BJP to boycott all
functions of CM: Manhas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Chief Minister’s statement questioning the accession of J&K with Indian Union has snowballed into a major controversy with BJP today announcing to boycott the official functions of Omar ...more

Annil Suri elected
BBIA president

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Annil Suri was today elected as president of the Bari Brahamana Industries Association (BBIA) for two years.During the elections, a total of 203 votes were polled and Annil suri was elected for the post of President of the Association. ....more

Homage paid to martyrs
of JAK Rifles Regiment

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Nov 20: A wreath laying ceremony was held at the War Memorial of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre to pay homage to the martyrs of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regiment as a part of 11th Reunion of JAK Regiment. .....more

Governor, CM greet
people on Gurupurab

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s Birthday.....more

Power purchase
budget goes up
to Rs 2050 cr: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Minister for Finance, A.R. Rather, had a detailed review of power scenario in Jammu and Kashmir at a high level meeting convened here at Gladni. .....more

 

ISCAS organises national
symposium on "New Trends in Materials Research"

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The 3-day National Symposium on "New Trends in Materials Research" being organised by the Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists (ISCAS) at ISCAS Institute of Solid State and Materials Science, University of Jammu (JU) concluded, here today......more

Sadhotra for massive
participation of NGOs
in society’s betterment

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: A 4 day free eye camp concluded at Surechak in which free operation, medicines, accommodation facilities were made available for poor and needy persons of far-flung areas......more

Altaf reviews functioning
of Forest Deptt

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Nov 20: Reiterating the commitment of the present government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in providing basic amenities of life to every section of the society in every nook and corner of the state, the Minister .....more

     
 

AISF discusses various issues concerning education system...

72 bags of GREF cement seized, 2 held.....

Tehsil level educational conference held ....

Committee constituted to check commercial establishments....

Unemployed youth meet CEO....

CCI for early Jammu-Delhi flights to boost tourism....

Power shut down ....

 ASKPC delegation meets Governor...

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: A delegation of the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference called on the Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here today and submitted a memorandum of their demands. The demands presented to the Governor by the deputation led by the president of the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, A. N. Vaishnavi, included, the enhancement of monthly cash relief to the Kashmiri migrants; provision of adequate medical relief and health insurance scheme; relaxation of age in favour of over-aged Kashmiri migrant youth to entitle them for employment; provision of merit-cum-means scholarships to the students of the community.

Heritage Hall to be inaugurated in Bhagavaan Gopinath Ashram today...

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Bhagavaan Gopinath Trust is setting up a Heritage Hall at Bhagavaan Gopinath Ashram, Udaywala Bohri. The Hall will be inaugurated by Prof R N K Bamezi, Vice Chancellor, Mata Vaishno Devi University tomorrow. The Heritage Hall will contain the pictures of the Bhagavaan Ji’s spiritual travel, the places and shrines he visited, the disciples who were surrendering him and his message Sezer, Pazer and Shoze, the president of the Trust H N Foterdar told reporters here today.

Peace imperative for development: Sagar.....

Malik visits R S Pura, Bishnah Degree Colleges.....

Lok Adalat held at Kishtwar...

Ramisht College holds awareness programme....

Political migrants hold meeting ....

Free artificial limb camp begins ....

Anuj to present paper in SAARC meet......

GWC Gandhi Nagar organizes extension lectures....

Congregations ....

CEO pays surprise visit to schools....

Chib assesses people's problems.....

J K Public Schools excels in national level quiz....

NPSU frames JU unit...

Govt keen to revive cooperative societies: Manohar...

Nove Soan Front for ban on Hurriyat....

 

BJP to boycott all functions of CM: Manhas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Chief Minister’s statement questioning the accession of J&K with Indian Union has snowballed into a major controversy with BJP today announcing to boycott the official functions of Omar Abdullah in future.

The Party through a unanimous resolution at its convention here today also appealed the people of Jammu to boycott the functions of Mr Abdullah for his controversial statement.

The Party state president, Shamsher Singh Manhas, while making an appeal to the people to boycott the functions of the Chief Minister for his controversial statement over accession said BJP will not allow any one to question the historic merger of the state with rest of India.

He said the BJP has given a call for three-hour bandh on November 27 from 8 am to 11 am in protest against the statement. "We have appealed the people to observe a total strike for three hours on the day to show solidarity with national cause’’ he added.

The Party has also approached the transporters to observe the three hour shut down, he said adding this will be followed by burning of effigies of UPA Government and Chief Minster at district and block level from December 1 to 7.

Manhas said J&K is an integral part of India and party will not allow any one to raise his finger over it as a large number of BJP activists have laid down their lives for integration of the state with rest of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajan Sushant, Incharge MP J&K, held the weak-kneed policies of the UPA Government responsible for the present crisis in the state. He said "we are not facing challenge in Kashmir only but China is making claims over Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal, Ladakh and Uttranchal’’. Besides Pakistan India is facing major threat from China, he added.

Mr Sushant said that the policies of the Government are demoralizing the security forces and if BJP is given the chance we will chase terrorists to finish.

Party Prabahri O P Kohli while criticizing the Chief Minister’s statement said no power on earth can question the historical accession signed by Maharaja with Indian Union in 1947.

