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Militancy on crutches in J&K, almost zero in Kishtwar: J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh

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Says means of entertainment being revived for South Kashmir youth; Sgr to have multiplex soon; Long list of films to be shot in J&K; time not far when Kashmiri youth will direct their own movies; Hurriyat nowhere in J&K, its new chapter opened in Pak completely ignored by people here

Jammu, Sept 19: Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Monday said that militancy in J&K was on crutches and Kishtwar district it was almost zero as one or two militants are active in the area who will be eliminated soon.

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Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event here, the DGP as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that militancy in J&K was on crutches and those remaining will soon be either arrested or killed. “In Kishtwar, there are just one or two militants active who will be arrested of killed very soon,” the J&K police chief said.

He said that in J&K means of entertainment are being revived again. “Yesterday, LG Manoj Sinhaji visited two districts of South Kashmir—Pulwama and Shopian. He revived theater facilities for youth as a means of entertainment,” DGP Singh said, adding that “Srinagar will soon see multiplex functional which will be a great means of entertainment of its youth.”

He said that there is a long list of movies which famous directors want to shoot in J&K for which this place was once popular. “I am sure that time is not far when J&K youth will themselves direct movies of different nature,” Singh said.

To a query about Hurriyat Conference, he said Hurriyat was nowhere in J&K at present. “But a new chapter of Hurriyat has been opened in Pakistan to provoke people of J&K. Once such example was its band call on August 5 this year which was totally ignored by the people of J&K,” he said, adding that there was no bandh anywhere in J&K and instead there were huge celebrations everywhere.

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Replying to a query about Madrasas in J&K, he said majority of such institutions are doing great work by honing the talent of youth. “Some may be used for misguiding youth and such institutions are under watch,” he said, adding that “watchdogs of peace in J&K were active and doing their best to ensure peace becomes a permanent feature. Police, and other security forces, besides civil administration are working day and night to cement peace in the UT.”

The DGP said that social media propaganda to foment trouble and to lure youth towards violence and drugs are being countered effectively by the security forces and administration.

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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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Also Read: Police attaches property in Khrew for harbouring militants

“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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