ERA Imposes Rs 2 Crore Penalty On Contractor For Missing Deadline On Rambagh Flyover
Jammu and Kashmir Economic reconstruction agency (ERA) has imposed a penalty of Rs two crore on the contractor, M/S Simplex Infrastructure Limited (SIL), executing work on the Jehangir Chowk–Rambagh Flyover for missing deadline.
A statement the ERA said M/s SIL has been penalized for its failure to complete the Phase II of Rambagh – Alochibagh stretch of the flyover.
ERA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Raghav Langer said that as per the revised time schedule submitted by executing agency it had to complete the structural portion of 2nd phase of the flyover by 31 December 2018.
“However, the same has now got delayed till end of February – 2019 due to sub-optimal manpower, material and machinery deployed by the contractor,” he said.
According to him the strict monitoring of milestones for the mega project is being done on a continuous basis and the contractor shall be penalized under relevant sections of contract agreement for delaying the work.
Last year in October, the contractor has already been penalized with a penalty of Rs. 1.25 crore.
The CEO J&K ERA has also directed the project staff to impose employer’s claims under relevant clauses on the contractor for delays in the project and additional burden being put on the state exchequer on account of salaries of employees and extension of tenure of the Design and Supervision Consultants deployed on the project by government.
It said that it is constantly engaged with the contractor to ensure that the remaining structural works that include erection of girders, laying of deck slabs, retaining walls, etc. on 3rd phase of the flyover from Alochibagh to Jehangir chowk gets completed as per agreed timelines.
“It has been reiterated to the contractor to professionally execute the contract agreement or face the brunt of action in future as well,” it said and added the contractor is supposed to make the complete stretch of flyover motorable by June 2019 as per the submitted work plan.
Grenade Blast In Anantnag Five Civilians, CRPF Trooper Injured Shifted To Hospital
Suspected militants hurled a grenade towards a CRPF deployment near Sherbagh Anantnag on Thursday, leaving five civilians and a CRPF trooper wounded.
Reports said the grenade was hurled at the CRPF deployment, but it missed the target.
The injured were taken to district hospital Anantnag for treatment.
The injured have been identified as CRPF trooper of 96 Bn Narender Kumar, Sahiba Nabi, Rehana Akhter, Nazia, Sofia Jan, all residents of Anchidoora, Annatnag and Irfan Ahmed Dar of Lal Chowk, Anantnag.
Abu Juhaifah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (PBUH) made a bond of brotherhood between Salman and Abud-Darda’. Salman paid a visit to Abud-Darda’ and found Umm Darda’ (his wife) dressed in shabby clothes and asked her why she was in that state. She replied: “Your brother Abud-Darda’ is not interested in (the luxuries of) this world. In the meantime Abud-Darda’ came in and prepared a meal for Salman. Salman requested Abud-Darda’ to eat (with him) but Abud-Darda’ said: “I am fasting.” Salman said: “I am not going to eat unless you eat.” So, Abud-Darda’ ate (with Salman). When it was night and (a part of the night passed), Abud-Darda’ got up (to offer the night prayer) but Salman asked him to sleep and Abud-Darda’ slept. After some time Abud- Darda’ again got up but Salman asked him to sleep. When it was the last hours of the night, Salman asked him to get up and both of them offered (Tahajjud) prayer. Then Salman told Abud-Darda’: “You owe a duty to your Rubb, you owe a duty to your body; you owe a duty to your family; so you should give to every one his due. Abud-Darda’ came to the Prophet (PBUH) and reported the whole story. Prophet (PBUH) said, “Salman is right”.
Pregnant Woman Denied Treatment In Government Hospital For Not Paying 5,000 Rs
A pregnant woman was denied treatment by the staff of a government hospital for not paying Rs. 5,000 in Tendu Kheda in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district on Tuesday night.
