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Coalition divided over municipal elections
BJP starts groundwork, PDP sleepless
5/5/2016 11:46:49 PM
Hyder Ali Early Times Report Srinagar, May 5: The PDP-BJP alliance is divided over holding of much-awaited municipal elections in the state, as the BJP has started massive ground work, giving sleepless nights to PDP. Since last year, when the twin parties were into first innings of governance, BJP often supported the holding of municipal elections while the PDP by-and-large remained tight-lipped. During the Governor's rule, however, decision was taken to hold the municipal elections at an earliest. But the subsequent second innings of the PDP-BJP alliance, dashed such prospects when government appealed the Election Commission of India to postpone the Anantnag bypolls. On April 21, the E
PDP leaders fight it out in open
Selection of IUST VC
5/5/2016 11:46:37 PM
Javaid Naikoo ET Report Srinagar, May 5: Favouritism has stopped selection of Vice-Chancellor for Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST), Awantipora. Highly placed sources told Early times that some PDP leaders including a minister in the Cabinet, instead of following the recommendations of selection committee framed by former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed are hell bent on appointing their close associate for the post. Sources said that Mufti during his tenure as the CM and Chancellor of the University before his death had appointed Professor Amitabh Mattu as chairman of three member selection committee with former Vice Chancellor of Kashmir university, Professor Jal
'Honourable, dignified return of KPs a cruel joke'
5/5/2016 11:46:25 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, May 5: The callousness of the successive State as well as Union government towards the exiled people from the Valley since the day one of the mass exodus in 1989 has compounded the problems of these hapless people leading a refugees' life in Jammu and outside the State for last 27 years now. According to sources the rigid approach of both Union as well as State governments and lack of will on their part to rehabilitate them with honour and dignity in their homeland has been cause of concern among these peace loving people who belong to one of the ancient civilizations of the country. Though every Union and State government declared that "the return and rehabil
Townships for KPs gives sleepless nights to separatists
5/5/2016 11:46:16 PM
Raj Sandeep Early Times Report jammu, May 5: Emboldened by the U-turn taken by BJP government to unbridle separatists to speak anywhere with any one for expressing their view point freely , the anti-national forces are getting together to launch offensive unitedly. Viewing the utterances of separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, about proposed separate composite Township for Kashmiri pandits hounded out from their homes and migrated twenty six years ago living the life as Indian in exile within the state, the political analysts say that the apprehension of separatists about separate Townships in Kashmir Valley as a ploy designed to harm and hinder the pro-freedom struggle launched b
Nepotism rules the roost in Edu deptt
5/5/2016 11:46:08 PM
Early Times Report jammu, May 5: It seems the high claimed reforms under 'transfer mela' to meet the requirement of teachers in various schools has fallen flat courtesy alleged mess in Jammu and Kashmir Education Department where favouritism, nepotism and above all political and bureaucratic pressure are not only adding to suffering of poor school going children but also are making mockery of rules and norms. According to sources in education department, the Director School Education Jammu (DSEJ), under order no. 967 DSEJ of 2016 dated 08/03/2016 has transferred 67 masters and also gave approval to the Chief CEO Reasi and under order no CEO/Rsi/Estt/E-2/18911-14 dated 11-03-2016 104 te
Jammu stares at water catastrophe
Traditional water bodies drying up, Water table receding, PHE clueless!
