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Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel today allocated portfolios to the new ministers.

Ahmedabad:

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel today allocated portfolios to the newly-inducted ministers, keeping a host of departments, including Home, with himself and without appointing any deputy.

Kanubhai Desai was allocated Finance and Energy and Petrochemicals portfolios.

Besides the Home ministry, Chief Minister Patel will hold the charge of General Administration Department, Information and Broadcast, Industries, Mines and Minerals, Capital Projects, Urban Development, Urban Housing and Narmada and Ports, an official release said.



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80% Funds Went To Politicians Before J&K Special Status Ended: RSS Chief – dot newz

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“After abrogation of Article 370, path to development has opened for all,” RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said

Nagpur:

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday alleged that before the abrogation of Article 370, about 80 per cent of funds allocated to Jammu and Kashmir used to land in the pockets of political leaders.

Speaking in an event in Nagpur, Maharashtra, Mr Bhagwat said, “Before the abrogation of Article 370, 80 per cent of what was done for Kashmir valley, used to end up in the pockets of political leaders and not reach people. Now, after the abrogation people of Kashmir valley are experiencing direct access to development and availing of benefits.”

Mr Bhagwat added, “I visited Jammu and Kashmir and saw the current situation. After the abrogation of Article 370, the path to development has opened for all. On the pretext of Article 370, Jammu and Ladakh were discriminated against earlier. That discrimination doesn’t exist anymore.”

In August 2019, the Central government scrapped Article 370 which gave special rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two categories- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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J&K Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Grandson Sacked From Government Job – dot newz

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Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson Anees-Ul-Islam was appointed research officer in 2016

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The grandson of pro-Pakistan Kashmir separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been sacked as research officer from a government-owned convention centre in Jammu and Kashmir, sources have said.

The move behind the sacking of Anees-Ul-Islam came after it was found that the separatist who died at 92 last month had “bartered violence for his grandson’s job”, sources said.

Anees-Ul-Islam was appointed research officer in Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre or SKICC under Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department in 2016 when People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti was the Chief Minister.

Just few months before getting the government job, however, Anees-Ul-Islam had gone to Pakistan, sources have said.

“It is learnt that there was pressure from top echelon in the government to appoint Anees and the whole recruitment process was manipulated,” said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, asking not to be identified.

Anees-Ul-Islam also allegedly helped some people in flying drones in and around Srinagar to film protests.

“His appointment was found to be highly irregular… It is suspected that the appointment straightaway to a gazetted grade equivalent position in the government-funded and controlled SKICC was a deal to bring down violence during the Burhan Wani agitation between the then Chief Minister and Geelani,” the source said, referring to the protests after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was shot dead by security forces in 2016.

“There was no urgency to fill the post that had been vacant since 2005. But some officers were suddenly in a hurry after Anees returned from Pakistan to look for any vacant position in SKICC. Any assessment by any security agency anywhere in the world under the given circumstances could not have granted security clearance to him for occupying a public position. But he was cleared due to pressure from the top,” the source said.

SKICC is a top convention and conferencing facility of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, which is used for high-level meetings and VVIP conferences.

“Technical input suggests Anees continues to be in touch with three suspects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” the source said.

A school teacher, Farooq Ahmad Butt, has also been sacked. He was appointed on contract in 2005 and regularised in 2010. “His brother Mohd Amin Butt is a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, operating from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,” the source said.



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5 Dead, Many Missing After Kerala Rain Triggers Floods, Landslides – dot newz

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Five districts in Kerala are on red alert, seven are on orange.

Heavy rain in parts of Kerala has triggered landslides and floods that have claimed at least 5 lives and several people are reported missing. Weather office has predicted heavy to very heavy rain till tomorrow morning.

Here are the 10 latest developments:

  1. At least five people were killed in rain-related incidents as several parts of Kerala received a downpour today.

  2. Landslides have been reported in Kottayam and Idukki districts. Twelve people are reported missing in Kottayam.

  3. Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur districts have been put on red alert.

  4. There is an orange alert in seven districts — Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad.

  5. On the state government’s request, the Army, Navy and Air Force have stepped in to help the civil administration handle the situation.

  6. Mi-17 and Sarang helicopters are on standby and all bases under Southern Air Command are on high alert.

  7. The Army has deployed its personnel in the flood-affected areas. An Army column comprising about 30 personnel has moved to Kanjirappalliin Kottayam district from Pangode military station.

  8. Southern Naval Command, too, has geared up to join in rescue work and is in touch with the state disaster management authority.

  9. The Chief Minister’s office has sent out a cautionary note, urging people to be extremely careful and avoid venturing out for travels into the mountains or near rivers.

  10. The weather office has pointed to a creation of a low pressure area over southeast Arabian sea off the Kerala coast as the reason behind the downpour. It has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall till tomorrow morning.



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