Kashmir produced 1907787 metric tonnes of fresh fruits and 2102844 metric tonnes dry fruits during 2017-18 financial year contributing Rs 6500 crore annually to state’s economy.The total area under fresh fruits in Kashmir is 161631 hectares and total area under dry fruits is 214924 hectares, the official records reveal.Tasaduq Mueen, Nursery Registration Officer said that over 7 lakh families are directly or indirectly engaged with Horticulture Sector.“It is one of the vibrant sectors which contributes nearly 7% to the Gross State Domestic Production (GSDP) and has the potential in employment generation through the involvement of skilled and unskilled and professional human resource,” said Mueen.He said that the state is endowed with diversified agro-climatic attributes, which include temperature, sub-temperature, sub-tropical, cold arid zones. “A varying diversified fruit crops like apple, pear, apricot, walnut, almond, peach, mango, ber, lichi, etc are cultivated in state. Various activities of the department are funded through a slew of ‘Centrally Sponsored Schemes’ and complimented by State Sector plans,” he said.He said that the major contribution comes from the flagship programmes like Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) and Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).There are many schemes under implementation for Development of horticulture in the state.“Area expansion, rejuvenation of old and senile orchards, disease and plant health management canopy management, soil health management, development of departmental nurseries, organic farming, creation of water sources, human resource development, protected cultivation, creation of water sources are the components for overall development of horticulture development,” he added.During 2015-16, about 2.22 lack clonal root stock have been imported from Netherlands at a cost of Rs. 1.72 crore and planted in the Advance Centre for Horticulture Development Zainapora during March 2016.During the year (2016-2017), 121000 fruit plants have been imported with the objectives to establish demonstration orchards in the public as well private sector for boosting the concept of high density farming system with higher rate of adaptation in the field.Prime Minister’s Development Package provides Rs. 529 crore for restoration of damaged Horticulture areas and development of Horticulture.Out of Rs.529 crore, Rs. 9 crore has been earmarked for cold storage facilities in Leh and Kargil and Rs.20 crore towards subsidy support for setting up of solar driers in the said districts.Mueen added that during the floods of September 2014, an area of 5200 hectors have come under its spell and fruit plants of all categories mostly apple have been damaged due to the fact that the area remained water logged for 5-6 months. “The area demands need of immediate restoration by way of replacement of trees and also soil treatment. The department plans to restore 75% of this area i.e.,3900 hectares in the first place,” he said.As regards restoration of damaged horticulture area and development of horticulture, we have drawn out following plan for an amount of Rs. 500 crore under Prime Minister Development package over a period of 3 years that started from 2016-2017.Rs.124.29 Crore in year 2016-17, Rs.190.73 Crore in 2017-18, Rs.184.98 Crore in 2018-2019.Mueen further added, now the Department has taken an initiative under the able leadership of Honorable Minister of Horticulture to conduct the fruit tree population census during the year 2017 which has been compiled and it will prove helpful for preparation of an effective developmental plan so as to ensure the advancement in Horticulture Sector.
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The holy month of Ramadhan shareef 2018 had already set in and first day of fasting started on Thursday,the 17th of May.
This is one of the pillars on which our faith is seated and all Muslims are bound to follow to get blessed and therefore make the day of judgement a pleasurable experience.
The basic idea is not to refrain from eating anything from dusk to dawn but it has something more stored for the faithfulls and if they really know the hidden importance of such sacred month,they will keep fasts for whole year.
Our faith hinges on 5 important God given directions which when completed gets our faith accomplished and fasting is one among them but this ritual has hidden agenda embedded under the basic cause of it.
When we fast, 1. we understand the fate of people who are hungry due to poverty, 2.by fasting we clean our soul thereby discipline our life, 3.we develop habit to prey all the five times, 4.we dressup our behaviour so discipline our activities, 5.we burn our worldly desires therefore world is rendered peacefull and last but not the least we get a chance to come further close to Him.
