should take care of minorities in Valley
Punjab Agriculture Minister asks
Kashmir Sikhs not to migrate
Aug 1: Senior
Akali Dal (B) leader and Punjab Agriculture
Minister Sucha Singh Langah has appealed the Sikh
families in Kashmir not to migrate and said that
it was the responsibility of majority community
Muslims to take care of minorities in Valley.
Addressing a press
conference here today, senior Akali leader Mr
Langah expressed serious concern over the
incident of cutting hair of a Sikh youth in
Pulwama and said that it appears to the handiwork
of some miscreants who want to create wedge
between Muslims and Sikhs. He said such people
should be exposed and severely punished.
Mr Langah urged
the J&K Government to act swiftly and bring
all the accused to the justice. He pointed out
that Sikhs did not migrate from Kashmir even in
past two decades of turmoil and they should
continue to remain there. He appealed all the
Sikh families in Kashmir not to migrate and face
the anti-social and antinational elements with
courage. He at the same time said that it was
responsibility of Muslims who are in majority to
protect the minorities.
The Akali leader
said that majority community have provided
security and even taking better care of minority
Muslims at Maler Kotla in Punjab. The Muslims in
Kashmir should take lesson. He said Shiromani
Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Amritsar, head
Avtar Singh Makkar has spoken to J&K Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah on phone after incident of
hurting religious sentiments of Sikhs by damaging
hair (Kesh) of a Sikh youth by majority community
elements in Kashmir. He said a delegation of SGPC
from Punjab is visiting Kashmir shortly. They
will meet Sikh families in Kashmir. They will
also hold meeting with Omar Abdullah. The Sikhs
are peace loving people and all other communities
should also maintain peace and brotherhood in
J&K. The secular character of the country
should not be disturbed or harmed, Mr Langah
asked to probe irregularities
in constructions at PHC
Aug 1: The
Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, has ordered a
Crime Branch inquiry into the irregularities in
construction of additional rooms in dental and
Laboraory section at PHC Moungri in Tikri block
by the Medical Officer of concerned PHC.
In a letter to
Deputy Inspector General, Crime Branch Jammu, the
DC has asked him to initiate inquiry in the
irregularities and take action against the erring
The MO has also
been placed under suspension by the DC and he has
been asked to report to Chief Medical Officer,
Udhampur during the period of suspension.
Ordering the Crime
branch probe has been necessitated after an
investigating Committee which was earlier
constituted by DC Udhampur to find the veracity
of factual position regarding the irregularities
in construction of additional rooms in dental
section at Moungri PHC constructed under Rogi
Kalyan Samiti (RKS) on the basis of a written
complaint by MLA Reasi Baldev Raj Sharma
established that the irregularities have been
made in the construction.
The Committee was
headed by Additional DC Udhampur and its other
members included Executive Engineer R&B
Udhampur and CMO, Udhampur.
report the DC Udhampur has handed over the case
to Crime Branch for investigation.
visits Baltal base camp,
Aug 1 : The
Governor, N. N. Vohra, visited Baltal base camp
today and reviewed all aspects of the ongoing
Yatra to the holy cave shrine of Shri Amarnathji.
undertook this visit as part of his on-going
on-the-spot reviews of all the Yatra related
arrangements. In this context, he has visited the
base camps, camps enroute and the holy cave. He
had undertaken a visit to the holy cave and
Panjtarni camps yesterday in the wake of heavy
rains and inclement weather in the past several
The Governor, who
is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board,
accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the
Board, R. K. Goyal, and other officers of the
Board, went around the Baltal base camp for about
two hours for a detailed inspection of the
logistical facilities and other arrangements made
for the Yatra.
He interacted with
the officers of the Shrine Board, District
Administration and representatives of the various
concerned Government departments and agencies who
are providing services to the yatris in the camp
area. He particularly reviewed the arrangements
in regard to sanitation, cleanliness, toilet
facilities, functioning of the Sewage Treatment
Plant, J&K Banks ATM facility, power
and drinking water supplies, medicare,
functioning of Langars and other utilities.
directed all concerned to ensure effective
arrangements for the collection and disposal of
solid wastes on a daily basis at the base camp
and all other locations in the Yatra area for
ensuring regular cleanliness. He laid special
emphasis on protecting the environment and
ecology of the Yatra area. The Governor asked the
langarwalas, shopkeepers and other service
providers to daily ensure cleanliness in and
around their establishments.
interacted with the yatris at Baltal and enquired
about the arrangements made by the Shrine Board
and the various State Government departments for
facilitating them. The yatris were appreciative
of the arrangements on all fronts and
particularly praised the valuable assistance
provided to them by the security forces.
present on the occasion were the Senior
Superintendent of Police, Ganderbal, Imtiaz,
Chief Executive Officer, Sonamarg Development
Authority, Mushtaq, Camp Director, Bashir Bandey,
General Manager, Works, SASB, K. G. Bamba and all
concerned functionaries of the State Government
and the Shrine Board.
