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Centre should desist from tinkering with constitutional provisions: Ansari

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Srinagar, Mar 01: Peoples Conference firmly reiterates its objection to Union Cabinet’s decision to amend the Constitution Order,1954 by way of the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Amendment Order, 2019. Amending Constitutional provisions in absence of an elected government will not only have bearing on J&K’s constitutional relationship with India but also further the trust deficit between people and Centre.
In a statement issued to media, Peoples Conference General Secretary Imran Reza Ansari said that the Union Cabinet should desist from making amendments to Constitution Order, 1954 on recommendations of the Governor.
“The Governor is not an elected representative and should desist from taking Constitutional decisions, which is the prerogative of an elected Government alone. Rule is a temporary measure to carry on the day-to-day routine functions of the Government. In no way, should the Governor’s recommendation be basis for amending the Constitutional provisions, which permanently affects the constitutional relationship of the State of J&K with the Union”, he added.
Governor Satya Pal Malik recently recommended application of not only the Constitution 103rd Amendment Act, 2019 to the State of J&K, but also recommended for application of the Constitution 77th Amendment Act, 1995 on basis of which the Union Cabinet passed the Amendment Order.
Imran further said that amending the constitutional provisions applicable to the State by the Union Cabinet, without approval by an elected government, is a dangerous trend, which is bound to have serious repercussions so far as constitutional relationship of the State with the Union is concerned.


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DC Shopian suspends two forest officials

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Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.

Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties. 

 

Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.

He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.

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Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami

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Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.

“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.

“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.

 

He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.

“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.

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Dir Gen IMD meets Guv

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.

Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.

 
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