Police Arrests Drug Peddler In Awantipora, Contraband Substance Recovered

Police Arrests Drug Peddler In Awantipora, Contraband Substance Recovered

Pulwama Jan 27 : Acting tough against the drug peddlers, Awantipora Police arrested one drug peddler and recovered contraband substance from his possession.

Police party of Police Post Reshipora headed by Inspector Adil Ahmed while on Naka duty arrested one drug peddler when the arrested person was moving in a suspicious circumstances at Railway Crossing Dogripora.

The arrested drug peddler has been identified as:

Mohd Marbool Dar S/O Abdul Rehman Dar R/O Liddermud

01 kg and 100 grams of contraband substances grinded Cannabis carrying in one polythene bag was recovered from the possession of arrested person.

Case vide FIR number 10/2022 under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station Awantipora.

Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood and persons found involved in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.

Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.

High Court Puts On Hold Suspension Of Muncipal Committee Frisal Executive Officer

High Court Puts On Hold Suspension Of Muncipal Committee Frisal Executive Officer

SRINAGAR: The High Court put on hold a government order by virtue of which Ghulam Muhammad Lone, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Frisal in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district was placed under suspension.

A bench of Justice M A Chowdhary put the order in abeyance till further direction after hearing senior counsel Bashir Ahmad Bashir on behalf of the petitioner.

“In the meanwhile subject to objection and till next date of hearing impugned OM No GAD-VIGOSP/137/2021-09/GAD dated November 24, 2021, along with Order No DULB/Estt/4224/715 of 2021, dated December 27, 2021 shall remain in abeyance till next date of hearing before the Bench,” the court said.

In his plea, the Executive Officer has submitted that he had nothing to do with the appointment of four persons in Shopian whose appointment is under investigation in a case FIR No 28/2018.

He said that the alleged illegal beneficiaries were not appointed by him but were appointed by somebody else five years before he came to be posted as Executive Officer, Municipal Committee, Shopian.

Lone, who remained Executive Officer in Municipal Committee, Shopianfrom February 8, 2014 till June 30, 2016 submits that nothing to do with it whether the appointments legal or illegal and therefore he could not be roped in FIR No 28/2018 by any stretch of imagination.

Bashir submitted that though suspension per se was not a punishment but when it was passed by way of punishment, then to further any purpose of inquiry, it amounts to punishment by penalising an official beforehand.

“In this case, what purpose will be served if the petitioner is placed under suspension who is not working in Municipal Committee Shopian, has no access any record, is not understandable,” he said.

Abducted Girl Traced, Accused Arrested In Srinagar: Police

Abducted Girl Traced, Accused Arrested In Srinagar: Police

Srinagar, Jan 27: Srinagar police on Thursday claimed to have traced an abducted girl and arrested tan accused person involved in the act.

A police spokesman said that on 14th of the January, Police Station Zakura received a written complaint from a person (name witheld) resident of Danihama that his sister (name with held) age about 20 years went to shop for purchasing some domestic items but did not return back.

“In this regard, a missing report was diarized and subsequently upon the collection of evidences, it was learnt that the missing girl was abducted by a person namely Muhammad Sahil Kumar, son of Abdul Majeed of Rawalpora Srinagar.”

In this regard, police said that a case under FIR number 09/22 under relevant sections of law was registered at Police Station Zakoora and investigation started.

“During the course of the investigation, after the strenuous efforts of police and with the help of technical and physical evidence, the abducted girl has been recovered from the possession of the accused and after the formalities handed over to her legal heirs,” police said.kno

Government Sacks Two More Teachers Of School Education Department

Government Sacks Two More Teachers Of School Education Department

Srinagar, Jan 24: The government on Monday terminated two more teachers of School Education Department from the services for remaining absent un—authorizedly.

In an order issued by the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), said that these teachers have been remaining absent unauthorized from their legitimate duties.

In one of the orders issued by the DSEK, a copy of which lies with the states that one among the terminated teachers continues to remain absent un-authorizedly for 19 years.

Pertinently, the teachers who were suspended on Monday were posted in two different schools of north Kashmir’s Baramulla and frontier district Kupwara.

Police Arrests 14 Gamblers In Baramulla, Stake Money Seized, Notorious Drug Peddler Detained Under PSA

Police Arrests 14 Gamblers In Baramulla, Stake Money Seized, Notorious Drug Peddler Detained Under PSA

Srinagar, January 24: Police on Monday said that they have arrested fourteen gamblers as well detained a notorious drug peddler under PSA in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

In statement issued the police said that acting tough against social crimes, Police in Baramulla have arrested 14 gamblers and seized stake money from their possession. Besides, a notorious drug peddler was detained under PSA.

