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Panchayati Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for 1st Phase

Srinagar, October 23:

 The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shaleen Kabra today issued notification for the conduct of 1st phase of Panchayati Polls-2018 to elect Sarpanches and Panches.

The notification has been issued for Keran, Ramhal, Tarathpora, Teetwal, Tangdar in District Kupwara, Gurez, Baktoor, Tulail in District Bandipora, Kunzer, Uri, Parenpillan, Noorkhah, Kandi-Belt Rafiabad in Baramulla District, Gund in Ganderbal District, Khanmoh in Srinagar District, Khansahib in Budgam District, Drass, Lungnak, Barsoo, Tai-Suru in Kargil District, Durbuk, Singay Lalok, Kharu, Nyoma, Rong, Rupsho in Leh District in Kashmir Division.

In Jammu Division, the Panchayati elections will be held in 1st Phase in Dachhan, Bunjwah, Marwah, Padder, Warwan in Kishtwar District, Bhallessa, Changa, Jakyas, Chilli Pingal in Doda District, Ramsoo, Khari in Ramban District, Dudu Basantgarh, Lath Marothi, Panchari, Moungri in Udhampur District, Bani, Duggan in Kathua District, Manjakote, Panjgrain in Rajouri and Buffliaz, Surankote in Poonch District.

According to the notification, the last date for making nominations is 30 October, 2018 (Tuesday), the date for the scrutiny of nominations is 31 October, 2018 (Wednesday), the last date for withdrawal of candidature is the 02 November, 2018 (Friday), the date on which a poll, if necessary, shall be from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm on 17 November, 2018 (Saturday), the date of counting is 17 November, 2018 (Saturday) unless notified otherwise, and the date before which the election shall be completed on 17 December, 2018  (Monday).

Union Home Minister announces new highway from Kargil to Gurez


Srinagar, October 23:

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced that a new highway would be constructed in Jammu and Kashmir along the border from Kargil to Gurez.He made this announcement at a high-level meeting convened here today to review the implementation of various developmental initiatives in the State.

Governor Satya Pal Malik, Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, J&K Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam, state’s Administrative Secretaries and other senior officers of the Central and the State Government were present at the meeting. 

The Union Home Minister said that the Ministry for Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH), Government of India has been asked to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the new highway taking off at Kargil in Ladakh and culminating at Gurez in district Bandipora after traversing through Machhil, Keran and Tangdhar.The Union Home Minister also took a detailed review of the projects being implemented under the Prime Minister’s Develop ment Programme (PMDP), the Dal Lake Conservation programme, establishment of 5 new battalions of Indian Reserve Police (IRP) in the state, progress of capacity building of local youth under Himayat, Udaan and Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikas Yojana, Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for J&K students, creation of sports infrastructure and educational exchange programmes .Rajnath Singh also reviewed the progress on relief disbursement to PoJK and West Pakistan Refugees, employment package for migrants under PMDP, BADP and construction of bunkers along the International Border and LoC. He also took a detailed review of the developmental issues of Ladakh.J&K Chief Secretary sought the Union Home Minister’s intervention to get Industrial Development Package on the pattern of Northeast Industrial Development Scheme extended to J&K which has extra incentives for the entrepreneurs.The Chief Secretary also sought additional Rs 759 crore for Srinagar Ring Road Project and relaxation in SDRF norms for purchase of equipment.The Union Home Minister also separately chaired a high-level security review meeting to review the overall security scenario in the State. Speaking at the meeting he complimented the State Administration, the police and the paramilitary forces for ensuring smooth, free and fair conduct of Urban Local Body Polls in the State.

Ramban: DDC reviews Darbar move arrangements


Ramban, October 23:

 District Development Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat today reviewed the darbar move arrangements being put in place from Banihal to Nashri here at a meeting of civil and police officers.

The meeting was attended by the SP Traffic, NH44, PD Sharma, CPO Uttam Singh, CMO, Dr. Safu-din-Khan, ARTO, Mohammad Saleem and representatives of construction companies and other officers of civil departments.The DDC asked the construction agencies for reducing traffic pressure on National Highway and ensuring better road condition for smooth plying of traffic during move days. He directed the construction companies to station adequate man and machineries at vulnerable locations from Banihal to Nashri for speedy restoration of highway in case of any eventuality and land sliding.

The DDC directed the Army, BEACON, NHAI, Police and civil departments to establish a round the clock joint control room to monitor clearance of road. He directed the traffic police to regulate traffic efficiently for easy passing of vehicles at   construction sites.

He further informed that three medical teams alongwith ambulances will bed deputed at different locations including Jawahar tunnel to Ramsoo, Ramsoo to Ramban and Ramban to Nashri under the supervision of Dr. Sameer.

Train service remains suspended for security reasons in Kashmir


Srinagar, October 23:

Train service remained suspended for security reasons for the second day on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for “Lal Chowk challo” to protest against the killings in Kulgam on Sunday.

Yesterday train service was suspended for security reasons in the valley in view of strike call by JRL against the Kulgam incident.

This is the eighth time that train service has been suspended in the Kashmir valley partially or fully since October 8, when first of the four phase Urban Local Bodies (ULB) polling was held.

Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants were killed in an encounter by security forces at village Laroo in Kulgam on Sunday. However, immediately after the encounter was over, large number of people gathered there during which a blast took place leaving six persons dead and scores injured.

Train service remained suspended in south Kashmir for the third day today following, a senior railway official told UNI.

A fresh advisory was received from police last night that train service will remain suspended in the valley on Tuesday also, he said adding for security reasons we suspended all train runs on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region on Sunday when encounter ensued in Kulgam, he said adding no train will chug today also.

He said train service which was normal in north Kashmir on Sunday was suspended on Monday. No train will run on Srinagar-Badgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir track today also, he added.

He said railway department is acting on the advice of local administration, particularly police since the safety and security of passenger was important. 

 He said in the past railway suffered losses worth crores of rupees in violence during protests and hartals. However, train service has become very popular as it is cheap, fast and safe against other mode of transport available in the valley.


DC Baramulla chairs Cross-LoC trade meet


Baramulla, October 23 :

 With an aim to strengthen the cross LOC trade through Uri and to ensure smooth and efficient transaction of business, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash today chaired a zero-point meeting at Kaman Post with the concerned trade authorities.

A comprehensive discussion was held to improve Cross LOC trade. It was decided that the traders meeting shall be organized on a quarterly basis besides sharing of traders list, which will help in streamlining the trade process.On the occasion, DC stressed upon DG Travel and Trade Authority Tahir Hameed Malik for carrying out the trade process in a transparent manner. He said that scrutiny of trade associated vehicles should be strengthened so that all the hurdles confronting the way are eliminated.

It was also decided that a Common Facility Centre shall be established between the Custodians of Salamabad and Chakoti for boosting the trade process besides resolving trade issues in a hassle-free manner.Director Industries Kashmir, Director Planning, SDM, Uri, Custodian Trade Facilitation Center and various other concerned were present on occasion.


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