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Srinagar, Oct 4: As part of bi-annual Darbar move, the Civil Secretariat, seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, along with other offices will close here at the end of this month and reopen in the winter capital Jammu next month.
An order issued here by the General Administration Department (GAD) said: “The offices, as indicated at Annexures ‘ A and ‘0″ to this order shall move to Jammu, ‘In Full’ and ‘In Camp,’ respectively for the Winter Season-2018-19. The offices observing five-days week shall close at Srinagar on 26th October, 2018 (Friday) after the office hours and the offices observing six-days week shall close on 27″ October, 2018 (Saturday) after the office hours.”
It said all the offices shall reopen at Jammu on 5 November, 2018 (Monday). All the departments shall ensure that records are packed in boxes after the working hours on the last working day.
The offices moving in camp shall carry only 33% of the staff strength in that particular office or 10 officials, whichever is minimum or otherwise, as specifically indicated.
All the departments shall depute their advance parties on 22″d October, 2018 (Monday), consisting of one Gazetted Officer and four to five Non-Gazetted Employees who shall receive the records at Jammu.
The departments shall ensure that records are properly packed in boxes/trunks and their keys should reach the advance parties at Jammu, well in time. The SSP, Security, Civil Secretariat shall furnish a list of defaulting departments in this regard to the Government (General Administration Department) at Jammu.
J&K SRTC shall make available sufficient number of buses in good condition for transportation of Jammu based employees on 27th & 2sth October, 2018 and Srinagar based employees on 3rd & 4th November, 2018. The booking of buses shall be for destinations of the mploiees, wherever feasible. Tickets shall be issued by the SRTC in advance i.e. from 22nd October, 2018, both from the Civil Secretariat as well as from the main booking counters of SRTC.
J&K SRTC shall also make available trucks for shifting the records from Srinagar to Jammu. The trucks shall be requisitioned by the departments from SRTC and the departments shall draw advance for meeting carriage and packaging charges. The trucks shall be allowed to enter the Secretariat premises, Srinagar on 26th October, 2018 (Friday), after the working hours. Loading of records in the ofices located outside the Secretariat premises observing six-day week shall take place after the working hours on the last working day. The loaded trucks shall leave for Jammu on 2sth October, 2018 (Sunday), in a convoy.
S.S.P (Security), Srinagar will supervise the packing loading of records of the offices located outside the Secretariat from the security point of view and issue clearance certificates to the Drivers who, in turn, shall show them to the SSP(Security), Civil Secretariat, Srinagar to allow them to be included in the convoy. The SSP (Security), Civil Secretariat shall allow the entry of trucks/records in the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar/Jammu after proper scrutiny.
J&K SRTC shall ensure that one crane, two empty buses and two empty trucks accompany the convoy on the respective days so that the employees do not face inconvenience due to break down of buses/trucks on the way. Mobile workshop(s) shall also accompany the convoy.
J&K Police shall escort the convoy carrying employees and the ‘Records Convoy’ all along the route upto their respective destinations. They will also make sure that the move convoy is given precedence in crossing the Jawahar Tunnel and the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel. The Director General of Police, J&K will issue necessary guidelines to the field agencies accordingly.
The Health & Medical Education Department shall make arrangements for medical aid facilities at Qazigund, Banihal, Ramsu, Ramban, Chenani, Udhampur & Jhajjarkotli on the days when the employees travel from Srinagar to Jammu. The Principal Secretary to the Government, Health & Medical Education shall issue necessary instructions in this behalf to the Directorates of Kashmir and Jammu Divisions, accordingly.
No moving employee shall occupy any GovernmentlE.P.1 Municipal/residential accommodation except under proper allotment order. However, the employees can retain the Government accommodation allotted to them at Srinagar for bonafide use of their families under intimation to the Estates Department on approved terms and conditions. 12 the moving employees having Ration Cards at Srinagar shall surrender them to Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Kashmir and obtain a surrender certificate. The Director, Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department, Jammu will issue Ration Cards to the move employees at Jammu on the re-opening of offices.
The employees who desire to move without families may retain the Ration Cards at Srinagar for the Winter Season.
Special Move T.A. shall be paid at the uniform rate of Rs. 15,000/- per move employee. This shall be drawn and disbursed in advance. Special Move T.A. shall not, however, be payable to such of the employees who do not move before/within the prescribed date.
Advance pay shall also be authorized in terms of Rule 14.26 of the J&K Financial Code (Vol-I) in favour of such of the Non-Gazetted moving employees who may apply for the same, which shall be recoverable in installments as per rules.
Salary for the month of October-2018, in respect of all the employees working in the move offices, shall be drawn on 2znd October, 2018 (Monday).
No leave shall be admissible in combination/continuation of move days except under very exceptional circumstances.
The concerned Administrative Secretaries shall sanction leave, whatever due, under very exceptional circumstances only.
All the Administrative Departments shall detach the staff, if any, attached by them from the subordinate offices of Kashmir Division by or before ~4~ October, 2018. The SSP(Security), Civil Secretariat shall withdraw the temporary identity cards from the attached staff and submit a report to the General Administration Department 19 the office timings on the re-opening of offices at Jammu shall be as under: Civil Secretariat and Heads of Departments located within the Civil Secretariat premises: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All Moving Heads of Departments located outside the Civil Secretariat and observing six days a week: 10:OO a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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ISIS claims responsibility for Colombo blasts, city on high alert

