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NPP protests outside Nirvachan Bhawan, seeks equal seats for J&K regions

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Demanding allocation of Assembly seats between Jammu and Kashmir regions on a 50:50 basis, the activists of NPP led by Mr Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman JKNPP, today held a massive protest demonstration outside Nirvachan Bhawan Jammu. The protesters raised slogans against the BJP govt and Delimitation commission, accusing them of perpetuating bias against the incarcerated land of Dogras which has continued to be deprived by successive regimes. The angry Panthers shouted slogans of “Jammu ka saath bhedbhav Nahin sahenge”, “Jammu virodhi Bhajpa hai hai,” and “Lekar rahenge Apna Haq.”

Seeking justice to the hitherto deprived Jammu region in the ongoing delimitation of assembly constituencies, Mr Harsh Dev Singh said that nothing short of equal seats for the region is acceptable. He said that the meeting of the delimitation commission with associate members held on December 20 was expected to end all political bias against the Jammu region and provide justice to both regions by ensuring parity of assembly seats between the two provinces. “The primary objective behind the delimitation of assembly constituencies was to rectify the political imbalance in allocating seats. Therefore, it was expected that the sentiments of various aspirational groups would be duly addressed.

However, the proposed allocation of 43 seats to the Jammu region as against 47 for Kashmir had once again belied the expectations of Jammu region and exposed BJP for its duplicity and double standards”, he said. Mr Singh further sought allocation of at least 5 Assembly seats to district Udhampur including a separate Assembly constituency for Pancheri, Lander, Bhamag area, to satisfy people’s urges inhabiting this remotest belt.

Asserting that the delimitation exercise was governed mainly by the two factors, namely population and geographical area, Mr Singh called for due weightage to each of the said determinants. While the Kashmir region had a slightly higher population than the Jammu region, the geographical area of the latter was almost twice that of the former. Let’s consider the population ratio of J&K excluding Ladakh as per the 2011 census. Kashmir province has a marginal edge of 12% over the Jammu region. Still, as far as the Geographical area of J&K UT is concerned, Jammu province has 62% of the total area of J&K comprising rough and tough terrain with poor accessibility. Therefore, collating the statistical facts Jammu region deserved higher number of Assembly seats than Kashmir”, elucidated Harsh. He said that a delegation of NPP had very well apprised the Delimitation commission about the facts during its visit to J&K earlier this year. We had submitted the plea to the Commission that there should be at least parity between the Assembly seats of both the regions. Keeping this in view, out of the proposed 90 Assembly seats to be reorganized, carved and recreated in the entire UT of J&K, 45 each should be allocated to both Jammu and Kashmir regions. Our plea and rationale were acknowledged and endorsed by the delimitation commission. It must act and deliver now”, Harsh divulged.

Mr Singh said that with 21 months already over since its constitution, the delimitation commission must commit itself for early completion of the exercise rather than merely flirting with the proposition without any tangible output as on date. The delimitation report should be immediately put in the public domain. Any further delay would only help bolster the narrative that the delimitation commission and BJP govt are hands in glove in delaying and denying democracy in the erstwhile state of J&K, maintained Singh.

Prominent among those who participated in the protest included Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Pratap, Purshotam Parihar, Surinder Chouhan, Mohinder Singh, Govind Ram and Raj Pratap Singh.

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Read More: COVID surge cripples businesses again in J&K

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Covid-19 Stats

25 Jan 2022, 4:18 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

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

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