|R&B spends Rs 949.06-Cr on unproductive 464 road projects|
|Rs 375.72 Cr expended violating PMGSY guidelines|
|JAMMU, Mar 6: At least 163 road projects (sanctioned cost Rs 661.36 Cr) were executed by the Public Works (R&B) Department at a cost of Rs 375.72 Cr during the period 2003-04 to 2011-12 in contravention of the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) programme guidelines.
Even after delay of two to 81 months and incurring of expenditure of Rs 949.06 Cr, 464 roads were not completed yet again in contravention of PMGSY guidelines.
This has been revealed in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Social, General, Economic (Non-PSU sectors) for the year ended March 31, 2013.
According to CAG report, as per programme guidelines, road connectivity is to be provided to the eligible unconnected habitations in the rural areas only and as per guidelines habitations located ...|
|Omar seeking to obfuscate issue: JKCCS|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 6: Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS) today blamed the state government and chief minister Omar Abdullah for “shamelessly seeking to obfuscate the issue regarding booking of Kashmiri students under sedition charges in UP.”
In a statement, Advocate Parvez Imroz, president, JKCCS, condemned the action against the Kashmiri students in Meerut. “There exists no legal justification for the action – from suspension to the registration of a FIR – in the instant case,” he said.
Parvez alleged that state government, through the chief minister, seeks to once again shamelessly obfuscate the issue by suggesting that the students were “misguided”. “Such statements only serve to strengthen an ethos of intolerance and criminalisation of dissent. The government of Jamm...|
|AIP threatens state-wide agitation|
|JAMMU, Mar 6: Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Abdul Rashid Engineer Thursday termed the act of booking Kashmiri students in Uttar Pradesh under sedition charges for celebrating Pakistan's victory in a cricket match as “draconian and horrible.”
Engineer Rashid termed the decision as another black spot on the democratic and secular credentials of India. “For cheering the favourite sports team Kashmiri students have been harassed all over India. Imposing sedition charges on Kashmiri students are not only absurd but this is murder of democracy,” stated Engineer Rashid.
He criticized the decision aimed at controlling the emotions of Kashmiris and curbing their thought-process by suppression and oppressive tactics. “Cheering Team Pakistan is an anti-national act and turni...|
|Militants may disrupt peace during poll process: IG CRPF|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 6: Inspector General Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) P K Singh Thursday said there were possibilities that militants might strike during the ensuing Parliament and Assembly elections. He said that para-military troopers were ready to face any kind of challenge and they would ensure peaceful, free and fair elections in Kashmir Valley.
Singh was quoted by a local news agency CNS saying it was the job of militants to create panic and carry out stray attacks. “Recent militant attacks especially in Pulwama town indicates that militants are desperate to make their presence felt all across Kashmir and there are apprehensions that these militants will try to disrupt peace during the election process,” he said adding that government forces were cautious and capable to thwart the...|
|Main accused gets interim bail in Roshni scam|
|JAMMU, Mar 6 (Agencies): Special Judge Anti-corruption, Jammu, Puneet Gupta granted Interim bail to Bansi Lal Gupta, Jammu based businessman and liquor baron, who was booked under section 5 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) in Roshni land scam.
The counsel for accused, Advocate Virender Bhat approached the court of anti-special corruption Judge Jammu for granting bail in the favour of his client. After considering the objections filed by the State Vigilance Organization (SVO), Special Judge Anti-corruption admitted interim bail to Bansi Lal Gupta, who is also editor and publisher of a news paper Early Times, till March 8, 2014.
While admitting him bail, Special Judge Anti-Corruption further directed that the applicant Bansi Lal Gupta shall appear before the Investigating officer...|
|HC upholds death penalty in triple murder case|
|JAMMU, Mar 6 (JNF): Division Bench of J&K High Court today upheld death penalty of an accused allegedly involved in murder of three innocent children of his brother in Akhnoor.
Division Bench comprising Justice Virender Singh and Justice Janak Raj Kotwal today upheld the death penalty to Vijay Kumar son of Prithi Ram, resident of Doyan (Akhnoor), who allegedly murdered of three innocent children of his brother and also seriously injured his brother, sister-in-law (wife of his brother) and also three year-old-child.
According to prosecution case, on September 20, 2000 at about 2.15 PM Kaka Ram along with Suraj Parkash lodged a verbal report with Police Station Akhnoor that on about 1.15 AM during the night he suddenly heard the cries of Kamlesh Kumari saying that ‘save-save’, ‘killed-kil...|
|Geelani detained at airport, placed under house arrest|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 5: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), was detained at airport here after his return from New Delhi today.
