Public Community Partnership Group (PCPG) Meeting Held At Police Post Watergam
Sopore, 30 January 2021: A Public Community Partnership Group meeting was held at Police Post Watergam in which respectables and Committee members of Ladoora, Marazigund, Chatloora and Tragpora participated.
The meeting was chaired by Incharge Police Post Watergam Insp. Imtiyaz Ahmad. During the meeting various issues like drug abuse, non availability of drinking water and electricity were discussed in detail.
Incharge Police Post Watergam assured participants that all genuine issues raised in the meeting will be addressed at an earliest and the other issues pertaining to Civil Administration will be brought in the notice of concerned Deparents for their speedy redressal.
IG CRPF’s Ambassador Car Damaged In Blaze On Gupkar Road
Srinagar, Jan 30: A bulletproof Ambassador car of Inspector General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was partially damaged in a mysterious fire incident at Gupkar road in Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
Sources told the news agency that a vehicle bearing registration number AP23AA4862 parked at Gupkar road near Hotel Lalit mysteriously caught fire resulting in partial damage to the vehicle.
They said no loss of life or injury was reported in the incident, adding that the fire has broke out due to accelator.
However, timely action of CRPF, Station House Officer (SHO) Nishat and fire tenders managed to douse the fire.
TADA Court Frames Charges Against Yasin Malik In Rubaiya Kidnapping Case
JAMMU: Special Judge TADA Court Sunit Gupta formally framed charges under Sections 364, 368, 120-B of RPC, Section 3/4 of TADA Act 1987 and Section 7/27 of Indian Arms Act against JKLF Chief and others in kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of former Union Home Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Special Judge TADA Court Sunit Gupta after hearing Special PP Monika Kohli with S K Bhat appearing for CBI and all accused, except Yasin Malik, in person, fixed 3rd March, 2021 for prosecution evidence.
While framing charges, Sunit Gupta Special Judge, designated under TADA Act at Jammu (J&K), observed that Yasin Malik, in first week of December 1989, along with other accused persons mentioned in the charge-sheet, entered into a criminal conspiracy to kidnap Rubaiya Sayeed, who at the that time was undergoing Resident Rotatory Internship Training in Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar and to wrongfully confine her with ulterior motive of getting released five terrorists namely Hamid Sheikh, Altaf Ahmed Bhat, Noor Mohd Kalwal, Javed Ahmed Zarger and Sher Khan of JKLF, who were lodged in different jails, in exchange of her release.
In furtherance of afore delineated criminal conspiracy, on December 8, 1989, the accused persons namely Yasin Malik, Mohd Rafiq Dar, Ali Mohd Mir, Iqbal Ahmed Gandroo, Mushtaq Ahmed Lone, Manzoor Ahmed Sofi, Wahajat Bashir, Miraj-ud-din Sheikh, Shoukat Ahmed Bakshi, Javed Ahmed alias Nalka, Nanaji alias Saleem ,Riaz Ahmed Bhat, Khurshid Ahmed Dar, Basharat Rehman, Tariq Ashraf, Shafaqat Ahmed Shangloo and Manzoor Ahmed alias Muna alias Manzoor Islam assembled in house of Mushtaq Ahmed Lone and deliberated upon the plan to kidnap Dr Rubaiya Sayeed, when she would be returning for her house from Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar to Nowgoan Bye pass, Srinagar.
The accused kidnapped Dr Rubaiya Sayeed from a mini-bus and kept her in illegal confinement till her release on December 13, 1989 in exchange of aforementioned five militants of JKLF.
Amarinder Singh Writes To PM Modi, Seeks Inclusion Of Punjabi In Jammu And Kashmir Official Language List
Chandigarh, January 28: Citing Punjab’s historical links with Jammu and Kashmir since Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s time, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for the inclusion of Punjabi in the official list of languages of the Union Territory (UT).
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Amarinder Singh urged him to advise the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to reconsider and review the official list and include Punjabi also as one of the official languages in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
Voicing the resentment of the Punjabi community over the exclusion of the language from the list of official languages, Amarinder Singh pointed out that Jammu and Kashmir was a part of Punjab during the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, with Punjabi as one of the vernacular languages of the region.
