Smart Cards in offing
Omar launches 'Aadhaar'
Aug 1 : Chief
Minister, Omar Abdullah on Monday said that
Government intends to provide Smart Cards to the
residents of Jammu and Kashmir to be linked to
the Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC)
primarily and ration cards, MGNREGA job cards,
SKEWPY registration cards, etc secondarily to
make the public service delivery hassle free.
linkage of Smart Cards with the Unique
Identification Number 'Aadhaar' would undoubtedly
ensure timely benefits to the people", he
added and said that it would streamline the
services and improve the governance.
Rolling out Unique
Identification 'Aadhaar' initiative in Jammu and
Kashmir at a function at SKICC here, the Chief
Minister cautioned the people about the
misgivings likely to be created by vested
interests regarding Aadhaar. He said that the
card is a simple identification number not
mandatory or compulsory for the citizens to
utilize. "It is an optional facility for
valid proof of identification available to the
people for obtaining various services
promptly," he added.
many cards like passport, driving license, State
subject, voter cards, etc and it is up to your
own choice to utilize any one of these for
identification and residential proofs", he
said, adding that Aadhaar is a similar facility
available to you to take its full advantage. He
said presently even for obtaining a cell phone
connection one has to provide various
certificates of identification and residence
proof. "Similar is the case for getting
other services", he said maintaining that
Aadhaar would be a valid proof of identification
with the card holder.
The Chief Minister
said that Aadhaar will also remove the chances of
having fake job cards, fake ration cards, false
identity cards and even ghost employments on
Omar Abdullah said
that Unique Identification Number would prove
more efficient in ensuring benefits to the weaker
sections of the society under various schemes in
the sectors of Rural Development, Social Welfare,
Health and Education sectors. He said it will
also check the pilferages and protect privacy of
the card holders.
initiative as an important step in the process of
e-governance, Omar Abdullah said that Jammu and
Kashmir has to move a long way in catching up
with other States who have taken various
initiatives to make e-governance rule the roast.
"Aadhaar is an important initiative in this
regard", he said asking the Information
Technology Department to put in place many such
initiatives for universalizing e-governance in
Speaking on the
occasion Minister for Information Technology, Aga
Syed Ruhullah elaborated the benefits of Aadhaar
and said that this initiative will facilitate
weaker sections to a greater extent to get jobs
under MGNREGA, obtain ration cards and get
benefits of various social welfare schemes
General, Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI), Keshni Anand Arora said that the Aadhaar
was launched in the country by the Prime Minister
in September 2010 and so far more than 1.77 crore
Aadhaar cards have been provided to the people in
the country. She presented resume of the benefits
of Aadhaar and said that the UIDAI is entrusted
with the stupendous job of providing Unique
Identity Numbers to all the Indian residents
above the age of 5 years.
The Jammu and
Kashmir Bank has been designated as Registrar in
the State for Unique Identification Project.
The project is
likely to be completed in three years. There will
be enrolling agency which will provide
application, capture the photo, finger prints,
etc of the beneficiary and send the data to the
UIDAI for providing Aadhaar Card.
Advisor to the
Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul, Chief Secretary,
Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary to the Chief
Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary,
Information Technology Department, M K Dwivedi
and various senior Central and State officers
were present on the occasion.
CM greet people on Ramzan
Aug 1: Governor
N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today
greeted the people on the commencement of the
holy month of Ramzan and hoped that this
auspicious occasion would be a harbinger of
peace, amity, communal harmony, brotherhood,
progress and prosperity in the State.
In a message, the
Governor said that the holy month of Ramzan is a
period dedicated to fasting, prayers and service
to fellow human beings and the society and
highlights the values of patience,
self-restraint, tolerance and austerity, which
promote feelings of compassion and respect for
prayed for sustained peace and normalcy in the
State and the well-being of all its people.
In his message,
the Chief Minister described Ramdhan an
opportunity for the subjects of Allah to
re-dedicate themselves as His faithfuls and show
highest degree of tolerance by observing fast not
only on account of eating food but by
renunciation of all activities leading to sin and
amounting to detrimental to human dignity.
Praying for the
peace and prosperity of the State and well-being
of the people, Omar Abdullah expressed the hope
that the people while seeking forgiveness from
Allah will also pray for the peace and
development of the State.
ceremony of 13-day long Buda
Amarnath yatra held
Aug 1: The
13 day long Buda Amarnath yatra was inaugurated
at Yatri Niwas Bhagwati Nagar here today. The
yatra, which will start from here tomorrow will
culminate on Sawan Purnima full Moon coinciding
with Raksha Bandhan festival on August 13 at Buda
Amarnath temple in Mandi Poonch.
A large number of
people including leaders and activists of VHP,
Bajrang Dal and Baba Amarnath and Buda Amarnath
Yatri Niyas were present on the occasion.
started with Maha Yagya and flag hoisting
ceremony. Later addressing a gathering the VHP
national secretary and spokesperson, Dr Surinder
Jain said that his organization wants that Buda
Amarnath should also gain countrywide popularity
like Swami Amarnath yatra.
He said Swami
Amarnath yatra has become popular throughout the
country and every Hindu is associated with it.
The VHP and BD want that the Buda Amarnath yatra
should be run on the same pattern, he added.
