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Ajaz War



Srinagar, March 2(KMW): Fire broke out in a residential house belonging to Mohammad Ismail Ahangar resident of Tral Bala in the jurisdiction of Police Station Tral Awantipora. The fire also engulfed a nearby house of Abdul Salam Ahangar, resulting in damage to both the houses. Fire was brought under control with the help of fire tenders.
However, no loss of life or injury was reported in this incident.


Pakistan and Turkey have reaffirmed their joint commitment to continue to transform their special relationship into a strong strategic partnership. The understanding came during 5th meeting of the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council of the two countries in Ankara today. It was co-chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim.
Later, speaking at their joint press take out, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the two sides agreed to forge cooperation in diverse fields including political, economic, defence, investment, energy, development, security, communication, education, culture and tourism. He expressed the confidence that agreements and Memoranda of Understanding signed today would reinforce the process of taking the relationship to new heights.
Nawaz Sharif hoped that the Turkish private sector would take benefit of vast opportunities in Pakistan especially its impressive outlook and focus on regional connectivity, infrastructure development, industry and transport sectors. He said as Pakistan and Turkey celebrate 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year, they would further intensify and enrich their people to people exchanges. He was confident that enduring bilateral ties based on common bonds of faith, history and culture and inspired by shared commitment to democracy, peace and development would continue to grow from strength to strength.
The Prime Minister pointed out that Pakistan and Turkey are two pivotal states located in strategic regions facing multiple threats and challenges. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he apprised his Turkish counterpart of the security environment in the region and Pakistan’s endeavours for peace, stability and economic development. He said he also conveyed Pakistan’s deep gratitude to Turkey for its consistent support on Kashmir dispute.
Pakistan side reaffirmed its abiding support for Turkish position on Cyprus.
The Prime Minister said he also thanked Turkey’s principled position on the issues of strategic stability in South Asia.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan remains committed to pursuing cooperative ties with India and Afghanistan as part of its vision of peaceful neighbourhood.
He said Pakistan and Turkey have shared concern over attempts to link Islam and terrorism and resolved to intensified their joint endeavours to combat growing Islamophobia.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s abiding solidarity with Turkey. He particularly reiterated Pakistan’s strong condemnation of the heinous coup attempt in Turkey in July last year and lauded Turkish people for their defence of democracy.
The Prime Minister emphasized that Turkey’s enemies are Pakistan’s enemies.
Nawaz Sharif said he was certain that Turkey and its leadership would defeat all threats to their security and moves to undermine the economic or designs to change perception.
He said terrorism is a common enemy. Recently, in Pakistan, terrorist targeted Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, which is a symbol of progressive thought, peace and love.


MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 21(KMW): The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has showcased the state’s scenic beauty and film tourism potential in one of the country’s largest travel show OTM that begun at Bombay Exhibition Centre from today.
The State’s Tourism Department, which is also one of the participants, has decorated its space beautifully highlighting the pristine glory and scenic beauty of Kashmir and its world famous tourist resort to attract visitors from different parts of the globe.
Over 10,000 trade visitors from around 50 countries make to the OTM, Mumbai each year. National / Regional Tourist Organisations, State Government Tourism Departments, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hotels / Hotel Chains, Resorts, Destination Management Companies, Adventure Tourism, Airlines, Car Rentals, Railways, Coach Operators, Cruise lines, Time- share, Amusement / Theme Parks, Technology and Communication, Information / Reservation Systems, Insurance, Foreign Exchange, Banks / Credit Cards, Incentive Travel Destinations, Conference Venues, Publications, Maps, Guides participate in the event and promote the tourism potential in their areas.
The department of tourism J&K has received overwhelming response from the visitors where the products and diverse culture of all the three regions of the state viz; Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were prominently showcased.
Director Tourism Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah interacted with the visitors and apprised them about the J&K’s tourism potential and infrastructural facilities. He urged the visitors to visit the Kashmir to personally realize the heaven on earth which is a round-the-year season for the tourists from the world over.
On the sidelines of the Exhibitions, J&K also participated in a workshop on Films titled “Shoot-at-Sight” wherein department of tourism highlighted the film shooting potential.
Vice Chairman, JKTDC, Mohammad Rafi Mir spoke during the workshop and interacted with the filmmakers and visitors.He urged filmmakers to visit Kashmir for film shooting.
Mahmood A Shah in his presentation titled “60 years of shooting in Kashmir” urged film makers to visit Kashmir for shooting which is a world famous destination for the shooting.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir said Kashmir is natural backdrop for Indian film makers who have shot in Kashmir hundreds of times. He informed the gathering that recently during the snowfall in Kashmir, prominent ads were shot in Kashmir. He apprised them about the single window clearance system adopted by the Directorate of Tourism for the hassle-free permissions granted to the filmmakers.
Chairman and CEO Fair Fest Media Ltd, Sanjay Agarwal, Vice President Production, Yash Raj Films, Ashish Singh, Director Earnest and Young Utkarsh Sanghvi, Managing Director Motion Picture Distribution Association India Uday Singh, CEO Film and Television Guild Kulmeet Makker, Chairman Global Hoppers Abhijeet Patil participated in the workshop.


