|Grenade attack at police station|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 24: Militants this evening hurled a grenade at a police station in Kakapora of Pulwama district.
SSP Pulwama Rayees Bhat said that the grenade was hurled at Kakapora police station but it exploded outside without causing any damage....|
|Guest Control fine, now ban dowry menace, people tell govt|
|Order ‘half baked’, social evils rampant in Kashmir Society|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 22: A day after the government put a slab on the number of guests to be invited in marriages and parties, people today hailed the decision, suggesting government to focus on the dowry system that has led to the suicides in the past.
The Kashmir News Service (KNS) correspondent talked to the people from all walks of life who hailed the order issued by the government while some among termed the order as half done.
Talking to reporters, Ghulam Muhammad, an elderly person who sell dry fruits at Maharaja Bazar said, “I am happy with the decision taken by the government of the state but the government should also ban the dowry system in the state.”
While hailing the decision, he said that inviting guests is not a big issue but some people who loot the family of bride’s should ...|
|Altaf Bukhari vows to make education as a meaningful national investment|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 22: Exuding full confidence on the ability and academic excellence of the teachers’ community in the State, Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today appealed them to focus on the overall personality development of the students in the state.
Speaking at a one day workshop on “Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme” organised by the Higher Education Department at SKICC, Srinagar today , the Minister for Education, said that he will explore all avenues to help out needy students from primary to university level so that financial constraints do not stop brilliant boys and girls from attaining regular education anywhere in the country.
Bukhari observed that the teachers and students shall be helping him in devising a vision for J&K Education. “It shall neve...|
|Unhygienic toilets at Srinagar airport cause hardships to travelers|
|Appeal higher ups to intervene|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 21: With the unclean toilets, the Sheikh ul Alam International Airport here have come under severe criticism with the passengers alleging it to be a reason of immense hardships.
The travelers travelling via different airlines had accused the authorities of ignoring their plights and demand immediate redress of genuine grievances.
It is worth to mention here that Sheikh ul Alam International Airport is juggling the 2nd rank in the world having sophisticated and well built Airport besides having all the necessities for travelers inside its auditorium.
According to the KNS correspondent, Waseem Majnoon Mir, the passengers said that the International airport is lacking basic facilities for those who had to wait to wait outside for their flight or the attendants who visit ther...|
|Govt committed to uplift weaker sections of society: Andrabi|
|ANANTNAG, Feb 21: Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, PHE and Irrigation & Flood Control, Syed Farooq Andrabi today said the present dispensation is committed for the upliftment of weaker and vulnerable sections of the society for overall and inclusive development of the State.
The Minister was speaking during a meeting to review the implementation various welfare schemes of Rural Development Department, NRLM and Swachh Bharat Mission works in Dooru Constituency.
During the meeting, the Minister was apprised about various welfare and developmental schemes being implemented in the Constituency. It was informed in the meeting that in Dooru, under MGNREGA as many as 199 development works were completed at a cost of Rs 8.90 crore during the current fiscal, generating 139739 man-days in thre...|
|DC for intensifying market checking in Srinagar|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 21: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, today directed the officers to intensify market checking in Srinagar to curb black marketing, profiteering and hoarding of essential commodities.
DC was speaking in a meeting to discuss measures for regulating price of essentials in the city. He directed the officers to constitute seven special market checking squads who would be equipped with latest testing and weighing machines to check any violation of set norms.
It was said that strict action as per law shall be initiated against erring traders. The meeting was informed that FCS&CA Department has revised the retail price of different varieties of imported fish within the municipal limits of Srinagar.
The DC directed the FCS&CA officers to publish rates of essenti...|
|DC chairs DLRC meeting|
|SHOPIAN, Feb 21: District Development Commissioner Shopian, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri today chaired District Level Review Committee (DLRC) meeting to review the performance of various financial institutions operating in the district and achievements made under District Credit Plan.
The meeting was informed that the Credit-Deposit (CD) Ratio for third quarter stands at 99.94 percent, while as deposits over previous quarter have increased by 33.63 percent and advances have decreased by 8.34 percent in the district.
It was given out in the meeting that since the inception of KCC Scheme in Shopian, banks have disbursed 43527 loan cases amounting to Rs 882.80 crore. Similarly, under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana as many as 57933 bank accounts have been opened in the district.
On the occasion, th...|
|NHPC holds free medical camp at Uri|
|URI, Feb 21: National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Limited Uri-I Power Station today organised a free medical-cum-vaccination camp at Government Secondary School, Gingle Uri under Corporate Social Responsibility initiative.
