Holding of panchayat
elections main agenda
of Govt : Sagar

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2 : Asserting that the dialogue is the only viable medium for solving various vexed issues, the Minister for Rural Development, ...more

Government committed
to fulfill development
promises: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 2: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday reiterated his Government’s determination to reach out every area in the State for...more

Intellectuals interact with Ved Rahi
Dogra artistic
heritage in shambles’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Eminent writers and intellectuals expressed concern about the sorry state of preservation of ancient buildings and religious structures in and around Jammu and urged the State Government .......more

Fictitious withdrawal of GP Fund of Head Constable
Court orders further
investigation

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Third Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Pawan Dev Kotwal has directed further investigation into the misappropriation of .......more

Army jawan
shoots self

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Oct 2: An Army soldier committed suicide by using his service rifle at a forward location in Rajouri sector last night....more

 

Bhalla releases 2 books
on Kashmiri Shaivism

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Two books on Kashmiri Shaivism Shiv Mahimna Satotram and Divine Touch of Pt Vishnath Jyotshi, a scholar of Kashmiri Shaivism, were released at an impressive function here today by Minister of Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla.......more

Tributes paid to
Mahatma Gandhi

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Rich tributes were paid to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in various function organized across the State today.......more

Malik reviews progress on
establishment of Overseas
Employment Corporation

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Oct 2 : The Minister for higher Education, Labour and Employment Ab.Gani Malik today convened a meeting and reviewed progress achieved in establishing J&K State Overseas Employment Corporation. ....more

     
 

Tributes paid to Father of Nation, Lal Bahadur Shastri....

HC suspends sentence awarded to AEE ....

Chib inaugurates Rotary Club’s health checkup camp....

Bhagavaan Gopinathji Trust holds children art competition...

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: In order to promote talent and Bhagavaan consciousness among children, Bhagavaan Gopinathji Trust organized a children art competition at the Bhagavaan Gopinathji Ashram, Udaiwala Bohri today. .

Sham inaugurates 61st T. B. Seal Sale campaign....

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2 : Minister of Health, Horticulture and Floriculture Sham Lal Sharma today inaugurated 61st T. B. Seal Sale campaign at Chest Diseases Hospital Jammu, here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the efforts of the organizers and called upon them to work with missionary zeal to ensure a disease free India. He impressed upon the medical fraternity to do their job with the sole intention of benefitting the needy and poor.

JDA delegation calls on Chib....

OP’s book on Forest flora of Kashmir released....

Kalpana Kala Kendra celebrates 34th establishment day...

Maha Yagya held on birth anniversary of Lala Hans Raj Mahajan....

 

Holding of panchayat elections main
agenda of Govt : Sagar

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2 : Asserting that the dialogue is the only viable medium for solving various vexed issues, the Minister for Rural Development, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has asked the separatists and other parties to come forward, so that a lasting solution can be found to the issues confronting the State.

The Minister was addressing mammoth Gram Sabhas of twin districts of Jammu and Samba organized by the Department of Rural Development at Bhalwal on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti and concluding day of the year of Gram Sabha.

It was attended by thousands of the representatives of various villages of the districts besides Member Parliament, M. L. Sharma, Minister of State for Rural Development, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, MLA, Raipur-Domana, Bharat Bushan, Director Rural Development, Jammu, M. Y. Zargar, Additional District Development Commissioner, Samba, Additional District Commissioner, Jammu and other senior officers of the department.

Lashing out at the separatists holding Government responsible for alleged Human Rights Violations, Mr. Sagar said that they should go for an introspection as they are responsible for the same by making the life of people difficult by resorting to hartals which have destroyed our educational , social and economical set up. He said they are really responsible for economic and educational degradation of the State. "It would take decades together for the people to compensate for the losses suffered due to the frequent hartals and calls given by the separatists", he maintained.

Maintaining that the holding of Panchayati elections is one of the top most agendas of the Government, the Minister said that the same would be held very soon at an appropriate time. He said by establishing panchayats across the State, we would be involving the people at the gross root level in policy implementation and formulation, which forms the basis of a democratic setup. "We would also be getting additional funds which would be instrumental in changing the socio-economic landscape of the areas for which establishing panchayats are essential", he maintained.

Referring to MGNREGA as an effective means to provide much needed employment to the people, the Minister said that an amount of Rs. 300 crore has been earmarked for the Jammu division. He said that the scheme is demand driven and there is no scarcity of the funds provided that these are used to the maximum.

The Minister of State for Rural Development, Aijaz Ahmad Khan also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the role played by various RDD schemes in poverty alleviation and changing the rural landscape.

The Member Parliament, Madan Lal Sharma and MLA, Domana, Bharat Bushan also addressed the gathering.

Government committed to fulfill development
promises: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 2: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday reiterated his Government’s determination to reach out every area in the State for balanced economic development and upgradation of basic amenities.

"My Government is committed to fulfill the promises made to people on development and every step is being taken in this direction", he said adding that despite hindrances due to the law and order situation in parts of Kashmir, the development process has been given forward push. "The administration at all levels has been sensitized to carry forward development with full endeavour".

Speaking to scores of individuals and dozens of deputations from across the Valley who met him at ‘Awami Mulakat’ here today, the Chief Minister said that Government officers have been directed to make public interactions a regular feature of their schedule. "This is to ensure that the grievances of people at all levels are heard and necessary action taken for their redressal", he said.