BJP Legislative Party leader Prof Chaman Lal Gupta accused the coalition Government for delaying the implementation of Constitutional 73rd and 74th amendment in J&K. BJP national Executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh cautioned the people against the game plan of Congress and NC and termed the two parties worst enemies of the people. While MLA Ashok Khajuria turned tables on NC and Congress and held them responsible for the Kashmir problem.

The BJP senior leaders Jugal Kishore Sharma, Daya Krishan Kotwal and general secretary Sat Sharma (CA) also addressed the convention. BJP to boycott all functions of CM: Manhas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Chief Minister’s statement questioning the accession of J&K with Indian Union has snowballed into a major controversy with BJP today announcing to boycott the official functions of Omar Abdullah in future.

The Party through a unanimous resolution at its convention here today also appealed the people of Jammu to boycott the functions of Mr Abdullah for his controversial statement.

The Party state president, Shamsher Singh Manhas, while making an appeal to the people to boycott the functions of the Chief Minister for his controversial statement over accession said BJP will not allow any one to question the historic merger of the state with rest of India.

He said the BJP has given a call for three-hour bandh on November 27 from 8 am to 11 am in protest against the statement. "We have appealed the people to observe a total strike for three hours on the day to show solidarity with national cause’’ he added.

The Party has also approached the transporters to observe the three hour shut down, he said adding this will be followed by burning of effigies of UPA Government and Chief Minster at district and block level from December 1 to 7.

Manhas said J&K is an integral part of India and party will not allow any one to raise his finger over it as a large number of BJP activists have laid down their lives for integration of the state with rest of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajan Sushant, Incharge MP J&K, held the weak-kneed policies of the UPA Government responsible for the present crisis in the state. He said "we are not facing challenge in Kashmir only but China is making claims over Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal, Ladakh and Uttranchal’’. Besides Pakistan India is facing major threat from China, he added.

Mr Sushant said that the policies of the Government are demoralizing the security forces and if BJP is given the chance we will chase terrorists to finish.

Party Prabahri O P Kohli while criticizing the Chief Minister’s statement said no power on earth can question the historical accession signed by Maharaja with Indian Union in 1947.

BJP Legislative Party leader Prof Chaman Lal Gupta accused the coalition Government for delaying the implementation of Constitutional 73rd and 74th amendment in J&K. BJP national Executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh cautioned the people against the game plan of Congress and NC and termed the two parties worst enemies of the people. While MLA Ashok Khajuria turned tables on NC and Congress and held them responsible for the Kashmir problem.

The BJP senior leaders Jugal Kishore Sharma, Daya Krishan Kotwal and general secretary Sat Sharma (CA) also addressed the convention.

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Annil Suri elected BBIA president

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Annil Suri was today elected as president of the Bari Brahamana Industries Association (BBIA) for two years.During the elections, a total of 203 votes were polled and Annil suri was elected for the post of President of the Association. He won by 53 votes.

Rakesh Bhat won the election for the post of vice-president by 52 votes and Irfan Naqib for the secretary post with 37 votes.

Rahul Bansal, senior vice-president, Lalit Mahajan, general secretary and Suresh Mahajan, treasurer were elected unopposed.

The election was held under the supervision of Election Commissioners, Dr Ved Pal, Vishal Gupta, Brig S S Sambyal and Kanwaljit Singh.

Homage paid to martyrs of JAK Rifles Regiment

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Nov 20: A wreath laying ceremony was held at the War Memorial of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre to pay homage to the martyrs of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regiment as a part of 11th Reunion of JAK Regiment.

The serving and retired soldiers honoured those who laid down their lives in the true traditions of the Indian Army, keeping their Regimental and national flags flying high even at the cost of their lives.

The Regiment has lost 2,367 of its gallants in various Ops/ Wars, in memory of whom a war memorial has been built at the Regimental Centre.

Prominent among those who attended the solemn ceremony were Lt Gen BS Jaswal, Col of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles and Ladakh Scouts and Army Commander Northern Command, Ritu Jaswal, president AWWA, Northern Command, Ex Colonels of the Regiment Lt Gen (Retd) GS Rawat, Maj Gen (Retd) RK Sood, Lt Gen (Retd) GL Bakshi, Lt Gen (Retd) SS Grewal, Lt General (Retd) Susheel Gupta.

The ceremony was also attended by serving Lt Gen AC Soneja, Brig CM Rodrigues, Commandant Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre and a host of reunion guests.

After paying homage to the martyrs of the Regiment a special Sainik Sammelan was held at the Sainik Sammelan Manch of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles Regimental Centre. Lt General BS Jaswal, addressed the sainik sammelan. The Sainik Sammelan was also addressed by Ex Colonel of the Regiment, Lt General (Retd) GS Rawat.

Gen Jaswal also appreciated the training standards of the Regimental Centre and the growth made by the War Widows Hostel (Rajinder Hostel) and the other important Institutes. He exhorted all to rededicate themselves to bring greater honour and glory to the Regiment.

Governor, CM greet people on Gurupurab

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s Birthday.

