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World Environment Day ‘mourned’ in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jun 05: On the World Environment Day observed on Tuesday, the civil society members lamented the environmental degradation in Kashmir.

The Environmental Policy Group (EPG) in coordination with various tour operators, civil society members, FCIK members, J&K RTI movement held an event to put focus on the environmental concerns.

 

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day was “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

The organisations, however, said they would “mourn it” instead of celebrating it.

Shakeel Qalander, a civil society member said, the pace at which environmental degradation has been taking place predicts a “bleak future”.

“We are already facing an acute water crisis. The water bodies are dwindling at a fast rate and forest cover is also receding. I fear the worse,” Qalander said.

He stressed on the need to change the attitude of the government towards environmental issues.

“The government has to change their approach and attitude towards the ecology and environment if we are to preserve our water bodies and lakes,” he said.

The civil society member lamented: “Another environment day will be gone by and government will do nothing to preserve the environment.”

Noted satirist, Zareef Ahmad Zareef expressed displeasure over considerable degradation of lakes due to the “lackadaisical attitude of the government”.

“Take the example of fast losing two lakes–Nigeen and Dal Lake. The lake are shrinking in area, because of the encroachments by hoteliers, reduction in volume by silting caused mainly due to catchment area degradation and increased pollution, entry of untreated sewage and solid waste from the peripheral areas and houseboats,” Zareef said.

“The successive governments have failed to implement the laws in place.”

“The government has time and again proved futile in preserving the environment. Unfortunately, there are ample environmental laws but there is no implantation.”

Raja Muzaffar, head of the RTI movement, referred to the sole dumping site Achan’s fast depleting capacity.

“Over the years, the dumping site will be filled to the brim, and there will no alternative at hand. All thanks to the successive regimes,” Muzaffar said.

Environment lawyer, Nadeem Qadri said the government has failed to spend funds on high altitude lakes.

“We have gathered here to form a body which will be voice for preservation of environmental issues and to make government accountable,” he added.


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Poll battle shifts to Anantnag, 18 candidates in fray

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Srinagar, Apr 20: The poll battle has now shifted to Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, spread over four south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, where 13.93 lakh voters will decide the fate of 18 candidates in three phases — April 23, April 29 and May 6.
The Election Commission (EC) has decreased the polling hours by two hours in the constituency.
The polling will be held between 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs for security reasons.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, state Congress president G A Mir and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi are among the 18 candidates seeking mandate from the constituency where polling will be held in three phases because of security reasons.
Considered as stronghold of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following its win in 11 out of 16 Assembly segments in 2014, the constituency has witnessed major change after the party formed coalition government with the BJP in the state.
The constituency witnessed encounters and youth joined militancy after the unholy alliance between PDP and BJP,’ opposition said.
Though all political parties, including National Conference (NC), PDP, BJP and Congress organised poll meetings under very heavy security cover, majority people remained indifferent to election process.
The campaigning so far witnessed some militant attacks, including hurling grenades, firing on a vehicle carrying poll material, besides stone pelting.
Due to security reasons, bypoll could not be held in the constituency after the seat fell vacant when Ms Mufti resigned to become the chief minister of the state following demise of her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2016.
However, bypoll in Srinagar constituency was held in 2016 after PDP MP Tariq Hameed Karra resigned in protest against party’s coalition with BJP.
Later, Farooq Abdullah of NC was elected. Even though there are 18 candidates seeking mandate from the constituency, the main contest is expected to be between Mufti, Mir and Masoodi.
CPI(M), which has not fielded any candidate, is supporting NC nominee from Anantnag constituency. Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, which does not have much of a presence in south Kashmir, has fielded Chaudhry Zaffar Ali as its candidate.
BJP, which had managed to garner only 1.26 per cent of the votes polled in Lok Sabha constituency during 2014 general election, has fielded Sofi Yousuf, a MLC this time. Besides candidates from other smaller parties, there are 10 independent candidates in fray for the constituency.
The EC in a notification issued on Friday fixed the polling time, in all the polling stations, for the Anantnag parliamentary Constituency from 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs. The earlier timing notified by the Commission was between 0700 hrs to 1800 hrs.

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Will ensure smooth conduct of polls: DGP

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said that the forces will ensure the smooth conduct of Anantnag Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to commence from Wednesday in three phases.
The polling for Anantnag Lok Sabha polls will be held in three phases – April 23, April 29, and May 6.
The DGP said that police and other security agencies are fully prepared for peaceful and smooth conduct of elections. “Force are alert and have made all preparations for the smooth Anantnag Lok Sabha elections,” he said.
Singh further said that the forces will also ensure security of poll officials during the election days.
He said that the priority would be to hold violence-free elections and all possible measures will be taken for this. “Police force and the intelligence wing have been kept on alert to combat any threat.”
The DGP told KNS that all the arrangements are being made, so that the polling process is not affected and the people can exercise their voting rights without fear. “The security of polling personnel and polling booths will be taken care of. Special patrolling will be carried out in the sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas,” he said.
“I can assure from the point of the police and the sister security agencies that we are on the ground and we are set to ensure that there is a peaceful election in south Kashmir. Any attempt to vitiate the electoral process would not be allowed” the DGP maintained.
The DGP stressed on greater synergy among different agencies deployed to be for election duties, saying that the coordination among all stakeholders would help to prevail a conducive atmosphere for the people to exercise their franchise.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) has a rich experience in conducting the electoral process and the force along with other sister agencies would leave no stone unturned to conduct the election in a congenial atmosphere in this Lok Sabha seat.
“I am sure elections will pass on successfully and peacefully. I wish my officers on the ground all the very best. Given the past experience of JK police, they have sailed through difficult times and I am sure that the major event (polls) in south Kashmir will be successful.”
The DGP stressed whatever support in shape of logistic and manpower is required will be pooled and placed at the disposal for the smooth conduct of polls.
The DGP further told KNS that stern action will be taken against the elements that foment trouble and at the same time contingency plans will be ready to tackle any eventuality.
Meanwhile sources said that the security agencies in south Kashmir were busy conducting vulnerability mapping of booths and identifying of critical polling stations based on the past incidents of violence.

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BJP’s anti-Muslim posturing out in open: NC

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Saturday condemned the recent statement of a BJP functionary wherein he had asked voters to cast their ballot in favor of PM Modi if they want to “destroy Muslims”, saying that such horrible assertion is reflective of BJP’s aversion for Muslims.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party’s provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while condemning the BJP statement said that what is alarming here is the fact that PM Modi, cabinet ministers and BJP functionaries haven’t censured the person for his hateful statement against Muslims.
“We are hearing this kind of intimidation in broad day light by a BJP functionary addressing a public gathering in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. The person had sordidly vowed to destroy the breed of Muslims and not just that, he has said that the party will bring machines from China to shave Muslims and convert them to Hinduism. Why is PM mute on this issue? This does not behoove his political denomination.”
Imran said that having been failed to deliver on the promises made by it, BJP is again resorting to hate mongering and fanning of communal passions.
“Such distasteful communal election time rhetoric is tailored to fan communal passions and polarize the people in the run up to elections. The sheer naïve attitude of PM and other high rung leaders of BJP over this issue reveal that divisiveness and polarization is the social and the accepted policy within BJP. Every sane voice in India should come forward and dismiss this sort of campaign rhetoric. However this should act as an eye opener to the people of country while they make their choices for the kind of government they want to have for next five years. We have had enough of this. Our party too is spearheading the campaign against such divisive agenda of BJP and its cronies in our state with the active support of people.”

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