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Govt Fails To Prepare Roadmap To End Adhoc Promotions Despite Explicit Directives Of HC, Committee of Officers Dilly-Dallying On Suggesting Way Forward

Govt Fails To Prepare Roadmap To End Adhoc Promotions Despite Explicit Directives Of HC, Committee of Officers Dilly-Dallying On Suggesting Way Forward

JAMMU, June 13: Even after explicit directions of the High Court, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has failed to prepare a roadmap in order to bring an end to the practice of making adhoc promotions in various departments, which otherwise is leading to avoidable litigations and demoralizing other employees.

This is mainly because a committee of bureaucrats, which was assigned the task of examining the issues/bottlenecks and propose way forward, has not submitted its report during the past six months.

The issue of adhoc promotions came to the notice of High Court in the shape of Writ Petition (Civil) No.946/2020 titled “Ghulam Hassan Rather Versus Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and Division Bench comprising of Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal vide judgment dated August 4, 2020 issued slew of directions for bringing an end to the practice of adhoc promotions.

“What is seen in the then State of Jammu and Kashmir and now the Union Territory is that the judgment of Supreme Court in Suraj Prakash Gupta’s case passed in 2000 is being complied with less and violated more, as practically in all the departments, promotions are being made on incharge basis”, the Division Bench had observed.

“How an employee, who is substantively working on the lowest post, can be given the charge of a highest post in the department without there being regular promotions. These employees continue working on that post for years together and whenever any transfer is sought to be made, they approach the court and persuade to grant interim relief and as a result of that continue on the same position for years together”, the DB had wondered.

It was also mentioned in the judgment that the course adopted by the different departments is generating avoidable litigations as many of the employees approach the court raising the plea that they are senior to the person who has been given charge of some higher post.

“Not only this, such a course also demoralizes other employees in the department. The duties, which are required to be discharged by senior and experienced persons, are being handed over to the juniors. Another facet of this system is that the employees already in service don’t let the posts of direct recruitment filled up and usurp the same by adopting this system”, the DB had further observed, adding “with this practice being followed, the very object of having fresh talent at different levels in the department is defeated”.

As per the Supreme Court’s judgment in the case of Suraj Parkash Gupta, the Government was supposed to constitute a high-level committee to examine the entire issue. However, non-compliance to the directions of the Apex Court received sharp criticism from the Division Bench of the High Court, which finally reiterated the directions of the Supreme Court and sought the response of the Chief Secretary and the Secretary to the Government, General Administration Department.

Four months after being reprimanded by the High Court, the General Administration Department vide Order No.1172 dated December 31, 2020 constituted a committee of officers for proposing a roadmap/way forward for putting an end to the practice of making adhoc promotions in various Government departments of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The committee comprising of Administrative Secretaries of Finance, Public Works, General Administration, Jal Shakti, ARI and Trainings and Law Departments was also asked to examine the reasons behind prevalent and continuing system of making adhoc promotions in the Government departments and examine the issues/bottlenecks confronted by the departments in making regular promotions.

As per the Government order, the committee was supposed to submit its report within a period of four weeks but despite lapse of six months the same is awaited, official sources said , adding “it is claimed that committee has held certain meetings but six months was sufficient time to complete the assigned task especially in the light of the fact that adhoc promotions are continuously leading to litigations”.

“Due to dilly-dallying approach on the part of the committee of bureaucrats the Supreme Court’s directions passed in 2000 and that of Division Bench of the High Court have remained unimplemented”, sources regretted.

Aam Aadmi Party Jammu Demands Power Development Department (PDD) To Stop Unscheduled Power Cuts And Fluctuations In Jammu

Aam Aadmi Party Jammu Demands Power Development Department (PDD) To Stop Unscheduled Power Cuts And Fluctuations In Jammu

In a press statement issued to Kashmir News Network-KNN Gurmeet Singh Aam Aadmi Party leader and social activist said that the unscheduled power cuts and fluctuations create hurdles to the people of Jammu. From the last few days unscheduled power cuts have increased by the power department from more than 7 to 8 hours and it has created a difficult situation for the people in this hot summer especially during these grim and hard time of fighting the Corona Virus.

Power cuts may also prove fatal for Covid-19 patients who are on oxygen support at their homes and also expressed his concern for inadequate power supply for the patients (Covid19) who are on power-driven oxygen support. From the last few days , power is playing hide and seek in the Jammu which has badly hit the normal life. Every day, electricity goes off for hours. There is no timing. It goes off anytime, Singh said.

