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Young Kashmiris display sentiments in event organized by Army

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar, Sep 29: “We don’t want bloodsheds. We want freedom, My aim is to see Kashmir without bloodsheds, stone pelting,” and other similar interesting titles given to many semi-abstract paintings caught the attention of visitors of the day-long Chinar youth festival that was held on Saturday at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) here.

The Youth Festival, organised by the Army, was conducted with an aim to inculcate the spirit of creativity amongst the youth, information on various careers, encourage participation in sports and promote peace.

A large number of events like solo and group singing, band display, painting and calligraphy were organised during the youth festival.

 

However, the water colour paintings displayed at the painting attracted a lot of attention from the visitors.

In one of the paintings, a chinar leaf smeared with blood droplets is displayed with Kashmir, stone pelting written on it.

“I was overwhelmed after looking at the paintings. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the Army as it depicts the real sentiments of our future generations,” said a visitor wishing anonymity.

Another female visitor, who didn’t wish to be named, said, “Art has given them the freedom to tell stories of their land. It sends a clear message on how the young minds are being are being shaped by the unending bloodshed.”

Meanwhile, Coordinating officer of the festival, Major PiyushKaushal, said the event was organized to catch the young talent.

“We got an overwhelming response and the participation was huge. Around 1,000 students from various schools participated in the event,” Sharma said.

Commenting on the paintings displayed at the event, Sharma said, “Art is a way to display all kinds of feelings and moods. They can be good and bad as well.”

While, the Cultural/Musical show by held by renowned and accomplished Bollywood singer Javed Ali.  Noted film and television personalities like GurmeetChoudhary, Debina  Bonnerjee and Tina Dutta were also present on the occasion.

 


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JK Govt yet to get intimation on ECI teams visit

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Jammu and Kashmir government is yet to get a formal intimation from the Election Commission of India of a proposed visit of a commission’s team for on spot assessment of the situation for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.
Official sources privy to developments on the conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state told that neither the government nor the office of Chief Electoral officer has got a formal intimation from the election commission of India on the visit of a team of the commission expected to make an on spot assessment of the situation before the commission takes a call on the simultaneous conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state or the holding of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections separately.
A top government official on conditions of anonymity told, “We are yet to get both the government and the office of the chief electoral officer is yet to get any intimation on the proposed visit of a team of the election commission of India for on spot assessment of the situation before a final decision on simultaneous or separate conduct of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.
However may be we get a call from the election commission of India on the proposed visit of its team even on January 27 as speculated in some media reports.”
Earlier, there were reports that a team of the Election Commission will soon visit Jammu and Kashmir to review the situation with political leaders and other stakeholders on polls in the state.
“A team of Election Commission will visit the state soon to have a review of situation with political leaders and other stakeholders for holding the elections,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shailendra Kumar had said.
On the issue of holding of simultaneous polls, the CEO informed that his office had already taken necessary steps for holding the elections, but decision lies with the Election Commission, who would take a final call at an appropriate time after taking all aspects into consideration.

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Injured Habba Kadal youth responding to treatment

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The youth from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area, who was critically injured after CRPF personnel allegedly hurled a stone at him on Tuesday, is responding to the treatment, doctors at SK Institute of Medical Sciences told The Kashmir Monitor.

Mohammad Younis, who, as per his family, had gone to fetch vegetables, suffered a skull fracture after a stone hit him during clashes in Habba Kadal.

Initially, he was taken to SMHS hospital but the doctors referred him to SKIMS as he was stated to be critical.

 

Medical Superintendent (MS), SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that Younis is being treated in the surgical observation unit of the hospital.

“Patient is okay. As of now, there is no need to worry. We are closely monitoring him,” he said.

The CRPF spokesman had claimed the youth “slipped and fell down while being chased”.

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Weatherman predicts week-long dry spell in Valley

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Srinagar, Jan 23: After three-day long wet spell across Kashmir, the weather on Wednesday showed improvement with local meteorological department forecasting dry weather till January 29.
The three-day-long wet spell ended across the Valley today. The MeT department had predicted improvement in the weather conditions from Tuesday evening.
The local Meteorological department told that there is no forecast of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 here, saying that the weather would remain cloudy on Jan 25.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan has issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division on Wednesday.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.
As per a hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has asked the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DCs to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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