In his first public address in the Kashmir valley since assuming office, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Friday laid emphasis on empowering grass-roots institutions.“The government is working on implementation of the 73rd and 74th amendments of Panchayat Raj Act to empower Panchayat members to work more effectively across the Union Territory of J&K,” said Mr. Murmu, who assumed office on October 31.The incorporation of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts, 1992, would give constitutional status to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) in J&K and make them more powerful, he added.Mr. Murmu chose a ‘Back to Village’ programme at Sonpah, Beerwah in Budgam district to make his first public appearance. The meet, which was held under heavy security cover, was attended by more than 300 locals. The Lt. Governor was accompanied by Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam.“The ongoing programme is meant to empower people at grass-roots level. A review of Prime Minister’s package shall also be taken for its equitable implementation across J&K. Special focus is being given on the completion of 2,500 languishing projects, out of which half of the projects have been completed,” he said.Mr. Murmu said the ‘Back to Village’ programme was going smoothly across J&K and saw overwhelming response, four days after militants targeted it. “The ongoing programme has generated massive response from the public; however, unfortunately some people are trying to sabotage it in some areas,” he added.Condemning the militant attack at Hakura in Anantnag, in which a local sarpanch and an officer lost their lives, the Lt. Governor said, “such incidents are aimed at disrupting the people-centric welfare programmes and schemes. These inhuman and dastardly acts are not going to deter the government in its resolve to reach out to the people and usher a new era of participatory development.”Meanwhile, Mr. Murmu announced a special ex-gratia of ₹30 lakh in favour of the next of kin of the deceased government employee Sheikh Zahoor Ahmed.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 27, 2017, to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub.Barnes was ordered to perform 10 days of community service and allowed to do the work in California. He was given until August 29, the next hearing date, to complete the work.ADVERTISEMENT During Golden State’s playoff run to the NBA title, Barnes came off the bench to appear in 12 games, totaling nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.Charges came from an early morning incident involving Barnes when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings and former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVideo footage obtained by police appeared to show Barnes as the assailant of three people, with two women reported being choked by Barnes. Another man who ran to aid one of the women was sucker-punched.Cousins was accused of delivering the punch but was recently cleared of wrongdoing by police. View comments Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire A civil suit has been filed against Barnes and Cousins by plaintiffs Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage