making efforts to vitiate peace, harmony: Rana
Aug 12: BJP
is making all out efforts to vitiate peace,
harmony and secularism in the State with the sole
aim of dividing the people of the State on the
regional lines to achieve their hidden agenda -
trifurcation of the State, said Devender Singh
Rana, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister
while addressing a public meeting at Kathar in
Nagrota Assembly constituency.
Rana said BJP has
always tried to create fissures in Jammu and
Kashmir and their designs are fraught with wide
ranging ramifications and this trend if not
checked will not only affect Jammu and Kashmir
but the whole country.
He said the State
had always suffered because of the divisive
politicking of negative elements who occasionally
surface and exploit the people and the situations
for their personal ends.
Rana said National
Conference symbolizes the unity and amity between
various sections of the society and all the
regions of the State and will not allow the
fringe elements either in Jammu or in Kashmir to
play the regional card.
continue our efforts to strengthen the bonds of
amity and carry forward the development agenda
universally without any consideration of region
or religion", he said, adding that the
State's coalition Government under the leadership
of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is determined to
further strengthen this characteristic of the
State and strengthen the bonds of love between
various sections of the society.
Rana said that the
National Conference - Congress coalition
Government led by Omar Abdullah is moving ahead
with a commitment on the path of economic
development and restoration of peace in the
registered on both political and developmental
fronts during the last two and half years of the
State coalition Government itself vindicates the
government's determination for seeking peace and
progressive Jammu and Kashmir", he said.
meetings provincial president National Conference
Jammu province Rattan Lal Gupta said that the
National Conference- Congress coalition
Government has given a new political discourse to
the State by starting an era of clean, ethical,
value based politics.
successful conduct of Panchayati elections in the
State is a milestone in the democratic history of
the State under the leadership of Omar Abdullah.
He said the Panchayati Raj System will ensure a
better delivery system at the grass root level
and shall ensure a stable, accountable and a
Gupta also called
upon the party rank and file to gear up for the
forthcoming Local Bodies elections.
water supply projects reviewed
Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA),
Director Urban, OP Dubey and Chief Engineer, BR
Dogra today jointly reviewed ERA water supply
projects in Jammu city.
urban explained that 933 per cent water supply
projects undertaken by ERA under ADB Laon-I have
been completed and the balanced work is likely to
be completed in December this year.
discussion, a joint strategy was prepared to put
in all works in use to the maximum extent so that
the benefits accrued were passed on to the people
of Jammu city. Project Manager, Urban, ERA and
SE, PHE (Mech) Urban will oversee the day to day
coordination of the issues.
showed his satisfaction on the addition of 24 MGD
water through 52 tube wells and one Boria intake
commissioned by ERA. Project officer ERA informed
that they have undertaken a project of
replacement and upgradation of pumping machinery
at 14 critical pumping stations at a cost of Rs 8
crore. 44 HC pumps, panels, AVRs and other
equipments will be installed on these stations,
which will enhance the pumping capacity. Moreover
an ambitious electric package consisting of
construction of 33/11 KVA station at Boria and
augmentation of 33/11 KVA stations at Channi
Himmat, Seora, Babliana, Company Bagh, Muthi and
Roop Nagar is under execution.
After the meeting
Director ERA alongwith the officials visited
Greater Kailash tube well and assessed the damage
caused due to the flash flood. He issued on spot
instruction to realign the damage to ensure early
resumption of water supply and take necessary
protective measures to safeguard the tube well
demands CBI inquiry into siphoning off funds
People's Democratic Party (PDP) MLA alleged
that his signature was forged to siphon off
crores of funds under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin
Vidhutikarn Yojna (RGGVY) and demanded CBI probe
into the whole scam to make the persons behind
the scam public.