In a message of felicitations, the Governor described Guru Nanak Devji as an apostle of peace and tolerance who endeavoured his entire life for securing social justice, equality and harmony in the society. He added that Guruji’s teachings will continue to inspire generations to come, guiding and encouraging them to tread the path of righteousness and brotherhood.

The Governor hoped that this auspicious occasion would strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, communal harmony and amity and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity in the State.

In his greetings , the Chief Minister described Guru Nanak Devji as an epitome of peace and tolerance who endeavoured, his entire life, for securing social justice, equality and harmony in the society.

Praying for peace and prosperity in the State, the Chief Minister hoped that the day will further cement the bonds of love, brotherhood and amity between various sections of the society. He also prayed for the well-being and prosperity of the people.

Power purchase budget goes up to Rs 2050 cr: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Minister for Finance, A.R. Rather, had a detailed review of power scenario in Jammu and Kashmir at a high level meeting convened here at Gladni.

Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan was also present in the meeting

It was apprised in the meeting that the peak power projected demand of the State is 2425 MWs and total availability is 1492 MWs thereby the state has the total deficit of 933 MWS. A total of Rs 1272.05 crore expenditure has been booked upto September 2010 out of the total budgetary allocation of Rs 2050.05 crore, the meeting was further informed.

The meeting highlighted various steps being taken to reduce burden on the State budget like banking of 396 MU during summer after returning of 341 MU which were borrowed during the winter of 2009-10, borrowing of 100 MW power from Haryana during November-December 2010 and surrendering costly power from Anta, Aurya and Dadri.

The details of arrears against various Government departments were also discussed thread-barely in the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rather urged upon the PDD functionaries to strive hard to achieve maximum revenue realization by creating awareness among the consumers. He said that power purchase budget of the State has swollen to the tune of Rs 2050 crore during the year 2010-11 and the need of the hour is to concentrate on optimum revenue realization.

Meanwhile, Mr Rather reviewed by functioning of Treasury Offices of Jammu division.

The Minister directed the treasury officers to allow the expenditure to the concerned departments only within the sanctioned budget otherwise it will adversely affect the functioning of the agency. He also cautioned the officers that no laxity would be tolerated in this regard and they have to face the music in case of any carelessness. He instructed the treasury officers to ensure that all the vouchers should have full classification before they are passed by the treasuries. He also asked them to apply extra vigil while passing the bills and cheques presented by the drawing and disbursing officers for payment.

Referring to the huge number of outstanding paras, the Minister advised the Treasuries to clear the same within a period of one month so that the chances of illusion of draft paras in the Comptroller Auditor General’s annual report are averted.

Reviewing the progress achieved in computerization of treasuries, the Minister asked the National Informatics Centre (NIC) Jammu to complete the job within the shortest possible time so that in those treasuries, where connectivity is available, be fully computerized during the current financial year.

Commissioner/Secretary, Finance, Sudhanshu Panday,while giving details of implementation of New Pension Scheme (NPS) introduced in respect of government servants appointed on or after January 2010, said that the National Security Deposited Limited (NSDL) Mumbai has appreciated the implementation of the system in J&K.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General Accounts and Treasuries, J&K, Wali Mohammad Bhat, informed the meeting that the construction work on various treasury offices, presently functioning in rented accommodation, is going on progressively and is expected to be completed within the stipulated timeframe.

ISCAS organises national symposium on
"New Trends in Materials Research"

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The 3-day National Symposium on "New Trends in Materials Research" being organised by the Indian Association of Solid State Chemists and Allied Scientists (ISCAS) at ISCAS Institute of Solid State and Materials Science, University of Jammu (JU) concluded, here today.

Prof K J Rao, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, presided over the valedictory function.

Prof Indu Bhushan Sharma, president of the Association, presented the detailed report of the research areas and concrete recommendation made during the meet for promotion of solid-state chemistry and allied areas in the country on the occasion.

Among those who presented papers included Prof K J Rao, IIS Bangalore, Prof V K Manchanda, BARC, Mumbai, Prof A K Ganguli, Indian Institute of Delhi, Prof B H Mehta, University of Mumbai, Prof S K Kulshrshtha, Atomic Energy Education Society, Mumbai, Prof R Nagarajan, DU, Prof Farid Khan, Central University, Sagar, MP, Prof M Swaninathan, Annamalai University, Dr Aparna Banerjee, BARC, Dr N D Dahale, Dr Mera Kumar, BARC, Dr M R R Prasad, VSSC, Travandrum, Prof R P Sharma, Punjab University, Dr C Shivakumara, IISC, Bangalore, Prof S P Meenashdundram, TN, Dr B Sreedhar, IICT, Hydrabad and Dr P C Kalsi, BARC.

Four scholars were honoured on the occasion for best poster presentation including Jashanpreet Singh, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Renuka Bobde, Nagpur Univerity, Nidhi Kalgotra, JU and Dr Onkar Singh Chaudhary, GGM Science College, Jammu.

Sadhotra for massive participation of
NGOs in society’s betterment

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: A 4 day free eye camp concluded at Surechak in which free operation, medicines, accommodation facilities were made available for poor and needy persons of far-flung areas.

