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Harsh Dev leads protest against PDD and PHE deptts in Udhampur



Launching a scathing attack on the UT govt for its gross failure in providing relief to the people in general and Udhampur district in particular from the ongoing power and water crisis, the NPP Chairman and former Minister Mr Harsh Dev Singh led vociferous protests along with scores of party activists and aggrieved people in Udhampur. The peeved protesters shouted slogans against BJP and accused the govt of turning opposed to matters of public importance, especially the PDD and PHE departments.

Speaking on occasion, Mr Harsh Dev Singh lambasted the govt for having failed to meet the people’s expectations even concerning the provision of basic amenities, like power and potable drinking water. Pointing towards the statements and tweets of the central BJP leaders and its Ministers regarding 100% electrification and water supply, Mr Singh said that such utterances had only evoked cynicism amongst the masses and exposed the saffron leaders for their politics of descent and subterfuge.

“Such statements were not only absurd but also demonstrated the extremely casual approach of the helmsman towards the vital concerns of the poor people inhabiting the far-flung areas. While the govt functionaries and the mandated leaders and Ministers were making such vague and nauseating statements from their AC-rooms, the ground reality was altogether different with the people of J&K UT suffering the worst nightmares during the present regime due to non-availability of even the basic amenities, particularly in far-flung areas”, asserted Mr Singh.

He said that dozens of households in almost all of the villages in district Udhampur had been left out of the electrification scheme and deprived of the same benefits despite loud sloganeering by the govt. In several cases, the electrification had been reduced to a mere formality with hardly any use has accrued to the people due to extremely low voltage. Further, there were cases where power tariff bills were being sent to households that had not been electrified at all. Moreover, unscheduled and frequent power cuts had further created massive resentment amongst the people with an apathetic regime averse to their woes and sufferings, Harsh maintained.

Ridiculing the BJP’s tall claims of ‘Achey Din’ and ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, Mr Singh said people in the rural areas and the hinterland had been deprived of potable water, which is the necessity of life. He divulged that while the people are yearning for water supply in the far-flung areas, the administration has bizarrely turned apathetic and insensitive towards the shrill cries of the rural dwellers.

He said that Jal Shakti Deptt has failed not only to fulfil its obligations, but its officers are also guilty of criminal negligence and evasion/non-performance of their duties as public servants. “While the people are suffering hardship due to non-provision of adequate water supply in majority of villages of Udhampur district, there are several habitations which have been completely deprived of water supply leaving them at the mercy of God. It has resulted in the worst nightmares for the affected people and has caused severe health problems for the community. It’s a sheer irony that people are forced to buy water in some villages for their daily needs. Woes have not ended here, as several hinterland residents have now become dependent on the monsoons. They are compelled to collect rainwater in the earthen pots to quench their thirst and meet other requirements in a heart-wrenching situation.

Referring to the reports of massive irregularities and bungling committed in the execution of various water supply schemes in district Udhampur, he said that while huge funds are expended on water supply schemes, there is hardly any visible impact on the ground. Ironically, it has come to fore that several BJP leaders and households owing allegiance to BJP were provided one inch and 1¼ inch dia pipes for water supply while leaving their entire vicinity dry, but the authorities concerned had failed to act despite complaints. The frauds of enormous magnitude committed by Jal Shakti Deptt officers in collusion with some corrupt and notorious elements need to be thoroughly investigated. The culprits should be brought to the book. Is this an ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ for which the Saffron Party persistently cock- a- hoop? Harsh took a jibe at the BJP.

He further regretted that DRWs and casual workers working in PDD and PHE departments have been languishing on roads seeking regular services. “They have not been paid their meager wages for the last 5-6 years which has forced meagre face starvation. Resentment amongst the general masses and local people is growing with every passing day, which could trigger law and order problems in the days to come. The issue, therefore, needs due cognizance of authorities before it’s too late.

Panthers shall not relent until the people are bailed out from the prevailing power and water crisis. We will make the domination accountable and answerable for people’s grievances at all costs”, Harsh roared.


