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Rampant violation of promotion policy by Agriculture Minister
Blue-eyed juniors supersede their seniors
8/20/2014 12:05:39 AM
Akshay Azad Jammu, Aug 19: The pick and choose policy is ruling the roost in Agriculture Production Department as a good number of "blue eyed" juniors have been promoted over the seniors in violation of norms, at the behest of the Minister. Sources informed Early Times that some blue eyed officers of Agriculture department have been promoted reportedly on the instructions of the Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir in utter violation of seniority and norms, leaving the seniors humiliated as they have to report their juniors, who have been promoted to senior positions by greasing the palms of higher ups. According to seniority list of officers, Sudesh Koul, with serial seniority number 123, is top
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SKIMS teaching MBBS sans medical science facilities
10 departments defunct!
8/20/2014 12:05:26 AM
Syed Junaid Hashmi Jammu, Aug 19: With requisite infrastructure and teaching faculty almost crippled in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura, MBBS teaching in the college is virtually on crutches. If the report of Medical Council of India (MCI) is any indication, the college has nothing on the name of infrastructure and teaching faculty. 10 departments are facing serious shortage of infrastructure with management doing little to address this grave issue and spending more time seemingly on convincing MCI that MBBS and other course in the college should not be derecognised since this could lead to further alienation of youth in Kashmir valley. Director of the Colleg
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Extends invite to media and then asks to leave unceremoniously
BJP plays a hostile host
8/20/2014 12:05:11 AM
Kunal Shrivatsa Jammu, Aug 19: Over enthusiasm sometimes backfires and this is what exactly happened during a daylong Booth Level Workers' Convention held here today at KK Resorts, Udheywala, Talab Tillo as despite extending a formal invitation to media persons, they were asked to leave the venue just before the event had to commence. The 'commandment' to media persons to leave the meeting hall fumed them since they had not come on their own but were formally invited through an email sent by media cell of BJP to all media organizations/reporters and cameramen. The drama began when the General Secretary of BJP Bali Bhagat, who was managing the dais, repeatedly asked the media persons
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Smriti disappoints J&K; offers nothing during her maiden visit
8/20/2014 12:04:51 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Aug 19: The people of Jammu and Kashmir were left disappointed when Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Smriti Irani didn't make any announcement for the welfare of people of this lesser state on her first official visit here. Irani was in Jammu to address Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) workers convention and it was expected that she will make new announcements in Education sector but nothing came through except disappointment. People had high expectations from Irani's maiden visit to Jammu, from where BJP won both Lok Sabha seats, but her first day brought little cheer for the stake holders. The visit of every Union Minister to Jammu is wrapped
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BJP invitation to media
8/20/2014 12:04:43 AM
The Chief Editor/Bureau Chief, Respected Sir/Madam, Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani will address Booth Level Karyakarta Sammelan on Tuesday, the August 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at K.K. Resorts, Udheywala, Talab Tillo, Jammu. You are requested to kindly depute your correspondent alongwith photojournalist for the coverage.
