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After caught napping, ruling party gets tender cancelled
Controversy over nomenclature of Cable Car Project
3/24/2017 1:55:42 AM
GS Asgotra Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: Finding itself in tight spot following massive resentment from people in Jammu over nomenclature of Cable Car Project at Bahu Fort, the ruling party has got the tender for construction of wall cancelled, sources told Early Times. They said the controversy was triggered when it was revealed that the name of Bahu Fort did not exist in the official records of much hyped Cable Car Project. It certainly gave a chance to Jammu based leaders to target the ruling party over its silent approval for renaming the project. Following strong resistance not only from opposition but also from its own leaders, the ruling party tried to control the damage by getting the said tender, issued on 17th of March, 2017, cancelled. An order vide no. EE/JKSCCC/1041-42 dated 22-03-2001 has been issued from the office of the Executive Engineer of J&K State Cable Corporation Ltd stating that the tender stands cancelled. Though this step may mollify the anger of peo...
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Out of 10000 SPOs, Jammu gets 2000, Kashmir 8000
Srinagar gets Lion's share, winter capital gets peanuts
3/24/2017 1:55:10 AM
Peer Saadi Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: In yet another case of discrimination with Jammu region, the government has sanctioned 8000 post of Special Police Officers (SPOs) for Kashmir region while Jammu has got only 2000 posts. The sanction for the engagement of 10,000 SPOs in Jammu and Kashmir Police was accorded by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. The documents in possession of the Early Times reveal that in 2016, MHA conveyed to the state government that it has sanctioned 10,000 posts of SPOs in JK Police, over and above it's existing strength. The posts were sanctioned subject to certain conditions. The distribution of these SPO posts was made vide PHQ order No: 3237 and 3...
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Taking cue from UP, would J&K govt too act tough?
3/24/2017 1:54:34 AM
early times reprot JAMMU, Mar 23: Taking a cue from the newly formed BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, which has identified and placed under suspension over 100 ‘black sheep’ in its police force, it remains to be seen if J&K government will too be taking similar steps to establish its writ.. "In J&K a few policemen are not people friendly. Unfortunately government watches all these activities like a mute spectator," alleged a source. "Here a few police officers work like ‘princes’ and have princely lifestyles and treat people as if they are worthless," he alleged further. "So, like UP police, J&K police too have been behaving in a very overbearing manner. It would be a welcome st...
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'Influential' forester pursues illegal timber trade
Claims to be appointed by former Minister
3/24/2017 12:26:16 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: Vindicating the allegations of back door appointments by the previous Government, an influential forester in Jammu region, who is allegedly involved in illegal timber trade, has openly challenged seniors to do whatever they could, as he is appointed by the Minister himself. According to sources, an employee in the Forest Department is allegedly involved in illegal and arbitrary trade of forest wood and when he was caught red handed by the officials, he by naming the Minister told seniors that he is not afraid of any one, as he was appointed by the Minister himself. "The employee seems to be highly influential, as even after being caught red handed, he wa...
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Lack of awareness leaves girls more vulnerable
World Tuberculosis Day
3/24/2017 12:26:04 AM
Nitesh Sangral Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: Tuberculosis (TB) cases have been witnessed at an alarming increase in Jammu and Kashmir in last few years due to lack of awareness, constraint faced in diagnosis, inadequate treatment equipment and social stigma. Moreover, the girls of 5-14 years of age are more affected with this infection in comparison with boys of same age group. Pertinently, WHO estimates child TB patients cover 10 per cent of the total diagnosed worldwide. As per official data, nearly 799 patients died and 28,684 cases were detected in the state for last three years. Highest TB deaths have been reported in year 2014, when 290 people died, while in 2015 and 2016 the d...
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'Ambika' is Mujahid, says Karra
Message from Anantnag
3/23/2017 11:58:47 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: Message from Anantnag, Kashmir, is loud and clear. The Congress is not fighting election on democratic and economic issues; it is fighting the by-election on purely religious and separatist planks with senior Congress leader and in-charge Jammu & Kashmir Ambika Soni extending her unstinted support to the politics of religion and separatism. The message was given by Tariq Hamid Karra in the presence of other senior Congress and NC leaders, including Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Sham Lal Sharma, Gulzar Ahmad (MLA Shangus), Muhammad Amin Bhat (MLA Devsar), Nasir Aslam Wani, Sakina Itoo, Altaf Ahmad Wani (MLA Pahalgam) and Abdul Majid Larmi (MLA ...
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SKUAST employees promote Mantri's business at seed mela
3/23/2017 11:58:25 PM
Early Times Report srinagar, Mar 23: Employees of Sher-I-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences (SKUAST) in Shalimar campus were purportedly distributing pamphlets aimed at promoting family business of a Cabinet Minister during two-day exhibition-cum-seed sale mela in the varsity, sources told Early Times. They said the exhibition which was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor of the varsity was held on March 11 and 12, although the exhibition was aimed at showcasing varsities developed technologies, however the employees other than performing their duties were busy in distributing pamphlets of a chemical industry owned by a Cabinet Minister. Sources said that the pamphlets along with a ...
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Aasiya celebrates Pak-Day, sends security agencies into tizzy
Hoists Pak flag, sings Pak national anthem
3/23/2017 11:55:29 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: The radical pro-Pakistan women outfit Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of faith) on Thursday organized a function in Srinagar under the very nose of Police and other security agencies to celebrate the National Day of Pakistan. Sources said the DeM Chief Aasiya Andrabi addressed the gathering in old city following the singing of the neighbouring country's national anthem. "We have gathered here, despite challenging times, to express our unity with Pakistan and co...
