Govt announces Panchayats, additional one month salary for employees on pols duty

SRINAGAR, SEP 25 : Ahead of the upcoming Panchayat elections, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Tuesday announced the total number of Panchayats and Sarpanches in the state besides he said that all the employees who will be on poll duty will receive an additional one month salary.

Addressing a press briefing, Subrahmanyam said that in total there are 4,490 Panchayats in the state and as many Sarpanches. The total number of Panches in the state will be 35,000. There will be around 39,500 elected representatives in our Panchayats.

Subrahmanyam also said that there are 79 urban local bodies and about 1200 wards 600 each in Kashmir and Jammu region.

The Urban Local Body (ULB) polls will be conducted in four phases starting October 8, whereas the panchayat polls will be held in nine-phases from November 17.

Chief Secretary V R Subrahmanyam made announcement that “the government also said that they will substantially increase the salary of the Special Police Officers (SPOs)”.

The Chief Secretary also said that adequate security will be given to all those candidates who will contest the upcoming polls. He said that 300 hotel rooms have been booked in Srinagar for candidates and similar arrangements made in south and north Kashmir.

For SPOs, the government is going to make a substantial hike to their salaries in next few days, he said. “The resignations compared to total number of SPOs who are above 30,000 is negligible” he added.

After militants killed three cops, who were abducted from Shopian, at least six have announced their resignations from three other districts of the valley.

While taking to social media, policemen from Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama quit their jobs. However, India’s Home Ministry in a statement said that no cop in the state has resigned.

Earlier, Three policemen – Firdous Ahmad Kuchay, Kulwant Singh and Nisar Ahmad – were abducted and killed by the militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Friday morning.

APHC pays rich tributes to rebels killed in Sopore, Tangdar


SRINAGAR, SEP 25 : Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of Tangdar and Sopore encounters, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani reiterated that the youth of Kashmir have opted gun as a reaction to the Indian military and forcible occupation of Kashmir.

Terming Kashmir as a basic issue of contention between the two nuclear powers of the sub-continent the Hurriyat Chairman regretted the stubborn postures of India to deal this political issue with its military might. With the resolution of Kashmir issue, predicting a new era of peace and development not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in whole South Asia as well, Geelani asserted on India to read the writing on the wall visa-vis the horrendous situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir where the occupation forces seem to have outnumbered the local population during any cordon and search operations, still the people display their sentiments for right to self-determination, said Geelani.

Kashmir dispute poses a threat to peace in South Asia : Hurriyat (M)

Srinagar, Sep 25 : Hurriyat Conference (M) strongly expressed its resentment against the anti-people policies being employed by the ruling dispensation to crush the people’s struggle through military might, stating that the freedom sentiment runs deep in the minds of every citizen of Kashmir and no power can break the resolve of people and the resistance leadership of Kashmir.
Hurriyat Conference (M) said that the fact remains that Kashmir dispute poses a major threat to peace not for the sub-continent but for the entire south Asia and accepting the ground realities and taking concrete steps to resolve the vexed dispute will result in the peaceful atmosphere in the south Asian region. It said permanent peace can only be achieved after finding a dignified solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance to the wishes of people.
Hurriyat (M) paid rich tributes to two armed youth martyred in Sopore Tujjer gun battle stating that youth are spilling their hot blood only to free Kashmir from the clutches of forcible control and their sacrifices will always be remembered as they are the great assets of our nation. People and the resistance leadership are committed to safeguard the blood of martyrs and is duty bound to take the mission of martyrs to its logical end.
Hurriyat Conference (M) strongly condemned the fresh wave of CASOs in Central Kashmir’s Charar-e-Sharief, and dozens of villages in Pulwama that include Lasipora, Badibagh, Naman, Kakapora and Pulwama, where people were asked to come out their homes and kept under open sky for hours together. The Hurriyat termed the arrest of youth, thrashing inmates, and vandalising properties, terming it as an ultimate highhandedness and brazen violation of human rights.
Hurriyat (M) expressed grief over the death of five members of a family in Doda due to landslides and extended sympathy and solidarity to the bereaved family on behalf of the APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Two rebels killed in Sopore operation

SRINAGAR, SEP 25 : Two rebels have been killed in Tujjar area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district during an encounter with forces on Tuesday.

They said that search operation was still going on in the area. “Two rebels have been killed in Tujjar and the operation continues,” army said. However the identity of the slain militants was being ascertained.

Earlier a gunfight broke out between rebels and forces after a joint team of army, SOG and CRPF personnel laid a siege around Nowpora area of Tujjar in Sopore late last night. The gunfight however started today morning after hiding militants opened fire on the search party.

Family from Kupwara claims kin among rebels killed in Bandipora gunfight

SRINAGAR, SEP 25 : A family from Rang Warnow area of Kupwara district in North Kashmir on Tuesday claimed that one of the rebels Mohammad Sidiq Sountra @Abu Usman killed in Sumlar Bandipora gunfight was their kin.

“We have approached the police that one of the slain rebels in Bandipora identified as Mohammad Sidiq Sountra son of Late Rajqb Sountra a resident of Rang Warnow is our kin,” Mohammad Qasim, brother of the slain rebels told .

