Srinagar, Apr 12: In view of the poor mobile signals in many areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the state government has framed a team to facilitate the laying of optical fibre for improved telecom connectivity.
The five-member nodal team is to be chaired by Commissioner Secretary, Forest, Environment and Ecology Department, with Commissioner Secretaries, Roads and Buildings, and Power Development Department, along with Secretary Information Department and Divisional Commissioners as its members.
The team, as per an official order, will be serviced by the Information Technology department.
Frequent call drops, poor voice quality and slow internet speed are the general complaints of the mobile subscribers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Secretary Information Technology, Saugat Biswas told The Kashmir Monitor that the team will work on creating a framework for improved mobile connectivity in the state, especially in the areas where it remains weak.
Biswas said the optical fibre will be also placed in backward villages, which would improve the mobile connectivity and internet speed substantially.
The existing mobile network is copper-based, which cannot cope with predicted traffic, which is why mobile operators are increasingly turning to optical fibre.
A single optical fibre has more capacity than the entire radio spectrum, making it the ideal choice for telecommunication companies. In many cases, particularly cities, there has already been a huge investment in Fibre To The Premises (FTTP) networks.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has already started optical fibre facility in some areas of Srinagar.
An official of the company told The Kashmir Monitor that optical fibre will improve the mobile connectivity scenario in the valley.
“There will be no more communication interruption during bad weather or flood like disaster. Optical fibre will have no effect of high temperature and will also work in sub-zero temperature,” the official said.
He said that the fibre connectivity will offer all connectivity services including landlines, DTH, Broad band, and mobile connectivity under one umbrella. “Right now Jio has started this service from Soura and will soon reach to every nook and corner of the valley,” he added.
Four soldiers injured as Pak violates ceasefire in Poonch
Jammu, September 16: Four Army personnel suffered minor splinter injuries in mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said on Monday.
“Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and intense shelling with mortars in Balakote area of Mendhar sector around 2230 hours on Sunday,” Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand said.
“Indian army retaliated befittingly. Indian troopers suffered minor injuries in the Pakistani shelling and the injured have been evacuated to hospital where they are under treatment,” he said in a statement.
Officials said an Army column was on an ambush duty near the LoC when two mortar shells exploded near them around 12.30 am, causing injuries to at least four of them.
The condition of the injured is said to be stable, the officials said.
SC agrees to entertain J&K People’s Conference plea against abrogation of Article 370
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to entertain a petition filed by the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPC) challenging the President’s Rule imposed in the state and abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the state. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer tagged the petition filed by JKPC along with petitions which have been referred to a five-judge Constitution bench for examining the legal validity of the Presidential order on abrogation of Article 370 from the state.
However, the bench declined to entertain other fresh petitions on the issue of scrapping of Article 370. The bench said it is not going to multiply the petitions on the issue of Article 370. It said people who want to argue on the issue can file impleadment application.
“We are examining the validity of the legislative action,” the bench said while referring to several petitions which have been referred to the Constitution bench and fixed for hearing in first week of October. When the counsel appearing for the JKPC pleaded for entertaining its petition, the bench said, “you should have come to this court earlier”.
While challenging the Centre’s decisions to scrap provisions of the Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and dividing it into two Union Territories, the JKPC has sought a direction to declare the state reorganization act and the presidential orders as “unconstitutional and void”. The party has said the state has been under President’s Rule under Article 356 of the Constitution since June 2018, and routine decisions of the state government are taken by the governor, who himself is a delegate of the president under the presidential proclamation issued under Article 356 (1)(a).
The JKPC is the second party after the National Conference (NC) which has mounted a legal challenge in the apex court to the changes made in the Constitutional status of the state. The NC petition has been filed by Mohammad Akbar Lone and Justice (retd) Hasnain Masoodi, both Lok Sabha members belonging to the party. Mohammad Akbar Lone is a former Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and Masoodi is a retired judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. Massodi had ruled in 2015 that the Article 370 was a permanent feature of the Constitution.
The JKPC, in its plea, also submitted that the Jammu and Kashmir governor has kept the entire nation in the dark. The country was not informed that such a drastic action against the interest of the state was being taken, it submitted. The party also challenged the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act passed by Parliament and said, “The entire state particularly the valley was put under curfew and then only those CO’s were passed and the impugned legislation was enacted”.
“Never ever in the history of the nation reorganization under Article 3 has taken place which shows a blatant attack on our Constitution and the freedom of people of a state,” it submitted. The party said Jammu and Kashmir had a separate Constitution and Parliament had a limited scope to enact legislation for the state. Therefore by a parliamentary act, the powers given to the state by its own Constitution could not have been abrogated by merely taking away Article 370 by the impugned legislation, it said. President Ram Nath Kovind on August 9 had gave assent to a legislation for bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, and two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — which will come into existence on October 31.
October 31 happens to be the birth anniversary of the country’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in the merger of about 565 princely states with the Union of India following Independence.
Advisor Skandan reviews functioning of JKSRTC
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor K Skandan today convened a meeting to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir State Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).
The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Finance, Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon, Managing Director, JKSRTC, Bilal Ahmad Bhat and other concerned.
During the meeting, the Advisor directed the officials to take a fresh review of SRTC routes so that more buses are employed on hilly routes where overloading is reported.
The Advisor was informed that the corporation has rationally deployed vehicles in every Operational Division as per demand or convenience of the general public.
For Chenab Valley region, it was given out that in the districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban, 32 vehicles are already in place and a new fleet of 33 vehicles are being inducted in Chenab Valley with the result all the left over routes of the area would be covered.
The Advisor hoped that with the measures taken, the rate of traffic related incidents would come down in the area besides upgrading mobility of the people.
He also asked the corporation to devise a plan to give wide publicity to Electric Buses so that general public would avail the facility. The meeting was also told that the time table issued for operation of the buses is being followed in letter and spirit.
The meeting also decided to put more charging stations in major districts of JK so that all the designated routes would be made operational.
The Advisor directed the JKSRTC to hold an internal audit of accounts at the earliest and conduct a board meeting so that remaining issues are sorted out. He also asked for status of installing, monitoring and tracking devices in SRTC buses for better financial discipline in the working of organisation.
The meeting also decided to have an efficient Fuel Management System to save the government exchequer.
The meeting was told that the corporation started regular night bus service with effect from August 5 from Srinagar to Jammu and vice versa for the convenience of the public.