Thursday, June 13, 2024

Indian, Chinese troops clash along LAC in Tawang

commander in the area held a flag meeting with his counterpart Minor injuries to few personnel
Over 300 Chinese soldiers clashed at Tawang flashpoint, sources
Congress to corner govt in Parliament today on LAC issue. Indian and Chinese troops clashed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Tawang sector of Arunachal Pradesh on December 9 and the face-off resulted in “minor injuries to a few personnel from both sides”, the Indian Army said today.
The clash near Yangtse along the LAC in the sensitive sector took place last Friday amid the over 30-month border standoff between the two sides in Eastern Ladakh.
“Both sides immediately disengaged from the area. As a follow up of the incident, own (Indian) commander in the area held a flag meeting with his counterpart to discuss the issue in accordance with structured mechanisms to restore peace and tranquillity,” it said.
The Army statement did not mention the number of troops involved in the face-off and those injured in the incident.
However, a source indicated that there were more than 200 Chinese soldiers involved and they were carrying spiked clubs and sticks, and injuries on the Chinese side could be higher. But there was no official word on the same.
The Congress is likely to corner the government on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) issue in both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday in the wake of yet another face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops near Tawang. “The Modi government should be honest about the Chinese transgressions and construction at all points near the LAC since April 2020,” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Malllikarjun Kharge tweeted.
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Working on plan to find a channel of discussion between Pak, India to resolve Kashmir issue: OIC chief
India has emphasised that the OIC has no locus standi to comment on matters related to Jammu and Kashmir,
OIC delegation was on a visit from December 10-12 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has said that it has been working on a plan to find a channel of discussion between Pakistan and India on the Kashmir issue.
India has previously hit out at the 57-member grouping of Muslim-majority nations, saying bodies like OIC should refrain from allowing vested interests to exploit its platform for comments on the internal affairs of the country.
“I think the most important thing is to find the channel of discussion between stakeholders [India and Pakistan] and we are working on a plan of action in this regard in collaboration with the Pakistani government and other member countries,” OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha told the media in Muzaffarabad on Sunday.
Taha said that he had undertaken a tour of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to implement a resolution adopted by the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) at a recent session, as he wanted to see for himself the situation on the ground.
Earlier, the five-member delegation led by Taha drove to Chakothi sector, where it was briefed by a military commander on the situation at the Line of Control (LoC).
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3-member panel set up to probe ‘irregularities’ in fire and emergency dept recruitment
Several political parties, including BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have been demanding the cancellation of the selection process and handing over the case to CBI.
Financial Commissioner (additional chief secretary), home department, will head the committee
submit its report within one month, read an order issued by Secretary, General Administration Department,
About 60,000 aspirants had applied for 870 posts of firemen and firemen drivers following a 2013 advertisement. As many as 14,000 were shortlisted after a physical standard test followed by a written examination by the recruitment board.

However, the interview could not be held in 2014 due to floods and the recruitment process was cancelled in 2017 on the directions of the then chief minister. The candidates approached the high court which directed the government to hold the recruitment process afresh.

In 2018, a physical test of 14,000 aspirants was conducted and 7,000 of them passed and appeared in the written examination. It was again cancelled on court directions amid allegations of irregularities and mass copying which was substantiated by an official inquiry panel.

A fresh examination was conducted again on September 20, 2020, and the selection list was issued. The recruitment process was completed the next month despite protests by unsuccessful candidates, alleging irregularities and paper leak.
The demand for cancellation of the selection list in fire and emergency services gained momentum after the Jammu and Kashmir government cancelled the police sub-inspector recruitment process in July and handed over the case to CBI.
On November 12, CBI filed a charge sheet against 24 people accused of targeting aspirants willing to cough up Rs 20-30 lakh to get through the recruitment process.
Secretary GAD and Secretary, Department of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs are Members of this committee, which shall submit its report within a period of one month.
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Commissioner SMC issues sanction for prosecution of 05 in-service officials of Corporation
The sanction for prosecution will enable ACB to take further action
The officials include Ward Officers, Building Inspector and former Chief Enforcement Officer.
Commissioner SMC, Athar Aamir Khan today issued sanction for prosecution of 05 in-service officials of Srinagar Municipal Corporation for offences punishable under prevention of corruption act and the penal code.
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Hilal hanjuri
Employees Performance Monitoring format to be changed as per deptts’ requirements
Salary of many employees stopped for not uploading details on e-HRM
CS closely examining compliance to technological interventions
Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to carry out changes in the Employees Performance Monitoring format as per the requirements of the departments and keeping in view deliverables assigned to them. Moreover, salary of several employees has been stopped for not uploading details on the e-HRM (Human Resource Management) portal despite repeated instructions in this regard.
The Employees Performance Monitoring portal was launched in the month of February this year by Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta in order to capture the monthly work performance of the employees and officers of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and appraisal thereof by their respective Reporting/Controlling Officers.’
“No doubt at present almost all the employees are submitting monthly work performance on the portal but it has been brought to the notice of the Government that uniform format for all the departments is not serving the purpose”, official sources told EXCELSIOR.
They disclosed that columns mentioning physical and financial achievements, number of deputations attended and grievances resolved don’t serve any purpose for the teaching fraternity of the Higher Education and School Education Departments. Similar is the case with the employees of the Law Department and the doctors etc.
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No question of talks with Pak,
Centre’s policy is very clear on this; says LG
‘Will strike last nail in coffin of terrorism’
Families’ consent will be taken for ID but it’s beneficial