The statement further stated that acting on specific information, police parties from Police Station Kunzer and Police Station Pattan raided gambling sites at Takiya Batpora, Hardu Aboora, Hanjiwera Bala & Kripalpora Payeen following an input about gambling activities and apprehended 14 gamblers.

Officers have seized stake money of ₹36,440/- and playing cards from the gamblers. They have been arrested and shifted to respective police stations where they remain in custody, he said.

Accordingly, cases under relevant sections of law have been registered in respective police stations and further investigation is in progress, he said.

Moreover, a notorious drug peddler namely Muzamil Majeed Bhat @Hashim son of Abdul Majeed Bhat resident of Mohalla Mir Sahib Baramulla was detained under PSA for his active involvement in drug peddling activities in Baramulla Town. Several cases under NDPS Act stands already registered against him. He has been lodged at Central Jail Kot Bilwal Jammu under detention orders received from Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, he said.

The police spokesman firther said that persons found indulging in criminal activities shall be dealt as per law. Community members are requested to share information regarding the crimes in their neighbourhood with the local police units, reads the statement. gns

ACB Traps And Arrests Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari, Halqa Mugalpora, Tehsil And District Kupwara For Demanding And Accepting Bribe Of ₹15,000 From Complainant For Providing Of Revenue Extracts

ACB Traps And Arrests Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari, Halqa Mugalpora, Tehsil And District Kupwara For Demanding And Accepting Bribe Of ₹15,000 From Complainant For Providing Of Revenue Extracts

KUPWARA Jan 24: Anti Corruption Bureau received a complaint, wherein the complainant alleged that Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari of Halqa Mufalpora, Tehsil and District Kupwara is demanding bribe for providing revenue extracts.

The complainant alleged that the accused Patwari was adopting delaying tactics and was not preparing revenue extracts which were required by the complainant for registration of sale deed for the land purchased by him recently. The complainant had also deposited necessary fee of ₹ 420 in form of GR in the Tehsil office Kupwara on 14-02-2022. It was also alleged by the complainant that said patwari had already taken bribe of ₹10,000 from them and is demanding more for providing revenue extracts.

Upon receiving the instant complaint prima facie offence U/S 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was found made out and consequently case FIR No. 02/2022 was registered at P/S ACB Baramulla. Subsequently, a trap team was constituted. The trap team caught Abdul Aziz Dar, Patwari red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of ₹ 5000/- from the complainant. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB Team. The bribe money was also recovered from his possession in presence of independent witnesses.

Further investigations of the case is going on.

Four Employees Injured As Major Fire Incident Averted At JLNM Hospital, Rainawari

Four Employees Injured As Major Fire Incident Averted At JLNM Hospital, Rainawari

Srinagar, Jan 24: Four employees of Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) hospital suffered minor injuries after they successfully averted a major fire incident at the hospital on Monday afternoon.

Deputy Medical Superintendent of JLNM hospital Dr Bilques Shah told that a major fire incident was averted as Oxygen plant roof top catched fire while welding work was going on.

She said that during the welding work PVC sheet of the roof top caught the fire following which four employees of the hospital successfully managed to avert a major fire tragedy at the hospital, but added they also suffered minor injuries as well.

It was due to timely efforts of these employees that no loss of property was reported, adding that the condition of all injured employees is stable.kno

Government School Incurs Ire Of Parents, Alumni And Hindu Outfits For Allowing Friday Namaz

Government School Incurs Ire Of Parents, Alumni And Hindu Outfits For Allowing Friday Namaz

Kolar (KTK), Jan 24: The administration of a government school at Mulbagal town in the district is incurring the ire of parents, alumni and Hindu outfits for allegedly allowing Muslim students to offer Friday Namaaz on the school premises.

The Hindu organisations led the parents of other students and alumni of the school in staging a protest inside the Balechangappa Government Karnataka Model Secondary School at Someshwarapalya for setting a ‘new precedence’ of allowing Friday prayers.

According to a video which has gone viral on social media, the Muslim students, a few of them wearing skull caps, offered Friday prayer inside a classroom in the afternoon.

One of the alumni, who staged the protest on Saturday, sought the intervention of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the Kolar MP S Muniswamy and Education department officials.

