Authors Posts by Manzoor Ahmad Bhat

Manzoor Ahmad Bhat



In a blow to Pakistan Super League, Three top English players of the Quetta Gladiators — Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills and Luke Wright —announced on Wednesday that they will not be participating in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final to be played in Lahore on March 5.
Luke Wright said in a tweet that he has a “young family” and for him the game was not “worth the risk”. “It’s with a heavy heart I will not be coming to Lahore,” he tweeted.
Quetta Gladiators qualified for the finals on Tuesday after conquering Peshawar Zalmi by one run in Sharjah.
Meanwhile, a senior official of the Quetta Gladiators told DawnNews that the three English players had officially informed the team management about their decision to not travel to Lahore for the final.


SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 5(KMW): Minister for Public Works, Abdul Rehman Veeri, today said all major roads, lanes and by-lanes in the Valley have been cleared of snow and made fit for vehicular and pedestrian movement in the shortest possible time.
He also called for employing coordinated efforts for resumption of all other essential services, so that people don’t face any convenience.
The Minister stated this while chairing a high level meeting here to take stock of post-snowfall scenario in Kashmir Division. He directed the officials to be on toes and work with renewed vigour to provide immediate relief to people.
Chief Engineer R&B, Chief Engineer Mechanical Division, Chief Engineer PMGSY, and other concerned officers and officials attended the meeting.
The Minister appreciated the work done by officials of concerned Departments for ensuring clearance of roads with machines as well as manually and added that the zeal needs to be continued till the winter season is over. He also reviewed the working of Control Rooms established in various parts of Kashmir and asked officials to advertise the helpline numbers so that people can contact them in need.
He directed the officials to undertake another round of snow clearance from roads and lanes, where snow gets accumulated after falling from roofs. He directed the officials to employ tippers and other vehicles so that the accumulated snow is carried away and disposed off in open spaces.
Veeri also took note of water logging problem in various areas and directed officials to seek help of Fire and Emergency Services and employ other resources too for dewatering purposes. He also sought quick resumption of electricity supply to areas where the network experienced any kind of fault.
He said that the Government is considering purchasing additional snow cutters so that it will be better prepared to deal with the situation next season.
While reviewing work of Public Works Department, the Minister hoped that record amount of work will be finished in year 2017. He said by presenting budget earlier this year, the working season has increased considerably and a record number of roads and other projects will be completed.


BARAMULLA, FEBRUARY 2(KMW): District Magistrate Baramulla, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Naqash, today imposed restrictions on the movement of people under section 144 CrPC within the radius of 3 kms from counter-insurgency operation sites falling within the jurisdiction of Baramulla district.
He said that the order shall remain in force for a period of 60 days.
It was said that in case of any exigency, local population can seek assistance of the district administration or police.
The DM said that these restrictions shall not apply to the movement of ambulances, medical staff and government employees.


Srinagar January, 09: A lady ended her life by consuming some poisonous substance in Budgam District of Central Kashmir.
A 24 years old lady (name withheld) and resident of Negoo, Brenwar, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Chadoora consumed some poisonous substance at her home. She breathed her last while being shifted to the hospital. After conducting legal formalities police handed over the body of deceased to her relatives for last rites.
A case has been registered in police station Chadoora and investigation has been taken up.


Srinagar, Dec 6: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at the opposition National Conference for owing allegiance to separatists and offering support to Hurriyat Conference to carry forward the destruction of Kashmir by encouraging stone pelters and supporting shutdown calls.
In a statement here, the BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said, “Government should ask the security agencies and Police to probe the role of NC leaders in the ongoing unrest and stern action should be taken against anyone who is found involved in fomenting trouble in Kashmir. Dr Farooq Abdullah’s statement indicates that NC has played a major role in pushing Kashmir towards the edge.”
He said, “If any of the NC leaders are found involved in sponsoring anti-India protests and the Halla-Gulla, which Kashmir witnessed during the past five months, should be booked and dealt according to the law of the land.”
The BJP spokesman said, “It seems Dr Farooq Abdullah has forgotten that he rigged the elections with Congress in 1987 to grab the power. Those rigged elections proved turning point in the history of Kashmir and led to the breaking out of armed insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and led exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley.”
Jehangir said, “National Conference has seen the writing on the wall and knows that it has lost the ground in Kashmir. People have rejected NC and its leaders and they know it very well that they would never come into power again.”
The BJP spokesman said, “If Dr Farooq Abdullah is really interested in so-called Azadi and the movement then he should give up his Z-security cover, quit mainstream politics and join the separatist camp.”

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‘No-Detention Policy to continue for class 5th to 7th for current session; New academic calendar to commence forthwith’

Srinagar, November 17(KMW): The Government has waived off the Term-2 examination for the students of classes 8th, 9th and 11th for all Government schools and the recognized private schools of Kashmir valley for the current academic session. The Government has also ordered continuation of “No-Detention” policy from classes 5th to 8th for the current academic session.

According to an order issued by the School Education Department, all the students from class 5th to 9th and class 11th from all the government schools and the recognized private schools of Kashmir valley shall be elevated to the next level with immediate effect. “As a consequence the new academic calendar for the schools shall commence in the Kashmir valley forthwith,” the order states adding that the Government Order No: 338-Edu of 2016 Dated: 16-09-2016, wherein, the “No-Detention” policy was reviewed shall now take effect from the calendar year 2017.

According to the order, the decision was taken in view of the fact that the students of a large number of educational institutions in the Kashmir valley could not attend their classes after the summer vacation of 2016 because of the unrest. “Prior to the onset of the summer vacations in the Valley, partial assessment of students for Term-1 (T-1) was made for classes 8th, 9th and 11th. However, the classes for completion of syllabi for T-2 could not be held in the majority of the schools in Kashmir valley due to the unrest,” it said adding that the admission for the new academic session is usually done in the month of November in the Winter Zone, and it is imperative that the new session commences on time so that the academic interest of the students can be safeguarded.

As per the order issued today, the educational institutions in the valley have been asked to hold additional remedial classes during the winters to compensate the loss suffered by the students because of the prolonged unrest.