Authors Posts by Ramiz Makhdoomi

Ramiz Makhdoomi



Srinagar, 12 Aug (KMW) : Jammu and Kashmir young Journalists Association (JKYJA) has strongly reacted to the reports that a journalist association from Jharkhand is on its way to Kashmir for hoisting the tri-colour on the historic Ghantaghar in the heart of Lal Chowk. JKYJA, in a press release, said that such attempts backed the rightwing Hindutva forces are an attempt to disrupt peace in Kashmir.

“These non-Kashmiri journalist need to understand Kashmir politics and show some sensitivity while dealing with it,” said JKYJA President Ajaz Ahmad War. “Attempts like these are an attempt to communalise and vitiate the atmosphere further and we know who it benefits finally. These activists of Sangh Parivar in the garb of journalists should refrain from any such act as it can lead to a really nasty situation.” He said such initiatives can lead to counter initiatives and the fallout can be bloody.


SRINAGAR, MAY 08: Ambassador of Norway, Nil Ragnar called on the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti here this evening.
During the meeting, the Norwegian Ambassador briefed the Chief Minister about the interventions by his Government in India particularly in technology transfer, fisheries, wind energy, water treatment, hydro power and maternal health.
The Norwegian Ambassador informed the Chief Minister that his country is the second biggest fish exporting country in the world. He also informed her about various fishing and energy tapping technologies developed by his country.
The Chief Minister informed the Ambassador about various initiatives taken by the Government particularly in checking pollution, building infrastructure and developing some core sectors like horticulture and tourism.
Mehbooba Mufti invited Norwegian support in terms of technology transfer in improving water treatment plants, development of fisheries, conservation of Dal and Wullar lakes and wind and solar energy in the State.


Srinagar, March 9: Srinagar and Anantnag parliament seats would go to polls on April 9 and 12 respectively, Election Commission of India said on Thursday.

Votes would be counted on April 15, it said in a press release issued today.

The Anantnag and Srinagar parliament seats fell vacant after the resignation of PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti and Congress leader Tariq Hameed Karra respectively. 


Lending a great blow to ISIS, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces advancing in the Islamic State group’s stronghold in western Mosul fought off a counter-attack by the militants during bad weather in the early hours of Thursday, officers said.
Some militants were able to get near elite Iraqi units in the southwestern part of the city, hidden among people displaced by the fighting, a senior officer told Reuters.
Iraqi forces captured the eastern side of Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting and launched their attack on the districts that lie west of the Tigris river on Feb. 19.
Defeating Islamic State in Mosul would crush the Iraqi wing of the caliphate declared by the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2014.
The police command said recently that more than 900 IS militants were killed since operations for western Mosul launched, with the forces approaching to vital government facilities at the center of the city. The U.S.-led coalition’s command said Wednesday that a maximum of 2000 IS fighters remain in the western region, with most of the senior leaders close to the supreme commander dead.
At least 26.000 civilians have fled western Mosul due to the fighting, the migration ministry said, while the United Nations warns of displacement of at least 250.00.


JAMMU, FEBRUARY 14(KMW): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today met Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
During the course of extensive discussions Chief Minister apprised the Governor about the matters which could not be dealt with in the recently concluded Assembly Session and also informed him about the several important decisions taken in the Cabinet Meeting held yesterday. Besides issues relating to internal security management, speedy implementation of development projects, the Governor and Ms. Mufti discussed the time frame for the conduct of elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies. The Governor was informed that the State Government would be shortly notifying the schedule of Panchayat elections as the preparatory work which has already been done is also being notified in the next few days.
The Governor also spoke to Ms. Mufti about the now long existing as well as the upcoming vacancies in the State level Statutory Commissions being filled up without any further delay and was informed that action in this regard is already under way.


