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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Economic Alliance Said that the sale and consumption of alcohol in Jammu and Kashmir is on the rise which has affected the health of the people. Calling for complete prohibition on liquor trade in JK, Co-Chairman KEA Farooq Ahmed Dar in a statement said that alcohol has not only destroyed individuals and families but has spoiled the entire society.

He said that the increase in sale and consumption of alcohol in the valley is alarming. It is shocking to see drunkards breaking public order and they have become nuisance to the society. “Young persons who are vulnerable because of age and proclivity towards intoxication have become victims of this menace due to its free availability”, He said. He said Alcohol is banned in many states like Gujarat, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Manipur as States are constitutionally bound to prohibit liquor.

“Bihar government has banned alcohol sale and is bringing a bill to provide death penalty to those involved in illicit liquor trade. If alcohol is banned in Bihar and many other states, why not in JK?” Dar questioned.  “States shall endeavor to bring about prohibition of the use and trade of alcohol” reads article 47, of constitution of India. As per the section 24, of the constitution of JK, it is the duty of the state to improve public health and the state shall make every effort to safeguard and promote health of the people which further imposes obligation to state of JK to curb sale and consumption of liquor. 

He said Alcohol in the valley is an organized crime and a well planned conspiracy to undermine public morals. This criminal activity is designed to engage people and erode the social and cultural ethos of the valley.

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SAMBA: Samba District Administration today formally handed over encumbrance free land, for setting up of the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), to the Health and Medical Education department in a brief function at the AIIMS site for its further transfer to the CPWD, which is the project execution agency. ADC Samba, Dr Arun Manhas,   Sub Divisional Magistrate Vijaypur, Vijay Kumar, Nodal Officer AIIMS, CMO Samba, Executive Engineer CPWD, Tehsildar Vijaypur and other revenue and CPWD officials were present on the occasion.

 

Deputy Commissioner Samba, Sushma Chauhan informed that on the directions of the State government, the Samba administration was tasked to ensure early start of the work on the prestigious project She said that the arduous task of clearing the proposed AIIMS site at Vijaypur, District Samba, free of encumbrances and Rehabilitation of nomadic families at the proposed designated site has been completed successfully and peacefully.

 

The DC further informed that the task was taken up on mission mode with effect from July 20, 2018 and the same got concluded due to complete confidence and support of higher authorities and dedication of the district officers. The DC said that the challenge before the District Administration was that of rehabilitation and peaceful resettling of the nomadic families. Now, that the rehabilitation of displaced nomadic families has almost been completed, the District Administration Samba is focusing on providing basic facilities to the resettled families at the new site, she added.

 

“The team of officers made a synergised effort to ensure the completion of rehabilitation of nomadic families in a time bound manner and to the satisfaction of these families. Every officer involved with the process of shifting and rehabilitation deserves accolades,” the DC maintained. The DC appreciated the efforts of ADC Samba, SDM, Vijaypur and all the Revenue Officers involved in the process of clearing the bottlenecks in the project.

 

The DC also thanked the Advisor (Health and Medical Education), Chief Secretary, J&K, Principal Secretary, Planning and development, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, IGP, Jammu for guiding and extending full support to the Samba administration. She further thanked the incumbent and former SSP, Samba for extending cooperation in the said task. It was informed that a total of 1954 kanals and 6 marlas of land has been acquired for establishment of AIIMS. Of this, 747 kanals of land is on the northern side i.e. left side of Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and 1207 kanals and 6 marlas on southern side i.e., right side of the highway. The construction of AIIMS boundary wall is already underway and the work on the boundary wall on the Northern side has been completed up to 710 mtr and on the Southern side; it has been completed up to 1800 mtr.

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SRINAGAR: The stale food supplied by a private canteen to students sparked a protest at the Zakura campus of Kashmir University (KU).  The hostel boarders of Sheikh ul Alam Boys hostel according to reports called officials from Food Safety Department after they were served rotten food in the hostel canteen. According to students the officials after inspecting the kitchen and food castigated authorities for providing stale food to the students.

 

The students have decided to protest in the campus till authorities do not provide them all the basic facilities. “We don’t get hygienic food. There are no clean washrooms and besides we don’t have a mosque where we can offer prayers collectively,” the protesting students told news agency CNS. “The canteen is operated by a private party that only is interested in maximizing profits and it doesn’t care about hygiene,” students said. Chief proctor of the varsity, Naseer Iqbal said the administration will look into the issue. He said the protesting students are being persuaded to end their protest as authorities are looking into their grievances.