Indo-Pak relations in best interest of
South Asia: Farooq
National Conference President and Union
Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah has said that
friendly and close relations between India and
Pakistan are in the best interest of whole of
South Asia, for all the people of Sub-Continent
and for Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing one day
convention of Gujjar and Bakerwal Conference at
Lakhanpur, Dr. Farooq said "we are yet to
come out completely from the militancy, that
Pakistan has fallen prey to the menace. Both the
countries are inter dependent and need to learn
living in peaceful atmosphere. One can select a
friend as per his own liking, but the neighbour
can not be changed. "
Dr. Abdullah said
that the Gujjar and Bakerwal Communities have
some genuine problems and the State Government is
aware of it. He said that National Conference has
pleaded cause of these communities right from the
early times and his parents had availed every
opportunity to serve these communities. "I
too, took pains in resolving several issues
pertaining to the Gujjar and Bakerwal
communities. So is the case with Omar Abdullah,
the present Chief Minister. Our party has put in
every effort to ameliorate the lot of these
communities" he said, adding "they were
declared scheduled tribes during National
Conference rule and we tried our best to develop
these communities on all fields, particularly in
education sector." Gujjar and Bakerwal
hostels were constructed at district
headquarters. Mobile schools were started every
where to ensure education of their children.
Dr. Farooq said
that his Ministry is all set to provide solar
lighting facilities to the area occupied by these
communities. He also assured the gathering that
work on construction of mini hydel projects in
the upper areas will also be taken in hand to
ensure electricity supply to these far flung
Mian Altaf Ahmad also spoke to the gathering and
said that the present State Government is well
informed about the problems of these communities
and have chalked out a detailed action plan to
redress their anxieties.
president Rattan Lal Gupta said that Begum
Sher-I-Kashmir belonged to Gujjar Community and
"we can not forget to create equal
opportunities for development of the Gujjars and
Bakerwals of the State."
At this occasion
Javid Rana MLC, Dhyan Chand, Ch. Qasim Banya,
Laxmi Dutta, Neelam Sharma, K.K Bakshi, Rajinder
Advocate, Sardar Ishar Singh and Romi Khajuria
were also present.
Dev visits forward locations in Rajouri-Poonch
Lt Col Kapil Dev, an all time great all
rounder in Cricket and the only Captain to win
world cup for India, clad in combat uniform,
visited border areas of Rajouri, Palma and
Bhimber Gali today.
Rajouri, displaying his concern for the ailing
soldiers and to boost their morale, he visited
150 General Hospital and had an interaction with
the patients and the staff at the hospital.
He interacted with
the soldiers of 156 Infantry Battalion
Territorial Army (Home & Hearth) and
expressed his affection as also greatly praised
the Home & Hearth for a very challenging role
they are performing in combating insurgency on
their own soil. He further strengthened his
bonding with the Territorial Army by visiting and
interacting with the troops of 106 and 160
Territorial Army Battalions in Rajouri district.
Lt Col. (Hony)
Kapil Dev during interaction with the Officiating
General Officer Commanding and staff at
Headquarter Romeo Force, applauded the combat
skills of the Rashtriya Rifles soldiers in
combating terrorists in the area. He also met
General Officer Commanding, 25 Infantry Division
and conveyed his regards for the soldiers
guarding the Line of Control.
Later he visited
LoC fence at Bhimber Gali and had a feel of
staying in bunkers alongwith the troops deployed
on LoC. To inspire the young minds, he visited
Army Goodwill Public School at Rajouri and
impressed upon the children to work hard to
achieve what they desire for a better India
hold protest in Srinagar
Large number of Sikh representatives from
political and social organizations, together held
a peaceful demonstration on the banks of Dal Lake
to highlight the Sikhs issues of
importance, here today.
was a part of the campaign for highlighting the
neglet of demands of the microscopic Sikh
minority of Jammu and Kashmir, by State and
We have been left
with no other option rather then to come out on
roads and to hold peaceful demonstration for our
long pending demands, they stressed.
instead of looking into the demands of Sikh
community at political and socio-economic level,
are dividing Sikhs on the basis of their region -
like Muzaffarbadi Sikh, Poonchi Sikh and Mirpuri
Sikh Kashmiri Sikhs etc. This divisional politics
has provided the politicians upper hand in
fractionalizing the Sikhs so that no solution can
be suggested to fulfill their long pending
demands since Partition.
In light of this,
we the Sikhs have the following long pending
demands like minority status to the Sikhs in
J&K proper representation in State Government
and State Assembly and proper safety measures for
Sikhs living in Kashmir valley.
improvement and jobs packages for Sikhs living in
Kashmir at par with Kashmiri Pandits and
Buddhists. Immediate solution to the problems
faced by the Refugees of 1947.
Raina, Coordinator APSCC, addressed the protest
rally and said "Sikhs of Jammu and Kashmir
have many time apprised the problem to State and
Central Government but they keep on ignoring
reshuffle in JU
Prof Sharma new DAA; Prof Bhat
made Controller Exam
Mar 31: The University of Jammu (JU) today
effected the much-awaited administrative
reshuffle in which new incumbents were placed on
several key positions, including Dean Academic
Affairs and Controller of Examination.
