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Five teachers terminated for remaining absent for long without permission

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Despite repeated warnings, the state government has terminated the services of five teachers who are on leave without permission. These include a displaced Kashmiri Pandit who got a job under the Prime Minister’s Employment Package and three teachers who went abroad without permission. All of them were also given the full opportunity under the rules to present their side, but these teachers did not give a proper answer on time, due to which action was taken.

According to Article 113 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Rules, Vol-I, 1956, if a Government officer or employee remains absent from duty for five years or more without permission, he is treated as out of Government service. According to Article 128, there is a provision for termination of service for absence from duty without permission and without obtaining leave or for not reporting to duty even after the expiry of the approved leave.

According to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir, under the Prime Minister’s Employment Package, Avinash Pandita got a job in the Education Department in District Kupwara on June 3, 2011. He submitted all the documents to appear on duty in the office of Chief Education Officer Kupwara on June 20 2011, and from the very next day, he was absent. He tried to return to duty after ten years on February 4, 2021. The matter was considered by the departmental committee on November 27, 2021, in which it was agreed to sack him.

Shahida Zargar, a teacher posted in Middle School Ashtengu, District Bandipore, North Kashmir, remained absent from school from October 1 2016 to June 14, 2017, without any notice. After this, she was absent again from October 10, 2017, to December 20, 2015, without leave. Then from April 21 this year, she is again absent from duty. Notice was given several times, and now the service has been released. At the same time, Arif Akbar Butt was appointed on January 13, 2015, in the Middle School Haknar of District Ganderbal. He has been absent since February 2, 2015. Chief Education Officer Ganderbal had issued the final notice on September 6 2021. Appeared before the authorities on September 7. But by then, it was too late.

Saima Mushtaq Farooqui, a teacher of Middle School Dangarpora, District Budgam, had applied on February 23 2018, for unpaid leave to go to England. Permission was not granted, and she returned to duty after about a year. Then again, absent from March 8, 2019, to July 30, 2019. During this time, she was abroad. From January 1, 2020, absenteeism went abroad.

Similarly, Asma Kaunsar, a teacher of Girls Higher Secondary School, Soura Srinagar, took leave on July 1 2017, to go to London. But there was a condition that she would not extend the holiday, but she was absent. She was repeatedly sent notices to return to duty and present his case, was informed through various means, but he did not respond. Finally, under the relevant rules, the department terminated his services on December 3, 2021. Similarly, without permission, Kulsoom Qadir, a Hanjipora Tarju Sopore Boys Middle School teacher who went to Dubai on September 1, 2018, is also absent from duty. He, too, was repeatedly served notices and eventually, the service was terminated.

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Militancy incidents on decline in Pulwama, but local militant recruitment still up: GoC D P Pandey

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General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey Wednesday said that the southern district of Pulwama has indeed shown a decline in militancy-related incidents but the district continues to see local militant recruitment on the rise. He said that in the ensuing year, the army believes that Pulwama will see a further dip in local militant recruitment.
As per the news agency, the GoC was on a visit to the southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama on the eve of 73rd Republic Day. He met senior citizens and traders in these twin districts of South Kashmir.
Talking to media persons at Shopian, the GoC said that the people of Kashmir want peace and not militancy. “Militancy related incidents are declining and we believe they will further go down in the ongoing year,” he said.
The army officer said that if the number of militants and militancy-related incidents decline, it will provide more opportunities to local youth to make their future.
“Time has come when people have to choose the path of peace and stability,” he said, adding that the people of South Kashmir like those of north Kashmir have realized the effects of militancy.
The GoC said that the wrong narrative is being taught to children and wherever it happens, youth are bound to choose the wrong path “as it is the easy way out and just a glamour.”
“Youth are picking guns because of unemployment but the wrong path is being shown to them,” Pandey said. He said that the situation was getting better as people, especially youth have understood that taking the path of militancy was wrong.
He said that militancy-related incidents have declined in Pulwama but “local militant recruitment continues to be on the rise.” “We believe this (local militant recruitment) will also go down in the ongoing area,” the GoC said and sought people’s cooperating in bringing peace and development in southern districts of Kashmir
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Driver dead, another injured as lorry rolls down into gorge

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A trucker was killed and another person injured after a truck rolled down into a deep gorge near Tulbagh, one kilometre from Banihal town of J&K’s Ramban district on Wednesday.

An official that a truck, bearing registration number JK05A 8209, which was on its way from Jammu towards Srinagar fell into a deep gorge near Tulbagh around 7 pm, resulting in on spot death of the driver.

Soon after the accident, Banihal police and local volunteers launched a rescue operation and retrieved the body of the trucker, who was identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh (58), son of Abdul Gani Sheikh, a resident of Bandipora in north Kashmir.

The injured, identified as Naveed Ahmad son of Nazir Ahmad, also a resident of Bandipora, was shifted to Emergency Hospital Banihal.

An official said that the body is being shifted to Bandipora and that the relatives of the victims were on their way to Banihal.

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3 Soldiers Injured In Shopian Gunfight

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On Wednesday, three soldiers were injured, two of them critically, in an ongoing gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, reports quoted officials said.

They said that two soldiers suffered bullet injuries as soon as the gunfight started between militants and a joint team of Police and army in the Nowgam area of the district. Later, another soldier was injured in the firefight.

Quoting official sources, a news agency reported that the injured were shifted to the army’s 92 base hospital, where two remain in “critical condition.”

The encounter had ensued after Police and army launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of the militants.

As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the officials said, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off a gunfight, they said.

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