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Vyas takes stock of facilities for Kashmiri migrants

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SRINAGAR, JULY 14: Advisor to Governor B. B. Vyas today called for improving the facilities provided to the Kashmiri migrants.
Chairing a meeting here in this regard, the Advisor took a detailed review of the measures taken for improving the facilities for the migrants living in Jammu and Kashmir divisions.
Principal Secretary Planning Monitoring and Development Department, Rohit Kansal; Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Shahid Anayatullah; Commissioner Secretary GAD, Hilal Ahmad Parray; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Secretary Law, Abdul Majid Bhat; Secretary DMRR, Talat Parvez; Commissioner Relief and Rehabilitation Migrants, M L Raina; Chief Engineers of PWD, MD JKPCC, Director Estates, Director School Education Kashmir and Jammu, Director Health Services Kashmir, Jammu and other officials was present in the meeting.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma and concerned Deputy Commissioners participated in the meeting via video-conferencing.
The Advisor directed the officials to complete the accommodation facilities in Kashmir for the employees under the Prime Minister’s Development Programme (PMDP).
Regarding the improvement of facilities at Jagti township in Jammu, Vyas asked the officials to ensure that all requisite housing and related amenities are provided to the inhabitants of the township.
The Advisor also called for making marked improvement in the existing facilities at the migrant camps. He called for upgrading health facilities like setting up of operation theatre, additional equipment and machines and deployment of additional medical staff in the camps. Director Health Services was also asked to submit a proposal for up gradation of sanctioned staff and infrastructure at an earliest.
Vyas asked the Secretary DMRR Talat Parvez to follow up the status of referred vacancies for migrants with the Service Selection Board. He also directed Secretary DMRR to expedite balance cases of disbursement of relief for displaced persons of POJK and Chamb allotted by the Government of India.
He also directed Divisional Commissioner Jammu to disburse the cash relief to West Pakistan Refugees through direct benefit transfer policy after conducting proper verification.
Taking a review of education facilities for the children of Kashmiri migrants in Jammu, the Advisor directed for providing the sufficient number of subject expert teachers at schools in migrant colonies.


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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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Two engineers of PDD suspended in B’pora for dereliction of duty

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Bandipora, April 22: An Assistant Engineer (AE) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of Power Development Department (PDD) were on Monday suspended for dereliction of duty and putting general public to inconvenience in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said this afternoon.

They said the engineers were suspended after they failed to adhere to the orders of Deputy Commissioner’s office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience in Ahstengoo village of Bandipora.

They said the inhabitants of village Ashtangoo staged a protest and blocked Bandipora-Sopore Road today against PDD for not replacing the power transformer. However, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza directed both the engineers telephonically to reach on spot and sort-out the issue with the agitators who had blocked the road.

 

However, the engineers did not adhere to the orders of this office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience. Later it was also found that the concerned JE was absent from duties without any leave as confirmed from the Executive Engineer.

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