He said the school never had a history of allowing Friday prayers and this would set a wrong precedent, appealing to the Education department officials not to let such events take place again.

Another parent alleged that this had been going on every week with the consent of the school administration.

A school teacher refuted the charge that every week such prayers were happening. She told reporters that it happened only last Friday when she and other teachers were away from the school during the lunch.

She said she received a call from the Block Education Officer asking her why the Friday prayers were allowed inside the school premises. When she rushed to the school, she noticed the Muslim boys offering Namaz.

As tension prevailed due to the protest on Saturday, police reached the spot and calmed the angry parents, alumni and some Hindu activists. However, no police complaint has been lodged, police sources said.–(PTI)

 

104 To 135 Militants Ready To Infiltrate Into This Side: IG BSF Kashmir Frontier

104 To 135 Militants Ready To Infiltrate Into This Side: IG BSF Kashmir Frontier

Srinagar, Jan 24: Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF) Kashmir frontier Raja Babu Singh Monday said that post ceasefire agreement last year, the overall situation on Kashmir LoC remained peaceful but the fresh intelligence inputs suggest that 104 to 135 militants are ready to sneak into this side. He also said that some guides have crossed over to the other side of LoC and their movement and their families are under constant watch of security agencies.

Addressing the annual conference at BSF headquarters at Humhama on city outskirts, the IG BSF for Kashmir Frontier said that post ceasefire agreement in February last year, the situation has been peaceful on the LoC. “But our inputs suggest that there are 104 to 135 militants at the launch pads, who are ready to infiltrate into this side,” the IG BSF said.

He said that there are also reports that some guides have crossed over to the other side of the LoC. “Their movement is being tracked and their families are under constant watch. The primary job of the guide is to bring groups of militants along,” he said.

Asked about the drone threats on LoC, the IG BSF said that it guards 96 kms of LoC in Kashmir and the drone threat was real. “We are procuring our own drones to counter the drone threat. Besides, a series of measures are in place to deal with drone threats,” he said.

He said that last year 17.3 kg heroin worth Rs 88 Crore were seized on the LoC by BSF and all efforts are being made to foil bids aimed at transporting narcotics from LoC. He said that Taliban takeover in Afghanistan last year hasn’t affected J&K in any form so far, but “security agencies are monitoring situation closely.”kno

Locals In North Kashmir’s Kupwara Stage Protest Against Absence Of Doctors, Non-Availability Of Electricity

Locals In North Kashmir’s Kupwara Stage Protest Against Absence Of Doctors, Non-Availability Of Electricity

Kupwara, Jan 24: Locals from Drugmulla area of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district Monday staged a protest against the absence of doctors and Para-medical staff from Community Health Centre. They also raised slogans against PDD alleging that despite paying fatty bills, Drugmulla and its adjacent areas are reeling under darkness.

Eyewitnesses told that a large number of people assembled at Drugmulla Chowk and held a demonstration against the non-availability of doctors and Para-medic staff at Community Health Centre, Drugmulla.

They said that making Covid-19 an excuse, this Community Health Centre have been deprived of the staff.

“When you are going to deploy doctors for Covid-19 duties only, then who is going to take care of common patients,” the protesters said and alleged that patients have been suffering immensely due to the callous attitude of the Health Services officials.

They said not a single Covid-19 related case has been reported from the area and still, doctors and Para-medical staff have been posted for Covid-19 duties.

The protesters also raised slogans against Power Development Department for failing to provide electricity. “PDD even doesn’t follow its own schedule and resorts to power cuts at will. We pay hefty power bills but poor services,” they said. knt

R-Day: LG To Preside Over Main Function In Jammu, Advisor Bhatnagar At Srinagar, DDC, BDC, Municipal Chairpersons To Take Salutes At District, Sub-District, Block Headquarters

R-Day: LG To Preside Over Main Function In Jammu, Advisor Bhatnagar At Srinagar, DDC, BDC, Municipal Chairpersons To Take Salutes At District, Sub-District, Block Headquarters

Srinagar, Jan 23: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday said that Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will preside over the main function on January 26 in Jammu while his Advisor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar will take a salute at Srinagar.

Moreover, District Development Council (DDC) chairpersons will preside over the main functions in their respective districts, according to a circular issued by the government. Block Development Council chairpersons and Presidents of Municipal bodies shall preside over and take salute in separate January 26 functions to be held at the concerned Sub-Divisional and Municipal headquarters, the circular.

