbed a grenade on police party near Zero Bridge in Rajbagh.
In the blast, three policemen including an ASI of police and two traffic policemen sustained splinter injuries and were evacuated to SMHS hospital for treatment.
The injured has been identified as Iqbal Singh (ASI of JKAP 14 Bn) and traffic policemen Haris Manzoor (SPO) and Sanullah (Head Constable).
While ASI Iqbal has sustained splinter injuries to both of his legs, Haris suffered an injury to the back side of his neck and Sanullah suffered injuries in his right leg.
SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray confirmed the attack and subsequent injuries to the ASI and two traffic cops.
Soon after the attack, the government forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the attackers.
Security forces have launched a massive search operation in Rajbagh and adjoining areas near Zero Bridge after three police personnel including assistant sub-inspector were injured in a grenade attack by the terrorists on Thursday.
Homes and hotels in the area were searched frisking was also carried out. It was the first major terrorist attack in the Srinagar city this year. The injured cops are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Meanwhile Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibly of the grenade attack on the forces’ party at Raj Bagh area of Srinagar.
A JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan in a statement claimed that two forces personnel were killed and 6 critically injured in the attack.
An ASI of police and two traffic cops were injured in a grenade blast near Zero Bridge, Raj Bagh in Thursday afternoon.

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2018 has been remarkable year for forces: Army commander

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Srinagar, Jan 17: A top army commander on Thursday described 2018 as “remarkable year” for government forces, saying that more than 250 militants were killed, 54 others were arrested and four others surrendered in Kashmir Valley.
“The year 2018 has been a remarkable year for armed forces on the security front. As per the record of last ten years, army along with other forces have neutralized many militants. Many militants have surrendered under pressure and many others were arrested alive,” said Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GoC-in-C Northern Command told reporters after inaugurating Kalai Bridge constructed by Border Roads Organization.
“More than 250 militants were killed, 54 others arrested and four others have surrendered,” he said, adding, “This speaks about the strength of our security establishment,” the officer said.
He said that the army was giving “befitting reply” to Pakistan army along the Line of Control whenever there were instances of any ceasefire violation or snipping.
“As per wireless and other intercepts, Pakistan army and militants suffered a huge loss in our retaliatory action.”
The Kalai Bridge spans over Suran River and connects Kalai area to Chandak area in Poonch district. During the inaugural function, the Army Commander addressed the gathering of Army, GREF and local residents and said that the Kalai bridge is an important milestone towards enhancing the road communication in the area.
“The bridge is an important strategic asset as it enhances the movement of military equipment and troops in a faster time frame,” he said. The Indian Army and BRO have been working towards infrastructure development in the remote and far-flung areas and improving the road connectivity, he said.
“The bridge will reduce traffic congestion in the city and ease out inconvenience caused to the people specially those moving towards Budha Amarnath Shrine in Mandi as it reduces the travelling time considerably.”
The Army Commander appreciated the contribution of the District Administration for their support and cooperation during the construction of the bridge.

 

Beg to differ: Omar Abdullah

 

Srinagar, Jan 17: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday lashed out at the Northern Command Chief Lt General Ranbir Singh, on his “great year for security forces” remark.
Taking to Twitter, Abdullah wrote, the compulsion of killing militants/terrorists shouldn’t be treated as a cause for celebration.
“I beg to differ, a great year would be one in which no young man would join militancy, no terrorists would be killed & no security personnel would lose their lives in encounters. The compulsion of killing militants/terrorists shouldn’t be treated as a cause for celebration,” Abdullah wrote.
Abdullah was reacting to a statement by Gen Singh on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Kalai bridge in Poonch district. Gen Singh said 2018 had been a great year for the security forces as they had managed to kill 250 terrorists.

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Heartening to meet Kashmiri students in Bangladesh: Shahid Afridi

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Srinagar, Jan 17: Star Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi on Thursday met Kashmiri students in Bangladesh and interacted with them.

Afridi said that it was heartening to see Kashmiri students in Bangladesh who are studying medicine.“Heartening meeting with some Kashmiri students who are in Bangladesh on scholarship, studying Medicine. Keep up the hard work and making your people proud!,” he tweeted.

Afridi in the past has been in controversies over Kashmiri over his support to the Kashmir cause. He has been vocal about letting the people of Kashmir decide their future.

 
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