Underlying the importance of peace and tranquility in the process of development and economic welfare of the State, the Chief Minister said that tranquility is imperative to carry forward development agenda smoothly and complete the schemes in prescribed timeline. He expressed the hope that normalcy will completely be restored and asked the people to play their important role in this direction for the larger interests of the people of the State.

Chief Minister heard the deputations and individuals patiently and assured sympathetic consideration for their genuine demands. The Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and National Conference provincial president, Ali Mohammad Dar were present on the occasion.

The deputationists and the individuals presented memoranda of their demands to the Chief Minister and sought his intervention in the redressal of their grievances.

A deputation from Kokernag led by G. N. Adgami raised the issue of maize blight in the area causing damage to the standing crops and requested for relief in this connection. It also demanded construction of receiving station and upgradation of health facilities in the area.

The deputation from Homshalibugh headed by Abdul Majid Bhat, requested for separate Tehsil for Yaripora. It also demanded employment package in the area for backward and poor people. The deputation requested for posting adequate medical and para-medical staff in the Sub-District Hospital, Yaripora and construction of building for Girls Higher Secondary School.

The deputation from Budgam led by M. S. Shaheen among other things demanded construction of roads under Doodpathri Development Programme. It also demanded early construction of Sukhnag Power Station and creation of infrastructure in health sector at Zanigam under NRHM. It also requested for employment opportunities for the youth especially belonging to poorer sections and residents of far-off and backward areas.

A deputation from Shopian led by Shabir Ahmad Kullary raised the issues pertaining to the upgradation of PHE and power development in the area.

A deputation from Pahalagam led by MLC Altaf Ahmad Kaloo requested for review of Pahalgam Master Plan and early clarification of cases for construction of residential houses under Building Operation Control Authority (BOCA).

The deputation of Chadoora led by Mohammad Maqbool demanded a bridge at Soitaing and also emphasized for enhancing employment opportunities for youth. It also raised issues of upgrading basic amenities in the area.

A deputation from Srinagar led by Mohammad Amin and G. M. Dar requested the Chief Minister for mechamadization in various areas and upgradation of roads and power distribution system.

A deputation of Quarry Union from Athwajan presented a memorandum of their demand relating to the allowing of quarry operations in certain areas, while a deputation of State Central Labour Union, led by Ghulam Mohammad requested for extending benefits of 6th Pay Commission to all employees of Public Undertakings, while a deputation of Centure Hotel apprised the Chief Minister for their demands.

Intellectuals interact with Ved Rahi
‘Dogra artistic heritage in shambles’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Eminent writers and intellectuals expressed concern about the sorry state of preservation of ancient buildings and religious structures in and around Jammu and urged the State Government to take immediate steps for scientific conservation of artistic treasures that symbolize the high-water mark of Dogra cultural and aesthetic achievements.

The occasion was a specially organized function by Dogri Sanstha to meet Ved Rahi, the Mumbai based well-known veteran Dogri writer, poet and filmmaker at the K.L. Saigal Hall, here today.

Ved Rahi who is visiting the winter capital to direct a series of documentaries on different facets of Pahari Paintings, in his address said, "Dogri literature has achieved a high level of maturity and earned a respectability among litterateurs of other Indian languages. He shared above views in the background of overall scenario of contemporary literature being written in other languages like Hindi and Urdu.

He also shared with the audience that how his latest Dogri novel ‘Lal Ded’ has been translated in Urdu, Marathi, Hindi and Kashmiri and there is a growing demand to translate it into other Indian languages. He also read his latest short stories in addition to reciting some of his poems on the occasion.

Earlier welcoming the guest and the audience Prof Lalit Magotra, the president of Dogri Sanstha stressed that there was an urgent need to make available Dogri literature in other languages through quality translations so that national and international readers can appreciate good Dogri literature.

He urged those Dogri knowing scholars and writers who have expertise in other languages to undertake translation work for the promotion and Dogri language and literature. Prof Veena Gupta, general secretary, Dogri Sanstha conducted the programme and presented the vote of thanks.

In today’s function the assembly of writers and intellectuals also passed a resolution urging the Government to exempt from entertainment tax the feature films produced in regional languages of the State.

Those who were present in the function included Prof N.D Sharma, Prof Ved Ghai, Prof Zahur-ud-Din, D.K.Vaid, Prof Archana Kesar, Jatinder Udhampuri, Dr Agnishekhar, Kshma Kaul, Maharaj Krishan Santoshi, Dr Javed Rahi, Shiv Dutt, Praduman Singh, Gyaneshwar, Dr Manoj, Manoj Sharma, Mohd Sheikh Kalyan, Virendra Kesar, Suriunder Manhas, Chhatrapal, Abhimanyu Sharma, Chaman Panthi, Vijay Saraf and others.

Fictitious withdrawal of GP Fund of Head Constable
Court orders further investigation

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Third Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Pawan Dev Kotwal has directed further investigation into the misappropriation of GP Fund to the tune of Rs 20,200 of retired Head Constable Bholu Ram.

Seeking direction for reinvestigation, the complainant submitted that a separate charge-sheet ought to have been presented by the Investigating Agency with respect to all the three withdrawals, therefore, the charge-sheet suffers from mis-joinder of charges. The offences u/s 471/409/34 RPC opt to have been added by the police against the accused persons as apparently there is misappropriation of withdrawal amount and used for forged requisition and claims.