The Lieutenant Governor will preside over the main Republic Day function to be held at MA Stadium Jammu here.

While the L-G’s Advisor R R Bhatnagar will preside over the function at Srinagar.

Also, incase of non-availability of any BDC & Municipal Chairperson, the Concerned SDMs, Tehsildars, and other senior officers have been authorized & designated to preside over the functions and take salutes respectively. gns

H&ME Dept J&K Mulls To Empower Administrators, PO’s, AO’s, It Is Clear Infringement On The Rights, Jurisdiction Of The Executive Heads Of Medical Institutions: MFA

H&ME Dept J&K Mulls To Empower Administrators, PO’s, AO’s, It Is Clear Infringement On The Rights, Jurisdiction Of The Executive Heads Of Medical Institutions: MFA

Srinagar, Jan 23: Health and Medical Education department in J&K has proposed to empower administrators, personal officers and administrative officers of Government Medical Colleges and Subordinate Departments of Health and Medical Education department, an official communique said Sunday.

As per the proposal, the duties, responsibilities and functions of the administrators, personal officers and administrative officers will be to look into matter of Supervision of Non-Gazetted employees, Personal matters of all employees ((Gazetted/Non Gazetted) viz. promotions, seniority lists, APRs, departmental enquiries/vigilance cases/in-situ promotions etc), Public Grievances and their redressal, Timely reference of vacancies, Ensuring updated seniority lists, as on 1 January of each calendar year, of all the categories of employees (Gazetted/Non Gazetted), Service records of all employees (Gazette & Non Gazetted),Service records of the staff engaged under academic arrangement, Records of staff engaged on outsourcing basis, Budget and Planning matters, Chairman of Survey Boards, Chairman of Local Purchase Committee up to Rs…., Training of Non-Gazetted Employees, All matters related to Estates Division of Medical College(s) particularly providing of accommodation to staff/students, maintenance of Government accommodations, electrification, sanitation, cleanliness in and around hostel premises etc, Monitoring of funds provided by the J&K NHM under various schemes and providing of utilization certificates thereof, Monitoring of Hospital Development Funds on monthly basis and its utilization thereof, RTI Act/Rules, All Information Technology (IT) related issues and timely updation of official website(s), Vigilance for the concerned Medical College(s)/departments, All the affairs of the students of the Medical college and AMT Schools with regard to admission/NMC procedures/Hostels/Wardens etc., Legal Matters, All matters related to service and utilities, Sanitation and cleanliness and Securities.

The proposal reads that  in order to settle the aforesaid issues, the hierarchical channel/pyramid for Government Medical College, Jammu/Srinagar for examining/routing the files and submitting the information to the Administrative Departments as well as concerned quarters shall be  administrative officers of GMC Srinagar/Jammu forwarding files to personal officers who will forward them to administrators of the said colleges except policy decisions/issues which shall be decided by the concerned Principal.

Furthermore in order to settle the issues, the hierarchical channel/pyramid for examining/routing the files and submitting the information to the Administrative Departments as well as concerned quarters, the concerned Administrative Officers of the  institutions namely Government Medical College, Kathua, Government Medical College Rajouri, Government Medical College, Doda, Government Medical College, Baramulla, Government Medical College, Anantnag, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu, Government Dental College, Srinagar, Government Unani Medical College, Ganderbal, Government Ayurvedic Medical

College, Akhnoor, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, MCH & Immunization, J&K and Drug and Food Control Organization, J&K shall directly route files to the concerned HoD/Principal respectively, the proposal Reads.

Meanwhile, Medical Faculty Association of government medical and dental college Srinagar said that the draft proposal regarding diversion of administrative powers of Principal Government Medical College Srinagar/Jammu to the Administrators of Associated Hospitals is clear infringement on the rights and jurisdiction of the executive heads of the medical institutions.

The association strongly feels that the draft-proposal amounts to degrading the chair of the Principals/Deans of the Government Medical Colleges of Srinagar and Jammu. It is a clear infringement on the rights and the jurisdiction of the executive heads of the medical institutions ensured by the National Medical Commission and the University Grants Commission, they said.

The proposal is against the best interests of patient care as the nuances of Healthcare and Medical Education can better be understood by an administrative head from a medical background, they added.

“The proposal is against the affairs of undergraduate/postgraduate/Postdoctoral students where Principal is signatory between National Medical Commission, the university of affiliation and the students. It is likely to adversely affect the recognition of the courses at all levels, the Association said.

