Tag Archives: Kishtwar

Kishtwar Clashes: J&K Govt. orders High-level enquiry

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a high-level inquiry into Friday’s clashes in Kishtwar in which two people were killed and 30 others were injured. Kishtwar district continues to be under curfew for the second day today. The Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police of Kishtwar district were both transferred last night following the clashes between the two communities.Deputy Commissioner Mohd Saleem has been transferred to the General Administration Department and he will be replaced by Basheer Ahmed Khan while SP Sunil Gupta was shifted to the DGP’s office and his place has gone to Sanjay Kumar Kotwal. “It is hereby ordered that Jammu Divisional Commissioner Shantmanu is appointed to inquire into the incidents of violence and arson and …

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When Kishtwar was burning Omar was busy Squabbling on twitter

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The picturesque Kishtwar district headquarters, famous for producing saffron, witnessed worst kind of mayhem that too on the occasion of EID as one civilian lost his life and over 30 others were injured. More than 100 shops, over 30 vehicles, several prime properties, petrol pump, gas agency office were also ransacked and torched  by the rioters after attending EID prayers. Interestingly, when all this was happening the state Home Minister Sajjad Ahamd Kitchloo too was present in the district headquarters. He could not gather enough courage to be with his people. Kitchloo is not only the  state Home Minister but he is a local MLA of the area. He commands respect of the  people of the area and had he …

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Atleast repair damaged School Buildings to save Children in Doda, Kishtwar


More than three months have passed when an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale shook the erstwhile district of Doda and left more than 490 school buildings damaged in the area. Since May1 at least 40 shocks, aftershocks and tremors have been reported in the area and from Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Union Health and Family welfare Minister visited the area but even their presence  could not make difference in the lives of local residents in the area. The state leaders have been desperately pleading their case for special assistance but not a single penny has been spent on ground zero to either repair the damaged houses or …

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PM lays foundation of Ratli power project


Strongly advocating transfer of Dulhasti Hydro Electric Power Project to Jammu and Kashmir to enable it address increasing power supply demand and strengthen economy, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that bulk production of hydro power in the State is only way forward to ensure socio-economic welfare of the State. Addressing a public gathering here in presence of Prime Minister, Dr. Manhoman Singh, UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, Governor, N. N. Vohra, Union Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad and various other Central and State dignitaries who arrived here to lay foundation of Ratli HEP, the Chief Minister said that optimum utilization of two great resources of ‘water and natural beauty’ possessed by Jammu and Kashmir could transform the economic and development scenario …

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Doda residents continue to wait for the relief/rehabilitation package, pinning all their hopes on PM’s visit to Kishtwar


More than fifty (50) days have passed and  both the state and the centre govt are yet to provide much needed relief material to majority of quake it residents across Doda district. After seeking a central assistance to the tune of Rs 607 crore from the centre govt the state govt, till date, is waiting for the formal sanction of the relief and rehabilitation package. In the absence of any relief material the residents are forced to spend sleepless nights under the cover of plastic sheets over their heads as most of the  houses in remote villages of Doda belt have suffered extensive damages. According to state govt data, at least 70,000 structures were affected in the quake across the …

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Slap Gate: Tallest Minister in Omar’s Council of Ministers grounded by Court Order


One of the tallest members of the Omar Abdullahs council of Ministers, Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo, presently holding the charge of MOS Home was grounded on Monday  by a court order which directed the SHO police station Kishtwar to register an FIR against him in the sensational slapping case. Kitchloo had reportedly slapped CEO of Kishtwar Development Authority on April 18 inside Tourist Reception centre in the presence of senior administrative and police officers ahead of the visit of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. According to the order passed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Kishtwar, Ajay Kumar Gupta, the SHO  has furnished so called report without following any provisions of the Criminal Procedure code. The judge noted , “as our country is …

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National Conference does some Straight Talking

GM Saroori

Repeated claims made by the Congress MLA GM Saroori with regard to central assistance for quake affected people in Doda region has not gone down well with the National Conference leadership. Majority of party leaders including Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has not relished the idea of speaking out of turn and creating confusion in the minds of affected people for certain vested interests. Ahead of the crucial cabinet meeting which is scheduled to discuss the relief package  a battery of state National Conference leaders made public their strong resentment against the Congress MLA and termed his behaviour as unfortunate and misleading. Talking tough the National Conference leaders Monday issued a joint statement claiming that the statement issued by GM Saroori …

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Politics of Relief package for Quake hit Districts grips J&K Govt

Quake hit victims protesting against the Government

After series of aftershocks rocked quake hit hilly Doda and Kishtwar districts now politics of distributing relief material and sanctioning aid for the affected people has taken centre stage adding to the miseries of affected people. Interestingly, the Congress party which is running an alliance government with the National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir  is at the forefront of organising relief for the quake hit population in the region. Despite Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s visit to the quake hit areas and announcement of release of 25 crore from SDRF fund for quake hit region  Union Health Minister Ghualm Nabi Azad had to  personally step in to gear up the state machinery. He pitched his tents in the area and took …

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Omar adds another feather in his cap: Crime cases recording a Northward trend in J&K


Omar Abdullah led alliance government may have been basking in the shining glory of bringing down the number of cases  related  to militant violence but on the other hand the graph of criminal cases is recording a northward trend in the state much to the discomfiture of police authorities.   A report prepared by the state Home department has revealed that in the year 2010 a total number of 25272 criminal cases were registered across the state. In 2011 26590 cases were registered and in 2012 the total  criminal cases registered across the state stood at 26558.   On an average 69 criminal cases per day were registered in the state  in 2010 and  in 2012, 73 criminal cases were …

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