09KT01A.qxd 11/8/2013 11:06 PM Page 1 WORK IS WORSHIP saturday | november | 9 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE Avika Gor will soon be seen in a Telegu film as the lead actress. She is thrilled about bagging the film and claims to have offers from other regional cinemas as well. She says, she won’t quit and will avail all the opportunities that come her way. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY EDUCATION: DEPUTY CM ORDERS PROBE POLITICS: BUDGAM GETTING STEPÞ PAGE 2 MOTHERLY TREATMENT: LONE Þ PAGE 2 INTO CLASS XII EXAMINATION 14.2°C Gulmarg shivers at –3° Celsius ■ Srinagar gets slight respite from cold, maximum temperature stays at 14.2 degrees Celsius 4.3°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Religious body seeks ban on sale of liquor Unscheduled power cuts irk residents Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 8 Members of the Karwani Islami, a religious organisation, today took out a procession in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district demanding a ban on the sale of liquor. Addressing a gathering at Khwaja Bagh after Friday prayers, Karwani Islami state patron Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami said they would continue to fight for liquor ban in the state. While the organisation has for long been pressing for the ban, Hami appealed people to give full support to the programmes organised by them to put pressure on the government. Karwani Islami has also been demanding tabling and passing of a Bill in the state legislature in this regard. Hami threw light on the holy Muharram period. “One the one hand, we are observing Muharram and on the other hand, our youth are caught in the liquor and drugs menace, which is unfortunate,” he added. Later, a procession was also taken out against the liquor and drug menace. Meanwhile, Hami said he was hopeful that the Sheikh-ul-Alam Research University would be set up in the Valley. Besides moral and religious education, he said the university, if set up, would offer other regular courses and undertake research in various fields. Srinagar, November 8 As the winter has set in early, the unscheduled power cuts are annoying people across the Valley. The unscheduled power cuts are being reported from both the metered as well as nonmetered areas across the Valley. While the Power Development Department (PDD) blames the extra load on the power distribution system as a reason for these cuts, local residents said the government was not doing enough to ensure that at least electricity was supplied as per the schedule announced by the department. “The PDD had announced five slots for power cuts in different areas of the Valley which are metered, but we hardly see that they stick to the schedule,” said Ali Mohammad, a resident of north Kashmir’s Baramulla town. “We have taken up the issue with the local power authorities, but there seems no improvement on the ground situation,” he added. The situation in rural areas in north as well as south Kashmir was worse. In some localities of Srinagar, unscheduled power cuts are also being reported. Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 8 Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the region with mercury falling three degrees below the freezing point while the summer capital received a slight respite from cold with sun shining over the city after a cloudy gap of several days. An official of the state Meteorological department said the north Kashmir resort, which is a famous skiing destination during winter, recorded a freezing night with mercury falling to a low of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg was the only place in Kashmir where the temperature had slipped below the freezing point. In Srinagar city, where the mercury had risen to a mere high of 11.5 degrees Celsius yesterday which was a departure of six degrees from the normal, the maximum temperature today increased to 14.2 degrees Celsius. Sun shined over the city as sky became clear for the first time in last several days which had remained overcast. The overnight low in the city was recorded at 4.3 degrees Celsius, the official said. In south Kashmir’s Pahalgam resort, the minimum temperature was Students try to keep themselves warm by burning dry chinar leaves at Chinar Bagh in Srinagar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR recorded at 0.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum had increased to 9.6 degrees Celsius. In south Kashmir’s Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, the minimum temperature had dropped to 5.6 degrees Celsius while the maximum was recorded at 13.9 degrees Celsius. The frontier Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 4.3 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 14.8 degrees Cel- sius, the official said. In Leh town of remote Ladakh region, mercury overnight had fell to a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature there was recorded at 10.9 degrees Celsius. In Kargil town of Ladakh, the minimum temperature was recorded at 0.6 degrees Celsius while the maximum was recorded at 9.4 degrees Celsius, the official said. Mughal Road closed for vehicular traffic Mughal Road, an alternative surface connection between Kashmir and Jammu divisions, has been closed for vehicular traffic due to snowfall, the local administration said. According to