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New adm. units ‘a political gimmick’:Beigh Decisions are taken on merit

Srinagar, Feb 16: Two persons were arrested with huge quantity of psychotic drugs in Srinagar this morning. On a tip off, Shergarhi Police apprehended two peddlers Waseem Raja son of Ghulam Mohi-uddin resident of Natipora and Abdul Wahid Bhat son of Nazir Ahmad Bhat resident of Solina at Solina and recovered huge quantity of Alprix and Proxivon tablets from their possession. The peddlers used to sell these drugs among the youth in Ram Bagh and adjoining areas. A case FIR No 14/14 under section 22 NDPS act has been registered in this regard and investigation was taken up, apolice handout issued to KNS said.

Body recovered in Srinagar Srinagar, Feb 16: Srinagar police recovered a male body from a hotel in suspicious circumstances last evening. Srinagar police was informed by the hotel staff that a guest who is putting up in their hotel is lying dead in his room in the jurisdiction of police station Maisuma. Police rushed to the spot and recovered the body of 45 years old Abdul Hamid Lone son of Mohammad Jamal Lone resident of Short-Bala, Tangdhar, a police statement issued to KNS reads. Srinagar police initiated an inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC and investigation was started to ascertain the cause of the death. After conducted all medico-legal formalities the body of the deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites.

Boniyar accident claims one life

Srinagar, Feb 16 : One person succumbed while four others were injured in different road accidents across the valley. In continuation to the road accident on 14-02-2014 at Boniyar Baramulla in which eight persons were injured. Among the injured, Mohammad Iqbal Mir son of Mohammad Mukhtar Mir resident See Boniyar on pg 07

Inside story 4132 militants present in PAK approximately

Stating that the state government has no estimates about number of the militants present in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK), the state home ministry has said that the approximate figures suggest that there are around 4132 ultras present in PAK and Pakistan. However, he said it is not known that how many militants out of 4132 are active.

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS:

Weather will be mainly dry over the state.

FORECAST OF SRINAGAR:

Mainly clear sky. Maximum &Minimum temperatures will be around 11°C & -02°C respectively.

TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM MINIMUM SUNSET ON(MONDAY) SUNRISE ON (TUESDAY)

10.6 0C 0.3 0C 06:17PM 07:14 AM

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Imprisoned Pakstanis in Malaysia being released

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2 arrested with psychotic drug in Srinagar

6 killed, 17 injured in Ramban road accident

Governor, CM, Azad, Mainstream, Pro-freedom camp expresses shock Srinagar, Feb 16: A dreadful road accident Sunday took place on Jammu- Srinagar highway in which six people were killed and more than 17 were reportedly injured when a passenger vehicle lost control. According to the reports received by KNS, a passenger vehicle- 407 bearing number JK14A-9162 was going from Banihal railway station to Ramban, lost control near bettri stream. Six people were killed on spot

while as more than 17 persons have been injured in the accident. The injured were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital where there condition continues to remain critical. The identity of the killed persons was not established till the last reports came in. Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, G.N. Azad, the concerned MLA, minister of state Vikar Rasool Wani, opposi-

Srinagar, Feb 16 : A top Hizbul Mujahideen Commander for North Kashmir Shafi Sheikh was killed in an encounter with Sopore police and 22 RR in Seeloo, Sopore in the wee hours, the police claimed on Sunday. According to a p o l i c e statement issued to KNS, during the intervening night of 15-16/02/2014, acting on a tip off, Sopore police and 22 RR launched a cordon and search operation in Bhat Mohalla, Seeloo in the jurisdiction of police station Sopore. The joint search party was fired upon. The fire was retaliated in which the militant was killed.

