|Modi doesn’t want to help Kashmiris: Aiyar|
|‘His visit’s focus was Siachen, not flood victims’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 29: Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar Wednesday said that flood hit people of Kashmir should not expect any relief and respite from the Prime Minister of India Narender Modi as according to him, being the Muslim dominated area, he (Modi) didn’t like people of Kashmir and he had no sympathy for them.
Quoting Aiyar, a Srinagar based news agency CNS, said that Modi had sympathy for the people of other states of India but cared a fig for the people of Kashmir just because they were Muslims.
“Floods wreak havoc in Kashmir and yet the Government of India is showing no seriousness in approving the memorandum of Jammu and Kashmir government. It is an open truth that Modi doesn’t want help the people of Kashmir,” agency quoted Aiyar.
As per the report, taking a dig at th...|
|PIL on ‘fraudulent’ selection of ISM pharmacists|
|HC to constitute new division bench|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 29: In a rare instance, a division bench of the High Court has shown disability to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed over the “fraudulent selection” of pharmacists in Indian System of Medicine (ISM) for the reason that one of the two judges (Justice A M Magrey) had represented the government in the same issue prior to his elevation as a judge.
As the matter came up for hearing today, Justice Magrey refused to hear the matter as according to him he had appeared as an additional advocate general representing a the government in the same PIL. The High Court will now constitute a new division bench to hear the matter, said additional advocate general Javed Kawoosa.
On May 24 this year, the High Court had issued notices to the Government over selection of pharmacist...|
|Cong to contest all seats: Ambika|
|JAMMU, Oct 29: Asserting that Congress will fight all the 87 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, AICC general secretary Ambika Soni today said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi will be star campaigners for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.
"We are fighting all the seats again hoping to form the government in the state," Soni said.
She further said that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh will be star campaigners during the campaigning of the five-phased elections in the state.
"We have requested Sonia, Rahul and Dr Singh in this regard on the sidelines of a meeting held today," she said.
"Normally we provide a list of 40 star campaigners to the Election Commission," Soni said.
Replying to the question about releasing...|
|Cong releases first list for J&K|
|JAMMU, Oct 29: The Congress on Wednesday released its first list of candidates for Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls. With party stalwart Ghulam Nabi Azad, former chief minister, not contesting from his hometown Bhaderwah constituency, fuelling speculation he may not contest polls.
The party general secretary Madhusudan Mistry released the fifteen names from New Delhi out of 87 seats it is contesting from.
While Abdul Majeed Wani was fielded from Doda, Muhammad Sharief Niaz will contest from Bhaderwah. Azad contested the parliament seat from Doda-Bhaderwah but lost to the BJP. There were speculation Azad contesting polls this time. The former chief minister did not contest the 2008 assembly polls too.
The Congress has also given mandate to slain counter-insurgent Kuka Pa...|
|3 militants killed in Handwara encounter|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 29: Army today claimed to have killed three foreign militants in an ongoing encounter in Handwara.
Giving details, a defence spokesman said three AK-47 rifles and a large amount of warlike stores was recovered from the encounter site.
“This group was eliminated in the higher reaches of Wadarbala forest. Due to the dense forest the visibility is highly limited, further restricted by the heavy rain and dense fog. The group was carefully tracked and cordoned off well before they could merge with the population,” he added.
The spokesman said contact with the militant group took place on October 27 which ensued into a brief but intense firefight. Intermittent exchange of fire continued over the next 24 hours. Yesterday during the search of the area, the militants opened heavy...|
|HC administration staff promotions|
|JAMMU, Oct 29 (JNF): Registrar General of J&K High Court Suresh Kumar Sharma today promoted two Deputy Registrars as Joint Registrars, three Assistant Registrars-I as Deputy Registrars and 4 Assistant Registrar-II as Assistant Registrar-I.
According to order number 459 dated October 29, 2014, Azad Ahmed Wani and Ghulam Ahmad Parrey Deputy Registrar (Adm.) are promoted as Joint Registrars, Satish Kumar, Permod Kumar and Nisar Ahmed Malik Assistant Registrars-I are promoted as Deputy Registrars (Adm.), Kewal Krishal, Rasal Singh, Shankar Dass and Vinod Kumar Bali Assistant Registrars-II, are promoted as Assistant Registrars-I.
According to the order promotion of Ghulam Ahmad Parrey, Kewal Krishan and Shankar Dass, is in relaxation of qualification as per note-2 of order number 379 of Octo...|
|HC stays pre-mature transfer of Dir Industries|
|JAMMU, Oct 28 (JNF): State High Court today stayed pre-mature transfer of Director Industries Dr Abdul Rashid who was transferred by General Administration Department (GAD) on October 21, 2014.
