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Panchayat Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for Phase-7

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Srinagar, Nov 09: The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Shaleen Kabra today issued the notification for conduct of the seventh phase of Panchayati Polls-2018 to elect Sarpanches and Panches.

The notification has been issued for Block Trehgam, Qadirabad, and Qaziabad in District Kupwara, Naidkhai in District Bandipora, Rafiabad and Pattan in Baramulla District, Safapora in District Ganderbal, Sukhnag and Parnewain Budgam District, Shadimarg in District Pulwama, Kapran and Hermain in District Shopian, Pombay in Kulgam District and Breng, Larnoo and Sagam in District Anantnag of Kashmir Division.
In Jammu Division, the Panchayati elections will be held in the seventh Phase in Block Ramban excluding Halqa Panchayat Dandrath-C (Dugson) in Ramban District, Mahore, Gulabgarh and Chasana in Reasi District, Samba, Nud and Sumb in Samba District, Suchetgarth, Bishnah and Arnia in Jammu District, Budhal, Rajnagar and Khawas in Rajouri District and Mendhar excluding Panchayat HalqaPathanateer in Poonch District.
According to the notification, the last date for making nominations is November 16, 2018 (Friday), the date for the scrutiny of nominations is November 17, 2018 (Saturday), the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 19, 2018 (Monday), the date on which a poll, if necessary, shall be held on 4thDecember, 2018 (Tuesday) from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm, the date of counting is 4thDecember, 2018 (Tuesday) unless notified otherwise, and the date before which the election shall be completed on 17 December, 2018 (Monday).

 
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DC Shopian suspends two forest officials

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Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.

Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties. 

 

Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.

He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.

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Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami

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Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.

“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.

“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.

 

He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.

“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.

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Dir Gen IMD meets Guv

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.

Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.

 
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