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Elections in Jammu and Kashmir Possible Next year, Draft Report of Delimitation Commission Ready

Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir may be held next year. In view of this, various political parties of Jammu and Kashmir have started their work on the political ground for the first time after 5th August 2019. In addition, sources reveal that the Delimitation Commission has completed its draft report on the reorganization of some old assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Desai heads the Commission. Top sources said that the draft delimitation report is ready. It will be shared with three Lok Sabha members of the National Conference (Dr Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone) and associate members, including BJP’s Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma. The Commission has already been informed that there will be no further extension of its period ending in March 2022.

All major political parties, including leaders of National Conference, People’s Democratic Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party, People’s Conference and other small groups, interacted publicly with the public through meetings and rallies. Contact has been started.

After PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti visits the Chenab Valley, NC Vice President Omar Abdullah began a tour of the area on Saturday. He was in Doda on Sunday. The BJP has already told its party cadre that the assembly elections will not be postponed and are being held next year ahead of the annual Amarnath Yatra, which begins in the last week of June every year, but has been cancelled this year due to the pandemic was done.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is on a tour of South Kashmir. He was at Devsar in Kulgam on Saturday, while on Sunday, he addressed the gathering at Kokernag in Anantnag district. Sources close to senior leaders of the NC, BJP, PDP, Congress, and others say that neither party believes it can get a majority in its new assembly.

A former bureaucrat considered close to the NC said, whatever senior leaders of these parties say publicly or to the media, the fact remains that none of them has the confidence to get an absolute majority on their own.

After the fresh delimitation, there is a possibility of 90 seats in the assembly. The last assembly had 87 seats, of which four belonged to the Ladakh region, which is now a separate union territory. There were 47 seats in the Valley and 36 in the Jammu region. Sources reveal that at least six seats will be added in the Jammu region, and two new assembly constituencies will be created out of the existing ones in the Valley.

In addition, Jammu and Kashmir will have assembly constituencies reserved for Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes, etc., which will present a different political scenario for this union territory. In the last state assembly, PDP had 28 seats, BJP 25, NC 15 and Congress 12.

Meanwhile, sources related to the central leadership of the BJP say that the top leadership of the BJP in Delhi has paid attention to the ground reality. In such a situation, no one should be surprised if most of the BJP leaders who came in the 2014 elections did not get tickets in the upcoming assembly elections. However, a source in the party’s central leadership said – There are many such emerging faces in the local administration, and it has been decided to field in the 2022 assembly elections.

In the Kashmir Valley, the NC and the PDP are likely to face challenges and other political parties such as the PC headed by Sajjad Gani Lone and Apni Party led by Syed Altaf Bukhari. The PC and Apni Party may still be as far away from forming a grassroots cadre as the NC and the PDP, but there is no doubt that these two parties may be in trouble in some seats.

Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media 

Jammu

Delegation of Jammu University Teachers’ Association calls on Lt Governor

Today, the office-bearers of the Jammu University Teachers’ Association called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.

The delegation led by the President of the Association, Prof. Pankaj Srivastava, submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to various welfare issues of the teachers of the University including promotion under CAS; grant of earned leave and enhancement of the age of superannuation to 65 years in favour of teachers, and various other benefits as per UGC regulations, besides establishment of housing society exclusively for University teachers.

The Lt Governor, while interacting with the delegation members, advised them to make continuous efforts to create a conducive environment for learning and innovation in the University.

The Lt Governor assured them that the issues projected would be looked into meticulously for their early redressal.

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JKP Border Battalion aspirants submit memorandum to Div Com Jammu

Today, a delegation of aspirants seeking recruitment in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Border Battalion called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.

The Aspirants apprised the Divisional Commissioner that they had applied for the post of Head Constable advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Recruitment Board in 2019 and appeared in Physical and medical tests. But now, the JKP HQRS (police recruitment board) has reissued an advertisement notification for the recruitment of Head Constable in the border battalion.

The Aspirants demanded the withdrawal of the new advertisement issued by JKP HQRS. They further appealed to conduct the written examination of already qualified candidates and give a separate ad for more vacancies.

The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that the matter would be taken up with police authorities.

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Centre extends COVID-19 restrictions till February 28

On Thursday, the Central Government extended the existing COVID-related restrictions until February 28 because of the rising COVID-19 and Omicron variants.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the order directing all the states and the Union Territories (UTs) to instruct their local and district administrations to promptly take containment measures against the threat of the Omicron variant based on their assessment of the situation.

Taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at the district and local level, as conveyed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the MHA order mentioned that COVID restrictions “will remain in force till February 28, 2022.”

“In exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned hereby directs that the Order of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ of even number dated December 27, 2021, to ensure compliance to the normative framework for taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at district and local level, as conveyed vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) dated December 21, 2021, will remain in force up to February 28, 2022,” the order mentioned.

According to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday, the order was issued when India logged 2,86,384 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 40,371,500.
As per the order, containment measures have been extended to February 28.

“Due to the current COVID wave, led by the new variant, Omicron, there has been a steady increase in the number of COVID cases in the country and the active cases have increased to over 22 lakhs. Though a majority of active cases are recovering fast and a low percentage of cases are in hospitals, it is still a matter of concern that 407 districts in 34 States and UTs are reporting a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent,” the order said.

Therefore, looking at the current trends of the COVID virus, the order said there is a need to exercise caution and vigilance.

Against this background, the order issued by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “I would like to reiterate that all the states/UTs must observe all precautions and not let the guard down”.

“Based on the normative framework, mentioned in the MoHFW dated December 21, 2021, and assessment of the situation, local/district administration should continue to take prompt and appropriate containment measures.”

The order directs “imposition and lifting of local curbs or restrictions dynamic and based on the case positivity and hospitalisation status at the local level”.

It also emphasised that there should be a continued focus on the five-fold strategy– Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

“The state enforcement machinery should strictly enforce the norms of COVID Appropriate Behaviour– wearing of face masks and maintaining safe social distancing in all public areas/gatherings,” the order further reads.

Further, states and UTs are advised to continue holding regular media briefings to disseminate the right information and discourage any misinformation on new variants of concern.

It is also urged to issue necessary directions to the districts and all other local authorities concerned to take the measures required for prompt and effective management of COVID-19, strict compliance with various advisories issued by the MoHFW on the new VOC and strict enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

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Covid-19 Stats

28 Jan 2022, 5:31 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

40,622,709 Total Cases
492,356 Death Cases
38,024,771 Recovered Cases

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