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Fall in line, or pack your bags
Mufti acts tough
3/5/2015 11:07:07 PM
Fazal Khan Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 5: Just within the three days of taking charge as the new chief minister of the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and veteran leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has indicated that he is out to bring a change and he means business. Soon after assuming office Mufti declared war against corruption and to begin with he asked his ministers to ensure that they engage officials with a clean image as their personal staff to avoid embarrassment in future. Mufti has followed the old adage, charity begins at home. Mufti's recent directive to Police that it should become a source of "reassurance to public than cause of fear" is a clear indi
Where is the list of notorious 1032?
3/5/2015 11:06:53 PM
Abodh Sharma Early Times Report jammu, Mar 5: The much awaited list of 1032 most corrupt officers in J&K who have been booked in multiple cases of corruption and financial misappropriation, reportedly prepared by the State Vigilance Organization on the directions of Governor has mysteriously got struck; and if sources are to be believed, many of those whose names are on the notorious list are doing whatever it takes to withhold the list from coming in public domain. Sources divulge that on the directions of the Governor to prepare a list of most corrupt who were habitual offenders, SVO had compiled a list of 1032 names, but though the list of most corrupt departments of the state was p
Will Mufti revive SAC, bring life in SVC?
3/5/2015 11:06:45 PM
Syed Junaid Hashmi Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 5: With Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in power, will State Accountability Commission (SAC) and State Vigilance Commission (SVC) get empowered or remain toothless tigers is one big question being asked all over the state ranked number 2 in corruption after Bihar? The two commissions remained virtually disfunctional during last six years. Cases lodged in both the commissions failed to make any impact on the administrative systems of the state and thus, not much changed for the common man. Those who knocked at the doors of State Accountability Commission (SAC) had to return disappointed since accused got stay from the state high court. Records bear
Bureaucrats, Politicians turn Govt. Guest Houses into their Private Holiday Homes
State exchequer suffers heavy losses
3/5/2015 11:06:37 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 5: Flouting all norms of propriety, several bureaucrats and politicians have converted guest houses of the state into their holiday homes for their families, while those who are in winter capital for discharge of their professional duties are facing untold miseries. According to details available with Early Times, majority of the guest houses situated at prime locations in Jammu are occupied by the families and relatives of bureaucrats and politicians despite the fact that many of them have been also been provided with the official accommodation. Official sources disclosed that prime rooms of the majority of the guest houses were occupied
Article 370 cannot be touched: Mehbooba
3/5/2015 11:06:21 PM
Early Times Report new delhi, Mar 5: Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, "cannot be touched" and people do not get swayed by slogans anymore, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti asserted on Thursday, days after her party's coalition partner BJP agreed to maintain status quo on the controversial issue. At the same time, she contended that it was not a climbdown for the BJP, which has been in favour of abrogating Article 370 that grants special status to the state. Mehbooba spoke on various issues including the recent row triggered by her father and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who credited Pakistan, Hurriyat and militant groups for the conduct of peaceful ele
Financial constraints stall RUSA implementation in J&K
Treasury dept yet to release Rs 19 Cr to SHEC
3/5/2015 11:06:11 PM
Akshay Azad Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 5: Facing serious financial constraints, the Jammu and Kashmir state government has failed to release funds sanctioned for Rashtriya Ucchtar Shiksha Abhiyaan (RUSA), delaying establishment of two cluster universities and up-gradation of several colleges. Sources informed Early Times that for the implementation of centrally sponsored scheme RUSA, State Higher Education Council (SHEC) was formulated and an amount to the tune of Rs. 23.37 Crores was released by Union Human Resource Ministry. "This allocation includes Rs. 4 Crores as preparatory grants, which was already released into the account of SHEC and consultants were engaged and office of RU
What determines the 'inferiority' of portfolios after all?
