Programme perfect way to honour Father of Nation: Lt Governor
Srinagar, Oct 2: Commencing of the third phase of Back to Village programme across J&K is the perfect way to honour Father of the Nation on his birthday.
These were the remarks made by the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha in his message on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, according to an official spokesperson.
An apostle of peace and social service, Mahatma Gandhi’s contributions to the freedom struggle and promoting the rights and welfare of the oppressed sections of the society have unending imprints on the global history and would continue to inspire the generations to come.
Everyone must follow the path of Non-violence, Social justice, Equality, Upliftment of under-privileged sections of the society, Secular traditions and Brotherhood shown by the Father of the Nation for bringing an era of peace and development in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi advocated Panchayati Raj, a decentralized form of Government. Following the Gandhian ideas of Gram Swaraj and Panchayati Raj system, the J&K Government is making untiring efforts to reach out to the people and including all the stakeholders in the process of decision-making and public policy formulation to bring a positive social and political change in J&K.
Back to Village is a unique and ambitious exercise by the UT Government to reach the doorsteps of the people with responsive, accountable and equitable governance is in its own way promoting values, ideology and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
The ambitious programme starting from 2nd October is also seen as a unique effort of the Government to strengthen the newly constituted Panchayats, the Lt Governor continued.
This practice is the first such attempt at a concentrated and determined developmental push. The endeavour was as challenging as ambitious – it involved the visit of over 4000 Gazetted officers of J&K to each and every Panchayat so that they can be well-versed with the local issues and developmental needs. It also aims at ensuring that beneficiary oriented schemes actually reach the last person in the queue, he added.
It is my advice to every single officer on the ground to work as a changemaker to ensure benefits of governance reach the last man in the queue so that the desired results which we are aiming at i.e development of villages and strengthening of Panchayats must be achieved, the Lt Governor maintained.
This year in addition to other events, it has been decided that Swachhta Pledge ceremonies shall be organized in all offices across the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Accordingly, it is impressed upon all the Administrative Secretaries/Heads of the Department/Deputy Commissioners to organize pledge taking ceremonies in all the offices and institutions under their jurisdiction on the morning of October 2, 2020 and also ensure that the officers/officials participate in the Swachhta Pledge taking ceremony, he added.
Darakhshan Andrabi granted MoS status
Srinagar: J&K Waqf Board Chairperson Dr Darakhshan Andrabi has been granted the status of Minister of State (MoS) by the J&K Government.
Andrabi was last month appointed as a member of J&K Waqf Board and later elected chairperson.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the grant of status equivalent to Minister of State (MoS) in favour of Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson, J&K Waqaf Board,” an order issued on Friday by the Principal Secretary, GAD, Manoj Dwivedi reads.
“The Hospitality & Protocol Department shall make necessary insertion in the J&K Warrant of Precedence with the approval of Competent Authority,” it added.
Andrabi recently facilitated a successful meeting between Kashmiri business leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Andrabi is a national executive member of Bhartiya Janta Party and BJP state spokesperson for J&K.
Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA Science Summit
Srinagar, Sept 21: Dr Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, a Kashmir-born Innovation Researcher, has been invited to speak at UNGA76’s second Science Summit (United Nations General Assembly UNGA76).
The UNGA Science Summit’s goal is to “increase awareness of science’s significance and contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” It will showcase efforts that will serve as examples for global science systems and activities supporting the SDGs, notably in the areas of science infrastructure and capacity building.”
Dr Sheikh Fayaz, a Kupwara resident, has been asked to speak at a session on ‘South-South/North Science Capacity Building and Research Collaboration for Advancing the SDGs,’ which will take place on September 22, 2021.
UNGA76 is seen as a unique and prestigious forum for science and development scholars to demonstrate “how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation”. The second edition of UNGA76, Science Summit, is organized by ISC around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) in New York in September 2021.
Dr Sheikh Fayaz is working as a full-time innovation researcher with the School of Management, Zhejiang University, one of the top public universities in China. He works on ‘secondary innovations’ and regional development. Sheikh Fayaz holds his M.Phil and PhD from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-India.
Prior to joining Zhejiang University, Dr Fayaz was a Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal, under European Commission’s Crossing Boundaries Project funded by Marie Curie Actions, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (2014), School of Management, University of Bradford, England (Oct- Nov 2014) and University of Sussex, London and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, England, (2017). He is also a member of the Globelics community and is an alumnus of various Globelics innovation academies held in Finland, Kenya and Brazil.
The other speakers for the science summit include some of the world’s leading development practitioners, researchers, scientists, and politicians from different parts of the world. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, President, International Science Council, George Church from Harvard University Wyss Institute, Dr Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature, UK, Prof. Intisar Soghayroun Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sudan and Dr Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences, USA, joined the opening plenary session held on September 14, 2021.
Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released
Srinagar: A collection of Sufi poetry, ‘Ganji Asrar’, authored by Musadiq Alam, was released on Tuesday at a cultural event in Tagore Hall here.
The event was organised by Angel’s Cultural Academy in association with the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
The book is a poetry collection of the legendry Sufi poet, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar Shutloohi. Dar has served for more than 40 years at Darbari Kashani Shalimar.
‘Ganji Asrar’ has been published by Sultania Book Depot Maisuma and will be available at all leading book shops of J&K.
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