The slain militant was later identified as Divisional Commander of HM for North Kashmir, Mohammad Shafi Sheikh alias Shafi Peer alias Rashid of Zaloora Sopore. One Pistol with eight rounds and a grenade was recovered from the s i t e of the encounter. The slain militant was involved in number of cop killings including killing of police constable Mohammad Shafi Lone at Lathishat Sopore, SPO Altaf Ahmad at Adipora Sopore, HC Mohammad Yousuf of CID Sopore, killing of 2 CRPF personnel in Pattan and snatching their service See HM on pg 07

Highlights JK potential for sports-tourism give considerable fillip to showcase the State as the ideal destination of different sports. Omar Abdullah said that winter sports in Gulmarag and other places need to be given further boost to provide opportunities to the participants particularly youth of the State to nurture their talent and develop as world class players. He said normally youth studying in different educational institutions find occasions and platform to participate and show their sports talent in different games. See Omar on pg 07

Srinagar, Feb 16 : Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) while seeking abrogation of Article 370 (special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir), Sunday in the legislative assembly stated that the Article must be scrapped at the earliest in the larger interests of people here. According to the KNS correspondent, BJP’s senior leader and legislator Jughal Kishor during the ongoing budget session of the legislative assembly, while trying to disrupt the proceedings of the house, started raising concerns about the presence of Article 370 and stated that the same must be abrogated from the state. The lawmaker added that the state is the integral part See BJP on pg 07

Srinagar Feb 16: People of the state has hailed the Union Health Ministry’s decision for establishment of four new medical colleges and two cancer hospitals in the state. According to an AMM statement issued to KNS, while terming it as a landmark initiative aimed at improving the healthcare infrastructure, the AMM has said that it will pave way for enhancement of quality healthcare in the State. “The establishment of these new colleges and hospitals

Good governance must for political stability in J&K: Mufti Choulaha-R S Pura, Feb 16: Observing that cosmetic steps and false promises are not going to give any political benefit to the ruling National Conference, patron of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that present dispensation has been exposed before the masses due to its misdeeds and mal-administration. He said that during its five and half year tenure, the present regime has betrayed people through its deceit tactics. According to a PDP statement issued to KNS, while addressing a public meeting at village Choulaha in R S Pura Assembly segment, Mufti said prevailing anarchy and chaos in the State was result of the

Omar inaugurates National Ski Championship

BJP demands abrogation of Article 370

tion Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti, deputy chief minister Tara Chand, senior cabinet ministers Ali Mohammad Sagar, Peerzada Mohamad Syed and others have felt shock and grief over the tragic accident. Pro-freedom parties including Huriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Huriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, See Accident on pg 07

AMM, JKPC hail creation of four new medical colleges, cancer hospitals

“We provided corruption free, transparent system to people”

HM Commander killed in Sopore encounter: Police

Gulmarg, Feb 16: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday highlighted the vast potential of Jammu and Kashmir for sports, adventure and pilgrim tourism adding that this specialty is yet another sphere of attraction for tourists besides mesmerizing, enchanting and amazing natural resorts and wide-ranging fauna, flora and bio-diversity the State is blessed with. Inaugurating National Ski and Snowboarding Championship here this morning, the Chief Minister said that organizing sports events particularly winter games

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mis-governance of the present dispensation headed by National Conference. “Only an accountable and people friendly government can help in restoring political stability in Jammu and Kashmir”, he

Srinagar, Feb 16: The Punjab based consignee in multi-crore drugs seizure that halted Cross LoC trade last month is still at large. However, the police investigations are on and the authorities have launched a nationwide manhunt for Punjabi drugs kingpin. Reliable sources revealed to KNS that Jammu and Kashmir police is in touch with Punjab police that has already arrested an associate of the ultimate consignee of 114 Kgs of brown sugar that was seized by police at LoC in Uri--Baramulla on January 17. “Our team that was led by an Sub

Accused Khan vanishes from Assembly discussions Srinagar, Feb 16: Few days after an uproar in the legislative assembly seeking a stern punishment against molestation accused former minster Shabir Khan, the Sunday’s session of both the Houses witnessed a complete silence over the issue. According to the KNS correspondent, the law makers were busy in discussing the details about the recently introduced budget by the state finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather. Earlier on the very first day of the present budget session, the assembly reverberated with the slogans against Khan and demands were raised by the legislators that the immediate arrest of Khan must take place. Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) while raising its voice over against the See Khan on pg 07