3/5/2015 11:05:58 PM
Abodh Sharma Early Times Report jammu, Mar 5: With reports of several Ministers of PDP-BJP coalition government dragging their feet over the portfolios allocated to them, many are questioning the scale which classifies those allocated to them as 'inferior' to those allocated to others. Following three days of hectic close door negotiations between the coalition partners, when the portfolios were finally announced, at least three Cabinet Ministers have been reportedly unhappy with the portfolios allocated to them, terming them as 'inferior'. While Sajjad Lone of Peoples' Conference, who was inducted into the Mufti Cabinet on BJP quota has refused to assume office of the Minister for Sci
After Sajad, Imran Ansari threatens to quit
Portfolio Row
3/5/2015 11:05:49 PM
Fazal Khan Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 5: A day after Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone expressed dismay over he being given a "low profile" ministry, another cabinet minister and PDP leader Imran Raza Ansari, who was given the portfolio of Information Technology, technical education and youth services and sports, has expressed unhappiness over the portfolios being given to him and has threatened to quit the council of ministers. Imran's uncle and senior PDP leader Abid Ansari, who won the recent assembly polls from Zadibal in Srinagar, while talking to Early Timeson Thursday said, "We are not happy with the portfolios which have been given to Imran. Our supporters a
Lack of 'funds' force Sajad Lone not to join ministries allocated to him
BJP plays second fiddle to PDP in Jammu & Kashmir
3/5/2015 11:05:32 PM
Jehangir Rashid Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 5: Decision of former separatist leader and MLA Handwara, Sajad Gani Lone not to join the ministries allocated to him has not gone well with the people of Kashmir and different people have attached varied reasons for the same. People in general believe that Sajad has taken this decision since not many funds are available in the ministries allocated to him. The common masses said that Sajad should have joined the government so that he could have delivered on the ground. They said that Sajad could have been given better responsibility if he performed well at the initial level. "Sajad is the first time legislator and as such he has to start
Lone on protest,unlikely to assume office
PC feels betrayed
3/5/2015 11:05:19 PM
Early Times Report jammu, Mar 5: The Peoples Conference leader and MLA Handwara Sajjad Lone who showed his total displeasure over the allotment of a less important portfolio to him and did not assume the charge of his Ministry has gone into hibernation and refused to talk to media persons today. Lone has switched off his phones and did not respond to any query from any media men on the second day today also after flying to Srinagar yesterday morning in protest of allocation of a lesser known and unimportant Ministry to him. Lone who straightway drove to his Rawalpora residence from Srinagar Airport yesterday also had refused to use the Government vehicle which had come to drop him at his
Valley innovator selected for TTR- 2015 Isreal
Awaits passport renewal since 4 months
3/5/2015 10:36:20 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 5 : The young innovator from Kashmir valley who was selected for ambitious Technological Training Program 2015 at Israel is running from pillar to post for renewal of his passport, but the passport authorities in Srinagar seem in no mood to clear the case on priority. While talking to Early Times, 28 year Mirza Moha-mmad Idrees-ul-Haq Beigh said that he had applied for renewal of his passport on 21 of November 2014 vide file number: SG01C4001051614, adding that the passport had not been issued to him till date. He said that online track status of his passport shows that "Application is under review at Regional passport office Srinagar ". H
Old Baramulla town battles for new bridge
3/5/2015 10:18:22 PM
S.Tahir-Ul Haq Early Times Report BARAMULLA, Mar 4: The inhabitants of Old Town (Shahri-e-Khass) in North Kashmir's Baramulla district are up in arms against the government for not constructing the new bridge. However, local residents of scores of villages accused the concerned authorities for their non serious approach. Due to floods in September 2014, this bridge has been closed by the Roads and Building (R&B) department for public and small two wheeler movements, as they find it unsafe
Closure of national highway leads to scarcity of essential commodities in Kashmir
3/5/2015 10:17:46 PM
Mudasir Tariq Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 5: As the Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained closed for fourth consecutive day today people of Kashmir valley continue to face acute shortage of essential commodities. The things available in the market are being sold at inflated rates. Reports reaching from the different areas of valley say that there is a shortage of vegetables, meat and other daily commodities. People complain against the profiteering and overcharging by unscrupulous bu
Will PDP-BJP Government find the 'missing' NHPC file?
