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Breaking News :   Centre may not allow J&K to directly handle relief package due to trust deficit | No word from state about grant of Rs 1,100cr | Omar's claim of re-opening Civil Secretariat all set to fall flat | Two weeks after ravaging flood scores of localities continue to be submerged | Of state BJP and its over ambitious new entrants! | All transfer orders after September 1 kept in abeyance | Centre peeved over J&K's slow PMGSY road work, asks state to fix realistic targets | Favourite of his bosses, non-performer SHO offered privileged 'posting' | One and a half month on, probe committee fails to submit report | Supwal vehicle burning incident: Clash between two top cops on I/C PP's transfer | Seekers demoralized as PIOs withhold information with impunity | Some docs at CD&TB hospital allegedly prescribe medicines of "substandard" companies to patients | Bypoll results across 10 states a wake-up call for BJP; in J&K too, party unlikely to achieve 44+ target | Politicos condemn Yasin Malik for hijacking rescue boat in J-K | KPC demands arrest of Yasin Malik | Over 40 families lose their homes, look forward to Govt. support | Congress adopts face saving tactics: Bhagat | Azad visits flood ravaged Dera Baba, Pancheri | Peoples' mood not in favour of holding Assembly poll during current year | Protests by flood victims delay rescue efforts | Secretary UGC makes maiden visit to JU | J&K Bank restores operations despite connectivity constraints | DB grants time to petitioner for filling supplementary affidavit | GTWS donates relief material for flood victims in Valley | Yashpal Sharma visits flood affected areas of Surankote | We are facing epidemic outbreak in J&K: Doctors | Jitendra Singh takes stock of rescue, relief operations at Kathua | Sr Cong leader Madan visits flood affected areas in Samba | Adequate relief yet to reach Mendhar villages | Hajj flights to start from September 20 :Peerzada | MKJM launches electricity restoration works | MLC Kundal visits rain affected villages | Navratra Festival at Katra to be low key affair this year | Vishwakarma Jayanti celebrated with religious fervor | GDC Budhal organizes symposium | Congress leaders' delegation meets Soz | Kishtwar locals dispatch fresh load of 'relief material' to Srinagar | MLC Ravinder provides Rs 20 lakh for relief, Rs 76 lakh for power system | ATMA management committee meet held | Another Transgression On Way In Ladakh As Chinese President Xi Jinping Begins India Visit | Supwal vehicle burning incident: Clash between two top cops on ICPP's transfer | Favouritsim still roosts in 'Khakhi', non performer offered privileged 'posting' | HC to function from today | Nawaz Sharif, Top Officials Booked for Murder of Protestors | Lessons from the catastrophe! | India, China Sign Three Pacts Within Hours of Xi's Arrival | Jammu boy Aditya brings laurels | One divisional, two sub-division offices running from rented buildings | Stinking toilets in emergency wing expose sanitation claims | Social Forestry Kathua, KVM jointly organize plantation drive | Income Tax Deptt (J&K) observes Hindi fortnight | JPS students participate in Lead India Quiz | Pakistan suffers humiliating defeat in British Parliament | Alleging police inaction in 'Lakhnapur Shootout', locals stage protest | HC quashes doctor's admission to MS Surgery | DB grants 2-week time to BOPEE in PIL challenging Reservation Rules | Submerged in water, structures in Srinagar run risk of collapse | Human Rights Watch urges masses to help valley's flood victims | LUPIN awards scholarship | Dulhasti Power Station dispatches relief material for Kashmir flood victims | NMC appeals CM to release dues of casual workers engaged in various departments | Dulhasti Power Station celebrates Vishwakarma Day | Abrol visits flood effected areas, distributes blankets | Choudhary distributes food material among flood affected | Gadkari to visit J-K, lauds BRO for assistance | HWCS sensitizes about nutritional healthy food habits | Training programme on Mushroom organized | Teachers Guild meets DSE Jammu | JU-VC inaugurates "Display Your Talent" 2014-15 | Free medical camp organized by police | Bridges restored by Army Engineers, connect lakhs of people in J&K | Sahu discusses Navratra arrangements | Peer Monga Nath wrestling championship held | Back Issues  
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Centre may not allow J&K to directly handle relief package due to trust deficit
9/17/2014 11:57:49 PM
Bashir Assad Srinagar, Sept 17: A section of the political leadership of Jammu and Kashmir is of the opinion that the Centre may not give the relief package for the flood disaster directly to the state government because of a major trust deficit. In confidential discussions, these political leaders admit that the state does not have an effective mechanism for carrying the benefits to the sufferers. Also, there is every likelihood of the relief money's diversion to various departments of the state administration, they feel. The colossal damage caused to public and private property is becoming visible in Kashmir. It is clear to even a passerby that Jammu and Kashmir will require both extensive and intensive rehabilitation efforts to cope with the devastation caused by the flood. The question is, if the Centre has a trust deficit vis-à-vis the current state leadership, how will the relief package be made available to the state? Some political leaders raise the valid point that when t...
