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Panchayat Polls:1886 nominations filed for Sarpanch Halqas, 6763 for Panch Wards in Phase-I




Srinagar, Oct 31: For the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls, 1886 nominations have been filed for 547 Sarpanch Halqas and 6763 nominations for 4151 Panch wards across the State till the last date of filing of nominations on Tuesday. Voting and counting for Phase-I of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 17 November 2018.

According to a spokesman of the office of Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, in Kashmir division, 713 nominations have been filed for 259 Sarpanch Halqas and 2383 nominations for 2021 Panch wards while in Jammu division, 1173 nominations have been filed for 288 Sarpanch Halqas and 4380 nominations for 2130 Panch Wards going to polls in Phase-I.

He said the last date for filing of nominations has been extended by four days in Gurez Block of district Bandipora in Kashmir division in view of the fresh snowfall in the area.


The spokesman said for Phase-I in Kashmir division, 204 nominations have been filed for 64 Sarpanch Halqas and 1051 for 498 Panch Wards in four blocks of district Kupwara including, Keran, Ramhal, Tarathpora, Teetwal and Tanghdar; 18 nominations have been filed for 20 Sarpanch Halqas and 88 for 148 Panch Wards in three blocks of district Bandipora including Gurez, Bakhtoor and Tulail; 223 for 72 Sarpanch Halqas and 767 for 584 Panch Wards in five blocks of district Baramulla including Kunzer, Uri, Parenpillan, Noorkhan and Kandi-Belt of Rafiabad; 15 nominations for 15 Sarpanch Halqas and 28 for 105 Panch Wards in Gund block of district Ganderbal; 8 nominations for 5 Sarpanch Halqas and 10 for 45 Panch Wards in Khanmoh block of district Srinagar; 38 nominations for 26 Sarpanch Halqas and 128 for 222 Panch Wards in Khansahab block of district Budgam; 133 nominations for 23 Sarpanch Halqas and 298 for 179 Panch Wards in six blocks of district Kargil including Durbuk, SingayLalok, Kharu, Nyoma, Rong and Rupsho and 74 nominations for 34 Sarpanch Halqas and 217 for 242 Panch Wards in six blocks of district Leh including Durbuk, SingayLalok, Kharu, Nyoma, Rong and Rupsho.

He said in Jammu division, 143 nominations have been filed for 50 Sarpanch Halqas and 592 for 358 Panch Wards in five blocks of district Kishtwar including Dachhan, Bunjawah, Marwah, Padder and Warwan; 229 nominations for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 700 for 369 Panch Wards in five blocks of district Doda including Bhallessa, Changa,Jakhyas, Chilli and Pangal; 101 nominations for 27 Sarpanch Halqas and 355 for 195 Panch Wards in two blocks of district Ramban including Ramsoo and Khari;196 nominations for 42 Sarpanch Halqas and 869 for 332 Panch Wards in four block of district Udhampur including Dudu-Basantgarh,Latti-Marothi, Panchari and Moungri; 135 nominations for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 505 for 209 Panch wards in two blocks of district Kathua including Bani and Duggan, 137 nominations for 35 Sarpanch Halqas and 532 for 273 Panch Wards in two blocks district Rajouri including Manjakote and Panjgrain and 232 nominations for 53 Sarpanch Halqas and 827 for 419 Panch Wards in two blocks of district Poonch including Bufliaz and Surankote.

He said the last date for withdrawal of nominations for Phase-I is, 2 November 2018 while polling and counting of votes for this phase will be held on 17 November 2018.



Political uncertainty in valley outcome of broken promises: Hakeem



Jammu, Jan 18: Saying that the prevailing socio-political uncertainty in the state was the result of broken promises, Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen has said that all political parties are equally responsible for the ongoing bloodshed and mayhem in the state especially in Kashmir valley.

In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen has said that political parties should take responsibility of the political mess created by their wrong Kashmir policies during last 7 decades adding that they should openly apologize before the people for their betrayals and follies instead of indulging in mudslinging against each other. He said all the parties equally responsible for the prevailing horrible situation in the valley.

