Governor inaugurates
NASA convention at SMVDU

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Mar 12: Governor N N Vohra today inaugurated the Annual Zonal Convention of the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) for .....more

Holy Charri Yatra to
Purmandal, Uterbehni
to leave on Mar 14: Charak

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: The traditional Uterbehni- Purmandal yatra will start on Chaiter Chaudashi falling on March 14 this year. The holy Charri Yatra will leave from the...more

Cong activists take
out 'Dandi March'

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Mar 12 : In continuation with the celebrations of the 125th years of the foundation of the Congress party the Celebration Committee of the PCC in...more

PK castigates Govt on
introduction of PRC Bill

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Mar 12 : Political Affairs Committee of Panun Kashmir, in a meeting, presided over by the convener Dr. Agnishekhar ,took serious note of the legislative and non legislative measures under process of the coalition government , brazenly aimed against....more

NC holds day-long
convention at Poonch

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: Provincial president, NC, Rattan Lal Gupta, while addressing a one-day convention at Poonch said "we believe in secularism, democracy and peace to ensure prosperity of all the people living anywhere....more

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Police to organise all India
tour for children : Khoda

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu Mar 12 : Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda today urged the student community that while visiting the historical places of the country they should gain knowledge about the past. It will lead them to know cultural values of the country.Mr. Khoda was...more

Army sponsors Ladakhi
students for studies outside

Excelsior Correspondent

Udhampur, Mar 12 : Running in its 10th year now, Operation Sadbhavana continues to add smiles to the lives of the J&K population. Every year, Army encourages the young and brilliant minds of Ladakh to study across the.....more

Court grants bail to
Dr Himanshu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, B L Bhat today granted bail to Dr Himanshu, who was allegedly involved in abetment to suicide of Dr Aparna, daughter of DIG Kamal Saini. After hearing Advocate P N Raina appearing for the petitioner and Senior Advocate...more

     
 

Dharmarth Trust discusses its budget...........

Dy Chairman asks Govt to respond in 2 days
MoS Housing grilled over shops, plots allotment ........

Governor reviews security arrangements for Vaishno Devi Yatra......

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: The Governor, N. N. Vohra, reviewed the security arrangements for the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra at a high level meeting held under his chairmanship at Raj Bhawan, here today. The Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda, Additional Director General of Police, CID, K. Rajendra, Special Director General, CRPF, J&K Zone, N. K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Mr. Raj Kumar Goyal and senior officers of the Security and Intelligence agencies participated in the meeting.

Bricks, Bouquets for State budget........

31 sick units revived in Valley, one in Jammu..........

Purchase of cat-eye studs at exorbitant rates
Vigilance presents challan against SE, 2 XEns, supplier.........

Distt. Sub-Distt Hospitals being adequately equipped: Minister.........

Kapur meets CM ...........

ANC to provide credible political alternative : Begum Khalida.......

Court asks Pandita to continue as KSS president ......

Municipal, local bodies pensioners flay Govt........

Devika Mela Comm seeks on Baisakhi Mela........

Gurmat Samagams honoured at Gurudwaras..........

Madr-e-Meharban Instt of Health Sciences organises workshop........

Mir for decentralizing fertilizer distribution........

Confederation reiterates to ghearo Assembly on March 15.........

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JAMMU, Mar 12: All India Confederation of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes Organisations (SC,ST & OBC) of Jammu and Kashmir today reiterated its decision to ghearo state Assembly on March 15. Announcing this at a press conference here, R K Kalsotra, state chief of the Confederation said that they have not been given any assurance from any quarter of the Government to ameliorate their problems as such they have decided to launch a crusade against the anti SC/ST/OBC policies of the Government.

ST/SC students oppose scholarship criteria........

Doctor from USA to deliver lecture in GMC today........

ASKPC’s concern over encroachment of KPs property in Valley.........

Kishtwar accords welcome to Panthers chief........

Deputation calls on Chairman BOSE.........

PHD Chamber constitutes new unit for J&K........

 

 

Governor inaugurates NASA convention at SMVDU

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Mar 12: Governor N N Vohra today inaugurated the Annual Zonal Convention of the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA) for North Zone at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra here.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor expressed satisfaction over the ZONASA being held at SMVDU and congratulated the Vice Chancellor and Prof S V Thakur, Director School of Architecture and Landscape Design of the University. First lady Mrs Usha Vohra was the guest of honour of the function.

He traced the architectural history of India from post colonial perspective and emphasized the significance of architecture in the present era of burgeoning population and shrinking land.

He expressed hope that the convention at SMVDU will be highly fruitful in this context as 700 young minds from 23 states of the country who are participating in the convention will come up with revolutionary ideas.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor Prof R N K Bamezai presented the welcome address and highlighted the quantum of efforts put in by students of the SALD and expressed hope that the NASA convention at SMVDU would be a historic occasion for University.

The zonal rendition of NASA is hosted by SMVDU from March 12-14 and has a marathon of activities that included Hypothetical Design Pin Up, Bamboo Architecture Workshop, Graffiti Competition, seminars etc which in essence is a congregation of ideas and energy.

Holy Charri Yatra to Purmandal,
Uterbehni to leave on Mar 14: Charak

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JAMMU, Mar 12: The traditional Uterbehni- Purmandal yatra will start on Chaiter Chaudashi falling on March 14 this year. The holy Charri Yatra will leave from the Ranvireshwar temple after performance of the Pooja.

This was stated by president Dogra Sadar Sabha and former Minister, Gulchain Singh Charak while talking to reporters here this afternoon.

Mr Charak said the holy mace after this will be taken to Raghunath Temple, historical Laxmi Narayan temple, Gandhi Nagar and Mahadev Mandir, Gandhi Nagar for performance of Pooja.

