assumes charge as J&K Bank Chairman
Oct 6: Mushtaq
Ahmad assumed charge today afternoon as the
Chairman and CE of J&K Bank after his
appointment was approved by the Reserve Bank of
India (RBI) and communicated to the State
Having joined the
Bank in 1972 as Probationary Officer (PO),
Mushtaq Ahmad has a distinguishing career of 36
years as a prudent banker. His personal
progression has been a vital and contributing
element of the unfolding success story of J&K
Bank since more than three decades.
retirement as Executive Director of the Bank in
February 2008, he held some of the most
significant positions in the bank and discharged
all his duties with honesty and distinctive
His person makes
an ideal blend of specialized knowledge and
practical experience in almost all the critical
fields of contemporary banking, which include
Credit/Risk Management, Strategy and Business
Development, Assets & Liability Management,
Human Resource Development, Investments,
Treasury, Forex operations, International
Banking, Insurance etc.
As a leading
banker, he commands huge respect for his
prudence, esteem for his discipline and affection
for his leadership skills in the Bank as well as
As a top
executive, Mushtaq Ahmad lays great emphasis on
talent search, human resources development, skill
enhancement, besides team building.
Having an ease
with expression and filled with experience of
practical banking, his colleagues at the bank are
excited about his integrity, professional
capacities and sartorial elegance.
As a top executive
of the bank, Mushtaq has been part of various
apex banking for a both at national and
policy for brick kiln
operations soon: Omar
Oct 6: Chief
Minister, Omar Abdullah today told Legislative
Council that a Bill is being introduced in the
Lower House to bring the operation of brick kilns
in the State under a comprehensive policy.
Responding to a
supplementary in this regard raised in the
Legislative Council during Question Hour this
morning, the Chief Minister said that haphazard
growth and unscientific establishment of brick
kilns have threatened the environment.
damage is also being caused to the soil by this
operation", he said and added that a
befitting policy is required to control the
operation of brick kilns in the State. "We
can not stop operation of brick kilns as we
require the bricks in the construction
programmes. However, a scientific approach and a
well-knit policy for the control and operation of
brick kilns is the need of the hour to ensure
environmental safeguards", he explained.
The Chief Minister
said that after Legislative Assembly passes the
Bill it will come to the Upper House for
discussion and its passing. "You can
deliberate upon the subject in detail and give
your suggestions in this regard", he said.
Minister for Forest, Mian Altaf said that
Pollution Control Board has already taken action
against the brick kiln owners who had set up
these units without obtaining consent of the
Board, adding that out of 46 brick kilns set up
in tehsil Pulwama, only 7 have obtained clearance
from the Pollution Control Board (PCB).
The Minister was
replying to a question by Bashir Ahmad Magrey in
Legislative Council today.
The Minister said
that the PCB has already taken action against the
brick kilns set up without obtaining the consent
of the Board. He said that out of the 39 units,
the Board has ordered closure against 13 units,
whereas similar proceedings are under process
against 26 units.
to fast track 17500 posts: Sagar
MLAs raise staff shortage issue for
Oct 6: Cutting
across the party lines, members in the
Legislative Assembly today voiced their concern
over the shortage of staff at the ground level to
implement the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the State.
for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ali
Mohammad Sagar informed the House that now the
Additional Deputy Commissioners (ADCs) have been
authorised to appoint 17,500 Gram Rozgar Sevaks
(GRS), Village Level Workers (VLWs) and Junior
Engineers (JEs) in the Department.
Mr Sagar was
replying to a question by Charanjit Singh.
All the members
appreciated Mr Sagar for consulting and holding
meetings with all MLAs and gram panchayats in
their respective areas but, they said, due to
shortage of staff the scheme was not being
Tarigami, Harshdev Singh, Ashwani Kumar, Bharat
Bushan, Nazir Gurezi, Jugal Kishore, Engineer
Abdul Rashid and Ashok Kumar also participated in
the discussion. They all discussed about the
shortage of staff.
The Minister said
that wage rate under MGNREGA has been enhanced
from Rs 70 to Rs110 per day after Chief Minister,
Omar Abdullah took up the issue with the Centre.
