SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 04: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that the administration has been working round the clock and has restored all essential services across the valley which had been disrupted due to the unprecedented snowfall across the Kashmir division on Saturday.
While addressing a press briefing, he said that due to the recent and unprecedented snowfall across the Kashmir division, Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary PDD and he personally monitored essential services on an hourly basis from yesterday evening and hourly reports were sent to the Governor and Chief Secretary.
He informed that due to the snowfall, green trees had fallen on power HT lines at various places of every district which had caused power breakdown across the valley. Now, electricity supply is restored across valley except some areas of South Kashmir districts where four towers have fallen down at Lessar, Wanpoh, Shopian and Kulgam. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has already deployed their men and machinery on the spot for the restoration work so that electricity supply will be restored as soon as possible. Electricity had been restored in all hospitals and health centres across the Valley and heating system has been started there well before the due date.
He further informed that road connectivity is through to all districts including tourist spots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam except upper reaches and far-flung areas which will be cleared by BEACON within next two days. National Highway is clear upto the Banihal Tunnel. In Kulgam, 51 water supply schemes have been damaged and the same will be restored by tomorrow.
Khan said that the government has already stocked cent percent quota of ration, LPG, Kerosine, Medicine and other commodities in Leh, Kargil and other far-flung areas.
He further said that all Deputy Commissioners were directed to assess the damages of Horticulture and other allied sectors for earliest compensation to the affected farmers.
The Divisional Commissioner further informed the media that SMC had deployed an adequate number of de-watering pumps in the waterlogged areas across the city so that the inhabitants do not face any kind of problem.
He informed that government had made a committee in which Deputy Commissioner Srinagar is the head besides Additional Commissioner Kashmir and Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar are its members. The Committee will ascertain the reasons for widespread disruption of electricity supply across the valley and shall submit its report within a week’s time for the further course of necessary action.
Assembly, Parl polls to be held together possibly in May
Srinagar, Dec 11: Election Commission of India is preparing to club the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir earlier next year, while it has initiated the process for the polls.
According to a letter dispatched by the Chief Electoral Officer—a copy of which lies with The Kashmir Monitor—the district election officers have been directed to send a proposal of appointment of returning officers and assistant returning officers for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.
The letter has been sent following the Election Commission of India sought the details about the officials.
An official associated with the CEO said they have been told that the Assembly polls would be clubbed with Lok Sabha.
“The elections may be held in March or in April,” the official told The Kashmir Monitor.
The official said the poll body has directed them to start preparations for the polls.
“The security is one of the issues. On the pattern of urban local bodies and Panchayat polls, the Assembly and Parliament elections will be held in a phased manner,” the official said.
“When forces are deployed for the Lok Sabha polls in the state, it would be convenient for election authorities to hold the Assembly polls simultaneously,” the official said.
Mentioning a Supreme Court direction, the official said the outer limit for holding fresh polls after the dissolution of a House is six months.
National Conference has demanded for joint Assembly and Parliament polls, following the dissolution of the House.
The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has a six-year term while other assemblies and the Lok Sabha have a five-year term.
The term of the prematurely terminated government was to end on March 16, 2021.
The Governor, Satya Pal Malik, dissolved the Assembly shortly after the People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form a government with the support of NC and Congress.
She cited a collective strength of 56 MLAs in the 87-member House.
Militants kill 4 cops, flee with rifles in Shopian
Srinagar, Dec 11: Four J&K policemen were killed after militants attacked a police post in Zainapora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday.
A police official said a group of militants opened fire at the police post, resulting in the on spot death of three security guards and injuries to another at Zainapora.
The injured cop was taken to a local hospital where from he was referred to a hospital in Srinagar. However, he succumbed on way to Srinagar, said the official.
The policemen were inside their guard room when the militants fired at them anddecamped with their service rifles.
The slain cops were identified as Constable Anees Ahmad (Belt No. 480/SPN), resident of Kulgam, selection grade constable Abdul Majid (193/SPN), resident of Ganderbal, Constable Mehraj-ud-din (477/SPN), resident of Hajin Bandipora and constable Hameedullah (860/SPN), resident of Anantnag.
Majid was the fourth one to die in the attack.
The area was soon cordoned off and a search operation was launched.
Media reports quoting police sources said that six Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)militants led by former police officer Adil Bashir, who left the force after stealing eight rifles in October, were believed to be involved in the attack.
JeM militant outfit claimed the responsibility of the attack.
A JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan, according to a statement issued to media, said: “As per initial reports, three Indian forces (personnel) have been killed while several others critically injured.”
Hassan, according to the statement, said they snatched four rifles from the cops.
Later in the day, the wreath-laying ceremony for the slain cops took place in District Police Lines, Shopian.
“Civil and Police Officers including Munir Ahmed Khan, ADGP (Security/Law & Order/HG), IGP Kashmir S. P. Pani, DIG SKR Amit Kumar laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains and paid rich tributes to the slain cops “who made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty,” said a police spokesperson.
“Among others who paid floral tributes including SP Shopian, DC Shopian, officers and jawans of the district and officers from other forces,” the spokesman added.
Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives of policemen.
In a message Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families.
On Twitter, former chief minister Omar Abdullah too condemned the attack: “I strongly condemn the attack on the police post in Shopian &condole the deaths of three police personnel in the line of duty. I pray for their souls & for the speedy recovery of those injured in this attack (sic)”.
Peoples Conference (PC) chairman and former minister Sajad Gani Lone called the attack in Shopian another “mindless act of violence”.
Sajad tweeted: “The attack in Shopian on police personnel is yet another mindless act of violence. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty.”
BJP shaken, Congress break in
New Delhi, Dec 11: Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday suffered heavy election defeats in two states, with another on a knife edge, in a bruising day of results that exposed the party’s vulnerability less than six months before the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Ending its prolonged electoral reversals, a reinvigorated Congress produced a resilient comeback as it is on course to oust the BJP to form its governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
Madhya Pradesh, meanwhile, is witnessing a tantalisingly close fight between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.
The governing BJP vote collapsed by 17 percentage points in Rajasthan state and by at least 12 points in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, all part of the Hindi heartland where Indian governments are traditionally made or broken.
Those losses, as well as the revival of a Congress party frequently written off in the past five years, had analysts revising their predictions for next year’s national polls, which Modi had been expected to win in a cakewalk.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), on the other hand, secured a thumping majority in Telangana while MNF has defeated Congress in the latter’s last bastions in Northeast.
TRS chief K ChandrashekarRao’s gamble for early polls paid rich dividends with the ruling party winning 57 seats and leading in 30 of the 119 constituencies. The Congress-TDP alliance, ‘Prajakutami’, has won 14 seats and is leading in 7, according to the Election Commission.
Addressing a press conference later in the day, KCR said TRS would play a crucial role in the national political arena. “We dedicate this victory to the people of Telangana. This is a positive vote for us. We are going to play a very crucial role in national politics. We will give a new definition to the national political scenario” he said. Rao, who is set to return as CM for a second term, further said, “Today’s results…Telangana has shown the way to the whole nation. Today, Telangana stands (as) a non-Congress, non-BJP state.”
The outcome of the elections is significant as Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan account for 65 Lok Sabha seats, of which the BJP grabbed 62 in 2014 when the Narendra Modi wave was at its high.