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US stand on Kashmir is a welcome move: Geelani

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All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani in a press statement said that the latest American Stand on Kashmir is a welcome move to reduce the nuclear threat in the sub-continent.
Syed Ali Geelani asserted that America as well as all the civilized members of the UNO should respect their commitments and the UN charter with respect to Right to Self-Determination for all the disputed territories irrespective of colour, cast or creed.
Hurriyat Chairman expressed hope that America and other western powers shall keep their pledge to support the implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir and build a moral, political and diplomatic pressure on India to pave way for a permanent solution of the Kashmir dispute and stop gross human rights violations in every nook and corner of the Jammu and Kashmir state.
Syed Ali Geelani expressed his grave concern on the escalation of police atrocities against the pro-freedom political leaders, activists and the general public.
The statement added that the police administration should desist from becoming part and parcel of the barbaric acts against their own people, like killings, beating and harassing as done by Indian occupation forces.
The statement condemned police action and cane-charge against an indoor press conference organized by Moulana Abdullah Tari of Democratic Freedom Party to give details about the inhuman treatment meted out to the veteran freedom movement leader Shabir Ahmad Shah.
Syed Ali Geelani also condemned police action against the Batamaloo residents, traders and transporters protesting against the shifting of transport yard at Batamallo. The statement also condemned police atrocities against the protesting students at Tral Pulwama.
The statement warned the administration not to make the education institutions their political hub by organizing immoral and shameful programes in the name of sports and culture, wherein students are compelled to participate.
The so-called administration is hell bent to spoil the peaceful atmosphere in the educational institutions by the frequent police actions against the student fraternity.


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Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.

The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.

He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.

 

For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.

It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.

Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

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Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir

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Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.

Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said  development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.

 
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How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi

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How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.

“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.

“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.

Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.

“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.

He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.

“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.

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