Salman Khan turned saviour for Kashmir family

Zaina Begum, 75, is a lost hope in the wilderness of Diyaroo Anantnag. Wearing a traditional cloak, she on Monday decided to try her decimated luck, not for herself but for her daughter.

Dilshaada, 40, is her daughter but is among one of those thousands of widows who had lost their husbands in this struggle. She has 4 children to raise that includes 3 daughters namely Rukaiya Jaan (15), Khalida Jaan (12) and Khushboo Jaan (10). Besides this, she has a ray of hope in her only teen age son Gowhar who is 18. But a place like kashmir whgere there are already more than 5 lakh unemployed educated youthwaiting their turn, Gowhar could have been one of the new entrants in the list.

It was 27th April, when Zaina decided to visit Pahalgam…not for picnic but for survival. A survival of her daughter and four grand children.

Bollywood philanthropic Dabangg Khan was busy shooting on sets when Zaina reached him and despite thousands of people waiting for Salman’s glance unsuccessfully, Zaina fought a battle with guards of Sallu Bhai which she won in the end. Salman called Zaina on sets and listened to her for nearly one hour.

A one hour means a more than lot for the Bollywood star. “Salman was listening very calmly as if a doctor listens to his patient,” said bliss zaina giving blessings to the bachelor.

Khan who is known for his charitable activities immediately asked the widow lady to send her eldest grandson, 18-year-old Gowhar Ahmad Bhat to work on the sets of the films so that he can earn some money to run his troubled family.

Salman told zaina, “Gowhar could be with the unit till the schedule in Kashmir ends after which he could fly down to Mumbai and work with him.”

This gesture surely moved Zaina and her family. “He is not an actor but a messiah for me who saved my family from hunger,” said Zaina.

The happiness Gowhar can not be measured this time as he never had thought in his distant memories tht one day he will work with Salman Khan in Bollywood.


EDN organizes cleanliness drive at Chashmashahi, Pari Mahal

Irfan Rashid
Rising Kashmir News
Srinagar, April 18: As a part of the Go Green Srinagar campaign, an initiative of Earth Day Network, a cleanliness drive was started by WCF in collaboration with SMC from Chashmashahi road to Pari Mahal and with Kashmir Public School Harwan from the school to Dachigam National Park on Saturday.
Students from Kashmir Public school participated as volunteers in the cleanliness drive. Many officials of SMC and WCF also participated in the massive cleanliness drive. Cleanliness drive was also conducted inside the Pari Mahal. WCF chief Executive Nadeem Qadiri congratulated those who participated in the drive.
He also said that the enthusiasm he saw among the participants was heartening.
“We should pledge today to make it a clean Srinagar…I will not litter or let anyone litter…when we go abroad we see how clean those countries are…we don’t see them spitting around or throwing waste anywhere they wish to. Those places are clean because that is their dedication to cleanliness,” he said.
The objective of this initiative is to impress the significance of a clean environment as well as inculcate a sense of consciousness and responsibility in the people towards natural resources.
“Earth Day Network firmly believes that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ and it is our social responsibility to maintain the proper hygiene. We must take the responsibility to educate people about the importance of cleanliness. Through this small initiative, Earth Day Network hopes to energize the community for the clean Srinagar mission,” said Majid Ashraf, an Environmental Scholar.
The students were made aware that cleanliness is related to hygiene and disease prevention. The principal of the school, Muzaffar Ahmad said, “We all should understand the motto, importance and necessity of cleanliness and must try to apply it in our daily lives. We should give cleanliness a first priority instead of food and water. As, we can be healthy only if we take everything within us in a very clean and hygienic way.”
Cleanliness is not the responsibility of only one person however; it is the responsibility of each and every individual living in the home, society, community and country, he said, adding, “We should understand its multifarious facets to get fully benefitted.”

