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Assembly witness noisy scenes, BJP, NPP members disrupt Question Hour
8/28/2014 12:51:20 AM
SRINAGAR: Legislative Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes after National Panthers Party (NPP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members shouted slogans against the government, alleging discrimination with Jammu region. As the House met this morning to take up Question Hour, the NPP and BJP members were on their toes shouting slogans against the government. Despite repeated directions by Speaker Mubarak Gul to agitated members to resume seats they keep shouting, holding playcards in their hands which reads ‘regularise all daily wagers and contractuals of Power Development Department (PDD) and Public Health Engineering (PHE)’. “I will allow you to raise all your issues after the Question Hour..I will direct the government to give you reply in case of necessary,” the Speaker said. However, the NPP and BJP continued shouting and refused to go to their seats. The Speaker ruled that if the opposition members are not interested in Question Hour, let them speak. BJP member Ashok Kumar Khajuria said Jammu was facing worst power crisis though people are paying regularly their bills and meteres were installed. However, NPP leader Haresh Dev Singh said despite announcement by the ministers on the floor of the House last year, the daily wagers and contractuals of PHE PDD, who have completed seven years in service, have not been regularised. Mr Singh alleged that daily ...
 
Ceasefire violations: India-Pak to hold flag meet
No headway in talks
8/28/2014 12:51:05 AM
NIKOWAL BOP (AKHNOOR): Border forces of India and Pakistan today met for the first time since the recent spate of ceasefire violations but failed to agree on anything substantive in the 45-minute meeting. The meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers was held to defuse tension on the border but no issues relating to escalating ceasefire violations were discussed, officials said. Pakistan has requested for a Sector Commander or higher level flag meeting to resolve the issue regarding firing and shelling and ease tension, they said. According to BSF, firing by Pakistani forces along International Border (IB) in the past 45 days was possibly the “heaviest” since the 1971 war. Commandant of ...
Council adjourned over resolution on Indo-Pak talk
8/28/2014 12:50:47 AM
Srinagar, Aug 27: Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was adjourned for the day today after a pandemonium broke out over a resolution proposing to urge the Centre to resume dialogue with Pakistan. As soon as the House met for the Question Hour, ruling National Conference MLC Shehnaz Ganai raised a point of order over non-listing of a discussion, on her Calling Attention motion over Pakistan firing on International Border, in the list of business. Ganai was supported by opposition members from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), National Panthers Party (NPP) and some Congress members who alleged discrimination and politicisation of the issue. Chairman of the House Amrit Malhotra told the pr...
PM sets up committee for identifying ‘Obsolete’ Laws
8/28/2014 12:50:40 AM
NEW DELHI, AUG 27: Moving ahead with his resolve to weed out archaic rules and procedures as part of reforms process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today set up a committee to identify "obsolete" laws which he believes hamper governance by creating "avoidable confusion". The committee will submit its report in three months and on the basis of its recommendations a bill will be introduced in Parliament in the winter session. The committee will examine "Acts and Rules which may have become obsolete within the last 10 to 15 years". The decision to set up the committee is a follow-up to Modi's first major statement after becoming Prime Minister that archaic laws hamper governance and need to ...
No security threat to Vaishno Devi pilgrims: Govt
8/28/2014 12:50:33 AM
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government today said there was no specific security threat to the pilgrims at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district of the state. “There is no specific security threat to the yatris at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan,” government said in a written reply to a question in the Legislative Council. “Adequate security arrangements are already in place which are being reviewed from time to time as per the requirement,” it said. ...
Resolution to provide 35 kg of ration @ Rs 2 per kg adopted
8/28/2014 12:50:24 AM
SRINAGAR: The State Legislative Assembly today discussed and adopted a Private Member’s Resolution to provide 35 kg of ration at the rate of Rs 2 per kg to each family. The resolution, moved by lone member of the Communist Party of India (M) member Mohammad Yousuf Targami, was adopted after brief discussion. The resolution reads ‘This House urges upon the Government to provide foodgrains ration of 35 kg at Rs 2 per kg to each family as per the 2011 census.” However, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) Minister Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan said at present the State Government is receiving the ration from the Centre as per projected population of 2000 and is providing the ration ...
SVO, CB registered FIRs against 304 officials in corruption cases
8/28/2014 12:50:15 AM
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) and Crime Branch (CB) have registered FIRs against 304 officers and officials of different departments in corruption cases for the past about one decade. Majority cases are still under investigation even after eight years while courts have directed SVO to reinvestigate in some cases. However, 31 officers and officials were awarded punishment by courts. This information was given in a written reply by the government in the Legislative Assembly on a question by lone Communist Party of India (M) member Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami. The officers and officials were involved in misappropration of government funds by misusing thei...
 
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