Member Legislative Council, Ajay Sadhotra was the chief guest on the concluding day of the camp.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sadhotra emphasized the need of ensuring massive participation of NGOs and other social organizations in development and welfare of needy sections of the society. He asked the NGOs to contribute their selfless services in a more organized manner so as to supplement Government’s efforts of providing better facilities to the people of the State especially those living in rural and remote pockets.

The MLC also described better coordination between Government agencies and NGOs as of utmost importance for effective implementation of various

State and Centrally sponsored development programmes.

Block President, Tawi Welfare Society, Satwari Cant (NC), Subash Chander, president Tawi Welfare Society, Master Ravi Raj, secretary, Romesh Chander Gupta, Sarpanch, Baro Ram and a large number of people from the villages and adjoining areas were present on the occasion.

Altaf reviews functioning of Forest Deptt

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UDHAMPUR, Nov 20: Reiterating the commitment of the present government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in providing basic amenities of life to every section of the society in every nook and corner of the state, the Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf said that the Scheduled Tribe communities residing near forest areas of the state should be prioritized in providing adequate water and power supply besides other civic amenities.

The Minister was addressing a meeting of officers held here today to review the functioning of Forest Department in the Udhampur district.

MLA, Chenani, Krishan Chander Bhagat, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (J&K), R. D. Tiwari, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Regional Director Social Forestry, A.K.Tikoo, Chief Conservator of Forest, S.C Sharma, Conservator of Forest East Circle, S.K.Gupta, Divisional Forest Officer, Mufti Sajjad, Chief Planning Officer, H.H. Dutt and other officers were present in the meeting.

The minister discussed threadbare various programmes of the department under the district and state sector, social forestry, soil conservation, intensification of the forest management, status of timber supply, afforestation fund management, national afforestation programme, rehabilitation of the degraded forests etc.

Instructing the officers of the State Forest Corporation, the Minister asked them to expedite the supply of timber at sale depots of the department in Udhampur to the target of 7500 CFT within 15 days so that consumers in general may not face any difficulty in getting timber for various purposes on subsidized rates.

Instructions were also issued to the officers to prioritize the fencing work of the forest lands available especially near the National Highway and towns to prevent any apprehension of encroachment. He also called for putting up dedicated efforts in social forestry and soil conservation sectors for the rehabilitation of the degraded forests by initiating meaningful plantation drives. Achievement should be supported by the documentation before and after the completion of the project," he maintained.

To ensure greater transparency, the Minister instructed the officers to take into confidence the concerned MLAs while formulating different plans to be executed by them. He also directed the Chief Wildlife Warden to maintain coordination with the district administration, forest territorial divisions and other agencies so that wild animals in the protected areas do not create any havoc by physically attacking the area dwellers.

AISF discusses various issues
concerning education system

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: All India Students Federation (AISF) State Council held a meeting under the presidentship of Dr Vimal Manhas, State president and discussed various issues concerning education system in the Jammu region.

Dr Manhas has expressed grave concern over the inordinate delay in the opening of Central University at Jammu and added that no Vice-Chancellor has been appointed and matter is pending for last two years.

All India Students Federation State Council demanded immediate appointment of Central University Vice-Chancellor who must be a man of broader vision having good educational back ground, honest and a person with high character and integrity and also demanded that no such person should be taken as Vice-Chancellor under political influence.

AISF has appealed to take concrete steps to make university operational otherwise it will launch agitation against State as well as Central Government.

72 bags of GREF cement seized, 2 held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Reasi Police today foiled an attempt to misappropriate GREF cement and arrested two persons. Seventy two cement bags were also seized.

Police spokesman said that on the basis of specific information a police party from Katra Police Station conducted a raid at Agarjitto and recovered 72 bags of Ambuja cement from the shop of one Om Parkash, son of Birbal.

The accused had purchased cement from an employee of Beacon Project namely Daya Ram, son of Daku Sahu of Chattisgarh.

A case under Section 409/411 RPC has been registered against them at Police Station Katra.

Meanwhile, Arnas Police foiled an attempt to smuggle bovine animals and arrested four persons along with 10 bovines.

The accused have been identified as Gulzar Ahmed, son of Abdul Gani, Bilal Ahmed, son of Mohd Yousif, Ashraf Ahmed and Mohd Ashraf, son of Ghulam Hussain, all the residents of Mahore.

Tehsil level educational conference held

Excelsior Correspondent

AKHNOOR, Nov 20: All J&K Plus Two Lecturers Forum has organized one day tehsil level educational conference, attended by about one hundred delegates drawn from 11 Higher Secondary Schools of tehsil Akhnoor.

The educational conference was presided over by S N P Singh, Principal, Higher Secondary School (girls) Akhnoor, H D Qureshi, State president of the forum was the chief guest, while B D Sharma, district president announced the teshil level unit of the forum under the leadership of Mulkh Raj, Lecturer, HSS, Sohal as president.

The day long conference discussed the wide ranging areas that included the efforts for academic excellence, the problems both at institutional and individual level and confronting areas like regularization of in-charge incumbents, benefits of running pattern, placement of cadre in pay band No-3 and re-organization of the department, besides the release of orders for Senior Lecturers and gazetted recruitment rules.

