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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.

Leopard Spotted In Natipora Srinagar Area Of Central Kashmir

Leopard Spotted In Natipora Srinagar Area Of Central Kashmir

Locals Make Announcements On Loudspeakers, Police Urges People To Stay Alert, Teams Rushed To Area Presence Of Animal Established Efforts On To Catch Animal: Regional Wildlife Warden

Srinagar, June 13: Panic gripped Natipora area of Srinagar after a leopard was spotted there late on Saturday night forcing the wildlife department to rush a team to the area to catch the animal.

Locals of Har Namal area of Natipora told news agency—a leopard was spotted in the area at around 10 pm Saturday after which they informed the police. The police acted swiftly, informed the wildlife department, asked people not to venture out unnecessarily and urged them to stay alert to avoid any damage by the animal.

“Locals are making announcements through masjid loudspeakers in the area asking people to remain alert and not to venture out of homes unnecessarily,” Imtiyaz Ahmed, a local resident said.

Regional Wildlife warden Kashmir, Rashid Naqash told that immediately after they received information about the presence of a leopard in Har Nambal area of Natipora on Saturday late evening through the Police Control Room (PCR), a team was rushed to the spot to ascertain and scan the area.

“Presence of leopard has been established on the basis of tracks, pug marks and scats,” he said, adding that efforts are on to track and catch the animal—kno

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 175.5 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.79 Mn

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 175.5 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.79 Mn

Washington, June 13: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 175.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.79 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 175,567,564 and 3,791,126, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,457,378 and 599,664, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 29,359,155 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (17,374,818), France (5,799,459), Turkey (5,325,435), Russia (5,133,938), the UK (4,574,445), Italy (4,243,482), Argentina (4,111,147), Spain (3,733,600), Colombia (3,724,705), Germany (3,722,295) and Iran (3,020,522), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 486,272 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (367,081), Mexico (230,097), the UK (128,160), Italy (126,976), Russia (123,961) and France (110,540).—(IANS)

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}

China’s Aggressive Behaviour Can Spark Crisis: United States

China’s Aggressive Behaviour Can Spark Crisis: United States

Describing China as a pacing challenge, United States Defence Secretary Llyod Austin said Beijing’s “aggressive behaviour” in the Indo-Pacific could spark a crisis in the region.

Responding to questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on the annual budget of the Pentagon, he stressed on having a direct line of communication between the militaries and also between government officials.

As we look at some of the aggressive behaviour that we have witnessed from China in the Indo-Pacific, I’m concerned about something that could happen that could spark a crisis,” Austin said on Thursday.

“We need the ability to be able to talk with our allies and partners and also with our adversaries or potential adversaries. So, I think there needs to be a direct line of communication between the military and also between government officials as well,” the defence secretary said.

Austin described the US’ relationship with China currently as one of competition.

“They desire to be the preeminent country on the planet. Their mid to long-term goal is to do that. They look to compete with us, not only militarily but across a spectrum of activity,” he said.

“What you see us doing, the military and other sectors in our government, is making sure that we remain competitive, economically; making sure that we continue to develop the best scientists in the world and the most comprehensive research. So it is a competition across a broad spectrum of activity,” Austin said.

During the Senatorial hearing, Senator Angus King said that he believed one of the “most serious risks the US faces today is an accidental conflict with China”, of some kind of conflict in the South China Sea, the Strait of Taiwan, and the danger of escalation from that accidental conflict of some kind.

“It’s concerning to me that we don’t seem to have an effective hotline with China. I understand the Chinese are reluctant about this, but I believe this should be a national security priority,” King said.

Austin described China as a pacing challenge for the United States.

“China is our pacing challenge. So we’ve really weighted our main effort there to the Indo-Pacific region. My first trip overseas was out to the region, along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. We visited South Korea, Japan, and India as well,” he said.

“We truly value the importance of strong relationships with our allies and partners. I think there’s a great capacity that can be leveraged there. So, in some areas through those partnerships, while still strong, we will remain focused on that,” he said.

Overnight Blaze Damages 13 Houses, Renders 31 Families Homeless In Baramulla

Overnight Blaze Damages 13 Houses, Renders 31 Families Homeless In Baramulla

Baramulla, June 11: An overnight blaze in Sweeper Colony, Noorbagh area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district turned at least 13 houses into ashes and rendered 31 families homeless, officials said Friday.

They said that a massive blaze engulfed Sweeper Colony, Noorbagh at around 9:30 pm on Thursday night which spread like a bushfire and left at least 13 houses completely damaged while 31 families putting up in these houses were rendered homeless. Luckily there was no loss of life reported in the incident.

