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SRINAGAR, MAY 08: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today stressed on collective and heedful efforts by every section of the society to get J&K out of the difficult times and the looming uncertainties. She said this is not the first time that people of the State have seen tough times but in the past also they have braved challenges and come out resolutely.
The Chief Minister was interacting with media-persons on the sidelines of opening of Durbar Move offices in Srinagar today.
The Chief Minister reminded that many highs and lows have come in the chequered history of the State but the people through sheer resolve came out of every difficult situation with resilience. She said even the two decade long turmoil of yesteryears had to be concluded through a series of dialogues and negotiations. “I remember 1996 when it was difficult to even conduct a public meeting. But people have come out of that and would also pass through the present times with resilience,” she said and appealed for collective and vigilant efforts by every section of the society in this regard.
Terming youth as an asset and a promise for a better future, the Chief Minister said the youth of the State have made us proud in all fields they went and competed. “Be it studies, sports or competitive exams, our youth have performed so well to hold our heads high”, she said and asked them to exhibit their potential in any corner of the country. “Jammu & Kashmir is a jewel in the crown of India and our youth have the whole canvas of the country available to display their talent in whatever field they take the plunge”, she said and added that education is a movement which leads a society from darkness towards light.
Mehbooba Mufti appealed media to play a constructive role in minimizing the divide between sections of the society and act as a guide and a beacon to show the right path to the government and the people whenever they deflect from their objective. She asked the media, particularly national media, not to harp on negativities but instead focus on the similarities and help in reducing tensions and acrimony among people.
The Chief Minister said though some youth might be disillusioned with the system but the media should not bracket the entire generation but work towards clearing their disillusionment and create an atmosphere of goodwill.
Later the Chief Minister chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers soon after the opening of Civil Secretariat here today, the Chief Minister asked the Ministers to undertake joint visits to areas to resolve the issues of people and mobilize local administration at the grassroots level. She said the challenge lies in how effectively and efficiently governance is rendered to the people in a cost and time effective manner.
Mehbooba Mufti asked all the Ministers to work in a team spirit and take the governance delivery as a challenge. She asked the Ministers to work holistically for the welfare of the State and not limit themselves to some particular areas or regions.
The meeting took a comprehensive review of the law and order and development scenario in the State.
Earlier on her arrival at the Civil Secretariat this morning, the Chief Minister was given a ceremonial reception by a contingent of J&K Police.
Members of the Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Administrative Secretaries and a large number of employees of the Civil Secretariat accorded a warm welcome to the Chief Minister on her arrival.


Srinagar, May 03: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited the families of police personnel and JK Bank officials who were killed on May 01 by unknown assailants when they were on their duty to disburse cash in Kulgam district.
Mehbooba Mufti visited Nehama village in Kulgam district to personally convey her sympathies to the families of JK Bank official Muzaffar Ahmad and constable Farooq Ahmad. She later visited Ujroo to condole with the families of constable Muzaffar Ahmad and JK Bank official Javed Ahmad at Yarkipora and ASI Bashir Ahmad at Bonigam.
The Chief Minister expressed her heartfelt sympathies with the families of the slain personnel of JK Bank and Police. She said they laid their lives while preserving public money and their sacrifices won’t be allowed to go waste. She said the victim families would be duly looked after and every help and assistance would be provided to them by the Government.
Sharing the pain and grief of the bereaved families, the Chief Minister said these personnel were on the duty to protect and disburse public money and their killingreflects the dangerous criminalisation turn the society is taking. She appealed people, particularly civil society and youth, to rise against this dangerous trend of looting of public money by spilling innocent blood, thereby giving Kashmir a terribly bad name in the civilized world.
Later, Mehbooba Mufti visited the family of constable Ishfaq Ahmad at Batapora, Zakoora in Srinagar who was also killed in the said incident and condoled with his family, including aged parents and young siblings.
Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash was also present on the occasion.


SRINAGAR, APRIL 25: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed the security agencies to undertake youth counseling and ensure that no collateral damage takes place while dealing with day to day law & order situations. She specifically directed that culprits be brought to justice if found involved in harassing a community or section of society in the name of a social cause.

