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Ready to quit assembly, join Hurriyat: Kashmir legislator Rasheed

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS:  Independent legislator and Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) chairman Er Rasheed on Thursday offered to resign from assembly and join united Hurriyat “for the larger Kashmir cause of right to self determination”.

Rasheed made the remarks during a press conference in Srinagar in response to Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s call to pro-India politicians to join the Hurriyat.

“It is not time to  blame each other but work for resolution of Kashmir dispute and stop New Delhi from its utterances and efforts, it is indulged in changing the dispute nature of J&K,” said Rasheed.

He said Geelani’s appeal carried significance and relevance and sincere voices need to respond.

“During last eight years, I have met Geelani Sahab on frequent occasion[s] and offered him support from our side, which he has also endorsed through his statement some three years before,” he said.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, he said, has recently said that “Er. Rasheed is already working for fulfilling aspirations and sentiments of people”.

 “As such sincere offer of Geelani Sahab should be taken seriously by all saner voices. In fact New Delhi’s designs to make Kashmiris go defensive by snatching special status needs concrete, united and strategic approach,” he added.

Rasheed said that he is seeking an appointment with Geelani Sahab, Mirwaiz, Yaseen Malik and other pro-freedom leaders, so that “Geelani Sahab’s offer could be discussed with sincerity.”

“During meeting with Geelani Sahab and others, we would like to know the modalities of owning Geelani Sahab’s offer.”

Rasheed added that he is open to idea of quitting even from the Assembly, “if Geelani Sahab has some concrete road map to offer in order to represent Kashmiris in a more compact way.”

He appealed Omer Abdullah not to carry out personal attacks on Geelani and others for the “larger interest of Kashmiris at this stage.” (CNS)



Lawyers block public entrance, rue lack of facilities at Court Complex

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: Lawyers Thursday staged a sit-in protest and blocked the public entrance at newly inaugurated District Court Complex here in Kashmir capital Srinagar.

    The protesting lawyers rued the lack of facilities.

    The district court complex, spread over an area of 300 Kanals of land was recently inaugurated by the Governor, Narender Nath Vohra.

    The lawyers alleged that there is no facility available to them while litigants have also been facing enormous problem due to lack of canteen and parking space.

     “The facilities are available only for the judges while lawyers have been finding it hard even to get affidavits and stamps for their clients,” said one of the protesting lawyers to news agency CNS.

     They said that affidavits are being sold in black while not a single photostat shop is located in the court complex.

    “There is parking space for lawyers but not for the litigants. There is no canteen, no Photostat shop. An affidavit costing Rs 10 is being sold at Rs 50 in black. The government claimed that it is one of the beautiful and largest court complex of Asia, but those claims have proven hollow,” the protesting lawyers said.

    Principle and Session Judge Mr Rashid Ali Dar rushed to spot and pacified the protesting lawyers. He called the protesting lawyers and assured them that all their demands will be fulfilled. (CNS)



Kashmiri Hajj pilgrims complains of mismanagement

Hijaz, Aug 10, CNS: The Kashmiri Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia have castigated government for leaving them at lurch. The pilgrims said they face lot of problems while some have been spending nights in open.

   A couple of video’s in which Kashmiri pilgrims have been ruing their fate have gone viral on social media.

    A pilgrim Abdul Rahim Khan says the card issued to him has been handed over to another pilgrim as a result he has stuck in the corridor of a hotel.

     “For last three days we have been starving while nobody is coming forward to ease our sufferings,” the pilgrims say. 

   The Hajjis complained that they have no excess to Khudams, thus their problems get compounded.

   They have asked the Hajj Committee to look into their problems without any delay. (CNS)



Chief Minister meets Governor

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS:   Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister J&K, called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed him about her Party’s views and the discussions which she has  had with leaders of various political parties regarding threat to Article 35 A of the Constitution of India.

Governor and Ms. Mufti had extensive discussions on several other important issues, including the ongoing anti-terrorist operations, maintenance of law and order, establishing capacity and outreach for effective implementation of GST, present pace of tourist arrivals in the Valley, implementation of important development schemes and projects and functioning of the Universities.

Governor also discussed with Ms. Mufti his deep concern about the rapidly declining visual aspect of the Dal Lake and the schedule of timely elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies.

 Governor, who is the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, thanked Chief Minister for State Administration’s support in the successful conduct of this Year’s Yatra.




Dal Khalsa asks Sikh community to boycott Indian Independence Day celebrations

Moga, Aug 10, CNS: Dal Khalsa has called upon the community to boycott Indian independence day celebrations and do not recite “Indian National Anthem” as according to the organization these verses do not represent the independent stature of the Sikh community.

