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JAMMU: Veteran Gojri writer and former Director Radio Kashmir Srinagar Choudhary Ghulam  Hussain Zia  passed away last night. He was 70. As per family sources,  he complained Chest pain in the evening and immediately  shifted to nearby Hospital where he declared dead due to cardiac arrest. To remember contributions of Ch Zia for Gujjar community -the   Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation – a main organisation of Gujjars- Bakerwals today  organised a condolence meeting under the chairmanship of  noted tribal scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi. The programme was attended by Gojri writers , poets tribal elders and students of the  community.

Dr. Javaid Rahi  while speaking about the contributions rendered  by Ch. Ghulam Hussain Zia for Gojri language stated that  late Zia was among the forefront runners of community who worked hard for the restoration and revival of Gojri added that Ch Zia spent his whole life for development of  tribal Culture  in the state. He said  for his outstanding works Ch Zia will be remembered for all time to come. Dr. Rahi  said being founder producer of Gojri Programme of Radio Kashmir Ch Zia had played a key role in promotion, propagation and documentation of Gojri language especially in the field of preservation of Gojri folklore and intangible heritage of Gujjars.

As a writer Ch. Zia  contributed valuable research articles, interviews in Gojri language-his mother tongue, Dr. Rahi said. Noted Gojri writer and broadcaster Ch. Hassan Din  Parwaz  in speech said Ch. Zia explored new horizons for budding  Gojri artists and writers who later emerged as star of the language. Ch. Shokat Naseem, Ishtiaq Misbah, Mehmood Riaz also spoke on the occasion.

Ch. Ghulam Hassain Zia was born in Raipur -Bantalab  Jammu in 1948. A graduate from  MAM College Jammu , he joined Radio Kashmir Jammu as producer Gojri Programme in 1975. Later he shifted to Radio Kashmir Srinagar as Producer Gojri Section. Ch Zia raised to the post of Director Radio Kashmir Srinagar  and retired in the year 2008 from  All India Radio Chandigarh. He survived with 3 daughters and wife.  

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JAMMU: The Second meeting of the State Telecom Disaster Coordination Committee meeting was held at here today. The meeting was chaired by RK Dubey, Senior Deputy Director General, License Service Area (LSA) J&K, a field unit of Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of Telecommunications, Government of India. 

Government of India has brought out a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for responding to Disasters, under which the State Telecom Disaster Coordination Committee has been formed. The meeting was attended by Director Disaster Management J&K, Aamir Ali, Commandant SDRF 2nd Bn Jammu Rashmi Wazir, Director (T) Dept of Telecommunications, Balvinder Singh, Joint Advisor NDMA, Anurag Rana, Supdt of Police, Telecommunications Sushil Kachroo, Representatives from NDRF and Fire & Emergency Services, besides Nodal Officers and senior representatives from all Telecom Service Providers, including BSNL, Airtel, Reliance Jio, Idea, Vodafone etc.

In the meeting preparedness of all Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) of J&K Circle was reviewed. A power-point presentation on the experiences of September 2014 floods, was also made by the TSPs. All TSPs were directed to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to mitigate and minimize the possible damages to the Telecom network in the event of disaster and ensure uninterrupted communication network. Balvinder Singh, Director (T) informed that in the aftermath of disaster, the Telecom Services are required on top priority and play a pivotal role in undertaking rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures. The role of Department of Telecommunication is to act as a lead as primary agency for emergency support function related to provision of telecommunication services by telecom service providers and coordination with other government agencies.  A Table top exercise was held, followed by a mock drill to demonstrate the preparedness to deal with disasters. Rescue equipments available with SDRF and Fire & Emergency Services were also kept on display.

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JAMMU: Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party, Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee, J&K & Founder, Indo-Palestine Friendship of Society expressed surprise on the unmindful statements by several power hungry politicians and others in respect of Article 35(A) in the Indian Constitution. Prof.Bhim Singh while addressing a conference of distinguished lawyers and social activists in New Delhi has appreciated Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu, a cricketer to display sportsmanship in Islamabad by hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Bajwa the other day on 18th August, 2018 at the time of swearing in ceremony of Pakistan’s cricketer Prime Minister. He appreciated and called on those who still believe to settle Indo-Pak affairs through guns asking them to learn a lesson from sportsman that two neighbouring countries can embrace each other and live in peace particularly India and Pakistan who were Members of one family for thousands of years till 1947.

He called on the opportunist and angry groups of some people in Kashmir who have been exploiting consciously or unconsciously the local population while favouring an illegal, unconstitutional and dictatorial Article—35(A). It was unconstitutional because it was created by someone who had no authority or power vested in him. Secondly, Article 35(A) empowered the Kashmir Govt. to demolish all the Fundamental Rights of the residents of J&K in 1954.

Prof.Bhim Singh called on the lawyers community, the social activists and political thinkers to read Article 35(A) and give their opinions whether 35(A) has bundled the Fundamental Rights of the Indian citizens in J&K? Prof.Bhim Singh wondered how leaders of National Conference are trying to mislead the innocent Kashmiries regarding the threat caused by Article 35(A). Unfortunately, these were the rulers of J&K who have been governing the J&K mercilessly smashing their Fundamental Rights and using the draconian laws---like Public Safety Actunder the garb of security of the state. How many legislators, political activists, the youth fighting for their Fundamental Rights in Kashmir have suffered from the bullets of the J&K rulers particularly since 1982 after the demise of Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah.

Prof.Bhim Singh appreciated a cricketer by profession and a state government minister per chance like Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu that he could demonstrate the courage of an Indian to hug a Pakistan Army Chief in public which was the expression of real feelings of every Indian towards the people of Pakistan. Prof.Bhim Singh said that during  my visits to Lahore, Islamabad and POK several times he experienced the same emotions the people there had towards India. People want peace and not war. This is the message that a cricketer had fans with spontaneous act of hugging Pakistani General.

Prof.Bhim Singh called on all activists of the Hurriyat Conference and even Jamat-e-Islami, Jammu and Kashmir as it is claimed, to join him (Bhim Singh) on debate on the issue from any spot from Kashmir to Kanyakumari or Kanyakumari to Islamabad. The people are people whether in India or Islamabad or Bangladesh and the people want peace and live in the great old era we had enjoyed for centuries in the Indian continent.

Prof.Bhim Singh wondered why the ex-rulers of J&K have been shouting so loud and shedding crocodile tears for the so-called freedom and liberty which they have destroyed in J&K. He said that I myself am living example who Dr. Farooq Abdullah as a Chief Minister got me arrested twice at the Gates of Secretariat, Jammu and Srinagar so that I as a sitting MLA could attend the Assembly. It was Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the then Chief Minister who got me declared defeated in the Lok Sabha election in 1988.

I had won Lok Sabha election by 32,000 votes still Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the Chief Minister of J&K sided with Indian Govt. to get me declared defeated. I won the battle in Supreme Court. As different matters they are the ones who are talking of Article 35(A) which has given the power of a political butcher to the rulers of J&K. Article 35(A) is a naked two ways sword for the people of J&K. The people of J&K shall get freedom, liberty, shall get an opportunity to enjoy all Fundamental Rights like all other residents the day this hanging rope, Article 35(A) is gone.