12KT01A.qxd 11/11/2013 10:43 PM Page 1 TAKING IT FORWARD tuesday | november | 12 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE AGRICULTURE: FARMERS ASKED TO REMAIN UPDATED ON TECHNOLOGY Þ PAGE 2 HEALTH: JAN AUSHADHI STORE Þ PAGE 2 OPENED IN KARGIL ■ Employee leaders, who were detained during protests last Saturday, released Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 11 The Joint Consultative Committee (JCC), an amalgam of various government employees’ bodies, today withdrew its protest call that was scheduled for tomorrow after six employee leaders were released. However, today’s pen-down strike affected work at government offices in the Valley. Committee leader Farooq Trali said the protest call was withdrawn after six leaders, including Employees Joint Action CommitteeQ president Abdul Qayoom Wani, were released. The JCC had yesterday called for a pen-down strike today and protest tomorrow demanding release of its leaders, who had been detained during protests here on Saturday last. Trali said the release of the employee leaders was welcomed by taking out a procession from the Central Leopard injures teenager A government office wears a deserted look due to the pen-down strike of the employees in Srinagar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Jail to the CAPD office. Terming today’s pen-down strike a ‘complete success’, he said the JCC would announce its next round of protest calendar in Jammu down strike,” he added. While talks between the government and the JCC had ended in a deadlock in August last, the employees have been staging protests and strikes for over two years now. 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. The employees’ demands include release of arrears recommended by the sixth pay commission, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, removal of pay anomalies and regularisation of daily wagers and casual workers working in various government departments. The other JCC demands are inclusion of five years of contractual service of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers in the service book and regularisation of education volunteers after seven years of service. 16.6°C 1.1°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Defunct meters, inflated power bills irk Anantnag residents ❝ People don't usually complain about the faulty meters and by Suhail A Shah Anantnag, November 11 Residents of Anantnag town and its peripheries rue that they are getting escalated bills from the Power Development Department (PDD) even as their meters lay defunct. However, PDD officials said the escalated bills were sent to make the consumers complain about defunct meters. The residents said they were being unnecessarily harassed by the PDD by sending electricity bills running into thousands of rupees. “I have a metered connection at my shop and my bill usually ran into hundreds of rupees,” said Muneeb Ahmad, a resident of Mattan area in Anantnag. He said despite complaining to the PDD authorities of a defunct meter a couple of times nothing had been done. sending them escalated bills, the department is making sure that they do come and complain. Once they come to us, we get their bills rectified and their meters are repaired or changed if needed.❞ — NAZIR AHMAD, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE ENGINEER, ANANTNAG “Instead of getting the meter repaired, the department had sent me a bill of Rs 17,000,” said Muneeb. The residents said they had to make countless trips to the PDD office concerned to get the escalated bills rectified. Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE), M&RE, Anantnag, Nazir Ahmad maintains that people don’t usually complain about the faulty meters and by sending them escalated bills, the department is making sure that they do come and complain. “Once they come to us we get their bills rectified and their meters are repaired or changed if needed,” said the AEE. The residents, however, alleged that the way adopted by the PDD was sheer harassment. “People do complain about the faulty meters, however, their complaint is not taken cognisance of,” said Mudassir Ahmad, an Anantnag resident. Other residents said it was the duty of the PDD to get the meters checked on a periodic basis. They said it took more than a month to get a wrong bill corrected at the PDD office concerned. Handwara villagers protest Spokesman of Awami Itehad erratic power supply Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 11 A teenaged boy was injured by a leopard in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a police spokesman said today. Rayees Ahmad, a resident of Thamdina village, was attacked and injured by a leopard at the village, the spokesman said. However, the villagers rescued the boy from the clutches of the leopard and during the rescue attempt, the leopard was also injured. The boy received injuries in the attack and was shifted to hospital for treatment while the injured leopard was also evacuated to Animal Husbandry Hospital at Karnah for treatment, he said. in the coming days after consultations with various employee leaders. “Today, the employees only marked attendance but did not work as we had called for a pen- Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY JCC withdraws protest call M Aamir Khan Basking in the success of Krrish 3 which is all set to break Rs 200 crore barrier, Hrithik Roshan is already looking ahead. Kupwara November 11 Residents of Wadipora and a few adjoining villages in Handwara tehsil yesterday protested against the power department demanding power supply according to the curtailment schedule of the department. They said for the past two weeks, they were subjected to erratic power supply. The protesters, including women and children, blocked the Wadipora-Handwara road. “Although we are made to pay power tariff according to the curtailment schedule but power is never supplied according to the schedule. For the past one week, power is playing hide and seek and often goes off for hours from evening onwards,” said Shabir Ahmad, a local resident. Residents of adjoining villages, including Bakikar, Shailhal, Sudal and Devaspora, also complained of erratic power supply. They threatened not to pay the tariff if power was not restore to normal. “What is the point in paying the tariff when the supply is so erratic? If the power department did not improve the power situation, we