A petition was filed by Dr Abdul Rashid who was transferred vide order number 1091-GAD of 2014 dated October 21, 2014 from Director Industries to Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in contravention of the laid down transfer Policy duly notified vide government order number 861-GAD of 2010 dated July 28, 2010.
Justice Janak Raj Kotwal after hearing Senior Advocate ZA Shah with Advocate Rahul Raina for the petitioner issued four weeks’ notices to Chief Secretary, Secretary GAD, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo Minister of State for Industries and Commerce (Independent charge), Showkat Ahmed Zargar present...|
|Kashmir Floods aftermath|
|HC seeks report on health safety in flood-hit schools|
|Issues notice to Govt on annual examinations|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 28: The High Court has granted one day to the state government to file a report on health safety in private and government schools that have resumed their work in flood affected areas.
A division bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice A M Magrey has also issued a notice to the government in a petition seeking annual examinations in November-December.
On October 17, the Court had asked the state government to report within two weeks that there is no health hazard in private and government schools that have reopened after floods in Kashmir.
The order had come in an application filed by a parents’ body that invited court’s attention to various news reports highlighting the risks to health of school children.
The applicants submitted that n...|
|DEERS, ISRO complete joint study on deluge|
|Study confirms heavy rains, cloud bursts caused Sep floods|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 28: The Department of Environment, Ecology and Remote Sensing (DEERS) has completed the study on the satellite based rapid assessment on floods in Jammu and Kashmir in collaboration with the national remote sensing centre, ISRO, Hyderabad.
The report presented to the government by Director DEERS, Suresh Chugh, says that Jammu and Kashmir faced unprecedented floods of the century. Incessant rains in the first week of September lead to massive floods in the valley as well as in Jammu region, an official spokesman said.
The report reveals that the floods in Jammu and Kashmir were as a result of high rainfall in the catchments over short period of time, which amounts to cloud bursts and is a combined effect of the extreme event and less capacity of the drainage system to hold ...|
|Facilitate candidates, follow norms of ECI: DEO to bankers|
|JAMMU, Oct 28: District Election Officer (Deputy Commissioner) Jammu Ajeet Kumar Sahu today convened a meeting of all bankers of Jammu District to brief about the directions of Election Commission of India applicable to the banks with respect to opening of the bank accounts, cash transactions and movement of cash.
As per directions of Election Commission of India and as part of curbing malpractice and bribery and mis-use of money by the candidates and political parties during the elections, a full-fledged Expenditure Monitoring system has been put in place in the District which is headed by Addl. District Development Commissioner, Jammu who is Nodal Officer for the Expenditure Monitoring of all assembly segments of Distinct Jammu. Complaint monitoring cell has already been established to...|
|Soujanya Kumar assumes charge as Director Info|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 28: Soujanya Kumar Sharma who was recently posted as Director Information J&K today took over the charge of the Department.
Soujanya Kumar comes with rich experience of working with media and he has already served the Department as Joint Director Information Jammu, Joint Director Information Kashmir and also Director Information in his previous stint.
A member of J&K Information Service, Soujanya has also held several key positions in the State administration including Director Tourism Jammu, Administrator Kala Kendra Jammu, Executive Director Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society, Chief Executive Officer, Surinsar-Mansar Development Authority etc.
Media fraternity has hailed the posting of the Soujanya hoping it would further cement the relations between media and the governmen...|
|Kick-starts poll campaign in Chenab Valley|
|Azad seeks mandate on development plank|
|JAMMU, Oct 28: In a probable indication of his return to state politics, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and former Chief Minister of J&K Ghulam Nabi Azad Tuesday kick-started the election campaign of Congress party in Banihal constituency of Chenab Valley by seeking mandate of people on the plank of development.
Addressing his first public meeting in Banihal, Azad, while trying to sell his achievements as the chief Minister and the Union Minister, said if people reposed faith in him and his party, their dreams would be fulfilled with new enthusiasm and speed.
He sought the mandate of the people on the plank of development and progress, which, he said, had been “his forte as Chief Minister and Union Minister.”
Six constituencies of Chenab Valley are going to polls in the fi...|
|Sunday market witnesses unusual heavy rush|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 26: Sunday market witnessed a massive rush today as people in huge numbers thronged the city centre for shopping. A sea of people could be seen at Lal Chowk buying stuff from a large number of stalls erected by vendors.