Chairing a meeting of Unified Headquarters here today, the Chief Minister directed the security agencies to improve the Public-Security Force interface and make it a regular affair. She said holding of counseling sessions for youth would not only help the youth ally apprehensions and misgivings about the system but would also give the security agencies a chance to reach out to people through community policing.

The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to exercise restraint while dealing with provocative situations. She added wherever restraint was exercised, it showed positive results on the ground for the Government and helped in maintaining peace and order. She said the youth unfortunately caught in the cycle of misinformation and violence are our own who ought to be won over with a healing touch.

Mehbooba Mufti said youth engagement should be prioritized rather than viewing it as a routine law and order issue. She directed that care should be taken to avoid and minimize all collateral damage while conducting operations. She also directed that parents of youth be taken into confidence as and when there is some complaint about any youth and in no way should the family be held accountable for the deeds of the said youth. The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to ensure that inter community harmony and amity among various sections of society is maintained at all costs. She directed that culprits be brought to justice if found spreading hatred against a section of society or in the name of a social cause and if need be strict provisions of law be slapped on such hate mongers who are found taking law into their own hands.

The meeting also deliberated upon the latest security and law& order situation obtaining in the State.

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh; Chief Secretary, B. R. Sharma; Financial Commissioner & Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B B Vyas; Principal Secretary, Home, R. K. Goyal; Director General of Police, Dr. Sheesh Pal Vaid; GoC in C of Northern Command, Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu; Corps Commanders of various Army formations operating in the State; Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu; senior officers of CRPF, BSF and J&K Police were present in the meeting.


The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today.

Allama Iqbal promoted Two-Nation Theory and gave concept of a separate Muslim state in Indian Subcontinent where they can independently live in accordance with their religion and cultural traditions.

Various literary and cultural organizations have chalked out special programmes across the country and abroad to pay homage to the national poet. Radio Pakistan will also broadcast special programmes befitting the occasion.

Born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, he breathed his last on 21 April 1938 in Lahore.


Srinagar, Apr 20: In an pessimistic development, Mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited remained suspended for the past six days in the Kashmir Valley.

Pertinently, spurt in the protests and violence has been witnessed after over 60 students of a college in Pulwama were injured in security force and police action last Saturday. The authorities banned mobile internet immediately after the incident as a precautionary measure to prevent any rumours.

As a matter of fact, Broadband internet service of BSNL and other local service providers were functioning normally though with very low speed.

Local media in series of reports has stated that government is planning to ban all social networking sites, including Facebook, Whatsapp in the Valley after some people were uploading protest and alleged atrocities of security forces videos.

To curb spread of rumours through social networking sites, the authorities had directed all cellular companies, including BSNL to suspend mobile internet service in the Valley.

Experts state that this indicates a crucial downslide in the overall situation of Kashmir which cause of worry.


SRINAGAR, APRIL 09(KMW): As many as 39375 votes were polled in Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency till 11.00 am today.
Highest numbers of 16719 votes were cast in Budgam district, followed by 12573 votes in Ganderbal district and 10083 votes in Srinagar district.
In Kangan Assembly segment of Ganderbal district 8015 voters exercised their franchise, while as the lowest of 169 votes were polled in Eidgah assembly segment of Srinagar district.
In Srinagar District, Hazratbal segment has recorded 964 votes, Khanyar 800, Habbakadal 1164, Eidgah 169, Zadibal 1772, Amirakadal 1937, Sonwar 1433, Batamaloo 1844, thus recording a total of 10083 votes which include 6494 male and 3589 female voters.
In Budgam, Chadoora segment recorded 276 votes, Budgam 2443, Beerwa 6069, Khansahib 6410 and Chrar-e-Sharief 1521 aggregating to total 16719 votes polled in the district which include 14075 male and2644 female voters.
In Ganderbal district, Kangan segment recorded 8015 and Ganderbal segment recorded 4558 votes including 8140 male and 4433 female electorates.
Thus the total poll percentage by was 3.12 percent.