As per the order
issued by Registrar Dr P S Pathania, Controller
Examination Prof R D Sharma has been relieved
from his position and made Dean Academic Affairs
(DAA) in place of Prof N A Ganai, who
Also, Prof G M
Bhat, Director, Centre for Disaster Management,
and Chairman, Campus Cultural Committee, has been
relieved from both his charges and asked to
function as new Controller Examination, in
addition to his existing duties. And Prof J P S
Joorel (HoD Statistics) and Prof Deepanker
Sengupta have been given the charge of Officer on
Special Duty (OSDs) to Controller Examination.
Prof M A Malik
(HoD Geology) has given the charge of Director,
Centre for Disaster Management while; Prof Versha
Mehta has been made Chairperson, Campus Cultural
Committee. Earlier, she was Vice-Chairperson of
the said committee.
The positions of
Rectors and Directors of JU off-site campuses
have also been reshuffled. The Rector Udhampur
Campus, Prof Ashok Aima has been announced as new
Rector of Kathua Campus. He replaced Prof J R
Dhotra, who also superannuated today.
charge of Rector Udhampur Campus has been handed
over to Prof Naresh Padha, who at present is
Incharge Librarian and would be relieved shortly
of the same. Prof Padha has also been given the
charge of Patnitop Outreach Centre.
Meanwhile, Prof N
K Tripathi (former JUTA president) have been
asked to function as Director of Ramnagar Campus
whereas, Prof Romesh Verma and Prof Sukhchain
Singh have been made directors of Reasi and
Poonch campuses respectively.
accumulated losses reach Rs 465.50 cr,
liabilities cross Rs 536 cr mark
* 77 % fleet of Corporation turn over aged
By Gopal Sharma
The accumulated losses of the J&K State
Road Transport Corporation, which have become a
cause of worry for the State Government has
reached Rs 465.50 crore while its liabilities
have gone up to 535.94 crore.
has been indicted by the Comptroller and Auditor
General of India for continuously showing heavy
losses and its failure to show any indication of
improvement in its finances. The audit conducted
by the CAG during last year has found several
irregularities and lack of finance control
besides several flaws in managing the affairs in
indicated that SRTC operates in J&K and
outside through its 14 depots and it has a fleet
of 677 buses as on March 31, 2009 and carried an
average of 0.11 lakh passengers per day during
2008-09. The number of trucks were shown as 436.
The performance audit from 2004-05 to 2008-09 was
conducted to assess efficiency and economy of its
bus operation, ability to meet its financial
commitments, possibility of realigning the
business model to tap non-conventional sources of
It was pointed out
by the CAG team that the Corporation does not
maintain separate record for bus and trucks
operations. It suffered a loss of Rs 33 crore in
2007-08 from the operation of both buses and
trucks. Its accumulated losses stood at Rs 465.50
crore while borrowings at Rs 354.32 crores as on
March 31, 2008. The overall liabilities were put
at around Rs 535.94 crore. The Corporation earned
Rs 19.07 per kilometer and expended Rs 31.29 per
kilometer during 2007-08. SRTC has shown revenue
of Rs 69.85 crore and loss Rs 28.97 crore during
2006-07 while revenue of Rs 74.35 crore and loss
of Rs 31.38 crore during 2005-06. Corporation's
revenue was Rs 60.88 crore during 2004-05 while
it showed a loss of Rs 54.67 crore.
The SRTC which has
hardly 3 % public transport share in the State
has failed to keep pace with the growing demand
of public transport. The vehicle density per lakh
population (including private operators
buses) decreased from 187 to 185 in last three
years. It indicated that out of the its fleet of
677 buses nearly 523 ( 77 %) were over aged and
more than eight years old. The percentage of over
aged buses increased from 54 % in 2004-05 to 77 %
in 2008-09 though the SRTC acquired 78 new buses
during 2004-09 at the cost of Rs 10.47 crore.
revealed that Corporations fleet
utilization at 80 per cent in 2008-09 was below
All India Average (AIA) of 92 % . Its vehicle
productivity at 138 km per day per bus was below
the AIA of 313 km. The achievement of the
Corporation was also below its own target of 200
km per bus per day. Its passenger load factor at
77 % was above the AIA of 71 % though no target
had been fixed for load factor. Moreover
preventive maintenance schedules were not adhered
to by the Corporation.
SRTCs manpower and fuel constitute 73 % of
the total cost. Interest , depreciation and taxes
accounted for 19% and are not controllable in the
short term. However, the Corporation has managed
to reduce the manpower per vehicle in the last
two years. The expenditure on repairs and
maintenance was shown as Rs 1.99 crore which
comes out Rs 0.27 lakh per vehicle during
2007-08. It had a fleet strength of 1113 as on
March 2009. The turn over of the Corporation was
Rs 51.47 crore in 2007-08 which was equal to 0.16
% of the States Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) on March31, 2008. The Corporation had 3817
employees as on March 31, 2009.
concluded that Corporation is suffering losses
mainly due to its high cost of operations and
decrease in revenue. It can control the decline
by undertaking timely repairs of vehicles and
exercising effective control by top management.
