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Islamabad, September 03(KMW): Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi today, and congratulated him on his appointment as Foreign Minister. Expressing the greetings and best wishes of the government and people of Afghanistan for Pakistan, Mr. Rabbani said that he looked forward to strengthen Pak-Afghan bilateral relations.

While thanking his Afghan counterpart, Foreign Minister reiterated that as close neighbors, peace and prosperity of the two countries are interlinked while highlighting the need to work together for achieving lasting regional peace.

Both sides appreciated recent improvement in relations since the launch of APAPPS process in May 2018. It was noted that the framework provided the most comprehensive institutional mechanism to discuss all mutual issues. The two leaders agreed that the next round of APAPPS would be soon held in Islamabad. They also welcomed the holding of joint Pak-Afghan Ulema Conference in Islamabad, the dates for which are being finalised.

The issue of closure of the Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad due to a security crisis was also discussed. Mr. Qureshi requested the Afghan Government for restoring the previous security arrangements existing till 28th August 2018, so that the Consulate General’s normal functioning could be resumed at the earliest. Foreign Minister Rabbani reassured a positive outcome soon in this regard and mentioned his meeting with the Ambassador of Pakistan in Kabul yesterday. Till resolution of the issue, Pakistan in the meantime would continue issuing visas to patients or students residing in the jurisdiction of the Consulate’s as an emergency measure.

Foreign Minister Rabbani also extended an invitation to Mr. Shah Mahmood Qureshi to visit Afghanistan at an early date, which he accepted.


Srinagar, Aug 29(KMW): An encounter is underway in Munward in Anantnag district between militants and the Jammu and Kashmir police, the Indian Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.

One or two militants are believed to be trapped in the area.

For the same, mobile internet services have been suspended in the entire district.

More details are currently awaited.


BUDGAM, AUGUST 28(KMW): Nine Hundred and Sixty Hajis today returned in five flights on the first day of Hajj arrivals at the Srinagar airport today.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, IGP Traffic Basant Rath and Deputy Commissioner Budgam Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar received the first 310 Hajis who arrived in the first two flights that landed at 7 and 7.15 am.

SSP Budgam Tejinder Singh, SSP AHJK Manzoor Ahmad Dalal and representatives from Airport Authority of India and State Hajj Committee were also present on the occasion.

Special arrangements ensuring hassle-free immigration clearance were put in place at the airport. Volunteers from CRPF, JKP and NGOs were also available to facilitate smooth passage of arrivals of Hajis.


Srinagar, August 28(KMW): J&K Bank has contemplated a relief collection initiative for Kerala flood affected people through its Business Units and other service delivery outlets including ATM locations and Khidmat Centres across the country. Under the initiative, which will be operational for a month beginning September 1, 2018, the network of almost 3000 delivery channels of the Bank will accept all forms of material assistance like food articles, clothes and other usable commodities donated by the citizens. The relief/contributions collected will be sent to the flood affected victims in Kerala through a reputed NGO.

The spokesperson of the bank said that in case of any monetary donations, J&K Bank shall be communicating the number of a centralized Relief account wherein money by way of cheque, cash, e-banking and other payment modes can be deposited by the citizens. The donation collected during the period will be forwarded to Kerala flood victims for their relief and rehabilitation.

All citizens willing to offer any form of physical or monetary assistance can therefore contact nearest J&K Bank Business Units, ATM locations and Khidmat Centres.

Appealing the general public and customers, J&K Bank chairman & CEO, Parvez Ahmed, said,” In the wake of devastating floods in Kerala causing massive loss of lives and rendering thousands homeless, we appeal to all for generously contributing in any possible way whether as physical contributions or donations in your nearest JK Bank Business outlets. By sharing the pain of the flood victims which we witnessed in 2014 floods in J&K, it would be a part of our mission towards giving back to the society as a responsible citizen. We will ensure your help reaches the people in Kerala. Together we can make a difference and resurrect Kerala! “

It is worth mentioning that while speaking to the NDTV Parvez Ahmed in a recent interview said, “Floods in Kerala have left a huge trail of devastation and we as a society and organization having more than 70 percent footprint in J&K witnessed the same pain during the disastrous 2014 floods in J&K. The floods caused huge irreplaceable loss of life and disheveled the business and economic activity in our state and this unfortunate disaster is repeating itself in Kerala. Every member of society has a responsibility to come forward and donate generously in rebuilding and rehabilitation of the flood affected victims. In these hard times, we express our heartfelt sympathies and pray for their quick recovery. We fervently hope that all conscious citizens would be donating generously towards this noble cause and convey a message to all that we care for the human welfare and values irrespective of their locations, said the chairman.”

Notably, the JK Bank employees recently donated Rs 11.50 crore for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected people in Kerala.


SRINAGAR, AUGUST 27(KMW): Under the ongoing public outreach initiative of the Governor’s Administration, Advisor to Governor B B Vyas today met scores of public delegations at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell here to listen to their grievances and ensure appropriate redressal.