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No word from state about grant of Rs 1,100cr
9/17/2014 11:57:42 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Sept 17: When Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state on September 5 to take stock of the flood situation, he disclosed that the Centre has provided Rs 1,100 crore to the state as natural calamity fund. Singh had stated that the state should immediately utilize that grant for relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. On his visit the next day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in addition to the Rs 1,100 crore already provided to the state by the Centre as natural calamity fund, the Centre would initially provide an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the state. Till now, the state government has neither confirmed nor denied the receipt of Rs 1...
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Omar's claim of re-opening Civil Secretariat all set to fall flat
Highest seat of governance continues to be submerged
9/17/2014 11:57:33 PM
Jehangir Rashid Srinagar, Sept 17: With barely 12 hours left for the Civil Secretariat to reopen after the enforced vacation due to the ravaging flood the premises of highest seat of governance in the state's summer capital continue to be submerged with flood water. The Fire & Emergency Services department had set up some fire tenders for the de-watering of the Civil Secretariat but it will take a lot of time to make it free from the flood water. Given this situation it seems that chief minister Omar Abdullah has made a mockery by saying that Civil Secretariat would start working from September 18. The barricaded entry to the Civil Secretariat continues to be submerged and same is the ca...
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Two weeks after ravaging flood scores of localities continue to be submerged
De-watering yet to start in majority of areas
9/17/2014 11:57:10 PM
Jehangir Rashid Srinagar, Sept 17: Two weeks after the devastating flood hit the Kashmir valley many localities of summer capital continued to be submerged in water with the dewatering going on at snail's pace in few of them while in majority the dewatering is yet to start. In the summer capital important commercial areas like Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Regal Chowk, Maulana Azad Road, Exchange Road, Palladium Lane, Residency Road, Ghanta Ghar, Budshah Chowk, Maisuma, Gaw Kadal, Aftab Market, Court...
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Of state BJP and its over ambitious new entrants!
9/17/2014 11:56:10 PM
Kunal Shrivatsa JAMMU, Sept 17: Ever since the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) scored a landslide victory in Lok Sabha polls and managed to clinch three parliamentary seats from J&K, several 'wannabe' politicians joined the state unit of the BJP with a hope of making a mark in politics. However, the new entrants in their over enthusiasm sometimes forget that they have to abide party discipline viz-a-viz follow certain set procedures and guidelines. But, there are few high profile individuals, who till less than a month back were unknown faces and nowhere in the picture, think otherwise since they are acting as if they have spent a lifetime in the saffron brigade. One such fresh face makin...
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All transfer orders after September 1 kept in abeyance
Government bans transfers, attachments
9/17/2014 11:56:01 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Sept 17: State government has imposed a ban on any transfers and attachments in view of the extraordinary situation across the state following unprecedented floods. Government Order No.07-GAD(CAMP) of 2014 Dated: 17.09.2014 issued today reads, " In view of the emergent situation obtaining in the State due to incessant rains/floods, it is hereby ordered that there shall be a complete ban on transfer/postings in the State, till further orders; all the transfers ordered w.e.f 1st September, 2014, by different departments except the General Administration Department and those relating to the posting of officers/officials in the new Administrative Units by other d...
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Centre peeved over J&K's slow PMGSY road work, asks state to fix realistic targets
985 roads incomplete
9/17/2014 11:55:46 PM
Syed Junaid Hashmi JAMMU, Sept 17: In what could be termed as incompetence of Jammu and Kashmir government, just 4 roads have been completed under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in the ninth phase of the programme which concluded in March 2013. State had set target of completing 124 roads in the year 2012-13 but managed to complete just 4 of these roads. Against the target of completing 843.52 kilometers of road, PMGSY division completed just 30.12 kilometers. What makes situation worrisome is the fact that of total 1984 road works approved for Jammu and Kashmir, just 999 have been completed. 120 roads are being constructed and no deadline has been set for their completion....
