February 2017 News
Government Imposes Restrictions On Fat Weddings, Other Government Or Social Functions21 February 2017
New Delhi: In a major announcement today, the Jammu and Kashmir government has announced several restrictions to control wastage at social, government and private gatherings. Consumer affairs Minister Choudhary Zulfikar Ali said that the government has imposed restrictions on the injudicious use of essential commodities in any sunch functions. The government has further banned the use of loudspeakers and fire-crackers in any government or social functions. Sending of dry fruits and sweets as an extra with invitations for any such occasions had also been barred by the government. The government has also imposed restriction on the number of invitees at any functions. While the total number of people permitted to be invited on marriage of son are 500, the number goes down to 400 for marriage of son and 100 for engagements. The government has even imposed restriction on the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes permitted to be presented during any such functions. Kashmir has been facing heated uproar and violent protests since the Indian armed forces executed the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani. In a stern warning, Army Chief Bipin Rawat on February 15 said that obstructors of Army's operations during encounters will be treated as anti-national elements. The Army Chief made comments after paying tribute to security personnel who lost their lives in encounters with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, a day back. Massive protest among youths of the valley broke out after the Army Chief's remarks. However, on February 20, Separatists called off the general strike on Friday in view of Mahashivratri, the Hindu festival, saying the decision was taken following requests from Kashmiri Pandit community to this effect. 'The strike on Friday has been called off as our Kashmiri Pandit brethren will be observing Mahashivratri on that day,' Ayaz Akbar, a spokesman for the Hurriyat faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, told PTI. Akbar said the decision was taken after many Kashmiri Pandits had requested the separatist leadership to reconsider the strike call in view of the festival on February 24. 'There are many Kashmiri Pandits who are in constant touch with us. They are part of us and keeping in consideration their sentiments, we have called off the strike. People are appealed to follow the rest of the protest schedule as announced earlier,' he added. The separatist leaders - Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik - have been issuing weekly protest calendars since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in July last year.