Reducing manpower and tapping non-conventional
sources of revenue by undertaking PPP projects
are some of the reforms to be taken for obtaining
releases Parakaram medals to 463 police personnel
Mar 31: Director General
of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda, today said that
Jammu and Kashmir Police is making valuable
contribution in restoration of peace in the
State, since last two decades. He said that 898
jawans and officers of JKP and 470 SPOs have
attained martyrdom during this period for the
cause of their duty and it was due to their
supreme sacrifice alongwith other security force
and the people of the State that improved
security scenario is being seen.
Mr. Khoda was
speaking on the occasion of releasing Parakaram
Padak in favour of 463 jawans and officers of
Jammu and Kashmir Police here this afternoon. He
said that the medals are awarded to those
personnel who have sustained injuries during the
counter insurgency operations. He said that the
personnel are honoured with medals as a source of
encouragement and recognition of their valour in
dealing with the situation in the State. He said
that 528 personnel have, so far, been awarded
with this medal.
the DGP said that 295 personnel have been awarded
with Parakaram Medals in the year 2001, 146 in
2002, 29 in 2006, 34 in 2008 and 24 in 2009.
The medals have
been awarded to different ranks which include 1
DGP, 3 IGPs, 5 DIGPs, 13 SSPs, 10 Dy.SPs, 62
NGOs, 434 Head Constables and Constables.
The DGP asked the
force to remain on guard and make strenuous
efforts to bring peace in the State for better
development. He said such initiatives needed to
be carried forward tirelessly till the State
achieves its goal of complete peace and normalcy.
He asked the
forces that while conducting the operations
against the militants, they should ensure that
the common people do not suffer. He stressed for
maintaining better relationship with the public
to help police achieve its objective.
teachers extend protest upto Apr 7
The Engineering College Teachers
Association (ECTA) today decided to extend their
ongoing two-day protest up to April 7 and not to
take up any exam/ evaluation duty during this
The ECTA has been
demanding implementation of recruitment rules and
grant of Sixth Pay Commission to the faculty
protesting teachers outside Principal GCET office
at Old University campus, Dr Atula Dhar said that
Government had paid no heed to their demands for
last more than 15 years forcing them to revive
and extend their agitational programme.
She said that due
to non-framing of recruitment rules, the GCET
faculty has been the worst sufferers; at a time
when all the State Government employees were
enjoying the benefits of Sixth Pay Commission,
the faculty of GCET is crying for the
implementation of recruitment rules and grant of
Sixth Pay Commission.
She said it is
very unfortunate that only 28 faculty members of
GCET, the premier and only state run institution,
have not been granted 6th Pay Commission till
Later, the ECTA
members submitted a memorandum to Principal Dr
Bhupinder Singh demanding immediate
implementation of their demands.
The others who
also spoke on the occasion included Dr Shabana
Aftab and Dr Rajinder Gupta.
grace marks sought for affected students
Parents term leakage of Board
papers as conspiracy
Alleging conspiracy to deprive brilliant
students of Jammu to get high merit in the SSC
exams for getting selected to professional
courses, the Association of Students
Parents has demanded 30 percent grace marks to
those students, in whose case the original paper
was cancelled due to paper leakage and for whom a
fresh question paper was set up, which was much
allegedly tougher than the original paper.
Addressing a press
conference here today, Kulbushan Mohtra,
President of the Association, alleged that some
elements in the Board of School Education (BOSE)
were in league with some mysterious elements, to
deliberately discriminate against brilliant
students from Jammu.
"It is a
deep-rooted conspiracy which should be thoroughly
probed and the guilty be punished severely, as
they are playing with the careers of the
students," he said.
"Chemistry papers A and B, Botany-A and
Physics-B, were leaked and fresh papers set up in
haste, for only few centres, while in the other
centres the students were examined on the
original question papers, which were leaked. The
fresh papers were highly difficult and out of
course. Hence there is strong case for giving 30
percent grace marks in these papers to the
separate Boards for Jammu and Kashmir regions and
alleged that some BOSE officials, who themselves
involved in leaking of the papers, are shedding
crocodile tears, by expressing their concern over
this malpractice, in their meeting with the BOSE
awarded ISO 9001: 2008 certification
DELHI Mar 31: Department of Hospital
Administration at All India Institute of Medical
Sciences, AIIMS New Delhi became the first such
department in the country to be awarded
certificate for compliance to latest Healthcare
Quality Management System Standards -ISO 9001:
has been given to the Institute for teaching,
training, research, consultancy and management of
patient care activities related to Hospital
Administration. The certification was given by
JAS-ANZ ( Joint Accreditation System of Australia
and New Zealand).
According to Dr
Shakti Kumar Gupta, HoD Hospital Administration
and Medical Superintendent, Dr R P Centre for
Opthalamic Sciences, AIIMS, the certification
comes through various new initiatives taken by
the department like National Initiative on
Patients Safety (NIPS), introduction of
Integrated Learning Modules (ILM) for teaching
and training of hospital administrators,
Management Development Programme (MDP) for senior
health care executives, technical contribution
for modernization of trauma care systems etc
taken up by the department. The department has
been providing consultancy at various national
and international levels. This department of
AIIMS, in collaboration with World Health
Organisation (WHO) has been pioneer in
disseminating professional healthcare management
concepts through workshops, seminars and CMEs for
various categories of healthcare executives.
restrains FCI from implementing allotment
of carriage contract
In a petition challenging the controversial
allotment of road transport contractor for
movement of stock from various godowns of the FCI
Jammu to various centers of the State, Justice
Sunil Hali of State High Court has ordered that
the allotment made in favour of private
respondents shall not be given effect till next
date of hearing.