“Instead of leg plugging, political parties at the helm of affairs should go for self-introspection as to how people of the state were repeatedly betrayed by them for satiating their power lust and how peoples interests were brazenly bartered to appease their mentors at the Center,” Hakeem Yaseen said, adding that people were promised right to self determination, internal autonomy and safeguard to Article 370 and whatnot but were always betrayed after getting their votes.


He said same parties are nowadays seeking massive mandate from the people on the plank of safeguarding Article 35-A but they forget that the memory of people was not so short-lived that they could be deceived and exploited once again this time. He said all the mainstream political parties in the state should rise above their political affiliations and join hands to jointly seek ways and means for taking people of the state out of the swamp of ongoing death and destruction.

“By changing colors like chameleons, they cannot befool the people of the state this time,” Hakeem Yaseen maintained.

“Omar Abdullah did not even protest when BJP-led government threw the autonomy resolution into dustbin. The NC can go to any extent to grab power,” he said.

Vakil in his statement lambasted National Conference leadership for exploiting people in the name of protection of Article 370.“ NC is one of the eroders of the Article 370,” he said.

He said Farooq Abdullah can stoop to any extent for grabbing power.

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Kuka Parray part of script drafted by late Mufti Syed: NC



Srinagar, Jan 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday rejected the canards of Naeem Akhtar as “uncouth and reflective of his political bankruptcy” and said that Kuka Parray worked as per the script drafted by late Mufti Syed as home minister of India.

In a statement issued to media, North Zone President and former Minister Mohammad Akbar lone said that accusations against NC are coming from a person to which PDP owes its disintegration.

Mohammad Akbar Lone while rejecting the jibes of a self styled leader as travesty of facts said, “Nayeem Akhtar belongs to a gang which has been drawing its sustenance from RSS and other forces as are hostile to the special position of the state,” he said, adding that as an assistant of Mufti Muhammad Syed during his tenure as central minister, Akhtar remained equally involved in destabilizing the state.


“He continued to work for Mufti Syed by resorting to writing ghost articles under a pen name ‘Satar Wagay’. As a sequacious writer he continued to target only National conference on a daily basis in spite of being a working bureaucrat then. Politicians like Nayeem Akhtar typify opportunism and political bankruptcy as it was him and his party which joined hands with RSS just to satiate their lust for power,” he said adding that it was difficult to understand as to which side of political divide he belongs to.

North Zone President said, “Nayeem Akhtar’s recent assertions on Kuka Parray are unsubstantiated due to the fact that NC workers were the one who suffered most during the hay days of the renegade era in Kashmir.”

“People are not that gullible, they know that it was late Mufti Syed who presided over 18 massacres as home minister, was the brain behind Ikhwan and was instrumental in extending the dreaded AFSPA to the state. Renegades like Kuka Parray owe their being to the policies of Mufti Syed that he pursued during his stint as home minister of India,” he said.

The north zone president said that Nayeem Akhtar has been a point man of BJP-RSS right from early seventies and owing to his services he was given ministerial berths in two consecutive Muftis led governments.

“Otherwise how can a political low weight with no political base get higher ministerial berths?” he said adding “National conference had to suffer immensely at the hands of Kukka Parray, and that the local party functionaries of Sumbal Sonawari belt had to migrate to escape from the wrath of the renegades,” he said.

“National conference has a base in people in Sumbal–Sonawari, and I have been representing the seat for many consecutive terms. We as a party don’t support violence rather we have always been the victims,” he added.

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Bail plea of separatist detainees shouldn’t be opposed: Mir



Srinagar, Jan 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Thursday said that the government has failed to produce challan in the court against the separatist leaders who have been arrested almost a year ago over the charges of alleged terror funding.

Mir in a statement to media said that even after one year has elapsed since the separatist leaders were arrested, the government has failed to produce challan against the leaders and at the same time are creating obstacles to them in getting bail.

“The bail plea of the detainees is being opposed by the government. This is not fair and against the natural justice as one hand they are not producing challan and on the other they are creating obstacle to them in getting the bail. Giving bail to any person doesn’t mean a clean chit to any accused,” he added.


He added wife of one among the detainees, Shahid-ul-Islam is on death bed and govt should not become obstacle to him in getting the bail.

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