During the 3-hour-long marathon hearing, 27 delegations and 41 individuals apprised the Advisor of their grievances and sought his intervention in ensuring outcome-based redressal of the same in time-bound manner.

A deputation of Taxi Drivers Association called for easing rate of interest on their loans as they are facing hard times because of less tourist inflow in the Valley.

A delegation of Kashmiri Migrants raised issues related to timely relief disbursement and other matters.

The deputation of the persons who have donated their land for different government schemes and initiatives demanded regularization of their services.

A delegation of trainees from the Craft Development Institute (CDI) Srinagar raised several issues related to their academic career especially the recognition of their degrees and diplomas by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

A deputation from Ganderbal led by Ghulam Muhammad Saloora demanded augmentation of PDD infra, road connectivity in the area.

A delegation from Zirpura, Bijbehara demanded upgradation of the basic amenities in the area.

Daily-wage workers of Rural Development Department (RDD) raised the issue of their regularization.

All Jammu and Kashmir Village Level Workers Association raised the issue of creation of Panchayat Inspector posts, confirmation of their services and other relates issues.

Data Entry Operators delegation also raised the issue of continuation of their services.

A deputation from Batiyana, Ganderbal demanded setting of agriculture and horticulture zones besides undertaking macadamization and establishing a fully functional primary health center in the area.

Kashmir Youth Entrepreneurs raised several issues related to entrepreneurial scenario of the state and sought intervention of the government to redress these.

While interacting with the deputations, the Advisor said the requisite directions have already been issued to ensure that the people do not suffer for want of basic amenities and grievances, if any, should be solved within the shortest possible time period.

The Advisor gave a patient hearing and assured to examine their demands and redress all the genuine concerns at the earliest.

He also assured that the issues pertaining to departments other than within his purview will be forwarded to the concerned for timely action.

The Advisor also took stock of the grievances pertaining to the departments under his control. He assured that the Government would ensure outcome-based disposal of the issues raised by the people.


SRINAGAR, AUGUST 27(KMW): Secretary Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Farooq Ahmad Shah, today said that the Department of PHE is committed to provide safe drinking water to the people across the state and efforts are on to accomplish the mission.

He said this while chairing a meeting here at Civil Secretariat to review the water supply scenario and irrigation facilities in Baramulla district.

The meeting was attended Chief Engineer I&FC, MM Shahnawaz, Chief Engineer PHE, Abdul Wahid, Director Planning, Mohammad Yousuf, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers and other senior officers of the allied departments.

He said the department has been entrusted with a noble job of ensuring the very basic services to the people by providing pure and safe drinking water. He said various schemes have been implemented in the state to ensure adequate water supply to consumers.

During the meeting, officials gave a detailed briefing about the water supply scenario in Baramulla district and the progress on various schemes for providing safe drinking water to the consumers.

The meeting was informed that there are 102 filtration plants in Baramulla district of which 84 filtration plants are functional while 18 are currently non-functional.

Shah directed the officials to prepare Detailed Project Reports (DPR) at an earliest for making non-functional filtration plants and irrigation schemes fully functional and to address the requisite water requirements in the district. He also directed to maintain cleanliness in and around the filtration plants besides erecting fencing around them to ensure safe drinking water is supplied to the consumers.

Responding to the complaints with regard to the water supply in Tangmarg, Sopore and Uri, Shah directed the officials to take pro-active measures so that the scarcity of water is addressed in these areas. He also directed to install hand pumps and tube wells in water-scarce areas besides making available water tankers.

While reviewing the functioning of I&FC, the Secretary directed the officials to maintain the irrigation canals besides take effective measures to ensure better irrigation facilities to the farmers.

He also directed officials to regularly make field visits in their respective areas to akin themselves with people’s grievances and take a keen interest in resolving their issues at earliest. He also directed them to ensure that the bunds over rivers streams and other irrigation canals are safe and strong to avoid breaches in them.

Taking strong exception to the encroachments over Irrigation canals, Secretary directed the officers to act hard against the encroachers and retrieve the encroached land immediately. He warned action against the erring officials who show dereliction in their duties.


SRINAGAR, AUGUST 22(KMW): J&K Governor designate, Satya Pal Malik arrived here from Patna this afternoon in a special plane. He will assume office as the 13th Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after formal swearing in ceremony here tomorrow.

At the Srinagar International Airport, Governor designate was received by the Member Parliament and former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah; Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar & Khurshid Ahmad Ganai; Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; Director General Police, Dr S P Vaid; Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula; Financial Commissioners, Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, IGP Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Budgam and other senior officers of the civil, police administration and the Army.

The Governor designate straightway drove to the Raj Bhavan Srinagar from the Airport. At Raj Bhavan he was received by DIG Police, Central Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, SSP Srinagar and the Raj Bhavan staff.

Earlier during the day, Chief Secretary, during a series of meetings with the senior officers of the civil and police administration, reviewed the arrangements in connection with the arrival of the Governor designate and the swearing in ceremony scheduled to be held at Raj Bhavan here tomorrow.