Kohli and Hancy Maini appearing for petitioners
M/s Shivam Enterprises, while challenging the
allotment of transport contract to five
transporters, submitted that the rate quoted by
the petitioner was much lesser than rate quoted
by the allottee transporters and the case of the
petitioner was arbitrarily rejected by the FCI.
After hearing both
the sides, Justice Sunil Hali issued notice to
the respondents which were waived by the counsel
appearing for respondents. The Court directed
Advocate AK Gandotra appearing for the FCI to
file an affidavit, indicating the basis on which
the case of the petitioner was rejected and till
then the allotment made in favour of five
transporters shall not be given effect.
The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture
and Languages organised an impressive Kashmiri
music programme "Mehfil-e-Chakri" at
Abhinav Theatre, this evening.
Legislative Assembly Mohd Akbar Lone was the
chief guest while Minister for Finance Abdul
Raheem Rather was the guest of honour. The
musical evening was also witnessed by State
Legislature and VIPs included Mohammed Ramzan,
Saifullah Mir, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Abdul Gaffar Sofi,
Mohammed Yousaf Taing, Abdul Haq Khan, Dr
Mohammed Shafi, Abdul Razak Zoura, Khazir
Mohammed Wani and Naseem Khan.
started with the traditional Kashmiri Chakri
recital by Rashid Hafiz and party followed by
Abdul Salaam Qaimoh and party. Noted Kashmiri
singers Gulzar Ganai and Manzoor Ahmad Shah also
performed during the "Chakri Mehfil".
Speaking on the
occasion, the Speaker said that cultural academy
has done wonderful job and such programmes with
jam packed hall depict its functioning from time
complimenting, the Finance Minister expressed
that academy is providing platform for budding
artists from all spheres and hopefully it would
continue its mission of maintaining cultural
Iqbal Manhas, secretary, welcomed the guests on
the occasion and informed that we are organizing
such functions as per the vision of Chief
Minister who designated year 2010 as the year of
pays surprise visit to hospitals
Minister for Health, Horticulture &
Floriculture, Sham Lal Sharma today paid surprise
visit to Gandhi Nagar and Rajiv Gandhi Leprosy
Hospitals and took stock of the functioning of
The Minister went
round various units and wards of these hospitals
and issued necessary instructions to the
administration for further improving the
facilities. He directed the Medical
Superintendent to ensure proper sanitation in and
around the Gandhi Nagar Hospital and speed up
renovation work on the old building. He also
directed the Hospital management to ensure that
the vehicles of staff and visitors are parked at
the earmarked space.
any laxity by the Hospital staff, the Minister
said that performance of every individual was
being monitored and stern action, including
withholding of annual increments, will be taken
against negligent officials. He directed them to
improve their functioning and serve the patients
with extra care and dedication.
Mr. Sham said that
the Government is making all out efforts to
provide better working environment for the
doctors and para-medical staff in the Government
institutions. He said that recently, the
Government has announced incentives for the NRHM
doctors and para-medicos and it is expected that
they will deliver as per prescribed norms.
long function concludes at Hanuman temple
The five- day long religious function at
ancient Hanuman Mandir, Moti Bazar concluded here
today with a havan and Puranahuti.
A large number of
devotees drawn from different parts of Jammu city
and surrounding areas participated in the
function and paid their obeisance to Lord
Hanuman. They were served with prashad after
Puranahuti. The religious function was held in
connection with the Hanuman Jayanti which was
The Bhajan Kirtan,
recitation of Hanuman Chaleesa and religious
discourses on the Lord Hanuman by the scholars
were the highlights of the function. The entire
temple complex was fully decorated and
illuminated by the Mandir Committee.
The devotees also
prayed for the peace and prosperity of the state
teachers attend ICRC training programme at Panaji
The three-day first Advanced International
Humanitarian Law South Asia Academics Training
(AISAAT) being organized by the International
Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), in association
with VM Salgaocar College of Law, Panaji
concluded at Goa today.
In all, 35
delegates from South Asia including Bangladesh,
Sri Lanka, Nepal, Armenia and India deliberated
upon pertinent issues related to IHL like
"Interaction and Relationship between IHL
and IHRL in Situations of Armed Conflict",
"Cluster Ammunitions and Emerging Trends in
International Humanitarian Law",
"Cultural Property Protection: An Integral
Part of IHL Protections and a forum for
Innovation" and "The Issue of Civilian
Participation in Hostilities."
University (JU) teachers Dr Monica Narang,
Assistant Professor, The Law School, Dr Sapna K
Sangra, Assistant Professor, Department of
Sociology, and Dr Seema Rohmetra, Assistant
Professor, The Law School also attended the
programme and made their presentations.
