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Separatist camp protests against unabated human rights violations, arbitrary arrests

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Srinagar, Jan 16: Leaders and activists affiliated to united Hurriyat camp today staged a peaceful rally at historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar, against “state terrorism, unabated human rights violations, arbitrary arrests of civilians”.
The protesting leaders and activists took out a rally from historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
In a statement issued, united Hurriyat camp spokesman said that protesting leaders and activists were holding play-cards displaying slogans, “resolve Kashmir dispute, stop civilian killings, release all political prisoners, stop HR violations, stop NIA, ED raids and stop fresh wave of CASOs.”
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement said that the so called chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement made in the assembly that the pro-freedom leaders shy away from participating in the dialogue process is both mischievous and misleading .
They said that no sane person would oppose a meaningful dialogue process as a means of conflict resolution, especially when the entire nation is reeling under such gruelling repression and paying so dearly But dialogue has to be aimed at that end .
The offer becomes unrealistic and suspect when it is qualified with parameters and conditions like within the Indian constitution, accepting accession as final and so on. It then becomes a tool to tide over the current crisis, maintain the status quo , buy time weaken the movement and the leadership and linger on the issue, as is observed from past experience.
United Hurriyat said that instead of creating an atmosphere conducive for engagement if that really was the intent, what Kashmiri people and the resistance leadership instead saw was further increase and aggressiveness in military operations like “operation all-out “which is not only aimed at killing militants but also anyone who protests to instill fear of the forces in people and harass them and dissuade them from their political struggle while simultaneously all space for resistance leadership is chocked and pressure put on us to stop representing the sentiments of Kashmiri people and yield .
The leadership said that the situation in Kashmir is volatile and in terms of repression and human rights violations is at its all time low. All our institutions, educational social and religious are under assault. “Each day, under the well planned strategy of RSS, new threats emanate to these institutions from various power centers of New Delhi. The aim is to undermine our identity and eventually change the demographic character of the state and the discourse on Kashmir .instead of resisting these moves the local collaborators are abetting them and then to divert people’s attention from them raising the bogey of dialogue, just to ensure their smooth stay in the chair of power. It’s just a gimmick” .
Leadership said that Mehbooba Mufti calls maharajah Hari Singh’s accession to India historic and in the same breath advocates dialogue for the resolution of the dispute. It shows their duplicity and Betrayal to the people.
The leadership said that it is a fact that Kashmir dispute has now become 70-year old , whose resolution is best possible by giving to the people the basic right to self-determination as was recently also suggested by an Indian intellectual giving the reference of Scotland and Ireland .
An alternative way to resolution of the issue can also be a sustained transparent and meaningful dialogue process where all three parties—India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashimiris come together to reach a a solution acceptable to all the stakeholders. The leadership said they have always welcomed sustained and meaningful dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the wishes of its people, who are the mains stakeholders of the dispute.
JRL said that Mufti instead of making meaningless statements on dialogue, the least she can do is put an end to repression by stopping operation all out which leaves behind a trail of killing blinding and maiming especially young boys and even women now and razing down of homes, forcing people of all ages out of their homes in biting cold and harassing them. An end should be put to arbitrary arrests of Kashmiri people like kawa at will, raiding and arresting resistance leaders by NIA and ED and then lodging them in notorious Tihar Jail in New Delhi and also the assault on the Kashmiri prisoners there. All political prisoners should be released.
JRL said that they should be also be released and allowed to reach out to families of those whose loved ones are killed by forces. They said turning entire Srinagar into a military fortress, especially on every Friday should be stopped. An end shot be put to targeting Masjids, shrines and now also the educational institutions of Kashmir.


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Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi

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Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.

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Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam

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Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.

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DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS

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Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.

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