The requisitions and vouchers have not been traced and made part of the challan. Though the prosecution has proved receipts of fictitious withdrawals as not genuine but it has not been ascertained as to who received the payment as no material of the accused persons has been obtained and sent for forensic examination for comparison.

After hearing APP G S Charak and accused along with counsel, Third Additional Sessions Judge Jammu allowed the application and directed SHO Incharge Police Station Pacca Danga to carry further investigation particularly as to whether accused persons forged the signatures of complainant on the GP Fund Payment Register or any body else and also to make endeavor to seize and get the vouchers examined through chemical examiner.

"IO shall thereafter submit report. Further investigation shall be completed and report be submitted within three months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order", the Court said, adding "the IO is at liberty to collect record from this Court".

Army jawan shoots self

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Oct 2: An Army soldier committed suicide by using his service rifle at a forward location in Rajouri sector last night.

Reports said Sepoy Gurmail Singh of 62 Engineer Regiment shot himself with his rifle during Santry duty at his unit, in Gurdan Walla area of Rajouri last night. He was immediately shifted to Army hospital where doctors declared him as dead. No suicide note was found with him. The police has registered a case for investigation.

Bhalla releases 2 books on Kashmiri Shaivism

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Two books on Kashmiri Shaivism Shiv Mahimna Satotram and Divine Touch of Pt Vishnath Jyotshi, a scholar of Kashmiri Shaivism, were released at an impressive function here today by Minister of Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla.

The function was organized by Pir Panchal in collaboration with Shri Swami Vidyadhar Swami Mahadev Shaiv Ashram and J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. A galaxy of scholars, poets and intellectuals including the students of Kashmiri Shaivism attended the function, which was presided over by Prof R L Shant, a well known scholar.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Bhalla said release of the books on spirituality is the need of the hour. He while highly acclaiming the writer said Jyotshi Ji has also chosen a right occasion for the release of the books as today is the birthday of two great personalities Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri who have performed a front ranking role in freeing this nation from Britishers.

He expressed the hope that the work of the author and the organizations will not be confined to writing of the books but propagation of the Shiva philosophy among the people. "I hope that people will read these books which are based on spiritualism and reality of life", he added.

While referring to Shaivism he said without the spirituality one is "Shav" a dead body. Such books are a great treasures, which definitely guide us to attain the real goal in one’s life, he added.

Mr Bhalla who stressed on translation of the books also said that such books should reach to market so that the people can read them as the books are an eye opener and can remove the darkness form one's life. He said when the State is passing through a crucial phase and violence has gripped the Valley, the spirituality is the only hope left to bring us out from this mess.

The Additional Secretary of the Academy Savita Bakshi was the guest of honour. The programme was compered by Pardeep Koul.

Tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Rich tributes were paid to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi in various function organized across the State today.

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee organized a massive function at Party headquarters Shahidi Chowk here today. Former Dy Chief Minister and PCC senior vice president, Mangat Ram Sharma presided over the function. He recalled the great achievements of Gandhiji and said that it is responsibility of all the congressmen to fulfill his dreams.

Minister for Medical Education and Sports R S Chib while paying tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi described him as the greatest leader of the century. He highlighted the achievements and sacrifices of Gandhiji.

Madan Lal Sharma MP in his address said that best tributes to Gandhiji would be to fulfill his dream of Panchayati Raj. He said that Congress party is committed for following the path shown by Gandhiji of peace, non-violence, unity, brotherhood and secularism.

Several other prominent leaders addressed the gathering and paid tributes to Gandhiji. They also paid their tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Prominent among those present included Dharam Paul Sharma, senior vice president, Dy Chairman Legislative Council Arvinder Singh Micky, Gurmukh Singh, Om Chopra, Dharma Pal Sharma, Th Hari Singh, Yash Pal Khajuria, Swarn Lata, Kuldip Raj Verma, Mula Ram, Indu Pawar, Kanta Bhan, Shiv Dev Singh, K L Gupta, Raj Bakshi, Manmohan Singh and S S Shigari.

Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand while addressing scouts and guides in a function organized in Srinagar on Gandhi Jayanti, asked the youth to follow the principles and ideology of Gandhiji. He said the humanity has a universal approach and those people who tried to divide humanity in different compartments of religion, caste and race have always tried to trample the human values and Gandhiji stood like a rock during his time to resist such forces of bigotry and communalism. He said the banner which scouts have always raised to protect the environment is one of the noble causes which Gandhi Ji has appreciated in his life.

Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma in another function held at Chest Diseases hospital here paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and recalled his achievements and sacrifices. DC Jammu M K Dwivedi and Director Health Services Jammu Dr Ashok Kumar besides members of TB Association Jammu were also present on the occasion. The function also witnessed the 61st TB Seal sale campaign.

Kishtwar unit of the District Congress Committee also organized a function in this connection and paid tributes to Gandhiji today. Members of Youth Congress, NSUI and Mahatma Gandhi Foundation also participated. The function was held under the leadership of Pradeep Singh Parihar, DCC president. All the speakers recalled the sacrifices and achievements of Gandhiji. Besides Mr Parihar, Sheikh Ghulam Hyder, P L Shan, Sandeep Singh, Azhar Kichloo and Yasir Lone also spoke on the occasion.

