Teachings of saints beacon-light
for mankind: Tara Chand

Impressive Shoba Yatra
taken out on 634th
birthday of Guru Ravi Dass

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: An impressive Shoba yatra was taken out on the occasion of 634th birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass here today. A large number of devotees drawn ....more

SLSC meet held at RBI

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: State Level Security Committee (SLSC) meet was held at Reserve Bank of India, here under the chairmanship of B.R.Sharma, Financial ......more

"Haunted House"
now in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: First time in the State of its own kind, a "Haunted House" was thrown open at City Square Mall today, an amusement for not only children even matured will also enjoy, .....more

PCCF delivers address
on protection of forests

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), R. D. Tiwari today delivered key note address on protection of forests and environment on Camporee-2011 in which thousands of .. ......more

BJP Mahila Morcha to
felicitate war widows

Jitendra asks Govt not
to ignore views
of Army Chief

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16 : Calling upon the Government of India not to ignore the views expressed by Army Chief, Gen V K Singh during his Jammu .....more

 

CBI probe into politicians,
cops, land mafia nexus
must: Seva Dal

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Sainik Colony residents
frame body
against ‘grabbers’

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JAMMU, Feb 16: Residents of Sainik Colony framed a 21-member committee to fight against the land grabbers and expose them for their recent act of land grabbing during January 18 to January 26 this year in the same area......more

HC upholds selection
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Teachings of saints beacon-light for mankind: Tara Chand
Impressive Shoba Yatra taken out on 634th
birthday of Guru Ravi Dass

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: An impressive Shoba yatra was taken out on the occasion of 634th birth anniversary of Guru Ravi Dass here today. A large number of devotees drawn from different parts of Jammu region participated in the Shoba yatra that started from Guru Ravi Dass temple, Krishna Nagar.

Hundreds of Jhankis on tractor trolleys, gypsies, horse and camel backs depicting the various aspects of Guru Ji’s life participated in the yatra. The Shoba Yatra passed via Guru Ravi Dass Chowk at Jewel, Vinayak Bazaar, J P Chowk, Swami Vivekananda Chowk, Sunder Singh Gurudwara road, Raghunath Bazazar, City Chowk, Shalimar Chowk, culminated at Parade Ground where a big congregation was held.

The people en route greeted the Shoba yatra and showered flowers on it. The participants were chanting the bhajans in praise of Guru Ji.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand was the chief guest at the culminating function at Parade.

He called for following the teachings of great saints and seers to make the world a better place to live in.

Tara Chand described Guru Ji an embodiment of justice and piety. He said Guru Ji has worked for uplift of poor, weak and downtrodden sections throughout his life teaching humanistic ideals of truth, love and brotherhood.

He said almighty God sends prophets and avtars whenever times are out of joint to guide mankind towards truth and righteousness. He said their teachings serve as beacon-light for the humanity forever.

The Deputy Chief Minister said Jewel Chowk has been christened as Guru Ravi Dass Chowk to remember the great saint and refresh his social and religious contribution among the people.

Tara Chand said Guru Ravi Dass Ji taught the essence of religion in a simple and lucid language. He said the Guru not only showed sympathy toward poor but demonstrated practically to improve their lot and better their living standard.

He said that a number of welfare schemes have been launched by State and Central Governments to ameliorate economic conditions of weaker and downtrodden sections of the society. He said scheduled castes also enjoy reservation in employment, colleges and professional institutions.

Earlier Murti Sathapana of Guru Ravi Dass was performed at Guru Ravi Dass Temple Krishana Nagar where a large number of devotees participated. Swami Gurdev Giri Ji Mahraj from Guru Mandir Pathankot was the chief guest on the occasion. He also led the Shoba Yatra later.

Swami Ji threw light on the teachings of Guru Ji and termed him a one of the greatest Gurus of the world who enlightened the mankind with real knowledge and gave the message of peace and brotherhood.

A seven -point charter of demands was also presented by the Sabha president Piranditta to Deputy Chief Minister. It among other things demanded constitution of SC Commission in the State, solving the problems of SC employees, restoring the land of SCs in different parts of the region which has been forcibly grabbed by musclemen and stressed that community be given justice and provided the benefits of all central and state sponsored welfare schemes.

SLSC meet held at RBI

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: State Level Security Committee (SLSC) meet was held at Reserve Bank of India, here under the chairmanship of B.R.Sharma, Financial Commissioner (Home) and Government of Jammu and Kashmir to deliberate upon the security scenario in the banking industry.

The meeting was attended by Dr. B. Srinivas IGP (CID), Arnab Roy, Regional Director, Jammu and Kashmir, Reserve Bank of India and senior officers from Police Department, Airport Authority of India, Railways, Fire and Emergency Services, BSNL, and controlling heads of all the banks.