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BJP has more spokespersons, media managers few
8/20/2014 12:04:35 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Aug 19: The state unit of the BJP has recently appointed battery of party leaders as official spokespersons to handle media in the run up to the 2014 Assembly polls. But on Tuesday when Union Human Resources and Development Minister Smriti Irani arrived here to address a Karyakarta sammelan the entire media was barred from covering the function. Interestingly, the state unit of the BJP had issued a formal invitation to media houses requesting them to send their correspondents and photo journalists to cover the function. The self styled media managers of the party some how managed to push inside their favorite photojournalists and cameramen of news channels
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Omar apparently reluctant to contest elections
8/20/2014 12:04:26 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Aug 19: The Chief Minister is apparently still reluctant to contest forthcoming Assembly elections. It's for this reason that he has not announced his candidature. The announcement of the CM's candidature was expected a day after his close confidante Devender Rana's name was cleared from the Nagrota constituency. People expected Omar's candidature as well but it did not happen giving rise to speculations about the intent of the Omar to contest elections. The reluctance stems from the fact that Omar's is still not confident. The CM has still not decided from which constituency he has to contest. There were reports that he may not contest from the Ganderbal. T
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J&K power generation suffered major jolt
GVK & L&T windup construction operation at 850 MW Rattle HEP
8/20/2014 12:04:17 AM
Report published in Early Times edition of 30-06-2012 vindicated Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar, Aug 19: The ambitious 850 MW Rattle Hydro Power Project of Jammu and Kashmir government inaugurated by the former Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan on 25th of June 2013 has fallen prey to the official and political apathy as the principal company GVK Power limited that won the bid for the construction of the project along with sublet company L&T limited finally wound-up the construction work at project site and ordered for retrenchment of over 600 employees engaged by both the companies in last three years since the company established its office in Kishtwar District. As per the details avai
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Cancellation of Indo-Pak talks a slap on the face of Pak, separatists
Modi has done it
8/20/2014 12:03:57 AM
Neha Jammu, Aug 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was following in the footsteps of his predecessor Manmohan Singh and a ragtag UPA, his critics had been saying ever since May 26, when he assumed the highest executive office. His policy towards Pakistan and Kashmir was as weak-kneed as it was during the UPA regime, his critics had been saying on a daily basis. Pakistan had been violating ceasefire and breaching International Border, but the Modi Government was watching these provocative actions on Pakistan part as a mute spectator, his critics had been saying. He was a weak Prime Minister and he was incapable of protecting the Indian sovereignty and territorial integrity, his critics, inclu
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Cong, NC have lost the way
Soz, Beg on Shias, BJP
8/20/2014 12:03:43 AM
Rustam Jammu, Aug 19: The massive defeat in the Lok sabha has left the Congress and the NC clueless. In fact, they have lost their way completely. They are making statements which only prove that. If Congress spokesperson Salman Soz is terming the Shiite Muslims as non-Muslims or a "minority community", NC senior leader and former Lok Sabha MP Mehboob Beg is describing the BJP victory as a victory of "nefarious designs". They made these highly irresponsible statements in a national news channel, NewsX, while participating in a debate on the cancellation of Kousar Nag Yatra and illegal construction of a structure at Kousar Nag, where a particular flag had been fixed by the radical elements
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Merely at announcement of his candidature, Rana speaks as MLA Nagrota
8/20/2014 12:03:30 AM
ET Report srinagar, Aug 19: Overenthusiastic provincial president of the National Conference, Devendra Rana whose name has just been cleared by party's Parliamentary board as candidate from Nagrota constituency has been fetching it a little too far by promising to make Nagrota a model constituency, as if mere announcement of his candidature by his party has made him the MLA from Nagrota. "We have to ensure that Nagrota emerges as a hub of activity keeping in view its strategic location on the National Highway and being in the immediate periphery of the winter capital", Rana said while addressing workers on his arrival after being nominated as National Conference candidate for the consti
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Soz, Azad agree on ending coalition
High command disagrees with them
8/20/2014 12:03:20 AM
Early Times Report srinagar, Aug 19: Even as the former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and JKPCC chief Professor Saif-ud-Din Soz agreed on ending the coalition with National Conference, the high command disagreed with them for unknown reasons. Sources within the Congress reveal that Rahul Gandhi still considers Omar Abdullah a friend and is not keen on ending the coalition for the time being. Azad accused the NC of engineering total rout of Congress in Lok Sabha elections held early this year. He said because of NC betrayal, Congress lost the Ladakh seat by 36 votes. The relations between the coalition partners are not cordial. They have been accusing each other of betrayal. A ser
