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Srinagar, Dec 20: Chilai Kalan, the 40-day harshest winter period when chanc-es of snowfall and rains happen to be maximum and frequent, will start in Kashmir on Thursday.
During this period, the people usually take extra measures including putting on extra layers of clothing, topped by a ‘pheran’ (a traditional knee-length cloak), to fight the bone-chilling cold.
Now, Govt hikes salary of ministers’ PROs, APROs
Srinagar, Dec 20: After enhancing the travel allow-ance and other perks of leg-islators considerably, the government on Wednesday increased the salary of the staff engaged by ministers during their term in the office.
Drabu to present first post-GST budget on January 11Discussion on governor’s address on January 3, 9
Cabinet to clear promotion of IPS officers todaySrinagar, Dec 20: The cab-inet will Thursday approve the promotion of 1993 and 1994 batch Indian Police Service officers of the J&K cadre as additional direc-tor generals of police, a source told Greater Kash-mir on Wednesday.
New Delhi, Dec 20: The gov-ernment of India on Wednes-day said that there was no proposal as of now for aboli-tion of Articles 35A and 370 which give special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The reply came in response to a question posed by Akali Dal MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa about the status of abolishing Article 35A and Article 370.
“No proposal regard-ing abolition of Article 35A and Article 370 in respect of Jammu and Kashmir is at present under consideration of the government,” union minister of state for home Hansraj Ahir said, replying to a written question.
LS passes immovable property (amendment) bill
‘Muslim bodies not consulted on triple talaq bill’New Delhi, Dec 20: Muslim organisations were not con-sulted before the government framed a draft bill to crimi-nalise the practice of instant triple talaq, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
Law minister Ravi Shankar said that the government believed that the proposed bill would help ensure gender justice, gender equality and dignity of women.
‘India issued demarches to Pak, China on PaK dams’
New Delhi, Dec 20: India has issued demarches to both Pakistan and China conveying its position on construction of dams on the Indus river in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) by the Pakistani government with assistance committed to these projects by China, the government said on Wednesday.
InsIde THe PARLIAMENT
No plans to abolish Article 35-A, Article 370: Centre
New Delhi, Dec 20: A bill to amend the regulations gov-erning compensation payable for acquisition of immovable property by the government of India for defence and secu-
rity purposes was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The immovable property (amendment) bill, moved by urban development minis-ter Hardeep Singh Puri, was
adopted by a voice-vote.Replying to the debate on
the bill, Puri said that the law has been amended eleven times earlier.
Srinagar, Dec 20: Finance minister Haseeb Drabu will present the government’s fourth budget on January 11 next year, much before the beginning of the next fiscal. This would be the second con-secutive year when the PDP-BJP government would pres-ent the budget in January.
The budget for the ongo-
ing fiscal was also presented by Drabu on January 11 this year.
Before this, the successive regimes would
present the budget in Febru-ary or March.
This would be the first budget after implementation of the goods and services tax
(GST) regime in the state in July this year.
As per the provisional cal-endar issued by the assem-bly secretariat this evening, the budget for 2018-19 would be presented on January 11 during more-than-a-month-long session beginning Jan-uary 2 with the governor’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses.
Srinagar, Dec 20: Kashmir on Wednesday observed a complete shut-down against the “fresh spree” of civilian killings by government forces, even as the police imposed curfew-like restrictions in several Srinagar areas to thwart any pro-freedom protests.
The call for shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, a day after a woman was killed during a gunfight in which two militants, including a local, also died.
All government and private institutions across Kashmir remained closed while traffic was largely off the roads. Thin move-ment of traffic, mostly private, was however observed in some areas of uptown Srinagar during the day.
Police admit ‘misuse’ of pellets, top officer cautions SSPs
Kashmir shuts against civilian killingsPolice impose curfew in Srinagar areas; Mourners flood residence of slain militant Tanvir; Emotional scenes at slain woman’s house; Infants losing young mothers to ‘operation all-out’, says Mirwaiz; Legislator Rashid detained on way to Shopian
Chilai Kalan, the 40-day harsh winter period, starts todayWeather likely to remain partly cloudy till Dec 27, says MeT office
WEATHER FACTS ABOUT DECEMBER
8.8 degree Celsius: Mean maximum temperature
1.6 degree Celsius: Mean minimum temperature
18.3 degree Celsius: All-time highest maximum temperature recorded in 1901
12.8 degree Celsius: Lowest temperature recorded in 1934.
Governor Vohra raises questions, seeks answers
Srinagar, Dec 20: In a signifi-cant develop-ment, Gover-nor NN Vohra has sought answers to cer-tain questions from the government before giving his nod to nomina-tion of Tassaduq Mufti, the brother of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, as member of the Legislative Council, a source told Greater Kashmir on Wednesday.
The source, in know-how of the developments related to nomination of Tassaduq as MLC, said that the Raj Bhavan has asked the government whether the outcome of a writ petition challenging the MLC nomi-nations made in 2015 would have any implication on the nomination of Tassaduq Mufti.
The government had on Friday submitted its recommendation seeking nomination of Tassaduq as MLC to Raj Bhavan for the Governor’s approval. The proposal was recommended
to the Governor after the state cabinet, by way of cir-culation, gave its nod to the same.
In 2015, the PDP-BJP government had nominated Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Vikra-maditya Singh, Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Khurshid Alam
Rubber bullets may cause fatal injuries: StudyLos Angeles, Dec 20: Rubber bullets cause fatal injuries among three in every 100 cases, according to a study that used data from sev-eral countries, including India, prompting calls for an alternative form of crowd control.
‘Anguished’ over woman’s killing, Mehbooba seeks ‘end to violence’Jammu, Dec 20: Chief Min-ister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday expressed her anguish over the killing of a woman during a gunfight in Shopian and said that both the civil society and the gov-ernment should work togeth-er to end violence in the state.
Says cops still hitting pellets above-waist despite deflectors fitted to guns
Srinagar, Dec 20: The police have admit-ted that pellets fired by its men and other forces in Kashmir are hitting the protes-tors on their faces and above-waist in violation of the standard operating pro-
cedures governing crowd control.A communiqué issued by Kash-
mir range inspector general of police Muneer Khan to all senior superinten-dents of police reads that it has been observed that still in certain cases pellets are being fired above the waist and sometimes on the faces which is completely against the “prescribed SOP devised for the use of pellet guns.”
NC discusses budget session ‘strategy’Jammu, Dec 20: A joint meet-ing of National C o n f e r e n c e members of both Legisla-tive Assembly and Legislative Council was held here on Wednesday to “devise strat-egy” and discuss issues to be taken up during the upcoming budget session beginning January 2.
NC’s working presi-dent and party leader in the Legislative Assembly Omar Abdullah presided over the meeting which also took stock of the pre-vailing political scenario in the state, a spokesman of NC said in a statement.
Government transfers several top officersGupta to be IGP CID till Mir returnsSrinagar, Dec 20: The government on Wednesday ordered transfer and post-ing of several IAS and KAS officers.
3 QUESTIONS ASKED
Will the outcome of a writ petition challenging the MLC nominations made in 2015 have any implication on the nomination of Tassaduq Mufti?
Whether Tassaduq, who was coordinator of chief minister’s grievance cell, came under definition of a government employee while holding the assignment?
What stand has Govt taken before the High Court on nomination of persons belonging to any of the socially or economically backward classes in the state?
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