BJP making efforts to
vitiate peace, harmony: Rana

Excelsior Correspondent

NAGROTA, 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...more

ERA water supply
projects reviewed

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 12: Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), Director Urban, OP Dubey and Chief Engineer, BR Dogra today jointly reviewed ERA water supply projects in Jammu city. Project Manager, urban explained that 933 per cent water supply projects...more

PDP demands CBI inquiry
into siphoning off funds

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 12: 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...more

Providing water to
uncovered areas
priority: Taj

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SRINAGAR, Aug 12: Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Taj Mohi ud Din today said that providing drinking water....more

Locals celebrate
Raksha Bandhan with
BSF jawans on IB

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SUCHETGARH (RS Pura), Aug 12: National Secular Forum and a few other organizations celebrated Raksha Bandhan festival with the BSF jawans guarding borders.....more

Drug mafia men
threaten
CID cops, to face PSA

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, 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.....more

92 HCs promoted
as ASIs

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JAMMU, 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 Inspectors (ASIs). The Departmental Promotion.....more

Contractor arrested,
blind murder solved

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JAMMU, 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...more

     
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BJP making efforts to vitiate peace, harmony: Rana

Excelsior Correspondent

NAGROTA, 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.

"We will 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 State.

"The success 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.

Addressing the 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.

Gupta said 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 transparent system.

Gupta also called upon the party rank and file to gear up for the forthcoming Local Bodies elections.

ERA water supply projects reviewed

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JAMMU, Aug 12: Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), Director Urban, OP Dubey and Chief Engineer, BR Dogra today jointly reviewed ERA water supply projects in Jammu city.

Project Manager, 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.

After detailed 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.

Chief Engineer 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 building.

PDP demands CBI inquiry into siphoning off funds

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JAMMU, Aug 12: 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 ups.

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 delinquents.

Among others present were Rangil Singh, spokesman, Balbir Singh, general secretary, Daman Bhasin, Shanti Devi, Falail Singh and Nadeem Khan, general secretary, Youth Wing, PDP.

Providing water to uncovered areas priority: Taj

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SRINAGAR, Aug 12: 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 commissioning.

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 the same.

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.

Earlier, the 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.

Commissioner-Secretary, 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 visit.

Locals celebrate Raksha Bandhan with BSF jawans on IB

Excelsior Correspondent

SUCHETGARH (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.

The women 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 occasion.

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 festival.

Drug mafia men threaten CID cops, to face PSA

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SAMBA, 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.

92 HCs promoted as ASIs

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JAMMU, 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 Inspectors (ASIs).

The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) that met in Srinagar under the chairmanship of K Rajendra at Armed Police Headquarters today cleared the promotions.

Contractor arrested, blind murder solved

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JAMMU, 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, Bikram Chowk.

According to 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.

However, the 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 Anand Jain.

A murder case has been registered at Domana police station.

Man killed in tractor-truck collision

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KATHUA, 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.

The deceased 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 connection.

Meanwhile, one 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.

Bhalla lays foundation of tube well

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JAMMU, 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.

Interacting with 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 judiciously.

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.

Earlier, Mr. 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.

Taking serious 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.

General Insurance DOF meets CMD UIICL

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JAMMU, 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 raised.

The meeting was attended by Manmohan Singh, working president besides other Union leaders were also present.

22,000 teachers’ posts lying vacant: Harshdev

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JAMMU, Aug 12: 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 teaching faculty.

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.

JWAM demands compensation for rain-affected people

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JAMMU, Aug 12: 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.

He demanded 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.

Aaditya's 'Shootout' hits perfect target

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, 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 families.

As ill luck would have it, both fall prey to 'Bhaigiri' of Mumbai while they were roped into the underworld activities.

Taking 'Supari' 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 the people.

It was Nav Durga Kala Manch's 15th performance under the Friday series.

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.

Rs 20,000 fine imposed on brick kiln owner

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Aug 12: 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 kiln owners.

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 ascertain rates.

Meanwhile, the 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.

The District 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.

NSUI takes out rally on "International Youth day"

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 terrorism.

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.

Addressing the 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.

Sagar inspects Dastigeer Sahib beautification project

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SRINAGAR, Aug 12: 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 beautification project.

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.

MPJ urges people to fight against corruption

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JAMMU, Aug 12: 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 India.

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.

6 bovine smugglers held

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JAMMU, Aug 12: Police today claimed to have arrested six bovine smugglers from Udhampur and Chenani and rescued 22 bovine animals.

Police spokesman said that after developing specific information, police swung into action and intercepted a truck bearing registration number JKO2R 8459 at Udhampur.

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.

During checking five bovine animals which were being smuggled to Srinagar illegally were seized.

Three persons 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.

Bootlegger held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 12: Police today arrested a bootlegger from Khirpind village under the jurisdiction of Miran Sahib Police Station.

Police spokesman 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.

The bootlegger 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.



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