Muslims should take care of
minorities in Valley
Punjab Agriculture

Minister asks Kashmir
Sikhs not to migrate

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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....more

C B asked to probe
irregularities in
constructions at PHC
Moungri

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.....more

Governor visits Baltal
base camp, reviews
yatra arrangements

Excelsior Correspondent

BALTAL, 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. The Governor undertook this visit as part....more

PMO should take over
J&K affairs: NPP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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......more

Sharma for early
construction of GDC
Nowshera

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Nowshera.....more

 

Date of filing IT
returns extended

Excelsior Correspondent

New 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. "All paper 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....more

‘Hawalaat’ play staged
by Natrang

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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......more

JKPF seminar blames
GoI for present turmoil
in Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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....more

     
 

Govt taking initiatives for revolutionising development: Bhalla.....

SEOA appeals Govt to fix norms for promotion of ZEOs.....

Development of Mata Bala Sundri shrine discussed......

Agnishekhar appeals KPs to accelerate struggle
PK asks Centre to awake from deep slumber.......

ReT teachers highlight demands........

J&K Batwal Welfare Association demands economic package........

Contractual Lecturers’ delegation calls on Minister.......

One day seminar on peace, harmony held by JKPF.....

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.Under the 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.

Durga Nagar residents list demands............

Weak policies responsible for turmoil in Kashmir: JWAM..........

AJKKU demands inputs to farmers..........

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug1: The 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 money. 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

Akademi meet concludes Call to further enrich Dogri literature........

2 cops held for rape attempt ........

Signals Corps organises adventure activities.........

Chamba Handicraft Centre controversy...........

Over 7,000 perform darshan at holy cave.........

Police arrests 4 gamblers........

Deputy Director Industries Centre succumbs to injuries.......

One dies, four make attempt to suicide......

2 killed in road mishaps.......

 

Muslims should take care of minorities in Valley
Punjab Agriculture Minister asks
Kashmir Sikhs not to migrate

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 maintained.

C B asked to probe irregularities
in constructions at PHC Moungri

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 officers.

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.

Following the report the DC Udhampur has handed over the case to Crime Branch for investigation.

Governor visits Baltal base camp,
reviews yatra arrangements

Excelsior Correspondent

BALTAL, 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.

The Governor 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 days.

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 Bank’s ATM facility, power and drinking water supplies, medicare, functioning of Langars and other utilities.

The Governor 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.

The Governor 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.

Among those 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.

Earlier, the 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 Army.

PMO should take over J&K affairs: NPP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 improved.

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 Vajpayee’s 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 Governor’s 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 people’s voice is being gagged.

Sharma for early construction of GDC Nowshera

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Nowshera.

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 Education Minister.

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 serious concern.

Sharma demanded 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 constituency.

Date of filing IT returns extended

Excelsior Correspondent

New 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.

"All paper 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.

‘Hawalaat’ play staged by Natrang

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Rahul Singh.

JKPF seminar blames GoI for present turmoil in Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 situation.

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.

Addressing the 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 people’s representatives from there have failed to perform their positive role in defusing the crisis.

Maintaining that non governance is the root cause of present turmoil in the state, he strongly advocated for dismissal of present Government and imposition of Governor’s rule.

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 present turmoil.

While another 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.

Govt taking initiatives for
revolutionising development: Bhalla

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Interacting with 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.

At Upper 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 Tube Well.

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 Illumination.

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.

SEOA appeals Govt to fix norms for promotion of ZEOs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 1: The School Education Officer’s 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.

The Association 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 cadre.

The Association 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 Singh.

Development of Mata Bala Sundri shrine discussed

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, 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.

Representatives of 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 under NREGA.

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.

Assistant 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.

Agnishekhar appeals KPs to accelerate struggle
PK asks Centre to awake from deep slumber

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Addressing the 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 in Kashmir.

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 GoI’s 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.

ReT teachers highlight demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 (state president).

Highlighting the 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.

The office-bearers 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 leaders.

J&K Batwal Welfare
Association demands economic package

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 1: The J&K Batwal Welfare Association held at meeting at Shahzadpur under the chairmanship of its president, Sat Pal Lakhotra today.

The Association 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 community.

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 Rakesh Kumar.

Contractual Lecturers’ delegation calls on Minister

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 contractual lecturers.

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 basis.

The other members of delegation were Suresh Sharma, Vinod Kumar, Ravi Kumar, Rohit, Arun Sharma and Supreme Singh.

One day seminar on peace, harmony held by JKPF

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Under the 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.

Various speakers 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.

Other issues 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 State.

Prof Zahoor-u-Din, 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.

Durga Nagar residents list demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 1: A meeting of Durga Nagar Welfare Committee was held under the chairmanship of Roshan Lal Raina today.

The meeting 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.

Weak policies responsible for turmoil in Kashmir: JWAM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 valley.

Sunil Dimple, 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.

Coming down heavily on PDP, Panther’s 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 occasion.

AJKKU demands inputs to farmers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug1: The 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 money.

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 boost productivity.

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 Naresh Sharma.

Akademi meet concludes Call
to further enrich Dogri literature

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 contributions.

Deputy Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Renu Mohan Bhan, was also present on the occasion. The programme on Dogri literature was organized by the Sahitya Akademi.

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 Jitendra Udhampuri.

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.

2 cops held for rape attempt

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Aug 1: Two Police personnel were arrested in connection with rape attempt on a young woman in Kotranka area today.

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 Rajouri.

The police recorded statement of the woman and sent her to hospital for medical examination. A case has been registered in this connection against the cops.

Signals Corps organises adventure activities

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 military stations.

The Corps 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.

Chamba Handicraft Centre controversy

Chamba Handicrafts 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 earlier.

Anchal Singh
(ex-Sarpanch) Kulshari-Bhadarwah

Instal transformer

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 Minister’s ‘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 humidity.

As such we request the PDD authorities to redress our burning problem.

S N Pandit
Kot-Patoli
Opp Central Jail
Jammu

Woes of Bharat Nagar

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.

Further, electric 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
Bharat Nagar
Jammu

Start 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.

Mohammad Irfan
Mohalla Ustad
Jammu

Water 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 1 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 account.

T K Jalali
Naseeb Nagar
Janipur

Over 7,000 perform darshan at holy cave

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Chandanwari tracks.

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 spokesman added.

He said the decision was taken for the welfare of the pilgrims as the authorities don’t 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.

Though the 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.

Comprising, 992 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.

Police arrests 4 gamblers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 possession.

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.

Police has registered a case against them.

The arrests were made under the supervision of SP South Rajeshwar Singh and SDPO M L Kaith.

Deputy Director Industries Centre succumbs to injuries

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

One dies, four make attempt to suicide

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

The deceased’s 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 regard.

Meanwhile, four 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 came in.

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 Gho Manasan.

2 killed in road mishaps

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, 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.

In another 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.

Meanwhile, the 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.



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