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Situation not conducive for Panchayat Polls in JK: NC

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Srinagar, Feb 03: Ahead of the All Party Meet slated to be held on February 4 in Jammu, the opposition national conference on Saturday said the situation for holding Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir is not conducive.
National conference general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar who is going to lead the party delegation during the All Party Meet on Panchayat polls, stated that the situation for holding Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir is not conducive as the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti herself has stated on the floor of the house. The NC leader however maintained that the ball is in the court of the government and that it has to take the final call over whether to defer or hold the polls on time in the state. “Perhaps the government has realised the mistake of announcing the Panchayat polls as it has now stated clearly that the situation is quite worrisome on ground. Now it is the government which has to see what measures are needed to be taken on ground,” Sagar said.
Meanwhile, as per sources, the opposition national conference held a high level meeting on Saturday evening to discuss party’s strategy in Sunday’s All Party meet going to take place at Panchayat Bhavan, Jammu. It was informed that the party general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar will lead party’s delegation during the meeting. Other NC leaders who will participate in the meeting include party’s Provincial president Jammu Davinder Singh Rana and Kashmir’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani.

Congress to press for Anantnag by-polls during All Party meet

Srinagar, Feb 03: The state Congress on Saturday said it will push for the conduction of parliament by-polls in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency during the All Party Meet scheduled to be held in Jammu on February 4.
“During the All Party meet, the Congress will demand that the government must clear its stand on the by-polls in Anantnag that are being deferred by the government citing the security situation,” state Congress chief G.A. Mir said.
He added that ahead of discussing anything related to the holding of Panchayat polls in the state, the government has to explain why it is reluctant to hold the Parliament by-polls in Anantnag that were postponed in April last year.
He added that the Election Commission of India so far has written six times to the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti over holding the parliament elections in South Kashmir, however, according to Mir, CM cited security reasons for the delay. “What happened all of sudden that she took the decision to hold panchayat elections that too without seeking suggestions or views from other political parties of the state,” Mir said.
He questioned that when the government took the decision to hold the Panchayat polls unilaterally, what made it to call for the All Party Meet now. “The fact is that the government is trying to pass the buck to other political parties and want to make them responsible for the delay. The main reason for the deferment in the Panchayat polls in the government’s failure to make the situation conducive and peaceful,” Mir said.
Meanwhile, the state Congress, as per sources, is holding a party meet on Sunday morning in Jammu ahead of taking part in the All Party meet called by the government.



I love Kashmir and its love for football: David Robertson

Firdous Hassan



Srinagar: For those who label Kashmir as “dangerous place”, this should serve as an eye-opener. 

Famed Scottish footballer and Real Kashmir FC coach David Robertson on Thursday said Kashmir is one of the safest places in world.

“I have been here for three years now and I enjoyed being with the people of Kashmir. People are great here.I love Kashmiris and their love for football,” he said.


Robertson said it was the secure atmosphere of the valley that prompted him to convince foreign players to play for Real Kashmir FC.

“I brought my family including my son, wife and daughter here. Even we have two coaches Jimmy and Jonathan now. If I feared for my safety then I wouldn’t havebrought them here. I lived here during strikes, internet shutdown. But I never feared for the safety of my life. This is lovely and great place,” he said.

Robertson poured his heart out at a time when Real Kashmir FC popularly known as snow leopards is bracing up for second season in prestigious I- League.  The team, which has added new players to the squad, is practising hard in Srinagar to take up new challenges in the coming season.

Robertson said experienced players have signed-up for the squad this season.“Now there is more depth in our squad.  Last season we had a good defensive side but we could score goals. We created chances but couldn’t utilise them effectively. Now we got some very experienced players including Kellam from England, Chesterpaul and Subhash Singh,” he said

Real Kashmir FC coach said the upcoming season will be equally challenging since all the teams have signed experienced players.

Asked about the atmosphere in the camp, Robertson said his team was fully prepared to take up the challenge.

“The players were fascinated during Kolkata, Mumbai, Jamshedpur and Goa tours. It is important that our players are robust. That is what makes us a strong team,” he said.

Ahead of I –league, the Snow Leopards displayed spectacular performances against Indian Super League teams in outside state tours.

Real Kashmir FC defeated Kerala blasters, held draw with Jamshedpur FC, Goa FC and Mumbai City FC.

This season, the team signed up ace English striker Kallum Michael Higgeinbotham, former Pune city winger ChesterpaulLyngdoh and former ShillongLajjong FC goalkeeper PhurbaTempalachenpa and others. 

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Road Accident Victim Fund created for accident cases

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Advisors to Governor, K Skandan and K Vijay Kumar, co-chaired the 6th State Road Safety Council meeting here today.

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Principal Secretary Transport Department, Transport Commissioner, Secretary Higher Education, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Inspector General Police of Traffic, J&K, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Director School Education Kashmir, Commissioner SMC, and representatives of Finance, Planning, Home, Housing and Urban Development Departments.

The meeting was also attended by all Deputy Commissioners besides other concerned officials via video conference.


The meeting was informed that Road Accident Victim Fund has been created for passengers and private vehicles with ex-gratia ranging from Rs 10000 to Rs 100000. It was also informed that the State Government approved an incentive of Rs 5 lakh per vehicle to replace 500 old buses of 15 years-of-age and above with new buses, besides 40 electric-buses in twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu and 36 new buses for Chenab Valley were procured by JKSRTC.

Principal Secretary Transport, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon presented a detailed overview of functioning of the Transport Department besides initiatives taken for the modernization of transport sector to cater to the changing needs. To arrest the trend of the frequent accidents, he said, that with the funding of the Central Government, work on various Inspection Certification Centres (ICC) is in progress.

It was given out that ICC and Institute of Driving and Training Research is coming up at Samba at a cost of Rs 14.40 crore and 17 crore respectively. Similarly, 50 kanals of land have been identified at Harwan in Srinagar for establishing ICC besides an IDTR would be established in Budgam at a cost of Rs 17.42 crore.

While reviewing road accidents data management system, the Advisors stressed on using the data for reducing accidents due to increasing policing and improving road construction management for reducing black spots.

The Principal Secretary informed the meeting that Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) provided funds for procurement of 136 ambulances. He told the meeting that 80 ambulances deployed are being used for Basic Life Support (BLS) both at Jammu and Kashmir division while 50 ambulances have kept for retrofitting and are being used for Advance Life Support (ALS) primarily designed to transport patients of critical care, trauma and accident victims.

It was also given out that 102/108 helpline service would be started very soon with 300 ordinary ambulances at disposal out of which 100 can be made critical care ambulances.

Regarding the establishing of Trauma centres, the Advisors were informed that Health and Medical Education Department has established 10 trauma centres out of which seven are functional while the rest would be made operational soon.

On Intelligent Transport System (ITS), the Advisors directed SMC and JMC to complete the process at the earliest. In Srinagar, out of 33 junctions, 20 junctions are working, while work on remaining junctions is in progress, the meeting was told.

On the occasion, Advisor Skandan directed the Deputy Commissioners to complete the district action plan within one month and asked for identification of accident prone areas in their district jurisdictions to reduce accidents.

Director School Education Kashmir informed the meeting that 855 Road Safety Clubs in higher secondary schools have been created with 280 in Kashmir division and 575 in Jammu division.

The Advisors directed the concerned officials to implement Ribbon Development Act at the earliest.

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3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight

Press Trust of India



SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.

The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.

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