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Crime against women increased sharply, rapes steeply; conviction dismal
6 years of NC-Cong rule!
2/28/2015 12:15:53 AM
Syed Junaid Hashmi Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: Despite vehement claims of women empowerment by ex-Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, crimes against women saw sharp increase in Jammu and Kashmir during the last six years of NC-Congress coalition government. The day Omar resigned as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir i.e. January 9, 2015; figures of crime against women stood at staggering 3192 in December 2014 with state contributing 1.12 percent in the total rape cases against women across the country. When Omar took over in the January 2009, Police had by that time registered 2295 cases of crime against women with 219 rape cases. Aided by the then state minister and now, Provincial President of National Conference (NC) Nasir Aslam Wani, ex-Chief Minister would often talk about need to further intensify normal policing across the state but figures indicate that he failed to walk the talk. Omar's first year in office saw police registering 2624 cases of crime against women includ...
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`Toothless' tigers look towards new Government for teeth
2/28/2015 12:15:41 AM
Peerzada Ummer Early Times Report srinagar, Feb 27: While the new government will assume office in the state in near future, the question that arises is whether the new dispensation gives powers to anti-graft bodies, state information Commission and the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) or not? The statutory bodies established in the state during the previous regime were out rightly undermined due to visible indifferences between the NC- Congress coalition. The Omar government in the state didn't at all responded to the SAC's repeated requests to arm it with full-fledged investigation wing headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Director General of Police. The file was put o...
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Yasin Malik acknowledges 'defeat'
NC leader or separatist?
2/28/2015 12:15:34 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: After failing to sabotage the alliance between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) separatists have kickstarted hate campaign against both the parties, the JKLF Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik made a beginning by addressing a news conference in Srinagar on Thursday and by declaring that both the parties have entered into an "unholy alliance." The JKLF Chief acknowledged that India has defeated the separatist cause and has succeeded in changing the discourse in the strife torn state. However, he vowed that they (separatists) would regroup and rise again. Malik, who after laying down the arms, claimed that he would follow Gandhi's...
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Guv rejects PSC panel
2/28/2015 12:15:23 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: The Governor N NVohra on Friday officially rejected the 7-member panel appointed by the erstwhile National Conference-Congress regime to run the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, state's premiere recruitment agency. Pertinently, the Cabinet had approved appointment of Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie, IAS, Financial Commissioner, Industries & Commerce Department, J&K, as Chairman JKPSC, Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, IAS, Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department, Mukherjeet Sharma, IFS (rtd), BR Lachotra, Director General, Economics & Statistics (std), Wali Mohammad Bhat, Director General, Accounts & Treasuries (Retired), DrTejit Singh, Prof Ophtha...
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R&B Deptt executes 22 km drainage stretch without inviting tenders
2/28/2015 12:15:15 AM
"Road stretch on which the drainage work was undertaken in a haste may be widened in coming days and the effort and the money which has been put in would go down the drain." Avinash Azad Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: The Road and Buildings Department has ostensibly executed 22 kilometre drainage project between Siot to Kalakote without inviting tenders and had allegedly allotted the work to blue eyed contractors through the backdoor, sources told Early Times on Friday. They said the road stretch on which the drainage work was undertaken in a haste may be widened in coming days and the effort and the money which has been put in would go down the drain. "Under rules, there may ...
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Modi-Mufti hug sets stage for BJP-PDP coalition rule in J&K
2/28/2015 12:15:01 AM
Early Times Report New Delhi, Feb 27: When the PDP patron, Mufti Mohd. Sayeed embraced Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Friday it was a hug between two different political ideologies that have agreed to share the same stage for giving to the people of Jammu and Kashmir a Government that would promote regional balance. Well Modi is not Pratap Singh Kairon,a former Chief Minister of Punjab, who used to hug his political adversary and shake hands with his friends and colleagues.Modi is free and frank.He is articulate and does not conceal his feelings.He has the knack of wooing opponents and winning friends by giving them a hug. The way the Mufti met Modi it was a union of hear...
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Would make CMP public on Mar 1: Mehbooba
2/28/2015 12:14:54 AM
Javaid Naikoo Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Feb 27: The much discussed Common Minimum Programme (CMP) would be made public on March 1, said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mahbooba Mufti today. Talking to reporters at Delhi, Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that the CMP would emerge on March 1, the day party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is all set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. "Our agenda for alliance, talks of development, economic growth and so on, besides political issues, for all these things, please wait till March 1, everything will be clear then," Mehbooba told reporters. She said that all details related to agenda of alliance with BJP would be ...
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Sajad Lone is not in cabinet
2/28/2015 12:14:47 AM
The People's Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone has opted to be out of the alliance for being ditched by the BJP at the eleventh hour. Sources said the BJP was favouring inclusion of Sajad in the Mufti led cabinet, however, PDP expressed its serious reservations forcing its alliance partner to withdraw the name of Sajad from the list of probable's. They said that Sajad was conveyed late last night by the BJP leadership that he was not going to be inducted into the cabinet as the PDP had serious reservations on his induction into the Council of Ministers. Sources said a furious Sajad immediately opted out of the coalition and flew to Srinagar this morning minutes after conveying his dec...
