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Jammu Kashmir
Flood threat: Relief, rescue operation
Water level receding; no need to panic: Mufti
Releases Rs 25 Cr for Kashmir division, Rs 10 Cr for Jammu
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JAMMU, Mar 30: The Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed Monday announced release of Rs 25-Cr in favour of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Rs 10-Cr in favour of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, under SDRF for rescue and relief operations following incessant rains and imminent threat of floods in the State, especially Kashmir Valley. The Chief Minister also said that an NDRF team from Ministry of Home Affairs had arrived in the state which would facilitate the divisional administration in rescue and relief measures. “While the water levels are above the danger mark, last three hours have indicated that there is certain receding in these levels. Our administration is doing a remarkable job and I want to assure the House that there is no need to panic, understandably as it might be,” he a...
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Mufti visits Lal Chowk, meets trading community
De watering completed, water logged roads restored
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SRINAGAR, Mar 30: Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed today visited Lal Chowk area here and met the traders whose shops were facing threat of inundation due to drainage failure following incessant rains in the area. The dewatering has since been completed and the waterlogged roads have been restored in the business hub of the city. Minister for public works, Syed Altaf Bukhari, minister for finance, Dr. Haseeb A Drabu and minister of state for H&UDD Mohammad Ashraf Mir, besides divisional commissioner, Kashmir, DC Srinagar and chief engineer I&FC, Kashmir were also present on the occasion. Interacting with the trading community, Mufti Sayeed said he has made on-the-spot assessment and the Government will take all steps required to prevent water-logging following continuous rains. He ...
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Union Cabinet Secretary reviews flood situation with CS
Centre sends 8 NDRF teams to assist flood situation in Kashmir
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JAMMU, Mar 30: The Centre would send eight fully equipped NDRF teams to Kashmir to assist the Jammu and Kashmir government in its efforts to safeguard life and property in the wake of the flood situation in the Valley. "Eight fully equipped NDRF teams will be arriving in Kashmir to assist the state government in its efforts to safeguard life and property of people in the wake of flood situation arisen due to incessant rains that lashed the Valley during past few days," a J&K government spokesman said. Two NDRF teams comprising 100 personnel have already been rushed by an IAF plane from Bhatinda in Punjab to Srinagar. Union Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, who had an hour-long meeting through video conferencing with state Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, assured that the Centre would provided ...
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Stranded passengers to be airlifted as weather improves: Kohli
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JAMMU, Mar 30: Jammu and Kashmir government is making serious efforts for early airlifting of passengers stranded here following closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, state minister Abdul Ghani Kohli said on Monday. The government is making serious efforts for early airlifting of passengers stranded in Jammu following closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the Minister of State for Transport (independent charge), Rural Development and Horticulture told reporters. He directed the district administration to throw open all four halls of JDA at the General Bus Stand for the passengers and also accommodate rest of them at Jammu Haj House. It was informed that at present there are about 2,000 stranded passengers at GB Jammu and they are being provided free meals by the district adm...
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Mehbooba grieved over loss of lives in land sinking, flashfloods
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JAMMU, Mar 30: Member Parliament and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has expressed shock and grief over the tragic loss of precious human lives due to land sinking in forest foothills of Laldan area in Chadoora, Budgam. She also expressed grief over the loss of another human life in Udhampur due to flashfloods. In a statement issued here today, Mehbooba urged the divisional administration to expedite the rescue and relief operation in the Laldan area to save the people trapped there. She also asked the government to immediately release ex-gratia relief to the next of the kin of the deceased persons. “Although no measure could compensate the loss suffered by the families, the government should reach-out to the families of the victims in this moment of grief,” she s...
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LA passes Rs 54711.68 Cr grants for 2015-16 fiscal
Rs 9556.73 Cr supplementary grants for 2014-15 appropriated
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JAMMU, Mar 30: The Legislative Assembly Monday unanimously passed Rs 54711.68 Cr grants for the fiscal 2015-16 and Rs 9556.73 Cr supplementary grants for the year 2014-15 by voice vote. Earlier, the Minister for Finance Dr Haseeb Drabu in the Legislative Assembly introduced “The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill (No I), 2015 (L.A. Bill No 1 of 2015)” authorising the state government of payment and supplementary appropriation of Rs 955673.85 lakhs from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the Jammu and Kashmir state for Services of the Financial Year 2014-15 and “The Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation (No 2) Bill, 2015 (L.A. Bill No 2 of 2015)” providing for the withdrawal of Rs 5471168.00 lakhs from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the Jammu and Kashmir state for the services of the f...
