Omar reviews development progress of Ganderbal, Bandipora

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SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while chairing Ganderbal and Bandipora development board meetings here at SKICC today expressed satisfaction over the performance ....more

Governor, CM pay tributes to Karbala martyrs

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JAMMU, Dec 16 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra, and Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today paid tributes to the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and other martyrs...more

Displaced persons from PoK stage protest at Mubarak Mandi

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Displaced persons from PoK held massive protest demonstration in support of their pending demands at Mubarak Mandi today. ...more

Karvan-e-Aman Bus Service suspended

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SRINAGAR, Dec 16: The Karvan-e-Aman bus-operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has been suspended today. Official sources said information was received from across .....more

Over 5 lakh bricks seized, 3 booked

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JAMMU, Dec 16: For the first time, authorities today seized 5.22 lakh bricks in two brick kilns at Domana, which were under sized and were being sold to the consumers by the owners. A joint team constituted by Deputy Commissioner, .....more

 

Physiotherapists protest with begging bowls

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JAMMU, Dec 16: A large number of physiotherapists, who are on the agitational path for the last over three weeks, today sat on dharna with begging bowls at Hari Market in the vicinity ....more

Government revises passenger tax

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The Government has revised the passenger tax in respect of different types of vehicles. As per the new schedule, the lump sum passenger tax for taxi motor cycle, rickshaws, tempos and other three wheeled vehicles/scooters will be Rs. 300 per annum, .....more

Leopard kills another girl

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SRINAGAR, Dec 16: A leopard attacked and killed a 7th class girl in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, official sources said today. They said a leopard suddenly appeared at Malikpora, a village near forest, in the frontier district of Kupwara when some children were...more

     
 

Army celebrates ‘Vijay Divas’...

UDHAMPUR, Dec 16: Indian Army celebrated ‘Vijay Divas’ in various parts of the State today to mark the historic victory of Armed forces on Pakistan in 1971. At Northern Command headquarters, GOC-in-C, Lt Gen B S Jaswal laid wreath at the war memorial (Dhruva) and paid rich tributes to war heroes. The traditional ceremony was held in presence of several senior and junior officers besides retired war heroes and other officers. A function in this regard was held at Bikram Park, Chinar Military Station. A medical camp was also organized and several stalls were installed.

PHE workers protest at B C Road ...

JAMMU, Dec 16: PHE workers staged massive protest demonstration outside the office of Chief Engineer at B C Road near Bus Stand here today. A large number of workers including consolidated, daily rated and CP workers from various divisions and sub-divisions of the two-three districts assembled at B C Road and sat on dharna. They staged demonstration shouting slogans in support of their demand. They were also carrying banners and placards.

Power shut down...

AoI flays Govt officers’ attitude ....

Rs 3.5 cr earmarked to upgrade power infrastructure in Bahu Fort areas: Bhalla...

GOC 9 Corps, Chairperson SWB, others call on Governor ...

Sakina asks SHGs to diversify business....

Navy chief visits Vaishno Devi shrine...

NC led regime has failed to carry forward agenda of peace, development:PDP...

IECS, MSME hold day-long industrial motivation prog...

DRC’s concern over delay in procurement of CT scan...

Hindi play "Balidaan" staged at Youth Hostel Nagrota....

ReT Forum calls on Chief Minister...

Ex-Policemen highlight problems...

PEEU highlights demands...

GCW Gandhi Nagar holds extensive lecture...

NC Minority Cell holds workshop on SKEWPY...

Provide accommodation to KP youth at district level: AKMWS....

NIIT organizes seminar on finance, accounting....

JWAM holds protest against price rise ...

Non Camp migrants for removal of pre-conditions on employment...

Prof Sahni releases 15th Urdu book of Prof Shohaib....

NSUI appoints Ranjeet as MAM College president...

Manohar for raising infrastructure at Ujh Peer Baba shrine...

 

Omar reviews development progress of Ganderbal, Bandipora

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SRINAGAR, Dec 16: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while chairing Ganderbal and Bandipora development board meetings here at SKICC today expressed satisfaction over the performance of officers of both the districts who inspite of various odds during recent past unrest remarkably succeeded in pursuing their development targets. However, the Chief Minister cautioned them to remain vigilant with regard to quality of works.

Mr. Omar said the decision regarding beautiful Gurez valley will be taken soon, either to expand the jurisdiction of existing Tourism Development Authority, Manasbal to cover Gurez valley or establish a separate Tourist Development Authority for Gurez so that God given natural beauty of the Gurez is tapped and showcased to the world.

Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar, who is also chairman of the District Development Board, Ganderbal, Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Devendra Rana, MLC, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, MLC A.M. Bhat, Divisional Commissioner, Dr. Asgar Samoon, DIG, Munir Khan besides all the HoD’s and district heads.

The Chief Minister announced additionalities of over Rs. 3 crore to district Ganderbal for completing various works while Rs. 50 lakh were kept at the disposal of DDC as untied grants.

Similarly, the Chief Minister instructed DDC Bandipora, Manzoor Ahmad Lone to utilise the present Bus Stand Bandipora land for construction of District Hospital and said 41 kanals of land should be acquired for new Bus Stand.

Mr. Omar ordered release of Rs. 1.44 crore for district Bandipora as additionalities for completing the works.