He said the Government has also put up the demand
for enhancing the rates to Rs.150 with the
Governing Council of MGNREGA.
Mr Sagar said the
expeditious engagement of supporting staff will
catalyze the execution of flagship programme of
MGNREGA and ensure meeting of set targets in
time. He said the Government has succeeded in
securing Rs 575 crore wage budget for the current
fiscal as against the last years allocation
of Rs 192 crore for the State. He asked MLAs to
set apart some amount from their CDF and
Panchayat Development Funds also to boost
development in their respective constituencies.
The Minister said
that the officers of Rural Development Department
have been directed to take five works in each
village under MGNREGA, adding that any complaint
in this regard could be brought to his notice. He
assured action against the erring officials
within 24 hours if any official of his department
is found committing irregularity of any sort.
to the main question by Charnjit Singh, the
Minister informed the House that steps are being
taken to fill up all posts on fast-track basis in
Kathua district also under MGNREGA. He said at
present 23 VLWs/MPWs, two Works Supervisors, 7
Gram Rozgar Sevaks (GRS), 2 Technical Assistants
are functioning in the district whereas 6 posts
of VLWs /MPWs has been referred to SSRB and 3
posts are being filled shortly by the department.
He said that 20 GRS are being engaged by the end
of October 2010 through the selection committee
constituted for the purpose.
Development Minister informed that MGNREGA was
launched in district Kathua with effect from
April 1st 2008. He said Kathua constituency
comprises of 50 Nos of Panchayat halqas falling
in Kathua and Barnoti blocks adding that during
2008-09 and 2009-10 no work under JKMRGES was
started without estimates and administrative
Mr. Sagar said
during the year 2010-11 works are taken up after
proper estimation and administrative approval. He
said the payment are also made to the labourer
who demand work and actually work through pays
account, cheques and invoices.
Steering Committee reviews Rs 473 crore
Ladakh Renewable Energy Project
, Oct 6: A
high level Central Steering Committee headed by
the Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy (MNRE) Deepak Gupta reviewed the progress
of Rs. 473.00 crore Ladakh Renewable Energy
Under this mega
project which is to be completed by the end of
2012, 11MW of Hydro power would be generated at
23 different hydro sites in Leh district.
Moreover, 1.5 MW of solar power would also be
harnessed to cater the power requirement of the
people especially in the rural areas and the Army
and paramilitary forces. Besides, 250 commercial
green houses, 2500 domestic green houses, 4700
solar dish cookers and 7500 solar water heating
systems would also be provided to the people on
highly subsidized rate.
present scenario of the progress under Ladakh
Renewable Energy Initiatives, the Deputy
Commissioner, Leh Tsering Angchok said that
survey of all the projects has been completed and
preparation of Detail Project Reports (DPRs) is
currently in full swing. Angchok said that DPRs
of all the projects would be completed in March
next year, adding that the tendering process and
work allotment would be completed in July 2011.
The Deputy Commissioner assured the Steering
Committee that progress in all respects would be
achieved within the time frame keeping in mind
that this prestigious project is going to play a
pivotal role to meet few important basic needs of
Director, Ladakh Renewable Energy Development
Agency, Jigmet Takpa through a Power Point
Presentation highlighted the salient features of
all cluster wise projects which are to be taken
Commissioner, Kargil, M. Raju and Project
Director, LREDA, Kargil, who were present in the
meeting, also presented the progress so far
achieved in Kargil district under Ladakh
Renewable Energy Initiative.
Committee after reviewing the progress of Ladakh
Renewable Energy Project, expressed utmost
satisfaction over the achievement registered so
far. At the same time, the committee also
stressed the need for completion of works in
terms of preparing DPRs, tendering process and
allotment of works within the timeframe so that
the objectives of this mega project could be
achieved well in time. The Committee also asked
the implementing agencies to submit expenditure
statement and requisition for funding so as to
ensure rapid implementation on the project.