Governor was received at Sonamarg by Brig. A. K.
Sharma, Commander, 3 Sector RR, Col. M. S.
Rathore, CO 19 JAK RIF and other officers of the
should take over J&K affairs: NPP
Aug 1: Chairman
J&K National Panthers Party Prof Bhim Singh
has urged the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to
take over the affairs of J&K under PMO and
said that Home Minister P Chidambaram knows
nothing about this sensitive State.
Addressing a press
conference here today, Prof Bhim Singh said that
handling J&K State is not a cup of tea of
anybody. He alleged that Chidambaram, Dr Farooq
Abdullah and Omar Abdullah are responsible for
the present mess in J&K State. He said death
and destruction continues in J&K but Home
Minister is still experimenting. He seems to be
least bothered about the gross HR violations. One
and half month is over but things have not
He urged the Prime
Minister to take over Kashmir affairs under
himself as it remained under PMO when Indira
Gandhi was Prime Minister and even during Rajiv
Gandhi and Atal Behari Vajpayees time, the
J&K affairs remained under PMO. He said today
public voice is against Omar Abdullah and his
Government has totally failed.
The only solution
to return of peace is the imposition of
Governors rule in the troubled State. Today
public anger is coming out through stones and
situation has gone out of control. There is no
administration and in the larger interest of the
State, Union Government must wake up from deep
slumber and act as the situation demands.
He alleged that
Homer Minister and Rahul Gandhi are protecting
Omar and his father is the third man to cover up
his shortcomings while peoples voice is
for early construction of GDC Nowshera
Aug 1: Senior
National Conference leader and MLA Nowshera,
Radhay Sham Sharma, has urged the Minister for
Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, to
immediately accord approval for construction of
Degree College building on the identified land at
In a statement
issued here Mr Sharma said the land papers also
stand submitted long back to the concerned
authorities of the Higher Education Department
but construction work could not be started due to
approval awaited as on date from the Higher
He said the
college students were suffering badly without any
fault of theirs due to non-availability of proper
college building, infrastructure, teaching as
well as non-teaching staff, which was a matter of
immediate accord of approval by the Minister
without any further loss of time so that
construction work could be started at an earliest
and the students were relieved of undue
harassment being meted out to them.
MLA Nowshera also
urged the Minister for Health, Sham Lal Sharma
for laying the foundation stone for already
sanctioned Trauma Hospital at Sunderbani at an
early date to provide latest health care
facilities to general public of Nowshera
filing IT returns extended
Delhi, Aug 1 : The Central Board of Direct Taxes
(CBDT) today decided to extend the due date of
filing of Income Tax (I-T) returns to August 4
from July 31.
returns or e-returns filed on or before August 4
will be considered as filed within the due
date," CBDT said in a press release.
It said the
decision was taken due to some technical snags in
the e-filing computer system and inclement
weather at various locations, which caused
difficulties to some taxpayers. An official said
that some taxpayers complained of problems in
uploading returns on the e-filing network, which
was the result of very heavy traffic.
play staged by Natrang
Aug 1: Hawalaat-a
Hindi satire written by famous playwright
Sarweshwar Dayal Sexena was presented under the
direction of Neeraj Kant at Natrang Studio
Theatre here today.
The play proved to
be a hard hitting satire on the establishment
which has failed to tap the most energetic human
resource of the country. The dejected youths cry
has been beautifully portrayed in the play.
The story of the
play Hawalat revolves around three
youth who have no place to live. It was the
coldest night of the winter and they were without
food and shelter. Since nobody was ready to offer
them the shelter, they thought it proper to have
the same in a police lock-up.
For this they
approached a police cop as criminals. For some
time the cop is not ready to believe them and
asks them to establish their credentials by
demonstrating their expertise in crime and past
accomplishments. To avoid them, the cop agrees to
take them to the lock-up (Hawalat) after tying
their eyes. Instead of taking them to the police
station, the cop keeps them taking round and
round at one cross road and finally leaves at the
place from where they had started. The play is a
big satire on the exploitation of the youth by
the present system.