One who derives the pleasure faithfully gets his life blessed otherwise we will be only thirsty and hungry but will get nothing in return but exhaust our soil and body.
Let us prostrate AND SUBMIT to Him to get blessed though this blessed month. HAPPY Ramadhan.
The civil society has to be vigilant in their respective areas and raise voice whenever any injustice is meted to anybody,especially the women.
A few days back when I was proceeding to my work place and was very late and could hardly afford any loss of time but while glancing towards a by lane I could smell something fishy.
When I proceeded ahead I could see people coming in and out but nobody could see that a roadside Romeo was teasing a young girl.
People are always thinking in terms of saying she is their daughter, their mother and their sister but never try to call them as our daughter our mother instead wash their hands off when they found these young girls being harassed.
I could not withstand this and I approached the boy and before I could get his point I banged him and caught hold him till I handed him over to a police man who was neck deep involved in his own materialistic pursuits on roads.
I treated her as my daughter and retaliated as a true father but we generally don’t find this; our daughter concepts on roads.
We are not all angels but in our young days we would never think of harassing girls,just looking over the fence around our college garden was all we can do to tease the girl class mates but we have respect in our eyes but these days the limits have been crossed and we as ordinary citizens never raise a voice when we see any girl being teased.
This is hypocrisy and we need to change and give our women folk a decent place inside and outside our homes. We raise our hands very late when situations slip out of our hands and crimes committed already.
We are part of society and we have to deliver otherwise we will be scarred to send our daughters to schools offices and where not.
We have to learn to say our daughters our mothers our sisters whenever we see any women on roads and by doing so half of the war will be won without picking up sword or using our fists(for which I am a known figure in my area).
Obituary writing is always a emotional situation but it becomes more difficult to deliver when you write it for someone young,dynamic and an asset of a society.
It becomes more harder when you do it for a person whom you know from childhood.
I am right now bracketed in such a position to write it for a childhood pale,a neighbour and a person very close in relation.
#QaziMohammadDawood whose congressional prayers were conducted at his ancestral grave yard at #Srinagar on 18th May,2018 was paid adieu with moist eyes since i know him from the childhood.
It seems very fresh in my thoughts when as a toddler we used to play in our locality pavements and @QaziMohammadDawood would watch us but was never part of our brigade.
We used to have stones in hand(not to pelt them)to play every type of game on rough paths of our locality but he was always ( as young as 12years) with a pen or a brush in his hand.
We had the habit of disturbing the peace of locality but he had the habit to draw pictures to create peace around us,we had stones in hands to kill our time he had pen in his hand to write new history.
It is also a fact that his late father equally a renowned #mathematician #ProfGhulamMohammadQazi had at earlier stage of his son identified some hidden talent which he identified and appreciated.
To my little memory i dont remember that he was enrolled in any school unto 7th standard but was later send to #HanfiaschoolAnantnag where from he completed his 10th.
We used to call him a genius material since he was good with brush as well pen.
His father was very possessive about him and had laid down plans in advance for him.
He graduated from #KashmirUniversity and later he was sent to #NewYork for #Phd in #Mathematics.
He completed his Doctorate from #syracuseUniversityNewYork and for some time shared his knowledge in New york.He had also a stint at #KingFaisalUniversity ,a leading #AmericanUniversity at #Reyad as professor of Mathematics before coming back to Kashmir during 2003.
Kashmir University was more than happy to have him as faculty member in mathematics department.
He contributed substantially in his field but Destiny always play a part even if your parents are dreamy about you.
He excelled in his field very quickly but a rare condition of nervous system affected him to some extend but he was very much liked by the university as well as students since he has a unique style in learning process for his students.
From the last 1 year he was a bit weak but he had never stopped to carry the torch of knowledge which his father had handed him over.
Just a lungs collapse did the unimaginative tragedy and he left behind a void difficult to get filled in his field of specialization.
He has left behind a son,a daughter,wife and noble mother.