“I had come here with my family for my wife’s delivery. However, the nurse at the hospital said that we need to deposit Rs. 5,000, otherwise, they won’t do anything,” said Brajesh Rekwar, husband of the patient.
Though the hospital staff has denied any such claims, the area’s SDM, Narayan Singh said: “Statements of relatives revealed that hospital staff had demanded money. We are now looking into the matter. Proper action will be taken.”
The pregnant woman was later shifted to another government hospital in the area for treatment.
Abu Mas`ud Al-Ansari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) would place his hands upon our shoulders when we would form rows for As-Salat (the prayer) and say, “Stand in straight rows and do not differ among yourselves, or else your hearts will differ due to disaccord. Let those be nearest to me who are mature and endowed with understanding (of the religion), then those who are nearest to them in these respects and then those who are nearest to them”.
Pre-Paid Electric Meters To Be Installed In Jammu And Kashmir From April 2019
The government is to start its project of installation of around 10 lakh prepaid electricity meters from April this year to reduce Transmission and Distribution losses and provide 24-hour power supply in the state.
In August last year, the government had outsourced the project to Rural Electricity Corporation Power Distribution Company Limited.
As part of the agreement, the company would procure and install 9.25 lakh electronic prepaid meters in the rural and urban areas of the State, sanctioned under various schemes at an estimated cost of Rs 282.15 crore.
The company would also procure and install 2 lakh smart meters in towns and urban areas of the State at an estimated cost of Rs 126.54 crore.
However, with new pre-paid meters, the usage of electricity is directly proportional to the amount recharged.
Police Head Constable Shot Himself To Death In Budgam Area Of Central Kashmir
A police head constable shot himself dead with his service rifle in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday.
Head constable Mohammad Shafi Mir (46) son of Mohammad Ismail Mir resident of Sadoora Anantnag who was posted at District Police Line (DPL) Budgam shot himself dead with his service rifle on Monday morning.
SP Budgam Amod Nagpure told that cop committed suicide by firing upon himself at DPL Budgam today early morning.
`Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands the Muslims are safe; and a Muhajir (Emigrant) is the one who refrains from what Allah has forbidden”.
Nearly 4,500 Cases Pending Per High Court Judge???
Law Ministry had said that each high court judge is saddled with nearly 4,500 pending cases adding that each judge of the subordinate judiciary has nearly 1,300 cases pending, the same data shows.
It says that while the sanctioned strength of the subordinate courts is 22,644, the working strength is 17,509, a shortage of 5,135 judicial officers.
Similarly, in the high courts, the sanctioned strength is 1,079, the working strength is 695 following a shortfall of 384 judge.
Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad had urged the chief justices of high courts to speed up the recruitment of judicial officers for the lower judiciary, as according to him, one of the main reasons for high pendency was the inordinate delay in filling up the vacancies of judicial officers.
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway Reopens After Six Days Of Continuous Closure
In a major relief to stranded passengers, the authorities Sunday allowed Srinagar-bound light motor vehicles (LMV) to ply from here as the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway was reopened partially for traffic after six days of closure, a senior police officer said.
A fresh landslide struck the highway near Anokhi fall Sunday morning but men and machinery are on the ground and hopefully the traffic which was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar will be cleared, Inspector General of police, Traffic, Alok Kumar told PTI.
The 270-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was closed on January 21 following heavy snowfall in the Jawahar Tunnel area — the gateway to Kashmir — and multiple landslides triggered by the incessant rains between Banihal and Ramban over the past week.
A massive avalanche had also struck the highway on Tuesday last, blocking both tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel on Qazigund side but the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), which maintains the stretch of the highway, cleared the road for traffic, Kumar said.
Inclement weather hampered the early reopening of the road, leaving hundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, stranded.
The stranded passengers held demonstrations in Jammu and Udhampur over the past couple of days against the administration for its alleged failure to make necessary arrangements for their stay and were demanding their airlifting to Srinagar as was the practice in the past during such situations.
