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KEG seeks PCI reinvestment in its credibility in J&K
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) suggested a visiting sub-committee of the Press Council of India (PCI) to reinvest in its efforts seriously so that its credibility in J&K is restored. One way of salvaging the credibility would be to revisit its 1991 report “Crisis and Credibility” that was a bid to undermine and subvert the institution of media in Kashmir, a statement said. The report was a sort of joint venture between the PCI and the Government of India to paint the Kashmir media corps black and sail through the wider global condemnations in wake of the mass rapes in Kunan Poshpora. “An institution mandated by law to protect and oversee the conduct of media permitted itself to be used and abused by the state apparatus to subvert an institution in Kashmir’s most challen...
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Mehbooba congratulates Kovind
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SRINAGAR, July 19: Chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti has congratulated president elect, Ram Nath Kovind on his becoming the 14th President of India. In her congratulatory message to Kovind, the chief minister said his victory marks an important milestone in the political history of the country. She said the election of Kovind reflects the empowerment of underprivileged, backward, minorities and other weaker sections of the society. Mehbooba hoped the tenure of Kovind would prove to be inspiring, encouraging and egalitarian....
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Pay minimum wages to employees, employed under MWA: SHRC to Govt
Directs CS GAD to furnish list of such employees within two months
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SRINAGAR, July 20: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday directed the government to pay minimum wages to all the employees, employed by the state government under the Minimum Wages Act. The Suo-Moto case regarding that Government is paying Rs 200 to Rs 500 per month to Contingent Paid Workers (CPW) engaged by Education department was listed before the SHRC chairperson, Justice Bilal Nazki. While passing the order under no SHRC/2017/PS/56, dated 20-07-2017, Naki directed Commissioner Secretary GAD to furnish the list of all such employees of all the departments in the state within a period of two months. “Besides, Chief Secretary is also directed to file compliance report within the same period,” Nazki in an order said. The government is also directed to pay minimum wage...
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Will provide 50 percent discount if you purchase beef from J&K, Rasheed to Parrikar
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Accusing BJP leadership of exploiting religious sentiments of Hindi community, incumbent Langate lawmaker Rasheed has said that Manohar Parikar’s statement to import beef from Karnataka and western countries has exposed Sang Parivar’s hypocrisy and real face. While addressing a public meeting at Panzgam Kupwara on Thursday Rasheed said, “Those killing Muslims in the name of Cows need to answer whether Cows are holy only at places where BJP and Sang Parivar deems them so?” “If cow is holy in Gujarat how is slaughtering animals fair in Karnataka or any other part of world. Manohar Parikar’s proposal to import beef to Goa is ample proof to conclude that BJP is crying cow protection only as a political slogan to divide Hindu’s and Muslims for electoral gains,” Rasheed sai...
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KEG seeks PCI reinvestment in its credibility in J&K
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) suggested a visiting sub committee of the Press Council of India (PCI) to reinvest in its efforts seriously so that its credibility in J&K is restored. One way of salvaging the credibility would be to revisit its 1991 report “Crisis and Credibility” that was a bid to undermine and subvert the institution of media in Kashmir. The report was a sort of joint venture between the PCI and the Government of India to paint the Kashmir media corps black and sail through the wider global condemnations in wake of the mass rapes in Kunan. “An institution mandated by law to protect and oversee the conduct of media permitted itself to be used and abused by the state apparatus to subvert an institution in Kashmir’s most challenging phase of history,” KEG ...
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Physical tests for SIs of Jammu Province
Process to start from August 22 at Sports Stadium Doda
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Police Recruitment Board for SIs has informed the candidates belonging to Jammu Province that the Physical Standard Test and Physical Endurance Test for the post of Sub inspector will be conducted as per the schedule already notified The tests will begin at Sports Stadium Doda for DKR Range from August 22,2017 to August 25,2017. Candidates belonging to Udhampur- Reasi Range will undergo the said tests at DPL Udhampur from August 28 to 30, 2017.Rajouri-Poonch Range candidates will be put to tests from September 7 to 10,2017 at DPL Rajouri and the tests for candidates of JKS Range will be held at Gulshan Ground Jammu from September 13 to 20,2017. Eligible candidates can download their admit cards from J&K Police Website (www.jkpolice.gov.in) from July 25, 2017. Board ha...
