August 15: Functions across Kashmir

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Srinagar

The 72nd Independence Day (August 15) ceremony was celebrated in all the district and tehsil headquarters of the Valley.

Islamabad

The Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Younis Malik unfurled the tricolor and took the salute at the parade at the main function of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in the district held at Government Degree College  Khanabal.

DC Islamabad taking salute Mohammad Younis (Image: Shah Hilal)

Contingents of JKP, CRPF, JKAP, Ladies Police, Home Guards, NCC cadets, District Police Band and school children from various government and private schools participated in the march past on the occasion.

The DC while congratulating the people of the district spoke about the developmental scenario of the district. He said a total of 21 road projects are under execution in the district where 22 out of 52 bridges have already been completed.

He said 121 schemes under PMGSY at an estimated cost of Rs 204 crore have already been completed and 46 schemes at an estimated cost of Rs.160 crore are under execution and 30 new schemes at an estimated cost of Rs.95 crore have been sanctioned for the district.

A variety of cultural programmes were presented by the Information Department, school children, and CRPF on the occasion.

Bandipora

The main function of the Day was celebrated with traditional enthusiasm at SK Sports Stadium Bandipora.

DC Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal taking salute (Image: DIPR)

Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who was the chief guest on the occasion, unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took the salute at the march past presented by contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP CRPF, JKHG, SPOs, NCC cadets and school children.

In his address, Dr Shahid congratulated the people of the district on the 72nd Independence Day.

He also spoke about developmental projects underway in the district, saying 44 ongoing development projects, including district hospital, grid station, flood protection works, nine water supply schemes, five bridges, 13 road projects and 15 departmental buildings, at an aggregate cost of Rs 411 crore will make a paradigm shift on the economic front in the district.

He said a further 102 crore rupees are being utilised for execution of various development projects and welfare schemes under CAPEX budget during the current financial year.

Various officers and field workers were awarded for their outstanding performance on the occasion.

Independence Day functions were also held at Sumbal and Gurez parts of the district where concerned Sub Divisional Magistrates hoisted the tricolour.

Shopian:

Deputy Commissioner, Owais Ahmed, unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the march past presented by contingents of District Police, CRPF, Home Guard and students at the main venue of Independence Day celebrations at District Police Lines here.

Dc Shopian Dr Owais Ahmed taking the salute. (Image: Sheikh Hilal)

A variety of colourful cultural programmes were presented by participating students on the occasion.

The DC while speaking about developmental projects underway in the district said Capex Budget of Rs. 8663.89 lakh has been approved for development of roads, health, education, irrigation, power, water among other projects in the district for the current fiscal.

DC Shopian Dr.Owais Ahmad facilitated media persons.

He said 11 other major projects have identified for completion on priority in the district, including Mega Fruit Mandi at Aglar Shopian, District Hospital, Polytechnic College, Gujjar & Bakerwal Hostel at Shirmal, Power  Receiving Station at Trenz, Trenz-Shiekhpora Bridge, Reshinagar Bridge, Bijbihara-Shopian Road, and Aglar-Shopian Road.

Budgam:

A colourful Independence Day function was held at the main venue of celebrations in the district at Sports Stadium here where Deputy Commissioner, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took the salute at the march past.

DC Budgam Dr Syed Sehrish taking the salute. (Image: DIPR)

Contingents of JKP, JKAP, Home Guards and CRPF took part in the parade during which school students presented colourful cultural programmes.

In her address, the DC extended heartfelt greetings to the people and underscored her vision for development for the district especially with regard to the education of the girl child, adding the district administration is committed to the vision of the all-round development of the district.

Ganderbal:

Deputy Commissioner, Dr Piyush Singla unfurled the national flag at the main Independence Day function in the district at Madre Meharban Stadium.

 

Dc Ganderbal taking salute (Image: DIPR)

Dr Singla took the salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, PTS Manigam, Home Guards and students from various educational institutions.

