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Official panel to coordinate operationalization of new Medical Colleges in JK

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Srinagar: Aug 9: To ensure smooth take-off of the five new medical colleges in the State, Governor N N Vohra has called for putting in place a multidisciplinary committee of officers and experts to coordinate infrastructure and academic issues of these colleges.
Governor has asked the Chief Secretary to urgently constitute the Committee which shall coordinate with the concerned Departments various activities related to the new medical colleges coming up at Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Rajouri and Doda.
The committee shall harmonize issues like infrastructure development including construction works, setting up of equipment, hiring of faculty, paramedical staff and academic matters so that the academic activities in these Colleges get started any hiccups as per schedule.
Meanwhile, in an important announcement, the Governor called for instituting annual awards for engineers, construction companies and contractors who’s work in the state is outstanding. He also called for incentivizing executing agencies for completing developmental projects ahead of the scheduled time while maintaining the quality parameters and professional standards. Such a move, he said, will go a long way in encouraging best practices in construction works.
The Governor also called for installing plaques on construction works mentioning the date on which the project was started, cost of the project, the construction agency, the name of the contractor and the date of completion.
Governor asked the Planning, Development and Monitoring Department to prepare a comprehensive list of developmental projects which are overdue for completion due to inadequate financial resources, resulting in cost overrun. He also called for compiling the details of all the financial liabilities on account of various works.
Governor said the state government will approach the Central Government with a special request to sanction one-time financial dispensation so that the work on these projects carries on without any constraints and the financial resources already invested in them don’t go waste.
Governor said that during his recent visits to various districts, he has come across several projects which are lingering at various stages of execution for years together for want of resources. There are also huge liabilities on account of works which have been taken up without the requisite administrative approval, he said and added that to address the issue, the Government of India would be approached for one-time fiscal assistance.
“It has been observed that various departments take up developmental works without getting the necessary concurrence from the finance department. Such practices not only burden the state exchequer by creating financial liabilities but it also results in wastage of money since most of these projects don’t get completed on time due to paucity of funds,” the Governor said.
He called upon all the State Government Departments to maintain fiscal discipline and put an end to such practices while ensuring that any developmental work takes place only after the approval of DPR and availability of adequate financial resources.


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Joint Hurriyat urges Imams, Khateebs to aware people about Art 35-A

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Srinagar, Aug 21: Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik Tuesday urged Imams and Khateebs across J&K to make people aware about the “designs of Indian state in tinkering with the State Subject Law and take people’s commitment to protest and resist this move at all costs, in their Eid sermons”.
In a statement issued here, the leadership also urged Imams to ask people to raise their voice with full force against the “assault” on state subject laws and the continuous detention of hundreds of political prisoners after congregational Eid ul Azha prayers across Kashmir.
They expressed its serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in Indian jails for years and those booked by ED and NIA and lodged in solitary confinement and kept away from the basic medical facilities posing a huge threat to their lives. They also said people and leadership express their solitary and support to them
The leadership said that on one hand GOI is employing ploys to change the Muslim majority character of the State by trying to roll back state subject law and hence undermine its disputed nature ,while on the other hand, notices and sumons are being sent to resistance leadership to push them into submission.
They also asked Ulema and Imams of masjids and shrines of Kashmir to play their role in highlighting the sacrifices offered by the people of Kashmir and the oppression unleashed on Kashmiris and convey to the world community the dire need of their intervention to stop the ongoing repression in Kashmir and resolve the dispute.

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Geelani appeals people to celebrate Eid with austerity

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Srinagar, Aug 21: Extending his heartfelt Eid greetings to the Muslim Ummah in general and the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir in particular, Syed Ali Geelani made fervent appeal to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with simplicity and austerity and asked affluent families of the State to take care of the needy, orphans, widows, elderly and families of martyrs & prisoners.
Geelani said that Eid is an occasion of happiness and celebration, however, Eid of suppressed nations is when they achieve complete freedom from enforced occupation.
Eid is not just a formal custom, said Geelani instead an auspicious day and a divine gift from almighty Allah for people who offer sacrifices of animals and perform Hajj on this holly Festival.
Geelani assured people and said that dawn of freedom will rise and we will emerge as a free nation.
Appealing people to celebrate the Eid with austerity and simplicity and according to the Islamic principles, Syed Ali Geelani said that this day is the day of seeking forgiveness from the Almighty Allah and a Thanksgiving Day for the people. Geelani also appealed people to take a pledge to shun un-Islamic activities and extravagance in their whole life.
Geelani while referring to the prevailing gloomy situations in state, said that our nation had so far missed the real spirit of this day because of the atrocities and the cruel behavior of the Indian occupation forces against the common people and the people of this troubled region are miserably suffering since last seven decades.
Geelani expressed his concern over growing conflict and disunity, chaos, uncertainty, infighting and strife torn situations among Muslim Ummah and said that the gracious occasion of Eid provides a golden opportunity to overcome this miserable situation.
Let us forget about the differences, forge unity and jointly celebrate this auspicious festival, added Geelani. He urged people to forge unity among its folds and face those tyrant forces that have deprived us from our basic rights and are hell bent to change the demography of the state.

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Start work on double-shift to complete JCR flyover, TRC grade separator: Div Com

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Srinagar, Aug 21: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday directed officers of ERA to expedite the construction of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh (JCR) flyover and TRC grade separator and ensure its timely completion by starting work on double shift basis.
The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the progress of construction works of the two prestigious projects of the capital city.
The meeting was informed that the total cost of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover project is Rs 262 crore and the total project cost of TRC Grade Separator is Rs 64 crore. The construction work on both projects will be completed by ending December 2018.
In view of the huge volume of work, the Divisional Commissioner directed ERA to deploy extra 500 labourers on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover and 200 labourers TRC Mini Flyover (Grade Separator) immediately. He called for expediting the construction works of these prestigious projects on double shift basis so that both projects meet their deadlines. He also directed them to send the daily progress report of the projects to the Divisional Commissioner’s office for further necessary action.
He also directed Additional Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer ERA to conduct inspection on both the projects immediately and furnish their report to the Divisional Commissioner.
On the occasion, Div Com said that these flyovers once completed will decongest traffic in the city and ease the movement of commuters besides large chunk of population will get relief from regular traffic jams.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ERA, Chief Engineer ERA, SSP Traffic, Assistant Commissioner, General Manager SIMPLEX Company, Contractors and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.

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