District Congress Seva Dal, Jammu led by B S Sambyal organized function at Nagrota and Bhagwati Nagar to mark the occasion. Kishtwar unit of the Dal also organized a function in this connection under the leadership of Ravi Shan and paid tributes to Gandhiji.

DCC Doda in yet another function organized at district headquarters paid tributes to father of the nation. MLC Naresh Sharma presided over. Mr Gupta described Gandhiji as apostle of peace and staunch believer of non-violence. Several other DCC members including Bashir Wani, Abdul Kabir Malik, Saleem A Wani, Kulbhushan Singh and Dharam Pal spoke on the occasion.

Similar function was organized at Sub Divisional headquarters Nowshera under the leadership of MLC Ravinder Sharma, Several members of the DCC/BCC, Sarpanches and Panches of the area attended the programme. All the speakers highlighted the achievements of Mahatma Gandhi and asked people to follow path shown by him. Similar functions were organized at several other places by DCCs/ BCCs and other frontal organizations of the Congress party.

Yet another function in this connection was organized at Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, where Minister of State for Cooperatives, Printing & Elections ( Ind Charge), Dr Manohar Lal Sharma presided over. Mr Sharma while paying rich tributes to Gandhiji described him as apostle of peace and non-violence and towering personality in the world of his century. He asked the people to follow Gandhiji's principles of non-violence, peace and brotherhood. Former Minister Abdul Ghani Vakil (MLC), Ali Mohd Bhat (MLC) Vikar Rasool MLA and Mushtaq Tantray were also present.

State Health Wing of the NSUI and Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangthan Udhampur, also organized separate functions in this connection and paid tributes to Gandhiji.

Bharatiya Janata Party's state unit in a function organised here paid floral tributes to Gandhiji. State president Shamsher Singh Manhas presided over the function. Several senior BJP leaders were also present. Mr Manhas said that with the efforts of Gandhiji and his team the India could get freedom. He described Gandhiji as a true follower of non-violence, truth and brotherhood. He also described him as great social reformer who believed in equality and justice to all. Mr Manhas said that his birthday is observed as non-violence day throughout the world which also attained recognition from the United Nations. Gandhiji commanded great respect from the people of all the religions and faiths.

Socialist Democratic Party (SDP) also organized a function in connection with the Gandhi Jayanti at Satwari and paid rich tributes to the father of the nation. Party president Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, who was the chief guest, while paying tributes to Gandhiji said that present political order in the country has deviated from the Gandhian Philosophy and his ideology. She said that our deviation from Gandhian philosophy has transformed our political order into an underground criminal and exploiting lot and it has fetched problems. It is better to follow his teachings for restoring order and peace in every corner of the country, rather than merely offering garlands to his statue. She appealed the youth of the country to come forward and bring transformation in the society by following principles of Gandhiji. Prof Ram Sevak Mishra and Ambaben also spoke on the occasion. Hundreds of youth attended the function.

Mahatma Gandhi Intellectual's Society organized an impressive function on Gandhi Jayanti at Gandhi Chowk Satwari here. Former Dy Chief Minister Pt Mangat Ram Sharma was the chief guest while Minister for Medical Education and Sports R S Chib and Minister for Revenue Raman Bhalla as guests of honour. Ex MLA Bharat Gandhi and vice chairman OBC Board Kuldip Raj and others paid rich tributes to Gandhiji and described him as greatest ever leader in the country. Gandhi Global Family also organized another function at Mubarik Mandi Dewan-e-Aaam to pay tributes to the father of the nation.

The speakers in the meeting resolved to fight against discrimination and injustice being meted out to the Jammu region in every field. Khadi Gram Mandal Jammu and Damodhar Satri Udyog Sanstha, Mohinder Nagar Jammu also paid tributes to Gandhiji in a simple functions held here today. Members ( teachers/ students) of Project PAHL displayed photo gallery on life-style of Mahatma Gandhi.

Malik reviews progress on establishment of
Overseas Employment Corporation

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Oct 2 : The Minister for higher Education, Labour and Employment Ab.Gani Malik today convened a meeting and reviewed progress achieved in establishing J&K State Overseas Employment Corporation.

The Minister was briefed about the progress achieved so far in establishing the Corporation. The State Government has already deposited the requisite fee with the Registrar of Companies, Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Consequent upon acceptance of the fee by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the necessary certification for its incorporation will be issued by the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Mr. Malik was briefed about the progress achieved in establishing the Liaison offices at New Delhi and Mumbai. The Managing Director of the corporation has already identified a number of locations in New Delhi which fall along the route of Delhi Metro Railways.

He directed Director to proceed to New Delhi for short listing the convenient places falling along the Delhi Metro route so that office is easy accessible for the prospective candidates who will move out from the State for seeking the jobs within and outside country.

The Minister also took the stock of various requirements of the Corporation at different stages once the incorporation is done. He also instructed that the next meeting of the Board of Directors after the incorporation, will debate on various issues related to the Corporation.

The Secretary, Labour and Employment and Director Employment, who is also the Managing Director participated in the meeting.

Tributes paid to Father of Nation, Lal Bahadur Shastri

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JAMMU, Oct 2: Various educational institutions, social clubs, hospitals, boards and other organizations today paid homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, on his 141st birth anniversary and Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri (106th birth anniversary) by offering floral tributes.

NSS Units of GGM Science College (both morning and evening shifts) paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation, Mahatama Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

All the volunteers gathered in the college premises and took out prabhat pheri passing through different locations.