He said the Buda
Amarnath yatra was running from centuries
together but after the militancy gripped the
State in 1989-90, this yatra was stopped in the
wake of migration of Hindus from Poonch villages.
Later Bajrang Dal took a challenge in 2005 to run
this yatra and since then the Buda Amarnath yatra
is running smoothly.
He said last year
over 1.5 lakh pilgrims from different parts of
country perform darshan at Buda Amarnath and it
is expected that the number will increase this
Dr Jain stressed
on revival of all religious yatras in J&K and
urged the Government to take effective steps in
this regard. He said in case the Government faces
any problem in reviving these yatras the BD will
provide all assistance and cooperation to it.
Stressing on Niyas
and Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) cooperation
he said, the Board should not side track Niyas
and any controversy on yatra should be avoided.
The BJP MLA from
Nagrota, Jugal Kishore Sharma was special guest
on the occasion. While the function among others
was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr
Pawan Kotwal, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev
Verma, Director Health Services, Jammu Dr Madhu
Khullar, SSP Jammu, Anant Jain, Drug Controller,
Dr Satish Gupta, BD national convener, Subash
Chauhan, co-convener Rajesh Pandey, VHP state
president Dr Rama Kant Dubey, BABAYN chief
Surinder Mohan Aggarwal and others.
employees, VRS workers stage protest
Aug 1: The
State Road Transport Corporation employees and
the VRS accorded workers of the Corporation
staged protest demonstration and took out road
march in support of their demands here today.
A large number of
employees of the SRTC under the leadership of
SRTC Employees Union president Ashok Mehra
assembled at SRTC complex here and took out
protest march towards the office of Divisional
Commissioner, Jammu, at Rail Head Complex. They
were carrying banners and placards in their hands
were demanding full implementation of 6th Pay
Commission report, implementation of the order
regarding conversion of COLA into DA of the
employees, regularisation of daily wagers,
clearance of GP Fund liabilities, implementation
of Order No. 157 and release of all the pending
Mr Mehra while
addressing the gathering warned the authorities
to fulfill its commitment as the employees were
facing lot of hardships. In view of the protest
programme, the normal work in the Corporation was
also affected during the day.
accorded employees and workers of the SRTC held
protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground near
Press Club here today. The volunteer retirement
given employees under the leadership of Dev Raj
Bali held protest demonstration and sat on dharna
despite intense hot today. They were demanding
implementation of 6th Pay Commission with effect
from January, 2006 up to January 31, 2010,
release of CP Fund interests worth Rs 23.28
crores, release of 126 slabs of COLA and
implementation of Order No. 237.
Mr Bali pointed
out that Finance Department provided budgetary
support of Rs 30 crore to the SRTC recently with
the direction that 25% fund should be kept for
clearance of liability of the employees but the
management was misleading the employees and not
providing any penny. He sought intervention of
the Transport and Finance Ministers in this
playing politics over Sopore incident: Shariq
Aug 1: Senior
National Conference leader and MP Sharief-ud-Din
Shariq today accused People's Democratic Party
(PDP) Mehbooba Mufti of playing politics over the
alleged custodial killing of Nazim Rashid at
In a statement,
Shariq said that Mehbooba has no sympathy for the
bereaved family and her aim is to score political
points over the killing. He said Mehbooba should
visit the families of persons who were killed in
1990 when PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Syed was the
Home Minister of the country.
took place at various places in 1990 and these
were carried out at the behest of PDP patron.
Does Mehbooba have any answer for the killings
that took place due to the anti-people policies
of her father?," he said.
Omar Abdullah has already made it clear that
whosoever is responsible for the killing of
Sopore youth would not be left scott free, the MP
Posts dedicates modernized Sub Post Office
Janipur to public
Aug 1: In
continuation with the modernization programme of
Post Offices all over the country by Department
of Posts under Project Arrow, the Sub Post
Office, Janipur, today also joined such other
post offices of the country which enjoy the
facilities of latest technology and
The Sub Post
Office after being modernized was formally
dedicated to the public by John Samuel, Chief
Post Master General J&K at a simple but
impressive function, which besides the staff of
the Postal Department was also attended by
The function among
others was attended by Amit Sharma Director
Postal Services and Mr Koul the ex officer of the
Speaking on the
occasion Mr Samuel said that under the Project
Arrow all posts offices in the country will be
modernized and the post office in future will be
no more the post offices of past and they will be
completely modernized and computerized.
He said under the
Project Arrow the Instant Money Order Services
will also be launched soon and under this scheme
the money order will be paid within 10 minutes
any where in the country, he added.
He said the post
offices will also have a shop where all
stationery items will be available for customers
on cheaper rates than market.
and acknowledging the services of postal officers
and staff he lauded the role of three postmen of
Janipur Sub Post Office and announced that one
among them will be selected for Dak Sewa Award.
He also announced
that soon ATM facility will also be available at
Jammu Head Post Office.
the contribution of customers he said these are
customers and not the Government, which keep
Postal Department run. It is because of the
cooperation of the customers that this Department
is able to function, he added.
hunger strike enters 8th day
Students hold protest against
appointment of CU VC
Aug 1: The
various students organisations held massive
protest demonstration in favour of Jammu Central
University at various Colleges today whereas the
indefinite "Relay Hunger Strike" of
National Panthers Students Union (NPSU) today
entered 8th day at Shaheedi Sthal, GGM Science
The students of
GGM Science College, SPMR College of Commerce and
GDC Paloura gathered in their premises this
morning in support of their demand to make the
Central University operational at an earliest.
