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63 civil servants shown door for ‘corrupt practices’, more to follow
Performance review to be regular feature of all officers, officials: Akhtar
SRINAGAR, July 1: The state governmentt has dispensed with the services of 63 civil servants as a part of the process to remove deadwood from the administration. This was announced by the education minister, Naeem Akhtar at a press conference here today. Akhtar, who is also the state government spokesman, said out of the 63 officers/official, whose services have been terminated, 25 involve trap cases by various anti-graft bodies, 11 include cas...
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Regularization after 5 yrs of satisfactory service
Govt notifies new recruitment policy
Appointments on regular basis with basic minimum pay
SRINAGAR, July 1: The state government today ordered implementation of the new recruitment policy, which has been named as “Fast-track Recruitment in Government Departments.” As per the new policy the recruitment against all the vacant posts referred to the recruiting agencies shall have to be completed within four months. Announcing this at a press conference here today, Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, said as per the new policy, the app...
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First batch of Amarnath yatris flagged off
JAMMU, July 1: The first batch of over 1000 Amarnath yatris was flagged off today from Jammu. Minister for Health Choudhary Lal Singh flagged off a convoy of 34 vehicles carrying the pilgrims from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu towards the valley. This year's Amarnath Yatra will commence from July 2 and end on August 29. The Jammu and Kashmir Police, Paramilitary Force, CRPF and other security agencies have been deployed en route to the sh...
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Rajnath reviews Amarnath Yatra arrangements
SRINAGAR, July 1: A day ahead of the start of Amarnath Yatra, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday reviewed the arrangements made for the annual pilgrimage to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas. Soon after arriving here on a two-day visit, Singh chaired a high level meeting of security and civil administration at Raj Bhavan, officials said. The meeting was attended by Governor N N Vohra, who is also the cha...
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‘Pak terror groups want to target Amarnath Yatra’
NEW DELHI, July 1 (Agencies): Pakistan terror groups have sent members to Jammu and Kashmir with orders to plan fidayeen or suicide attacks targeting the annual Amarnath Yatra, said intelligence sources to NDTV. They added that the government in Kashmir and the Centre have been alerted to the security concerns for the pilgrimage made by thousands to a shrine high in the Himalayas in South Kashmir. The Indian Army has launched Operation Shiva t...
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‘Safety of School Buses’: Education Deptt issues fresh guidelines
SRINAGAR, June 1: The State’s Education Department has issued a slew of guidelines to ensure safety of school buses carrying children. Enumerating the guidelines in a circular issued in pursuance to the directions of the Supreme Court, the Education Department has said that all the school buses should be painted yellow, ‘School Bus’ should be clearly written on the back and front of the bus, if it is a hired bus, ‘On School Duty’ should be clea...
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Chairs DDB meetings of Srinagar, Budgam
Officers to be judged by their integrity, performance: Mufti
SRINAGAR, July 1: Sending a loud and clear message to the administration in unequivocal terms, chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today stated that the officers will be solely tested by their integrity and performance in improving the public delivery mechanism in the State. He said the biggest drawback in the system has been the inability of the officers to utilize the available resources fully, a trend that needs to be reversed immediately...
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MHA to help Kashmiri youth who cracked IIT exam
NEW DELHI, Jul 1: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to help the Kashmiri boy Zaman Ishtiyaq Bhat from Srinagar, who has cracked the IIT/JEE Examination this year. The boy has secured 5984th rank in the recently declared results and expects to secure a seat in IIT Roorkee, Kharagpur, Guwahati or Chennai. The State government and the Director General, Police have already announced financial assistance to this boy, and the MHA wil...
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Laughter in unison
Srinagar, July 1: Admitting that the vigilance system has not been working in the state Jammu and Kashmir, government on Wednesday said there was neither prosecution nor the conviction in vogue against the tainted officials. Addressing a press conference here, Education Minister and coalition’s spokesman Naeem Akhtar said that the government is committed to take stern action against all those officials who are found violating the norms and indu...
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Mufti visits GB Panth Hospital
Institution to get critical care ambulances, 10 addl ventilators
SRINAGAR, July 1: Immediately after chairing the District Development Board (DDB) meetings of Srinagar and Budgam districts, chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today visited G B Panth Children’s Hospital at Sonawar, which was badly affected during the floods of September 2014. While taking a round of the hospital premises, the chief minister was informed by the Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Dr M K Bhandari, that the hospital’s inta...
