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POONCH MAY 25: The Regional Transport Authority Poonch  today approved 137 route permits for mini buses, autorikshaws and four wheeler.
      The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner   Mohammad Aijaz Asad and attended by ADDC, Abdul Hamid, Addl.SP Anwar ul Haq, ARTO Abdul Raheem and representatives of Traffic Police.
       ARTO briefed the meeting about the problems being faced by the local people in remote areas of Tehsil Mandi, Mahrote, Behramgala, Plera, Loran, Sawjian, Arai, Bela and other off routes to various far off located villages in the district. He also informed about the available strength of vehicles besides highlighting the additional requirement of vehicles for facilitating the locals.
          The meeting, after thorough examination, approved 137 cases for route permits for passenger vehicles of various specifications. The approved cases included 84 of 170 for four wheeler autos, 9 of 25 for three wheelers and 19 for mini buses.
The DDC emphasised that the mini buses and autos should ply on the approved route permits. He also stressed upon transport and traffic authorities to keep close check on overloading, overcharging and irregular vehicular movement on the new road stretches.

Jio adds 10 more sites post section 133 CrPc proceedings by DM
Airtel to install one COWsite for old city area
          POONCH, MAY 25: Deputy Commissioner Poonch Mohammad Aijaz Asad today directed the telecom service providers to immediately restore and improve the mobile phone network connectivity in the district to avoid further inconvenience to the local subscribers.   
The DC was speaking at a meeting held with the representatives of various telecommunication companies operating in the district to discuss plan for improvement in the network. Present in the meeting were ADDC Abdul Hamid, ACR Bashir Ahmed Lone and District Informatic Officer Narinder Singh besides representatives of telecom companies including BSNL, JIO, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.
Pertinently, District Magistrate had initiated criminal proceedings against different Telecom operators on 4th of April, 2018 for poor services in the district. The meeting convened today was meant to examine the action taken post initiation of criminal proceedings against TSPs.
The DC stressed on the need on developing dependable  communication network in the district for reducing reaction time of the administration in reaching out to the people in case of any eventuality. He impressed that given the frequent cease fire violations along LOC, the intermittent and unsteady network availability coupled with poor voice quality and coverage impedes relief and rescue operations thereby hampering administrative reach out to the public. He asked them to make best use of existing infrastructure apart from creating additional infrastructure in the district to provide quality telecommunication services to the public.
It was given out in the meeting that JIO has added 10 sites in last 15 days in the district including 4 in Mandi, 2 in Poonch, 2 in Surankote and 2 in Mendhar. Meanwhile 15 more sites will be commissioned by JIO shortly. It was informed that company had completed work of installing towers at 80 sites out of 130. It was further informed that two tower of Idea have been erected in last 10 days i.e. 1 in Mendhar and 1 in Surankote whereas as requests for permission for 19 sites including 10 in Poonch, 7 in Mandi and 2 in Mendhar is pending with army authorities.
Representative from Airtel has put up proposal to DC for launching new site namely COW( Cart on Wheels) site. He also informed that Airtel has launched new site behind Police Line Poonch and work on one site at Bust Stand is in progress. These twin sites shall be made functional within 10 days. Vodaphone has also launched new sites at Ari and Phagla.
The BSNL representative also informed the chair that major reason for poor network is due to non-completion of the maintenance process of Optical Fibre Cable (OFC). He assured that within one month there will be visible improvement in the network as maintenance work is in progress.
The DDC set deadline to various companies for improving the network. He said in case of non-compliance stringent action shall be initiated against the network provider.

Hands over regularization order to ReT teachers
SAMBA MAY 25: Minister for Health and Family Education Dr Devinder Manyal today inspected functioning, position of staff and infrastructure in government schools of this border district.
He also handed over regularization orders to several Rehbar-e-Talem teachers who were regularized after successful completion of qualifying period.
 During his visit to various government schools in the district, the Minister interacted with school heads, teachers and students and enquired about the   infrastructure and other facilities available.
 The Minister directed for taking immediate measures for making available safe drinking water and lighting in the schools lacking the same.   He also issued on spot directions for necessary repair of building and creation of adequate infrastructure required for academic activities. He directed Zonal Education officer to undertake extensive and regular inspections of the schools and in its report to the higher ups suggest steps for improvement where ever required.

He asked the education department authorities to review the inspection reports on quarterly basis and take quick action on the issues pertaining to school infrastructure, teachers, performance etc.


SRINAGAR, MAY 25: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the throat sliting of one Mohammad Yaqoob Wagay of Hajin today.
The Chief Minister said the incident shows that perpetrators of the inhuman act have no respect for the Holy month of Ramadhan or the teachings of Islam.
Mehbooba Mufti has extended her sympathies to bereaved family.