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Modi has refused to fall in trap laid by Pakistan
8/20/2014 12:03:08 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Aug 19: During the last several years Kashmiri separatists have been receiving invitation from Pak High Commission in New Delhi for meetings with senior Pakistani officials. Most of these separatists have been attending these meetings. Such meetings have taken place even when there was a BJP led NDA Government in the Centre. Why then the Government led by Narendra Modi reacted so angrily against such meeting that it called off the Foreign Secretary level talks? There can be many reasons for it. The first being that it is neither the Congress led UPA Government in New Delhi nor it is the Government headed by Atal Behari Vajpayee. It is the Government headed by
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SC notice to Centre, State Govt on validity of Article 35-A: First step towards abrogation of Article 370
8/20/2014 12:03:00 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Aug 19: Decision of the Supreme Court to issue notice to Centre and Jammu and Kashmir Government over validity of Article 35-A is a first step towards revocation of Article 370. If Article 35-A would be revoked, Article 370 would be automatically abolished because this Article provides powers to the Jammu and Kashmir Government to not to extend Central laws in the State. Instead of directly demanding abrogation of Article 370, some organisations have decided to focus on revocation of Article 35-A to make Article 370 defunct. Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution, which was made applicable to the State in 1954 is responsible for their not graNting citizenship
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India calling off talks leaves separatists red faced
8/20/2014 12:02:52 AM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Aug 19: India calling off Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan has put the Kashmiri separatists in a tight spot. The Narendra Modi led Government has made it clear to Pakistan that it has to choose between the separatists or India. The Government of India called off the talks, which were slated to be held on Aug 25 in Islamabad, to protest against the decision of the Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit to hold parleys with Kashmiri separatists ahead of the crucial talks. Pertinently, Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi had invited Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabir Ahmed Shah and Mohammad Yasin Malik to Delhi for holding delibe
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Adaptation of Western culture responsible for heart diseases: Dr Dave
8/20/2014 12:00:59 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Aug 19: Famous cardiologist Dr. Raj Dave today said that adaptation of western culture is the main reason behind the rising number of heart patients in the country. He said stress; smoking, western foods are the roots of the coronary diseases. Dave was addressing media men in Super Specialty Hospital Jammu here today during a day-long workshop in complex cardio vascular interventions in association with Department of Cardiology Government Medical College Jammu. It
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Moves to court for restraining media from reporting molestation case
‘Aakhir Khan ko sharam aa hi gaye’
8/20/2014 12:00:22 AM
Early Times Report Srinagar, Aug 19: Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar here today reserved orders on an application filed by senior Congress leader and former MoS Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan, seeking directions from court to prevent media from reporting proceedings of the case involving him in the alleged sexual assault on a lady doctor here. "From the day of trail/enquiry in the present case by this court, the print media has started parallel media trial against the petitioner thereby dam
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Situation may flare up ahead of polls: IG BSF
'Militants desperate to make their presence felt'
8/19/2014 11:25:57 PM
Fazal Khan Srinagar, Aug 19: Inspector General of Border Security Force PS Sandhu today said that situation may flare up in coming days as militants are desperate to make their presence felt ahead of the state assembly polls, slated to be held later this year. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function "Pan India Plantation" here, Sandhu said, "Assembly elections are coming things will hot-up. The situation is tight. I can't predict what will happen at the LoC the next moment." "The cat and mouse game is on not only over here but even in Jammu province. There have been many encounters wherein large number of militants were killed." "All militant camps across LoC are in place
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Just 5 out of 17 sanctioned staff members catering to huge encatchment
PHC Badyal Brahamna grievously understaffed
8/19/2014 11:17:09 PM