Qureshi, on the occasion expressed his full faith on the approach of Education Minister, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed and hoped that his sincere efforts will bring the desirable achievements, particularly the regularization of in-charge incumbents through State Cabinet as "One Time Exception".

Others who attended the conference included Charan Dass and Manmeet Bali both vice presidents, N S Jamwal, general secretary and Ashwani Sharma, chief organizer.

Committee constituted to check commercial establishments

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Deputy Commissioner, Jammu has constituted three member committee comprising of Additional District Magistrate, Jammu as its Chairman, Assistant Director CAPD Jammu as member, Commercial Tax Officer (Vigilance), Jammu as Convenor and any other member to be co-opted by committee for checking of shops, restaurants and other commercial establishments.

The committee has been constituted to check the genuineness of rates and to keep check on the profiteering, ensure inspection of bills of each goods and see that VAT and Taxes have been paid, inspection of all the other shops/ establishments to ensure that all the rates are put on the articles and necessary receipt including record of VAT and other taxes are maintained by these shops/ establishments, to ascertain the cost price of goods and their sale price, to ascertain that proper accounts are being maintained and vouchers/ receipts/ bills issued to the customer/end user and any other topic of public interest.

This committee will also furnish a monthly report to the Deputy Commissioner in this regard.

Unemployed youth meet CEO

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POONCH, Nov 20: A deputation of unemployed youth of the district headed by Jahangir Hussain Mir, MLC, met Chief Education Officer and showed concern over the advertisement of less number of teachers posts in the district.

Jahangir Hussain Mir, MLC was of opinion that except ReT posts there is dire need of more than 500 teachers in the district, yet the advertisement of 267 posts is quite amazing for the district and is a great injustice with the unemployed youth of Poonch. He asked the Chief Education Officer that if the exact number of vacant posts is not brought to light with in next few days he will raise the issue in the Assembly session.

Chief Education Officer assured the MLC and the members accompanying him that necessary action would be taken accordingly.

CCI for early Jammu-Delhi flights to boost tourism

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: To further boost the tourism, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu is of the opinion that early morning flights from Jammu to Delhi will open new avenues to the entrepreneurs of Jammu apart from convenience to pilgrims visiting holy Mata Vaishno Devi and other shrines.

In a letter to Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Y V Sharma, president Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has written that Jammu is destination of one crore pilgrims of holy Mata Vaishno Devi shrine and headquarter of Northern Command of Indian Army. It was mentioned that Jammu is the winter capital of the State and also hub of pharma and other industries recently established due to special package by Government of India.

The Chamber has shown its optimism that starting of early flight from Jammu to Delhi and similarly evening flight from Delhi to Jammu will increase the business of the airlines manifold.

It was requested to the Union Civil Aviation Minister to kindly favour the people of Jammu by starting these services at the earliest.

Power shut down

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: In order to carry out the charging of spare circuit of under-ground 33 KV XLPE Cable of G-7 feeder, the power supply to Transport Nagar, Fruit Mandi Complex, Narwal, NABARD Complex, part of Rajiv Nagar, Sheikh Nagar and PHE installation will remain affected on November 23, 2010 from 8 a m to 10 a. m.

Meanwhile to carry out the shifting of G-5 line by way of inserting 4 S T Poles at Peerkhow, the power supply to Karan Nagar, Amphalla, Jullaka Mohalla, Village Bamyal, Nagrota Kattal Batal, Poonch House, Kachi Chawani, Paccki Dacki, Tangyewali Gali, Peer Mitha, Lower Mastgarh and its adjoining areas will remain affected on November 23 and 24, 2010 from 9.30 a. m to 3.30 p.m.

According to the Superintending Engineer, Electric Maintenance & RE Circle-I, Jammu, the shutdown is subject to fair weather conditions.

 ASKPC delegation meets Governor

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: A delegation of the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference called on the Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here today and submitted a memorandum of their demands. The demands presented to the Governor by the deputation led by the president of the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, A. N. Vaishnavi, included, the enhancement of monthly cash relief to the Kashmiri migrants; provision of adequate medical relief and health insurance scheme; relaxation of age in favour of over-aged Kashmiri migrant youth to entitle them for employment; provision of merit-cum-means scholarships to the students of the community.

The other demands highlighted by the deputationists related to the grant of minority status to the Kashmiri Pandits and ensuring protection of the lands of their religious places in the Kashmir Valley by enactment of a law in this regard.

The Governor gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that he would take up their problems and demands with the Chief Minister. The delegation comprised the vice president of the All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference, R. K. Raina, general secretary, H. L. Chatta and its Member, Amit Raghu.

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Heritage Hall to be inaugurated in
Bhagavaan Gopinath Ashram today

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Bhagavaan Gopinath Trust is setting up a Heritage Hall at Bhagavaan Gopinath Ashram, Udaywala Bohri. The Hall will be inaugurated by Prof R N K Bamezi, Vice Chancellor, Mata Vaishno Devi University tomorrow. The Heritage Hall will contain the pictures of the Bhagavaan Ji’s spiritual travel, the places and shrines he visited, the disciples who were surrendering him and his message Sezer, Pazer and Shoze, the president of the Trust H N Foterdar told reporters here today.

