Historic photo exhibition on Ambaran
Dalai Lama lauds
Sharma brothers,
says will visit Akhnoor

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Apr 2: Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama today appreciated the work being done by Sharma brothers --- Madan Lal Sharma, Lok Sabha member from Jammu and his brother and Jammu and Kashmir Health .....more

80 pc micro hydel
projects set up by
Army non-functional

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Nearly 80 per cent of over 979 Micro-hydel Power projects set up by the Army with the cost of over Rs 12 crores under ‘Operation Sadbhavna’, BADP and MNRE, were non functional in the State. This issue was raised in the Upper House today by the National ...more

Pensioners Association
serves 30 days
ultimatum to Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Jammu and Kashmir Pensioners Association under the chairmanship of its President Govind Ram held a protest demonstration in protest against the Government for not fulfilling their demands. ....more

Court stays election
of President Central
Mahajan Sabha

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: In an application filed by Kuldeep Gupta, president Ward No.15 of the Sabha, Forest Magistrate Jammu, Sandeep Kour has stayed the election to the post of President of Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha till next date .......more

Baisakhi Mela
arrangements discussed

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Apr 2: Arrangements to celebrate historic 3-day Baisakhi Mela at Devika site, from April 14, were discussed at a meeting of district officers of various departments and .....more

 

Dy Chairman adjourns
council sine-die

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU Apr 2: Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council Arvindar Singh Micky today adjourned the House sine-die on the conclusion of budget session. Giving details of the business transacted in the House, he said that 502 questions were received, of which 489 were taken up. He said 14 resolutions were also taken up for discussion, out of the total 42 received by the council secretariat. ....more

Khir Bhawani MPC
asks revenue authorities
to demarcate area

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: The newly elected office bearers of Khir Bhawani Asthapan Manzgam, (Kulgam Kashmir) Prabandak Committee held a meeting here today in which various decision s regarding the development of the shrine were taken.The meeting demanded that the revenue authorities should demarcate the area of the shrine so that there is no encroachment in future......more

Explosives seized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Troops of Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) and police today recovered a consignment of ammunition and explosives from a nullah at village Malhas in Mahore area of Reasi district. The recoveries were made after a two days long search operation in upper reaches of village Malhas.......more

     
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JAMMU, Apr 2: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) organized its 22nd Convocation which was held today at IGNOU Maidan Garhi New Delhi Headquarters and simultaneously at its 24 Regional Centres across the Country including Regional Centre Jammu via tele-conferencing.Kapil Sibbal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development delivered the Convocation address at IGNOU Headquarters at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. Over 2.15 Lac students all over the country were provided Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Convocation at Jammu was

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Kawa Institute of Management and Technology in collaboration with Anti Corruption Directly (India) here today organized seminar on "anti corruption in which the speakers highlighted the menace of corruption.On the occasion, Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Higher Education, Labour and Employment was the chief guest.

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Historic photo exhibition on Ambaran
Dalai Lama lauds Sharma brothers, says will visit Akhnoor

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Apr 2: Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama today appreciated the work being done by Sharma brothers --- Madan Lal Sharma, Lok Sabha member from Jammu and his brother and Jammu and Kashmir Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma --- for developing Ambaran, an ancient Buddhist site in Akhnoor tehsil. Impressed by a historic photo exhibition on Ambaran in particular and Akhnoor as a whole at the Capital's Ashoka Hotel today, the spiritual leader and exiled ruler of Tibet told Madan Lal Sharma: "As a Buddhist I appreciate your work."

He also accepted an invitation extended by the duo to visit Akhnoor and said "I will come."

Dalai Lama spent about 20 minutes at the exhibition organized by noted Tibet expert and journalist Vijay Kranti and his photographer-son Akshat Kranti. The father-and-son team had spent considerable time in Akhnoor to take on-the-spot photographs. Apart from the discoveries of stupa and relics made at Ambaran the exhibition highlights the historic Akhnoor Fort, majestic Chenab river, Jia Poto Temple, Gurudwara Tapo Asthan and Bhagwan Parsuram temple as well as a magnificent pathway constructed along the Chenab river.

Ambaran is gradually attracting wide notice as an ancient Buddhist site --- the first of its kind excavated in the Jammu region and believed to be the oldest in Jammu and Kashmir which has been known as a cradle of Buddhism in the past and still preserves the religion in its pristine glory.

Akhnoor is also the only Harappan site found so far in Jammu and Kashmir.

Dalai Lama evinced keen interest in photographs and made pointed queries to Dr B.R. Mani, Joint Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India and Vijay Kranti, who is also his biographer.

To a question about the estimated time of existence of the Buddhist site at Ambaran, he was informed that it was between "first century BC and third century BC". Mr Kranti explained that the timing showed that Buddhism may have existed in Jammu about 1000 years before it went to Ladakh and Tibet.

Dr Mani, who is presently posted in Delhi, has been associated with the excavations during his stint in the border State earlier. He pointed out that the discoveries so far indicated that there might have been a huge monastic establishment on the spot in Ambaran and there was need, therefore, for carrying out further excavations.

Mr Kranti announced that a similar exhibition at a larger scale would be held soon in Jammu.

Among those who had turned up included Balbir Punj, Bharatiya Janata Party member of the Rajya Sabha and a good number of senior bureaucrats and Buddhist scholars.

