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Budgam, Apr 13: Cautioning people of the state about nefarious designs of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) to target special status & identity of the J&K, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday asked people to stand in unison against divisive forces and actively participate in the ongoing parliament elections.

“BJP has already publicized its agenda against our very identity and the special status. Now it is working on a plan to divide us and weaken our fight against such nefarious designs. We have to stand guard of our identity and interests as a Muslim majority state across linguistic and sectarian differences. Because they want to widen these fault lines and weaken our fight against their anti-Kashmir plans,” Mehbooba said.

Mufti was addressing massive public meetings at Chadoora and Khan Sahib Assembly segments of Budgam district to garner support in favor of the party candidate for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, Aga Sayed Mohsin.

 

She said that attempts were being made by New Delhi to weaken Jammu and Kashmir politically as well as economically. “We are facing an onslaught on our special status from New Delhi. I have fought it both within and outside the government. My party always stood firm on the core issues without any compromise. Our track record is certificate of our integrity. Today we have to stay united and fight a collective battle to thwart attacks on our identity. We must participate with fervor in the ongoing elections so as to strengthen PDP send our best representatives to defend our special status and identity in the Parliament of India.”, she said.

Asked what she thought of the letter written by many veterans to the president of India complaining of brazen politicizing of the institution of the armed forces by the BJP, Mehbooba said that BJP has utterly failed on the fundaments of governance and has been trying to cover-up these failures in run up to the elections by politicizing the institution of the army.

“BJP’s record is miserable on account of job creation, economy, development, and there are serious charges of corruption. Since they have no answers to questions on these issues, they take refuge in the brazen and blatant politicization of the institution of the army,” she said.


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Advisor Skandan reviews functioning of JKSRTC

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor K Skandan today convened a meeting to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir State Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon, Managing Director, JKSRTC, Bilal Ahmad Bhat and other concerned.

During the meeting, the Advisor directed the officials to take a fresh review of SRTC routes so that more buses are employed on hilly routes where overloading is reported.

 

The Advisor was informed that the corporation has rationally deployed vehicles in every Operational Division as per demand or convenience of the general public.

For Chenab Valley region, it was given out that in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, 32 vehicles are already in place and a new fleet of 33 vehicles are being inducted in Chenab Valley with the result all the left over routes of the area would be covered.

The Advisor hoped that with the measures taken, the rate of traffic related incidents would come down in the area besides upgrading mobility of the people.

He also asked the corporation to devise a plan to give wide publicity to Electric Buses so that general public would avail the facility. The meeting was also told that the time table issued for operation of the buses is being followed in letter and spirit.

The meeting also decided to put more charging stations in major districts of JK so that all the designated routes would be made operational.

The Advisor directed the JKSRTC to hold an internal audit of accounts at the earliest and conduct a board meeting so that remaining issues are sorted out. He also asked for status of installing, monitoring and tracking devices in SRTC buses for better financial discipline in the working of organisation.

The meeting also decided to have an efficient Fuel Management System to save the government exchequer.

The meeting was told that the corporation started regular night bus service with effect from August 5 from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa for the convenience of the public.

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Srinagar administration makes arrangements to facilitate registration for GATE exam

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: The Srinagar administration has made arrangements to facilitate registration of aspirants for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering or GATE 2020.

Three counters with operators have been set up at the Tourist Reception Centre Srinagar as part of the arrangement.

The administration has asked the aspirants to feel free to approach the centre and avail the facility.

 
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Militant killed in Sopore gunfight

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A militant was gunned down by security forces in the Sopore district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, two days after police busted a module of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the valley.

The militant was gunned down following a brief shootout, said Jammu and Kashmir police.

“Sopore update: In a brief shootout one militant was killed in #Sopore. Further details shall follow,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

 

According to sources, the militant belonged to LeT and was active in the valley.

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