They staged protest demonstration against State,
Central and HRD Ministry for not taking any
decision on the appointment of Vice Chancellor of
Jammu Central University on the occasion.
protesters led by Partap Singh Jamwal (provincial
president, NPSU) Thakur Shiv Dev Singh and
Lovekesh Gondhi alleged that State and Central
Governments have adopted the delaying tactics and
it is conspiracy to spoil another session of
Central University which would not be tolerated
at any cost. They said that delay by the HRD
Ministry for taking any decision on the
appointment of Vice Chancellor is a conspiracy
towards the Jammu region.
warned of serious consequences and threatened
that movement would take the shape of 2008 Land
row agitation if the demand to start the
functioning Jammu Central University would not be
considered at an earliest.
Manhas, senior vice president of Young Panthers
and Incharge NPSU, while interacting with media
persons, welcomed the support of political,
social and students organizations of Jammu
region for common cause. He appreciated the
leadership of Bar Association Jammu, Chamber of
Commerce and Industries, JPPF and many other
organizations for intensifying the ongoing
struggle of Central University.
The students of
GDC Samba, GDC Kathua, GDC Ramnagar, GDC
Udhampur, GDC R S Pura, also boycotted their
classes and demonstrated against State and
Central Governments for playing with students of
leaders appealed the students community to
remain united to make the CUJ operational at an
earliest and be ready for any sacrifices if
hundreds of students under the banner of Akhil
Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad and NPSU boycotted
classes at SRML Higher Secondary School and
gathered at main gate of the School by holding,
flags, banners and placards. They shouted slogans
against Central and State Governments and
demanded justice for students community. They
alleged the Kashmir Centric leadership has
allegedly delayed the start of the functioning of
CU, which was sanctioned along with 15
Universities across the country and had of now,
completed more than one session.
Officers flay PDD for frequent power cuts
Aug 1: Retired
Officers Forum today expressed concern over
frequent power cuts in the fully metered areas
where the Power Development Department is not
supplying the regular power.
A meeting was held
under the chairmanship of its president JK Sharma
and while speaking he said that PDD has totally
failed to check out the power theft in rural as
well as in urban areas, which is the prime cause
for the shortage of power. He said that all these
thefts were going on with the connivance of PDD
officials, as no one can resort to power theft
without the consent of PDD officials.
He said that PDD
will now go on experimenting with installation of
different types of electric meters without
improvement and effectiveness of their
departmental functioning. He said that power cuts
were so frequent that the consumer fails to
analyze whether the same were due to regular cuts
or genuine power faults at some level. A system
needs to be evolved and duly advertised so that
the customers will become aware of the situation,
touches 6,15,000 mark in 34 days
Aug 1: With
5,000 more pilgrims performing darshan of Ice
Shivlingam in cave shrine of Swami Amarnath, the
pilgrimage which started on June 29 has crossed a
mark of 6,15,000 in first 34 days.
According to a
Yatra Officer 5000 pilgrims performed darshan in
cave shrine till late tonight while 6,10,000
pilgrims had performed darshan up to late last
night. With this the total number of piglrims
visiting holy cave has reached to 6,15,000, he
He said the yatra
is proceeding smoothly and undeterred by vagaries
of weather and the yatris are in good spirits.
He said 5,249
pilgrims left for holy cave from twin base camps
of Nunwan-Pahalgam and Baltal this morning. Out
of them 2,747 pilgrims left via traditional
Nunwan-Chandanwari track while 1,785 left via
shortest Baltal track. Besides 717 pilgrims went
In addition to it
hundreds of pilgrims who had reached to haltage
camps of Sheshnag and Panjtarni late last night
also left for their next sojourn this morning.
pilgrims who reached the holy cave late tonight
after a night halt will perform darshan early
morning tomorrow while those who performed
darshan upto late this evening were on their way
to Baltal and Pahalgam base camps.
He said the
pilgrims who left from Panjtarni and Baltal early
this morning performed darshan in cave shrine by
late tonight and those from Chandanwari and
Sheshnag were on their way to next halting
stations where from they will leave for holy cave
He said out of
6,15,000 pilgrims who performed darshan at holy
cave by late tonight, six lakh have returned to
their home states. Majority of these yatris
preferred the shortest Baltal track for return,
One more pilgrim
died at holy cave today taking the death toll in
ongoing yatra to 86. According to reports Gopi
Vipin Kothari, 75, of West Bengal breathed his
last at holy cave today due to cardiac arrest.
batch of 555 pilgrims left the Bhagwati Nagar ,
Jammu Yatri Niwas for holy cave this morning
under tight security arrangements. Comprising 304
male, 100 female, seven children and 144 Sadhus
these pilgrims left in a cavalcade of 18
vehicles. All of them had reached Baltal and
Nunwan Pahalgam base camp till last reports
came in. These pilgrims will leave for holy cave
from there early morning tomorrow.
launches LiveWell Ramzan pack
Aug 1: Bharti
Airtel, a leading global telecommunication
company with operations in 19 countries across
Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of a
unique VAS pack - LiveWell Ramzan - for its
mobile customers in J&K.