Srinagar, Feb 17 (KMW): Fresh avalanche warning was issued today by the authorities for hilly and avalanche prone areas of Kashmir valley and Kargil district in Ladakh region during the next 24 hours.
An official spokesperson said that Divisional Administration, Kashmir issued an avalanche warning for next 24 hours for hilly and avalanche prone areas of the valley and Kargil district.
According to a statement of Divisional Administration, “High danger avalanche warning valid for next 24 hours exists for avalanche prone slopes in Bandipora district.”
“While as medium danger avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone slopes of Baramulla and Kupwara in north Kashmir, Ganderbal in the central valley and Kargil in Ladakh region.
Accordingly, all concerned Deputy Commissioners have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts and advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during the aforementioned period and monitor the situation regularly to avert any untoward incident.


SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 14(KMW): Minister for Finance, Culture, Labour & Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu today launched the first ever Public Libraries e-learning initiative to provide quality coaching and comprehensive solutions to the students aspiring to appear in NEET, JEE and CET.
Under the novel initiative, IT-enabled learning material, including video lectures, e-books and written notes, shall be made available free of cost in all the Government Libraries across the State to facilitate students crack NEET, JEE, CET and other competitive examinations.
The program was launched at SPS Library here, where Secretary Culture, Dilshad Khan, Director Libraries J&K, Mukhtar-ul-Aziz, Executive Director Indian Public Libraries Movement (IPLM), Shubhangi Sharma and other officials were present.
Terming the initiative a game-changer, the Finance Minister said 148 public libraries spread in every nook and corner of the state will be turned into centres of learning and excellence for the students. “The program is part of the initiative to revive the lost library culture in the state,” he said and urged the students to visit the libraries and make use of the dependable study material.
He said the biggest advantage of the program is that it doesn’t need continuous electricity or internet connection or even a teacher. He said a student anywhere in the state has to visit his nearest library, fill a form and avail the facility of tabs, computers and the expert-designed study material. He said the students will be continuously assessed online and they will be able to track their progress constantly.
The Minister said the program will be particularly beneficial to the students from far flung areas where quality coaching facilities are not available. He said if rush of the students increases, the Department can get more tablets for the libraries. “A student can study a topic repeatedly without need of worrying about a missed lecture,” he said and lamented the fact that the state has lost the culture of meeting at public places and the latest initiative can be a step towards reviving the stagnant library culture.
The Minister urged the students to surround themselves with books and learn not only the curriculum but other things like history and culture of world and Jammu and Kashmir too. He said public libraries will be equipped with different sections for students, children and elderly people too.
The Minister said the aim is to take the local students at par with students at New Delhi or other metropolitan city. He said the students should not only contribute to their career but to the society as well.
Dr Drabu said the Department has shortlisted the study material from Plancess – a single platform for all entrance examinations – after searching for the same from different educational platforms.
The experts from Plancess were also present at the launch of the initiative here and interacted with the students. They said the experts at Plancess who comprise top 100 IIT qualifiers of previous years would be always available for the students from J&K to help them in their studies or queries. The organisers informed that 2500+ hours of video lectures, 75000 questions with answers, 150 e-books and hard books will be made available to students free of cost at the libraries under this initiative.
On the occasion a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between Libraries Department and IPLM to upgrade the public libraries in the state with high-tech infrastructure. The libraries will also be equipped to provide career counselling facilities besides aiding in studies.