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Colombo: Islamic state has claimed responsibility for coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people and injured about 500 others, the group’s AMAQ news agency said on Tuesday.

The group did not give evidence for its claim.

 

Sri Lanka on Tuesday placed all police stations in Colombo on high alert as police were hunting for an unidentified container truck and a van, believed to be carrying explosives.

A warning issued by the Director of Security at the Colombo Harbour said intelligence had found information that an unidentified container truck and a van carrying a potential explosive device was heading towards Colombo. Search operations are currently underway at the Colombo Harbour for the potential threat.

The alert came as the island nation observed a day of national mourning for over 320 people killed in a series on blasts on Easter Sunday.

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Phase III Lok Sabha polls: Anantnag to go to polls today

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Srinagar, Apr 22: The Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir goes to the polls in the third phase on Tuesday even as the security forces face a serious challenge to ensure that the democratic process passes off peacefully.

Due to the overwhelming security concerns, the Anantnag parliamentary constituency comprising four districts — Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama — will vote in three phases. Polling in Anantnag will be held on Tuesday, followed by Kulgam (April 29) and Pulwama and Shopian (May 6).Over 100 additional companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed to augment an already existing large contingent of state police and CAPF personnel deployed on poll duty in this constituency.

Because of the serious security challenges in the constituency, by-poll could not be held in Anantnag after Mehbooba Mufti, President of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), resigned the seat in 2016 to become the state’s Chief Minister following the death of her father, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

 

In addition to the presence of foreign militants, homegrown militancy is a big challenge here for the agencies maintaining ‘law and order’.

In the last four years, a large number of local youth, majority of them well-educated and belonging to upper middle class families, have joined militant ranks in the four districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama.

The problems for the security personnel have been compounded by stone pelting at armed forces during security operations against holed up militants, thousands of mourners turning out to attend funerals of slain militants and the failure of the mainstream politicians to move out even in areas from where they were voted to the state Assembly in 2014.

Due to security issues, the voting process here would be held between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., instead of the 6 p.m. deadline observed in the other constituencies of the state.

While there are five main candidates in the fray from Anantnag — PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, Congress’ Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference (NC), Sofi Yusuf of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Chowdhary Zafar Ali of the Peoples Conference (PC) — the key contest here is between Mufti and state Congress President Mir.

Out of the 16 Assembly segments under the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, the PDP had won 11, Congress 2, NC 2 and CPI-M 1 in the 2014 Assembly elections.

Given these statistics, Mufti’s victory may look like a cakewalk, but the ground situation has undergone a sea change since 2014.