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Submerged roads creating problems for people
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Mar 29: Continuous rainfall since yesterday has left large number of e roads across the city badly submerged. Several commercial and residential areas in the city are heavily water logged rendering people with immense inconvenience. The situation went bad along the busy commercial hub Lal Chowk with most of the roads and lanes completely inundated. The roads including Residency Road, M.A. Road, Jehangir Chowk, LD Road, Rajbagh are submerged due to rain water. The water logging affected traffic movement also to some extent. People from various residential localities complained of heavy waterlogging in their areas. Residents, commuters and pedestrians have to cope up with immense trouble due to the flooded roads. Parts of Batamaloo, Tengora, Bemina, HMT are submerged due to ra...
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Digitization of Wakf record to be started soon: Veeri
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JAMMU, Mar 29: Minister for Haj & Auqaf Abdul Rehman Veeri Sunday informed the House that the government would soon start digitization of wakf records to ensure safety of its assets and transparency in the functioning of the department, adding that an exclusive website would also be launched for the purpose. Replying to demands for Grants of Haj & Auqaf Department in the Legislative Assembly today, the Minister maintained that to generate income and to optimally use wakf land, the Wakf authorities would construct residential flats at Eidgah Jammu and it was also considering to upgrade Block B of Haj House, Jammu to provide more facilities to the people. The new initiatives which have been undertaken by the Wakf authorities included construction of Rs 23 Cr Shopping Complex at Residency ...
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‘LeT men waiting on Jammu border to launch attacks’
NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (Agencies): Terror is practically at our gate. The jehad machine in Pakistan has set up new launch pads within striking distance from the International Border. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), backed by the Pakistani forces, has set up base in areas quite close to the border to ensure that fidayeen attacks are swift and deadly. The recent attacks on security establishments, especially in Jammu, have been part of this strategy. A number of inputs gathered by the Indian intelligence agencies indicate that these terror camps, virtually lining the Jammu border, have been frequented by LeT founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Based on the recent infiltration attempts, the reports - which have been prepared by the Border Security Force (BSF) and submitted to the Union Home Minist...
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IPS officers move govt on pay anomalies
P L UNIYAL
NEW DELHI Mar 29: In a unique case, some top IPS officers heading important posts of border security, intelligence and investigation have moved the government claiming "anomalies" in their salary packages, which they contend, lower their dignity and morale. The officers have been bracketed in the second top pay scale of Rs 75,500-Rs 80,000 as compared to the highest salary of Rs 80,000 fixed pay scale, despite they being the top police officers in the country as either being Directors General (DGs) of paramilitary forces or being the senior-most in the serving ranks of the Indian Police Service (IPS). Those affected include two DGs, Border Security Force (BSF) chief DK Pathak and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) head BD Sharma, NIA DG Sharad Kumar, two Special Directors in the Intelligence Bur...
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LA passes Law, P Affairs, Relief & Rehab grants
J&K to set up Law Commission: Basharat
`5-member committee to consider CDF increase’ # ‘Amendment in SDRF norms moved to Centre’
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JAMMU, Mar 29: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and Relief & Rehabilitation Syed Basharat Bukhari Sunday stated that new coalition government would set up Law Commission to review redundant laws and identify laws requiring amendments. He also announced to constitute 5-member committee to consider increase in Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Underlining the commitment of the government towards the flood affected people, Bukhari said that an amendment had been moved to the Government of India in the SDRF norms seeking enhancement in the compensation for partially and fully damaged houses. He said that the government was looking to not only rehabilitate the people affected by September 2014 floods but also to cover the negative impact of the flood on the infrastru...
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LA passes PDD, H&UD grants
Govt pursuing with Centre power projects’ return: Nirmal
`Srinagar, Jammu smart city project top priority’ # NC-BJP duel over power projects
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JAMMU, Mar 29: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh Sunday reiterated that the state government was pursuing return of power projects with the Centre and would also explore all possibilities of harnessing 20000 MW power potential in the state with the help of private players. He said special impetus would be given to harness the rich micro hydel potential available in the state for which new survey would be carried out soon. The Deputy Chief Minister was replying to demands for grants of Power, Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) departments in the Legislative Assembly. His reply was also marked by a brief verbal duel between the National Conference and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members. The verbal brawl began when Nirmal, while reiterating the commitment of government to vigorou...
