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DC, SSP Bandipora rule out use of chemical weapons in Bandipora encounter

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Srinagar, Nov 22: The reports submitted by the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora and the SSP Bandipora before the state human rights commission (SHRC) have ruled out the use of chemical weapons while fighting militants in an encounter on September 20 this year in which five militants were killed but admits forces use snipers, guns and also the IEDs to eliminate militants.
The response has come in reply to the notices sent by SHRC after a petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo under number SHRC/330/BPR/2018.
According to the Deputy Commissioner Bandipora’s report, on September 20, 2018, on the basis of information about the presence of five militants at village Shokhbaba, Bandipora a joint cordon was launched by police army and the CRPF and the laid down SOP was followed and the civilians who were stuck were first evacuated.
Similarly, the report filed the SSP Bandipora reads that the militants opened fire on forces but the forces first evacuated civilians stuck in the compound where militants were hiding. In the encounter all five militants were killed.
The report reads that LMG, INSAS, Ak-47 and IED were used against the militants. The petitioner had sought details as to whether forces were using chemical weapons to kill the militants during encounters.
Reacting to the reply, the petitioner said that it was so unfortunate that forces are using IEDs to blow up houses where militants hide. He said is it that the IEDs are so powerful that besides razing the houses they burn the bodies of militants beyond recognition? “I urge the commission to seek a detailed report from the Government of India over this serious issue,” he said. “Use of IEDs against militants is not only unfortunate but a war crime.”


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‘Modi, Shah to chair party’s strategy meet for upcoming polls in Kashmir’

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Ahead of Parliamentary and Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah would hold a meeting with state BJP leaders to discuss the strategy for the polls.

A BJP leader said that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would seek feedback from the state party leaders for the upcoming polls. “They would discuss how to go with Parliamentary and Assembly polls,” the BJP leader said.

The Parliamentary and Assembly elections are due in April-May. The BJP leader said that they are eyeing on few seats in Kashmir. “There is likely to be pre-poll alliance with the Peoples Conference.

But still the BJP wants to win few seats from Kashmir on its own,” the BJP leader said. The BJP leader said that BJP has made inroads into the Valley for the last few years. “We have so many panchayat and urban local bodies constituencies. We also managed to make the Mayor from the Peoples Conference,” the BJP leader said.

The BJP leader said that the Prime Minister and the BJP National President will also elicit opinion from the party leaders on whether to go for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly in April-May or defer the Assembly elections by a couple of months.

“The BJP’s preparations for the elections including retaining three Lok Sabha seats out of six it won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and annex more will figure at the high level review meeting of the party. Similar will be the discussions on the Assembly elections as the party had won 25 seats in 2014 Assembly elections but now it wants to cross the figure of 30 though publicly the party will set the target of 44 i.e. majority mark,” the BJP leader said.

From Jammu and Kashmir, State BJP president, Ravinder Raina and General Secretary (Organizations) Ashok Koul are expected to attend the meeting.

This meeting will be joined by Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary and party’s points man on Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, Lok Sabha member from Jammu-Poonch, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ravinder Raina, Ashok Koul and some other senior party leaders from the State.

The source said that a final decision vested with the Election Commission, which has to hold Assembly polls within six months of dissolution of the House.

As the Assembly was dissolved on November 21, the elections have to be held before May 21, 2019.

According to sources, a date for visits of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to Jammu and Kashmir will be decided by the party leaders in coming days.
While Modi is scheduled to visit the State for laying foundation stone or inauguration of some projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP) etc, Shah is likely to address the party workers meeting and hold deliberations with senior party leaders to discuss the strategy for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

“Political situation in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections including strategy of other major stakeholders like National Conference, PDP, Congress, People’s Conference and some small players, will also be discussed at the meeting,” the source said.

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Don’t allow employees to keep their service books : Govt directs DDOs

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Srinagar, Dec 13: The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed all drawing and disbursing officers to keep the service books of the employees working in their jurisdiction in their own control and not to allow the employees to keep their service books in their custody.

They have been warned of serious action if they allow any employee to keep the service book under his/her personal custody.

The General Administration Department on Thursday issued a Government Circular vide Number 51-GAD of 2018 Dated 13_12_2018 stating that,

“The service-book of a Government servant is an important document to record all the events in his/her entire service career from the date of his appointment till his retirement. As per Article 266 of J&K Civil Service Regulations, 1956, the service-book of a Government employee is required to be kept in the custody of the concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officer.”

The order further reads, “It has been observed in some cases that original service books are not being kept in the custody of the Drawing and

Disbursing Officers but are being retained by the officers/officials in their personal custody which is contrary to the rules/procedure.”

Impressing upon all the Administrative Secretaries/Heads of the Departments to ensure proper custody of service-books of the Government employees working under their administrative control as per the procedure laid down in J&K Civil Service Regulations,” the order reads “Any deviation from the extant rules shall be viewed seriously.”

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10+2 contractual lecturers demand regularisation

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Srinagar, Dec 13: The 10+2 contractual lecturers on Thursday asked the government to regularise their services at an earliest.
Staging a protest at the Press Enclave here, under the banner of All J&K Contractual Lecturers (10+2) Forum, they raised slogans in favour of their demands.

Carrying placards, they said the government should regularise them as per the Civil Services Special Provision Act 2010.“The government should regularise us without any delay. We have been asking for it for a long time, while we have been suffering because of the authorities’ casual approach,” said Javaid Ahmad, a lecturer.

“All lecturers have been appointed after qualifying the examination. The examination was conducted by Director School Education Kashmir. We shall be allowed to work in the education department till the matter is resolved,” said President of the forum, Gurjeet Singh.

Singh, referring to the government order of 2003, said, “It is mentioned in it that the lecturers appointed on academic arrangement against this order will be regularised after three years.”

“In 2003, the term academic arrangement was changed to contractual. In 2009, General Administration Department issued an order, where it was mentioned that persons appointed on contractual basis under the order of 2003 will continue with their services till further orders,” he maintained.

They said they met the former chief secretary and advisors to the governor to discuss their demand.

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