80 pc micro hydel projects set up by Army non-functional

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Nearly 80 per cent of over 979 Micro-hydel Power projects set up by the Army with the cost of over Rs 12 crores under ‘Operation Sadbhavna’, BADP and MNRE, were non functional in the State. This issue was raised in the Upper House today by the National Conference legislator, Vijay Bakaya during ‘Question Hour’. He said funds to the tune of over Rs 12 crore provided to the Army by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and under BADP have gone down the drain and what action the Government will take in this regard,"

He asked how many people in the State have benefited from these projects as the Army had to raise over 1000 such micro-hydel power projects in remote and far flung villages. He alleged that as per his information over 90% of these micro-hydel projects were lying defunct.

Another NC Member from Poonch M R Qureshi pointed out that the funds provided to the Army to public exchequer. "It was the matter of accountability and why such projects were not taken up in hand by the civil administration," he asked. Jahangir Mir also expressed his concern over the failure of these projects and drew the attention of the Government towards this serious issue, seeking probe.

While replying on behalf of the State Government, Minister incharge Science and Technology, IT and Animal Husbandary, Aga Syed Ruhulla Mehdi admitted that as per his information nearly 80 per cent of these projects were non-functional in the State. He said over 1000 Micro-hydel power projects were to be executed by various Army formations.

As per the information provided by the Army, 979 MHPs have been installed in the State by various Army formations. An amount of Rs 3.68 crores were released under BADP and Rs 8.70 crores under MNRE through JAKEDA to the Army. Rs 12.38 crore funds were provided under the Scheme. Under Op Sadbhana , there were 300 projects, under MNRE scheme 435 while under BADP 265.

The Minister said that after the Government received many such complaints, a survey was conducted. It was found by the IREP team that out of the 524 MHPs for which the survey was conducted, 388 ( 74 %) were found non functional, 37 were found non-existent and 18 % (99) test functional. For the rest remaining projects the survey was in progress. He endorsed the claim of NC member Mr Bakaya and admitted that nearly 80 percent of the MHPs were not functional.

Responding to other question, Mr Mehdi said these projects were to be installed to generate electricity with output of 3-5 KVA in each case. The details of the output generated so far are not available as these MHPs were under the control of Army. On an average 15 to 20 households were to be benefited from each project. In order to inspect the MHPs the department of Science and Technology and Tech constituted Block Level Committees in July 2007consisting representatives from Army, PDD and RDD thereby requesting the concerned DCs to facilitate inspection so that same are handed over to the concerned Village Level Committees. In June, 2009 the department asked the Project Officer IREP in the district to work as Nodal Officer for inspection of these projects. They stated that the survey has been completed in respect of 524 units.

Mr Bakaya sought to know whether the Government will take some effective steps so that this mess is not repeated again and initiative taken for ensuring proper functioning of the remaining projects. The Minister however, admitted that for the remaining functional units, a local person after search will be engaged to monitor the functioning of MHP units in their respective areas.

Pensioners Association serves 30 days ultimatum to Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Jammu and Kashmir Pensioners Association under the chairmanship of its President Govind Ram held a protest demonstration in protest against the Government for not fulfilling their demands. They were raising anti government slogans. The association served an ultimatum to the Government to redress their issues within a period of 30 days otherwise pensioners/family pensioners will launch an agitation in order to bring their issues in the notice of the Government.

Addressing the gathering, Govind Ram, accused the Government for compelling them to come on to roads for redressel to their demands. He said State Legislators, MLAs and MLCs have enhanced their own salaries and pension besides other benefits, but discriminating in providing equal benefits to them. He further said that callous attitude of the Government is creating hardships into the lives of pensioners.

Highlighting the demands, he urged the Government to pay six per cent DA in one installment, medical allowances be enhanced to Rs 300 to Rs 1000 per month in favour of State pensioners, additional quantum of pension in favour of pensioners after attaining the age of 65 to 100 and above, and many other demands.

Among others present were ND Sharma, Jagdish Dogra, Swarn Singh, Ram Lal Dogra, Dessa Singh, OP gupta, KL Basotra, Kamal Bhardwaj, SL Gandotra and others.

Court stays election of President Central Mahajan Sabha

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: In an application filed by Kuldeep Gupta, president Ward No.15 of the Sabha, Forest Magistrate Jammu, Sandeep Kour has stayed the election to the post of President of Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha till next date of hearing. In the petition, the appellant has sought declaration of process of holding of election of Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha as illegal and in-violation of the Constitution of Sabha and alleged that the provision of the Constitution have been violated to adjust the person, who is close to Ramesh Gupta.

The entire exercise is aimed at defeating the provisions of the constitution. The Returning Officer whose status is not more than caretaker is violating the norms and regulation of the Constitution of the Sabha in holding election and adjusting his friends and relatives, the petitioner said.

After hearing Advocate Anil Sethi appearing for the petitioner, Forest Magistrate, Jammu, Sandeep Kour observed, "the Court is satisfied that prima-facie the applicant has a strong case in his favour and moreover the same appears to be urgent in nature that being in the immediate indulgence of the Court in the matter is found imperative".

"In view of that the issuance of prior notice to the non-applicants, the process of holding the election to the post of President Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha Jammu is stayed till next date of hearing", the Court said. However, the order will be subject to objection of the other side.

The Court also issued notice to All India Central Mahajan Sabha through its General Secretary/President, Jammu Central Mahajan Sabha, Election Commissioner JCMS and Romesh Gupta and fixed April 5, 2011 for appearance and objections to the applications.

