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GoI asks JK Govt for detailed proposal on Jhelum dredging

Nisar Dharma

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Srinagar, July 4: The Government of India has asked for a detailed proposal on the vital Jhelum dredging project from the state government and is ready to fully fund the project under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) announced for the state in 2015.
Jhelum, the river that crisscrosses through the valley, was supposed to be dredged for increasing its carrying capacity in wake of the 2014 floods that submerged many parts of the city.
However, even after four years, the authorities have not completed the dredging and a few days of rainfall fills the river up to its banks creating panic among the residents.
Kashmir, only a few days ago, was gearing up for another deluge hadn’t the rains stopped and the water levels receded.
Keeping the dreary record of authorities in mind, the Centre, a source told The Kashmir Monitor, is mulling to supervise the project on its own and fully fund it but expects the state government to file a detailed proposal and pace up the work.
On Wednesday Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, held a meeting in this regard.
“On dredging the Jhelum, the meeting was informed that central government has asked for a detailed proposal from the state government for full funding of the project under PMDP,” a government spokesman said.
Ganai, as per the spokesman, said that every possible effort would be made to get more funds for accelerating the developmental initiatives being implemented under the centrally sponsored schemes.
The Advisor was speaking at a meeting with administrative secretaries to review the progress of implementation of the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSSs).
The administrative secretaries of various departments including PHE, Irrigation & FC, Education, Floriculture, Agriculture, Revenue, Social Welfare, Tourism, Motor Vehicle Department, Horticulture, Roads & Buildings and other concerned attended the meeting.
The administrative secretaries apprised the Advisor about several issues pertaining to the implementation of various centrally-sponsored schemes in the state.
It was further informed that the social welfare department has raised several issues with the central government for smooth implementation of the departmental schemes.
During the review of the Agriculture sector, the Advisor asked the officials to raise the issue of adequate funding of farmer-related schemes with the central government.
Similarly, the officers of Education department apprised the Advisor of its issues related to SSA scheme which requires funding to the tune of Rs 800 crore.
The meeting also discussed the merger of SSA related schemes under Samagra Shiksha scheme as proposed by the Government of India.
Under PMGSY scheme the R&B department furnished cumulative figures of 1500 crore that are required to carry out the developmental works under phase 10-12, besides other works in the state.
The officials from other departments informed the Advisor that there are no major issues pending with their respective department with regard to the implementation of various centrally-sponsored schemes.


Nisar joined The Kashmir Monitor as a reporter in June 2015. Since then, he has been consistently covering beats including conflict, politics, education, and health.

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I-League 2018-19: Real test for Real Kashmir today

Over 15,000 spectators expected as RKFC takes on Mohun Bagan

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Nov 19: The stage is set for the historic and probably the most-awaited I-League match between Real Kashmir FC and Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan FC to be played at Astro Turf TRC Ground on Tuesday.

Popularly known as Mariners, Mohun Bagan is the oldest and most-celebrated football club of India, which will be playing its first official match here.

A day before the match, football fans, particularly those of Real Kashmir FC, thronged to the TRC ground for passes to the match.

At least, more than 6,000 passes were given to the ecstatic spectators, who are aiming to watch the game.

An official deputed at TRC ground said they were expecting “more than 15,000” spectators.

“People for long have been waiting for the event. Mohun Bagan is a popular football club and it is not less than a treat to watch them play in Srinagar,” he said.

More than three dozen Mohun Bagan fans have also travelled with the team for the game.

Defeated by Neroca FC alone this year, the Snow Leopards hope to turn the opportunity into a grand event.

“Since Mohun Bagan is a big club, pressure will definitely be on them. To play against a club like Mohun Bagan, the chances will be definitely less for us, but we have to put up a good show,” Real Kashmir FC Head Coach, David Robertson, said in a pre-match press conference.

“Teams coming here find it difficult because of the altitude and unless you are here five-six days here before the game, it is going to be very difficult in the last 20 minutes of the game,” he said.

Coach Robertson said facing Mohun Bagan in Kashmir would be “more than an achievement” for his team.

“We have one point out of six in the last two games. But then we are underdogs, and saw just one defeat in the last one year,” he said.

He said the previous defeat against Neroca FC won’t have any impact over the performances of his players.

“Last time we got a lot of chances and made errors even, but it is a part of a game. But tomorrow we will have some changes as Danish is currently injured. Bazie Armand and Mason will play at different positions. We got options as we are bringing four strikers and also need more for upfront,” Coach Robertson said.