The draft-proposal is demoralizing to the faculty members who are busy fighting unrelenting variants of Covid-19 like Omicron, delta, etc. in addition to their routine responsibilities of healthcare and medical education, it added.

The association said it would have no objection if the arrangement were part of national scheme applicable to all such institutions of the country. No such example is available from any medical institutions in any of the states or the Union Territories.

The Medical Faculty Association urges the government to not go ahead with the draft proposal so as to ensure the respect and the rights of the executive heads of medical institutions of repute like GMC Srinagar/Jammu and, hence, a cordial working atmosphere among various levels of administration is not disturbed.kno

Three Lower-Rung Officials To Run GMCs And Their Associated Hospitals, Jammu And Kashmir Admin Violates NCM Rules, Turns Principals Into Ceremonial Heads

Three Lower-Rung Officials To Run GMCs And Their Associated Hospitals, Jammu And Kashmir Admin Violates NCM Rules, Turns Principals Into Ceremonial Heads

Srinagar, Jan 23: At a time when the central government across the country is empowering health experts to lead the healthcare systems, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has handed over Government Medical Colleges of Jammu and Srinagar and their associated hospitals to lower-rung bureaucrats, a move that has drawn a flak from the medical experts and Medical Faculty Association (MFA) of GMC Srinagar.

The decision is in violation of National Medical Commission (NCM) guidelines wherein principals are administrative, clinical and academic heads of the medical colleges, experts say.

They say in modern India’s health policies the medical colleges are enshrined as independent academic bodies for academic and clinical excellence prototype of which are AIIMS, PGI, and JIPMER.

The move to turn Principals of these medical colleges into ceremonial heads is seen as a major setback to the healthcare system of Jammu and Kashmir.

The GMC Srinagar and its associated hospitals, which are at the forefront in the fight against the COVID, trauma, and other health emergencies, would be run by the three bureaucrats in a hierarchy, a senior health official said. “The decisions would be based on their administrative experience while patient care needs medicos to decide and prioritize,” he said.

Experts termed the government decision as bizarre and laced with contempt for the health experts and doctors.

They say it is amazing that an officer will be one time in animal husbandry, another time in revenue and third time in these health institutions.

The additional chief secretary Health and Medical Education Vivek Bhardwaj on Friday called a meeting to assign the duties and responsibilities to administrators, personal officers, and administrative officers of government medical colleges and subordinate departments of health and medical education department.

As per government order the files and information submitted to the administrative department will move upwards in hierarchical/pyramid pattern from administrative officers to Personal Officers to administrators of medical colleges of Srinagar and Jammu.

“The powers of the Principal Medical College will be given to an administrator who will decide about the fate of doctors, paramedics, HoDs, and budget everything. The principal will have no say,” another official said.

These officers have been assigned the job of all matters related to service and utilities, supervision of non-gazetted employees, personnel matters of all gazetted and non-gazetted of employees viz promotions, seniority list, APRs, departmental inquiries/vigilance cases, in-situ promotions etc. They will also look after public grievances, reference of vacancies, service records of all gazetted employees, budget and planning matters.

Government has also appointed them as heads of survey boards and local purchase committees.

These lower-rung officers will be responsible for conducting training of non-gazetted employees, monitoring of funds provided by the NRHM under various schemes, vigilance for the concerned medical colleges/departments, legal matters.

The decision has triggered resentment among the doctors and senior faculty members who are “planning a protest” against it.

They say the move is aimed to undermine the institution of medical professionalism and decades of experience in dealing with integral health systems.

“A middle rung bureaucrat who’s on tenure post as administrator and in a lower pay band than a professor in medical college would take months to understand the operationalization of medical colleges and associated hospitals,” said another expert.

A senior faculty member of GMC Srinagar said, “Principal isn’t just a senior medical teacher but an experienced administrator who runs their departments and has a definite understanding of running academics and patient care in unison,” he said.

The Medical Faculty Association (MFA) in a statement said that the draft proposal was a clear infringement on the rights and the jurisdiction of the executive heads of the medical institutions ensured by the National Medical Commission and the University Grants Commission.

The plan was against the affairs of undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral students where the principal was a signatory between NMC, the university of affiliation and the students, it said.

It is likely to adversely affect the recognition of the courses at all levels.

“It is demoralizing to the faculty members who are busy fighting unrelenting variants of COVID-19 like Omicron, and Delta,” it said. “The doctors were doing it in addition to their routine responsibilities of healthcare and medical education.”

