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Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths raid J&K Bank headquarters again

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Srinagar: Anti-corruption bureau sleuths, who are looking into allegations of fraudulent appointments in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Sunday again raided the financial institution’s corporate headquarters here, officials said.

On Saturday, searches were carried out at the bank’s headquarters at M A Road, soon after Parvez Ahmad was removed as its chairman by the state government.

The bureau is looking for records of nearly 1200 appointments made allegedly at the behest of political masters of the previous PDP-BJP dispensation in the state during Ahmad’s tenure as chairman, the officials said.

 

They said the bureau has registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act on the basis of a complaint on illegal and fraudulent appointments made in the bank.

The bureau’s sleuths conducted searches at the J&K Bank’s headquarters along with police personnel this morning, the officials said.

They said the ACB officials were checking files and documents related to the appointments.

The government ordered Ahmad’s dismissal and replaced him with an interim chairman R K Chibber who was executive president of the financial institution.

The allegations reflected in the complaint disclose commission of criminal misconduct by J&K Bank officers, a spokesman of the bureau said.

This constitutes offence “under section 5(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat-2006 and punishable under section 5(2) of the Act, case FIR No 10/2019 was registered in P/S Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Central Kashmir in Srinagar and investigation of the case was taken up,” he said.

Immediately after the FIR was registered, searches were conducted at the bank’s headquarters and during the operation, “documents/discriminatory material pertaining to the appointments were seized, the spokesman said on Saturday.

The government, which owns majority stake in the bank, has said the decision to remove Ahmad was part of long term measures for improving functioning of the bank in accordance with RBI guidelines.

Keeping in view the concerns expressed in various quarters regarding the governance and functioning of the bank, the government has decided to take long term measures to improve its functioning so that it becomes a shining example of a well managed government-owned bank, an official spokesman said on Saturday.


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ACB launches Call, Whatsapp helpline

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J&K Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has launched call & WhatsApp helpline number 9419678060 on which the citizens can report demands for bribe/ corruption through social messenger and also through call.

The motive of the ACB behind the announcing a WhatsApp and call helpline is to encourage citizens to report cases of corruption and bribe demands.

While launching the WhatsApp and call the helpline of Anti Corruption Bureau in Srinagar, Anand Jain, IPS, Director, Anti-Corruption Bureau said that WhatsApp has become a very popular medium of communication and people are more comfortable using WhatsApp.

 

Moreover, WhatsApp will also enable the complainant to post picture and videos of any complaints through an electronic medium in real time basis.

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Leopard strays from forest in Kishtwar, captured by wildlife dept

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Jammu, Jun 25: A leopard strayed from a forest to a road in Jammu and Kashmir”s Kishtwar district following which it was captured by the Wildlife Department, officials said.

A video went viral on social media Monday, showing the big cat walking along a road in Chingam village of Chatroo surrounded by a lush, green forest. Some men can be seen walking close behind it while capturing the unusual sight on their mobile phones.

The leopard is seen moving peacefully, unmindful of the presence of humans, and even walks past some cars whose occupants observe the animal from close quarters.

 

A department officials said the leopard was captured two days ago and it is presently under observation.

“The animal is sick and is undergoing treatment at trauma centre in Kishtwar. It is under observation and is showing signs of recovery,” the official.

District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) A S Rana appealed people to exercise caution in such a situation in order to ensure their safety as well as the safety of the wild animals.

Some netizens blamed deforestation and encroachment of animal habitat as reasons for the incident.

“This is outcome of deforestation…obviously they will come in our homes since we (have) destroyed theirs,” a Facebook user said in response to the video.

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Two lakh Indian pilgrims to perform Haj this year, 48 per cent of them women: Naqvi

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New Delhi: A record 2 lakh Indian pilgrims will perform Haj this year with more than 48 per cent of them being women, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Tuesday. More than 2,340 women will perform Haj without “Mehram” (male companion) this year, the Union minister said adding last year, this number stood at 1,180.

Arrangements have made to send these women without the lottery system, he said.

In a first, all applicants from several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, will perform Haj as “their waiting lists have been cleared due to increase in Haj quota”, the minister said.

 

“For the first time since Independence, a record number of 2 lakh Indian Muslims will go to Haj this year without any subsidy, on more than 500 flights and from 21 embarkation points across the country,” Naqvi said adding 48 per cent of them are women.

“While 1.40 lakh pilgrims will go through the Haj Committee of India, 60,000 will go through Haj Group Organisers,” he said.

A total of 19 health centres — 16 in Mecca and 3 in Madina — have been established. Besides, three hospitals in Mecca and one in Madina have been established to ensure proper health facilities to Haj pilgrims, he said.

In the two-day training programme, Haj deputationists will be given all the information about Haj pilgrimage, accommodation in Makkah and Madina, transport, health facilities, safety measures among others.

Flights for Haj will depart from Delhi, Gaya, Guwahati and Srinagar on July 4, from Bengaluru and Calicut on July 7, Goa on July 13, Cochin on July 14, Mangalore on July 17, Mumbai on July 14 and 21 and Srinagar on July 21.

In the second phase, flights will depart from Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Lucknow on July 20, Bhopal and Ranchi on July 21, Aurangabad on July 22, Kolkata and Nagpur on July 25, Hyderabad on July 26, Varanasi on July 29 and Chennai on July 31.

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