Baisakhi Mela arrangements discussed

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Apr 2: Arrangements to celebrate historic 3-day Baisakhi Mela at Devika site, from April 14, were discussed at a meeting of district officers of various departments and prominent citizens held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Baseer Ahmed Khan, here today. It was decided in the meeting that Executive Engineer PHE would ensure barricading and drinking water arrangements while Executive Officer, Municipality ensure proper cleansing of the site besides First Aid-cum-Awareness camp by Health Department. Executive Engineer, PDD would ensure uninterrupted power supply during the Mela days.

In the meeting special emphasis was laid on the fool proof arrangements pertaining to the systematic installation of stalls according to the set norms of the Fire and Emergency Services. For the purpose, Assistant Director, Fire Services was asked to prepare a comprehensive lay out plan for the installation of different stalls at the venue of mela keeping in view all precautionary and safety measures. Civil Defence and Red Cross Volunteers would educate the people in general and vendors in particular about the safety measures in the use of gas cylinders etc.

For the awareness of common masses about the different Government sponsored schemes especially designed to ameliorate the socio-economic status of poor people, the departments of Health, Agriculture, Horticulture, Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Sericulture, Handloom and Handicrafts etc. would put up their departmental stalls.

The Deputy Commissioner called upon the officers for putting in their dedicated and coordinated efforts in making arrangements pertaining to their respective departments so that mela culminates successfully.

Dy Chairman adjourns council sine-die

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU Apr 2: Deputy Chairman, Legislative Council Arvindar Singh Micky today adjourned the House sine-die on the conclusion of budget session. Giving details of the business transacted in the House, he said that 502 questions were received, of which 489 were taken up. He said 14 resolutions were also taken up for discussion, out of the total 42 received by the council secretariat.

He said 40 Calling Attention Notices were received, of which 28 were taken up. Of the total 8 half an hour discussions received as many as 3 were taken up, he said , adding 2 discussions under Rule 60-A . He said 6 Private Members' Bills were taken up out of the total 7 received. He said all the 19 Government Bills were taken up during the course of session.

He appreciated the members for their cooperation in running the business of the House smoothly. He also praised the staff of the Council Secretariat for their dedication, even as he recorded his appreciation for the media, Information and other concerned departments for discharging their professional duties to his best satisfaction.

Mr Micky said the business in the house was transacted as per the conventions of the parliamentary democracy. He said opposition was given ample time to raise their issues and the Government also replied satisfactorily. He said both treasury and opposition members displayed patience which helped to create congenial atmosphere during discussions.

Earlier, Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Medical Education, R.S.Chib, Ajay Sadhotra, G.Q.Paradesi, B.A.MAgray, M.Y Taing, Murtaza Khan, Mohammd Rashid Qureshi, Showkat Ahmad Ganai, Altaf Ahmad, T.S. Wazir and Najeeb Sohrwardi also recorded their observation on the conclusion of the session.

Khir Bhawani MPC asks revenue
authorities to demarcate area

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: The newly elected office bearers of Khir Bhawani Asthapan Manzgam, (Kulgam Kashmir) Prabandak Committee held a meeting here today in which various decision s regarding the development of the shrine were taken.

The meeting demanded that the revenue authorities should demarcate the area of the shrine so that there is no encroachment in future.

The meeting also demanded enactment of law for protection of Hindu shrines and religious places in Kashmir and demanded that the Bill in this regard be passed immediately so that all the religious places of Hindus in Kashmir are protected properly.

The meeting was presided over by T N Padroo ex president of the Committee. He administered the oath to newly elected General body headed by Kuldeep Raina as its president.

Others who took oath on the occasion included V S Lahori, Arvind Koul Avtar Krishan Raina, Bharat Bhushan Koul, Kanya Lal Koul, Vinay Koul and Rakesh Raina.

Explosives seized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Troops of Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) and police today recovered a consignment of ammunition and explosives from a nullah at village Malhas in Mahore area of Reasi district. The recoveries were made after a two days long search operation in upper reaches of village Malhas.

Recoveries included seven UBGL grenades, two Pakistan made hand grenade, five LMG magazines, five rifle magazines, six radio set antennas and one detonator.

A small hideout of the militants was busted along the nullah, official sources said.

A couple of militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit are being chased in the area by security forces and police.

SMC contractors call on CM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: The representatives of Srinagar Municipal Corporation Contractors' Anjumn called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here and presented him a memorandum of demands.

The SMC contractors among other things requested for shifting of Works Division of SMC from Regal Chowk commercial area to the SMC building at Karan Nagar. They also demanded for replacement of document system in the tendering process and application of rate schedule of PWD on Municipal works.

The representatives also apprised the Chief Minister of various issues relating to the SMC functioning and welfare of the members of the Anjuman.

The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Nasir Aslam Wani was present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister gave patient hearing to the Contractors' Anjuman and said that its genuine demands would be considered positively.

PWF compensation given in addition to relief: Akhoon

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2 : Minister for CAPD and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon today said that J&K Passenger Welfare Fund (PWF) Rules provide for payment of compensation to the victims of road accidents travelling in a commercial vehicle which is sanctioned by a committee under the chairmanship of concerned Divisional Commissioner in the respective Divisions.

The payment of compensation under the Passenger Welfare Fund can be paid in addition to any other relief which may be sanctioned by the Government.

Replying to a Calling Attention Notice of Ajay Sadhotra, the Minister said that the committee has decided to pay ex-gratia relief of Rs. 3,25, 000 in favour of the dependents of the deceased / victims of mini bus accident which took place at village Kussar Nallah for 13 dependents at the rate of Rs. 25000 per dependent.