Later the holy mace will proceed towards the Uterbehni-Purmandal Shrines via Birpur, he said, adding hundreds of devotees drawn from various parts of the Jammu region will accompany the yatra this time.

Mr Charak said the yatra will be given a befitting reception by a large number of people including Hindus, Muslims and members of Sikh community at Kharahmadana enroute.

At Purmandal after the Pooja- Archana of the Charri Mubarak a three day long Mela will also be held, he added.

Mr Charak said Duggar Pradesh is famous for many historical and religious places whose references lies in various Hindu religious scriptures also.

He said the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi and Purmandal Uterbehni Shrines are among these religious places. The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine sustains state’s economy. The pilgrim tourists not only boost the economy of J&K but of other Northern states also, he added.

He said the Purmandal -Uterbehni shrines have same religious significance which Kashi Vishwanath shrines have. Besides the "Gupt Ganga" (hidden Ganga), the shrines have hundreds of temples which were neglected earlier, he added.

Mr Charak said for the development of these shrines 13 years back Purmandal- Utterbehni Shrines Development Committee (PUSDC) was formed in which besides other things a historical decision regarding starting of Charri yatra to this holy shrine of Uterbehni- Purmandal on Chaitar Chaudashi every year was taken and since then this yatra has continued.

Mr Charak on behalf of PUSDC and DSS has made a fervent appeal to the people to join this yatra along with their families.

Cong activists take out 'Dandi March'

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Jammu, Mar 12 : In continuation with the celebrations of the 125th years of the foundation of the Congress party the Celebration Committee of the PCC in coordination with District Congress Committee Jammu (Urban) organized a function to commemorate the memory of historic "Dandi March". here today.

To mark the occasion, a large number of party workers including senior functionaries of PCC, DCC, Mahila Congress, INTUC, Youth Congress, NSUI and Seva Dal assembled at PCC headquarter, here. They started march amidst slogans "Mahatma Gandhi Amar Rahey", "Indian National Congress Zindabad".

The party workers carrying flags, banners and Pla cards in their hands passed through Residency Road, Raghunath Bazaar, Kanak Mandi & Rajinder Bazar and culminated at Shaheedi Chowk, where the gathering was addressed by chairman of the 125th Year Foundation Committee Gurmukh Singh, Om Chopra-President DCC (U) and other senior leaders of the party. They threw light on the Central theme, past foundation and future of the Congress party. They also explained in detail the importance of this day.

The Indian National Congress under the leadership of Shri Mahatma Gandhi brought a new revolution with the art of non-violence 'Satya Graha'. Gandhi Ji believed that every worthy object can be achieved by the use of 'Satya Graha'.

Prominent among those who attended the function included Sr. Vice Presidents Dharam Pal Sharma-Ex-MP and Mangat Ram Sharma-former Dy. CM, Vice Presidents Th. Hari Singh, Yash Pal Khajuria and Prem Sagar Aziz general secretaries Amolak Singh and Kanta Bhan, Parduman Singh, Baldev Shamra, Krishan Lal Gupta, Chuni Lal Bhat, Manohar Singh, R. Sudhir, Farida Mir adn others.

Meanwhile, Congress Seva Dal under the leadership B. S. Sambyal-Chief Organizer observe Dandi march Day and paid tributes to father of nation Mahatma Gandhi for his "Satya Graha" (Namak Andolan) in the year 1930 against the British Rule.

Sambyal asked the Seva Dal workers to follow the path shown by the Mahatma Gandhi and stress to the workers to spread the policies and programmes of the Congress party for strengthening the hands of AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and young, dynamic and dedicated leader Rahul Gandhi.

PK castigates Govt on introduction of PRC Bill

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Jammu, Mar 12 : Political Affairs Committee of Panun Kashmir, in a meeting, presided over by the convener Dr. Agnishekhar ,took serious note of the legislative and non legislative measures under process of the coalition government , brazenly aimed against the Kashmiri Pandits and against the Jammu region.

In the meeting , a strong opposition and indignation was expressed against the Permanent Residents (Disqualification ) Bill introduced in the Assembly , recently by a member of the PDP. Terming the bill as brazenly discriminatory against the women - particularly belonging to the Kashmiri Pandit community and the Jammu province , it was resolved that Panun Kashmir would fight the move tooth and nail and expressed full solidarity with the people of Jammu Province to launch a joint effective struggle against the move of the government.

"It is a bizarre attempt by the perverted mind set of the state government in which Congress is a coalition partner , to alter the existing status of rights of the women in the state, more so condemnable when 33% reservation for the women in Parliament is sought to be made a law". It was further observed that this bill is loaded with draconian and discriminatory provisions to annul the permanent resident rights of those women who marry outside the state and thus is a blow to the spirit of the constitution guaranteeing equal rights and opportunities to women.

Panun Kashmir is of the view that this retrograde step initiated by the PDP ,supported by the NC and endorsed by the Congress is conspicuous by the trio being in tryst of agreement to snatch the existing rights of the women of the state , particularly Kashmiri Pandits and the people of Jammu, besides cutting at the roots of the emotional integration of the state with other states of the country.

Panun Kashmir castigates the State and the Central Governments for maintaining a phenomenally criminal silence over the killing of more than 1200 Kashmiri Pandits , for not taking any action against the perpetrators of planned massacres of Kashmiri Pandits in the wake of out breaking of armed Islamic terrorism and fundamentalism since 1989-90 in Kashmir. Instead, murderers like Yaseen Malik, Bita Karatey and other terrorists turned separatist leaders , are eulogized and accorded VVIP treatment while Narindra Modi , the Gujarat Chief Minister can be summoned by special investigation team (SIT) for "questioning" in post Godhra riots (not Godhra ) in the state in 2002.

NC holds day-long convention at Poonch

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: Provincial president, NC, Rattan Lal Gupta, while addressing a one-day convention at Poonch said "we believe in secularism, democracy and peace to ensure prosperity of all the people living anywhere in the Jammu and Kashmir State.