JK Bank RE aspirants want syllabus, posts to be declared

Irfan Rashid
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Bank Relationship executive (RE) aspirants on Sunday demanded that the bank should declare the number of the posts and the syllabus for the examination to facilitate transparency in the whole selection process.
Recently JK Bank notified online applications for the position of RE but it did not notify the number of positions or vacancies. “We want the bank to notify clearly the number of vacancies to maintain credibility in the selection process unlike what happened last time,” said Suhail Ahmad Khadim from Central University of Kashmir.
Aspirants have been moving from pillar to post to know about the syllabus to get prepared well in time but of no use as JK Bank has not declared even the syllabus. “I have admitted myself in a Coaching Centre against hard earned money but what will our tutors teach us when they don’t know the syllabus,” said Mehvish Ashraf from S N Das coaching Centre. Last time when it notified vacancies, many quarters alleged that most of them were minister’s quota. “Earlier JK Bank would hardly notify the vacancies except last time when it selected more than a thousand aspirants under political influence,” said Ishfaq Salam from university of Kashmir.
The aspirants demanded that the papers should be set from outside the state so that neutrality could be maintained there. “I believe paper setting must be outsourced to outside company to create trust in selection process otherwise it is of no use to sit in examination if some people already know the paper,” said Mohsin Ramzan from Islamic university of Science and Technology. G N Var, chairman coaching centres said: “Chief Minister and Finance Minister should involve some mechanism to maintain transparency and firstly should declare number of posts to be filled and the syllabus.”

Plantation-cum-cleanliness drive begins ahead of World Earth Day

Irfan Rashid
Srinagar, Apr 11: Gearing up to complete its target of planting one billion trees worldwide, Earth Day Network, an International environmental organization started its plantation drive in Kashmir valley on Saturday by planting nearly a thousand saplings.
Later EDN carried cleanliness drive around the Neolithic site Burzahama.
Earth Day Network in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) has initiated a massive plantation and cleanliness drive across J&K.
Nadeem Qadiri, Executive Director, Centre for environmental Law and youth parliament of J&K who is also heading Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) in Kashmir started this plantation cum cleanliness drive along with students of Islamia High School Wuyan and Kashani Memorial Public School Burzahama.
Speaking on the occasion, Nadeem Qadiri said, “The ecosystem of Kashmir is changing fast which was witnessed when floods hit us badly, so we need to go as much greener as possible.”
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day, he said.
Majid Ashraf, one of the coordinators impressed upon the students of the school to develop eco-sense and said, “Earth Day 2015 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever and students will have to play an important part.”
He also gave a lecture on Global warming, soil erosion and green house effect.
“Creating an awareness and sensitization among students and society at large to inculcate the values of participatory developmental process of hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation, it is necessary to eliminate the causative agents of many diseases and the threats posed to the Neolithic site,” said Saleem Farooq Rather and Suheel Shafi, members of the drive.
The principal of Islamia High School Wuyan, Nazir Ahmad Bhat said, “We need more such initiatives in future from our young intellectuals.”
Ghulam Jeelani Rather, principal of Kashani Memorial Public School Burzahama sai, “Active participation of students is must to inculcate values like cleanliness, teamwork, patriotism in students, making them a stakeholder in Go GREEN SRINAGAR” campaign.”
This drive will continue till World Earth Day to be celebrated on 22nd April.

Registered coaching centres being shut and unregistered left open: Var

SRINAGAR: Welcoming the move of divisional administration to close down the unregistered coaching centers of the valley after directions from the High court, G N Var, chairman coaching centers association on Friday cautioned the administration not to harass the registered coaching centers.
On Thrusday, 6 coaching centres were closed in the Srinagar city namely Dar’s commerce and management studies; Glorious vision centre of mathematics, professor’s academy Gulshan nagar, Ashraf sir’s coaching centre and professional institute nowgam.
“My coaching centre is fully registered and even after sealing of the institute, I called ADC and he also confirmed my registration and assured to open it today but Tehsildar is dilly dallying it,” said owner of Professional institute Nowgam.
Similar complaints were received from Sopore also regarding few coaching centres including HiTech coaching centre which are said to be registered but were closed down. Terming the sealing of registered coaching centres as unfortunate, G N Var said:
“There are 4 unregistered coaching centers operating in Nowgam including Success Dot com, International English academy, Fardays and Friend’s Institute but were not sealed after scores were settled in private with checking squad.” He added: “we are not against sealing unregistered; even welcome that but why state is harassing registered centers. There are more than 200 unregistered coaching centres operating in valley.”
On Contacting Director school education, Showkat Beigh said: “We will review the decision on Monday.”