He, while justifying the setting up of the hall, said the reminiscence of Bhagavaan Ji is vital for the future existence of the community. This hall will explain about the love of Bhagavaan Ji for Kashmir. The photographs closely associated with Bhagaavan Ji will also be kept at display in the heritage hall, he added.

He however said that the heritage hall will have no link to the Bhagavaan Ji’s sanctum sanctorum and it will be kept separate. The hall will contain the pictures and photographs which is a part of history. Such heritage halls are in existence in number of countries at present, he added.

Disclosing about the other activities of the Trust in the social field, he said various steps have been taken up for the betterment of the mankind. He said the spiritual activities are regularly going on in the ashram to inculcate the moral and spiritual values among the youth. Besides the social and cultural activities are also undertaken by the Trust, he added.

Mr Fotedar said these included the financial assistance to destitutes, handicapped, medical and educational aid to needy, relief to natural calamities like fire, flood, and earthquake, victims.

He said financial aid of Rs 17.24 lakh has been paid for the year 2009-10. Besides other relief material has been sent to Leh, Kishtwar, Bihar, Kashmir , Kargil and an amount of Rs 21,000 has been donated to PM’s Relief Fund.

He also maintained that the Trust is going to set up the professional institution and medical aid center in near future. For this purpose the Government has already been approached for allotment of land to the Trust, he added.

Senior Trustee M K Tickoo, Kumari Jai Kishori Patwari, chairperson of the Trust, G L Malla its vice president and Satish Razdhan its secretary were also present in the press conference.

Peace imperative for development: Sagar

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Khag Beerwah, Nov 20: Asserting peace is essential for the overall development of the State, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar today said that the forces inimical to the same are the real enemies of the people of the State.

The Minister was addressing a series of public gatherings at Khag Beerwah in the Budgam district today. He was accompanied by the District Development Commissioner, Budgam, Mohammad Rafi, Director Rural Development, Kashmir, Jehangir Mir and senior other officers of the district administration.

Mr. Sagar while referring to the unrest witnessed by the valley during the last few months said that the losses suffered by the people on various sectors like economy, education, tourism are colossal and it would take decades to compensate for the same. He said that it is unfortunate that innocent lives have been lost during the unrest and we fully share the pain experienced by their families and the people who are bent on plunging the State into chaos of confusion are directly responsible for the loss of human lives and other things witnessed during the time.

The Minister while appealing the people to come forward and help the government in restoring the peace and implementation of various developmental activities undertaken said that by doing so they would be effectively contributing their bit which forms the basis of any democratic setup. He said that the government is aware of the problems being confronted by the people living in rural and far flung areas for the redressal of which several welfare schemes have been launched.

Referring to MGNREGA as an effective tool for changing the rural landscape and providing employment to the people at their doorstep said that an amount of Rs. 650 crore has been earmarked for the purpose during the current financial year. He said an amount of Rs. 1.72 crore has been earmarked for the Khag block for the current financial year.

Complimenting the officers of the Rural Development for their proactive role in the implementation of the MGNREGA scheme, the Minister said that the state has been declared as one of the finest state in its implementation.

The Minister later inaugurated link road constructed under MG NREGA connecting the villages of Mallapora and Takibal.

The Minister also distributed cheques among the beneficiaries of Indra Awas Yojana.

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Malik visits R S Pura, Bishnah Degree Colleges

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: In order to assess the functioning and infrastructural facilities of Degree Colleges at R.S.Pura and Bishnah, the Minister for Higher Education, Labour & Employment, Abdul Gani Malik accompanied by local MLA Gharu Ram Bhagat visited Government Degree Colleges R.S.Pura and Bishnah today.

Mr. Malik inspected class rooms, Computer lab and Science laboratories at R.S.Pura and prefabricated halls at Bishnah and issued necessary instructions to the concerned staff for providing adequate facilities to the students.

After inspection of the colleges, Mr. Malik said that an amount of Rs. 25 lakh has been provided to Degree College R.S.Pura and Rs. 29 lakh to Degree College Bishnah for creating infrastructural facilities in addition to normal grants. He stressed the need to promote quality education through continuous effort, conviction and commitment through developing multi-dimensional personality of students by providing an opportunity to participate in cultural, co-curricular, literary and sports activities.

He further said that Science and Information Technology have to play very important role these days and students of all colleges must be given an opportunity to have access of internet for having day to day experiences in their student life.

Mr. Malik inaugurated website of Degree College Bishnah and directed the Principal to provide internet facilities to the students.

Director Colleges, Prof. Sham Lal Gupta also spoke on the occasion and exhorted upon the college staff to provide quality education to students.

The urgent requirements which they need are already under active consideration and would be provided in phased manner.

Earlier, the Principal of Degree College R.S.Pura. Prof. J .L. Bhagat and Principal, Degree College Bishnah, Prof Veena Pandita put forth various demands of their respective colleges before the Minister.

The Minister gave a patient hearing and assured that their all demands would be solved in phased manner.

Lok Adalat held at Kishtwar

Excelsior Correspondent

KISHTWAR, Nov 20: Lok Adalat was held in the court complex which was presided over by Principal District and Session Judge, M L Manhas who is also Chairman of District Legal Services Authority Kishtwar and assisted by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ashwani Kumar Sharma and Munsiff Kishtwar, Vinod Kumar.