General Manager Uri-I Power Station inaugurated the camp in the presence of Principal GSS Gingle, senior officers of NHPC and locals of the area.
During the camp free medicines were distributed among 286 patients, while as anti-flu vaccines were administered to 30 patients. Large number of patients was examined by senior doctors.
On the occasion, the General Manager emphasised on creating more health related awareness among locals and informed that more such medical camps would be conducted for the benefit of local populace....|
|Inappropriate prescribing of psychiatric drugs harming patients: DAK|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 21: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said that inappropriate prescribing of psychiatric drugs for mental health problems are causing serious harm to patients.
Raising concern, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that unnecessary use of psychiatric medications are putting patients at risk of serious adverse effects.
You go to a doctor with a sleeping issue or unhappiness; you will walk away with a prescription for psychiatric drugs.
While most of the mental health issues can be effectively treated by “psychotherapy”, doctors in Kashmir continue to dole out psychotropic drugs.
This is because most of the primary care doctors and non-psychiatrists are not aware of this non-drug treatment path.
Even the psychiatrists, more often than not, rely solely...|
|Budgam Police crack whip against drug peddlers|
|Recover 1000 codeine bottles, SSP says drive to continue|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Continuing its efforts against drug menace, Budgam Police on Sunday received an input regarding transportation of narcotic drugs from Srinagar City towards Budgam town.
Acting swiftly on the information, a Naka was laid near Sheikhpora petrol pump.
During checking, a vehicle Mahindra load carrier bearing Regd. No. JK01D-2650 was intercepted & approx. 1000 bottles of codeine phosphate recovered from the possession of two persons namely Rashid Ahmad Sheikh son of Gh Rasool Sheikh of Hazratbal Srinagar and Mohammad Aslam Mir son of Sonaullah Mir of Ichgam Budgam.
A case FIR No. 33/17 U/S 8/21 NDPS Act has been lodged in P/S Budgam and both the persons arrested, load carrier in question has been seized.
This consignment of drugs has actually been transported through a...|
|Teachers Forum congratulate Altaf Bukhari|
|Ask him to reform Edu Deptt, full their demands|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: An extra ordinary session of Jammu & Kashmir Teachers forum was conveyed under the chair of Chairman Abdul Qayoom Wani at Jammu.
The session welcomed and congratulated Syed Altaf Bukhari for holding portfolio of Education and it was hoped that Syed Altaf Bukhari.
The Education Minister shall garner all his capabilities for initiating concrete steps to bring reform in the department. Since the department was passing through uncertainty for the last two years as choking of ethical values, playing with honor of teachers, Politicizing the future of students and backing of officers having wolves nature and morally corrupt had caused a great damage to the department.
So it is the need of the hour to a refresh and make the department child centered, Restoration of ethical ...|
|Resolution to declare holiday on Hari Singh’s Birthday awaits govt nod|
|File under consideration at GAD as Deputy Chairman asks Govt. to respond|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: The resolution passed unanimously by the upper house in Jammu and Kashmir over declaring state holiday on the birth anniversary of Maharaja Hari Sigh- the last dogra king of the state, is pending with the government and is awaiting the final nod.
Top sources within the state dispensation told that on day when the Legislative Council passed the resolution, its details were sent by the secretary Assembly to Secretary General Administrative Department. “It is a general procedure that wherever a resolution is passed in the Upper house of the state legislature, its details are forwarded the GAD for further action. The resolution pertaining to declaring state holiday on Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday has also been sent to the GAD for further action thereof,” sources within th...|
|JK looses 1900 Crores to incomplete projects|
|670 Dev projects worth 3100 crores gather dust, action a distant dream|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: There were as many as 670 developmental projects costing rupees one crore or above which had overshot their scheduled completion dates due to which the state exchequer has lost around 1900 crores.
The official documents in possession of KNS reveal that the incomplete projects had a total sanctioned cost of rupees 3100 crores approximately and an extra amount of rupees 1901.52 crores had been expended on these incomplete projects.
Furthermore, in respect of six projects of Public Works Department (PWD), 41 projects of PHE and six projects of PDD divisions, the cost was revised upwards by a whooping rupees 224.92 crores. However, there were no specific reasons given over the revising of the costs of the pending projects.
The documents reveal that for public works in Jam...|
|BJP raising Rohingya refugees issue to defend its weak stand on WP Refugees: MLA Langate|
|SRINAGAR Feb 19: Reacting sharply to BJP’s intentions to communalise the issue of Rohingya refugees in Jammu, MLA Langate Rasheed has accused BJP of raising the issue to defend its weak stand on west Pakistani refugees.