“The support by Kahsmiris, who come in numbers, actually gives us an edge. We don’t have the history like Kolkata clubs, but again, since we are in I-League and the people’s support adds pressure on the away team,” Coach Robertson said.

Head Coach of Mohun Bagan, Shankarlal Chakraborty, said facing Real Kashmir in their hometown was more worrying for them than playing on synthetic turf for the first time.

“We came prior to the scheduled match to practice more on synthetic turf, but Real Kashmir team as a team is more worrying for us. They lost the previous match, but they are good at creating chances for a goal,” he said.

“The way Kashmir played the last game was really good. They have a good combination of both Indian and foreign players. Their defenders, midfielders are very strong. We hope we put up up a good show against them and win three points,” Coach Chakraborty said.

Asked whether his players will cope with cold weather conditions Chakraborty said, “As far as the weather conditions are concerned, we did train in the afternoon yesterday. We were not uncomfortable. After warming up, the body responded well and the players had a good session.”

Both the teams have played three games each so far.

Mohun Bagan is one of the three unbeaten teams in the league and is fifth on the table.

Real Kashmir is seventh, with four points.

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Panchayat elections:Phase II today, 4014 candidates in fray

Mudassir Kuloo

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Srinagar, Nov 19: Polling for Phase-II of Panchayat Polls-2018 will be held Tuesday at 2179 polling stations across the state, including 828 in Kashmir and 1351 in Jammu Division.

In a statement, Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra said that 4,014 candidates are in the fray for 281 Sarpanch and 1286 Panch seats in Phase-II.

He said 90 Sarpanchs and 1069 Panchs have already been elected unopposed in Phase-II.

Kabra said 601 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive including 490 in Kashmir Division and 196 in Jammu Division.

He said in the areas going to polls in the Phase-II, electorate of 3,29, 818 will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies, 207796 for Panch constituencies.

Polling will be held from 8 am to 2 pm while counting of the votes will be taken up immediately after the voting is over.

The polls will be held in the border areas of Kupwara district like Kalaroos, Machil, and Rajwar. Similarly, the polls will be held in two Panchayat constituencies of Bandipora-Ganstan, Nowgam.

In Baramulla, the elections will be held at Wagoora and Sangrama.

In central Kashmir’s Budgam and Ganderbal districts, polls will be held at Kangan, Rathsun, and Budgam panchayat constituencies.

At the same time, most of the areas where there is a larger presence of militancy will face elections in the last phases.

However, two Panchayat constituencies of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Bijbehara and Anantnag will witness polling.

However, there will be no elections in south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts, and in summer capital Srinagar in the second phase.

Bhambatt, Karsha, Sankoo, Shaker, Chaktan,  Shargol, Lotchum of Kargil district and Khaltsi,  Skurbuchan,  Turtuk, and Panamik panchayat constituencies of Leh district too will face polls.

Polling will also take place in various constituencies of Jammu region.

In the phase I, Kashmir saw a 64 per cent voter turnout while nearly 75 per cent electorate exercised their right to franchise in Jammu region of panchayat elections on Saturday.

The first phase of the panchayat polls in the Valley was held in the traditionally high voter turnout belts along the Line of Control.

The polling in next eight phases will be held on November 24, 27, 29, December 1, December 4, December 8, and December 11.

The panchayat elections are being held in J&K after a gap of seven years. The last elections were conducted in 2011 and the panchayats had completed their five-year term in 2016.

The nine-phase panchayat polls are being held in the state to 316 blocks in 4,483 Panchayat Halqas comprising 35,029 Panch.

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Those behind circulating execution videos identified: IGP Pani

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Srinagar, Nov 19: Police on Monday claimed to have identified those behind circulation of the recent “execution videos” in south Kashmir.

Those who are propagating brutal killing videos have been identified and soon action will be taken against them,” Inspector General of Police SP Pani said.

The top police officer of Kashmir said that cyber domain used by militants for these “gruesome acts stand identified and they will be brought before the law.”

He further said: “These execution videos of innocent civilians in Kashmir is reflection of ‘terror’ crimes.”

Asked who was behind these killings, the IGP said that these are “terror crimes” and the accused shall be brought before law.

Unidentified gunmen last week killed two persons in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Pulwama and later circulated their videos.

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