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Zulfkar grieves former parliamentarian Shabir Ahmad Salaria's demise
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today expressed his condolences on the demise of veteran political stalwart Advocate Shabir Ahmad Salaria. The deceased was a former Rajya Sabha member and was a well established advocate in the State’s High Court. Lauding the contribution of Shabir Salaria in the religious, social and political spheres of Jammu and Kashmir, Zulfkar said his immense contribution in social and economic uplift of his people would be remembered for long. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the Minister prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul....
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Dy Speaker for expediting RDD works in Gurez
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi today convened a meeting of the senior officers of Rural Development Department to review the functioning of the department in Gurez valley. The meeting was attended by Director Rural Development Kashmir, Gazanfer Ali, Joint Director Planning, Rural Development and PR, S. Shabir Shafi, Assistant Commissioner Development, Bandipora, Mohammad Jahangir Khanday and concerned officers. The Deputy Speaker directed the Director Rural Development to provide adequate funds sanction under Centre and State sponsored schemes, including MGNEREGA for Gurej so that all pending works can be started immediately. Gurezi said that there is acute shortage of staff in Gurez and asked the director to depute required staff in the off...
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Chief Secretary stresses CoS on timely submission of UCs
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SRINAGAR, July 20: Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Thursday underlined the importance of submitting utilization certificates (UCs) on time to pave way for speedy and effective implementation of various Centrally Sponsored Schemes. Chairing the meeting of the Committee of Secretaries (CoS), here, Chief Secretary urged Administrative Secretaries to ensure that project-wise UCs are submitted and bottlenecks if any in the utilisation of funds removed immediately. Chief Secretary observed that the Finance and Planning Departments released 50% funds of the revenue and Capex budget in the month of February, 2017, authorizing expenditure to be made from 1st April, 2017, to enable the departments to take advantage of the early release and ensure early tendering and execution of work on ground. Whil...
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GST awareness session organised
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KISHTWAR/SRINAGAR, July 19: The district administration under the chairmanship of DDC Ghulam Nabi Balwan organized awareness cum interactive session on Goods and Services Tax, here today. SSP Kishtwar Sandeep Wazir, CPO Yasir Balwan, ACD Garbhi Rashied Dar, Tehsildar Kishtwar Irshad Butt besides traders, contractors and DDO's of various departments attended the camp. Nodal Officer Pawan Parihar, CEO Kishtwar Development Authority and resource person, Shrawan Kumar, Inspector Commercial Taxes and master trainer GST briefed the participants about new GST model, it's rules and regulations, impact on tax structures, registration including migration into new GST regime which is in place in the state from July 8,2017. It was further informed that the registration of DDO's involved in purcha...
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Drabu for incentivizing JK's skilled labour
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SRINAGAR, July 19: Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu today said the revision of minimum wages for the scheduled employments should be effected in accordance with the skills, inflation and other economic factors. "There should be reasonable hike for all labor classes in accordance with the inflation and other economic factors," Dr Drabu said while chairing a meeting of the State Advisory Board for Revision of Minimum Wages. He said the skilled labor should be incentivized and the grounds for hike in the wages should be based on Consumer Price Index (CPI). The meeting was convened to take a call on revision of minimum rates of wages for scheduled employments. The Finance Minister said the revision in rates should improve the quality of life of different categories of workers. He dir...
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Governor congratulates SKUAST-J for emerging as a ranking Farm University
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SRINAGAR, July 19: Governor NN Vohra, Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu, congratulated Prof Pradeep K Sharma, Vice-Chancellor and all his colleagues, for the University securing the 10th rank among the State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and 15th amongst all Agricultural Universities including SAUs, State Veterinary Universities and ICAR Institutes, in a ranking status prepared by ICAR for the year 2016-17. Governor also complimented the VC and his colleagues for the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, RS Pura, being awarded with “Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Rashtriya Vigyan Protshahan Puraskar 2016-17” from among all KVKs in Zone 1 which comprises the States of J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Punjab. Governor advised the Faculty, student...