 

While congratulating the people of Ganderbal on the 72nd Independence Day, the DC said the district administration is working assiduously to ensure that the resources available are efficiently utilized for timely implementation of various development projects and welfare programmes.

He said several development projects are under execution including the widening of Pandach-Beehama road, construction of Z-mohr Tunnel and Zojilla tunnel and infra upgrdation in the education sector in the district including Government College of Engineering and Technology at Safapora and Unani Medical College at Nawabagh.

Similar celebrations were also held at Sub Divisional Headquarter Kangan where Sub Divisional Magistrate Kangan unfurled the national flag and took the salute at the march past.

Pulwama:

The main function of the 72nd Independence Day celebrations were held at District Police Lines where Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Mohammad Dar unfurled the national flag, inspected the parade and took the salute at the march past presented by contingents of Police, CRPF, Fire & Emergency, Home Guards, JKAP besides contingents of students from different schools.

DC Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar taking salute (Image: DIPR)

The DC while speaking on the occasion recalled the great women and men who worked hard for the country’s freedom. He also described his vision for the development of the district adding that particular attention is being paid to the development of remote areas of the district.

On the occasion, colourful cultural programmes were presented by the District Information Centre and school students.

Similar celebrations were also held at Sub Divisional Headquarter of the District.

Kulgam:

Deputy Commissioner Dr Shameem Ahmad Wani hoisted the national flag and took the salute at the march past at the main function of the 72nd Independence Day held at  District Police Lines.

DC Kulgam taking salute (Image: DIPR)

Contingents of CRPF, JKP, JKP Ladies Police, District Police Band, Home Guard, NCC cadets and platoons of boys and girls from different government and private educational institutions participated in the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC highlighted the significance of the Day, and also highlighted the developmental scenario of the district where he said several developmental projects are under execution.

Independence Day celebrations were also held in other parts of the district including at sub-division DH Pora.

Baramulla:

In connection with the 72nd Independence Day celebrations, a grand function was today organized at District Police Lines Baramulla, with Deputy Commissioner Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash as the Chief Guest.

Dc Baramulla taking salute (Image: DIPR)

The DC hoisted the tricolour and inspected the parade and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of District Police, CRPF, Fire & Emergency Services, and school children.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC stressed on the promotion of national integration, communal harmony, and peace. He also spoke about the development scenario of the district.

A variety of cultural programmes depicting the cultural diversity and heritage of the State were presented.

Uri

Sub Divisional Magistrate Uri Baseer ul Haq Chaudhary(IAS)  unfurled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took salute on the March Past presented by the contingents of JKP,  CRPF,  NCC cadets and school children from various schools of the Division at Mini Stadium Uri.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Uri Baseer ul Haq Chaudhary taking the salute. (Kl Image: special arrangement)

Addressing the gathering,  SDM Uri congratulated the people on the eve of Independence Day and recalled the sacrifices of the freedom fighters who laid down their lives in the freedom struggle of the country. Various developmental initiatives taken by the Administration and those to be taken were also highlighted. The march past was followed by a colourful cultural program presented by students of various schools.

The event was attended by a representative of MLA Uri DR Sajad Shafi Uri,  SDPO Uri Mehraj U Din, Tehsildar Uri Mohammed Aslam, BMO Uri Dr Mohammed Ramzan, Sports officer Javid Ahmad Budoo,   officers from various department and a huge gathering.

A bravery award on the occasion of independence-day presented by SDM Uri to Fayaz Ahmad  Ambulance Driver of SDH Uri for evacuating people during Cross LOC shelling in Salikote and adjoining areas of Uri.

Prizes were also distributed among the participating contingents of march past and cultural activities.

Boniyar

Tehsildar Boniyar Mubashir Amin Khan (KAS)  unfurled the National Flag, inspected the parade and took salute on the March Past presented by the contingents of JKP, NCC cadets and school children from various schools of the Tehsil at Higher Secondary School Boniyar.