Hike in honorarium of SPOs under GoI’s consideration

Srinagar, Feb 16: Government Sunday stated that a proposal for enhancement of the honorarium of Special Police Official (SPOs) from the existing Rs.3000 to Rs.5000 per month has been submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI, for concurrence, which is awaited. The matter is being pursued vigorously with the Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI, for favourable consideration of the proposal. The reports received by KNS informed further that the state government has already formulated a comprehensive policy in the years 2009 for absorption/conversion of SPOs as constables/followers. The policy provides for conversion/absorption of SPOs (with minimum 3 years of engagement) upto 15% of

Punjab based consignee of LoC drugs haul still at large We are in touch with Punjab police: IGP Kashmir

said and reminded the people during its tenure PDP had provided a corruption free transparent system to the people. He said that it was all due to the good governance of PDP that peoples’ faith in democratic institutions was restored and there was political stability in the State during the tenure of PDP led regime. “PDP led regime had set an example of good governance in the State by providing a corruption free and transparent system to the people”, he said and added that PDP led regime had brought transparency and accountability in the governance and justice was given to sections of the society. He said that during PDPSee Mufti on pg 07

will reduce the States disease burden besides taking health services in the unserved areas of the state especially rural areas. It will also provide more doctors and para-medical staff and increase the doctor-patient ratio which is currently low in our State.” Stating that the initiative was the need of the hour the AMM has said that it will not only bring reforms in healthcare sector but will go a long way in improving the public healthcare delivery system See AMM on pg 07

Division Police Officer (SDPO) has returned from Punjab with some vital information about the Punjab based drug kingpin. However, the Punjab police has already arrested one of his associates who is said to be a businessman,” a top police officer told KNS, on the condition of anonymity. Former LoC Traders union president Tariq Ahmad Sheikh, who is already under arrest in Baramulla, has also disclosed some vital information related to the drugs seizure. However, the police has prima facie found no involvement of Chakoti driver Mohammad Shafiq Awan who was arrested on January 17 after police found huge drugs shipment concealed in an almond kernel cargo in his truck See LOC on pg 07

the available vacancies as constables/followers son the basis of their (i) excellence in counter insurgency operations; (ii) excellence in sports and should have won 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions in individual or team events at the state or national level and (iii) possession of ITI diploma in different trades or AICTE recognized diploma in computers subject to their qualifying in trade test. Besides, SPOs who have crossed the age limit of 28 years but are within 37 years of age and have completed 3 years continuous engagement are eligible to apply for appointment/ regularization to the post of constables/followers to the extent of 15% or the available vacancies. Proving further details, government claims the since 2009 till date

2116 SPOs have been converted as constables/followers under the above policy. Regarding the status of implementation of SRO 43 in respect of the NOKs of the SPOs killed in harness along-with the details of the pending cases up-to date the government stated that In terms of SRO 302 of 2009, the Director General of Police (DGP), is authorized to appoint an eligible ward of a SPO killed in the militancy related action I n the Police Department under SRO-43/1994 provided he/ she fulfills the other prescribed formalities. There is, however, no provision for the appointment of a ward(s) of SPOs who die harness. Therefore, no case on this account is spending as son date.

PDP stages walkout over use of pellet guns Demands ban on use of such weapons Jammu, Feb 16 : To express their anger over unabated using of pellet and pepper guns on innocent people of Kashmir, members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today created uproar in the Legislative Assembly and later staged a walkout. According to a statement issued to KNS, PDP members were demanding ban on the use of such non-lethal weapons and shifting of injured youth to outside the State for advance treatment. As the House assembled this morning, members of PDP were on their feet. They drew attention of the government toward conditions of those youth

who received severe injuries in brutal use of pellet guns in Shopian area. Raising the issue, PDP Legislature Party leader Mehbooba Mufti said that state government was using pellet guns and pepper guns against civilian protestors, an act she said left many youth deprived of their vision. Mehbooba said the use of these weapons at protests had caused loss and impairment of vision in the Kashmir Valley and people had to pay heavily for medical treatment. “These poor families have to take their children, who have become victims of pellet guns and pepper guns used by the security