Locals told that soon after the fire broke out they informed the fire services department, police and the army. “It was the police that reached the spot first and informed other departments.

Police men started dousing the fire of their own till fire services reached along with its fleet,” a local said. “It was the SSP Baramulla, who along with other policemen doused the flames till fire services vehicles reached the spot,” a local, whose house was damaged in the fire, said.

Deputy Director Fire and Emergency services Baramulla, Abdul Khaliq said, that as the fire broke out in the areas, fire tenders from Sopore, Sangrama, Rafiabad, and Baramulla were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. “At least 31 families have been left homeless as their houses were turned into ashes due to the deadly blaze,” he said.

Officials from the administration including Tehsildar, Accountant Officer, revenue officer, fire service, police and other departments have sent teams to review the situation and estimate the damages. Tents and food are being provided among those affected by the fire. “As per the government direction, we will provide compensation to all the affected families,” said Naib Tehsildar Baramulla, Ghulam Muhammad Chopan—kno

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

18 Killed, 30 Injured In Road Accident In Pakistan Balochistan Province

18 Killed, 30 Injured In Road Accident In Pakistan Balochistan Province

Islamabad, June 11: At least 18 people were killed and over 30 injured in an accident of a passenger bus in Pakistan’s Balochistan province due to overspeeding.

Geo News reported that the accident occurred in the Khuzdar district when the bus was taking a sharp turn at high speed.

According to the paramilitary troops in the province, the victims have been shifted to a local hospital in Khuzdar and among the injured, six people are in critical condition.

The passenger bus was on its way to Khuzdar from Larkana district of Sindh province.
Earlier this week, a collision between two trains in Sindh province had caused the death of 62 people.—(ANI)

91K New COVID Cases, 3403 Deaths In India, Tally Over 2.92 Cr

91K New COVID Cases, 3403 Deaths In India, Tally Over 2.92 Cr

New Delhi, June 11: The daily COVID-19 count in India remained below the one-lakh mark for the fourth consecutive day with the country reporting 91,702 fresh cases, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.49 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

With the fresh cases, the total tally of cases has climbed to 2,92,74,823. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,63,079 with 3,403 daily deaths, the data updated at 8 am showed

The active cases further declined to 11,21,671 comprising 3.83 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 94.93 per cent. A net decline of 46,281 cases has been recorded in the COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Also, 20,44,131 tests were conducted on Thursday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 37,42,42,384.

The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.49 per cent . It has been less than 10 per cent for the 18th consecutive day, the ministry said, adding the weekly positivity rate has also declined to 5.14 per cent.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 29th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,77,90,073, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.24 per cent, the data stated.

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 174.7 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.76 Mn

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 174.7 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.76 Mn

Washington, June 11: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.76 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 174,759,974 and 3,769,088, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,427,481 and 598,728, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 29,183,121 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (17,210,969), France (5,791,608), Turkey (5,313,098), Russia (5,108,217), the UK (4,558,926), Italy (4,239,868), Argentina (4,066,156), Spain (3,729,458), Germany (3,718,617) and Colombia (3,665,137), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 482,019 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (359,676), Mexico (229,580), the UK (128,131), Italy (126,855), Russia (123,178) and France (110,432).—(IANS)

Aim To ‘Remove Modi’ From Power, Says Mamata As She Promises To Rally Opposition Ruled States Behind Agitating Farmers

Aim To ‘Remove Modi’ From Power, Says Mamata As She Promises To Rally Opposition Ruled States Behind Agitating Farmers

In a move that may take her political battle against the BJP into the Hindi heartland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  promised to rally opposition-ruled states in support of the agitating farmers, and said she aims to “remove the Narendra Modi government from power”. At a meeting with farmer leaders led by Rakesh Tikait and Yudhvir Singh here during the day, the TMC chief said that there should be a platform where states could converse on policy issues.

“Bulldozing states is not good for the federal structure,” she said. The farmer leaders had come to elicit her support for their agitation against the farm laws passed by the BJP-led central government and in favour of a nationwide law bringing in a guaranteed Minimum Support Price for agricultural crops.

Banerjee’s support for the north India-based farmers’ unions comes within days of the Trinamool Congress announcing that the party would spread its footprints outside West Bengal’s geographical boundaries. The Bhartiya Kisan Union led by Tikait and Singh had supported the ‘No vote for BJP’ campaign ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections and have plans to extend that in other upcoming state elections as well, including in Uttar Pradesh which the saffron party rules in alliance with smaller parties.

