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Tourist footfall to JK encouraging: Secy Tourism

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Srinagar, Jan 13: Owing to various tourism promotional campaigns across India and the timely snowfall, the State’s primer resorts Gulmarg and Patnitop are witnessing almost 100 percent occupancy giving big boost to the local tourism industry.

Secretary Tourism Rigzin Samphel said the tourism department has launched marketing campaign in the regional and national newspapers which is getting good response from the travellers.

“After the instructions from Governor Satya Pal Malik of the State, we have taken massive campaign to promote winter tourism in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh especially Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop and Bhadarwah. We also carried out promotions on social media and the national and regional news papers on winter tourism in JK,” said secretary tourism.

 

He said the State is receiving good tourist footfall and Gulmarg and Patnitop are witnessing 100 percent occupancy.“This would be a big boost to the local economy. We are also hopeful that this year’s winter season would be among the best in the last many years,” said Rigzin Samphel.
Secretary Tourism also said governor had emphasized promoting Chadar Trek in Ladakh.

“We are also receiving good number of adventure enthusiasts for adventure tourism in Ladkah and we have been promoting Chadar trek vigorously which receives travellers across the globe,” he said.

The department also conducted autumn and New Year festival which also helped attract travellers to the State.

Notably, the year 2018 saw 45 per cent increase in the foreign tourist arrivals especially from Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh.

To further tap the domestic and foreign market, the department is conducting several road shows within and outside the country in the month of January and February. The road shows will be conducting in collaboration with the local associations of travel and hospitality sector. The department is also participating in major travel marts like SATTE 2019 to be held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida and OTM to be held in Mumbai.


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Talks with Hurriyat not possible as they are not real stakeholders: BJP

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Srinagar, Jul 16: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said that talks with Hurriyat leaders were not possible as they are not the real stakeholders of Kashmir. The party also said that it will not forge any pre-poll alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP’s State General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul said that the talks should and will be held on Kashmir but only with those who are the real stakeholders of Kashmir. “Hurriyat is not any stakeholder as their kith and kin are enjoying outside but those who have suffered and lost their properties including youth, traders and others are the real stakeholders and talks with them will be held,” he added.

He further stated that the government was working on initiating a dialogue and the talks with many people from different communities were being held at present.

 

Koul further stated that the threat of BJP among the people was no more as they are knowledgeable about the facts that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government was working for their welfare. “Today, I was shocked to see that the youth in large number kept me busy in taking selfies with them for half an hour after a meeting today, which shows that people have faith in BJP,” he added.

Referring to a query, Koul said that its people who are behind the decline in stone pelting incidents in Kashmir besides forces and police. He said that BJP from the day one is against the wrong impression against the Kashmir. “We have been raising our voice that any incident taking place in single portion of Kashmir should be not be highlighted like the way it is,” he said, adding that wrong perception against Kashmir will also be curbed soon.

About possibility of pre-poll alliance ahead of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that like every party, the party will make every effort to emerge victorious with majority and to form the government on its own. “We will not forge any pre-poll alliance but in case the need arises, the party will deliberate upon the post-poll alliance,” he added.

He further stated that at present the party is focusing on winning the elections with pre-poll alliance and to form the government on its own.

About Article 370 and Article 35 A, the BJP leader said that these were the core issues of the party and it has also mentioned in its manifesto. “I can’t say when it will be abrogated but it is up to the central government to decide when it will be abrogated,” he added.

Asked about the ongoing membership drive, BJP leader said that the membership drive was going on smoothly. “We have started a process in this regard. In charges and co-incharges have been appointed. We have set a target of 4.5 lakh members in Kashmir and 1.25 lakhs in three zones including central, southern and northern Kashmir. We have formulated a procedure in this regard.”

He added that they are expecting that at least 2.5 lakh members will join in the ongoing drive. “People are showing good response especially in far flung areas. The youth are showing their response and raising their concerns as well. People are joining the party wholeheartedly,” he added.

Koul said that ahead of the elections in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP has decided to strengthen party at grassroots level as it will help the party in the upcoming elections.

About JK Bank issue, Koul said people may face hardships for time being but it will ensure the transparency in the end, which would benefit the people here. “The people also faced hardships during demonetization. Similarly, the people may face hardships today but it will benefit the people,” he said.

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Rotavirus vaccines important step for health, wellbeing of children: Dulloo

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Srinagar, July 16: State Level Workshop for introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine was organized at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.

Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Financial Commissioner said India’s decision to introduce the rotavirus vaccines as part of its routine program marks an immensely important step for the health and wellbeing of the country’s children. He said that Rotavirus kills approximately 453000 children of less than five years of age globally every year and is a major threat to the health of children across the WHO South-East Asia Region. “Every year, approximately 127 000 children aged less than five years die of the disease in the SEA Region, around 98000 of whom are in India,” he said.

 

The workshop was attended by Dr. Arun Sharma Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K, Bhupinder  Kumar MD NHM J&K , Dr Kunzes Dolma Director Health Services Kashmir, Head of the Department Paediatrics GMC Srinagar, Dr. Muzaffar Jan, Head of Department Social & Preventive Medicine GMC Srinagar , Dr. Mohammad Saleem Khan and other officers.

The workshop was also attended by HOD and Faculty members from GMC associated Hospitals of Kashmir Division, Chief Medical Officers, Deputy Chief Medical Officers, District Immunization Officers, District Mass Media and Education Officers and other officials of the department.

Dr Arun Sharma Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K while speaking on the occasion said a series of trainings will be conducted in all districts and blocks and every field level worker will be trained for Rota vaccine introduction before the launch.

State Immunization Officer, J&K Dr. Qazi Haroon said that there is a need for Social mobilization, Advocacy and robust IEC for making any campaign or new vaccine launch successful. He informed that the State is receiving one lakh doses of Rotavirus vaccine, 50000 each for Jammu & Kashmir. He also said that the State has excellent and adequate cold chain facility for storage of vaccines and the State is ready for its launch.

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PSC fast tracking recruitment process;around 2000 vacancies in various stages of selection process

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Srinagar, July 16: The Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC) is expediting the process of recruitments for the vacancies referred to it by the Government from time to time.  The Commission has already taken many initiatives to fast track the selection process.

The Commission has also paced up the process of seeking clarifications from the individual Departments in respect of eligibility and qualifications in respect of certain vacancies, if need be and address the issues in the shortest possible time.

At present, around two thousand vacancies pertaining to different Departments are at various stages of selection process with the Commission. With Higher Education topping the list with 743 vacancies, vacancies of Departments like 451 from Health & Medical Education,  349 from General Administration Department, 200 from Animal/Sheep Husbandry, 81 from Law Department, 66 from Forest Department, 57 from School Education Department, 49 from Agriculture Production Department, 33 posts from Public Works (R&B), 15 from Power Development Department, eight each from Industries and Commerce Department and Home Department, seven from Technical Education, five from  Housing and Urban Development Department, four from Culture Department and two from the Transport Department are at various stages of selection process in the Commission, a statement from the Commission said today.

 
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