Mr Gupta said the NC has proved its credibility at every juncture of difficult situations and did not barter its strengthening democratic forces or protection of constitutional rights of the State and its people, the party leadership has not hesitated to give sacrifices.

The NC leader said that idealism of unity of the State as also equal and balanced development of all the three regions in the hallmark of the NC party.

He said that the J&K State under the NC rule has always led the country in various spheres. Women were promised equal rights as far back as 1939 at the time of drafting of Naya Kashmir Programme.

Our party proposed and executed single line administration system which proved new concept in improving the Government-people contact.

Speaking on the occasion, Rachpal Singh, MLA and Vice-Chairman, Kissan Development Advisory Board said that the farmers are backbone and demanded that agriculture inputs used be exempted from VAT and Toll Tax.

Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari, Vice Chairman, Pahari Advisory Board and Aijaz Ahmad, MLA also spoke at the convention.

Police to organise all India tour for children : Khoda

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu Mar 12 : Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda today urged the student community that while visiting the historical places of the country they should gain knowledge about the past. It will lead them to know cultural values of the country.

Mr. Khoda was speaking at a function held at Channi Police Lines, today, organized to felicitate a group of 30 children on their return from week long tour of the State. While interacting with the students, he enquired from them about the experiences gained during the tour. He was impressed by the observations of the children about the historical places they have visited. He stressed to organize such tours for poor and down trodden children who have never visited outside their homes to create patriotism among them.

The tour was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police under its Civic Action Programme. The children came from the far-flung and remote areas of various districts of Jammu, Samba and Poonch.

The DGP said the study-cum-cultural tour started on 6th March, 2010 from Balidan Stumbh Jammu. During the week long tour, the students were taken to Reasi Fort, underground Railway Tunnel at Udhampur, Dam Site of Hydroelectric Project Baghlihar, Mansar Lake, Surinsar Lake, Hari Niwas Palace, Manda Zoo, Mubarak Mandi Fort, Dogra Heritage Centre, New Secretariat Jammu, Bahu Fort Aquarium, Bagh-e-Bahu, Basohli Fort and Chanchali Devi Mandir.

On the occasion, Mr. Khoda announced that Police Organization will arrange All India Tour for these children and other students of the far-flung and downtrodden areas to various parts of the country in a phased manner.

Giving details about the tour, the Inspector General of Police (Armed), Dilbag Singh said that during the tour, the students had interaction with Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani and senior officials of Tourism Department in the Civil Secretariat. They were also introduced to the working of computer and inter-net at IT Centre, Police Headquarters (PHQ). The students were taken to Sheri-i-Kashmir Police Academy Udhampur (SKPA) by train where they had interaction with the Director SKPA and trainees.

In his welcome address, the Commandant 6th IRP Battalion, Ashkoor Ahmed Wani gave brief resume of the week long workshop conducted under Civic Action Programme.

Army sponsors Ladakhi students for studies outside

Excelsior Correspondent

Udhampur, Mar 12 : Running in its 10th year now, Operation Sadbhavana continues to add smiles to the lives of the J&K population.

Every year, Army encourages the young and brilliant minds of Ladakh to study across the nation, in some of the most reputed institutes. Third Infantry Division under this venture has been sponsoring students of Eastern Ladakh for over six years now.

Fifteen brilliant and talented students selected under this venture are studying in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Solan. In addition to the boarding, lodging and education expenditures, the Division also takes the responsibility of dispatching these students to their home during vacation and back to the school on termination of the holidays. Eight girls, this year, prior to their departure, had an interactive session with Brig Ajay Kumar, Deputy GOC, HQ 3 Infantry Division.

There was immense enthusiasm amongst the girls about this opportunity. Deputy GOC during his interaction with the students motivated them to put in their best efforts in all fields and aim at all round development of their personalities. He shared his experiences and enquired about their aspirations. Rigzin Dolker in her words describes the experience as that of a life time. A student of class XII, Stanzin Angmo expressed her earnest desire to join the Armed forces.

Court grants bail to Dr Himanshu

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JAMMU, Mar 12: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, B L Bhat today granted bail to Dr Himanshu, who was allegedly involved in abetment to suicide of Dr Aparna, daughter of DIG Kamal Saini.

After hearing Advocate P N Raina appearing for the petitioner and Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi appearing as Special PP for the State, Principal Sessions Judge, B L Bhat observed, "as the investigation into the case has been closed, further custodial interrogation of petitioner is not warranted so he cannot be denied bail".

With these observations, Court granted the bail to alleged accused on furnishing surety bonds of Rs 50000 subject to conditions that petitioner shall keep off the prosecution witnesses and shall not try to contact them.

The petitioner shall surrender his passport and not leave the limit of the court without prior permission, Principal Sessions Judge directed.

Dharmarth Trust discusses its budget

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Mar12: Several important issues concerning to bring more effectiveness in management of Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust were discussed and finalized at a meeting of the Council held under the chairmanship of its Trustee, Ajatshatru Singh MLC, here today.

The meeting was attended by the members of the council comprising D.C.Raina, Prof. Hari Om,Vijay Bakaya MLC and Maj. Gen(Retd) R.S.Jamwal.

The president of the Trust Th. Divakar Singh, secretary Vijay Gandotra and R.L.Bhan, Addl. secretary were also present.

The meeting also discussed financial plan allocations for the year 2010-11.

Dy Chairman asks Govt to respond in 2 days
MoS Housing grilled over shops, plots allotment

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JAMMU, Mar 12: Minister of State for Housing, Urban development, PHE, Tourism and Revenue, Nassar Aslam Wani was grilled by the members from Opposition and the Treasuries benches in the Upper House today over the issue of allotment of shops and residential plots.

