Fed—up By Infighting In Congress, Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Kin Joins BJP
Jammu, Feb 27: Fed—up by infighting in Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) and ignorant attitude towards party stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad, his nephew Mubashar Azad, joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his supporters at BJP headquarter, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu.
Sources told that Mubashar Azad, who was a youth Congress leader from Doda district, was closely associated with former working president Rahul Gandhi.
Azad was welcomed by J&K BJP President Ravinder Raina and former MLA Dalip Parihar into the party fold.
Speaking on the occasion, Mubashar Azad, said that he was deeply hurt over the disrespect of his uncle, former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad by the present Congress leadership in Jammu and Kashmir and the Centre. He said that the way Congress party treated Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the charismatic leaders of Congress party, has hurt the sentiments of the common masses and stressed that PM Modi has given recognition to the efforts of the former CM.
He added that while there is total selfish infighting within the Congress party, Modi has gained the trust of common masses and thus we pledge to stand with Modi and BJP in the interest of the society and the Nation.
On the occasion, Ravinder Raina added that these new entrants led by Mubashar Azad will not only strengthen the party in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and other areas but will encourage the youths from the whole region of Jammu and Kashmir to work for the Nation and the society.
He appreciated the efforts of senior BJP leaders Sunil Sharma and Shakti Parihar along with Dalip Parihar, for their efforts in strengthening the party with these young and energetic faces.kno
Man Found Hanging In Rented Accommodation In Kulgam
Kulgam, Feb 27: A 47-year-old man from Damhal Hanjipora belt of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district was found hanging in a rented accommodation at Amnoo Kulgam on Sunday afternoon, officials said.
An official told that the man identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar (47) son of Sona-Ullah Dar, a resident of D K Marg Kulgam was found hanging in rented accommodation in Amnoo village.
He said that the man was working in a private company. A police officer said that it is premature to say whether it is suicide or murder,
However, investigation in this regard has been taken up.kno
Chechen Leader, A Close Putin Ally, Says His Forces Have Deployed To Ukraine
REUTERS: Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Russia’s Chechnya region and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Saturday that Chechen fighters had been deployed to Ukraine and urged Ukrainians to overthrow their government.
In a video posted online, Kadyrov boasted that Chechen units had so far suffered no losses and said Russian forces* could easily take large Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, but that their task was to avoid loss of life.
“As of today, as of this minute, we do not have one single casualty, or wounded, not a single man has even had a runny nose,” Kadyrov said, denying what he said were false reports of casualties from Ukrainian sources.
“The president (Putin) took the right decision and we will carry out his orders under any circumstances,” said Kadyrov.
Kadyrov has often described himself as Putin’s “foot soldier” and his words echoed those of the Russian leader who on Friday urged Ukrainians to rise up against their own government, which he said was made up of “neo-Nazis”. Ukrainian officials say that description of them is absurd.
Kadyrov has deployed his forces abroad to support Kremlin military operations before – in Syria and Georgia.
Kadyrov released his video as Russian forces pounded Ukrainian cities with artillery and cruise missiles on Saturday for a third day running and a defiant President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the capital Kyiv remained in Ukrainian hands.
*A short video published by the state-backed Russian news channel RT, which it said was from Friday,* showed thousands of Chechen fighters gathered in the main square of the region’s capital Grozny in a show of readiness to fight in Ukraine.
It was not immediately clear whether those fighters, who numbered some 12,000 according to RT, had already been deployed to Ukraine. RT said on Friday that they were awaiting an order from Putin to go in.
Moscow fought two bloody wars with separatists in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim region in southern Russia, after the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union, but has since poured huge sums of money into the region to rebuild it and given Kadyrov a large measure of autonomy to run things.
Government Dental College Celebrates National Oral Pathologist’s Day
Srinagar: Post Graduate department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology of Government Dental College Srinagar celebrated National Oral Pathologist’s Day and organized a day long programme under the aegis of Indian association of oral and maxillofacial pathologists.
The event was organized on the birth anniversary of Dr. H.M. Dholakia observed on 25th February 2022 at Post graduate Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Government Dental College, Srinagar.
Prof. (Dr.) Riyaz Farooq, the Dean and Principal, Govt. Dental College Srinagar presided over the function and said that the role of oral pathology is very important for oral health. Various doctors, professors, PG scholars, resident doctors also participated in the programme.