Earlier, Chairman DDB, Ganderbal and Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar assured the Chief Minister sad that the targets fixed for this fiscal would be achieved in full.

The Chairman DDB, Bandipora and Minister for CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon said that the officers have been directed to redouble their efforts so that fixed targets are achieved.

Earlier, the DDC Ganderbal, Dilshad Khan shed light on the achievements registered in various sectors. She said 56 percent expenditure has been booked till November 2010 and assured that the ongoing works scheduled to complete these during this fiscal would be completed.

Governor, CM pay tributes to Karbala martyrs

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JAMMU, Dec 16 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra, and Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today paid tributes to the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and other martyrs of Karbala.

In a message on the eve of Aashoor-e-Muharram, the Governor said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions sacrificed their lives for upholding the high values of truth, justice and righteousness. He added that their martyrdom reminds mankind of the high principles of human dignity and morality.

The Governor prayed for peace, harmony and normalcy in the State.

In his Muharram message, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said that martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions depicted their unblemished and solid faith in Almighty Allah and truthfulness.

"They underwent worst kind of atrocities but their faith was not shattered at all and they did not show even an iota of deviation in their firm determination to uphold the righteousness and protect humanism and justice", Omar added.

The Chief Minister said "the lesson we derive from Karbala and the martyrdom of Imam Aali Muqam (AS) would continue to guide us in all fields of life and in all times to come".

Omar Abdullah prayed for the peace in the State and well being of the people.

Displaced persons from PoK stage protest at Mubarak Mandi

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Displaced persons from PoK held massive protest demonstration in support of their pending demands at Mubarak Mandi today.

These persons under the banner of PoK DP Front-1947, 65, 71 are sitting on dharna outside the office (old) of the Divisional Commissioner for the last 10 months. Refugees from Deva Batala, Chhamb, Manawar, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, Baag, Muzzfrabad and Poonch are demanding their comprehensive rehabilitation. Under the leadership of Rachhpal Singh Chib ( general secretary) the DPs staged protest demonstration and raised slogans in support of their demands.

They were demanding implementation of Wadhwa Committee report which was constituted by the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Mr Chib alleged that Government is going to rehabilitate terrorists who have undergone training in Pakistan but for the last 21 years, it has failed to rehabilitate the refugees. Bill No 9 was passed by the Assembly to bring back those who had gone to Pakistan or PoK in 1947 but what about the rehabilitation/ settlement of the displaced persons from that side, they questioned?

The speakers strongly condemned the respective governments and said that neither BJP, nor Congress, PDP or NC were serious in resolving the issues of the DPs. They resolved that the protest would continue till all their demands are addressed.

After day long protest, a delegation of the DPs led by Rachhpal Singh Chib submitted a memorandum to the Government through Divisional Commissioner, Dr Pawan Kotwal.

Karvan-e-Aman Bus Service suspended

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SRINAGAR, Dec 16: The Karvan-e-Aman bus-operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has been suspended today.

Official sources said information was received from across the border that there would be no bus service today in view of the Muharram.

They said accordingly those who were scheduled to travel in the bus were informed.

The passengers from both sides will now be accommodated in next bus on December 23, they said.

On November 18, the bus service was suspended in view of the Eid-ul-Zuha.

Over 5 lakh bricks seized, 3 booked

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JAMMU, Dec 16: For the first time, authorities today seized 5.22 lakh bricks in two brick kilns at Domana, which were under sized and were being sold to the consumers by the owners.

A joint team constituted by Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma raided the brick kilns—New Choudhary Brick Kiln and Bharat Earth Products, Domana.

At both brick kilns, all 5.22 lakh bricks were under sized as per the standards fixed by the Deputy Commissioner.

Mr Verma said the seizure was made by Legal Metrology Department under Weights and Measures Act and both the brick kilns were asked to stop sale of bricks till further orders.

The team also found owner of Kavi Brick Kiln overcharging from the consumers and was booked by the team comprising the officers of Revenue, Legal Metrology and CAPD.

Mr Verma has summoned entire record from the brick kiln owners. All other units have been asked to desist from such practices of cheating the consumers or otherwise they too would face the action.

Physiotherapists protest with begging bowls

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JAMMU, Dec 16: A large number of physiotherapists, who are on the agitational path for the last over three weeks, today sat on dharna with begging bowls at Hari Market in the vicinity of famous Raghunath Temple here today.

Carrying utensils, the physiotherapists this afternoon assembled at Hari Market area and ‘begged’ from the passersby. A large number of Mata Vaishnodevi pilgrims visit the area as it is closer to Shri Raghunath temple.

The agitating unemployed doctors said that they have been forced to ‘beg’ for the livelihood as the government has absolutely failed to listen to their demand of absorbing them in Medical departments. They said over 250 posts were available with the department but they are reluctant to fill up. No recruitment has been done for the last more than two decades except a few (2) posts advertised now.

The protest of the agitating Physiotherapists at Mubarik Mandi entered the 24th consecutive day today. Despite their agitation for the last so many days, the government has remained unmoved over the issue. They alleged that no minister or public representative from the ruling parties has visited them so far.

Earlier, in the morning, physiotherapists, under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Physiotherapy Association (JKPA), gathered in the front of Divisional Commissioner Office at Mubarik Mandi and shouted anti-government slogans.