Banerjee announced after the meeting that her “support for the farmers’ movement will be there” and added in an obvious jibe at the Centre that “India is hungrily waiting for policies which help in fighting COVID-19, assist farmers and industry.” The chief minister rhetorically asked, “…why is it so difficult to talk to the farmers?” She was referring to the breakdown in communication between the Centre and the farmers who have been camping at Delhi’s borders for over six months against three farm laws passed by the Parliament. The agitators feel the new laws will commercialise agriculture without adequate protection to small farmers from exploitation by large retail chains and industry.

“The BJP rule has been disastrous for all sectors from healthcare to farmers to industry. India is suffering…we are facing both natural and political disasters,” said Banerjee, who has been reaching out to other opposition-led states in trying to forge a united front against her perceived grievances against the Centre. The chief minister said that the agriculturist leaders have requested her to talk to other state leaders on the farmers’ issue and organise a dialogue with farmers’ unions.

“The farmers’ movement is not just for Punjab, Haryana or Uttar Pradesh. It is for the whole country,” she said. TMC vice president and former Union finance minister Yashwant Singh, who was also present at the meeting, said, “It is necessary to stop the trend towards commercialisation of farming. We are with the farmers…we want the three laws to be withdrawn and a new law on MSP brought in.” Banerjee’s support for the agitation which has drawn on the farming community in rural north India, is being viewed as a potential boost for the stir which has been flagging in recent weeks.

Yudhvir Singh, general secretary of the BKU, told PTI ahead of the meeting, “We want to congratulate Mamata Banerjee for her electoral victory and to elicit her support for the move to give farmers a fair MSP for their crops.” Singh said he wants states to come up MSP for fruits, vegetables and milk products. The lack of a specified MSP and glut in produce often leads to farmers suffering from extremely low prices which results in huge losses, often leading to farmer suicides in many parts of the country. Banerjee has a long history of being involved with farmers’ stirs.

She had earlier built up her challenge against the Left Front government in West Bengal leading agitations in Nandigram and Singur against moves by the then state administration to compulsorily acquire land from farmers for a chemical hub and a car factory respectively. Analysts speculated that the TMC, which wants to spread to other parts of the country, may be hoping to gain a political foothold in the Hindi heartland by handholding the farmers’ movement and taking advantage of the opposition vacuum in the country.

Banerjee’s statement that she will remove Modi from power had earlier been made during her election campaign for the West Bengal assembly elections held in March-April this year, where she had promised that she would take the political battle to Delhi. Since hera landslide victory, there have also been talks of her becoming the opposition face for the 2024 general elections, a question to which she has not given any answers yet. (PTI)

Budgam Police Alongwith SDRF And River Police Resumed Rescue Operation Early Morning

Budgam Police Alongwith SDRF And River Police Resumed Rescue Operation Early Morning

Budgam: June 10th 2021: Yesterday afternoon Police received information that one teen aged boy namely Irfan Ahmad Bhat S/o Abdul Rashid Bhat R/o Arigam has drowned in a stream at village Arigam Khansahib. No sooner the report was received Police reached on spot and started rescue operation with the help of locals .

Meanwhile SDRF teams were called in for the operation.

The rescue operation was called off late night around 23 00 hrs due to dark and the same was resumed today early morning around 6 30 hrs .
03 teams of SDRF and River Police Srinagar fully equipped with boats and other necessary gadgetry are assisting Police and administration in rescue operation.

94052 New COVID Cases, 6148 Deaths In India, Tally Over 2.91 Cr

94052 New COVID Cases, 6148 Deaths In India, Tally Over 2.91 Cr

New Delhi, Jun 10: India reported 94,052 new COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 2,91,83,121, while the death toll climbed to 3,59,676 with 6,148 fatalities being recorded in a day, the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the Union Health Ministry”s data updated on Thursday.
Bihar reconciled its figures and put the total number of fatalities caused by the disease at 9,429 after verification, it said.

The active cases in the country have reduced to 11,67,952 after 60 days comprising 4 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid recovery rate has improved to 94.77 per cent, the data said. A net decline of 63,463 cases has been recorded in the total number of COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Also, 20,04,690 tests were conducted on Wednesday, taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 37,21,98,253, while the daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.69 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for 17 consecutive days, the ministry said.

Weekly positivity rate was recorded at 5.43 per cent. Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 28th consecutive day. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,76,55,493, while the case fatality rate has increased to 1.23 per cent, the data stated.

Cumulatively, 24,27,26,693 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive in the country. India”s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4.