Gurmeet Singh said that the State Government should follow the KEJRIWAL Electricity Model in Jammu and Kashmir. Delhi is the only city in the country that enjoyed 24 hours & 200 units free electricity supply.

The Unscheduled power cuts by Power Development Department are giving sleepless nights to the residents of Jammu and also badly effect to the Businesses, Industries, MSME , shopkeepers, fabrication units, contractors, working professionals etc.

Also the kids who have to join online classes are facing problems. kids has online classes and has to charge devices, Without electricity, it is not possible. But it seems we are living in a tribal area where the electricity has just reached. The concerned department must think about it and immediately stop the power cuts. Now the question arise how we achieve the vision of building a $5-trillion economy. Is this the way?

Singh, said that the details of scheduled power cuts shall be informed to the consumers. In case of unplanned / unscheduled power cuts or fault, immediate intimation shall be given to the consumers through SMS, social media or by any other electronic mode along with estimated time for restoration.

He also said that Power Development Department must stop unscheduled power curtailment in Jammu in this ongoing hot weather conditions. {KNN}

Called For Questioning In Case Of Loot, Former Army Commando ‘Confesses’ Killing Gangster: J&K Cops

Called For Questioning In Case Of Loot, Former Army Commando ‘Confesses’ Killing Gangster: J&K Cops

Jammu, Jun 11: In a major breakthrough into the broad daylight killing of a gangster Sushil Srivastava and his two aides in a 2015 shootout within the premises of Hazaribagh court premises, Jammu and Kashmir Police have apprehended an ex-Army para commando suspected to have carried out the killings for money.

Identified as Avtar Singh, the accused was posted with the 4 Para in 2015 and was discharged from the Army on his own request in 2016, sources in police said. Hailing from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district, he was residing in rented accommodation in Jammu’s Sainik Colony.

According to sources, Singh was initially apprehended by a police party from R S Pura Police Station on suspicion of his involvement into a recent incident of looting of a local shopkeeper.

However, while he was found not involved into the robbery incident, during questioning, he confessed his involvement in the killing of Shrivastava and his two aides.

Confirming the arrest, a senior police officer said Singh had been paid by the rival gangster for the killing.

The exact amount that changed hands is yet to be confirmed, said the officer. Sources said Singh was paid by gangster Vikas Tiwari.

The accused has also revealed the name of his associate involved in the killings, saying that he was presently posted in Delhi, sources said.

Both were hired by Tiwari as all earlier attempts by him to kill Srivastava had failed in the past.

Srivastava, who was already convicted in a murder case and lodged in Hazaribagh jail, was gunned down along with two aides within the Hazaribagh court premises, where they had been brought for trial in another criminal case on June 2, 2015.

Over a dozen policemen who were escorting the deceased gangster were suspended after the attack.

A senior police officer said Singh was confessing to have carried out two three more killings in Hazaribagh but added that investigations were in progress.—(The Indian Express)

Massive Landslide In Ramban Shuts Jammu-Srinagar Highway

Massive Landslide In Ramban Shuts Jammu-Srinagar Highway

Jammu, June 11: Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Friday due to a massive landslide in Ramaban district, officials said.

They said that landslide occurred at Seri area of the district, leading to the closure of the thoroughfare, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with the outside world. There was no loss of life or injury reported in the incident, they said. SSP Ramban P D Nitya told that clearance work was ongoing to restore the highway. gns

Hashmi Greets Pandits On Mela Kheer Bhawani

Hashmi Greets Pandits On Mela Kheer Bhawani

The Socio-Political Activist Syed Karar Hashmi from Central Kashmir Dub Ganderbal has extended his heartiest greetings to the Kashmiri Pandit community, on the eve of annual Kheer Bhawani Mela at Tulmulla Ganderbal which falls on the auspicious day of “Zeshta Ashtami” attended by lakhs of hindu pilgrims from across the country largely the Kashmiri Pandit Community, who throng the famous Ragyna Devi Temple in Tulmulla Ganderbal to seek the blessings.

In a message Agha Karar Hashmi said that this festival symbolizes harmonized cultural ethos of J&K and reflects of its glorious pluralistic values, here Nobody in Kashmir ever dreamed that a bunch of people will succeed in dividing us on such a way that your return will be too difficult and so long.

