|Major reshuffle in police on cards; IGPs of Jammu, Kashmir to be shifted|
SRINAGAR, July 23: A major reshuffle in police top brass is on cards in the state as the State Cabinet is expected to change the zonal police heads ahead of the Assembly elections due in October this year.
"The higher officials in consultation with the Chief Minister and respective Ministers are busy in finalizing the list of police officers including the IGPs of Kashmir and Jammu zones to be shifted", sources in the Civil Secretariat told Early Times.
"If everything goes well, the reshuffle will be ordered in the next Cabinet meeting to be held on Friday ", sources said, adding, "If the meeting gets postponed, the transfers would be ordered in the next meeting as and when |
|Time not right to withdraw AFSPA from J&K: Govt|
|Early Times Report
NEW DELHI, July 23: Union Government today said that time was "not appropriate" for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, said the issue was raised by state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security on June 5, 2013.
The Chief Minister, Rijiju said, "raised the issue of withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state in a phased manner, beginning from the areas which have been free from militancy for quite sometime.
"However, various stakeholders particularly the security agencies have ex|
|Wounded NC will not help desperate Cong implement its agenda|
JAMMU, July 23: The Congress high command has, according to insiders, asked the Congress Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to go aggressive and use their position to fulfill the promises the party made in 2008 before the party goes to the polls in November-December. "Don't worry even if there is confrontation with the NC. Be aggressive. They must do all that they could to fulfill the 2008 promises the party made to the people," informed a credible source in the Congress. The issues which the Congress high command wants the Congress Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir to take up in a big way include the demands of the refugees from Pakistan-occupied-Jammu and Kashmir and border migrants, inc|
|Time for Jammu leadership to unite|
| Jammu cause|
JAMMU, July 23: It is an established fact that the people of Jammu province have never got what was their legitimate due share in the socio-economic and political processes during all these more than 66 years of the state's accession to India. It is the Jammu leadership that is responsible for the step-motherly treatment being meted out to the people of this province, as also for the prevailing discontent in this province. There is hardly any segment of society in Jammu province which is happy. Had the Jammu leadership, like its counterpart in Kashmir, and even in the cold-desert Ladakh, discharged its obligations towards this province and played a pro-active role in the State Cabinet|
|NC MLC opposes Kousarnag Yatra, says it will prove disastrous for environment|
ANANTNAG, July 23: Senior National Conference leader and Member of Legislative Council (MLC), Syed Bashir Ahmad Veeri, who heads State Environment Committee, today opposed the Government-backed Kousarnag Yatra, saying it will prove disastrous.
"We must not allow these things to happen; these virgin spaces should be kept out of human intervention." Veeri said, adding the Government must rethink before starting the yatra.
He said that Yatra to Kousarnag and other like places having sensitive environment can prove disastrous and will affect the climate of the state at the larger level.
All Parties Migrants' Coordination Committee, a group of migrant Pandits, had earlier annou|
|HC stays Recruitment of 1657 Assistant Professors|
JAMMU, July 23: The recruitment of Assistant Professors in Government colleges against 1657 posts is once again caught in legal tangles as the Srinagar High Court has again stayed the recruitment process.
Sources informed Early Times that High Court Jammu had directed the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) not to make recruitments against 1287 posts of Assistant Professors, which were advertised as per first notification, in response to the petition filed by M.Phil candidates of Jammu division.
"Though the High Court (Jammu division) had not stayed the recruitment process but in response to petition filed by M.Phil candidates of Srinagar, the Srinagar divi|
|J&K's MGNREGA shocker; just 24.82 percent funds spent in 4 years|
|Early Times Report
JAMMU, July 23: Rural Development Ministry of Jammu and Kashmir has spent just 24.82 percent of total funds available with it for implementing Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
The scheme is centrally sponsored yet the Ministry which has been tasked with overlooking the implementation of this scheme has failed to spend funds meant to provide for the enhancement of livelihood security of the households in rural areas of the country by providing at least one hundred days of guaranteed wage employment in every financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.
According to an official report, a c|
|Azad's detractors in Cong assure to address Lal’s grievances|
|Cong deserter in touch with BJP, PDP and even Cong leadership |
|Early Times Report
JAMMU, July 23: After resigning from Congress, former Lok Sabha member Chowdhary Lal Singh has again opened channels with the party leaders. Interestingly, amid reports that he may join People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he has also opened channels with BJP also.
Credible sources said that after resigning from Congress and lambasting former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Chowdhary Lal Singh rushed to Delhi on Tuesday. He was called at Delhi by a senior Congress leader, who is known to be detractor of Azad, to hold discussions with high-command. Chowdhary Lal Singh held discussions with that leader, who assured him that his grievances would be placed before Congress pres|
|Why are Omar, higher officials silent over irregularities in the Deptt?|
|10th pass holds charge of Law Officer in Estates Deptt|
Jammu, July 23: Even as the Estates Department is plagued with the allegations of corruption, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and higher officials in the department have maintained silence over this issue, owing to which eyebrows are being raised over their conduct also.
As per sources, a matriculate has been adjusted as Incharge Law Officer in the Estate Department, allegedly sidelining a graduate candidate at the behest of some higher officials in the department and the Chief Minister, being the incharge of the department, is unmoved till date. Now question arises why are they silent over these alleged irregularities?