The statement further said no such precedent was available from any medical institutions in any of the states or union territories.

The MFA has urged the Lt Governor administration not to go ahead with the draft proposal.kdc

Snowfall In South Kashmir, Parts Of Jammu; MeT Forecasts Improvement In Weather From Tomorrow

Snowfall In South Kashmir, Parts Of Jammu; MeT Forecasts Improvement In Weather From Tomorrow

Srinagar, Jan 23: Many areas of Kashmir Valley and Jammu region received fresh snowfall even as the weatherman forecast overall improvement from Monday till January 29, officials said.

A meteorological department official here told that Srinagar received 6.1 mm rainfall in last 24 hours till 0830 hours today while the summer capital of the J&K recorded a low of 0.4°C against last night’s 2.3°C, he said.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had 13.2cms of snowfall and recorded a low of 0.0°C against 0.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had 14.5 cms of snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 0.7°C against minus 1.9°C on the previous night, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, had 7.0cms of snowfall and recorded a low of minus 1.2°C against minus 2.4°C on the last night, he said.

Gulmarg had about 5.8cms of fresh snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 6.0°C against minus 6.5°C on previous night, he said. The temperature was 2.2°C above normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir received 2.1mm of rainfall during the time while as it recorded a low of 1.2°C against 1.4°C as on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, received 13.7mm of rain and recorded a low of 8.7°C against previous night’s 10.1°C which is 1.7°C above normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.

Banihal had 2 cms of snowfall during the time and recorded a low of 0.0°C, Katra had 50.6mm of rainfall and recorded minimum of 7.2°C while Bhaderwah had 8.8cms of snowfall and recorded a low of 0.6°C, the official said. Batote had 2.8cms of snowfall during the time, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 9.0°C against last night’s minus 11.4°C while mercury at automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 8.2°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.8°C against last night’s minus 11.9°C, official said.

The weatherman has forecast improvement in the weather from January 24 till January 29.

“ Currently, weather is overcast at most places of J&K with report of widespread light to moderate rain/snow in both Jammu and Kashmir regions,” the official said, adding, “Intermittent, light to moderate rain/snow is likely to continue till this evening.”

He said gradual decrease in precipitation was expected from Sunday evening and overall improvement from January 24 onwards till 29th. “However, FOG may develop in plains of Jammu during 26-28th,” he said, adding, “There’s NO forecast of any Major Precipitation till ending January.” gns

Government Empower Sarpanchs To Issue Construction Permission Of Residential Houses In Rural Areas

Government Empower Sarpanchs To Issue Construction Permission Of Residential Houses In Rural Areas

Srinagar, Jan 23: Government designated Sarpanch as competent authority to issue permissions for construction of residential houses in rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

As per the order issued by Government of J&K, Panchayat Secretary (VLW) and Patwari Halqa will be members of this committee.

Furthermore, for construction of commercial buildings in rural areas, the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) is now the competent authority to issue permissions. The committee will include concerned Tehsildar, Town Planning Officer, BDO and Sarpanch of Halqa Panchayat.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Section 12 sub section 2 (iv) of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 read with Rule 155 & 156 of J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, as amended from time to time, sanction is hereby accorded to the designation of competent authority for grant of permission for construction/re-construction/alteration of residential/ commercial buildings in rural areas of J&K,” reads the order.

As per order for permission of residential building within the Panchayat jurisdiction, Sarpanch, Panchayat Secretary (VLW) and Patwari halqa are competent authority or part of the committee.

For construction of permission of commercial buildings including shops and government buildings SDM is the chairman of the committee while Tehsildar concerned, town planning officer concerned, BDO concerned and Sarpanch of halqa panchayat are members of the committee.KNO

For Providing Fake RT-PCR Test Reports, Covid Vaccination Certificates, Two Persons Arrested By Police

For Providing Fake RT-PCR Test Reports, Covid Vaccination Certificates, Two Persons Arrested By Police

Hyderabad (Telangana) January 22: Hyderabad Police arrested two people for providing fake RT-PCR COVID-19 test reports without taking swabs and vaccination certificates without administration of the physical doses.
Chakravarthy Gummi, Deputy Commissioner of Police said that the arrested persons sold fake RTPCR test reports and vaccination certificates by collecting money. The two accused were arrested in two different cases under Malakpet and Humayun Nagar police stations.