He said a payment of ex-gratia relief of Rs. 1, 50, 000 has been sanctioned in favour of 15 seriously injured persons at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per person.

Mr Akhoon said a payment of ex-gratia relief of Rs. 1, 35, 000 has been sanctioned in favour of 27 minor injured persons at the rate of Rs. 5000 per person.

The Minister further said that the compensation under the Passenger Welfare Fund has not been disbursed in any case as the mechanism laid down by the Finance Department requires that the remittances to the Passenger Welfare Fund have to be transferred from Mufasil Treasuries to the Civil Secretariat Treasury. The process is on and the amount so deposited in the fund is likely to be operated soon on receipt of this amount in the Civil Secretariat Treasury, in favour of all the affected families of accidents of the year 2010 onwards. He said over loading was the main reason behind the accident.

2 thieves arrested with cash, stolen goods

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Channi Himmat police today arrested two thieves and recovered from their possession Rs 45,000 cash and Rs 1 lakh worth goods, which they had stolen during the thefts.

The thieves have been identified as Anwar Hussain son of Amir Hussain R/o Rajasthan, presently putting up at Sector No. 7 at Channi Himmat and Mohammad Noor son of Noor Islam R/o Kolkata, at present residing at Bagh-e-Bahu.

From their possession, police recovered Rs 1 lakh worth goods and Rs 45,000 cash, which they had stolen from a provisional store at Sector No. 1 in Channi Himmat on March 23.

A shopkeeper, who had purchased the stolen goods, has also been arrested. He was identified as Ali Johar of Qasim Nagar.

A case has been registered against the accused at Channi Himmat police station for further investigations. The stolen goods would be restored to the shopkeeper after completion of legal formalities.

A police party from Channi Himmat led by SHO Inspector Ajay Jamwal made the arrests under the supervision of SP City (South) Rajeshwar Singh and SDPO East Mukesh Kakkar.

3 bovine smugglers arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Kathua police today arrested three bovine smugglers who were carrying 11 oxen from Kathua and were on their way to Jammu.

According to reports a police party of Police Post Industrial Estate Hatli More, Kathua headed by SI Nayat Ali incharge Police Post intercepted a truck bearing registration number P B JK0 3 B-9041 near Hatli More, Kathua which was carrying the bovine animals.

Those arrested included Rashid Ahmed, son of Mohammed Khan of Kokernag, Kashmir, Yasir Ahmed, son of Zabar Ahmed Gujjar of Doru Anantnag and Ayub Khan son of Hasham Din Gujjar of Domail Jajjar Kotli.

A case FIR No 99/2011, U/S 188RPC, 3/5 cruelty to Animal Act was registered against them.

6th tremor hits Valley in 11 days

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 2: A moderate intensity earthquake, sixth within a span of 11 days, was felt in Kashmir valley this morning.

Coordinator Disaster Management Cell Kashmir, Aamir Ali said that an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 on Richter scale occurred at 0924 hours. The jolt was epicentred in Xinjiang border in Ladakh-China at 36.5 degrees north latitude and 70.9 degrees east longitude.

The tremor follows one on previous night at 1900 hours when an earthquake of magnitude 4.9 was felt with epicentre at Hindukush Afghanistan at 36.54 N, 70.91E, he added.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Kashmir valley, which falls under Seismic Zone V, was hit by four more tremors prior to the last two earthquakes.

A moderate intensity earthquake occurred on March 29 and two tremors with same intensity were felt within a span of three hours on March 23.  The highest of these moderate intensity tremors was felt on March 21 when the jolt recorded 5.8 on Richter scale and prompted people to rush out of buildings fearing repeat of 8 October 2005 which left trail of destruction besides claiming hundreds of lives in several parts of J&K and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.

Court extends police remand of Salim Beigh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: In the much publicized Supari killing case, Municipal Magistrate Jammu, S S Bali today extended police remand of Salim Beigh, then Superintendent Kot Bhalwal Jail, his PSO Surinder Kumar and Sunny Choudhary alias Sunny Baba.

After hearing Senior Prosecuting Officer Harimder Singh, the Court extended police remand of Salim Beigh, then Superintendent Kot-Bhalwal Jail, Surinder Kumar, then PSO of Salim Beigh and Sunny Choudhary alias Sunny Baba by five days.

Salim Beigh was arrested on March 24, 2011 while as Surinder Kumar and Sunny Choudhary on March 25 and 28 respectively.

2 IGNOU learners from Jammu get Gold Medals
22nd Convocation of IGNOU organized at Regional Centre

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) organized its 22nd Convocation which was held today at IGNOU Maidan Garhi New Delhi Headquarters and simultaneously at its 24 Regional Centres across the Country including Regional Centre Jammu via tele-conferencing.

Kapil Sibbal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development delivered the Convocation address at IGNOU Headquarters at Maidan Garhi, New Delhi. Over 2.15 Lac students all over the country were provided Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Convocation at Jammu was held at Auditorium, Govt. College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Higher Education, Labour and Employment, J&K was the guest of honour on this occasion at Regional Centre Jammu who awarded Degrees and Diplomas to the eligible learners.

A total of 1167 learners from Regional Centre Jammu were successfully declared eligible to receive Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees out of which 326 learners were awarded Degrees and Diplomas in the Convocation function at Jammu.

Two learners of IGNOU Regional Centre Jammu that two of our Learners namely Sheetu Raina of MA (Public Administration) programme and Satnam Singh of MA (Sociology) programme have brought laurels to the City of Temples by getting Gold Medals in their respective programmes. These two learners have topped in their respective programmes throughout the Country. Satnam Singh has also been chosen for Prof. Ram Reddy Memorial Gold Medal 2011.