May his soul rest in peace and bless the family the courage to bear the irreparable loss.
The humanity seems to have gone topsy-turvy in such people whose hunan values have dried up and animal instincts had taken recourse.
The horrific real story of #Asifa from $Kuthua is bone chilling and culprits should be hanged in full public view so that cruelty is seen being defaced.
The investigating agency had come out with new chilling scenes which consumed a innocent soul just to satisfy the ego of mastermind
Police investigating the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua say that Sanji Ram, one of the main accused, has told them during interrogation that he learnt about the rape four days after her abduction, and decided to have her killed because his son was also involved in the sexual assault.
The investigators say the girl, who was kidnapped on January 10, was first raped the same day by Ram’s nephew, a juvenile, and was killed on January 14. Her body was found on January 17 in a forest.
Along with the juvenile, Ram and his son Vishal, five others have been charged in the case, which has shaken the nation and led to the government promulgating an ordinance mandating death sentence for the rape of a child aged 12 and below.
The investigators told PTI that the girl, from the Muslim Bakarwal community, was kept in a ‘devisthan’, a small temple, where Ram was the custodian. The aim of the kidnapping was to scare and drive away the nomadic Gujjar and Bakarwal communities from the Hindu dominated area, they said.
Ram’s lawyer Ankur Sharma refused to comment on the investigators’ version of the incidents, saying it would not be appropriate for him to discuss defence strategy. “At least the defence lawyer should not be commenting on the merits of the case. It is like leaking your strategy as a defence lawyer,” he told PTI.
Sanjhi claims he found out about the sexual assault only on January 13 when the nephew confessed to him, according to the investigators. He told them that he had performed prayers at the ‘devisthan’, and asked his nephew to take prasad home. But the nephew delayed doing so, and in anger Ram beat him up, investigators said.
However, the juvenile thought his uncle had found out that he had raped the girl, and spilled the beans, they said. They claim the juvenile also implicated his cousin, Vishal, saying they both had raped the girl inside the ‘devisthan’.
It was then that Ram decided “that time was ripe to kill the girl so as to achieve the ultimate goal” of scaring away the nomads, according to the chargesheet filed in the case.
Investigators say Ram also convinced his nephew to confess to the crime.
On the intervening night of January 13 and 14, the juvenile, Vishal and a friend, Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, took the victim out of the ‘devisthan’. They were later joined by a special police officer Deepak Khajuria who wanted to rape her once more before she was killed, they said.
She was murdered on January 14 as Ram did not want to leave any evidence that led to his son, investigators have found.
But things did not go quite as planned, they said.
The body of the child was to be transported and disposed of in the Hiranagar canal nearby. However, a vehicle could not be arranged in time. The juvenile, Vishal, Khajuria and Mannu lifted the body and took it back to the ‘devisthan’ while Ram kept watch outside, the chargesheet said.
Further investigations showed that Ram told his nephew and his son the next day that his friend had refused to bring a car so the two had to throw it in the jungle.
Preparations for the abduction had started on January 7 when sedatives and ‘manar’ (local cannabis or bhang) were purchased, the chargesheet said.
The child was sedated with ‘manar’ and kept in the ‘devisthan’ covered with a rug and a mattress weighing nearly 15 kg, investigators said.
A senior police officer of the Crime Branch investigating the case consumed the ‘manar’ tablet in front of his colleagues and the medical team to understand the effect of the drug, it is learnt.
The chargesheets — a separate chargesheet was filed for the juvenile — named Ram, his nephew, his son Vishal, SPOs Khajuria and Surender Verma and friend Mannu.
While Ram has been charged with murder, kidnapping and destruction of evidence, Mannu has been charged with kidnapping. The other three have rape added to the list of charges.
The chargesheet also names head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta – who allegedly took Rs. 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence.
All of them have been charged under Section 120 B of the IPC for criminal conspiracy.
Investigators have also reconstructed the juvenile’s day after he disposed of the body.