According to Police, one of the arrested persons, P Laxman worked at different diagnostic centres as a lab technician. About a year ago, he opened his own diagnostic centre at Asman Ghat under Malakpet police station. He tied up with MedicsPathlabs India to send his collected samples and to get test reports. The accused tore the kits and sent dummy samples to Medics Path labs India to send his collected samples and to get test reports. The accused tore the kits and sent dummy samples to Madcis Pathlabs. For issuing negative reports and issuing fake certificates, he collected between Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 per certificate.

Hyderabad Police seized 65 fake RTPCR certificates, 20 sample collection kits, and a mobile phone from Laxman.
In the second case, the arrested person MD Tariq, who used to work as a lab technician at different diagnostic centres earlier, opened his own diagnostic centre, “Image Diagnostic Center”, at Murad Nagar, Asif Naga year ago. Later, he partnered with laboratories to send his samples.

Police said in collusion with one Kumari, a computer operator at Afzal Sagar, Tariq started providing vaccination certificates to customers without physical doses and issued forged RTPCR reports by charging Rs 800 to Rs 1,000.

Hyderabad police seized 50 fake COVID vaccine certificates, 10 RTPCR reports and 2 mobile phones from MD Tariq. Further investigation is underway. (ANI)

Panic Eases Out In Border Belt Of Kathua After Farmland Hole Found Not To Be Cross-Border Tunnel

Panic Eases Out In Border Belt Of Kathua After Farmland Hole Found Not To Be Cross-Border Tunnel

JAMMU: Panic gripped the border area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district for a brief after BSF troops detected a big hole in a farmland near the International Border (IB), presuming it to be cross-border tunnel, sources said.

However, it turned out to a hole or pit caused by rains, they said.

A big hole in a farmland was detected by troops during a routine search operation in the farmland in Karol Krishna area in the district, they said.

Top BSF, police and other agencies rushed to the spot and discovered that it was not a tunnel but only a big hole or pit caused most probably due to rains, they said.

“We suffered panic and thought a cross-border tunnel was detected. Top officials rushed to the spot. They used bulldozers to dig the area and found out it was just a hole not a tunnel,” a local villager said.–(PTI)

JKPM Demands Construction of Road From Dabrun To Wanihama/Donipawa Anantnag

JKPM Demands Construction of Road From Dabrun To Wanihama/Donipawa Anantnag

Anantnag, January 22: J&K Peoples Movement (JKPM) has demanded the construction of a macadamized road from Dabrun to Wanihama & Donipawa areas of Anantnag.

In a press release issued here, JKPM Vice President Solicitor Syed Iqbal Tahir said that the area from Dabrun to Wanihama comprises of various villages including Dabrun, Nijigund, Uttressoo and Shalipora. These villages have a total population of approximately 4000 people.

“The road can result in economic benefits to the people of the area and provide connectivity to the proposed national highway through Wanihama”, Iqbal Tahir said in his statement. 

Man Dead As Load Carrier Rolls Down Into Stream In Ramban Area Of Jammu And Kashmir

Man Dead As Load Carrier Rolls Down Into Stream In Ramban Area Of Jammu And Kashmir

Banihal , Dec 20: The driver of a vehicle died on the spot after it rolled down into a nullah along the Khari – Mahoo link road near Kawna in sub-division Banihal of J&K’s Ramban district on Monday, officials said.

As per officials, the vehicle was on way to Mahoo village when it skidded off the road near Kawna and plunged into Mahoo nullah this afternoon.

Soon after the accident locals , Khari police and army men from nearby Buzla army camp swung into action and started a rescue operation, but found the driver, identified as Shabir Ahmed Gouth, son of Abdul Ghani Gouth, a local from Gadora tehsil Khari, dead on spot in th damaged vehicle, an official told.

Police lodged a case under relevant sections at Banihal police station into the incident.

Listen To Protesting Employees, End Power Crises, Concerned Citizens To Raj Bhawan, ‘PDD Employees Have Given Their Blood For JK’

Listen To Protesting Employees, End Power Crises, Concerned Citizens To Raj Bhawan, ‘PDD Employees Have Given Their Blood For JK’

Srinagar, Dec 20: Stating that Jammu and Kashmir has been pushed to unwanted power crises, a group of concerned citizens have appealed Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to come to the rescue of the people by addressing the genuine demands of the protesting Power Development Department employees.

