President visits Thiksay Monastery
July 6: The
Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari along with
his wife Salma Ansari visited Thiksay Monastery,
Hemis Monastery and Shah Hamdan Mosque at Shey
Monastery, the Vice President was received by
Head lama of Thiksay and former Rajya Sabha
Member, Kushok Thiksay. At Hemis Monastery, the
Manager Hemis Monastery, Chhosgyal Thinless
Namgyal and the monks accorded a warm reception
to the Vice President of India. Mr Ansari also
visited the Museum of Hemis Monastery where a
huge collection of Buddhist art and artifacts
were displayed for exhibition.
At Shah Hamdan
Mosque at Shey, the president Anjuman Mioan Ul
Islam, Nazir Khan and senior members of Suni
community welcomed the Vice President of India.
In the evening,
the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council,
Leh and the District Administration Leh accorded
a colourful cultural program in honour of the
Vice President of India. The Chief Executive
Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Mr. Chering Dorje presented
mementoes to the Vice President and Salma Ansari
on this occasion on behalf of the people of
The Minister for
Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister
for CAPD and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhon, the
Executive Councilors of Leh Hill Council, Deputy
Commissioner, Leh Mr. Tsering Angchok , SSP Leh
BS Tuti and district officers attended the
cultural program and had interaction with the
The Vice President
flew back to Delhi this morning.
2nd day of
Int'l conference on "Geothermal, Energy
Experts moot idea to start exploratory plant on
July 6: On
the second day of three-day long international
conference on "Geothermal and other Energy
Resources of Ladakh: Technological and Business
Viability" being held here, the experts
while deliberating on different topics today
stressed for the need of exploring geothermal
resources of the region besides mooting idea to
start a small exploratory plant on public-private
partnership (PPP) basis.
They also laid
emphasis on investigating the other
unconventional energy resources. The global
warming and climate change should be viewed
vis-à-vis consumption of fossil fuels in Ladakh
and developing the green energy resources
especially geothermal, which is climate friendly,
and independent of fluctuations in seasonal
temperatures and also economical, they pointed.
The conference is
organized by Institute of Energy Research and
Training (IERT) and The Business School (TBS),
University of Jammu, in collaboration with
University College London.
The first session
of the day was held on the subject Geothermal
Energy Potential, which was separately chaired by
Dr Bindra Thusu and Prof G M Bhat. A total of six
presentations were made during this session.
(Eni Milan, Italy) deliberated on "Hot
Springs and the Geothermal Energy Potential of
Jammu and Kashmir) Dr Ahsan Abrar (Thermax India
Ltd) deliberated on "Geothermal Energy
Potential of Puga Valley and Possibilities of
Developing it as a Renewable Energy Hub"
whereas; Prof J G Gluyas and Dr Charlotte Adams
from Durham University, United Kingdom
deliberated on :Geothermal Energy-An Outline of
Current (2010) Research in UK and at University
of Durham in Particular."
Also, Jigmet Takpa
(Director, Ladakh Renewable Energy Development
Agency, Leh) deliberated on "Geothermal and
Other Renewable Energy Resources Potential of
Ladakh", Dr Inderjeet Singh (PWC Pvt Ltd
India) deliberated on "Renewable Energy
Projects and CDM opportunities in India with
special reference to J&K" and Nissar
Ahmed (Geology and Mining Deptt, J&K) also
made a presentation.
The second session
on the subject 'Other Energy Resources' was
chaired by Dr Jonathan Craig in which two
presentations were made by Prof J G Gluyas
(Durham University, UK) and Prof Jyotirmay Mathur
(Malviya NIT, Jaipur) on "Photovoltics: An
outline of current (2010) Research" and
"Passive Heating and Energy Efficiency in
Buildings of Cold Climate" respectively.
The final session
of the day was held on subject Energy Management
which was chaired by Dr Salil Dutt in which three
presentation were made. Dr Alka Sharma and Dr
Jaya Bhasin from The Business School, University
of Jammu deliberated on "Management of
Energy Conservation with Special Focus on
Community Sensitization", Ms Sally Daultrey
(University of California, San Diego) deliberated
on "Data Gaps, Boundaries and Knowledge:
Exploring the Socio-environmental Context for
Energy Choices in the Western Himalaya"; and
Prof G M Bhat, Naveen Hakhoo, Mateen Hafiz and Dr
Bindra Thusu jointly deliberated on
"Conventional and Unconventional Energy
Exploration Activity in J&K: History and
further noted that there was a need for public
awareness regarding energy conservation and
climatic change particularly about the fragile
environment in Ladakh. They also showed their
concern on the disposal pattern of used
lubricants in vehicles, which pollute the soil
and water resources.
pay heed to rumours, maintain peace : Distt Adm
Clarifying that there was no disrespect to
the Moulvi of the Masjid at Subash Nagar,
district administration today advised the people
not to pay any heed to the rumours and maintain
calm and peace.