would be forced not to pay the tariff for August,” said Gulshan Iqbal, a resident of Shailhal. An official of the power department said, “I appeal the consumers not to use broilers and heaters to avoid load-shedding. The supply would be restored to normal in a few days.” Party killed in road accident Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 11 A spokesman of the newly floated Awami Itehad Party (AIP) died in a road accident near north Kashmir’s Pattan town. Showkat Ahmad Shah, a resident of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, died in a collision between two vehicles at Pattan town, a police spokesman said. Shah was the spokesman of the newly floated party, which is led by legislator Engineer Rasheed. Two others were injured in the road accident and they were being treated at a hospital, the spokesman added. DEATH TRAP: An open manhole poses danger to motorists in the main market of Gow Kadal in Srinagar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Meet calls for maintaining sectarian unity during Muharram processions J&K Bank holds financial literacy camps 1996 contractor’s killing: Court seeks details of arms seized from accused Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 11 The J&K Bank’s Financial Literacy and Credit Counselling (FLCC) Centre, Baramulla, conducted awareness camps at Uri and Balhama in north Kashmir. In a statement, the bank spokesman today said the camp organised at Government High School Dhani Syedan, Uri, received a good response from the public. Baramulla FLCC facilitator Mohammad Sultan Dar educated the audience about financial planning, advantages of savings with banks, concept of business correspondents, and types of borrowings. The facilitator also deliberated upon the Kisan Credit Card scheme, the education loan scheme and various income-generating loan products of banks. Another such camp was organised at Balhama village, Rohama, Baramulla. The facilitator urged the audience to refer unemployed youth in the age group of 18-40 years to the bank’s Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs) for necessary guidance and capacity building. — TNS Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 11 Ahead of Aashoora, a meeting of religious and civil society groups has urged for maintaining sectarian unity in Kashmir, especially in the areas where the Ashoora processions are being held. The meeting called under the banner of Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee, was attended by heads and the representatives of several religious and social organisation, a statement said here. “The meeting reiterated that the Shia-Sunni unity should be maintained at all costs and it was decided that during Muharram and Ashoora processions, a strict watch and vigil should be maintained on the antisocial elements,” the statement said while appealing Kashmiri Muslims to maintain the sectarian unity. The social, religious and political organisations which participated in the meeting include Jamaat-e-Islami, Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Anjuman-e-Shari Shiyaan, Anjuman-e-Humayat-ul-Islam, Youth Action Committee and Peoples Party. Shia Muslims during a religious procession in Srinagar on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Meanwhile, in a separate statement senior Hurriyat leader and National Front chairman Nayeem Khan has urged for ending sectarian divides in the state. “Terming Karballa as a war between right and wrong, he appealed the Imams and the Muslim intelligentsia to work for the demolition of walls between different sects of Muslims,” a statement from Khan said. He termed the continuous ban on Aashoora procession as the highhandedness of the government. Ishfaq Tantry Srinagar, November 11 Acting on an application seeking recovery of arms and ammunition from the accused in the case involving killing of a Nishatbased contractor who was subjected to custodial disappearance and later killed by counter-insurgents, a court here has sought details from the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar, in this regard. These directions were issued by First Additional Sessions Judge, Srinagar, today in an application filed by Zahoor Aghmad Mir, son of the deceased contractor. Ali Muhammad Mir, a resident of Brein Nishat, was allegedly kidnapped and subsequently killed on June 26, 1996, by a counterinsurgency group led by Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari, who is currently in judicial custody and facing trial in the case pertaining to the contractor’s murder. In the application moved by Zahoor through his counsel Babar Jan Qadri, it has been submitted that TIMELINE ❙ The police started investigations into the case in 2007 after the deceased's son filed a petition in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court pleading for police action ❙ In the complaint lodged in 1996, the victim's family blamed Papa Kishtawari and his men for the contractor's disappearance ❙ The victim's son had alleged that after picking up his father, Kishtawari killed him at Frestabal in Pampore on June 26 in 1996. ❙ The police investigation named Ghulam Muhammad Lone, alias Papa Kishtawari, and his three accomplices as the accused ❙ They were subsequently booked for murder and trial of the case is going on before the Sessions Court at Srinagar “state machinery, including the prosecution, has failed to recover the arms and ammunition that was lying with the accused in the above titled case.” “That the arms and ammunition was huge in quantity and was approximately 150 AK 47 rifles and connected ammunition, which was used by the accused for killing innocent civilians,” it has been alleged in the application before the court. While seeking directions for initiating fresh proceedings and investigation for recovery of these illegal arms and ammunition from the custody of the accused, it has been further submitted that nonrecovery of such a huge quantity of arms and ammunition is posing a threat not only to the applicant and his family but to the witnesses also. After hearing the averments from the counsel, the court forwarded the application to the Assistant Public Prosecutor and directed him to seek details from the SSP, Srinagar, with regard to the averments made in the application by or before November 14, the next date of hearing.
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