Alok Puri posted as IGP Crime, Jamwal is new IGP Jammu
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 13(KMW): The State Cabinet which me here this evening under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti ordered following transfers and postings in police department:
Mohammad Sulaiman Salaria, IPS, IGP Railways has been transferred and posted as Director SKPA Udhampur vice Rajesh Kumar, IPS.
Alok Puri, IGP Vigilance has been transferred and posted as IGP Crime vice Munir Ahmad Khan.
S D Singh Jamwal, IPS, awaiting orders of posting has been posted as IGP Jammu Zone vice Danesh Rana, IPS.
Rajesh Kumar, Director SKPA Udhampur has been transferred and posted as IGP Railways vice Mohammad Sulaiman Salaria.
Sunil Kumar, IPS, IGP Armed Kashmir has been transferred and posted as IGP Telecommunications vice Mubarak Ahmad Ganai. Mr. Sunil Kumar will hold additional charge of IGP Technical Services on superannuation of Johnny William w.e.f 28.2.2017.
Danesh Rana, IGP Jammu Zone has been transferred and posted as IGP Home Guards against an available vacancy.
Jagjit Kumar, IGP, Security has been transferred and posted as IGP Traffic relieving Shafqat Ali Watali, IPS, IGP Armed, Jammu of the additional charge.
Mubarak Ahmad Ganai, IGP Telecommunications has been transferred and posted as IGP Armed Kashmir vice Sunil Kumar.
J P Singh, Commissioner, Civil Military Liaison, Home Department has been transferred and posted as IGP (Personnel) PHQ, against an available vacancy.
Deepak Kumar Salathia, Commandant IRP 7th Bn has been transferred and posted as DIG Rajouri-Poonch, in his own Pay and Grade, vice Uttam Chand, who has been approved for posting on Central deputation.
Rafeeq-ul-Hassan, Commandant JKAP 3rd BN has been transferred and posted as DIG Armed Kashmir in his own pay and grade against an available vacancy.
Varinder Sharma, SSP CID SB Jammu has been transferred and posted as DIG Udhampur Reasi Range in his own pay and grade relieving Nisar Ahmad, DIG Doda Range of the additional charge.
Vijay Kumar, Commandant JKAP 4th Btn has been transferred and posted as DIG IRP Jammu in his own pay and grade against an available vacancy.
Amit Kumar, SSP Srinagar has been transferred and posted as SSP CID SB Jammu vice Varinder Sharma, IPS.
Imtiyaz Ismail Parray has been transferred and posted as SP Srinagar vice Amit Kumar, IPS.
Pande Rajiv Omprakash, SP (A) CID Hqrs has been transferred and posted as Poonch vice J.S. Johar.
Sandeep,IPS (RR: 2012), SP South Srinagar has been transferred and posted as SP South Jammu vice Shahzad Ahmad Salaria.
Chandan Kohli, IPS (RR: 2013), SDPO East Jammu on his promotion has been posted as Addl. SP Pulwama vice Azhar Bashir Baba.
Amod Nagpure Ashok,IPS (RR: 2013), SDPO Sadder Srinagar on his promotion has been posted as Addl.SP Budgam vice Paramvir Singh.
Ashish Kumar Mishra,IPS (RR: 2013), SDPO Sopore on his promotion has been posted as SP South Srinagar vice Sandeep.
Ramesh Kumar Jalla, SSP SB Kashmir has been transferred and posted as SSP Crime Jammu vice Mubassir Latifi.
Ranjit Kanwar, Principal PTTI Vijaypur has been transferred and posted as Principal PTS Kathua vice Sanjeev Kumar Khajuria.
Ashok Kumar Sharma, SSP PCR Jammu has been transferred and posted as SSP Security Jammu vice Ramesh Kumar Angral.
Mubassir Latifi, SSP Crime Jammu has been transferred and posted as AIG (Personnel) PHQ against available vacancy.
Sameer Rekhi, Commandant IR 12th Bn has been transferred and posted as AIG Training PHQ.
Jatinder Singh Johar, SSP Poonch has been transferred and posted as CO JKAP 8th Bn vice Mohammad Shabir.
Anil Kumar Magotra, SP CID (SS) has been transferred and posted as SSP Samba vice Joginder Singh.
Zahid Manhas, SSP Doda has been transferred and posted as CO IRP 19thBn vice Mohd. Arshad.