According to an
official hand-out, some persons spreaded rumours
this afternoon about throwing of burning tyre
near the Masjid at Subash Nagar. To take stock of
the situation, District Magistrate Jammu, M K
Dwivedi along with SSP Jammu, Basant Rath and
other concerned civil and police officers visited
the spot and spoke to the people, who had
gathered on paying heed to the rumours.
The people were
assured that the matter would be urgently
investigated and asked to maintain calm and
peace. Later, SSP Jammu, Basant Rath, Additional
District Magistrate Jammu, M S Rehana Batul and
SP City North visited the Masjid and made
The Moulvi of the
mosque informed the officers that in the morning
some people, who had come for Namaz, informed him
that a burning tyre had been placed before the
gate of the Masjid. After Namaz, the Moulvi went
around the Masjid and found a small burning tyre
along with broken pieces of glass outside the
No other damage
was noticed and the situation was normal and
peaceful in the locality. The photography and
videography of the place was also done. The
Moulvi said that people should not exaggerate the
matter as nobody had shown disrespect as alleged.
The Moulvi also appealed the people to maintain
peace and communal harmony.
that some goonda elements had played mischief
near the Masjid last night but the situation is
normal", official handout said.
registered a case in to the matter and started
investigations to book the goonda elements.
lakh penalty imposed on defaulters
A team of Vigilance and Inspection wing of
Commercial Taxes Department, Jammu division,
conducted a surprise inspection of commercial
vehicles along the Jammu-Pathankote National
Highway and seized some vehicles with goods for
suspected under-valuation and concealment of
seized were carrying iron scrap, plastic scrap,
plywood and fire crackers. These were put to
physical check and penalty to the tune of Rs
1,46, 339 was levied and recovered from the
defaulters under different provisions of J&K
VAT Act, 2005.
The team under
supervision of Shamsher Bahadur, Deputy
Commissioner Taxes (Vigilance and Inspections)
Jammu comprised of senior officers including
Rajneesh Jeerath, Commercial Taxes Officer;
Inspector, Manav Sharma and few others.
The office has
again warned all the Transport carrier and owners
of commercial vehicles and dealers in particular
not to indulge in any practice of Tax evasion or
avoidance as every such measure will be dealt
with firmly under rules.
opens guidance bureau for admission seekers
July 6: The
Jammu University Research Scholar Executive
Association (JURSEA) today opened a guidance
bureau-cum-information center to facilitate the
needs of admission seekers at University of Jammu
Conference MLC Ajay Sadhotra inaugurated the
guidance bureau. Prof J P Singh Joorel, HoD
Statistics, was the special guest on the
occasion. Ankush Abrol, Dr Anuradha Goswami,
Chander Mohan Sharma and Vikas Sharma were also
Speaking on the
occasion, Sadhotra appreciated the initiative
taken by the JURSEA member to provide information
and necessary guidance to admission seekers
coming to the University.
He exhorted upon
all the students organizations to work for the
betterment of new entrants with the assistance of
Prof Joorel said
that the center would not only provide guidance
to the students but also try to teach them basic
values of the life.
Chib, JURSEA president, informed that besides
providing guidance to the admission seekers, the
bureau would try to solve the problem of
inaugurates Community Facility Centre
Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjeet
Singh Slathia today said that coalition
Government led by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah
has launched various welfare schemes to improve
the socio-economic condition of weaker sections
of the society.
The Minister was
addressing a gathering after inaugurating
Community Facility Centre, at Rarri in Vijaypur
block of Samba district, constructed at an
estimated cost of Rs. 7.50 lakh under Border Area
Development Programme (BADP).
The Minister said
that Government was making all out efforts to
provide improved basic amenities to the people of
three regions of the State including better road
connectivity, healthcare, education, electricity,
drinking water and drainage system. He said that
there is no constraint of funds, adding that
Central Government is provided liberal funding
for developing Jammu and Kashmir as a model
Referring to the
newly constructed community facility centre, Mr.