Addressing a press
conference, Rafiq Hussain Khan, MLA, Mendher said
a whooping amount among of Rs 22 crore was spent
in district Poonch to electrify the
un-electrified villages, but the whole amount was
swindled by the officers at the helm of the
affairs. He said that the scheme was approved
without his consent and his forged signature was
used to get the scheme sanctioned from the higher
He said that a
fictitious survey drawing report was prepared as
such by some employees of PDD without consulting
the local MLA and forged his signature on it and
submitted the same to the Chief Engineer, who
further directed the concerned company to start
the work. He said that when they inquired from
the concerned company about utter violation of
norms, the Managing Director of the company has
shown a report, which was forged by the PDD.
He said that if
the Government is not involved in the scam then
they should take immediate steps to enquire into
the matter besides strict action against the
present were Rangil Singh, spokesman, Balbir
Singh, general secretary, Daman Bhasin, Shanti
Devi, Falail Singh and Nadeem Khan, general
secretary, Youth Wing, PDP.
water to uncovered areas priority: Taj
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood
Control, Taj Mohi ud Din today said that
providing drinking water to the areas so far
uncovered is the top priority of the Government.
Chairing a review
meeting of hydraulic projects of Lolab
constituency here today, the Minister asked
engineering departments to project uncovered
localities for providing water supply to them on
priority basis. He said drinking water and
irrigation are the priority elements as per the
water policy framed by the Government.
MLA, Lolab, Abdul
Haq Khan was also present in the meeting.
The meeting was
told that many water supply schemes in the areas
like Lassipora, Dar Pora, Anderbug, Bari Bella
Teng Chak, Khodi etc. are almost ready for
The meeting was
also told that since the last visit of the
Minister to the area and consequent directions
for providing drinking water to the needy, 35
wells have been dug so far.
The meeting was
told that under AIBP four water conservation
tanks are proposed in the constituency. The
Minister asked the engineers to prepare DPRs for
Mr. Taj directed
dovetailing flood protection works in the area
with NREGA. He was told that cleaning and bank
improvement of Taaz Wari and Daah Gam khouls have
been undertaken which has resulted in water
reaching tail points like Tikki Pora areas.
Minister visited the Ningli area in Sopore to
inspect the flood protection works around the
Wullar Lake. He asked the engineers to complete
the works within next six months to protect the
catchment areas from inundation.
Mr. Taj also
visited the Hari Taar village and inspected the
work on the water supply scheme there.
PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mehboob Iqbal,
Chief Engineers of PHE and Irrigation, Deputy
Commissioner, Baramulla, B. A. Bhat and other
officers accompanied the Minister during the
celebrate Raksha Bandhan with BSF jawans on IB
(RS Pura), Aug 12: National Secular Forum and a few
other organizations celebrated Raksha Bandhan
festival with the BSF jawans guarding borders
with Pakistan at Octroi Post (IB) on old
Jammu-Sialkote road today.
activists of the Forum and several school girls
tied Rakhis to BSF jawans in an impressive
function held at the border post. Assistant
Commandant BSF, S K Upadhaya and Vikas Sharma
president of the Forum were also present on the
Youth NC leader
Ankush Abrol who was also present lauded the
efforts of the Forum members to take initiative
and organize this festival here. He said many
jawans are not able to go homes on Rakhi festival
and miss to bless their sisters on this occasion.
The local girls tied Rakhis on the wrists of the
jawans belonging to 35 Bn of BSF. The jawans
expressed their overwhelming joy and thanked
their sisters for remembering them on this
mafia men threaten CID cops, to face PSA
Aug 12: The
district police authorities have decided to issue
weapons to some key intelligence men and small
arms to anti-drugs squad in Samba district.
After an attack by
three motor-cycle borne youth at the house of a
CID cop Gurmeet Singh at Ramgarh two days back
and receiving several threats from drug-mafia men
in the area, the district police has decided to
issue small weapons to some CID men and members
of special anti-drugs squad formed by the
district police chief.
Ramgarh police has
registered a case FIR No. 56/2011 in this
connection and started conducting raids on the
hide-outs of these drug mafia men. Some other
cops have also received similar indirect threats.