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today declared that this is the Indian Government policy that there is no question of talks with Pakistan till it rejects and openly criticise terrorism even as he maintained that efforts are on to strike last nail in the coffin of terror.
Referring to the statement of certain politicians that there can be no peace in Jammu and Kashmir till talks are held with Pakistan, Sinha said he rejects this notion strongly.
Some politicians including People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti and, sometimes, even National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah have called for talks with Pakistan to resolve the issue of Kashmir.
“Earlier also, common man wanted situation to change but it was intentionally allowed to continue. But now the days are gone when there was stone pelting in the Valley. Hartals were observed and schools, colleges and Varsities were shut on call given by the neighbour. Now, common man is earning livelihood,” Sinha said, adding the efforts are on to finish support system of the terrorism.
He said the separatists not only misled common man of Kashmir but used them as cannon fodder to fulfil their agenda. While their (separatists’) own children studied in New Delhi, Mumbai and even abroad, it was poor and common man who got killed and was made to suffer. In the process, many lives were lost, he added.
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2-4 blogs, websites under surveillance for threats; Pak behind them: DGP
56 foreign militants killed this year
out of the 109 new militants, 86 were killed and just 23 are surviving.
“Militancy is dying. Mouthpiece of Pakistan and ISI wants to keep it alive
Mouthpiece of Pakistan and ISI wants to keep it alive. However, we are examining and investigating the threats issued from different blogs by different militant outfits and are taking action,” the DGP told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
Asserting that there is no need to worry from the threats, Dilbag said this has become daily conspiracy of the elements who don’t digest peace and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Remaining such organizations will be crushed,” he added.
On militant attacks in Punjab and whether there was Pakistani hand in it, the police chief said Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab Police are working in coordination with each other.
He said drone threat is being dealt with effectively.
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As J&K CM, I sent list of leaders’ having links with militants to PM, HM but no action taken: Azad
‘Pak Army big obstacle between Indo-Pak relations’
Elections have become ‘tool’ of dividing society in India
Former J&K Chief Minister and Democratic Azad Party (DAP) chairman, Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that he as a Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had sent a report to the then Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil about the links of some political leaders of the State with the militants but the Central leadership took no action in this regard.
When asked whether it was due to the soft policy of the then Congress Government at the Centre towards militants, Azad said he would not say that it was due to soft stance of the then Government but there were some mainstream leaders acting as ‘double cross’. They had links with the terror outfits and at the same time were befooling New Delhi by projecting themselves as great nationalists and mainstream leaders. “I don’t know when such people will meet their fate,” Azad regretted.
“Right from Nehru to Vajpayee and even Narendra Modi, took the lead and tried to improve relations with Pakistan. But the result is in front of all of you. The Army of that country do not want peace in the region due to its own vested interests and public in Pakistan also knows it well.
Referring to the role of some political parties to play communal card during elections, Azad said,” Unfortunately elections have become tool for such political parties to divide society in the country. This is most unfortunate. The countries like USA elected a ‘Blackman’ as its President twice and Britain, a man from Indian origin as its PM, but unfortunately we are still connected with the politics of Hindu-Muslim, Christian-Sikh, Gujjar- Pahari, Kashmiri non-Kashmiri and so on.
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Irfan fazil
DSEK notifies special fee, admission waivers in UP, Pune for wards of Police, Army personnel killed in the line of duty
DSEK has sought details of the deserving girl students of killed Police and SPO families for Educational and Residential Scholarship in Pune, Maharashtra.
Sarhad, a Pune-based NGO, has decided to provide educational scholarships to the daughters of the martyrs of Kashmiri Police and SPOs for different courses,” said the communication addressed to all the Chief Education Officers (CEOs).
The girl students would be provided admission in graduation courses in Science, Commerce and Arts stream besides, B Com, M Com, BBA, BBA (CA), B Sc (CS), M Sc (CS).
“In this connection, I am directed to request you to disseminate the information with all heads of the institutions of higher secondary and high schools of your district and provide the list of such deserving girl students,” reads the communication addressed to all CEOs of Kashmir division.
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`18 heart attacks a day’:
Doctors caution against rampant use of anti-cold medicines in Kashmir

Doctors have pressed a panic button over the rampant use of cold medicines and cough syrups following the alarming increase in heart attacks in Kashmir.

More than 18 cases of heart attacks are reported to SMHS and SKIMS every day this winter. Private and other hospitals in different districts too are witnessing a surge in heart failure cases.
“Heart attacks have increased by two-and-half times in winter. We are witnessing 17 to 18 cases every day in both SMHS and SKIMS per day. Earlier, heart attack was a disease of old age. People above 65 years were prone to attacks. Now people below 40 are getting heart attacks. People as young as 28 are getting heart attacks,”
Dr. Muhammad Salim Khan, head, department of community medicine, said people need to take a lot of fluids during winter to remain hydrated. “It is a myth that people do not sweat during winter. In fact, we wear so many clothes that we get sweat. We lose our water content from the body. Therefore we need to drink more fluids in winter. When we do not drink water, our blood thickens. Our blood pressure also shoots up. It puts more pressure on the heart, “ he said.

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