The people in
power continue to sell them dreams through their
hollow slogans and no one is able to realize that
most important task force of the country at their
prime is getting wasted.
Mohit Sharma as
police cop has been at his best. The three youth
were played by Rohit Verma, Pankush Verma and
seminar blames GoI for present turmoil in Kashmir
Aug 1: The
speakers at a seminar here today have accused the
Government of India for the ongoing turmoil in
Kashmir Valley. The onus of present crisis and
turmoil in Kashmir Valley lies on
"irresponsible approach of
Central Government and "immature
attitude of Chief Minister towards
The seminar was
organized by Jammu Kashmir Peoples Forum in which
the speakers said the lack of strong will on the
part of Union Government to curb the secessionism
in Kashmir Valley has compounded the problem.
seminar Sheikh Shakeel advocate said the present
turmoil in the Valley is outcome of endorsement
of wrong policies of present State Government by
Central Government. There is no rule of law in
Kashmir Valley at present and the peoples
representatives from there have failed to perform
their positive role in defusing the crisis.
non governance is the root cause of present
turmoil in the state, he strongly advocated for
dismissal of present Government and imposition of
K N Pandita a well
known writer said the present turmoil in Kashmir
is the result of displacement of Kashmiri Hindus
in 1989-90. The policies regarding rehabilitation
of stone pelters and terrorists, demoralization
of security forces and non existence of a
responsive Government are main reasons for
writer Daya Sagar said that anti national
elements should be curbed with full might. He
also suggested that people of the all three
regions of the state should put their weight
against the anti nationalist elements.
M M Khajuria,
former Director General of Police who presided
over the seminar also criticized the Omar
Abdullah led coalition Government saying
"the coalition does not have any agenda.
Jobs are being given to stone pelters while the
educated youth are feeling alienated.
Convener of the
JKPF, Ramesh Sabbharwal blamed the Central
Government for its irresponsible approach towards
J&K. "The Central Government endorsed
the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who has failed
to control law and order situation in the State
due to his immaturity.
Former BJP state
president, Dr Nirmal Singh suggested a debate on
Article 370. Holding the weak kneed policies of
Indian Government responsible for the turmoil,
Mahesh Koul a research scholar said Indian state
gives impression that status of India is
negotiable in J&K. VHP state president, Dr
Rama Kant Dubey stressed on imbibing of
nationalist spirit among the students and youth.
taking initiatives for
Aug 1: The
Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation,
Raman Bhalla has said that the coalition
Government under the leadership of Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah has taken various exemplary
initiatives to revolutionise the developmental
scenario of the State. He said focused attention
is being given to improve basic amenities like
augmentation of water and power supply besides
provision of better healthcare, road connectivity
and imparting quality education to the children
in every nook and corner of the State.
This was stated by
the Minister while inspecting the ongoing
upgradation work of Channi Himmat, Sector-7 park,
which would be developed on modern lines at an
estimated cost of Rs. 23.50 lakh in providing
pathway, seating, illumination, irrigation, view
point and grass facilities.
the locals, Mr. Bhalla said that a comprehensive
plan has been prepared for developing every nook
and corner of the State particularly peripheral
areas of the State at par with urban areas.
The Minister asked
the Power Development Department authorities to
change the High Tension of CH3 feeder and divert
the power to CH7 feeder for providing regular
electricity in Channi Himmat, Sector-7.
Gaddigarh, the laying of water supply in covered
areas was started in the presence of the
Minister, for which Rs. 10 lakh has been
earmarked. He informed the locals, the Government
has approved Rs. 40 lakh under Karan Bagh Water
Supply Scheme for improving the drinking water
situation in the Upper Gaddigarh and its
adjoining areas adding that the discharge of
drinking water would be supplied from Karan Bagh
At Gandhi Nagar,
Sector-A, the Minister inaugurated a Children
Park, coming up at a cost of Rs. 6.5 lakh by
Jammu Municipal Corporation in providing
Anti-Skid Interlock tiles pathway, Seats and
Responding to the
locals demand, the Minister asked the Jammu
Municipal Corporation to prepare estimate for
upgradation of lanes and drains in Gandhi Nagar
Sector-A and submit the same for funding so that
the work could be started.
At Rajiv Nagar in
Narwal, the Minister laid foundation for
upgradation of seventeen lanes by Jammu
Development Authority (JDA), for which Rs. 15
lakh has been earmarked.
Mr. Bhalla also
distributed six cheques amounting to 2.37 lakh
under Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) to six flood hit
families of Rajiv Nagar and Bathindi whose houses
were damaged due to heavy rains.
appeals Govt to fix norms for promotion of ZEOs
Aug 1: The
School Education Officers Association
(SEOA) appealed the Government to fix the norms
for promotion of ZEOs in a meeting, here today.
