February | 2017 | Kashmir News Network-KNN

Traffic Plan for 01.03.2017

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Due to continuous sliding/shooting stones at Mehar (Ramban) today as well, a major portion of road at the said location is still covered under huge boulders/debris. Notwithstanding continuous clearing-off by the concerned road maintenance agency, the road could not be thrown open for traffic. Though the efforts vis-à-vis making the road traffic worthy are afoot, yet tough time is being faced by the road maintenance agency in carrying out road clearance process, which however is going on.

In view of the above, no movement of traffic either from Jammu or Srinagar shall be allowed on Jammu-Srinagar NHW tomorrow on 01.03.2017 keeping in view the security/ safety of drivers/passengers.

Strong nakas shall be established at appropriate places for implementation of the directions in letter and spirit. Close co-ordination needs to be made with District Police for better results on ground.

People are requested to contact TCU Srinagar (01942450022, 2485396), TCU Ramban (9419993745) and TCU Jammu (01912459048, 9419147732) and officers of Traffic wing to get the status of the road.

Schools to reopen in Kashmir from tomorrow after winter Vacations

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All Schools (Govt/Private) of Kashmir Division according to the order issued shall start their routine Class work from tomorrow on 01, March.

The order adds that, except the snow bound, avalanches prone and inaccessible areas of various Districts detailed below, Machil, Karnah, Jumgund, Keran, Hajibal, Gogaldara(sub division Tangmarg), Entire Gurez, Kodara area (zone Bandipora) will be opening on  13, march

Nationwide strike brings banking operations to a halt

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Banking operations across the country came to a halt on Tuesday as 10 lakh bankers staged a strike against the government’s “anti-people banking reforms”, said a bank union leader.

The strike was called by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), comprising nine unions.

They also pressed for compensation to employees for extra work done on account of demonetisation.

“Around 85,000 branches of commercial banks, 105,000 branches of co-operative bank and others are on strike,” C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) 

He said clearance of 40 lakh cheques totalling around Rs 22,000 crore would be affected.

The strike covers employees and officers in all public sector banks, including State Bank of India, all old-generation private banks, foreign banks, regional rural banks and cooperative banks.

Venkatachalam said the shutdown comes after all attempts to find a solution to the demands raised by the unions yielded no results.

The conciliation meeting before the Chief Labour Commissioner on February 21, failed to break the deadlock as the bank management body — Indian Banks Association (IBA) — did not agree to the union demands.

Most state-run banks have informed customers that functioning of branches and offices would be hit if the strike was observed on Tuesday.

Top private lenders — ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank — are not part of the union and would continue to function normally but cheque clearances would not take place.

Besides, cash transactions would also be hit and the ATMs are likely to be emptied early during the day.

“ATM operations are yet to normalise after the demonetisation of high value notes. It seems people have resigned to the situation of less cash,” Venkatachalam added.

Modified pellet guns to be used in Jammu and Kashmir

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With pellet guns leaving hundreds of protesters in Jammu and Kashmir with severe eye injuries, a modified version of the weapon will now be used to ward off any protest ahead or during any anti-militancy operations

CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad, who is retiring tomorrow, said the paramilitary force had taken the decision of modifying the pellet guns to minimise injuries.

The modified version of pellet guns will have a “deflector”, an attachment on the muzzle end to prevent the pellets from going up.

The force has tasked a special BSF workshop to deploy metal ‘deflectors’ on the muzzle of these guns so that shrapnels in the pellets do not hit above the abdomen region.

CRPF troops deployed in Kashmir Valley have been asked to fire the pellets aiming at the feet of the protesters now as against laid down procedure of hitting the abdomen area.

Giving a tough message, he said the paramilitary force was now actively coordinating with Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operations Group (SOG) and army to undertake counter- militancy operations rather than being only a force rendering law-and-order duties.

“The situation is not as ‘naazuk’ (sensitive) as it was last year… The intensity with which it (stone pelting) happened is no longer there… The situation of stone pelting on security forces is not bad as earlier.

“The pellet guns are one of the many options that we will use when we operate to control protesters in the coming days. PAVA (packed with chilli) shells have a long shelf life and they are good in certain situations… But we have made it clear that the CRPF man on ground will use whatever the situation demands,” Prasad, who headed the force for a year, said. 

J&K govt to pay ad charges to newspapers on monthly basis

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The  Jammu and Kashmir government is planning to make payments to newspapers and periodicals on account of advertisement charges on a monthly basis from the next financial year to avoid piling up of liabilities.

“We are putting in place a plan of action for the next financial year to ensure release of payment on account of advertisements to newspapers and periodicals on a monthly basis,” Director of Information Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said at a review meeting of his department here.

As many as 368 newspapers and periodicals, including 201 in Jammu and 167 in Kashmir, are presently empanelled with the Department of Information for release of official advertisements.

Choudhary said as the government has already released 50 per cent of allotted budget for the financial year 2017-18, it should enable the department to make payments to newspapers and periodicals regularly on a monthly basis.

He said the Directorate of Information has for the current year released Rs 16.83 crore till date to the Joint Directors of Information in Kashmir and Jammu for payment of advertisement bills, out of the total annual budget of around Rs 30 crore.