About 60 cases of different nature including matrimonial were taken up in which 22 cases were settled through mediation, conciliation and negotiation.

A fine of Rs.5100 was also recovered in traffic challan and other cases.

Ramisht College holds awareness programme

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Ramisht College of Education, Basohli organised awareness programme in which all the club members of the College participated.

The incharge of literacy club, remedial teaching, legal rights awareness cell etc participated in the programme and shared their views on the occasion.

The IQAC Coordinator laid stress that all the club members should give quality at the ground level. The incharge of CCA and Woman Cell emphasized to maintain the balanced personality of the people and highlighted the various problems being faced by women in daily life.

Political migrants hold meeting

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JAMMU, Nov 20: J&K Political Migrants Front in a meeting at Doda expressed grave concern over the plight of the displaced people from the hilly reaches of Jammu region.

The meeting, which was chaired by Sheikh Mohi-ud-Din Shabnam its president, demanded that basic amenities of life be provided to District Doda migrants. The Front resolved to work for restoration of peace, unity and integrity of the state. It made an appeal to Government to settle the problems of the migrants from District Doda. The meeting further appealed the Governor, N N Vohra, to visit the Doda migrants to ascertain their problems.

The meeting after rejecting the self rule, autonomy and homeland demand stressed on maintaining unity and integrity of the state. It also paid homage to the people as well as members of security forces and Kulhand Doda martyrs on the occasion.

The meeting was addressed by state secretary B K Bhat, provincial president Nanak Singh Bedi, Mohamed Husian Wani and Hajiu Abdullah.

Free artificial limb camp begins

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Nov 20: Under Operation Sadbhavana, a free artificial limb camp is being organized by 6 Kumaon under the aegis of Poonch Brigade and Pritam Spiritual Trust, which was inaugurated by Brig V S Sreenivasan, VSM, Comdr Poonch Brigade in the presence of an august gathering of senior army officers and civil dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion the chief guest said, "as every physically challenged sufferer has the right to be gainfully employed and rehabilitated, the artificial limb fitment camp has brought dignity of life to many of those who would have remained crippled for life. If we held a person, a family is sustained and if families are strengthened, our nation takes a giant stride forward".

During eight day camp over 100 beneficiaries including men, women and children from entire State who have lost their limbs due to LC firing, mine accidents and terrorist action would be benefited.

A team of 10 technicians has arrived from Bhagwan Mahavir Viklang Samiti, Jaipur to fabricate the limbs. The camp has seen an over-whelming response from the affected people who are being provided with artificial limbs, calipers, crutches, wheelchair, tricycle and hearing aids free of cost.

The beneficiaries have come from far flung areas of the State including Kashmir valley, apart from Nowshera, BG, Mendhar, Surankot and Rajouri. They all are being provided with free boarding and lodging facilities during their stay at Poonch.

This popular camp has darwn a lot of praise and people from all walks of life have appreciated the Army for taking up this prestigious project to reintegrate the affected people into the society.

The 6 Kumaon has rare distinction of being associated with this noble cause for the third consecutive year.

Anuj to present paper in SAARC meet

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Jammu, Nov 20: Anuj Malhotra, advocate in J&K High Court, will present paper during SAARC Emerging leaders meet in Nepal from December 6-18, 2010.

Anuj Malhotra, hailing from remote areas of Poonch district, will present the paper in the meet on the topic "Emerging Youth Leadership in India". He has been selected by SIT Graduate Institute, USA, for Peace-building, Training and Education among SAARC Emerging leaders.

The Summit was organised by SIT Graduate Institute’s Conflict Transformation across cultures in view for peace-building programmes. During the meet emerging leaders from different countries of SAARC region would develop their knowledge and skills during the course by sharing their views and ideas.

 

GWC Gandhi Nagar organizes extension lectures

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The Department of Chemistry, Government College of Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu organized extension lectures for the students.

These lectures were delivered by Dr P C Kalsi, scientist, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre Mumbai and Prof Shyam Kumar, Department of Physics, University of Kurukshetra.

Dr Kalsi highlighted the name of research work being done at BARC and interacted with the students regarding procedure of recruitment.

Prof Kumar delivered his talk on nuclear radiations, its impact and uses. The lectures were impressive and interactive. The students got a number of answers about their queries regarding the subject.

Dr Kuldeep Pandita, Head, Department of Chemistry presented the vote of thanks.

Earlier Prof Nalini Kohli, Principal, Government College for Women welcome the guests on the occasion.

Congregations

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JAMMU, Nov 20: The annual congregation of All India Jojra Biradari is going to be held on November 21 (Sunday) at village Falora on the Indo-Pak borders in R S Pura tehsil with religious fervour and enthusiasm.

Chief organizer of the Shri Shri Baba Mangal Dass Devsthan Samiti, Dr Ashwani Jojra, has extended an open invitation to the members of Jojra Biradari to participate alongwith their family members to have holy dip in Mangal Sarovar and partake Prasad at Preeti Bhoj to get invoked blessings of the deity for well being of their families.

