Traffic Plan for 01.03.2017

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

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

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

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

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Schools to reopen in Kashmir from tomorrow after winter Vacations

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

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

Nationwide strike brings banking operations to a halt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modified pellet guns to be used in Jammu and Kashmir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transfer of forest officers

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

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

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

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

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

There will be no Relaxation.

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

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

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

Father held for sexual relations with daughter

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

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