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More pictures of crisis in institutions appear on social media

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Srinagar, Nov 6: After the picture of candle-lit exams took social media by storm, many similar but false pictures are now going viral.

On November 4, the students at an exam center at Kupwara were made to write their papers under candle light on a dark day.

The pictures from the center went viral on social media, inviting criticism from many quarters.
Since then, many such pictures have appeared on social media, trying to show shortcomings of various institutes.

 

In a fresh picture, which also created a buzz on social networking sites like Facebook and WhatsApp, rows of students can be seen for exams in a mosque, writing their papers by sitting on their haunches with several invigilators around. The officials at the JK Board of School Education (BOSE), however, termed the picture “unauthentic”.
An official said, “Last time, we received hundreds of calls from the aggrieved parents, who complained the lack of facilities at the exam centre.”
“This picture, though fake, can also add to the chaos. The misinformation has the power to generate a lot of anxiety among public especially the parents of these students.”
Secretary JK BOSE, Professor Veena Pandita, said, “The students are not from the board of education. It is a clearly an unauthentic picture.”
Joint Secretary JKBOSE, Syed Abdul Rouf, said, “I don’t have any information regarding the picture. This is a social media stunt and people should stop falling prey to the fake stuff. They confirm first whether it’s authentic or not.”
In another picture, a ward inside the JLNM Hospital here is seen reeling in darkness with a few patients sitting under torch light.
A social media post on Facebook mentioning the picture reads, “After exams, now patients being treated under candle light. I got a call from the attendant from JLNM Hospital, Srinagar, he says that there is no electricity supply. Even generator is not working. Some patients have been asked to go to SMHS for treatment. It is really sorry state of affairs. So sad.”
Medical Superintendent JLNM Hospital, Dr Zakir Hussain, termed the incident as “hoax”.
“The power supply was shut down for just minutes and this picture might have been taken during that time. Such pictures are only meant to create panic and nothing else.”


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Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works

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Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.

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Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed

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Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.

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Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt

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Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.

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