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LG Manoj Sinha chairs 3rd high level meeting of power sector experts to revamp power supply in J&K

Directs officers to fix responsibility & take strict action for non-compliances

(Asian News Hub) – Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today chaired the third High Level meeting with the team of experts from Power sector, senior officials from Jammu and Kashmir Administration, and Power Development Corporation Limited to revamp the Power Supply System in J&K, here at Raj Bhavan.

The Lt Governor directed the concerned officers to increase the pace of works undertaken to ensure mitigation of power-related issues to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

He passed strict instructions to remove all bottlenecks and hurdles that impede the timely completion of augmentation and restoration works of various power projects.

While taking a strong note of the delays in tendering and awarding of projects, the Lt Governor asked the concerned officers to fix responsibility and take strict action for the non-compliances.

He also directed for initiating an inquiry in the erring matters and submit the report at the earliest.

In order to speed up the works on different power projects, the Lt Governor directed the concerned to come up with a policy framework for procurement of spares and inventory, and directed them to conduct an auction of the scrap and discarded items.

A detailed PowerPoint presentation was given on “Updated status & Next steps” and discussion was also held for immediate focus on Jammu division for ensuring adequate supply in the coming summers.

Pertinently, Lieutenant Governor has been emphasizing on the need to mitigate the shortage of power supply in Jammu during summers, and in Kashmir region during winters. It is in this context that regular meetings are being chaired by him to closely monitor the progress on power reforms and reducing Transmission & Distribution losses in J&K.

The Lt Governor asked the Power Development Department to complete the digitization work in the power sector on priority for its smooth functioning.

The meeting also discussed the identified immediate or short-term focus areas with respect to the augmentation of existing 220kv level Grid Stations, 132kv level Grid Stations, augmentation of transfer capacity of 220kv and 132kv transmission lines, besides completion of transmission lines long delayed on account of legal, arbitration and ROW issues.

The Lt Governor was also informed that several site visits were carried out by the officers to get first-hand review of the projects taken up to revamp power sector in the region.

The meeting discussed the creation of new Sub-stations,  progress on up-gradation of old and obsolete Distribution Infrastructure, Spares & Inventory and Centrally Sponsored Projects like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, (DDUGY), PMDP, RAPDRP, RGGVY, IPDS, and other schemes undertaken in PDD sector.

The meeting was also informed about the status of restructuring and unbundling of JKPDD, JKSPDCL & JKSPTCL besides, the appointment of Administrative Secretary & Director (Finance) on the boards of JKPTCL, KPDCL, JPDCL; appointment of MD for the new corporation, etc.

The meeting was attended by Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Sh. Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department; Sh. Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department; Dr. R.P. Singh, Ex. CMD, PGCIL; chairmen of KPDCL, JKPTCL, JPDCL, and other experts of power sector.

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Labourer hit by stone while loading tipper at Zewan, dies

Driver killed in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – A labourer died on Friday evening after he was hit by a stone while loading a tipper in Zewan area of Pampore.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a labourer identified as Parvaiz Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad Wani of Aripora Zewan was hit by a stone when he was loading a tipper at Stone Quarry Shal Guph Aripora area in Zewan, leaving him seriously wounded.

The injured labourer was immediately taken to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore wherefrom he was shifted to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment, they said.

However, they added that the injured laboured succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.

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As schools partially re-open, students demand March session examination

Huzaiful Reyaz

(Asian News Hub) – As the educational institutions, including schools have partially re-opened for vaccinated students of higher classes, the students are urging authorities to conduct exams in March so that they can comfortably complete their syllabus.

Taking to Asian News Hub, students said that they are not prepared for exams which are likely to be held in last week of October, giving the reason that their studies had got affected by lockdown and that they haven’t completed the syllabus.

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A group of class 12 students told Asian News Hub that their syllabus is incomplete and it will take them at least 3-4 months to complete remaining part of their syllabus and to prepare for their board examination.

“While exams are knocking the door, we haven’t even completed half of the syllabus yet. Online classes didn’t clear the concept, they were of no use. Now as schools have reopened, goverment should allow us to attend physical classes for these months, and should held exams in March, so that our study goes unaffected,” said Falak, a student from Srinagar.

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Another student saying same said that it will take them atleast three months to complete the syllabus and goverment notification where they said they are holding exams in October has put them in depression.

“We haven’t been to school this year. The online classes are of no use compared to physical classes. Most part of our syllabus is incomplete, we aren’t prepared, we need time for preparation,” another student said.

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While we tried to contact the officials in Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education, however we failed.

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Kulgam girl’s innovate lid opener for chemical bottles bags national award

(Asian News Hub) – A 19-year-old girl from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district has earned a rare honour by winning national ‘Inspire-Manak’ award for inventing the lid opener for chemical bottles.

Mehvish Riyaz (19) a resident of Akhran village of Kulgam in South Kashmir, has received an award for innovation at the National Science Exhibition held recently.

A student of the local government school, Mehvish’s success has brought cheers to her school teachers while making her parents proud.

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Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Jitendra Singh conferred award to Mehvish in the award function of 8th NLEPC-2021 for INSPIRE-MANAK.

Mehvish and her father Riyaz Ahmad while speaking with news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) gave all credit to the school teachers for her success.

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“My daughter and two other children were studying in a private school. I shifted them to the government school because of its reputation,” Riyaz said.

“When you get ideas you do not know whether it is a hobby or an interest. I call it an interest because I like what I do. Since childhood, I was much aligned to all this stuff,” said Mehvish, adding that it was all possible because of her teachers and parents.

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Mahvish’s model on bottle opener for chemicals won her the ‘Inspire-Manak’ National award.

Mahvish’s invented lid opener for chemical bottles is useful and can solve problems of dealing with chemicals in a laboratory or in industry.

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Her model was presented to and judged by various scientific innovation organizations at the exhibition.

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