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Altaf Bukhari seeks reservation for Jammu and Kashmir candidates in NEET

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Former Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari

Srinagar, Jan 31 : Former Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday urged the Central government to issue a notification providing 100 per cent reservation to J&K candidates in allotment of Post Graduate seats in different medical/dental colleges of the erstwhile state.

In a statement issued here, Bukhari expressed serious concern over the prevailing obscurity around the whole exercise of filling post-graduate seats in different disciplines in SKIMS-Deemed University and other Medical Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The candidates of Jammu and Kashmir appeared in the examination conducted through NEET after facing tremendous hardships including Internet shutdown. They braved all odds with a hope that they will get their share of seats through the same procedure which was in vogue before August 5, 2019,” Bukhari said while soliciting the personal intervention of Prime Minster Narendra Modi in this regard.

He appealed to the Prime Minster to convey to the Ministry of Home Affairs that Jammu and Kashmir should not be a part of the All India Quota for PG medical courses and keep 100 per cent of Jammu & Kashmir’s seats reserved for its local students.

“This has been one of our top most political demands submitted before the government of India that our residents/students should have 100 per cent reservation to professional courses in various streams and disciplines offered in medicine and engineering by our medical colleges, engineering colleges and deemed universities of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bukhari observed.

He urged the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) not to go for counselling of All India Quota seats of Jammu and Kashmir for all medical/dental colleges, institutes as per merit of PG NEET 2020 till the Central government comes up with clarity in this regard.

“The reconstitution of Board of Professional Entrance Examinations has made students in Jammu and Kashmir anxious amid larger worries that the scrapping of Article 370 and Article 35A has stripped them of their special status. This will eventually fuel a surge of outsiders into medical and engineering colleges in Jammu and Kashmir,” Bukhari remarked.

He urged the Centre to rebuild and regain the lost trust and confidence of Jammu and Kashmir students by ordering 100 per cent reservation for them in various professional courses as has been promised by the Prime Minister and Home Minister on the floor of Parliament.

The former finance minister echoed the concern of the people of Jammu and Kashmir saying that earlier, J&K had 100 per cent of seats reserved for its students in its own medical colleges and now, after its bifurcation into two union territories, it is not clear whether it will have that reservation or not.

“As a goodwill gesture and a confidence building measure, the Central government must restrict all the professional seats available in different medical colleges of the erstwhile State, for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir and address their genuine concerns about losing career opportunities,” Bukhari said.

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Three-day lockdown in UP from Friday night

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Lucknow, July 9 : The Yogi Adityanath government on Thrsday announced a three-day lockdown in Uttar Pradesh from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5.a.m. on Monday.

All markets, food grain markets and other establishments will remain closed during this period and the supply of essentials will be ensured through doorstep delivery.

The movement of trains and air services will continue but road transport will be shut down. Buses, however, will be made available to air and train passengers.

Petrol pumps and hospitals will function normally.

The three-day lockdown is being enforced in view of the spurt in number of Corona cases in the state.

An official statement said that goods carriers will be allowed to operate and construction activities will also continue.

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To forestall Dubey’s surrender, police presence near news channels, courts bolstered

Checking of vehicles was conducted at various points in Noida and Greater Noida.

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New Delhi/Noida, July 8 : Amid speculation that wanted gangster Vikas Dubey might surrender either in a court or a news channel office, police presence has been increased outside such premises in Noida.

The Film City in Noida’s Sector 16, where many national news channels” offices are located, saw heightened police presence on Wednesday. It was apprehended that the gangster might sneak into any news channel office to evade the UP Police, which is trying to arrest the absconding accused in the killing of eight policeman as early as possible.

“We have increased the presence of the police teams at various strategic locations in Noida. Strategic routes are also checked. We are searching for the gangster and have deployed our men at all possible places where there is a slightest possibility of him being seen,” DCP, Noida, Sankalp Sharma said.

Checking of vehicles was conducted at various points in Noida and Greater Noida.

Heavy security was deployed outside the Noida court on Wednesday after speculation of Dubey attempting to surrender before the court made rounds.

Also in Delhi, police presence was heightened at strategic locations and men in plain clothes were deployed outside various courts to check the possibility of Dubey’s surrender.

The UP gangster has kept the police teams of not just UP but all the adjoining states on high alert after he went underground following the killing of eight policemen approaching his home in Kanpur.

Earlier on Wednesday, Haryana Police arrested three close associates of Dubey from Faridabad after a glimpse of the gangster was caught in a hotel CCTV on Tuesday afternoon. The gangster, however, gave the police a slip.

Earlier the UP Police gunned down Dubey”s close aide Amar Dubey in Maudaha, Hamirpur in UP. He was involved in the July 3 shootout. Crackdown by UP Police has also started in Greater Noida and Bulandshahr, while the bounty on Dubey was doubled to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 2.5 lakh.

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BJP leader, family members killed by terrorists in Kashmir

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

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Srinagar, July 8 : A BJP leader and an ex-district president of the party for North Kashmir’s Bandipore was killed by suspected terrorists on Wednesday evening.

According to sources, the former BJP president of Bandipora district Wasim Bari was at his shop with his father and brother when some unidentified terrorists struck and shot at them injuring them critically. All three succumbed to the injuries.

The family had component of 8 security people but unfortunately none of them was there at the time of the incident.

DGP, J&K Dilbag Singh told IANS that a probe has been ordered and all the eight men who were assigned on BJP leader”s security are being arrested.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav condoled with the family and tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by d killing of young BJP leader Wasim Bari and his brother by terrorists in Bandipora. Bari”s father who is also a senior leader was injured. This despite 8 security commandos. Condolences to d family.”

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