Samooh Theatre, Trikuta
College of Education
to organizeone day
theatre festival

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Samooh Theatre is going to hold a one day theatre festival on February 20 at 4 pm. at .....more

International conference on
SDEIAT-2011 ends at JU

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JAMMU, Feb 18: The 2-day international conference on "Sustainable Destination Excellence Innovations in Alternative Tourism (SDEIAT-2011)" being .......more

PoK refugees threaten
to forcibly occupy Jagti flats

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Chairman SOS International – an organisation for PoK refugees, Rajiv Chuni has condemned the attitude of State as well as Central Govt for applying two yard sticks for relief....more

Buddhist leaders,
monks call on Home Secy

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JAMMU, Feb 18: A delegation of Buddhist leaders and monks from Sikkim and Ladakh led by Spalzes Angmo, Buddhist Member in the National Commission for Minorities called on Home Secretary, G K Pillai at North Block........more

Jora inaugurates
pavilion of TAAK

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SRINAGAR, Feb 18: Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora inaugurated the pavilion of Travel Agents Association ...more

 

Speaker reviews budget
session arrangements

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Akbar Lone today directed for making elaborate arrangements by concerned departments for the budget session, beginning on February 28 here....more

Month long religious
functions conclude
in various ashrams

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JAMMU, Feb 18: The month-long religious programmes held during the holy month of Magh concluded with hawans in various temples and ashrams today.....more

FIR against BMO, ASI
for misleading court

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MENDHAR, Feb 18: The police today registered a case against Block Medical Officer (BMO) Mendhar, an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police and two others for misleading court....more

     
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Shabir Shah arrested along with supporters....

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Chib, Altaf visit border areas .....

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JAMMU, Feb 18 : Minister for Medical Education, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports R.S. Chib along with Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmed undertook tour of border areas of tehsil R.S. Pura and Suchetgarh constituency.

Mir for reaching out farmers with new
agriculture techniques ....

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU Feb 18: Minister for Agriculture, Gh. Hassan Mir has called upon all the stakeholders of agriculture to reach out the farmers with new techniques and ideas to boost farm sector in a big way. The Minister was addressing at "2nd Agriculture conclave-2011", organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Sheri-i- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu at Chatta. The theme of the conclave was "bringing new techniques and ideas to the farmers ".

Bawan Brigade organises Sadbhavana Mela

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JAMMU, Feb 18: As a part of their ongoing efforts at lending a helping hand to the population of the border areas, Bawan Brigade of the Crossed Swords Division organized a Sadbhavna Mela at Panjgrain near Akhnoor today.The Mela was inaugurated by Payal Sharma, chairperson, FWO, Crossed Swords Division. Several senior military officials including General Officer Commanding Crossed Swords Division Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma, VSM and civil dignitaries including Ashok Sharma, SDM Akhnoor were also present.

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60 kanal land grabbed in Sainik Colony: Col Padwal...

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Sainik Co-operative House Building Society Ltd has alleged that nearly 60 kanal of prime land in Sainik Colony has been grabbed by the land mafia men in connivance with the top politicians, some police officers and revenue officials.

JWAM takes out rally, stages demonstration...

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Continuing its ongoing agitation against the mis-governance and discriminatory policies of the State Government, the Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) held a demonstration at New Plots today.The protestors accused the State Government of its failure in delivering the goods and termed its two-year rule as total mis-governance.

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Samooh Theatre, Trikuta College of Education
to organize one day theatre festival

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: Samooh Theatre is going to hold a one day theatre festival on February 20 at 4 pm. at Abhinav theatre, here. In this festival three world famous plays namely "The Refund" , "Andher Nagri" and an improvised play on foeticide developed by Dr. Sudhir Mahajan will be staged.

The Play- Andher Nagri and The Refund alies Chitta Singh has been adopted by Ravinder Sharma. The play "Beti Nahin Chaiya" by Dr. Sudhir Mahajan.

The play "Beti Nahin Chahiya"depicted that the Rigveda showed abundant evidence about the space for woman in the society at that time. But in the modern times the woman is suppressed and remain dominated by the males from childhood to oldage.

