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  • Discusses challenging facing Private Schools, shares its experiences 

LUCKNOW: A high-level delegation of Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) participated in the 3-day National Council meet organised by Private Schools Association and Children Welfare Association at Hotel Fairfield Marriott, Lucknow.  The delegation highlighted various issues confronting the education sector in Kashmir. The PSAJK delegation was headed by its president G N Var and comprised of its office beares and executive members M Y Wani, Farooq Fazili, Arshad Mehraj, Nazarul Islam, Waseem Ahmad, Nazir Malik, Ashraf Baba, Mustafa Bashir, Shiekh Zahoor, Shiekh Muneer and B A Shah. 

The delegation informed the gathering about the challenging circumstances in which the schools are functioning in Kashmir. The audience appreciated the efforts of Private Schools in the State for achieving tremendous success in imparting high-quality education to students in such unfavourable and challenging situations. The schools from various States shared their strategies and success stories so that other States could learn from the same.

187 School associations and delegates representing more than two lakh schools participated in the mega event held at a national scale. The speakers deliberated on various challenges faced by the Private sector and the undue intervention of Government in their functioning. The gathering was also attended by eminent personalities including MP and Hockey Champion Aslam Sher Kan, MLA and Congress Leader Shakeel Ahmad Khan Uttar Pradesh's Tourism and Women Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Prof Geeta Kingdom and others. On this occasion the participants pledged to promote Kashmir as safe destination and promote student and faculty exchange programmes.

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NEW DELHI: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar who has authored the book Veerappan: Chasing the Brigand, shared his personal experiences while heading the Special Task Force in Tamil Nadu which led to ‘Operation Cocoon’ eliminating sandalwood smuggler Veerappan in 2004. The Advisor participated in an event held in national capital today in which he threw light on many aspects of Operation Cocoon while having conversation with Nripjit Singh Chawla, CEO Omniconsult Management Advisory.

During the conversation, K Vijay Kumar a former IPS officer who has successfully penned down his account of nabbing Veerappan in his book, shared about the pre-operation preparations, role of his strong team and about the action packed days of ‘Operation Cocoon’. “For achieving better results while undertaking any kind of operation, you need a strong and dedicated team which leads to become as integrated work force”, he said. 

Discussing about the preparations for the Operation Cocoon, K Vijay Kumar said that the whole team had to undergo through a grilling regimen including a notable innovation, the one minute drill inspired by the one minute manager series. “The one minute drill is a pack of speed, perfection and stress management and the only idea was to ensure that the team is alert at all times”, he added.

He also discussed about the challenging assignments he had undertaken during his tenure in Maoist area and in J&K. Referring to the need of upgraded infrastructure in police department, he quipped that it is the motivation, human resource powered with human touch and personal presence which matters the most. Meanwhile, several questions were also taken from the floor related to Operation Cocoon and present security scenario. The event was attended by large number of book lovers who were enthralled and enlightened through this conversation.

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SRINAGAR: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria Friday said both India and Pakistan were on the same page regarding the opening of Kartarpur Corridor and the decision about the crossing route would be finalised after deliberations between the two countries, Dawn.com reported. “We have two models — either Wagah border or Kashmir route will be adopted,” Bisaria told reporters during an informal interaction with media, adding that a gate would first be installed at the crossing.

To a question, he agreed that a few diplomatic channels were active between the two countries, however, he declined to name them, saying such details could not be made public. In a rare positive development in Pakistan-India ties, New Delhi accepted an Islamabad offer about building a new border crossing and road connecting their respective Punjab provinces, making it easier for Sikh pilgrims to visit the religious site in Pakistan.

The Indian cabinet agreed on Thursday to avail Pakistan’s offer about a corridor in view of the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, next year. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the Indian leadership to demonstrate the courage to open doors for the Kashmiri people for trade and people-to-people contacts, Radio Pakistan reported.

While addressing a National Assembly session on Friday, the foreign minister said the dialogue was the only way forward towards the resolution of all outstanding disputes with India. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will perform the grounding breaking of Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday.