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Raj Bhawan withholds nod, amid opposition from Jammu leaders
PSC appointments may run into rough weather
10/24/2014 11:49:01 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Oct 24: The appointment of the Public Service Commission Chairman and its members is all set to run into a rough weather as Raj Bhawan has not cleared the names which were approved by the state cabinet earlier this month. Sources told Early Times that Raj Bhawan is awaiting final clearance and integrity certificates from the State Vigilance Commission of the new appointees. "If the process is delayed there is every possibility of these appointments being put on hold as Election Commission of India (ECI) has hinted at it sounding the poll bugle within a few days. Once the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into force then entire process would remain in abeyance till the new government is formed," said a source. Pertinently, National Conference and Congress led coalition Government had appointed four out of seven JK Public Service Commission (JKPSC) members from Kashmir and gave negligible representation to Jammu in state's premiere recruitment agency. The ...
Annoyed over anti-Jammu approach of NC leadership, Sham quits Ministry over daily wagers' issue
10/24/2014 11:48:46 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Oct 24: Known for his pro-Jammu approach, Minister for Public Health Engineering, Flood Control and Irrigation, Sham Lal Sharma this evening submitted his resignation from the Council of Ministers over anti-Jammu attitude of the coalition partner National Conference. A day after Diwali, Sham Lal Sharma has dropped a bomb shell and this bold decision of Congress ministers likely to change political dimension in J&K. Sham Lal Singh has submitted his resignation because National Conference ministers in the coalition government were reportedly opposing regularisation of daily wagers belong to Jammu province. Credible sources in the corridors of power disclosed that...
Will consider it after proper verification: Modi tells Omar
State Govt's Rs 44000 Cr rehabilitation proposal under 'scrutiny'
10/24/2014 11:25:57 PM
Centre proposing direct transfer to victims' acctt Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Oct 24: The Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to flood ravaged Kashmir on Thursday is understood to have made it clear to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that the Rs 44000 Crore assistance sought by the state government for the rehabilitation of the flood victims would be considered after "proper verification." Sources told Early Times that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during his one to one meeting with the Prime Minister here requested him to clear the rehabilitation proposal forwarded by the state government. The Prime Minister is understood to have told the Chief Minister that officials in ...
Floods hit J&K Bank hard; bank's assets under stress
10/24/2014 11:25:29 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Oct 24: Rating agency CRISIL has downgraded rating for Jammu & Kashmir Bank's fixed deposits from "AA+/stable" to "AA/negative". Rating action reflects ongoing stress in bank's asset quality and the expected impact on its profitability, CRISIL said in a statement. The stress is on account of two factors. One, weakness in some large corporate accounts following the economic downturn, which has resulted in sizeable slippages during the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Second, ratings are also result of the potential impact of devastating floods that hit Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) in September 2014. Both developments are likely to result in J&K Bank's financial performance...
People, PDP express no confidence in NC-Cong govt, want PM to lead relief rehabilitation work
Changing political equations
10/24/2014 11:25:22 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Oct 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's one-day visit to Kashmir would be remembers for many things. One, Modi visited the icy heights in the Siachen glacial region to celebrate Diwali with our brave, selfless and dedicated soldiers, who are away from their families to defend the Indian borders and maintain and preserve the territorial integrity of India. It was the first time that any Prime Minister in the post-independence India ever visited difficult and treacherous Siachen on the auspicious day of Diwali. It was only natural that our soldiers and public at large appreciated the Prime Minister, with all the security and strategic affairs experts and ex-Commande...
ECI takes serious note, asks JK Govt not to violate norms
NC takes refuge in transfers ahead of polls
10/24/2014 11:25:07 PM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Oct 24: After failing to persuade the Centre to postpone the forthcoming assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir the National Conference led coalition government in the recent past has ordered major reshuffle in the state administration, despite its another ally Congress openly castigating it and asking the Election Commission of India to keep an eye over the "transfer industry" in the state. Sources told Early Times that ECI has taken a strong note of the frequent transfers being ordered by the NC government and has expressed its displeasure. "The ECI has conveyed it to the state government that ordering frequent transfers when there is possibility of electi...
Cong's Manjit lashes out at NC's Salathia, levels serious allegations
Elections in mind, Knives are out!
10/24/2014 11:24:55 PM
Early Times Report VIJAYPUR, Oct 24: Ex-Minister and Congress leader Manjit Singh today levelled serious allegations of discrimination and partiality against another ex-minister and National Conference (NC) leader Surjeet Singh Salathia. Salathia is presently MLA from Vijaypur Constituency and has already been declared as NC candidate for forthcoming assembly elections. Manjit Singh, who is Congress leader today went all guns blazing after Salathia and levelled serious allegations on Salathia. He said that many areas in Vijaypur Constituency are under-developed even as Crores of rupees have been spent on black topping and other construction works in Bari Brahmana. Singh, who was speakin...
Divya Manhas death mystery: Inter-state drug supplier (Chachu) among 3 arrested
2 former ministers pressurize police for safe passage to drug supplier
10/24/2014 11:24:39 PM
Sumit Sharma Jammu, Oct 24: Divya Manhas of Marbel Market, Channi, who died last week, purportedly due to overdose of drugs, set the stage for Police to arrest the inter-state drug supplier from Damtal (place situated on Punjab and Himachal border) and on his disclosure, Police prepared a list of 50 Jammu based youth who are his customers. Police laid hand on big fish on the disclosure of the two youth arrested by Channi Police. They were among the 32 persons who were zeroed in by the police after going through the Call Detail Record (CDR) of the deceased girl. They have been identified as Vishal and Vikram Singh alias Rubal of Tallab Tillo. The duo has been booked u/s 302,120 B RPC by Ch...
How close is Omar to PM?
10/24/2014 11:24:24 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Oct 24: About to complete his term, Omar Abdullah is now trying to get close to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Omar who had for political considerations publicly displayed difference to the PM, had a day before the visit of Modi, decided to clean the Srinagar city as part of Swaach Bharat programme. The CM didn't utter a single word about this programme for about a month and also didn't take this forward in this State. J&K was probably the only state where this programme was not carried forward by the official machinery, despite the fact that it was needed most here especially in the Srinagar, where garbage and filth was flying all around. Omar was success...
State Government dismal performance under Central Sponsored Scheme
4 years on, 35 projects under RKVY not completed
10/24/2014 11:21:05 PM
Bijay Charak Jammu, Oct 24: Despite lapse of almost four years, the Jammu and Kashmir Government has failed to implement 35 projects of Horticulture, Animal Husbandary, and Irrigation department sanctioned in 2010-11, 2011-12 under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). Sources informed Early Times that under centrally sponsored scheme RKVY, Union government in the financial year 2010-11, 2011-12 had sanctioned35 projects to the cost of around Rs. 5 crore and 90 Lakhs for Jammu and Kashmir, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Irrigation department. "Three project of Horticulture department to the cost of around Rs. 80 Lakhs including import of plant material to public sector, Small nurse...
DC Kishtwar suspends 22 truant employees
10/24/2014 11:20:49 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar, Oct 24: Continuing its drive against absenteeism in Kishtwar District, particularly in rural areas, Tehsildar Marwah on the direction of Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Mohammed Jared Khan during a surprise inspection of various offices in Newly created Sub Division Marwah of Kishtwar District found several employees absent from duty and brought the matter into the notice of Deputy Commissioner Kishwtar. While talking to Early Times, a senior official in Kishtwar administration said that due to some communication gap, the officials in Marwah sub Division did not carry out inspection on 16th of this month when over 150 employees were found absent from duties in...
And now opposition to NIA's move to bring to justice enemies
Terrorism and Kashmir
10/24/2014 11:20:25 PM
Rustam JAMMU, Oct 24: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has asked the Government of India to "give it jurisdiction over the terror cases of Jammu & Kashmir registered under the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) which involve offences of waging war against the country, among others". The NIA is of the view that "since the Indian Penal Code is not applicable in J&K, its mandate is limited in the state where terror groups are active". Its suggestion to Home Ministry is to the effect that it should "add RPC Sections 121 to 130 and a few other sections dealing with circulation of fake Indian currency in its list of scheduled offences". These sections deal with crimes against the State such as wag...