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Bharat Ratna fitting recognition of Vajpayee’s illustrious career: Mufti
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NEW DELHI, Mar 27: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today said conferring Bharat Ratna on the former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, one of the tallest visionary statesmen of the country, was a fitting recognition of his illustrious political career. He said this while attending a function here in the union capital where the former Prime Minister received the prestigious award from the President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Describing Vajpayee as one of the most outstanding Prime Ministers of the country in the post-Independence era, Mufti said he believed in taking the country forward through consensus and reconciliation. Praising Vajpayee’s efforts during his tenure as Prime Minister in taking peace initiatives in the state, the Chief Minister said, “Vajpayee is still admired in J&K ...
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Omar congratulates Vajpayee on Bharat Ratna
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JAMMU, Mar 27: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday congratulated former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his family on the day he receives the country's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. "My heartfelt congratulations to Vajpayee Sahib and his family on the day he receives the Bharat Ratna," Omar said on Twitter. "It was an honour to serve under him as him MOS MEA. I had occasion to travel with him to 4-5 countries. Memories of those trips on Air India One I'll always cherish a lot," he added. President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today at his residence in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among a host of VVIPs who will be present at Vajpayee's residence in Lutyens'...
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`NC responsible for sellout of water resources’
Process for return of power projects on: Akhtar
'Question was asked before CMP finalisation'
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JAMMU, Mar 27: The state government Friday made it clear that it had already begun the process for return of power projects from NHPC and the issue had been flagged in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the PDP-BJP coalition. He was talking to media in the morning after the House was adjourned till the second sitting after NC and Congress created uproar on the issue referring to a news report. The Education Minister said the question referred to in the news report regarding return of power projects to J&K was submitted by PDP MP Tariq Hameed Qarra in the Lok Sabha in January 2015, long before the PDP-BJP coalition government finalized its CMP. Accusing National Conference and Congress of trying to mislead the people over the issue, the Education said it was for the first time tha...
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Youth booked on stone-pelting charges stage protest
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SRINAGAR, Mar 27: Scores of youth who have been booked for their alleged involvement in stone-pelting and arson incidents during 2010 summer agitation and poll process today staged a protest in Anantnag. They held a protest outside the court premises in Anantnag district to demand either amnesty or speedy trial of their cases. The protesters termed the slow trial of their cases related to stone-pelting as a punitive measure and pressed for speedy trial. In 2011, then J&K state government had announced the introduction of an amnesty scheme to withdraw cases against people allegedly involved in stone-pelting that occurred during unrest in the state in 2010. The protesting youth alleged that their studies and other routine work gets affected on daily basis as they have to present themsel...
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Student killed in road accident
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SRINAGAR, Mar 27: A 15-year-old boy died in a road accident at Lawaypora near HMT in the outskirts of Srinagar city this morning. The deceased was identified as Hatim Latif Zargar, a class 9 student. Reports said that the mishap occurred when a vehicle Hatim was driving collided with a speedy truck. The deceased along with his friend Momin Ahmed Pandit was on way towards his residence Umarabad Zainakot in his vehicle (JK0AS-391) when the speedy truck (JK13C-5411) rammed the vehicle causing the death of the boy on the spot. His friend Momin Pandit suffered critical injuries and was rushed to nearby hospital. The truck driver whom police identifed as Fayaz Ahmed Dagoo of Kakapora Pulwamma was arrested soon after the accident. “A case vide FIR number 66/2015 has been registered and the...
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Protest demonstration at Palhallan
SYED YASIR
SRINAGAR, Mar 27: Protest demonstration was held at Palhallan Pattan in north Kashmir today against district administration for not releasing the investigation report of a local youth killed allegedly in security forces firing on February 9 last year. Soon after the Friday prayers, people took to the streets at Palhallan and blocked Srinagar- Muzafarabad highway complaining that district administration is not releasing the investigation report about the killing of a local youth last year. On the second death anniversary of parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, Farooq Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Muhammad was killed during the alleged security forces firing on protesters in Palhalan. The authorities had constituted a committee headed by SDM Pattan to probe the killing and submit ...
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Lal Singh: 226 consultants’ posts referred to PSC
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JAMMU, Mar 26: The Minister for Health Chowdhary Lal Singh in the Legislative Assembly Thursday said that 226 posts of consultants had been referred to J&K, Public Service Commission. As and when the selection list was received, the vacant posts would be filled up accordingly, he said. He said the process for forwarding the post of Medical Officers (allopathic and ISM) was also under way. The minister was replying to a question by Shakti Raj Parihar in Legislative Assembly here today. The minister said against 50 sanctioned posts of specialists, 23 were in position and against 156 posts of doctors, 46 were in position in Doda district. He said to supplement the staff in the hospitals of Doda district, 20 MBBS doctors and 40 ISM doctors were engaged on contractual basis under NHM, who w...