He was later taken to his residence, where he was, placed under house arrest. Geelani had gone to New Delhi on February 13, where he underwent some medical tests. According to a spokesman of Hurriyat (G), heavy deployment of police has been made at Geelani’s residence and those going to meet him are being questioned.
He strongly condemned the house arrest of Geelani and said, it has become a routine for the government to place him under house arrest and curb his movement. “There is no justification – constitutional or legal- for his house arrest and government does not also give any appropriate reason. The trend to place Geelani sahib under house...|
|Expulsion of students from Meerut|
|Separatist camp slams the move|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 5: Taking a strong note of the recent expulsion of the students from one of the varsity of Meerut, separatist leadership stated that the move has ‘punctured’ the tall claims of democracy and secularism.
“The people of Kashmir continue to remain under suppression in every nook and the corner of the corner of the world,” said Huriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, adding that the expulsion of the students vindicates that the people of Kashmir are not safe within or outside Kashmir.
The senior separatist leader stated that the tall claims of safety for the people of Kashmir are all ‘hollow’ in nature and that they are continuously being subjected to political vengeance “The state government in actual is doing nothing but is acting as a mute spectator.”
|Snow, rain in J&K|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 5: With no relief from the cold conditions, light rain and snow was again reported from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
The higher reaches of the state reported light snowfall. Rain occurred in plains. Besides Srinagar, Jammu, Batote, Katra and Banihal also received light rainfall.
The precipitation brought a dip in the already cold weather. From early morning, cold wave gripped Kashmir with overcast skies. Precipitation began early afternoon which was followed by brief sunshine in the late afternoon.
Weather man said the hovering western disturbances are causing low pressure area resulting in persistent precipitation.
He revealed that the temperatures in the month of March this year have been few notches below normal.
“The day temperatures of this month is two-...|
|Schools reopen after winter vacation|
|Students suffer due to lack of heating arrangements|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 5: The assurance by the government authorities and management of private schools to provide heating arrangements in class rooms proved hollow today as the schools reopened after winter vacation for the students upto 8th standard.
Hardly any school had provided the heating arrangement and students from majority of schools complained about lack of facility. With fresh snowfall in upper reaches and rain in plain areas, Kashmir remained under the grip of cold wave. Amid the cold, the students had to move towards the schools in the morning attend the lessons and return in the late afternoon.
“I felt very uncomfortable in the class due to cold. We drew attention of our teachers towards non-availability of heating arrangement but no action was taken. We were asked to cooperate an...|
|SVC recommends action against VC JDA|
|JAMMU, Mar 5 (JNF): J&K State Vigilance Commission (SVC) has today recommended administrative action against Vice Chairman (VC) Jammu Development Authority (JDA) and others in encroachment of prime JDA land at Patoli Mangotrian on the outskirts of Jammu city.
In a significant judgment, SVC comprising Kuldeep Khoda, Chief Vigilance Commissioner (Chairperson), Dr R K Jerarth, Vigilance Commissioner (member) and Gous-ul-Nisa, Vigilance Commissioner (member) referred the matter to the Chief Secretary, with the recommendation to take administrative action against the public servants, who have failed to take effective steps for getting the JDA land cleared from encroachment at an appropriate time. SVC also asked the state government to take effective steps to have the writ petition filed befor...|
|Denial of admission to trans-gender child|
|HC asks govt to file objections|
|JAMMU, Mar 5 (JNF): In Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against non admission of child of ‘trans-gender’ in private schools, Division Bench of State High Court today directed General Administration Department (GAD) to file objections.
PIL has been filed by Mian Haji Saria seeking direction to the respondents to ensure compliance of fundamental “Right to Education” in letter and spirit and also to direct private educational institutions do not discriminate qua the “trans-genders” for the purposes of admitting them in educational institutions while treating them as aliens.
Division Bench of state High Court comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar granted one month’s time to General Administration Department (GAD) for filling objections.
In the PIL, it has be...|
|39 inspectors transferred|
|JAMMU, Mar 4: In view of guidelines of Election Commissioner of India and advisory issued by Police Headquarters, J&K Jammu, thirty nine Inspectors and Sub Inspectors including several Station House Officers (SHOs) and Incharge Police Posts (I/C PPs) were shifted in Jammu, Ramban and Doda districts, today.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu today ordered transfers thirteen Station House Officers (SHOs) and Incharge Police Posts (I/C PPs) in district Jammu.