Later, they assembled outside Press Club to take out a mass rally but due to heavy deployment of police, the rally was foiled. Thereafter, they moved to the Hari Market. They said that their struggle will continue unless demands are met. They also distributed pamphlets among the people to aware them of their ongoing agitation and policies of the state government.

Government revises passenger tax

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The Government has revised the passenger tax in respect of different types of vehicles.

As per the new schedule, the lump sum passenger tax for taxi motor cycle, rickshaws, tempos and other three wheeled vehicles/scooters will be Rs. 300 per annum, for taxi cars & Station Wagons with seating capacity upto five passengers Rs.1000, for light motor vehicles plying as taxis with seating capacity of above five passengers Rs.2000,for deluxe/super deluxe/video coaches, Rs. 800 per seat for all types of buses other than deluxe/super deluxe and video coaches, Rs.300 and for all types of mini buses will be Rs. 2000 per annum.

This order will come into force from January 1, 2011.

Leopard kills another girl

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SRINAGAR, Dec 16: A leopard attacked and killed a 7th class girl in north Kashmir district of Kupwara, official sources said today.

They said a leopard suddenly appeared at Malikpora, a village near forest, in the frontier district of Kupwara when some children were collecting firewood.

However, before the children could escape, leopard attacked 14-year-old Rubeena. Other residents immediately rushed for her rescue but leopard injured her critically.

She was immediately rushed to hospital where she was declared brought dead.

The wildlife department has rushed a special team to the area, sources said.

Army celebrates ‘Vijay Divas’

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UDHAMPUR, Dec 16: Indian Army celebrated ‘Vijay Divas’ in various parts of the State today to mark the historic victory of Armed forces on Pakistan in 1971.

At Northern Command headquarters, GOC-in-C, Lt Gen B S Jaswal laid wreath at the war memorial (Dhruva) and paid rich tributes to war heroes. The traditional ceremony was held in presence of several senior and junior officers besides retired war heroes and other officers. A function in this regard was held at Bikram Park, Chinar Military Station. A medical camp was also organized and several stalls were installed.

On this occasion, the Lt Gen Jaswal congratulated the forces and other war veterans Indo-Pak war of 1971 and capturing of 90,000 Pakistani troops in Bangladesh and making a strong army to surrender is a matter of pride for the Indian forces.

It was on this day that largest military surrendered after Second World War at Dhaka when GOC-in-C Eastern Command Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora accepted the instrument of surrender of 90,000 Pakistani troops from Lt Gen A K Niazi of the Pakistan Army.

Tiger Division Jammu also celebrated the occasion at Satwari cantonment here this morning. GOC of the Tiger Division Maj Gen TPS Waraich laid wreath at the war memorial which was highly decorated by the forces since early morning. Various formation commanders, serving officers and soldiers of the Division including retired personnel were present.

Indian Army celebrates Vijay Divas every year on this day. The nation and Army pay tributes to ‘Veer Jawans’ on the fine professionalism and valiant sacrifice by its soldiers. Indian Army’s dash towards Dhaka has a few parallels in the annals of military history. Tiger Division has always been associated with the J&K and in 1971 war with Pakistan, and its soldiers had executed remarkable offensive operation at Chicken Neck in western borders of Jammu sector.

PHE workers protest at B C Road

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JAMMU, Dec 16: PHE workers staged massive protest demonstration outside the office of Chief Engineer at B C Road near Bus Stand here today.

A large number of workers including consolidated, daily rated and CP workers from various divisions and sub-divisions of the two-three districts assembled at B C Road and sat on dharna. They staged demonstration shouting slogans in support of their demand. They were also carrying banners and placards.

Several senior trade union leaders addressed the gathering and strongly condemned the attitude of the government for causing discrimination with the consolidated/ CP workers of Jammu region and not paying them regularly. They alleged that despite assurance by the Chief Minister and even the PHE Minister nothing has been done in this regard. Jammu workers are still being exploited and paid just Rs 500 per month which is mockery of the system There can never be two rates in one state and government has remained unmoved on this injustice with the workers.

They also demanded filling up of vacant posts, regularization of daily rated / consolidated workers, conduct of DPC and review of transfer policy as assured by the minister as many Class IV grade workers have been badly hit. With the protest programme of the workers, the normal work in many offices was also affected today.

Power shut down

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JAMMU, Dec 16 : In order to carry out the shifting of 33 KV Company Bagh-New Secretariat Line from the premises of Director ISM Jammu, the power supply to Bus Stand, Mohalla Kaleeth, Ranbir Market and adjoining areas fed by 11 KV S-3 feeder will remain affected on December 18, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, to carry out preventive maintenance at Grid Station, Bari-Brahmana-II, the shut down of Gladni-Bari-Brahmana-II-Samba section of 132 KV D/C Gladni-Hiranagar transmission line has been allowed on December 19, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

During the shut down period, power supply to the areas being fed from Grid Station Bari-Brahmana-II will remain affected.

Similarly, in order to carry out urgent pending work of raising ground clearance of 11 KV Koulpur and Bandral feeders on NH-1A crossing at Vijaypur, the shut down of 33 KV line to Ramgarh from Receiving Station Vijaypur, 11 KV Koulpur Feeder, 11 KV Bandral Feeder and 11 KV Vijaypur Feeder has been allowed on December 19, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the shut down period power supply to Vijaypur Town, Sawankha Morh Channi, Ramgarh, Nanga, Kamore, Koulpur, Bandral, Abtal, Palouta, Garwal, Koso Pakhri and adjoining areas will remain affected.

