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Students, teachers need to spread message of cleanliness: Adv Ganai




Srinagar, Sept 15: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Saturday stressed upon students and teachers to spread the message of maintaining cleanliness in and around their surroundings.

The Advisor Ganai was speaking at a function after witnessing several activities carried out in the second phase of cleanliness drive, “Swachhata Hi Seva-2018” held by the Directorate of SAMAGRA Shiksha, in collaboration with Directorate of School Education Kashmir here at Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHS) Kothi Bagh.

Director School Education Kashmir, G N Itoo, State Project Director SAMAGRA Shiksha Tufail Mattoo, Principal GGHS Kothi Bagh Romana Qazi, Joint Directors, Chief Education Officers, students from various schools were present in the function.


Speaking on the occasion, the Advisor said, “Our society is often criticized for making the surroundings dirty and not doing anything to clean it.”

“When we put trash or put some other waste in our drains, we never go out to clean them, as we think it is the responsibility of agencies like municipality to do it. Is it really their duty only?” questioned Ganai.

He added that littering has also become a new menace in the society as for some it is “weirdly an acceptable norm to throw their litter anywhere they feel like.”

He said time has come when people need to give up on such type of mindset.

Highlighting the importance of maintaining clean surroundings, the Advisor reminisced, “In our childhood, people used to say, cleanliness is next to Godliness. But nowadays the saying is not being followed. Time has come when we need to give up on these habits of littering and not keeping our surroundings clean,” Ganai said.

Exhorting upon teachers and students to carry forward the message of cleanliness, the Advisor said such things should not be confined to school auditoriums or to our drawing room meetings. It is important that every individual takes forward the message of maintaining proper hygiene among the people in his area also.

The Advisor said although Government is doing everything possible to treat the waste coming from homes, yet a lot needs to be done to improve on the same. “We need to work on improving the segregation, and do develop a mechanism for scientific disposal of waste coming from the houses,” he said.

Earlier, the Director School Education Kashmir G N Itoo in his welcome address informed the gathering about the activities that would be carried out under the programme.



Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP



Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.

Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.

“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.


He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.

“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.

The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.

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Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth



Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain  Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.

Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.

“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.


He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.

The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.

Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.


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Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik



Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.

The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.

Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.


On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.


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