SSP Samba Israr
Khan when contacted said that after the incident
of threats by three motor-cycle borne youth
during night at the house of Gurmeet Singh in
Ramgarh, an over all review of the situation was
taken. The cop is working in the District Special
Branch of CID and has been assigned the specific
task to keep watch on the drug activities in the
area. He said some other cops connected with the
task have also received a few threats. In view of
the situation, he has taken up the issue with the
higher authorities and these key men would be
provided with weapons.
Mr Khan said after
sharing information with the Jammu and Kathua
police, seven men connected with drugs mafia have
figured at the top. They have been arrested
several times in last five years while smuggling
toxic capsules/ Bhuki etc. Out of these, four are
already with police. He said they have spoiled
the career of many youth of these three districts
and hapless parents lost their young sons due to
drug addiction. The police was keeping a close
watch on those connected with the menace. A well
politically connected and influential man from
Samba is also under the scanner. He was also seen
at the front in several agitations. He said that
these noted drug-smugglers will be recommended to
be booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) shortly.
promoted as ASIs
Aug 12: Additional
Director General of Police (ADGP), Armed/Law and
Order, K Rajendra today ordered promotion of 92
Head Constables to the rank of Assistant Sub
Promotion Committee (DPC) that met in Srinagar
under the chairmanship of K Rajendra at Armed
Police Headquarters today cleared the promotions.
arrested, blind murder solved
Aug 12: Police
have worked out murder case of a civilian and
arrested the main accused, who happened to be a
Government contractor and property dealer, and
his associate and recovered a weapon from their
possession in Domana area.
The accused has
been identified as Dinesh Singh Jamwal son of
Parshotam Singh Jamwal R/o Top Sherkhania and his
associate as Rakesh Kumar alias Bablu son of Ram
Prakash R/o Roop Nagar.
Police said Dinesh
Singh had murdered Sayed Sarwar Khan, 40, son of
Mohammad Rafiq Khan, a resident of Dhar Galoon,
Mendhar, presently putting up at Rajiv Colony,
police Khan had earlier worked for Dinesh Singh,
a Government contractor and a property dealer.
Khan had earlier
worked for Dinesh Singh when he had taken the
contract of canteen in MAM college in 2000 and
then in the contract of parking slots at Bahu
Plaza and Bagh-e-Bahu.
However, both of
them had developed enmity over financial matters.
On August 5,
Dinesh Singh called Khan and took him to Tope
Sherkhania on a motor-cycle. Later, he took him
to Rudra Properties at Top Sherkhania and shot
him dead with a country made pistol.
He wrapped the
body in a plastic sheet on August 6 and called
his friend Rakesh Kumar alias Bablu son of Ram
Prakash R/o Roop Nagar, who runs a karyana shop.
Rakesh came with his Bolero number 4949 JK08A.
They took the body in their vehicle to Muthi and
tried to throw it in Ranbir canal.
people spotted the body on August 7.
The blind murder
case has been worked out by a specially
constituted team comprising SHO Domana Ajay
Jamwal and SHO Kanachak Jai Pal Sharma, which
worked under the supervision of Additional SP
Jammu Rajesh Sharma and SDPO Domana Diwakar
Singh. The team had been constituted by SSP Jammu
A murder case has
been registered at Domana police station.
killed in tractor-truck collision
Aug 12: A
middle-aged man was killed in tractor-truck
collision near Dayala Chak on Jammu-Pathankote
National Highway in tehsil Hiranagar last night.
identified as Krishna, hailing from Chhatisgarh
was working as labourer here and sitting with the
tractor-trolley driver, Sham Lal. They were
carrying sand from the river. Near Dayala Chak
their Tractor trolley collided with a truck.
Krishna was thrown away with the impact and was
killed while being shifted to Hiranagar hospital.
Sham Lal with
serious condition was referred to GMC hospital,
Jammu. The police has registered a case in this
Jyoti Devi, wife of Krishan Lal, resident of
Barnoti received serious head injuries after she
fell down from Kathua route bus No. JK02AF/7177
today at Barnoti bus stop. Eye-witnesses said
that the vehicle stopped to drop the woman
passenger. But as she was getting down, the
driver sped the vehicle and she was thrown down
the door. The vehicle, however, did not stop and
the driver sped away.