Dr Narang and Dr
Sangra made their presentation on the issue of
civilians participation in hostilities while, Dr
Rohmetra made her presentation on the interface
between the IHL and International Human Rights
lakh Community Hall at Gangyal soon:Bhalla
Minister for Revenue, Relief and
Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla today said, that
coalition Government was committed to provide all
basic amenities to the people including drinking
water, health, electricity, irrigation, road
connectivity, drainage system and education.
The Minister was
addressing a large gathering after inspecting the
ongoing construction work of Multipurpose
Community Hall at Gangyal, to be completed at an
estimated cost of Rs. 75 lakh.
Mr. Bhalla said,
that with the completion of Multipurpose
Community Hall, the people of Babliana, Gangyal
and its adjoining areas would celebrate religious
and social functions on nominal charges. He said
that it is the obligation of Government to
improve the socio-economic status of the weaker
sections of the society. He said number of
welfare schemes has been launched for the
purpose. He appealed the people to avail the
benefits of State and Centrally Sponsored
asked, the executing agencies to complete the
ongoing development works within stipulated time
frame by using quality material. He said that
Central Government headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh
has been providing liberal funding to the State
for various ongoing development projects. He said
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was working
tirelessly to develop the State on modern lines.
Responding to the
demands of the people, he asked the Irrigation
Department to prepare estimate for construction
of walkway and park along the Ranbir canal near
Multi Purpose Community Hall at Gangyal so that
the morning and evening walkers could avail the
benefits. Regarding construction of boundary wall
at graveyard in Gangyal, he asked the concerned
department to immediately start the construction
work and complete it within prescribed time
At Rani Talab, the
Minister inspected upgradation and blacktopping
work from Sanjay Nagar Cremation Ground to
Digiana Pulli and Rani Talab to Preet Nagar,
taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 25 lakh.
inaugurated 400 meter long link road at Sanjay
debars college teacher from exam duty
The University of Jammu (JU) has debarred a
College Professor from examination duty on the
allegations of helping the BA/B Sc Part-I
students and alluring them to pay him money to
pass the Statistics paper.
reports, Principal of Govt MAM College, Prof M S
Baloria received a complaint from students the
other day that one of the duty examiners Prof
Ramesh Gupta asked the students to make some
initials on the last sheet of answer book to pass
the paper and also demanded money for that.
checked the answer sheets of all students to
verify the allegations and found that the answer
sheets of six students carried the said initials.
On that, he forwarded a written report to
University authorities requesting to debar him
from any exam duty.
Prof Baloria confirmed that Controller
Examination has agreed to his request and
debarred Prof Gupta from entire the examination
process. The JU authorities have further asked me
to register FIR against the said Professor with
police, he added.
The result of the
six students, whose papers were found having the
alleged initials, would also be withheld, he
Gupta could not be contacted for his comments.
Joint Students Federation (JJSF) has demanded
from JU authorities to hold enquiry and take
strict action against the said examiner.
arrested for raping student
Mar 31: A
government teacher was arrested by police for
allegedly committing rape on his student of Class
12 in Basantgarh area of tehsil Ramnagar last
teacher Noor Mohammed, son of Barkat Ali,
resident of Jakhed allegedly chased the minor
student Mohni Devi (name changed) , daughter of
one Bishan Dass of the same area when she was
returning home from school and dragged her to
cattle shed and committed rape on her near her
house. He was harassing the girl for some time
and trying to influence her. The girl is
appearing in 12th Class exams. After the girl
raised alarm, the family members and others
rushed and caught hold of the teacher and later
handed him over to police after beating him.
The teacher posted
in HSS Jakhed was arrested by Basantgarh police
vide FIR No. 11/2010 under Section 376/458 RPC.
The girl was sent for Medical examination to
Ramnagar hospital where doctors confirmed the
rape. Tension has gripped the area over the act
of teacher. A strong resentment was brewing among
The police said
this long-bearded middle aged teacher, was
earlier also arrested during 2003 for molestation
of an 8th Class student in the school. He was
arrested vide FIR. No. 4 and had later challaned
in the court. The people of the area staged
strong protest and demanded dismissal of the
teacher from the Service. They sought direct
intervention of Director School Education, Jammu
and the School Education Minister Peerzada Mohd
Sayeed in this regard.
reviews functioning of CAMPA, SFC
Minister for Forest and Environment, Mian
Altaf Ahmad, had a detailed review of the
functioning of Compensatory Afforestation Fund
Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and the
State Forest Corporation (SFC) at an officers
meeting held here today.
efforts of both the organizations in ensuring
conservation of green wealth of the State with
focus on encouraging plantation drives, the
Minister emphasized upon the concerned
authorities to further streamline their
functioning to achieve desired results. He
assured them of genuine reward for their
outstanding performance besides cautioning them
against any laxity in their duties.
underlined the need for expediting the
afforestation programme in every nook and corner
of the State and directed the concerned agencies
to keep strong vigil over encroachments on forest
land besides dealing with illegal felling of
pertaining to the working of SFC and CAMPA and
making these more accountable and transparent
were also discussed threadbare. The Minister was
informed that under CAMPA programme, plantation
drives, establishment of nurseries etc. have been
started in Doda district with thrust on
plantation of saplings of Devdeor and Khir.
