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DC Sgr Dr Shahid Iqbal inaugurates workshop on conversion of Agri land

(Asian News Hub) – One day workshop cum awareness program on ‘Conversion of agricultural land into non agriculture use – its catastrophic effects on our sustenance’, organised by Agriculture department at Lalmandi was inaugurated by Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary (Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, who is acting Divisional Commissioner Kashmir).

Addressing the gathering, Dr Shahid said that a large scale conversion of agriculture land into non agricultural use shall create an imbalance in the ecosystem as the change in land pattern would be the greatest concern to our food security and economic sustainability in this part of temperate region, which otherwise has the potential to be world leader because of its unique identity in agricultural products.

He said that the change in land use pattern has arguably been the most pervasive socio economic source which has caused imbalance in the system. He said it is the biggest challenge that the whole world is presently facing and needs immediate redressal so that there is a balance between modernization i.e urbanization and industrial growth vis-à-vis assured food security.

Dr Shahid assured that the Divisional Administration will always provide a helping hand to the Department of Agriculture and other concerned departments on board to tighten the noose around those violating the laws governing the prevention of conversion of agriculture land into non agricultural use.

Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal during his address said that the mankind is facing the threats simultaneously on conversion of agricultural land into non agriculture purpose and drastic reduction in dense forest cover.

He said it is the prime responsibility of every conscious citizen of the nation to conserve the land resources for sustenance, both for the present as well as future generations.

Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC), Iftikhar Ahmad Kakroo said that I&FC is taking all steps for providing irrigation to cultivable land.  He also stated that they have already started a drive to remove encroachments from banks of flood channels and rivers for conserving the water bodies

During the day long program Joint Director Agriculture Extension Mohammad Muzaffer Hurra, Joint Director Apiculture and Mushroom Development Kashmir Farooq Ahmad Shah, Chief Agriculture Officer Anantnag, Floriculturist Fida Iqbal, and District Agriculture Officer Pulwama also presented detailed powerpoint presentations regarding land conversion to the participating officers.

Among others, Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Iftikhar Ahmad Kakroo besides senior officers and officials of Agriculture and other concerned departments attended the workshop.

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Body of 50-yr-old man retrieved after 3 days from Jhelum

(Asian News Hub) – Three days after drowning into Kiti Koul in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, the body of a 50-year-old man has been retrieved from river Jhelum on Monday evening.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the body of a 50-year-old man was retrieved today by River police from Jehlum in Takanwari area of Noorbagh in Srinagar.

They identified the deceased as Feroz Ahmad Raina, son of Late Abdul Aziz Raina of Zaindar Mohalla, Habba Kadal.

Meanwhile, they said that the body will be handed over to the family after completing the legal formalities.


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Elderly man injured in leopard attack in Anantnag

(Asian News Hub) – An elderly man was injured after a leopard attacked him in Chanderwan Uttersoo area of Shangus of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.

Reports Reaching GNS said that a leopard attacked Abdul  Rasheed Wani Son of Mohammad Ahsan Wani of Chanderwan Uttersoo village, resulting in injuries to him.

Soon after the incident he was rushed to a nearby hospital wherefrom he was shifted to GMC Anantnag for specialized treatment.

Meanwhile the local residents appealed to the Wildlife Department to capture the wild animals present in the area at an earliest in order to prevent any further attacks.


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Samaniya Bhat: Youngest radio jockey from Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A 22-year-old girl from Baramulla is winning hearts of people through her voice and informative programmes as she works as a radio jockey at Radio Chinar at Sopore.

RJ Samaniya Bhat a resident of main town Baramulla who has recently completed her bachelors in Journalism and Mass communication from GDC Baramulla is first female radio jockey of North Kashmir and the youngest radio jockey of Kashmir Valley.

Bhat while talking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that since her childhood she was interested in journalism, however, by chance she grabbed the opportunity to become a radio Jockey.

“I was always fond of microphones and when I heard that north Kashmir is going to have its first radio station I went for an interview and after 4 or 5 rounds, I was among selected ones and only female,” she said.

“I feel happy to work as Radio Jockey because it is a very creative field and it helps in building your confidence and become outspoken and spontaneous,” Bhat said, adding “she remains in the studio from 12 pm to 3 pm and produces a programme Hallabhol with RJ Samaniya.”

“Our main aim is to involve our youth and entertain people besides talented persons who are being called to the studio who keep their viewpoint before people,” she said.

“Do the things you are good at and follow your dreams with hard work, she said, in her message to students, while adding that parents must allow their children to choose their field and shouldn’t force them to go in any field in which they aren’t interested.


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