Rs 144.11 cr sanctioned for 30 towns
CM reviews progress of
electrification of
non-electrified areas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today reviewed the implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) and Restructured Accelerated Power.....more

‘Vajpayee did a lot to solve problem’
Evolve consensus on
Kashmir: Mufti

Excesior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said there was a need for the parties across political spectrum of the country ...more

Coalition believes in action
not in hollow slogans:
Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

Langate, Feb 20: Describing service to people as goal of the coalition Government, Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather has said ...more

Creative works of Pratima
on display at Kala Kendra

By O P Sharma

JAMMU, Feb 20: A week-long exhibition of paintings by noted artist Pratima Singh was inaugurated by veteran Triloke Kaul at Kala Kendra, here today. There are 33 paintings, mostly on Ganesha and folk....more

Saroori for early
completion of
Bani-Basohli,
Baderwah roads

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Calling for early completion of all the roads being constructed by the Border Roads Organization (BRO), the Minister for R&B G.M.Saroori today ....more

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Strict action to be taken
against non-performing
teachers: Peerzada

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20:

Minister for School Education and Public Enterprises, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed emphasized on bringing in transparency and accountability in education sector besides strictly adhering to the guidelines framed for streamlining the school education in ...more

UPSC to conduct
Engineering Services
Exam from June 26

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is holding a Combined Competitive Examination for recruitment to the services/ posts viz. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering commencing from June, .....more

10 qntl poppy straw, 955
bottles of intoxicant seized;
four held

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Feb 20: Ten quintals of poppy straw and 955 bottles of Rexocod syrup (Codeine Phosphate) were seized loaded in two trucks at Toll Posts Lakhanpur and at Nagri, and four people were ....more

     
 

Bhalla appeals people to help in restoration of conducive atmosphere ....

JAMMU, Feb 20: Maintaining that Government is alive to the problems of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, Minister of Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, today assured the members of the community that all efforts will be made to mitigate their sufferings. Addressing a function organised by Coventry Scholars at Abhinav Theatre here, Mr Bhalla appealed all to cooperate with Government in restoration of conducive atmosphere in the state where every one can live with honour and dignity.

Rs 222 cr power tariff realized in Kashmir.....

CB files chargesheet in cheating case....

Homage paid to Phooleji by BSP leaders....

Agricultural Technocrats Association reiterates demand....

JAMMU, Feb 20: Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Technocrats Association has reitreated its long pending demand of regularisation of their services, to be considered in the forthcoming budget session of the State Assembly, here today. Addressing the press conference, Dr Surinder Radotra, president of the association said that verbal assurances given to them by the Government at various levels from time to time have not been fulfilled.

Mir stresses greater awareness of Govt sponsored schemes....

DBS adds 4 new campuses to expand outreach ....

NZIEA holds elections ...

JAMMU, Feb 20: General Body meeting of Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, Branch Unit-I, Jammu held under chairmanship of Pawan Gupta, divisional secretary, here today. In the election held Raj Kumar Shama was elected as branch president, Sushma Jamwal as vice president, Rajesh Gupta as secretary, Ashwani Sharma as joint secretary and Yogeshwar Chand was elected treasurer.

Workshop held on domestic violence against women....

Div Com for beautification of NH....

Workshop on "SLM Development" gets underway at DDE....

Govt’s rigidity on conditions unacceptable: YAIKS....

Calculated move to defame security forces in Kashmir: Gupta...

Khajuria visits Kanak Mandi, interacts with shopkeepers...

Sham takes stock of Narwal Mandi, assures traders better facilities....

Akhoon takes stock of PDS, Transport network at Poonch, Rajouri....

Sakina assures better facilities to students of weaker sections...

Channi Himmat residents’ plea to CM...

Manohar visits upcoming Mishriwala, Burn housing projects...

MSTA deputation calls on Sharma...

 

Rs 144.11 cr sanctioned for 30 towns
CM reviews progress of electrification of

non-electrified areas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today reviewed the implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) and Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (RAPDRP) in the State, at a high level meeting.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that he would be holding quarterly meetings to review the pace of implementation of these schemes and directed the Deputy Commissioners to hold such monthly review meetings in their respective districts.

Mr. Omar directed the engineers to take proactive measures in the power distribution system and minimize pilferage, both human and mechanical, for which he asked them to take the necessary technological support. He also directed to maximize the coverage area under these schemes. He said henceforth the material purchase and physical progress of any project should coincide while directing the Deputy Commissioners to monitor the same in their districts.

The meeting was told that a new Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme has been launched in the country since April 2009and in Jammu and Kashmir, 30 towns including the cities of Jammu and Srinagar are being covered under it for establishment of baseline data and IT applications for energy accounting and auditing at an estimated cost of Rs 144.11 crore. Under the scheme, baseline data preparation would be undertaken, which includes consumer indexing, GIS mapping, metering and automatic data logging of distribution transformers and feeders.

Reviewing the RGGVY, the meeting was told that an expenditure of Rs 365.71 crore has been incurred on the scheme till January 31, 2010. The meeting was told that the scheme, launched in 2005 in the State, is being implemented by J&K State Power Development Corporation and NHPC. The meeting was further informed that during the 10th and 11th Plan, the scheme was taken up in 14 districts, of which work has already started in eight districts and allotted in six districts .

Advisor to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul, Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmed Khan, officiating Chief Secretary, Sameul Verghese, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Khursheed Ahmed Ganai, Commissioner/Secretary, Power, B R Sharma, Commissioner/Secretary, Planning, B.B Vyas, Commissioner/Secretary, Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey and Chief Engineers of several engineering wings were present in the meeting.

