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Deputy CM leaves for Goa on private trip
Enjoying Power!
9/3/2015 12:01:13 AM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Early Times Report Srinagar, Sept 2: Since the day BJP ministers have assumed the office they have not left a single chance to reap the maximum benefits of power, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, who should have led from the front to ensure that all the BJP ministers remain accessible to the masses, has set an example by going on private trips. Sources told Early Times the Deputy Chief Minister after spending two days in New Delhi has reportedly left for a private trip to Goa. When Early Times called Deputy CM's personal number 9419149494 the response was "Sahab do din Delhi mai thay ab Goa chale gaye ( Sahab was in Delhi for two days now he has left to Goa). BJP ministers are leaving no stone unturned to reap the benefits of power and are enjoying at the cost of the poor people. "Many people who visit Civil Secretariat here allege that Deputy Chief Minister remains inaccessible and refrains from meeting the people despite holding two important portfolios...
Tug of war between PDP, BJP over economic package for J&K
9/3/2015 12:01:01 AM
ET Report jammu, Sept 2: Tug of war between two coalition partners Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP has started over economic package likely to be announced by the Union Government for Jammu and Kashmir. PDP, who is heading the coalition, is demanding that first priority should be given to the flood affected families of Kashmir Valley in the economic package while as BJP is mounting pressure on its high command to sanction more funds for Jammu region in the whooping package likely to be announced very soon. After getting reports that Union Government has almost finalized the economic package, two senior leaders namely Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh and State BJP president a...
No international support to Pak on Kashmir
Good news from Washington
9/3/2015 12:00:53 AM
Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: Good news today emanated from Washington (US). It said Pakistan "no longer enjoys international support" on Kashmir and that it is unlikely to get an approval for a referendum in the region from the UN Security Council. The report was based on the input from Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistani envoy to the US. "Kashmir is an emotive issue in Pakistan because of the failure of its leaders to inform their people that Pakistan no longer enjoys international support on the matter," Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani Ambassador to the US, was quoted as saying. Haqqani was at the "loggerheads" with the powerful Pakistani Army when in office. Haqqani is at present...
Exams on cards, Edu Deptt forces students to practice singing for 'Sufi festival'
9/3/2015 12:00:40 AM
Muhammad Mukaram ET Report srinagar, Sept 2: While the Government this year cancelled summer vacations in the Valley schools to make up for lost time because of last year's floods, the Education Department is forcing almost 500 students to practice singing to make a "Sufi music festival" a success. The concluding ceremony of the music festival named 'Shashrang', which was to be held in August ending, has now been re-scheduled and would be held on September 12, said sources. While examinations up to 10+2 level are scheduled to be conducted in October-November, the students are seen thronging the Indoor Stadium Srinagar to practice singing. Earlier, the Education Department had to change ...
BJP may draw a blank in Leh
LAHDC elections
9/3/2015 12:00:33 AM
Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: The J&K Government has finalized schedule for constituting a new Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh. The election schedule is likely to be announced this week itself and if all goes well, the election process would be complete by October and the new council would be in place in the first of November. Out of the elected 26 members, the existing council has 21 members from the Congress and four from the BJP. The remaining one elected seat is held by an independent candidate. It is 30-member council 26 of whom are elected and the remaining four are nominated. The NC and the PDP have no stakes in these elections, as these parties have l...
Shortlisted ARs feel dejected
JU issues fresh notification; process of selection, which started in 2012, halted
9/3/2015 12:00:18 AM
Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: Leaving the shortlisted candidates for the post of Assistant Registrar (AR) dejected due to alleged technical errors, the appointment process, which began in 2012, stands halted as University of Jammu has issued fresh notification seeking applications to fill the posts. Sources said while 12 candidates were shortlisted for five posts of AR, new notification had been issued by the university. "The process was begun in 2012 to fill three posts of Assistant Registrar but the number of posts increased with the passage of time", sources said and added, "Presently three posts for main campus and one each for Bhaderwah and Kathua Campuses have been advertised."...
