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POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
71 top officials shifted

Srinagar, October 24
Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet ordered a major reshuffle in the administration shifting 71 IAS and KAS officers, including divisional head of Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners of several districts and heads of several departments, including Information.

Wakhlu, 100 ANC workers join Congress
Srinagar, October 24
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee today received a major boost when former minister Khem Lata Wakhlu, who recently quit Awami National Conference, joined it along with 100 party workers.

J&K cuts CST on yarn by 1 pc
Srinagar, October 24
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to reduce the rate of central sales tax from 2 per cent to 1 per cent on cotton and staple yarn.

Indian soldiers take part in military training on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. 
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POSTINGS/ TRANSFERS
71 top officials shifted

Srinagar, October 24
Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet ordered a major reshuffle in the administration shifting 71 IAS and KAS officers, including divisional head of Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners of several districts and heads of several departments, including Information.

An official spokesman said that the state Cabinet, which met here last night under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, ordered the transfers.

He said Tourism Commission Parvez Dewan has been transferred and posted as Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, against Khursheed Ahmad Ganai who will be the resident commissioner, New Delhi.

He said Director Information K.B. Jandial has been shifted to Jammu Municipal Corporation as Administrator, and Mr Narinder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Vigilance Relief, Jammu, will now head the state Information Department.

The spokesman said others shifted in the reshuffle included I.S. Malahi, Finance Commissioner, Agriculture, who has been posted as Finance Commissioner Industries and Commerce against M.S. Pandit, who will be now Principal Secretary, Agriculture.

Mr Ajit Kumar, Principal Secretary, PDD, has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary, works, Mr Amit Khushari awaiting orders of posting has been posted as Principal Secretary, Rural Development; G.D. Wadhwa, Chairman, Special Tribunal, has been transferred and posted as Principal Secretary, PDD; A.S. Sidhu, Commissioner, PSUs, has been posted as Commissioner, Secretary Information and Transport; Pankaj Jain, Resident Commissioner, New Delhi, has been posted as Commissioner, Ari; A.R. Parray, Commissioner Revenue, has been posted as Chairman, Special Tribunal; Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai, Commissioner, Information and Transport, has been posted as Commissioner, Tourism; Mr Chaman Lal, Managing Director, Scheduled Caste Development Corporation, has been transferred and posted as Commissioner PSUs; Mr Suresh Kumar, Director Education, Jammu, will be Director Handloom; A.S. Bhat, Secretary, Rural Development, has been posted as Secretary, works; Khursheed Ahmad, Commissioner , Law, will now be member of Special Tribunal; Akhtar Kochak, Special Secretary, Law, has been promoted as Secretary, Law; S. Masudi Settlement Commissioner, has been posted as custodian general.

Mumtaz Afazl, Director Rural Development, has been transferred and posted as Managing Director Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Development Corporation; Sheikh Mohd Hussain, Deputy Commissioner, Baramula, has been transferred as Excises Commissioner, Mr Atal Dulu, Special Secretary, GAD, will take over as Special Secretary, Rural Development, Mr M.M. Bhast, Commissioner, Jammu, has been transferred as Director, Rural Development, Kashmir, Mr R.K. Goel, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu is to become as Special Secretary, Home; Feroz Ahmad, Director, Census Operations, has been transferred to take over as Director, Social Welfare; Mohmmad Iqbal Deputy Commissioner, Kathua to look after the Rural Development, Jammu, as Director while, Shant Manu, Vice-Chairman, Jammu Development Authority, has been transferred as Director, Employment; Sabeen Kabna, Special Secretary, Home, has been transferred as Special Secretary, GAD; Bipul Pathak, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Director Tourism Srinagar; K.R. Padha, Special Secretary, Housing, has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary Forests. UNI 
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Wakhlu, 100 ANC workers join Congress

Srinagar, October 24
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee today received a major boost when former minister Khem Lata Wakhlu, who recently quit Awami National Conference, joined it along with 100 party workers.

Wakhlu announced her decision at a news conference here attended by nearly 100 ANC workers, including some block and district presidents.

The former minister, who resigned from the primary membership of former Chief Minister G.M. Shah-led ANC last week, said she and her colleagues had joined the Congress.

JKPCC chief Mohd Shafi Qureshi, who was also present, said Wakhlu is joining the party to strengthen it and help it become an effective opposition.

He, however, dismissed reports about dissidence in the party saying the Congress was a large party. Differences of opinion exist in a large democratic party.

On recovery of a Congress identity card from a captured militant, he said all identity cards issued to the party workers earlier had been cancelled. PTI
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J&K cuts CST on yarn by 1 pc

Srinagar, October 24
The Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to reduce the rate of central sales tax from 2 per cent to 1 per cent on cotton and staple yarn, including synthetic and blended yarn in the course of inter-state sale.

This decision was taken at the meeting of the state cabinet, which met here last evening with the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah in the chair.

Announcing the decisions, Chief Secretary Ashok Jaitly, said the impact of the tax reduction would, however, be reviewed by the Finance Department after March 2002 and a report submitted to the Cabinet for reconsideration of the decision.

Mr Jaitly said that the Cabinet also decided that sale and distribution of kerosene would be transferred from the Food Supplies Department to cooperative societies.

Besides, decision was also taken to issue a fresh ordinance to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Ranbir Panel Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act for banning private practice by doctors of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura.

The Chief Secretary said the Cabinet by another decision decided to extend the term of the State Municipal Finance Commission by another six months. The commission was initially set up on April 24 this year for six months.

The cabinet also approved rates to be charged for medical facilities, investigations, tests in medical colleges and associated hospitals. The government have recently improved medical facilities in these hospitals by installing latest and specialised equipment like spiral CT Scan and Cath lab. UNI
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