As per order, Inspector Satvinder Singh has been transferred from Police Station Satwari and potsed as Nowabad as SHO. Inspector Surinder Singh has been transferred from District Police Lines (DPL) Jammu and posted as SHO Police Station Satwari
SI Jaipaul Sharma has been transferred from Police Station Nowabad t...|
|SHRC takes cognizance of halting traffic for VIP movement|
|JAMMU, Mar 4: Taking cognizance of the complaint filed by a human rights activist regarding halting of traffic for VIPs movement, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) today issue notices to Divisional Commissioners Kashmir and Jammu and IGP Traffic.
The HR activist Deepak Sharma, while seeking indulgence of the commission, submitted that the general public is facing lot of hardship and sufferings due to the practice followed by the Traffic police personnel to halt traffic for general public in order to ensure smooth movement to VIPs and their cavalcades.
“This act of Traffic police costs lives at time in view of medical emergency when patients need immediate treatment in hospitals, as such right to life is infringed upon indirectly. The stoppage of traffic for general public to give sm...|
|Tulip garden gears up, 2.50 lakh tulips added|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 4: While tulip garden awaits full expansion; nearly three lakh new varieties of tulips have been added to the garden this year.
The flowers have been imported from Holland and shall bloom in the garden soon. The addition has been made to the existing 1.5 million tulips of 80 varieties stretch over nearly 20 hectares .Last year, 3.24 lakh tulips of 24 varieties were added.
Though the total area of the garden located at the foothills of Zabarwan mountain is about 30 hectares, only 20 hectares have been developed. With each year, extension is done.
Director floriculture, Sunil Misri said they are gradually extending the garden and shall be developed right upto the foot hills of the mountains
“We expect that next year the whole area of the garden shall be developed.”
|J&K Bank receives facilitation trophy|
|JAMMU, Mar 4: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah gave a facilitation trophy “Good Performance in Phase-I implementation of UMEED in Block-Chenani” to the J&K Bank.
The bank was felicitated for its tremendous financial support to UMEED programme in block Chenani during a programme organized to distribute cheques to the beneficiaries of UMEED at Bhagpur (Jagano) in Udhampur district.
Cluster Head of the bank, Iqbal Singh, received the trophy on behalf of J & K bank. It is pertinent to mention that Jagano branch of J & K bank had opened 65 SHG accounts & 10 accounts of Organization Group under this flagship programme. On the occasion 6 cheques were also distributed by the Chief Minister....|
|Fake recruitment scam |
|Unpaid for 2 years, families of appointees face starvation|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 4: With the officers found involved in fake recruitment scam in health department remain untouched and the families of the appointees whose salaries have been withheld for last years are virtually facing starvation.
The fake recruitment scam in department involving seven top officers and nine clerics surfaced in 2012. During the course of investigation carried out by the director health services, 2400 persons were found to have been appointed illegally during last 15 years. The government on the basis of the report had attached and charge-sheeted seven officers including a CMO and a deputy director. Besides the salaries of 2400 appointees were withheld. However, months later the authorities adopting pick and choose came up with the fresh list of fake appointees where their...|
|National training workshop of IAYP at Jodhamal|
|JAMMU, Mar 4: The International Award for Young People (IAYP) organized a two days National Training Workshop at Jodhamal Public School here today.
Earlier IAYP was known as the Duke of Edinburghs Award Programme. Twenty Four Award Leaders including Principals and Co-coordinators of 12 different institutions from J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttrakhand and Assam participated in the workshop. The Award Leaders namely Deepmala, Bhupinder Kour, Bhawna Madaan and Shallu Sharma from Jodhamal Public School were the part of this Workshop.
The Workshop was inaugurated by Kapil Bhalla, Director NAA and Trilok Singh Bist, Principal Jodhamal Public School. Bhalla introduced the NAA team and gave a brief on the Award Programme.
Bivujit Mukhoty (Programme Manager) led the first session on the ...|
|Time not ripe for AFSPA revocation: Azad|
|JAMMU, Mar 3: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Monday has claimed that time is not ripe for the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from certain peaceful districts of the state.
Addressing media persons on the sidelines of a function in the Super Speciality Hospital complex Azad said it is not appropriate on my part to comment on the assessment of the state Chief Minister. At the same time he said in my personal capacity all I can say is that time is not ripe for the revocation of AFSPA.
He said elections are round the corner and Pakistan and militants will step up the activities. So we must be conscious.
He said it is also true that Pakistan is always providing training, aiding and abetting militants against India. Azad's crisp statement assumes far ...|
|J&K should enhance docs’ retirement age: Azad|
|JAMMU, Mar 3: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today advised the members of the council of ministers in the state to take a decision on increasing the retirement age of faculty members of the medical colleges in the state to ensure the faculty positions do not fall vacant despite creating state of the art health care facilities for the welfare of the people of the state.
Expressing concern over the number of vacancies or absence of senior faculty in the super-specialty hospital Azad Monday said even though the central government has helped with liberal funding and created this super-specialty hospital but as long as faculty positions will remain vacant it will not serve any purpose.
He advised the state cabinet ministers present on the occasion to take the propo...|
|Consumers will get ration as per new census: Director CAPD|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 3: Stating that people of the state will now get ration as per 2011 censes, Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Bashir Ahmad Khan has appealed people to fill up the declaration forms to avail benefits under National Food Security Act.
Addressing a press conference here, Director CA&PD said that department will provide ration to people as per the 2011 census and the department is engaged in fulfilling the necessarily formalities.
"As per the 2001 census, we had only 57 lakh consumers in the valley. Now the population has increased to 75 Lakh as per the 2011 census.
The new census would help the people to get the ration as per their requirement," he said.
The Director also said that National Food Security Act is going to be implemented with the next two mont...|
|Kashmir gripped by cold wave again|
|Fresh snowfall in upper reaches, rain in plain areas|
|SRINAGAR, Mar 3: Fresh snowfall occurred in upper reaches, while rain lashed plain areas of Kashmir today. Subsequently, the Valley was again gripped by a cold wave.
Reports said fresh snowfall occurred in upper reaches of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yousmarg, Khilanmarg, Gurez, Sadhna Top and some other places. It started snowing this morning.
Intermittent rains occurred in Srinagar, its adjoining areas and other plain places. Following the snow and rain, the intense cold is back. Because of the further drop in mercury level, the “kangris” and heaters are being used again at large scale.
The cold wave gripped the Valley two days ahead of the reopening of the schools upto 8th standard. The schools are scheduled to reopen on March 5 after the winter vacations. Schools had reopened fo...|
|16 SIs transferred|
|JAMMU, Mar 3: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu Atul Goel today ordered transfers of sixteen Sub Inspectors (SIs) including several Station House Officers (SHOs) and Incharge Police Posts (PPs) in Jammu.
As per order, SI Noor Mohammad SHO Police Station Bagh-e-Bahu has been transferred and posted in District Special Branch (DSB), Jammu, SI Sunil Kumar Sharma Incharge PP Digiana has been transferred and posted as new SHO Police Station Bagh-e-Bahu vice SI Noor Mohammad. SI Joginder Singh has been transferred from SOG Jammu and posted as Incharge PP Digiana. PSI Pawan Kumar Dogra has been transferred from Police Station Bagh-e-Bahu and posted as Incharge PP Greater Kailash. SI Charanjeet Singh has been transferred from PP Greater Kailash and posted as IO Police Station R S Pura....|
|Principal Sessions Judge Pulwama Transferred|
|JAMMU, Mar 3 (JNF): On the direction of Chief Justice MM Kumar, Registrar General of State High Court today issued order of transfer and posting of Principal Sessions Judge Pulwama.
According to the order number 936 dated March 3, 2014 Shahzad Azeem Principal District & Sessions Judge Pulwama has been transferred and posted in the leave reserve High Court Jammu wing.
The order further said that Additional Sessions Judge Pulwama Jawad Ahmed shall hold the charge of Principal Sessions Judge Pulwama till further order....|
|Body of missing Kishtwar youth found from Chenab|
|THATRI, Mar 2: The body of a missing youth identified by the police as 23-year old Ashwani Kumar son of Guru Dutt resident of Zewar, Kishtwar reported missing since January 23 last was today found from river Chenab at Bandarkot, 12 kilometers from Kishtwar police station.
As per the details available with "Kashmir times", some people noticed the body floating in the river and brought the matter into the notice of Kishtwar, who rushed to the spot and brought the body out from the river water. On the basis of identification of clothes, police identified the body as that off Ashwani Kumar.
After conducting the postmortem, the body was handed over to the family members for last rites. Senior police officers also rushed to the spot and examined the body and preliminary examination of the bod...|