Deputy Commissioner of south Kashmir's Shopian district, snow depth recorded at various locations of the Mughal Road is in the range of 50 mm to 300 mm following Organic crop to be available in markets next year: Minister Seven injured in accidents ment added. The Agriculture Minister, while expressing satisfaction over the implementation of the scheme, urged the officers as well as implementing agencies to lay focus on marketing of organic produce after completing the process of certification so that the farmers get good prices of the organic produce. The minister was also apprised that 1,180 hectare area had been identified for adoption for organic farming and subsequent certification of organic produce, covering 3,409 farm operating families. This includes 300 hectares covered under the vegetable initiative for urban cluster scheme, 380 hectare under Horticulture Mission for North East Himalayan States (HMNEH) and 500 hectare Anantnag, November 8 At least seven people were injured in two separate road accidents in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district today, the police said. The police said four persons were injured when a Tata Sumo (JK22-2603) collided with a Maruti car (JK18-1343) at Shahoo crossing under the jurisdiction of the Kulgam police station. All the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. The police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Tata Mobile bearing registration number JK03C-1776 skidded off the road after its driver lost control over the vehicle. The accident took place in the Pahloo area of Kulgam district. Three occupants of the vehicle were injured in the mishap who were shifted to hospital for treatment. Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 8 Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir today reviewed the status of organic farming in the Valley during a meeting of officers of Agriculture Department held here. The minister, as per an official statement, was informed that the first organic crop of red rice, rajmah, potato, maize and rice will come in the market in 2014 while organic vegetables would be available in 2015. He was also informed that so far, 3,409 farmers had been trained for organic farming. The farmers have also been provided organic inputs like biofertiliser and biopesticide, replacing chemical fertilisers and pesticides by the implementing agencies, the state- Man injured in bear attack dies under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. The areas where organic farming has been started are Gurez for rajmah and potato, Machil for potato and maize, Karnah for red rice, Sogam, Trehgam and Kupwara for rice, maize and rajmah, Uri, Keller, Shopian for rajmah while Narkara, Budgam in district Budgam, Noorbagh Takenwari and Guzerbal in Srinagar and Bangidhara in district Anantnag have been adopted for vegetables. Besides Director Agriculture Kashmir Mushtaq Peerzada, senior level officers of the department and representative of various organic companies which are implementing the organic farming programmes in different districts of Kashmir attended the meeting. M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 8 A man, who was injured in a bear attack in south Kashmir's Awantipora, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here, the police said. Mohammad Jabber Dar died at SKIMS hospital here last night, a police spokesman said. Dar was critically injured in a bear attack in Awantipora on November 2. In another attack by a bear, Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, a resident of Khaipora Payeen, was injured at Hardu Maidan near Tangmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, the spokesman said. The injured was shifted to SKIMS hospital for treatment. Srinagar, November 8 Despite the government’s offer to resolve their issues through talks, the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of various government employees' bodies, is scheduled to start another round of protest from tomorrow. While the JCC is planning a march from the CAPD office to the Divisional Commissioner’s office here tomorrow, employee leaders are planning to take their ‘fight’ to Jammu later as Darbar Move offices have already reopened in the winter capital of the state. “Even as we will start a protest march tomorrow, we will be taking our fight to Jammu. The next protest programme will be announced in due course of time after consultations with the employee leaders,” said JCC leader Farooq Trali. He said several employee leaders would address a gathering at the CAPD office before attempting a march towards the Divisional Commissioner’s office. While talks between the government and the JCC had ended in a deadlock in August last, the employees have been staging frequent protests and strikes for the past more than two years. The government had also detained several employee leaders after the failed talks Minimum temperature Leh Gulmarg Pahalgam Kargil Srinagar Kupwara Qazigund –4.2°C –3.0°C 0.2°C 0.6°C 4.3°C 4.3°C 5.6°C Saffron season may prolong this year Suhail A Shah Our Correspondent Employees to resume stir today Tribune News Service which the road connecting Kashmir's Shopian with Jammu division's Rajouri district has been closed for the vehicular traffic. “The PDD had installed meters on the promise that we will get round-the-clock power supply, but the promise