The shutdown is subject to fair weather condition.

AoI flays Govt officers’ attitude

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Association of Industries (Gangyal) has criticized the attitude of Government Officers for discouraging local industry and violating the standing Govt order while making purchases.

The Association in a press statement issued here today alleged that some officers were in habit of violating Government Order and cabinet decision No. 19/1 dated 23.01.2004. While dealing in purchases they continue to discourage the local units. For according support to the industry in J&K adequate support from the government in this regard was also necessary.

The members sought the intervention of Chief Minister and the Industries Minister in this regard. They said that necessary instructions be issued to the officers to take care of the standing Govt orders.

Rs 3.5 cr earmarked to upgrade power infrastructure in Bahu Fort areas: Bhalla

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JAMMU, Dec 16 : Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla has said that coalition Government has earmarked Rs. 3.5 crore for up gradation of power infrastructure in Bahu Fort and its adjoining areas, adding that existing 33/6.6 KV receiving station having capacity of 2x6.3 MVA and catering to Ravi Tawi Lift Irrigation as well as local areas of Bahu Fort, Gorkha Nagar, Sheikh Nagar, Pacca Talab, Kacha Talab, Bazigar Basti, Boria Colony, Shahabad and Qasim Nagar will be revamped.

The Minister said this after laying the foundation stone of 33/11 KV capacity receiving station, to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.50 crore by Power Development Department (PDD).

Minister of State for PDD Shabir Ahmed Khan, Chief Engineer M&RE, Mohammad Qasim besides other senior officers of R&B, PDD, PHE and Revenue accompanied the Minister.

Mr. Bhalla said that during the last couple of years, existing receiving station at Bahu Fort has experienced overloading necessitating power cuts during peak summer and winter seasons, adding that in order to mitigate this problem, 1x10 MVA, 33/11 KV receiving station has been proposed which will provide regular and dependable power at 11 KV level on completion fulfilling a long pending demand of local residents.

The Minister said that focus of the Government is to develop Bahu Fort on modern lines by providing all basic amenities to the people including drinking water, electricity, road connectivity, education, healthcare and surface drains.

Responding to the local demand, the Minister asked the School Education authorities to prepare a detailed project report for establishment of Laboratory in Government Higher Secondary School, Bahu Fort and submit the same for funding so that the work could be started. He said that Government has sanctioned Rs. 75 lakh for construction of play field near school so that the people of the areas could celebrate their national festivals besides sports activities at their doorsteps stadium.

In his address, Mr. Khan said that coalition Government is committed to provide regular power supply in metered areas of the State, adding that there is no constraint of funds in power sector. He appealed the people to use power judiciously and pay power tariff regularly. He said that on the endeavours of Revenue Minister, the Power Development Department Ministry has approved two receiving stations this year, one 33/11 KV at Sanjay Nagar, costing Rs. 3.5 crore and another at Bahu Fort, costing Rs. 1.50 crore. He said that on the commissioning of these, the power scenario in Gandhi Nagar constituency would be improved to a large extent.

The Minister said that the Bishnah Grid Station is near completion under Prime Minister's Rural Programme and would be dedicated to the people by March 2011, adding that Government has also prepared a DPR for construction of Grid Station at Barsel over river Chenab in Kishtwar. He said that after completing the codal formalities, the construction work would be started.

GOC 9 Corps, Chairperson SWB, others call on Governor

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JAMMU, Dec 16: GOC 9 Corps, Chairperson State Social Welfare Board and deputations of College Teachers Association and 10 +2 Contractural Lecturers Forum today called on Governor, N N Vohra at Raj Bhawan, here.

The GOC, 9 Corps, Lt. Gen. D. S. Thakur briefed Governor about the security situation in the area of responsibility of his command. The Governor discussed with Lt Gen. Thakur various issues relating to the continuing attempts of infiltration from across the International Border and LoC.

This was Lt. Gen. Thakur’s farewell call on the Governor. He is leaving for Delhi next week to assume charge as Director General Military Intelligence at the Army Hqrs.

The Governor and Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board, Khem Lata Wakhloo discussed various schemes available with the Central Social Welfare Board and other agencies of the Central Government for the welfare of the physically challenged and other less-privileged sections of the society.

The Governor emphasized the need for optimally benefiting from these schemes. In this context, he observed that, for effective monitoring, district wise booklets should be prepared of all the schemes under implementation. This would also enable the potential beneficiaries to become aware of their entitlements.

The Governor said that he had discussed with the Social Welfare Minister, Sakina Itoo, in October last, several issues concerning the welfare of physically challenged. He also called for creating awareness among the people about the various schemes and monitoring implementation thereof for maximizing their benefits.

Mrs. Wakhloo briefed the Governor about the activities of the Board and the useful outcome of her personal tours to the districts.

A deputation of the All J&K College Teachers Association led by Dr Sanjay Verma submitted a memorandum of their demands to Mr Vohra.

The demands included release of 6th Pay Commission arrears, enhancement of the retirement age and creation of Professor level posts in the colleges.