The meeting was
held under the chairmanship of Kuldeep Singh
Langeh, president of the Association. He appealed
the Government to fix the norms for promotions of
ZEOs and showed its agony that criteria for such
promotions change from time to time.
members also demanded to fill vacant posts of
ZEOs, all the Headmasters/ZEPOs be promoted as
ZEOs/senior Headmasters and ZEOs/senior
Headmasters as principal who had completed their
three years in service. They further stated to
fill posts of DPOs/Deputy CEOs from Headmaster
leaders also appealed the cadre officers to work
with full dedication and zeal so that students
would not suffer for studies.
Among others who
spoke on the occasion included Hussain Mohd, Raj
Singh, Vinod Mantoo, Ram Rakha and Rajinder
of Mata Bala Sundri shrine discussed
Aug 1: District
Development Commissioner Kathua, Sanjeev Verma
convened a meeting to discuss the development of
Mata Bala Sundri shrine situated in tehsil
Billawar of Kathua district.
Shri Mata Bala Sundri Prabandhak Committee
apprised DDC Kathua about the problems being
faced by the pilgrims during the yatra of Mata
Bala Sundri. The committee members put forth the
demands related to security, repair of alternate
road to the shrine, installation of adequate
number of water points enroute the shrine,
besides uninterrupted power supply.
Responding to the
demands, DDC Kathua directed the XEn PDD to
install 63 KV transformer at Mata Bala Sundri
Bhavan. He also directed Assistant Commissioner
(D) to ensure the metlling work on alternate road
from Billawar to shrine with the help of locals
Mr Verma also
passed instructions to DFO Billawar to ensure
plantation along the path with the help of
Horticulture and Floriculture department. He
passed instructions to the AC (D) to start
construction of stairs from Bhavan to Talaab. Mr
verma directed the Assistant Superintendent of
Police Kathua to review the security arrangements
in the area. He also directed to AC (D) to make
another bathroom at Mata Bala Sundri base camp.
He also directed PHE Department to ensure
adequate water supply during the yatra.
Commissioner (R), Assistant Commissioner (D),
Assistant Superinten-dent of Police, Kathua,
District Floriculture Officer Kathua, DFO
Billawar, AEE PWD, XEn PDD, members of Shri Mata
Bala Sundri Prabandhak Committee were also
present in the meeting.
appeals KPs to accelerate struggle
PK asks Centre to awake from deep
Aug 1: Expressing
its grave concern over the deteriorating
situation in Kashmir Valley, Panun Kashmir
convener, Dr Agnishekhar, has asked the
Government of India to awake from its deep
slumber and shun the ostrich-type attitude in
dealing with the issue.
meeting of Supreme Council of PK here today, he
said his organization has time and again implored
with GoI and people of India to see the grand
designs of Pan Islamic forces moving from its
fountain head Pakistan and Afghanistan and
entrenching itself on the Northern Frontier of
India and making their presence felt in a big way
The demolition and
desecration of Bamiyan Buddha; imposing of Jazia
on Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan and Pakistan,
expulsion of Kashmiri Pandits from Valley and
recent events of sacrilege of Kesh of Sikh youth
in Valley bear a testimony to the fact that the
Islamic Jihad is knocking on the doors of India.
He said the
maligning of armed forces and encouraging and
appeasing of secessionists in the Valley has put
the Kashmir seemingly in an irretrievable
position for GOI.
The SC of PK has
also made a fervent appeal to all KP
organizations in India and across the globe to
make a consolidated effort on ideological front
and speak in one voice for achieving the
geo-political goal for over seven lakh KPs by
accelerating their struggle for creation of a
separate homeland with in Valley with UT status.
It said the
GoIs policy of blunders, appeasement and
vacillations is going to endanger sovereignty and
integrity of India. It appears that GoI is gong
to walk an extra mile in granting a political
dispensation to majority community of the Valley
even at the cost on national interests.
teachers highlight demands
Aug 1: The
All ReT Teachers Forum Udhampur demanded
regularization of EVS as general line teachers
and enhancement of monthly wages, in a meeting
held under the chairmanship of Vinod Sharma
various demands and problems of ReT teachers, Mr
Vinod demanded regularization of EVS as general
line teachers who had completed their seven years
service in the department. He also demanded that
monthly salary of ReTs should be Rs 7000,
benefits of five years service to ReTs, pending
salary of regualarized teachers under SSA and
implementation of High Court order for transfer
policy and provision of SRO 43.
from district unit were also present on the
occasion who projected their demands.