In the play various scenes were evolved in which it was shown that a female is not safe even in the womb. The female baby who is still to come in this world cries to save her life. She prays to her cruel parents, to spare her life, because she has not even properly blossomed.

The Hindi Play "Andher Nagri" is an Indian Classic and it has been written by Bharatendu Harish Chander over one hundred years back.

Samooh Theatre organized a children Theatre-in-Education workshop herein Unique Public High School at Parwah in rural area and in this workshop a play namely Andher Nagri was prepared by the children and presented on concluding day of the workshop. On the occasion Chand Gupta, Headmistress Govt. High School was the chief guest whereas Bhushan Singh Verma presided over who also appreciated the effort of Samooh Theatre as well as the performance of the children.

International conference on SDEIAT-2011 ends at JU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: The 2-day international conference on "Sustainable Destination Excellence Innovations in Alternative Tourism (SDEIAT-2011)" being organised by School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), University of Jammu (JU) concluded here today.

President, Welcome Heritage Group, Rakesh Mathur, was the chief guest while Dean Faculty of Management Studies Prof Ashok Aima and Secretary, Indian Tourism Congress Prof S P Bansal, were the guests of honour. Dean Academic Affairs, Jammu University, Prof R D Sharma, presided over the valedictory function.

Mr Mathur talked about the responsible and honourable tourism in his address. He emphasized on the fact that we have to build the concept of perpetual tourism and to motivate the youngsters to be sensitive towards their environment. He underscored the need for revamping energy - inefficient accommodation structures and focussed on incorporating energy efficient accommodation mechanisms. He explained the fundamental concepts about how eco friendly accommodation infrastructure could be facilitated and its relevant in the post-globalization scenario.

Dr Vikneswaran Nair, Director, Research and Development, Taylor’s University, Malaysia, in his key note address highlighted the need for sustained tourism growth. He elaborated that tourism is the fifth most important contributor to the Gross National Income (GNI) and second biggest foreign exchange earner for Malaysia. He further stated about function and role of ApacCHRIE in promoting tourism research.

Prof R D Sharma appreciated the efforts of SHTM for enhancing the research expertise by such type of conferences and also lauded the efforts of faculty members in achieving the high standards in the academic field.

Prof Aima and Prof Bansal also lauded the efforts of the organizers in bringing together galaxy of researchers from around the globe at single platform.

Earlier, Dr Parikshat Singh Manhas, briefed the delegates about the 12 sessions held during conference informed that scholars and researchers from around the globe read over 100 papers.

Dr Suvidha Khanna conducted the proceedings while Prof Deepak Raj Gupta, Director, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, presented the vote of thanks.

PoK refugees threaten to forcibly occupy Jagti flats

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: Chairman SOS International – an organisation for PoK refugees, Rajiv Chuni has condemned the attitude of State as well as Central Govt for applying two yard sticks for relief and rehabilitation of Valley migrant vis--vis PoK refugees.

Mr Chuni alleged that Govt of India and Govt of Jammu and Kashmir have been generous in extending financial and other surpport for Valley migrants like monthly cash relief, free ration and reservations in professional / technical colleges, Govt jobs but PoK refugees are languishing in 39 camps under sub-human conditions for the last 63 years in Jammu province. Government has constructed modern flats namely Satellite town with all amenities in Jammu at Jagti (Nagrota) by incurring hundreds of crores of rupees which will prove counter productive in future as Govt is constructing separate habitations for safe return and rehabilitations of Valley migrants in Kashmir valley also. This is a contradictory move and has smoothened the way for permanent exclusion of Valley migrants from the Kashmir. This supports the sinister designs of anti national forces which are hell bent to divide the Indian society on religious lines.