“We are trying our best to ensure that the newspapers and periodicals are not put to any inconvenience on account of payment of advertisement bills,” he said adding various initiatives have been taken to ensure transparency in allotment of advertisements and regular release of payments.

He said the department is planning to clear all the previous liabilities of the newspapers and periodicals on account of advertisements by March so that “we can begin with a clean slate and zero liability” for the next financial year.

“The department is already in the process of putting in place a comprehensive and transparent advertisement distribution mechanism by classifying the empanelled newspapers and periodicals in the different categories, in tune with the guidelines laid down in the Advertisement Policy-2016,” he said

Transfer of forest officers

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According to Government order issued on 28 Feb 2017, Order No: 3 I -FST of 2017 following officers are transferred in the interest of administration.

  1. Nisar Ahmad Darzi, IFS CCF, Kashmir shall hold the charge of CED, WUCMA on the retirement on superannuation of Shri Mian Javed Hussain, IFS on 28.02.2017, in addition to his own duties .

  2. N.P Singh, IFS CCF Planning and Publicity shall hold the charges of CCF, S&D/CAMPA in addition to his own duties rice Shri Chaturbugha Behera, IFS who shall report to the Project Chief , IWDP, J&K Jammu

Protest Program for Right to Self-Determination by APHC (From March 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017

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 (From March 1, 2017 to March 15, 2017)
                         DateActivities
Wednesday 1 March (Full Day Relaxation)Bar Association ProtestBar Association will hold a peaceful protest against the non-implementation of the Court orders.
Thursday 2 March (Full Day Relaxation)General Relaxation
Friday 3 March (Full Day Relaxation)Youme-e-Muzahamat (Against the killings of Innocent Youths)After Friday prayers peaceful protests will be held throughout valley;
Saturday 4 March (Full Day Relaxation)Traders ProtestTraders will observe 1 hour sit in.
Sunday 5 March (Full Day Relaxation)General Relaxation
Monday 6 March (Full Day Relaxation)Joint Dharna by Resistance LeadersResistance Leaders and activists will protest on Monday after Zuhar.
Tuesday 7 March (Full Day Relaxation)General Relaxation
Wednesday 8 March (Full Day Relaxation)Bar Association ProtestBar Association will hold a peaceful protest against the non-implementation of the Court orders.
Thursday 9 March (Full Day Relaxation)General Relaxation
Friday 10 March (No Relaxation)Youme-e-MuzahamatAfter Friday prayers peaceful protests will be held throughout valley;

There will be no Relaxation.

Saturday 11 March (Full Day Relaxation)Traders and Transporters ProtestTraders and transporters will observe 1 hour sit in.
Sunday 12 March (Full Day Relaxation) General Relaxation
Monday 13 March (Full Day Relaxation)  Day Long Sit-InResistance Leaders and activists will observe day long Sit-In.
Tuesday 14 March (Full Day Relaxation)General Relaxation
Wednesday 15 March (Full Day Relaxation)Bar Association ProtestBar Association will hold a peaceful protest against the non-implementation of the Court orders

Congress blunders in J&K began with Nehru: Dr Jitendra Singh

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Making a scathing attack on Congress and National Conference (NC) leaders for speaking the language of separatists, Union Minister of State in PMO Dr Jitendra Singh today said that Congress is in state of confusion as it is baffled over the series of losses in elections so the party and its allies are speaking the language of fringe elements.
While commenting on recent statement of former Chief Minister of the State and ex Union Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Dr Jitendra Singh said that when in power Dr Abdullah goes up to the extent asking for attacking terrorist camps in Pakistan and while out of power he over night changes the statement and speaks the language of fringe elements.
Talking to reporters here, today, Dr Jitendra Singh said that NC leader should apologize for his “uncalled for statement” as in any developed democracy no one is allowed to speak against the nationality and sovereignty of the country.
He said the Union Government has taken strong cognizance of the statement and the first reaction has come from senior Party leader and Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu itself.
While taking a dig at the statement of former Union Minster of Home and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram who too had said that Kashmir is going out of hands, Dr Jitendra Singh said that some body needs to remind him that it was Congress which ruled the country for 65 years right from 1947 and right from the dawn of independence when Nehru headed the first Government the party has done  many blunders. The present crisis in Kashmir are the result of these blunders called the Nehruvian blunders, he added.
The Union Minister said the Congress should be thankful to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi who is trying to undo the wrongs committed by the Party leadership right from Nehru period.
“Had the Nehru as the first Prime Minister of the country not committed mistakes and allowed the then Home Minister Sardar Patel to handle the Kashmir, the situation would have been altogether different in the sub-continent today,” he said, adding there is no problem in other 565 principalities which were handled by Patel except the J&K which was handled by Nehru.
He said the Kashmir problem surfaced from the day the country got independence and cropped up due to blunders from time to time by successive Congress Governments at Centre and in the State.
He said “had Sardar Patel not been denied the opportunity there would have neither been the Kashmir issue today but the entire J&K ruled by Maharaja Hari Singh including Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK would have been part of India.”
He warned that violation of certain norms attached to soul of India under the garb of freedom of speech can’t be allowed and tolerated. Such elements have to face action, he added.
He said of late it has become a fashion among some of so called intellectuals to seek instant publicity or headline by abusing the sovereignty of Indian Republic and integrity of Mother India.
Dr Jitendra Singh also took a dig at those who use educational institutions for their vested interests. While referring to the unruly behavior of Leftists lobby pressing for holding a seminar with under tunes of so called Kashmir Azadi and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the Union Minister said this is displaying the worst kind of indiscipline by a lobby which blames others for intolerance.
On Karnataka diary, Dr Jitendra Singh said that it is no longer a guarded secret as Congress as well as UPA I and UPA IInd was involved in many scams. The Congress has been exposed.  The Karnataka diary is a big disclosure and it will further add to the extinction of Congress which is facing defeat one by one, he added.