A similar meeting
was also held at Rajouri in which Manzoor Khan
(district president) urged the Chief Minister to
fulfill all promises made by him with Forum
Aug 1: The
J&K Batwal Welfare Association held at
meeting at Shahzadpur under the chairmanship of
its president, Sat Pal Lakhotra today.
demanded economic package for Batwal community of
J&K by the Government of India on the basis
of Ethnographic Study of the community conducted
by the Planning Commission of India in 1994.
Sat Pal Lakhotra
said majority of the people of the community were
landless and jobless.
He appealed the
Government to focus its attention towards their
problems and also to sanction economic package
for the betterment of the people of the
He also demanded
representation to the community in important
forums of the Government.
Those who attended
the meeting included R L Kaith, Om Parkash, Thoru
Ram, Gaseeta Ram, T R Tugga, Kamal Singh Kaith,
Dilay Ram Kaith, Om Parkash Sargotra, Ram Lal and
Lecturers delegation calls on Minister
Aug 1: A
delegation of Contractual Lecturers (Colleges)
Association today called on Minister for Higher
Education and submitted a memorandum of demands.
The delegation led
by Suresh Sadotra (president) apprised the
Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik
about the various problems being faced by
They demanded that
salary of contractual lecturers/teaching
assistant should be raised to Rs 21600, part time
PhD provision, increment to contractual lecturers
on the basis of past experience, continuity in
service till a proper policy of regularization is
framed and other benefits.
The Minister gave
patient hearing to them and assured for early
redressal of their issues. He said that
Government would take up their issues on priority
The other members
of delegation were Suresh Sharma, Vinod Kumar,
Ravi Kumar, Rohit, Arun Sharma and Supreme Singh.
seminar on peace, harmony held by JKPF
Aug 1: One
day seminar of newly formed Jammu and
Kashmir Peace Front, (JKPF) was held on the
subject "Peace and harmony" in which
the office bearers of Samajwadi Party,
International Democratic Party and other like
minded parties participated here today.
chairmanship of Sheikh Abdul Rehman, patron,
Jammu Kashmir Peace Front, the seminar was
attended by large number of people drawn from
different religious backgrounds including
distinguished luminaries, professors, advocates,
human rights activists to listen the debate on
peace and unity for the State.
discussed on the unity and integrity, devolution
of power into the hands of democratically elected
public representatives upto Panchayat level,
regional councils of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh
and sub regional councils to hilly areas.
highlighted in the one day seminar were
Confederation of South Asian countries
particularly immediate friendship of India and
Pakistan for resolution of all outstanding
issues, besides the current scenario in the
Prof M R Puri, ex Vice Chancellor, I D Khajuria,
converor Peace Front, Sheikh Ab Rehman, patron
Peace Front, Balraj Puri, senior journalist and
human right activist, com D S Raina, member Peace
Front, Shiban Koul, Amrit Varsha, Kulbhushan, D K
Singh, Gulshan Nabi Faridabadi, Prof Satish Anand
and J S Mangat also spoke on the occasion.
Nagar residents list demands
Aug 1: A
meeting of Durga Nagar Welfare Committee was held
under the chairmanship of Roshan Lal Raina today.
discussed the various problems of the people of
the area which included converting of the pond
into a park, black topping of the road from Talab
to Chib Mohalla, running of matador services in
the area during Sundays, ration facilities to the
people and improvement in the sanitation
conditions in the area.
The meeting urged
the authorities to take immediate steps in
converting the area into a park and redress the
other demands of the people at an earliest as
residents of the area were facing many hardships
in absence of the same.
The meeting was
also addressed by M L Pandita general secretary
of the Committee.
policies responsible for turmoil in Kashmir: JWAM
Aug 1: Jammu
West Assembly Movement (JWAM) has appealed the
Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and UPA
Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, to take serious note
of the present alarming situation in Kashmir
President JWAM while addressing a press
conference said that the weak kneed policies of
the Central Government and Home Minister, P
Chidambaram, have been responsible for the
worsening law and order problem in Kashmir which
has badly affected all three regions of J&K.
heavily on PDP, Panthers Party and BJP,
Sunil Dimple alleged that these parties are
politicizing the Kashmir problem and were never
serious to bring peace and normalcy.
He appealed the
people of the State to come forward and expose
all those political parties and anti-national
forces which are creating disturbances.