‘Vajpayee did a lot to solve problem’
Evolve consensus on Kashmir: Mufti

Excesior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said there was a need for the parties across political spectrum of the country to evolve a consensus on resolving Kashmir issue with Pakistan and also address its internal dimension.

Speaking at a public rally at Kalu Chak, organised by Hussain Ali Baffa who has recently joined PDP, the Mufti said there was no substitute to resolving this festering sore that had dampened the immense economic potential of South Asian region for decades and bruised the body and soul of Jammu and Kashmir.

He said the country has to respond to pains and aspirations of the State in a positive manner and all sections of political opinion have to lend a helping hand in this endeavour. "Any progress achieved since 2003 on diplomatic and political front on Kashmir issue internally or with Pakistan had become possible only because the UPA Government had carried forward the historic initiates taken by the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee . It is now turn of the NDA and especially the BJP to stop viewing any dialogue with Pakistan with suspicion and lend support to the new efforts", he added.

Referring to lead taken by Mr Vajpayee in 2003 during his visit to Kashmir, Mr Sayeed said it had come against a grim and potentially disastrous scenario as the two nuclear armies were in combat position following attack on the Parliament. He said the announcement made by Atal Behari Vajpayee on April 18, 2003 at Srinagar was historic because he had extended hands of friendship towards Paksitan at that time.

"It would do no credit to Vajpayee’s successors in BJP to create hurdles in the effort to pick up threads anew after the Mumbai atrocities" he said and added the process of dialogue should not become a zero sum game as a result of partisan political interest.

The Mufti said the peace process has to rise above the incidents and knee jerk reactions. Peace process has to be driven by long term goals of conflict resolution and cooperation rather than be confined to confidence building. In this context, he said while small steps like allowing the return of youth from Pak were welcome, the CBMs introduced in the past seem to have been neglected.

"The trade and travel across the LoC had virtually become a hostage to the hassles of procedure and the Government of India should do everything that is needed to harness its full potential", he added. J&K could, in fact, become a model for implementing the SAARC model for economic cooperation if the trade and travel between two parts of the erstwhile State were institutionalised, he said.

Stressing the need to view issue of terror in the right global perspective, the PDP patron said it augured well for peace efforts that Pakistan had launched a full scale war against promoters of violence and expressed hope that it would, in the long run, impact Kashmir situation positively. He reiterated his call for civil society and democratic forces of the country to reach out to their counter parts in Pakistan as this could be the defining moment not just for Pakistan but the progress and development of entire South Asia.

The Mufti said while our country had resolved most of the post independence problems, Kashmir stood out for a variety of reasons restricting creative energies of the people of this region. For our dream of achieving a well deserved global status to materialize it was necessary to resolve this issue amicably for political, economic and moral reasons. With Jammu and Kashmir writhing in pain the idea of India will always lack credibility, he said.

Reiterating resolve of his party to also address internal dimension of the Kashmir problem, he said it was during the PDP-Congress regime that some effective steps were taken for empowerment to various regions and sub-regions. He told the gathering that Self-Rule proposal of the party was aimed at removing regional disparities.

Coalition believes in action not in hollow
slogans: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

Langate, Feb 20: Describing service to people as goal of the coalition Government, Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather has said that the Government during its 13 months in power has taken historical steps for the benefit of the people, adding that the process will continue further.

Addressing a largely attended public meeting after inaugurating new treasury at Langate here today, Mr. Rather said that Human Rights Violations will in no case be tolerated saying that those involved in the killing of Zahid Farooq of Brein, Nishat were arrested in a record time and would be punished as per law.

Mr. Rather said that the coalition Government believes in action and not in hollow slogans. He said any excess reported from anywhere would be investigated in a transparent manner government is fully aware of their responsibilities and fulfilling these, Mr. Rather said, adding that, however, some vested interests are out to disrupt peace in the State.

Mr. Rather described autonomy as the best formula for settling the Kashmir issue and said people of the State would get more powers and could live a dignified life.

The Finance Minister advised the government employees to desist from hartals as it increases difficulties for the common people saying that all the problems could be solved amicably. He, however, said "I am waiting for the day when employees will unite against corruption in the state".

Regarding development of district Kupwara, Mr. Rather said the Tourism Development Authority for Lolab and Bangus valleys have already been constituted to develop these areas as tourist spots. He said five community halls, fire service station and a common facility centre costing Rs. 3.50 crore have been established in Langate while work on New Sub District Hospital, Langate is going apace at a cost of Rs. 2 crore. He said a Gynae ward would be kept aside in the hospital. Regarding new blocks for Langate constituency, Mr. Rather said that a committee has been constituted who will submit report soon.

Director General Accounts and Treasuries, Wali Mohammad Aseer and District Development Commissioner, Kupwara, Showkat Ahmad Mir were also present on the occasion.

Creative works of Pratima on display at Kala Kendra

By O P Sharma

JAMMU, Feb 20: A week-long exhibition of paintings by noted artist Pratima Singh was inaugurated by veteran Triloke Kaul at Kala Kendra, here today.

There are 33 paintings, mostly on Ganesha and folk festivities, put up at the exhibition which shall remain open to public from 11 am to 6 pm daily at Kala Kendra, Jammu till February 26.

Zafar Iqbal Manhas, Secretary, Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, presided over the inaugural function and expressed word of appreciation after going round the exhibits put on display.

Atul Goel, HPCL was also was present on the occasion.

Pratima Singh, who is organiser of this solo exhibition, is a self taught painting artist hailing from Lucknow, UP. She is M.Sc (Physical Chemistry) and devoted to doing paintings mostly of Lord Ganesha and also folk themes, decorative pot paintings, alpana and Rangoli.

