Friendly Indo-Pak relations
in best interest of South
Asia: Farooq

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Mar 31: National Conference President and Union Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah has said that friendly and close relations between India and t....more

Kapil Dev visits
forward locations
in Rajouri-Poonch

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Mar 31: 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..more

Sikhs hold protest
in Srinagar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 31: Large number of Sikh representatives from political and social organizations, together held a peaceful demonstration on the banks of Dal Lake ....more

Administrative reshuffle in JU
Prof Sharma new DAA;
Prof Bhat made
Controller Exam

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 .....more

SRTC’s accumulated
losses reach
Rs 465.50 cr, liabilities
cross Rs 536 cr mark

* 77 % fleet of Corporation
turn over aged

By Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, Mar 31: The accumulated losses of the J&K State Road Transport Corporation, which have become a cause of worry .......more

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DGP releases Parakaram
medals to 463 police
personnel

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 ...more

GCET teachers extend
protest upto Apr 7

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 period.....more

30 pc grace marks sought for affected students
Parents term leakage
of Board papers as
conspiracy

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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, ...more

     
 

AIIMS awarded ISO 9001: 2008 certification...........

HC restrains FCI from implementing allotment of carriage contract ......

Kashmiri programme "Mehfil-e-Chakri" mesmerizes audience .......

Sham pays surprise visit to hospitals.........

5-day long function concludes at Hanuman temple....

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 celebrated yesterday.

JU teachers attend ICRC training programme at Panaji.....

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Rs 75 lakh Community Hall at Gangyal soon:Bhalla.......

JU debars college teacher from exam duty ........

Teacher arrested for raping student......

Altaf reviews functioning of CAMPA, SFC................

JSM advocates local as VC of CU Jammu.......

2 killed, 1 injured in road mishaps.......

PSC unfair, discriminatory to Jammu candidates: NSF.......

Electric employees sore over regularisation issue..........

Quality higher education Govt's commitment: Manohar.........

Various Govt employees given warm send off on retirement........

PK's month long public contact drive concludes.......

Mirwaiz Farooq bereaved......

Touching farewell to Dr Bhan’.......

Rs 7.14 cr worth goods traded at Chakkan-Da-Bagh ...........

CEO Udhampur declares Middle Std Exam........

Purav Sainik Parishad starts preparations for Neta Ji Moirang Utsav 2010...

Bakaya distributes cash relief among widows, ailing KPs....

 

Friendly Indo-Pak relations in best interest of
South Asia: Farooq

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Mar 31: 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 areas.

Forest Minister 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.

Provincial 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.

Kapil Dev visits forward locations in Rajouri-Poonch

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Mar 31: 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.

On reaching 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 tomorrow.

Sikhs hold protest in Srinagar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 31: 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.

The demonstration was a part of the campaign for highlighting the neglet of demands of the microscopic Sikh minority of Jammu and Kashmir, by State and Central Government.

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.

The Government 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.

Economic 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.

Jagmohan Singh 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 them.

Administrative reshuffle in JU
Prof Sharma new DAA; Prof Bhat made Controller Exam

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 superannuated today.

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.

However, the 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.

SRTC’s accumulated losses reach Rs 465.50 cr,
liabilities cross Rs 536 cr mark

* 77 % fleet of Corporation turn over aged

By Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

The Corporation 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 the corporation.

The report 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 revenue.

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.

The report revealed that Corporation’s 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.

Surprisingly, SRTC’s 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 State’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on March31, 2008. The Corporation had 3817 employees as on March 31, 2009.

The report 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 positive results.

DGP releases Parakaram medals to 463 police personnel

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Giving details, 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.

GCET teachers extend protest upto Apr 7

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 period.

The ECTA has been demanding implementation of recruitment rules and grant of Sixth Pay Commission to the faculty members.

Addressing the 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 date.

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.

30 pc grace marks sought for affected students
Parents term leakage of Board papers as conspiracy

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Adding "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 students."

He demanded 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 Chairman.