He also appealed
the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil
and Governor, N N Vohra for close monitoring of
the situation in this State.
Dr Sham Saroop
Gupta, OP Jandiyal, Ramesh Chander Kohli,
Mohinder Thappa, Raj Kumar Gupta, Randhir Singh
and Mohan Lal Sharma were also present on the
demands inputs to farmers
All J&K Kissan Union (AJKKU) at its meeting
chaired by its chairman, Ashok Sharma, has
charged that there is corruption in de-silting of
canal, misuse of distributories and issuance of
job cards under NREGA in the State and demanded a
high level inquiry to unearth multi-crore rupee
scam and punish the culprits pocketing the public
The 11th annual
meeting of AJKKU was held at press club which
deliberated on various aspect of such corrupt
practices and decided to seek information about
the drawal of bills and payments as regards
de-silting, transporting of malba and ficticious
payments by the concerned department through the
Right to Information Act ( RTI) so that entire
financial irregularities are brought to light and
those involved in the bungling brought to book.
The meeting passed
some resolutions including one on Cattle and Crop
insurance on Government expanses for the benefit
of kissans (farmers). He also said the farmers
should adopt modern practice of agriculture to
A demand was also
projected for construction of Kissan Bhawan in
all the districts in Jammu and Kashmir and the
agriculturists provided timely inputs like
quality seeds and fertilizers.
Among those who
attended the meeting included: JLBhagat, YP
Jamwal, Onkar Sani, RR Bali, RN Khajuria, Yeshpal
Sharma, Surinder Kumar, Mohd Sabar Jangir and
meet concludes Call
to further enrich Dogri
Aug 1: Two-day
deliberations on the "Modern Trends in Dogri
Literature", organized by the Sahitya
Akademi, concluded, here today with a call to the
writers to enrich the Dogri literature with their
creative literary contributions.
In the opening
remarks, Prof Veena Gupta, convener, Dogri
Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi, reviewed the
ground covered during the deliberations so far
and drew a vision for discussion today on Dogri,
two important genres like poetry and drama. She
called upon the writers to further enrich the
Dogri literature with their creative
Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Renu Mohan Bhan, was
also present on the occasion. The programme on
Dogri literature was organized by the Sahitya
Today the paper
reading session was chaired by noted writer Dr
Shashi Pathania. Two papers on modern trends in
Dogri poetry were presented by noted writers
Prakash Premi and Darshan Darshi. Chhatarapal, a
noted writer conducted the proceedings. On modern
trends in Dogri Ghazal a paper was presented by
The second paper
reading session was chaired by Prof Ved Kumari
Ghai in which two papers were presented by Mohan
Singh and Deepak Kumar. In this session while Dr
Sushma Sharma conducted the proceedings, the
chairperson Dr Ghai appreciated the Sahitya
Akademi for organizing the programme and the
fruitful outcome of the two-day deliberations.
After the paper
presentation sessions, there was an interactive
discussion in which those attending the programme
took active part.
held for rape attempt
Aug 1: Two
Police personnel were arrested in connection with
rape attempt on a young woman in Kotranka area
A police spokesman
said that both the cops alongwith a woman Zarina
Begum from Palma were captured by villagers from
Mandir Galla area of Kotranka and then handed
over to police after thrashing. They have been
identified as Constables Ved Parkash and Ravi
Kumar, both posted in District Police Lines
recorded statement of the woman and sent her to
hospital for medical examination. A case has been
registered in this connection against the cops.
Corps organises adventure activities
Aug 1: The
Corps of Signals completed 99 years of its
existence since the first two Signal Companies
were raised at Fatehgarh on Feb 15, 1911. To post
this event in the annals of history and dedicate
these 100 years to the brave Signallers, the
Corps is celebrating the centenary year by
organizing various adventure activities in
Centenary year was also celebrated in Akhnoor by
the Crossed Swords Information Warriors today.
All ranks and their families of Akhnoor and Tanda
garrisons witnessed performance of various
display teams of the Corps in Sangha Auditorium .
Forebearer of our past, the veterans from Corps
of Signals were also invited to relive the joyous
moments . The General Officer Commanding of the
Division was the chief guest on the occasion.
The display began
with breath taking performance of Kalaripayattu,
which is an ancient martial art of South India
and is also known as mother of all martial arts.
The punches, turns and aerial leaps of the
performers especially by Havildar Dhanesh KP left
the audience mesmerized. This was followed by a
thrilling display of yet another martial art,
Taekwondo. The audacious display of various
techniques by the team lead by Havildar Anup
Saikia left them spell bound Pipes and Drums band
of the Corps of Signals enthralled the audience
by melodious patriotic musical performance.