Sources said Bodh Raj, who was regularized under order No GDC|
|Nazir's statement stirs hornet's nest: KPs ask community leaders to quit NC|
|Early Times Report
JAMMU, July 23: The statement of senior NC leader and Party general secretary Sheikh Nazir Ahmed has stirred a hornet's nest with entire KP community condemning it in one voice.
Instead of hanging his head in shame that his party led Government in 1989 failed to protect the minorities in Valley by insulting secularism slogan given by its front ranking leadership in 1947, the NC leaders statement is a testimony to the fact that what Sheikh Nazir said was the general opinion of NC about minority Pandits, said Kundan Kashmiri, Kashmiri Pandit Conference chief. He said the Party has come into its true colours and its senior leader spoke what was in the core of his heart.
|PSC rejects DPC order of promotion of "undeserving" doctors |
JAMMU, July 23: Public Service Commission (PSC) has rejected the order of promotion of some "undeserving" doctors as issued by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) of Health and Medical Education Department.
However, setting yet another example of favouritism, the Government seems to be shielding these "unduely" promoted doctors as even after the lapse of more than seven weeks of the cancellation of the DPC order by PSC, it was yet to act on the development.
Sources told Early Times that in brazen violation of the service rules, some blue- eyed doctors at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH), Jammu, were holding the position of senior doctors notwithstanding the rejection |
|Records statement of 8 more witnesses|
|Justice Gandhi to visit Padder today|
|Asif Iqbal Naik
Kishtwar, July 23: Justice retired R C Gandhi appointed by the Jammu and Kashmir Government to probe the August 9 violence in Kishtwar last year today recorded statements of eight more witnesses including a police Sub Inspector who played an important role in saving at least four persons who were caught by the unruly mob.
As per the details available with "Early Times", overall 12 persons deposed before the Justice Gandhi Commission in last two days which include eight witnesses today. Among the eight witnesses who deposed before the judicial commission today include Sub Inspector Nayeem-ul-Haq Mattoo and a religious scholar Ram Sevak. The sources within the commission i|
|Vested interests attempting to sabotage traditional Hindu pilgrimages in Valley|
Jammu, July 23: Traditional Hindu pilgrimages have never augured well not just with the separatists, but also certain quarters within the mainstream political parties of Kashmir who have continuously tried to stir up emotions by terming them as attempts to change demographic character of Kashmir or their adverse effects on the ecology and environment of the region.
Whether it is ancient Shri Amarnath Yatra or the Kounsar Nag Yatra in Shopian, self styled leaders of Kashmir have raked up irrelevant issues to sabotage the pilgrimage. Of late, certain media houses have joined hands with these elements to mislead the people of Kashmir against these Hindu pilg|
|DCDC, University of Kashmir gives a damn to directive from Higher Edu Deptt|
|Mars career of scores of deserving aspirants|
SRINAGAR, July 23: Authorities at the University of Kashmir have virtually bye-passed a directive from the Higher Education department asking them to cancel the counseling of candidates for different under-graduate courses offered by the university and its affiliated colleges.
Acting on the representation of one Tuba Rashid daughter of Abdul Rashid Dar resident of Namchibal-Fateh Kadal, Mohammad Raiyaz, Under Secretary, Higher Education Department wrote a letter to Dean College Development Council, University of Kashmir asking him to present a factual report of the complaint lodged by the complainant.
Tuba had lodged a complaint with the Dean College Development Counci|
|Sessions court to decide on SI Sonu's bail after Eid|
|Asif Iqbal Naik
Kishtwar, July 23: Principal District and Session Judge, Bhaderwah, has reserved the judgment on bail application of encounter specialist SI Shiv Krishan Sharma alias Sonu and others facing trail in a case of militancy registered against them in a Doda police station.
The case was registered against them under FIR No 33/2013 and sections 307 of RPC, ¾ ESA of 7/27 of Arms act at Police Station, Thatri, of Doda.
According to reports, the court raised certain queries over granting bail to the accused cop from the defence council and asked him to present before him a case in which the apex court or a high court has granted bail to the accused facing trial in such cases as t|
|Alleging week security cover, langar operator packs up|
Kathua, July 23: Alleging weak security cover to the volunteer organizations operating community kitchens (langers) for lakhs of Amaranth pilgrims visiting the state annually, Jai Shiv Deep Sewa Mandal, a Punjab-based langar organization, today announced its packing up, citing the Baltal incident in which langar operators were beaten up and their stalls burnt by some locals.
The organization will not provide its service in Jammu and Kashmir in view of the weak security arrangements, said executive members of organization.
While addressing media persons, Vipin Nayar, Vikas Chapra and Ajay Singh, all members of the organisation, said they would not provide service in Jammu an|
|Budgam people reject NC's golden era claim|
|Shakeel A Khan
BUDGAM, July 23: The people of Budgam district reject the claims of the National Conference that it has brought the state out of the darkness and the last five years or so have been the 'Golden Era' as for as the development on different fronts is concerned.
There is no visible change on the ground as one can see the roads of the valley, particularly of the Budgam district that are in shambles and have not been paid any attention from the long time. The journey on these roads has become troublesome for the people.
The people belonging to the villages of Soibugh, Nasarullah pora, Dharmunah, Gariend, Wadwan, chattabugh, Gotapora,Sangam, Pymus, and Farashgund are up in the |