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Imran Ansari's fate hangs in balance
Copying Amitabh Mattoo proves costly
3/15/2017 11:26:00 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 15: As Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is yet to take a decision on the resignation tendered by Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari, the latter's fate remains uncertain. The corridors of power are equating Ansari's decision with a similar move by CM's Advisor Prof Amitabh Mattoo some time back. Sources said it has become a joke among the political circles that Ansari "couldn't emerge as a star by playing Amitabh." "Many think that it was reference to Amitabh Bachchan, but actually it means Amitabh Mattoo," a senior PDP leader told Early Times, pleading anonymity. Following some differences with a Cabinet minister and a senior official last winter, Prof Mattoo had resigned and left for Australia. But the state government relentlessly persuaded Prof Mattoo to return home while at least three Cabinet ministers were in constant touch with him. In fact after tendering resignation, when Prof Mattoo fell ill in New Delhi, the CM personally went to see him at a hospital. After lot of persuasion, Prof Mattoo was made to join back as the Advisor to CM, a p...
Tariq Karra to 'take over' as next JKPCC chief?
3/15/2017 11:25:46 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: Congress leader GA Mir's candidature for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat has paved way for Tariq Hameed Karra to take over former's 'designation', the prestigious post of president J&K Pradesh Congress Committee. It is only a matter of time for Karra to take up the assignment he has been looking forward to much before joining the Congress formally. Sources said Tariq Hameed Karra who quit from PDP last year joined Congress last month finally, albeit note before striking a political deal in terms of ensuring a lucrative post and assignment in the party. Sources said even though Karra was not reluctant to contest LS bypoll for Srinagar -Budgam constituency, a se...
In Thusoo's JKPCC, officials demand commission from contractors
3/15/2017 11:25:37 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 15: The officials of the Jammu and Kashmir projects construction corporation (JKPCC) are being accused of taking commission from the contractors against release of payments. The contractors complained that their repeated pleas have fallen on deaf ears as pending bills are not cleared by the corporation. "The officials including the Managing Director make us to visit frequently the office. We virtually look like beggars outside the MD's office," said one of the contractors wished not to be named. The contractors alleged that JKPCC was allotting the contracts through piece works "to blue-eyed contractors. They alleged that the bills on ac...
Govt mulls booking rumour mongers under PSA
3/15/2017 11:25:27 PM
Saqib Ahmad Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 15: With misuse of social media emerging a major threat in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government is mulling to book the rumour mongers under the Public Safety Act. Government also directed the operators of social media news agencies several times to obtain proper permission from the concerned Deputy Commissioners for posting news on social media news groups along with sources. "It is impressed upon all the admins of Whats App news groups of the district to get the registration of their Whats App news groups in the office of the undersigned within ten days," a circular, issued by DC issued last year said. "The government has acted against few tha...
JU drains exchequer to convince striking employees
Spends lakhs on advts, rather than reaching out to them
3/15/2017 11:25:16 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 15: With discord between the administration and employees in the University of Jammu growing, the former is issuing huge advertisements to convey its stand to the striking employees rather than making a bid to reach out to them; in the process draining out the university exchequer arbitrarily. The University fraternity has expressed dismay over the impropriety being committed blatantly by the JU administration in issuing huge advertisements, costing lakhs. "University exchequer is being drained by the administration mindlessly as the onus lies on it to reach out to the striking employees in whichever way possible" said a JU officer. "Even if the irked employe...
Centre withholds ICDS allocations worth Rs 110 Cr for last seven months
3/15/2017 11:25:02 PM
Arun Singh Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: More tough time is in store for the Angarwari workers as the Central Government has held back Rs 110 Cr of its share of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) funds to State for the past seven months as a result the workers have not been paid their honorarium. Sources told Early Times that as the current financial year is nearing its completion, the hope of release of funds from Central Government are getting bleak, putting in dock the Anganwari workers and helpers who are without salary for the last seven months. "Although the State Government had already released its share, which was subsequently disbursed but due to non-release of fu...