Pratima Singh has put up a number of exhibitions and has her art works at prestigious places in the country.

Talking about her art work, Pratima Singh said she started at tender age and was influenced by different postures of Ganeshji and also folk arts prevalent in our society.

Asked about her inspiration, she said folk arts in UP and Jammu have left deep imprints on her mind.

Pratima’s husband, who was also present said he is proud of his artist wife’s artworks and has been always encouraging her in her creative expression.

Saroori for early completion of Bani-Basohli,
Baderwah roads

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Calling for early completion of all the roads being constructed by the Border Roads Organization (BRO), the Minister for R&B G.M.Saroori today asked the authorities of the organization to accelerate the pace and ensure the completion of Changam-Sinthantop Road and black topping of Assar road before coming April this year.

Giving details of the road projects, mostly coming up in the erstwhile district Doda, the Minister said that Rs. 6.13 crore have been incurred on the road projects, out of total approved cost of Rs. 8.43 crore in Kishtwar district, He said Rs. 3.66 crore have been spent on constructions of bridges, out of Rs. 7.12 crore earmarked for the purpose in the district during the current fiscal. Mr. Saroori said to reduce distance a bridge would be constructed over river Ravi in Basohli, adding the matter stands already taken up with the Government of Punjab.

The Minister said the BRO has been asked to speed up the construction of steel tunnel near Panthal, on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, which gets frequently blocks and due to landslides and shooting stones.

The Minister said to ease the traffic congestion in the Jammu city, several projects are being started soon which include construction of two mega overhead flyovers from Bikram Chowk to Satwari and Jewel Chowk to Canal road. He said for widening of Gujjar Nagar, Prem Nagar and Satwari-Airport roads, the work would be started soon, after the land acquisition process is completed.

Reviewing the pace on the road projects, coming up in R&B Sector, under various schemes, at an officers meeting, the Minister impressed upon the officers of BRO and R&B to speed up the job and ensure timely completion of all the projects, taken up in the State. He underlined the need for early completion of Banni-Basohli and Banni- Bhaderwah roads.

The Minister asked the BRO to sent revised Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of all the pending roads including Paddar–Kishtwar Road. He said to check the road accidents on different routes, particularly on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and Batote-Kishtwar road, the need has arisen to construct crash barrier on such routes.

Strict action to be taken against non-performing
teachers: Peerzada

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Minister for School Education and Public Enterprises, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed emphasized on bringing in transparency and accountability in education sector besides strictly adhering to the guidelines framed for streamlining the school education in the State.

The Minister said this while reviewing the performance of educational institutions during the secondary and higher secondary board examinations and rationalization of staff in Jammu city here today.

Secretary Education, G.A. Peer, Director School Education Jammu, Zahida Khan, Additional Secretary Education Arif-Ullah, Joint Director School Education and Chief Education Officer Jammu besides Principals of various educational institutions of Jammu city attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister stressed upon the teaching community to work with missionary spirit and proper coordination to improve the quality and reach of education as it is the key to all round development of a person, adding that any investment made for the development of students is an investment in future.

Peerzada asked the teachers to serve as catalyst for bringing about efficacious students and in flourishing the education sector in the State.

Taking strong note of the poor performance of certain institutions of Jammu city in Secondary and higher secondary level board examination, the Minister cautioned that strict action will be taken against the Principals of the poor performing institutions.

Peerzada stressed for regularity and punctuality of teachers in education institutions and directed the Principals to intensify the inspections of the feeding schools.

UPSC to conduct Engineering Services
Exam from June 26

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is holding a Combined Competitive Examination for recruitment to the services/ posts viz. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering commencing from June, 26, 2010 at various centers including Jammu and Srinagar.

The number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is expected to be approximately 434 including 10 PH vacancies. Reservations will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled category in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

The candidates in age group of 21-30 years applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission .However, admission at all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Last date for receipt of Offline Applications is March 2, 2010. The Commission will make available online Application Form up to February 22, 2010 for the said examination.

All offline applications must reach the "Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dolpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110 069 either by hand or by post/Speed Post or by Courier, on or before the March 2, 2010.

10 qntl poppy straw, 955 bottles of intoxicant
seized; four held

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Feb 20: Ten quintals of poppy straw and 955 bottles of Rexocod syrup (Codeine Phosphate) were seized loaded in two trucks at Toll Posts Lakhanpur and at Nagri, and four people were arrested for smuggling of the contraband by the alert sleuths of Excise and Commercial Taxes Department today. The Excise team recovered about 1000 kgs of Poppy Straw in 165 corrugated boxes concealed beneath the apple boxes in the truck bearing registration number JK03B-4585, which was on its way from Pulwama to outside the State. The contraband and vehicle were seized.

In another case, at Toll Post, Nagari, 955 bottles of Rexocod syrup (Codeine Phosphate) were recovered from a vehicle No JKO3A-7372 carrying fresh fruit. Four accused persons namely Javed Ahmed son of Bashir Ahmed of Harnag, Imtiaz Ahmed, son of Abdul Salam, R/o Dachipora Shopian, Javed Ahmed, S/o Abdul hamid of Hargam and Rouf Ahmed, son of Sattar of Shopian, who were handed over to Assistant Controller Drugs, Kathua to proceed further under law.

Deputy Excise Commissioner, Bashir Ahmed Saraf, has appreciated the role of the staff and warned the tax evaders and smugglers to desist from such illegal activities.