forces, to Amritsar and other places outside the state for treatment,” she said. These children belong to poor families who cannot afford costly treatment. She demanded an immediate stop to the use of such weapons against civilian protestors. She also demanded financial assistance from the state government to the victims. PDP members were demanding answer from government but on no avail. No express their anger over causal approach being adopted by the government against in this inhuman act, PDP members staged a walkout. See PDP on pg 07

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Accident Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yasin Malik have also expressed shock over the accident.

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to ensure that the treatment reaches everyone. Sajad Gani Lone, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference has appreciated the efforts and initiatives of Ghulam Nabi Azad for setting up four medical colleges and two cancer institutions in the state. In a statement issued to KNS, Lone had earlier written a letter to Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union minister for health for setting up the medical colleges at Baramullah and Anantnag. Lone thanked him for fulfilling the aspiration of the much needed health care facilities for the far flung areas who found it difficult to reach to Srinagar for treatment. Lone said, “There was a great need of extending the proper and timely health care facilities to the rural population especially living in the far flung areas. Many people lost their lives on their way to hospitals in Srinagar. Hospitals in Srinagar were over-burdened by the huge flow of patients from across the valley. The landmark decision will help the rural population to get better and timely medical care conveniently.” “I hope these institutions will be equipped with required infrastructure and sophisticated medical equipments to ensure the proper medical facility is availed by the people, Lone added.” He further added, “Away from politics these steps need appreciation. This will definitely add convenience to the people. There is need for setting up more such institutions in future to help people to avail the timely and proper health care. Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference will try and put forth the demand of setting up similar institutions at Kupwara and Pulwama areas in the future.”

HM rifles in 2010. He was an IED expert and was involved in a number of IED blasts including the blast at Police station Sopore in 2011 in which one Sg Ct. Morifat Hussain got killed besides being involved in number of grenade attacks in Sopore. Meanwhile, Baleeg-u-Din operational spokesman of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in a telephonic statement to KNS, said that UJC chief Syed Sallah-u-Din has paid rich tributes to slain militant. “The United Jihad Council pays rich tributes to Martyr Mohammad Shafi Sheikh who gave his life for a noble cause. We express our heartfelt sympathies and solidarity with the bereaved family,” said Baleeg-u-Din while quoting the UJC chief.

Mufti Congress regime more than 70,000 Rehbar-e-Talim (ReT) teachers were appointed. Similarly more than 40000 Anganwari workers were also appointed but not even a single case of favourtism and nepotism was highlighted. “We institutionalized the recruitment process to ensure that only deserving and meritorious candidate should be recruited”, he said. He reminded the gathering that PDP during its tenure had fulfilled the promises which the party had made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in 2002 assembly elections. “Although we had only 16 members yet we had changed socio-economic scene of the state besides creating a sense of security among the common masses”, he said and added biggest achievement of PDP was that it had earned credibility of the people through its conviction and commitment. “Unlike National Conference, PDP leadership has never compromised with its principles for the power”, he asserted and reminded the gathering PDP had entered into an power sharing alliance with Congress in the year 2002 only after formulation of Common Minimum Programme (CMP)- an agenda to run the coalition. “Attaining power is not agenda of the party”, he said. Reiterating resolve of his party to restore sustainable peace in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that PDP was committed to solve problems of all regions and sub-regions of the state. “Policies and programmes of PDP are formulated by accommodating wishes and aspirations of all sections of the society”, he said and asserted that party would work vigorously to implement its policy of peace and reconciliation in the state. He said that PDP is not merely a political party but a movement to change the system. He said that biggest achievement of PDP is that this party has earned credibility of the people in short span of time. Responding to the demands raised by locals, Mufti promised that PDP after getting power would make R S Pura a model constituency in J&K. He recalled his tenure as MLA of this segment in early 1980s. T S Bajwa, Yash Pal Sharma, MLC, Hussain Ali Bafa, Bhushan Dogra, Chatter Saini, Haji Taj Khan, Trilok Singh, Mulk Raj Kaith, Yashpal, Rattno Devi, Ajay Kumar, Amardeep Kour, Sartaz Singh Ladda, Bachan Lal, Gurcharan Singh, Narinder Pal Singh Raju, Capt Dian Singh, Rashid Ahmed, Abdul Aziz, Shakuntala Devi, Veena Chopra, Garib Dass Kaith, Bachan Lal and others also spoke on the occasion.