Slathia said that the facility created in the
area would help people to arrange social and
religious functions on nominal fee. He asked the
people to protect the public property adding that
the objective of Government was to create durable
assets in every nook and corner of the State.
On the occasion,
the people of the area putforth various demands
which included construction of lanes and drains,
installation of transformer, uninterrupted power
and water supply, renovation of pond at Rarri
village etc. He assured that their genuine
demands and grievances would be redressed soon.
He directed the
Block Development Officer to prepare an estimate
to construct kitchen, bathroom and boundary wall
around the community facility centre.
The Minister urged
upon the people to remain united for the
development of the village. He stressed upon the
Development Committee of Rarri village to
identify more development works and submit the
same to the concerned authority so that the works
could be started. He also assured that more such
Community centers would be constructed in village
for convenience of the people.
Party urges PM to impose Governor's Rule
Prof. Bhim Singh, chairman JKNPP who returned
from Kashmir last evening submitted a
confidential letter to Dr. Manmohan Singh, the
Prime Minister of India urging for his immediate
intervention to save the Valley from further
disaster, deaths and destruction caused by the
unabated violence by uncontrollable youth in the
streets against the non-functional, inefficient
and corrupt State Government headed by young Omar
Prof. Bhim Singh
among other things has advocated for the
imposition of Governor's Rule for six months so
that alienation between the administration and
the people which has developed because of the
attitude of the Chief Minister.
Prof. Bhim Singh
said that during his three day extensive study of
the situation in the Valley and after having
talked to the cross-section of the political
sections, he has come to a conclusion that no
political party or individual is capable to take
over the administration at the moment. A short
spell of Governor's Rule may be utilized to work
out an acceptable, workable and viable
combination and permutation for the formation of
the next Government in J&K. Any delay in
taking appropriate decision may prove dangerous
for the national security and help the enemies of
Prof. Singh has
condemned the brutal killings of the youngsters
in Srinagar and Baramulla and held the Chief
Minister responsible for it. He also expressed
heart-felt condolences and sympathies with the
calls on Vice President, pleads for
early construction of
July 6 : The
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public
Distribution and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon has
sought Vice President, Hamid Ansaris
intervention for early completion of feasibility
study report for construction of Zojila tunnel
and floating of global tenders to commence work
on the project.
In a memorandum
submitted to Vice President, Mr. Ansari during
his visit to Ladakh, Mr. Akhoon said that Ladakh
region consists of twin districts of Leh and
Kargil, adding that due to climatic and
topographic conditions, the region remains
cut-off for six months from rest of the World.
The construction of the tunnel would ensure round
the year road connectivity to the twin districts
of Ladakh region with rest of the country.
Mr. Akhoon pleaded
for up-gradation of existing airport of Kargil,
adding that during the winter, there is no air
communication between Kargil to Srinagar, Jammu
and Delhi except some army flights which only
cater the need of security forces. He said that
the people of the area were in great need of
basic necessities like medicare and other
The Minister also
stressed the need for opening of Kargil-Skardu
road, adding that it would help not only in
boosting the trade between Ladakh and Skardu
region but also allow the displaced families to
meet with each other.
Mr. Akhoon also
called for construction of Parkachik Hydro Power
project over Suru river at Suru which will
generate over 100 MW power to meet the local
revokes suspension of publication of
July 6 : District
Magistrate, Jammu M. K. Dwivedi today set aside
the conditional order of forfeiture and
suspension of publication of 3 Newspapers namely
Early Times, Glimpses of
Future and The Shadow and
allowed them to continue the publications.
It may be recalled
that publication of these newspapers was
suspended by the District Magistrate for
publication of news which was not based on facts
and as a result, mis-information was spread
across the State. To avoid breach of communal
harmony and as a preventive measure, the
newspapers were closed down and further
publication of these newspapers was suspended.
of these newspapers had approached the court but
no relief was granted and subsequently
understanding the responsibility as responsible
citizens of the society, the concerned
owners/editors submitted a written declaration/
undertaking to the District Magistrate stating
that in future, they will remain careful while
publishing the news/articles in sensitive
situations and will not do anything which can
cause any kind of unrest in the society. They
also submitted that they are not interested in
pursing the case and the same was dismissed as
withdrawn in the High Court.
programme for jail inmates organised
The Art of Living Foundation under its
"Prison Smart Programme" collaborated
with the J&K Prisons Department, organized
one-week programme in District Jail, Udhampur,
from June 28 to July 4.