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Zulfkar inaugurates FCS&CA surveillance system, TA centres
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SRINAGAR, July 19: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today inaugurated Command Control Room and Tehsil Accounts Section here at FCS&CA Directorate. The Minister was accompanied by Secretary FCS&CA Shafiq Raina, Director FCS&CA Nisar Ahmad Wani and other concerned officers of the Department. The Minister was informed that the system has been introduced in two-phases and in the inaugural phase 12 surveillance cameras have been installed at Directorate and three at Gulab Bagh godowns, while the second phase would be started next month. While hailing the surveillance system setup, the Minister said establishing Command Control Room (CCR) is a big step towards ensuring greater transparency in the functioning of the Departm...
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Firing victim succumbs in SKIMS
Tral shuts for 4th day over militant killings
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ANANTNAG, July 18: An elderly man who was injured in army firing in Bijbehara town on Monday succumbed to injuries today. Muhammad Abdullah Ganai, aged 60, suffered critical injuries after the army opened fire during a brawl between them and civilians over the thrashing of a Scooty rider. Ganai was immediately shifted to sub-district hospital Bijbehara where from doctors referred him to Bone and joint hospital Srinagar. After being treated for multiple fractures at B and J hospital he was referred to SKIMS for advanced treatment where he succumbed today evening. "The injured man succumbed to injuries at around 5 pm today. Besides suffering multiple fractures he had suffered a huge blood loss," a doctor told Kashmir Times. As soon as the news about his death spread in his native area...
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Tourism Deptt holds live demonstration of Islamic Calligraphic works at Jamia Masjid
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SRINAGAR, July 17: The department of tourism Kashmir organized an on-site live demonstration of Islamic Calligraphic works of noted artists and students at newly constructed Tourism Information Centre near Jamia Masjid Srinagar here. The event known as Khush Khat- a celebration of Islamic Calligraphy in Kashmir was inaugurated by the oldest surviving calligrapher from Srinagar Mohammad Amin in presence of Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah, Secretary J&K Academy of Culture, Art and Languages Dr Aziz Hajini, INTACH's JK convener Saleem Beg besides known artists, citizens and journalists. The event is being organized in collaboration with Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and INTACH state chapter. Around 50 students from different schools of the downtown Srinagar, artists from ...
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DG ICSI calls on Altaf Bukhari, discusses overseas career opportunities for youth
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SRINAGAR, July 17: The Director General, International Chamber for Service Industry (ICSI), Gulshan Kumar today called on Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari here to discuss overseas career opportunities for the unemployed youth of the State through Union Ministry of Commerce and Industries. The Director General said that ICSI aims at overhauling the skill of the youth by imparting vocational education and generating employment avenues to the youth. During the Meeting, various programmes for empowering and providing employment opportunities to the unemployed youth of the State were discussed in detail. The Minister appreciated the role of ICSI and said that proposed programmes would be fruitful as our youth have considerable potential and capabilities to excel in any fie...
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PSI photographers capture Kashmir’s beauty
Will showcase Valley’s beauty in photo exhibition in Mumbai
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SRINAGAR, July 17: The beauty of Kashmir has attracted photographers from across India who for over a week have been capturing the beautiful landscape of the Valley in their lenses. A group of 19 photographers associated with Photography Society of India (PSI) who arrived in Srinagar early this month on July 8 have so far visited both the famous and lesser known destinations of Valley for photography. The photographers visited Pahalgam, Aru Valley, Betab Valley, Baisaran, Chandanwari, Manasbal Lake, Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake, Bandipora, Gurez, Doodpahthri, Yusmarg, besides Muhgal gardens in Srinagar. Earlier, the Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah had an interaction with the photographers inside Nishat Garden where he briefed them about the Kashmir’s tourism potential. He briefed t...
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Govt slashes fee by 50% for Nursing, Architecture courses
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SRINAGAR, July 17: The Government today accorded sanction to 50 percent reduction in fee for Nursing and Architecture courses in Nursing Colleges at Srinagar and Jammu with additional 50 percent rebate for BPL category students. According to an order issued by the Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, the annual fee for BSc Nursing course has been reduced from Rs 65000 to Rs 32500 and from Rs 65000 to Rs 15000 for BPL category students. Whereas, he said that for BSc Architecture course, the annual fee has been reduced from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50000 and for students of BPL category it will be Rs 25000 only. Further, it was said that 10 percent seats shall be filled up on nomination basis by Higher Education Department....