In a statement issued today, Rasheed rejected the version put forward by the BJP state president Satpal Sharma in a seminar held in Jammu, wherein he had communalised the Rohingya refugee issue and called it a conspiracy to change the demography of the state.
Rasheed said “while few hundred Rohingya refugees are residing temporarily in Jammu after facing the ethnic cleansing at the hands of Myanmar Government, there are thousands of non state subjects living in Jammu city and its vicinity. If central and state governments truly want the non state subjects to leave the ...|
|Steering committee of CUCET-2017 holds meeting|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: A meeting of the Steering Committee of the CUCET-2017 consortium comprising 11 Central Universities from across the country was held at Gulmarg.
Seven Vice-Chancellors and representatives of these Central Universities discussed and approved the modalities in respect of the upcoming Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET-2017). The admission notice for the various programmes offered by these universities is expected to be put online by the middle of March, 2017 and entrance test is tentatively scheduled for the 3rd week of May.
During the meeting, the decision of the Central University of Kashmir to conduct the admission tests for some integrated programmes on their own immediately following the declaration of the 12th class results was appreciated keeping...|
|Book exhibition concludes|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: A 2-day book exhibition organized by Directorate of School Education Kashmir concluded at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School Kothibagh in Srinagar today.
Director School Education Kashmir, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, who had inaugurated the exhibition, stressed the teachers to inculcate the habit of book reading in students. He said efforts are afoot to make libraries and book reading habit a living reality of education in Kashmir. He said the department has entrusted the selection of books to experts of different subjects who have been selected from the educational institutions of the valley.
During the exhibition, 50 book sellers and publishers had set up their stalls which were visited by a large number of students, teachers and general book lovers....|
|Rs 28.09 cr spent on dev works in Bandipora|
|BANDIPORA, Feb 19: An amount of Rs 28.09 crore has been spent on various development projects and welfare schemes in the district up to January 2017.
This was stated during a review meeting held under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner, Sajad Hussain, here today.
The meeting took stock of physical and financial achievements registered under Health, Education, PHE, R&B, Power, Rural Development, Irrigation and other sectors in the district.
It was informed that Rs 12.39 crore were incurred under MGNREGA, Rs 2.56 crore under RMSA, Rs 2.29 crore under R&B and Rs 1.39 crore under Health.
The DDC impressed upon the officers to speed up their efforts and ensure completion of all ongoing developmental works within the stipulated period. He asked officers to submit their pr...|
|DC approves Rs 627.79 cr Potential Linked Credit Plan for 2017-18|
|BUDGAM, Feb 19: District Development Commissioner, Mir Altaf Rs 627.79 crore Ahmad, today chaired 58th District Level Review Committee meeting to review the progress of line departments and Banks with respect to economic development of the district.
Officers of concerned departments, DDM NABARD, representatives from RBI, Cluster Head of J&K Bank and District Coordinators of various Banks operating in the district attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed in detail progress and achievements made by the Banks in implementation of various government sponsored schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, MUDRA Yojana, Fasal Bhima Yojana, NULM and Stand-up India.
Giving details about performance of Banks, as on December 2016, operating in the district, it was informed that total deposits...|
|PWD to usher in greater transparency, accountability: Naeem Akhtar|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Minister for Public Works, Naeem Akhtar today called for employing latest project management techniques for timely completion of projects in key sectors.
Speaking at a review meeting of the R&B Department Kashmir here, the Minister set timeline for completion of all the ongoing projects while laying focus on quality execution of works and adopting proper design methodology.
The Minister took a comprehensive review of the projects being executed by the PWD in R&B, Health, Education and under Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
Akhtar said his aim would be to accelerate development in the State and bring transparency and public accessibility in the working of the PWD. “I will be looking forward to leading a team that believes in its capabilities so that developmental activitie...|
|ADGP Armed inaugurates newly constructed building at Zewan|
|SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Additional Director General of Police Armed J&K LT Mohanti inaugurated newly constructed building of Bore Well-2nd in the Armed Complex Zewan.
The ADGP was accompanied by Commandant JKAP 9th Battalion, Shailender Singh-SSP / Estates Commandant APC Zewan and Commandant JKAP-12thBn Bakar Samoon.
Among others Dy Commandant JKAP 9th Bn Hamidullah Sheikh, Dy. Commandant JKAP-12th Bn Muneer Ahmad, DYSP, JKAP-9th Bn Devender Singh, DySP JKAP-9th Bn Sunil Singh, DYSP JKAP-9th Bn Faraz Hussain, DySP JKAP-12th Bn Rigzin Sundop and other officers were also present on the occasion....|