When Jammu and Kashmir came into existence as an independent state, Punjabi was a widely spoken language there and is now the mother tongue of all the Punjabis in the Jammu region, besides being spoken by the Punjabi community living in Kashmir Valley, he wrote.
The Chief Minister pointed out that under the Jammu and Kashmir Languages Bill, 2020 which was passed by both the Houses of Parliament with voice vote in September 2020, Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi were included in the list of official languages in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, in addition to the existing Urdu and English.
Unfortunately, Punjabi was not included in the list of languages, which are not just official languages now of the UT but will also be taught in schools as compulsory subjects.
FC Finance Proceeds On Long Leave As Jammu And Kashmir Gives Final Touch To Budget
JAMMU, Jan 28: At a time when Jammu and Kashmir is in the stage of giving final touch to its annual budget for 2021-22 which has to be passed by the Parliament in its budget session, Financial Commissioner (Finance) Dr Arun Kumar Mehta has proceeded on “long leave” to New Delhi.
Reliable sources told the Excelsior that the Finance Department is in the stage of giving final touch to annual budget of Jammu and Kashmir for 2021-22 which has to be approved by the Parliament in absence of Legislature in the Union Territory because of delay in holding elections to the Legislative Assembly.
Dr Mehta, who has already been empanelled as Secretary in the Government of India, was also scheduled to proceed on Central deputation.
However, right from October-November when the process is initiated for presentation of budget, the Financial Commissioner (Finance) was closely associated with it and was personally monitoring it.
“The Jammu and Kashmir administration has already held couple of rounds of meetings with the Union Finance Ministry officials on the budget,” sources said, adding that requirements of all Departments have also been taken into account by the Finance Department as a part of annual exercise for finalization of the budget.
Sources, however, admitted that some difficulties will arise with Dr Mehta proceeding on “long leave”.
Budget session of the Parliament is schedule to begin on January 29 with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind to joint session while Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present annual budget on February 1. Budget of Jammu and Kashmir will also be presented in the same session.
Describing proceeding of leave by the senior most bureaucrat engaged in monitoring preparations for annual budget as “unusual”, sources said the Government will have to a take a call within the next few days as budget exercise can’t be hampered.
Though no reasons could be ascertained behind Dr Mehta suddenly proceeding on “long leave”, he had recently voiced concerns over some Administrative Secretaries not attending the High Powered Committee meeting of Jammu Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC).
Absence of the Administrative Secretaries had angered the Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, who had taken serious cognizance of the non-participation and conveyed that the crucial meetings should not be attended by the representatives.
A strong worded displeasure in this regard was formally conveyed by Dr Mehta after he cancelled the recently scheduled JKIDFC High Powered Committee meeting due to non-participation of the Administrative Secretary, Jal Shakti Department and Administrative Secretary, Planning Development and Monitoring Department.
Because of non-participation of the Administrative Secretaries of these two Departments in the capacity of JKIDFC High Powered Committee members, proceedings of the crucial meeting could not be held and hence the development projects worth crores of rupees were not taken up for discussion and likely approval of the same.
Baramulla Police Arrests Driver For Misappropriation Of Blood Samples
Baramulla Jan 27: A Driver has been arrested within hours after Police has register an FIR against him for misappropriation of Blood Samples of Patient’s in Pattan town of Baramulla District.
Sources told that a driver Namely Sajad Ahmad Sheikh Resident of Nihama Pampore has been arrested within hours and the Vehicle No JK01N 6658 has been also Seized by Pattan Police after received a Complaint from GK Private Laboratory that during Transportation of Blood Samples from Pattan to Srinagar the accused driver has run away along with 30 Blood Samples and Cash of Rs 5050 which he was supposed to transport from Pattan to Srinagar for test purpose.
Accordingly FIR No 10/2021 U/s 407 IPC has been registered in Police Station Pattan and during Speedy investigation Blood Samples were also recovered from Srinagar which were misappropriated by the accused driver to grab the Money.
Meanwhile the Court has sent accused to Police Remand till 30 Jan 2021 for further investigation.cns
Four Army Men Injured In IED Blast In Kulgam, One Succumbs To His Injuries
Anantnag, Jan 27: An army man, who was among the four injured personnel after in an IED blast that was planted inside a school in Subhanpora locality of Shamsipora on Srinagar-Jammu highway in Kulgam district on Wednesday, succumbed to his injuries.