One hundred and
fifty jail inmates lodged under various offences
and 50 members of Prison staff including the
Deputy Superitendents and Assistant
Superintendents participated in the programme and
were benefited by it.
Paryag Parekh, an
expert from Bangalore, taught the basics of Art
of Living to the trainees in which they learnt
the techniques of leading a stress-free and
The inmates after
the conclusion of the programme expressed
satisfaction and were found keen to go in for
advanced learning in the field of Art of Living
so that after their release from jail, they could
educate more people in this most human friendly
stream and make the society more self-reliant and
Superintendent, District Jail, Udhampur, said the
Art of Living Foundation has been arranging such
programmes. The Inspector General of Police,
Prisons Department, M A Anjum, underscored the
importance of such reformatory programmes for
seizes consignments of drugs
July 6 : Enforcement
staff of Drug and Food Control Organization
(DFCO) under the supervision of its Controller
Satish Gupta, conducted surprise inspections to
check the storage condition of sera and vaccine
being imported by brand leaders and raided
godowns of leading transport carriers.
checking the consignments of M/s Unimark
Remedies, Bhivandi and M/s Bharat Serums and
Vaccines Limited, valuing Rs 3.9 lakh, booked on
the name of M/s Jandyal Medical Agencies, were
seized from the godowns of M/s Blue Dart
Couriers, Gandhi Nagar Jammu.
sleuths also seized tetanus vaccines worth Rs
9716 from the premises of Sanjeev Medicine
Traders, Raghunath Bazar Jammu for contravention
of Schedule P of Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945.
The department has
impressed upon all dealers to adhere to storage
requirements of Drugs and ensure cold chain of
such preparations during transit from origin to
theft cases worked out, 2 arrested
July 6 :
With the arrest of two thieves, Kishtwar
Police today worked out several cases of thefts
and robbery in the town.
The accused have
been identified as Mudassir Hussain Dev, son of
Abdul Latief Dev and his associate Saleem Javed
Kripak, son of Javed Iqbal Kripak, both the
residents of Zewar Kripakh Gwari, Kishtwar. They
were involved in many theft and robbery cases
including in Tanveer Electronics Shop located
near Hospital Road, Kishtwar in the wee hours of
spokesman said that on a tip off, a police party
from Kishtwar Police Station swung into action
and arranged a trap wherein suspects were
identified while selling mobile sets stolen by
them from the Tanveer Electronics shop.
Two burglars were
caught red handed by the Police and put to
sustained interrogation. On their disclosure,
stolen property worth Rs 93805 including mobiles,
cameras, TFT screen and grocery items were
The main accused
Mudassir Ahmed Devi admitted that he was involved
in burglaries and thefts for the last 2-3 years.
into the case is going on and more arrests are
paid to Martyr Bua Ditta
July 6 : Rich
tributes were paid to Martyr Bua Ditta, son of
Krishan Lal of Chakrohi Morh, R S Pura, who laid
down his life for cause of nation at Srinagar, in
a meeting held under the chairmanship of Rattan
Lal Gupta, provincial president of National
Conference, here today.
Mr Gupta said
martyr Bua Ditta laid down his life while
fighting militancy with a sole purpose of
restoration of peace in the State. He appealed
the Central Government and Defence authorities to
take such measures that the family members of
martyrs could live with honour and dignity.
Others who spoke
in the meeting included Taranjit Singh Tony,
Sukhdev Singh and Talvinder Singh.
Sadar Sabha celebrates 72nd foundation day
July 6 :
The All J&K Mahasha Sadar Sabha today
held an impressive function at Dogra Hall here
under the aegis of Shri Guru Nabha Dass Ji
Maharaj Trust, to celebrate their 72nd foundation
day, popularly known as "Ekta Divas."
On the occasion,
large number of people from the Mahasha
community, including women and children thronged
the venue and celebrated the day with the
traditional fervour and gaiety.
The office bearers
of the trust addressed the gathering and threw
light on the contributions made by the trust in
uplifting the living standards of the community
members. They appraised the gathering that it was
on this day in 1938 that Mahasha Sadar Sabha
Trust was established.
The speakers also
recalled the contributions of champions of the
community who fought for the cause and helped the
people in attaining the dignified living. They
also called upon the community members to stay
united for their cause.