    Citing the continued loot of river waters, misuse of colonial-era archiac sedition laws to stifle dissent and harass dissenting people across the board, lynching of Dalits and Muslims in the name of cow protection” and denial of right to self determination to the people of Punjab,  the Dal Khalsa declared that “the Independence of Punjab’ was the only solution for its people to protect their distinct identity, its natural resources, social-political interests, fulfill rightful aspirations and move forward without any outside domination and fear.

   As per a statement issued to news agency CNS, the organization would hold a Conference and protest march on August 14 at Jalandhar with the "the aim to show their resolve and desire for Azaadi from India.  The leaders of pro-freedom group gave a call for boycott of celebrations as there was no reason for Sikhs to celebrate Aug 15"

    Addressing the press conference Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said that the current Indian state under Narendra Modi is transforming towards more centralisation and more Hinduization. That is the only transformational project that is taking place today. The march towards Hindu rashtra has already begun under Sangh Parivar. He expressed concern about the Punjab and declare that Punjabi's were socially, ethically, culturally and political different from Indians. He said on Aug 15 while Indians celebrate their freedom, Sikhs would observe it as a black day.

    He said the rulers of the country were worried about the protection of cow, but ironically they treat human beings especially dalits and minorities in an inhumane way. "The party that claimed to be a party with difference has been totally turned out to be ethically and morally corrupt and barbaric in character.

   He said the Kashmir and Punjab problem both were cases of the broken promises. Indian leadership has betrayed and ditched both the communities.

    Prominent amongst those who were present includes Amrik Singh Issru, Jasbir Singh Khandur, Jagjit Singh Khosa, SYP head Paramjit Singh Tanda. (CNS)



Local militant laid to rest in Tral amid pro-freedom protest

Tral, Aug 10, CNS: Zahid Ahmed, one among the three militants killed in yesterday during a gun fight with government forces was laid to rest amid pro-freedom protest at Nawdal Tral village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

     Three militants-Zahid Ahmed Bhat from Nawdal Tral, Ishfaq Ahmed from Batgund Tral and Muhammad Ashraf Dar from Trich Pulwama were killed in a gunfight at Gulab Bagh Tral while a civilian Muhammad Younis of Saimou Tral was killed in Government Forces firing.

     The civilian and the two militants were laid to rest on Wednesday night. Thousands of mourners participated in their funeral processions.

    A large number of people also participated in the funeral procession of Zahid Ahmed at Nawdal Tral on Thursday. Mourners raised pro freedom and pro Zakir Musa slogans.

    Shortly after the culmination of funeral procession, youth clashed with government forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells. Mobile internet and cellular services barring government owned BSNL are shut in the district. Heavy contingent of government forces personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in the town. (CNS)



ED conducts raids on the house and offices of trading company owner

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: After allegedly failing to realize the outstanding export bills to the tune of crores of rupees, Enforcement Directorate on Thursday conducted raids on Al-Khudam Tour and Travels and Feroz Son’s Carpet Exports here in Srinagar city of Jammu and Kashmir.

   Sources in Enforcement Directorate informed news agency CNS that raids were conducted at three locations simultaneously.

     Sources said that three separate teams of Enforcement Directorate conducted raids at the house and office complex at 90 feet road Soura in the outskirts of Srinagar city. A team also conducted searches at Al-Khudam office at Sangarmal Shopping Complex here in the heart of Srinagar city.

    An ED official wishing anonymity said that Directorate conducted raids and search operations in the offices and houses of Al-Khudam Tour and Travels and Feroz Son’s Carpet Exports under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) as the trading company has failed to realize the outstanding export bills to the tune of crores of rupees.

    “Don’t relate these raids to funding row. This is a different case wherein trading company has possibly failed to realize outstanding export bills,” he said. (CNS)


Work in coordination to expedite reforms, improve public service delivery: Dy CM

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh today asked the officers to work in a coordinated manner to ensure fast-tracking of reforms and improvement of public services delivery in the Power Development Department.

The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the measures to be put in place for making frame work for greater synergy between district administration and PDD for ensuring fast tracking reforms and improved public delivery services in the State.

Minister of State for Power, Hajj and Auqaf, Syed Farooq Andrabi was also present.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Technical PDD, Development Commissioner Power, Chief Engineers, Additional District Commissioners, senior officers of police, SEs and other senior officers.

While asking the officers of administration and police to extend every possible support to the officers and field staff of the PDD, the Deputy Chief Minister said the same is necessary for ensuring that the initiatives undertaken by the department are implemented fully especially the new schemes meant to augment the electric infra.