The chief guest,
felicitated the participants for their
enthralling and scintillating performance. The
General wished the Corps of Signals all the
success and exhorted the Crossed Swords
Information Warriors to rededicate themselves for
pursuit of excellence in all spheres.
Handicraft Centre controversy
Centre Bhadarwah-Kulshari was sanctioned and
established at village Kulshari of Bhadarwah
constituency some 5-6 years ago on public demand.
Now, the said centre has been shifted to village
Badanu vide order No. ADHD/10/1471-73 dated
30.3.2010 of Assistant Director Handicrafts Doda
against the wishes of public of Kulshari. This
move has infuriated the residents here, as it is
believed to have been shifted on the dictates of
a local minister.
We the public of
Kulshari request Minister for Industries and
Commerce J&K Government S S Slathia to
intervene in the matter, and start its working in
the same village where it was functioning
In order to lessen
the load of the existing transformer at Patoli,
the PDD authorities were kind enough to install
one more small transformer under the Prime
Ministers Gram Udhyut Yojana
program some three years before. The new
apparatus could cater to the needs of a portion
of population of this area and could lessen the
burden on the old worn out one. Due to our bad
luck the scheme remained stagnant at the point of
installation of the transformer because of the
fact that either the administrators at the helm
of affairs were too busy during all these years
that they could not spare any time to inaugurate
the new apparatus so as to mitigate our perpetual
vows or the department is in the look out of
shifting it to some other locality of their
choice so as to roast a fresh goose.
Now that the
second fuse-line of the existing Transfor- mer,
installed some decades earlier, is not in working
order and that the single phase becomes
over-loaded during peak hours, the electric
supply remains mostly cut off to a large area of
this Mohalla with the result we are forced to
remain high and dry in the absence of the proper
electric supply during this season of acute
As such we request
the PDD authorities to redress our burning
S N Pandit
Opp Central Jail
The residents of
Lane 2, Lane 3 Bharat Nagar Bantalab have been
passing through a great difficulty due to
non-existence of mettaled roads. The people of
the area approached to different concerned
officers and the concerned MLA on many occasions
for renovation of this lane, but except false
assurances nothing was done upto this time. One
year has passed in this endeavour but the problem
has remained unresolved.
poles have not been issued to us on demand, with
the result the electric cables are dangling
dangerously on our house-roofs. This colony, in
short, presents a shabby picture.
So, the District
Administration is requested to look into our
problems on humanitarian grounds.
S L Koul
Janipur-Talab Tiloo matador service
We request the
Regional Transport Officer (RTO) to run a direct
matador service from Janipur to Talab Tiloo. In
absence of such a service, people face great
inconvenience and have to bear a financial loss.
The people who
intend to go Talab Tiloo from Janipur have to
board two matadors. First they have to
Panjtirthi, and them from there to Talab Tiloo.
The whole process consumes a lot of time and
incurs financial losses.
As such it is
requested to the RTO to run a matador service
from Janipur to Talab Tiloo.
crisis in Janipur
The residents of
Janipur area in general and Pamposh Colony Sec-I
Extn in particular are going through a nightmare
due to acute water shortage which has attained
menacing proportions during of the current month.
The consumers have
been craving for regular water supply for days
together during July as the supply was totally
stopped for 5 days during mid month and now there
is a total disruption since 28th July (3 days)
without a warning. In the intervening period
water is being supplied alternately at odd hours
for 15 to 30 minutes only.
Through the good
officio of your esteemed news paper, we call upon
the PHE authorities to wake up from their deep
slumber and demand that at least 1½ hours daily
and timely water supply be restored to this area
with immediate effect, to rehave the consumers of
great mental agony and harassment on this
T K Jalali
7,000 perform darshan at holy cave
Aug 1: With
a sudden decline in yatra rush during last few
days, 7,403 pilgrims performed darshan at holy
cave of Swami Amarnath today from Baltal and
According to an
official spokesman, 4,045 pilgrims left from
Nunwan via traditional Chandanwari track this
morning while 1,883 left from Baltal base camp.
The spokesman said
with over 7,000 yatris paying their obeisance at
cave shrine today the total number of pilgrims
visiting the holy cave in deep Himalyas in South
Kashmir district of Anantnag from India and
abroad has touched 3,96,820 so far.