G S Asgotra Jammu, Aug 19: Since its establishment the Primary Health Center (PHC) of Badayal Brahamna is facing pressing crunch of man power, as several staff members out of 17 sanctioned posts are attached to another hospital. Moreover, all the vital equipment provided at the PHC are lying idle since 2012. According to document in the possession of Early Times, equipments like X-rays machine, 10 kv Genset, Dental Chairs and dental equipment, laboratory equipment are gathering dust due to non-availability of doctors and technicians to operate these equipments provided in PHC. Vishal Sharma, a local told this correspondent, "There are seventeen post in his PHC including two MBBS doctor
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Balwan encounter claims militant
8/19/2014 11:16:37 PM
Syed Tahir Bukhari KUPWARA, Aug 19: A militant was gunned down by security forces in an encounter at Balwan sector in Karnah area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Tuesday morning. A senior army official said that army's 5/5 GR launched a massive search operation following the suspicious movement at Dhanni forest area along the Line of Control. As the army intensified the combing operation, the militants hiding in the area opened fire upon the forces, he said, adding that the fire was retaliated ensuing a brief encounter. "During an encounter a militant was killed and the body along with an AK-47 rifle was recovered from the site", he said. Meanwhile, a case under FIR no. 61/2014
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PIL seeks high-level probe into JKCA scam
8/19/2014 11:16:30 PM
Srinagar, Aug 19: A Division Bench of Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday directed Jammu wing of the court to send photocopies of petitions as well as orders passed in writs petitions regarding affairs of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. The directions by the bench comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice M H Attar followed while hearing a fresh Public Interest Litigation filed by two valley-based cricketers, seeking investigation by a high level team of reputed police officers into the alleged misappropriation of large scale funds in the JKCA. The PIL has been filed by Majid Yaqoob Dar, a former Ranji Trophy cricketer and Nissar Ahmad Khan, a club level player. "The matte
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People unhappy with Budgam MLA, resolve to vote against him
8/19/2014 11:16:18 PM
Shakeel A Khan BUDGAM, Aug 19: The upcoming assembly election is not going to be a cake walk for Aga Syed Ruhulla who is representing the Budgam segment for the second consecutive time because of the fact that the people of many villages in the constituency, which otherwise happens to be the stronghold of the National Conference, have resolved to vote for change this time so as to pave way for the progress of the district. There is a strong resentment against the sitting NC MLA because of his underperformance over the last six years. The people of the constituency are up in the arms against the MLA because the sufferings of the people have increased manifold during NC-lead coalition gove
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6 years on, Govt sleeps on modern Warehouse project for Jammu
Lack of coordination between Govt agencies delaying project: CCI President
8/19/2014 11:14:44 PM
Arun Singh Jammu, Aug 19: It has been more than six years since the proposal of developing a modern Warehouse in Jammu by shifting it from the existing over crowded Bikram Chowk, was moved but the project has yet to see the light of the day. As per sources, the proposal of shifting the existing warehouse at Bikram Chowk was moved about six years back, but till date the government has failed to even identify an alternate site for giving it a practical shape. Sources said that the government had yet to identify the land and execute the construction on modern lines with all facilities matching the latest standards at such big trading centres. Sources said that around 600 traders dealing
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Govt fails to provide basic facilities in many Jammu primary schools
156 schools san drinking water facilities, 205 running from single rooms, 57 from rented accommodations
8/19/2014 11:14:28 PM
Bijay Charak Jammu, Aug 19: Contrary to the tall claims of the state government to provide all basic facilities in primary schools run by it, their condition in Jammu district, where 156 schools have no potable water facility, 205 are running from single rooms and 57 from rented accommodations, is not so good. Sources informed Early Times that in many schools government has provided water tanks but in view of the shortage of drinking water supply facility, students could be found fetching water from natural sources. "One such school is Primary School, Bamyal, in block Dansal of Jammu district, where department has provided a plastic tank but there is no water supply to the school. To q
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Cases pile up in headless SHRC as Govt fails to appoint members
8/19/2014 11:13:13 PM
Mudasir Tariq SRINAGAR, Aug 19: Despite the state government's commitment of upholding the human rights, it has failed to appoint the Chairman and other members to State Human Rights Commission (SHRC). The inaction from the government has led to a situation where cases are piling up with every passing day. For more than a month SHRC is running without a Chairman and other members who have retired from services, causing huge inconvenience for the masses whose cases are kept adjourned for months. At present, there are three vacancies of members in the commission as a result of which it has become virtually defunct as no one is attending the cases. Ironically the commission has the perso
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