BJP, Cong join hands, ridicule 'immature' Bhutto
J&K legitimately Indian
10/24/2014 11:20:01 PM
Neha JAMMU, Oct 24: It's great news that the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress were on the same the other day as far as their stand on J&K and Benazir Bhutto's son and war-monger Bilawal Bhutto was concerned. The other day, they rejected Pakistan People's Party chief Bilawal Bhutto who said that he would take the entire J&K from India, as it legitimately belonged to Pakistan. "When I raise Kashmir, the entire Hindustan screams. They know when a Bhutto speaks, they (Indians) have no answer. We will take back (Jammu&)Kashmir from India," he said in Karachi. Last month also, he had said that if Pakistan People's Party (PPP) was voted to power then it will take back Kashmir into its f...
State BJP hijacked by new entrants
10/24/2014 11:19:29 PM
Sandeep Bhat Jammu, Oct 24 : There is too much confusion in the state BJP. If sources are to be believed, senior and old leaders are being sidelined and the new entrants are being given undue importance. The leaders, who used to have a say in party, are nowadays being neglected and even not heard off. On the condition of anonimity, a senior BJP leader said that there was now no respect for elders in the party which has been hijacked by a few leaders. There is no discipline and many of the new leaders think that they can take any decision. As per sources, there are differences among different leaders on many issues and seniors are unhappy over the treatment meted out to them .The state...
Visitors flood Civil Secretariat, minister misbehaves with daily wagers
10/24/2014 11:19:18 PM
Bashir Assad Srinagar, Oct24; Amid rumors of enforcement of Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission of India anytime, the Civil Secretariat was flooded by the visitors today including casual labours and daily wagers of various departments. Around 10,000 people particularly the daily wagers and casual laboures of various departments swamped into the civil secretariat today as the rumors were rife about the enforcement of MCC by the ECI anytime by now. Ministers and MLAs of the NC-Congress coalition government could also be seen busy in working out modalities for engagement and regularization of casual labours before the ECI imposes Model Code of Conduct in the state ahead of the ...
Locals protest against Sakeena Itoo, accuse her of ignoring deserving areas
Row over administrative Units
10/24/2014 11:19:06 PM
Saahil Suhail Kulgam, Oct 24: A week after the state Cabinet announced more administrative units, residents of Khuri Batpora and Nagam-Noorabad areas of Kulgam district in South Kashmir on Friday again staged forceful protest demonstrations against the Social Welfare Minister and MLA Noorabad Sakeena Itoo, accusing of her of ignoring the deserving segments of the constituency.Residents including men, women and children assembled on Kulgam-Ahrabal road after Friday prayers and staged protest demo against the local MLA Sakeena Itoo, resulting traffic chaos on the road for several hours together. Protesters alleged that the deserving segments in Noorabad constituency have been out rightly o...
As BJP flexes muscles, PDP-Congress working on permutations of Govt formation in J&K
10/24/2014 10:15:07 PM
Bashir Assad Srinagar, Oct 24: Leaders of People's Democratic Party (PDP) are preempting a good showing in the forthcoming elections in the state, and are hopeful of forming the new government, but they are working at possible permutations to form the government if the party failed to reach the magical figure of 44 in the 87 member J&K Assembly. PDP leadership has all along been ruling out any post-poll alliance with BJP. The only option left with the party in such a scenario is to bank upon the numbers that the Congress can add to their tally. BJP is confident about sweeping the mandate in Hindu-dominated areas of Jammu, Kathua, Samba and Udhampur. Political analysts in the state bel...
SSA tots eat, NDM students remain high and dry
10/24/2014 10:14:59 PM
Syed Tahir Bukhari BANDIPORA, Oct 24: The children from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) schools were ensured food on all working days but MDM is being given only for limited period of time in a month and at the same time the financing pattern of the scheme is so ridiculous that the money is released after every 3 months to the concerned teacher, and all this the teacher has to manage all the expenses from his own pocket in Bandipora district of North Kashmir. According to sources that the scheme is not being run properly in the district as the MDM has lost its efficacy because of the nature of its functioning. The scheme needs to be reformed again. "The disruption in Mid Day Meals (MDM...
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