Today Kashmiri Pandits are not living in Kashmir due to political misfortune but they are still ruling in our hearts and we appealing them to come back and be part of the collective struggle against all upset and downs. Hashmi added

Hashmi reminded past memories of both communities participating in Marriage and death occasions.During the marriage functions of Hindus, Muslims were invited and vice versa.

Karar Hashmi currently studying at Qom Iran hoped that the devotees that could not come due to COVID-19 will witness the holy rituals and Aarti of the Deity as per the tradition via Social media and prayed Almighty Allah to bring Peace, good days and brotherhood back on the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Socio-Political Activist Karar Hashmi also requested GOI and LG Administration to give all possible help and make every effort for returning of Kashmiri Pandits back as they are an inseparable part of the Kashmiri society, and the inclusive ethos, for which Kashmir has been known for ages, is incomplete without them.

Six More Die Of Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4107

Six More Die Of Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4107

Srinagar, June 9: A 32-year-old man was among six persons who succumbed to covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir since last evening, officials said on Wednesday.

They said that three deaths were reported from Jammu division and as many as from Kashmir Valley, taking the overall toll due to the pestilence to 4107.

The 32-year-old man was from Ramnagar Jammu and died at GMC Jammu where two more patients succumbed to the pathogen since last evening, the officials said.

A 60-year-old woman from Newa Pulwama died at SKIMS Soura here, less than two days after she was admitted to the tertiary care hospital, they said.

A 65-year-old woman from Hassanpora Anantnag died at GMC Anantnag, 11 days after she was admitted there, they said.

A 75-year-old woman from Chichipora Anantnag also died at the same facility, 18 days after she was admitted there, they added.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths in Jammu and Kashmir. So far 190 people have died this month while over 10000 cases have been added to the overall tally. On Tuesday J&K reported 1184 fresh cases while 11 people succumbed to the virus.

Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally during the month of May. gns

Amid Speculations, PAGD Comes Alive In J&K Again, To Hold Crucial Meeting Today At Mehbooba’s Gupkar Residence

Amid Speculations, PAGD Comes Alive In J&K Again, To Hold Crucial Meeting Today At Mehbooba’s Gupkar Residence

Srinagar, Jun 09: As the speculations regarding further bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir are rife, the much-hyped People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of political parties in the Union Territory, has once again come alive as it has decided to hold a crucial meeting at PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence late afternoon today.

Sources privy to the development told that a meeting of PAGD has been scheduled today at conglomerate’s Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief, Mehbooba Mufti’s Gupkar residence.

They said that the meeting will be held today at 05:00 PM, saying that the agenda has not been decided yet “but certain important things with regard to the speculations about J&K would be discussed threadbare.”

All the signatories of the Gupkar declaration have been invited for the meeting today, they said.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told that PAGD leaders including its president Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami, Hassnain Masoodi and others will be meeting here today at her residence.

“There is no special agenda for today’s meeting,” she said. Today’s meeting comes at a time when NC was “seriously considering” to participate in the Delimitation exercise.

Pertinently, the speculations are rife in Jammu and Kashmir regarding further bifurcation of the Union Territory. However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard while the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) J&K president, Ravinder Raina had recently told that there was no big development with regard to J&K in offing. kno

Srinagar And Jammu Scorching Hot, 32.4 And 33.8 Degrees Celsius As The Maximum Temperature Respectively

Srinagar And Jammu Scorching Hot, 32.4 And 33.8 Degrees Celsius As The Maximum Temperature Respectively

Srinagar, June 8: At 32.4 and 33.8 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature, Srinagar and Jammu cities respectively has recorded the highest temperature of the season so far.

An official of the meteorological department (MET) told IANS, “Both Srinagar and Jammu cities witnessed the highest temperature of the season so far at 32.4 and 33.8 degrees Celsius respectively yesterday (Monday).”

The official said maximum temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir are likely to rise further during the next few days as weather is expected to remain dry during this period.

Srinagar recorded 18.6, Pahalgam 9.4 and Gulmarg 13.0 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Tuesday.

Leh town of Ladakh had 7.5, Kargil 10.2 and Drass 3.6 as the minimum temperature of the day.