Steering Committee was comprised of high ranking
bureaucrats from different Ministries such as
Finance, Planning, Power and MNRE.
in Upper, Lower Houses demand salary hike
Oct 6: Setting
aside their differences, members belonging to the
Treasury and Opposition benches today showed a
unity in demanding hike to their salaries in both
the Upper and Lower Houses.
The issue was
raised immediately after the Question Hour was
In the Legislative
Assembly, members from all sides were on their
feet demanding introduction of a Bill for
increase in the salaries of the members.
They demanded that
the government should fulfill its promise to
introduce the bill during this session.
Mohammad Akbar Lone immediately intervened and
said the government would introduce the bill
during this session.
But the members
wanted a reply from Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar who later said when
the Speaker has said that bill would be
introduced it was an assurance from the
The demand for
hike in the salaries was also raised in the
Legislative Council where the members sought an
explanation from the Government over the delay in
bringing the bill for the purpose.
As soon as the
Question Hour was over, senior Congress Member
Abdul Gani Vakil asked why the bill was not being
Other members also
Abdul Rahim Rather, who was present in the House,
said the government has fulfilled the commitment
but it was waiting for the approval of the House.
investigate allegations against DC Ganderbal
Oct 6: The
Government today assured the Legislative Assembly
that allegations that Deputy Commissioner of
Ganderbal was forcing some employees to work in
his home, would be probed.
The issue was
raised during zero hour by independent member
Engineer Abdul Rashid who alleged that a
television channel had telecast how the employees
were forced to work like bounded labourers in his
house by DC, Ganderbal, the constituency
represented by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Affairs and Rural Development Minister Ali
Mohammad Sagar immediately reacted and assured
the House that he would get the matter
this House that if anybody would be found guilty
he will be punished as per the law of the
land, he said.
touches Rs 8.88 cr
Oct 6: Cross-LoC
trade on Poonch-Rawlakote route this week touched
Rs 8.88 crore. This was after a long gap that the
trade between two parts of the divided State
nearly touched Rs 9 crore. Earlier, it had
touched Rs 10 crore before recording a sharp
decline due to ban imposed on import-export of
some items by India and Pakistan.
worth Rs 4.76 crore were exchange from
Chakan-Da-Bagh while todays trade stood at
Rs 4.12 crore.
Today, 25 trucks
left for Rawlakote from Poonch carrying coconut,
red chilly and embroidery suits worth Rs 1.46
crore while 24 trucks reached Poonch from
Rawlakote with dates, khurwani, jai namaaz,
Peshawari sandals, dry grapes and almonds valued
at Rs 2.66 crore.
Munish Sharma, TFO
Poonch and Arshad Mehmood, TFO Hajeera were
present at Chakan-Da-Bagh during exchange of
scholars, students hold protest
demonstration against Govt, PSC
Oct 6: The
Scholars/Students of University of Jammu (JU)
today boycotted classes from their respective
departments and held massive protest
demonstration against State Government and Public
Service Commission (PSC) in the campus.
Scholars/Students along with KAS aspirants in the
form of rally took a round of the campus and
gathered at Central Library where they held
strong protest demonstration by shouting slogans
against State Government and PSC office against
discrimination. Students who failed to clear the
Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) mains
examination alleged that there was nexus between
Government and members of PSC for deliberately
failing them just to appease the Valley students.
leaders alleged that officials discriminated
against students of Jammu region and deliberately
failed the aspirants according to pre-planned
hidden healing touch policy. They demanded a
probe into the KAS results announced recently and
urged PSC to publish the list of passed students
with name and address in all dailies of the State
students were joined by other students
organizations and moved towards University main
gate to close the Bikram Chowk-University route
but Police personnel forced them against closing
protest at JU main gate and later dispersed after
little scuffle with police personnel.
