Donald Trump begins repeal of Obamacare in golden Oval Office

President Donald Trump has wasted no time in beginning work from the Oval Office, and has signed his first executive order aimed at “minimising the economic burden” of Obamacare.

The order allows government agencies to delay the implementation of any parts of the Affordable Care Act – Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law – which could put a “fiscal burden” on families, states or healthcare providers.

It is the first step in Mr Trump’s plans to “promptly repeal” and replace Obamacare, a key promise made during his election campaign, but Republicans in Congress are yet to propose a replacement for the insurance programme.

Moments after signing the executive order, the President’s new defence secretary and homeland security secretary were sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence.

They are the first cabinet members to clear the hurdle of being approved by the Senate, which will begin confirming his other nominees on Monday.

In a statement, the President said: “I call on members of the Senate to fulfill their constitutional obligations and swiftly confirm the remainder of my highly qualified cabinet nominees, so that we can get to work on behalf of the American people without delay.”

During his election, Mr Trump had campaigned on a detailed 18-point plan of the things he would do on his first day in office.

But since then, he seems to have distanced himself from taking such a rapid-fire approach to implementing policies – especially when it comes to complicated issues which may involve negotiations with Congress or foreign leaders.

Within minutes of his inauguration as US President, Mr Trump’s administration announced plans to develop a “state-of-the-art” missile defence system to protect the US against attacks from Iran and North Korea.

The policy announcement comes a day after reports that Pyongyang was readying a test of an upgraded intercontinental ballistic missile prototype.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, news of the test appeared to have been intentionally leaked by North Korea to send a “strategic message” to Mr Trump.

President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address US-TRUMP-POLITICS

In further measures, Mr Trump’s administration said it would reverse cutbacks to the defence budget and “submit a new budget to Congress outlining a plan to rebuild our military”.

It added: “We will provide our military leaders with the means to plan for our future defence needs.”

As Mr Trump’s pledges were published on the newly revamped White House website, references to climate change were deleted and replaced with the President’s “America First Energy Plan”.

The policy outlines intentions to scrap the “harmful and unnecessary” Climate Action Plan and Waters of the US rule brought in by Barack Obama.

It adds that the US has been “held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry”.

Also detailed are plans to cut tax rates for workers and businesses, as well as a withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement


Sixteen dead after school trip bus crash

Sixteen people are dead after a bus carrying school children home from France crashed in Italy, police have confirmed.

The vehicle was carrying teenage students from Hungary and returning to Budapest when it crashed into barriers and burst into flames.

The impact of the smash was so severe a number of people were thrown from the bus and killed, it has been reported.

Police say other bodies were pulled badly burned from the wreckage. Thirty nine people survived but 26 were injured, ten seriously, and emergency services fear the number of dead could increase.ffffffffffffffffffffffff

Government informs all departments to process pension cases online

Shahid Wani

Well, announcement of demonetisation has indeed brought about a lot of changes in India as India is turning in to an all – new digital India. Even pensions are not far from this so – called digitalisation. In fact the Centre has ordered that all the departments from now on will be required to process pension cases online.

Such a system of having pension cases processed online has been started so that delays of any sort can be checked apart from making the process of pension related cases transparent. This step would further assist in having granted post – retirement benefits to the employees among other things. To ensure that things turn for the better, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has given strict orders that pension cases have to be processed electronically only.

The Ministry has instructed all the Central Government Department’s Secretaries that they follow the instructions so that all the pensioners get their due on time & cases are not delayed for whatsoever reason.

Bhavishya tracking system

In addition to the above stated things, the order said that there would be online Pension Sanction & Payment Tracking System so that the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions can keep a track of the pension cases.

This pension sanction & payment tracking system is known as Bhavishya; with the help of which not only the administrative authorities but also the retiring employees will be in a position to track the progress of the pension cases. Another aspect of this tracking system is that an individual would be able to monitor the cases online that too at every stage.