Jammu city had 29.2, Katra 26.2, Batote 19.2, Banihal 17.8 and Bhaderwah 18.2 as the night’s lowest temperature.—(IANS)

Army Jawan Found Dead Under Mysterious Conditions In Jammu’s Akhnoor

Army Jawan Found Dead Under Mysterious Conditions In Jammu’s Akhnoor

Jammu, June 08: An army jawan posted in an army camp near the Line of Control in Akhnoor sub-division area of Jammu district was found dead with mysterious bullet injuries on Tuesday.

An official told that the army jawan of Havaldar rank was posted in the army camp at Jogwan in Akhnoor, where he received bullet injury under mysterious conditions.

“The army jawan died following which police have started investigation into the matter,” the official said. kno

Seven More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4097

Seven More Died Due To Covid-19 In Jammu And Kashmir, Toll 4097

Srinagar, June 8: Jammu and Kashmir reported seven more covid-19 death since last evening, taking the total fatality count to 4097, officials said on Tuesday.

They said a 65-year-old woman from Panzoo Tral died at District Hospital Pulwama, ten days after she was admitted there.

A woman from Brah died a day after she was admitted to GMC Anantnag, the officials said.

A 50-year-old woman from Nowshera Rajouri died at GMC Rajouri, four days after she was admitted there, they said.

Three deaths were reported at GMC Jammu and one at SMHS hospital here, they said.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths. So far 180 people have died this month while over 8000 cases have been added to the overall tally. On Monday J&K reported 977 fresh cases, lowest in two months.

Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally during the month of May. gns

25 Year Old Youth Among 5 More Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 4095

25 Year Old Youth Among 5 More Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 4095

Srinagar, June 7: A 25-year-old man was among five more people who succumbed to covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 4095, officials said on Monday.

Official sources told that the 25-year-old youth was from Bahufort and died at GMC Jammu.

A 35-year-old woman from Muthi Camp, and a 35-year-old man from Bihar, at present Kishtwar, also died at the same facility, they said.

A 58-year-old man from Shopian died at SKIMS Bemina, 12 days after he was admitted to the one among the covid-19 management facilities here.

A 60-year-old man from Aalikadal Srinabar, died fortnight after he was admitted to the facility, they said.

Lately, there has been decrease in both the number of daily cases and deaths. So far 172 people have died this month while over 8000 cases have been added to the overall tally. Last month was deadliest as J&K recorded 1625 Covid-19 deaths. The fatalities in these 31 days accounted for 41.59% of the total deaths reported in J&K so far since March last year. Also 114359 Infections were added to overall tally. gns

Protest In Jammu Parts Against Opening Of New Liquor Shops

Protest In Jammu Parts Against Opening Of New Liquor Shops

Srinagar, Jun 01: The Jammu and Kashmir administration’s move to issue ‘The Draft Excise Policy Year 2021-2022’, which proposes an e-auction process for the approval of liquor shops Tuesday evoked sharp criticism and triggered protests in parts of Jammu region.

Eye-witnesses told that people from different areas of Jammu district were up in arms against the authorities for giving permission to open liquor shops near educational institutions and religious places.

Locals in Shakti Nagar, Trikuta Nagar Jammu and Gujjar Nagar area staged protests against the proposal of opening new wine shops. The protestors were raising slogans like “Stop drinking, close liquor shops” and demanded cancellation of liquor licenses which are being opened near the residential areas, educational institutions and religious places of Jammu under the new excise policy.

Protestors said that alcohol is the root of all evils, so its sale and purchase should be banned at least near religious places and educational places besides residential areas.

They said that there are schools in Shakti Nagar area and there are temples there too, so why would the administration allow opening of liquor shop in this area, when Jammu is known as the city of temples, but the administration now is hell-bent on turning it into a liquor city. They further said that the youth of Jammu are being lured towards drugs, which we will definitely not allow.

“Liquor stores are opened within every ten meters of the temples, Gurdwaras and Graveyards, cremation ground. This is hurting the faith,” said a protestor, wishing not to be named. “”We want to tell the management that we will not allow a single shop to open here.”

He said that “Our women folk especially school going girls aren’t safe when liquor shops are being opened near educational institutions.”

A woman protestor said that when there would be sale of liquor, then a drunk person won’t understand anything about the chastity of the woman.

“By permitting opening of shops in residential areas, near educational institutions and religious places, government is hurting our faith, playing with our chastity and emotions,” said a group of protestors.