Bhalla appeals people to help in restoration
of conducive atmosphere

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Maintaining that Government is alive to the problems of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, Minister of Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, today assured the members of the community that all efforts will be made to mitigate their sufferings.

Addressing a function organised by Coventry Scholars at Abhinav Theatre here, Mr Bhalla appealed all to cooperate with Government in restoration of conducive atmosphere in the state where every one can live with honour and dignity.

He expressed the hope that the uncertain atmosphere which was prevailing in the state will end as every dark night has a silver lining. The Kashmiri Pandits belong to a rich cultural heritage and despite facing all odds in turmoil they maintained their culture and did not compromise on the education of their children.

The Minister, while assuring all support to the displaced people said that there is no political drama in it and as "I am fully aware of your problems and difficulties, I will try to solve them not as a Minister but as a Santri (sepoy)".

Appreciating the Coventry Scholars Management and students he said the scintilating cultural items presented by the students have not only mesmerized the audience but made them feel nostalgic about Kashmir and its moorings.

Asserting that the Pandits did not compromise on certain principles, he said let us all join hands and take an initiative for the dignified and honourable rehabilitation of the community in Valley as Kashmir is incomplete without the Pandits. The Government has already taken certain steps in this regard, he added.

"We all have to work for creation of such an atmosphere where the sentiments of no one are hurt, he said, adding that there can be difference of opinion in democracy but the goal of all of us is one that is unity and prosperity of the nation".

Speaking on the occasion former Chief Secretary and MLC, Vijay Bakaya said that instead of narrating the stories of horror to the children they should be informed about rich cultural heritage of Kashmir and composite culture for which Kashmir is renowned all over the world.

The Divisional Commissioner, Dr Pawan Kotwal, who was the guest of honour said Kashmiri Pandits are an advanced race who have a rich culture and where-ever they went they left their indelible mark.

Later Mr Bhalla, Dr Kotwal and Mr Bakaya were felicitated by the Management of the Institution. Mr Bhalla also presented awards to the students who performed in the cultural programme.

Among others who spoke on the occasion included Dr Agnishekhar a senior leader of Panun Kashmir, P K Joseph Dhar and Pt Amarnath Vaishnavi, ASKPC chief.

Dr Asha Dhar presented the annual report of the institution while Anjali Kaul Bangroo compered the programme. The welcome address was presented by Manmohan Bhat while vote of thanks was presented by Shashi Bhushan Bhat.

Rs 222 cr power tariff realized in Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 20: The Power Development Department has collected revenue of Rs. 222 crore of power tariff from the consumers of Kashmir province against the current financial year’s target of Rs. 402 crore upto February 18, 2010.

This was stated at a high level meeting, convened by Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan to review the revenue realization of power tariff in Kashmir province here today.

While reviewing circle wise realization it was told that Ladakh Electric Division has not only completed the collection target of Rs. 6.92 crore but exceeded it by Rs. 54 lakh.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister asked the officers and field staff of PDD to expedite the revenue collection to meet set targets. He directed the concerned higher authorities to monitor the collections of power tariff on weekly basis and ensure realization of all outstanding dues from the consumers including the government departments and corporations before current fiscal end.

The Minister set March end as dead line for realization of pending tariff in all the districts. He said strict action would be taken against those officers and officials who show any laxity in this regard.

Mr. Shabir directed the concerned authorities for checking of power pilferage, adding that the services of special mobile teams should be intensified to check the menace of illegal power connections and misuse energy beyond the limit set in agreement, especially in business establishments like hotels, industrial units and shopping malls.

The Minister called upon the people to cooperate with the functionaries of the department and pay their power tariff well in time. He said it would help the government in maintaining scheduled power supply.

Power Development Commissioner, Asgar Ali Majaz, Special Secretary PDD, Altaf Hussain Indrabi, Chief Engineer M&RE Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers of all electric divisions attended the meeting.

CB files chargesheet in cheating case

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 20: Crime Branch Kashmir charge sheeted seven persons in different cases for their alleged involvement in cheating youth on the pretext of providing employment and vehicle thefts, a police spokesman said here today.

The case was registered on the basis of a complaint by Jabar Singh Rissam, resident of Jammu, proprietor of an agency M/s Recovery and Information Bureau (RIB) as the name of his agency had allegedly been misused by some "vested elements" for cheating innocent youth.

The investigations into the matter revealed that Rissam was authorized by State Bank of India (SBI) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) to recover the loan from the defaulters of the banks for which a commission of 10 per cent was to be paid to the complainant by the concerned banks.

The complainant after entering into an agreement with the bank authorities, engaged Mohammad Maqbool Dar son of Ab Ahad Dar, resident of Waterhal Budgam, and Ferooz Ahmad Shah son of Mohammad Sadiq Shah, resident of Botakadel Lalbazar, for effecting recovery of loan from the Kashmir valley based defaulters.

The proprietor of RIB agency assured them a commission of three per cent of the amount that would be recovered. The duo further engaged a number of persons and in lieu of which engagement orders as field assistants and field workers were provided to them.

However, these persons in connivance with Mohammad Sadiq Sheikh son of Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, resident of Nadirgund Tangmarg misused the name of the RIB agency and collected money from innocent youth with the promise of absorbing them in SBI subject to their satisfactory performance within a period of six months.

No jobs were provided to these youth and money collected from them was deceitfully grabbed by the accused persons, who were arrested by Crime Branch Kashmir on the charges of cheating and charge sheet produced against them in the court of CJM Srinagar for facing the trail.

Similarly, another case was registered against four persons with respect to theft of vehicles stolen from different parts of Delhi that were sold in the valley from time to time.