Khan discrimination in allotment of new administrative units in the state also raised question mark over the inability of government to nail Khan. The KNS correspondent informed that the assembly Sunday started with the legislators discussing the problems pertaining to their respective areas and no question about the issue of Shabir Khan was raised on the floor of the house. Khan, a senior Congress leader and a former minister was recently accused of molestation of a female medico at his office. Police registered FIR against Khan on February 6 and massive hunt for his arrest was launched by the state police. Court granted interim bail to Khan and he recently presented himself before the investigation officer of police. Police on February 15 allowed Khan to attend the assembly sessionhowever directing him not to leave the state.

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However, he said, the youth not obtaining education are mostly deprived of such occasions. “We should also enhance opportunities and avenues for them”, he said and added that Gulmarag Winter Games will be an effective steps in this direction. The Chief Minister said that there is need to promote winter sports particularly skiing in Gulmarag by upgrading ski slopes at Kongdoori and Mary Shoulder. “This would help in holding the National and International Ski events in Gulmarag”, he said and spelt out the possibilities of making Gulmarag an International winter sports resort. Omar Abdullah said that tourism has an important role in the State’s economy and generation of wide-ranging economic activities for the people. “Our efforts should be to develop and showcase the State for round the year destination for the

tourists from all across the world”, he said and added that the Tourism Department and all other stakeholders in this industry need to work jointly to rope in high-end tourists alongwith others in great numbers. The Chief Minister said that the highest dividend of peace is the arrivals of tourists in great numbers particularly in the Valley. He said peace conditions will always boost the tourism activities and help rope in large number of tourists. Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir was also present on the occasion. The event has been organized by the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir. The event is aimed at promoting winter-sports and tourism in the State.

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of India and that the article is not needed anymore in the state. According to the received reports, BJP legislator was interrupted by senior Congress leaders Abdul Majid Wani and Mohamad Sharief Niyaz- castigating Kishor that the proceedings must not be disrupted for the pity political gains. A minor tussle between the legislators was witnessed when both the Congress law makers asked BJP MLA not to play pity politics during the ongoing budget session. Pertinent to mention that BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during his Jammu rally demanded that the must be a debate over the presence of Article 370 in the state. Modi’s comments about the Article- that promises special status to Jammu and Kashmir caused political stir here with chief minister Omar Abdullah challenging Modi to have debate over the issue with him.

LOC coming from Muzaffarabad. Showkat Habib of Bandipore, the trader in whose name the shipment had come is already under arrest. However, Tariq and his associates have been found working as commission agents and the ultimate consignee has been found belonging to Punjab. Meanwhile, well placed authoritative sources told KNS that the police is likely to file charge sheet against the Pakistani driver in a Baramulla court within a few days. IGP Kashmir A G Mir, when contacted by KNS, said: “The investigations are on and a manhunt has already been launched for the Punjab based consignee. We are in touch with Punjab police and I hope there will be some breakthrough very soon.”