Tehsildar Boniyar Mubashir Amin Khan (KAS) taking the salute.
(Kl Image: special arrangement)

Addressing the gathering, Tehsildar Boniyar congratulated the people on the eve of Independence Day and recalled the sacrifices of the freedom fighters who laid down their lives in the freedom struggle of the country. The march past was followed by a colourful cultural program presented by students of various schools.

Similar functions marking the I-Day celebrations were also held at Sub-Divisional and Tehsil levels in the district.

Kupwara:

The main function of the 72nd Independence Day was celebrated at District Police Lines where Deputy Commissioner Khalid Jahangir hoisted the national flag, inspected parade and took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of JKP, IRP, Home Guard, CRPF, Forest Protection Force, and school children.

DC Kupwara khalid Jahangir taking salute.
Kl Image by Tahir Bhat

MLA Kupwara Bashir Ahmad Dar, SSP Kupwara, ACR, CPO, DIO, besides senior officers from civil administration, police, army, security forces, employees, prominent citizens and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

The DC highlighted the significance of Independence Day during which he paid rich tributes to the martyrs.

While presenting a comprehensive overview on the developmental scenario of the district, the DC said the special emphasis is being given to road connectivity, infrastructure development, besides agriculture, horticulture, healthcare, sanitation, employment, sports, and education.

He said that work is apace on Super Specialty Hospital Kupwara worth Rs 46 crore. He said 300 Kms of roads have been completed in the district. Under MGNREGA, Rs 87 crore were incurred generating 20 lakh man-days last year, DDC added.

On the occasion, the DC expressed sympathy with the people of Tangdar, where a cloudburst on August 14 caused massive damage to infrastructure, and hoped that normal life will resume soon and assured that district administration stands with the people in these difficult moments.

Various cultural programmes were also presented depicting the culture of Kashmir on the occasion.

Similar functions were also organized at sub-division level here where concerned ADC and SDM unfurled the tricolour at Handwara and Tangdar respectively.

Kargil:

The main function of the Day was held at Khree Sultan Cho Sports Stadium Biamathang where Deputy Commissioner Vikas Kundal unfurled the national flag and took the salute at an impressive march past by contingents of JKP, NCC, and Army besides a number of contingents of government and private educational institutions.

DC Kargil taking the salute. (Image: DIPR)

Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, MLA Kargil, Syed Asgar Ali Karbalie, Superintendent of Police, Dr Pawan Kumar, councilors, senior civil, police and army officers, representative of religious and social organizations and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

The DC while congratulating the people on the 72nd Independence Day said that the Day brings us the message of love, peace, unity and communal harmony. He said the Day calls for to work together in strengthening and promoting the age-old ethos and principles of brotherhood, oneness, and unity in diversity.

The DC said a series of developmental and welfare schemes implemented since last two years have brought a qualitative change in the life of the people of the district.

Various colourful cultural programmes were also presented on the occasion by the artists of Cultural Academy, Art and Languages and children of government and private schools.

Independence Day celebrations were also held at sub-division Drass, Zanaskar and Shakar Chikten besides Tesil Tai Suru and Shargole, where concerned SDMs unfurled the national flag.

Leh:

The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervor at polo ground here today.

Leh CEC taking the salute.
(Image: DIPR)

Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) LAHDC, Leh, Dorjey Motup, unfurled the tricolour and took the salute at an impressive march past comprising the contingents of JKP, Paramilitary, NCC, Civil and Army band besides a number of contingents of Government and private educational institutions.

Executive Councilors, Councilors, DC Leh Avny Lavasa, SSP Leh other officers of civil administration, police and a large number of people were also present.

CEC Dorjey Motup said that Independence Day is an occasion to make a commitment to serve the motherland and contribute for the development and progress of the nation.

A colourful cultural programme was also presented on the occasion by school students, Information Department and J&K Cultural Academy.

The Independence Day functions were also held at Tehsils, sub-divisions, and Naibats of the Leh district.

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