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Make voluntary disclosure or face action: CIC to govt deptts
3/23/2017 11:31:06 PM
ET IMPACT Jammu, Mar 23:Over a fortnight after Early Times filed a comprehensive report in this regard, State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), while acting against public authorities for not implementing RTI Act, particularly for not adhering to pro-active disclosure and digitization of record, has issued a notice, directing them to take necessary steps to make voluntary disclosure of information through official websites by or before June 30. Details available with Early Times reveal that on the direction of CIC Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, commission vide its notification No SIC /J/15/2009 -11 /148-80 issued on March 17, 2017 had directed public authorities, mostly governme...
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Traffic cop filmed ‘demanding’ bribe for wearing ‘pheran’ from trucker
3/23/2017 10:58:34 PM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 23: In a video, that has gone viral on social networking sites, including WhatsApp, a traffic police cop can be seen confidently demanding bribe from a trucker at some unknown location. In the one-minute and four seconds video, the trucker can be heard arguing with the police officer and asking him why he should give him bribe money when he had all the requsite documents of the vehicle. The traffic cop, however, threatened him to shoot his video for wearing...
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Following contempt Principal District Judge Srinagar orders attachment of accounts of DG Economics & Statistics
3/23/2017 10:56:58 PM
Jehangir Rashid Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 23: Taking a strong note of contempt of court directions, Principal District Judge, Srinagar has ordered for attaching the salary of Director General, Economics and Statistics and also attaching the account heads of the concerned department. Principal District Judge Srinagar, Rashid Ali Dar issued the order after it was found that Director General, Economics and Statistics, Riyaz Ahmad Banday did not comply with the earlier court directions. Banday did not deposit the amount despite being directed by the court to do so. "From the record it is evident that the respondent herein has flouted the orders passed by this court on 29-3-2016 ...
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LS by-polls: Electioneering remains listless
3/23/2017 10:56:50 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 23: The election activity in Kashmir has remained low-key with the political parties organizing mostly the workers meetings in the run up to elections on two parliamentary seats of Srinagar and Anantnag, which are scheduled to go for polls on April 9 and 12. The low-key political activity is largely due to the drumming up of support by separatist workers for election boycott particularly in the South Kashmir areas of Anantang, where a large number of Hurriyat activists were earlier arrested by police for fanning anti-India campaign. A PDP worker's convention was attacked with stones at Chawalgam in Kulgam recently in which three of its workers had recei...
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Govt fails to implement water resources projects, state faces heavy losses
3/23/2017 10:56:41 PM
Saqib Ahmad Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 23: The government has failed to implement various water resources projects resulting in heavy economic losses to the state. As per the draft of State Water Policy and Plan, the state has witnessed heavy losses due to delay in implementation of water resource projects. "For that all clearances, including environmental and investment clearances should be made time bound. Concurrent monitoring at project, state and the central level would be undertaken for timely interventions to avoid time and cost overruns," the documents in possession of the Early Times reveal. In the draft the government has said that components of water resources pro...
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MDM scheme victim of official apathy in J&K
Children deprived of regular meals
3/23/2017 10:56:33 PM
Arun Singh Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: The casual approach of state Education Department towards implementation of Mid Day Meals scheme can be gauged from the fact that despite sufficient availability of funds and food grains with department, there was shortfall of over 40 percent in providing the cooked meals to the children during a year. Sources told Early Times that the coverage of scheme has remained unsatisfactory in last five years as on various occasion during a year, the children were not provided with cooked meals under the scheme. "The performance in supply of cooked meals to the school children during the period from 2010 to 2015 was very low as the meals were not ...
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LS by-polls: BJP refrains from fielding its candidates for coalition's health
3/23/2017 10:55:46 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 23: By not fielding its candidate for two Lok Sabha seats of Kashmir Valley, by-elections of which are to be held next month, BJP has extended its full support to its alliance partner in the State and ensured good health of the existing coalition. The BJP has by this decision sent a clear signal that Party wants the coalition to run its full term in the State. Political analysts are of the view that BJP has gone one step ahead in being loyal to PDP that Party High Command rejected the recommendations of State leadership which favoured that Party should either field it's candidate from two seats of Kashmir Valley or extend support to any like-minded group b...
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Rahul to decide Congress candidate for MLC seat
3/23/2017 10:55:27 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 23: AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is returning to India tomorrow after his brief visit abroad, will decide the Congress candidate for the safe seat of Upper House in Jammu and Kashmir. Among the list of around half a dozen aspirants and probables, Rahul Gandhi will finalize the name of Congress candidate for the safe seat, which along with five others is going to polls. Decision in this regard is likely to be taken in next two -three days, sources in Congress said. According to the sources, AICC general secretary and incharge J&K Affairs, Ambika Soni as well as senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad have prepared separate panels of the aspirant...
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Pay commission only then receive works funds
Govt officials' new diktat to contractors
3/23/2017 10:51:24 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 24 : Granting contracts of various works to eligible contractors is not the criteria in government departments but paying commission to their officials to get allotment of works and releasing of payments seems now a main criterion in the state. This could be gauged from the fact that no payment is being released to contractors without paying commissions to officials in various departments. Sources said these departments have been allotting works to ineligible contractors. They said that conditions prescribed in the Standard Bidding Documents (SBD) for necessary qualification of a contractor have not been followed by the department whil...
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