A deputation of the 10+2 Contractual Lecturers Forum also submitted a memorandum to the Governor which highlighted their demand for regularisation of their services. The deputation was led by the President of the Forum, Arun Bakshi.

The Governor gave a patient hearing to both the deputations.

The Principal Secretary to the Governor, R. K. Goyal was present on the occasion.

Sakina asks SHGs to diversify business

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Asking Self Help Groups (SHGs) to expand the ambit of self income generating activities by involving more women and diversifying business, Minister for Social Welfare and Chairperson, Women Development Corporation, Sakina Itoo has said that self employment through micro credit is one of the viable alternative to address unemployment problem.

The Minister was speaking after inaugurating 10 day exhibition here today, organized by Women’s Development Corporation (WDC) and sponsored by National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (NMDFC), Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Among others, MLA, Bimla Lathura, Managing Director, WDC, Naheed Soz, Director Employment, Shafat Noor, Secretary State Commission for Women, Hafiza Muzaffer, Director, Board of Directors, WDC, and social activist, Reeta Jatindar were present on the occasion.

Ms Sakina said that the purpose of providing loan to the beneficiaries was to make them self reliant besides socially and economically independent. She said Government will help every such group who want to establish their own income generating units. She said apart from proving marketing facilities to the SHGs, the groups are taken to other parts of the country to participate in national level exhibitions.

To create employment avenues, the Government has introduced Sher-i-Kashmir Employment Programme, the Minister said, adding the sealing of loan facilities has also been extended to a large extent. She asked the participants to come forward and take the benefits of the programme, which not only become their sources of income but also generate employment for others.

Mrs Naheed in her welcome address gave resume of the activities of the Corporation. She said the aim of holding exhibition was to provide marketing facilities to SHGs, which provides them a chance to share their experience and learn better delivery mechanism. She informed that Corporation has planned to hold similar exhibition at Jaipur, Rajasthan next week.

The Minister went round the stalls and appreciated the efforts of the participant SHGs. Kashmiri shawls, sozni, crewel, chainstitch, paper machie, jute, leather and fur, artificial flowers and dry fruits were among the main items kept on display and sale in the exhibition. The participant SHGs have made sale worth Rs.6.30 lakh so far in the exhibition.

Later, the Minister distributed cheques amounting to Rs. 36.90 lakh and sanction letters worth Rs. 44.07 lakh among 62 beneficiaries under various NMDFC, NBCFDC, NHFDC, ESW schemes.

Navy chief visits Vaishno Devi shrine

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma today had darshan of Goddess Vaishno Devi shrine in Trikuta hills of Katra in Reasi district.

Admiral Verma reached Katra this afternoon and left the holy town, the base camp of the shrine, for Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan at 3 pm on foot. He had darshan of natural pindies of the shrine late this evening.

The Navy chief will return to Katra tomorrow morning and fly back to Mumbai.

Senior Army, CRPF and police officers received Admiral Verma at Katra.

NC led regime has failed to carry forward agenda of peace, development:PDP

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Expressing concern over failure of the present dispensation to carry forward the agenda of peace and development in the State, People's Democratic Party (PDP) today reiterated commitment of the party to fulfill aspirations and wishes of all regions and sub-regions of the State.

Addressing one day meeting of the district committee members of Poonch district here today, PDP leaders said the party has pioneered the agenda of peace and development in the State to establish sustainable peace in this region. They said that agenda adopted by the PDP had given encouraging result during the tenure of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but the present Government headed by Omar Abdullah has miserably failed to carry forward this agenda.

PDP leaders asserted that biggest achievement of the previous regime headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was creating conducive atmosphere for initiating peace process and taking Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). They mentioned towards opening of crossing points on Line of Control and beginning of the cross LoC trade in border district of Poonch. They pointed out that peace prevailing all along the borders from Kathua to Kargil was result of the reconciliatory policies and initiatives taken during the regime of Mr Sayeed.

Reminding the committee members about the steps taken during the regime of Mr Sayeed for socio-economic growth of the people of Poonch district, PDP leaders said that work on Mughal road, which had been stopped for the last two decades, was restarted only during PDP regime. They mentioned that as Chief Minister of the State Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had arranged special funds for the completion of the Mughal road which after completion would ultimately change socio-economic conditions of the people of Poonch district.

In the meeting a prominent social worker of Surankote Shabir Hussain Shah also joined PDP in the presence of prominent leaders. Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included vice president Sardar Trilok Singh Bajwa, general secretary Thakur Balbir Singh, Murtaza Khan, MLC, Sardar Rafiq Hussain Khan, MLA Mendhar, Ved Mahajan, Daman Bhasin, Hussain Ali Wafa, Shanti Devi, Deepinder Kour, Surjeet Kour, Hamid Manhas, Imtiyaz Bandey, Abdul Azim Mirza, Mohammad Ajam Sagar, zone president Mendhar, Dr Mumtaz Bukhari, Sheikh Mukthiar Shoukat Manhas Gurmeet Singh Raja.

IECS, MSME hold day-long industrial motivation prog

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The IECS and North Polytechnic, Purkhoo in collaboration with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute (MSME-DI) organised day-long industrial motivation campaign in the premises, here today.

The motivational campaign was organised to inculcate entrepreneurship skill among the students and incourage them to become an entrepreneur.