In his keynote address, the chairman B.R.Sharma called upon all the stakeholders to address the security concerns of the banks and emphasized the need for proper functioning of security gadgets installed at banks. He regarded fake notes to be a major threat to the economy and urged all the stakeholders to intensify necessary actions to curb the menace. Mr. Roy, Regional Director, (RBI) in his opening remarks highlighted the latest developments in the area of currency management.

"Haunted House" now in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: First time in the State of its own kind, a "Haunted House" was thrown open at City Square Mall today, an amusement for not only children even matured will also enjoy, such type of houses are already running in other parts of country successfully.

This haunted house where you enter, walk inside the house for about 5 minutes, exploring different rooms, which have scary surprises for you. The ghosts and devils flying here and there, falling at your foot steps and on your back with scary sounds and music running inside the house.

Once you enter there is no stepping back, you have to come out only through exit and that’s the only way out. It’s all dark inside with very dim red colored light glowing here and there with a minimal light only enough to walk forward, you will never know what would strike you and where. The show is just awesome and is not advisable for weak hearts, aged people and kids below 4 years of age.

PCCF delivers address on protection of forests

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), R. D. Tiwari today delivered key note address on protection of forests and environment on Camporee-2011 in which thousands of Scouts are participating

In his address, he underscored the importance of scouting movement for protection of forests. He said scouts have to play key role in safe-guarding the green treasure and ensure environmental balance by actively and practically propagating pro-environment policies. He said new forest policy has become very popular and Scouts have to make it more effective by involving general youth.

Mr. Tiwari said "we are presently passing through challenging era when entire globe is affected as a result of environmental imbalance. He said that J&K has been bestowed with elysian beauty and become much more responsibility for all of us to protect the heavenly beauty of Kashmir valley.

The PCCF said youth are the future citizens as such they have to play active role for protection and promotion of environment. He said promotion of green cover guarantees bright future, progress and prosperity.

Mr. Tiwari asked the scouts to act as ambassadors of environment protection and help Government in increasing awareness about environment protection in all the nooks and corners of state.

BJP Mahila Morcha to felicitate war widows
Jitendra asks Govt not to ignore views of Army Chief

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16 : Calling upon the Government of India not to ignore the views expressed by Army Chief, Gen V K Singh during his Jammu visit on Tuesday, the BJP state chief spokesperson and National Executive Member, Dr Jitendra Singh warned that any hasty decision about Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) or troops withdrawal could offer a boost to the militant activities and will also dangerously demoralize the armed forces.

Quoting the Army chief, Dr Jitendra Singh said that Gen. V K Singh has in subtle but meaningful words suggested that the Government ought to take what the General described as ‘holistic view’ of the situation. Dr Singh drew attention to a strong point made by Gen Singh about the "AFSPA wherein the latter had said that AFSPA was enforced with some objective and those opposing it do so for personal interest’’.

Even though the number of militants operating in the State may have come down, Dr Singh said, within the past one week, operations eliminating Hizbul Mujahideen militants could be accomplished only with the support of military and para military forces.

Dr Singh cautioned certain political groups and their leaders against indulging in army bashing simply to score political points even though they did not have courage to utter a word of condemnation against militant leaders and recalled that Gen Singh had last week also called for ideological clarity while taking decisions regarding J&K.

Making army scapegoat for political upmanship and then depending upon the same army to wriggle out of every difficult situation, whether it is militancy related or natural catastrophe like Kashmir earthquake in 2005 or Ladakh cloudburst in 2010, has become a habit with the State and Central governments, said Dr Singh and described this as a moral and ethical sacrilege against Indian army which happens to be the most steadfastly patriotic pillar of democracy in the country.

Meanwhile BJP Mahila Morcha in a meeting here today has announced that it will hold a public rally at Jammu on March 23 to felicitate the war widows. The national president of the Morcha Simriti Irani will grace the occasion. The Party state president Sakina Bano informed the meeting.

CBI probe into politicians, cops, land
mafia nexus must: Seva Dal

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: Demanding a CBI probe into the alleged nexus between a few politicians, some police officers, bureaucrats and the land mafia men in the Jammu and Kashmir, Pradesh Congress Seva Dal has said that an inquiry by the Divisional Commissioner as directed by the Chief Minister may be influenced and could lead to no where, creating doubt in the minds of the general public.

Addressing a press conference here today, Pradesh chief organizer of the Congress Seva Dal, Balwinder Singh Sambyal said not only politicians including former and sitting ministers, legislators and police officers are involved but several bureaucrats and even a few top persons in the media are also part of this dirty nexus, which has caused massive loss to the State exchequer. They all need to be exposed before the public.