The spokesman said
that 3,304 yatris reached Baltal after darshan by
this evening while others were on their way. He
said the yatris were not allowed to leave for
Jammu from both Baltal and Pahalgam during the
day in view of abnormal situation in Valley. The
yatris will be allowed to leave their respective
base camps for Jammu late in the night, the
He said the
decision was taken for the welfare of the
pilgrims as the authorities dont want to
expose them to any risk en route.
The spokesman said
the yatris who had performed darshan at holy cave
yesterday were also allowed to leave Pahalgam and
Baltal late in the night.
authorities had yesterday announced to suspend
the yatra from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas to base
camps of Baltal and Nunwan today, the decision
was later ratified and a fresh batch of 1,610
pilgrims was allowed to leave the Yatri Niwas
under tight security arrangements at 11 am for
base camps in Kashmir Valley.
male, 350 female, 50 children and 212 Sadhus, the
pilgrims left in a cavalcade of 51 vehicles. They
were stopped at Shetani nullah near Jawahar
Tunnel and will be allowed to leave for the base
camps late in the night, the spokesman added.
arrests 4 gamblers
Aug 1: Police
today arrested four gamblers and recovered Rs
2350 from their possession under the jurisdiction
of Narwal Police Post.
Police team led by
incharge police post Narwal Sunil Sharma on a
specific information raided at Yard No 22, Narwal
and apprehended four accused involve in gambling
act. They also recovered Rs 2350 from their
The accused have
been identified as Tirlok Nath, son of Mohan Lal
of Bathindi, Prem Singh, son of Vidhi Chand,
Goutam Singh, son of Pritam Singh, Ramz Singh,
Fateh Chand, all are residents of Rajouri.
registered a case against them.
The arrests were
made under the supervision of SP South Rajeshwar
Singh and SDPO M L Kaith.
Director Industries Centre succumbs to injuries
Aug 1: Deputy
Director Industries, Central Government, Inder Ji
Khushoo, who was hit by a speeding vehicle at
Gandhi Nagar crossing on July 26, succumbed to
his injuries in B N Hospital today where he was
admitted for treatment.
His cremation took
place this afternoon at Shakti Nagar Cremation
Ground. The Gandhi Nagar Police has registered a
case but the driver of the vehicle is still at
large. Mr Khushoo was going to his office on his
scooter on the fateful day to attend an official
meeting. While reaching the Gandhi Nagar Crossing
he was severely injured after being hit by a
speeding vehicle from behind and the driver fled
away from the spot.
dies, four make attempt to suicide
Aug 1: One
person died under mysterious circumstances while
four others allegedly attempted to commit suicide
by consuming some poisonous substance at their
respective residences today.
A police spokesman
said that 27-year-old Chamail Singh, son of
Pritam Singh of Nundwal under the jurisdiction of
Police Post Chatha died in suspicious
circumstances. According to reports, he had gone
in the field for spraying pesticides and was
found in an unconscious condition. He was
immediately shifted to GMC for treatment but he
succumbed on the way.
deceaseds body was handed over to family
members after post-mortem and other legal
formalities for last rites.
A case under
section 174 CrPC has been registered in this
other persons were admitted to GMC after they
allegedly attempted to end their lives by
consuming some poisonous substance at their
respective residences. They were reportedly
responding to the treatment when the last reports
They have been
identified as Subina, wife of Fennu of Nomayia,
Katra, Seema Devi, daughter of Bodh Raj of Talab
Tilloo, Parveen Akhtar, wife of Abdul Latif of
Surankote and Vijay Kumar, son of Ghani Ram of
in road mishaps
Aug 1: Two
persons including a girl were killed during two
separate road accidents in Kashmir valley, a
police spokesman said here today.
Mir Ahmad Khatana
son of Subuh Khatana, resident of Kalakote
Rajouri, was hit and injured by an auto load
carrier bearing registration number JK01M/6732
near Gulab Bagh falling under the jurisdiction of
police station Zakoora.
Mir was shifted to
SKIMS-Soura where he succumbed to injuries.
Police has registered a case in this regard.
incident, a tractor bearing registration number
JK03B/4228 driven by Mukhtar Ahmed Wagay son of
Ghulam Mohammad, resident of Nagam, hit and
injured a girl, Arsala Jan daughter of Ghulam
Mohammad Malik, resident of D. K Marg, near Nagam
in Kulgam district.
The injured girl
succumbed to injuries on the way to hospital.
Police has registered a case in this regard.
body of Abdul Rashid son of Ghulam Rasool Ganie
of Kaloosa in Bandipora district, who had been
washed away by flood water of nallah Madumatti
near Gunbal, was recovered from Zalwan nallah and
handed over to his relative for last rites.