Ashok Kumar, SO to IGP Jammu has been transferred and posted as Principal PTTI Vijaypur vice Ranjit Kanwar.
Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, SSP Security Civil Secretariat has been transferred and posted as SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir vice Fayaz Ahmad Lone.
Ranjit Singh Samyal, SP PTWS Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP Railways Katra vice Ashok Kumar Sharma.
Rajinder Kumar Gupta SSP Railways, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Commandant, IR 19th Bn. vice Mohd. Arshad.
Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Commandant IRP 9th Bn has been transferred and posted as SO to IG Jammu vice Ashok Sharma.
Sanjeev Kumar Khajuria, Principal PTS Kathua has been transferred and posted as Commandant JKAP 4th Bn vice Vijay Kumar.
Rajesh Bali SP AHJ, Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP PTWS Jammu vice Ranjit Singh Samyal.
Ramesh Kumar Angral, SSP Security Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP (A) CID Hqrs vice Pande Rajiv Omprakash.
Mohan Lal Commandant, IR 10th Bn has been transferred and posted as SSP Ramban vice Randeep Kumar.
Mumtaz Ahmad, Commandant SDRF Ist Bn has been transferred and posted as Commandant, IRP 7thBn vice Deepak Kumar Salathia.
Mohammad Arshad, Commandant, IRP 19thBn has been transferred and posted as SSP, Railways, Jammu vice Rajinder Kumar Gupta.
Randeep Kumar SSP Ramban has been transferred and posted as Commandant IR 10th Bn vice Mohan Lal.
Fayaz Ahmad Lone, SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir has been transferred and posted as SSP, Ganderbal vice Imtiyaz Ismail Parray, IPS.
Showket Hussain Shah, SO to IG Kashmir has been transferred and posted as SSP SB Kashmir vice Ramesh Jalla.
Joginder Singh, SSP Samba has been transferred and posted as SSP PCR Jammu vice Ashok Kumar Sharma.
Mohammad Shabir, Commandant, JKAP 8thBn has been transferred and posted as SSP Doda vice Zahid Manhas.
Ashok Kumar Sharma, SP Railways Katra has been transferred and posted as SP Security VIP Tech vice Faisal Qureshi.
Mohammad Sharief Chouhan, SP Staff Officer to IGP Crime has been transferred and posted as Commandant IR 12th Bn vice Sameer Rekhi.
Bashir Ahmad Sofi, SO to IG Armed Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Commandant, SDRF Ist Bn vice Mumtaz Ahmad.
Sajad Hussain, DYCO IR 2nd has been transferred and posted as Commandant, JKAP 3rd Bn vice Rafiq-ul- Hassan.
Abrar Ahmad, SP Tech CID Hqrs has been transferred and posted as Commandant, IRP 9th Bn vice Rajesh Kumar Sharma.
Paramvir Singh, Addl. SP Budgam has been transferred and posted as SP Tech CID Hqrs vice Abrar Ahmad.
Nasir Ahmad, SP PC Jammu has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commandant, IRP 17th Bn vice Vinay Kumar.
Mohammad Faisal Qureshi, SP Security VIP Tech has been transferred and posted as Addl. SP Udhampur vice Mohan Lal Kaith.
Vinay Kumar, Deputy Commandant, IRP 17th Bn has been transferred and posted as SP PC Jammu vice Nasir Ahmad.
Dushant Sharma, SP Traffic Rural Jammu has been transferred and posted as SP Security Civil Secretariat vice Aijaz Ahmad Bhat.
Mohan Lal Kaith, Addl. SP Udhampur has been transferred and posted as SP, Anti Hijacking, Jammu vice Rajesh Bali.
Muzzafar Ahmad Shah, Addl.SP CID SB Kashmir has been transferred and posted as SO to IGP Kashmir vice Showket Hussain Shah.
Azhar Bashir Baba, Addl.SP Pulwama has been transferred and posted as Addl. SP CID SB Kashmir vice Muzzafar Ahmad Shah.
Shahzad Ahmad Salaria, SP South Jammu has been transferred and posted as Addl. SP Bhaderwah against an available vacancy.
Mrs. Shaheen, SP State Crime Records Bureau has been transferred and posted as SP Traffic Rural, Jammu vice Dushyant Sharma.
Bashir Ahmad Shah, AIG Admn/Trg. PHQ has been transferred and posted as Staff Officer to IG Crime J&K vice Mohammad Sharief Chouhan.


