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Don't be afraid of separatists, go ahead: MHA to JK Govt
Sainik, KP colonies in Kashmir
5/26/2016 12:12:56 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, May 25: As the separatists have announced to launch an agitation to oppose the Sainik and Pandit colonies in Kashmir, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stepped in to ensure that state government doesn't succumb under pressure and goes ahead with the proposed plan to set up these townships, sources told Early Times on Wednesday. They said, MHA has taken a serious note about the Jammu and Kashmir government softening its stand over the issue and has got it conveyed to the state that it should not pay any heed towards the hue and cry raised by the separatists and pave the way for ensuring that land for these colonies is identified and construction work is undertaken without wasting any more time. Sources said that MHA has taken a strong note about the JK government spokesman ruling out exclusive colonies for Kashmiri Pandits and "toeing the line of the separatists." MHA, according to the sources, has asked the JK government to identify the land first....
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'Govt must come clear on KP, Sainik colonies'
5/26/2016 12:12:43 AM
Majid Nabi Early Times Report srinagar, May 25: The ideological difference between the coalition partners have emboldened the foes hell-bent on rupturing the alliance with Kashmir valley likely to become the 'epicenter' of probable commotion in near future. On one hand BJP and PDP did not listen to anyone and formed the government after hectic deliberations between the two sides before and after the death of former Chief Minister, Mufti Sayeed while on the other coalition partner's lack of understanding prompted rivals to take advantage out of disarray. Differentiation as far as politics is concerned is anticipated, however the way PDP and BJP deals with the situation shows apparent...
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BJP dilutes stand on Sainik colonies
5/26/2016 12:12:36 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report srinagar, May 25: Contrary to its previous stand, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) who is in power with the Peoples Democratic Party in state of Jammu and Kashmir today diluted its stand on establishment of Sanik Colonies in Kashmir added that the BJP wants to protect the special status of the state and will felicitate the accommodation of only those Saniks (security personals) who are the Permanent Residence of the state having Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC's). While talking to media persons on the sidelines of Governor address at SKICC Srinagar, BJP State President Sat Sharma while reacting to the party stand on establishment of Sanik colonies in Ka...
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'Jammu not a doormat; Delhi responsible for all miseries'
Verdict of the civil society
5/26/2016 12:12:29 AM
Early Times Report JAMMU, May 25: Civil society in Jammu has finally recognized the gravity of the situation and the dangers facing their region. They have realized that the people of Jammu province have already wasted precious time and that they would lose everything in case they do not assert and create Kashmir-like situation that forces New Delhi to look towards the Kashmiri people, barring internally-displaced Kashmiri Hindus, and address all of their reasonable and unjustifiable concerns at the cost of the people of Jammu and Ladakh. Many active civil society members in Jammu have come to the conclusion, and very rightly, that "it is the Indian political class that is responsible for...
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NC moves 'break India' resolution in Assembly
Towards separation
5/26/2016 12:12:16 AM
Early Times Report JAMMU, May 25: The main opposition National Conference, which has no stakes in Jammu and Ladakh and which represents a rabidly communal constituency based in Kashmir, has submitted a resolution on autonomy for J&K in the Legislative Assembly asking the state government to adopt it and persuade the Government of India to reconsider the resolution passed by the NC Government in 2000. The resolution submitted to the Legislative Assembly secretariat by NC's general secretary and MLA Ali Muhammad Sagar has urged the House to "unanimously convey to Government of India to reconsider the autonomy resolution that seeks restoration of pre-1953 position of the State" Sagar has ex...
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After 'love Pakistan' rant, NC wants pre-1953 position
5/26/2016 12:11:59 AM
Early Times Report SRINAGAR, May 25: Out of power National Conference has suddenly remembered autonomy and has reportedly submitted a resolution in the house to seek discussion over it in the ongoing budget session. An analyst while talking to Early Times said, "Since the day NC has been ousted from the power it has been raking the issues which it had dumped when it was in power. The party is leaving no stone unturned to appease the separatists and is raking up such issues which have lost relevance." He said, "National Conference getting decimated in 2014 parliamentary and assembly polls has made the NC leaders realize that party is facing an extinction threat and if they don't pu...