Commissioner/Secretary, Forest Shantmanu,
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Jagdesh
Kishwan, Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu S.
C. Sharma, Director, Soil Conservation Abhai
Kumar, Managing Director, State Forest
Corporation Abdul Qayoom, Chief Conservator of
Forest, Central, A. K. Singh, Conservator of
Forest, Chennab Suresh Gupta and other senior
officers of the concerned attended the meeting.
advocates local as VC of CU Jammu
The Jammu State Morcha (JSM) has advocated
the appointment of Jammu based person as Vice
Chancellor of the upcoming Central University
(CU) of Jammu, in a meeting held here today.
Gupta chaired the meeting and among others
present included Advocate Abdul Rouf Ganai, H B
Khajuria, Capt Anil Gour, Dig Vijay Singh,
Chandra Uday Sharma, Virender Magotra, Divender
Singh Jamwal, Balvinder Singh and Surjeet Singh.
discussed the creation of the University and
unanimously resolved to support the appointment
of Jammu based person as its Vice Chancellor.
intriguing and strange that the Vice-Chancellors
appointed for the Universities established in
Kashmir Valley including the Kashmir Central
University belong to the Valley whereas for the
Universities in Jammu region almost all the time
the Vice- Chancellors are appointed from outside
the Jammu region who not only serve their own
vested interests but also become the part of
Kashmiri conspiracy to damage the academic,
political and social interests of the
region," the members expressed.
alleged that administration in the University of
Jammu (JU) has become in- efficient, and
dominated by incompetent and sycophants.
killed, 1 injured in road mishaps
Two persons including an Assistant
Sub-Inspector (ASI) were killed while a boy was
injured in different road accidents across
Kashmir valley, a police spokesman said here
One tempo bearing
registration number JK14B-0892 hit and injured
ASI Mohammad Yousuf of District Police Lines
(DPL) Awantipora near Lethpora National Highway
in Pulwama district.
The injured ASI
was rushed to SKIMS-Soura where he succumbed to
injuries. Police has registered a case in this
incident, a Sumo bearing registration number
JK03A-1118 hit and injured a pedestrian Mahad
Bhat son of Ghulam Qadir Bhat, resident of
Kachkote, near Kachkote Awantipora.
Bhat was rushed to
SKIMS-Soura where he succumbed to injuries.
Police has registered a case in this regard.
In yet another
incident, a Bolero bearing registration number
JK03-8498 hit and injured a boy, Mohammad Arif
Malik son of Mohammad Ashraf, resident of Jammu,
who was presently residing at Wanpoh near Flyover
in Kulgam district.
The injured boy
was hospitalized. Police has registered a case in
unfair, discriminatory to Jammu candidates: NSF
Alleging preference to the candidates of
Kashmir region in the recent selection of
lecturers in School Education Department, the
National Secular Forum (NSF) has reiterated its
demand for bifurcation of Public Service
Commission (PSC) for transparency.
Addressing a press
conference, Vikas Sharma, NSF President,
expressed that meritorious candidates belonging
to Jammu region were missing from the final
selection lists which were completely dominated
by the candidates from Kashmir region, especially
under open category.
He quoted the
selection figure of candidates from both the
regions in support of allegations and said that
it was open injustice with the candidates of
Jammu region who are being ignored for unknown
He further alleged
that blue-eyed candidates were being recruited by
the PSC at the instance of State Government
thereby causing resentment among the unemployed
and qualified youth of Jammu.
towards the Jammu based MLAs, who represent Jammu
region in the Assembly, Sharma said that those
leaders have failed to raise the voice of Jammu
youth in Assembly against alleged unfair
selections made by PSC in different subjects.
that weightage of 20 points to M Phil candidates
and 30 points to Ph D degree holders be given
during the time of PSC interview instead of
allotted three and five points respectively.
He also reiterated
the demand for separate PSC for Jammu so that
genuine candidates could be selected.
Vikram Singh, Mohd
Maqeem Ansari, Sanjay Sharma, Rohit Sharma,
Rakesh Kumar, and Javed Shah were also present
during the press conference.
employees sore over regularisation issue
The J&K Electric Department Employees
Union today criticised the State Government for
not sincerely working to regularise the daily
wagers with more than 15 years of service.
Chalotra, while addressing a meeting of the union
pointed out that the daily wagers are working day
and night but no heed was being paid to
regularise them. They are fed up with the mere
promises held out to them but without concrete
A number of
speakers at the meeting also expressed anguish
against the non-enhancement of retirement age
from 58 to 60 years as the un-employed youth are
facing a lot of hardships due to non-availability
of jobs. How will the daily wagers with over 15
years of working get the job if no assurance is
translated into reality.
It was urged that
regular DPCs should be held and promotion avenues
opened for the working persons in the Department.
The Union has
urged the Chief Minister to take personal
interest in these matters and provide justice to
those working selflessly to serve the people.
higher education Govt's commitment: Manohar
Government is committed to provide quality
higher education to the students for which
endeavours are being made to upgrade the existing
This was stated by
Minister of State for Higher Education Dr.