Highlighting the significance of the day, Head of the Department Prof (Dr) Suheel H Latoo recalled the hard work of Dr. Dholakia in the field of Oral Pathology. He called upon the students and doctors to follow his footsteps to cherish their goals in this specific field. The Prof. (Dr.) Riyaz Farooq, the Dean and Principal, appreciated the efforts of the Department for organizing this important function. The Principal and HoD also appreciate the entire staff for organizing the event successfully.
On the occasion, several activities were carried out by the Department, including cake cutting, soap carving competition, plantation drive, preparation of charts, posters and models, distribution of sweets to the workers.
The Head of Department also appreciated the efforts of the Department for organizing this important function.
Dr. M Shafi, Dr. Adil Malik , Dr. Aafreen Nadaf , Dr, Owais Gowhar , Dr, Rezhat Abbas, Dr. Zeenat Shah among others spoke on the occasion. The proceedings of the programme was conducted by Dr. Adil Malik.
The event was jointly done by organizing committee members led by Prof (Dr). Suheel H. Latoo, Dr. Afreen Nadaf, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Dar and scientific committee members led by Dr Owais Gowher and Dr. Adil Malik.
The opening ceremony of the event was led by Dr Adil Malik and inaugural speech was delivered by Prof (Dr) Suheel H. Latoo and speech on Role of Oral Pathologist in modern Dentistry was delivered by M. Shafi Dar.
Dr Rezhat Abbas highlighted the milestones in oral pathology of Government Dental College and E-poster presentation was done by Dr Zeenat Shah. Many Resident Doctors, Internees were also present on the occasion.
M Saleem Pandit Inaugurates Media Website
Srinagar: With an aim to provide high quality digital media and marketing services to the clients across Jammu and Kashmir, Channel Digital Media on Friday launched its official website at an impressive function here on Friday.
The website was launched by M Saleem Pandit, senior journalist of Jammu and Kashmir and assistant editor of worldwide Times of India newspaper and he appreciated the new concept of transformation of digital media and marketing in Jammu and Kashmir region led by Channel Digital Media.
He said, “Digital media has shown a remarkable revolutionary change in the media industry all across the world and with the latest technology of digital platforms all things become easier for the client and customers to choose the best services at their door steps.”
“Channel Digital Media, a newly launched media, marketing and public relations platform will make all strides in the media marketing in Jammu and Kashmir and hope to provide end-to-end advertising, marketing and communications solutions to the clients on time so that it can deal into a client’s real needs, in the long term,” he said.
M Saleem Pandit further said that customers today expect customized media and marketing solutions tailored to their needs and hoped that the professionals at Channel Digital Media will work hard to earn the real trust and faith of customers for all kinds of digital media, marketing and event based coverages.
“With tech-savvy customers, the use of social media promotions is gaining importance and recently, online media and traditional ads have really ‘tied the knot’ in the same campaigns,” he said.
At Channel Digital Media, it truly believes in integrating the relevant media to get the best results as it has a full-fledged team which includes Client Management, Planning, Creative, Media, Production and Public Relations. The proprietary Brand & Communication tools enable to go beyond tactical communication into behavioral changes with measurable results.
Proposed Tulip Garden At Sonmarg: Locals Upbeat But Want ‘Shabby’ Parks To Be Maintained First
Sonmarg, Feb 26: At a time when every park at tourist resort Sonmarg is in dilapidated condition, the government has decided to set up a Tulip Garden on the patten of Kashmir capital Srinagar to attract more and more tourists.
The proposed Tulip Garden is likely to come at ‘Kohsheen Park’ and will be managed by Jammu and Kashmir Floriculture Department.
“A hundred kanals of land have been identified in Sonamarg for setting up a ‘Tulip Garden’.
An official said that the Tulip Garden in Srinagar has been a big attraction for the tourists who visit Valley during the Spring Season. “Since Tulips are unique to Jammu and Kashmir and have been very helpful in increasing the footfall of the tourists visiting the Valley, it would be expedient to replicate the tulip at other locations including Sonmarg which will not only add attraction at these tourist places but would also prolong the tulip season, thus give better timing flexibility to tourist to witness the tulip bloom.”
Official sources said that the Chief Secretary has issued directions for popularizing and expanding the tulips gardens across all prominent locations of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly at Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Baderwah, Poonch, and Sanasar.
“Since various kinds of tulips bloom under varied temperatures and environments, therefore propagating and promoting the tulip gardens at these places would enable the extension of tulip season by 10 to 20 days and will greatly help in increasing the tourist footfall during the tulip season.”
Though locals especially hoteliers are upbeat and desperately wish to see a Tulip Garden blooming at Sonmarg, but, many have apprehensions that like other parks in Sonmarg, this proposed Tulip Garden will meet the same fate.
Sonmarg Development Authority, which was set up in 2007, as per locals failed to maintain the pristine glory of the multiple parks of Sonmarg. “Hefty amounts are being spent in the name of maintenance and repairing of these parks, but nothing changes on the ground. A tourist who pays for the ticket often expresses displeasure as he or she finds nothing for amusement,” a shopkeeper told news agency Kashmir News Trust.
An elderly hotelier said that he was expecting a big change when Revenue Department handed over the control of this tourist resort to Sonmarg Development Authority in 2007, but nothing changed.
“This resort was for camping tourism. Visitors earlier were allowed to stay in the tents, but slowly it turned into a concrete jungle. New hotels came up but nothing was done to beautify the landscape here,” he said and expected that the proposed Tulip Garden will be maintained in an effective way.
A couple of hoteliers appealed to SDA to take care of the shabby parks of Sonmarg without wasting any time.
Jammu And Kashmir Police Launches Emergency Helpline Dail 112
Srinagar,26 Feb: Police in Kashmir has launched ‘Dial 112’ helpline where citizens can call for police help, fire brigade and ambulance services, officials said on Saturday.
The helpline has been launched under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) project, they said.
“The citizens can Dial 112 wherever they are in distress and for any kind of emergency assistance,” the officials said.
They said besides normal police help, people in distress can seek assistance in terms of women safety as well.
“The citizens can also call this number for ambulance or fire brigade services,” the officials added.(PTI)
Five DIGs Promoted As IGPs, 3 Confirmed As DIGs, 3 SSPs Elevated, DPC Defers Promotion Of 4 IGPs As ADGPs, Proposal Of DGP Rank For Two Sent To MHA
JAMMU, Feb 25: Deferred thrice this month, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) for Police Department met here this evening and cleared promotions of 11 senior IPS officers up to IGP level while proposal for promotion of two Additional DGPs as DGPs is being sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and that of four IGPs as ADGPs was deferred because of lack of vacancies.
Top official sources told the Excelsior that members of the Committee, which had been constituted by the MHA, Department of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Affairs, include Umang Narula, Advisor to Lt Governor of Ladakh, Shaleen Kabra, outgoing Principal Secretary Home Department J&K, Secretary Home Department Ladakh, Director General of Police (DGP) J&K Dilbag Singh and Additional Director General of Police (Head of the Police Force), Ladakh S S Khandarey. The DPC was chaired by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta.
The DPC met this evening after being deferred thrice on February 8, 11 and 21.
Sources said the proposal for promotion of two Additional DGPs including Hemant Kumar Lohia and Pankaj Saxena as DGPs is being sent to the MHA Both of them are IPS officers of 1992 batch of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir cadre.
Four Inspector Generals of Police, whose promotion to the rank of Additional DGP was deferred for want of vacancies include Viplav Kumar Choudhary, presently on deputation with the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Garib Dass, IGP Headquarters, Vijay Kumar, IGP Kashmir Zone and Alok Kumar, IGP Crime Investigation Vigilance (CIV) Police Headquarters.
All of them are Direct Recruits of 1997 batch of the IPS. Five DIGs have been cleared for promotion as IGPs. Four of them, however, are on Central deputation.
They are Uttam Chand, who is on deputation with the Government of India where he is posted as Deputy Secretary Cabinet Secretariat, Vidhi Kumar Birdi, who is on deputation to the NIA, Keshav Ram, who too is on deputation and posted in the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI), Atul Kumar Goel, DlG CID and State Investigation Agency (SIA) Jammu and Bhim Sen Tuti, who is on Study Leave to United Kingdom.
Uttam Chand is Regular Recruit of 2002 batch, Birdi and Keshav Ram are Direct Recruits of 2003 batch while Goel and Tuti, also Direct Recruits, belonged to 2004 batch of IPS cadre.