Peer Bagh complains of waterlogging

Irfan Rashid
SRINAGAR: The residents of Jeelan Abad PeerBagh on Tuesday
complained of severe waterlogging in the locality making it very hard for them to move outside without getting lot of problems.
The residents said the people in these areas were facing immense
hardships and authorities have failed to mitigate their sufferings.
“We want to bring to the notice of state administration that we have
been suffering a lot due to waterlogging in the area. The drains are
blocked and water is creeping into the houses at many places,” the
residents said.
“Due to poor drainage system, water logging has become a nuisance for us. We have been restricted to the four walls of our house as we can’t step outside as the lanes and roads are inundated. We are facing
Immense hardships,” the inhabitants said.
The residents said due to waterlogging the roads have become potholed.
“Due to poor drainage systems water overflows the roads and inner
links which in turn leaves these roads dilapidated,” they said.
An official from SMC assured to dewater the lane tomorrow.

Hanjura assures full support to landslide victims of Chari Sharief


BUDGAM, Mar 31: As more landsliding took place in Charari Sharief town near Talabi Kalan damaging walls of many houses, Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Minister Ghulam Nabi Hanjura visited the central town of District Budgam here and assured traders and locals that all possible measures are being taken to meet any eventuality that might arise due to landslides and extended them his full support.

Accompanied by officials of many departments including agriculture, horticulture, PDD, PHE, housing, Tehsildar, SHO and Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf, Lone walked by foot several yards and took stock of the situation on ground. He also met various landslide victims in Kakawring, HapatNaad, Zaloosa, Satellite colony, Nowhar, Gulshan Abad, Talabi Kalan and Trajbal.

Atleast 66 families in Charari Sharief have been shifted to safer locations by district administration in view of landslide threat, while around a dozen of houses are on the threshold to collapse across the Constituency due to incessant rains that lashed the valley.

Shifted to Government middle school Gulshan Abad, nearly a dozen landslide victims demanded plot of land in Satellite colony from the minister which he replied will be talked with the district administration soon. “Though we have been shifted here but what after few days when schools will reopen…we will not budge an inch from here until provided an alternative location to live,” said landslide victims in Government middle school Gulshan Abad to the minister.

Presently these families are staying in Government Model Degree College, Old Waqf School, Government Middle School Gulshan Abad and other schools.

A total of 36 families from ChountNad village, 3 families from Hafat Naad village, 2 from Kakawring village, 13 from Tilsara village and 12 from Main Town have been shifted to safer places, Incharge Tehsildar Mohd Shaban said while giving details of the evacuation.
The Minister assured that those affected by landslides would be compensated. He donated dozens of blankets on the spot and also instructed officials to take every step to help people.

He also visited Noorani Public School, Trajbal which has developed cracks in the rear side and assured full support to them. Some people apprised the Minister about their grievances and demands from different mohallahs.

The water supply and the power supply to the town are disconnected causing much inconvenience to the locals as well as shifted families.
Talking to Rising Kashmir at Sub District hospital Charari Sharief, Lone said the government is taking all necessary steps to mitigate problems of people. “We have given them immediately 50 kgs free ration per family.”

Lone accepted that the local sub district hospital is understaffed both in doctors as well as paramedics. “I’m still not satisfied and I talked to BMO to give me list of doctors and paramedical staff and machinery required here,” said Lone.

“We are monitoring the situation and all necessary steps have been taken to meet any eventuality,” he said, adding, a team of experts under the supervision of DC Budgam will take an assessment on the ground.