Ex-Chief Ministers join candlelight vigil in Jammu as job aspirants intensify protest against JKSSB
DPAP, Congress also join protest march; Not appropriate to comment as matter is sub-judice: LG Manoj Sinha
Jammu, Mar 11 (KNO): Two former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and former minister Jugal Kishor Sharma on Saturday joined the candlelight vigil of job aspirants in Jammu against hiring of controversial and blacklisted firm APTECH by JKSSB to conduct computer based examinations.
Witnesses told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) hundreds of job aspirants, who continue to protest for the last few days in Jammu against JKSSB decision to hire APTECH firm, today evening held a candlelight vigil, thereby intensifying their protest against JKSSB’s move.
They said that protestors were also joined by National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti. Congress party’s J&K working president Raman Bhalla and Democratic Progressive Azad Party leader Jugal Kishore also joined the march at Kacchi Chowani area of Jammu.
Meanwhile, talking to media persons, the protesting job aspirants said the government is playing with their future. “We will intensify our protest in coming days if the concerned authorities fail to revoke the decision of hiring controversial and blacklisted firm APTECH to conduct computer based exams,” they said.
The J&K services selection board has, however, defended its decision to hire controversial APTECH agency, saying the blacklisting period of the firm has ended last year.
Earlier today, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the matter regarding APTECH Limited is in the court and it is not appropriate to comment on the same.
“The matter is in the court for consideration and as per our county’s law any comments may influence the judgment of the court. So it is inappropriate to comment on it,” LG Sinha told media persons on the sidelines of an event in Jammu today.
Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Azad Party in a statement said they also joined the candlelight vigil of job aspirants in Jammu today and they support their genuine demand.
Chief spokesperson of the party Salman Nizami said it is unfortunate that this company is awarded a contract to decide the fate of the youth.
He said as long as contract is not scrapped with APTECH, they will continue to support the aspirants of JKSSB—(KNO)
Except possibility of morning showers, hot and dry weather to continue in J&K: MeT
Srinagar, Sept 15(GNS): The weatherman on Friday forecast “hot and dry” weather to continue in Jammu and Kashmir for a week ahead.
According to a meteorological department official, light to moderate rain and thunderstorm occurred at scattered places of J&K .
“Except brief spell of morning rain, weather is very likely to remain hot and dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours,” the official told GNS, adding, “Day temperature was likely to remain 1-2°C lower than yesterday.”
Regarding the forecast from September 16-22, he said, the weather was mainly going to be hot and dry but a brief spell of rain at isolated to scattered places of J&K cannot be ruled out.
“Due to absence of any strong Western Disturbance or Monsoon Current over J&K, there’s no forecast of major rain for a week, at least.”(GNS)
Budgam duo on Scooty die on spot after being hit by a Sumo
Baramulla, Sep 12, KNT: Two persons, one who was driving the Scooty and the pillion rider died on the spot after being hit by a speeding Sumo in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The mishap took place in Hairath Singhpora area of Pattan.
Sources told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that a Sumo (JK15-0782) hit a Scooty ( JK04-E4493). The driver of the Scooty and pillion rider died on the spot. They said both were taken to hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
The deceased have been identified as Faizian Mushtaq Ganai of Chandakot Bala Magam and Riyaz Sajad Mala, a resident of Yagipora Magam.
Police seized the Sumo, arrested driver and registered a case under relevant sections of law. [KNT]
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