Dr M S Baloria, Principal of the College advised the students to follow the path of non-violence and truth. NSS Programme Officers Prof V K Chandan, Dr R K Sharma and Prof Ram Singh were also present on the occasion.

Gandhi Jayanti was celebrated in GCW, Udhampur. On the occasion MP, Chowdhary Lal Singh, was chief guest, while DDC Udhampur Baseer Ahmed Khan was guest of honour. Umesh Mahajan, president Lion’s Club Udhampur also graced the occasion. In her welcome address, Principal Prof Sadhana Gupta highlighted the relevance of Gandhian philosophy in today’s educational set up. MP Chowdhary Lal Singh, announced an amount of Rs 25 lakh for the construction of class rooms. Dr B B Sharma presented the vote of thanks.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Sacred Heart College of Education and Management Technology organised function with great pomp and show. Managing Director Hari Singh Chib was the chief guest. Principal B Ed College Prof K K Tiwari, Principal BCA Prof Lekh Raj Wazir and Raj Kumari Bakshi threw light on the Gandhiji’s philosophy and Lal Bahudar Shastri’s contribution. Students also spoke on the life of great leaders on the occasion.

Ramisht College of Education, Basohli celebrated the birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri with gaiety and fervour. Chairman Rajinder Parashad was the chief guest on the occasion.All the faculty members were also present.

Shivalik College of Education, Udhampur celebrated the International Day for Non-Violence and Peace in collaboration with Office of Programme Co-ordinator NSS, University of Jammu with impressive function to mark the Gandhi Jayanti. Large numbers of people from civil society besides Additional Sports Director Ashok Kumar, CEO S K Gandotra, Medical Superintendent Dr Chander Prakash, Dr Anupma Vohra, Dr Vishavraksha, Raj Guru and Sunil Badyal were present on the occasin.

Gandhi Memorial College of Education, Raipur, Bantalab celebrated the day in its premises. The programme started with lighting of lamp by secretary HESK, Anil Dhar, in presence of other members of the executive body, HESK.

A sketch making competition was organized with a theme " Life of Mahatma". The students from Government Higher Secondary Schools, Bantalab and Muthi, St Xavier Convent Barnai, Neel Kamal Public Schools, Bantalab, Coventary Scholars, Chinore, and Project Model Higher Secondary School, Janipur participated in the competition. The students of B.Ed, ETTC, and BCA presented programmes.

Gandhi Global Family organized mega programme at Dewan-e-Aam, Mubarak Mandi, Jammu to pay tributes to Father of Nation.

Divisional Commissioner Dr Pawan Kotwal was the chief guest whereas Director School Education Zahida Khan and Member PSC R L Bharti were the guest of honour.

Dr Pawan called for the need to imbibe Gandhiji’s principles to have a peaceful world and stressed to lead a value based life as his teaching is the only solution of every problem. The Director called upon the youth to adopt the Gandhian principles and his philosophy. Mr Bharti appealed to work for truth and non-violence. Other who paid tributes included Wing Commander (Retd) M M Joshi, S Joshi, Esther William, K K Gandotra, Dr Ashwani Jojra, Subash Vohra, Shujj Zaffar, Vinay Kettal, Advocate Maggu, Sunil Dimple, Lalit and Manish Joshi.

Earlier Prof Kusum Tiku, Principal in her welcome address highlighted the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Hema Koul presented the vote of thanks and Sarita Matto anchored programme.

J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with fervour and enthusiasm. A cultural programme was organized in the premises of KVIB, Exhibition Ground. Dr D P Khajuria, the Board member was the chief guest on the occasion.

The programme commenced with the traditional lighting of lamp followed by garlanding of portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Students of blind school also enthralled the audience with their cultural programme.

Students of Kendriya Vidyalaya namely Sahiba Beg and Snober Beg besides Behari Lal, Principal of LBM School for Sightless girls, Santosh Saraf, District Officer KVIB and students of Blind School, Ambphalla were also present.

The J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board celebrated Gandhi Jayanti at Direction Office, Old Secretariat, Srinagar.

Ravinder Singh, Secretary/CEO KVIB and Deputy Chief Executive Officers of both Divisions of Jammu and Kashmir, District Officer, officers and employees took part.

Speaking on the occasion, Ravinder Singh said that KVIB’s mission is to serve the down trodden and poor people of rural areas by providing them job avenues.

FA and CAO, KVIB, Ram Sharma, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, KVIB, P K Nargotra also paid homage to the Father of the Nation.

Rotary Club, Jammu Tawi in collaboration with EMC Group of Hospitals, Amritsar organized a day-long free medical check-up and consultation camp at Rotary Bhawan, Gandhi Nagar on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti.

Specialist doctors who conducted the camp included Dr Jagdeep Singh, Dr S S Lekhi, Dr Ved Prakash, H Kumar and Dr V P Mehra. The doctors also conducted free of cost blood sugar test, ECG and HIV tests besides providing Hepatitis vaccinations.

Dushyant Choudhary, president of Rotary Club, Jammu Tawi and Pardeep Jain, secretary were also present.

Lions Club Udhampur Aastha celebrated the Gandhi Jayanti by organizing Blood Donation camp at DH Hospital. About 15 Lion members donated their blood and highlighted the ethics of Mahatma Gandhi. Fruits were distributed among the patients on the occasion.

Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action J&K Chapter has decided to launch a year long campaign for creating awareness among people against social evils as also promoting Gandhian values and ensuring conservation of environment and ecology. Speaking at a function held in connection with Gandhi Jayanti organized by ICELA, convenor ICERA, J&K Chapter, Ashok Sharma said that symposiums, conferences, group discussions, seminars, green marches, debates quiz and painting competitions would be organized to aware the people about the varied facets of Gandhian values and philosophy. Among those who also addressed included Ch Vidhya Sagar, M L Koul, J D Singh, Dr Jia Lal Gupta, Dr B R Bawa, Naresh Sharma, Dr Y P Sawhney and Kailash Nath.

An awareness camp was organized in District Hospital, Kishtwar by the Chief Medical Officer, Kishtwar in connection with the celebration of Gandhi Jayanti.

Leprosy day was also celebrated in order to generate awareness among the general public. People were advised that Leprosy is curable and its treatment is free. MBT is also available in all Government Hospitals.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Bhartiya Lok Sangeet Kala Sansthan, Janipur, organised cultural programme. Haji Ghulam Mohd Dansalia was the chief guest. Chairman M L Dogra highlighted the teaching of Gandhiji and remembered Lal Bahadur Shastri’s contribution. K L Verma, Usha Handoo. Zulekha, M C Kotwal, Hem Raj, Vijay Kumar. Gharuram, Jyoti, Meenakshi presented different cultural items on the occasion.

All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation celebrated the Gandhi Jayanti and Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanti at its headquarter by paying rich tributes to great souls. Large number of teachers were present on the occasion.

To celebrate the Gandhi Janyanti, Government Higher Secondary School, Gho Brahmana, Samba organised cultural programme. Principal Keshav Dubey threw light on contribution of Gandhiji and philosophy of truth and non-violence.

Jammu Public Higher Secondary School, Sainik Colony, celebrated the birth anniversary of Nation’s greatest leader Mahatma Gandhi in the school premises. Santosh Sharma, Principal of the school addressed the school children and briefed the highlights of the day.

JK Montessorie Senior Secondary School, Talab Tillo, organized a peace rally today. It was an expression of feeling of young children about the present scenario, where there seems no regards to human values and the result is overall chaos. Children of the school along with managing director, Sanjeev Gupta, director Rajni Gupta,, Principal M L Vaid, vice-principal Gita Dixit and staff members started the peace rally from school after the Director School Education, Zahida Parveen Khan inaugurated it. About 200 children walked to Rajinder Park at Canal Road, where a vetern leader of the area received them. The chief guest Prof Chaman Lal Gupta and other dignitaries were honoured by garlanding them.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, Government Girls High School Gurha Slathia held function with gaiety and fervour. Students highlighted the role of Gandhiji in freedom struggle. Headmistress Sushma Slathia stressed on the need of Gandhian philosophy in present era. Patriotic songs were the highlight of the day.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti an impressive programme was orgainsed in the Government High School, Nichla, Samba in which teachers and students expressed their views about the Gandhian philosophy in the present era. Headmaster Gurvinder Singh who the chief guest, expressed his views on Mahatma Gandhi as true leader of Indian society and appealed the students to follow the path of Satyagrah and non-violence shown by Bapuji.

To celebrate the Gandhi Jayanti, New Bikram High School, Dablehar, R S Pura organised impressive function in the premised. Chairman J&K Schedule Caste Youth Welfare Forum Charan Dass Naghalia was the chief guest while Principal of the School presided over the function. Students highlighted the services of Gandhiji and paid rich tributes to great soul. Mr Naghalia also threw light on the contribution of Gandhiji during freedom struggle.

Government High School Patti, Samba paid rich tributes to Gandhiji, on his 141st birth anniversary. A symposium was also organised by school management on the occasion where students highlighted the preaching of Gandhiji.

Government High School Khara Madana, Parmandal organised cultural programme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Headmistress Nirmal Abrol threw light on Gandhian philosophy of truth and non-voilence and distributed prizes among winners.

Gandhi Jayanti was also celebrated by Royal Angels Convent School, Karan Nagar Amphalla with colourful cultural programme. Principal Pupinder Kour Chopra presided over the function. She highlighted the philosophy of Gandhiji and stressed to follow the path of non-violence. She also paid rich tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri on the occasion.

Middle School, Sindra, zone Bhalla celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by organizing symposium on Gandhiji. Students also participated in several folk cultural activities to mark the occasion.

Later, prizes were also distributed among the students who were adjudged best in debate, song, drama, skit and dance.

Ramisht Twinkling Star Public School, Basohli celebrated Gandhi Jayanti in the campus today. Students expressed their views and spoke about the life and works of the Father of the Nation.

Ambay Public School, Gurha Brahmana, Patoli organized a seminar on the occasion with great zeal and enthusiasm. Students actively participated in the seminar. The small kids sang poem and patriotic songs. The Principal, Sonia Sharma also spoke on Gandhian philosophy.

To mark the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Association for Welfare of Senior Citizens in collaboration with Disha, musical group organised musical evening with gaiety and fervour. The old age home enjoyed the musical evening on the occasion. Those who were present included Sumit Sharma, Vikram Gour, V N Sharma, S K Gupta, O P Gupta, H S Sudan, B M Kohli and Vijay Bhagotra.

Yamini Cultural Society celebrated the Gandhi Jayanti by organizing "Sangeet Sandhya". Rahilla Tabbasum, social worker was the chief guest while O P Gupta presided over the function. Participants enthralled the audience with their thrilling performance. President of the Society Anupmama Wazir paid tributes to Father of Nation on the occasion.

Shiv Sadhana organised rally to mark International Day of Non-Violence on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti. Suman Sharma, Asha Chakoo, Sunita Gupta and Shivani Khajuria addressed the gathering and appealed to follow the path of truth and non-violence.

GERI Institute, a unit of helpline NGO and Pt R N Kaul Memorial Trust celebrated Gandhi Jayanti at migrant camp, Nagrota. The programme was organized in three categories: painting, symposium and skit. Ashok Kaul was chief guest, chairman of advisory committee, GERI Institute, Satish Koul was the guest of honour. The welcome address was read by Sunil Pandit and key note address given by M K Bhat. Childrens were awarded prizes on the occasion.

New Modern College Degree College, New Modern College of Education and New Modern College of BCA/BBA celebrated Gandhi Jayanti with gaiety and fervour at Sainik Colony here today.

Chairman of the Colleges, Tarun Behl was the chief guest on the occasion.

Principal, New Modern College of BCA/BBA, Tehmina Akhter was also present.

Activities like debate competition and skit were also organized to mark the occasion.

New Modern Higher Secondary School, Sainik Colony celebrated the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi with zeal.

Students spoke about the life and great works of Mahatma Gandhi.

A skit was also organized.

Sky High India Social Organisation organised function in memory of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahudar Shastri. Chairman Aman Kalsotra threw light on life sketch of both great personalities and appealed to follow their path. Chairman RSCET Jeevan Lata Gupta also spoke on the occasion.

Kotwal National Institute of Teaching, Talab Tillo celebrated the Gandhi Jayanti with great fervour and enthusiasm. Principal Bimla Bloria and Prof J L Kotwal highlighted the contribution of great soul and stressed to follow the path of truth and non-violence.

On the occasion of birth anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jammu Bachao Andolan organised discussion on the teachings of Father of Nation. Wg Cdr (Retd) G L Sharma threw light on the preaching of Gandhiji.

HC suspends sentence awarded to AEE

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: State High Court has suspended the sentence awarded by the Trial Court to Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) Parshotam Kumar.

After hearing Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocates SC Bali and Abhinav Sharma appearing for the appellant, Justice Sunil Hali issued notice to respondents.

In the meanwhile subject to appellants furnishing bail in the amount of Rs 25000 and one surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of Registrar Judicial of the State High Court, the appellant shall be released on bail, the Court directed and said that conviction of appellant shall also remain suspended.

Chib inaugurates Rotary Club’s health checkup camp

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2 : Minister for Medical, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, R. S. Chib inaugurated super specialty mega health checkup camp at Rotary Bhawan here today.

The free medical camp was organized by the Rotary Club Jammu in collaboration with EMC Group of Hospital Amritsar.

A team of senior doctors for Cardiovascular, Orthopedic surgery and other specialists checked more than 300 patients free of cost.

The Minister appreciated the role of Rotary Club Jammu for organizing the health check up camp for the people of Jammu

Later, Mr Chib announced Rs. 2 lakh from his constituency development fund for the home of mentally retarded children being maintained by the Rotary Club Jammu Tawi.

On the occasion, the minister assured the organizers and members of the club that he will extend his full support in the social welfare ventures of the club both as a Minister and as a citizen. He said the social and non governmental organizations are doing a yeoman’s job in providing succor to the people, especially poor and downtrodden.

President Rotary Club Sudesh Soni was also present.

Bhagavaan Gopinathji Trust holds children art competition

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: In order to promote talent and Bhagavaan consciousness among children, Bhagavaan Gopinathji Trust organized a children art competition at the Bhagavaan Gopinathji Ashram, Udaiwala Bohri today.

Dr P N Trisal, a well known scholar was the chief guest. He appreciated the efforts put in by the Trust to promote talent and Bhagavaan consciousness among youth. The senior Trustee M K Tickoo, while welcoming the chief guest, the young children and their parents said that the Trust organizes such programme at various ashrams to inculcate moral and spiritual values among the youth.

The competitors were supervised by designer, T K Shishoo. Around 600 children participated in the competition under three categories. The certificates and trophies were given to those who secured first, second and third positions in each category and all other participants were given certificates.

The participants who bagged first, second and third prize in the senior group included Hemant Magotra, Vivek Sathoo and Vinivesh Raina resepectively.

In junior group Kumud Koul, Krishi Kachroo and Aahan Pandita bagged the first three prizes respectively while in sub junior group the first three prizes were got by Chandsi, Simriti Raina and Varsha Ganjoo.

Veerji Sumbli, Santosh Tikoo and T K Shashoo acted as judges. The vote of thanks was presented by J L Malla, vice president of the Trust.

Sham inaugurates 61st T. B. Seal Sale campaign

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2 : Minister of Health, Horticulture and Floriculture Sham Lal Sharma today inaugurated 61st T. B. Seal Sale campaign at Chest Diseases Hospital Jammu, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appreciated the efforts of the organizers and called upon them to work with missionary zeal to ensure a disease free India. He impressed upon the medical fraternity to do their job with the sole intention of benefitting the needy and poor.