Father held for sexual relations with daughter

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In a bizarre incident, Raju, a resident of Jawahar Nagar situated at Batala road of the holy city, allegedly made his minor daughter, a student of seventh class, his target and established sexual relations with her. The girl, however, reported the matter to her teacher, who provided information in this regard to a local non-government organisation(NGO). The NGO members took the matter to the Police Station(Sadar) which swung into action after receiving the complaint and arrested the culprit.

The victim, Jeeto(name changed), a fifteen year old, elaborated that around three years back her mother had died after felling from the roof of the house. Her father, however, re-married a Patna-based lady. When she was away to Patna in order to pay a visit to her maternal house, her father allegedly had a sexual intercourse with the victim. The accused also repeated the same crime when after coming back, her step mother had gone to a temple, alleged the minor girl while adding that she was forced to disclose the entire episode to her teacher after she fell ill and her teacher questioned her about being absent from the school, Sources further revealed that the matter was reported to a local NGO members and the municipal councilor(MC) of the ward who brought it in the notice of police. Acting upon the complaint, the matter was referred to a lady sub inspector(SI) of the police station. Sheetal Kaur who got the minor girl medically examined, following which a case was registered against the erring “father” and the latter was arrested by the police.

Ayaz Akbar denounces rumours of strike call

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Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar while denouncing the rumours of strike call, said that people must not pay heed to rumours

“We have not called for any shutdown,” he said.

Meanwhile Spokesman Ayaz Akbar said such announcement are made by resistance leadership & as such people will be informed through media.

Power Ministry releases Rs 1094 cr for J&K under two Central schemes

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Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has sanctioned Rs 1094.10 crores for augmentation and strengthening of electricity supply in Jammu and Kashmir under two different Centrally Sponsored Schemes, which were meant separately for rural and urban areas of the State. The Government of India funding would go a long way in improving power infrastructure in the State.

“A major part of the amount under two schemes has been released,” adding that remaining funds would come once the Utilization Certificates (UCs) for works undertaken in power sector are submitted to the Union Ministry.
They said nearly 50 per cent of the amount has been released by the Union Power Ministry under Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for which total sanctioned amount is Rs 444.5 crores. This scheme is exclusively meant for urban sector of the State i.e. the towns. Under rural sector scheme, Rs 649 crores have been approved and nearly half of the amount has been released.
“We have received sanction of nearly 50 per cent funds under both the schemes, which were meant for rural and urban areas, where the State Government proposed to augment and strengthen power infrastructure to provide more electricity to the people by reducing the power cuts,” sources said, adding that in the rural area scheme, some of the villages, which were uncovered by electricity or have been de-electrified, will also be earmarked for electrification.
Piyush Goyal has informed Deputy Chief Minister and Minister Incharge Power, Dr Nirmal Singh on release of about 50 per cent funds under both the schemes and assured that balance funds would also be released after the State Government initiates works under the schemes and submit Utilization Certificates to his Ministry.
When contacted, Dr Singh confirmed release of the funds saying they would go a long way in improving power infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir and strengthen electricity supply in both rural and urban sectors as one of the two schemes is exclusively meant for rural areas. He said the Power Development Department (PDD) has been directed to identify the works, initiate tendering process and take up the job expeditiously to complete the work that would help the people.
According to sources, the rural areas scheme would be used for electrification of villages/hamlets and augmentation and strengthening of power infrastructure while the urban areas scheme would be used for strengthening infrastructure in the towns, which hadn’t been covered under the previous scheme-R-APDRP. The scheme will also strengthen sub-transmission and distribution.
The document read that the scheme is aimed at strengthening “sub-transmission and distribution”, besides raising infrastructure in semi-urban areas.
The Centrally Sponsored Scheme will also cover IT enablement of distribution sector, completion of optical fiber missing links to connect Grid Sub Stations and metering of the consumers.
Out of Rs 444.5 crores worth scheme for urban areas, the Government has earmarked Rs 201 crores for Jammu division including Rs 52 crore for Jammu City, Rs 45 crore for Kathua town, Rs 50 crore for Batote, Rs 20 crore for Kishtwar and Rs 34 crore for Rajouri.
Rs 20 crore have exclusively been kept for Leh town to improve power distribution and strengthen infrastructure, sources said.
For Leh, the Government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore to start the process of “smart metering” and raising infrastructure to improve power distribution.
In Kashmir valley, Rs 220 crores have been allocated for a total of six towns including Rs 82 crores for Srinagar, Rs 16 crore for Ganderbal, Rs 28 crore for Sopore, Rs 22 crore for Pulwama, Rs 49 crore for Bijbehara and Rs 23 crore for Budgam, sources said.
Sources disclosed that majority of works identified under the two major Centrally Sponsored Schemes were likely to be taken up with the onset of new financial year of 2017-18 and directions have been issued to the Departments to ensure early completion of the works and submit their Utilization Certificates to secure more funds.
The funds under both the schemes are non-lapsable, they said.

