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SHOPIAN: District development Commissioner Shopian, Dr. Owais Ahmad today convened a meeting to review traffic management in the district. In the meeting, the DDC directed Municipal Committee and Motor Vehicle Department to remove the encroachment on the busy roads in town and ordered strict action against the law violators, particularly in and around fruit Mandi of Shopian. 

 

Among other officials, the meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Additional Superintendent of police Shopian, Assistant Regional Transport Officer Shopian, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Shopian, Fruit Growers President Shopian, Traffic Police Officials, Transporters and other officers of different departments. Municipal Committee Shopian on direction of DDC launched a massive anti encroachment drive near fruit Mandi Arhama, Batpora bypass and other busy places. An official said that several encroachment structures and roadside vendors were removed from Mandi area to ensure smooth traffic movement and Mandi affairs. 

 

Deputy Commissioner Shopian, directed the Motor Vehicle Department and Municipal Committee Shopian to not allow any heavy vehicles or loaded trucks to enter the jurisdictions of towns from 9 am to 5 pm. The Executive Officer Municipality Committee Shopian was directed to remove all the unauthorized street vendors infront of fruit mandi Arhama, Bypass-road, Shopian Srinagar road and other busy places of the town. Motor vehicle department also fined 20 vehicles for violating laws and illegal parking. An official said that Rs 5000 were recovered from the law violators. 

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  • Union Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture calls on Advisor Ganai

 

SRINAGAR: The Governor’s Administration has sought central government assistance to project Mughal gardens as World Heritage sites. The matter was discussed during a meeting between Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Joint Secretary Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Nirupama Kotru. During the meeting, Ganai sought central governments’ assistance in preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) so that the same can be projected before world forum (UNESCO) to declare Mughal gardens including Shalimar, Nishat, Achabal Veerinag, the world heritage sites. The Joint secretary assured the Advisor that the central government will assist the state in preparing the DPR for the purpose.

 

The government has also sought assistance for the opening of museums at Udhampur, Basohli, Pahalgam, Gurez and Kargil. During the meeting, the Advisor raised the issue of establishment of science city-cum-museum at Jammu and Srinagar. The Joint Secretary assured assistance from the centre provided the state government provides suitable land for the purpose. The Advisor also sought the support of Archaeological Survey of India in up-keep  of the archeological sites in a better way.

 

During the meeting, the Joint secretary urged the state government to submit a detailed project report regarding digitization of the artifacts present at SPS Museum and Dogra Museum and perform RFID tagging to enable tracking of tagged artifacts that will help in ensuring their proper security. The meeting also discussed the government’s initiative to  purchase artifacts from private persons so that the already existing museums can be made rich and sought assistance of the central government in this regard.

 

The Advisor further informed the visiting dignitary that various initiatives are being taken by the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums for digitizing the artifacts which includes informative booklets, coffee table books, photo documentation and promotion of artifact on social media sites.  He added that the department is regularly updating the official websites to promote and inform about the departmental activities. Commissioner Secretary, Culture, Mohammed Saleem Shishgar, Director Archives, Archaeology and Museum, Muneer-ul-Islam and other concerned officials accompanied the Joint Secretary during the meeting with the Advisor.

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SRINAGAR: The department of Technical Education has started a chain of Cleanliness Drive "From Me to You" in which a large of staff members and students participated. The participants were flagged off by the Joint Director, Technical Education, Kashmir. The programme started at 8:30 am on the Jhelum River Bank from Abi Guzar and continued up to Amirakadal Bridge Srinagar. As many as 120 trainees alongwith all the staff members of ITI Women Bemina participated in the drive. The participants were addressed by Joint Director Technical Education Kashmir and Superintendent Women ITI Bemina who briefed about the purpose and far reaching benefits of this cleanliness drive. A pledge was taken at the venue to continue this flagship programme of the Government.