Three IPS officers of 2008 batch were confirmed as DIGs. They are already officiating in the same rank in view of shortage of police officers.
They include Tejinder Singh, who is on deputation with the NlA, Abdul Jabbar, DIG South Kashmir Range Anantnag and Udaybhaskar Billa, DIG North Kashmir Range Baramulla.
Selection Grade of IPS was released in favour of three IPS officers of 2009 batch on completion of 13 years of qualifying service. They are now eligible for posting as DIGs.
They include lmtiaz Ismail Parray, SSP Crime Branch Kashmir, Shailendra Rajesh Mishra and Rahul Malik, both of whom are on Central deputation and posted in the NIA and MHA respectively.
Sources said there are four sanctioned posts of DGPs (two cadre and two ex-cadre) but against them, six officers are already in position though two are on Central deputation. However, on promotion of two Additional DGPs as DGPs, the MHA will take call shortly.
As far as the promotion of four IGPs as Additional DGPs was concerned, sources said there are eight sanctioned posts of ADGPs but against them, 13 officers are working in the same rank though four of them are on deputation. In view of this, the promotion of four more IGPs as ADGPs was deferred.
Regarding the promotion of five DIGs as IGPs , sources pointed out that there are 21 sanctioned posts of IGPs (12 cadre and nine ex-cadre) but only eight officers are in position while four others are on deputation.
Sources said the Police Department had obtained Vigilance clearance in favour of all officers before their promotions.
Kashmir University To Re-Open For Offline Classes From March 3, Authorities Notify Guidelines For HODs, Faculty, Students
Srinagar, Feb 25: The University of Kashmir on Friday issued necessary guidelines for deans, heads of departments, faculty members and students ahead of re-opening of the varsity for offline classes from March 3, 2022.
“This is for the information of all concerned that the class-work/examination in the teaching departments of the main and satellite campuses shall resume in off-line mode from 3rd March, 2022. Accordingly, all Heads/Directors/Coordinators of the teaching departments shall adhere to the necessary guidelines in letter and spirit,” a notification issued by Office of Dean Academic Affairs said.
Listing the mandatory guidelines, the DAA office said all students shall produce vaccination certificates to attend the classes in offline mode and shall be subjected to random checks for COVID19 symptoms by thermal scanners or visual observations at all places in the campus especially class-rooms, laboratories, library and canteens.
“Over-crowding at any place on campus should be avoided under all circumstances. Adherence to SoPs notified from time to time by UGC and concerned Government agencies will be mandatory. Detection of any positive case should immediately be reported to concerned authorities and standard procedure shall be followed for isolation, quarantine etc,” the guidelines read, adding that only candidates who have received both doses of vaccine shall be allowed in the class rooms.
“However, the Chief Proctor shall arrange special vaccination drive for the students of main and off-site campuses.”
All concerned Heads/Directors shall ensure the conduct of remedial classes within a week’s time in case some classes or days are lost due to any unforeseen circumstances, the guidelines read, adding that the loss can be compensated in either offline or online mode.
The Deans of the respective schools will have a monthly review of syllabus completion with HODs, Faculty and CRs can also be invited in such meeting, if the Dean desires so.
The Provosts (Boys & Girls) shall keep the hostels ready for the students by ensuring proper sanitization before the commencement of class work, the guidelines read.
Pertinently, Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad recently chaired a meeting of Deans, Directors, HODs, Coordinators and top officers to discuss reopening of the University for offline classes and pass necessary directions in this regard to ensure smooth conduct of academic and research activities on the campuses.kno
Kashmiri Soldier Dies In Leh, Family Appeals To LG To Get The Body Airlifted
Budgam, Feb 25: A Budgam family Friday appealed to the Lieutenant Governor to airlift the body of the soldier from Leh to Srinagar.
An army soldier Bashir Ahmad Ganaie son of Late Ghulam Hassan Ganaie from Wahabpora Ganie Mohalla of Budgam district succumbed in the Leh hospital on Friday morning after suffering from a brain hemorrhage attack a few days back.
Dr Javaid Ahmed, the cousin of the soldier told that Bashir Ahmed died today in the hospital and now they earnestly appeal to the authorities particularly to LG Manoj Singh to get his body airlifted from Leh to Srinagar. knt