Confused Omar sailing in two boats!
Toes separatists line to woo voters; Wants security to save NC leaders from terrorists
3/15/2017 11:24:47 PM
Kashmir by-polls Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: The opposition National Conference seems to be caught between the devil and the deep sea. On one hand it wants to woo the voters by toeing the line of separatists, while on the other hand it wants the government to provide adequate security to the NC leaders and workers to carry out the election campaign. To begin with the NC Working President and the former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, has said the government should not threaten people who stage protests near the sites of gunfights. "Instead of threatening people who try to disrupt the operations of security agencies during gunfights, the government should deal with them by counselin...
This time to campaign for him, in 2014 LS Polls he sought votes against Dr Farooq
What will Karra say to his voters now?
3/15/2017 11:24:26 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 15: As they say and rightly say so, there are no permanent friends and enemies in politics. One time PDP's firebrand veteran who won 2014 parliamentary polls against Dr Farooq, is this time set to seek vote for his former arch rival. As Congress and NC have stitched a common ground for contesting two parliamentary seats, polls for which are slated for April 9 and 12, this year, Congress's new entrant Tariq Hameed Karra is in a fix. During the previous polls, held in May 2014, Dr Farooq, NC's then candidate for Srinagar and PDP's Tariq Karra spitted venom against each other on public podiums during the poll campaigns. However, during the coming polls, K...
Battle-lines between PDP, NC-Cong drawn
3/15/2017 11:24:11 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: Battle-lines between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the National Conference-Congress combine are finally drawn. The PDP has decided to field Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's brother Tassaduq Mufti in the prestigious Srinagar Parliamentary constituency and former Congress leader Nazir Ahmad Khan in the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency, considered a stronghold of the Mufti family. The NC and the Congress, which on Tuesday entered into pre-poll alliance to take on the PDP, have also decided to field big guns - NC president and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and JKPCC president and former minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir. While Farooq Abdullah had ...
NC-Congress formally stitch alliance for upcoming by-polls, demand adequate security
3/15/2017 11:19:01 PM
Jehangir Rashid Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 15: National Conference (NC) working President and former chief minister Omar Abdullah today said that his party's decision to enter into an alliance with Congress for the forthcoming by-elections to two Lok Sabha seats should not be seen as any weakness but a strategy to sail through from both the seats. Addressing a joint press conference with Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Omar said that alliance between the two parties is not compulsion but a strategy to emerge as winner in the by-polls. He said the alliance took place in order to ensure that anti-establishment votes don't get divided. "We had vario...
Will hotel toilets in J&K be also accessible to general public?
3/15/2017 11:18:55 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: While the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has initiated steps to make toilets in hotels and restaurants accessible to the general public, it remains to be seen if J&K government would also be taking such an innovative and trend-setting decision for the convenience of people. Currently such provisions are available in some European countries. As of now, most hotels, restaurants and eatries allow only their customers to use their toilets. If these are allowed to be used by general public, especially lakhs of Vaishnodevi pilgrims and tourists, who come here all year round from different parts of the country and abroad, one may not find anyone peei...
DC stops illegal construction on Div Com's direction
Land grab at General Bagh
3/15/2017 11:18:49 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 15: On the direction of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar has stopped the construction work of several structures at General Bagh in old city of Srinagar. The administration is acting against the land grabbers in Srinagar and the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has already ordered removal of encroachment on around 75 kanals of Government land. Details available with Early Times reveal that huge chunk of land has been grabbed by various people in connivance with the local land mafia in General Bagh and this process has continued till date from last 20 years . Sources say that an employee of Forest department is the main ...
