15KT01A.qxd 11/14/2013 11:10 PM Page 1 DOUBLE DHAMAKA friday | november | 15 | 2013 | srinagar KASHMIR TRIBUNE WORLD DIABETES DAY: DOCTORS RAISE Þ PAGE 2 ALARM OVER RISE IN CASES ANTI-TOBACCO DRIVE: 1,100 Þ PAGE 2 SMOKERS FINED Come January 10 and fans of Madhuri Dixit might be in for a double treat. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER SUNNY 15.7°C -1.5°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Shia Muslims take out ‘Alam’ processions 2 man-eater bears killed in Handwara M Aamir Khan Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 14 As ‘Youm-e-Ashura’ is being observed tomorrow, ‘Alam’ processions were taken out at several areas to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions in the battle of Karbala. Even as the ban on main Muharram processions stays, Shia Muslims have been holding religious functions during the past nine days. “While we will continue to press for lifting of the ban, we have been holding our religious functions just like before from the first day of Muharram,” said Nasir Hussain, who along with other mourners took out an ‘Alam’ procession at Mir Behri area. Similar processions were also taken out at Maisuma and old city areas like Hawal. In view of the procession, traffic movement in downtown from Nowhatta and Khanyar had been diverted and no vehicles were allowed to ply from Hawal to Nowshara via Alamgari Bazar Amin Masoodi Shia Muslims take part in a procession and (right) women look at the devotees take part in self-flagellation in Srinagar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: AMIN WAR during the Muharram procession. Sahil Hussain, a devotee, said they would be holding ‘Sham-e-Gariban’ tonight and ‘Zuljinah’ processions will be taken out tomorrow on Ashura, the 10th of Muharram month. Traditionally on Muharram 8, Shia Muslims in large numbers used to march from Guru Bazar and proceed through Lal Chowk before the grand procession culminated at Dalgate. A ban also remains in place after the eruption of militancy on the Handwara, November 14 Much to the respite of residents of some villages, the wildlife department on Tuesday killed two bears who had turned man-eaters in remote Pazalpora and Badrikal villages of Handwara tehsil. Wildlife Warden, north Kashmir, Rouf Zargar said professional hunters assisted by the Forest Protection Force, Handwara, killed the bears at two different places in the tehsil. “The wildlife team was fully equipped with tranquilising guns, cages, nets and sharpshooters. The animal was spotted at Pazalpora and killed around 4.15 pm. The animal had turned man-eater and injured many humans in the recent past besides killing dozens of livestock,” said Zargar. Another bear was killed at remote Badrikal village in Handwara tehsil. “We had laid an ambush near forests and spotted the bear around 5 pm on Tuesday. The hunters killed the animal turned man-eater on the spot. The bear had killed two children and seriously injured about dozen persons. In the past three months, the animal had devoured dozens of livestock mostly the sheep,” added Zargar. Residents of Badrikal and its adjoining areas said now they could breathe easy following killing of the maneater. “Children were scared to venture out of homes as man-eater was on the prowl in the village. We are thankful to the wildlife staff who have finally killed the animal,” said Anees Ahmad from Badrikal. Residents of many other villages including Maidanpora, Khurhama, Gulgam, Tangchak, Gund Villgam, Dardpora, Bakiakar and Wadipora said they were reeling under intense scare of wild animals. They said leopards and bears had devoured dozens of livestock and were posing increasing dangers to humans. main ‘Zuljinah’ procession that used to be taken out on Ashura from Abiguzar near city centre Lal Chowk While curbs were placed on the movement of public at several places yesterday to disallow taking out of Muharram 8 procession causing traffic jams, similar restrictions will be in place tomorrow especially around Lal Chowk and old city areas. The government had earlier stated that the ban on main processions was in place to prevent any law and order problem. Pampore DIET asks ‘preraks’ to buy teaching material 2 education officials suspended Srinagar shivers at –1.5°C, Leh freezes at –11.2°C ❝ It has been a year since we joined as 'preraks' and so far we have not been paid a single Rupee. It is ironic that the DIET authorities are asking us to buy teaching material from our own pockets.❞ Tribune News Service Farooz Ahmad Bhat Pulwama, November 14 The District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Pampore, has asked ‘preraks’ (panchayat coordinators) to buy teaching material from their own pockets. Despite encouraging the panchayat coordinators, who have been serving the Education Department for the last one year, DIET officials have asked them to buy teaching material from their own pockets to start Adult Education Centres (AECs). The preraks alleged that the approach of the DIET officials was discouraging. “It has been a year since we joined as ‘preraks’ and till now we have not been paid a rupee and it is ironic that the DIET authorities are asking us to buy teaching material from our — A PANCHAYAT COORDINATOR own pockets,” said a panchayat coordinator. The panchayat coordinators also alleged that the DIET authorities attached them to schools affiliated to Jammu and Kashmir Board of Schools Education (JKBOSE) where they were exploited by the senior faculty members. “We have already been exploited by the schools and now the DIET authorities are trying to fleece us by asking to buy teaching material,” he added. While admitting that the panchayat coordinators have not been paid any wages since they joined the service, DIET officials said the wages had reached to an amount of Rs 90 lakh. DIET principal Soni Sonam said she had directed the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Pulwama, to provide required facilities to the panchayat coordinators. The ‘preraks’ denied having received any facilities. The opening of AECs was taken up in a meeting in Srinagar on October 9 for Ramban, Anantnag, Srinager, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Budgam districts of Kashmir. DIET, Pampore, had recruited 372 ‘preraks’ in Pulwama district under Centrally sponsored scheme ‘Sakshar Bharat’ including one male and female from each panchayat constituencies in November last year. The scheme is bound to provide education to dropouts, illiterates and neo-literates and including those persons who know the alphabets only. Srinagar, November 14 The Director, School Education, Kashmir, placed two officials including the in charge, Zonal Education Officer, Srigufwara, and