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Super-50 Coaching: 4661 aspirants appear in screening test across Kashmir

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SRINAGAR, DEC 05:Around 4661 aspirants appeared in the screening test for government-run free Super-50 Coaching for Civil Services (KAS/IAS) and Professional Courses(NEET/JEE etc) at various centres across the Kashmir valley today. The coaching is being organized by the Department of School Education.
Out of total aspirants who appeared in the test, 3335 appeared for NEET/JEE and 1326 for civil services at the designated centres established at all district headquarters.
Director, School Education, Kashmir, Dr GN Itoo inspected the screening test centres at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh, Srinagar. While interacting with the aspirants and taking stock of the arrangements put in place for the smooth conduct of screening test, students expressed their satisfaction over the facilities provided to them to write their exams in a fair and convenient atmosphere.
Director was accompanied by the Joint Director, Central, Aabid Hussain during the inspection.
Similar arrangements were put in place in all test centresat the district headquarters for the aspirants.
The results of the test will be declared shortly and classes are likely to start from 10 December 2018.
Department of School Education has been providing free coaching under Super-50 initiative to meritorious students since 2015. However, since last two years, the facility has been extended to all districts.
The Department has this year established a centrefor free coaching for Civil Service aspirants at Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh, with highly trained and professional faculty.
Pertinently, last year, 239 students qualified NEET/JEE and got admission in various prestigious academic institutions of the country and the student who topped the NEET from Jammu and Kashmir division was a government school product.
It is also pertinent to mention that the free coaching is financially supported by the MHRD through SAMAGRA Shiksha. However, Avanti Learning Centre is quite generous to provide expert and academic support with inputs of curriculum and content free of cost for which DSEK has extended its gratitude to the centre.


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BJP’s poll debacle: ‘Politics of division’, intolerance cost them, say NC, Cong

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Srinagar, Dec 11: National Conference (NC) and Congress on Tuesday attributed the victory of Congress and other parties over BJP in 5 states to the politics of intolerance and suppression of the democratic rights of people during last four years of saffron rule in the country.

State Congress President Ghulam Ahmad Mir said, “Politics of intolerance has no place in India and people have delivered this message to BJP in all the five states which went polls recently. Congress is the only party committed to establish religious plurality in the country and any party tending to divide the people in the country will have to face the fate BJP faced today in the five states.

The results in five states are just a beginning and I am sure BJP will be decimated in 2019 Lok Sabha elections on its own failures including demonetization and politics of religious divides.”

Saying that people have seen regional parties failing on their commitments, Mir claimed that in Jammu and Kashmir too Congress will emerge as the single largest party in the coming assembly elections.

When contacted senior NC leader and party General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a different state where the issues are related to its own identity which have to be maintained. People of the country have voted against Mandir-Masjid politics, religious intolerance, renaming of historical cities and cultural places just for vote bank politics.

The people in power have been denied the mandate on the divisive politics they were propagating for the last four years. Jammu and Kashmir Governor must take lessons from the verdict of five states and desist from triggering controversies by tinkering with the state laws and the key institutions.”

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One lakh sanctioned for NoKs of slain pregnant lady of Pulwama: DC tells SHRC

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Srinagar, Dec 11: Deputy Commissioner Pulwama in his reply submitted to the State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki stated that RS one lakh has been sanctioned as the ex-gratia and released in favour of the pregnant lady Firdousa of Pulwama who was killed in cross fire after an attack on 44 RR on October 10.
The reply has been submitted in response to the petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo under case number SHRC 367/Pul/2018 dated October 25.
The DC Pulwama in its report has said that an FIR number 92/2018 under section 307 RPC stands registered in police station Rajpora and investigation taken up. “The injured lady was taken to district hospital Pulwama where she succumbed to her injuries,” the reply stated, adding that the investigations into the case is going on.
The DC Pulwama said that the RS 1 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of Firdousa’s next of kin has been sanctioned and released.
Meanwhile, petitioner said ex-gratia relief is not justice with the killing. “It is the question of two lives as the lady was pregnant. One lakh compensation is just like adding salt to injuries,” he said and demanded that the guilty forces personnel of 44 RR should be booked as per the law.

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Heritage sites depository of values: Advisor Ganai

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JAMMU, DEC 11: Stressing on the importance of preserving heritage for younger generation, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today said that heritage sites are depository of values and status of civilization.
He was speaking here at a meeting convened to discuss the conservation and adaptive re-use of Mubarak Mandi heritage Complex.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner/Secretary, Culture Department, Mohammad Saleem Shishgar, Secretary Tourism Ringzin Samphel, Managing Director JKPCC M Raju, Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, . Munir-ul-Islam, Director Tourism Jammu O P Bhagat, Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmed Wani, Executive Director, Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society, Deepika Sharma, representatives of Sanrakshan Heritage consultants and other officials.
Munish Pandit, director Sanrakshan Heritage consultants gave a detailed power point presentation regarding the measures under implementation for restoration of the heritage Complex.
The Advisor Ganai stressed that outcome of the exercise is to portray the long legacy and layers of cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir so that it can be promoted as an attraction for tourists and art lovers alike.
The Advisor Ganai also said that the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex provides opportunity to craftsperson of all regions of state to portray their art and craft to visitors at one place.
The meeting was informed that work is going on in to turn the Mubarak Mandi as a cultural center with an aim to capture memory, revive traditions, revealing histories, reinforcing community identity.
Under the ongoing new project, the re-use of Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex revolves around six identified zones including Mandi, Knowledge centre, interpretation and collection galleries, life style, experiential spaces and crafts center.
He stressed on the need to execute the restoration work in consonance with heritage norms and as per the laid down specifications for such work.
Meanwhile, the meeting was informed about the redevelopment of connecting street and façade up gradation from Chowk Chabutara to Mubarak Mandi and Panjithirthi to Mubarak Mandi besides development of parking at Paanjitirthi and Peer Kho.

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