Manohar Lal Sharma while addressing the annual
day function of Government Degree College
The Minister was
told that 36 new colleges have been opened in the
State within a span of 5 years whereas 5 new
colleges will be opened in the next financial
various demands putforth by the Principal of the
College, the Minister announced that the college
bus for the students will be provided very
shortly. He said that Rs. 8.60 lakh have been
sanctioned for providing electricity and Rs. 9.35
lakh for drinking water to the college.
He stressed upon
the college authorities to organize seminars,
symposia, debates etc to polish the talent of
students. He described students as the future of
the nation and said we have to invest more for
the students so that they become useful part of
Dr. Manohar Lal
said that Jammu and Kashmir is the highest grant
receiver from the Central Government for Higher
Kohli, presented the vote of thanks.
college students presented an impressive cultural
programme which was appreciated by the audience.
The Minister gave
away prizes to the students, who excelled in
academic and sports activities.
Govt employees given warm send
off on retirement
Various Government officers and officials who
attained superannuation and retired from active
services today were accorded warm and
affectionate send off by their respective
colleagues and departments today.
affectionate send off was accorded to Rajinder
Singh Wazir, Assistant Director, CAPD, Om Prakash
Chandel TSO Magadhi, Kiran Singh, Inspector CAPD,
Kewal Handa, Inspector CAPD, and Chaman Lal,
Class IV employee of the Department, who all
retired on attaining age of superannuation today.
employees of State Information Department today
accorded warm and touching send off to Shyam
Bijral, Joint Director on his superannuation
today. A large number of senior officers and
other colleagues of Bijyal attended the farewell
function and wished him a happy and healthy life
Gupta, Assistant Registrar (Conduct), University
of Jammu, who attained age of superannuation
today was given warm send off by authorities of
JU. All wished Rakesh Gupta a very happy and
healthy life after retirement.
officer Ashok Kumar Kaul, posted in the office of
the Accountant General, Jammu, was accorded warm
and touching send off on his retirement on his
attaining age of superannuation. A farewell
function was organized by members of Recreation
Club of the Office of The Principal Accountant
S Amarjeet Singh,
Assistant Engineer, PMGSY, Division Jamu, was
given a warm send off on his retirement today.
The executive engineer N K Sharma while wishing
the retiring official a happy and contended life
hoped that the retiring officer would remain
happy in life in the days to come.
Government Higher Secondary School, Utter Behani,
Noor Hussain, who retired today on attaining
superanuation was given a warm and touching send
off by staff and students of the school. He
served in education department for over 33 years
with clean track record.
month long public contact drive concludes
Mar 31: The Public contact drive of Panun
Kashmir which started in first week of March
concluded today with a meeting at Swaran Vihar,
During the one
month period, the activists of PK toured a number
of areas in Jammu province. They were led by
Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo, president and other
leaders of the organisation. The areas covered
included Butanagar quarters, Muthi, Sidhra
Colony-Domana, Nai Basti , Nagrota, Kothian
Netar, Durganagar, Gole Gujral and Swaran Vihar.
Besides the office bearers of PK headed by its
secretary, Upinder Koul also visited Bhadarwah
and Udhampur areas and held series of meetings
with the people there.
apprised the PK leadership of their problems in
various areas of the Jammu region due to the
negligence of the Government agencies. They
demanded immediate announcement of hike in cash
relief, immediate implementation of employment
package with announcement of remaining 3000 posts
and withdrawing of conditions on it.
The PK leaders
informed the people about the various initiatives
taken by the organisation in the last six months
to create consciousness about the geo-political
aspirations of the KP diaspora.
Mr Chrungoo, while
addressing the meetings described the exile as a
biggest challenge before the community. The KPs
have always stood in the forefront of nationalist
struggle over these years, he added.
He said the demand
of homeland is a socio political reality and
there can be no alternative to this misison of
homeland for the community so far as its return
and resettlement in Kashmir Valley is concerned.
The spokesman of
PK Virender Raina criticised the Governemnt's
positive response to silent diplomacy,
rehabilitation of terrorists who had crossed over
to PoK and the infamous Sageer Ahmed report as
dangerous. He also took the Government to task
for tabling the PRC Bill to deprive the women of
the state of their basic rights.
Mar 31: Sharifa Masoodi,
the mother-in-law of Hurriyat Conference Chairman
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq passed away here today after
prolonged illness. She was 64.
her last at her residence at Housing Colony
Rawalpora and was later laid to rest at the
native graveyard. A large number of people from
different walks of life have expressed condolence
to the bereaved family.
She was ailing for
the past nearly eight months and was admitted in
a Delhi hospital before being shifted back to
Mirwaiz is married
to Sheeba Masoodi, the eldest daughter of Sharifa
farewell to Dr Bhan
Mar 31: A touching farewell was accorded to
Dr Ashok Bhan, Director General of Police,
Prisons Department who attained his age of
superannuation today after rendering unblemished
and dignified services to the J&K Police for
35 long years.
The function in
this connection was held at J&K Prisons
Department in which all the officers and
officials of the Department were present.
Having joined the
Indian Police Service in the year 1976, Dr Bhan
served as SSP in Anantnag and Rajouri, Principal
Training College, DIG Jammu, IGP Kashmir and
Armed Police, IGP Security and DGP CID,
Commissioner of Vigilance and then DGP CID.