They requested concerned authorities to look into the matter at an earliest so that local can heave a sigh of relief.kno

Protesting J&K Transporters Decide To Resume Operations Seek Meet With LG

Protesting J&K Transporters Decide To Resume Operations Seek Meet With LG

Jammu, Jun 1: Private transporters in Jammu and Kashmir have decided to resume operations from Wednesday after keeping their vehicles off the roads for the past 42 days in protest against the government”s decision to cap the seating capacity at 50 per cent amid surging COVID-19 cases.

However, they sought a meeting with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha to sort out their problems to bring the transport industry “back on track”.

The transporters claim they have suffered huge losses since August 2019 following revocation of special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, besides the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The private transporters went on an indefinite strike on April 21 demanding a 50 per cent hike in fare to facilitate smooth operations with 50 per cent passengers on board.

“We have taken a decision to cooperate with the government which has given us the permission to ply with 100 per cent capacity in some areas. It is not feasible for the transporters to resume operations with 50 per cent seating capacity as the fuel prices are skyrocketing and the industry is on the receiving end since August 5, 2019,” All J&K Transport Welfare Association chairman T S Wazir told reporters here on Tuesday.

He said the industry provides a boost to economic activities but has suffered immensely due to back-to-back lockdown situations over the past two years.

“We have no Amarnath yatra, the rush to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine also dropped drastically and the tourism sector received a big blow and is almost finished after August 2019. The problems compounded with the outbreak of the pandemic which impacted even the marriage functions with the government restricting the number of guests to just 25,” he said.

Wazir appealed to the central government and the Lt Governor to consider their plight and announce a package for the industry including waiving the passenger tax and interest on the loans “to provide breather to the industry which is fighting for its survival”.

“We request the Lt Governor for a direct meeting to listen to our problems so that the train which has derailed can be brought back on its track,” he said.

He also demanded an end to “unnecessary harassment” of transporters on the pretext of checking and scrutiny of documents at various checkpoints.

The process of unlocking began in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday after over a month long ”corona curfew” with partial reopening of shops, but the transporters kept their vehicles off the roads demanding revision of the decision related to seating capacity in public transport.—(PTI)

J&K Police Files Chargesheet Against PDP”s Waheed Parra In Politician-Militant Nexus Case

J&K Police Files Chargesheet Against PDP”s Waheed Parra In Politician-Militant Nexus Case

Srinagar, Jun 1: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet against PDP leader Waheed Parra in a case related to the alleged nexus between politicians and militant groups in the union territory, officials said here.

The chargesheet was filed under various sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act before a designated court, they said.

Parra was arrested by the Criminal Investigation (Kashmir) of Jammu and Kashmir”s CID department earlier this year. PTI

Army Jawan Found Dead Inside Army Camp In Jammu’s Akhnoor

Army Jawan Found Dead Inside Army Camp In Jammu’s Akhnoor

Jammu, June 01: An army soldier was on Monday late evening found dead with a gun shot injury inside an army camp in Akhnoor area of Jammu district.

An official told that the army soldier identified as Sandeep Kumar, was deployed in Akhboor army camp and was found lying in a pool of blood due to the gun shot injury.

He said that senior officers immediately rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, Police said that they have started legal formalities and investigation into the matter has also been initiated—kno

Renowned Islamic Scholar Mufti Faiz-Ul-Waheed Passes Away At ASCOMS

Renowned Islamic Scholar Mufti Faiz-Ul-Waheed Passes Away At ASCOMS

Jammu, Jun 01: A renowned Jammu-based Islamic scholar Mufti Faiz-ul-Waheed, who was admitted at Acharaya Shri Chander College of Medical Science (ASCOMS) Jammu passed away on Tuesday morning.

Mufti Faiz-ul-Waheed, who was born in 1966 in Rajouri’s Dodhasan Bala, is recognised with becoming the first Islamic scholar to translate the Holy Quran into Gojri.

Additionally, the scholar has authored several other pamphlets, including ‘Siraj-um-Muneera’, ‘Ahkam-e-Mayyat’, and ‘Namaz Kae Masayil Quran-o-Hadees Ki Roshni Mei’.

The renowned scholar and authority on Fiqh – Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia Law) – in Jammu is also the patron of an Islamic seminary, Madrasa Markaz Maarif Ul Quran, located in Medina Hill, Bhatindi, Jammu.