The hapless PoK refugees are discriminated on an absurd idea of India retrieving of PoK areas and sending back the minority Hindu and Sikh refugees under a resolution of Indian Parliament. These 12 lakh minorities resent the decision of Indian Government to permanent settlement of Valley migrants in Jammu city. If Government is serious in addressing the grievances of PoK refugees then it is right time to allot the flats to PoK refugees proportionately as per the population in the ratio of 12:2 as only 2 lakh Valley migrants are living out side the Valley at present against 12 lakh PoK Refugees.

PoK refugees are nationalists and are equal citizen and permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir as Valley migrants are. They are now in their third generation since the illegal occupation of 1/3rd of J&K State by the Pakistan are facing extinction of the rich language and culture. Their civil, political, educational and social Human Rights are trampled under the burden of Indian political system of appeasement to religious and regional interests.

Mr Chuni further warned the Government to concede the demand of PoK Refugees for allotment of flats at Jagti otherwise, PoK refugees will have no other option but to forcibly occupy these flats. He questioned the wisdom of both Govt of India and the State that how a satellite town constructed at the cost of Rs. 500 crore from public money, can be reserved for a particular segment of migrants from Valley ignoring the other most deserving hapless refugees living in the filthy camps for the last 63 years with no hope to return to their ancestral places at Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Poonch.

Buddhist leaders, monks call on Home Secy

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JAMMU, Feb 18: A delegation of Buddhist leaders and monks from Sikkim and Ladakh led by Spalzes Angmo, Buddhist Member in the National Commission for Minorities called on Home Secretary, G K Pillai at North Block.

The delegation conveyed to the Home Secretary that the sentiments of the Buddhist community of Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh were deeply hurt by the allegations leveled by the media, intelligence agencies and State Government of Himachal Pradesh that 17th Karmapa was a Chinese spy.

"The people of the Himalayan region are nationalists and patriotic to the core and have fought wars on the borders to defend their motherland", they said.

The Home Secretary told the delegation that Centre didn't regard Karmapa to be a Chinese spy and the office of 17th Karmapa should be advised to have knowledge of the existing laws and to hire Chartered Accountants to manage the funds in a proper manner and register the trust under Foreign Contribution and Regulatory Act (FCRA).

The delegation had earlier called on UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, who had assured that she would look into the matter so that the sentiments of the people would be assuaged.

Spalzes Angmo has thanked the UPA Government for respecting the sentiments of the Buddhist community by giving a clean chit to 17th Karmapa Urgen Thinley Dorje and for restoring the dignity of the Karmapa institution.

Jora inaugurates pavilion of TAAK

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SRINAGAR, Feb 18: Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora inaugurated the pavilion of Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) at Travel Trade Fair "TTF" in Mumbai on Friday. Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism Nasir Aslam Wani was also present on this occasion.

In a statement, a spokesman of TAAK said that the pavilion was visited by scores of people hailing from Maharashtra, Gujarat and other states of the country. The visitors were enthralled with the display made by the Tour Operators of TAAK, he said.

In his speech, the Tourism Minister told the intending visitors that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are very hospitable. He said that Government will continue with the promotional events so as to build confidence among the people who wish to visit the State. Mr. Jora said that new tourist destinations such as Gurez, Bangus and Dodhpathri are being developed on fast-track basis.

Rauf Tramboo, president TAAK told the gathering that best infrastructure is available to tourists in the State.

The others present on the occasion included Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Atal Dullo, Director Tourism Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director Tourism Jammu, R. K Varma and Managing Director JKTDC Satish Nehru.

Speaker reviews budget session arrangements

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Akbar Lone today directed for making elaborate arrangements by concerned departments for the budget session, beginning on February 28 here.

Chairing a high level joint meeting of civil and police officers, Mr. Lone underlined the importance of the ensuing session for the people in general and legislators in particular.

The Speaker was apprised about the security measures to be put in place in and around the Assembly complex, besides the regulation of traffic and parking of vehicles of the media persons, Ministers and legislators.

Mr. Lone directed the officers of Estates Department to undertake necessary repair and renovation works to spruce up the surroundings. He also directed the PHE authorities to ensure regular supply of potable drinking water. He directed the PDD officers to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the course of session. He asked Municipal authorities to keep the lawns, corridors and passages of the Assembly complex neat and clean.