The Minister also paid rich floral tribute to the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi Ji. He recalled Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s contribution in India’s freedom struggle and appealed the people to follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi who taught the nation the cardinal principles of non-violence, brotherhood and secularism.

Deputy Commissioner Jammu M. K. Dwivedi Director Health Services Jammu Dr. Ashok Kumar Sharma, Vice Chairperson District T B Association, Jammu P. L. Bakshi, Director Horticulture Jammu J. L. Sharma, Director Floriculture Jammu K. K. Sharma, Director Rural Health Mission, Controller Drug and Food Control Organization J&K Satish Gupta, Chief Medical Officer Jammu Baldev Raj Sharma, DTO Jammu Poonam Mahajan, Health Officer Jammu Anwar Choudhary and other senior officers from various departments were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, State Tuberculosis Officer, Dr. Shahid Mughal presented welcome address.

An impressive cultural programme was also presented at the inaugural function.

On the occasion, community Health workers, ASHA workers, some common people who had helped in the distribution of medicines to the TB patients were felicitated by the Minister.

JDA delegation calls on Chib

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: A delegation of Junior Doctors Association led by its president, Dr Arshad Bhat called on the Minister for Medical and Technical Education, R S Chib and apprised him of many problems being faced by resident doctors.

The delegation stressed the need to improve the working conditions of the resident doctors in the Government Medical College and Hospitals. The other issues, which were brought to the notice of Minister, were delay in release of stipend of Post Graduate Doctors and salary of House Surgeons for the month of October 2009 (Strike Period).

The Minister gave a patient hearing to the delegation and said that he was really worried over the working environment and difficulties being faced by resident doctors in their duty hours. He assured the delegation to take some positive steps forward towards resolving the problems of resident doctors and to make a better and healthy working environment for doctors faternity as a whole.

Mr Chib also assured the delegation to visit the hospital within next some days to take stock of the problems of the doctors.

The members of the delegation were Dr Pankaj Sudan (Sr.Vice President), Dr.Rajinder Kumar (Vice President), Dr Rajesh Bhagat (Gen.Secretary), Dr Rajinder Thappa (Joint Secretary), Dr Owais Dar (Organising Secy), Dr Lakhwinder Singh and Dr Riyaz Jan (Spokespersons) and Dr Tarsem Motten (Executive Member).

OP’s book on Forest flora of Kashmir released

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 2: Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology Mian Altaf today released a unique book on ‘Forest Flora of Kashmir’ at a function organized at SKICC in connection with the National Wild Life Week celebrations here.

The book has been authored by O P Sharma Vidyarthi (IFS) and is considered as the first ever attempt made by any Forest officer on Kashmir flora after partition. The book written in English contains over 300 coloured photographs of the plants and flowers found in the high altitude areas of Himalayas and parts of Kashmir. The authored has tried to define the cultural relationship of the variety of medicinal and other plants with the local population and also their dependence on them. The name of the variety of flora has been mentioned in Shina and other local dilects.

Mr Altaf highly appreciated the efforts of the J&K Forest Officer, who has over twenty five books to his credit. Commissioner Secretary Forests, Shant Manu, Chief Wild Life Warden J&K P C Kapoor, Director SFRI R D Tiwari, Director FPF Vinod Ranjan, CCF Kashmir Shafat Ahmed Khan, several senior Forest officers and members of NGOs witnessed the occasion. The Wild Life Week is being observed from October 2 to October 8. Various programmes will be organized by the Wild Life department during the week .

Kalpana Kala Kendra celebrates 34th establishment day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct2: Kalpana Kala Kendra celebrated the 34th year of its establishment today at its Jammu branch.

It was on October 2, 1977 that the institute of Music and Dance was set up especially for imparting the lessons to physically challanged ones. since the last more than three decades the institute has produced thousands of students who are now in the service of music and carrying forward the mission in their own respective ways.

After migrating from Kashmir in the year 1990, the institute was run from several rented accomodations and because of the untiring efforts of the organiser of the Institute, Virender Langoo, the institute has survived through the turmoil.

To commemorate the day a musical evening was held at the institute branch at canal road Jammu in which the artists of the institute Sanjay Raina, Sushima Pandita, Arshita, Shivani, Poonam, Priya and many others presented their items. The programme started with the lighting of traditional lamp followed by Saraswati Vandana.

On the occasion the president of the institute Sh. C.L. Raina, organiser Sh. Virender Langoo,Secretary Anita Langoo and other office members and students were present. The atmosphere was of jubliation and merry.

The institute is committed to stand by its aims and objectives, come what may, and render its contribution to the propagation and promotion of fine arts. Sweets were distributed in the end.

Maha Yagya held on birth anniversary of Lala
Hans Raj Mahajan

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 2: Three -week long program in connection with celebration of Lala Hans Raj Mahajan birth anniversary started on September 25 by organizing two day long medical camp.

The birth day of Mr Mahajan falls today. A Maha Yagya was performed at Lala Hans Raj Mahajan Park at Sunder Sigh Gurudwara road on the occasion. The hawan was performed by Vidya Banu. A large number of members from Mahajan community took part in the havan. Prominent among those including Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, BJP Legislative Party leader.

After the puranahuti the prashad was also served to the gathering. Earlier the prominent members of Mahajan community also visited the Mahajan Sabha Bhawan at Sabzi Mandi and garlanded the statue of Lala Hans Raj Mahajan.



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