5/5/2016 11:45:59 PM
Abodh Sharma Early Times Report jammu, May 5: At a time when entire country has been shocked by unprecedented water crisis in Latur region of Maharashtra and several other regions in the western and central India, Jammu is staring at severe water crisis in times to come if SOS measures are not taken by the Government and PHE department without any further delay. Tawi, which has quenched city's thirst from times immemorial, has reduced to its half, while the population that depends on it for its water needs has more than doubled. Eventhough new sources of water have been augmented in the form of tube wells in large numbers, the city continues to be short by close to five lakh gallons of w
Ignoring Dogriyat: Ex-Governor Sinha on Pak, J&K
5/5/2016 11:45:32 PM
Early Times Report jammu, May 5: Former J&K Governor, Lt Gen (retd) SK Sinha has come down heavily on Pakistan and expressed serious concern over the prevailing situation in the state. Surprisingly, he has also batted for the so-called Kashmiriyat and said nothing about the nature of Jammu society and politics. It was not expected of him, as he was, and is, loved by one and all in Jammu province for his splendid contributions. He only indirectly referred to Jammu and Ladakh and their aspirations. Regarding Pakistan, he on Thursday said: "Pakistan maintains that Kashmir is its jugular vein and that it is incomplete without Kashmir. 'P' in Pakistan stands for Punjab, 'K' for Kashmir, 'S'
'SAVE embezzles lakhs of rupees'
5/5/2016 11:45:23 PM
Avinash Azad Early Times Report jammu, May 5: A self-proclaimed Right to Information (RTI) activist, who has been claiming to unearth several scams running in government departments, has virtually turned into a fraudster, whose name is found among the board members of SAVE NGO (for animal care), which has allegedly embezzled several lakhs of rupees, in purchase of medicines and payment of salaries. Sources informed Early Times that embezzlement to the tune of several Lakhs was reported in the working of SAVE NGO, which has reportedly been paying less salary than the salary shown in salary sheets and medicines on exorbitant rates was purchased, besides the medicines which were shown pur
Ex-Cong MLA annexes land; police refuse to file FIR
5/5/2016 11:45:13 PM
Akshay Azad Early Times Report jammu, May 5: A former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Congress party has allegedly encroached upon seven marlas of prime land belonging to a shopkeeper in Navdar, Paloura but the police have refused to register FIR in the case and unnecessarily sought some court judgment. Jatinder Singh of Navdar locality, who runs a Photostat shop in Paloura informed Early Times that his registered seven marlas of land fall in Khasra number 731, is adjoining to the land of a former Congress member of Legislative Assembly. "I have all the revenue documents and even registry of the land. Earlier the MLA sought to purchase the land but when we refused, he sta
Votes from Jammu, focus on Kashmir
BJP taunts its constituency
5/5/2016 11:45:03 PM
Early Times Report jammu, May 5: Ungrateful BJP, which won both the Lok Sabha seats hands down and also won 25 seats with a huge margin from Jammu in 2014, has again taunted and ridiculed its constituency. It has once again told the people of Jammu province, who brought the BJP into power in the state last year, that they have no place in its scheme of things and that its attitude towards Kashmir is no different from that of the Congress. Actually, it was none other than J&K BJP president Sat Sharma of NC background who the other day cleared the confusion and declared that time has come for the BJP to solve all the so-called problems confronting Kashmir Valley. "Many problems confront the
'Remain in your offices during VIPs visits'
GMC admins order to HODs/MS
5/5/2016 11:44:52 PM
Nitesh Sangral ET Report jammu, May 5: To hide their failures and expose of their malpractices by any of the staff member, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu administration has reportedly put clutches in feet of all Head of Departments, by issued a dictatorial dictate, asking them to be in their respective offices during visit of any Minister or VVIPs. Sources informed Early Times that such types of order was not issued by any higher authority in this hospital before it and its shows that administration of the hospital do not want to highlight those issues which are not suits them before the Minister and VVIPs. "When former Ministers visited to the GMC and its ass
Testing by board hampering supplies in hospitals
Delay in tenders by JKMSC
5/5/2016 11:44:41 PM
GS Asgotra Early Times Report jammu, May 5: Empowered by self proclaimed honest former health minister, the Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supply Corporation (JKMSC) has failed to fulfill its purpose for which the medical corporation was constituted. During 10 months previous state government, the former health minister had claimed to bring 'transparency' in medical supply in term of drug quality. "Aim of the corporation was to provide quality drugs to needy people of the state on time. But, delayed tendering and delayed testing by board before closing financial year, supply hanged in balance", sources said. They further said that supply of medicine in Chenab Valley region, the home town of
Parents slam edu minister's proposal to club 2 schools
