J&K guv for regular follow-up of court cases pertaining to recruitments
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Srinagar, Aug 14: Governor N N Vohra has asked Chief Secretary to ensure that all Administrative Secretaries and the recruiting agencies respond promptly in every case in which there are “Stay Orders” from competent courts and ensure that the prolonged pendency of such cases does not result in delaying the recruitment processes.
“The concerned Departments, in coordination with the recruiting agencies and the Law Department/ Advocate General should ensure filing of time-bound replies in the concerned Courts to ensure against any avoidable delay in recruitments,” the Governor observed while chairing separate meetings, at Civil Secretariat here last evening, to review the status of vacancies and progress of recruitment in Health and Medical Education and School Education Departments.
The Governor asked Chief Secretary to designate officers who shall be responsible for ensuring constant review to ensure that replies are timely filed in the courts. He also directed prompt action to deal with the grievances of those who have gone to the courts and ensure that litigations are reduced to the very minimum. “Instead of getting entangled in litigations, efforts should be made to resolve the grievances/complaints from within the Departmental redressal systems,” he observed and added that the onus also lies on Law Officers who need to guide the Government as well as the concerned Departments about the merits of the claims raised by the employees who seek legal redress. The Governor issued instructions that in all cases where appeals have to be filed by the concerned departments, the concerned Administrative Secretaries shall ensure that such action is taken well within the stipulated time-frame. Vohra directed Heads of Department to regularly monitor the progress of court cases and take appropriate measures to address every pending court case. Earlier, Chairman JKPSC and Chairman SSB briefed the Governor in detail about the important court cases and their current status. According to officials, while around 800 cases are pending in various courts pertaining to SSB, there are another 500 cases pertaining to JKPSC.
391 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath, about 2.80 lakh have darshan so far
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Srinagar, Aug 14:About 391 pilgrims have paid obeisance on Tuesday at the holy Amarnath cave shrine, where so far about 2.80 yatris have had darshan of the self-made ice-Shivlingam.
The annual 60-day-long yatra, which commenced from June 28, will conclude on August 26.
An official spokesperson said that on the 48th day of the ongoing Amarnath Yatra, 391 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave on Tuesday. Till date, he said 2,79,926 yatris had the darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave.
Traffic yet again suspended on Srinagar-Jammu NH; Leh, Mughal roads open
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Srinagar, Aug 14:The traffic was again suspended on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, due to landslides and shooting stones, triggered by heavy rain in Ramban and Udhampur districts.
However, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway and historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, are through for traffic despite rain.
A traffic police official said that traffic was again suspended on the Kashmir highway this morning due to multiple landslides, triggered by rain at Udhampur and shooting stones in Ramban in Jammu region. “It is still raining heavily in these areas on the highway,” he added.
He said once the weather improves Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, will pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides and put through the highway. “Traffic will be allowed only after a green signal is received from BRO and traffic police officials posted at different places, including Ramban and Udhampur,” he added.
Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was allowed to ply on Monday evening after remaining suspended for over nine hours due to landslides triggered by heavy rain in Ramban stretch.
Meanwhile, despite rain, the historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, was through for traffic.
Similarly, traffic on Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking Ladakh region with Kashmir, was also plying normally.
Army pays tribute to soldier killed near LoC in Tangdhar sector
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Srinagar, Aug 14:The Army on Tuesday paid floral tribute to a soldier killed in a counter infiltration operation on Monday near the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said that the Army paid the tribute with full military honour to a soldier, Sepoy Pushpendra Singh, who attained martyrdom while battling the infiltrators.
In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh Cantonment, Lt Gen A K Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation. “In a show of solidarity, representatives from other security agencies also joined in to pay their last respects to the martyr,” he said.
He said Sepoy Singh sustained bullet injury during the gun battle at Tangdhar, Kupwara district. He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to Army’s 92 Base hospital, where he succumbed.
“The martyr, Sepoy Singh (28), had joined the Army in 2011 and belonged to Village Khutiya of Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh and is survived by his wife and a son,” he said.
Col Kalia said the mortal remains of the martyr were flown for last rites to his native place, where he would be laid to rest with full military honours.
In this hour of grief, he said the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved family of the martyr and remains committed to their dignity and well being.
Shehla Rashid files complaint against underworld don Ravi Pujari for threatening her
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Srinagar, Aug 14:Student activist Shehla Rashid has filed a complaint with the Jammu and Kashmir police here against underworld don Ravi Pujari for threatening her.
“FIR number 45/2018 u/s 506 RPC filed by J&K Police against Ravi Poojary on my complaint,” Miss Shehla wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter. The threat to the student activist came on a day when her friend and JNU student leader Umar Khalid was attacked by unidentified gunman in New Delhi on Monday. Rashid said Poojari had warned her, Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mevani to shut up or else they will shut their mouth forever. “Meanwhile, got this death threat from right-wing Hindutvawadi fundamentalist Ravi Poojary. He warns Umar Khalid, Jignesh Mevani and me to shut up! Threat by SMS #DigitalIndia,” she tweeted. In a message to the student activists, the screenshot of which she posted on twitted, Poojari said, “Just shut your mouth or we will shut your mouth forever. Tell Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani also. Mafia don Ravi Poojary”.
Guv condoles demise of Somnath Chatterjee
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Srinagar, Aug 14: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Tuesday expressed grief over the demise of Somnath Chatterjee, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha, whom he had known for many years. A Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Raj Bhavan said in a condolence message, Vohra has prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in their hour of grief.
Chatterjee passed away on Monday at the age of 89 following a heart attack.