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Yashwant Sinha-led group barred from moving out of Srinagar

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Srinagar, Nov 23: The five-member group led by former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha visiting Kashmir was on Saturday prevented by Jammu & Kashmir authorities from travelling outside Srinagar citing a terrorist threat in the areas they intended to visit.

Former Foreign Minister Sinha had spoken to National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah over the phone on Friday.

Former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti are among the 50-odd politicians who have been detained by the J&K administration after the Centre’s move to revoke Article 370 on August 5.

 

Sinha said  that the phone call to the NC leader was facilitated by a friend.

He said they had planned to travel to Pulwama and Shopian in south Kashmir but authorities restricted their movement citing terrorist threat in south Kashmir.

“We had sent a written communication to deputy commissioner asking for permission to visit Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Yousuf Tarigami,” Sinha told IANS. “We have been told that permission has not been granted.”

He said the police told him they were free to move in Srinagar with the knowledge and permission of the authorities.

“This is to stop us from going to these places and seeing the situation for ourselves,” he said.

A security advisory to the group said they were “strongly advised to refrain from taking any such journey which would jeopardise your safety and security.”

The group has met several delegations after arriving in Srinagar and is scheduled to return to Delhi on November 25.


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154 snow clearance machines stationed across Kashmir: Div Comm

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Srinagar, Dec 09: In view of inclement weather, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a high level meeting to review arrangements made by the Line Departments.

The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Directors of Food, Education & Urban Local Bodies, Chief Engineers of PDD, PHE R&B and PMGSY, Commissioner SMC, Principal GMC, GM JKSRTC, SSP Traffic, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Joint Director Fire & Emergency, Staff Officer to IGP, SP (Headquarter), Deputy Directors of Health & MET, Superintending Engineers of MED & PDD, SP Traffic (Rural), Executive Engineers of MED, NHAI & BEACON, Senior officers of SKIMS, Project Head RAMKY and other concerned officers of Line Departments were present in the meeting whereas Deputy Commissioners of nine districts of the Kashmir division participated the meeting through video conferencing.

The Divisional Commissioner sought detailed feedback from Deputy Commissioners and officials of concerned Departments regarding stock position of essentials including food grains, LPG, Petrol, Kerosene oil. He also sought present status of electricity & water supply, buffer stock of power transformers, additional water tankers, deployment of snow clearance machines, functioning of Control Rooms of Line Department & Disaster Relief Centers and SDRF, besides heating arrangements in Hospitals, Medical supplies, presence of doctors and paramedic staff in health institutions.

 

The meeting also discussed present status of National Highway, Mughal Road & Srinagar-Leh Road, besides helicopter services and winter dumping of essentials in far-flung areas.

Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) informed the meeting that 154 snow clearance machines were already distributed among the districts.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) to gear up their men and machinery. He also directed them to position adequate number of snow clearance machines at various locations.

BEACON AND RAMKY was asked to ensure the timely deployment of men and machines on the Airport and National Highway for snow clearance. The concerned departments were asked to send location-wise details of snow clearance machines to the respective Deputy Commissioners immediately.

SMC Commissioner was directed to frame duty roaster for all Muncipal wards of the city indicating deployment of staff as well as machinery. He was asked to ensure that all measures are put in place to clear snow from lanes and bye-lanes besides deploying de-watering pumps in the low lying areas.

The Divisional Commissioner warned that no laxity in snow clearance operations will be tolerated and any delinquency in this regard will be stringently dealt with.

In order to avoid unscheduled power cuts, The Div Comm directed PDD to adhere to the power scheduled in letter and spirit besides ensuring to enhance the buffer stock of additional transformers at each district.

Chief Engineer PHE will ensure hassle free water supply to the public while augmenting water tanker service.

The Health authorities were asked to ensure adequate heating arrangements, while ensuring sufficient availability of medicines during the winter in all the health intuitions of Kashmir division.

Director Food was directed to ensure availability of kerosene oil to all districts as per schedule.

The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to conduct surprise inspection of control rooms of concerned departments and ensure their round the clock functioning so that people get real time information about essential services. He directed the concerned DCs to ensure wide-publicity of contact numbers of Control Rooms though print and electronic media.

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Dulloo reviews progress on utility works of AIIMS Jammu, Srinagar

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Jammu, Dec 9: Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo today chaired a meeting to review the progress on various utility works going on at the AIIMS institutes in Jammu and Srinagar.

The meeting discussed the land acquisition issues, construction of approach road, provision of water supply, electricity, construction of boundary wall and other related aspects of the project.

The FC enjoined upon the officers to work in tandem and close coordination to complete the utility and other construction works at both the places in a time bound manner.

 

The meeting was attended by various officials from Central Public Works Department, Public Health Engineering Department, Power Development Department, Public Works Department, Revenue Department, Director (Coordination), New Medical Colleges Jammu.

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Vijay Kumar appointed senior security adviser in home ministry

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New Delhi, December 6: Former adviser to the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, K Vijay Kumar, has been appointed as a senior security adviser in the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah, an official order said.

The 1975-batch officer of the Indian Police Service will “advise the ministry on security-related matters of Union Territory of J-K and Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected states,” the order said.The appointment order issued by the Union Home Ministry on December 3 stated that 67-year-old Kumar would be in the position for a period of one year from the date of his taking charge.

Kumar has served as the Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Director of the National Police Academy in Hyderabad and his most talked-about stint was as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.After his retirement from service and as DG, CRPF, in 2012, Kumar was appointed senior security adviser (LWE) in the Home Ministry then headed by Rajnath Singh.

 
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