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Minister's kin takes 'bounty' from contractors
3/15/2017 11:16:26 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: A kin of a minister in the Jammu and Kashmir government is reportedly taking bounty from contractors. Sources said a person introducing himself as a relative of a cabinet minister has been, of late, demanding money from some contractors. "The person in his 30s introduced himself as relative of a minister and told a contractor that uncle (apparently minister) has asked for the remaining amount," said sources. They said when the contractor asked him about his authenticity, he reportedly called someone who introduced himself as personal assistant of the minister. Sources said the contractor reluctantly gave the person Rs 10000, as he was not sure about the identity of the latter. "The man took Rs 10000 and thanked the contractor, warning him that he knows how he managed to get the project the latter was working on," said sources, adding that on Holi t e same person again appeared and asked for more money to which the contractor objected. "This time the contractor wanted to make sure about identity of the person. So he asked the youth to c...
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SDM sits on Govt order to 'appease' top boss
Refuses to relieve 'influential' Girdawar
3/15/2017 11:15:25 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: In an apparent case about an official "misusing" her position to remain in "good books" of a top Revenue official, the Sub District Magistrate (SDM) Akhnoor has allegedly ignored the government order to relieve a Revenue official, sources told Early Times on Tuesday. They said the SDM is reluctant to relieve her Reader, who happens to be a Girdawar, despite government issuing an order in this regard on March 6, 2017. "The Girdawar-Ajay Kumar, reader to SDM Akhnoor stands transferred to Gharota, but till date the official has not been relieved, as he enjoys the patronage of the SDM," sources added. They said, Girdawar, Shabir Ahmad, who has repla...
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Awaiting posting for 1 yr, 9 principals likely to retire from DSEJ
3/15/2017 11:13:47 AM
G S Asgotra Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: Nine in-charge principals attached at Directorate of School Education Jammu (DSEJ) are likely to retire from service, as files related to their transfers gather dust in the Civil Secretariat for past one year. The inordinate delay on part of Commissioner Secretary Education to adjust these principals, who have served in various secondary schools, means that they are now sitting idle in the DSEJ. These in-charge principals are: Karan Singh, Suraj Parkash, Susheel Sharma, Rita Sharma, Baldev Singh, Sudarshan Gupta, Shanaz Choudhary, Baljeet Singh and Babu Ram. "They were attached at the DSEJ between 2015 and 2016, but officials at the ...
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Re-employs blue eyed in violation of Act
'Waqf Board Alter Rules'
3/15/2017 11:11:32 AM
Avinash Azad Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: Jammu & Kashmir Board for Muslim Specified Waqfs (JKBMSW) is allegedly altering its rule books to re-employ blue eyed and retired officials from political background. Sources informed Early Times recently the Board altering its Act (rules) invited applications for the post of Account Officer and others. "According to Act maximum age for re-employment is 62 years, while regular employees attain superannuation at the age 58", sources said and added that to accommodate recently retired, re-employed account officer, age has been fixed as 65 years. They further said that despite having competent regular employees, the broad prefers retired...
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Political workers, Panchayat Representatives soft targets
Terrorists can kill anyone, anywhere!
3/15/2017 11:08:37 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: Terrorists killing a former Sarpanch, Fayaz Ahmed, in south Kashmir's Pulwama district on Monday has once again brought to fore the ugly face of terrorism and the fact that terrorists can kill anyone, anywhere and then walk away. Sources told Early Times that terrorists have been asked by their bosses to intensify their activities in south and central Kashmir where by-polls are slated to be held next month. "Fayaz's killing is the first political killing in 2017 and there is every possibility about terrorists identifying soft targets and hitting them in coming days," said a source. He said, "Locals providing shelter to terrorists and acting as their ...
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Absorbed as waterman, donor of school land works for Rs. 500/- per annum
Official Deceit, Exploitation!
3/15/2017 11:06:04 AM
Abodh Sharma In a classic example of official exploitation, a handicapped, father of three is running from pillar to post for the last eight years for getting his legitimate due in lieu of five kanals land that he donated for construction of a school in his village Radhnote, zone Pancheri in Udhampur district. Khemraj, who is father of three daughters, has left no stone unturned despite his one leg affected by polio, to get a regular job that was promised to him in exchange for five kanals of his private land to the education department for construction of a government school. Regrettably, the education department, rather than offering him a regular job, absorbed him as waterman in the...
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500 luxurious vehicles deployed in service of politicians
No austerity to this!
3/15/2017 12:00:37 AM
Saqib Ahmad Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 14: In cash starved state like Jammu and Kashmir, around 500 government vehicles have ben deployed with MLA, MLCs, ex-legislators and political activists in the state, putting huge financial burden on the state exchequer. Ministers, presiding officers and the MLAs with rank of the Ministers in the state are entitled to the vehicles of their choice in addition to police escorts. As per official figures available with Early Times, around 146 government vehicles are deployed with MLAs that including a bullet proof Scorpio, plain Scorpio 56, 9 bullet proof Bolero, plain Bolero 4, bullet proof car 5, STG 71. Similarly, 59 government vehicle...