Virinder Sharma, Director, MSME, Jammu and Deepak Jah from PNB threw light on the importance of self employment in present scenario and apprised the students about various schemes on the occasion.

Earlier, Dr Ajay Singh Jamwal, Head Training and Placement welcomed the guests whereas Dr P K S Rathore, Deputy Director, MSME highlighted the aim and objectives for organizing such programmes.

Prof Kuldeep Raj Sharma, Rajneesh Magota and Nitika Lamba also spoke on the occasion.

DRC’s concern over delay in procurement of CT scan

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Taking strong note of unnecessary delay in purchasing six CT scans of Jammu division, the Departmental Related Committee (DRC) of Legislative Council on Health Department has instructed the concerned officers to purchase the same immediately.

The Committee which met here today under the chairmanship of MLC Mohammad Rashid Qureshi, discussed the functioning of the department besides reviewing implementation of various healthcare schemes in urban and rural areas of Jammu province.

Legislators, Mohammad Yousuf Taing, B. R. Kundal, Subash Chander Gupta, Syeed Asgar Ali and Khalid Najib Suharwardy gave several suggestions for further improvement and effective implementation of healthcare schemes to cater to the diagnostic and treatment requirements of the people especially those living in remote and inaccessible pockets of the State.

The meeting was informed that two CT scans are presently available at Gandhi Nagar Hospital and SDH hospital Kathua but the facility in Kathua is not functioning for lack of the specialist. In this regard, the Committee asked the Chief Medical Officer to impart training to the Radiologist already working there.

Among others, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education, R.K. Jeerath, HoDs of different wings of Health Department and other senior officers of Council Secretariat attended the meeting.

Hindi play "Balidaan" staged at Youth Hostel Nagrota

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Sangam Theatre Group, Reasi in collaboration with Amba Kids Home, Panthal today staged Hindi play "Balidaan" at youth hostel Nagrota which has been selected for National Youth Festival.

The play was written by Surya Veer ‘Sagar’ and Directed by M Akram Khan.

Ashok Sharma, Assistant Director, Youth Services and Sports, Madam Sunita Goyal, Zonal Sports Officer and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

"Balidaan" is a famous folk story of village Chamba. It was depicted in the play that the villagers lived happily in the regime of King Rana who had a son, daughter-in-law and a little grand-son. Suddenly due to some natural calamities, draught hit his all empire. People used to get water from the nearby village and divided 50-50 between the locals and the royals.

But one-day that source of water also dried up as villagers and cattle faced dying days due to natural calamity.

One day Rana saw a dream in which his Kul Devi ordered to sacrifice animal but he refused, then Kul Devi ordered him to sacrifice some villager but he again refused. At last, Kul Devi ordered him to sacrifice someone from his own family. Rana narrated the whole story to his daughter-in-law, who sacrificed herself to save King’s son and grandson for the sake of the villagers. When she was sacrificed, sudden thunder-storm hit the region with heavy raining which made a river in the centre of the village.

But, Rana realized that he had done a great mistake by sacrificing his daughter-in-law, as he loved his only son and grand son. Although Rana becomes a great king for the common people but in his own eyes, he was a selfish.

The artists who performed included Rekha Devi, Smriti Rajput, Rekha, Sanjana, Chandni, Surbhi Antal, Sheetal, Karan Singh, Ajay Singh, Vipul Katoch, Jagdeep Singh, Suresh Sharma and Ambic Khajuria. Ashwani Katoch was the Production Controller of the play.

The play will be performed in National Youth Festival at Rajasthan in January 2011.

ReT Forum calls on Chief Minister

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The J&K Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum under the chairmanship of Gazi Abdul Aziz called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at his official residence, here today.

The delegation comprising of 28 representatives from all the districts of the State and the apex body apprised the Chief Minister of their long pending demands. They also submitted a memorandum of demands to Chief Minister on the occasion.

During the meeting, the Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers and education volunteers highlighted various issues with Chief Minister which included inclusion of 5 years honorarium service for service benefits, EVs be converted and regularized according to set procedure and their whole period should also be included in service record and monthly honorarium Rs 1500 should be enhanced.

The Chief Minister assured them that their long pending demands particularly the inclusion of five years and the problems of converted EVs will be considered on priority basis and special attention would be paid on others.

The other members of the delegation were Bupinder Singh (Vice Chairman), Farooq Ahmad (Secretary), Bashir Ahmed Dar (Provicial President), Sheikh Pravez Ahmad, (District President, Kupwara), Z A Beg, G M Dar, M Y Lone, Peer Mushtaq, Pravez Iqbal, Khaliz Mehraz, Mohd Yaseen, Mohd Iqbal, Ishad Ahmad, Saleem Sagar, Altaf Hussain, Reyaz Rehman, Shabir Ahmad, Assad Ullah Wani, Farroq Ahmad, Qazi Tasleem, Altaf Choudhary, Sarfaraz Lone, Neenu Lata, Danish Kumar and Shiv Dev Singh.

Later, Gazi Abdul Aziz interacted with media persons in a press conference and briefed about the meeting of ReTs with Chief Minister.

Ex-Policemen highlight problems

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RAJOURI, Dec 16: The Ex-Policemen Welfare League today highlighted the various problems being faced by them in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Harmesh Sharma.

