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Barbeque seller’s son in Baramulla cracks NEET

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Mehraj-ud-din Khan, who secured 591 points in the examination, credited hard work and support of his family and friends for his success

Baramulla, Sept 09: In a commendable feat, son of a barbeque seller from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir has cracked the prestigious NEET-UG 2022 examination.

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Mehraj-ud-din’s grandfather congratulating him for qualifying NEET

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Mehraj-ud-din Khan, who secured 591 points in the examination, credited hard work and support of his family and friends for his success, news agency PTI reported.

“My family has been a pillar of support for me. They used to tell me to just focus on my studies. But, sometimes, I used to help my father at the shop where he sells barbeque,” Khan, a resident of the Guiwa area of Pattan in Baramulla in north Kashmir, said in videos that appeared on social media.

Khan did his basic education from Hanfia Model School in the Warpora area and studied till Class 8 at Army Goodwill School Zeran. He enrolled at MMK school in Nihalpora for Class 10 and then at government boys higher secondary school Baramulla for Classes 11 and 12.

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Khan’s family, which had little resources, managed to send him for private tuitions. However, due to the the Covid lockdown, he had to study at home.

“I went to a private tuition centre in Baramulla in Class 11 but then COVID-19 lockdown happened. I saw many students have studied from YouTube and cracked NEET, so I thought why can’t I do it. I then studied from YouTube channels and other online platforms,” Khan said.

Khan cracked the NEET-UG in his first attempt. He expected more points though.

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He said NEET aspirants should stay focussed.

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“Continuously work towards achieving your goal and you will be able to do it. My goal was set. And it is not something that can be achieved by only having tuitions or coaching at leading private institutions, self-study can be sufficient,” he added.

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Haziq Pervez Lone, a resident of Trenz area of Shopian in south Kashmir, topped the NEET-UG-2022 examination in the union territory and secured the all-India rank of 10.

Son of a fruit merchant, Lone secured 710 points out of 720. PTI

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Sorry State of Education in Kashmir: 5 out of 10 CEO positions vacant; several key positions headless

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The School Education Department (SED) is grappling with problem of filling key vacant posts in Kashmir that includes five out of 10 positions of Chief Education Officer (CEO) continue to remain vacant which is affecting the academic and administrative functioning in the districts.

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Official figures available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), suggest that there are around five out of 10 positions of CEOs, five out of 10 positions of Principal District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) are lying vacant in Kashmir division.

“Some vacant positions are manned by other equivalent rank officers while in some districts the department is completely headless,” an official said.

As per the official figures the post of CEO Baramulla, Bandipora, Anantnag, Pulwama and Srinagar are lying vacant in Kashmir.

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Also the post of DIET Principal in Sopore (Baramulla), Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kupwara and Kulgam district is lying vacant as well.

“The CEO Baramulla who retired in November ending was holding four positions at a time. Besides CEO Baramulla he was given additional charge of CEO Bandipora, DIET Principal Baramulla and Bandipora as well,” an official said, adding that CEO Ganderbal is manning the post of CEO Srinagar as his additional assignment.

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The official figures also reveal that around 12 positions of Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) are also lying vacant in Kashmir.

The vacant positions at district and zonal level has badly hit the routine functioning of the department while the department has not taken any step to fill the vacancies.

“The government recently shifted the academic session from November to March and several decisions are to be taken at district and zonal level for smooth implementation of the government order. But 50 percent districts are without heads,” the official said.

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Notably, the government has kept the post of Chairman JK Board of School Education (BOSE) and Director SCERT vacant as well.

A top official in the administrative department said they were collecting vigilance clearance of the candidates for their appointment as CEOs.

“The CEO positions will be filled after getting vigilance clearance of these candidates,” he said, adding that the government is also working on appointment of Chairman JKBOSE and Director SCERT as well.

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Kulgam student predicts accurate weather; earns huge followers on social media

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An 18-year-old boy from Kulgam has emerged as an independent weatherman, predicting accurate weather forecast in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Adil Mir from Ashmuji area of Kulgam who is pursuing Bachelor of science (B.Sc) degree at a Srinagar college aspires to become an independent weatherman.

Speaking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that he said that since 2018, he started using social media and started forecasting on basis of different weather models.

“I was student of class 10th when I met Director MeT Sonam Lotus which ignited a passion of becoming weatherman and he suggested me that how to read different weather models and forecast,” he said.

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“My family has been very supportive and I have kept all equipment including laptop, phone and other things so as to forecast the weather,” he said.

“I am monitoring international weather models like Global Forecast System, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Icosahedral Nonhydrostatic) and Global Environmental Multiscale Model also some satellites, local weather apps,” he said claiming that his weather forecasting has around 70-90 percent accuracy.

His accurate forecasting has earned him huge followers on social media such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

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“During free time in college I am updating the forecast, it gives me happiness to inform people about weather,” he sId.

“I believe youth must follow their passion in letter and spirit and I am sure they will reach their goal if they are hardworking and dedicated,” he said.

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Police attaches property in Khrew for harbouring militants

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Police on Wednesday attached a house for allegedly harbouring militants in Khrew area in outskirts of Srinagar.

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“On 19/20 August 2021, Police in Awantipora received an information through reliable sources regarding presence of a group of (militants) in the house of Ghulam Ahmad Najar son of Ghulam Mohammad Najar of Danak Mohala Khrew who are conspiring to carry out (militant) act in the area,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

Accordingly, police said, a joint cordon and search operation was launched along with Army 50RR and CRPF’s 185 battalion. “When the cordon was being laid, the hiding (militants) fired indiscriminately upon the operational party with the intent to kill the Police and Security forces,” he said. The fire was effectively retaliated leading to an encounter, he said.

During the gun battle, he said, the militants by taking advantage of darkness managed to shift into the house of Ghulam Nabi Najar son of Ghulam Mohammad in the vicinity. Subsequently, he said, the militants were zeroed down and again the fire fight erupted and two hiding militants were killed. They were later identified as Musaib Mushtaq Bhat son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat and Muzamil Ahmad Rather son of Nazir Ahmad Rather of Chakoora Pulwama.

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Consequent upon this case FIR No. 57/2021 U/S 307-IPC 7/27 A. Act 16,18,20 & 38 UA(P) Act was registered in Police Station Khrew and investigation was taken up, he said.

“During the course of investigation, involvement of Nizam-ud-Din Najar son of Gh Ahmad Najar resident of Danik Mohalla Khrew (son of House owner) came to fore for providing of intentional harbouring and logistic support to the neutralized (militants) and was accordingly arrested in the instant case on 21 August 2021, for the commission of offences punishable U/Ss 19 and 39 UA(P) Act which were invoked in the instant case.”

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Accordingly process under section 25 UA(P) Act for attachment of the house for “intentional harbouring of accused was initiated and submitted to DGP J&K for accord of prior approval and was accorded by the competent authority.”

In pursuance to the order and the powers conferred upon investigating officer u/s 25 UA( P) Act of 1967 property (residential house belonging to Ghulam Ahmad Najar was attached.

“The general public is once again requested to not harbour or provide shelter or extend logistics to (militants/militant associates in their houses, failing which strict legal action will be taken against anyone doing so,” he said.

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