“The district administrations should extend every possible support both logistically as well as through human resource to the concerned PDD divisions so that work on various developmental project gets expedited and the projects are completed within the stipulated timelines”, Deputy Chief Minister maintained.

Dr Singh while directing the officers to synergize their efforts asked them to hold regular meetings so that the requisite results are achieved within the stipulated timeframe and also get necessary feedback about the status of work and implementation of various initiatives on the ground. 

The Deputy Chief Minister further directed the officers to register and address problems faced by consumers in a time bound manner. He further directed the service conditions of the field staff of the department should also be improved so that they could serve the people in a more professional manner.

Dr Singh also directed to dedicate staff in every district, who would provide their mobile numbers through whom the consumers could register their complaints and get them redressed immediately.

The Minister of State for Power while speaking on the occasion also asked the officers to keep themselves abreast of the problems and needs of the people besides also ensuring the timely completion n of various initiatives of government in a coordinated manner with District Administration.



Three months on:

SKIMS deprives security guards of their earned salaries

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: Authorities at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura have deprived scores of private security guards from their earned salaries.

     SKIMS have availed the services of security guards of a private company namely ‘Eagle’ and from past three months neither the SKIMS nor the private company has been crediting their bank accounts with monthly salary.

    “There are over 175 security guards that have been performing round the clock duties in the Institute. From past three months all have been deprived from their monthly salaries. There is a blame game going on between the SKIMS and the Company,” said a security guard to news agency CNS.

    Another security guard blamed SKIMS management for the mess. He said that it was SKIMS that used to disburse the salary but from past three months they have been telling us to approach the company.

    “We have cleared all the liabilities and it is the private company that has to pay salaries to them. We provide salaries to these security guards through Company,” said an official at SKIMS.

     However, when the head of the company Muhammad Altaf was contacted, he said they have already provided the bank account numbers of security guards to the SKIMS management. “The SKIMS has their bank accounts and prior to this development, it was SKIMS itself that used to disburse salaries. We have no role in disbursing salaries,” he said. (CNS) 



Noora Hospital takes patients and attendants for a ride

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: A private hospital in the outskirts of Srinagar city has been taking patients and attendants for a ride. The hospital authorities have miserably failed to provide basic facilities to patients and the attendants, notwithstanding charging hefty fee from the admitted patients.

    A group of attendants whose relatives are presently admitted in ‘Noora Hospital’ located at Umarabad HMT told news agency CNS that hospital lacks all kinds of facilities while there is not a single fan or cooler even at the reception centre where scores of attendants spend their spared time.

    “The owner of the Noora Hospital charge Rs 1600 for a night and yet attendants and patients are being deprived of basic facilities. There is no proper sanitation facilities and nursing care,” they said.

    The attendants said that despite repeated pleas to the owner to upgrade the facilities in the hospital, he doesn’t give heed. “His insolent and haughty behavior frustrates every complainant,” they said.

    When contacted, the owner of the hospital said that it is the job of the Director Health to inspect any hospital. “Attendants should contact Direct Health Services, whom I know very well,” he said and added that he can’t provide every facility to the attendants.

   Despite repeated attempts, Direct Health Services Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman could not be contacted. (CNS)



Police arrests newly recruited LeT militant in North Kashmir

Sopore, Aug 10, CNS: A recently-recruited Lashkar-e-Toiba militant was arrested along with ammunition in Sopore area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Thursday, police said today.

 "Today, a joint Naka of Police Sopore, 52 RR and 177 CRPF Bn. was established on Seer Amargarh Road near Railway Crossing Seer Sopore. During Naka checking, one suspected person jumped the Naka and fled to a nearby orchard. Accordingly, the said area was cordoned off by the Police and security forces and the suspected person was apprehended," said a spokesman.

 He said the militant was identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Kanna, son of Mohammad Shafi Kanna of Jamia-Qadeem Sopore.

 "One pistol, two pistol magazines, three rounds and four UBGL grenades were recovered from their possession," said the spokesman.

 A case, FIR No.  86/2017 U/S 7/25 A. Act, has been registered in Police Station Tarzoo.

 "The said militant was part of Lashkar Module in north Kashmir. Before joining Let outfit, the said militant worked as an active recruiter/OGW for Let outfit in Sopore and other areas of North Kashmir. He was involved in case FIR No. 126/2012 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 A. Act in a Grenade throwing case on Police Station Sopore." (CNS)



Shabir Shah left at mercy of criminals in Tihar jail: Freedom Party

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: The Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Thursday said its chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah has been kept among criminals in Tihar jail and there is a possible threat to his life. Shah was on Wednesday sent to Tihar jail on a 14 day judicial remand by Delhi court.