PDP Later terming using of pellet guns as inhuman and cruel, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today demanded total ban on use of such “non lethal” weapons in Kashmir, which have injured hundreds of youth. Spokesman of PDP said that Tariq, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Mohammad Ashraf, Umer Nabi have lost their sight due to pellet guns. He said that hundreds of youth have been injured by the use of this weapons which have been projected as non lethal. He said that score of youth have lost their sights but they are not approach hospitals due to the fear of arrest. PDP spokesman demanded that four youth injured in pellet guns should be immediately shifted outside the state for advance medical treatment and their treatment expenditure must be bear by the government. The spokesman accused the state government of resorting to inhumane tactics in which many youth were targeted by pepper guns and pellets guns which have been projected as non lethal weapons. The party has called an immediate end to the savage treatment of peaceful protests that has so far caused heavy civilian causality. PDP regretted that in the name of using non lethal weapon, Omar Abdullah government has turned Jammu and Kashmir into a laboratory to test use of such weapons.

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of Boniyar Baramulla succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, a police handout issue dto KNS reads. Meanwhile, a Quills vehicle bearing registration number Jk10/2133 hit and injured an unknown person at Leh. The injured person is in Coma at District Hospital, Leh. Leh Police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Truck bearing registration number JK18/2068 hit and injured a person near Tunnel at Ujroo, in the jurisdiction of Police station Dooru. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Dooru Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Maruti car bearing registration number Jk05D/0308 collided with a Tipper bearing registration number JK18/6211 at Gantmulla in the jurisdiction of Police station Sheeri, resulting in injuries to two persons including the Maruti car driver. Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. Sheeri police has registered a case in this regard.

New administrative units ‘a political gimmick’: Beigh ‘Urges finance minister not to change text of cabinet decision’ Srinagar, Feb 16: Stating that the new administrative units in the state is not more than a political gimmick, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beigh Sunday said the cabinet decision on new administrative units has divided people of the state. According to the KNS correspondent, Beigh while speaking in the legislative assembly today stated that the creation of New Administrative Units (NAUs) is only in papers as the text of the cabinet decision speaks volumes about the sincerity of the government towards this issue. He said the decision has been given wide publicity just to conceal the government’s failures. Beigh stated that if the administrative units were created there should have been a separate budgetary

provision for these units. The former deputy chief minister said that there was no mention of creation of these new administrative units in the budget presented by Abdul Rahim Rather in the ongoing session. He claimed that no norms have been followed by the government while taking a decision on new units and the same is expected to be rejected by GOI’s planning commission. Stating that the procedure adopted during the creation of new administrative units in the state is unacceptable and that present dispensation has willfully created a win-win

situation for itself. “If they don’t form the next government, they will blame the new government for its incompetence to make these units functional.” Urging finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, Beigh stated, “Rather Sahib please don’t change the wording used in the cabinet order regarding the creation of new administrative units in the state- the order states that ‘agreed in principle to roll out and forwarded to finance and planning’.” Beigh while concluding his address in the session stated that it might be his last address in the state assembly and that he doesn’t want to have any grudges with any member of the house. Meanwhile, Beigh told KNS that his remarks about his last address were not political and actually he meant to say that there no guarantee of life. “It doesn’t mean that whether I am contesting the forthcoming polls in the state or not-the thing is that we cannot have a final say on how long shall we live.”

Omar addresses concluding function of GK Golf Tournament Jammu to have full-fledged 18-hole Golf Course soon Jammu, Feb 16: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Sunday said that Jammu will soon have a full-fledged 18-hole golf course at Sidhra as the existing nine-hole one is being upgraded and expanded on fast track. Speaking at the concluding function of Greater Kashmir Golf Tournament here this evening, the Chief Minister said that Golf is gaining popularity in the state and Jammu and Kashmir is emerging as a big attraction for golfers of the country and outside. He said Golf courses at Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarag, Jammu and the coming up one at Leh are unique golf locations in the world providing golfers the opportunity of playing in different climatic and geographical conditions. Omar said his government is paying focused attention on promoting potential of the state for sports and adventure tourism. He said young talent in the state in different sports are being provided opportunities and avenues to excel and make name

in the sports arena at national and international levels.Omar Abdullah praised Greater Kashmir group of newspapers and its chairman Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo for organising series of golf tournaments in the state to encourage the sports and rope in golfers from all across the country

and outside to participate in these events. He expressed hope that the Greater Kashmir Group of Newspapers will continue to contribute in this field in the future and help upgrade and strengthen the efforts being made to make J&K a world class golfers resort.