The issue was raised by Congress legislator Amrit Malhotra during Question Hour in the House of Elders today. He asked the government what criteria was adopted while making allotment to the parties/ individuals and organisations. The members also sought the list of the beneficieries.

While responding to the question and subsequent suppplementaries, the Minister said that criteria for the allotment of Housing plots/ flats/ shops is made in accordance with the procedure as laid down in the government order No. 192-HUD/GR of 1991 dated 12-9-1991. While giving the percentage break up, he claimed that these allotments are made to the SCs/ STs (5%), families of government servants and other servants who die in harness including those from PSUs or Local Bodies, ex-servicemen, war- widows, handicapped persons, families of innocent victims, serving defence personnel, outstanding performers in art, culture, sports or winners of gallantary awards.

As in the list provided by the government, only names were mentioned avoiding full parentage and address, several members from NC, PDP and Congress stood up and showered volley of supplementaries, demanding complete identity of the beneficiaries. Murtaza Khan from PDP alleged that deliberate attempt has been made not to expose the names. Mr Malhotra demanded that question be deferred as Minister was not well prepared and had not come to the House with complete reply. Abdul Ghani Vakil demanded that entire list be made available in the House as it was property of the House and it should not be communicated only to the member raising question.

Ravinder Sharma from Congress pointed out that government should make it clear that which norms were adopted while allotting plots and shops to the people listed. Javid Rana from NC stressed upon the Minister since question attracted attention of all the members it should be discussed in the House and urged the Dy Chairman to issue direction. While Minister pressed to provide list to the members, the others again grilled him to provide complete list to all.

Dy Chairman, Arvinder Singh while intervening directed the government to come with complete reply within two days.

Governor reviews security
arrangements for Vaishno Devi Yatra

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: The Governor, N. N. Vohra, reviewed the security arrangements for the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra at a high level meeting held under his chairmanship at Raj Bhawan, here today.

The Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda, Additional Director General of Police, CID, K. Rajendra, Special Director General, CRPF, J&K Zone, N. K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Governor and Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Mr. Raj Kumar Goyal and senior officers of the Security and Intelligence agencies participated in the meeting.

The Governor stressed the need for constantly reviewing and strengthening the security arrangements at the Bhawan complex and all along the track from Katra, the base camp of the pilgrimage, particularly in view of the likely rush of the yatris during the ensuing holy Navratras and thereafter.

The meeting discussed various aspects of the security arrangements and took the required decisions.

It may be recalled that the Governor, who is the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, had also inspected the security arrangements for the Yatra from Banganga to the holy cave during his recent visit, on February 23.

Bricks, Bouquets for State budget

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: Various political parties and other organisations have expressed mixed response to the State budget for 2010-11 in the Legislature, here today.

Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, MLA of BJP has said that despite jugglery of figures, it is evident that the dependence at the Centre is galloping. Over 85 per cent State expenses are to be met with the grants and assistance from the Central Government.

He stated that despite slogans of autonomy and restoration of pre-1953 status, the State is not in a position even to meet the salaries of its staff from internal resources. He pointed out that the poor performance of the economic expenditure.

Regarding tax resources, over 75 per cent receipt of the collections are from Jammu region, while in the expenditure side the share of Jammu is awfully little indicating regional bias, he said adding no relief was being provided to the suffering masses. He summed up the budget proposal presents a hopeless picture on several accounts.

People’s Democratic Party, has described the State budget presented by coalition Government for year 2010-11 as highly ‘uninspiring’ and further said it has failed all the sectors and added new levies which will further fuel the price hike.

Rather’s predecessor and senior PDP leader Tariq Hamid Qarra said the budget is against the hopes and expectations of the people of the state. This budget, he commented, is not growth oriented and a figurative attempt at debt management. Too much emphasis has been laid on the figures probably with the intention of confusing the people. The former Finance Minister also criticized the Government for presenting a "tentative budget". Karra said price rise, unemployment, agriculture and power sectors were major areas on which the present budget has not touched in detail.

Rattan Lal Gupta and Rachpal Singh, both NC leaders have hailed the annual budget presented by the Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather in the Legislative Assembly today. They said budget is balanced one and poor sectors of population have been provided relief and several agricultural items have been exempted from Toll Tax.

The NC leaders said emphasis has been rightly laid on agriculture and allied sectors whereas other sectors too have been adequately paid attention by providing various concessions to the common people.

Federation of Industries, Bari Brahmana, president Devinder Mahajan in a meeting expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister for extending the tax benefits under VAT regime to the industry for one year.

Chamber of Commerce & Industry, president, Y V Sharma has said the budget presented by Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather is "appreciable". Every Finance Minister has to depend on grants, special packages and plan and non-plan allocations from the Centre. In the speech Mr Rather has acknowledged that total income of the State and share of the Central Taxes comes to only 30 per cent and for remaining 70 per cent the State has to depend on the Centre.

In a statement, the CCI chief said it goes to credit of State Government that it has succeeded in getting from the Centre a sizeable amount for various development and welfare sectors in Jammu and Kashmiir.Plans have been set afoot for generating 2810 MW power at a cost of Rs 15000 crore through public and private sectors.

Howeveer, he expressed concern over gap between the expenditure and receipts, which he said reflects poorly on the efficiency of the system and and needs immediate correction. Association of Industries, Gangyal, Jammu in its extra ordinary meeting expressed gratitude to both the Finance Minister, A R Rather and Industries Minister Surjit Singh Slathia for giving attention to issues concerning industrial sector. The meeting was chaired by Tejwant Singh Reen, president of the association.

Scheduled Tribe Gujjar & Bakerwal Joint Forum has described the budget as "anti-tribal, anti-poor and anti-marginalisd communities". In a statement issued by Haji Shamsher Ali Boken, state president of the Forum, has said the budget has not fulfilled the expectations of these backward communities.