JAMMU, FEBRUARY 13(KMW): The Cabinet which me here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has ordered following transfers and postings in civil department.
Mr. Bipul Pathak, IAS (JK:1992), Principal Secretary to the Government, Transport Department has been transferred and posted as Commissioner of Enquiries.
Mrs. Vineeta Gupta, IAS (JK:2000), Transport Commissioner, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Director General, IMPA relieving Mr. Lokesh Dutt Jha, IAS, Financial Commissioner, Revenue of the additional charge.
Mr. Sanjeev Verma, IAS (JK:2001), Commissioner/ Secretary to the Government, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Tribal Affairs Department vice Mr. Saurab Bhagat, IAS. He will also hold the additional charge of Technical Education and Information Technology Department relieving Mr.R.K Goyal, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department of the additional charge
Mrs. Nirmal Sharma, IAS (JK:2001), Commissioner of Enquiries, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Cooperative Department.
Mr. Saurbah Bhagat, IAS (JK:2002), Secretary to the Government, Tribal Affairs Department, has been transferred and posted as Secretary to the Government, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
Mr. Hemant Kumar Sharma, IAS (JK:2002), Secretary to the Government, Cooperative Department, has been transferred and posted as Secretary to the Government, Transport Department.
Mr. Mohammad Javed Khan, IAS (JK:2005), Custodian General, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Excise Commissioner, J&K. He shall take over the charge of the post upon retirement on superannuation of Mr. Tsering Angchok, IAS on 28.02.2017.
Mr. Arun Kumar Sharma, KAS, Joint Financial Commissioner, Agrarian Reforms in the office of Financial Commissioner, Revenue, has been transferred and posted as Director, Urban Local Bodies, Jammu, vice Mr. Soujanya Kumar Sharma, KAS, who shall report in the General Administration Department for further posting.
Mr. Pradeep Kumar, KAS, Director, Rural Development Department, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Secretary, J&K State Information Commission, against an available vacancy.
Mr. Ravinder Kumar Bhat, KAS, Director, Panchayati Raj Institutions, J&K, shall hold the additional charge of the post of Director, Rural Development Department, Jammu.
Mr. Reyaz Ahmad Wani, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Director, Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir, vice Mr. Tufail Matoo, who shall report in the General Administration Department for further posting.
Mr. Joginder Singh Rai, KAS, under orders of posting as Programme Officer, ICDS Project, Kishtwar, has been posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.


New Delhi, February 07(KMW): The responsibilities for making air travel arrangements for Haj Pilgrims selected by the Haj Committee of India is with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). The Annual Bilateral Agreement between India and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) provides that as per the instructions issued by General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the Saudi air transport companies will share equally without any exception the transportation of Hajis with the national carrier of each country. Further as per the conditions laid down by GACA, no contracts are allowed to be made with any third party for transportation of Hajis.
During Haj operations – 2014, capacity available with Air India on its own fleet was not capable of carrying over 50,000 pilgrims from 14 embarkation points. Therefore, Air India sub-contracted the agreement by utilizing Dynamic Airways for undertaking Haj 2014 operations. There were some disruptions in the operations by sub-contractors. Keeping this in view and to ensure that future Haj operations are conducted smoothly and without inconvenience to the Haj pilgrims, it was prescribed that the airlines will not be allowed to outsource their operation to any third party for onward Haj operations. Since Haj 2015, Air India is operating Haj flights with its own fleet.
This information was given by Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Minister of State (IC) for Minority Affairs, in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 02(KMW): Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today expressed her unhappiness over the slow pace of dredging and de-silting in river Jhelum. She directed the concerned Department to seek an explanation from the executing agency about the reasons for the delay in achieving the targets.
The Chief Minister made these observations while visiting several dredging and de silting spots along the river.
Mehbooba Mufti visited the entire river strip from Srinagar to Panzinara and Kreshibal and enquired from the concerned engineers about the status of the silt excavation and the reasons for the slow progress. She directed the concerned engineers to look into the reasons of the slow progress in achieving the dredging targets and fix the responsibility. She said owing to low discharge winters are the best season to undertake de silting and dredging activities and best use of this time should have been made.
Enroute, Mehbooba Mufti stopped at several places and interacted with people who brought their day to day problem into the notice of the Chief Minister.
People sought intervention of the Chief Minister in redressal of their problems like road up gradation, ration availability, power supply etc. She issued on the spot directions for the redressal of the same.
At Noor Bagh, people complained of seepage and inundation of their houses and lanes due to low level of Jhelum banks.
Mehbooba Mufti directed taking steps for raising the level of banks of river Jhelum so that no water overflows into their premises and lanes.
Member, Legislative Assembly, Anjum Fazili; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mohammad Haneef Lone and other senior officers accompanied the Chief Minister during the tour.