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‘Govt mulls to create Hangul corridor in JK’
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SRINAGAR, July 17: Government is mulling to create linkage-connectivity in various wildlife areas to pave way for Hangul corridor across Kashmir region. This was stated by Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh while chairing 12th Standing Committee Board meeting for State Board for Wildlife at civil secretariat here. The meeting was informed that proposals have been formulated for connecting various wildlife areas for the genetic connectivity of isolated population with the main population of Dachigam National Park. The officials said that the magnificent Kashmiri Red Stag or Hangul would get protection with the establishment of the corridor. Known for its giant antlers bearing 11 to 16 points, Hangul has been hunted over centuries and its habitat destroyed,...
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Zulfkar asks petrol pump owners to ensure quality services
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SRINAGAR, July 17: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information Department, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today asked the petrol pump dealers to ensure quality services failing with their licenses would be suspended. Chairing a review meeting with the representatives of various oil companies, the Minister said he has received several complaints from various quarters mentioning that there are some petrol pumps who fail to provide their consumers with basic facilities like clean washroom, drinking facility and free air facility at their stations. The Minister said as per oil companies marketing disciplinary guidelines for running any petrol pump following these norms is mandatory. Zulfkar Ali directed the concerned to issue a Government circular in this regard ...
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‘Women and Leadership’ conference begins at KU
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SRINAGAR, July 17: A two-day conference titled ‘Women and Leadership’ began at the University of Kashmir on Monday. The national-level conference, organized by University’s Women’s Studies Center in collaboration with All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) New Delhi, was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi. This is for the first time since the foundation of AIWC in 1927 that it has organised a conference in Kashmir. “It is heartening to know that in its recorded history of 90 years, the AIWC decided to hold a conference in Kashmir and chose our University as its venue,” said Prof Andrabi. He said such conferences provide an opportunity for meaningful deliberations and “I hope the benefits of this conference would percolate down to grassroots for the overall benefit ...
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Flood fund spent on unapproved works: CAG Report
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SRINAGAR, July 17: A sizeable share from the Prime Minister’s “developmental” package for reconstruction of public sector infrastructure damaged during 2014 floods has been spent in clear violation of laid down guidelines, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has revealed in its latest report. The report on performance audit of disaster management for 2016 has found that Rs 42.24 crore of Special Plan Assistance (SPA) were utilized on works and items which were not covered under the scheme. Following the deluge, New Delhi as part of the package released Rs 1000 crore for rebuilding damaged infrastructure. “However Rs 42.24 crore of SPA were utilized on works and items which were not covered under the SPA guidelines,” reads the CAG report. At least 79 works which were not dam...
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Postponement of interview
Job aspirants seek Education minister’s intervention
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SRINAGAR, July 17: Job aspirants who have applied for different posts under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA) Monday while seeking the intervention of Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari appealed him to conduct a free and fair interview for these posts. RMSA scheme was launched in the State of Jammu & Kashmir in 2009 with the objective to enhance access to secondary education and to improve its quality. The job aspirants who appeared here press enclave Srinagar said that they applied for different posts advertised by the Department of Education under RMSA scheme last year. “The interview process was postponed without our prior knowledge and since then we have been smelling something foul. We have been feeling as influential ‘usurpers’ want to deprive us from getting the...
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Use technical expertise to achieve better results: Naeem
SRINAGAR, July 17 Minister for Public Works (R&B) Naeem Akhtar today asked the concerned to use their technical skills for achieving better results with less resource. Speaking at a meeting to review the status of works undertaken by the Department in district Rajouri, the Minister said State engineers need to bring in the elements of engineering that they have read in their books. He said by proper utilization of their technical expertise they could satisfy large population with fever resources. Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Information Department Choudhary Zulfkar Ali was also present in the meeting. Seeking an update on construction of Budhal-Shopian road, the Minister was informed that tenders for consultancy have been floated in this regard. ...
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Govt committed to boost JK's industrial sector: Dy CM
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SRINAGAR, July 17: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said that the government is committed to provide the requisite support to the industrial sector so that their activities get the requisite boost which would result in the elevation of the economy of the State besides creating the job opportunities to the people. The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with the deputation of Federation of Industries (Jammu) led by its Chairman Rajesh Jain, Co-Chairman, Lalit Mahajan and Secretary General, Ajay Langar. The deputationists while projecting several demands highlighted the need of extending the Central package of incentives under the GST regime to the State besides also waving off the surcharge for the closed units. They also demanded the installation of 50MVA transformer at ...
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