PurpleTeal Technologies, this pack is available
at a subscription charge of Re 2 per day and is
offered in both English and 'Hinglish'.
Ramzan pack offers customers Daily Message Alerts
to inform, prepare, encourage and assist them in
observing fast during the holy month of Ramzan.
It will additionally provide followers of the
fasting season with Alerts on charity and
forgiveness - the essence of the month long
customers can SMS 'Ramzan' or 'RMD' respectively
approves 4-laning of Boulevard,
Galender-Narbal by pass
Aug 1: Chief
Minister, Omar Abdullah on Monday approved Rs. 60
crore 4-lanning project for widening of Boulevard
road, Srinagar from Dalgate to Kralsangari in the
first phase. He also gave nod to a mega project
of constructing 6-lane National Highway by-pass
from Galender to Narbal via Yechgam, Budgam which
will be extended to Ganderbal in the final phase.
The Chief Minister
sanctioned these projects at a high level meeting
wherein he received the presentation about the
details and financial implications of these two
The meeting was
attended by Minister of State for Home and
Housing, Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for
R&B, Javid Ahmad Dar, Principal Secretary to
the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Principal
Secretary R&B, K. B. Agarwal, Divisional
Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Chief
Engineer, R&B, Nazir Ahmad, Managing
Director, JKPCC, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar,
Mehraj Kakroo, Chief Town Planner, Iftikhar Ahmad
and various other senior officers.
The Chief Minister
directed the executing agencies to urgently
formulate the DPRs for the projects and explore
possibilities of putting the Galender-Narbal
Express Way on PPP mode along with Jammu By-Pass.
"I want all
these projects on fast track", he said
emphasizing on kick-starting the work within
shortest possible time. He said traffic jamming
and congested roads are putting the general
public in great inconvenience.
endeavour should be to concentrate on this
subject positively and effectively to make a
necessary dent", he advised the concerned
agencies and said that road projects aimed at
streamlining traffic and providing better
communication facilities to the people is the
priority concern of his Government.
The Chief Minister
was also briefed about the efficacy of
construction of a 4-lane bridge on river Jehlum
near Convent School besides strengthening the
existing Zero Bridge for light vehicles.
In a power point
presentation, the Chief Engineer, R&B
explained the details of the two projects
importance of these projects to ease traffic
movement and improve communication.
inaugurates photo exhibition
Aug 1: Governor
N. N. Vohra has emphasized the need for taking
all required initiatives for the rehabilitation
of orphans and children in any kind of distress
to enable them to grow into balanced and
productive members of the society.
The Governor was
speaking after inaugurating a photo exhibition
titled "Moments: A Chronicle of
Childhood", organized by the Child Nurture
and Relief (CHINAR) Kashmir here last evening.
The CHINAR Kashmir is working for the
psychological rehabilitation of orphans and
vulnerable children in Kashmir and running a
CHINAR Home for a group of orphan boys and girls
in Srinagar. The photographs displayed at the
exhibition had been taken by the CHINAR children
themselves during a month-long workshop organized
to impart photography skills to them. The
Governor went around the photo exhibition and
lauded the visibly high potential of the young
observed that the State has suffered immensely
during the past years with huge loss of life and
property and rendering a large number of women as
widows and many children as orphans. While
lauding the noble initiative taken by CHINAR
Kashmir for psycho-social rehabilitation of such
children, he hoped that there would now be
sustained peace and normalcy in the State.
He added that all
of us need to give serious thought to the
circumstances which engender situations leading
to the need for taking initiatives to look after
children who become orphans in such extremely
unfortunate circumstances as witnessed in Kashmir
in the past years. He hoped that many affluent
people and organizations would come forward to
give a helping hand to such children and to the
laudable organizations which support such
announced a support of Rs. one lakh for CHINAR
Kashmir and presented awards to half a dozen
CHINAR children for their laudable achievements.
In his welcome
address, Nazir A. Qureshi, president, Child
Nurture and Relief Kashmir, gave details of the
present activities of his organization and its
future action plan.
cr annual plan for Kathua district
Aug 1: District
Development Board, Kathua which met here today
under the chairmanship of Minister for Tourism
and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora approved Rs.
8676.92 lakh district plan for the current
financial year. The plan includes Rs. 5301.02
lakh as capital component and Rs. 3375.90 revenue
component. Out of the capital component Rs.
2439.52 lakh is the loan component.
District Development Board Kathua, Minister of
State for Forest, Transport, Employment, CAPD and
Power, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Minister of State
(Independent Charge Cooperative Stationary and
Printing and Elections, MoS planning, Finance,
Information Technology, Science and Technology,
Industries and Commerce and Higher Education, Dr.
Manohar Lal Sharma, Vice Chairman J&K State
Advisory Board for Development of Kissan, Mr.
Rashpal Singh, Vice Chairperson J&K State
Board for Welfare and Development of SC, Swaran
Lata, Member Parliament, Doda - Udhampur
parliamentary constituency, Lal Singh, MLA
Kathua, Charanjit Singh, MLA, Basohli, Jagdish
Sapolia, MLA, Bani, Lal Chand, MLA Hiranagar,
Durga Dass, MLC, Subash Gupta and heads of
various departments and district officers were
present on the occasion.
