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SMC Mayor bypasses Municipal laws, nominates committee chairpersons without General Council



(Asian News Hub) – The Srinagar Municipal Corporation Mayor has violated the Municipal laws by nominating chairperons to different committees without taking vote of consent from the General Council.

The Mayor also violated the laws as the committees stand disbanded by the previous Acting Mayor Parvez Qadri.

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The nominations has opened a pandoras box in the Corporation as majority of corporators have raided the banner of rebellion against the Mayor.

According to the order of SMC Mayor Junaid Mattu issued on Thursday (November 25, 2021) by constituting the committees of the corporation and nominating his “favorite” corporators as chair and vice chairpersons of the committees.

According to news agency Kashmir Dot Com legal experts say this is a violation of laws of the corporation which clearly mention that without the General Council, the Mayor cannot elect or nominate chairpersons to the committees.

These committees were disbanded by the Deputy Mayor Parvaiz Qadri when he was Acting Mayor in 2020.

Qadri as per order issued on 16 June 2020 had disbanded these committees.

Parvaiz Qadri opposed the nomination by saying that this is a clear violation of laws.

“I will be the first person to welcome empowerment of Hon’ble corporators but this order from the mayor’s chair is an attempt to befool corporators & is also a blatant violation of the MC act 2000 because these committees were already disbanded on 16/6/2020,” Qadri tweeted on Thursday.

“Now, if such an order has to be implemented. It must go through the council via a resolution passed by the majority of corporators in the general council again. Hon’ble mayor must go through the Act before issuing such illegal & unconstitutional orders. Hope Rajbhawan acts,” he said.

Angry with the violations, a corporator from Ward 20 of the city, Muhammad Hanief Bhat, has resigned.

“I am resigning from the post of vice chairperson, Beautification committee at @SMC_Srinagar @AtharAamirKhan @AshokKoul59,” he tweeted.

Corporator Zubair Ahmad said the nominations are serious misuse of the power by thr Mayor.

“This is a serious misuse of chair. Hon’ble mayor has disrespected the constitutional right of all elected corporators who have the mandate to pass a resolution on the formation of these committees. We demand immediate roll back of this order @OfficeOfLGJandK,” he wrote on Twitter.

Pertinent to mention that Junaid Mattu was removed as Mayor of SMC in June 2020 when majority of corporators voted him out in a no confidence motion.

Sources in the SMC told Srinagar based news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that the violation of rules to nominate chairpersons is likely to trigger another no confidence motion against the Mayor in coming days.


Army man found dead under mysterious circumstances at Badami Bagh, Sgr




(Asian News Hub) – An Army man was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside Badami Bagh cantonment Srinagar on Friday.

Official sources told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that a 24-year-old soldier of Kilo Force identified as Signalman Anuj Singh of Banka, Bihar was found dead inside Badami Bagh Cantonment, Srinagar on Friday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, police has registered case in this regard and investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of death.

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It’s starlink satellite train in sky, no need to panic: ADGP Jammu



(Asian News Hub) – Additional Director General of Police for Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh Friday said that starlink satellite train was seen over sky in areas of Jammu which people mistook as mysterious light of an aerial object and there was no need to panic.

ADG of Police, Mukesh Singh told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that starlink train of satellites have been seen in sky in areas of Rajouri and Poonch.

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“The mysterious light are of satellite of starlink train category, “said ADG Singh said.

Pertinent to mention here that Elon Musk starlink satellite train is a category of satellite which are often seen in the sky.

Earlier, on Friday evening, panic gripped in areas of Rajouri, Poonch and others parts of Jammu zone too after locals spotted mysterious lights in air. People mistook it as a drone while security forces were also put on high alert.

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Residential house gutted in Mamar blaze



(Asian News Hub) – A residential house was partially gutted in a fire incident that broke out in Hariganiwan, Mamar area of Ganderbal district on Friday evening.

Reports reaching the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the fire broke out in a residential house belonging to Qarisha Begum, wife of Late Muhammad Rafiq Kasana.

The firefighters and locals doused the flames and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby localities, witnesses said, adding that the residential house suffered partial damage.

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One of the relatives of the fire victim told KNO that the property worth lakhs of rupees got damaged in the blaze.

The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, an official, meanwhile, said.

Meanwhile, the local villagers urged the administration to compensate the losses of the downtrodden family at the earliest.

Meanwhile, police have taken the cognizance of the incident and has started investigation into the matter.

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