Shutdown observed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama

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Complete shutdown was observed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district for second consecutive day against the arrest of a local youth by police. Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport also remained off the roads.

Police said the situation was under control and no incident of violence was reported from any area.

“Compared to yesterday the situation throughout the Pulwama town was under control,” said a Senior Police Officer.

Police sources said many youth who were involved in stone pelting would be detained soon “in order to restore normalcy in the town”.

“We are assessing video footage from various sources and those involved in violence would be taken to task soon,” they said

Two Kashmir youth handed over to Indian authorities near LoC

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Pakistan today  repatriated two Kashmiri youth who had separately strayed into Pakistan from the Line of Control (LoC) more than two years ago, officials said.

Repatriation of 23-year old Bilal Ahmed and 24-year old Arfaz Yousuf was held at Kaman Bridge at the Chakothi-Uri crossing point, some 60 kilometres South of Muzaffarabad, in the presence of civilian and military officials from both sides.

Ahmed, a resident of Gurez village, and Yousuf, a resident of Kupwara in India-held Kashmir had crossed the LoC “by mistake” in July 2015 and January 2014 respectively, according to officials.

Traffic Plan for 26.02.2017

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Keeping in view the condition of the road, especially between Udhampur -Ramsoo and Banihal to Levdora (Qazigund) coupled with narrow width of road at certain places, only one way movement of traffic is feasible/advisable on Srinagar- Jammu NHW.

Subject to fair weather/ good condition of road and clearance from Traffic Control Units, tomorrow on 26.02.2017 movement of traffic shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar in a regulated manner. Movement of LMVs/passenger vehicles/Tankers shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 0700 hours up to 1200 hours and from Udhampur up to 1330 hours only. However, the movement of HMVs (excluding Trailers/multi-axle vehicles) including convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 0730 hours up to 1130 hours and from Udhampur up to 1300 hours only. No movement of vehicles shall be allowed from the above TCPs after the prescribed cut off timing under any circumstances.

No movement of traffic including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu side on 26.02.2017 under any circumstances to ensure hassle free movement of traffic.

All the Dy.SsP/DTIs/SOs Traffic are directed that vehicles are not parked in any landslide/avalanche/vulnerable zones of NHW especially from Ramsoo – Jawahar Tunnel – Levdora under any circumstances. All the vulnerable/avalanche prone zones should be kept free from any kind of traffic to avoid any eventuality.

People are requested not to undertake journey on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in case of bad weather. They should contact TCU Srinagar (01942450022, 2485396), TCU Ramban (9419993745) and TCU Jammu (01912459048, 9419147732) and officers of Traffic wing to get the status of the road before starting their journey.

Hurriyat condemns use of brute forces against Zamrooda, protesters

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Hurriyat conference strongly condemned the use of brute force against peaceful protestors in Press Colony Srinagar and said that even the women participants were subjected to harsh treatment and humiliation.

“Use of excessive and unprecedented force is highly condemnable and there is no justification for this lawlessness”, said Hurriyat.
Hurriyat said that some police officers are resorting to this type of highhandedness and bullying just for securing awards and rewards.
“It was a peaceful sit in protest   to express solidarity and raise voice for their release”, said Hurriyat.
“There were no apprehensions about law and order nor it created any problem for road traffic”, they said.
However, a police officer deliberately created nuisance, said Hurriyat and arrested many leaders and humiliated women participants. They said that it is highly deplorable that Hurriyat leader, Zamrooda Habib was manhandled and humiliated by said police officer

Traffic Plan for 25.02.2017

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Keeping in view the condition of the road, especially between Udhampur -Ramsoo and Banihal to Levdora (Qazigund) coupled with narrow width of road at certain places, only one way movement of traffic is feasible/advisable on Srinagar- Jammu NHW.

Subject to fair weather/ good condition of road and clearance from Traffic Control Units, tomorrow on 25.02.2017 movement of traffic shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu side in a regulated manner.  The movement of vehicles (excluding Trailers/multi-axle vehicles) shall be allowed from Levdora from 0900 hours and all these vehicles shall cross Jawahar Tunnel by 1400 hours positively.

No movement of traffic including that of convoys of Army, BSF, and CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar side on 25.02.2017 under any circumstances to ensure hassle free movement of traffic.