It was informed in the meeting that JK TDC will open cafeteria in the lawns of the Assembly Secretariat to provide lunch, tea, coffee, snacks on government approved rates as per past practice. The facility would be available for the staff as well as media men.

Information Department has been asked to maintain close rapport between the press and legislature and ensure proper and due coverage of the proceedings of the House.

Deputy Speaker, Assembly Mohammad Surtaj Madni, Commissioner/Secretary, General Administration Department, Mohammad Sayeed Khan, Secretary, Law, Ghulam Hassan Tantray, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal,, District Development Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma, Additional Director General Armed, K. Rajindra Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Security,. Farooq Ahmad, Director Information, Kh. Farooq Renzushah, Secretary Assembly, M. Ramzan, Director Hospitality and Protocol, S. S. Jamwal, Director Floriculture, K. K. Sharma, Director, Fire and Emergency Services R. S. Sodhi, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, S. C. Sawhney besides other officers attended the meeting.

Month long religious functions conclude
in various ashrams

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: The month-long religious programmes held during the holy month of Magh concluded with hawans in various temples and ashrams today.

The hawans, which started late evening yesterday concluded with Puranahuti this afternoon which were followed by serving of prashad to devotees.

The Mahayagyas were held in Gokal Dham Ashram, Ambika Vihar Talab Tillo, Swami Kumar Ji Geeta Satsangh Ashram, Muthi, Bhagavaan Gopinath Ashram Udaywalla Bohri, Swami Nand Bab Ashram, Laley Da Bagh, Shiv Shakti Mandir Pamposh Colony Janipur and Mata Roop Bhawani Temple, Talab Tillo Bohri.

The Gokal Dham, which was agog with religious festivities throughout the month organized a grand function in the Ashram premises today.

A Maha Yagya was also solemnized in the Ashram under the supervision of Swami Gokal Nath Ji and Mata Sheela Ji Pandita. The Yagya started yesterday evening and Puranahuti was performed this afternoon. This was followed by serving of Prashad to devotees.

A large number of devotees thronged the Ashram today where the religious discourses were given by Swami Ji. On the occasion a Yatri Bhawan was also inaugurated by Swami Ji and Mata Sheela in the Ashram. During the month long function the religious discourses were given by Swami Ji and other scholars on Vedas, Purans and Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta.

The month long spiritual celebrations also concluded at Bhagavaan Gopinath Ji Ashram Udaywala today on Kaw Puranmashi. The religious activities were held in Ashram daily during the month from 5-30 am to 7-30 am and hundreds of devotees drawn from different parts of Jammu took part in them.

During the month about one and half crore of Vedic mantras were recited for the welfare of mankind. Besides, there were daily recitation of Shalokas of Guru Gita (Kashmiri Version), Bhagwad Geeta by Krishen Ji. The Shalokas from Sahastranaan and Mahamantras were also recited to uphold the cultural heritage. Scholars also threw light on the religious significance of festivals falling in the month of Magh.

Maha Yagya was also solminized at Geeta Satsangh Ashram Muthi where a large number of devotees participated.

The havan started yesterday evening and Purnahuti was performed this afternoon. Swami Kumar Ji and Swami Pran Nath Bhat Gareeb of Pawan Kutir threw light on the significance of the Magh month and the religious festivals falling during it.

Swami Kumar Ji highlighted the role of Kak Bushandi and significance of Kaw Purnima on the occasion.

On the occasion of Magh Purnima the 9th annual hawan for world peace was performed at Shiv Shakti Mandir Sanstha Pamposh Colony Janipur here by the Hawan Committee.

The Yagya started yesterday afternoon and it culminated with serving of prashad to devotees.

FIR against BMO, ASI for misleading court

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MENDHAR, Feb 18: The police today registered a case against Block Medical Officer (BMO) Mendhar, an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police and two others for misleading court.

The FIR No. 27/2011, under section 420/467/468 and 109 RPC was registered against BMO Mendhar Dr Zulfikar Choudhary, ASI Nazir Ahmed, villagers Makhan Din and Hussain Din of Salwa at Police Station Mendhar. The BMO had given two contradictory statements in the Munsiff Court that one Sakina Bi, wife of Makhan Din of Salwa had sustained normal injuries during clash between two rival groups. In another report to the court, he had stated that she remained admitted in the hospital for 24 days.

The judge taking serious note of the report of the BMO, issued directions to SHO Mendhar to register an FIR against BMO, IO Nazir Ahmed and others for misleading the court and hiding facts. Accordingly, an FIR was registered and police started manhunt for the accused persons booked under the offence.

Shabir Shah arrested along with supporters

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SRINAGAR, Feb 18: Separatist leader and chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah was arrested by the police outside the Hazratbal shrine after offering the Friday prayers.

Reports said that as soon as Shah finished the prayers and came out a group of people raised slogans against the Government. They were joined by the activists of DFP and soon police swung into action and arrested Shah along with his supporters.

They were taken to Police Station Nishat and lodged there.

Power shut down

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: According to Superintending Engineer, Elect. M&RE Circle III, Batote, the shut down of 33KV Devak Feeder Udhampur and 33 KV Army feeder emanating from 220/132/33 KV Grid Station Udhampur for erection of tower and associated stringing at location No. 127/155 of 220 KV Gladni-Udhampur Transmission line has been allowed on February 20, 21, and 22, 2011 from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Chib, Altaf visit border areas

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JAMMU, Feb 18 : Minister for Medical Education, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports R.S. Chib along with Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmed undertook tour of border areas of tehsil R.S. Pura and Suchetgarh constituency.

While addressing the public meeting at Village Sattowali, Mian Altaf stated that a comprehensive Forest Policy has been formulated by the State Government which will take care of all futuristic needs of the State in terms of timber wood and firewood. He made a special reference of the contribution of Social Forestry Department which has played a pivotal role in plantation of number of trees and a large chunk of land including State and common land in rural as well as urban areas.

He further said that it is duty of every citizen to protect these plants and look after the plantations made by Social Forestry Department in order to have a neat and clean and balanced environment. He said that steps are being taken in order to maintain the forest cover as prescribed in the National Forest Policy of Government of India.

Mr. Chib while addressing the gathering said that R.S. Pura to Sattowali road will be constructed under NABARD at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore to benefit the local population. He said the road connectivity was the most important element in the development of any nation/State. He said that Department of Social Forestry will be involved in plantation of trees on both sides of this road.

Mr. Chib also said that a play field is being constructed at Village Tibba Tohana so that the energy of the younger generation can be channelized so as to make them better talented citizens. He further said that State Government is planning to establish playfields at Panchayat and block levels under PYKKA.

Mr. R.S. Chib, also visited Satrayan village and took stock of the village Panchayat Ghar.

While addressing the public gathering at the village Satrayan, he assured that a Community Hall will be constructed in the premises of the Panchayat Ghar, Satrayan in order to cater to the social needs of the residents of the area who have to move to distant places in order to organize their social functions. He issued on spot instructions to the Assistant Commissioner, Development for preparing a project report at an earliest for the construction of the Community Hall.

Meanwhile Mr. Chib also inaugurated an electric transformer at Village Ameenpur at a cost of Rs. 5 lakh.

Mir for reaching out farmers with new
agriculture techniques

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU Feb 18: Minister for Agriculture, Gh. Hassan Mir has called upon all the stakeholders of agriculture to reach out the farmers with new techniques and ideas to boost farm sector in a big way. The Minister was addressing at "2nd Agriculture conclave-2011", organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Sheri-i- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu at Chatta. The theme of the conclave was "bringing new techniques and ideas to the farmers ".

"No doubt our scientists and researchers have done a lot of work to boost the sector shaping it on the basis of modern technology but still its benefits have not percolated to common farmers of the State", he said stressing on launching aggressive awareness campaign to reach out at their doorstep. He said farmers are shifting to business sector as they don't find agriculture profitable enough to sustain their families. The trend, he said needs to be reversed by making agriculture activities more remunerative and sustainable.