Govt accepts Khanday's voluntary retirement
9/3/2015 12:00:06 AM
Early Times Report srinagar, Sept 2: Putting speculations to rest, the State Government on Tuesday afternoon formally accepted Chief Secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday's request for voluntary retirement. The orders came as a surprise on the General Administrative Department website. "In pursuance of sub-rule(2) of Rule 16 of the all India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefit) Rules, 1958, read with second proviso to this Rule, sanction is hereby accorded to the voluntary retirement of Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, IAS (JK:1978), Chief Secretary, J&K, from the Indian Administrative Service with effect from 31st August, 2015 (afternoon)", reads the order vide number GAD SER 65-78IAS-96-II date...
Mehbooba leaves 'cornered' separatists red faced
'Don't cross the line as you are no more relevant'
9/2/2015 11:59:57 PM
Early Times Report srinagar, Sept 2: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti making it clear to the separatists that they cannot be involved in India- Pakistan talks which are aimed at discussing terrorism and cross border firing has driven home a point that gone are the days when separatists used to call the shots and poke their nose in all the matters. Pertinently, since the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken over the reins of the country, India-Pakistan talks have been called off twice. The Foreign Secretary level talks, which were scheduled to be held in New Delhi last year were called off when Pakistan despite repeated warnings from India went ahead an...
JAKFED, other gas agencies running illegally in residential areas
Safety guidelines on stocking LPG being violated with impunity
9/2/2015 11:59:45 PM
Sumit Sharma Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: Violating Petroleum and Natural Gas ministry's safety guidelines which specify that the godowns of the gas agencies must be out of the Municipal limits, most of the gas agencies have been running their businesses in the residential areas that too under the nose of the authorities. Amazingly, J&K Government's own department, JAKFED is on forefront among the violators gas agencies. Other gas agencies which have their godowns in residential areas including Chenab Trading Comp. Ambphalla,Tawi Gas agency, Pacca Talab Rehari Chungi and Kameshwar Gas, Bakshi Nagar, Jammu. Worthwhile to mention here that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry issu...
India a mighty nation, wants PM Modi to act
Accept Pakistani challenge
9/2/2015 11:59:24 PM
Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: Pakistan has crossed all the red lines. Its Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has warned India that it will suffer "heavy losses" which it would "remember for decades" if it tried to "impose" a war on his country. "Pakistan's armed forces will defend every inch of their motherland at every cost," he said while talking to media during his visit to village Kundunpur along the international border in Sialkot, near Jammu, and added that "If India tries to impose war on Pakistan, heavy losses will be inflicted on India which it will remember for decades". "Cowardly acts by Indian forces have strengthened the determination of the nation to defend the mother...
Alleged case of business woman "unlawfully" possessing 280 kanals of land
HC directs DCs of Jammu, Samba to file land status report
9/2/2015 11:59:12 PM
Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: In a petition, seeking a direction to J&K Revenue Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, and seven other senior revenue officers, including tehsildars of Jammu, Jammu North, Samba, Vijaypur and Bari Brahmana, to escheat 280 kanals of land under J&K Agrarian Reforms Act 1976 and J&K Alienation of Land Act 1938, High Court judge, Justice Tashi Rabstan has directed Deputy Commissioners of Jammu and Samba to file present status of the land on the next date of hearing. Pending disposal of the petition filed by Subash Chander, sarpanch of Patoli Brahmana, through his counsel P S Parmar, the court, in its August 26, 2015 interim order, issued notice to th...
Alleged backdoor recruitment scam in Sports Council
60 persons appointed in over 1 decade without advertising any post
9/2/2015 11:59:01 PM
Akshay Azad Early Times Report jammu, Sept 2: More skeletons have started tumbling out of Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council, wherein nearly 60 permanent employees of different categories were allegedly engaged without advertising any post in the last over one decade. The council, which is a semi-Government body, depends on the State Government funds for running its affairs. As per details furnished by the council authorities, in response to an RTI application filed by Sudhir Kumar, at least 60 permanent employees were engaged without any advertisement of posts from 2001 to 2014, apart from nearly 50 casual labourers engaged merely on the approval of secretary and Vice-Chairman. The perm...
