PDP Leader to Head Cultural Academy


Srinagar: Chief Minister, who is also President, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Tuesday accorded approval to nomination of Zafar Iqbal Manhas, PDP MLC as the Vice President of the Academy.

This was disclosed by Secretary, JKAACL, Dr. Aziz Hajini, who stated that nomination of the former Secretary has been made by the President Academy in pursuance of decision of Academy’s General Council taken by it in its meeting held on 17th December, 2016.

Pertinently, the General Council of the JKAACL after thorough deliberations and with a unanimous decision had authorized the President JKAACL to nominate any member of the Council as the Vice President of the Academy.

“In accordance with the relevant decision of the General Council regarding nomination of the Vice President, a proposal was initiated by us for formal nomination by the President JKAACL (HCM) out of a proposed panel,” Hajini disclosed, adding the President JKAACL nominated Manhas in view of his credentials, experience and knowledge of the Academy’s functioning.

Hailing the nomination of Manhas as Vice President of the Academy, Hajini said that it was after around thirty six years that Academy was having a Vice President.

 “It is a welcome step as by nominating a Vice President, the President Academy has restored the democratic character and institutional autonomy of JKAACL,” Hajini said.

Pertinently, Manhas is currently serving as Member, J&K Legislative Council and is also on the General Council and Central Committee of the Academy. A former Secretary of the Academy, Manhas has served the State in several important positions including Secretary, State Autonomy Committee, Member, Autonomy Committee and Secretary, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People.

Pertinent to mention here that the meeting of the General Council of the Academy was held at Jammu in the month of December 2016 after a gap of nearly 35 years.

Bari takes over as VC Cable Car Corp

Bari Andrabi formally took over as VC Cable Car Corporation and today visited the corporation headquarters at Zamzam Building, Rambagh. He took a review meeting wherein steps to improve the existing facilities and time bound completion of the projects in the pipeline were discussed. During the meeting, Andrabi stressed upon the officers and all the concerned to contribute towards making the corporation vibrant. He also assured that the cable car corporation will receive every assistance from the government, given the priority accorded to the tourism sector by the government, of which the cable car corporation is an integral part.

Hailing from District Pulwama, Bari Andrabi took a premature retirement from his post as the Deputy director Prosecution, JK Police, in the year 2014 to join PDP. A law graduate from Kashmir University, Andrabi has also been nominated  Director on the Board of Directors of the Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.


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