31 sick units revived in Valley, one in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: Government has disbursed an amount of Rs 364.07 lakh for the rehabilitation and revival of 31 sick industrial units in Kashmir valley whileas only one unit has been taken up for revival in Jammu region by disbursing Rs 2.29 lakh as soft loan.

This information was provided in the Legislative Assembly by Minister for Industries, Surjit Singh Slathia while responding to a question of NPP MLA, Singh.

"Out of 60 sanctioned cases in Kashmir division, 31 units have been disbursed an amount of Rs 364.07 lakh for the rehabilitation and revival while as an amount of Rs 2.29 lakh has been disbursed in respect of one unit from Jammu division out of seven sanctioned cases", the Minister said.

"In respect of remaining cases, the requisite formalities are incomplete due to which disbursement could not be made so far", Mr Slathia said.

He said that neither fake industrial unit has been provided subsidy nor any unit has become untraceable after availing the subsidy benefits.

However, Harsh Dev Singh challenged the reply given by Minister and said, "the Minister is misleading the House as last year Minister had stated that about 15,000 industrial units availed subsidy and become untraceable". He also furnished the copy of last year’s reply to the Speaker.

The NPP MLA further said, "either you had mislead the House last time or trying to do so now".

NPP MLA was also not satisfied with the reply to another part of his question pertaining to residential particulars of staff posted in Industrial Promotion Centres/ Industry Related Offices established outside the State.

"I have the information that majority of the staff posted at these offices is non-state subject and this might be the reason behind Minister not providing information sought by me", Harsh Dev Singh said.

Purchase of cat-eye studs at exorbitant rates
Vigilance presents challan against SE, 2 XEns, supplier

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) today presented challan in the Court of Special Judge Anti-Corruption Jammu against then Superintending Engineer, two Executive Engineers and Supplier in purchase of cat eye stud on highly exorbitant rates.

According to the challan, a joint surprise check was conducted into the allegations of purchase of cat eye stud in the year 2003 and onwards by Tawi Bridge and Medical College Division on highly exorbitant rates.

During surprise check, it came to fore that during the month of January 2004, a criminal conspiracy was hatched between K K Arora, then SE R&B Circle Jammu Kathua (now retired as Chief Engineer), Purshotam Kumar Samnotra, then Executive Engineer PWD (now XEn Mansar Development Authority) and Rajinder Mahajan, Proprietor M/s R-Deen Trading Corporation, Chandigarh and others with the object of purchasing cat eye studs on highly exorbitant rates to confer undue benefit upon the supplier firm and themselves.

Under the conspiracy, 1432 number of cat-eye studs were purchased from the supplier on higher exorbitant rates of Rs 882.45 per piece without holding any competition in making purchases.

Another accused officer, then XEn S P Pandoh (now retired) purchased 3460 number of cat eye studs at the rate of Rs 882.45 per piece from the same supplier. The purchases were not actually required as the 1265 number of cat eye studs were found lying in the division store one year after the purchase.

During the course of investigation, a survey was carried out at Delhi and Chandigarh to confirm the exact rates of cat eye studs. The cost of cat eye studs at Delhi was found Rs 250 per piece excluding tax, packing and forwarding charges. Similarly, the cost of cat eye studs at Chandigarh was found Rs 315 per piece excluding 4 per cent and 7 per cent package charges.

The investigation revealed that then SE KK Arora and XEn Purshotam Kumar Samnotra under a conspired plan purchased 1422 number of cat eye studs at the cost of Rs 12,63,648 against prevailing cost of Rs 7,71,289 thereby conferring undue pecuniary advantage of Rs Rs 4, 92, 378. 88 upon the supplier.

Sat Pal Pandoh, then XEn Division II in league with K K Arora, then SE placed order for purchase of 3460 number of cat eye studs at a cost of Rs 30, 53, 277 against prevailing cost of Rs 18, 63, 591 thus conferred undue pecuniary advantage of Rs 11, 89 686 upon the supplier.

After completion of the investigation, Vigilance today presented challan against these accused persons under Section 5(1)(d) read with 5(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 2006 and 120-B RPC.

Distt. Sub-Distt Hospitals being
adequately equipped: Minister

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 12: Minister of State for Health, Javid Ahmed Dar has said that the District and Sub-District Hospitals of the State are being adequately equipped to deal with the normal requirement of patient care and only critical cases are being referred to the Medical Colleges.

Replying to a question by Abdul Gani Vakil, in Legislative Council today, the Minister said that Medical Council of India prescribes norms for manpower and other required infrastructure in medical institutions and hospitals but there are not applicable for district and sub-district hospitals. He, however, said that all efforts are being made to sufficiently equip the district and sub-district hospitals with manpower, bio-medical, diagnostic equipments and other related facilities to provide best health care facilities as far as possible within the available resources.

Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina itoo today informed Legislative Council that the Jammu and Kashmir State Backward Classes Commission is empowered to examine the requests for inclusion any class of citizens, in the list of socially and educationally backward areas, which includes residents of areas living adjoining the Actual Line of Control (ALC).

Replying to a question raised by Jehangir Hussain, the Minister said that the inclusion of Poonch in the category of ALC is still under examination of the Commission.

She said as soon as the recommendation in this behalf is received from the Commission, further action shall be taken accordingly.

In reply to another questions by Ravinder Sharma, the Minister said that 20571 workers are registered under Contributory Social Security scheme from 2004-05 upto 2009-10 in the State.

The Minister said that during last financial year, 1362 old age and widows and 1347 physically handicapped pension cases of Rajouri district have been sanctioned under Integrated Social Security Scheme. She said that under Indira Gandhi National Old age Pension Scheme, 7144 cases of the district have been sanctioned during the last financial year, adding that 3633 pension cases of deserving persons of Rajouri district are pending till January 2010.

Sakina Itoo further informed Council that the Government has created Rehabilitation Council for militancy victim families under which financial assistance is being provided for their socio economic upliftment.