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BJP continues to play second fiddle in Govt
5/26/2016 12:11:50 AM
Early Times Report JAMMU, May 25: BJP continues to play second fiddle in the alliance government led by PDP with latter taking 'unilateral' decisions with respect to political appointments to accommodate their own people against various posts. As PDP grabs master share in almost all spheres, BJP ministers look on as mute partner, neither asserting nor aggressively opposing any such move. This attitude has labelled BJP as weakest partner in any coalition government but more than that it has irked the party as a whole with resentment growing against all the ministers among the cadres. Sources said while PDP has taken majority of share in the appointments wherein it has adjusted and accommod...
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BJP minister patronizes contractor's unholy nexus with PWD's XEn
5/26/2016 12:11:42 AM
Raj Sandeep ET Report Jammu, May 25: Proving his loyalty towards his patron for four years, Executive Engineer of PWD in Kathua reining over the heart of BJP minister is rewarded with posting again in Kathua as XEn, JKPCC for obvious reasons. The sources informed Early Times that a BJP minister was satisfied with the work and conduct of XEn Public Works Department Kathua having proved as a boon for the former and remained posted for nearly four years allegedly to exchange mutual good-will gestures one way or the other keeping his patron in good humour. Citing the latest project for widening of PWD Lakhanpur Basohli road, the sources informed that a close family member of the minister...
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United Opposition disrupts Guv address, demand sacking of Lal Singh
5/26/2016 12:11:34 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report Srinagar, May 25: Launching a scathing attack on Minister for Forest & Ecology Choudhary Lal Singh for his alleged threat to Gujjar community, the united opposition demanded sacking of Forest Minister Lal Singh and his immediate arrest. As soon as the first day of 2016-17 budget session started with Governor NN Vohra's speech to joint sittings of state legislature at Banquet Hall of Sher-e-Kashmr International Convention Center here today, Opposition MLAs from Congress, National Conference, besides Independents raised slogans against Lal Singh and demanded immediate action against the Minister for his remarks that had a potential to disrupt the peace a...
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People-friendly budget expected from Mehbooba
All eyes on Budget 2016-17
5/26/2016 12:11:26 AM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Early Times Report SRINAGAR, May 25: People across the State are pinning their hopes on the PDP-BJP government's second Budget which will be presented by the finance minister on May 30. When the two partners, PDP and BJP took over the reins of the state, the immediate task was to give a friendly budget to the citizens of JK. The government later on decided under the Chief Ministership of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to bring the budget in the month of Feb 2016, so that the exact aim and target is set for next financial year well in advance. This was appreciated by one and all including the central government which would have facilitated setting in motion the execution of fixed ...
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BJP's legislators' focus on Kashmir only
5/26/2016 12:11:19 AM
Bijay Charak Early Times Report Jammu, May 25: To strengthen party base in Kashmir division, the legislators of Bharitya Janta Party (BJP) holds regular meeting in Kashmir division but their respective constituencies sans basic amenities. It is pertinent to mention that before assembly election these leaders claimed to bring 'Acche Din' for the people of Jammu and Kashmir but their own constituencies seems not more changing despite lapse of nearly two year of elected as representative. For example, Sub District Hospital (SDH) Billawar is the lone hospital of Tehsil Billawar of district Kathua caters more than 50 thousands souls has been facing acute dearth of staff. Moreover, the ...
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Rich chemists give no concession to poor patients
5/26/2016 12:11:12 AM
Mohd Irfan Early Times Report JAMMU, May 24: As the number of patients is increasing with each passing day, the chemists are becoming rich as the Drug and the Health department have allegedly given a free hand to these "unscrupulous" chemists. Common people are up in arms against the government for failing to provide medicines to the patients at economical prices. The government has given the permission to open 'Sanyog enterprises' in the premise of GMCH Jammu which is giving 10% concession on medicines but all the patients can't reach GMCH to buy the medicine. It is pertinent to mention here that these chemists get margin of 40% to 60% on medicines from different pharmaceutical ...