On the afternoon of January 15, after dumping the body, he joined other boys playing near the canal in Hiranagar and told a friend, Amit Sharma, about the murder. Later that evening, he accompanied Vishal, who was returning to Meerut, to the station.
Ram, investigators claimed, also convinced his underage nephew to confess to the crime but leave Vishal out of it, assuring him that he would get him released early from the remand home.
Later, according to the daily diary of the police, the juvenile approached the superintendent of police and admitted his guilt.
Amit Sharma’s statement has been recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code before a magistrate which is admissible in the court as primary evidence.
On January 23, the government handed over the case to the Crime Branch of the state police, which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested the eight people.
The accused pleaded not guilty on the opening day of the trial in the principal district and sessions court on April 16. The next hearing in the case is on April 28.
Now let us see how Supreme court of India will play its role since court has put a stay on the proceedings upto 7th May,2018 to give the father of victim a chance to listen to his plea to shift case outside Kuthua
People are confused as whether higher court is helping culprits or the accused since crime branch had till date conducted case very professionally.
Let us wait and watch upto 7th May,2018 and see how SC reacts to given human problem.
To be concluded.
The commentary on Asifa case is chilling and one gets ashamed to be part of such society.
The chilling story by the member of SIT who were entrusted to investigate into the confusing case is a reminder that we have still people who are human and want protection of human values.
Ms Sharma was very much instrumental in unraveling the truth and story goes as;
My Only Religion Was My Uniform: Officer Who Cracked Kathua Case :
Shwetambri Sharma, the only female member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, that investigated the rape and murder of the eight-year-old Bakerwal girl, reveals exclusively toThe Quint how hard it was to carry out her job against heavy odds.
“The people we believed were involved in the gruesome rape and murder of that 8-year-old angel, their relatives and sympathisers, including a multitude of the lawyers, left no stone unturned to disrupt our investigation. They went to the extreme of our humiliation and harassment. But we stood our ground firmly till the end,” Shwetambri Sharma, the Jammu-based Deputy Superintendent of Police in Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, told The Quint.
“We worked against heavy odds. At times we were disappointed, particularly when we learned that even the men of Hiranagar Police Station had been bribed to hush up the case and they had washed away the young victim’s clothes to destroy material evidences. Yet we cracked this rape and murder mystery during the holy navrataras. I believe there was a divine intervention to bring the culprits to justice. I believe Durga Mata had her hand on our head,” said Shwetambri, an officer of the 2012 batch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police (Gazetted) Service.
An eight-year-old went missing on 10 January around Rasana village of Hiranagar in Jammu’s Kathua district. After the police failed to recover her amid allegations of kidnapping, which rattled a session of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, she was found dead on 17 January.
On 23 January, the government of Jammu and Kashmir assigned the investigation to the crime branch.
The SIT functioned under supervision of Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) of Crime, Aloke Puri and Syed Ahfadul Mujtaba, besides Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Crime Branch Jammu, Ramesh Kumar Jalla. Headed by Additional Superintendent of Police (SP) Crime Naveed Pirzada, it had Deputy SP Shwetambri, Sub Inspector Irfan Wani, Inspector KK Gupta and Assistant Sub Inspector of Police Tariq Ahmad as its members.
On 9 April, amid demands of shifting the investigation to the CBI from families of the accused and their sympathisers, the SIT filed two charge-sheets against the accused before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) holding eight of the accused guilty of rape, murder, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, criminal conspiracy and destroying of evidences.
The accused included a youth, who, according to the charge-sheet, committed rape twice on the captive child and murdered her brutally before dumping her body. He was declared as a Juvenile in Contravention with Law (JCL) by a judicial magistrate even as the SIT proved him an adult on the basis of school records and a team of doctors at Government Medical College Jammu described his age as between 19 and 20 years.
Shwetambri, who taught management at Mata Vaishno Devi University and some other colleges affiliated to University of Jammu for 7 years, and was in the middle of her Ph D in management after her B Com and MBA before joining the police service in 2012.