Officials told that one among the four injured army men succumbed to his injuries at Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar.
Earlier, four army men of an ROP of 24 RR were injured as the IED went off when they passed by the school in Subhanpora area of Kulgam.
Officials said that injured Army men were shifted to army hospital in Srinagar for treatment, adding that the condition of one among the injured is critical.
They added that the school building also got damaged due to the IED blast that was planted inside the building.
Later, a massive manhunt has been launched to trace the militants
Meanwhile, Srinagar based defence spokesperson Col. Rajesh Kalia in a statement said that militants lobbed a grenade on Army’s Road Opening Party during the sanitization drill at around 10:15 am today in Shamshipura area of Kulgam district.
He said that four soldiers sustained splinter injuries. “They were provided with first aid and have been evacuated to 92 base hospital. Further details will follow,” he said.kno
Certain Categories Of Vehicles Exempted From Road, Token Tax By Jammu And Kashmir Government
Jammu, January 25: The government today ordered full exemption of certain categories of vehicles, using any public road in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, from road/token tax.
According to a notification issued here today in this regard, the Transport department, in exercise of powers conferred by section 9 of Jammu and Kashmir Motor Vehicle Taxation Act, 1957 and in partial modification of earlier notification and clarification/amendments issued on the subject from time to time, has exempted agriculture tractors and power tillers with an engine emission up to 3000 cc capacity, all electric vehicles and motorized tricycles for specially abled persons.
Ayodhya Mosque May Be Named After 1857 Mutiny Warrior Maulvi Ahmadullah
Ayodhya: The proposed mosque in Ayodhya that is set to be built following the Supreme Court verdict in the Babri Masjid case may be named after Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah, the warrior of the 1857 mutiny against the British. The Indo Islamic Cultural Foundation, the trust constituted by the Sunni Waqf Board to oversee the construction of the mosque, is seriously considering to name it after Shah, who was known as the ‘Lighthouse of Rebellion’ in the Awadh region, Trust Secretary Athar Hussain said.
After the Trust was formed, there have been discussions on whether the mosque should be named after Mughal emperor Babar or some other name be given. The Babri mosque was named after Babar. To make the Ayodhya mosque project a symbol of communal brotherhood and patriotism, the Trust has decided to dedicate the project to Shah, who represented these values and was also a true follower of Islam, according to Trust sources.
Hussain said, “The Trust is thinking very seriously over the proposal of dedicating our Ayodhya Mosque project to the great freedom fighter Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah. We have got suggestions regarding the same from different platforms. It is a good suggestion. We will officially announce it after deliberations”. Shah was martyred on 5 June, 1858.British officers like George Bruce Malleson and Thomas Seaton have made a mention of his courage, valour and organisational capabilities. Malleson has repeatedly mentioned Shah in the History of Indian Mutiny, a book on the Indian revolt of 1857.
During the freedom struggle, Shah had launched revolts in the Awadh region. He made the local mosque, Masjid Sarai, located in Chowk area of Faizabad his headquarters. As he liberated Faizabad and larger part of Awadh region, he used the premises of this mosque to hold meetings with rebel leaders.
According to researcher and historian Ram Shankar Tripathi, “Besides being a practising Muslim, Shah was also the epitome of religious unity and Ganga-Jamuni culture of Ayodhya. In the revolt of 1857, royalties like Nana Sahib of Kanpur, Kunwar Singh of Arrah fought alongside Shah. His 22nd Infantry Regiment was commanded by Subedar Ghamandi Singh and Subedar Umrao Singh in the famous Battle of Chinhat.” The apex court on November 9, 2019 had ruled in favour of the construction of a Ram temple a the disputed site in Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
The state government allotted a five-acre land in Dhannipur village in Sohaval Tehsil of Ayodhya. The blueprint of the mosque was unveiled on December 19. PTI
Doda Administration Holds Series Of Activities On BBBP On Day 2 Under Girl Child Week Celebrations
Doda, January 24: Doda Administration under the overall supervision of DDC Doda, Dr Sagar D Doifode holds series of activities on theme Beti Bachao Beti Padhao(BBBP) on day 2 under the National Girl Child Week at Boys Hr Sec School Doda.
