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SRINAGAR: Kashmir’s Airport Road is allegedly becoming a hub of immoral activities due to mushroom growth of coaching centres, beauty parlours, restaurants and boutiques in the area. A local resident Abdul Rasheed (72) while taking to Press Trust of Kashmir said that the area of airport road from Barzulla to Hyderpora has become a hub of immoral activities for youth. He said that most of students of tuition centers remain wondering on the roads instead of attending the classes. “Not only have the students, but some other youths too come to this area to tease the girl students. This has become a favourite haunt for people to indulge in immoral activities due to presence of snooker centres, beauty parlours, restaurants with closed cabins and boutiques”, he added.
 
A group of students told PTK that they are 197 students in the batch, but not more than 55 per cent attend the classes regularly. “There is no accountability from the coaching centre administration as they are only bothered about money”, he said.  Another youth rooming outside coaching center, when asked said, “To look smart and impressive we go to nearby saloon once or twice a week. This is the age when we can enjoy and our parents pay us handsome money for these activities. They are just bothered that we should qualify Common Entrance Test”, he said.
 
Ironically the school administration and their parents were unaware of this.  One of the teacher (name withheld), who teaches in a Parraypora coaching centre, while taking to Press Trust of Kashmir said that  the root cause of the problem has to be found, rather than blaming the coaching centres. 
He further added that it is not that coaching centres are responsible for spreading immorality. He added, “We can’t check the dress code of girls. It is the duty of parents. Similarly, we can ask the students to switch off their mobiles in classes, not ban them”.
 
He suggested that coaching centres should spare some time for moral education to students. Adding that as they teaching Physics, Chemistry or Biology, a teacher should brief students about morality as well. Sources revealed to Press Trust of Kashmir that ‘room facilities’ have been opened on the Airport road where youth can easily spend their day. Adding that both boys and girls of influential families visit these restaurants and spend hours together.
 
Locals said that they are sons and daughters of bureaucrats, politicians or businessmen. “Police never dares to raid these places”, they said. Locals also blame snooker and billiards centres for the problem. However, a restaurant owner in Parraypora area told this Press Trust of Kashmir, “I’m here to do business and for me customer is a customer. I can’t stop a boy or a girl from entering my restaurant”.
 
He said that this is the responsibility of parents who have to check the activities of their children, not them. Station House officer (SHO) Sadder, Rayees Ahmed, while taking to Press Trust of Kashmir said that nobody from the area has ever approached the police with any complaint. He added that every day they almost challaned 40 to 45 bikes in this area. He added that People don’t approach police till crime occurs. “I appeal the people especially girl students to approach me or any police official in case of any problem”, he said. He further added that a sufficient deployment is in every tuition/coaching centre to monitor these things. 

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SRINAGAR: School of Legal Studies, Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Monday organised an extension lecture on “Juristic Thoughts of Allama Iqbal,” which was delivered by former High Court Judge and Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission member, Justice (Retd) B A Kirmani. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Dean School of Legal Studies, Prof. Sheikh Showkat Hussain, Prof. Altaf Ahmad Ahanger, faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.

 

In his welcome address, Prof Sheikh Showkat said that Iqbal is of immense importance to whole humanity. He said that people belonging to different religious ideologies subscribe to the thoughts of Iqbal. He said the School of Legal Studies commemorates Iqbal day every year.  Addressing the gathering Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said that Iqbal will always be remembered for his contribution in shaping the world and Humanity. Iqbal’s main inspiration came from the Holy Quran and his philosophy and poetry is based on that.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Justice (Retd) B A Kirmani said that there were several stages through which Iqbal passed during his poetic career. He said “on inception of his career, Iqbal touched every issue. Subsequently one can find a streak of nationalist poet in him. From this stage, he proceeded to think about the plight of Muslims in sub-continent and subsequently he transcended beyond the subcontinent and focused on humanity in general and Ummah in particular. Iqbal realized that the prime reason for decline of Muslim has been their inability to keep pace of their thought process with the space and time.”

Prof. Altaf Ahmad Ahanger also made the concluding remarks. Assistant Professor Department of Law, Ms Gulafroz conducted the programme proceedings while as Assistant Professor, Mr. Bilal Ahmad proposed the vote of thanks.

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  • Chairs ECs’ meet; approves medical reimbursement cases of Kashmiri migrants

JAMMU: Chief Secretary, B.B.Vyas, on Tuesday chaired a meeting to review implementation of Non-Aadhaar Based Bio-metric Attendance, WFTS, RTI compliance of websites and online filling of Annual Performance Reports. Administrative Secretaries, Home, GAD and IT, besides other officers from concerned departments participated in the meeting. Taking account of the RTI compliance of websites of various state departments’, the Chief Secretary directed the administrative secretaries to ensure that the works regarding this are completed immediately, failing which, disciplinary action will be taken against the nodal officers for those departments. He also directed the departments to update the web based file tracking system.

 

Regarding the non Aadhaar based Biometric attendance, the Chief Secretary directed the departments to ensure compliance on instructions in this regard and make sure Bio-metric attendances for employees are marked regularly. Failing to adhere to this will result in withholding salaries for those employees. Besides, the meeting also reviewed the implementation of Public Financial Management System (PFMS) and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme with the concerned officers.

 

Later, the Chief Secretary chaired a meeting of Empowered Committee regarding approval of medical reimbursement cases of Kashmiri migrants. Taking cognizance of each case presented before the Committee for approval, the Chief Secretary directed for necessary action for eligible cases under the ambit of prescribed rules.

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