The woman was
rushed to Kathua hospital from where she was
referred to GMC Jammu. The police has registered
a case and started manhunt for the driver.
lays foundation of tube well
Aug 12: To
deal with drinking water scarcity in Jogian
Mohalla, Fareed Nagar, SC Basti and Seoura
village, Minister for Revenue, Relief and
Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla on Friday laid
foundation of 73332 discharge per day capacity
deep drill tube well at Jogian Mohalla, coming up
at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.50 crore under
Water Supply Scheme of SC Bastis.
the locals, Mr. Bhalla said Government is
committed to provide adequate drinking water
facilities to the people in every corner of the
State, adding that under PHE and ERA sectors, the
Government has provided liberal funding for
digging of deep drill tube wells and hand pumps.
He appealed the people to use drinking water
Responding to the
people's demands, the Minister asked the PDD to
install 40 poles in the periphery of the Jogian
Mohalla, Freed Nagar and village Seoura so that
the quality power supply could also provided to
the residents. Regarding construction of lanes
and drains in the areas, he asked the R&B
authorities to prepare the estimate of the
project and submit the same for funding so that
the construction works of lanes and drains of the
Mohalla Jogian, Freed Nagar and Seoura could be
started after completing tendering formalities.
Bhalla visited Kalika Colony, Sheikh Nagar,
Gorkha Nagar of Bahu Fort area and Priya darshani
lane in Trikuta Nagar Sector 1-A and assessed the
damages of public property besides losses of
flood hit families caused due to flash floods in
nallahs. He asked the UEED authorities to
immediately start the restoration works of
damaged portion of nallah. Regarding renovation
of damaged road linked to Dreamland Apartments,
he asked R&B to immediately start the project
for the benefit of general masses.
notice on the encroachment of nallah land by one
local Aggarwal family at Priyadarshni lane in
Trikuta Nagar Sector 1-A, he asked the JMC to
immediately demolish the encroachments so that
the restoration work of breached portion of
nallah could be started.
Insurance DOF meets CMD UIICL
Aug 12: All
India General Insurance Development Officer
Federation (AIGIDOF) held a meeting with
Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), United
India Insurance Corporation Limited, Chennai.
In the meeting
various issues relating to development officers
were raised including enhancement of car loan,
deletion of rural, social sector business from
the eligibility criteria of promotion policy,
delay in payment in incentive and terminal
benefits, revision of non core benefit due to
petrol price hike, staff strength to be
maintained, training and motivation of
development officers, anomalies in UMEX were
The meeting was
attended by Manmohan Singh, working president
besides other Union leaders were also present.
teachers posts lying vacant: Harshdev
National Panthers Party MLA from Ramnagar and
working chairman of the party Harshdev Singh
today claimed that over 22,000 posts of teachers
were lying vacant in the State and School
Education authorities have failed to take
cognizance of the matter.
Addressing a press
conference here today, Mr Singh alleged a break
down in the Educational set up in the State. He
said that thousands of Government schools were
facing acute deficiency of teaching staff with
Government maintaining a criminal silence over
the issue. Mr Singh said remote area schools were
the major sufferers and had almost become defunct
due to staff paucity and non-availability of
The NPP leader
pointed the State Government itself admitted in
the meeting of Project Appraisal Board held in
Delhi in June this year that 13020 posts of
teachers were vacant at the Elementary level,
with 8014 vacancies in Upper Primary schools and
4916 vacancies in Primary schools. Apart from
this, more than 8000 vacancies of Masters,
Headmasters and Lecturers were available at
Secondary level including High and Higher
Secondary schools. The figures provided that
schools are facing overall shortage of nearly 40
% teachers, Mr Singh added.