Is BJP-PDP govt serious in exploring Padder Sapphire Mines?
I&C minister's visit to Suncham raises hopes among local unemployed youth
9/2/2015 11:45:27 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Kishtwar, Sep 2: The visit of Minister for Industries and Commerce (I&C) Chander Prakash Ganga to Suncham Sapphire mines of Padder in Kishtwar District along with the Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Minerals Limited and MoS Sunil Sharma visited the Suncham Padder Mines located in Padder area of Kishtwar District at an altitude of nearly 15000 feet above sea level has raised the hope among the unemployed youths of Kishtwar District, particularly among the...
Identify persons selling fake K-Handicrafts: Mufti to KCC&I
9/2/2015 11:44:56 PM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Sept 2: Laying stress upon branding of 'Kashmir Handicraft', Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Wednesday called for a concerted effort to overcome challenges in better marketing of hand-made products in the burgeoning domestic and international markets. He said investors should take a cue from the remarkable success of International Buyer-Seller meet held earlier this year that saw enquiries and online bookings reach a new high. "Our products will continue to...
Farooq applies for LPG subsidy, invites wrath of PDP
9/2/2015 11:44:29 PM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Sept 2: Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah is in the midst of a controversy over his recent application for LPG subsidy, which has been criticised by his political rivals. Abdullah, the patron of main opposition National Conference, had submitted a form for non-Aadhar based LPG subsidy transfer with Super Gas Sevice at Durga Nag, Sonwar, on August 14, an official of the gas agency said. During the Lok Sabha elections last year, Abdullah had declared an ann...
Health Minister yet to go beyond Aprons
Patient care takes back seat
9/2/2015 11:42:36 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Sep 2: The Jammu and Kashmir health and medical education department has been reduced to checking whether the staffers have put on the apron or not. Superintendents of all district hospitals in the state have been asked to ensure the doctors wear aprons during office hours. They have been asked to take action against those violating the directive. The Health minister has now being accused of ignoring patient care. 'he concentrates on issues that are not important," said an official preferring anonymity. Taking example of hospitals across Jammu region, it has been observed that health care has taken a back seat and apron wearing has become the only focus of the ...
Geelani's Hurriyat peeved at opening of NIA offices in J&K, threatens agitation
9/2/2015 11:42:26 PM
Javaid Naikoo Early Times Report Srinagar, Sept 2: Hurriyat Conference (Geelani faction) on Wednesday threatened to launch an agitation in Kashmir if the state government allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to open offices in J&K. The NIA is mulling to establish its permanent offices in Srinagar, Jammu, Udhampur and in south Kashmir to "tackle anti-national activities," according to media reports. Warning the PDP-led coalition against allowing the NIA to set up offices in J&K, the Geelani faction of Hurriyat in a statement said the NIA's proposed move is a clear violation of the "special status" and constitution of the state and does not have any legal and moral justificatio...
GRP IGP takes cognizance of ET report, directs SSP to go tough
9/2/2015 11:42:17 PM
Sumit Sharma Early Times Report Jammu, Sept 2: Taking cognizance of a news item published in Early Times under the caption "Imposter GRP cop pose PA to IGP Jammu, grabs Rs 80,000 from SPO", GRP IGP Suliman Salaria directed his SSP to take stringent action against the accused cop. The IGP has directed SSP GRP Pulwama Zahid Manhas to go tough against the accused cop Manzoor Ahmed Haji having belt no 747 who duped Rs 80,000 from a SPO on pretext of getting him regularized. Suliman, speaking to Early Times, said that the amount to be realized from the accused cop from his GPF to restore the same to the victim cop. He also assured departmental action against the erring cop who is already f...