“As most of the accused were Brahmins, they over-emphasised their surnames. They particularly tried to influence me and communicated through different means that we belonged to one religion and one caste and I must not hold them guilty of the rape and murder of a Muslim girl. I told them that as an officer of the J&K Police, I had no religion and my only religion was my police uniform”.
“When all such tactics failed, their families and sympathisers resorted to blackmailing and intimidation through whatever means at hand. They carried lathis, shouted slogans, organised rallies under the tricolour and blocked our roads to different villages and finally the court. But with perseverance and patience we stood our ground to carry out our job with total determination, commitment and professionalism,” Shwetambri said.
The officer narrated how spine-chilling it was to discover that the child had been subjected to untold brutality inside a retired girdawar Sanji Ram’s private devsthan. She was the officer who entered the devsthan and seized material evidences including the victim’s hair strands in the presence of a magistrate. Forensic Science Laboratory subsequently confirmed that the hair samples were that of the eight-year-old’s.
According to the officer, the biggest challenge was “to unravel the real culprits who had the courage to sexually violate a Devi – Kanjak – whom we Hindus consider as Durga avatars and worship”.
“During the hearing of a bail petition, which was subsequently dismissed, we entered the court to make relevant arguments. But, instead of arguing as defence lawyers, a crowd of 10 to 20 lawyers held demonstrations. They insisted we name the accused, knowing well that we were barred. We repeatedly faced a hostile crowd outside the courts. We did nothing but to request the SHO to file an FIR. When he didn’t, we approached the district magistrate through the head of our SIT. There was anarchy and intimidation all around,” Shwetambri said.
She said the most gruelling moment came when she had to question all the accused men about graphic details of the rape and murder of the child who was her own son’s age.
It was terrible. But Mata Durga was on our side. She gave me courage and I asked all the required questions in presence of male members of our SIT.
She pointed out that Vishal Jangota,the devsthan custodian Sanji Ram’s son who had returned from his B Sc Agriculture studies in Meerut to “satisfy his lust”, was arrested on the 1st navratra and Sanji Ram himself on the 3rd navratra.
“It was the most difficult task,” she said.
“Sleep eluded me. I stayed awake for nights. I was not available as his partner, when my husband went for family and social commitments. I couldn’t take care of my child properly who had to be prepared for exams. But thank God we have been successful in our job and I am satisfied that I, along with other members of my team, have done something to bring those rapists and killers to justice.”
“We have full faith in judiciary. We are all hopeful that justice will be delivered as our investigation is fool-proof and supported not only by confessions but also by other necessary evidences including technical and scientific ones,” said the officer.
Getting passport has ways played a prank since we used to get lethargic by virtue of lengthy process to get one in hand.
I remember when during the year 1984 i applied for one at Srinagar,it used to be tiresome as compared to year 2018,Now it is just Mouse away.
Those days half of energy was lost to collect application booklet and filling it with trivial details.Then submission was another lengthy process.Taking photo also was an issue as it was compulsion to have both ears visible with white background.
After lot of delays somehow if form was accepted,then police verification would invité another half of our energy.
After 3-6 months if CID head office was accommodating then we may see light at the end of passport tunnel otherwise our file used to get closed.
I had faced same experience when i applied for extension of it during the year 1995 at Mumbai, Maharashtra.
The passport office at Worli Naka would again require same old methodology of submitting big book let and again police verification will follow to complete the process.
But today it was all together a different experience,my son Khan Marib had himself uploaded the application,submitted fees,fixed appointment in a single Mouse browsing.
Today on 12/04/2018 he was given 10 30 slot and it took me 5 minutes from my residence to accompany him to sub centre of Regional Passport Office Srinagar Passport Office AT Anantnag.
It took me 5 Minutes and everything was done and passport form stand confirmed for issuance of fresh passport.
What a change and what a change at your door steps.
When i relate it with my experience of 1984 and 1995 i found the change very appealing one.