Mr Singh alleged
that Government has failed to create posts of
teachers/ lecturers and provide adequate staff in
schools. He also alleged that Government has
failed to launch RMSA (Rashtriya Madhamik Shiksha
Abhiyan) in the State though it was started in
the country in 2008. He sought immediate
intervention of Chief Minister into the matter
and said that studies of the students has been
badly hit in the State.
demands compensation for rain-affected people
Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) today
demanded compensation to people who suffered
heavy losses due to unpredicted rainfall, which
lashes out the winter capital.
In a press
conference held here by Sunil Dimple, president,
JWAM, said that from the past 24 hours rains
lashed out most parts of the winter capital thus
disrupting the normal life in toto. He said that
some people have lost their lives besides heavy
losses to their property. He said that the water
flooded out of the nallahs across the winter
capital due to the poor drainage system and for
all this Jammu Municipal Corporation, which was
responsible as it had no pre-planned preparation
to tackle the monsoon season.
He demanded fresh
drainage system across the winter capital in
general and in West Constituency in particular.
He further added that the pace of developmental
works was going on in the Jammu West constituency
at a snails pace and urged the Government to
speed up the same for the benefit of the inmates
of the West Constituency, who were deprived of
the same from the past over a decade.
He further said
that erratic power supply has added to woes to
the people of West constituency in these hot and
humid weather conditions and demanded
uninterrupted power supply.
intervention of Chief Minister in all the demands
highlighted by JWAM for their remedial measures
and warned the Government of dire consequences if
the same were not met with in the mean time.
'Shootout' hits perfect target
Aug 12 : Impressed
by tinsel world, the two youth drawn from
different states reach Mumbai, only to meet their
waterloo was the core theme of Aaditya's
'Shootout', a play performed at Performing Art
Studio in its Friday series.
The play written,
conceived and directed by Aaditya Bhanu was a
soul stirring saga of two youth who become
friends in Mumbai having come from their
respective villages to earn livelihood for their
As ill luck would
have it, both fall prey to 'Bhaigiri' of Mumbai
while they were roped into the underworld
and killing the enemies of the underworld become
their profession until one day both fall victim
to each other's professional need where the boss
of both directs one to kill the other for having
failed to execute a job perfectly.
The play written
by Aaditya Bhanu was an open thought process of
the contemporary youth falling prey to wrong
decisions in life.
The play had all
the ingredients of a perfect drama which was
enacted by two actors, both as friends working
for a don in the underworld.
Anil Kotwal as
Balli and Aaditya Bhanu as Jaggu impressed with
their acting prowess while delivering the need of
the product in its actual manifestation.
Aaditya Bhanu of
late has shown up his maturity as an established
actor of the State and his effort in Friday
series is gaining popularity and accolades from
It was Nav Durga
Kala Manch's 15th performance under the Friday
Deepak Prashar, a
regular visitor to the Friday series was of the
opinion that the efforts envisaged by Aaditya
would go long way in imbibing strong theatrical
demeanor in the artist.
20,000 fine imposed on brick kiln owner
District Development Commissioner Budgam,
Mohammad Rafi has constituted a flying squad
headed by Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Khan Sahib
to check over charging by un-scrupulous brick
The Flying Squad
comprising Tehsildar Budgam, Assistant Director
Meteorology and two Naib Tehsildars would conduct
surprise check to ensure sale and purchase of
bricks as per the fixed rate viz Rs. 4100 per
1000 bricks (A class) and Rs. 3100 per 1000
bricks (B class). The Flying Squad will also
intercept tippers/trucks carrying bricks to
flying squad has charged a fine of Rs. 20,000
from bricks kiln owner in Gudsathoo area of
Budgam for selling bricks on exorbitant rates.
Development Commissioner Budgam, has once again
cautioned the bricks kiln owners and other
associated with the trade to strictly adhere to
the rate lists fixed for the sale of bricks,
adding that stringent action would be taken
against the defaulters for overcharging.
takes out rally on "International Youth
Aug 12: National
Student Union of India (NSUI) today took out a
rally under the theme "Youth Against
Terrorism" on International Youth day.