The meeting was attended by large numbers of league members and functionaries who highlighted various problems being faced by the retired police personnel. They highlighted that 15 per cent reservation should be given to the wards of police-retired personnel in recruitment quota of J&K Police at par with army, loan from police welfare fund without interest at dire need, the wards of retired police personnel who were retiring from their services prematurely on health or voluntary grounds may be taken into service as was previous practice, relief from police welfare fund to retired police personnel for marriage of their children and GP Fund should be paid to the retirees at the time of retirement as a welfare measures.

PEEU highlights demands

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The Provincial Electric Employees Union (PEEU) highlighted various demands in a meeting held under the chairmanship of P C Sharma, here today.

During the meeting, the Union members strongly condemned the State Government for ignoring their demands already submitted up to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Mr Sharma appealed the other Unions of PDD to remain united as Government is not serious for fulfilling their demands.

They were demanding clearance of DPC within 15 days, implementation of welfare schemes, implementation of SRO-59, risk allowance to all PDD employees working in risk prone areas, rational transfer policy, reorganization of Department and amendment in PDD service recruitment rules.

Among others who attended the meeting were Barkat Hussain, Sanjay Sharma, Badar Jan Manhas, Puran Chand, Rashpaul, Bishan Singh, Darshan Singh, Davinder Sharma, Ghulam Hussain Chopan and Narinder Singh Charak.

GCW Gandhi Nagar holds extensive lecture

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JAMMU, Dec 16: An extensive lecture for the students was organized by the career counseling unit of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, here on the topic "Higher Education in India and Career Prospects".

Dr Sandhir Sharma, Prof and head of the department of Marketing in Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University, Chandigarh, delivered the lecture.

Dr Sharma spoke in length and breadth on different career prospects, which will definitely help the students to have a clear view about the future career options and also about the management education. The lecture was focused on the status of Higher Education in India, policies and programmes being implemented and the output.

In the interactive session, the students got a very healthy response.

Vote of thanks by Co-ordinator, Career Counseling unit marked the conclusion of the programme.

NC Minority Cell holds workshop on SKEWPY

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JAMMU, Dec 16: To apprise the displaced Pandit youth about the benefits of Sher-e-Kashmir Employment Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) a scheme launched by the State Government, a workshop was organized by NC Minority Cell at its Anand Nagar Bohri Office today under the chairmanship of Vijay Bakaya MLC.

The workshop among others was attended by Deputy Director Employment, Sham Sundar Gupta and Mrs Teja Kaul, member of the Women Welfare Development Corporation as chief guests.

A large number of displaced youth from camp and non camp localities attended the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bakaya said that the SKEWPY was launched by the State Government last year to help the prospective entrepreneurs to settle in private sector. He laid emphasis to create awareness on the schemes among those unemployed youth of the community who have grown overaged and those who are interested in the self employment schemes.

Both Mr Gupta and Mrs Kaul explained the youth about the aims and objectives of the scheme and gave details about the benefits of the scheme and urged the youth to take the benefit of the same.

Besides the information about the Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) scheme which offers monthly allowance to the educated youth from matriculation level to the Post graduate level was also shared with the youth.

Mr Bakaya also complimented the youth for having shown foresight in accepting the appointment orders and joining their duties in Kashmir Valley defying irresponsible calls made for boycotting this opportunity.

The vote of thanks was proposed by M K Yogi working president of the Cell. Others who attended the meeting included R N Fotedar, Anil Dhar, Bansi Lal Bhat, S N Dhar, Pinky Bhat, Karan Choudhary, Bala Ji Bhat, Ramesh Bharti, Gopi Krishen, Amit Koul and P L Talashi.

Provide accommodation to KP youth at district level: AKMWS

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JAMMU, Dec 16: All Kashmiri Migrant Welfare Society (AKMWS) has urged the State Government to make arrangements for accommodation for the newly appointed displaced youth in Kashmir Valley at district level.

In a statement issued here today, president of the Society M K Bhat expressed apprehension that the displaced youth may suffer for want of accommodation at district level in Valley after joining their duties.

Mr Bhat who accompanied the youth to Ganderbal and Srinagar for joining their duties also met the DC Ganderbal who showed his inability to provide any accommodation at present as the district being newly created has no such arrangements nor the Government has given any firm directives to meet out such requirements as yet.

He however expressed satisfaction over the treatment given by the officers and the people of the Valley to the newly appointed youth. He said the youth being the future of the country will certainly help in bridging the gap between the two communities.

NIIT organizes seminar on finance, accounting

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The NIIT organised seminar on Career Opportunities in Finance and Accounting and launched its new diploma course in Tally 9 ERP, here today.

Harish Rajput, Regional Head of the Tally Solution Private Limited, was the resource person, who launched the programme on the occasion. While addressing, he stated that lot of opportunities have been existing for young undergraduates in the field of computerized accounting based Tally software. He discussed at length various job profiles available after qualifying programmes on Tally.

Rahul Sharma, Director, Jammu NIIT Franchisee Company, stated that NIIT has already established its credentials, operating in Jammu for the last nearly two decades and providing diploma programmes for IT related job/skill development which were conducted from time-to-time. He also thanked Harish Rajput for awakening students on the occasion.

