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BJP calls for debate on Art-370
Back to the basics
12/22/2014 12:24:27 AM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Dec 21: The BJP, which is likely to emerge as the second largest party in the state by winning a respectable number of seats in Jammu province, is back to the basics. On Saturday, a number of senior BJP leaders, including the party's ideologues, during TV debates on the exit polls concerning Jammu & Kashmir stated and restated that the BJP's stand on Article 370 remains unchanged and that this statue has to be removed from the Indian Constitution as it has hampered the process of the state's integration into India and harmed the interests of the state and its people. They also asserted that there was no need for the BJP to raise the issue of Article 370 during
SVO to indict Tara Chand, PRO in recruitment scam
Accused turns approver, more arrests on cards
12/22/2014 12:24:14 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: The State Vigilance Organization is all set to indict the outgoing Deputy Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tara Chand and his Personal Relation Officer (PRO) Kewal Sharma in infamous Class- IV recruitment scam in Education Department as one of the accused has agreed to become an approver in the case. The SVO which has already registered an FIR against the Chief Education Officer Jammu Tarsem Lal and three others in the scam, is learnt to have established the role of Tara Chand and Kewal Sharma in influencing the selection of candidates for Class-IV posts. Since the duo was not directly involved in the selection process and hence could not be i
After recruitment, promotion scam surfaces in Edu Deptt
SVO may register FIR against former Director
12/22/2014 12:24:06 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: After Class-IV recruitment scam, another controversy has hit the School Education Department in Jammu and Kashmir as the State Vigilance Organization is mulling to register an FIR against the former Director School Education Jammu for promoting some teachers on the basis of fake degrees. Sources told Early Times the SVO has almost established that a number of teachers, who were recently promoted as Masters, had produced fake degrees of the Bachelor of Education (B Ed) for the elevation in service. These fake B Ed degrees were procured either from the non-existent or un-recognized universities. Even as the officials in School Education Department were
5 years on, Blood Storage Unit sanctioned in CHC Billawar fails to take off
Patients forced to flock district hospital or GMCH
12/22/2014 12:23:42 AM
Bijay Charak Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: Despite tall claims of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that his Government assigned top priority to healthcare, the failure of Jammu and Kashmir Health department to provide basic facilities and infrastructure in primary and tertiary health institutions across Jammu province has been causing huge load on district hospitals and Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu. The tall claims of State Government and Health Minister to provide basic infrastructure and manpower have failed to yield results as even after almost five years of sanctioning of Blood Storage Unit in Community Health Centers (CHCs), nothing has started working. Relia
New Delhi seeks secure zones for KPs in Valley, security agencies raise red flag
12/22/2014 12:23:24 AM
Syed Junaid Hashmi Early Times Report JAMMU, Dec 21: With respective governments being unable to pursue Kashmiri Pandits to return to the valley, BJP led Union Government is now toying with the idea of settling them in highly secured security zones in various parts of Kashmir valley, something which is being strongly contested and resisted by security and intelligence agencies. Union Home Ministry has already in a letter to the NC-led coalition government asked it to indentify land for creation of such secure rehabilitation zones in Kashmir valley for settling Kashmiri Pandits in phase-wise manner. State government, which had by that time, gone into election mode preferred not to re
53 pc Govt schools in J&K without toilet facilities
At 5th slot in list of states with highest percentage
12/22/2014 12:22:59 AM
Akshay Azad Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: A recent survey has revealed that nearly 53 pc government schools in Jammu and Kashmir are without toilet facilities. Moreover, the state is at 5th slot in the list of states and Union Territories across the country with highest number of schools without toilet facilities for students. This is not exactly the kind of milestone that gives the Omar-headed outgoing government much to cheer about. According to a recent report furnished by Department of School Education and Literacy it has come to fore that out of 28765 government schools in Jammu and Kashmir, nearly 15309 are without toilet facilities, which is nearly 53 per cent. Out of t