is not being kept. The power cuts add to the problems,” said Ghulam Jeelani, a resident of Bemina. "It looks that the government is not serious to solve these problems," he said. The PDD, however, maintained that they were ensuring that the power was supplied to the areas as per the schedule announced. “Since beginning of this month, we are ensuring that power is supplied to various parts of the Valley as per the schedule announced,” Chief Engineer, PDD, Bashir Ahmed Khan said. “On some occasions, due to extra load on the power distribution system, some cuts are necessary,” he said. Khans said they ensure 18- 21 hours power supply to the metered areas and 12-15 hours in unmetered areas. The Valley this time only generates 100 MW from its own power projects while 1,100 MW is imported from the Northern Grid. The agreement load, as per the PDD, is 570 MW during evenings and the usage becomes 1,070 MW which compels the power department to go for frequent power cuts. to prevent the JCC from issuing protest calendars. Trali said they had decided to continue with their protests as the government was only making ‘false promises’ and that several rounds of talks in the past had 'failed' to yield any positive results. After a series of protests and strikes by the employees last year, the government had reached an agreement with the JCC wherein the employees were assured that a decision on their demands would be announced by September 30. However, the JCC then resumed protests, saying the government had failed to fulfill the promises made to them. Anantnag, November 8 The saffron harvesting season which normally concludes by mid of November might get extended by a week this year after a late bloom of the flower. According to reports, the saffron blossom got delayed this year in wake of the fluctuating temperatures in the beginning of the season. Saffron, one of the world’s costliest spices, is cultivated in abundance in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and is regarded as one of the best quality saffron in the world. “The day as well as night temperatures kept fluctuating at the commencement of the saffron season this year,” said Javaid Ahmad, chief agriculture officer (CAO) of the Pulwama district. He said the delay in the blossom had initially put a shadow of doubt on the PDD labourer electrocuted Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 8 A 32-year-old man, who was working as a labourer with the Power Development Department (PDD), was electrocuted while repairing a supply line in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Manzoor Ahmad Malik, a resident of Hiller village and a casual labourer, received electric shock at Khalar while repairing a high tension supply wire, a police spokesman said. The spokesman said Malik died on spot. The police has registered a case in this regard. He said the body had been handed over to his relatives for last rites. Villagers pick saffron flowers from a field in Pampore on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR farmers’ minds. “The farmers were apprehensive of a low produce this time. However, they are satisfied now as the flowers have blossomed,” said the officer. The farmers said they had plucked more than 40 per cent of the annual produce as of now. “There are about three blossoms of the flower in a given season,” said Tariq Ahmad, a farmer, “Most of the farmers have plucked just one blossom, while a few have plucked two,” he added. Meanwhile, the farmers are keeping their fingers crossed and are hoping that it does not snow soon. “If it snows now, not only the standing blossom be destroyed, but it will also affect the next bloom as well,” said Adil Kuchay, another farmer. Shahid, Shraddha, Tabbu in Valley for shooting of ‘Haider’ ■ Vishal Bhardwaj’s film to have local artistes as supporting cast Bismah Malik Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 8 Bollywood actors Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Tabbu today arrived in Kashmir for the shooting of ‘Haider’. The film, which is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, is being directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The cast of the film was spotted shooting in the famous Mughal and Nishat gardens for several hours. Khawar Jamsheed, who is assisting the ‘Haider team here, said the film crew would shoot at Gulmarg, Pahalgam and several other remote areas of the Valley. “Tomorrow, some more shooting will take place in Srinagar, but the cast is expected to move to other places as well,” said Jamsheed. He said besides 13-year-old south Kashmir boy Ainain, who would make his debut in ‘Haider’, some locals would also act in the film. “Haider is involving a lot of local artistes who will act as supporting cast in the film. Ainain is yet to shoot for the movie. Today, lead actors Shahid, Sharddha and Tabbu shot,” he informed. Bhardwaj, who is known to be very particular about locations in his films, reportedly toured rural areas of south Kashmir and Srinagar during September this year to finalise the locations for the film. He is also known to have successfully adapted Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth and Othello in the form of his films ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Omkara’. ‘Haider’ is expected to hit the screen next year.
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