Five IGNOU friends including R K Koul, Chief General Manager, BSNL J&K Circle, Dr. Aneeta Soodan, Principal SPMR College of Commerce, Dr. Raj Kumar, Deputy Registrar (Services), University of Jammu, Sh. Sunil Singh Bandral, Chief Manager, Advertising & Marketing, Take One Channel, Imtyaz Ahmed, Assistant Director, Hospitality and Protocol, J&K Govt. and four distinguished students were felicitated on the occasion. Abdul Gani Malik, termed the concept of Open and Distance Education as a revolutionary one. He lauded the initiative of IGNOU to reach to the rural and tribal areas, low literacy areas, physically challenged, jail inmates and Govt. and Non-Govt. sectors, where education through conventional system was not possible for many reasons. He assured IGNOU Authorities of all possible help as far as spreading Education to every corner of the Region is concerned.

Regional Director, K K Bhat, presented the Regional Centre report.

Slathia for industrialisation in far flung areas

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Minister for Industries and Commerce, S. S. Slathia assured that the Government will continue to attach top priority to the development of industrial sector within the State and take all initiatives required to promote industrialization that would pave way for overall socio-economic development for the benefit of the State. He was addressing the officers of SICOP while reviewing the overall performance of the Corporation during FY 2010-11.

Managing Director SICOP, R.K. Razdan informed the Minister that during the FY 2010-11, the Corporation has achieved a total Business Turnover of Rs 651 crores that accounted for Total Income of Rs 16.50 crores and the Net Cash Surplus of Rs 3.52 crores had accrued during the said period.

S.S. Slathia appreciated the highest ever financial achievements of SICOP that had percolated benefit to large segment of SSI sector within J&K State and he emphasized upon the officers to continue to work with same zeal so as to ensure that the Corporation maintains its viable financial stability in the coming period also.

He noted with satisfaction that all the units of SICOP have shown positive results and stressed upon the management to further activate the District offices, particularly located in the far flung areas, so that the benefit of the State Industrial Policy reaches to these remote areas also. He also directed that SICOP should ensure implementation of all the Projects in hand within the stipulated timeframe provided by the Government.

D D Kashir to telecast ‘Kyuth yi du-reyar’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: The shooting of DD serial for D D Kashir "Kyuth yi du-reyar’’ concluded today. The serial is focused on the ways and significance of promoting high values of love, peace and brotherhood among different sections of the society.

The story of the serial revolves round two families Akbar Khan (Kamal Handoo) and Sarfaraz Beig (Vijay Dhar) who want to retain their ego and they fight with each other.

However two other characters in the serial Dillawar and Shabnam try to bring them closer and bridge the gap between the two families.

The serial is produced by Sunil Koul who is also its associate director while it has been directed by Ravi Tickoo.

The leading actors in the serial include Arvin Tickoo, Shabnam, Jitender Jyotshi, Saroj Tickoo, Kavita, Bansi Mattoo, Satish Pajnoo, Kaounsar, Basher Ahmed, Chand Ji, Ishan Khordi etc.

The Mahurat of the serial was performed by Education Minister, Peerzada Mohammed Syed with the debate competition. The Minister on that occasion said that Kashmiriyat is a strong weapon to fight hatred and bringing peace and harmony in the state that has undergone a traumatic phase of violence during the past two decades.

During the shooting resident J&K Media Art Association, P N Pandita and general secretary JKPCC, Migrant Cell, Hira Lal Pandita were also present.

Installation of Traffic signal lights at Sainik
Colony demanded

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: Former Corporator Ward No 70,Sainik Colony Mrs Namrata Sharma while addressing a meeting of the residents of the area has demanded installation of traffic Signal lights on National Highway at Sainik Colony.

While appreciating the Government decision to install 52 traffic signal lights in Jammu Mrs Sharma said that the Sainik Colony being one of the biggest colony of the city be also considered for the installation of the traffic signal light. She made an appeal to the JMC and Traffic Department authorities in this regard.

Congregation at Chichi Mata on Apr 4

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 2: The management committee of Pujya Chichi Mata Ji, Samba, consisting of Akhil Bhartiya Chukarna, Lakhotra, Pharaian, Basotra, Mansotra Brahmin Biradari and Dabgotra Biradari is going to celebrate Navratras at Devi Asthan on April 4, 2011.

Hoisting of flag will be held at 9 am on April 4 and Kanya Poojan at 9.30 am which would be followed by Navratra Langar at 9.40 am till April 10. Prasad would be distributed amongst all the devotees. All Biradari members have been asked to participate along with their families to get invoked blessings of the deity.

Athwas felicitates artists, writers Migration of Pandits
was tragedy for majority in Kashmir: Sagar

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Maintaining that the migration of Pandits in 1989-90 was a great tragedy for majority community in Kashmir, Minister for Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammed Sagar, today said that madness of some people and agencies was behind the exodus of the minorities from Valley.

Addressing a function in connection with celebration of Athwas Day here today, the Minister said the migration was a setback to Kashmiri culture and ethos. He stressed on preservation of richness and age old beauty of Kashmiri culture.

While lauding the role of Athwas working in cultural field, he said there is need of Athwas (joining hands) between majority and minority communities in Valley and expressed the hope that Athwas will take an onus to itself in this regard.