Commuters are requested/advised that vehicles are not parked in any landslide/avalanche/vulnerable zones of NHW especially from Ramsoo – Jawahar Tunnel – Levdora under any circumstances.  All the vulnerable/avalanche prone zones should be kept free from any kind of traffic to avoid any eventuality.

People are requested not to undertake journey on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in case of bad weather. They should contact TCU Srinagar (01942450022, 2485396), TCU Ramban (9419993745) and TCU Jammu (01912459048, 9419147732) and officers of Traffic wing to get the status of the road before starting their journey

New generation Kashmir militants fighting for freedom: Farooq Abdullah

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Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah kicked up a controversy by saying that the new generation of militants in Kashmir were fighting for “freedom”.

“These boys have left (for the path of militancy). Everyone loves life, nobody wants to die.

They have made promise to God that you decide the matters of life and death but we will sacrifice our life for the freedom of this nation,” Abdullah said at a function held at National Conference (NC) headquarters here.

The NC chief said the new generation of Kashmiris was fearless and were “not scared of guns”.

“A new generation has taken birth which does not fear guns. It is striving to achieve freedom for this nation,” he said.

The former Union minister said the boys “rendering sacrifices” were not aspiring to be MLAs, MPs or ministers.

“They are giving sacrifices to demand their right: (they say) this is our land and we are its rightful owners but they (India and Pakistan) do not understand this,” he said, asking the party workers not to forget these sacrifices.

Lashing out at both India and Pakistan, Abdullah said the two countries “have not done justice” to Kashmiris.

“We are not anybody’s enemy…This fight started in 1931. But we are asking both the countries to do justice to us. You even forgot promises you made in 1948,” he said

Won't Shy Away From Taking Tough Decisions For Jammu And Kashmir: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti vowed to take “any tough decision” for the betterment of the state. she said that ‘Agenda of Alliance’ between Peoples Democratic Party and Bharatiya Janata Party includes every “aspirational requirement” of the people. “The party (PDP) has time and again displayed that it would rise to the occasion for the welfare of the people and won’t shy away from even taking tough decisions for the betterment of the state,” she said.

She was speaking at a function in Budgam where senior Congress leader Nazir Ahmad Khan, son of former minister Muhammad Sarfaraz Khan and long-time associate of late Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed, joined PDP.

In the last Assembly elections, Mr Khan lost to the then Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by a slender margin of less than 1,000 votes in Beerwah constituency.

The Chief Minister said the successful execution of the Agenda of Alliance – the common minimum programme with its coalition partner BJP – would lead the state to the heights of peace, prosperity and development.

Ms Mufti, who is also the PDP president, said the agenda of the PDP is to change the situation of the state for the better and its commitment and seriousness have been tested time and again.

“It is an open page of the recent history of Jammu and Kashmir that how PDP changed the things when it came to power in 2002. Be it on the political front or governance, everything witnessed a positive change during that period,” she claimed.

The party under the leadership of Mr Sayeed had taken bold decisions to take the state out of the difficult situation.

Welcoming Mr Khan, Ms Mufti said he carries the political legacy and is full of enthusiasm to work for the people of the area.

She said PDP needs young leaders like Mr Khan to carry forward and implement the agenda of the party which aims at bringing happiness and prosperity back to the state.

Return of Power Projects – Revisited

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Recently there have been contradictory reports in the media about the transfer of two power projects, 390MW Dul Hasti HEP in Kishtwar and 480MW Uri I HEP in Uri, from NHPC to State Government. An earlier news report had said that the PMO had rejected the demand of the State for transfer of these projects while a more recent one claimed that State government was working on the modalities which would pave way for the transfer of these projects. Not sure which of the news reports is correct.

Hopefully the modalities include, besides valuation of these projects, how our power allocation and sharing amongst the northern states is going to be impacted post this transfer. Would the current allocations and sharing of power from various central generating utilities hold or would it be amended? This will all depend on whether post the transfer State Government intends to honor the current allocations of energy from these projects or it intends to abrogate the current arrangement and have full and complete ownership of all the energy generated by these plants. In case of latter scenario a serious and thorough assessment needs to be undertaken of the fall out that is likely to occur.

Be that as it may, let us understand the benefits that will accrue to the State if and when these projects are transferred by NHPC to JKSPDC and the existing power allocations arrangements with other states are maintained. The most comprehensive approach to do this is to evaluate and compare the returns to the State of Jammu & Kashmir when these projects are owned and run by NHPC and when they would be operated by JKSPDC. For the purpose of this write up we will touch upon only two issues; first, the free power currently available to J&K from these projects when they are owned and operated by NHPC and second Water Usage Charges (WUC). 

Based on the figures and documents available in public domain J&K annually gets from Dul Hasti HEP 25 crore units of free energy and buys 40 crores units from NHPC for Rs 247. Likewise, for Uri I HEP it annually gets 34 crore units free and buys 54 crore units for Rs 87 crores. So effectively it pays Rs 247 crores for 65 crore units of Dul Hasti HEP power and Rs 87 crores for 88 crores of power from Uri I HEP. The above calculations are based on per unit tariff of Rs 6.16 and 1.61 for Dul Hasti HEP and Uri I HEP, respectively.   