According to officials, the religious preacher who was on ‘life-supporting system with multiple organ failure’ at Jammu hospital breathed his last today.

Many Islamic Scholars, religious organizations have expressed grief and shock over his demise.kno

Cash Recovered From Temporary Shelter Of Homeless Woman In Rajouri: Officials

Cash Recovered From Temporary Shelter Of Homeless Woman In Rajouri: Officials

Rajouri, June 01: The authorities on Tuesday morning recovered a huge amount of cash including currency notes and coins from temporary shelter of a homeless woman in Nowshera town of Rajouri district.

Officials told that on Monday a team of municipal committee and tehsil administration was sent to the temporary shelter of the homeless woman to pack his belongings in order to shift her to some government shelter.

They said that the woman was later taken to a government destitute center in Rajouri town.

Officials said that on Tuesday, a team was deputed to the temporary shelter of the woman where besides other belongings, three plastic vegetables packing boxes and one jute bag were found.

They said that boxes were kept hidden inside the shelter and during search, currency notes and coins of different denominations were recovered.

They said that the currency has been taken into possession by the tehsil administration.kno

J&K Reports 14 More Covid-19 Deaths, Toll Nears 3900 Mark

J&K Reports 14 More Covid-19 Deaths, Toll Nears 3900 Mark

Srinagar, May 31: Jammu and Kashmir reported at least 14 more covid-19 deaths since last evening, taking the total fatality count due to the pathogen to 3884. Most of the deaths were reported from Jammu division, officials said.

Among others, they said the victims include a 66-year-old man from Bajalta, 64-year-old man from Raipur Bantalab Jammu, a 75-year-old man from Shastri Nagar Jammu, an 88-year-old man from Shakti Nagar Jammu , an 80-year-old man from Sarwal Jammu, a 75-year-old woman from Sarwal Jammu, an 84-year-old Talabtillo Nagar Jammu, a 78-year-old Rehari colony Jammu, a 65-year-old man from from Ekta Vihar Jammu (died at Amritsar hospital), an 80-year-old man from Samboora Pulwama, a 71-year-old man from Wasoora Anantnag and an 85-year-old man from RS Pora Jammu.

In this month so far, over 1550 people have succumbed to the virus and it amounts to almost 40% of the total fatalities recorded in J&K since the pandemic started in March last year. gns

COVID-19 Lockdown Puts Poor At Risk: Karar Hashmi

COVID-19 Lockdown Puts Poor At Risk: Karar Hashmi

Coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and continue lockdown is not a solution but will aggreviate problem in the lives of our people.

The Socio-Political Activist Syed Karar Hashmi says that effects of the lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will prove economically and educationally hazardous for poor and marginalized sections of society, need to make people friendly plans and now time comes up to bring positive changes in lockdown strategy in Kashmir and other parts of the country.

Agha Hashmi Said in a message that in Kashmir valley and other parts of the country, Non-Governmental Organisations , Religious groups and other activists have proved that humanity is still alive and existing widely, during lockdowns such organisations have played a pivotal role to reach out people , so that nobody should sleep without food amidst pandemic.

Hashmi further said that imposing of lockdown is mandatory but to make plans for survival of 1.3 million people in Jammu and Kashmir and 369 million people in other parts of the Country living in below poverty status are really challenging and continue lockdown will surely bring pain and tears in the lives of the poor population of our country. It is estimated that 1.3 million people in Jammu and Kashmir, who live below the poverty line (BPL), struggle to access basic necessities of life due to the prolonged lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. On contrary, The United Nations’ 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), a more holistic measure of poverty that looks at deprivation through the lens of nutrition, health indicators, schooling, sanitation and access to essential amenities puts the number of poor in India at 369 million.

Hashmi added that coronavirus may continue to evolve for years to come, and continue lockdown is not a solution but will aggreviate problem in the lives of our people. Requested GOI and Lt Governor administration to come up with people friendly plans and minimise restrictions so that people will fight aginst Covid-19 with a strong mind.

Vaccine Is Safe And Big Protection Against Covid-19: GMC Principal, Dr Samia Rashid

Vaccine Is Safe And Big Protection Against Covid-19: GMC Principal, Dr Samia Rashid

Terms News Item Spread In The Name Of French Virologist  As Wrong

Reacting sharply to the news item, spread in the name of French Virologist Luc Montagnier that “vaccine causes death”, Principal, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, Dr Samia today termed it as a “wrong information” spread against vaccination.