Development Commissioner, Kathua, Zahida Khan
gave a detailed resume of the achievements of
last year's plan. She said that against the
availability of Rs. 7201.07 lakh, Rs.7109.27 lakh
was the expenditure which is 98.73% for the
initial approved plan outlay for the year,
Development Board, Kathua, Nawang Rigzin Jora
directed the authorities to take stringent action
against the contractors who fail to complete the
works in allotted time. He also asked the MLAs to
monitor the implementation of schemes in their
respective constituencies. He directed the
authorities to complete Bani- Dhaggar road on
priority. He also said that repair of
transformers will be recommended for additional
amount. He directed all the agencies to gear up
their works so that by mid term review sufficient
progress could have been achieved.
Dr. Manohar Lal
Sharma expressed his concern over the targets
achieved in Self Employment sector and also
raised the issue of poor road connectivity in
Billawar, Basohli and Bani and demanded release
of additionalities for pending priorities in
various works department so that targets could be
achieved well in time.
MP. Ch. Lal Singh
demanded declaration of Kathua as Agriculture
District and stressed upon conservation /
renovation of existing water bodies. He also
demanded bridge over river Ravi joining Keerian
Gandyal with Kathua.
Speaking on the
occasion, MLA, Kathua, Charanjit Singh pointed
out shortage of doctors at District Hospital,
Kathua and other PHCs in the district. He said
that roads in Kathua are in dilapidated
condition.. He stressed for gearing up the
development aznprocess. The MLA also stressed for
Inter state Bus stop at Kali- Bari Kathua.
Jagdish Raj Sapolia said that there is shortage
of JEs in Rural Development Department due to
which works under MGNREGA could not be executed.
He said that there is also shortage of staff in
PMGSY due to which the development process is
While speaking on
the occasion, MLA, Bani, Lal Chand said that
there is lack of road connectivity in the
constituency. He pointed out poor performance
under MGNREGA in the district.
Durga Dass relief measures for the flood prone
areas of his constituency. He also demanded kind
of ration supply according to the needs of the
people. MLC Subash Gupta highlighted problems
related to road connectivity, water supply and
also stressed upon bringing Village Jandi on the
tourism Map of the district.
killed, another injured in bears attack
Aug 1: One
person was killed and another injured when they
were attacked by bears in separate incidents
A police spokesman
said that Mohammad Sultan Lone alias Najar son of
Ghulam Qadir resident of Chan Mohallah Drangbal,
Baramulla was attacked and mauled by a leopard at
Drangbal, falling under the jurisdiction of
Police Station Baramulla, resulting in his on
spot death. The body of the deceased was handed
over to legal heirs for last rites.
He said that Riyaz
Ahmad Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad resident of
Rajpora-Awantipora was attacked and injured by a
bear. The injured was hospitalized at SKIMS
conducts training programmes
Aug 1: State
Institute of Education (SIE) conducted five
training programmes in different subjects and at
different places of Jammu division as part of
massive training programme.
In this phase 153
teachers and masters were trained which were
organized in the area of teaching of Science at
secondary level at Government Higher School
mathematics was conducted for secondary level at
Government Higher Secondary School Reasi.
teaching to teachers of CAL adopted schools of
district Reasi was done at Government High
School, Kamel Danga. Teaching of Urdu was
imparted at GHSS Shastrinagar, Jammu, while
Social Science was taught at Higher Secondary
sub categorization of SC categories
Aug 1: Jammu
Kashmir Batwal Welfare Association (BWA) today
condemned the murder of the Batwal community
youth namely Kaila and demanded immediate
dispensation of justice to the family of the
A meeting was held
under the chairmanship of its general secretary
RL Kaith. While speaking he said that the
children of the community must be provided
quality education. He demanded sub-categorization
of Scheduled Caste categories as some powerful
Scheduled Caste communities have cornered the
reservation benefits disproportionately to their
population. He also appreciated Ruchi Motan, for
securing fifth position in Commerce in Higher
Secondary Part II Examination.
urged the Deputy Chief Minister to redress their
demands, which stand already submitted to him.
present were Sat Pal Lakhotra, Ramesh Kumar
Kaith, Raj Kumar Kaith, Om Parkash Tugga, Kamal
Chand Motan, Gunni Ram Kaith, Krishan Lal
Kashyap, Dilay Ram Kaith, etc.
Aug 1: An
ex-servicemen rally and a medical camp were
organised at Chowkibal today.
A large number of
civilians, participated in rally. At the venue, a
number of kiosks were established to provide
useful information to the ex-servicemen regarding
the welfare schemes introduced by the Central and
State Governments, employment opportunities and
ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme.
Additional counters of Canteen Stores Department
(CSD),Army Insurance Policies, Banking and Mobile
recharge were also established for the benefit of
A medical camp was
also organised simultaneously at the venue to
attend to the veteran soldiers and locals seeking
medical aid and treatment. There were five
medical officers from Army and civil including an
eye specialist, dentist, medical specialist and a
lady doctor. Nearly 360 males, 342 females and
231 children were treated in the camp.
saplings to be planted during monsoon: Altaf
Aug 1: Minister
for Ecology, Environment and Forests, Mian Altaf
Ahmed today attended the 62nd Van-Mahoutsav
organized by Social Forestry Department in the
premises of Govt. Polytechnic College Jammu.