In reply to a joint question by M. Y. Taing and Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah, the Minister said that the objective of the council is to provide financial assistance for the physical, psychological and economical rehabilitation of the victims of militancy in the State with special focus on widows, orphans, handicapped and the aged persons whose bread winner is killed or incapacitated as a result of militancy.

She said that Rehabilitation Council provides monthly pension of Rs.750 to widows of civilians killed in militancy besides people rendered disabled and Rs.500 p.m. to old aged parents who have lost their bread earners. She said under the scheme Rs.10, 000 is also being provided as marriage assistance to the civilian widows and grown up daughters.

The Minister said that National Foundation for Communal Harmony, New Delhi is also providing scholarship to orphans of civilian killed in militancy upto the age of 18 years @ Rs.750 p.m. in rural areas and Rs.800 p.m. in class A and B cities extendable to 21 years in exceptional cases. She said children undergoing professional courses are provided Rs.150 p.m. in addition to assistance for general education.

She said the Social Welfare Department through Rehabilitation Council is providing financial assistance to 3826 widows, 2019 old persons, 622 handicapped and disabled persons of the State.

Kapur meets CM

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JAMMU, Mar 12: Chief Secretary, J&K, S S Kapur today resumed office at Civil Secretariat Jammu after availing one and half month leave.

Soon after his arrival in the office Mr Kapur called on the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah.

The Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda, Finance Commissioner Home Samuel Verghese Principal Secretary, PDD B R Sharma, Commissioner/Secretary GAD, Basharat Ahmed Dhar, Commissioner/Secretary Finance Sudhanshu Pandey and other senior officers and personal staff of the Chief Secretary called on him and had brief interactions.

Earlier, Mr Kapur had resumed his duties as Chief Secretary of the State at New Delhi and led the high level State team of officers on Thursday to discuss the proposals for the next year’s annual budget for the State with Planning Commission.

ANC to provide credible
political alternative : Begum Khalida

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JAMMU, Mar 12 : Begum Khalida Shah, president, Awami National Conference ( ANC), has reiterated her resolve that ANC will provide a credible political alternative to the people of the State that they are craving for.

She was speaking at a well attended lunch hosted by her for office bearers and prominent workers of J&K ANC Jammu region today, at the end of the successful completion of the first round of Mass Contact Programme initiated by ANC Jammu province from January 2010.

While speaking on the occasion she impressed upon the ANC workers to be ready to face all challenges in the future, politically,socially and administratively and promote only such men and women workers who command a good reputation, rectitude and possess a sound political calibre to serve the down trodden.

She expressed hope that the next round of mass contact programme in the region of Rojouri, Poonch, Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar Ramban, Udhampur and other districts of Jammu division that will commence in the month of April will be conducted with the same enthusiasm.

Our job is to act as a responsible opposition and highlight all the problems faced by the people throughout State and seek justice for every citizen and rise upto every challenge that is thrown to us in our service to the public.

The women wing , Youth Wing and the Labour Wing of the party was constituted along with the reorganisation of the Central Working Committee and the provincial committees of the three regions of the State very shortly, Begum Khalida said.

The function was attended among others by senior vice-president Muzaffar Shah , vice presidents G D Shah and Sardar Joginder Singh Raina , senior leader and former MLA Gh. Qadir Wani , A G Naseem former MLA and zonal president Central Kashmir, Miraj Siraj press secretary, provincial president Jammu Sardar Gian Singh , Thakur Randhir Singh vice president province, Vijay Mangotra , Narinder Dev Chunni, secretary, Gulzar Dar distt. president Kulgam, T.R.Pandotra, S A H Rafiqui, distt. president Samba Sansar Chand, distt. president Kathua Bakhtawar Singh, Kumari Sunita Sharma, Neelam Kumari, Dharmo Devi, Pushpa Devi, Neelam Devi and Aashoo Devi.

Court asks Pandita to continue as KSS president

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JAMMU, Mar 12: The Court of Sub Judge, Jammu has restrained C L Raina from interfering into the working of the office and other day to day activities of Kashmiri Sahayak Samiti (KSS) Trikuta Nagar functioning under the supervision of S N Pandita.

Delivering the judgment on a writ petition filed by KSS, Trikuta Nagar versus Hira Lal Punjabi and others, the Court has also held the election of Mr Raina as president of the Samiti as illegal and without any justification. It stated that Mr Pandita has the right to continue as president till fresh elections to Samiti are held.

Municipal, local bodies pensioners flay Govt

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JAMMU, Mar 12: The pensioner of Municipal and local bodies have flayed the State Government for adopting apathetic attitude towards their pending demands.

The meeting of Municipal and Local Bodies Pensioners Association that was held here today expressed that Government was deliberately pushing the senior citizens to come on roads for their rights.

The association expressed that State Government was only interested in the welfare of Ministers and Legislators through enhancement in their pay and perks while, the poor pensioners have been kept at bay.

The municipal and local bodies pensioners have been demanding implementation of Sixth Pay Commission, release of DA installments, enhancement in medical allowance, additional quantum of pension on age basis etc at par with Central Government employees.

The pensioners urged the Chief Minister to concede their demands at the earliest and provide succour to them.

The meeting was chaired by B S Jamwal. Among those present on the occasion included J C Gupta, D S Charak, Badri Nath, Gulzar Singh, M L Gupta, B D Verma, A K Koul, C L Jalali, Kehar Chand and others.

Devika Mela Comm seeks on Baisakhi Mela

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UDHAMPUR, Mar 12: Advocates Surinder Khajuria and Swatantar Dev Kotwal, chairman and president respectively of Devika Baisakhi Mela Committee Udhampur, met the Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Bashir Ahmed Khan and sought cooperation of district administration in the three day annual Baisakhi Mela to commence from April 14.