Joint Students Federation (JJSF) leaders
discussed the matter in a meeting here. They said
the Government once again showed the policy of
discrimination with Jammuites openly and appealed
the leaders of Jammu based political parties to
raise the issue in Assembly.
protest with leaders body, block
road for 4 hours
Oct 6: Hundreds
of students, family members and relatives of
slain Degree College student leader, Ali Asgar,
who was murdered in Rajouri town last evening,
kept the body on main road near Gujjar Mandi
Chowk and blocked road for over four hours today.
demanding arrest of all the ten accused persons
allegedly involved in the murder of student
leader. After the postmortem and completion of
other formalities, the family members and
relatives took the body from hospital at around 8
am today and moved towards the main Gujjar Mandi
Chowk. They sat on dharna in the middle of the
road keeping body near Abdullah bridge and
blocked the flow of traffic. With in an hour over
3000 to 4000 students from college, schools,
villagers from Dhani Dhar and relatives and
friends of the deceased assembled there.
administration, sensing counter attack from the
students, deployed more policemen around the
residence of accused Afzal Khan, retired
Girdawar. Some force had already been deployed
last night by the SSP near accused partys
home on Dhani Dhar road. The students were
shouting slogans against police and demanding
arrest of all the accused persons involved in the
murder of Ali Asgar Jat, a B.Sc-Part-III students
of PG College, Rajouri.
The students from
colleges and schools boycotted their classes and
reached Gujjar Mandi where protest was going on.
The bridge remained closed for more than four
hours. Later, DC Rajouri and SSP came there. They
assured the family members and students to arrest
all the accused persons as early as possible.
They also claimed that main accused Afzal Khan,
his brother and two sons have already been
arrested and others will also be nabbed and
punished as per law of the land. After repeated
assurance from DC and SSP, the body was removed
and taken in the form of a long procession to the
village (Dhani Dhar) of deceased, which is about
4 km away. DC and SSP besides Tehsildar and SHO
also accompanied. Later, the body was laid to
rest. The main market in the town also remained
closed for the half day.
The accused who
were identified by the younger brother of the
deceased and other people of the locality
included Afzal Khan (Girdawar), his brothers
Manzoor Khan, Salim Khan and Shakoor Khan, all
sons of late Munshi Khan, Amjad Khan, Majid Khan
and their youngest brother, all sons of Afzal
Khan, Billa, son of Late Mohd Akbar, Sanam Shah,
son of Naseer Khan and Naseem Khan, son of Tufail
Shah. The students gave ultimatum to police up to
Sunday and said that they would launch massive
agitation if the police failed to capture all the
accused till then. They also declared that PG
College will not function till Saturday to mourn
killing and mark protest against the cold blooded
murder of student leader in the town and failure
of police to maintain law and order.
Hour in Assembly
Chaman Lal demands upgradation of Jammu airport
Oct 6: As
many as 25 members raised issues of public
importance during Zero Hour in the Legislative
Assembly today and sought their immediate
raised the issue of disappearance of two young
girls from Padder Police Station and demanded
their retrieval and stern punishment to the
alleged political interference in the working of
Committee constituted to look into the demands
for establishing new administrative units in the
State, especially in Udhampur district. He said
such interference should stop forthwith.
demanded relief for those whose property stands
damaged in the flash floods and cloudburst in
demanded enhancement of remuneration for
Anganwari workers/ helpers and widow/ old age
stressed on speedy implementation of Sher-i-
Kashmir Employment Policy and creation of more
employment avenues for unemployed educated youth
of the State.
Dr. Mustaffa Kamal
called for early rehabilitation of Dal/Nageen
demanded immediate repair of damaged electric
transformers and replacement of old and worn out
electric poles in Arina and border villages in
demanded construction of more bridges in the
far-flung areas of Ramban for improving the road
connectivity in rural areas.
Yaseen stressed on vesting powers to newly
established administrative units in Khan Sahib.
demanded lifting of ban on SMS service in the
Prof. Chaman Lal
Gupta demanded upgradation of Jammu airport's
runway and urged for taking up the issue with
Airport Authority of India.
Mankotia demanded early creation of teachers'
posts for the schools upgraded during 2005-06 in
called for rationalization of scholarship to
demanded that Jhiri area be brought on tourist
map in view of its historical background and vast
Sharma advocated for early implementation of
agreement executed between Government and Shri
Amarnath Samiti so that cases of compensation to
traders and others are disposed off .