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Favourite of his bosses, non-performer SHO offered privileged 'posting'
9/17/2014 11:55:33 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Sept 17: Setting yet another example of favouritism, authorities at the helm of affairs have awarded a prized posting to SHO Gandhi Nagar Manzoor Ahmed Kohli despite the fact that he failed to curb the incidents of organized crime in areas falling under his jurisdiction. Everyone was surprised when people came to know through Whatsapp messages about the transfer of Manzoor from Gandhi Nagar police station to Bus Stand police station as its SHO, and especially when he proved to be a non-performer utterly failed to put a curb on the crime in his jurisdiction. SSP Jammu, Uttam Chand transferred and posted Inspector Manzoor Ahmed Kohli as new SHO of Bus Stand polic...
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One and a half month on, probe committee fails to submit report
Termination of pregnancy at JK Medicity
9/17/2014 11:55:03 PM
Akshay Azad JAMMU, Sept 17: The slow functioning of Department of Health Services Jammu could be gauged from the fact that the three members committee, constituted by Director Health to probe into the incident of termination of eight months pregnancy at JK Medicity Hospital, has failed to submit the report even after the lapse of more than one and half month. The Director Health Services Jammu had suspended the license of JK Medicity and ordered its seizure after a woman, who was in her eight...
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Supwal vehicle burning incident: Clash between two top cops on I/C PP's transfer
9/17/2014 11:54:09 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Sept 17: Four days after the Supwal incident in which a police vehicle was set on fire by the people and later the issue was settled with the arrest of the accused involved in hit and run case, a new twist in the incident has taken place raising many eyebrows. Though the case was settled, I/C Police Post Supwal was transferred immediately. However, in a bid to bring him back, senior police officer forwarded an application of leave to his immediate senior police officer till his retirement. The act of the police officer has thus become a subject of whisper-mongering among police department. Highly placed sources informed that the high voltage drama in police de...
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Seekers demoralized as PIOs withhold information with impunity
Disposal graph of complaints at SIC on decline
9/17/2014 11:54:01 PM
Bivek Mathur JAMMU, Sept 17: If figures are any indication, the graph of disposal of complaints in the State Information Commission, the elite transparency institution in the state is falling, shaking the confidence and trust of the information seekers and the people in general. As per figures available with Early Times for seven months beginning January, with an opening balance of 149 and the disposal of 63 complaints, ending July, the disposal of the complaints per month has been registered as 41. For the first three months from January to July, there was a steep rise in the number of complaints disposed off from the figures of 63 to 66 but following March, the graph witnessed a downfa...
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Some docs at CD&TB hospital allegedly prescribe medicines of "substandard" companies to patients
Alleged malpractices in hospitals, higher authorities unconcerned
9/17/2014 11:53:41 PM
Avinash Azad JAMMU, Sept 17: Amid hue and cry over the surfacing of spurious drug scam in state, serious allegations have been made by medical experts that some doctors working in various government hospitals are prescribing "substandard" drugs to patients in lieu of commission. A patient in Chest Disease and TB Hospital Jammu, today informed Early Times that he visited the hospital following a cough problem and after diagnosing, the doctor prescribed him cough syrup, tablets and capsules of a Gujarat-based company. "When I went to market to buy the medicine, I came to know that the doctor had prescribed medicines of the same company, which are available at some selected drug stores", he...
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Bypoll results across 10 states a wake-up call for BJP; in J&K too, party unlikely to achieve 44+ target
Amit Shah fails to cash in on Modi's popularity
9/17/2014 11:53:30 PM
Bharat Bhushan JAMMU, Sept 17: Despite the historic performance of BJP in the 2014 general elections, the dismal show put up by it in its first electoral test since its landslide win in May, is a cause of worry for its "think tanks". The results of bypolls held across 10 states can effectively be called a wake-up call for the party. Having put up such a poor show in the bypolls, the party was also unlikely to achieve the target of 44+ seats to form its own government in J&K. The bypoll results have come up as a setback for BJP at the national level and are being seen as a test of prime minister Narendra Modi's popularity. These are also a cause of worry for BJP president Amit Shah as the...
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One divisional, two sub-division offices running from rented buildings
In 7 yrs, PDD pays more than Rs 50 lakh as rent
9/17/2014 10:47:57 PM
G S Asgotra Jammu, Sept 17: Power Development Department (PDD), which is under direct control of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has paid more than Rs 50 lakh as rent of three buildings in which it has set up its offices. With this amount, PDD could have raised its own buildings but owing to "poor" planning, it was not done. Sources informed Early Times that the department had set up the office of Executive Engineer, Rehari, and two sub-division offices at Bishnah and Nai Basti in private buildings. In the last seven years, it had paid more than Rs 50 lakhs as rent to their owners, the sources added. The department has been paying a rent of nearly Rs 30,000 to the owner of Rehari building...
