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J&K Govt’s tall claims on snow clearance prove ‘hoax’

Men and machinery is actively on field: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole, 85 percent load restored across Valley, facing problems in South Kashmir districts: Chief Engineer PDD

Mubashir Alam Wani

Srinagar, Jan 05: Despite timely prediction of heavy snowfall by the Kashmir’s Meteorological Department, authorities are yet to clear all the roads from snow and restore 100 percent electricity in the Valley.

People across the valley faced inconvenience at greater levels as the authorities failed to clear snow from lanes, by lanes even on main roads at certain places. The snowfall also prevented many patients from reaching the hospital.

Amid heavy snowfall and un-cleared roads, a woman from South Kashmir’s Shopian district gave birth to a baby on a make-shift stretcher when she was being taken to a hospital in Keller belt of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Roads across Kashmir Valley particularly in Srinagar are accumulated with snow. Due to slippery conditions, vehicles were unable to ply on the roads. But by far, the people have complained that the roads are yet to be cleared from snow and electricity hasn’t been restored fully.  People from various parts of Kashmir while speaking to news agency—KNO, alleged that snow wasn’t cleared from the lanes and by-lanes in their respective areas as claimed by the government. “Where is the government? Where are the snow clearance machines,” a group of locals from Pampore area questioned.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole however, told KNO, that,  “Men and machinery are  actively on ground clearing the roads, but due to the continuous snowfall, the snow is getting accumulated on roads which is the reason there seems less shows less clearance.”

“By tomorrow, weather is likely to improve, the roads will be fully cleared and there will be vehicular movement as well on the roads, he further said. Meanwhile, in view of heavy snowfall electricity woes have added to the miseries of people. People from different areas of Kashmir including parts of Srinagar complained about the breakdown of electricity.

“Power Development Department also has failed to restore electricity in many parts of the Kashmir including Srinagar,” said a Srinagar resident.

Chief Engineer PDD Ejaz Ahmad while speaking to KNO said: “Our men are at job for restoration of electricity in Kashmir, overall 85 percent of load is restored in the valley.”

“We are facing difficulties in South Kashmir’s four districts because of heavy snowfall. We will start the restoration process again,” he further said.

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.

GNS

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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.

GNS

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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.

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