Radhey Sham Sharma
sought on the spot police recruitment drive in
border areas of Nowshera constituency.
Nazir Ahmed Gurezi
demanded helicopter services to far flung areas
Baldev Raj Sharma
sought compensation for hailstorm affected
families in Reasi district.
demanded compensation for those whose property
and crops were damaged due to recent heavy rains/
floods in Kupwara district. He demanded fresh
survey to be conducted for the leftover affected
Irfan Shah, Bharat
Bhushan, Jagsish Spolia, Durga Dass and Mohd
Ashraf Ganai also raised the issues of public
importance pertaining to their areas and sought
immediate redressal of people's problems.
approached for Rs 211.28 cr relief package:
Oct 6 : Minister
for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman
Bhalla has said that Government has put up a
relief demand of Rs. 211.28 crore to Centre for
providing succor to draught affected farmers in
He said the
comprehensive relief package was formulated after
conducting special Girdawari in all the areas and
the losses have been worked out through joint
departmental teams under the supervision of
concerned Deputy Commissioners and Tehsildars.
This was stated by
the Minister while replying to a question by
Ashwani Sharma in the Legislative Assembly here
Bhalla said that
the relief would be distributed among the
affected farmers soon after the Government of
India accords approval to it.
The Minister said
that to provide immediate relief to affected
farmers whose crops were damaged due to the
draught during kharief-2009, the Government has
released Rs. 70.45 crore and kept it under the
disposal of Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir and
Jammu for providing rations, free of cost at the
rate of 35kgs per family per month for three
months through CAPD Department.
Bhalla said a
Central team also visited the State and assessed
on-the-spot losses of all the draught hit areas
in the State and the report is under
consideration with the Central Government.
Replying to the
supplementaries of M. Y. Tarigami, Harshdev
Singh, Balwant Singh Mankotia, Hakeem Yasin,
Radhey Sham Sharma, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, Sajad
Ahmad Kitchloo, Er. Abdul Rashid and Jugal
Kishore, the Revenue Minister said 18 districts
have been declared draught hit areas and special
survey of the losses in these districts have been
already worked out for financial assistance. He
assured the members that necessary financial
assistance to all affected farmers whose crops
were damaged due to draught and extensive rains
would be provided after receiving financial
assistance from the Centre.
officers promoted to KAS Time Scale: Rather
Oct 6: Minister
for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather has said that as
many as 57 officers have been appointed to the
Time Scale of the Jammu and Kashmir
Administrative Service from January 2010 so far.
Replying to a
question by Abdul Gani Vakil in Legislative
Council today, the Minister said that no
appointment has been made directly either to the
departmental Gazetted services, which are feeding
services to the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative
Service (KAS) in violation of the rules.
The Minister said
that in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Combined
Competitive Examination rules, 2008 notified vide
SRO-387 dated December 1, 2008, the Combined
Competitive Examination is to be conducted for
direct recruitment for the services of Junior
Scale of J&K Administrative Service, J&K
Police (G) Service, J&K Accounts (G) Service.
another question by Showkat Hussain Ganai, the
Minister said that the district level gazetted
posts are vacant in the departments of Finance,
Information, Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture, CAPD,
Industries (DIC) Handlooms, and Handicrafts in
district Shopian and concerned departments have
assigned the charge of these posts to other
officers till these are filled up.
Rather said that
the Government has sealed 6,000 posts for the
newly created Administrative units, adding that a
Committee has also been constituted under the
Chairmanship of Chief Secretary to prioritize
filling up of vacant posts in newly created
districts. He said that the recruitment process
for filling up of 398 Gazetted Officers in
various departments is going on. One hundred
eighty nine posts of Gazetted Officers will also
be referred to Public Service Commission soon, he
launches new models of top-loading
Oct 6: Digital
technology leader Samsung India has launched the
new models in its top loading washing machines
categorized with 6.2 kg-7.5 kg capacity.
design with technology for gentlest care,
Samsungs Top Loading Washing Machines
ensure long lasting germ-free, stain-free and
odour-free clothes. The new washing machines have
been developed keeping in mind the needs of
Indian consumers. This product range is
differentiated on account of its superior
performance and water saving features.
