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Sand, stone quarrying, mining contract to outsiders’ totally one-sided agreement, a biased order: Hot Mix Plant Association Kashmir

Prices of Sand, Bajri, stones have gone sky-rocketing; material shortage has hit construction works in Kashmir, says Prez Bashir Ahmed Khan

(Asian News Hub) – Hot Mix Plant Association Kashmir President Bashir Ahmed Khan Wednesday urged the government to roll back the controversial sand extraction, stone quarry and mining contract order so that original natives of Kashmir can earn their livelihood the way they were doing in the past. Khan said that the cost of material has gone sky-rocket forcing the people to suspend the construction works across the Valley.

Addressing the press conference in Srinagar, Khan said that ever since the new law was announced in Kashmir, the cost of sand, Bajri, stone has touched the skies. “We are not getting the material. Contracts are being given to non-J&K residents while natives are suffering for want of materials,” Khan said as per news agency—KNO.

He said the new contract order has also resulted in the shortage of macadam material as Hot Mix Plant Association is not able to get the material they were getting earlier. “This is why the roads are not being repaired in the Valley. Condition of roads is so bad that travel has become a risky affair,” he said, adding that the contract being to the outsiders is totally one-sided. “In other places of the world, there is a provision of two-sided agreement, here a unilateral decision has been announced leaving the original natives suffering,”he said.

He said at least 100 units of Hot Mix Plant are suffering because of the new contract order where non-J&K residents are looting our resources. He said that on March 16, they received the money from the R&B department for the year 2015. “There should be a mechanism to release of funds at an appropriate time without any delay,” Khan said.

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Cop shot dead at Saidapora Eidgah

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(Asian News Hub) – Unknown gunmen on Thursday evening shot dead a policeman in Saidapora area of Eidgah Srinagar.

Official sources said that a policeman identified as Javeed Ahmad Kambey, son of Ghulam Muhammad Kambey of Saidapora was shot at by unknown militants near his residence.

They said that Khandey after receiving fire injury in the neck was immediately shifted to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Official sources said that the injured cop later succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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Woman injured in hit-and-run accident near Noora Hospital Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – A woman was critically injured after she was hit by an unknown vehicle on National highway near Noora Hospital in HMT on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening.

Official sources said that 48-year-old woman identified as Muneera resident of Tangmarg was hit by the unknown vehicle near Noora Hospital HMT, leaving her severely injured.

They said that the woman was shifted to a nearby hospital where from she was referred to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Police have registered a case in this regard and investigation has been taken up.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar visits Bandipora’s Tulail

(Asian News Hub) – Famous Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday visited remote Tulail along the Line of Control in Gurez valley of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Sources said that the actor reached Neeru village of Tulail via helicopter at around 12 noon today.

They said that he is scheduled to interact with Army and BSF jawans at Neeru village.

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