Rameez Makhdoomi

Few weeks backs, an impressive snowfall announced the end of one of the longest dry spells in Kashmir history. Since then snowfall is in Kashmir is a regular feature bringing smiles back to the people of Kashmir, especially those associated with tourism and travel trade. With impressive snow and dull tourism activities in summer in Kashmir due to political turbulence, it was desperately felt that winter tourism promotion is needed to boost economy and attract more tourists .Tourism is an important, even vital, source of income for many regions and countries. Its importance was recognized in the Manila Declaration on World Tourism of 1980 as “an activity essential to the life of nations because of its direct effects on the social, cultural, educational, and economic sectors of national societies and on their international relations.” Striking the right chords, Jammu and Kashmir tourism department has gone ahead with the organizing of 15-day-long festival which will now be held from February 1 which had to earlier start on January 22 but due to heavy snowfall and avalanche warning had to be postponed to February 1. From world class skiing competitions , ice hockey to snow cricket to snow sculpting, the world famous Gulmarg is gearing up to welcome domestic and foreign tourists in this 15-day-long snow festival. Pertinently, Gulmarg snow festival was started in 2003 to promote and encourage winter sports and tourism here. Also, in a related development , the first of its kind Snow Off Road motor competition for 4×4 cars concluded here at Gulmarg .A total of 38 participants competed in the event in which all the participants were supposed to cover the designated 2-kilomtre track within shortest period of time crossing all the hurdles and obstacles. Tourism Department is taking all steps to change the dynamics of winter tourism positively. Manzoor Ahmad, a commoner stated: “Situated at an altitude of 2,650 meters, Gulmarg is famous for its lush green meadows, world class peaks which is the biggest draw for the skiers during winter. It is heartening that Tourism Department is taking all steps to promote the concept of winter tourism especially in Gulmarg so that tourists are attracted and locals benefit.” Undoubtedly, a series of snow events organized by the Tourism Department Kashmir is changing the dynamics of tourism in Kashmir positively.


SRINAGAR, JANUARY 23: First of its kind, two-day off-road snow fete concluded at famous ski-resort of Gulmarg after witnessing enthusiastic participation.
The event aimed to promote adventure tourism and other off-road activities was held as a part of snow adventure tourism by Kashmir Off Road in collaboration with Tourism Department from January 21-22, 2017.
The off-road snow festival saw competing drivers race against time on a specially prepared 2km long snow track. Over 35 all terrain vehicles took part in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood Ahmad Shah said that adventure tourism has immense potential in the Kashmir.
He said the Department has organized many adventure tourism activities including newly introduced sports of Roadsnow Fete. He said Raid-De-Himalaya is a regular feature which happens in the State but this being the maiden snow based event has attracted a lot of attention.
He said the Department is vigorously promoting the Gulmarg and Pahalgam as prime winter destinations in Kashmir.
“Gulmarg is known for adventure activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating. The Department has kicked-off tourism promotional campaigns across the country where besides promoting other destinations, we are highlighting these events to attract tourists,” he added.
The Director also distributed prizes among participants and top performers of the event.
Speaking about the event founder of Kashmir Off-Road Ali Sajid said the idea of organizing this event has been to promote Off-Road Snow driving on a competition level.