During investigations, it revealed that Haffizullah Hafiz son of Abdul Raheem Baba, Mohammad Hussain Wani son of Mohammad Maqbool Wani, resident of Saderbal, and Bashir Ahmad Magray son of Abdul Gani, resident of Badipora Chadoora Budgam, were found involved in the fabrication of papers with respect to stolen vehicles PBO2A-1576 and JKO1D-7649 and their subsequent re-registration on the strength of fake documents.

Another accused, Irshad Ahmad Khan son of Mohammad Shafi Khan, resident of Jawahar Nagar, had got some vehicles registered from transport authorities which subsequently turned to be stolen.

After prima facie establishing the case of cheating/ forgery against the accused persons, Crime Branch presented the chargesheet against them in the court of CJM Srinagar.

Homage paid to Phooleji by BSP leaders

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) paid rich tributes to Mahatma Joyti Rao Phooleji in the party office, on the 183rd birth anniversary of Mahatmaji which was celebrated with fervour, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, BSP State president,Tulsi Dass Langeh, said that we should follow the path shown by this great son of India and a noted revolutionary. He was a social reformer who championed the cause of Dalit Samaj and spread education among them.

Mr Langeh also chalked out a programme of attending the mass rally at Lucknow on March 15 and a delegation of party workers and leaders from J&K will be participating in it.

R L Chargotra, state vice president threw light on the importance of the message and contribution made by Mahatma Phooleji. He also stressed the relevance of Mahatmaji’s ideas and ideology.

Miss Tanu Bangotra and Varun Kumar, students of 11th and 8th class read papers on life and contribution of Joyti Rao Phooleji on the occasion.

The BSP party workers and the leaders garlanded the portrait of Mahatmaji.

Those who attended the function included Mohinder Kashyap, Som Nath, ex-MLA, Ajaib Singh Mottan and Babu Badri Nath.

Agricultural Technocrats Association reiterates demand

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Technocrats Association has reitreated its long pending demand of regularisation of their services, to be considered in the forthcoming budget session of the State Assembly, here today.

Addressing the press conference, Dr Surinder Radotra, president of the association said that verbal assurances given to them by the Government at various levels from time to time have not been fulfilled. These agricultural technocracts who are highly qualified were appointed as Rehbar-e-Zirat on low salaries and later regularised as Junior Agriculture Assistants.

Despite our persistent requests, holding meetings with concerned authorities and even launching an agitation, the Government assurance gave no positive results rued Dr Surinder Radotra.

The president of association suggested that after their regularisation as Junior Agriculture Assistants their scientific agricultural know how and experiences can boost the production in the State.

Others present in the press conference were Rajiv Sharma, Vinod Sharma, Yasir Hassan Tak, Umesh Khajuria and Prakrit Singh etc.

Mir stresses greater awareness of Govt
sponsored schemes

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMNAGAR, Feb 20: Stressing the need for greater awareness regarding Centrally and State sponsored programmes of the Government among the masses at grass roots level, Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Hassan Mir, has said that desired results could be achieved by implementing agencies only after educating common people properly at ground level.

The Minister was addressing a public gathering, after inaugurating the 5-day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign being organized by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), in coordination with District Administration and different media units of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, at Tehsil Headquarters, Ramnagar of district Udhampur, today.

Among others, MLA, Ramnagar, Harshdev Singh, president Municipality, Kubir Gupta, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Director Press Information Bureau (GoI), Obaidur Rahman, Senior Superintendent of Police, Surinder Gupta, District officers and people in large number were present.

Complimenting the organizing agency for holding the Public Information Campaign at Ramnagar, 13th of its kind in the State, the Minister said that the effort would go a long way in disseminating awareness regarding various Government sponsored schemes specially designed to ameliorate the socio- economic condition of the people with a focus on percolating benefits to economically weaker sections of the society.

Maintaining that the mainstay of the people of Ramnagar tehsil was agriculture and its allied activities, the Minister said that it becomes imperative for farmers to focus their attention on boosting agriculture production on scientific lines. He, however, said that the whole belt of the tehsil is mainly rainfed, thus the agencies of Rural Development should work out strategies for conservation of water by constructing water tanks and ponds to increase the moisture content of the soil.

Responding to the demand regarding setting up of Agriculture University Campus at Ramnagar, the Minister called for identification of land for the purpose, adding that he would depute a team of Agriculture experts to examine the feasibility for the establishment of a campus at Ramnagar.

The MLA, while speaking on the occasion was optimistic that the people of the area would be benefited after seeking information from various stalls put up by different departments.

Mr. Singh maintained that Ramnagar tehsil has done fairly well in launching and implementing centrally and state sponsored Government schemes most effectively. Director PIB Obaidur Rahman delivered welcome address.

DBS adds 4 new campuses to expand outreach

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Delhi Business School (DBS) has expanded its outreach to every part of the country with the addition of four new campuses, taking the overall strength to six.

Divya Rajput, Director DBS, informed this while addressing a press conference here today. She said that DBS has now campuses at Delhi, Kolkata, Srinagar, Indore, Lucknow and Bengaluru.

"DBS has state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities; Wi-Fi enabled campus on Mathura Road that is in proximity to most of Delhi-NCR industrial area. It offers scholarships to meritorious students and also gives a laptop to all students," she told.

Briefing about its seminar programme on the theme "Delhi Business School Expands Wings," she said seminar was being conducted in 20 states, at 56 cities to facilitate nearly 30,000 management graduates with an aim to help them in coming up with better career opportunities coupled with competitive outlook.

"In the seminar, Education was addressed as a tool to uplift not just the society but to provide training to the unskilled youth while the economies have started recovering through the worst-hit recession," she added.

She announced that college was offering meritorious scholarships upto 50 percent on complete course of its under-graduate and post-graduate programmes.

NZIEA holds elections

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: General Body meeting of Northern Zone Insurance Employees Association, Branch Unit-I, Jammu held under chairmanship of Pawan Gupta, divisional secretary, here today.

In the election held Raj Kumar Shama was elected as branch president, Sushma Jamwal as vice president, Rajesh Gupta as secretary, Ashwani Sharma as joint secretary and Yogeshwar Chand was elected treasurer.

The executive members of the Association are Ritu Kalia, Arvinder Kour, Shamboo Nath and Vivek Jamwal.

Workshop held on domestic violence against women

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Dogra Law College held a workshop on " Domestc Violence against Women", which was organised by the Dogra Law College in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s Study , Jammu University, here today.

Dean, Academic Affairs, Prof Nissar Ahmed Ghani was the chief guest.

Director of Centre for Women Studies, Dr Poonam Dhawan, in her inaugural address said sustained endeavours have made to ensure to prevent domestic violence against women by stringent laws and social actions.

Samar Dev Singh Charak, secretary, Dogra Educational Trust, in his welcome address spoke about the relevance of the topic of domestic violence against women.

Prof Nissar Ahmed Ghani, had a word of appreciation for organising the workshop on this pivotal subject and underscored need for stringent measures against this social evil.

Prof V K Kapoor, Director-cum-Principal of Dogra Lal College and Prof A N Sadhu also spoke on the subject.

In the first working session, a lecture was given by Dr Surinder Kumar on the status of women in the society. While in the second session, Dr Bindu Sangra spoke on domestic violence against women and legislation on it. In the third session, Ram Lubaya, IGP, Security, spoke on crimes against women and role of enforcement agencies.

Div Com for beautification of NH

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JAMMU, Feb 20 : Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal during all District Development Commissioners' meeting convened at Jammu reviewed the status of land acquisition cases in Jammu division.

Detailed discussions were held with regard to acquisition of additional land for setting up the Satellite markets, expansion of Jammu Airport, acquisition of land for construction of CAPD godowns, acquisition of land for construction of different roads in Jammu division, revenue complexes, FCI godowns, ITI buildings, Degree Colleges, Polytechnic Colleges at Doda, Samba and Reasi, disposal of pending land acquisition cases and court cases, status report of new Degree College units, issuance of licence under Brick Kiln Regularization Act, 1990 etc.

Other issues discussed in the meeting included construction of toilets on National Highway 1A and plantation on the strip along National Highway.

Exuding confidence that beautification and proper management of the national highway would not only provide pleasing look to the visitors but also add to the scenic beauty of the famous tourist spots enroute, Dr. Kotwal said that arrangements of public convenience is necessary for the comfortable journey. He said the vast strips on both sides of the road could be easily brought into proper use by initiating regular plantation drive.

Taking stock of the land acquisition cases under process, Dr. Kotwal stressed on expeditious disposal of these cases.

Apprising the Divisional Commissioner of the present status of the land acquisition cases in respective districts, the DCs assured to speed up the process.

Project Director NH1A, Col. M. K. Jain also attended the meeting.

Workshop on "SLM Development" gets
underway at DDE

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: A two-day workshop on "Development of Self Learning Material (SLM)" organized by Directorate of Distance Education (DDE), University of Jammu, got underway here today.

The Commissioner/ Secretary Higher Education, N K Verma, was the chief guest at the inaugural function. He appreciated the efforts of DDE for organizing the workshop and involving senior faculty from PG departments and affiliated colleges for writing the study material.

He exuded confidence that these efforts would definitely advance the content, quality and presentation of the study material.

Prof C R K Murthy, in his key note address, stressed that study material is the backbone of Distance Education system and highlighted the role of teacher in the study material. Prof Murthy and Dr Ashok Gaba from Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education (STRIDE), IGNOU, New Delhi, are among the resource persons for the workshop.

Earlier, Director DDE Dr Meenakshi Kilam presented the welcome address and apprised that process of training in-house faculty and teachers from PG departments of the University and affiliated colleges have been taken up on priority to improve the content and quality of study material provided to distance learners.

Joint Director DDE Jai Kumar Sharma, Prof Jasbir Singh, Prof A Wani and Dr Dharminder Mangotra were also present on the occasion.

Dr Anupama Vohra, coordinator of the workshop compered the programme whereas, Prof V D S Jamwal delivered vote of thanks.

In the first technical session Prof Murthy gave an overview of Distance Education System in India while, Dr Gaba talked about instructional design issues and characteristics of self-learning material in the second session.

In the last technical session, the participants reviewed the existing study material and made presentations.

Govt’s rigidity on conditions unacceptable: YAIKS

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JAMMU, Feb 20: Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) in a meeting here today held under the chairmanship of its president R K Bhat expressed grave concern over the ways and means adopted by the state Government for the implementation of PM’s employment package.

The meeting expressed concern over the rigid attitude of the Government which so far has not acceded to the pleas of the displaced youth in withdrawing the special conditions. The incorporation of some rigid conditions have created a bad taste , a feeling of dejection and discouragement among the displaced Pandit youth who want that these conditions be immediately removed as they are already in vogue in the J&K Civil Service rules. Moreover the posts reserved for various categories have not also been withdrawn and have been amalgamated with open merit categories. The reservation of 700 posts is totally meaningless, it added.

It said not to speak of the rest 3000 posts under state Government sponsor scheme ,the fate of 800 posts of the first installment of 3000 posts is still lying in the air. The State Government was playing a political gimmick instead of displaying transparency in this regard, it added.