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Mufti will head 25 member cabinet
2/28/2015 12:14:40 AM
Mufti Mohammed Sayeed will head a 25-member cabinet, half of it from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), sources said on Friday. With the PDP-BJP deal sealed after ironing out differences over contentions issues like Article 370 and AFSPA, 79-year-old Mufti, who will be sworn-in as Chief Minister, met the Prime Minister on Friday, capping two-month long hard negotiations between the two parties on government formation. According to sources, Mufti will be heading a 25-member cabinet which will have 12 BJP MLAs including the Deputy Chief Minister post. This is the first time that BJP is in the government in the state. Mufti had a nearly one-hour long meeting with Modi during which he extended ...
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Child labour continues unabated in Kathua brick klins
2/28/2015 12:04:48 AM
Arun Trisal Early Times Report Kathua, Feb.27: Despite having the knowledge of child labour being used in different industries and Brick Kilns, Labour department Kathua acts as spectator and formulates their own excuses than taking action against violators. There are several programmes are initiated by Union and State government where Child Labour is considered as curse to society and ensured Child Labour free society but the programmes seem yet to reach at Assistant Labour Commission department Kathua. Child labour is openly used by industries and Brick Kilns set up in Kathua city but Assistant Labour Commissioner formulates his own excuses than taking action against violators. Wh...
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LoC trade, bus creates employment avenues
2/28/2015 12:04:30 AM
S.Tahir-Ul Haq Early Times Report BARAMULLA, Feb 27: With the starting of bus service between Uri and Muzaffarabad in April 2005 and simultaneously in October 2008 cross-LoC trade was started from two routes Muzaffarabad-Uri and Poonch-Rawlakote. Cross LoC trade has not only united the divided families of both the sides of Jammu and Kashmir but also created employment opportunities to the local populace of Salamabad Uri. A local resident of Salamabad Uri Nisar Ahmad spoke to early times about the cross LoC trade and said that, "trade has benefited us as we got an opportunity to work here as Labourers (coolie) and is earning bread and butter for our family. Nisar says that, "to drea...
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After Modi-Mufti meet focus shifts on cabinet composition
PDP may ask for a 'little more' as its share
2/27/2015 11:29:53 PM
Nayeem only choice from LC Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: Decks having cleared finally for government formation after Mufti-Modi meeting in New Delhi today, focus has now shifted for both the parties to selection of people who would be taken on board as ministers. As against what BJP is seeking for equal number of berths for both partners, PDP may ask for a little more as the total quota of cabinet ministers. Sources said while things have been internally finalized by both the BJP and PDP as regards choice of people who would be the ministers in the new alliance government, stamp to the final decision would be laid tomorrow. It has been reliably learnt that even as BJP has been in...
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Following 'scuffle' with visitors, GMC Docs again go to strike
2/27/2015 11:29:17 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: Following a scuffle between a doctor and two attendants of a patient near Chopra Nursing Home (GMC Hospital), doctors in Emergency ward and isolated ward where H1N1 infected patients are undergoing treatment suspended their works and went to strike in protest. Police sources said, "Two persons identified as Rafakat Hussain son of Aijaz Hussain of Bathandi and Mohammed Ali son of Tasaduk Hussain of Bathandi had come in the hospital for swine flu screening." "As the flu scare is on and the Flu Emergency is witnessing huge rush, the duo entered into an argument with a doctor standing near the nursing home, sources said. "The heated arguments took ugly tu...
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2 die of swine flu, 9 more tested positive in Jammu
2/27/2015 11:29:12 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27 A middle-aged man today died of swine flu here, taking the death toll in the city to five, while nine people have tested positive for the disease. "A middle-aged man who was admitted at the Government Medical college hospital in Jammu and had tested positive for swine flu, died today," Dr R R Paul, Medical Superintendent GMC, told PTI. He said a total of 24 patients were undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of the hospital. "There are 24 patients admitted in the isolation ward of the hospital," he said. The health department in Jammu said that nine people have today tested positive with the virus. "Today we received 43 reports out of which nin...
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Independent MLA from Jammu unlikely to get ministerial berth
2/27/2015 11:29:07 PM
Early Times Report JAMMU, Feb 27: Chances of inclusion of lone independent MLA from Jammu to get a Cabinet berth in BJP-PDP government that is all set to take over on March 1, are remote. According to highly placed sources an independent MLA from Jammu region who voted for BJP candidates in Rajya Sabha elections and also preferred to side with the Party instead of joining PDP or NC is unlikely to be accommodated in the Cabinet by the BJP during the swearing in ceremony on March 1. The MLA according to sources has made it clear to BJP leadership that in case Party wants his support in future he will not compromise on any thing else than a Cabinet berth. This has been turned down by o...