The company has
also signed Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra
as its new Brand Ambassador for its home
introduced its revolutionary Eco
Storm technology in its 7 kg and above Top
Loading Washing Machines for better washing
performance and less water spending. The inner
care storm feature generates a powerful
multi-directive water wave for better washing
performance and less tangling while the outer
power storing creates stronger water flow to
effectively scrub off dirt, greasy stains and
detergent residue in the fabric.
With the launch of
new range, Samsungs complete washing
machines line-up include 47 models- 13 fully
automatic front loading, 22 fully automatic top
loading and 12 semi-automatic washing machines.
contractual and consolidated employees
urge for regularization
Oct 6: All
Adhoc Contractual and Consolidated Employees
Association raised the issue of regularization
and urged the State Government to take steps in
this direction, in a meeting held here today.
The meeting was
held under the presidentship of Garu Ram which
urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Finance
Minister Abdul Rahim Rather to take necessary
action for regularizing all adhoc, contractual
and consolidated employees.
The president said
that Government had agreed to regularize the
employees within sixty days but nothing has been
done so far.
members gave 15-days time to the Government to
implement the order regarding employees otherwise
they would follow the path of agitation.
present in the meeting were Radha Rathore, Anjana
Shasta, Kuljeet Singh, Naresh Singh, George,
Rakesh Kumar, Kamal Kishore, Surinder Bakshi,
Anil Kumar and Rajeev Kumar.
industrial units in Valley sick: Govt
Oct 6: A
total of 330 industrial units, or nearly 2 per
cent, of the over 15,000 units in the Kashmir
valley are sick, the Legislative Council was
There are more
than 24,000 industrial units in the Jammu region,
while in Kashmir region the number of such units
is over 15,000.
of small, medium and large scale industrial units
in the State are 39,450," Minister for
Industries and Commerce, Manohar Lal Sharma said
in a written reply.
Out of these
industrial units, Sharma said 419 units have been
declared sick with 89 of these located in Jammu
region and 330 in Kashmir.
The total amount
of money invested in the industrial units in the
State is over Rs 3,601 crore. Of this, Rs 676.82
crore have been invested in the Kashmir, while Rs
2924.34 crore have been invested in the Jammu
also informed the House that there are 28
Industrial Estates in Kashmir region, and 22 in
The Minister said
nine Industrial Estates are under development in
Kashmir division, out of which two are in Leh
district, and three Estates are under development
in Jammu region.
call will endanger lives of innocents: Army
Oct 6: Army
today flayed separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani
for his call to people to obstruct security
forces saying it was a deliberate attempt to
incite local population and endanger their lives.
statement (of Geelani) is a deliberate attempt to
incite the local population and whip up passions
while playing with lives of innocent people who
will be left to the mercy of these
mercenaries," a Defence spokesman said.
Geelani, chairman of the hardline Hurriyat
Conference, asked people to stage protests
whenever security forces launched
operations are always conducted based on specific
intelligence reports about the presence of
militants in the area," the spokesman said.
"prior to launching operations, locals are
segregated and moved to safety with the sole aim
of preventing them from being taken hostage by
militants and to avoid casualties in the
operations are then carried out systematically in
the presence of elders and police and records are
maintained to ensure transparency.
of counter-terrorist operations in the hinterland
with no civilian casualties bears testimony to
the drills adopted by the Army," he said.
Party Action Committee for Chenab
Valley Council constituted
Oct 6: All
Party Hill Development Council, Chenab Valley, in
a meeting held under its chairmanship of its
patron Sheikh Abdul Rehman here today,
constituted Action Committee to fight for the
Gh. Hassan Tak was
made president of the Committee, Mohd. Arshad
Malik, Khurshad Ahmed Dev and Riyaz Ahmed Zargar
as vice-presidents, Ram Singh Chauhan and Imtiyaz
Ahmed Mir as general secretaries, Chuni Lal
Thakur as chief organizer, Ishitiyaq Ahmed Dev,
Hans Raj Kotwal, Hem Raj Parihar and Hari Krishan
Tickoo as secretaries, Amrit Varsha as Mahila
president and Kanta Devi as vice-president.