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 174.3 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.75 Mn

Global Covid-19 Caseload Tops 174.3 Mn, Deaths Surge To More Than 3.75 Mn

Washington, June 10: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.75 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

In its latest update on Thursday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood at 174,311,218 and 3,754,914, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,413,999 and 598,760, respectively, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 29,089,069 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (17,122,877), France (5,787,125), Turkey (5,306,690), Russia (5,096,657), the UK (4,551,687), Italy (4,237,790), Argentina (4,038,528), Germany (3,715,870), Spain (3,715,454) and Colombia (3,633,481), the CSSE figures showed.

In terms of deaths, Brazil comes second with 479,515 fatalities.

Nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are India (353,528), Mexico (229,100), the UK (128,124), Italy (126,767), Russia (122,802) and France (110,364).—(IANS)

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

Suicide Commited By A Teenager Boy In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir

Suicide Commited By A Teenager Boy In Sopore Area Of North Kashmir

Sopore, June 09 : A 14-year-old boy ended his life by allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substances at his home in Sopore village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

An official said that the youth identified as Tawheed Ahmed Lone Son of Late Mohammad Anwar Lone, resident of Sangrampora Dangiwacha Village here consumed some poisonous substance at his home, he was immediately rushed to District Hospital Baramulla, however he was declared brought dead, he said.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case under various sections of law and taken up further investigations in this regard, the official added.

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)

COVID-19: Jammu And Kashmir Hamlet First Village In India To Achieve 100% Vaccination Of Its Adult Population

COVID-19: Jammu And Kashmir Hamlet First Village In India To Achieve 100% Vaccination Of Its Adult Population

Srinagar: A remote hamlet in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir has become the first village in India to vaccinate all its adult population against COVID-19, officials said on Tuesday.

The credit goes to the healthcare workers whose strenuous efforts shot Weyan hamlet, with an adult population of 362, to national fame, they said.

“The village is located only 28 kilometres away from Bandipora district headquarters, but a distance of 18 kilometres has to be covered by foot as there is no motorable road,” an official of the health department said.

He said the task of vaccinating all the residents was even more difficult as the village consists of nomadic families who go to higher reaches for grazing their livestock.

“There is no internet access in the village. So it was not possible for the residents to get appointments for vaccination like the way people in urban areas do,” Bashir Ahmed Khan, Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora said while explaining the difficulty faced by the healthcare workers.

The vaccination in the village was covered under ”J&K model’, which is a 10-point strategy to vaccinate entire eligible population at accelerated pace.

Despite initial vaccine hesitancy, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 70 per cent vaccination in the 45+ age group, almost double the national average, the official said.

Commenting on the achievement, Yatish Yadav, media advisor to Jammu and Kashmir government, said the Union territory was raising the bar in the Covid vaccination drive.

“#JammuAndKashmirMode. And we thought up to now that Everest was the highest and toughest peak of Himalayas. But, some journey brings a new light, a new life. Team J&K raising the bar on vaccination drive,” he tweeted. (PTI)

Passenger Van Falls Into River In Pakistan, 17 Killed

Passenger Van Falls Into River In Pakistan, 17 Killed

Islamabad, Jun 8: At least 17 people were killed after a passenger van they were travelling in plunged into a river in Pakistan’s mountainous Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The vehicle was heading from Chilas to Rawalpindi when it fell into the Indus River in the Paniba area of Kohistan district, Dawn new reported.

The van, privately hired by the family for a visit, had 17 people, including the driver.

The accident took place when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a sharp turn.

It veered off into the Indus River and got submerged soon after, the police said, adding that 17 people have died in the incident.

Rescue teams were trying to locate the missing passengers but faced hurdles due to the difficult terrain and depth of the river.

The roads linking the northern regions of the country run through some of the most treacherous mountains, causing frequent mishaps.—(PTI)

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

Drug Peddler Arrested, 2 Kgs Of Heroin Recovered In Karnah

Drug Peddler Arrested, 2 Kgs Of Heroin Recovered In Karnah

Kupwara, Jun 8: Jammu and Kashmir Police in Kupwara said to have arrested a drug peddler on whose possession it claimed to have recovered two kilograms of Heroin here in Yariban Hajitra in Taad area of Karnah.

According to police they said during checking, the Naka party intercepted a person in a suspicious condition, following which he was apprehended and on his disclosure identified as Naseer Ahmad Shiekh a resident of Hajitra.

During the personal search two packets of Heroin weighing about two kilograms were recovered from the possession of apprehended person, it said.

Accordingly a legal action has been taken and a case vide FIR Number 61/21 under section 8/21 NDPS Act has been registered in Police Station Karnah against the accused person and investigations into it taken up, it said.

The war against these drug peddlers will continue and those found involved in these acts will be strictly dealt under law, it further said. gns

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