A group of prominent citizens including Advocate, Irfan Hafiz Lone, Social Activist and Commentator, Ahmed Ayaz, Social Activist and Political Analyst, Iftikhar Misger and Journalist Majid Hyderi, all based in Kashmir said: “The exigency of calling the Indian Army to restore supply of a civic amenity suggests a breakdown of the civil administration. This had never happened in the last seventy years.”

Stating that the privatization of the power grids was not in the interest of the people of J&K than to talk of PDD alone, the citizens said that Raj Bhawan should shelve any such proposal till a democratically elected government comes to power.

“Let the elected government decide about any such proposals of privatization but not the public servants. The present decision of the JK administration actually negates the very idea of democracy seemingly to benefit some private players,” the citizens said.

Referring to the death of thousands of PDD employees in accidents on duty, the group said that the employees have given their blood for Jammu and Kashmir and this sacrifice of theirs cannot be ignored but needs to be respected.

The group also said that at the moment the damage to transformers in various localities was a major crises for the inhabitants as the same are not being repaired in the wake of indefinite strike by the PDD employees. “Life without electricity amid freezing cold has only put people to immense hardships.” kns

Border Security Force (BSF) Trooper Injured In Mine Blast In Poonch

Border Security Force (BSF) Trooper Injured In Mine Blast In Poonch

Poonch, Dec 20: A BSF trooper was seriously injured in a mine blast along Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu on Monday, official sources said.

They said Constable Ajish K of 146 Battalion BSF, deployed at Dogra Tekri, area of Balakot Sector in Poonch district sustained multiple mine blast injuries on his face and both hands while he was on duty at the fence.

He was removed to Udhampur through helicopter, they said.

A police officer told that that condition of the trooper remains serious. Gns

River Police Retrieve Body Of Drowned Man From River Jehlum

River Police Retrieve Body Of Drowned Man From River Jehlum

Bijbehara, Dec 20: The body of a man who jumped into the river allegedly after being stoned yesterday while extracting sand was fished out from the river Jehlum today.

Yesterday, a man identified as Muhammad Amin Thakroo, son of Muhammad Jabbar Thakroo of Gadiseer Bijbehara had jumped into river Jhelum and drowned when some persons allegedly pelted stones upon him while he was extracting sand.

Efforts were made to retrieve his body shortly after the incident, but all in vain. Today his body was retrieved by river police from the Jehlum river.

After the completion of all formalities, the body was handed over to family for last rites.

Police have already registered a case in this regard and are investigating the matter. 

Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral

Groom Thrashed At Nikah Ceremony For Demanding Rs 10 Lakh Dowry: Video Goes Viral

A shocking video has surfaced on social media where a groom is being thrashed at his own wedding.

The incident took place on Friday (December 17) at a banquet hall in Sahibabad area of Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The man was allegedly beaten up as his family demanded a big amount of money as extra dowry.

Right before the Nikah ceremony, the groom’s father reportedly demanded Rs 10 lakh and threatened to call off the wedding if the demand was not met.

According to reports, the bride’s family had already given Rs 3 lakh in cash and a diamond ring worth Rs 1 lakh. But the groom’s family was not satisfied.

The bride’s family tried to persuade the groom’s family but they were not convinced. This irked the bride’s family and guests and they thrashed the groom. The bride’s side also claimed that the man was married 2-3 times before.

India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

India Reports 6,563 New COVID-19 Cases, 132 Deaths, Tally Over 3.47 Cr

New Delhi, Dec 20: With 6,563 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,47,46,838, while the active cases declined to 82,267, the lowest in 572 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,77,554 with 132 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been recorded below 15,000 for the last 53 days now.

The active cases comprise 0.24 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.39 per cent, the highest since March 2020,the ministry said.

A decline of 1,646 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

Two Arrested For ‘Sharing Secret Info About Security Establishments’ In Rajouri

Two Arrested For ‘Sharing Secret Info About Security Establishments’ In Rajouri

Rajouri, Dec 19: The security forces in Rajouri district have arrested two persons for allegedly sharing secret information of vital security establishments.

The duo, who belong to a single family are resident of Nowshera village. One of them was working as porter with Army.

Officials told that on some specific, a joint team of Army and police headed by SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani intercepted the duo and put them to questioning during which it was found that they were in touch with some handlers and were sharing videos and other information of some security establishments of Rajouri.

They added that both of them have been arrested formally in a case registered in Rajouri Police Station while the team headed by SHO Rajouri Sameer Jillani is further investigating the matter.

More arrests of people involved in this espionage racket cannot be ruled out, they said.kno

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