Committee for Doda district was also
reconstituted with Vakil Gh. Hassan as president,
Kanta Devi as vice-president, Ishtiaq Ahmed Dev
as general secretary, Puran Chand Bhagat as
vice-president, Hem Raj Bhagat as secretary, Th
Chuni Lal as secretary, Shabir Ahmed as secretary
and Khurshid Ahmed Misgar as secretary.
Sikh Front rejects Centres 8-point formula
Oct 6: While
rejecting Centres eight point formula,
National Sikh Front chairman Varinder Jeet Singh
has said that the points raised by Sikhs from
Kashmir and Jammu region besides transporters and
traders from Jammu region have been ignored in
Addressing a press
conference here today, the NSF leader said that
this formula will help only some people from
Kashmir and Centre has totally ignored the
minorities in Kashmir and also people from Jammu
region. The announcement was made after the all
party delegation visited Kashmir and Jammu and
then gave their observation.
The Sikhs in
Kashmir and many organizations in Jammu also met
all party delegation but the points raised by
them were not included in the 8-point
declaration. The delegation members went to the
houses of those who raised anti-India slogans but
the nationalists who raised the Indian flag high
always were ignored. This attitude of the Centre
has created strong resentment among the people of
Jammu region, who have been observing this all.
The volcano will burst soon and then it will be
difficult for the Government to contain the mass
agitation and win the hearts of the people here.
KPs and others in Valley are being offered jobs
but Kashmiri Sikhs are being discriminated.
Transporters and traders of Kashmir region have
been given concessions but those from Jammu who
were also badly hit due to three month long
strikes, curfews and bandhs were not treated
suffered damages and drivers were injured in
attacks in Kashmir during strikes, but no
compensation was given to them. Kulwant Singh
Bhatti, Harvinder Singh, Ranjit Singh and Gurtez
Singh were also present.
challans several shops, milk vendors
Oct 6: The
Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today
stepped-up its drive against unhygienic goods
being sold in the City and peripheries as
festivals season including Navratras and Dussehra
A large quantity
of unwholesome food was destroyed by special
squads of the JMC at Vikram Chowk, Jewel Chowk,
Talab Tillo, Bohri, Roop Nagar, Janipura and Bahu
Over 160 food
establishments were checked during the raids by
the JMC teams. Of the, 49 defaulters were
challaned and a fine of Rs 11,100 was imposed on
The JMC teams also
destroyed one quintal of substandard milk, 10 kg
stale cooked food and 50 kg of sweets which were
found unfit for human consumption.
A drive against
adulteration of milk was also conducted at Gandhi
Nagar, Nai Basti, Satwari, Jeewan Nagar and
Digiana and 78 cans were lifted for samples.
Fine worth Rs 2400
was imposed on milk vendors.
The drive was
supervised by JMC Commissioner S C Sawhney.
delegation calls on VC
Oct 6: A
delegation of Jammu University Research Scholars
Executive Association (JURSEA) today called on
Vice Chancellor Varun Sahni and apprised him
about the problems being faced by scholars'
The delegation led
by JURSEA President Rakesh Chib highlighted
various demands and issues of scholars on the
occasion. He demanded the Wi Fi connection to
hostel boarders so that they could easily access
the required material to complete their research
work well in time. This facility would further
help the scholars to equip them with modern
research and technology.
He also demanded
to construct new hostels for boys and girl
scholars on the campus as students were facing
lot of problems due to limited quota for hostels
members also highlighted that in Arts faculty
there is no internet facility for scholars which
creates hurdles in their research work.