5/5/2016 11:43:52 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Jammu, May 5: Parents of students of City Middle School for Girls, Kishtwar, have threatened to stop sending their daughters to the school in case the government goes ahead with its proposal of merging their school with City Middle School for Boys, Kishtwar, asking it to drop the proposal without any delay. As per the details available with Early Times, there are about 68 girls in the City Middle school for Girls and the education department has intimat
PAF concerned over delay in widening of Kishtwar city road
5/5/2016 11:43:04 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Jammu, May 5: Public Awareness Front (PAF), Kishtwar, has expressed concern over the delay in widening of Kishtwar city road, asking Sunil Kumar Sharma, minister of state for transport, science and technology and roads and buildings, to fulfil his pre-poll promise in this regard. "The condition of Kishtwar city road from Malipath to Kuleed Chowk and the 2 km road stretch, that passes through the town here, is very bad and needs immediate attention," PAF alleged. PAF president Shakir Hussain Siddiqui demanded that the road widening be done and a parking lot be identified and developed at the earliest for the convenience of general public. He alleged
Schools cramped of accommodation, Department in deep slumber
5/5/2016 11:42:42 PM
Tahir Mushtaq Early Times Report RAMBAN, May 5: Contrary to the tall claims of the State Education Department and district administration to provide hassle free education to the students, most government schools lack proper accommodation besides being understaffed. Government Higher Secondary School (GHSS) Ramban is one such glaring example of the apathy of the concerned department where more than 1000 students of the said school are forced to study in cramped environ. Official sources
Sitting MLA ‘humiliated’ at DEMU trains function
5/5/2016 11:42:12 PM
Saahil Suhail Early Times Report Anantnag, May 5: In a rare case, the Northern Railway on Thursday honoured a defeated candidate by reserving the 'Guest of Honour' seat for him in a function held to inaugurate the two DEMU trains at Anantnag railway station. However, the local MLA Abdul Majeed Larmi, who belongs to National Conference, was 'humiliated' as his name didn't figure in the government newspaper advertisements. The NC legislator from Homshalibugh assembly segment left the func
GHS Hyderpora Headmaster locks horns with Div Com Kashmir over roll of school
Says Govt teachers 'demeaned', 'belittled'
5/5/2016 11:40:31 PM
Jehangir Rashid Early Times Report SRINAGAR, May 5: The School Education department today locked horns with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon over the roll of a government school located in a posh locality of summer capital of the state. Dr. Samoon had on Wednesday during a function said that there are 60 teachers for 50 students at Government High School Hyderpora. He had also said that spouses of influential people are working in city schools while as very few teachers are ready to discharge their services in the rural and far-flung areas. Today Shahzada Shah, Headmaster, Government Girls High School Hyderpora while reacting to the news report said it is
GoI further dents JK's tourism: no project approved for 2015-16
5/5/2016 11:40:11 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, May 5: Call it failure of the PDP-BJP coalition government or indifference of the union government, no new tourism project has been approved for the state of Jammu Kashmir in 2015-16. The development comes amid sanctioning of scores of projects worth Rs 1700 crore in other states. The Union MoS Tourism Mahesh Sharma informed the Raja Sabha the other day that 24 projects worth Rs 1719.11 crore were approved. This , according to him, marks a jump of 60% from the previous year (2014-15). The MoS could not have chosen a better day for revealing this vital information. The Chief Minister, Mahbooba Mufti had asked for 'robust growth' in tourism, calling it the "m
Kashmiri woman BJP leader aims high
5/5/2016 11:40:05 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, May 5: A woman BJP leader is trying her best to intimidate the party high command to rehabilitate her as MLC or as the Chairman of any board, sources told Early Times on Thursday. They said the woman leader was recently elevated to a prestigious party post but she is believed to be not content with just holding a party post and is aiming high. "She wants BJP to pay her back for abandoning her party and joining hands with the saffron party," sources added. They revealed the woman leader recently met a top party leader and put forth her demand. She is understood to have told the top BJP leader that she was selected as an Assistant Professor in one of the pre
Nationalism defeated, BJP won in NIT controversy
5/5/2016 11:39:57 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, May 5: After brutal police lathicharge on outstation students in the first week of April, normal functioning in the NIT Srinagar has resumed. Most of the out-stationed students, who bore brunt of Jammu and Kashmir Police's brutality, forced to return to the campus because there was no one of listen their grievances. They were brutally beaten by the brave cops of J&K Police for daring to raising national flag in the campus. Unfortunately, the self-styled nationalist BJP too had refused to help these helpless students because BJP ministers in the government had warned the party against supporting these nationalists students. For nearly one month, these students m
1068 qtl rice, 534 qtl wheat missing from CAPD stores in Marwah