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SFC faces financial crunch
5/26/2016 12:10:45 AM
Saqib Junaid Early Times Report SRINAGAR, May 25: The Government failure to release the funds to the State Forest Corporation (SFC) for the timber it had provided to the flood victims of the September floods has left the corporation under financial crises. After the September floods hit the J&K, the state Cabinet issued an order in which it had directed the SFC to provide timber to the flood victims, who suffered damages to the homes and hearths on the concessional rates. The Government order number 305 dated October 15 2014, a copy of which lies with Early times says the SFC will be compensated by reimbursement of the differentials between SFC fair price consumer rates by 25 percen...
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'Non-residents' try to get RBA certificate
5/26/2016 12:10:39 AM
Avinash Azad Early Times Report JAMMU, May 25: 'Non-residents' who left their native places more than 15 years ago, and are residing in Jammu city and its adjoining areas, are using their political influence to get RBA certificates. According to residents of Panchyat Halqa Mohargarh and Deion of district Samba, over one hundred families had migrated from these Panchyats due to non-availability of basic facilities in developed areas. The residents said that a sitting minister and a sitting MLA are pressuring the revenue department to issue RBA certificates in favour of migrated people. "These families have been residing in cities for last 15 to 40 years. We struggle hard to get RBA ...
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Guv calls for strengthening Article 370
5/26/2016 12:10:34 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report SRINAGAR, May 25: In an act of compromise, the withdrawal of controversial Armed Forces Special Power Act commonly known as AFSPA from the insurgency hit state of Jammu and Kashmir demanded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)had find no place in today's governor address to joint session of legislators at SKICC Srinagar while governor address reaffirms the commitment of the government towards strengthening and safeguarding of the special status (Article 370) given to the state of Jammu and Kashmir in constitution of India which has also been spelt in the Agenda of the Alliance which forms the basics of the PDP-BJP coalition government in Jammu and K...
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Now traffic mess threat to security in Srinagar
'Militants took advantage of chaos on streets'
5/26/2016 12:10:27 AM
Hyder Ali Early Times Report Srinagar, May 25: The traffic mess has emerged as major security threat in Srinagar, while security agencies are probing if militants deliberately took advantage of the peak hour rush to execute recent attacks on May 23 when three cops were shot dead in two separate incidents in the summer capital. Even as police has its CCTV cameras installed at major strategic locations, sources said the video footage is unlikely to give any authentic clue. "As one can see in the footage, there's a total traffic chaos in the City at that point of time, while the bumper-to-bumper jams make it difficult to track down movement of any suspicious vehicles as its number plate...
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Martyr Pawan Singh cremated with full military honours; Ministers, legistrators abstain
5/26/2016 12:10:02 AM
Early Times Report KATHUA, May 25: The State Government has once again betrayed the people of Jammu as no minister of coalition or the Legislator bothered to attended the cremation of martyr Pawan Kumar Singh who attained ,martyrdom in Manipur on May 22 along with six army men of Assam Rifles. Neither any minister of the coalition nor any legislator visited Khanak the native village of martyr Pawan Singh in Hiranagar tehsil during his last rites today or during last two days after he attain...
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Mob ransacks Drabshala BDO’s office over delay in solar lights' distribution
5/26/2016 12:09:34 AM
Asif Iqbal Naik Early Times Report KISHTWAR, May 25: The BDO office at Drabshala here was today ransacked by locals over the alleged delay in the distribution of solar lights. As per details available with Early Times, a large number of people of Bunjwah block of the district assembled at BDO office, Drabshala, for collection of solar lights from the concerned JKEDA department, the nodal agency for distribution of these lights. These people had visited the Drabshala BDO office several times in the past also, but were returned homes empty handed. Today also, when they came to know that the officials concerned were in no mood to give them solar lights, they turned violent and ransack...
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Khour PS SHO denied bail in rape case
5/26/2016 12:08:01 AM
Early Times Report Jammu, May 25: Fast Track Court Presiding Officer Kishore Kumar today rejected bail application of Mohammad Iqbal Chagatta, son of Ghulam Qadir of Bhader in Mahore, Reasi, who, as SHO of Khour thana, had allegedly raped a woman inside the police station. The woman had on May 10, 2016 filed a complaint before SDPO, Akhnoor, stating therein that she had on her own went to katra with Vicky Kumar on October 27, 2015 to solemnize marriage with him. On October 28, 2015, they went to Akhnoor court and solemnized marriage. Thereafter they again went to Katra, but in the evening, her husband received a phone call of her cousin, who told him that cops of Pallanwala police post,...
