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Omar demands dissolution of Assembly

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Former Chief Minister and vice president of National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah today said that as no one is interested in forming the Government, the Governor should dissolve the Assembly.
Speaking to reporters at Srinagar, Omar said there is no fun of keeping Assembly in suspended animation. “I don’t know the exact reasons but we have been continuously conveying that if nobody is willing to form a Government then what is the fun of keeping the Assembly like this. Everyday news comes that someone has joined another party or a revolt is happening in a party, through these things not only confusion is created but an uncertainty or bad taste is being put in the politics”, he said.
The NC leader said that keeping Assembly in suspended animation results in horse trading. “We request Governor that there is no fun in keeping Assembly like this as we don’t have any work. We cannot spend our CDF or can’t hold meeting with the officers in our areas or solve people’s problems, then for what reason we are taking our salaries. Drawing salaries without any work is just wastage of money. Horse trading should be stopped, salaries should be stopped and Assembly should be dissolved. When the situation will improve, civilian killings will stop and anger among the people will be reduced, then we will talk about elections”, he said.
“Although the Governor did not come today as they might be busy with some work but at least one of the advisors would have come. This is not the program of any organization, this is a State function and it should be treated as a State function”, he said on Governor NN Vohra not visiting Martyrs graveyard.
“The way a meeting was organized at the Secretariat, I don’t think this should have been done. This 13th July is not about any particular individual or any religion, this was against a rule and whole country was involved in that war. I don’t think there is any bad thing in honoring this function, this is a state function and it should be honored well”, he said.
He said that the situation will improve once the civilian killings are stopped. “We often said that unless the civilian killings are stopped in Kashmir, the situation will never improve. At one side if we want that the youth should not take arms and should move forward towards education and sports and there should be development in the State particularly in Kashmir, then it is important to first stop the civilian killings. Unless Governor stops these killings, it is impossible to normalize the situation here”, he said.

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NEWS 225 Govt officers punished for non-performance

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As many as 225 Central Government officers have been punished for non-performance, the Government said today.

The performance of a total of 25,082 Group ‘A’ and 54,873 Group ‘B’ officers has been reviewed up to May 2018, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Of these, the relevant rules were invoked against 93 Group ‘A’ and 132 Group ‘B’ officers, he said.

In reply to another question, the minister said during 2017 and March 2018, vigilance clearance has been denied to 80 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) on the ground of filing Immovable Property Returns after prescribed time or failing to file it.

He said that from the year 2014 onwards, sanction for prosecution has been granted against three IAS officers on account of having disproportionate assets.

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Yatra resumes, 7351 perform darshan

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After remaining suspended due to inclement weather and rains from both the tracks yesterday, the holy Amarnath yatra was resumed from both shortest Baltal and traditional Pahalgam tracks early this morning.
On 21st day of the yatra, 7,351 pilgrims paid obeisance at cave shrine situated in deep Himalayas in South Kashmir district of Anantnag at an altitude of 3880 meters today.
Till date, 2,08,933 pilgrims have paid obeisance at cave shrine since the two month long yatra started on June 28, an officer on yatra duty said.
He said the yatra is going on smoothly from both the tracks and after being suspended yesterday, it was resumed from twin tracks today.
He said the weather during the day remained dry but cloudy and yatra plied smoothly. However it rained in the evening.
The officer said over 6000 pilgrims left for holy cave from twin tracks and by chopper today. Out of this 3719 pilgrims left from Baltal base camp to holy cave by foot this morning while 1004 left by air.
Besides, 2100 pilgrims left from Nunwan -Pahalgam base camp towards holy cave this morning. Over 10,000 pilgrims are staying at Baltal for night halt today while 4653 pilgrims left for Srinagar on way to their home States today. Besides over 5000 pilgrims are putting up at Pahalgam and Nunwan for night, he added.
He said the yatris having night halt at transit camps of Chandanwari, Sheshnag and Panjtarni also left for their onwards sojourn early this morning.
While the yatris who left Panjtarni this morning performed their darshan in the holy cave today, those from Chandanwari and Sheshnag will spent one to two nights in the next transit camps.
The officer said that out of over two lakh pilgrims who have performed the darshan during last 21 days at holy cave, majority have reached their home States while others are on way back.
The two -month long yatra will culminate on Shravan Purnima coinciding with Raksha Bandhan festival falling on August 26 when holy mace led by Mahant Deepender Giri Ji Maharaj, its sole custodian, will reach cave shrine from Dashnami Akhara Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the 18th batch of 1,983 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in a fleet of 59 vehicles under tight security cover in the wee hours today for twin base camps of Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal in Kashmir valley.
These yatris will leave for onwards journey form their respective base camps early tomorrow morning.
Yatra Nodal Officer, Jammu, Arun Manhas said that 2178 pilgrims were registered at three registration counters here today. He said over 3000 yatris are camping at Jammu in various lodges, community centers and Yatri Niwas and they will leave for their respective base camps in Kashmir valley early tomorrow morning.

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Don’t pelt stones at army, stay away from encounter sites: Appeals 15 Corps GoC

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While Army chief General Bipin Rawat reviewed the security situation and operational preparedness of troops in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, a senior army commander appealed youth to not pelt stones at the troops and urged them to stay away from the sites where anti-militancy operations are launched.

General Bipin Rawat, accompanied by Northern command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, visited Akhnoor sector on Saturday to take stock of the ground situation in the region.

“He was briefed by General Officer Commanding (GoC) 14 Corps Lt Gen Saranjeet Singh and other army officers about the operational preparedness, prevailing security situation and actions being undertaken to ensure a robust and effective counter infiltration grid,” defence spokesman in Jammu, Lt Col Devender Anand said.

The army chief, he said, also reviewed the measures and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instituted and being followed by troops.

Meanwhile, GoC of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lt Gen A K Bhatt said army regrets the civilian killings during security operations in Valley.

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