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Valley turned into theatre of death, destruction: Farooq

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Srinagar, Dec 15: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday expressed shock and grief over the killing of seven civilians by government forces at Kharpora-Sirnoo village of Pulwama.
Condemning the unabated killings of civilians party President Farooq Abdullah said: “Valley has been turned into theatre of death and destruction. Incidents like these put a big question mark on the working of government and security agencies in such circumstances. I am deeply saddened over the killing of civilians in Pulwama. My heart goes out to families who have lost their loved ones in the incident.”
He added that the incident must be probed thoroughly and those found guilty must be brought to book.
“I pray for peace to departed souls and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”
Terming the civilian killings as most brutal party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “It was a massacre orchestrated as a result of badly executed encounter.”
The vice president expressed grief over the killings and expressed condolences to the bereaved families. He prayed for peace to the departed souls and wished early recovery to the injured.
Repeating his demand of exercising restraint and avoiding collateral damage by forces in such circumstances he said, “It seems lessons have not been learned. When we start expecting situation to ease out, incidents like these put us back from where we started.”
Meanwhile addressing a press conference at party headquarters party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said that governor administration seemingly has given free hand to the forces to aim at civilians like sitting ducks.
“The incumbent governor administration has no respect for human rights and basic fundamental rights. Our party in unison condemns the killings in strongest terms, such acts reveal the disdain of incumbent governor administration for human rights,” he said.
Sagar said that such unabated killing of civilians if not stopped will further deteriorate the already fragile situation of our state.
“Our party core group has time and again implored on incumbent governor administration to put a thaw on civilian killings. But our pleas fell on deaf ears. We in fact took out a protest rally against these unabated killings but that too fell on deaf ears,” he said adding, “If the administration doesn’t stop such unabated civilians killings we shall be obligated to carry out state wide protests against the disdain with which civilians are being devoured.”
Sagar said people of Kashmir are being used as fodder by the central BJP led dispensation to increase their electoral prospects in other parts of the country. “Governor’s vacillating statements on Kashmir add more confusion to the already grim situation in our state. Governor, who is busy politicking, has miserably failed to implement his assurances,” he said.
Party general secretary said that Jammu and Kashmir is not a military colony. “We too have rights and privileges to live a dignified life. The draconian law AFSPA which we want to be done away with has belittled the very dignity of human life. Even the recent assertions of former home minister P Chidambaram are reflective of how inhumane the law is. What aggravates the situation is the laidback and sadistic attitude of central government towards such civilian killings,” he said.
Party Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani while addressing a press conference said that SOP’S are not being adhered to during such operations. “The civilian killings are not acceptable to us or for that matter to any sane voice throughout the country. We demand a time bound inquiry on the incident. Civilians and militants are being treated in the same manner,” he said adding, “There ought to be some checks and balances to ensure that civilians aren’t being killed. Had proper SOP’S been adhered to such civilian killings might have been avoided.”


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Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.

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90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.

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Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor

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Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.

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