Secretary to Government Forest Department,
Shantmanu presided over the function while Chief
Conservator of Forest R.D Tiwari was guest of
Forestry Department M.S Khan in his keynote and
welcome address deliberated upon the importance
of Van -Mahoustava and elaborated on various
activities and achievements of Social Forestry
the function, the Minister planted a sapling of
Arjun tree. He appreciated the role of Social
Forestry Department in taking up plantations and
emphasized that forestry sector is under
tremendous pressure of increasing population and
Van-Mahoutsava, the Minister informed that
Government is taking various steps for
improvement of environment and ecology of the
State. He asked the officers to work in
coordination so that the benefits of different
schemes launched by the Government reached to the
Mian Altaf said
that Social Forestry Department will cover an
area of 750 hectares by planting 6.5 lacs plants
during this monsoon season.
discretionary quota of Ministers : BJP
Aug 1: Calling
for abolition of discretionary quota and powers
enjoyed by ministers in Jammu and Kashmir on the
pattern proposed for Union Ministers , BJP
J&K chief spokesperson and national executive
member Dr. Jitendra Singh has accused the
Congress party of double standards and said that
while at the Centre the Congress-led UPA wants to
take credit for having initiated the move to
curtail discretionary powers of Union Ministers
including allotment of gas coupons, petrol pumps
etc., at the State level in Jammu and Kashmir the
same Congress party maintains convenient silence
and continues to share the booty of loot with its
coalition partner, the National Conference.
Dr. Singh said the
State Congress leadership owes an explanation in
the matter and it cannot be allowed to have the
cake and eat it too by ostensibly claiming to
check corruption in New Delhi while
simultaneously being a beneficiary of corrupt
practices in a sensitive state like Jammu and
Dr. Singh said in addition to misuse of
discretionary authority in various spheres,
including nominations to technical courses and
employment for certain jobs, the Ministers in
Jammu and Kashmir have also mastered the art of
using discretion even in matters where under the
rule there is no discretionary powers available
to them. For example, the tenders to execute
public works are manipulated in such a manner
that instead of following a fair allotment
procedure, these are handed over to Ministers'
chosen henchmen, who in turn share the profits
with the concerned Minister even though the
Minister under the oath of office is not entitled
to be a part of any activity of profit or office
of profit, he added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh
demanded that it should be mandatory for all the
Ministers and top bureaucrats in the State to
declare their assets and there should be a
mechanism in place to assess and account for the
expenditure incurred from State excehequer by
each of these high-ups on their air travel,
telephone, house rennovation, transport and other
miscellenous purposes. He also recommended fast
track disposal of corruption cases against
bureaucrats and senior officers on the lines of
proposal made to the Union Government.
demands Hill Development Council, Pahari status
Aug 1: Chenab
Valley Peoples Association (CVPA) today
held a meeting and elected its president and
State vice president. Hundreds of activists of
CVPA attended the meeting.
In the meeting,
Fairoz Khan from district Ramban was elected as
president while as Joginder Singh Thakur from
Doda and Narender Sharma from Kishtwar were
elected as state vice presidents.
gathering, Fairoz Khan said that CVPA will work
for the establishment of University in the Chenab
Valley including Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar, Jammu
University Satellite campus in Ramban, BEd
Colleges, a center for preservation and promotion
of cultural heritage and regional language.
He demanded Chenab
Valley Hill Development Council besides Pahari
status for the people of Chenab valley and first
preference to the inmates of Chenab valley in all
the Hydel projects.
He urged the
Government for establishing the Pahari hostel for
the students of Chenab valley besides other
demands highlighted by the CVPA as the people and
students of this region were deprived of justice
from the last so many years.
first storey of LD Hospital in 5 months: Chib
Aug 1: Minister
for Medical Education R. S. Chib today set five
months deadline for completion of Ist storey of
the under construction Lal Ded Hospital building.
The prestigious five-storey building is coming up
at a cost of Rs 40 crore.
Chairing a high
level meeting of officers convened to take stock
of its construction, he said in view of the
importance of the hospital the construction work
has to be accelerated by engaging more men and
issued instructions to the executing agency to
adopt double shift system and ensure completion
of the building within stipulated time including
its heating system and furniture. He said the
hospital is being constructed on modern lines
with all latest facilities to treat
gynaecological cases. "New LD Hospital will
be the best hospital of the Valley using all
modern technologies," he added.
The Minister asked
the authorities to come up with detailed proposal
of Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) for securing
funds to take up execution.
called for immediate auction of the building
material. He directed to the concerned agencies
to lift debris and used timber within one week so
that it may not hamper the construction work.
Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical
Education G. A. Peer, Deputy Commissioner
Srinagar, Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, SSP Srinagar Syed
Aushiq Hussain Bukhari, Principal GMC Srinagar
Dr.Qazi Masood, Managing Director JKMPCC, M .M
Gupta, Medical Superintendent, Lal Ded Hospital
Muhammad Shafi besides senior officers of various
departments attended the meeting.
begins five day workshop on
Aug 1: Department
of Lifelong Learning (DLL), University of Jammu,
today organized a five day workshop on
"Radio Broadcasting Skills" at its
More than 50
students participated in the workshop and
enhanced their audio production skills.