JAMMU, FEBRUARY 13(KMW): The Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today accorded sanction to the creation of Tourism Development Authority, Tosa Maidan.
Tosa Maidan is one of the largest meadows in Kashmir valley and is surrounded by dense forests with the potential of developing into a world class tourism destination.
The Chief Minister had during her visit to the area in May last year announced creation of a separate Tourism Development Authority for the development of tourism infrastructure in Tosa Maidan.
Apart from the normal tour & picnics, Tosa Maidan has a huge potential in terms of adventure including winter sports, hiking, mountaineering, horse riding, para gliding, rock climbing, trekking etc.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet accorded sanction to the creation of Tourism Development Authority, Shopain-Dobjun-Peer-ki-Gali & Tourism Development Authority Bani-Basohli along-with creation of 21 posts of various categories for each Tourism Authority.
The Cabinet also approved renaming of Tourism Development Authority Lakhanpur-Sarthal as Billawar-Duggan Development Authority.


JAMMU, FEBRUARY 13(KMW): Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asked for inclusion of non migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the welfare endeavor of the Government. She also directed provision of all basic facilities of healthcare and education at the transit accommodation centres in the Kashmir Valley where members of the community are presently putting up.
Chairing a high level meeting of Rehabilitation, Relief & Disaster Management Departments here today, the Chief Minister said the members of the Pandit community who did not leave their homes in the Kashmir Valley also need attention as many of them are living in very poor conditions. She said members of all migrant communities like Muslims, Sikhs etc should be given space in any transit accommodation facilities being built there, thus respecting the pluralistic ethos of the place.
Minister for Revenue, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Disaster Management, Syed Basharat Bukhari and Minister of State for Revenue, Ajay Nanda were also present in the meeting.
The Chief Minister enquired about the supply of ration to Pandit families, particularly at Jagti and stressed on making the distribution process simple and hassle free. She also suggested opening of some Fair Price Shops in the migrant camps and Pandit habitations to ease out the problems of the inhabitants.
The meeting was informed that a 40 bedded hospital has been readied at Jagti Township which is being operationalised soon.
The meeting was also informed about other measures being taken by the Government for the welfare of Pandit migrant community. It includes health insurance cover to the migrant community, providing cash assistance through bank accounts to put check on pilferage, restoration of RBA status in case of persons who come from such areas and shuffling of overstaying staff at camps to provide a much more transparent relief system to the beneficiaries.
The meeting was also informed that the documentation process for relief distribution among the beneficiaries of PaK Displaced Persons has been simplified and now only three documents are needed instead of 11 as prescribed earlier. It was also informed that camps would be held at various tehsils and locations to reach out to the genuine beneficiaries and settle down their cases.
It may be mentioned here that the State Government has started disbursement of relief package in respect of Displaced Persons from PaK and so far 96 such families have been paid the cash relief with Rs. 5.50 lakh per family.


New Delhi, February 07(KMW): There have been no major complaints by the soldiers regarding quality of food. The soldiers of Armed Forces are provided rations as per entitlement and Defence Food Specifications. However, the improvement in quality of food is ongoing process and is undertaken based on feedback from troops and advice of scientific bodies.
Some of important steps taken by Government towards the improvements are mentioned below:-
• Increase in scale of meat / chicken (broiler) dressed for JCOs / ORs and authorisation of chilled / frozen meat / chicken as basic ration at 136 stations.
• Introduction of ready to eat vegetables in retort pouches with longer shelf life.
• Extension of Special Rations of Siachen Glacier to troops across the country anywhere above 12000 feet.
This information was given by Minister of State for Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shrimati Jharna Das Baidya and Shri Naresh Agrawal in Rajya Sabha today.


JAMMU, FEBRUARY 07(KMW): Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today asserted that promotion and development of local industry is the thrust area of her Government. She said during the last two years many incentives were provided by the Government to make the local industry self reliant and competitive.
Chairing the 6th Industrial Advisory Council meeting here, the Chief Minister said the Government during the last two years incentivised many of the industry segments and much more would be done in coming years also to let the local industry grow and become competitive and self reliant.
Minister for Finance & Labour, Dr. Haseeb A. Drabu; Minister for Industries & Commerce, Chander Prakash Ganga; Minister of State for Industries & Commerce, Syed Farooq Andrabi were present in the meeting.
Mehbooba Mufti, however, impressed upon the players of local industry to ensure maximum engagement of local youth in their ventures so as to address the problem of unemployment in the State. She said already the Industrial Policy has been formulated and very soon the Trade Policy of the State would also be framed.
The Chief Minister said the J&K Trade Promotion Organisation has been conceived on the pattern of India Trade Promotion Organisation to boost trade and commerce in the State and provide a business friendly environment to industrialists in the State. She hoped the members of the business fraternity in the State would take benefit of all the incentives provided to them and play their role in the socio economic transformation of the State.
The meeting was informed that under the MSME sector while an investment of Rs. 250 crore per year was made during earlier years, investment projects worth Rs. 2500 crore were cleared during 2016 alone. The meeting was also informed that Wuyn cement factory plant spread over 400 kanals of land would be developed as an Industrial Estate even as two new Industrial Estates would be developed in the State.
The meeting was also told that Rs. 10 crore each are being spent on upgradation of infrastructure at Trade Facilitation Centres, Salamabad and Chakkan da Bagh where the trade valuation has touched Rs. 900 crore and Rs. 450 crore each. Similarly, Kashmir Haat-II would be developed opposite EDI at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway over a cost of Rs. 40 crore while as 45000 youth in the State have been targeted to be made skilful in the coming three years, the meeting was told.