Process pension cases online with Bhavishya

Apart from the above stated aspects, the Heads of Offices are directed about the fact that they process the pension cases online only through Bhavishya. And whenever required, the concerned authorities will step in to help the retiring employees to submit the application form online.

In this manner every individual that is the retiring employee will be able to have the right to be up – to – date with their application form’s status. Earlier, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation or EPFO, which happens to be the retiring fund, had made it very clear that Aadhaar number has to be provided in order to receive benefits as per the EPF Pension Scheme.

If you are looking for pension, then it would be a great idea that you be ready with your Aadhar card. In case you do not have an Aadhaar card then apply for an Aadhaar card online at the earliest. Also keep it in mind that the digital life certificate can be submitted till the 28th of February, 2017.

And as far as these filing of pension cases are concerned then you would be required to file them online as this rule has been implemented right from the 1st of January, 2017. Readers, keep it in mind that pension cases are to be processed online through Bhavishya system only

Class 12 results to be declared soon

Shahid Wani

Jammu Kashmir State Board of School Education (JKBOSE) Class 12th results for Kashmir Division will be declared after few of Days. “Some web portals and few WhatsApp groups are quoting that BOSE Chairman Zahoor Ahmed Chatt has said that 12th class results will be declared on Friday evening, which is totally incorrect,” an official said. BOSE Chairman said that results will be declared for Jammu Zone only while it will take couple of days for Kashmir Zone for the results to be declared. 

Hundreds of passengers including Womens and Childrens who got Stuck inside Jawahar tunnel since morning still awaiting for administrative help

Shahid Wani
Passengers stranded in jawahar tunnel since morning, Hunderds of passengers who have got stuck in jawahar tunnel since morning but there are no initiative taken by the traffic and other concerned officials, its a complete failure of government that stranded passengers are going through very miserable conditions including womens and childrens, passenges regarding the issue said all VIPS and politicians are adopting aerial routs and they don’t even care about the problems faced by common people, there is a complete mismanagement of traffic, One of the stranded passenger alleged that thousands of trucks/trailers were allowed from opposite side inspite of one way traffic allowed today from Srinagar to Jammu which created huge traffic jam at jawahar tunnel, Moreover he said he have left Qazigund at 10 am in the morning and still have not even crossed jawaher tunnel, Passenger who crossed tunnel on foot narrated the miserable conditions of passengers stuck inside the tunnel.

Train Timeing of DMU’s in Kashmir Valley effecting from Ist January 2017

Shahid Wani 

NEW TRAIN TIME… 01.Jan , 2017

Banihal to Baramula
7; 15 AM, 8; 15 AM, 9; 10 AM, 11.50AM, 2;35PM, 4; 10PM

Banihal to Budgam
7; 15 AM, 8; 15 AM, 9; 10AM, 10; 15 AM, 11; 50 AM, 12; 50 PM, 2; 35 PM, 4; 10PM, 5; 25 PM, 6; 25PM

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Budgam to Baramulla
7; 10AM, 8; 15AM, 9; 15AM, 9; 55AM, 11; 10AM, 2; 10PM, 3; 15PM 4; 50PM, 6; 15PM

Baramulla to Banihal
8; 15AM, 9; 25 AM, 10; 50AM, 3; 15PM, 4;25PM

Baramulla to Budgam
8; 15AM, 9; 25AM, 10; 50AM, 11; 40AM, 12; 35 PM, 3; 15PM, 4; 25PM, 5; 25 PM, 5; 55PM

Budgam To Banihal
7AM, 8AM, 9; 15AM, 10; 25AM, 11; 40AM, 1; 55PM, 3; 15PM, 4;20PM, 5; 20PM; 5; 40PM

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Miscreants touched 32 schools during recent Kashmir unrest: Government