The activities which are organised today includes Painting, Poetry, Essay writing and Slogan Writing.
The main purpose of competition, which witnessed participation of 30-35 students, was to spread awareness about the Beti Bachao Beti Padao (BBBP) scheme among the students in particular & the masses in general.
Students put their best efforts to express their views on Beti Bachao Beti Padao through their paintings, essay and slogan writing including poetry.
It has been given out by the concerned that all the winner’s under above mentioned activities will be declared during Republic day Celebrations and all winners will be felicitated by the Chief Guest.
Among others present during the program are ADC Doda Kishori Lal Sharma,CEO Doda Tariq Hussain, Principal Boy’s Hr Sec School Doda Tanveer Hussain Wani, Cultural Officer Doda Sheikh Sala Ud Din, besides officials of Mahila Shakti Kendra.
Stuck In Hospital After Losing Elderly Member, Beerwah Family Appeals Admin For Repatriation
Srinagar, Jan 24: A family from Ohangam area of Beerwah in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday appealed the administration for repatriation of the dead body of their elderly member which is lying in the hospital along with stranded members.
Desperate family members of the dead from Ohangam told that their loved one died in Beerwah hospital on Sunday, adding that they are not able to take the dead body to their home as the snowfall has blocked the roads leading towards their home.
“Due to snow that has accumulated on the roads yesterday haven’t been cleared yet, we are stucked with the dead body of our elderly member in Beerwah hospital, ” they said.
They identified the dead as Ghulam Mohuiddin Wani, 55, son of Abdul Gani Wani, a resident of Ohangam village of Beerwah Budgam.
They have appealed the administration to either clear the roads leading towards their locality or facilitate them in the taking away the dead body towards their home.
SSP Writes To District Magistrate To Cancel Arms Licenses Of History Sheeters
SSP Jammu Shridhar Patil has written to the District Magistrates of seven districts including Jammu,Udhampur and Rajouri, requesting them to cancel their arms licenses of 36 history sheeters in Jammu district.
Patil in a Press confernce yesterday had said that Jammu Police is focussing on maintaining peace and won’t allow anyone to disrupt peace.
Vaccinate Teachers, Staff Before Reopening Schools: DAK To Authorities
Srinagar, Jan 23: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday urged authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to vaccinate teachers and staff against Covid-19 before reopening schools.
“Vaccinating teachers and school staff is critical before getting students back in the classrooms,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued to GNS.
“We need to prioritize Covid-19 vaccination among teachers and staff to prevent disruption in learning,” he said.
“Vaccine will protect them from the virus, allow them to teach in-person and ultimately keep schools open.”
DAK President said we will be placing our teachers and school staff in grave danger if we send them to teach in-person before being vaccinated.“While children are less likely to get sick from Covid-19, they can spread the virus to teachers and staff at the school,” he said.
“They can get infected at school and spread the virus to parents and grandparents at home who are more likely to develop severe disease.”
Dr Nisar said schools are very dynamic places. This is not just about students coming and going, it is about students interacting with bus drivers, with other parents that come into school buildings to drop kids off. There is a lot of activity.
“Children tend not to follow social distancing and are not particular about personal hygiene,” he said.
“The existing infrastructure of most schools can be fertile grounds for virus transmission.”
“We are reopening schools at a time when teachers would be spending most of time indoors with students with no ventilation and social distancing would not be achieved,” said Dr Nisar.
“School reopening depends largely on the prevalence of Covid-19 in the local community.
While there’s no standard metric for determining what rate of community spread is too high to have schools open, many epidemiologists say that when a particular area has more than 25 cases a day per 100,000, the area is considered in the red zone and should consider shelter-in-place advisories, which would include keeping schools closed,” he said.
US Virus Death Toll Tops 4,00,000 In Trump’s Final Hours
Washington, January 21,2021: The U.S. Death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 4,00,000 on Tuesday in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been judged by public health experts a singular failure.
The running total of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is nearly equal to the number of Americans killed in World II. It is about the population of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tampa, Florida; or New Orleans. It is equivalent to the sea of humanity that was at Woodstock in 1969.