Meanwhile Mael of Sumbria Rajput Biradari is also being held tomorrow at village Thara Kalwal, Garhi Qila, tehsil Billawar. All Biradari members have been asked to participate along with their families to invoke blessings of the deity. The festivities would start with Hawan Pooja at 9 am to 12 noon, meeting of Biradari from 12 noon to 1:30 pm and preeti Bhoj onwards.

Annual congregation of Dalotra Biradari is being held at their Devsthan at Aghore, Akhnoor, tomorrow. All Biradari members have been asked to participate along with their family members. The festivities would start with holding of Pooja, Hawan and Kirtan followed by Bhandara.

CEO pays surprise visit to schools

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SAMBA, Nov 20: The Chief Education Officer Ravi Dubey paid surprise visit to Ramgarh zone to check the quality of education, punctuality and record of mid-day meal scheme in Government Schools.

The CEO accompanied by other officials paid the visit in MS Radwan, HS Mahal Shah, MS Keranwali, PS Karalian and GPS Karalian. During inspection at Government MS Radwan, CEO found that Headmaster Daleep Singh and Renu Kumari (contractual teacher) absent at 10:30am and directed the ZEO to stop the salaries of both the officials. He also sought the explanation from the said officials within three days into the matter.

He also directed the concerned officials during the visit to maintain punctuality and standard of quality education in the schools.

Chib assesses people's problems

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports today paid a visit at Simbal Camp and took stock of various developmental schemes launched by the Centre and State Government.

People of the area apprised the Minister about the problems faced by the locals like construction of roads, shortage of potable drinking water, replacement of conductor and transformer, construction of community hall, upgradation of high school and upgradation of Primary Health Centre and construction of Stadium at Simbal Camp.

Mr. Chib listen the problems of the people sympathetically and assured them that their genuine problems like replacement of conductor and transformers, construction of road and construction of pavilion site at stadium will be redressed soon.

The Minister said that upgradation of High school issue will be taken up with the Chief Minister. He gave instruction to the concerned authorities to start the work of 3 additional class rooms in Girl high school, funds for the purpose stand already sanctioned.

J K Public Schools excels in national level quiz

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Nov 20: The Students of J K Public School, Kunjwani, brought laurels for the State by winning second prize in national level WWF and Traffic’s Wild Wisdom Quiz contest.

Prakriti Sharma and Shubham Khanna of J K Public School stood second in the said contest which was held at Kerala. About 15 states participated in the contest and top five teams from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh were invited for 2-day excursion to Jim Corbett National Park by the organizers.

The objective of the Wild Wisdom Quiz was to inspire, educate and empower children to aware environmentally responsible future generation.

NPSU frames JU unit

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 20: The National Panther’s Student Union (NPSU) announced its unit for University of Jammu (JU) in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Varun Dev Singh (provincial president).

Sushant Sharma, a student of The Law School, was appointed as president of the newly formed body. The other elected members were Rahul Sharma (general secretary), Suman Bhagat, Zafar Choudhary, Shivam Sachadev (vice presidents), Suraj Singh Jasrotia (spokesperson), Mubassar Ahmed, Rahul Manmar (secretary) and Kanvika Sambyal (cashier).

Zahir Abbas, Talib Hussain, Akashdeep Gupta, Garuav Pathania, Murasat Hussain Shah and Arun Jamwal were appointed as executive members on the occasion.

Govt keen to revive cooperative societies: Manohar

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Kathua, Nov 20: State Government is committed to revive and reconstruct the primary cooperative societies to bring back the culture of healthy co operative societies in coming time in the state.

This was stated by minister of State for Cooperatives, Finance and Planning Dr Manohar Lal Sharma while attending a day long awareness camp on the eve of 57th All India Cooperative Week organized by IFFCO (Indian farmers fertilizer Cooperative Ltd) at village Mandli of tehsil Billawar of district Kathua.

Dr Sharma said that Central Government is quite liberal on the funding of various projects in the state. He disclosed that Rs 350 crore project is in pipeline to strengthen and reconstruct by means of providing training to the members of the societies so as to achieve the motive.

Dr Manohar Lal Sharma said that condition of the cooperative societies for the last 20 years was not in good manners. He said reforms have been formulated to bring back the derailed process of the growth.

MLC Hiranagar Subash Gupta, State Marketing Manager of IFFCO A.S Bhinder, Managing Director Central Co-operative Bank Arun Bakshi, President, Co-operative Union Rajesh Kumar various District and Tehsil Level Officers of the Cooperative and Agriculture Department were also present on the occasion.

Later, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma distributed Kissan Credit Cards to the 18 farmers.

Nove Soan Front for ban on Hurriyat

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JAMMU, Nov 20: Nove Soan Kashmir and PCC Minority Cell in its joint meeting here today discussed prevailing situation in the state.

The meeting said Kashmir is an integral part of India and KPs are part and parcel of Kashmir so they are the first party in any dialogue held on resolution of the issue.

The meeting while reiterating that Pandits are willing to return to Kashmir Valley demanded construction of a satellite township for their settlement in Kashmir.

Addressing the meeting Shadi Lal Pandita demanded ban on Hurriyat Conference.

While welcoming the interlocutors for inviting various organisations to talks he demanded that Soan Kashmir Front be also invited in future talks.



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