Mr Bhat reiterated that his organisation will fight for these problems with full might and it will not budge an inch till remaining 3000 posts are also announced. The organisation is carefully watching the recruitment process by SSB. He urged the Government to short list the candidates immediately and reiterated his demand regarding seven years age relaxation.

It is a pitty that Government was contemplating on rehabilitation of dreaded militants while ignoring the militancy victims who are living in quite desperation, Mr Bhat said.

Calculated move to defame security forces
in Kashmir: Gupta

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JAMMU, Feb 20: Former Union Minister and BJP Legislative Party leader, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta today alleged that there is a calculated move to malign the Indian forces in trouble-torn Kashmir Valley but unfortunately the ruling alliance at Centre due to its appeasement policy towards the separatists and anti national elements is unable to snub such forces within and outside the State.

Addressing a meeting of the Party activists here today which was convened to take the stock of the preparations in connection with the visit of BJP national president, Nitin Gadkari, on February 25, Prof Gupta said BJP being a nationalist party has to play a major role in frustating the evil designs of the separatists and secessionist elements.

Prof Gupta said that the issues are getting complicated in this part of the country because the Congress at the Centre is having no Kashmir policy. Their one point agenda appears to be sticking to power. It may be with the protogonists of self rule or those of autonomy seeking reversal of the integration process, he added.

He said the most controversial report on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) by the retired Justice Sageer has added fuel to the fire and the BJP is committed to oppose tooth and nail any measure aimed at weakening of ties between this state and rest of India.

Referring to the problems facing the forces in this part of India, Prof Gupta pointed out that the security forces are coming from various parts of the country to this state to defend the borders as also to tackle the menance of cross border terror. But the elements hostile to India raise the boggy of violation of human rights and an attempt is being made to create the impression that the men of the forces are committing atrocities as if they were alien. And mysteriously the so-called secular parties sharing power with the Congress join hands with such elements and thus, the security forces are put in trouble as the ruling leaders are hell bent in defaming them.

Khajuria visits Kanak Mandi, interacts
with shopkeepers

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JAMMU, Feb 20: Former state president of BJP and MLA Jammu East, Ashok Khajuria has taken strong exception to the action of JMC employees who on the pretext of sample collection were harassing the traders and shopkeepers.

Mr Khajuria during his visit to Kanak Mandi area was talking to the members of Bazar Association of the area who apprised him of the action of JMC employees.

He said JMC or any other team should contact the Bazar Association office bearers, brief them about their visit to the area and then only collect samples or make other inquiries from the shopkeepers.

He also raised objections over sampling of the registered and branded items.

Khajuria also declared that he has sanctioned funds for the proper covering of nallah passing through Ward No 11 and this work will be completed soon.

He said that the foot path on both the sides of the Kanak Mandi road has not been constructed properly as a result of which the pedestrians have to face problems. Not only this, the road too is in dilapidated condition and needs urgent attention.

Besides Bazar Association office bearers, Arun Gupta Suresh Gupta Prithvi Raj Gupta and Satish Gupta also accompanied him.

Sham takes stock of Narwal Mandi, assures
traders better facilities

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JAMMU, Feb 20: Minister for Health, Horticulture and Floriculture, Sham Lal Sharma today visited Fruit and Vegetable Mandi at Narwal and took stock of the facilities available there.

The Minister went round the Mandi and personally assessed the situation. He issued instructions to the officers to ensure all basic facilities like drinking water, sanitation and proper drainage of the market. He directed to remove the garbage dumped at various places and maintaining cleanliness in and around the Mandi.

The Minister directed the Director Horticulture (Planning and Marketing), M.S.Qasba to issue notices to the owners of vacant plots situated in the Mandi asking them to develop the allotted plots within one month so that space provided could be utilized properly.

While interacting with the traders, the Minister assured that the Government will create an affective mechanism to deal with their problems and their problems/issues will be reviewed on monthly basis. He asked them to maintain close liaison with the officers and bring difficulties to their notice. He assured that all necessary steps for the up-gradation of Mandi will be taken.

He also visited the Kissan Ghar situated in the premises of Mandi and issued instructions for improving the facilities for the farmers.

Deputy Director and Chief Executive Officer, Narwal Mandi, B.L.Pandita and other officers of the Horticulture Department accompanied the Minister.

Akhoon takes stock of PDS, Transport
network at Poonch, Rajouri

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JAMMU, Feb 20: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon, who is on tour of twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri has sought active cooperation of people in general and administration in particular to improve the Public Distribution System (PDS) in serving remote pockets of the State.

The Minister convened meeting of officers of the CAPD and Transport at both the districts and took stock of availability and supply of food-grains and other essentials like k.oil, cooking gas and transport network.

At Poonch, the meeting was told that a survey of 178 villages has been conducted where free ration for three months is being provided through PDS, as drought relief covering nearly one lakh families of the district.

At Rajouri, it was informed that 385 villages were identified for free ration for three months, which the Minister approved.

The Minister instructed that rate lists of all commodities like rice, wheat, sugar, k.oil be displayed at offices of TSOs and sale outlets. He further said that sugar 700 gms per head of each card holder and 5 liter of k.oil per ration card monthly would be provided to the rationees. He directed committees comprising Tehsildar, SHO, TSO and prominent citizens of the locality would ensure proper distribution of supply in their respective jurisdictions.

The Minister further said that ration cards for APL, BPL and others have been introduced in 3 different colours to ensure the distribution. He asked the people to cooperate with Government for identifying deserving BPL families so that they should be provided their due share of ration and other facilities. He said steps are being taken to open new cooking gas agencies in the areas for covering at least 400 families each.

