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JK ropes in NIRDPR Hyderabad to train Sarpanchs, Panchs

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Hyderabad, Dec 13: Jammu and Kashmir Government is devising a comprehensive training and capacity building programme for Sarpanchs and Panchs to facilitate them discharge their responsibilities effectively.

In this connection a day-long workshop was conducted at the National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) here to fine-tune the training and capacity building module.

The workshop was organized under the chairpersonship of Director General NIRDPR, Dr W R Reddy.

 

J&K was represented at the workshop by Secretary, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda, Director Panchayats, J&K and Shafia from IMPARD, J&K while several faculty members of NIRDPR were also present at the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Sheetal said the objective of this exercise is to equip the Sarpanchs and Panchs of J&K with the requisite capacities and familiarize with the latest modifications made in the State’s Panchayati Raj Act.

“They will also be familiarized with the administrative issues involved in the functioning of Panchayati Raj institutions including participative planning, budgeting, accounting, social audit and convergence of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Self-Help Groups,” she said.

Sheetal said J&K’s Rural Development Department and IMPARD in collaboration with NIRDPR Hyderabad will be organizing week-long capacity building sessions for Panchs and Sarpanchs over a period of 2-3 months to sensitize the elected representatives about their roles and responsibilities.

She said the Panchayat elections in J&K concluded successfully on 11 December2018 and a slew of major initiatives have been taken by the State Government to empower the Panchayati Raj Institutions.

“The capacity building programmeis a step in that direction and shall go a long way in chiseling the administrative skills of the Panchayat representatives and help them serve their people better,” she said.


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Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.

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UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.

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Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk

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Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.

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