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Honorarium for Sarpanchs, Panchs approved

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Jammu, Oct 31: The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik, approved honorarium for Sarpanchs and Panchs to be elected in the ensuing Panchayat elections.

The meeting was attended by Advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai and Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam.

To compensate Sarpanchs and Panchs for the onerous responsibilities to be discharged by them under the new Panchayati Raj System being put in place in the state, the SAC decided to pay them honorarium as a token of encouragement.

The SAC decided that the Sarpanchs will be paid monthly honorarium of Rs 2500 and Panchs Rs 1000.

The SAC hoped that the provision would infuse enthusiasm among the elected Panchayat members- the election for which is being held in nine phases, starting from Nov 17, 2018.

 

SAC approves Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018

Jammu, Oct 31: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved “The Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018” paving the way for election of Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the Municipal Corporations and Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Municipal Councils/Municipal Committees through secret ballot.

The meeting was attended by Advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai and Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam.

The decision, in this regard, has been taken in order to remove the anomalies between the provisions of the Municipal Acts, after their amendments through the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Laws (Amendment) Act, 2010 and relevant Regulations/Bye-laws framed in the year 2005 under the original Act of 2000.


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‘GLOBAL INVESTORS SUMMIT’: JK to hire ‘knowledge partner’ in identifying focus sectors

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Srinagar, Nov 17: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam discussed modalities for the maiden ‘Global Investors Summit’ to be held in Jammu and Kashmir that will set the platform for businesses to make investments in a big way in the State.

On his arrival here on a three day visit on Friday, Chief Secretary chaired a meeting at the winter secretariat which was also attended by the Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Shailendra Kumar and other officers of the state administration to review preparedness for ‘Global Investors Summit’.

Chief Secretary said the State Government will hire a knowledge partner who will help in identifying the potential of focus sectors that will set the tone for the investor summit. “If a box of apples is sold for Rs 1500 in New Delhi, why should it sell for just Rs 300 in the Valley? We are determined to change this,” he said.

“There are unique challenges in Jammu and Kashmir but Governor’s Administration is determined to overcome them. We are in the process of creating an ecosystem to attract investment from national and international businesses that will open up new vistas of employment in the state,” Chief Secretary said.

Chief Secretary said Jammu and Kashmir has the best work force and talented youth available but due to the situational challenges, businesses have stayed away from making investments here.

“J&K doesn’t require factories for labour. We have the best work force across the country. Large scale investment in sectors such as biotech and horticulture can produce great results. It is with this idea that the government is going to organise a business summit,” he said.

Subrahmanyam said the state will not imitate such summits being held in other states of the country as Jammu and Kashmir offers unique opportunities, “If the summit works, a pattern will emerge that will set a benchmark for future investments. The idea behind the investor summit is to generate employment in a big way in J&K,” he said.

“There is a big Kashmiri Diaspora across the world. Our knowledge partner will help us in creating networks with them. Besides, we will tell the prominent business of the country that if they are doing so much for rest of the country, why not for J&K,” Chief Secretary maintained.

Consultants of Ernest and Young made a presentation in which they chalked out a detailed roadmap for organising the investors’ summit in Jammu and Kashmir. Reflecting on their experiences of having worked in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, they said such summits have exponentially increased investments in these states.

The consultants listed out key strategies including policy making, investor outreach, event planning and knowledge collaterals for organising the summit in Jammu and Kashmir.

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JK police deputes cops to TNC school for IED disposal training

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Jammu, Nov 17: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has deputed its 14 member team to Tamil Nadu Commando school to get training for disposal of IEDs, senior police officer said Saturday.

The four months training will conclude on December 8, he said.

The team of policemen, which have been sent for training, includes 2 head constables, 5 special grade constables and 7 constables, he said.

“Now IEDs are back in J-K. IEDs are the new threat. Last year there were very few IED incidents, but now they have reappeared,” Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar had said earlier.

This year, there have already been 14 improvised explosive device (IED) incidents in Kashmir, besides seven instances wherein the devices were detected.

On January 6 this year, four policemen on patrol duty were killed in an IED blast by militants in a market in Sopore township, the first major IED attack in Kashmir since 2015.

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Killing of Shopian teen deeply disturbing: Omar

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Srinagar, Nov 17: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday termed as “deeply disturbing” the killing of an 11th standard student in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

In a tweet, Omar said that the “cold blooded murder” of Nadeem Manzoor of Safnagri Shopian by the “Hizb ul Mujahideen” is “deeply disturbing”.

“There can be no justification for this act & should force those who sympathise with these outfits to question how these murders make Kashmir a better, freer place,” said Omar.

A purported video emerged on social media on Friday showing militants firing a volley of bullets on Nadeem.

In the video, the gunmen could be heard asking Nadeem why he tipped forces about two militants — Idrees Ahmad (ChotaAbrar) of Safnagri and Amir Amin (Abu Shoban) of Awneera — who were killed in a gunfight with forces in Safnagri earlier this month.

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