Islamabad continues to do mischief
Violating LoC
3/15/2017 11:18:43 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: The Cross Line of Control (LoC) trade between India and Pakistan, started after a gap of 61 long years in October 2008 via Poonch - Rawalakote trade route, was suspended on Monday after Pak army pounded Trade Facilitation Centre with long range mortar shells and destroyed large portions of it in an intense exchange of heavy calibre fire in frontier Poonch district. This is for the first time that the trade centre was made a target by the roaring Pak guns. The bus service was suspended on several occasions due to border skirmishes and bad weather conditions but the trade centre remained unaffected during all these years, especially at the peak of hostili...
SHO gives twist to case to help accused
Hulchul in Police
3/15/2017 11:18:33 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 14: The SHO of a police station in Jammu district is alleged to have given a twist to a case to help an accused in lieu of a huge amount of money. A law-enforcing agency caught hold of the accused a few days back along with some material which he was found to be carrying unlawfully. The agency later handed him over to the SHO of the concerned police station,police sources said. However, instead of booking him under the relevant sections of law, the SHO allegedly struck a deal with him with the help of one his subordinates. "The nature of the case was changed to help the accused. In the changed FIR, it was stated that the seized material did not belong to...
Inspector not being relieved due to minister's pressure
3/15/2017 11:18:27 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: An Inspector, who headed a police station as its SHO in a district of Jammu region at the time of his transfer in the recent past, is not being relieved by senior police officers due to the pressure of a BJP minister. Soon after his transfer to another district a few days back, the minister took up the matter with PHQ and asked senior officers to let him continue in the same district by posting him in another police wing. However, when the PHQ did not change his wing, he put pressure on the district officer not to relieve him till he managed his posting at the place of his choice, police sources said. "While another SHO, who was transferred to the other...
3 LeT militants killed, girl in encounter at Kupwara
3/15/2017 11:18:00 PM
Mohammad Sarfaraz Early Times Report KUPWARA, Mar 15: Three Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants were today killed in an encounter with the security forces in this North Kashmir district. A top police official said that acting on specific information, Kupwara police along with 41 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and 98 battalion of CRPF launched a cordon and search operation in Jugtiyal, Hyhama in the jurisdiction of Police Station Kupwara. "During the cordon and search operation, the hiding militants...
Fissures in coalition as BJP, PDP decide to contest by-elections separately
3/15/2017 11:17:33 PM
Muhammad Mukaram Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 15: At a time, when poll mood is high in Kashmir, fissures within the ruling dispensation are coming clear as BJP and PDP have decided to go separately in the up coming Parliamentary polls for Srinagar-Budgam and South Kashmir segments. This is for the first time, Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) will be contesting elections by fielding two candidates for the two fragile Lok Sabha seats in the valley. however, BJP claims that not only in Jammu, Lotus is also blooming in Kashmir also. During the past few years, BJP has strengthened its foothold across the valley. However, it will be a litmus test for all the political parties, PDP, BJP, NC ...
BJP youngsters keen to contest civic polls
3/15/2017 11:17:25 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 15: The BJP decision to bar all its sitting councillors from contesting the upcoming Delhi civil polls has generated a ray of hope among the party's young cadres in J&K, who now feel that they may also get a chance to contest municipal polls as and when these are held here. Till the sitting councillors are dropped from the list of candidates, 'fresh blood' may never get a chance to contest civic polls. BJP leaders of J&K, especially of Jammu region which has sent 25 of the party MLAs to the state assembly, are eagerly waiting for the party high command to implement such a decision in the state too. The announcement about the party having decided to field f...
HC vacates stay on interviews for APs in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Geography
3/15/2017 11:12:13 PM
Akshay Azad Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 15: The prolonged wait for hundreds of candidates who have appeared in interviews for posts of Assistant Professors in various subjects is over as the High Court has vacated the stay on interview process. In the backdrop of the High Court order, the Public Service Commission (PSC) is likely to declare result after March 19. Several litigations were filed by some candidates in the High Court over the selection criteria for various posts of Assistant Professors in Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Geography. The litigants had challenged the shortlisting criteria of the PSC and had secured a stay on interview process for these posts. Though the ...
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