Now if and when these projects are taken over by the State Government the whole energy generated by these plants will be saleable as against the current 87%. This will mean that the tariff for the consumer will decrease by the same ratio of free power and since 66% of the energy produced in these projects is sold outside the State, the benefit of reduced tariff, in the same ratio, will pass on to the consumers in other states and the resulting loss will be to the J&K Government. The free power will effectively get distributed between consumers in other states and the state consumers in the ratio of 75%:25%. For consumption within the State, the reduction in tariff will pass on to the consumer and no benefit will accrue to the State Government on this account

Based on above, the loss to the State Government on account of loss of ‘Free Power’ will be about Rs 101 crores for Dul Hasti HEP and Rs 35 crores for Uri I HEP. As explained above these losses are effectively on account of the reduction of tariff with 75% of that benefit being passed on to consumers in other states and the balance 25% being passed on to local consumers and not into Government treasury. The total loss on this account for both these projects amounts to Rs 136 crores. 

As regards WUC, NHPC annually pays the State Government Rs 98 crores and 112 crores for Dul Hasti HEP and Uri HEP, respectively. These WUC have been included in their tariff as per the orders of the Regulator (Central Electricity Regulatory Authority). As in free power case, 75% of these charges are recovered from consumers of energy from these projects in other states while state consumers only pay 25% of it. Once these projects are transferred to State Government they will come under the purview of the State Regulator (JK State Electricity Regulatory Commission) who has ruled that the additional charges on account of WUC cannot be passed on to the consumer but will have to be absorbed by the Department. This means that PDD has to pay these charges to Irrigation & Flood Control Department without treating it as an expense in the tariff to be recovered from the consumers. Thus the annual loss to the State Government on this account would be of Rs 98 crores and Rs 112 crores for energy generated from Dul Hasti HEP and Uri I HEP aggregating to a whopping loss of Rs 210 crores.  

Overall just on these two accounts the State Government will suffer an annual loss of Rs 346 crores. 

The other way to understand this is to look at it from a tariff perspective. Based on the above figures the net or effective unit rate of energy from Dul Hasti HEP today is only Rs 2.29 (after accounting for free power and WUC) which is just 40% of what the tariff will be post transfer. Likewise, for power from Uri I HEP the net or effective rate today is Rs – 0.28 compared to Rs 1.39 post transfer of these projects. It is interesting to note here that in case of Uri I HEP we actually get all the 88 crore units of power for free and in addition we also get Rs 25 crore as income.  

Considering both these projects together we effectively pay only Rs 0.81 per unit which is less than one third of the tariff for Baglihar I HEP and less than one fifth the tariff for Baglihar II HEP.  

It is evident from above that currently we are getting a very good deal on both these projects which will be lost once these projects are transferred to J&K Government. The above returns are without making any investments in these projects and at no risk to J&K Government. It makes one wonder whether the State Government should really be pushing for transfer of these two NHPC power projects

2400cr to be invested in next 5years to promote tourism in Jammu and Kashmir

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The Centre along with the J&K government will be investing Rs 2400 crore over the next five years to give a boost to tourism in the picturesque state with a focus on unexplored and new regions like Kargil.

“We are putting a major thrust on the tourism industry and will invest Rs 2,400 crore in the next five years,” Secretary, Tourism (J&K) Farooq Shah said here speaking on the sidelines of an event last night to promote tourism in his state

“Of this, Rs 2,000 crore will be spent by the Centre and rest by the state government. Apart from this, private sector is investing in a big way.

 We have international and national hotel chains. Le Meridian, The Sheraton Group and ITC is making hotels, while Ramada (group of hotels) is already has its presence in Kashmir,” he said.

There are many historical sites across the state which are yet to be explored. We have urged tour operators (from Maharashtra also) to promote such regions (including Kargil) in their packages, he said.

Shah said from heritage sites to adventure sports Kashmir has everything and has no competitors in the country as far as tourism is concerned.

“We are the best in the country and have no competitors. As far as infrastructure is concerned, there is enough of it. We are the best golfing destination, we are the best heritage destination..Best shopping and our cuisine is world famous.

 We have Jammu which is a pilgrim site. Kashmir is the paradise on earth and Ladakh offers best adventure sports. So J&K in itself is a world,” he added.

Maintaining that Kashmir is as “safe” as any part of the country, he urged tourists to visit ‘India’s own Switzerland’.

“Jammu and Kashmir is as safe as any part of the country. People need not go to Europe and spent money. They should visit our own Switzerland which is Kashmir.”

Echoing similar views, Haji Inayat Ali, Chairman J&K Legislative Council, said, “things are different from what is portrayed in media..Tourists are always safe there. Even during peak of militancy, tourists were never troubled.”

Also, we cannot have heavy industries in the region. Tourism is the only industry that can thrive there and provide employment to youth, Ali added.

Present at the event were host of dignitaries and tour operators from J&K and Maharashtra.

47 KAS Officers Transferred

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In the interest of administration, the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered with immediate effect:

1. Mr. Tassaduq Hussain Mir, KAS, Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Doodpathri, vice Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Mir.

2. Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Mir, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Doodpathri, is transferred and posted as Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, vice Mr. Tassaduq Hussain Mir.

