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World Red Cross day observed



Srinagar, May 08 (Scoop News) –World Red Cross day was observed in the Valley and tributes were paid to its founder member Henry Donald. The programme was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Professor Talat Ahmed, Members of the State Red Cross Managing Committee A. M. Mir (IAS Retd), Prof M.A. Charu and Prof Nusrat Andrabi, Honorary Secretary General State Red Cross Feroze Ahmed, Secretary Regional Red Cross AJ Chakkat, Treasurer Samnani.


Divisional Commissioner while appreciating the role of the Red Cross volunteers said that the theme of this year was “Youth on the Move”. Samoon asked the youth to come forward and join the noble cause of serving humanity, saving precious lives, property, extending helping hand to poor, destitute, needy and providing solace to the people particularly in the event of any calamity.

Dr Samoon said that Regional Red Cross Society Kashmir is doing a yeoman’s service throughout the valley. Complementing the volunteers working with zeal, dedication honestly and selflessly, he said that Red Cross is itself a self-motivation. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir disclosed that soon a new Red Cross Complex would be constructed at the existing place which will also include emergency response centre. He said that J&K State Red Cross society acts as auxiliary to the state.        He informed that during 2011, relief worth Rs. 28 lacs was distributed among 686 beneficiaries and added that 45 medical camps have been organized by the society in the valley.

        Vice Chancellor Kashmir University Professor Talat Ahmed said that Red Cross would see a greater participation of the students of Kashmir University, as it is a great human service. He said that soon courses on Disaster Management would be started in the University. He urged youth to join the activities of Red Cross Society. VC informed that University would soon start coaching classes for KAS and IAS aspirants.  He added that there are 8000 jobs waiting under UDAAN Scheme and under HIMAYAT program the drop out youths would be provided skill upgradation training so as to get respectable jobs in the market.

Earlier, students of various schools and colleges and Red Cross Volunteers spoke on the theme, “Youth on the Move”. Sabreena Shah from Nawakadal College, won first prize, Asma Zahoor from Women’s College, MA Road, Second prize and Iqran Shafiee third prize. Consolation prizes were given to Afeef Arif, Syed Musaib and Nahida Altaf.