SRINAGAR, APRIL 06(KMW): Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed immediate constitution of a unified control room to monitor the situation arising out of continued rains and snow in the Kashmir Valley for the past two days and take appropriate measures. She asked the divisional administration to gear up to meet any eventuality in view of the inclement weather.
The Chief Minister reviewed the preparedness and the steps to be taken by the administration in view of the emerging situation of rains and water logging in many parts of Kashmir Valley at a meeting of officers here today. She directed that senior functionaries of the concerned Departments be deputed to the control room to respond to the emerging situations in a coordinated approach. She also directed chalking out contingency plans for the flood prone areas and make available nearby buildings in case of emergency evacuations.
Mehbooba Mufti directed constitution of similar control rooms at the district levels also and asked the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to monitor the functioning of these control rooms and coordinate the rescue efforts in these districts. She directed close monitoring of rescue operations at all the spots in these districts which have a likelihood of embankment breach or water logging.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the engineers of Flood Control Department to deploy all their men and machinery for patrolling the banks of rivers and streams at the spots which have a history or likelihood of breaches. She specifically directed patrolling of spots which had breached during the floods of 2014.
The Chief Minister was informed that 60 thousand sand bags have been readied by the Department at various locations in the city which, if need be, would be used for checking the breaches or overflowing of banks. She directed arranging of adequate number of boats and deploying them at critical places where people may need them for evacuation or for any help.
The meeting was informed that weather is likely to improve from April 07 and already the rate of rising of water level in Jhelum has started to slow down.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the SMC authorities to deploy all their dewatering machines at the inundation spots to drain off the waters and make the important city junctions free of any water logging at the quickest. She also asked the PDD authorities to make round the clock power supply available to these pumps.
The Chief Minister directed the Chief Engineer, R& B to ensure that major roads in the Valley remain trafficable and no road remains blocked due to any fallen tree or any other obstruction. She specifically directed clearing of all fallen trees and snow on Tangmarg-Gulmarg road by this evening so that the road communication to the world famous tourist spot remains open and tourists are not stranded there. She also directed clearing of Sangrama-Baramulla road by the evening which got blocked previous night due to continued downpour of past two days.
On the status of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the Chief Minister directed the IGP Traffic to supervise the reopening of the road at the earliest and prioritize the clearing of stranded passengers on the road.


SRINAGAR MARCH 29: According to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir the school timings both in respect of Government as well as recognized private schools within the Municipal limits of Srinagar city, shall be from 9 am to 3 pm from April 01, 2017.
While the timing of schools falling outside Srinagar Municipal limits shall be from 10 am to 4 pm. All the school heads of Kashmir division have been asked to follow these instructions strictly.


Gilgit Baltistan State hood to be likely being granted by Pakistan is generating lot of heat and debate .
The Kashmir Resistance leadership has out rightly showed the resentment against the move with the Indian Government also criticizing the move. Many opine that with crucial China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) work in full progress the Chinese state wants some sort of final legal status to Gilgit Baltistan.
But, here in the conflict ridden Kashmir the resistance leadership is worried that once this happens the Indian government could do same for the Ladakh region and could plan some sort of other things for the Jammu region and thus the parameter of Kashmir conflict would be narrowed down to much smaller area.
Experts have also stated that with this the base of Kashmir dispute could get blasted as with GB as fifth province of Pakistan the UN Resolutions would lose validity and thus Kashmir issue would lose global steam.
But the situation is quiet trick for Pakistan as Gilgit Baltistan is in a way lifeline for Pakistan not only due to its highest mountain ranges but also on account of containing highest fresh water resources outside the Antarctica and the North and South Poles.
Undoubtedly, the decision whatsoever taken on the final status of Gilgit Baltistan would have far reaching consequences not just on the future of CPEC but entire realms of the Kashmir dispute .For the moment , the issue is bound to be talk of town.


