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Burning of Schools in Kashmir is Equal to ‘Digging Own Grave’, says Bharatiya Janata Party

"Burning schools as part of on-going protest in the Valley has startled human souls. It tantamount to digging own grave,"S S Bijral said

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Some school kids getting back to their homes in afternoon, this scene was captured in Pakistan administered Gurez Valley of Kashmir. Wikimedia Commons

Jammu, November 19, 2016: The BJP state spokesman S S Bijral on Saturday said that the people who are responsible for burning of schools in Kashmir are actually “digging their own graves”.

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According to PTI, S S Bijral said,”Burning schools as part of on-going protest in the Valley has startled human souls. It tantamount to digging own grave.”

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He said that the masterminds behind the on-going agitation in Kashmir have so far torched more than 30 schools across the Valley.

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“One is left aghast and wondering what the masterminds of Valley violence aim at by targeting centres of learning, that too of government, built through scarce public funds”, Bijral said.

Representational image. Wikimedia Commons
Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

He further added that the state was a blessed one where the education institutional network was extensive.

The former chief minister, Late Sheikh Mohammed Adbullah who was a teacher himself, introduced a policy of spreading out the network of schools and establishing one school after every two kilometres.

“These schools are because of strenuous effort of locals.

Torching these is savage and most reprehensible. It amounts to cutting roots of human civilisation. The local people protected them against vandalism,” he said.

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Referring to Islamic scriptures, Bijral said that education is crucial for human progress.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

  • Diksha Arya

    Burning schools in protest in simply horrendous…

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Tobacco Vendors Eye Schools For Sale, Says Study

It also stated that vendors display tobacco products in ways that are appealing to children and youth and utilize sales techniques such as discounting products and distributing free samples

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Tobacco vendors eye schools for sale: Study. Pixabay

Tobacco companies in India are targeting schoolchildren as young as eight years for sale of their products and placing advertisements, finds a new study.

Conducted by Consumer Voice and Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of India the study titled ‘India Tiny Targets Report’ which was released here on Wednesday, found that nearly half of the vendors around schools sell tobacco products.

It covered schools in 20 cities across six states — Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

For the study, survey was carried out in 243 schools at 487 point of sales (PoSs) across India has found that about half of them (225) sell tobacco products to minors.

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“Street vendors were the most common form of vendors of the 225 tobacco points of sale. Vendors advertise tobacco products around schools and sell cigarettes and bidis via single sticks, making these products cheap and accessible to children and youth,” the study found.

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It also stated that vendors display tobacco products in ways that are appealing to children and youth and utilize sales techniques such as discounting products and distributing free samples.

“The tobacco industry must be held accountable for their aggressive advertising efforts around our children’s schools. Our schools are not safe so long as the tobacco industry continues to try and lure our children into buying their deadly products,” Bhavna B Mukhopadhyay, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Association of India said. (IANS)