JWAM holds protest against price rise

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Jammu West Assembly Movement held a protest demonstration against failure of UPA and State Government to control the rising petroleum prices and burnt effigies of the Government.

Jammu West Assembly Movement, president, Sunil Dimple, while addressing criticized the Government for no steps having been taken by the State as well as Centre to control pricing index.

On the occasion, he warned the black marketers and hoarders to stop hoarding and also blamed for unavailability of kerosene oil, ration and other essential commodities.

He demanded effective measures to exempt sales tax on LPG, petrol and diesel as also to control the prices of eatables and added that with increasing prices of essential commodities, the common man was being badly affected.

Others present on the occasion were Ishar Das, Sunil Sharma, Kulwant Sharma, Rakesh Sharma, Viky, Hans Raj, Vipan, Vinet Gupta, Ramesh Chander Kohli, Dr Sham Saroop Gupta, Mohan Lal Sharma, Sanjay Nagraj, Kulbir Singh, Manjit, Rajinder Verma, Devinder Kumar and D N Bhat.

Non Camp migrants for removal of pre-conditions on employment

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JAMMU, Dec 16: Non Camp Displaced Co-ordination Committee in a meeting here today held under the chairmanship of D N Kissu its chairman took the stock of political and other developments in the State.

Addressing the meeting Mr Kissu alleged that the PM’s rehabilitation package has remained unimplemented till date as the ex-gratia for the burnt properties to displaced people was partially paid.

He demanded that the Government should pay the assessed amount for the gutted properties immediately and removing the draconian conditions attached with PM’s special employment package for the displaced youth. The inhuman affidavit that is being sought from the displaced youth for serving in Kashmir Valley alone needs to be removed as most of the displaced youth are afraid of joining their jobs because of dreadful affidavit which the entire displaced community condemns, it added.

The meeting also demanded allotment of quarters at Jagati to the non camp migrants residing in rented accommodations or they be paid the feasible rent.

It also demanded that the hassles free medical fund may be made available with Relief Commissioner and it should be without administrative bottlenecks. The fund be kept in readiness for patients suffering from heart ailments, malignancy and patients on dialysis. It also demanded one time assistance of Rs 25 lakh to overaged displaced youth for their rehabilitation and political empowerment for the KPs.

The meeting was addressed by Prof Girdhari Lal Koul, chief advisor, P L Sudeshi president, Rohsan Lal Raina, convener, Virender Raina, national spokesman PK, Makhan Lal Pandita, Vinod Durani, Phoola Ji, president Women Wing, Nana Ji, C L Koul, M L Bhan, Badri Nath and Chaman Lal Koul.

Prof Sahni releases 15th Urdu book of Prof Shohaib

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The 15th Urdu book of HoD, Department of Urdu Prof Shohaib Inayat Malik, was released by Prof Varun Sahni, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu (JU) at Prof Gian Chand Jain Seminar Hall along with other dignitaries, here today.

Kashmir Univeristy Vice Chancellor Prof Reyaz Punjabi was the chief guest. MLA M Y Tarigami and Ved Bhasin were the guest of honours.

Prof Sahni while congratulating Prof Shohaib for bringing out valuable book, said that Prof Shohaib was not only prolific writer of Urdu but also an able administrator who had contributed a lot for the development of Urdu language and literature in the State.

While Speaking, Prof Reyaz highlighted the qualities of Prof Shohaib. He said that he has gone through all the articles which had been published in the book which bring out hidden aspects of writers and poets of the State.

Tarigami described him as a reputed writer having secular bent of mind who had organized various functions in the nook and corners of the State for spreading message of love and brother hood. Tarigami said that he had gone through the book and had come to the conclusion that the writer has done justice to the theme of the book.

Earlier, Prof M A Wani welcomed the guests while Dr Mohd Reyaz Ahmed conducted the proceedings.

The author of the book Prof Shohaib Inayat Malik presented vote of thanks on the occasion.

NSUI appoints Ranjeet as MAM College president

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JAMMU, Dec 16: The National Students Union of India (NSUI) today declared its unit for Government PG MAM College in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Arjun Singh Pathania, State general secretary.

During the meeting, Ranjeet Thakur was appointed as President of newly formed body. The other elected office-bearers were Rakesh Singh Bhau as senior vice-president, Jasvinder Singh Sohal as vice president, N S Punjabi as general secretary, Ranjeet Singh Manhas, Shoket Ahmed, Shamsher Singh and Nitin Manhas as secretaries.

Besides this, the NSUI leader also announced 45-member executive body.

Manohar for raising infrastructure at Ujh Peer Baba shrine

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KATHUA, Dec 16: Minister of State for Cooperative, Finance and Planning, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma convened a meeting of tehsil and block level officers for seeking suggestions regarding provision of basic facilities to the devotees of Ujh Peer Baba in tehsil Billawar in an effort to develop the shrine here today.

It is pertinent to mention here that thousands of devotees of different religions from different parts of Kathua throng the place to seek blessing of Peer Baba.

Dr Manohar Lal Sharma passed instructions especially to the officers of Social Forestry and Forest Department to do needful for beautification of surrounding area of the Peer Baba. He also asked PDD and PHE officers to ensure uninterrupted electricity and water supply to the Peer Baba shrine.

Among others, SDM Billawar Jatinder Kumar Singh, district, tehsil and block level officers were accompanied the Minister.



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