Post floods, Sunday market is attracting customers in large numbers since this market with brisk business activities had come to a halt during floods.
Starting from TRC up to Jehangir Chowk, the market was flooded with the stalls which included mostly the winter stuff. All the stalls were hugely crowded with customers. People in large numbers could be seen at different stalls buying items like sweaters, jackets, coats, blankets etc.
“There are so many people who do a good earning from here during Sundays. Since the floods devastated everything, people who ...|
|Mangat Ram, son join PDP|
|PDP genuine, credible voice of all regions: Mufti|
|Modi has weakened Cong: Mangat|
|JAMMU, Oct 26: A day after the announcement of assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday received a shot in the arm as former Deputy Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Mangat Ram Sharma joined the party along with his son finally setting at rest all speculations.
The joining took place in the presence of PDP patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.
The speculations were already rife about Mangat, sidelined by his party for quite long given his age and defeat in the last assembly elections from Jammu West constituency, switching over to PDP since the day he shared the stage with the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in a rally at Hiranagar in Kathua on October 11, 2014.
The development, though on anticipated lines, came as an embarrassment for already beleaguered Congress ...|
|Hindi play ‘Sarkari Daftar Ka Ek Din’ staged|
|JAMMU, Oct 26: Natrang presented ‘Sarkari Daftar Ka Ek Din’, a new play in Hindi in its weekly theatre series, Sunday Theatre here today at Natrang Studio Theatre, Kachi Chawni.
The play has been written by Laxmikant Vaishnav and directed by Neeraj Kant. The play portrayed a real to life situation of a ‘Sarkari Daftar’ and highlighted the vices in a very cleaver manner.
The play happens in a Government Office where all the employees are shown to work in their own styles. As they have job security, no one bothers to exercise punctuality, on the contrary, they have their own reasons to modify the rules and regulations as per their convenience. The common vices like red-tapeism, nepotism, favoritism, corruption, absenteeism and sycophancy etc. which are generally associated with such offi...|
|Private Schools grant mass promotion to students upto Class 7th|
|Civil Society slams govt over lack of sound educational policy|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 26: In a major relief to lakhs of students the Coordination Committee of Private Schools Associations (CCPSA) has decided to unanimously grant mass promotion to all of its students studying upto class 7th in view of recent floods.
The committee came to the decision after conclusion of a daylong meeting of representatives of private schools, businessmen, teachers, parents and other stake holders of the society. At the end of the session the committee passed a resolution that among other things granted mass promotion to students with immediate effect.
“There is a great deal of apprehension among students and parents regarding the future as nobody knows what will happen next. On the insistence of parents and after thorough deliberation all the schools of valley have decided t...|
|LA polls: Congress, NC welcome EC decision|
|JAMMU, Oct 26: Even as the ruling National Conference (NC) felt the time was not appropriate for holding polls in Jammu and Kashmir because of last month's devastating floods, its coalition partner Congress and opposition parties in the state on Sunday welcomed the Election Commission's announcement of conducting assembly elections on time.
"The party high command feels that though the time is not appropriate for the elections to be held in the state in view of the sufferings of the people, but since the party has always been a votary of strengthening democracy and democratic values in the state, it will participate in the polls," NC general secretary, Ali Mohammad Sagar said. Sagar said he is hopeful that the people of the state would vote for NC keeping in view the overall performanc...|
|NC to undo injustice meted out to Nagrota due to misrepresentation: Rana|
|NAGROTA, Oct 26: Vowing to undo the injustice meted out to Nagrota Assembly Constituency due to misrepresentation over the years, Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh Rana said on Sunday a strong edifice will be laid to make it a model across the Jammu region.
“A beginning has already been made during recent years and the tempo to transform will get big push with National Conference forming a strong and stable government after the November-December elections”, Rana told a gathering of the people of Panchayats Chibba, Bamyal and Mar while launching his election campaign.
Rana said Nagrota has suffered due to political myopia and prejudice which has greatly retarded its growth notwithstanding the potential it possesses being in close vicinity of the winter capital. He ...|
|Pay compensation to firing range victims: TBF|
|‘Will not allow concrete structures at Tosa Maidan’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 25: Continuing with its campaign for justice to Tosa Maidan victims, the Tosa Maidan Bachao Front (TBF) in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Movement has demanded compensation to the families who have lost kith and kin in the erstwhile firing range during last 50 years.
Talking to Kashmir Times, Dr Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, who led TBF till the government recently announced shifting of firing range from Tosa Maidan meadows, said that though the government’s decision is appreciable but at the same time it must announce compensation to the families who have lost their near and dear ones due to unexploded shells in the one-time firing range.