AIIMS awarded ISO 9001: 2008 certification

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW 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: 2008.

The certification 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.

HC restrains FCI from implementing allotment
of carriage contract

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Advocates Pranav 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.

Kashmiri programme "Mehfil-e-Chakri"
mesmerizes audience

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages organised an impressive Kashmiri music programme "Mehfil-e-Chakri" at Abhinav Theatre, this evening.

Speaker 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.

The programme 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 to time.

While 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 cohesiveness.

Earlier, Zafar 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 "Cultural Dialogue".

Sham pays surprise visit to hospitals

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 these institutions.

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.

Warning against 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.

5-day long function concludes at Hanuman temple

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 celebrated yesterday.

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 and country.

JU teachers attend ICRC training programme at Panaji

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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."

Three Jammu 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 Law.

Rs 75 lakh Community Hall at Gangyal soon:Bhalla

Excelsior Correspndent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 schemes.

The Minister 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 frame.

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.

The Minister inaugurated 400 meter long link road at Sanjay Nagar, Sector-1.

JU debars college teacher from exam duty

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

According to 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.

The Principal 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.

When contacted, 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 added.

However, Prof Gupta could not be contacted for his comments.

Meanwhile, Jammu Joint Students Federation (JJSF) has demanded from JU authorities to hold enquiry and take strict action against the said examiner.

Teacher arrested for raping student

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMNAGAR, 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 evening.

Reports said 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 locals.

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.

Altaf reviews functioning of CAMPA, SFC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Appreciating the 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.

The Minister 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 trees.

Various issues, 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.

Among others, 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.

JSM advocates local as VC of CU Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Prof Virender 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.

The meeting discussed the creation of the University and unanimously resolved to support the appointment of Jammu based person as its Vice Chancellor.

"It is 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.

The members alleged that administration in the University of Jammu (JU) has become in- efficient, and dominated by incompetent and sycophants.

2 killed, 1 injured in road mishaps

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 31: 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 today.

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 regard.

In another 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 this regard

PSC unfair, discriminatory to Jammu candidates: NSF

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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 reasons.

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.

While pointing 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.

Sharma demanded 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.

Electric employees sore over regularisation issue

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Madan Lal 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 action.

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.

Quality higher education Govt's commitment: Manohar

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Mar 31: Government is committed to provide quality higher education to the students for which endeavours are being made to upgrade the existing educational infrastructure.

This was stated by Minister of State for Higher Education Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma while addressing the annual day function of Government Degree College Basohli.

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 year.

Responding to 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 the nation.

Dr. Manohar Lal said that Jammu and Kashmir is the highest grant receiver from the Central Government for Higher Education.

Principal, S.L. Kohli, presented the vote of thanks.

Earlier, the 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.

Various Govt employees given warm send
off on retirement

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

Warm and 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.

Officers and 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 after retirement.

Rakesh Kumar 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.

Senior Audit 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 General, Jammu.

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.

Principal, 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.

PK's month long public contact drive concludes

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: The Public contact drive of Panun Kashmir which started in first week of March concluded today with a meeting at Swaran Vihar, here.

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.

The people 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.

Mirwaiz Farooq bereaved

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, 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.

Sharifa breathed 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 Valley.

Mirwaiz is married to Sheeba Masoodi, the eldest daughter of Sharifa

Touching farewell to Dr Bhan

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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, President’s 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-i—Kashmir Police Medal for meritorious service and Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for honesty, integrity and meritorious public service.

The speakers including the IGP Prisons, M A Anjum and staff officer highlighted the contribution of Dr Bhan in different wings of police and other departments.

Rs 7.14 cr worth goods traded at Chakkan-Da-Bagh

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, 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.

According to 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.

CEO Udhampur declares Middle Std Exam

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, 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.

Purav Sainik Parishad starts preparations for
Neta Ji Moirang Utsav 2010

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Mar 31: 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.

Besides Col. 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 Piat .

Bakaya distributes cash relief among widows, ailing KPs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 31: 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.

The meeting 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 community.

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.



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