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For curb power of elected leaders Central Goverment new amended the J&K Panchayati Raj rules.

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The Central government has amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj rules to set up a directly-elected 14-member district development council, which local political participants fear is aimed at curbing the powers of members of legislative bodies.

The councils will supplant the earlier District Development Boards, which were chaired by a Cabinet Minister or a Minister of State and included MPs, MLAs and MLCs.

There are no legislative bodies as they were abolished when Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two Union Territories during  the dilution of powers under Article 370 of the Indian constitution last year in August.

“The government today amended J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, to provide for establishment of elected District Development Councils in Jammu and Kashmir. The move to have elected third tier of Panchayati Raj institution marks the implementation of the entire 73rd Amendment Act in J&K,” the spokesman of the Union Territory’s administration said on Saturday, as per PTI.

The spokesperson stated that the new DDCs will comprise members directly elected from 14 territorial constituencies of the district, with the winners electing a chairperson and vice-chairperson.

“But some other observers said this essentially disempowered the second tier of the government (the state or UT) and suggests that Assembly elections in the UT may not happen anytime soon,” reported the paper.

A senior leader of Peoples’ Democratic Party, Naeem Akhtar asserted that move was undertaken to end the role of regional politics. “The aim is total depoliticisation so that there is no central collective voice. It is to cut to size the people of Jammu and Kashmir so that they don’t have a political voice. The aim is to sub-divide, overlap, create layer after later so that nobody would know who is in-charge. In such a scenario, the ultimate arbiter would be bureaucrat and the security set-up,” he told .

National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah has not publicly commented, but another senior unnamed NC leader told that the decision would have far-reaching consequences towards reducing the role of MLA.

The councils will also include MLAs and chairpersons of Block Development Councils within the district. However, the MLAs will have no voting rights in election or removal of the chairman and vice-chairman of District Development Councils. The councils will be elected for a term of five years, with the additional district development commissioner to be chief executive officer.

Each council will have five standing committees which will be chaired by the MP of that area.

The district deputy commissioners will be responsible for drawing up the 14 constituencies in the districts before elections are held to the DDC. The notification for holding elections to the DDCs may be issued within 10 days, as per sources quoted by the paper.

“With the Halqa Panchayat as the basic unit, the district’s yearly and five-yearly development plans will be finalised by a three tier system of Gram Panchayats, Block Development Councils and the District Development Councils. The DDCs will receive plans from Block Development Councils, and after scrutiny, send them “for adherence to the Government guidelines, norms and rules” and submit the consolidated plan to the District Planning Committee,” noted.

In November 2018, elections were held to the 39,521 rural constituencies to elect members to the panchayat. But more than one-third seats are still vacant due to various factors. Bypolls for these vacant panchayat seats are expected to be held next month.

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PUBG Mobile India rival FAU-G game launching soon.

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Indian gaming firm nCore had beforehand stated that added {that a} crew of over 25 programmers, artists, testers, and designers, who’ve labored on prime gaming titles previously, are at the moment growing FAU-G game.

While PUBG Mobile India is gearing up to launch soon, nCore Games is set to release one of the most awaited FAU-G action game. The company previously confirmed that the FAU-G game will be released later in November and will be available for download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The exact launch date of the FAU-G game is yet to be revealed by the company.

FAU-G was announced soon after the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile alongside other Chinese apps in the country. The game developer, nCore Games, confirmed that FAU-G isn’t the real successor to PUBG Mobile as it will be an action game. It has also been officially confirmed that the first episode of FAU-G will be on the Galwan Valley episode.

There has been a lot of excitement in the gaming community ever since FAU-G has been announced. Interestingly, the game is also backed by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar.

Vishal Gondal, who heads nCore Games, previously revealed that the developers are focusing a lot on the graphics of the game. The company aims to launch a game at par with the international level games.

Meanwhile, PUBG Corporation is preparing to relaunch PUBG Mobile as PUBG Mobile India in the country. The company has already released the trailer of the PUBG Mobile India and it hints that it will launch very soon. However, the launch date has not been revealed as of yet.

To relaunch the game in the country PUBG will first need to address all concerns raised by the government and once that is done the game will get a go ahead to be available for users in the country, again. Meanwhile, some reports suggest that the PUBG Mobile India APK link and Google Play Store link were available on the official website briefly. Several rumours suggest that the PUBG Mobile India could release in a few weeks from now.

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