Chancellor listened to the demands of scholars
patiently and assured that 15 new rooms have been
constructed for girl scholars, which would be
completed within 3 months period and planning for
new hostels in campus is on fast track. He
assured that their demand would be considered at
The other members
of delegation were Babita Thakur, Kuldeep Sharma,
Anupa Sharma, Ritu Sharma, Ameena Rajput and
holds protest against Govt
Oct 6: Jammu
West Assembly Movement activists today held
demonstration and disrupted vehicular traffic on
Ambphalla-Janipur road at New Plots in protest
against the failure of the Government to tackle
traffic problem in Jammu city and provide basic
amenities to the people of Jammu West Assembly
The activists led
by president of Jammu West Assembly Movement
Sunil Dimple took out procession against the
Government for its failure to control traffic
problem. "The traffic related problems were
brought to the notice of Government a number of
times but no step has so far been initiated to
control the same", Mr Dimple regretted while
addressing the protesters.
proposals regarding construction of flyovers at
Rehari Chungi, Jewal Chowk, Vikram Chowk and new
circular roads have been hanging in
balance", he said and appealed the Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah to take steps for giving
practical shape to the proposals.
construction of 4 way circular road from Amphalla
Manda to High Court Janipur to Roop Nagar
Bantalab to ease traffic rush on the
Amphalla-Janipur road. He also demanded
installation of traffic signal lights in the
Among others, Dr O
P Jandyal, Rajinder Verma, Bhagat Ram Sharma,
Ramesh Kohli, Raj Kumar, Sham Saroop, Mohan Lal
Sharma, Kulwant Sharma, T N Bhat, Sushil Kumar,
Romi and Ashwani Sharma addressed the protesters.
raise issues of public importance
during Zero Hour in Council
Oct 6 : As
many as 14 members today raised the issues of
public importance in the Upper House.
Taing demanded immediate renovation and repair of
saraies along Mughal road.
Qureshi demanded immediately issuance of
selection list of Physical Education Teachers of
district Poonch and Rajouri, whose interviews
have been conducted since one and half year back.
Aga Syed Ahmad
Rizvi called for early installation of
transmission lines and completion of power
projects in the Ladakh region.
Pardesi demanded early completion of work on
building of PHC, Nishat and urged for removal of
all the bottlenecks coming in its way.
Wazir demanded establishment of more ration out
lets in the State to cater the needs of the
called for providing treasury services to
Panchayat Devak, Bimbliya and Thargnote from
tehsil Sunderbani Treasury.
Syed Mohd Rafiq
Shah demanded immediate reshuffling of employees
overstaying in Kupwara district.
demanded construction of a sarai for the patients
at Kashmir House, New Delhi, as they are facing
tremendous accommodation problems at Chankayapuri
Javad Ahmed Rana
demanded discoursing forces trying to divide
Jammu and Kashmir on religious basis.
Ganie called for providing passports to the left
out Hajj Pilgrims immediately . He said no
pilgrim should be punished for the sins committed
by his kins.
Altaf Ahmed Wani
demanded immediate establishment of PHE division
in Anantnag as currently Bijbehara division is
catering to Anantnag district.
Rasool urged the State Government to pursue with
the Centre for setting up Task Force constituted
for development of far flung areas on the pattern
of those announced for Jammu and Ladakh to boost
development in backward pockets.
Suharwardy demanded opening of more extension
counters of J&K Bank in Doda district.
given SRTC workers stage protest dharna
Oct 6: Volunteer
retirement accorded employees of the State Road
Transport Corporation (SRTC) held massive protest
demonstration followed by dharna in the office of
General Manager at Bikram Chowk here today.
The VRS given
workers of the SRTC assembled at Bikram chowk
under the leadership of Dev Raj Bali and
Balwinder Singh in the morning. Then under the
banner of All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retirement
Employees Association, Jammu they launched their
They were shouting
slogans against the management of the Corporation
and demanded release of their arrears pending
since long. They were demanding that the CPF of
the workers be cleared and given immediate
clearance and action be taken against the
officials responsible for the lapse. The speakers
while addressing alleged that management of the
Corporation has failed to address the pending
issues of the VRS accorded to employees of the
SRTC. They are also demanding payment of COLA
others present in the protest programme included
Surinder Singh, D N Sharma, Asan Elite, Prem
Singh, B V Sharma, and Surant Singh.