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Ensure road safety, improved mobility: Dr Samoon to officers






Srinagar, Oct 16: Principal Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Departments Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon Tuesday directed the officers to ensure safety of commuters and improved mobility within the state.

The Principal Secretary was speaking during a meeting to review the traffic management in connection with the Durbar move.

The meeting was attended by Dr Manmohan Singh, Managing Director JKSRTC, RTO Kashmir, Additional Secretary, ARTOs of Anantnag, Kulgam and other concerned.


Transport Commissioner SP Vaid, RTO Jammu, ARTO Udhampur, ARTO Ramban, Dysp Traffic Ramban and other officials participated in the meeting via video conferencing.

Dr Samoon directed MD SRTC to ensure deployment of a sufficient number of buses and trucks for the smooth transition of Darbar from Srinagar to Jammu. He instructed that extra buses and trucks be kept available during the Move days besides an adequate number of cranes, mobile workshops, recovery vans, be deployed en-route along with necessary equipment and staff to meet any exigency.

He also called for the deployment of additional buses and cabs for passengers who travel through train to Banihal for Jammu journey.

The Principal Secretary also called for taking up the issue of repairing damaged patches on national highway particularly in Banihal-Ramban stretch with road construction companies for the smooth movement of vehicular traffic.

He also asked the RTOs of Kashmir, Jammu to ensure taxi operators don’t overcharge from the passengers and called for deploying special teams of traffic and transport department at cab boarding stations besides ensuring the rate lists are pasted on every cab and bus service operating on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

While saying that haphazard parking of trucks and other vehicles on the roadside along the highway adds to the traffic jams, Dr Samoon stressed on the officers to explore possibilities of parking slots near the highway.

“It will help us to manage the traffic smoothly and will help us in allowing traffic in a coordinated way whenever there is severe traffic jam or road is closed. The vehicles will then proceed from there on first-come, first-go basis,” he told meeting.

Regarding the frequent accidents on Banihal-Ramban stretch, Dr Samoon directed for taking stringent measures so that drivers don’t resort to overloading and over speeding in these areas. He also called for fixing responsibility of officers under whose jurisdiction these accidents occur besides called for a detailed report on the causes of accidents.

Transport Commissioner Dr Vaid called for erecting protection walls at vulnerable places on the highway to minimize the accidents. He also raised various points regarding the smooth regulation of traffic.



Adv Ganai urges stakeholders to work for developing robust education system




Srinagar, Mar 21: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday urged the stakeholders— including private schools to work efficiently for providing quality education to the student community at all levels.

Speaking to scores of delegations during a day-long public hearing under the aegis of Governor’s Public Grievance cell, here at Church Lane, Ganai emphasized that robust education sector was vital for overall growth of the state.

During the camp, the Advisor met around 40 delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division—who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.


A delegation of Private School Association of Jammu and Kashmir led by its president, GN War appraised the Advisor about various initiatives in the private schools. He sought education-friendly decisions from the government to encourage education providers. The delegation suggested that there was a dire need of establishing State Education Council—which could work for the betterment of the educational sector in the State.  

Lauding the efforts of the private schools, Ganai said that it was commendable the way private schools stakeholders were providing quality education despite many odds. He said that Jammu and Kashmir could become a hub of educational activities only when all the stakeholders would come forward and work for the betterment of educational sector.

The Advisor also received feedback from the delegation about the facilities available in their schools.
Interacting with delegation, Ganai urged them to observe ‘Punctuality Week’ in schools from 1 to 6 April.  He said the schools need to be made a place where the children are willing to go and attend their classes regularly.

Meanwhile, several other delegations including delegation from Pahoo Pulwma, Soibugh, Budgam, Anjuman Falah Islam, Harwan, Srinagar, delegations of FOs from Department of Horticulture, Delegation of Sarpanchs, Delegation from NGO Sunrise, Delegation of PhD scholars of Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir. Deputations from various areas including Soura, Bandipora, Sopore, Ganderbal among other areas also called on the advisor and apprised him about various issues of their areas.

Ganai said that Governor’s Administration was taking every possible step to ensure quality education was provided to students at all the levels—including the students from far off areas.
After listening to the delegations, Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest.

Earlier, a delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir (Hajj and Umrah) Private Tour Operators met Advisor Ganai—appealing him to enhance the quota for the State.
Ganai assured that some positive developments in this regard would follow soon. He informed delegation that he would personally take up the matter with the concerned union ministry and address their grievances.

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Aspirants demand postponement of KCS Judicial (Main) exam

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Mar 21: KCS judicial exam aspirants demand postponement of main examination which is scheduled to commence from 23rd march on the grounds of the sub-judice matter of the selection process which has created uncertainty over the fate of the examination and disturbed aspirants’ preparation.
Aspirants maintained that the process of examination is challenged in Jammu wing of High Court and the honorable court held that the selection process is subject to the outcome of the writ petition. The court sent a notice to JKPSC to file objection to the issues raised by the petitioners.
“JKPSC has changed the rules of the examination in the middle of the game which is against the Supreme Court judgments. JKPSC in its date sheet notification for main examination dated 29-12-2018 makes no mention of the question paper-cum answer books where as a separate notification dated 01.02.2019 whereby it has been decided that the question paper-cum answer books shall as far as practicable be used henceforth for the competitive examinations. The aspirants came to know of this change in the rule by the Instructions on the Admit cards issued in March”, an aspirant told Kashmir News Service (KNS).
The aspirants maintained that JKPSC is pushing them into a depression hole. “We have prepared in accordance with the earlier examination pattern. In the earlier pattern a candidate was not bound to write in a limited space and continuation answer sheets were provided. It is a natural principle that a new rule has a prospective effect and not a retrospective effect. Giving the rule retrospective effect is ultra-vire and is challenged in the court of law”, said another aspirant.
Controller of examination, JKPSC, Shabir Hussain Keen said, “We will file objections in HC and prove the fairness of the selection process there. As of now there will be no deferment in the already notified dates for the examination and the aspirants should instead focus on their studies.”
Pertinently, JKPSC has been in the controversies for most of the recruitment processes be it KAS, 10+2 lecturer, Assistant Professor or KCS judicial examination. In the recent KAS controversy JKPSC is dragged to HC and SC for the faulty digital evaluation which was not supported by the rule of law. More than 500 cases are pending in HC and SC against the commission.

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PC leader Salam Ud Din Bajad joins NC




Srinagar, Mar 21: Noted broadcaster, Former Deputy Director General Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Chief Editor Nawa-e-Qoum and PC 2014 Baramulla LS candidate Salam Ud Din Bajad on Thursday joined Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.
Welcoming former Broadcaster into the party fold, party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “Our party stands for equitable development approach for meeting the needs of under-served communities through policies and programmes that reduce disparities by fostering development towards creating strong and vibrant communities.”
Party vice president, while welcoming the new entrant said, “The party will surely benefit from Bajad sahib’s experience in public life.”
Senior leaders Muhammad Ramzan choudhary, Muhammad Akbar lone, Nasir Aslam Wani were also present on the occasion.
Bajad is also Secretary Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust Sunjuwa By pass Jammu and also a trustee of J&K Peoples Educational Trust. He is also associated with many social and literary organizations.
Meanwhile in a separate function at party head quarters Nawa- e –Subha, Srinagar, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar welcomed the new entrant into the party fold. Among others Qaisar Jamheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi was also present on the occasion.

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