The committee office bearers demanded that departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Sheep Husbandary, Handicrafts, Handlooms, Health, Civil Defence, PDD, Weight and Measures, CAPD, PHE and Tourism should extend the needed cooperation and make the general public especially rural masses aware about their policies and programmes for their upliftment and development.

The committee also desired that three day Mela period be declared as Dry Days.

Gurmat Samagams honoured at Gurudwaras

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JAMMU, Mar 12: In the memory of Panth Rattan Bhai Sahib Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Khalsa Khanna Wale, Gurmat Samagams have been honoured at Gurudwara Santpura Danna Nanak Nagar and Gurudwara Baba Fateh Singh Ji Sanjay Nagar today.

On the occasion, Bhai Devinder Singh Ji Khalsa Khanna Wale recited the Kirtan and Shabad Vichar and threw light on the importance of Gurbani and gave stress on Simran Sadhana.

Thousands of sikh devotees participated on the occasion.

Madr-e-Meharban Instt of Health
Sciences organises workshop

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JAMMU, Mar 12: Madr-e-Meharban Institute of Health Sciences organised one-day workshop on the topic "School Child Health" at the Medical Centre of Rama Krishna Mission, Udheywala.Prof Y R Malhotra, former VC of Jammu University inaugurated the workshop and recalled the recognition of potential of a teacher in promoting health services. He highlighted the role of teachers in early detection of common diseases among children and their treatment.

The Former VC complimented the Secretary of Mission Swami Grijeshanand and Principal for organising such type of events.

Dr Ashok Gupta, Dr P C Tandon, V Dubey, Prof Chander Mohan and Dr R K Raina delivered special lectures on the occasion. About forty-three teachers participated in the workshop.Versha Mehta, principal of Vishwa Bharti School, presented vote of thanks on the occasion.

Mir for decentralizing fertilizer distribution

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Udhampur, Mar 12 : To check the instances of erratic supply and short fall of fertilizers in remote and far flung productive areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the Government has introduced strategy for decentralizing and streamlining of fertilizers distribution.

Apprising about the policy shift to improve and make available of fertilizers to the farming community as per their needs , the Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, today said that under new mechanism, Chief Agriculture Officer has been authorized to issue fertilizer distribution licenses to the applicant, while criteria for seeking the license too has been liberalized.

Mir after inaugurating, Kissan Mela at Bashat in Chenani, tehsil of district Udhampur said that any educative applicant of the village could now apply directly to the Chief Agriculture Officer for obtaining fertilizer distribution licenses. He said such a mechanism would insure the distribution of desired composition fertilizers on fixed rates near the localities of the farmers.

Minister of State for Agriculture, Javaid Ahmed Dar, Vice Chairman, Advisory Board for Development of Kissan, Rashpal Singh, MLA Chenani, K. C. Bhagat, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Director Agriculture, Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, SSP, Udhampur, Surinder Gupta, Chief Agriculture Officer, Udhampur, Kuldesh Sharma, officer of various departments and large number of farmers were present on the occasion.

Describing the farmers as back bone of the economy, the Minister said that being a predominantly agricultural dependent state, the prosperous fortune lies in the enlightened and technically empowered farming techniques. He said that the increasing productive output from the cultivable area is the only remedy to be self reliant.

Retreating the commitment of the collation government for providing better facilities to the farming community, the Minister said that special focus is being laid on to increase the productivity by insuring timely distribution of quality seeds and other moder equipments to the farmers besides introducing diversified crop cultivation in the state. He also called upon the farmers to have regular interactions with the officers of agriculture department for the information of latest agricultural trends for high yield.

MLA, Chenani while speaking on the occasion demanded vegetable Mandi at Bashat to provide marketing facility to the growers.

Terming the Bashat area of Chenani tehsil as Vegetable Bowel of Jammu province, the Director Agriculture in his welcome address said that vegetable production of this area was not only marketed to Udhampur but also to Jammu, Srinagar and Punjab State.

Confederation reiterates to ghearo Assembly on March 15

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JAMMU, Mar 12: All India Confederation of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes Organisations (SC,ST & OBC) of Jammu and Kashmir today reiterated its decision to ghearo state Assembly on March 15.

Announcing this at a press conference here, R K Kalsotra, state chief of the Confederation said that they have not been given any assurance from any quarter of the Government to ameliorate their problems as such they have decided to launch a crusade against the anti SC/ST/OBC policies of the Government.

Coming down heavily on the non committal attitude of the State Government in dealing with the problems and demands of marginalised sections of the society, R K Kalsotra said that SC/ST/OBC communities are left with no other option than to come on roads in support of their rights.

Reiterating the main demands of SCs/STs & OBCs which include the continuation of Inter district recruitment, stopping the dilution of ST status, implementation of Mandal Commission report i.e 27 percent instead 2 percent reservation to OBCs, abolishing of marks criteria and increase in the income slab for scholarships, check on diversion of funds under component plan meant for them, clearance of backlogs in recruitment and promotions, roster point seniority upto the HOD level and political reservation to STs, he said Confederation is pledged to continue its struggle till the demands are met.

Kalsotra said the Confederation exactly one month back had warned that if the Government would not pay attention to the demands it will be forced to resort to massive protest to Ghearo the State Assembly on March 15.

Zubeer Ahmed Khan, state secretary of the Confederation said in view of careless handing of all the matters pertaining to this neglected population and keeping deaf ear on their plight, all SC/ST/OBC employees except those who are in essential services will proceed on one day mass causal leave on March 15.

ST/SC students oppose scholarship criteria

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JAMMU, Mar 12: The All J&K ST/SC Students Federation has lambasted the State Government for fixing a criteria for scholarship to ST/SC students and demanded revocation of the same.

Addressing a meeting at Government Polytechnic here, Haq Nawaz Choudhary, president, said that such moves of the Government were aimed only at depriving the poor ST/SC students.