Two weight bridge monitoring machines gathering dust
Administrative inertia cripples Legal Metrology Deptt
12/22/2014 12:22:39 AM
GS Asgotra Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: Administrative inertia is seemingly ruling roost in Legal Metrology department as the two weighting bridge monitoring machines sanctioned by Union Government are gathering dust at various places for the last five years. The misuse of public funds could be gauged from fact that the machinery worth nearly Rs. One Crore remained unutilized, owing to various departmental hiccups, impeding the working of department. Sources in the department informed Early Times that five year back, the then Union government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had provided two ten wheel trucks to the state's department to ensure accuracy of weight bridges
NC likely to sit in opposition
12/22/2014 12:22:26 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: National Conference is likely to sit in the opposition. According to the party sources, the party has decided to play opposition. The NC is likely to suffer its worst ever defeat. The party as predicted by all exit polls and also by the situation on the ground, will find it difficult to cross the double digit mark. The party was first trying to patch up with the BJP. But, latter it decided going against it. "Omar can't be the CM. He will not have the number to go to the chair this time. Two or three ministers is the best the NC will get. But, it will do more political damage to the party in the long run," said a senior NC leader. The party leadersh
Mufti holds secret meet with Madhav
Politics Art of Possibilities!
12/22/2014 12:22:15 AM
Cong sends fillers to PDP; NC tries to rope in BJP Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Kishtwar, Dec 21: Amidst speculations about no party would get a clear mandate on December 23, political activities in Jammu and Kashmir have picked up and main parties in the state are trying to work on the options that are likely to emerge after poll results are declared. Sources told Early Times the BJP senior leader Ram Madhav held a "secret meeting" with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed last evening and both leaders deliberated upon various issues. The sources said the meeting took place at Trikuta Nagar Jammu wherein both the leaders exchanged their views o
Heroin worth Rs 54 cr smuggled in from Pak seized, ex-SPO among 2 arrested
Conspiracy to push narcotics into India finalized in Central Jail
12/22/2014 12:00:52 AM
Sumit Sharma Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: In a major achievement, Poonch Police under the supervision of AK Attri , DIG police Rajouri-Poonch range and JS Johar, SSP Poonch have recovered heroine worth Rs 54.16 Crore from the possession of two notorious drug trafficker. The accused and his colleague have been identified as Mohd Rafi (ex SPO) s/o Sher Mohd Gujjart and Shakeel Ahmed s/o Faiaz Mohd both r/o Danadoian in Mandi tehsil. The duo was on way to Jammu to deliver the same to the recipient for its distribution to the customers. Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that had the consignment reached Jammu, it would have been enough to involve around one lakh youth to ta
Fate of over 820 contestants including 276 independents locked in EVMs
Police, observers to be relieved after Dec 23
12/22/2014 12:00:36 AM
Bivek Mathur Early Times Report Jammu, Dec 21: With polling for all 87 assembly constituencies concluded on December 20, fate of over 820 candidates including 276 independents has been locked in Electronic Voting machines (EVMs). Meanwhile 28 election observers, 16 IPS police observers, 86 General observers and 7 Awareness observers will be sent back to their parent states after the declaration of results onDecember 23. Batamaloo constituency presently represented by National Coference MLA Mohammad Irfan Shah had the highest number of 16 contesting candidates, whereas the Jammu West constituency, Kathua assembly segment and Sopore assembly constituency had second highest number of 15
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Omar sitting on the ruins of NC
12/22/2014 12:00:06 AM
Rustam Early Times Report JAMMU, Dec 21: Elections to the JK Legislative Assembly are over. Several news channels and pollsters have also come out with their predictions. All this happened on Saturday with the completion of the fifth and the final phase of election in the sensitive border state, which consists of three distinct regions and houses a highly diverse population. All the exit polls predicted a hung assembly in the state and suggested that the PDP would emerge as the single largest party to be followed by the BJP. Both the parties could share between them over 60 seats in the 87-member House. The NC, according to all the exit polls, is likely to finish third and the Congre