Hundreds of activists carrying ply cards were
seen raising slogan against the rising menace of
The rally started
from Congress Bhawan, Shahidi Chowk and passed
through different areas of the city including
Residency Road, Gumat Bazaar, Jewel Market and at
last culminated at Press Club.
gathering, Abdul Rashid Choudhary, State
president, NSUI, said that mobilizing youth
against terrorism is a very significant step to
salute those who sacrificed their lives in the
terrorist attacks. He urged the people to be
united and fight against the terrorism jointly to
defend the country from any form of terrorism.
Among others who
addressed the gathering were Arjun Singh, Fairoz
Khan, Uday Bhanu, Charanjeet Singh, Jitender
Chib, Aijaz Choudhary, Sarbjeet Singh, Abhimanyu
Jamwal, Neeraj Kundan and Gagandeep Sharma.
inspects Dastigeer Sahib beautification project
Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati
Raj, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali
Mohammad Sagar today inspected the pace of work
on the prestigious beautification project of
Hazrat Dastigeer Sahib (RA) shrine.
The Minister was
accompanied by the senior officers of JKPCC,
R&B and other allied departments.
While asking the
officers to speed up the ongoing work on this
prestigious project, the Minister directed them
to keep the local architect and taste in view
while undertaking this venture. He said that the
shrine is revered by the people of the State
irrespective of their religious considerations so
proper care is to be taken during the ongoing
It is pertinent to
mention that the beautification project is being
under taken on the local architecture and pattern
and proper landscaping would also be done in the
area adjacent to the shrine.
urges people to fight against corruption
All Jammu Kashmir Movement for Peace and
Justice (MPJ) has urged the people to awake from
the deep slumber and fight against the rising
corruption, which is prevailing in the society
and also curbing the roots of the developing
In a statement
issued here by its active member Kuldeep Kumar
Rao said that the Lokpal Bill as presented in the
Lok Sabha has fallen short of the expectations of
common people. He said that keeping PM, MPs and
the higher judiciary outside its purview, will
make it a very weak constitution.
He said that they
fully support Anna Hazare crusade to bring all
these under Lokpal Bill as all these are public
servants. He said that it is not possible to
tackle the complicated and deep rooted process of
corruption unless there is a strong Lokpal Bill
keeping all the higher judiciary in it.
Aug 12: Police
today claimed to have arrested six bovine
smugglers from Udhampur and Chenani and rescued
22 bovine animals.
said that after developing specific information,
police swung into action and intercepted a truck
bearing registration number JKO2R 8459 at
During frisking 17
bovine animals were recovered, which were being
illegally smuggled to Valley.
Police rescued the
bovine animals, seized the vehicle and arrested
Shakeel Ahmed, son of Manzoor Ali Pathan,
resident of Jakhani, Liyaqat Ali, son of Sher
Ali, resident of Thari, Udhampur and Hamid Khan,
son of Haji Satu Gujjar, resident of Thard.
In another naka at
Chenani Top, police party intercepted two Tata
mobiles bearing registration Nos. JK14 0739 and
JK08B 2536 carrying bovine animals.
five bovine animals which were being smuggled to
Srinagar illegally were seized.
including Ajay Kumar, son of Shanker Gir,
resident of Karian, Chenani, Kalu, son of Mohd
Shafi, Mohd Mirza, son of Noor Jamal, both
resident of Chan Morh, Chennai were arrested.
Aug 12: Police
today arrested a bootlegger from Khirpind village
under the jurisdiction of Miran Sahib Police
said that on the basis of specific information, a
police party from Miran Sahib Police Station led
by SHO Inspector Nazir Dar under the direct
supervision of SDPO R S Pura, S S Sambyal
conducted a raid in Khirpind village and arrested
a bootlegger along with 200 litres of lahan and 2
litres of illicit liquor.
namely Arjun Singh, son of Dharam Singh was
immediately arrested and illicit liquor seized.
The lahan along with utensils and other articles
were destroyed on the spot.
The accused has
been booked under 48 Excise Act.