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Pahalgam hotels hiring non-professionals, tourists suffer
5/25/2016 11:38:56 PM
Early Times Report Pahalgam, May 25: As the tourist rush increases at famous tourist resort of Pahalgam , most of the hotels have hired unprofessional individuals who hardly have any knowledge of hospitality sector. The authorities on the other hand seem to be least bothered to check this menace and the ultimate sufferers are the tourists who in-spite of paying a good amount to hotel owners, do not get the expected service. Most of the hotels especially those located around "Rafting Point" ...
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Illegally raised, unregistered hotels at Pahalgam continue to function
Can't initiate action due to political pressure, says tourism department officials
5/25/2016 11:38:44 PM
Saahil Suhail Early Times Report Anantnag, May 25: Tourism officials on Wednesday said that they couldn't initiate action against the illegally raised and unregistered hotels at Movera, Pahalgam, which were allegedly fleecing the visitors. Locals and some Pahalgam hoteliers told Early Times that unregistered hotels and guests houses raised in violation of the norms at Movera, Pahalgam, were doing brisk business under the nose of tourism department. They accused officials of the depart...
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Chenani-Nashri tunnel unlikely to meet July 16 deadline
5/25/2016 11:37:09 PM
Early Times Report Jammu, May 25: The Chenani-Nashri tunnel, India's largest road tunnel in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir is unlikely to meet July 16 deadline as ongoing work is yet to be completed by the nodal agency. ''The tunnel was earlier supposed to thrown open in June but later the date was extended till July 16,'' official sources here today told .They said, ''the work on Chenani-Nashri tunnel is in progress but it may not meet the fixed deadline of July 16.''It is expected that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may inaugurate the mega project once completed, sources added.Sources asserted that most of the work on the tunnel is complete except few small areas, which are b...
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Tasaduq Mufti makes silent entry in state politics
5/25/2016 11:36:57 PM
Javaid Naikoo Early Times Report Srinagar, May 25: Following a countrywide tradition to hold fort after his father, Tasaduq Mufti is making a silent entry in state politics by exposing himself among people at different junctures. Tasaduq, son of former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Muhammad Syed according to highly placed sources without any formal announcement is already in state politics as he handles important administrative issues, meets delegations and invites people to suggest him on matters related to state. After the demise of his father, Tasaduq a cinematographer by profession made his first public appearance on Tuesday at the inauguration function of Zero-Br...
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AD CAPD detaches Chowkidar's working as Salesman/Storekeeper
'Govt orders not being followed in Doda zone'
BOPEE holds meet, discusses issues
HC directive in youth's killing in police firing
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DC places seven employees under suspension
Doubling of railway track delays trains from Jammu
SCMS to check food grain pilferage: Zulfkar Ali
Police registers 'rape' case
'Reviews free Drug Policy to be implemented from June Ist'
Two narco smugglers held with 8 Kgs of Charas
Court awarded 3 years RI to accused involved in murder attempt
Soz supports civil society for opposing Devnagri script
SC to hear plea of J&K Traders on HC order on adulteration
ARTO halts 'overloaded marriage party bus' invites ire of locals
Six new IITs approved by Union Cabinet; Jammu gets a share
Army porter found dead in Handwara woods
Explanation from five Pvt Schools for 'vacation' order's violation sought
Teachers' bodies hail govt decision 'serving in far off and hard areas'
3 persons attempt suicide
POJK DPs Front stages protest, demands one time settlement
JKGPA demands affiliation of State Pharmacy Council with PCI
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Thematic cleanliness drive continues
Seminar on export awareness organized
JTC, SKF express concern over changing name of Hari Parbat
JU Scholars call on Prof Bhim Singh
JKCWU demands rehabilitation of stone quarry workers
Red Cross' 4-day First Aid Training Course begins
PGTA expresses concern over Govt Order
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