A straight forward
and committed officer, Dr Ashok Bhan has many
feathers to his cap. He is recipient of DGP
Commendation Medal, Police Medal for Meritorious
Service, Presidents Police Medal for
distinguished service, Wound Medal by the
President after getting critically injured in an
ambush in 1990 at Anantnag, Police Medal for
Gallantry, Sher-iKashmir Police Medal for
meritorious service and Chief Ministers
Gold Medal for honesty, integrity and meritorious
including the IGP Prisons, M A Anjum and staff
officer highlighted the contribution of Dr Bhan
in different wings of police and other
cr worth goods traded at Chakkan-Da-Bagh
Mar 31: Goods worth Rs 7.14 crore were
traded by both the sides at the Chakkan-Da-Bagh
LoC point in district Poonch today.
official sources a total 24 trucks carrying
tradable goods mostly coconuts, tamarind, bananas
etc worth Rs 2.18 crore were sent to PoK while 25
trucks loaded with Moong and a few other items
worth Rs 4.96 crores came from that side via
Chakkan Da-Bagh route. TFO P K Tiku from the
Indian side and TFO (ACR) Arshad Mirza from Pak
side fecilitated the trade on both the sides.
Udhampur declares Middle Std Exam
Mar 31: The
office of the Chief Education Officer (CEO),
Udhampur today declared the result of Middle
Standard Examination (8th Class).
According to the
CEO, a total of 6860 students, including 3798
boys and 3060 girls, appeared in the examination,
of which 6004 (3274 boys and 2730 girls) were
declared successful making the overall pass
percentage to 87.52 percent.
Students of BBSVP
Udhampur grabbed the first three positions that
were shared by nine students. They included Akhil
Sharma, Himanshu Sharma, Raghav and Shivani 1st
securing 247 marks; Ankita Gupta and Disha 2nd
securing 246 marks; and Akansha Sharma, Samriti
Gupta and Suhasini Gupta 3rd with 245 marks.
From Govt schools,
Reshab Kumar Kangotra (City High School) secured
1st position with 232 marks while, Shivani Sharma
(Girls HS Jib) and Ayushi Verma (Girls HS
Ramnagar) secured 2nd and 3rd positions with 231
and 229 marks respectively.
Sainik Parishad starts preparations for
Neta Ji Moirang Utsav 2010
The Akhil Bharatiya Purav Sainik Parishad
(ABPSP) has launched the preparations in
connection with celebration of Neta Ji Subash
Moirang Utsav 2010 beginning with inaugural
function at Guwahati in Assam on April 11.
This was stated to
mediapersons here today by Col (retd) K S Juneja,
national secretary of the Parishad. He said the
preparations for the programme are on in seven
North Eastern States including Sikkim to apprise
the people of the supreme sacrifices made by
26000 Indian National Army (INA) at Bishpur in
Manipur and the sacrifices of hundreds of INA
personnel on April 14, 1944 under the command of
Col. Shoukat Malik at Moirang to liberate the
country from Britishers. They not only defeated
the Britishers but also hoisted the National Flag
at Moirang on this day.
He said the
participants in the function after Guwahati will
reach Dimapur on April 11 evening and on the next
day morning they will reach Imphal. A reception
will be given in honour of the yatris by people
of Nagaland on the same day and by evening they
will reach Imphal.
He said on April
13 a function will be held at Imphal while on
April 14 a flag hoisting ceremony will be held at
Moirang. The yatris will return to Dimpur onApril
15, Col Juneja added.
Juneja the yatris will be accompanied by Col
(retd) Mahesh Gandhi, national organising
secretary of the Parishad. Dr Omparkash will be
the convenor of the yatra.
He in an appeal to
people from J&K sought their maximum
participation in the yatra to make it a big
success and pay tributes to the national heros.
He said Lt. Gen
(retd) SPM Tripathi and Air Marshal (retd) H P
Singh will also grace the occasion and J P
Rajkhowa ex Chief Secretary, Assam will be the
chief guest. Senior R SS leader Indresh Kumar
will be the chief speaker. The function will be
jointly chaired by Gen (retd) O P Dass president
of the Parishad from Assam and Brig (retd)A K
distributes cash relief among widows, ailing KPs
A function was today organised by National
Conference (NC) Minority Cell at Anand Nagar
Bohri near here under the chairmanship of Vijay
Bakaya ex Chief Secretary and MLC.
apprised the people about the policies and
programmes of the Minority Cell and its
activities during the last one year.On the
occasion Mr Bakaya distributed the cash
assistance of Rs 5000 each among six widows and
five ailing persons of the community. M K Yogi
working president apprised the people of the
steps taken by the Cell for the welfare of the
M N Pandita,
spokesman and secretary of the Cell also
highlighted the initiative taken by the Cell
under the leadership of Mr Bakaya in redressing
the burning problems of the community. Others who
addressed the meeting included S N Dhar, Pinky
Bhat and R L Fotedar.
Others who were
present in the function included Ashok Hangloo,
Amit Ji, Bal Krishan Labroo, Pintoo Ji, A K Dhar,
Pranji Bhat and Ajay Kher.