He said that Sidiq has joined militancy in early 90’s and on the photographic evidence we came to know about his killing. SSP Kupwara Ambarker shriram dinker told PTK that a family from Rang Warnow approached them with the claim that one of the rebels killed in Bandipora gunfight was their kin.

“We have asked them to approach Bandipora police as this case pertains to them” SSP Kupwara said.

Pertinently three families two from south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Kulgam and one from Ganderbal approached the deputy commissioner Bandipora claiming that their kin were among the five slain rebels.

Bandipora Gunfight: 3 families claim slain rebels as their kins

SRINAGAR, SEP 25 : Three families from Kulgam, Shopian, and Kangan on Tuesday claimed that their kin are among the five militants killed on Friday at Sumlar village in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Sources said that families of three slain militants Parvez Ahmed Tedwa alias Abu Mawiya of Kangan, Bilal Ahmad alias Abu Haider of Kulgam and Muhammad Umar from Shopian approached the Bandipora district magistrate and sought their bodies for proper burial.

Reports quoted officials as saying that families met us today. It needs to be confirmed because the militants have already been buried. The legal procedure for the identification will be followed by the concerned Deputy Commissioner Baramulla.

Earlier, Hizbul Mujahideen had claimed that the slain militants were local rebels hailing from Kupwara, Kangan, Kulgam, and Bandipora.

On September 22, army and police in a joint press conference had said that five militants were killed during a two-day long encounter in Shokhbab Sumlar area.

The army also claimed that latest weaponry was seized from the infiltrators. The army was not sure about the identities of the militants but had suspected them to be foreigners affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba. The bodies were buried at Baramulla besides people in Bandipora staged protests on the very first day claiming that rebels were local.

Pertinently Bandipora observes complete shutdown today on the fifth day against the killing of rebels.

LMD books vendors for labelling violations

SRINAGAR, SEP 25 : Field executives of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) today booked various business vendors in Sanant Nagar and Rawalpora areas of Srinagar for selling various crockery items without proper labelling.

During the inspections, a large quantity of crockery items like Herb Mincer, baby-feeder, cookie-cutters, tissue-paper holders, glassware, napkins etc were seized by the LMD team on the spot for violation of labelling norms.

“Some products were found carrying stickers with inflated MRP. An ordinary mug was found carrying a price sticker of Rs 440. Three shopping malls were booked on spot. On most of the crockery products, the manufacturers/importers have not printed all the mandatory declarations on the label,” a statement of the LMD said.

The legal action shall be initiated against such companies/importers under Legal Metrology laws, the statement added.

Every pre-packed crockery item is supposed to carry the declaration of country of origin with MRP/Net contents/Manufacturing date/Customer care number with e-mail address.

The traders dealing in such products are directed not to offer for sale any crockery item which is without the aforesaid mandatory declarations, the LMD said.


PDP suspends its Surankote leader over filing nomination for ULB polls

Srinagar, Sep 25 : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday suspended one of its leaders from Surankote for filing the nomination papers as a candidate in forthcoming ULB polls.
As per party’s chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir, one PDP functionary namely Hameed Manhas has been suspended from the party fold for undermining the directions passed by the party to its leaders and cadres that the party will not participate in the Panchayat and urban Local Bodies elections at present.
As per the spokesman, the party functionary in question filed his nomination as a candidate for ULB polls from Surankote and hence tried to disrupt the party discipline. He added that Mr Manhas tried to defy the unanimous decision that the party had already intimated to all its cadres across the state.
Pertinent to mention that PDP has already taken conscious decision unanimously that the party will not take part in any election process at present as the central government has been linking the hearing of the case pertaining to Article 35-A with the forthcoming Panchayat and ULB polls in the state.
The spokesman stated that if any of the party functionary or the leader defies the party’s stand, action against such a measure becomes inevitable.

Tosa Maidan can’t be allowed to become death trap for children: SHRC

Srinagar, Sep 25 : The state Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday said that the Tosa Maidan should be either cleaned or cleaned, saying that this Maidan cannot be allowed to become a death trap for children.
Hearing a suo-motto complaint regarding death of one person and four injured in a mine-blast at Tosa Maidan in Budgam on last Thursday, the commission expected that necessary relief will be provided to the NOKs of the deceased and also to the injured persons.
The commission also observed that it earlier dealt with a similar matter where a girl got killed and her brother lost both legs by a blast in same Tosa Maidan.
It expected that foolproof steps will be made in cleaning Tosa Maidan, so that there is no such incident in future.
The SHRC also directed the Chief Secretary to file a report within six weeks and the case is fixed for a next hearing on 08-11-2018.


Illegal clinics go unchecked in Bla

Srinagar, Sep 25 : As the authorities claimed to have started drive against the illegal clinics in Kashmir, the alleged illegal clinics goes unchecked in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district while as the authorities are acting as mute spectators.
According to KNS correspondent, Iqbal Amin, the illegal clinics have gone unchecked in Rafiabad, Uri, Sopore, Sangrama in Baramulla district
Locals said that authorities have failed to act tough against the illegal clinics in several areas of Baramulla, thus giving a freehand to the people running illegal clinics.
They said that the private clinics are being run openly but nobody from the administration bother to look into the issue.
The locals said that instead of doctors, the pharmacists prescribe medicines to patients in the abovementioned areas.
They appealed the higher ups to look into the matter and take action against such clinics at an earliest.