It is just short of the estimated 4,09,000 Americans who died in 2019 of strokes, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, flu and pneumonia combined.
And the virus isn’t finished with the U.S. By any means, even with the arrival of the vaccines that could finally vanquish the outbreak: A widely cited model by the University of Washington projects the death toll will reach nearly 5,67,000 by May 1.
While the Trump administration has been credited with Operation Warp Speed, the crash program to develop and distribute coronavirus vaccines, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the threat, mocked masks, railed against lockdowns, promoted unproven and unsafe treatments, undercut scientific experts and expressed scant compassion for the victims.
Even his own bout with COVID-19 seemed to leave him unchanged.
The White House defended the administration.
“We grieve every single life lost to this pandemic, and thanks to the president’s leadership, Operation Warp Speed has led to the development of multiple safe and effective vaccines in record time, something many said would never happen,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Wednesday.
The nation reached the 4,00,000 milestone in just under a year. The first known deaths from the virus in the U.S. Were in early February 2020, both of them in Santa Clara County, California.
While the count is based on figures supplied by government agencies around the world, the real death toll is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of inadequate testing and cases inaccurately attributed to other causes early on.
It took four months to reach the first 100,000 dead. It took just over a month to go from 3,00,000 to 4,00,000.
Teen Dies Of Cardiac Arrest In Bandipora Area Of North Kashmir
Bandipora, Jan 20: A teenage boy died of cardiac arrest in Reshwari-Muqam area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday afternoon.
An official told that a boy identified as Rashid Ahmad Chechi (16), son of Bashir Ahmad Chechi of Reshwari-Muqam, fell unconscious at his home.
He said Rashid was immediately shifted to District Hospital Bandipora where doctors declared him dead on arrival. The body of the deceased was handed over to family members for last rites after completing legal formalities, the official said.
Meanwhile, the total number of deaths reported due to cardiac arrest in the Valley has reached to 23 in the last 14 days.kno
Republic Day Arrangements Reviewed In Anantnag District
The Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Sh. Anshul Garg (IAS) today chaired a meeting of the concerned officers to review and finalise the arrangements to ensure smooth celebration of Republic Day-2021.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioners(G&S), Commandant 40th BN CRPF, ACD, ACR, CMO, EXENs of Jal Shakti, R & B, PDD and Mechanical Department, DPO, ARTO and other concerned officers.
During the meeting, threadbare discussion was held regarding importance of Republic Day, timing and schedule, security, sanitation & cleanliness, seating arrangements, power & water supply, illumination and decoration of the main venue, deployment of fire tenders, transportation facilities, invitations, dais management and PA syeyem installation, prize distribution etc besides other arrangements were reviewed for ensuing celebration of National event.The concerned officers were directed to do their job meticulously for a smooth Republic Day celebration.
The DC informed that in view of adverse weather forecast and accumulation of snow in GDC(Boys) Ang, the main function shall now be organised in Dist Police Lines Anantnag where the National Flag will be unfurled by the Chief Guest followed by the parade by 6 contingents from JK Police and security forces .
It was given out that the full dress rehearsal of the programme will be held well before the National day.
It was also informed that colourful cultural programmes based on nationalism, folk & culture etc would be presented on the occasion.
The meeting was also informed that the celebration event will also be held at the Subdivision and Tehsil levels where the concerned SDMs and Tehsildars have been directed to ensure the function becomes a success.
The DC directed the concerned officers and agencies to ensure better coordination among themselves & ensure proper arrangements are in place for making the National event a grand success.
PDD Lineman Injured Due To Electrocution In Kangan, Hospitalized
Kangan, Jan 20: A 55-year-old lineman of Power Development Department (PDD) was on Wednesday injured due to electrocution at Wani Yaram village of Kangan in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Sources told that a PDD lineman identified as Mehboob Sheikh (55), son of Abdul Shakoor Sheikh of Waniyaram Wangath received an electric shock when he came in contact with a live wire in the locality while repairing a wire, resulting injuries to him.
Sheikh was rushed to Trauma Hospital, Kangan, where he is undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile, police has taken cognizance in this regard.kno