Normal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatists to mark the sixth death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged on this day in 2013.Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads due to the shutdown called by the separatists, officials said.Separatists Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), consisting of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), called for a shutdown to press for their demand that Afzal Guru’s mortal remains be returned for burial in Kashmir.Authorities have placed Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and several other separatist leaders under house arrest to prevent them from holding any protest marches, the officials said. Security personnel have been deployed in strength at vulnerable places across the valley for maintaining law and order, they said.Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9, 2013.
The Punjab government has decided to pay ₹2,500 per acre as compensation to small and marginal farmers who have not burnt their paddy straw.State Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu on Wednesday said that farmers cultivating non-basmati paddy and owning land up to five acres, would get ₹2,500 per acre compensation for not burning the residue. “Firstly, the beneficiary of this compensation should be a farmer who owns up to five acres of land in his name, his wife and children under 18 years of age. Secondly, the aforesaid farmer should cultivate non-basmati paddy in the above mentioned area and should also not have burnt paddy residue in any part of his field,” he said.While explaining the procedure for seeking compensation, Mr. Pannu said those farmers who fulfilled the above stated conditions, would have to submit the self-declaration performa with the panchayat concerned by November 30. Money in bank account“The performa is available with the village panchayats. The compensation amount would be directly credited to the bank account of the eligible farmers,” he added.Mr. Pannu said burning paddy residue was in blatant violation of the orders of the Supreme Court and warned of strict action against farmers who violate it.