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Now mutton to sell Rs 480 a kilo in Kashmir: Govt

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Mutton to sell Rs 480 a kilogram

Div Com stresses on strict implementation of official rates

Srinagar, Nov 2:  Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, PK Pole Monday chaired a meeting of Rate Fixation Committee and fixed rates of retail mutton at Rs 480 a kilogram and Rs 450 as wholesale rates in Kashmir.

The meeting, among others, was attended by Director FCS&CA, Director Animal Husbandry, ADC Srinagar, JD Extension, Technical Officer Sheep Husbandry besides members from mutton retailers and wholesalers associations and media persons, an official spokesperson said.

The Div Com during the meeting said that rates have been fixed after taking all factors including, production cost, transportation, processing, cutting and all other charges into consideration.

He said that now onwards mutton rates shall be revised annually as per government’s wholesale pricing index.

Stressing on the strict implementation of official rates, the Div Com said that stringent action including FIRs shall he registered against mutton dealers and butchers if found selling mutton on higher rates or resorting to any kind of violations against the official rates.

The meeting was informed that out of 81 FIRs, 42 have been registered against mutton dealers only while an amount of Rs 4.63 lac fine has been imposed on offenders in different districts of Kashmir during the month of October.

The Div Com said that despite the increase in the local production, we have to import around 70 percent mutton from other states and urged all stakeholders to cooperate for the implementation of official rates.

He appealed to the wholesale dealers to buy mutton as per the rate list from outside mandis or dealers from different states to avoid overcharging or black marketing of the mutton.

During the meeting, members from mutton dealer association raised various issues with the Div Com and demanded prompt and proper measures are taken for hassle-free mutton trade.

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Darakhshan Andrabi granted MoS status

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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.

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Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA Science Summit

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Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA

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.

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Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released

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Sufi poetry ‘Ganji Asrar’

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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