Party’s secretary general Moulana Abdullah Tari in a statement issued to press said though securing a meeting with Shah in Tihar jail to enquire about his health condition was extremely hard but jail authorities allowed a meeting for few minutes.

“We came to know that Shah Sahib has been kept among criminals and this poses a serious threat to his life,” Tari said and appealed to conscious people of India to help save the life of Shabir Ahmad Shah who has been declared as ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ by the Amnesty International.

Meanwhile, a party spokesperson paid glowing tributes to Zahid Ahmad Bhat, Ishfaq Ahmad, Muhammad Ashraf Dar and 16-year-old student Younis Ahmad Sheikh who were martyred in Tral gunfight with forces.

Expressing condolence and solidarity with the bereaved families, the spokesperson said, “We’re equally grieved at this hour but have firm belief that these sacrifices won’t go waste. We’re guardians of the sacrifices of our martyrs.”

He also condemned the PSA on Islamabad youth Irfan Ahmad Khan who has been shifted to Kathua jail. (CNS)



BJP Minister presented cash award to cop who foiled rifle snatching bid

Budgam, Aug 10, CNS: The Bank security guard who foiled a rifle snatching attempt a few days back in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district was bestowed with cash award by BJP legislators on Thursday.

     Three unknown youth tried to snatch the service rifle of a Jammu Kashmir Bank Guard, however, the Selection Grade Constable Farooq Ahmed Dar foiled their attempt.

    The incident occurred inside the Jammu Kashmir Bank at Charar-e-Sharif town.

  BJP legislators including the Minister for PHE Sham Lal Chowdary and Ravinder Raina visited Police Station Charar-e-Sharif and presented a cash reward of Rs 22,000 to Farooq Ahmed Dar.

    The BJP leaders while appreciating his role and courage assured him that they will recommend his name for the National Award. 

    “I presented this cash award to the valiant constable for his bravery. I did it on personal basis,” Sham Lal Chowdary told CNS.    


DSEK cautions people against fake websites, social media accounts

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has cautioned that some unscrupulous elements are running fake social media accounts and websites in the name of DSEK to mislead and dupe people.

In a statement issued here today a spokesman of DSEK said that the Directorate has only one official website;, while the official Facebook page is available on

The spokesman urged the general public, teachers, students and other stakeholders not get misled by the information circulated through fake websites and social media accounts operating in the name of DESK.

He said the Directorate has approached the Cyber Cell of J&K Police to initiate legal action against the persons involved in running fake websites and social media accounts in the name of DSEK.

ADGP felicitates SDRF winning team

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Civil Defense, Home Guards and SDRF, L. Mohanti, today felicitated the Civil Defense/ SDRF team for winning gold medal in the 3rd White Water rafting marathon held at Wussan Ganderbal recently.

While interacting with the award winning team, the ADGP said that sports activities have a positive role on the holistic development of a person and such activities will harness positivity among the youth.

The Rafting Marathon was organized by the Tourism Department in collaboration with Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) on August 3, in which 13 teams had participated.

The ADGP also felicitated the team with cash reward and distributed the Commendation certificates among Team members included Javed Ahmad Tinda, Irfan Hussain, Sajad Hussain Mattoo, Mohamad Akbar Akhoon, Irfan Tinda, Waseem Hussain Akhoon, and Aqib Hussain Akhoon.

            11 teams, including teams from Kashmir University, Central University of Kashmir, Islamia College, Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir, Tourism Department, J&K Ski & Mountaineering Association, J&K Mountaineering and Hiking Club and Kashmir Rafting Operators Association of Kashmir had participated and the team from Civil Defence/SDRF had stood first.

Director Disaster Management, Aamir Ali and Commandant SDRF Bashir Ahmad Sofi were also present on the occasion.


Secretary School Education holds video conference with DCs, CEOs

Srinagar, Aug 10, CNS: Secretary, School Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah today chaired a review meeting of education sector with all DCs and CEOs of the J&K State through video conferencing.

Director School Education, Kashmir, Director SSA, JDP were also present in the meeting.

Progress with regard to augmentation of toilet, drinking water and sports facilities in the schools besides status of fencing of schools was reviewed during the meeting.

Secretary, School Education urged DCs to review the functioning of education sector in their respective districts on weekly basis and also conduct inspections in schools on regular basis.  All the DCs and CEOs were requested to prepare proposals under convergence scheme to remove any deficiency with regard to availability of basic facilities in all educational institutions.

Secretary, School Education informed that the practicals in science subjects shall be restored immediately as per past practice and vacancies of teaching staff, particularly in far flung areas will be filled up very shortly. He stressed on 100% completion of syllabus by the teachers and to ensure that attendance of students remains over 90% in order for the students to qualify to sit in the examination