Illegal constructions going on unabated across Kashmir without any check
12/21/2014 11:59:37 PM
Shakeel A Khan Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Dec 21: In the absence of effective governance construction of shopping complexes and houses is going on unabated in flood channels and agricultural land. From Wanpoh to Qazigund and from Srinagar to Sonamarg, illegal constructions are going on with any check on them. If the measures are not put in place to check these constructions, which are in violation of the laws, there will be shortage of food after few years. The people of the state will have to depend on other states to meet their food requirements. "After the devastating floods thousands of people were raised to the ground. There is no harm in constructing the new houses. But many
Amidst Chilla-i-Kalan chill politicians face exit poll heat
Angry Omar asks pollsters to wait till Dec 23; PDP remains calm
12/21/2014 11:59:27 PM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Dec 21: As Chilla-i-Kalan (harshest 40-day period of winter) commenced today the politicians, who usually used to move out of Kashmir during this period to save themselves from the biting cold, could feel the chill amidst mounting tension ahead of Wednesday the counting day when results of the five phased Jammu and Kashmir assembly polls would be declared. The exit poll results predicting the rout of National Conference have created ripples in the party camp with most leaders rejecting these. Soon after pollsters predicted that Peoples Democratic Party is all set to emerge as the single largest party in JK, the angry Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweete
AMCCC demands action against corrupt politicians, vows to take fight to streets
12/21/2014 11:49:40 PM
Jehangir Rashid Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Dec 21: Taking a serious note of the wealth amassed by the politicians of the different political parties All Migrants Camps Coordination Committee (AMCCC) has demanded a probe in the accumulation of the wealth by the politicians. At a meeting of AMCCC chaired by its President Desh Rattan Pandita it was decided that an agitation would be carried out if no action is taken against the politicians who have amassed wealth through fraudulent means. It was also decided that the fight would be taken to the Parliament and strong protests would be carried out against the 'opportunist' politicians. Talking to Early Times, Pandita said that it wa
Will Mufti magic work again in JK Assembly Elections?
12/21/2014 10:39:55 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Kishtwar, Dec 21: After leaving Congress in 1998 and floating Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1999,various political analysts of the country had termed former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's decision of leaving Congress as a blunder and even speculated the end his era in the politics. The veteran state politician after floating PDP with the party symbol of a green flag with pen and ink-pot, found friends like late Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Mohammad Dillawar Mir of National Conference and Rafi Ahmad Mir. The party then contested the 2002 elections and won 16 seats and finished second in eight segments. PDP then formed the coali
Of forgotten flood victims & chilly Chilla-i-Kalan
12/21/2014 10:39:28 PM
Syed Tahir Bukhari Early Times Report BARAMULLA, Dec 21: Scores of villages are disappointed over the relief and rehabilitation policy of government, local residents of North Kashmir believe that politicians have forgotten the flood affected victims as there are more interests in politics than to serve the human nature, and people have been left on the mercy of God. According to sources the devastation caused by the floods in Kashmir was unimaginable as it added to the miseries of those most affected by the flood fury in Kashmir and majority of them are still remain without food, drinking water, shelter, and medication in scores of villages in North Kashmir. Nisar Ahmad of Sopore
As Chilla-i-Kalan commences, MeT predicts snow, rain
12/21/2014 10:37:51 PM
Muhammad Mukaram Early Times Report Srinagar, Dec 21 : As the 40- day period of harsh winter known as 'Chilla-i-kalan' started on Sunday, the Meteorological Department has forecast rain and snowfall during the next couple of days across the Jammu and Kashmir and also indicated an improvement in night temperature. "We are expecting that valley will experience fresh spell of snowfall in the higher reaches and rain will occur at several places in the plains on December 22-23 across the sta
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