Saying that this is the area of concern for the Government, Mr. Mir said that university and CII must play a greater role to put hold on this trend by way of reaching out to farmers to provide them sustainable technology and better market links for their produce.

Referring Kissan Melas held across the state, Mr. Mir said the objective is to aware the Kissans about various Agri techniques and the results shown by some progressive farmers in agriculture and its allied sectors so that they take benefits and understand the gains accruing by modernizing agriculture.

He said the government is keen to encourage the farmers to adopt the scientific techniques for which various schemes have already been launched. He said the Government instituted awards for the best farmers first time in the agriculture history to encourage the agriculturists towards the field and also to infuse sense of competition among the farmers.

M L Sukhdeve, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Jammu and Kashmir Regional Office, said that creating awareness about new farming techniques can help in income enhancement in the agriculture sector. Rural prosperity can only happen with education on improved techniques, diversification of crops, availability of quality and timely inputs and credit facility for farmers.

Gurbinder Gill, Director, Business Development, Monsanto Seeds said that good quality seeds coupled with best agronomic practices can give good yields and better profit margin.

Harinder Mahajan, Chairman, CII J&K Council, in his welcome remarks, said that the aim of the conclave was to educate the farmers on the latest farming techniques, agriculture inputs and practices and agriculture related finance / credit schemes.

Sanjay Puri, Past Chairman CII J & K Council, in his closing address, exhorted the farmers to feel proud of their profession and said that if the country is targeting a growth rate of 8- 9 % then agriculture cannot be left behind at a growth rate of 3%.

Bawan Brigade organises Sadbhavana Mela

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JAMMU, Feb 18:As a part of their ongoing efforts at lending a helping hand to the population of the border areas, Bawan Brigade of the Crossed Swords Division organized a Sadbhavna Mela at Panjgrain near Akhnoor today.

The Mela was inaugurated by Payal Sharma, chairperson, FWO, Crossed Swords Division. Several senior military officials including General Officer Commanding Crossed Swords Division Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma, VSM and civil dignitaries including Ashok Sharma, SDM Akhnoor were also present.

Specialized medical consultation in the fields of Gynecology, Pediatrics and Orthopedics were provided alongwith distribution of medicines to the needy people. As part of the Veterinary Camp live stock belonging to Bakarwals in this area were medically checked and treated by the Army veterinary doctors and the owners given guidance about better care and management of their live stock. A total of 714 persons and 3780 animals were provided medical aid and assistance. Water proof rain capes and plastic sheets were also distributed to the Bakarwal families who migrate to the plains during winter months.

The entertainment programme and band display, organized to showcase local and Bakarwal culture and customs added colour to the event. The Mela, was appreciated by one and all and generated overwhelming response from the local villagers.

In his address to the gathering, the chief guest highlighted the importance of synergy between the local population, civil administrations, migrant Bakarwal community and the Army towards ensuring a peaceful and incident-free environment along the border areas. He also reiterated the Army's commitment and resolve in contributing to all round development in the area and improvement in quality of live of border area residents.

Guru Gyagi Jayanti celebrated

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Jammu and Kashmir Batwal Welfare Association today celebrated Guru Gyagi Jayanti in a grand scale.

Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand was the chief guest on the occasion while as All India Batwal Biradari President, Om Parkash Kaith from Ludhiana was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister described Guru Gyagi as one of the greatest humanists who prayed for the welfare, spiritual, social and moral of all human beings. "His great message is universal and for all times as it points the way to self-realization by love, devotion and service to man and God", he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister assured the gathering that State Government would actively consider basic and genuine demands of the Batwal Biradari and dispense full justice to it.

On the occasion, Tara Chand presented Gold Medals to the meritorious students, sportsmen and eminent persons-R L Kaith, Mela Ram Tugga, Dr Ramesh Kaith, Duni Singh Motan, Capt Raj Kumar Kaith, Capt Om Parkash Tugga, Capt Behari Lal Sandhu, Capt Ram Lal Sargotra, Capt Kamal Chand Motan, Sub Maj Gunni Ram Kaith, Sub Ghasita Ram Lakhotra, Sub Narayan Dass Bassa and Hav Dilay Ram Kaith.