The workshop was
inaugurated by Dr Poonam Dhawan, Director, DLL.
Ravi Magotra, Programme Head, Radio Kashmir Jammu
and Prof Rita Jitendra, Broadcaster, were the
special guests at the inaugural ceremony.
gathering, Dr Poonam said that this workshop
would provide an overview of the Indian Radio
Industry as well as some of the techniques used
to produce a professional radio show.
Speaking on the
inaugural ceremony, Ravi Magotra said that Radio
has matured as a medium of communication with
more operators and competitions. He said that the
possibilities in Internet Radio, Satellite Radio
and Cell Phone Radio have also been immense and
all this has created a great demand for manpower
Prof Rita Jitendra
in her inaugural speech said that it is amazing
to see how so many agencies, especially the
institutions of the higher learning like
University of Jammu were reaching out to the
youth through such programmes. She impressed upon
the youth to participate and take benefit from
Earlier, Dr Kavita
Suri, Assistant Director, DLL, presented the
welcome address and in her speech said that the
workshop is meant for all those youth who would
like to work in the area of Radio Broadcasting or
were already engaged in the audio production and
keen to upgrade their production skills.
present were Nitish Arora, Senior Prog Officer,
Radio Kashmir Jammu, Dr Priyanka Sharma, Dr
Bharti Prabhakar, Dr Pallavi Sachdeva, Dr Sandeep
Singh, Vivek Sharma, Sita Anand and Rewa
inaugurates Maruti Service Station
Aug 1: In
order to facilitate the people of the border
region, District Development Commissioner Poonch,
Ajit Kumar Sahu, today inaugurated AS
Automobiles, Maruti Authorized Service Station
(MASS), in the border district at Surankote in
the presence of GA Khawaja, District Development
gathering, AK Sahu appreciated the efforts being
taken up by Sheikh Ajaz Ahmed, Managing Director,
AS Automobiles, for establishing viable business
unit in the district by availing self employment
scheme which paved the way for other unemployed
youth of the district. He urged the youth of the
district to resort to self employment instead of
searching job in present scenario of global
MASS is equipped
with services like computerized wheel alignment,
wheel balancing, two post lift and with
availability with Maruti genuine spare parts.
Speaking on the
occasion, GA Khawaja appreciated the efforts of
Sheikh Ajaz Ahmed for setting an example for the
other youth of the districts by establishing
Maruti Authorized Service Station in the remote
presented vote of thanks.
crushed to death, seven hurt in mishaps
Aug 1: A
youth was crushed to death by an unknown vehicle
near Govindsar in Kathua district on National
Highway last night while seven persons were
knocked down by two vehicles in separate road
mishaps in Rajouri and Billawar today.
A police spokesman
said that an unknown vehicle critically injured
an unknown youth in the age group of 22-23 years,
while he was moving along the road near Govindsar
(Hatli Morh) in Kathua at around 10.30 pm on
Sunday. The police immediately shifted the
injured to District hospital Kathua where doctors
referred him to GMC Jammu. He died in Jammu
hospital here today. The police has registered a
case for investigation.
His body was kept
in the mortuary of the hospital for
identification. Meanwhile, three youth in the age
group of 16-17 years were injured after they were
hit by a mini-bus No. JK08/7013 near Billawar
today. The injured identified as Vivek Khajuria,
Jagdish Singh, son of Krishan Singh and Mukesh
Kumar, son of Som Raj of Billawar were
from Rajouri said that four local labourers
working with GREF were knocked down by a Maruti
Car No. 5981/JK-11 near Kandi Galla in Kotranka
when they were returning home after work this
evening. All the four were moving along the road
when the car hit them from back. SHO Kotranka
Irshad and Tehsildar Ali Mohd rushed to the spot.
They removed the victims to Kotranka hospital and
later to district hospital Rajouri. Condition of
two was said to be serious. The victims were
identified as Mohd Riaz (28) and Ismail (40),
both residents of Swari, Mohd Yasin (25) and
Abdul Gaffar hailing from Sakri village. Yasin
and Riaz, were referred to GMC Jammu. The police
has seized the car while its driver escaped. A
case was registered in this connection.
of J&K only solution: NPP
Aug 1: J&K
National Panthers Party organised a massive
public rally today which was attended by all the
party legislators including . Harshdev Singh,
Balwant Singh Mankotia, Yashpal Kundal, Rafiq
Shah besides others.
The rally which
was attended by large number of people discussed
the prevailing political situation in the State
and took stock of the development related
problems and difficulties faced by the people of
this hilly and remote belt.
The Panthers party
leaders said that the re-organisation is the
ultimate solution of the J&K problem and the
people of Jammu province can get their due share
only after the re-organisation of the state.
Speaking on the
occasion, Harshdev Singh lambasted the State
Govt. for utter neglect and disregard of the
hilly, bad pocket and remote areas of the State.
