SMC Mayor elections now on 16th July: Commissioner
Former Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu and former deputy mayor Sheikh Mohammad Imran Saturday filed their nomination papers for the post of Mayor.
SMC Commissioner Gazanfar Ali told Rising Kashmir that both Mattu and Imran have filed their nomination papers on Saturday afternoon for Mayor elections scheduled on 16th July now.
“They duo filed their nomination papers on Saturday and now Mayor elections would take place on 16th July instead of 14th July which was announced earlier," he said.
Commissioner said the date of the election was rescheduled following the non-availability of booking space in Banquet Hall.
He said all arrangements have been finalized along the SOP’s in place for the event.
Former Deputy Mayor, Imran while filing his nomination paper said that he is thankful to the independent corporators for their support and love.
“I have the vision to develop Srinagar city as one of the best cities and people should get relief from daily problems. There is a need to change leadership strategy and I hope we can do it togetherly,” he said.
Earlier, acting Mayor SMC, Parvaiz Ahmad Qadri, issued a notification asking SMC Commissioner to initiate the process for the elections.
“SMC may kindly initiate necessary process for fresh elections to the post of Mayor as per the provisions and relevant section of the J&K Municipal Corporation Act, 2000," it said.
On June 16, following the no-confidence motion filed by 43 Independent Corporators, former SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu was removed from his post. Later he blamed BJP, NC, and few independent Corporators for his removal.
SMC comprises 74 wards but four had remained vacant in the urban local body elections of 2018 after which Mattu was elected as Mayor while Shiekh Imran was elected as Deputy Mayor.
Reduce syllabus to lessen examination stress among students: JKAP
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) senior leader and former minister Mohammad Ashraf Mir on Saturday asked the J&K government to go for reduction in school curriculum especially for Board examination to ease the stress on students in view of the COVID-19 emergency.
Addressing a meeting of workers of Sonwar-Srinagar constituency at party office in Lal Chowk, Mir said that the objective of reduction in school syllabus should be to lessen the exam related anxiety among students besides preventing learning gaps in the middle of COVID emergency situations.
“There is a dire need to address the concerns of the student community who could not go to their schools due to COVID lockdown since March 18. The Board of school education should go for immediate reduction in the syllabus of 10th, 11th and 12th classes and similarly the State Institute of Education should also evolve a mechanism to address the concerns of lower classes,” he demanded.
Besides JKAP president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, the meeting was attended by Ghulam Hassan Mir, Usman Majeed, Abdul Majeed Padroo, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Noor Mohammad Shiekh, Muntazir Mohi-ud-Din, Irfan Naqeeb, Ghulam Mohammad Mir, Jeelani Kumar, Haroon Rashid, Khurshid Malik. Party’s prominent workers from Sonwar including Mohammad Shafi Mir, Gul Mohammad, Irshad Ahmad Reshi, Mohammad Shafi Beig and Javed Ahmad also attended the meeting.
Stressing on Board of school education to curtail the syllabus for all subjects in a very methodical way, Mir said that the chapters of many grades are framed in a sequence and the Board should maintain the coherence in curtailed syllabus so that the students are not confused by the relaxation.
“The virtual classes can never be a substitution for formal and structured schooling where students learn through teacher-student interactions. Besides, we cannot cram all the portions of syllabus on the students in a short duration of online classes that too are held on snail’s speed of mobile internet,” he added.
Stressing on the need for holding exams through Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) mode Mir said that the process will not subject students to sit in the exams centres for long durations. “The government should constitute a high level committee to examine all these issues facing the students’ community.”
He said the government must address the concerns of the student community and particularly the parents who feel seriously depressed for the loss of teaching hours of their wards during the COVID pandemic.
“Many students especially in rural areas in Kashmir valley have been deprived of online class facility because of unavailability of smart phones coupled with snail's speed of mobile internet which has further increased the worries of their parents,” Mir observed.