Second set of Posting and transfers

In the interest of administration, the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered with immediate effect:

1.Dr. Tahir Firdous Dutta, KAS, Deputy Secretary to the
Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, is transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional
Magistrate, Dudu, against an available vacancy. (Courtesy;CITYFM)

2. Mr. Susheel Kumar, KAS, Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda, is transferred and posted as
Sub-Divisional Magistrate, R.S. Pura, against an
available vacancy.

3. Mr. Basharat Hussain, KAS, Project Manager, IWMP,
Poonch, is transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional
Magistrate, Surankote, vice Mr. Mohammad Afzal Mirza. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Project Manager, IWMP, Poonch, till further orders.

4. Mr. Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, KAS, Project Manager,
IWMP, Kulgam, is transferred and posted as Deputy
District Election Officer, Kulgam, against an available
vacancy.

5. Mr. Mohammad Anwar Banday, KAS, awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Thathri, vice
Mr. Akhtar Hussain Qazi.

5. Mr. Tsering Paldan, KAS, Project Officer, Wage
Employment (ACD), Leh, is transferred and posted as
Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nubra, against an available
vacancy.

6. Mr. Akhtar Hussain Qazi, KAS, Sub-Divisional
Magistrate, Thathri, is transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda, vice Mr. Susheel Kumar.

7. Mr. Parveen Kumar, KAS, Assistant Commissioner
Revenue, Samba, is transferred and posted as
Collector, J&K Housing Board, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

8. Ms. Deepika Rana, KAS, Development Officer,
Handicrafts (Textiles), Jammu, is transferred and
posted as Deputy Director, ICDS, Social Welfare,
Jammu, vice Ms. Sukriti Sharma.

9. Mr. Jalal-ud-Din Ganai, KAS, General Manager, DIC,
Pulwama, is transferred and posted as Project Officer,
Wage Employment (ACD), Srinagar/Ganderbal, against
an available vacancy.

10. Mr. Abdul Qayoom Sheikh, Sub-Divisional Magistrate,
Gulmarg, is transferred and posted as Deputy Director,
Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Kashmir,
against an available vacancy.

11. Mr. Mohammad Afzal Mirza, KAS, Sub-Divisional
Magistrate, Surankote, is transferred and posted as
Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Thanamandi, relieving Mr. Abdul Qayoom Mir, KAS, Collector, Land Acquisition,
Defence, Rajouri of the additional charge.

12. Mr. Mohamamd Yousuf Geelani, KAS, Project Officer,
Self Employment, Anantnag, is transferred and posted
as Deputy District Election Officer, Anantnag, against an
available vacancy.

13. Ms. Sukriti Sharma, KAS, Deputy Director, ICDS, Social
Welfare, Jammu, is transferred and posted as
Development Officer, Handicrafts (Textiles), Jammu, vice Ms. Deepika Rana.

14. Mr. Kulbushan Khajuria, KAS, Assistant Commissioner
Revenue, Leh, is transferred and shall await further
orders of posting in the General Administration
Department.

15. Mr. Pankaj Bhagotra, on his placement in the Time
Scale of KAS, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate,
Gool, relieving Mr. Bashir Ahmad Lone, General
Manager, DIC, Ramban, of the additional charge.

16. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Bhat, on his placement in the Time
Scale of KAS, is posted as Deputy Director, District Employment and Counselling Centre, Udhampur, against an available vacancy.

17. Mr. Rajesh Lakhan, on his placement in the Time Scale
of KAS, is posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, vice Dr. Tahir Firdous Dutta.

18. Mr. Mohammad Alyas Khan, on his placement in the
Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Jammu (North), against an available vacancy.

19. Mr. Waseem Raja [of Excise and Taxation (Gazetted) Service], on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Assistant Commissioner in the Commercial Taxes Department, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

20. Mr. Vivek Phonsa, on his placement in the Time Scale
of KAS, is posted as Project Manager, IWMP, Reasi, against an available vacancy.

21. Ms. Mamta Devi, on her placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Development Officer, Handicrafts (Non-Textiles), Jammu, against an available vacancy.

22. Mr. Umar Shafi Pandit, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dooru, relieving Chief Executive Officer, Tourism
Development Authority, Verinag of the additional
charge.

23. Mr. Aziz Ahmad Rather, on his placement in the Time
Scale of KAS, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate,
Gulmarg, vice Mr. Abdul Qayoom Sheikh.

24. Mr. Rajeev Kumar Khajuria, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Leh, vice Mr. Kulbushan Khajuria.

25. Mr. Deepak Dubey, on his placement in the Time Scale
of KAS, is posted as Project Manager, IWMP, Jammu, relieving Ms. Chanderkanta, KAS, Project Officer, Self Employment, Jammu of the additional charge.

26. Mr. Waseem Raja [of J&K Rural Development (G) Service], on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is
posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Samba, vice Mr. Parveen Kumar.

27. Mr. Pradeep Kumar, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department.

28. Mr. Rakesh Dubey on his placement in the Time Scale
of KAS, is posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment
(ACD), Leh vice Mr. Tsering Paldan. Hakim Muzaffar, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Lolab, against an available vacancy.