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PDD officials 'fudge' evidence to shield 'influential' XEn in electrocution of lineman
3/15/2017 12:00:16 AM
Follow-up Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 14: With no let up in support for the "influential" Executive Engineer of Power Development Department, who is accused of negligence that led to electrocution of poor laborer here on March 4, the concerned PDD officials have allegedly started fabricating documents to prove him innocent. Highly placed sources told Early Times that a group of senior PDD officials in league with some politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party led government have not only tampered some evidence but have even been "blatantly lying" before an inquiry headed by Assistant Development Commissioner Syed Sajad Qadri who is probing the case. A laborer had d...
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Separatists become wary of Geelani
'Joint' Hurriyat balloon to burst
3/14/2017 11:59:47 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: The balloon called 'Joint Hurriyat' formed by the separatists in Kashmir Valley after the killing of militant Burhan Wani last year is going to burst any time soon, with resentment against Syed Ali Geelani's 'autocratic' attitude acting as a fresh spoilsport in the entire process. After his grandson's appointment in government service, Geelani is being viewed as a fox in the jungle by the separatists who accuse him of scoring personal points and denying them their due share. Speculations are rife that both Hurriyat (M) chairman and Kashmir's chief religious cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik are going to stitch a common groun...
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Musical Chair: Principal GMC sacked amid speculations
Adhocism ails premier health institution
3/14/2017 11:14:03 PM
Nitesh Sangral Early Times Report JAMMU, Mar 14 : Abrupt order to sack the incumbent Principal GMC Jammu Dr Zahid Gilani by Health and Medical Education department and catapulting a junior doctor to the top chair has opened a Pandora's box within the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu for not following procedural norms to fill up the post. The sudden moves of removing and placing new principals by the H&ME department in past few years, has apparently demeaned the coveted post of Principal GMC&H Jammu- who has to look after nearly five associated hospitals in the winter capital. The surprising removal of Principal by the concerned ministry has sidelined the directi...
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Dr Farooq likely to fight election against Nazir Khan of PDP
ECI sounds poll bugle for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat
3/14/2017 11:00:00 PM
Jehangir Rashid Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Mar 14: With Election Commission of India (ECI) issuing the poll notification for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat the bugle of poll has been sounded in the state especially Kashmir valley. The political parties are all set to start their activities following the issuance of the poll notification. In the state parliamentary elections are slated to be conducted for the Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats. While the elections for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat are going to be held on April 9, the elections for Anantnag Lok Sabha would be held on April 12. While the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat comprises of Central Kashmir districts of Srinagar, Bud...
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Special sorties give heart ache to stranded passengers
3/14/2017 10:59:48 PM
Akshay Azad Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: Misgovernance, unpunctuality of state government officials, prolonged wait without food for hours together at Srinagar airport were some of horrifying experiences encountered by hundreds of stranded passengers, who boarded special flight from Srinagar to Udhampur on Tuesday. On Monday evening, a news was flashed quoting state government officials that special sorties have been arranged for passengers, stranded in Srinagar due to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway for the last over six days. This news had given a sigh of relief to the stranded passengers, who were directed to report 6:30 AM at SRTC yard near TRC Srinagar for getting ticke...
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Govt to go tough against SKIMS doctors practicing privately
Above 60 medicos including HODs on list
3/14/2017 10:59:39 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Early Times Report Srinagar, Mar 14: Taking stern view of some doctors including HODs in SKIMS doing private practice, government has made up its mind to take strict action against those found guilty. "The government has taken serious view of private practice by some government doctors in SKIMS including some of the HODs. It is in brazen violation of the directions of the government. We want to make it very clear that the government will not hesitate in terminating the services of those who refuse to budge," one of the top officials of the health department on condition of anonymity told Early Times. He said that government has reports that over 60 medicos including...
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5 years on, DFO shields 'influential' helper
3/14/2017 10:59:16 PM
Early Times Report Rajouri, Mar 14: For the past around five years the DFO Social Forestry Department here has been sleeping over the government directives to initiate action against an "influential" helper who in brazen violation of norms has been calling shots as cashier and is accused of swindling public money worth millions. Official documents, a copy of which lies with Early Times reveal that this helper was regularized in government services way back in 1994. But the employee has been working as cashier though he is not eligible for the post. In 2012 prompted by complaints of large scale embezzlements, the Regional Director Social Forestry had shot a letter to the DFO concerned ...
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Ministers worried as one group within BJP wants to contest Lok Sabha by-elections
3/14/2017 10:59:03 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Mar 14: Serious differences emerged in state unit of BJP on the issue of contesting bye-elections to be held for the Srinagar and Anantnag Parliamentary seats in the month of April. Credible sources in the BJP said that a group within the party is of the view that instead of giving support of the PDP it is better for the party to contest elections on its own to show coalition partner strength. This group argued that there is reason to support PDP when BJP has strong cadre in the Valley also. Credible sources said that fearing that this decision of the party would annoy Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, BJP ministers in the government strongly opposed the idea of ...
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