While lauding the role of artists Sagar became nostalgic and recalled the role of the young artists of his time in Kashmir who through stage framed the Youth Federation during mid seventies and that became a forceful youth movement in the State and some amongst them are at present Ministers, legislators and political leaders.

Mr Sagar while recalling the role of his Party and its founder leader Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, said the late leader was champion of secularism. Paying tributes to Pushkar Bhan a legendary artist and writer on whose achievements and life a film was screened by Athwas on the occasion, he said that till date no such programme like Pushkar Bhan’s Zone Dab fame was ever produced by Radio Kashmir Srinagar.

The Film was also dedicated to this multifaceted personality.

The function was presided over by Vijay Bakaya, MLC. He also assured all help from the Government to the organizations working for enrichment of culture and expressed the hope that the Athwas will celebrate this day in Kashmir next time.

Secretary Cultural Academy Zafar Iqbal Manhas also spoke on the occasion. The programme was organized in collaboration of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages.

On the occasion Ksheminder Raina Memorial Awards were conferred to Dr R L Shant, Farooq Nazki, P L Handoo, Bharti Zaroo, N D Jamwal and Mushtaq Ali for their outstanding contribution in the field of art, culture and languages of the State.

In his address Bihari Kak, president Athwas, said his organization is planning to establish a mini cultural center in the State to nourish and preserve the richness of culture.

He also highlighted the problems of artists and others associated with art. He made a strong plea to DD authorities Srinagar to release the payments of displaced producers and artists. He alleged that despite the requests to DD Srinagar regarding release of these payments no concrete steps were taken by them in this regard till date.

A colorful cultural programme was also presented by the budding artists. The vote of thanks was proposed by Vijay Dhar, senior artist. The music was composed by Kuldeep Saproo while song was composed by Ravi Bhan and anchoring of programme was done by Kusum Tickoo while Vinod Chopra was programme coordinator.

Bhalla inaugurates painting exhibition 'Paradise on Earth'

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JAMMU, Apr 2: An artist mostly is driven by emotions that he considers vital for his creative expression. For a visual artist, the stimulus is mainly the images that surround him and it is his prerogative to re-interpret the selected images and represent the same with a touch of transformation and novelty.

This was stated by the Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla after inaugurating painting exhibition at 'Paradise on Earth' at Kala Kendra organized by Sushma Sahni of Nanak Nagar, here today.

Mr. Bhalla greeted Mrs. Sahni and said in paintings there is sheer love and memory of salubrious, ideality homeland which remains sole inspiration and motivation for her paintings. He said her semi-abstract paintings in water colors and acrylic, using different techniques including drip, splashes, application thick impasto, bestow a poetic feel to the subjects which are mainly landscapes, some times with endless horizon.

The Minister said the solo show of her paintings titled 'Paradise on Earth': Outpouring emotions, which opened at the Kala Kendra is a visual treat for the spectators. Notwithstanding her being hearing and speech impaired, her longing for Kashmir, finds expression mostly as a kind of celebration of the picturesque that many a times rises to sublimity.

Mr. Bhalla appealed the younger generation to participate in painting activities in a big way besides pursuing academic education. He asked the teachers to provide quality as well as moral education to the students so that they become a good artist of the country.

Additional Secretary, Art, Culture and Languages, Savita Bakshi, painting lovers, eminent personalities and students were present on the occasion.

Later, the Minister also visited Channi Rama and inspected the ongoing construction works of Multipurpose Community Hall, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 80 lakh.

Court rejects bail of accused in abetment to suicide case

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Judicial Magistrate R S Pura, Manjeet Rai today rejected the bail application of seven accused allegedly involved in abetment to suicide.

According to the police case, Miran Sahib Police arrested Natha Ram, Raj Kumar (both real brothers), Davinder Kumar alias Thoba, Rajinder Kumar alias Billu, Romesh Lal, Dev Raj and Rajinder Kumar alias Pinku, all the residents of Tootray Tehsil RS Pura on March 9, 2011 under Section 306/34 RPC.

It was submitted that 18 year old daughter of accused Natha Ram was allegedly abducted by one Mohan Lal, a resident of Tootray and the accused party and relatives of the abducted girl started terrorizing and harassing the family members of Mohan Lal forcing them to leave the village.

It was further alleged that the son of the complainant namely Sohan Lal committed suicide due to harassment and terror meted out to him by 8 persons including absconder Kalu Ram.

After hearing Advocate D P Choudhary appearing for the applicants and Senior PO Anil Dev Jamwal for the State, the Court dismissed bail application of the accused.

Woman ends life;one killed, another injured in mishaps

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Srinagar, Apr 2: A woman ended her life by consuming poisonous substance in Kulgam district while as one person died and yet another was injured in road accidents in Kashmir on Saturday.

A police spokesman said that a lady (name with held) of Sanyadi consumed some poisonous substance at her home, falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Damhal Hanjipora, Kulgam. The lady was shifted to SDH Damhal Hanjipora where she died. After completing all legal formalities the body was handed over to her legal heirs for last rites. Police has registered a case in this regard.

Meanwhile, one person died and another was injured in two different road accidents in Kashmir valley.

A Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK13-7453 driven by Mohammad Rafeeq Parray son of Ghulam Hassan resident of Gopalpora hit one girl namely Sabreena Akhter daughter of Alif-u-Din Paswal resident of Checki Wattoo at Checki Wattoo, resulting in her on spot death. After completing all legal formalities the body was handed over to her legal heirs for last rites. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and the vehicle was seized.