Republic Day full dress Rehearsal: Div Com Jammu takes salute at M.A Stadium




The full dress rehearsal for the celebration of Republic Day 2022 was held on Monday here at M. A Stadium Jammu amid tight security arrangements.
The contingents of Army, CRPF, JKP, NCC cadets and other departments besides various schools presented an impressive March past.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer inspected the Parade and took a salute at the march past.
School children and artists of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages presented a colourful cultural programme featuring theme-based presentations.  A brilliant performance by the Dare Devils of Jammu and Kashmir Police mesmerized the audience with spectacular stunts.
Stunning gymnastics performances, shows were also presented by sportspersons of the J&K Sports Council.
The cultural items depicted communal harmony and composite culture of Jammu Kashmir UT, besides featuring patriotic based presentations, folk music and dance.
The function was also attended by Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg, besides other civil and police Officers.
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Jammu Policeman-cum-Rapper Booms in Reality Show, Leaves Judges Stunned




Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel who fought terrorism are full of talent. In a show named Hunarbaaz on a private channel in Mumbai, the rap of police personnel Jeevan Kumar also stunned the judges.

The judges include actresses Parineeti Chopra, Karan Johar and Mithun Chakraborty. Talent has reached from all over the country in the show. However, for several days before the show, the channel ran a rap account promo of Jeevan. J&K is proud to have Jeevan on this big show. Senior police officers are calling and congratulating Jeevan.

Read more: Over 300 docs, paramedics test positive in Jammu district

Constable Jeevan Kumar’s raps have been a new sensation on the internet media for two years. From top police officers to filmmakers, he has fans. Living in Chak Jarala, about 25 km from Jammu’s international border, Bishnah Jeevan’s father is a farmer, and mother is a homemaker. Jeevan told the judges that he is the first and foremost son of Mother India. It is my duty to protect it. Singing songs is his hobby. All the judges on the show liked his rap.

“I hope he will definitely make it to the next round. He eased his memories and said that the 30-second rap, which went viral first, has made me famous. In which he is telling about the flight of dreams. He said that my officers also encourage me, everyone likes it,” Jeevan said.

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Over 300 docs, paramedics test positive in Jammu district





Over 300 doctors and the members of paramedical staff of the Health Department, who comprised the COVID-19 sampling teams in different locations in the Jammu district, have contracted the infection.

Officials said that even as the sampling had been intensified with the deployment of over 53 teams by the Health and Medical Education Department across the district, many of the team members who were involved in collecting samples of the suspected COVID patients from different places, also tested positive.

“Over 300 doctors and paramedical staff members of the health department were found infected with the virus,” said a senior official.

“We are deploying doctors and other medical staff in shifts. After seven days of isolation and medical care, the doctors and other members of the staff are joining duties. After they resume, others infected with the virus proceed on leave for seven days,” he added.

“Somehow, we are managing the sampling which is undergoing in an aggressive manner across Jammu district. We have also deployed six teams for thermal screening of the people at the venue of the main Republic Day function,” the official said.

These teams will remain deployed there till January 29. Besides, the official said, “We have deployed 19 teams at Jammu Airport and 24 teams at Railway Station to sample people on their arrival.” “Around 100-150 samples are collected from Jammu airport and 800 from Jammu railway station as a routine exercise,” the official added.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Jammu J P Singh, while speaking to the media, expressed concern over, what he said, “casual approach of the people towards the deadly virus.”

“Despite instructions, they were not reporting to the Chest Disease Hospital at Bakshi Nagar and DRDO Jammu for triage-test,” he said.

“The people with severe illness (comorbidity) and aged having symptoms of COVID19 should come to CD Hospital Bakshi Nagar and DRDO Hospital at Bhagwati Nagar for their medical check-up instead of getting treatment in home isolation,” he said.

He said that the aged and people with comorbidity should approach these hospitals soon after they developed symptoms or they contracted infection so that timely medical care could be provided to them. Another official informed that around 109 infected people were admitted to MCH, DRDO Jammu and GMC Jammu’s COVID care ward. “We have a capacity to admit around 817 infected people in these hospitals and accordingly, the capacity would be increased,” the official said asserting that the majority of the infected people were in home isolation, unlike last year.

Pertinently, the Jammu district has around 59 micro-containment zones while 15 locations were de-notified after the recovery of the infected people.


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25 Jan 2022, 5:49 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

39,799,202 Total Cases
490,462 Death Cases
37,071,898 Recovered Cases


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