Mr Singh said if Chief Minister is so serious in waging war against corruption, he should muster courage and expose all such people showing their present assets. The CBI must inquire about their position from 20 years back and how they managed such huge wealth in just last two decades. Many people know about the background and status of several present and sitting ministers and other politicians. Forest and State land worth crores has been grabbed by manipulating Revenue record. Patwaris and Girdawars have direct access to the ministers and even the top bureaucrats. He said prime land right from Jammu up to Kathua within 3 kms radius from the National Highway has been grabbed. Several institutes/ colleges have come up and several are in the pipeline. What was the modus operandi of managing that land? Whether these people acquired land within the prescribed law and rules, all these shady deals and clandestine operation is required to be exposed.

The Seva Dal chief demanded that a decisive war against corruption and land mafia should be launched. He appealed all the social, youth and other organisations to join hands and start agitation/ campaign. He further said that if CBI probe was not ordered, Pradesh Seva Dal activists would come out on the roads and launch agitation. He said district level protest programme would be launched soon.

JK Koul, S S Jamwal, Vinay Gupta, Harminder Singh, Pankaj Chhiber were also present.

Sainik Colony residents frame body against ‘grabbers’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: Residents of Sainik Colony framed a 21-member committee to fight against the land grabbers and expose them for their recent act of land grabbing during January 18 to January 26 this year in the same area.

A deputation of the members also met the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and narrated him the whole story regarding the grabbing of large land in Sainik Colony with the connivance of police and Revenue officials and influence exercised by a politician. The Chief Minister assured them to hold a fair probe into the act.

Meanwhile, the residents have framed Land Acquisition Aggrieved Residents Association of the Colony to fight against the land grabbers and expose their nexus at different forums. Kuldip Singh Jamwal was nominated as chairperson, Gurdev Singh as president, Dr Baldev Raj Sharma as member secretary, Col ( Retd) J K Kak as secretary, Lt Col ( Retd) D C Nagyal as hony secy, Capt Bodh Raj Sharma and Saudagar Mal Sharma as secretaries (Accounts). Other 14 people were nominated as members of the Committee. They were Kuldip Gupta, Gajjan Singh Dutta, Anil Sharma, Dr Sandeep Sharma, Bhajan Singh, Joginder Singh, Harbans Lal Sharma, Mohan Singh, Anil Raina, B C S Misri, B S Slathia, Hon Capt S C Abrol, Gurvinder Singh and Girish Raizada.

HC upholds selection made by SKUAST

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: State High Court has dismissed the petition challenging the selection of FCLA and Computer Assistant and upheld the selection made by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

In the petition filed by Lalit Sharma and others, it was submitted that the petitioners were engaged as Field-cum-Laboratory Assistants (FCLA) and Computer Assistant on adhoc basis for a period of 89 days and later on extended from time to time.

On February 15, 2008, the respondents issued notification-inviting application for filling-up different posts including FCLAs and Computer Assistant. The petitioner also applied and appeared in the interview. The select list was issued on March 11, 2010 in which the petitioners name did not figure and aggrieved by non-selection, they challenged the selection made by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology on various grounds.

After hearing Advocate Abhinav Sharma appearing for the petitioners whereas Advocate W S Nargal for the SKUAST and Advocate Surinder Kour for the private respondents, Justice Sunil Hali observed, "it is not in dispute that the state is bound to devise some procedure to short-list the candidates considering its limited resources. The short-listing process is adopted only for the purpose of cutting down the zone of consideration to minimum and allowing only those candidates who have been qualified to be considered for selection".

Referring various judgments of the Apex Court, the Court further observed, "respondents have made no error in making selection. Moreover, it has been seen that the petitioners were called for interview and they accepted this criteria before appearing in the interview. Therefore, respondents have not taken away their rights in this behalf".

With these observations, Court found no force in this petition and dismissed the same.

Batwal Welfare Association warns
people misusing its name, pad

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: President J&K Batwal Welfare Association Romesh Motton today warned those elements who try to tarnish the image of the Association and urged them to desist form such activities.

Talking to reporters here today along with the other office bearers of the Association he said theirs is a recognized and duly registered body which came into being in 1962 under the presidentship of Late Shiv Ram Mottan. He said the letter pad and the name of the Association is being misused by the vested elements to malign its image and this will not be tolerated.

He said in case the people who misuse the name and letter pad of the Association do not desist from such activities the Association will be forced to take recourse to legal action.

He also announced that the Association leaders will visit entire Valley to take the stock of the peoples problems.

He in an appeal urged the Chief Minster to redress the long pending genuine demands of the community.