29. Mr. Tariq Hussain, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Doda, against an available vacancy.

30. Hakim Muzaffar, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Lolab, against an available vacancy.

31. Mr. Tariq Hussain, on his placement in the Time Scale of KAS, is posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Doda, against an available vacancy.

Third Set of Transfers and Postings

In the interest of administration, the following transfers and postings are hereby ordered with immediate effect:

1. Choudhary Mohammad Rashid, KAS, Chief Executive
Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Rajouri, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the
Government, ARI and Trainings Department.

2. Ms. Purnima Mittal, KAS, Programme Officer, ICDS
Project, Budgam, is transferred and posted as
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, against an available vacancy.

3. Mr. Pankaj Raj Katoch, KAS, Additional Secretary to
the Government, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, is transferred and posted as Additional
Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department.

4. Mr. Ashok Kumar Sharma, KAS, Officer on Special
Duty with the Hon’ble Minister for Animal, Sheep
Husbandry and Fisheries, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, vice Mr. Pankaj Raj Katoch.

5. Mr. Showkat Ahmad Rather, KAS, awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, is
posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, against an available vacancy.

6. Mr. Ranjeet Singh, KAS, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Doda, is transferred and posted as Registrar, Sales Tax Tribunal, J&K, vice Ms. Rimpy Ohri who shall report in the General Administration Department after availing the earned leave.

7. Mr. Bilal Khurshid, KAS, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Kokernag, is transferred and posted as Programme Officer, ICDS Project, Kulgam, against an available vacancy.

8. Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, KAS, Deputy Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department, is transferred and posted as Personnel Officer in the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, J&K, against an available vacancy.

9. Mr. Parvez Sajad Ganai, KAS, Deputy Director, ICDS
Social Welfare, Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Kashmir, against an
available vacancy.

10. Mr. Zaffar Shawl, KAS, Assistant Commissioner
(Central) in the office of Divisional Commissioner,
Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Estates, Srinagar, vice Mr. Wasim Raja Dar.

11. Qazi Irfan Rasool Zargar, KAS, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Lolab, is transferred and posted as
Assistant Commissioner (Central) in the office of
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, vice Mr. Zaffar
Shawl.

12. Mr. Wasim Raja Dar, KAS, Deputy Director, Estates,
Srinagar, is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Tourism, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

13. Ms. Rashida Akhter, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Development Agency, Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, ICDS, Social Welfare, Kashmir, vice Mr. Parvez Sajad Ganai.

14. Ms. Tazayun Mukhtar, KAS, Executive Director, J&K Rehabilitation Council, Social Welfare Department, is
transferred and posted as Chief Executive Officer,
Urban Development Agency,

Cut short huge expenses of Ministers, bureaucrats: Er Rasheed

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AIP spremo and MLA Langate, Er. Rasheed has termed the issuing of guest control order a welcome move and added that the move should have been made much earlier to bring civic sense and to stop wastage of money and other commodities on weddings and other social functions.

In a Statement issued today Er. Rasheed said “Though there is no dearth of people in the society who do perform social and religious functions with simplicity, but wastage of money for marriages and other functions had become an unavoidable tradition and those who could not afford such huge expenses had to go to any extent to organize such ceremonies. The Administration must implement the order in letter and spirit. Masses including social and religious organisations need to launch a vigorous awareness campaign over the issue”.
However, Er. Rasheed asked Govt. to issue and implement such another order imposing strict restrictions on ministers, MLA’s, bureaucrats and other Govt. dignitaries making them not to cause huge burdens on state exchequer at the cost of common men in the name of performing their duties. Er. Rasheed said “The sincerity of the Govt. will be proven if day to day travelling and other expenses of ruling elite class are brought to lowest minimum level. The number of vehicles in the cavalcades of ministers and other public figures including bureaucrats should be restricted and all those in the power corridors should surrender additional Govt. accommodations. They must not be allowed to use Govt. employees like their domestic servants and must surrender many more undue facilities being provided under law in the name of discharging their duties.

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen owns responsibility for Shopian attack

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Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has owned the responsibility for the attack carried out in Shopian District in South Kashmir early Thursday morning.

In a telephonic statement to KNS, Hizb operation spokesperson, Burhan-ud-Din, said that five army men were killed and seven injured in the attack.

Hailing the Hizb squad that carried out the attack he quoted Deputy Chief Peer Saifullah Khalid and Mehmood Ghaznawi as having congratulated the squad for carrying out a successful attack on army petrol party that resulted the killing of five army men and a woman according to official reports.

Militants attack on Army petrol party in Shopian, 3 Armymen and woman killed

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Three Indian army soldiers and a woman was killed after a group of insurgents attacked a government forces patrol in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said on Thursday. Army’s patrol in Mulu Chitragam area of Kashmir’s Shopian district came under fire on Thrusday night, the sources added.

The attack happened when an army patrol was returning from cordon operation in Kungoo village.

The injured jawans have been shifted to 92 Base Hospital for treatment.

Registration Number::::: UAM-JK01D0000280

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