VO seeks de novo probe into fund fraud
Top Forest officer in soup again
9/2/2015 11:07:42 PM
Saahil Suhail Early Times Report Srinagar, Sept 2: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A K Singh (IFS) is in the soup again as the Vigilance Organization has asked the Forest Department to reinvestigate a case of alleged fund embezzlement involving him. In his communiqué to Chief Commissioner/Secretary, Government General Administrative Department on May 21 this year, the DIG (Vigilance) demanded reinvestigation into the complaint against Singh, the then Chief Wildlife Warden and others allegedly involved in the embezzlement. The DIG has made it clear that during the course of investigation by the Vigilance on a source report into the allegations that Wildlife Warden Wetlands,...
SSA fails to achieve its objective
123 students not enrolled in Doda district
9/2/2015 11:07:32 PM
Arun Singh Early Times Report Jammu, Sept 2: Defeating the purpose of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which had been launched with much fanfare in 2002, to cover the uncovered areas by enrolling the children in the schools but on the contrary as many as 123 children of a particular community in Doda district have not been enrolled in the school. Depicting the inefficiency of Department of Education in making enrolment of children of remote villages in hilly areas of the region in a report compiled by a NGO under the name and title of Education Environmental, Social, Sports & Cultural Society by conducting survey in the Doda District which found that at least 123 children of Mahasha community o...
For 3 yrs, SMVDU hikes fee arbitrarily
9/2/2015 11:07:21 PM
G S Asgotra Early Times Report Jammu, Sept 2: Authorities of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) have been arbitrarily increasing fee for last three consecutive years, making it difficult for poor students to join the varsity. A faculty member said that in August 2004, the then President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam had appreciated the SMVD Shrine Board for launching the varsity and had expressed hope that it would provide opportunities of technical higher education to students from poor sections. "But from the very beginning, the varsity authorities seemed determined to generate more and more revenue despite abundant funds available with the SMVD Shrine Board. The aim of var...
Patients suffer as doctors continue to be "unpunctual"
9/2/2015 11:07:14 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Early Times Report Srinagar, Sept 2: Because of the doctors of government hospitals, who were alleged to be unpunctual, patients across Kashmir continue to suffer. "Despite heavy flow of patients in OPDs, the doctors arrive and leave at their own will, forcing patients, no matter how serious they are, to wait for hours and even days," a senior official of the Health Department, wishing anonymity, told Early Times. He said long queues of patients were a common feature at OPDs in most of the hospitals. "The OPDs are supposed to open at 10 am but not a single doctor turns up for duty on time," he said. An employee of the SMHS hospital said that patients, who cannot affo...
SKIMS sounds Swine Flu alarm
Govt reluctant to issue advisory
9/2/2015 11:06:47 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Sept 2: Even as experts have officially conveyed to the Health department led by Chowdhary Lal Singh about outbreak of another spell of Swine Flu in the state in the coming weeks, the government is delaying issuance of much- needed advisory. Highly placed sources said last week on August 22, the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura Director Dr Showkat Ahmed Zargar voluntarily approached the State Government that it was high time to issue advisory on Swine Flu "otherwise things could be chaotic in the coming months." Sources said Zargar had contacted Chief Secretary Iqbal Khanday seeking emergency meeting to decide future course of action in ...
Udhampur: PHC Thial craves for staff, medicines
9/2/2015 11:06:21 PM
Bijay Charak Early Times Report Jammu, Sept 2: The tall claims of Government about improving and providing health care facilities in the State fall flat if one visits Primary Health Centre (PHC) Thial of block Majalta in Udhampur. Most of the sanctioned posts are vacant while the centre is running short of medicines. The PHC has a sanctioned strength of four doctors including three assistant surgeons and a dental surgeon, and an ISM doctor. However, the first four positions stand vacant and it's an ISM doctor who runs the centre. "This PHC has no laboratory services while medicines are seldom available. One wonders how did the Government give the status of PHC to this dispensary," sa...
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