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Markundal killing case
Court rejects bail of accused
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SRINAGAR, Mar 26: A Bandipora court today rejected bail plea of Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh accused of Markundal army shoot-out in which a 17-year-old youth Irfan Ahmad Ganaie was killed near his house three years ago. According to defense lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, the court of principal district and session’s judge Bandipora who had heard the bail matter rejected the plea. Pertinently, on intervening night of June 29-30 2012, a Ganaie a resident of Markundal Sumbal was allegedly killed by forces while Tariq Ahmad Laherwal was killed next morning when the people were protesting against the killing of Ganaie. On July 3, 2013, a driver, who was accompanying 13 RR to Markundal village on the night of the killing of Ganaie was arrested by the police for questioning for being the sole eye witness ...
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Traffic chaos: People blame napping on duty cops for mess
FARZANA SYED
SRINAGAR, Mar 26: Despite the traffic department claiming to make genuine efforts for smooth regulation of traffic in city the frequent traffic chaos continues across several parts in city. Traffic mess is indeed worsening each passing day with people blaming traffic cops for frequent jams. The situation is worse along the busy routes including Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Batamaloo, Jawahar Nagar etc. People from various places complained of catching the cops napping instead of carrying out their duties. “Whenever there is a jam you can find traffic cops just watching as mute spectators. They just do not care about the mess. At many times we have seen that it is the commuters who come out of their vehicles and try to disperse the jams. Just few days back it was a huge chaos along Batamaloo and ...
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Govt to be facilitating agency in new liberalized regime: Sajad Lone
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JAMMU, Mar 26: Minister for Animal Husbandry and Science Technology, Sajad Gani Lone, Thursday in the Legislative Assembly said that Animal Husbandry sector is one of the most vibrant sectors of economy catering to the ‘necessity sector’ of consumption. He said that natural evolution that was supposed to take place has not taken place and the infrastructure that was installed during previous decades catered well to those times but now it seems outdated. While replying to the Demands for Grants under his charge, the Minister said Jammu and Kashmir has ideal climatic conditions, availability of pastures to develop sheep farming, poultry and production of milk and has a vast network of lakes, water bodies and cold water streams for production of fish including world renowned trout. The re...
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BJP lashes out legislators for raking non-issues in LA
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SRINAGAR, Mar 26: Bahratiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday claimed that people who are raking up the issue of return of the mortal remains of Afzal Guru are misleading the masses and are doing so to be just in the news. In a statement issued here today BJP spokesman Khaild Jehangir said: “People of Kashmir are not interested in non-issues as they want development, peace and prosperity. They are least interested in issues which have lost relevance.” Jehangir said, “Times have changed and so have the people of Kashmir. Kashmiri youth consider Shah Faisal and Parvez Rasool as their role models. Youth don’t consider Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru as their role models.” The BJP spokesman said that people are raising hue and cry in the assembly are doing it for the sake of publicity and nothing...
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SC allows NET,SLET as eligibility for selection as Asst professors
JK govt says judgment will be implemented at earliest
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SRINAGAR, Mar 26: With the Supreme Court declaring NET/SLET was laid down as the minimum eligibility condition for recruitment and appointment of lecturers in universities and colleges, the state government Thursday said the decision of the apex court will be implemented at the earliest. There are around 1700 posts of assistant professors lying vacant in various colleges in Jammu and Kashmir and the process for the recruitment was halted by the High Court on the petition of Phil holders who wanted to be considered for the posts. Though the state government maintained that M. Phil holders cannot teach at colleges without having qualifying NET or SLET, the stay order by the High Court continues to remain in vogue with colleges across the state facing severe dearth of the staff. In anothe...
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PM holds video conference with CSs
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JAMMU, Mar 25: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under his Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) initiative, on Wednesday held a video conference with Union secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of states. J&K Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey also participated in the video conference. Under PRAGATI, the Prime Minister will be conducting meetings with Union Secretaries and Chief Secretaries on monthly basis to review the progress of infrastructural projects under implementation in the states. During today’s interaction, Prime Minister discussed the progress of various ongoing projects under implementation in states and gave directions to fast track the completion of these projects....
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