Srinagar, Mar 9: J&K Bank needs to move ahead of financial inclusion, which it has been doing commendably well, and create a comprehensive framework for deepening of financial services within the state. And the bank’s Family Protection Savings Account can be a good beginning in this regard as it’s quite a good liability side product.
J&K Minister for Finance, Labour and Employment Dr Haseeb A Drabu made these remarks at the launch of bank’s Family Protection Savings Account here at SKICC.
Dr Drabu, who was also the Chief Guest on the occasion launched the product in presence of Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed, CEO Designate pnbMetlife Ashish K Srivastava. Director Bancassurance PnbMetlife Sameer Bhansal, J&K Bank Executive Presidents, Senior Presidents, Presidents, Vice Presidents and other officers besides executives from Pnb-Metlife were also present on the occasion. Chief Guest also unveiled the Debit Card specially customized for the product on the occasion.
Notably, the product has been designed in collaboration with PnbMetlife. Comprehensively covering the risk of living too short, the product protects the financial cover of the family of the customer in case of demise against small premium and provides assured monthly income to sustain the families for a certain period of time.
Congratulating J&K Bank for the launch of savings linked insurance product, Dr Drabu said, “The economy of J&K need two things. One is financial inclusion, which J&K Bank is doing very well. But parallel to this must run the process of financial deepening of services now.”
“For most of the stock of our savings is physical mostly either in the form of land or in gold. If we can convert 10 percent of this stock into savings that will be a huge thing for state economy whereby J&K Bank can gather these deposits and put them to some productive use”, he added.
Correcting the perception about low CD Ratio of banks in the state, he said that it was more about the avenues to lend in the state than the reluctance to lend by the banks.
Urging the management of bank to think and devise innovative ways to leverage the bank’s tremendous emotional equity and immense presence across the state to its maximum, he said, “I feel very comforted by the Chairman J&K Bank’s keen sense of responsibility towards the emotional equity and trust people of state repose in the bank.”
“It is the moral, ethical and professional duty of every member of the J&K Bank to respect it and create further value for all the stakeholders. And I believe that under the leadership of Parvez Ahmed you shall be successful in doing that”, he added.
On the occasion, Dr Drabu along with Parvez Ahmed and Ashish K Srivastava presented mementos to officers of J&K Bank and pnbMetlife who were involved in the productization and customization process of the product.
Earlier, Chairman and CEO, Parvez Ahmed in his Launch speech to the audience called the occasion eventful for the partnership between J&K Bank and Metlife had recently completed its 15 successful years of togetherness.
He said while referring to the tenure of the Finance Minister as Chairman of the Bank, “ During that period the voluminous script of transition and transformation can be condensed to a liner as Period of Acclaimed glory of Universal Banking Brand with an enhanced Image that earned international reputation and association of Foreign Institutional Investors who still hold the second largest share in our equity after Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Reverting to the Essence of the Product Launch, Parvez recollected the excerpts from his first meeting with the then Metlife Head in 2001 rewinding that three things that had attracted Metlife to the state were J&K Bank’s robust reputation, strong network and the untapped life-insurance market.
Emphasising to the people at both sides of the partnership, Parvez described that as Chairman of the Bank, his only focus was to derive maximum benefits from this partnership for the customers of his Bank who he said were unconditional in reposing their faith and trust on this indigenous Bank who they always believed was their own entity.While advising the Metlife top Brass to ensure maximum value addition to the investments of our customers, Parvez asked his Managers to ensure due diligence, ethical selling with consent and maximum awareness to the cutomers about the benefits of the Metlife so as to ensure our sincere custodianship of their faith and loyalty
Ashish K. Srivastava, CEO (Interim), PNB MetLife, called the launch of ‘J&K Bank Family Protection Saving Bank Account’ as the significant step towards making the relationship between J&K Bank and pnbMetlife stronger while serving the customers best.
He said, “As many of you know, we embarked on our journey with J&K Bank in 2002 and since then we have covered lives of close to 350,000 customers of J&K Bank with life cover amounting to approx. Rs 11,000 cr. Taking another significant step in this successful journey, today, I am pleased to announce the launch of JKB Family Protection Savings Bank Account. Our benchmark partnership with JKB has given us a strong foundation, to launch this proposition which would help in protecting the financial future of our customer’s families by providing a regular guaranteed income in case of the unfortunate demise of the account holder.”
Speaking at the beginning of the function, Director Bancassurance pnbMetlife Sameer Bhansal congratulated the bank for the launch of ‘J&K Bank Family Protection Saving Bank Account’, which he asserted was the first of its kind as the liability side product.
He said, “Life is not only about deposits and assets but also about protecting your risks if something goes wrong. In that case, this is a product that delivers on all its promises. Against a small premium every year, the families of insured would be provided an assured monthly income to survive and sustain the difficult times in case of customers demise.”
“The product if marketed and sold well holds huge prospect of Rs 15000 Cr business for the bank”, he added.
The function concluded with vote of thanks presented by the bank’s Executive President Abdul Rauf Bhat.