“After reviewing the situation on the ground, the LMVs were cleared from Jammu to Srinagar Sunday morning,” the IGP traffic said.
He said efforts are on to clear the debris at the scene of the landslide to allow smooth passage of the LMVs and also to make it traffic worthy for heavy vehicles as well.
Meanwhile, the night temperature in most parts of the Jammu division marked an improvement with the city recording a low of 4.1 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s 3.7 degrees Celsius.
The snow-bound Bhaderwah town in Doda district was the coldest recorded place in the region with a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the MET department said.
He said the night temperature appreciated by over three degrees in Banihal town, which recorded a low of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius compared to previous night’s minus 6.2 degrees Celsius.
Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi Shrine, recorded a low of 3.8 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
Hudhaifah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I performed Salat with the Prophet (PBUH) one night, and he started reciting Surat Al-Baqarah. I thought that he would go in Ruku` (bowing posture in Salat) at the end of one hundred Ayat, but he continued (reciting); and I thought that he would perhaps recite (this Surah) in the whole Rak`ah (prayer), but he continued the recitation; I thought he would perhaps bow on completing (this Surah). He (PBUH) then started reciting Surat An-Nisa’ which he followed with Surat Al-Imran. He recited leisurely.
When he recited an Ayah which mentioned the tasbeeh, he would say Subhan Allah and when he recited the Ayah which tells how the Rubb is to be asked, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) would then ask from Him; and when he (PBUH) recited an Ayah asking one to seek Protection Allah, he would seek Protection of Allah. Then he bowed and said, “Subhana Rabbiyal-Azim (My Rubb the Great is free from imperfection)”; his bowing lasted about the same length of time as his standing, (and then on returning to the standing posture after Ruku`) he would say, “Sami’ Allahu liman hamidah, Rabbana lakal-hamd (Allah listens to him who praises Him. Praise be to You, Our Rubb!),” and he would then stand about the same length of time as he had spent in bowing. He would then prostrate himself and say, “Subhana Rabbiyal-A`la (My Rubb the Supreme is free from imperfection),” and his prostration lasted nearly the same length of time as his standing (Qiyam).
Khanmoh Encounter Update: Two Jaish Militants Killed, Search Operation Continues
On the eve of republic day two Jaish militants were killed after a gunfight broke out between militants and goverment forces in Khanmoh area of Pampore in outskirts of Srinagar district early morning on Saturday.
A senior police officer told that two militants have been killed however their identification is yet to be and we are sanitizing the area so it will take sometime.
The officer furthee said that they belonged to Jaish outfit and where on mission to Sabotage republic day. Two AK- 47s and lot of ammunition has been recovered from them, the officer said.
Kashmir highway remained shut for the fifth straight day on Friday due to landslides in Ramban district.
A traffic police official said that fresh snowfall has occurred on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel while it is also raining at several places on the highway. “Besides, landslides have hit Gagroo, Anokhi Fall and Battery Chashma areas,” he said.
The official said that due to bad weather the operation to clear the debris is on hold.
He said that no vehicle shall be allowed to ply on the highway unless it is absolutely safe to do so.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who recites in the morning and in the evening the statement: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with praising Him)’ one hundred times, will not be surpassed on the Day of Resurrection by anyone with better deeds than one who utters the same words or utters more of these words.”
Anti Corruption Bureau Raids Regional Transport Office Jammu: Seizes Various Records
Anti Corruption Bureau raided the Regional Transport Office Jammu and seized various records pertaining to “Endorsement of Heavy Driving Licenes” allegedly issued to blue eyed and influential people through middlemen.
These licenses have been allegedly issued after taking huge money from the beneficiaries while the deserving people were kept in waiting for months.
Seizure of the record by the ACB has also put the RTO Jammu and other officials under scanner.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “If a believer had full knowledge of the chastisement of Allah, none would covet His Jannah; and were an infidel to know the Mercy Allah has, none would despair of His Jannah”.