She said that vaccine is the only biggest protection for all humans against the Covid-19 disease.

Urging people not to pay heed to any such information spread against vaccine, Dr . Saima said that people should come forward and must get vaccinated to stay safe against this virus.

She said that a vaccinated person has less chances to get infected and even if a vaccinated person gets infected with the Covid-19, the severity of the disease is less and  a person has  high chances to recover and fight the virus better in comparison to the person who has not got vaccinated.

Pertinently,  a news item claiming those who vaccinated will “die within a period of two years” in the name of French Virologist and Noble Peace Prize Laureate, Luc Montagnier, is causing a wave of fear among people about vaccination. However, medicos termed the news item as fake and termed vaccine safe and granting high protection against the Coronavirus.

Wanted Criminal Arrested From R S Pura By Jammu And Kashmir Police

Wanted Criminal Arrested From R S Pura By Jammu And Kashmir Police

Jammu, May 30: A wanted criminal facing charges of attempt to murder and theft was arrested after a two-year-long hunt on Sunday, police said.

Davinder Kumar alias Rahul, a resident of Chak Mohd Yar village, was arrested from R S Pura after information was received about his movement from Punjab to Jammu, a police official said.

He said a sharp-edged weapon was recovered from his possession.

“Kumar is a hardcore criminal and has been evading arrest for the past two years. Nine FIRs ranging from attempt to murder and scuffles to thefts stand registered against him,” the official said, adding he was previously detained under the stringent Public Safety Act but continued his criminal activities after release.

The official said further investigation into his activities was underway.—(PTI)

Jammu And Kashmir Latest Weather Update

Jammu And Kashmir Latest Weather Update

Possibility of Light rain/ thundershower accompained with Lightening, gusty winds and Hailstorm at few places of J&K on 15-05-2021.

Due to moisture incursion from Arabian sea during 19th and 20th May possibility of moderate Rain with thunder, lightening and gusty winds over most places of J&K and few places of Ladakh.

Possibility of heavy rain is expected particularly over Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, and Ramban districts during 20th May.

70 Year Old Woman’s Body Found Along River Bank In Poonch

70 Year Old Woman’s Body Found Along River Bank In Poonch

Poonch, May 14: Body of 70-year-old “mentally unsound” woman was found along the banks of a river near Loran Brachar in Poonch district, officials said on Friday.

They said the body was found at about 09:30 a.m. and was later identified to be Mateena Begum (70) daughter of khawja Kabir Din of Brachar Loran.

“She was mentally disturbed and was missing from her home from yesterday evening,” a police official said. Soon after the information, Police party rushed to the spot and retrieved the body for further enquiry, he said. gns

Three Doctors Among 15 Die Of COVID-19 In Jammu

Three Doctors Among 15 Die Of COVID-19 In Jammu

Jammu, May 14: At least 15 persons including three doctors died due to COVID-19 in Jammu division in last 12 hours.

Reliable sources told that Dr. Tahir Mirza, Dr. Mohammad Akram Malik and Dr. Busharat Hussain Shah are among the deceased.

Sources said Dr. Mirza was posted at Emergency Hospital Chowki Choura in Akhnoor and was undergoing treatment at the Command Hospital Udhampur where he breathed his last.

Former Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Poonch, Dr. Mohammad Akram Malik, died due to Coronavirus at Narayana Hospital Katra.

Dr. Busharat Hussain Shah of Mendhar in Poonch district, ISM Doctor, also died due to Covid-19.

Sources added that besides three doctors, a total of 12 other patients admitted in different hospitals of Jammu division died due to Corona virus in the last 12 hours.

Government Forces Busted Militant Hideout In Phagla Area Of  Surankote Poonch District

Government Forces Busted Militant Hideout In Phagla Area Of  Surankote Poonch District

Poonch, May 09: The security forces have busted a militant hideout in Phagla village of Surankote in Poonch district on Sunday and recovered nineteen hand grenades.

An official told that the hideout was built in a concealed manner in forest area and has been busted by army’s Rashtriya Rifles and Poonch police during a search operation launched based on a specific information.

“Searches are on and so far nineteen hand grenades have been recovered,” he said.kno