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Rohit Kansal

Jammu, Feb 5 :  Principal Secretary Planning, Development & Monitoring Department, Estates and Information Department Rohit Kansal today directed the Estates Department to form committees for physical verification of all the Estates accommodations and eviction of unauthorized/illegal occupants from Government quarters at Jammu & Srinagar.

The Principal Secretary issued these directions while chairing a review meeting of the Department which was attended by Director Estates, Subash Chibber; Deputy Director Estates Kashmir, Deputy Director Estates, Jammu, Executive Engineer Estates Division, Jammu and Srinagar, besides other officers of the Department.

The Principal Secretary directed the officials that unauthorized allotments of both government and private accommodations should be vacated as early as possible. He said that the field officers should work in coordination to ensure that all the illegal occupants are vacated from the government occupancies

The principal Secretary also said that the committees shall also re-verify the particulars of employees accommodated in private houses and private hotels and to ensure that no illegal occupant is staying there.

He said that a database management system (software) should be developed to make allotment process of accommodation to Government Officials more transparent.

The Principal Secretary also took stock of functions of the department besides taking overall review of its ongoing projects and those in the pipeline.

He directed the officers to complete the languishing projects in a time bound manner in Jammu and Srinagar to overcome the shortage of accommodation for the move employees.

Principals Secretary was informed that the work on all the languishing projects are in full swing and 80 percent work on flats have been completed at Sarwal and work on construction of flats at Lower Muthi is in full swing. 

He directed the department to make available all basic facilities in flats and renovate the existing accommodations on modern lines.

The principal Secretary directed that no construction or maintenance works should be carried out without e-tendering. While directing officers to strictly adhere to the financial code, the Principal Secretary said that no works should be undertaken unless supported by a formal authorization of the competent authority.

He said the works so undertaken after taking proper approval should be done within the stipulated budget allocation without creating any liabilities.

Rohit Kansal stressed on concerned officers to undertake visits to the residential quarters so that renovation work and other related things can be undertaken.

Rohit Kansal also said that the Department shall also ensure the rotation of staff wherever is required under rules.
Sh. S K Rana, Deputy General Manager, Punjab National Bank, J&K Circle with Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu

Jammu, Feb 5 :  Sh. S K Rana, Deputy General Manager, Punjab National Bank, J&K Circle called on the Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu at the Raj Bhavan here today.

Sh. Rana briefed the Lt Governor about the functioning of the Punjab National Bank and various activities undertaken by the bank in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Lt Governor advised Sh. Rana to closely monitor the fiscal health of the bank and take all requisite measures for ensuring reliable banking services to its customers.
BJP MP Parvesh Verma

New Delhi, Feb 5 :  The Election Commission on Wednesday imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on BJP MP Parvesh Verma for his "terrorist" remark against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The ban on Verma, second in the last one week, came into force at 6 pm on Wednesday.

This means, he will not be able to campaign for the February 8 Delhi Assembly polls any further. Campaigning ends at 5 pm on Thursday.

A complaint by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had alleged that Verma had cast "vitriolic aspersions" on the chief minister of Delhi by referring to him as "terrorist".

In his response to the EC, Verma had denied making the statement.

Banning Verma from campaigning for 24 hours, the commission said it "strongly condemns" his remarks.

On January 30, the BJP MP was barred from campaigning for 96 hours (four days) for making controversial remarks at a poll meet. The commission had also ordered his removal from the BJP's list of star campaigners.

The poll panel also issued a show cause notice to BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra for his remarks during a television interview that attempts were being made to "down" Hindus in India.

Prima facie, the EC said, his remarks have potential to disturb communal harmony.

Patra has been asked to respond before 5 pm on Thursday.

Hamilton, Feb 5 :  Young batsman Shreyas Iyer's maiden ODI hundred went in vain as New Zealand defeated India by four wickets in the series-opener, here on Wednesday.

Producing a commanding batting performance, India posted a competitive 347 for four but seasoned Ross Taylor anchored the Kiwi chase with an unbeaten 109-run knock.

The hosts overhauled the stiff target with 11 balls to spare with the Indian bowlers struggling badly despite having a big total to defend.

It was New Zealand's first win since India landed in the country with the hosts suffering a humiliating whitewash in the five-match T20 series.

The Kiwis were quite comfortable in their chase but lost wickets of Tom Latham (69) and James Neesham (9) and Colin de Grandhomme (1) when they were close to the target. Taylor ensured that the host do not snatch yet another defeat from a strong position.

Earlier, sent into, Iyer (103 off 107 balls) scored his maiden ODI century, while KL Rahul (88 not out) and skipper Virat Kohli (51) made fine fifties in the first match of the three-game series.

Tim Southee (2/85) picked up two wickets for the hosts.

Brief Scores:

India: 347 for 4 in 50 overs (Shreyas Iyer 103, KL Rahul 88 not out, Virat Kohli 51; Tim Southee 2/85).

New Zealand: 348 for 6 in 48.1 overs. (R Taylor 109 not out, H Nicholls 78; K Yadav 2/84).