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Stinking toilets in emergency wing expose sanitation claims
9/17/2014 10:47:50 PM
Bijay Charak Jammu, Sept 17: Despite claims of sanitation campaigns, a visit to the emergency wing of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) and its stinking toilets exposes the insensitivity of the administration towards cleanliness. The condition of toilet in the emergency wing is pathetic and it was impossible even to stand there for a while. The toilets are overflowing with sewage and filthy water and foul smell emanating from there made it difficult for patients. The leaking pipes, dysfunctional faucets and stinking toilets gave testimony of the administration's neglect. Patients and their attendants are facing tough time particularly in the emergency ward due to poor ma...
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Pakistan suffers humiliating defeat in British Parliament
Debate on human rights situation in Kashmir
9/17/2014 10:38:14 PM
Neha JAMMU, Sep 17: Last week on September 11, a debate was held in a committee room of the British Parliament on the human rights situation in Kashmir. The initiative for the debate was taken by pro-Pakistan and pro-Kashmiri separatists David ward, who represents Bradford East in the House of Commons. Bradford houses almost one lakh Muslims of POJK origin. No less than 18 speakers spoke on the issue. Only three supported the Pakistan cause and accused India of violating the human rights of Kashmiri Muslims. They also endorsed the demand seeking the right to self-determination for Kashmiri Muslims of this part of the state. The remaining 15 members of the House of Commons rejected the...
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Politicos condemn Yasin Malik for hijacking rescue boat in J-K
KPC demands arrest of Yasin Malik
Over 40 families lose their homes, look forward to Govt. support
Congress adopts face saving tactics: Bhagat
Azad visits flood ravaged Dera Baba, Pancheri
Peoples' mood not in favour of holding Assembly poll during current year
Protests by flood victims delay rescue efforts
Secretary UGC makes maiden visit to JU
J&K Bank restores operations despite connectivity constraints
DB grants time to petitioner for filling supplementary affidavit
GTWS donates relief material for flood victims in Valley
Yashpal Sharma visits flood affected areas of Surankote
We are facing epidemic outbreak in J&K: Doctors
Jitendra Singh takes stock of rescue, relief operations at Kathua
Sr Cong leader Madan visits flood affected areas in Samba
Adequate relief yet to reach Mendhar villages
Hajj flights to start from September 20 :Peerzada
MKJM launches electricity restoration works
MLC Kundal visits rain affected villages
Navratra Festival at Katra to be low key affair this year
Vishwakarma Jayanti celebrated with religious fervor
GDC Budhal organizes symposium
Congress leaders' delegation meets Soz
Kishtwar locals dispatch fresh load of 'relief material' to Srinagar
MLC Ravinder provides Rs 20 lakh for relief, Rs 76 lakh for power system
ATMA management committee meet held
Another Transgression On Way In Ladakh As Chinese President Xi Jinping Begins India Visit
Supwal vehicle burning incident: Clash between two top cops on ICPP's transfer
Favouritsim still roosts in 'Khakhi', non performer offered privileged 'posting'
HC to function from today
Nawaz Sharif, Top Officials Booked for Murder of Protestors
Lessons from the catastrophe!
India, China Sign Three Pacts Within Hours of Xi's Arrival
Alleging police inaction in 'Lakhnapur Shootout', locals stage protest
HC quashes doctor's admission to MS Surgery
DB grants 2-week time to BOPEE in PIL challenging Reservation Rules
Submerged in water, structures in Srinagar run risk of collapse
Human Rights Watch urges masses to help valley's flood victims
LUPIN awards scholarship
Dulhasti Power Station dispatches relief material for Kashmir flood victims
NMC appeals CM to release dues of casual workers engaged in various departments
Dulhasti Power Station celebrates Vishwakarma Day
Abrol visits flood effected areas, distributes blankets
Choudhary distributes food material among flood affected
HWCS sensitizes about nutritional healthy food habits
Training programme on Mushroom organized
Teachers Guild meets DSE Jammu
Free medical camp organized by police
Bridges restored by Army Engineers, connect lakhs of people in J&K
Sahu discusses Navratra arrangements
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