He demanded representation to Batwal Community in Upper House, changing the nomenclature of Rattal Community to Batwal Community, launching of special recruitment drive for Batwal Community, holding of caste based census, construction of houses for the houseless and landless people of the community.

Storekeeper arrested in CAPD ration scam

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Feb 16: The police today arrested a storekeeper of the CAPD department in connection with the BPL ration scam in the CAPD department in Kathua district.

The employee arrested has been identified as Zarmez Singh, son of Dharma Singh of Lagate village in Kathua. He is presently posted as storekeeper in the CAPD department in Bani. A senior police officer said that the employee was arrested during a raid by Kathua police party this afternoon. The raids were being conducted to nab other employees and the mill partners involved in the scam, who have gone underground. He said they will also be arrested shortly.

Miscreant held with pistol

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: Police today arrested a miscreant along with a country made pistol after he threatened a shopkeeper in the City. He has been identified as Gaurav Khajuria son of Dalip Kumar, a resident of Devi Dwara, Gali Malhotran.

A country made pistol has been recovered from the possession of Gaurav, police said.

Gaurav had allegedly threatened a shopkeeper Mohan Joshi of the same locality with the weapon and fled away.

Arrest was made today by a City police party led by SHO Chanchal Singh. The accused has been booked under Sections 451 and 323 RPC and 3/25 Arms Act at City police station.

Police said the weapon was illegal.

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Bhalla asks officers to take stern
action against land grabbers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16 : Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla has said the Government is planning to develop a recreational park on available 12 kanals of land at Sector-5 in Channi Himmat on modern lines.

During his visit at the proposed site, the Minister asked the accompanying DIG CRPF Brig. Prahalad Singh to remove temporary huts from the spot so that the development works for the park could be started soon for the benefit of locals. Brig. Prahalad Singh gave assurance to the Minister that the utilized land will be vacated well before starting of development works for the recreational park.

Interacting with the people, Mr. Bhalla sought cooperation of the people in implementing the development programmes, adding that coalition Government is committed to provide durable assets to the people across the State.

He asked the people not to encroach Government land, adding that Revenue Department has asked Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to identify the land grabbers and take stern action against them. He said instructions were issued to revenue staff to stop giving ownership rights of 'Gair Mumkin Khuds', which were the main source of encroachments by the professional land grabbers. He asked the land grabbers to vacate land voluntarily, otherwise face action under Public Safety Act.

The Minister informed that Government has earmarked Rs. 15 lakh for establishment of Laboratory and examination hall at Government Higher Secondary School and Rs. 50 lakh for construction of mini stadium on the proposed site at Channi Himmat, adding that on the completion of ongoing works, the long pending demand of the local would be fulfilled.

Mr. Bhalla informed that the work on 950 meter long deep drain and 400 meter long lane at Tower Hill Colony in Guru Teg Bahadur Singh Nagar at Channi Himmat is under execution for which Rs. 19.50 lakh has been sanctioned. He said Rs. 12 lakh Public Convenience near Channi Himmat Matador stand, designed and executed by Jammu and Kashmir Economic and Reconstruction agency also dedicated to the local people. He said various parks have been developed on modern lines in Channi area for attraction of tourist and locals, besides various tube wells and over head tanks have been constructed to overcome the problem of water scarcity.

Regarding regularization of 1500 kanals of land under Khasra No. 331 and 332, Mr. Bhalla asked the beneficiaries to approach the Housing Board authorities and fulfill all the required formalities under the department norms so that the ownership rights could be given to the inhabitants of the colony.

Tributes paid to Faiz

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 16: In connection with the observance of first death anniversary of Babu Faiz Ahmed, a renowned social reformer and Gujjar scholar, a large number of members of Gujjar and Bakerwal community paid their rich tribute to him in a special programme here today.

The programme was organized by Jammu Kashmir Tribal United Forum (TUF), an organization working for the Gujjar and Bakerwal tribes and was attended by office bearers of Forum, prominent personalities and officers of the tribal communities where special prayers, 'Fateha Khwani' was held.

Speaking on the occasion, Roshan Din Choudhary, president of the Tribal United Forum (TUF), praised the head and heart qualities of Babu Faiz Ahmed and said being a great teacher and social reformer, he had been instrumental in changing the education standard of the people of the twin district of Rajouri and Poonch in general and Gujjar & Bakerwal communities in particular.

Zabeer Ahmed Bajjar, general secretary of TUF said that Babu Faiz Ahmed had a great affection for his community and his contribution to his community members in their socio-economic and educational upliftment would be remembered for ever.

Prominent among others who spoke on the occasion were Shah Mohd Choudhary, Advocate Khalid Mustafa Bhatti, Tanwir Ahmed, Prof. Arif Sajad, Khursheed-ul-Islam and Mohd. Taj.



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