headmaster of high school, Dehwato, Anantnag, under suspension with immediate effect for dereliction of duties. “The two were suspended to ensure better management of service records and leave accounts of the officials,” an official spokesman said. The suspended officials have been attached with the office of the Chief Education Officer, Anantnag. Meanwhile, the Chief Education Officer, Anantnag, has been appointed as the inquiry officer who will submit the report to the Director, School Education, Kashmir, within 15 days. Two labourers found dead in Pulwama Srinagar, November 14 Two labourers working in a factory in the Industrial Estate, Lassipora, Pulwama, were found dead while two others were shifted to a hospital. A police spokesman said on Tuesday night, four labourers working in a plywood factory at SIDCO, Lassipora, were found unconscious in their room. “They were shifted to the District Hospital, Pulwama, where Shabu Mian and Rupan, both residents of West Bengal, were declared brought dead, while Habib Mian and Anaee Gul, also residents of West Bengal, were referred to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, for further treatment,” the police spokesman said. The police has started an inquest proceedings to ascertain the cause of their death.— TNS SHOOTING STAR: Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor shoots for Vishal Bhardwaj's upcoming film ‘Haider’ in the Jhelum on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR However, ‘Zuljinah’ processions, which are also marked by flagellation by mourners, elsewhere are allowed. An official said 60 mobile first-aid vans will be placed during processions in the Shia dominated areas. Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 14 Kashmir’s main city Srinagar recorded a freezing night with mercury plummeting to minus 1.5 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature in remote Leh town fell to minus 11.2 degrees Celsius. An official of the state Meteorological department here said the temperature overnight in Srinagar city was recorded at a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius. It was the coldest night of the season in the city so far with a departure of two degrees from the normal. The weather department said mercury was likely to drop to minus 2.0 degrees Celsius in the city tonight. In Leh town of remote Ladakh region, the minimum temperature overnight was recorded at minus 11.2 degrees Celsius while its neighbouring Kargil town recorded a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius. The remote region A woman burns leaves to make charcoal in Srinagar on Thursday. PHOTO: YAWAR KABLI Minimum temperature Leh –11.2°C Kargil –4.4°C Gulmarg –4.2 °C Pahalgam –3.6 °C Qazigund –2.4 °C Kupwara –2.1 °C Srinagar –1.5 °C remains cut-off from rest of the state for most of the winter as a wall of snow at Zojilla pass blocks the road connectivity between Kashmir valley and Ladakh. In Kashmir valley, the Gulmarg skiing resort remained the coldest place with mercury plunging to a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, the official said. The minimum temperature in Pahalgam resort of south Kashmir was recorded at minus 3.6 degrees Celsius. In Qazigund town of south Kashmir, mercury overnight fell to a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius while temperature dropped to a minimum of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara town. Illicit timber worth lakhs seized Class XII students protest against education board Our Correspondent ■ Say they had been asked to answer a question on Indo-Pak relations Kupwara, November 14 In a major crackdown on timber smugglers, the Forest Department seized illicit timber worth lakhs of rupees in Rajwar, Mawar, Magam and Rafiabad forest ranges of north Kashmir since Monday. A team of officials led by Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Langate, Irfan Rasool seized about 280 cubic feet (cft) of illicit timber amounting to Rs 3 lakh. The timber was seized from forests compartment 65, 63 and 67, officials said. However, smugglers could not be arrested. “We have identified the smugglers and they would be arrested soon. Following specific information, raids were conducted at different places during night hours. The smugglers had mostly collected deodar and readying for transportation of the illicit timber to other places,” said an official. Bismah Malik Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 14 The Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (BoSE) today found itself in another controversy and this time for political science paper of Class XII. The board had already invited rage from students and teacher for an out of the syllabus mathematics paper. Students of Class XII today protested against a question on the border skirmishes between India and Pakistan at the LoC during the first week of January, 2013, in the political science paper, the examination for which was held yesterday. The question marked at number 5 in the Q-series of the paper read: “Discuss Indo-Pak relations in the light of recent skirmishes at the LoC during first week of Jan 2013.” The students described ❝ I will look into the issue and the matter of providing compensatory marks will be considered.❞ — RENU GOSWAMI, SECRETARY, J&K BOARD OF SCHOOL EDUCATION the question as completely out of sync with the syllabi of the Class XII. Teachers said the question had a faint relationship with the International Relations studies which form a part of the political science studies, but it was a graduate or postgraduate level. “Normally, one doesn’t expect a Class 12th student to write in detail about how ceasefire violations and Indo-Pak relations are inter-related. Such questions are usually asked at the competitive service examination level or even postgraduate level. So, this is completely unjustified on part of the paper setters to have asked such ques- tions,” Arifa Jabeen, a political science lecturer, said. Parents of the students have also written an open letter to BoSE Secretary Renu Goswami urging her to take cognisance of the matter and allow them the compensatory marks for the question. Renu Goswami said she would look into the issue and the matter of providing compensatory marks would be considered. Regarding the mathematics paper, Renu made it clear that no re-examination would be conducted and the committee set up to discuss the issue had said the paper was not out of the syllabus. “There is consensus in the board that nothing in the maths paper was out of the syllabus. We have taken the decision of providing the students grace marks though,” Goswami said.
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