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15 people trapped in flash floods rescued in J-K”s Kathua



Fifteen people were rescued on Monday following flash floods in Kathua district of Jammu region where heavy rains disrupted normal life and inundated several areas, officials said.

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Fifteen people belonging to a nomadic community were stuck in flash floods in Ujh river in the Rajbagh area and were rescued by police and SDRF personnel, they said.

Several farm animals were, however, washed away, the officials said.

The district administration in Kathua and Samba sounded a flood alert.

Traffic movement was disrupted on the Pathankot-Jammu highway due to heavy flooding, they said, adding that a truck overturned on the carriageway near Kathua.

The Ujh, Basantar and the Eik nallahs were in spate in Kathua and Samba, triggering fear in the population living near these water bodies, the officials said.

Areas around the check dam Dhalote in Samba are inundated, they said, adding that locals have appealed to the authorities to open the flood gates of the dam.

The heavy downpour led to a rise in water levels in major rivers in Jammu, including the Tawi, while a small bridge collapsed in Gadigarh.

The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed due to several landslides triggered by heavy rains in Ramban district, and men and machines were deployed to clear the highway, the officials said, adding that one-way traffic was briefly restored.

The mercury in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir nose-dived during the day due to the torrential rains, with Jammu recording a high of 24.8 degrees Celsius, 3.3 notches below normal, a weather official said, adding that rainfall was recorded at 150 mm.


After 12 years of wait, 27 JKPS officers inducted into IPS




After more than a decade, a high-level panel headed by a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) member, approved the induction of 27 Jammu and Kashmir Police Service (JKPC) officers into the elite Indian Police Services (IPS).

Among the officers inducted into the IPS, 14 have already retired while 13 are serving. Officials said the inductions were approved at a meeting in Srinagar chaired by TCA Anant, member UPSC and attended by J&K Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh and two representatives of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

For the last 12 years, no JKPS officer had been inducted into IPS which had led to stagnation and resentment among the local officers as a number of them were working as SSPs even after 22 years of service or more. The last induction of JKPS officers into IPS was conducted in 2014 and the seats were filled up to 2009.

Significantly, out of 66 IPS officers in J&K, including those who are on Central deputation presently, all are direct recruits of IPS and there is not even a single JKPS officer inducted into the IPS due to delay in inductions because of variety of reasons — the litigations arising out of seniority disputes being one of them.

Earlier, out of a total of 147 IPS posts in J&K, 80 were reserved for direct IPS officers and 67 for JKPS, who are inducted into IPS. This was part of UPA government’s special formula for J&K under which 50 per cent posts each were reserved for direct recruits and JKPS officers.

However, after the abrogation of special status of J&K under Article 370 in August 2019, Narendra Modi government reversed the order and restored the previous formula of 67:33 bringing J&K at par with other states and union territories.

The induction of JKPS officers into IPS will lead to their promotion as DIGs, especially those who have completed mandatory service for the post, and taking into account available posts which will overcome the shortage in the rank of DIGs.

Sources said the JKPS officers, who have been inducted into the IPS, will get AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram UTs) cadre and can be posted outside J&K as well.

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Over 1.30 cr saplings proposed to be planted across UT in this year: J&K LG




Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that 1.30 crore saplings are proposed to be planted across the Union Territory this year.

“During this year, a target of 1.30 crore saplings is proposed to be planted across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” LG Sinha said after launching “Green J&K Drive-2021” from IIT Jammu in Nagrota area here in the city outskirts.

He said that the ‘Green J&K Drive’ aims at creating a people’s movement at a massive scale with the involvement of all stakeholders particularly Village Panchayats, Women, Students, Urban Local Bodies, Institutions, NGOs, and Civil Society.

“IIT Jammu and J&K Forest Department have taken up the Greening and Eco-restoration of forest land diverted for the purpose of creation of this august institution,” he expressed.

The Lieutenant Governor said that it is vital to ensure balance between Development and Conservation.
“The Forest and Tree cover of J&K is around 55percent which is substantially higher than the National average of 24.56 percent,” he asserted.

“Our aim is to bring two third geographical areas of J&K under forest and tree cover,” said Mr Sinha.

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Rescue operation resumes in cloudburst-hit Kishtwar after suspension due to rain




The rescue operation to locate 20 people missing after a cloudburst in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar resumed Friday after remaining suspended for hours together owing to inclement weather, officials said.

Seven persons were found dead and 17 others were rescued in an injured condition after the remote Honzar village in Dacchan tehsil was hit by flash floods triggered by the cloudburst in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging 21 houses, 21 cow sheds, a ration depot, a bridge and a mosque.

The rescue operation was interrupted by heavy rains late Thursday night and resumed around noon after slight improvement in the weather conditions, the officials said.


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