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Secy PHE fixes timeline for execution of vital projects, WSSs in B’la

Reviews functioning of PHE, I&FC in distt

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Baramulla, Oct 27: Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Saturday chaired a meeting here convened to review the physical and financial achievements made during current fiscal  in various ongoing schemes and projects of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control undertaken under various Centrally and State-sponsored schemes.

On the occasion, the Secretary was briefed about the progress with regard to various ongoing schemes being executed in district Baramulla. It was given out that a total of 66 schemes in Irrigation sector and 29 schemes in PHE sector are under execution in the district.

Meanwhile, the Secretary emphasized upon the concerned authorities to complete the ongoing works within the stipulated time frame. He urged upon all the officers and engineers of the department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all ongoing projects. He said that no lapse of any kind shall be tolerated in such vital projects of public importance.

Secretary directed SE Irrigation to ensure proper irrigation facilities besides the initiation of protection work at all canals. He directed for completion of all approved languishing schemes at an earliest.

Farooq Shah laid stress on strict implementation of the sustainability programme which is aimed at conserving the existing PHE schemes for a longer period. He directed the engineers to take all possible steps to improve the efficiency of schemes so that they serve their purpose. He also stressed the need for improving the work culture at the grass root level to provide better services to the people.

The meeting was told that Watlab Water Supply Scheme for Sopore Town which is under execution, shall be commissioned by 30th of April 2019.

While highlighting the economic significance of River Jhelum, Shah directed the engineers to keep vigil on the banks of river Jhelum and its flood channel to keep a check on illegal constructions and to curb unauthorised extraction of sand and minerals. He directed for the widening of the river upto 30 meters.

Reiterating upon the Government’s commitment for providing safe and potable drinking water to each household, Farooq Shah said that government is working on measures to augment the existing resources to meet the gaps between demand and supply.

Chief Engineer I&FC, District Commissioner Baramulla, Director Planning Baramulla, Executive Engineer and other officers of the department were present in the meeting.

 


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DySP among 7 cops injured in Kupwara mishap

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Srinagar, Nov 16: A deputy superintendent of police was among seven cops injured in a road accident near the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district last evening, police said on Friday.
An official said that a vehicle (registration number JK09 7831) driven by SgCt Majid Hussain (597/IRP) turned turtle around 6:45 PM in Keran, leaving seven cops injured.
He identified the injured as DySp Bodh Raj of IR-4th BN, Sgct Raten Lal (439/IRP-4th), SgCt Majid Hussain (597/IRP-4th), SgCt Operator (Telecom) Irshad Ahmad (2863/PW), Ct Sanjay (406/IRP-4th), Ct. Ramesh 789/IRP-4th and Ct. Khursheed Ahmad (1173/KP).
“Dysp Bodh Raj was referred to SMHS from PHC Keran,” he said, adding that the rest of the cops suffered minor injuries and were treated at PHC Keran.
He said the wireless equipment which was in the vehicle got damaged too.
The official said the police party was deputed for Panchayat election duty scheduled to begin on Saturday.
“A case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigations were taken up,” official added.
Later in the day, the injured DySP was airlifted to AIIMS Delhi. The Director General of Police Dilbag Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani saw him off at Airport, alongwith his family for AIIMS New Delhi.

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Geelani thanks people for visiting Sopore to pay homage to his son-in-law

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Friday wholeheartedly thanked all those people who visited his ancestral village Duro to pay homage to late Ghulam Hassan Makhdoomi.

In a statement issued, Geelani said despite heavy showers and cold chilly weather thousands of people mostly from adjoining areas participated in the last rites of the deceased.
Geelani thanked the leaders of the organizations especially Jamaat-e-Islami, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Awami Action Committee, Anjuman-e-Share Shian, Muslim League, People’s League, Bar Association, Anjuman Moien-ul-Islam Sopore, Muslim Conference, Civil Society, all constituent parties of Hurriyat Conference and other political, religious, social and other organizations who traveled from far flung areas to condole and console the bereaved family.
He also thanked all political, religious, social, print and electronic media personalities, lawyers, doctors, columnists, businessmen, neighbours and other personalities who came to Hyderpora and offered their condolences to him.
Geelani also thanked Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi and other international dignities and non-resident Kashmiries living abroad who telephonically condoled the demise of his son-in-law.
He also thanked all women participants who despite their personal and domestic engagements took all the pains to reach the residence of my bereaved daughter.
Geelani also thanked the people especially youth who enthusiastically and very warmly receive me after a long gap of about 8 years and showed their commitment and resolve to the freedom struggle. Their affection and love was unparalleled.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) held a peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in various places in Kashmir valley against the NIA’s charge sheet against incarcerated chairperson of Dukhtran-e-Millat Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her two associates, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmida Sofi and yet another detention under PSA of Hurriyat leader Masarat Aalam Bhat.

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On Joint Hurriyat’s call, JKLF stages protest against HR violations

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Srinagar, Nov 16: Heeding to the call of Joint Hurriyat Leadership, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Friday staged a protest in Srinagar against “continuous human rights violations in Kashmir.”
A spokesman of JKLF said that scores of the party leaders and activists staged two separate protest demonstrations at Koker Bazar and Budshah Chowk in summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
He said the JKLF chairman Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the “oppression in Jammu Kashmir especially in the south and north of Kashmir valley.”
The JKJLF chief, according to the spokesman, said that claims of democracy and continuous tyranny and oppression against unarmed civilians and peaceful political resistance can never go side by side.
“Innocent killings, oppression and suppression, arrest spree and other acts of tyranny have turned Kashmir into a worst hell. Common people are being subject to such oppression which can only be termed as worst dictatorship in the name of democracy,” Malik said, according to the spokesman.

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