He issued instructions to all the concerned to ensure proper arrangements in this regard as per the protocol.

The Chief Secretary directed that the Principal Secretary, Hospitality & Protocol will be the Nodal Officer for all the arrangements outside Raj Bhavan for the Governor Designate while Principal Secretary to the Governor will be the Nodal Officer for all arrangements regarding the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.

It was decided in the meeting that the DGP and ADGP Security would make the adequate security arrangements.

The Advisors, Chief Secretary, DGP and Administrative Secretaries are scheduled to formally brief the Governor at Raj Bhavan after swearing-in ceremony tomorrow.


Srinagar, 17 August(KMW): While paying rich tributes to Shri Atal Bihari, Bhat said that he was the dynamic leader of the people of India and an ideal for many people. He was the wellwisher of needy and poor people. Bhat said Vajpayee Ji’s contribution to strengthen democracy and good governance has been stupendous. He successfully ran a coalition of 23 parties with his rare persuasive charm and competence.

Bhat added Atal ji emerged as a popular national leader who believed that power is a means of service and led a spotless political life without compromising on national interest and that’s why the people across political and social boundaries showered him with love and respect. He said Atalji was a rare politician, brilliant speaker, poet and patriot, his demise is a loss for the entire country.

Bhat said Atalji was India’s first prime minister to address a public meeting in Jammu and Kashmir since the voilence broke out in 1989 and He held out the ‘hand of friendship’ to Pakistan, significantly, from Kashmiri soil. He offered a dialogue between the Centre and different currents of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir, which was appreciable and can never be forgotten. He said Atal ji has many achievements to his credit, but one of them was starting the famous Delhi-Lahore bus service to foster better relationships between India and Pakistan, including allowing families that lived on either side of the border to meet each other which is itself a history and a commendable policy.

Bhat said If Atalji’s overture is followed up with wise and purposive moves, we could see some real progress in resolving one of the most troubled, complex and bloody disputes in the world i,e Kashmir. He said Insaniyat (Humanism), Jamhooriyat (Democracy) and Kashmiriyat (Kashmir’s age-old legacy of Hindu-Muslim amity) ideology of Atal ji is the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Bhat also said that the mission of Atalji will be continued to take forward in order to maintain peace and prosperity in the country. He said he left us but his guidance, love, care, faithfulness can never be forgotten.


Srinagar, Aug 15( KMW): Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra said on Wednesday that he hoped that the new government in Pakistan will realize the futility of continuing the agenda of terrorism in the state.

Addressing the main Independence Day function at the Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here, Vohra said: “I hope the new leadership in Islamabad will realize the futility of continuing with the terrorist agenda in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our Prime Minister has tried many times during the last four years to extend the hand of friendship to Pakistan but there had been no positive response so far.”

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan is set to take oath as Prime Minister of Pakistan after he led his party PTI to victory in general elections.

Vohra alleged that Pakistan attempted to infiltrate an unusually large number of trained terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our Army and police forces carried out effective operations and neutralized perhaps the largest number of terrorists in the past many years.

“At the same time, we also suffered loss of security personnel and civilian lives.”

The Governor expressed concern that Kashmiri youths, even some pursuing professional courses, were joining the militant ranks.

“I appeal to teachers, parents, religious and social leaders to use their influence to ensure that these youths return home.

“At the same time, it is encouraging that some of them have returned to their homes.

Vohra said the policy of confrontation would help nobody and it was only through dialogue and deliberation that problems can be addressed.

He said ever since he took over the reins of power after the imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state, he had been trying to ensure that the administration worked with accountability, speed and transparency.

“The establishment of basic democratic institutions is the top priority of my administration,” he said adding that urban local body elections and those to the Panchayats in the state would be held before the year-end.

Contingents of police, paramilitary forces, school children and NCC marched passed the podium where the Governor took salute after unfurling the national flag.

Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti attended the event as did the high court judges as well as senior civil and police officers.

A thick blanket of security was thrown around the venue where entry was regulated.

Separatists called for a protest shutdown on Wednesday.

The protest adversely affected life across the Kashmir Valley as shops were shut and public transport was suspended.

But officially-sponsored flag hoisting functions and parades were held at all district headquarters in the Kashmir Valley.


Srinagar: August 15(KMW): The Indian State authorities today have put the People’s Political Party (PPP) Chairman and senior leader All Parties Hurriyat Conference (M), Engineer Hilal Ahmad War under house detention at War House Maisuma. “On Wednesday early in the morning around 5 a.m. Police officials informed the Mr. War about his house detention”, the spokesman said.

A party spokesperson condemned the house detention party Chairman and other resistance leaders in strongest possible words saying it tantamounts to State oppression and a denial of right to expression. “This highhandedness of the Indian State authorities shows the times we are living in. If one is not even allowed to register protest peacefully, it leaves a big void for violent demonstrations,” said the PPP Spokesman.