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BJP minister 'fixes' woman doc's collar, image goes viral
LAKHANPUR, July 1: The image of a minister in Jammu and Kashmir touching the collar of a woman doctor has been widely circulated on social media and has provoked sharp criticism. The photograph was taken when Chaudhary Lal Singh, the state health minister, had gone to a government hospital to check preparedness for the Amarnath pilgrimage, which began on Wednesday. Singh reportedly saw the doctor and told her that her collar was not in place. ...
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Army claims seizure of arms, ammunition in Kishtwar
JAMMU, July 1: Security forces claimed to have recovered huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives from Kasiyan in Kishtwar district today. Defence spokesman said that the sustained joint efforts of security forces and JKP to deny militants in Kishtwar district an opportunity to revive militancy led to unearthing a cache of weapons and ammunition from a hideout near the remote area of Kasiyan in Kishtwar district today. This cache had th...
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New AI report on Kashmir abuse makes damning revelations on patterns of impunity
‘India has failed its own constitution in name of national security’
SRINAGAR, July 1: Amnesty International (AI) India today accused India of neglecting international obligations and its own constitution by ignoring human rights violations allegedly committed by security force personnel in the name of national security in Jammu and Kashmir. DAMNING REPORT These conclusions were made in a report released by Amnesty International today in Delhi. The report, “Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights ...
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Sanctity of State Flag
HC admits petition, listed on July 22
SRINAGAR, July 1: The High Court today admitted a petition on a controversial government circular pertaining to upholding of sanctity of State flag. The matter has been now listed for July 22 for next hearing. As the matter came up for hearing, Justice Hasnain Masoodi admitted the petition filed by Abdul Qayoom Khan with a direction that the petition be listed for July 22 for next hearing. On June 15, the Court had asked the state government to...
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Another body recovered at Saddal
UDHAMPUR, July 1: After a gap of at-least nine months after Saddal village of Udhampur district got buried under a massive landslide after heavy rains, district authorities today stumbled on a decomposed body of a youth taking the total number of deaths to 36. “The district administration Udhampur recovered one more body today at Saddal-Panjar hamlet, where heavy landslide occurred last year after incessant rains and flash floods,” a district ...
> PIL on sanction in corruption cases: HC grants time to GAD for filing status report
> Prof Keshav posted as Registrar JU
> MeT trashes news report about 12-day rains
> 8 police officials transferred in Udhampur
> 8 DySPs transferred
In democracy elected representatives have to take final call on issues: Beg
SRINAGAR, July 1: Former parliamentarian and PDP chief spokesperson, Dr Mehboob Beg has reacted sharply to the recent comments made by Dr Jitendra Singh with regard to the partial revocation of AFSPA. Dr Beg asserted that in a democracy it has to be the ';Elected representatives'; who have to take the final call on this and despite the commendable service that the Armed Forces do towards the Nation, one has to be very clear that taking decisio...
> Information deptt to start online distribution of Advts
> Spain ambassador meets Guv
> Bakshis bereaved
> Statements against Lone NC core group meets
> Hooda calls on Guv
Radicalization in J&K
Union home ministry’s purported move to initiate preparation of a "plan of action" to prevent attraction of youth in Jammu and Kashmir towards ISIS and religious radicalization through both overt and covert measures inspires concern. First of all, there is little evidence to link Kashmir to any ISIS agenda. Second, if the attempt is to target religious radicalization and pre-empting any designs of xenophobic tendencies or preventing violence, it...
> Peanuts for elephantine disaster
> Conspiracy of Silence
> Bad idea of smart cities
> 56-inch chest shrinks into nothingness - By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
> Credentials vs Governance
Mrs Gandhi's misrule
By Kuldip Nayar
"If I were to explain the emergency to today's generation, I would repeat the adage that eternal vigilance is required to defend the press freedom is as much truer today as it was when India won freedom some 70 years ago." RK Laxman's representation of Emergency in 1975 (courtesy: TOI) Forty years may seem to be a long period. But it is not long enough to efface the memory of a jungle raj which followed the imposition of the emergency in 1975....