The failed ruling alliance between the PDP and the BJP in the state has hit the former’s prospects in Anantnag as it has done in the rest of the Muslim majority Valley.

Mufti has taken a huge gamble by deciding to fight the Lok Sabha polls from here. Her victory or defeat would seriously impact the prospects of her party in the state Assembly elections likely to be held later this year.

Her problems have been compounded by Mir throwing his hat in the electoral arena. Mir has committed vote banks in Dooru, Shangus, Kokernag and Devsar segments.

While it is expected that the voter turnout would be good in these segments, there is a possibility of thin voter turnout in the segments where the PDP believes its vote banks exist.

Given this reality, the final result could see a photo finish between Mir and Mufti.

Poll campaign by different parties here has been generally muted because of security constraints.

How many voters come out to vote on Tuesday would be keenly watched. But no matter what, the security forces will have their tasks cut out to ensure that polling is conducted smoothly in this volatile constituency.

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SRI LANKA BOMBINGS: Death toll rises to 290

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Colombo, Apr 22: The toll in the eight coordinated bomb blasts that rocked Sri Lanka during Easter celebrations rose to 290, police said on Monday.

Police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara told The New York Times that 24 people have been arrested in connection with the deadly explosions in which nearly 500 people were injured on Sunday.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the reporters that the authorities had prior “information regarding a possible attack” before the bomb blasts ripped through churches and hotels in Colombo and two other towns in the island nation.

 

“While this goes on we must also look into why adequate precautions were not taken,” Wickremesinghe was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.

The police said that the investigation will examine reports why the intelligence community failed to detect or warn of possible suicide attacks ahead of the blasts, the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

They also said that an improvised pipe bomb found close to Colombo’s main airport late on Sunday, was successfully detonated. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Prime Minister said, “So far the names that have come up are local,” adding that the investigators are looking into whether the attackers had any “overseas links”.

According to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry, at least 17 people from eight countries, including three from India, were among those who were killed in the serial blasts. The dead included five citizens of Britain, three Danes, two each from China and Turkey and one each from the Netherlands and Portugal, reported CNN.

The ministry said that 19 foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at Colombo National Hospital.

Following the bomb attacks, the Sri Lankan government had imposed a 12-hour island-wide curfew from 6:00 pm on Sunday.

After a discussion with heads of security forces and all other departments regarding the current security situation in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena had announced that the government and private schools would remain closed till Tuesday.

In addition, steps have been taken to temporarily block all social media accounts until the investigations are concluded.

‘National Tawheed Jamath’ suspected plotters: Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Apr 22: A local outfit identified as the ‘National Tawheed Jamath’ is suspected of plotting the deadly Easter blasts that killed 290 people and wounded 500 others in the worst terror attack in the country’s history, a top Sri Lankan minister said on Monday.

Health Minister and the government spokesman, Rajitha Senaratne, also said that all suicide bombers involved in the blasts are believed to be Sri Lankan nationals.

Speaking at a press conference here, the minister said that the Chief of National Intelligence had warned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) regarding the probable attacks before April 11.

“On April 4, international intelligence agencies had warned of these attacks. The IGP was informed on April 9,” Senaratne said.

He said that the local outfit identified as the National Tawheed Jamath – a radical Muslim group – is suspected of plotting the deadly explosions.

“There may be international links to them,” he added.

Senaratne sought resignation of police chief Pujith Jayasundera in view of the major security lapse.

Rauff Hakeem, a government minister and the leader of the main Muslim party – Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, said that it was lamentable that no preventive action had been taken despite the inputs.

“They have known this…, the names have been given, identified, but (they) took no action,” he added.

Two Sri Lankan Muslim groups – the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama and the National Shoora Council – have condemned the blasts and offered condolences to the Christian community.

They have urged that all culprits be brought to book.

Seven suicide bombers were involved in eight blasts that targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zeon Church in Batticaloa when the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. The explosions also struck three five-star hotels in Colombo – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury.

No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, but police have so far arrested 24 people.

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