He regretted that no development activity was
visible on the ground despite a plethora of
Centrally sponsored schemes having been announced
by the Centre. He said that the Govt. was
repeatedly making tall announcements and inflated
claims but the delivering on the ground was
negligible rather absent. He said that it was
ironical that despite 64 years of independence,
people of remote areas like Ramban were still
crying for drinking water, power supply, road
connectivity, basic medical facilities,
compassion of acquired land and education. He
said that the Govt, had totally failed to
discharge its Constitutional obligations. Mr.
Mankotia, flayed the Central and State Govt. for
biased and prejudicial treatment being given to
Jammu region. He assumed the people that the
issues of Baghliar employees, migrants besides
the employment related issues of Ramban people
would be vigorously agitated at all forms.
Mr. Kundal and Mr.
Shah highlighted the achievements of Panthers
party. They reminded the people about the
revolutionary achievements of the JKNPP
leadership during the tenure of Harshdev Singh as
Education Minister. They assured the gathering
that the issue of Ramban youth are preferential
treatment in Railway projects, Nashri tunnel and
different projects would be force fully
projected. They flayed the Lighton company
constructing tunnel for ignoring the local youth
in the matter of engagement. They further
demanded adequate compensation for all land
acquired from the people.
power crisis again grips Jammu
Aug 1: With
electricity continues to play hide and seek,
there seems to be no end to the power crisis
which have gripped the Jammu region this summer
in general and during the on going monsoon in
particular, adding to the woes of the common man
to a great extent.
increasing power crisis including long duration
unscheduled curtailments, low voltage and
fluctuation have made the life of people
miserable throughout the Jammu region, the
authorities at the helm of affairs are sleeping
over the issue resulting into brewing resentment
among the masses against the Department.
Despite the wide
spread protests and demonstrations by people in
various areas of city and its outskirts against
the failure of the Power Development Department
to maintain the proper supply of the electricity,
the Department has failed to solve the problem in
The power scenario
is so worst in the region that the people having
the special lines have also to bear its brunt as
the electricity supply remains off on these lines
too for hours together.
The residents of
Vikram Chowk and surrounding areas held a massive
demonstration at Vikram Chowk in protest against
the unscheduled power cuts in the area this
evening. The irate people of these localities
including, men, women and children, came to
streets and protested against the PDDs
callousness towards the consumers.
Vikram Singh a
resident of the area said that in addition to
routine power cuts, the people have been facing
an unscheduled power cut from 9 pm to 12 pm
daily. Moreover there is also low voltage and
power fluctuation in the area.
The situation is
in no way better in Janipur, New Plots, Roop
Nagar, Patoli, Subash Nagar and other parts of
the city where the people are facing the
unscheduled power cuts and low voltage problem
for over a fortnight now. Ramesh Kumar a resident
of Patoli said that the problem is common in
every Summer and the Government over the years
has not paid any attention to over come it.
He accused the
Department of having no concrete policy in
dealing with the problem which the people of
Jammu have been facing over a decade now. The
wires and transformers are out dated and old
resulting into the leakage and power loss, he
said, adding that the Department did not pay any
sincere attention to overcome the problem.
The situation is
also worst in the localities of Bantalab, Gurah,
Muthi, Barnai, Udaywala, Bohri, Barnai, Darmal,
Gurah Keran, Patoli Brahmana, Nagbani and Damana,
said Suraj Parkash Padha,ex Sarpanch Muthi.
He said that
despite an assurance given by Additional Deputy
Commissioner Jammu Sheetal Nanda to the
protesting people of the area last month that the
power problem will be solved within days, it
worsened further since then.
He said that the
low voltage and fluctuation besides burning down
of power transformers has also damaged the
electric gadgets of the people. He said the
problem is being faced mostly in the localities
of Muthi and Barnai.
Padha alleged that
being an important Department the PDD should have
a separate Cabinet Minister to look into the
problems of the masses properly. Since the
Department lies with Chief Minister who is
already pre-occupied with other affairs so he
cant pay proper attention to its
functioning which is also one of the cause of the
The people will be
forced to come to streets again in case the
authorities failed to solve the problem said,
Mukesh Sharma a social activist from Muthi. He
alleged that despite sending huge bills to
consumers every month the PDD is unable to
maintain the proper power supply.
He warned that the
people will desist from paying power tariff in
case the power supply is not improved
demands implementation of PMs package in
Aug 1: Youth
All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) today demanded
implementation of the remaining 4300 posts under
PMs package which were meant for Kashmiri
A meeting was held
under the chairmanship of its president RK Bhat
and while speaking demanded implementation of PMs
packagae in toto as so far only 1700 posts were
sanctioned out of 6000. He said that the unfilled
categories like SC, ST, OBC and ALC may be
converted into Open Merit Category.
demanded grant of Rs 25 lakh one time financial
assistance in favour of the over aged KP youth,
enhancement of cash relief and proper separate
accommodation for those Kashmiri youth who have
joined their jobs in the Valley.
He urged the
Government to entertain the degrees, which were
recognized through institutions including Punjab
Technical University, Sikkim and Manipal
University, which were running their learning
centers in the winter capital.
Among others who
spoke were DN Bhat, Manoj Handoo, Sunil Koul,
Deepak Dhar, Ravinder Sharma, Vinay Raina and