Miscreants torched 32 school buildings during the past 5 months of disturbances in Kashmir Valley, Jammu and Kashmir’s Minister of State for Education Priya Sethi said today. Among the schools torched, 14 were fully damaged and 18 partially, she said, noting police have registered cases and investigations are on. She said 47 miscreants have been arrested in connection with the torching of the schools.
Replying to a clubbed question by NC members Qaiser Jamshed Lone and Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri in the Legislative Council, Sethi said in view of these incidents in the Valley, the divisional administration took various measures for protection of schools.
These included deployment of watch and ward staff, ‘numberdars’ (revenue officials), chowkidars, involving local Auqaf Committee and local imams and respectable persons of the society, besides regular monitoring, fire safety measures, better lighting.
Asserting that elaborate steps were taken to prevent these incidents, she said the schools were categorised into three types — normal, sensitive and hypersensitive.
She said all sensitive and hyper sensitive schools were provided round-the-clock watch and ward staff by redeploying existing manpower comprising chowkidars, orderlies. A plan was put in place by the security agencies which included patrolling around schools categorised as sensitive and hypersensitive.
She said all schools were directed to adopt fire safety measures.
Legislators Ghulam Nabi Monga raised supplementary queries to the main question.

Six Britons have died and several others have been injured in a road accident in Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Office has said

A couple from Glasgow and four people believed to be from Manchester died in the minibus crash on Wednesday.

The Scottish victims were named by the Glasgow Mosque Centre as Mohammad and Talat Aslam, parents of five from the Newlands area.

The group had just completed Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca, the mosque said.

A statement said: “Mr Mohammad Aslam and Mrs Talat Aslam of Glasgow, the parents of Shehla, Saba, Omar, Osman and Haroon, have returned to the mercy of Allah.

“They had just completed Umrah and were travelling in a minibus to visit our beloved Prophet’s Masjid in Madina. Tragically they were involved in a fatal accident.

“Four members of another family from Manchester were also killed in this tragedy.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the families of six British people who have sadly died following a road accident in Saudi Arabia.

Empanelment of Electronic, Online Media: Dir Info holds consultation with stakeholders

Empanelment of Electronic, Online Media: Dir Info holds consultation with stakeholders

Director Information and Public Relations, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary convened a meeting with the representatives of the TV News Channels, FM Radio, Online News Agencies and Online News Portals operating in J&K to firm up the guidelines for empanelment of electronic and online media.
The meeting held threadbare deliberations on the draft guidelines framed by the Department of Information for the empanelment of News Channels, FM Radio, Online News Agencies and Online News Portals for release of advertisements and subscription by the Department.Joint Director Information (Headquarters) Abdul Majid Zargar and other officers of the Department were also present at the meeting.
*Speaking at the meeting the Director Information said that given the fast growing reach of electronic and online media, the Department of Information has decided to frame a comprehensive policy for empanelment of News Channels, FM Radio, Online News Agencies and Online News Portals for release of advertisements which was till now restricted to only print media.
Dr Shahid said the Department of Information after seeking suggestions and views from the stakeholders across the board in this regard, has framed the draft guidelines which would be fine-tuned after further deliberations with the stakeholders.* *Today’s meeting is part of the consultative exercise so that before submitting the draft guidelines to the Government for approval and issuance of formal notification, the grey areas if any are addressed in consultation with the stakeholders,” he said and added that if the need arises the Department is open to hold further consultations with the stakeholders in this regard to put a comprehensive mechanism in place for empanelment of electronic and online media.
“We are trying to take all stakeholders on board before finalising a policy framework in this regard, as it is for the first time that the Department of Information is venturing out into an entirely new area for empanelment, which was otherwise restricted to the traditional print media,” Dr Shahid said.The representatives of News Channels, FM Radio, Online News Agencies and Online News Portals who were present at the meeting put forth various suggestions for the consideration of the DIPR for framing the Empanelment Policy.Pertinently, the Department of Information had put out a public notice on its website last month seeking suggestions and views from the stakeholders regarding framing of guidelines for empanelment of the electronic and online media for advertisements and subscription

Bureau-Chief Panin Kasheer News Network & Asia News Network

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