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Big Decision For Schools, Colleges Students | Details here

As COVID cases surged in Jammu and Kashmir, the Government ordered that all colleges, schools, coaching centres etc will adopt Online mode of teaching and Administrative Secretaries/ Head of Departments (HoDs) will ensure optimal use of virtual mode for official meetings.

The decision to this effect was taken by the State Executive Committee (SEC) which met under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A K Mehta here, retaining the already issued restrictions for Covid containment, including night curfew across the Union territory.

In the order issued Sunday night after a detailed review of the COVID-19 situation, Mehta, who is also the chairperson of SEC, said it was observed that there is a need for additional measures besides continuing with the existing coronavirus containment measures in all districts in view of the uneven trend observed in daily Covid cases as well as rising positivity rate.

As regards the education institutions, the order directed all colleges, schools, polytechnics, and coaching centres for civil services, engineering and NEET to adopt online medium of teaching.

“There shall be no in-person teaching. Educational institutions shall be permitted to direct attendance of vaccinated staff for administrative purposes only,” the order said, adding that the head of the institution must ensure that guidelines related to social distancing and Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) are strictly followed.

The order asked all government departments to minimise conduct of in-person meetings or interactions.

“All administrative secretaries/Head of the Department(s)/ Institution(s) shall ensure optimal use of virtual mode for conducting official meetings,” Mehta said.

The order said the night curfew would continue to remain in force in all districts from 9 pm to 6 am with complete restriction on non-essential movement.

However, the SEC reiterates continuation of certain relaxations like restricted gathering with a cap of 25 persons at any indoor or outdoor function, gathering up to 25 vaccinated persons or 25 per cent of the authorised capacity, whichever is less, preferably in open spaces at banquet halls.

Cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes, restaurants, clubs, gymnasiums and swimming pools are also permitted to continue their function at 25 per cent of the authorised capacity with due precautions such as CAB and adherence to SOP, the order said.

The SEC directed all deputy commissioners to intensify testing and ensure full utilisation of available RT-PCR and RAT capacities besides constitute teams of district officers to enforce CAB and also ensure no violator is let off.

The home secretary would monitor the enforcement of CAB closely and shall submit a report to the chairperson of the State Executive Committee (chief secretary) on daily basis, the order said.

The Health and Medical Education Department was asked to closely monitor all relevant statistics and data in respect of Covid for timely interventions wherever required.

Seeking cooperation of the traders, the order asked the market associations to ensure that guidelines related to social distancing and CAB are strictly followed in the markets.

“Gathering at shops should not be allowed. Furthermore, no shops will cater to customers without masks,” the SEC said.

The district magistrates are allowed to create as many micro containment zones as needed and as per situation demand on ground, keeping in view the spike of cases.

The order said all districts of J&K shall intensify efforts to ensure timely administering of the second dose of the Covid vaccination in accordance with the due date for the same.

The district magistrates were also asked to take all necessary measures for “enforcement of testing protocols and establish and activate their respective Covid war rooms to tackle Variants of Concern/Variants of Interest including B.1.1.529 (Omicron)”.


Some politicians of Kashmir try to divide people, destroy Jammu: BJP leader Rana

Some politicians of Kashmir frequently visit Jammu to try to divide people, but they will not be allowed to succeed, senior BJP leader Devender Singh Rana said on Friday.

Batting strongly for an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir, he also said that bureaucratic governance could not replace a political government.

Rana, who left the National Conference and joined the BJP last year, said, ”Those politicians who come here (Jammu) from Kashmir and try to divide people in Jammu will not succeed in destroying Jammu in the way they destroyed Kashmir.” The people of Jammu live in peace and will continue to live in communal harmony and brotherhood, the former legislator asserted at a function here.

”But we want the voice of Jammu to be strengthened, and Jammu should get its rights. So we will continue to fight for our rights. There will be no compromise,” he said.

In 2019, Jammu and Kashmir were reorganised into a Union Territory, and its administration is led by a lieutenant governor (L-G). However, bureaucratic governance is no replacement for a political government, Rana said.

”Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha is a veteran politician. He has been MP six times and has also been a minister. So he has a lot of experience in governance. The administration is being run in a good way,” he said.

”The bureaucracy in Jammu and Kashmir is efficient. They are hard-working people. We are proud of the bureaucracy and police in Jammu and Kashmir,” Rana said.

Speaking on the need for an elected government, he said people have an easy reach to elected representatives and are responsible for the people.

”They (elected representatives) are the bridge,” the BJP leader said.
Rana said that leaders of different political parties should play their roles and become bridges between the people and the administration to resolve problems.

”They should listen to the voice of the people. Then, they should take up issues raised by the people with the government and find their resolution,” he said.

Rana said that unemployment is the biggest issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
”We want opportunities of jobs and employment,” he said.

Replying to a question about the prospects of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh in forthcoming assembly elections there, Rana said that the BJP would win over 300 seats and be in the majority.

”There is peace and normalcy in Uttar Pradesh, as seen during the rule of the BJP. The era of development has started in the state”, he said.

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Jammu Airport Runway now 8000 Feet Long, Indigo Aircraft Takes First Take-off

The runway of the Jammu airport, which has been waiting for an extension for a long time, has become eight thousand feet. After completion of the runway expansion work, IndiGo’s flight took off from Jammu airport and this aircraft was saluted with water cannon on the newly built runway. Earlier, the runway of Jammu airport was 6700 feet long, which is the takeoff of incoming aircraft here. And it was too short for landing. Due to the short runway, the aircraft coming here used to carry less weight than their capacity, and they also had to apply emergency brakes to stop.

The expansion of the runway of the Jammu airport was completed by the Airport Authority in collaboration with the Air Force and MES, while Director Airport Jammu Sanjeev Kumar Garg, Air Commander GS Bullar and other officials were also present on the occasion of the inauguration of the new runway. Indigo aircraft 6E-137 took off from the new runway after duly worshipping. In addition to the new runway, a 2,800-metre-long boundary ball has also been constructed at the airport, and a turn pad is also being built to divert the Airbus 321 after landing.

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On the other hand, Director Airport Jammu Sanjeev Kumar Garg thanked the construction agencies and related departments for completing the runway expansion work of the airport. He said that the new terminal at Belicharana would provide more facilities to the commuters coming here.

A decade ago, the length of the runway of the Jammu airport was 5879 feet, i.e. 1780 meters, whereas any national-level airport should have at least 7500 feet (about 2300 meters). The Airport Authority of India has also raised questions on the short runway of the Jammu airport several times and has sought help from the administration for its expansion. In the first phase, its length was increased to 6700 feet, while now it has been increased to eight thousand feet. The army land adjoining the airport became the first hurdle for the runway extension. But, later, the administration gave the army land in the Sujwan area instead, while later, the animal husbandry department’s land was also acquired in Belicharana, where the terminal was built.

Amish Mahajan

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ADGP Jammu adhere new rank to newly promoted SP

Addl. Director-General of Police, Jammu Zone, Jammu, Shri. Mukesh Singh – IPS decorated newly promoted Superintendent of Police Sh. Jagdev Singh by pining new rank on his promotion in a simple function held ZPHQ Jammu this morning.
Shri. Mukesh Singh congratulated the officers for his elevation and stressed the officer to work with zeal and zest in future also.
The Sh. Chandan Kohli -IPS, SSP Jammu was present on the occasion.
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29 Jan 2022, 12:33 PM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

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493,218 Death Cases
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