3/5/2015 10:17:11 PM
Peerzada Ummer SRINAGAR, Mar 5: With the state of Jammu and Kashmir losing crores everyday due to the Indus Water Treaty that was signed in 1975, social and political organizations here hope that the file that went missing from the state could be found by the new government. Early Times has learnt from official sources that the file containing Cabinet decision No. 328 dated 21-06-1975 about the Indus Water Treaty is missing from the official records due to which instead of the 50:50 ratio, the state is getting mere 12 percent out of the total power produced from its water resources by NHPC. The other file relates to the issue bearing number PD/IV/243/72 containing all the correspondence
Reframe JE grade-II list: HC to Govt
3/5/2015 10:16:44 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 5: The state High Court has directed government to work out vacancies of junior engineer grade-II after letting candidates selected by Service Selection Board an option for being appointed on the basis of the merit list. A single bench of the court comprising Justice M H Attar also directed the Service Selection Board to update and reframe the merit list as also the waiting list on the basis of information received from the appointing Authority about the vacancies which would become available after the joining of candidates on these posts. The Service Selection Board had issued three advertisements on December 28, 2012, February 18 and December 24 2013,
Need to avoid controversial issues for smooth conduct of Govt
For the sake of political stability
3/5/2015 10:16:07 PM
Rustam Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 5: Things in the state are not moving in the right direction. What is making the already rather complicated situation in the state further complicated is the focus of the state government, headed by the PDP, on emotive issues. The result is that things are deteriorating in Jammu, where the people, cutting across party lines, are expressing serious concern over what has happened during the last four days. During the last four days, four developments took place which didn't go well with many people not only in Jammu province and Ladakh region but also across the country with the entire national media highlighting the implications as far as the interna
Govt assures action against sub-standard Pesticides, Fertilizer supplies
Mafia exploiting pitfall in legislation
3/5/2015 10:15:55 PM
Javaid Naikoo Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 5: Taking cognizance of large scale complaints by Orchardists/Farmers of sub-standard pesticides and Fertilizers being supplied in the market, the new government has assured quick, decisive action against the mafia. After assuming his Charge as Minister for Agriculture and Production, People's Democratic Party (PDP) Minister of the coalition Government, Ghulam Nabi Lone while talking to Early Times said that 'Menace of Substandard pesticides and Fertilizers which is going on without any check Jammu and Kashmir over the years will be completely uprooted and people behind this unlawful business will be punished according to law of the lan
Samba schools face staff shortage
3/5/2015 10:08:08 PM
Neeraj Badyal Early Times Report SAMBA, Mar 5: Notwithstanding its tall claims to raise the standard of education in the state, the Education Department has failed to make any difference even at primary level. Most of the schools in far flung areas of Samba district are facing shortage of staff affecting the academic activities. The glittering examples are the Government Primary School, Kapahi and Madoon in Samba. Having strength of 60 students, primary school of Kapahi in hilly terrain of Samba is being run by two teachers. Besides shortage of staff, students in the school are obliged to sit on floor as the department has failed to provide desks for the school. "The people of the area
APHC (M) bats for trilateral talks on J&K
Against constitutional position
3/5/2015 10:06:50 PM
Neha Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 5: Welcoming the foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan in Islamabad, held on March 3, the All-Party Huriyat Conference - Mirwaiz (APHC-M) on Wednesday urged India and Pakistan to move forward and resolve the Jammu & Kashmir issue on a priority basis, saying it was the most appropriate time to end the conflict over the state. "Kashmir issue must not be ignored or brushed aside and further precious time should not be wasted to initiate a meaningful dialogue process," it said after the end of the executive council meeting, which was held in Srinagar to discuss the outcome of talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan. Th
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