The Government was
also urged to formulate a comprehensive policy to
further uplift the standard of the community
people. The occasion was also marked with several
activities performed by children and women.
suicide; man found dead near Rly track
Two females, including a middle-aged lady and
a teenager, consumed poisonous substances at
their respective residences in the district and
lost their lives during the past 24 hours.
report, Shankro Devi (55), wife of Hans Raj of
village Mukandpur under the jurisdiction of
Rajbagh Police Station, consumed poison after an
altercation with family members. She was
immediately taken to hospital where she breathed
her last. Police has taken the cognizance of
incident and registered case under section 173
incident, an 18-year-old girl Shivani, daughter
of Des Raj of village Arjun Chak, Hiranagar,
consumed some poisonous substance at her
residence last evening reportedly due to some
family problem. After initial treatment at local
hospital, she was taken to GMC Jammu but she
breathed her last on the way.
took the body into its custody and got the
postmortem done. Later, the body was handed over
to family members.
Railway Protection Force patrol party this
morning found a body lying near railway track at
Gurha Beldaran, Hiranagar. The RPF personnel
immediately shifted the body to hospital. The
deceased has been identified as Paresh, son of M
K Kurla of Gujarat. It is believed that the
victim might have died due to fall from the
running train during last night.
training camp underway at Udhampur
The eight -days long Bajrang Dal physical
exercise camp is underway at Udhampur. In this
camp 150 Bajrang Dal activists drawn from
different parts of J&K are taking part.
The camp has been
organized in connection with the objective of the
BD to train its 10,000 persons across the country
by imbibing in them the spirit of self service,
nation building, patriotism and honesty.
The activists will
be imparted training in martial arts, physical
exercises, yoga, self discipline etc so that they
can overcome the challenges facing the country.
The camp which
started on July 4 will conclude on July 11. The
senior BD and VHP leaders addressed the camp and
interacted with the youth.
State convenor BD
Nand Kishore while addressing the youth in the
camp urged them to be ready for any sacrifice for
the national cause. ``You should be always ready
to sacrifice your individual interests over
national interests'', he added.
Neeraj Donaereiya also spoke on the occasion.
litres lahan recovered, bootlegger arrested
Rajouri Police arrested one bootlegger and
recovered 100 litres of lahan alongwith 5 litres
of illicit country made liquor from his
residential house at Draj under the jurisdiction
of Budhal Police Station.
said that on a tip off, police conducted raid at
village Draj in the wee hours of today and
recovered 100 litres of lahan (desi liquor)
besides 5 litres of illicit liquor from the house
of one Kamal Singh, son of Chatar Singh of
A case under 48
Excise Act has been registered at Police Station
Police while conducting checking/frisking at Bus
Stand recovered 2 bottles of Rum from the
possession of one Lal Singh, son of Bali Ram of
Reasi. The accused was immediately arrested.
Confederation demands rectification in JKCET list
July 6: A
meeting of constituents of SC/ST Confederation
while expressing serious concern over not giving
due share to the reserved category candidates in
the recently published list of JKCET by the Board
of Professional Entrance Examination, has
demanded immediate rectification of the list by
giving due share to reserved categories.
Chief of the
Confederation R K Kalsotra, who had a telephonic
discussion with the chairman of BOPEE, appealed
him to issue re-casted lists of reserved
categories as per percentage fixed for them to
which the Chairman assured to give due
representation to all categories.
however warned statewide agitation incase revised
list of candidates was not issued within a couple
Chowdhary, Mohd Abdullah Chowdhary, Zabeer Ahmed
Bajjar and Harbans Lal also spoke in the meeting.
holds alternative medicine camp at Shakti Ashram
Vishaw Hindu Parishad (VHP) has organized 10
-day long Alternative Medicine Camp at Shakti
Ashram Rehari here in collaboration with
Bharatiya Jan Sewa Sansthan, J&K.
The camp is led by
Dr Vinod Meena (DAT MD), ACU from Dr Ram Manohar
Lohiya Arogya Jeevan Sanstha Rajasthan. He is
accompanied by a team of doctors from the
suffering from various life style disorders and
diseases including blood pressure, sugar,
arthritis, gas, piles, etc are given acupressure
and magnetic treatment for curing them.
Dr Meena said that
acupressure and magnetic treatment is the best
form of alternative medicine to cure the diseases
caused due to life style disorder.
The camp which was
opened on July 30 for 10 days duration is being
extended by a week more at the insistence of VHP
and the patients.