TSO missing since August 2015
5/5/2016 11:39:48 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Jammu, May 5: Marwah Tehsil of Kishtwar District has witnessed large scale ration scandals in last over two decades where ration worth crores of rupees meant for the distribution among the public along with carriage charges was embezzled by the officials of the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department; but to the disappointment of many no guilty till date was punished by the government and in one such fresh case 1602 quintal of rice and wheat to be distributed among the poor people of Marwah for the month of April-May 2016 is missing from government run stores as well as from main store of CAPD department at Nawapachi Marwah. As per the d
Parents of specially abled children flay Pvt schools
Accuse them of extortion in the name of fee
5/5/2016 11:37:55 PM
Majid Nabi Early Times Report Srinagar, May 4: The parents of specially abled children Wednesday accused the valley based private schools of taking undue advantages of their wards 'irregular nature' by demanding hefty sums to get their admission done. The visibly disheartened parents alleged that private schools besides demanding rupees one lakh admission fee ask them to contribute in monthly salary of teachers who will be taking classes of their wards. "I have been roaming form pillar to post to get my seven years old son's admission done, my son should be in 4th standard as far as his age is concerned, however the covetousness of so-called nation builders shattered my d
9 yrs on but Mini Secretariat Complex Mendhar yet to see dawn
5/5/2016 11:37:47 PM
Rajesh Tandon Early Times Report Mendhar, May 4: Public Works Department (PWD) undertook the work of construction of ambitious project i.e. Rs 14 Crore Mini Secretariat Complex in Mendhar in 2007 but after almost nine years the complex yet has to see the dawn courtesy work on snail's pace. Locals lamented that over than nine years time has been elapsed yet the complex yet has not been completed courtesy 'incompetence' of the concerned department. Meanwhile a bigger chunk of locals observed this not only incompetence of the concerned department but also the negligent attitude of the successive government which have doled a step motherly treatment towards the people of Mendhar by del
Kamal Dheri sans water facility
5/5/2016 11:37:40 PM
Rajesh Tandon Early Times Report Poonch, May 5: Inhabitants of Kamal Dheri locality of Bandi Chechyan, Poonch, have alleged that they have been without drinking water for the past some time. They said they had to travel long distances to fetch drinking water as the PHE department had failed to make them available this basic facility of life. Though they had time and again taken up the matter with local political leaders, they too had not come to their rescue, alleged Mohammad Sadiq Chouhan, a local. Locals appealed to the Poonch Deputy Commissioner to come to their rescue by directing the authorities concerned to provide them drinking water at the earliest. They also alleged that a
Hoarders, blackmarketeers make merry as Govt agencies become lame ducks
5/5/2016 11:37:32 PM
Muhammad Mukaram Early Times Report srinagar, May 4: The price hike and black marketing of essential commodities is seeing no end in Jammu and Kashmir as more than 130 cases of black marketing have been registered last year. The Jammu and Kashmir Police last year registered as many as 134 outlets for violating the Essential Commodities Act in the state. Data assessed by The Early Times reveals that in 2014, the Police booked as many as 186 persons for the black-marketing of essential commodities. Similarly in the year 2013, 166 cases of black marketing were registered by the Jammu and Kashmir police in the state, figures reveal. Besides Police, the government currently has depute
To tame traffic chaos, Govt mulling to restrict sale of personal cars
Proposal being deliberated ahead of implementation
5/5/2016 11:37:25 PM
Peerzada Ummer Early Times Report Srinagar, May 4 What could send Kashmir's car dealers into tizzy is the government proposal to restrict the sale of personal vehicles in Srinagar atleast for a year to tackle the growing traffic jam in Srinagar that has been giving tough time to people as well as the government. Sources within the government told Early Times that the authorities while discussing various proposals that could possibly obliterate the menace of the growing traffic chaos in Srinagar city this session, have floated the idea of restricting the sale of the new personal vehicles in Srinagar atleast for this year so that the new four wheelers could not add to what alr
NEET Issue: SC Hears J&K Plea, Judgement on Friday
5/5/2016 11:37:07 PM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, May 5: The Supreme Court Thursday heard the pleas of Jammu and Kashmir and other states on National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical courses. The case will be taken up again tomorrow for judgement. The SC bench heard the arguments today pleaded by the advocates that represented the state. Senior advocates including former Attorney General of India Gopal Subramanium, former Additional Solicitor General K Vishwanathan, appeared for the State apart from Advocate General D C Raina. Commissioner Secretary Law Muhammad Ashraf Mir and BOPEE chairman GH Tantray are also putting up with the law team. Official sources told that Jammu and Kashmir conclu
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