He also took the Government for task for proposed move regarding ban on inter-district recruitment and opposed it. The federation also decided to extend full support to the call of All India ST/SC Confederation for Assembly gherao on March 15.

The meetings were also held at MAM College, GGM Science College and Government Polytechnic, Purkhoo. Among those who attended the meeting included Sarfaraz Ahmed, Anwar Saleem, Abdul Qayoom, Mohd Javed, Shahjahan, Danish and others.

Doctor from USA to deliver lecture in GMC today

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JAMMU, Mar 12: Dr Digvijay Singh, M. D F.C.C.P, Associate Professor MEOUCOM, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, OHIO-USA will deliver a guest lecture in Government Medical College Auditorium, here tomorrow afternoon.

The lecture is organised by GMC on the topic strategies to improve outcome in critically ill patients in emergency and ICU.

All the faculty members, resident doctors, students, nurses and paramedicos (except those on emergency duties) of GMC have been asked to attend the programme.

This was stated in a handout issued by the Principal GMC, Dr Rajinder Singh here today.

ASKPC’s concern over
encroachment of KPs property in Valley

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JAMMU, Mar 12: All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) in a meeting here today held under the chairmanship of A N Vaishnavi its president expressed grave concern over the grabbing of Kashmiri Hindus left over property in Valley by anti-national elements.

Addressing the meeting H L Chatta general secretary of the organization lambasted the Government for its utter failure in protecting the properties of KPs as well as Hindu religious places in Kashmir.

He alleged Kashmiri Pandits land measuring six kanals at Kulgam has been forcibly occupied by a local Muslim. Besides the School building of Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Baramulla, has also been forcibly occupied by a Muslim family of the area who happens to be former Joint Director of School Education.

Addressing the meeting, R K Raina, senior vice president said that PDP is bringing Private Bill about women who marry outside the state. This is a total disrespect to women of the state and infringement of their fundamental rights.

While addressing the meeting M K Sher demanded passage of Temple Protection Bill which was tabled in the Assembly in 2008.

The meeting among others was addresed by Ravi Raina, Sanjya Kakroo and Ashok Dhar.

Kishtwar accords welcome to Panthers chief

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JAMMU, Mar 12 : Panthers Party workers today welcomed Prof. Bhim Singh, chairman, JKNPP and Bharat Bhushan Kotwal, vice chairman on their arrival at Kishtwar to attend District Convention of the Party.

Addressing the party workers in Kishtwar, Prof. Bhim Singh described it as sangam of Dogriyat and Kashmiriyat. Prof. Singh expressed thanks to the people of Kishtwar who have made unprecedented sacrifices right since General Zorawar Singh started military campaign from this soil with the support of the people in 1832.

Prof. Singh appreciated the leadership of the Panthers Party in Kishtwar district which passed important resolution urging Prime Minister to resolve the status of LoC finally with Pakistan and force the State Government to hold Delimitation and go for reorganization of the State.

Prof. Bhim Singh also demanded justice to 27,000 SPOs and VDC members by providing them equitable salaries and allowances at par with policemen who have made unprecedented sacrifices in the defence of the people.

Prof. Bhim Singh expressed concern on the most humiliating living condition of the people of Paddar and Marwa-Dachhen. Bhim Singh lamented that people in these areas live on barley and wear grass shoes. There is no doctor and no medicine.

Prof. Bhim Singh also urged the Prime Minister to name Dul-Hasti Hydel Project in Kishtwar after the name of Om Mehta, a son of the soil and one of the greatest visionary.

Mr. Bharat Bhushan Kotwal and Anil Parihar addressed the gathering.

Deputation calls on Chairman BOSE

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JAMMU, Mar 12: A deputation of School Education Officer’s Association today called on Chairman, Board of School Education (BOSE) and apprised him about the problems and issues of their cadre.

The Association members led by Kuldeep Singh Langeh, president apprised the Chairman about the conduct of examination of different classes and discussed the various problems related to their cadre. They suggested various measures for improvement of educational standard and to stop the menance of copying in examination.

The delegation members also discussed in detail regarding curriculum, setting of question papers, holding of workshops from time to time, etc.

The Chairman gave patient hearing and assured them that needful changes will be done where ever necessary.

Among others who accompanied the deputation were Rajinder Singh, Hussain Mohd, Daleep Dhar, Saroj Malla, Som Nath and Masooda Bano.

PHD Chamber constitutes new unit for J&K

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JAMMU, Mar 12: A general house meeting of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, J&K Chapter, was held under the chairmanship of Vikrant Kuthiala in which Susmita Shekhar, Deputy Secretary General, PHD House, New Delhi, was also present.

The J&K Chapter of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry was reconstituted with Vikrant Kuthiala as chairman, K C Sharma and Mushtaq Ahmed Chaiya as co-chairmen, while then members included Arun K Gupta, Raju Chowdhary, Deepak Daftari and B P Bhalla.

The general house hailed the decision of Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleague Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control for land-mark decision of evacuating 1100 CU of water from Ranjit Sagar Project through canals all the way to Vijaypur.

The project once completed at a cost of Rs 500 crore would irrigate 85,000 hectares of land and make J&K as an Agricultural Surplus State.

The meetiong among others was attended by Raju Choudhary, B P Bhalla, Om Parkash Gupta, V K Sachdeva, Rahul Sahai, J K Mengi, Narinder Mahajan, Vikas Gupta, Nek Ram Gupta, Sanjay Mehra, Satish Kaul, Anil Suri, Arun Gupta, Ajay Gandotra, naresh Chander Gupta, Rajiv Gupta, Anil Gupta, Sanjay sareen, Darshan Kumar Suri, WSidharth Dogra, Ravinder Kumar Sawhney, Kulbhushan Gupta, narinder Sharma, M L Mathur and Ravinder Haku.



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