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DB expresses dissatisfaction; directs Secretary Health to file status report
PIL on PPP contract in Super Specialty Hospital
2/27/2015 11:29:02 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by one Jagdev Singh seeking quashing of the contract for Public Private Partnership in Govt Medical College and Super Specialty Hospital Jammu with one Krishna Diagnostic Private Limited, A Division Bench of State High Court Comprising Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur after hearing petitioner in person and Sr. AAG Gagan Basotra for the state, expressed its dissatisfaction with the objections already filed by the Under Secretary to Government dated 13.02.2015. Division Bench further observed that counsel, relying on earlier order passed by this Court, submits that the private responde...
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Amitabh Mattoo surprise inclusion into cabinet?
2/27/2015 11:28:53 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: BJP in its last ditch attempt to sound its ministerial stature in BJP-PDP combine is understood to have started fast maneuvering to rope in former vice chancellor Jammu University Amitabh Mattoo in the cabinet. How Mattoo would be taken into the governance by bringing him as MLC first and later entrusted with some important ministry would be an exciting development to watch. Update on it is still awaited....
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KDA fails to repatriate education department employee
2/27/2015 11:28:52 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report JAMMU, Feb 27: In an open act of favoritism and nepotism in Kishtwar Development Authority (KDA), an education department employee posted in the KDA has been retained by the officials while at the same time seven employees including two Junior Assistants and five IV class employees were repatriated to allied Tourism Department. As per the details available with Early Times KDA while acting on the Governor N N Vohra's directions repatriated seven employees Farooq Ahmed Kandoo, Ashok Kumar both Junior Assistants, Bashir Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad, Nageena Begum, Irshad Ahmad and Shabir Ahmad all class IV employees to Tourism department. The KDA showed ind...
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Ranbir Canal turns into garbage dump at Nai Basti
Irrigation dept in deep slumber
2/27/2015 11:28:39 PM
G S Asgotra Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: Hundreds of tonnes of garbage including debris and construction material is being dumped in Ranbir canal everyday at Nai Basti and Irrigation and Flood Control department is in deep slumber of indifference. The violators have openly been dumping garbage in the canal and a cursory glance in Nai Basti area, exposes the tall claims of Irrigation department, officials of who have only issued advertisements and notices in newspapers instead of lodging FIR's against the violators. The Water Resources Act 2010, provides that if someone pollutes, encroaches the water body, the department concerned has right to book the violators but the same Act i...
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KPs sour over BJP's nonchalance to include community's rep in governance
2/27/2015 11:28:19 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27: Surprising it may sound, but the fact is that though riding on Kashmiri Pandits' exodus from valley being it's one of the political agenda before elections in state, the Bhartiya Janta Party either seems to have lost the track of the community or has deliberately ignored it. Come March 1, the D-day for BJP-PDP combine government formation in the state, none of the soul from the community is representing anywhere. This has obviously sent a gesticulating annoyance among the community which once again feels cheated by the party which they said had supported as the nationalist cadre pursuing the agony of the communities in despair in Jammu and Kashmir. It...
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Over 100 hotels, guest houses fail to renew registration
2/27/2015 11:27:54 PM
Arun Singh Early Times Report Jammu, Feb 27 : With the slackness of State Tourism Department, many hoteliers and guest house owners are ruling the roost as more than ninety five hotels; guest house in the state have failed to renew their registration for the last 13 years. Sources told Early Times that many hoteliers and guest house owner and others associated with tourism trade, in sheer violation of Tourist Trade Act, are causing huge damage to the state exchequer due to negligence of Tourism Department. They alleged that the Tourism department has no record regarding the information regarding periodical inspection of the hotels guest houses etc conducted by the Department duri...
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Valley residents elated over PDP-BJP government in the state
2/27/2015 11:23:23 PM
Shakeel A Khan Early Times Report SRINAGAR, Feb 27: The lull is over and finally there is something for the people of Jammu & Kashmir to cheer about. The approval of government formation in the state after Modi-Mufti meeting has elated the people, bringing an end to the drought like situation. There is festive mood across the valley as their verdict has been finally honoured since the Mufti led government is all set to take place in the state. The verdict of the people, who clearly voted for a change, has finally been honoured. "The news about the government formation in the state is what I was eagerly waiting for the last two months as I did not want the efforts for change to go wa...
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Unjustice to students: One teacher for 60 children of 8 classes
One teacher is unauthorisedly absent, other is attached to some other Mendhar school
2/27/2015 11:23:12 PM
M S NAZKI Early Times Report MENDHAR, Feb 27 : In sheer unjustice to students, a government middle school at Nar Balnoi in Mankote block here has one teacher for 60 students of eight classes, ie class Ist to 8th. Of the other two teachers, one is alleged to be unauthorisedly absent from duty while the other has managed her attachment to some other government school in the area. Mohammad Arif is the only teacher who is managing the school affairs. Farzana Kousar, another teacher, is attached to some other Mendhar school. One Neetu Bala joined in January last but she did not turn up after that, official sources alleged. Deputy chief education officer (CEO) Mohammad Azad alleged that...
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