Srinagar, Feb 16 : Stating that the state government has no estimates about number of the militants present in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK), the state home ministry has said that the approximate figures suggest that there are around 4132 ultras present in PAK and Pakistan. However, he said it is not known that how many militants out of 4132 are active.

The government has said that the Nepal route is not recognized one for the former militants to return to valley under surrender policy, chief minister said that Waga, Attari, Salamabad and Indira Gandhi International Airport are the recognized routes for the former militants willing to return valley. According to the KNS correspondent, in a written response to a query posed

by Panthers Party MLA Harsh Dev Singh stated that 268 people along with their families have returned to the state via Nepal from PAK and Pakistan. The state government said it has received 1171 applications so far on behalf of the prospective returnees who are willing to return from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK) under its return and rehabilitation policy.

4132 militants present in PAK approximately: Govt

Multi cr Textile Parks on 200 kanals coming up in Ghatti, Jammu: Kichloo 5 more multi cr cold chain CA stores in Kashmir valley in offing Jammu, Feb 16: The Minister of State for Industries & Commerce, Mr Sajad Ahmed Kichloo today urged for massive infrastructural support for facilitating growth of Industry and Commerce, which was imperative for employment generation and economic emancipation of the State. Speaking at a meeting with the heads of various departments and Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) under his change, at Civil Secretariat Jammu this afternoon, Mr Kichloo said promotion of Industrial sector in the State was need of the hour adding that main focus of policy makers should be on creating entrepreneur friendly environment for developing MSME, cottage and village Industries. He said encouraging industries based on local raw material needs to be given first priority. “Promotion of Agro and mineral based industries should be the thrust area of policy makers,” Mr. Kichloo added as raw material for these Industries is available locally in abundance. Mr Kichloo also urged for entrepreneurship development, skill development and skill up gradation for youth to make

them market competitive. The Director J&K Entrepreneurship development institute, Mr M I Parray apprised the Minister that an amount of Rs 90.69 crore has been provided to 2790 entrepreneurs for establishing 2669 enterprises having employment potential of 16910 persons. He said seed money and loan amount has already been disbursed in favour of 2312 enterprises by the J&K bank. He said a separate campus of EDI is being set up at Miran Saheb Jammu for which a plot of land measuring 64 kanal have already been identified.The meeting was informed that in order to establish a viable cold chain for boosting horticulture industry in the State, 3 modern CA stores with a capacity of 75000 mts have been set up in Industrial Growth Centre, Lassipora whereas 16 more such projects are in various stages of implementation. It was stated that such CA stores shall be set up in different area of the State starting with Sopore, Verinag and Tangmarg. The Managing Director, SIDCO, Mr Mohammad Muazzam informed that one Mega Food Park on 400 kanals of land has been approved to be set up in

Industrial Growth Centre (ICG) Lassipora Pulwama at a cost of Rs 78 crore where 30 units with an investment of Rs 46 crore shall be set up with employment for 1200 persons. He said one Textile

Park has already been set up at Govindpur Kathua whereas one more Textile Park shall be set up on 200 kanals in Industrial Estate Ghatti at a cost of Rs 47 crore where 30 units shall be established with an investment of Rs 250 crore providing employment to about 3000 persons. It was informed that a modern wool and wool design development centre at a cost of Rs 2.10 crore is being established at Nowshah Srinagar to promote Wool Industry in the State. The centre will facilitate scoring, dying, spinning and weaving of fine quality tweeds, shawls and blankets.It was also informed in the meeting that a multi crore magnisite project at Panthal has been launched whereas global tenders have been floated for extraction of world famous sapphire in Paddar Kishtwar. The heads of Industries and Commerce, Handloom, Handicrafts, Geology and Mining, J&K Minerals Limited, J&K SICOP, J&K Khadi and Village Industry Board (KVIB), J&K Industries Ltd, J&K Handloom Development Corporation also briefed about major achievements of their respective department and Corporations.

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