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Mutton crisis over as ice melts after crucial meet

Mutton dealers, KEA members meet Div Com; All mutton shops to open from tomorrow, says Mutton Dealers Association, Meat per kg to be sold at Rs 535, Have suffered Rs 800 Cr loss: KEA, in new rate we have very less profit, says President Retail Mutton Dealer’s Association

Sheikh Danish

(Asian News Hub) – After almost a gap of four months, stalemate over mutton finally ended on Wednesday after a threadbare discussion between mutton dealers, members of Kashmir Economic Officers and the District Administration Kashmir.

Talking to news agency—KNO, after meeting the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole, Kashmir, Khazir Muhammad Regoo, President Retail Mutton Dealer’s Association and Co-Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance Farooq Ahmed Dar announced that all mutton shops will open from tomorrow

“We had a threadbare discussion with the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir. Government is not ready to fix Rs 550 as rate for per kg mutton and after discussions, new rate has been fixed at Rs 535 per kg,” said President Retail Mutton Dealer’s Association Khazir Muhammad Regoo said that even though there is very less profit in the new rate, but they have agreed to sell meat at Rs 535 per kg from tomorrow.

“In the interest of people, all mutton shops will open in Kashmir and mutton will be sold at Rs 535 per kg,” he said. Present on the occasion, KEA Co-Chairman Farooq Ahmed Dar said that there were some black sheep in the mutton trade who were not allowing the stalemate to end. “In the interest of Kashmir’s ailing lot, general public and the 3 5000 families who are associated directly and indirectly with the mutton trade, we agreed with the rate suggested by the government. In the past four months, there has been Rs 800 crore loss to the mutton industry of Kashmir,” Dar told KNO.

Pertinently, mutton has been off the markets in Kashmir in the past four months and people were facing severe shortage of meat. “He said black marketing of mutton will end now and people will heave a sigh of relief,” said Dar, who himself went to mandi’s of Rajasthan, New Delhi and other parts of India. “We had suggested a Rs 550 rate per kg. But the Government wasn’t satisfied with this rate and after thorough discussion Rs 535 was agreed upoun,” he said. Asked how much loss mutton industry has suffered in the past four months, he said: “Mutton industry is a big in Kashmir and this industry has suffered Rs 800 crore loss.”

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.

GNS

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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.

GNS

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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.

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