> Lifted Up..! - By Robert Clements
> Jhelum's repeated warnings - By M. Ashraf
> Keep Your dream intact..! - By Robert Clements
> Story of 'Flag', revealed layer by layer - By B.L. Saraf
> Sweet Revenge…! - By Robert Clements
Hounding whistle blowers in time of undeclared Emergency
By Humra Quraishi
Undeclared Emergency seems on! There is an unease of a definite kind. Camouflages are falling apart. The situation has reached a point where even the well trained spokespersons of this NDA government are finding it tough to defend. Defend how? When hard facts coupled with solid evidence are out …stark out in public domain. Why this license to loot this land? Enough evidence of fraud and corruption by ministers and chief ministers, yet no dismi...
> Piercing face and body by hundreds of iron balls - By Ravi Nitesh
> Islamic State: More Massacres - By Gwynne Dyer
> A new mode of warfare: The Greek debt crisis and crashing markets - By Michael Hudson
> BJP's dilemma mounts over "Lalitgate" - By Amulya Ganguli
> Anant Singh’s arrest boosts Nitish's image - By Arun Srivastava
City along Yamuna Expressway should be included in smart-city project
Dear Editor, Union Civil Aviation Ministry has finally given nod to proposal of Uttar Pradesh government for making new international-airport at Jewar (UP) at side of India’s most prominent Yamuna Expressway connecting Delhi to Agra. Now project should be soon implemented by getting nod of Union Cabinet in a supersonic manner. Developing international-airport at Jewar (UP) will give foreigners visiting India easy connectivity both to capital-ci...
> Down with favouritism
> ‘Premium Full Cream Milk’ to be introduced at all booths
> Right to education and quality of education
> Favouritism in judicial exams
> TMC goons
22 killed in massive landslides in Darjeeling, many missing
SILIGURI (WB), July 1 (Agencies): At least 22 people were killed and many others were missing in landslides triggered by heavy rains in three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district since last night. The landslides in 25 places in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong subdivisions also caused extensive damage to NH-10 and NH-55, cutting off road link to the region. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel were carrying out rescue operations and Army's hel...
> Lalit Modi drags Sonia, Varun Gandhi in escalating row
> Cash-for-Vote Scam accused TDP MLA Revanth Reddy released from jail
> AAP admits giving perks to party members
> DCW being used as a 'Political Tool': AAP
> Court directs police to provide security to witness
'Clinton was advised to take action against Pak army leaders'
WASHINGTON, July 1 (Agencies): Hillary Clinton was advised to quietly take action against Pakistani military leaders who gave support to al-Qaeda and its affiliates, an email sent to her when she was Secretary of State shows. Such an advice was given to Clinton by Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger, who served as the United States National Security Advisor for President Bill Clinton from March 14, 1997, until January 20, 2001, as per the email dated...
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> IS suicide bombers attack army checkpoints in Egypt, 60 killed
> Jindal criticises Obama, Hillary over views on gay marriage
> After USA, Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality ban
> Russia pledges 'political, economic, military' support: Syria
Vikramaditya elected president J&K Basketball Association
JAMMU, July 1: MK Vikramaditya, MLC has been elected as the president of the revived J&K Basketball Association, elections to which were conducted here today. The Association that came into existence in 1973, was revived after the parallel body that existed till today was rendered defunct and suspended by the J&K State Sports Council for non settlement of accounts since 2001 and failure to conduct any domestic activity as well as elections. T...
> 4 J&K lifters selected for Asian championship
> Unlike Team India, we can't enjoy luxury of resting seniors, admits Zimbabwe captain
> Vansh Mahajan selected for National Coaching Camp, Patiala
> 31 NCC mountaineers successfully returns from Mt. Deo Tibba
> Shikhar Dhawan claims cash for his newly won motor-bike in Bangladesh
Ratan Tata buys stake in Ola Cabs
NEW DELHI, July 1 (Agencies): Top industrialist Ratan Tata has bought a stake in online taxi-hailing firm Ola, the company said today. Ola however did not disclose the size of the stake taken or the money invested, saying the investment was made by Tata in his personal capacity. Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, had previously invested in start-ups ranging from online retailer Snapdeal to Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. "Tata's strong inclina...
> Suzuki 2-wheelers on a steady growth path
> Greece becomes the first developed country to default on IMF debt, seeks new EU loans
> Greece crisis may trigger outflows from India: Finance Secy
> India, Thailand sign multiple agreements, including DTAT
> Facebook's Indian userbase touches 125-mn in India
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