Mr. Akhoon announced that Poonch-Jammu and Jammu-Rajouri SRTC bus services would be restored immediately whereas SRTC bus from Balnoi to Jammu via Mendhar would also be considered. He said that the number of SRTC buses would be increased in hilly districts to facilitate the commuters.

Legislators, Aijaz Jan, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Jehangir Ahmad Mir, Zulfikar Ali, SSP Rajouri, Shafqat Watali, Assistant, SSP Poonch, M. M. Singh, and other senior officers of CAPD, Transport, and district officers were present at the meetings.

The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner/Secretary CAPD and Transport, Asgar Hassan Samoon and Director CAPD Jammu, Heemant Kumar during his tour.

Sakina assures better facilities to students
of weaker sections

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo has assured that better facilities would be made available to the students belonging to Scheduled Tribe and other weaker sections of the society.

The Minister was addressing a gathering after laying foundation of Gujjar Hostel at Kalakote, Rajouri today.

The upcoming hostel is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.97 crore and would cater to the requirements of Gujjar and Bakerwal youth of Kalakote tehsil. The proposed hostel will have 36 rooms, toilet, kitchen and other facilities of boarding and lodging and would be completed within one year.

Listing the measures taken by the Social Welfare Department for extending facilities to the youth of these communities, Ms. Sakina said that extra attention is being paid to ensure adequate facilities are provided for the welfare of the students of weaker sections of the society.

The Minister said that the hostel facilities to the youth of such sections have been made available to provide them opportunities for excelling in education and other professional courses. She said that there are other schemes as well, including scholarships, reservation in professional courses and many other facilities for them while asking them to take benefit of the scheme. She said that Rs 13.50 crore have already been released for the welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe youth.

Earlier, the Minister addressed an ex-servicemen rally at Kalakote and assured them that their demands would be looked into sympathically. She asked the widows of ex-servicemen to come forward and avail the benefits of various schemes of the department.

Referring to opening of new counters of J&K Bank for the old age pensioners, she said that these will remain open on every Saturday and Sunday to facilitate the beneficiaries. She said that the Government is opening 3025 more Anganwari Centres to cover the left out villages.

Later, the Minister distributed cheques amounting to Rs. 3.09 lakh among 267 beneficiaries under various welfare schemes.

Vice Chairman, Kisan Board, Rashpal Singh announced Rs. 5 lakh for the construction of ex-servicemen office, out of his Constituency Development Fund.

Vice Chairman Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory Board, Choudhery Bashir Ahmad Naaz, also spoke on the occasion.

Channi Himmat residents’ plea to CM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: The residents of Channi Himmat today expressed concern over the occupation of two parks in the area by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The residents, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of former senior vice-president of Pradesh Youth Congress, Ajay Tony, said that due to occupation of two parks in Sector 5 and 7 by the CRPF, they have been facing many problems for using the same for recreational activities particularly for morning walks.

Regretting that despite numerous representations to the concerned authorities no action was taken so far, Mr Tony urged the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, who is holding the portfolio of Home Department, to get these parks vacated by the CRPF personnel, so that inhabitants of the areas could use the same for morning walks and other recreational activities.

Mr Tony also demanded that Revenue Department should take immediate steps for free holding the plots in the area either by charging nominal fee or without charging anything.

During the meeting, inhabitants of the area also highlighted various problems with regard to sanitation and authorised Mr Tony to take up the same with the concerned authorities.

Manohar visits upcoming Mishriwala,
Burn housing projects

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JAMMU, Feb 20: Minister of State for Cooperatives and Finance, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma today visited Mishriwalla and Kot-Bhalwal and inspected the pace of work on two Housing Colonies being developed at Mishriwalla and Burn in Jammu district by the J&K Cooperative Housing Corporation, Ltd.

The Minister was told that at Mishriwalla, the Corporation is developing Panchvati Enclave housing colony on 1283 kanals of land, comprising 1686 plots of different size. Of these, 1100 plots have already been sold. The colony is being developed in seven sectors with all facilities like electricity, drinking water, wide roads, a shopping complex, school, worship places, children parks besides spacious parking slots. The colony will have two approach roads, one from Mishriwalla and another one from Kot-Bhalwal side. He was informed the plots have been earmarked for Middle/Low income groups on affordable prices.

The Minister was told that the Corporation is developing another Burn Valley Mega City in Bhalwal block on 721 kanals of land, comprising 310 plots of different sizes. The colony is being developed in two sectors. Possessions of the plots of 1st sector would be handed over very early, the Minister was told.

The Minister was accompanied by Chairman, J&K Cooperative Housing Corporation, Y.S Jasrotia, Managing Director, Bharat Bhushan and senior functionaries of the Corporation.

MSTA deputation calls on Sharma

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: A deputation of Medical and Surgical Traders Association led by Ashok Amla, president and Vipan Gupta, senior vice president today called on Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma and apprised him about their demands and problems.

The MSTA delegation called for putting to an end the ‘Verification Boards’ for vital equipments and life saving drugs. They pointed out that the Boards are root cause of delay in payment and supplies.

The delegation rejected ‘unethical, unfair and illogical’ policy adopted by both Directorates of Health Services (Jammu and Srinagar), who are imposing late supply penalties.

The Minister gave a patient hearing to the deputation and asked Officer-on-Special-Duty Dr Yashpal Sharma to prepare an immediate report over the issues raised by the MSTA.

Other deputation members include Sandeep Singh, Vijay Tickoo and Nigam Gupta.



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