A Tipper bearing registration number JK13-1714 collided with a Honda City Car bearing registration number DL2CM-4855 on National Highway at Sanat Nagar Chowk, resulting in injuries to car driver Mohammad Ashraf Rather son of Abdul Rehman resident of Rambagh Srinagar. Both the vehicles were damaged in the incident. The injured was hospitalized.

Truck load of liquor seized

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Srinagar, Apr 2: In its continuous drive against narcotic smugglers, drug peddlers and bootleggers, Kulgam police today achieved a major success by seizing a truckload of liquor at Qaimoh.

A police spokesman said that during the intervening night of April 1 and 2 a special naka was laid at Qaimoh and police signalled truck bearing registration number JK08A-4257 to stop for checking, but the driver on seeing the police party stopped the truck at a distance and fled away from the spot taking advantage of darkness. On checking the vehicle it was found that 3816 bottles of Bagpiper and Officer Choice Whisky were stacked in the truck. During the scrutiny of documents it was found that challan purported to contain 106 sacks of Potatoes but during checking only 30 sacks were found in the vehicle which had been loaded in the rear to conceal the liquor and to avoid suspicion and checking by the Police.

HC’s directive to SSP Kathua

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JAMMU, Apr 2: In a habeas corpus petition filed by one Parasram of village Bhatwal in Kathua district alleging that his daughter was kidnapped by the private respondents on pistol point on March 3, 2011, State High Court Jammu Wing directed the SSP Kathua to locate the girl and produce her in the court on next date.

After hearing Advocate HC Jalmeria and perusal of documents placed on record, Justice J P Singh observed, "the Court is satisfied that the petitioner’s daughter aged 16 years is in illegal custody of private respondents Kamal Kishore and six others", adding "despite registration of FIR, the police does not appear to have taken steps to recover her".

With these observations, the Court issued notice to State through Commissioner/ Secretary Home, IGP Jammu Range, SSP Kathua, SHO Police Station Billawar and private respondents. In the meantime, the Court directed SSP Kathua to see the petitioner’s daughter was located and produced in the Court on the next date.

3 Private Bills withdrawn in LC

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Jammu, Apr 2: As many as 3 Private members Bills moved in the Upper House today were withdrawn following assurances by the Government.

A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Code of Criminal Procedure, Svt 1989 (L.C. Private Member's Bill No. 3 of 2011) moved by Naresh Kumar Gupta and A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Code of Criminal Procedure, Svt 1989 (1933 A.D) (L.C. Private Member's Bill No.4 of 2011) moved by Murtaza Ahmad Khan were withdrawn after Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar assured the House that Government intends to bring in a comprehensive legislation on the subject which encompasses the amendments moved by the members.

A Bill to provide for making provisions to protect the interest of farmers in the State and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto (L.C Private Member's Bill No. 6 of 2011) moved by Ajay Kumar Sadhotra was also withdrawn after Minister for Medical Education, R. S. Chib gave a resume of the steps being taken by the Government for the welfare of the farmer community.

Police Public School inaugurated

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RAJOURI, Apr 2: DIG Rajouri Poonch Range (Administrative officer Police-Public School Rajouri) Rajesh Kumar along with SSP Rajouri Anand Jain inaugurated newly established Police Public School at District Police Lines here. More than 50 other civil dignitaries including Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, and parents of kids were present on the occasion.

The Police Public School has been initially started from Nursery to 5th. Till date 46 Children have sought their admission in different classes. Well qualified staff selected through a high panel committees consisting of DIG Rajouri-Poonch Range, Chief Education Officer Rajouri and Sr. Superintendent of Police Rajouri has been appointed to provide value based education to the children.

The aim of opening the school is to provide quality education to the children of police personnel, police martyrs and children of far flung areas. The prominent of Rajouri town appreciated the role of Police for taking keen interest to maintain relation with public by providing such type educational opportunity to the public of district Rajouri.

Chhari Mubarak for Purmandal taken out

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Chhari Mubarak for holy shrine of Purmandal was taken out from Ranbireshwar Mandir here this morning. Hundreds of people accompanied the Chhari Mubarak.

The arrangements for the Charri Mubarak were made by J&K Dharmarth Trust chairman, Dr Karan Singh. The sacred yatra is undertaken every year on Chaiter Choudashi before commencement of Navratras.

The holy mace was led by Mahant Rishi Ban Ji, Mahant Ranbireshwar Temple, Shalamar, amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras and slogans. As yatra left the Shiv Mandir the slogans Har Har Mahadev rented the air.

On the occasion special pooja was performed by president of the Dharmarth Trust Thakur Divakar Singh along with secretary of the Trust, Ms Vijay Gandotra. Former Minister Th. Gulchain Singh Charak was also present on the occasion.

Bar accords farewell to CJ

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Bar Association Jammu (BAJ) today in grand function organised at District Court Complex, Janipur gave warm farewell to Chief Justice of State High Court, Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia before his laying the robes (demitting office).

On the occasion, Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, Justice Virender Singh, Justice J P Singh, Justice Sunil Hali and Justice Hasnain Masoodi were present.

Addressing the gathering B S Slathia, President of Bar Association welcomed the Chief Justice and Judges of High Court to the farewell function organized by the Bar while upholding its age old rich traditions.

He acknowledged, appreciated and praised the rich qualities of head and heart of the outgoing Chief Justice, besides a human being par excellence. He further appreciated the outgoing Chief Justice for always being responsive to the concerns of the Bar Association and taking steps for elevating the status of the institution.

