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Baramulla–Banihal railway line to be electrified

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The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today said that the 137 kilometer Baramulla-Banihal railway line shall be electrified and work on the project shall be started in a week’s time.

The Div Com said this while chairing a meeting of concerned to discuss execution of the project.

The meeting among others was attended by Deputy Commissioners of Budgam, Baramulla, concerned SSPs, ADC Srinagar, AGM Ircon and other concerned.

Emphasizing on speedy work execution, the Div Com said that the work on the project shall be carried throughout the day and night for its early completion.

He said that in the first phase electrification work shall be started from Budgam Railway station towards Baramulla while Srinagar and South Kashmir districts up to Banihal Railway Station shall be covered in next phases.

In order to ensure smooth execution of the project, the Div Com directed the concerned DCs and SSPs to provide all logistic support and provide adequate security facilities to concerned executing agency in their respective areas.

He said that two wagons shall be operated during day and night   with work force on board to complete pole erection and wire laying works during the execution.

He instructed DCs to conduct spot visits and discuss modus operandi threadbare and ensure proper deployment for hassle-free work execution.

He further instructed concerned to start work in a week’s time and ensure timely completion of electrification of the railway line.

Meanwhile, Div Com also chaired a meeting of officers to review the progress of various projects of NHIDCL.

During the meeting, Div Com reviewed pace and progress made on Z- MORH and Zojila tunnels connecting Kashmir with the Ladakh region.

Stressing on the speedy work process, the Div Com instructed concerned to ensure prompt response by all concerned departments to all bottlenecks causing inconveniences in the construction process.

The Div Com directed concerned to ensure prompt disposal of NOCs, land acquisition process is completed with release of compensation to the land losers at the earliest.

At the outset, the Div Com also reviewed the status of various other projects including approach roads of Srinagar-Zojila and Kargil, Gulmarg- Baramulla Highway, Vailoo- Donipawa besides various other proposed road projects in Kashmir.

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Authorities refute rumours about ‘complete’ lockdown in THIS district

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District administration Shopian on Wednesday refuted rumours about a complete COVID-19 lockdown in the district.

 

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The District Information Centre Shopian tweeted thai afternoon that only some localities of Shopian town had been declared as micro containment zones while rest areas shall operate as per SOPs issued by the authorities.

“Some Mohallas of the town #Shopian have been declared as micro containment zones. Rest shall operate as per SOPs issued by SEC/SDMA.

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31 more COVID-19 deaths reported in J&K

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At least 31 more people succumbed to COVID-19 since last evening in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 2489, officials said on Wednesday.

 

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Report said that eighteen of the fresh deaths were reported at GMC Jammu while the rest 13 occurred in various hospitals of Kashmir.

Among others, an 85-year-old man from Shivpora Srinagar died at SMHS hospital, a day after he was admitted there, the officials said.

They said a 55-year-old woman from Chinad Delina died at Indoor Stadium Khawajabagh Baramulla , two days after admitted to the newly set up health facility.

A 65-year-old man from Nowgam died at SMHS Hospital, two days after he was admitted, they said.

A 65-year-old man from Gulshan Abad Noor Bagh died six days after he was admitted at SMHS hospital, added the officials.

Besides, a 26-year-old man from UP, presently putting up in Habba Kadal died at SMHS hospital, five days after he was admitted.

A 50-year-old woman from Khanyar Srinagar died at SKIMS Soura, a day after she was admitted to the tertiary care hospital.

A 70-year-old man from Safa Kadal Srinagar died at JLNM hospital, a day after he was admitted there.

An 82-year-old woman Sonwar Srinagar died a fortnight after she was admitted to a hospital here.

A 65-year-old woman from Aalochi Bagh died 12 days she was admitted to the SMHS hospital.

A 75-year-old from Nowpora Srinagar and a 75-year-old man from Alamgari Bazar died at SKIMS Soura with four days of their admitted to the tertiary care hospital.

A 62-year-old from Sarnal and one more patients died at GMC Anantnag, days after they were admitted there.

Officials further infirmed that a 50-year-old woman from Zafron colony Pampora died hours after she was admitted to SMHS hospital.

With these deaths, 1024 people have died due to the virus in Jammu division and 1465 succumbed in Kashmir valley so far, they added.

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Another J&K Govt official dismissed from service

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The J&K government dismissed a Naib Tehsildar (Revenue Officer) from services in the ‘interest of the security of the state’, officials said on Monday.

 

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The government in an order issued here said that the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, after considering the facts and circumstances of the case, observed that on the basis of the information available, the activities of Nazir Ahmad Wani, Naib Tehsildar, Pulwama- II, are such as to warrant his dismissal from service.

“The Lieutenant Governor is satisfied under sub-clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution of India that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold an inquiry in the case of Nazir Ahmad Wani, Naib Tehsildar, Pulwama – II,” the order reads.

“Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor hereby dismisses Nazir Ahmad Wani from service with immediate effect,” it said.

The dismissal comes after the government on April 21 set up a Special Task Force to identify and scrutinize the cases of employees involved in any case related to posing a threat to the country’s security or anti-national activities. Last week, Idrees Jan, a teacher of Government Middle School, Kupwara, was dismissed under same law.

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