“We welcome handing over of Tosa Maidan meadow to state government. After historical legislations like RTI Act, 200...|
|No firing at IB, LoC |
|JAMMU, Oct 25: A strange quietude has descended suddenly since last night on the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu where Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged small arms and mortar fire since last few days.
According to reports not even a single bullet has been fired either at LoC or IB b the Pakistani troops since last night. The firing in Balakot sector of Mendhar tehsil stopped at 10.20 PM and since then no ceasefire violation has been reported from LoC and IB.
A search operation was launched in Balakot sector in the morning to check the infiltration.
It is close to 24 hours since fire was exchanged on the LoC. On the IB in Jammu, nearly all of which was hot on Diwali and its previous night, there were no instances of ceasefire violations since then.
“It is quie...|
|NC-Cong coalition govt has lost credibility: Karra|
|JAMMU, Oct 25:Dubbing NC-Congress coalition government as a misfortune for Jammu and Kashmir, senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Tariq Hameed Karra has said the people of the State yearn for change as they have become victims of ungoverned rage let loose on them by NC Govt. He said due to the scandalous mismanagement of relief and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of devastating floods the State Government’s credibility is today at its lowest ebb.
Addressing a series of public meetings in Chrar-e-Sharief, Kangan and Hazratbal Assembly segments of Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary constituency, Karra said people in every nook and corner of the State are eagerly looking forward for change so that a new Government is in place, sooner the better, to accomplish the massive task of rehabi...|
|Two killed, 2 injured in car mishap in Bhaderwah|
|DODA, Oct 25: Two persons were killed and two other injured in a tragic road accident in Bhaderwah today.
Police said that a Maruti car bearing number JK14-2929 was on its way from Jai to Chinta. The occpants after enjoying picnic were returning and near Lanchan the driver of the car lost the control on sharp curve. The car plunged into about 200 feet deep gorge resulting in on the spot death of one person identified as Krishan Lal son of Duni Chand of Tesna Bhaderwah.
After the accident, local people and army started rescue operation. While shifting them to hospital one more injured identified as Naresh Kumar son of Girdhari Lal of Dugga, Chinta succumbed to his injuries. Others two injured were identified as Kalyan Singh son of Kelu Ram of Chinta Bhaderwah and Ravinder Kumar son of ...|
|NC, Cong frustrated over PM’s goodwill gesture: Balbir|
|‘Better they reach people instead of targeting PM’|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 25 :Having no issue to play politics in the state of J&K now, the ruling coalition parties—Congress and NC have started politicizing PM’s goodwill gesture, which is the reflection of frustration among these parties.
This was stated by BJP State Spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan while reacting to the recent statements of Congress and NC targeting PM over his Kashmir visit on Diwali and announcement of package.
Balbir said, “the utterances made by the JKPCC Chief Prof. Saif-ud- din Soz terming the relief package a ‘crude joke’ is unfortunate and highly condemnable”. “Instead of appreciating the goodwill gesture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spending Diwali with the flood victims and meeting the people from all sections of society to personally know their grievances, Prof. ...|
|Separatists call for shutdown on Oct 27|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 24: Separatist organizations including various factions of Hurriyat Conference have given a shutdown call on October 27 to observe the day as “black day”.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) has termed October 27 as “black day” in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and said day and said the people of Kashmir will continue to observe this day as black day till there is complete withdrawal of forces from the state.
The faction has urged people to observe complete shutdown and said that “This day is an inauspicious day in the history of Kashmir when forcibly we were made slaves. Till 1947 Jammu and Kashmir was a free and sovereign state and as per the principles laid for the partition between India and Pakistan, it is clear that Kashmir is not in any way a part of India however India...|
|Rains lash valley, weather likely to improve|
|SRINAGAR, Oct 24: Rains lashed the valley since yesterday evening causing a huge dip in temperatures. The valley witnessed slight to moderate rainfall at several places since Thursday evening due to which temperatures across the valley showed a decline.
Since incessant rains during the month of August and September caused severe floods across the state of Jammu and Kashmir, even a slight rainfall becomes a cause of concern for valleyites. However, the state MET office revealed that weather is likely to remain dry from tomorrow evening.
“Rainfall occurred at several places across Kashmir valley. Since Thursday evening places including Srinagar, Kupwara, Gulmarg etc received light to moderate rains. The intensity of rains is not that much. It is normal rainfall and this is not a cause of ...|