Chief Justice, in his address, appreciated and praised the co-operation extended by the members of the Bar Association Jammu during his tenure in the dispensation of administration of justice. He also appreciated the persuasive capacity of the Jammu lawyers particularly the young lawyers while arguing cases in the courts.

All the office bearers of the Bar Association Jammu including Young Lawyers Association presented memento to the outgoing Chief Justice.

M U Salaria, Vice President, BAJ presented vote of thanks where as Vikram Sharma, general secretary conducted the proceedings.

Among others present in the function were J R Kotwal, Registrar General High Court, A K Shan, Principal Session Judge, Jammu, Aslam Goni, former Advocate General, V K Grover, President, Tax Bar Association.

3 members stage walk-out in Council
PDP member alleges backdoor appointment of MP’s son

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JAMMU, Apr 2: People’s Democratic Party member Murtaza Khan today raised the issue of alleged back-door appointment of the son of MP Mohd Shafi in the Sports Council and maintained that his issues for which he had proposed discussions were ignored by the ‘chair’ only to shield the Parliamentarian.

The issue was raised by the PDP legislator immediately after the House commenced today’s business. He pointed out that he had requested for the half an hour discussion on the two important issues and also forwarded the short notice questions about a month back, but the chair ignored his plea. He termed it as conspiracy and attempt to protect MP Mohd Shafi whose son was appointed through backdoor in the Sports Council. He alleged that he had earlier been also appointed through back door and his appointment was cancelled by the Court.

Mr Khan lodged his protest and moved into the well and after raising allegations staged walk-out from the House. Two more members Sayed Rafiq Shah from NPP and Haji Ali Mohd Bhat also staged walk out from the House after they were not allowed to express their views on the concluding day of the Budget Session by the Dy Chairman, Arvinder Singh.

The PDP MLC Murtaza Khan again staged walked out of the House after the Government failed to respond to the supplementary of the Member on the locks put on a mosque in Jammu by some people. The two other PDP members Asgar Ali and Nizam-ud-Din Khatana who also followed Mr Khan, however, returned from the door with the intervention and assurance of the Law Minister Ali Mohd Sagar.

The issue was raised by Congress MLA Subhash Chander Gupta regarding the illegal occupation./encroachment of Hindi shrines in the State. Naresh Gupta raised the question regarding illegal encroachment by some influential politicians at Ved Mandir and also around Mahamaya temple in Bahu Range and sought action from the Government. Asgar Ali also raised the question and alleged that a senior retired bureaucrat has put a lock on a mosque near DC office in Jammu and whether Government will take cognizance. The Minister of State for Haj and Auqaf N A Wani assured that Government will look into the matter.

Kawa College organizes seminar on "anti corruption"

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JAMMU, Apr 2: Kawa Institute of Management and Technology in collaboration with Anti Corruption Directly (India) here today organized seminar on "anti corruption in which the speakers highlighted the menace of corruption.

On the occasion, Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Higher Education, Labour and Employment was the chief guest.

While speaking, speakers highlighted the menace of corruption in various sectors of the society and also suggested methods to curb the same. They said that corruption is a deep rooted disease which is increasing day by day and is affecting the overall development of the country.

Abdul Gani Malik in his speech stressed upon to organize such kind of events at different levels to aware the public. He also appreciated the efforts of the college for organizing this event.

MS Katoch also spoke on the occasion and highlighted his views on the topic.

Atlast, Raman Sharma presented vote of thanks.

Others present were Anjana Bovouria, Center Head, Dr Anita Bali, Priya Raina, Moksha Sharma, Amandeep Kour, Bharat Singh and Rakesh Arora.

6050 selections made by PSC just in 3 years : Rather

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Jammu, Apr 2: J&K Public Service Commission (PSC) is an autonomous body, which makes selections to gazetted posts of different departments in a transparent and systematic manner.

This was stated by Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather while replying the discussion on functioning of PSC in Legislative Council today.

The Minister said the organisation also conducts DPCs for promotion to gazetted posts in strict observance of gazetted cadre rules in vogue in the respective departments, adding it also conducts departmental examinations for the employees before their promotions.

Mr. Rather said the PSC regularly conducts examination for Combined Civil Service Officers, which he said consists of three parts-prelims, mains and interview. There is fixed criteria for these examinations, he said, adding while the prelims is simply screening test, mains examination carries 1950 marks and the interview 250. The selection is made on the basis of marks fetched by the aspirants in mains and interview, he said while ruling out scope for any interference.

The Minister said there is no precedence to publish the marks obtained by the aspirants at prelims stage, as it is mere screening. It has neither bearing with the overall merit of the candidates nor any weightage for final selection.

He said ten thousand candidates were provided marks certificates by the Commission within 5 days. He said that no member of PSC is involved with the selection process if he has close relative like son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, etc appearing for interview. This, he said, is done to rule out any chance of nepotism.

Mr. Rather said during last three years, the PSC has made 6050 selections as compared to 3506 selections from 2000-07. He said the coalition Government activated the prestigious recruitment institution to ensure that the posts referred to it are filled up speedily.

He said the organization selected 398 Combined Civil Service officers in a record shortest possible time by working even during summer un-rest last year. He said transparency and credibility are the hallmarks of the recruitment organization.

Earlier, NC member Ajay Sadhotra stressed for transparency and proper procedure for the appointments and recruitment process in the PSC. Murtaza Khan, M R Qureshi, K N Suhrawardy, Rafiq Shah and Sheikh Ghulam Rasool also participated in discussion.



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