Earlier, Guru Gyagi Foundation Special Secretary R.L. Kaith acquainted the gathering with the philosophy of Guru Gyagi and its relevance in the modern times.

J&K Batwal Welfare Association President Sat Pal Lakhotra stressed for social reforms and need to curb the prevailing social evils. He called for unity, simplicity and discipline among the members so that young generation obtains good `Sanskars'.

Foundation President Mela Ram Tugga spoke about various activities and achievements of the Foundation.

Gathering on the occasion raised demands like economic-cum-employment package as was promised to the Batwal Community in 1994 by the Government of India and nomination of members from the community to the Legislative Council etc.

Success story of progressive farmers

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 18: It takes years of patience, dedication and perseverance to become a doctor and those who achieve this feat are not expected to look towards some other profession or occupations. However, exceptions have always been there and they would continue to be so. One such exception is Dr. Gazalla Amin. Instead of looking after the patients in a hospital or clinic this young medico has taken up the profession which is not even remotely connected with allopathic medicine.

Dr. Gazalla had affection for farming and she would be fascinated by medicinal plants and their uses. It was this passion that drove this medico to medicinal plants and today she is proud winner of State awards for progressive farmers.

This medico started cultivation of Lavender on one hectare of land at her home at Asham-Sumbal in Bandipora district. Today she has extended the cultivation of lavender to three hectares and in fact has achieved a feat by establishing her own aromatic oil distillation plant.

"I started cultivation of other aromatic and medicinal plants and I have collaborated with Regional Research Laboratory (RRL) under the public-private partnership mode. I am producing pure aroma and presently marketing premium rose water, lavender oil and geranium oil," said Dr. Gazalla while talking to Excelsior.

This young medico along with Abdul Ahad Mir became the first recipient of State award for progressive farmers of Kashmir. Both of them were awarded by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at a function here on February 17.

Abdul Ahad Mir popularly known as strawberry man of Kashmir has a success story to his credit as he was the first to cultivate strawberry at his land in Gasoo-Srinagar. He started cultivation of strawberry at one kanal of land and now has extended the same to 10 kanals.

This elderly strawberry grower has motivated others in his area to take up strawberry farming and many are following his footsteps in achieving excellence when it comes to strawberry cultivation.

"I earn Rs. 60,000-70,000 per annum per kanal from strawberry production and then selling the same. I am happy that more people in the area are willing to take up this farming. In this way I believe that I have done some social service," said Mir.

Mir was awarded with a national award during 2009-10 for being one of the progressive farmers of the country. The State award has added yet another feather to his cap and he is overwhelmed by the response of people towards his success.

AJKUCEA calls on Rana

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JAMMU, Feb 18: A delegation of All Jammu & Kashmir Unemployed Computer Engineers Association today met Devinder Singh Rana, Political Advisor to Chief Minister. The delegation apprised of their problems to him. It told him that the Government has not framed any policy and strategy to absorb these budding and unemployed computer engineers like their counterparts in engineers in Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Civil. They are not getting the privileges of an engineer although they are selected for Engineering in Computers like other candidates who opt for Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and other Engineering courses after Common Entrance Test on the basis of 10+2 in the State.

The delegation requested him to deliver their message to Chief Minister and Ministers for Technical Education and Information Technology to take initiatives in this regard. They lamented that they may be absorbed in newly created Information Technology Department's JKIS organisation to strengthen it more because of their technical expertise.

Friday following Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi celebrated

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Friday following of Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi was celebrated across Kashmir valley. Huge congregations of people were seen at various shrines and mosques here as well as other district headquarters and towns.

The biggest congregation was held at Hazratbal shrine where thousands of devotees turned up to offer prayers during the day. These people had a glimpse of the holy relic on this occasion. Reports of similar congregations have also come from other shrines that include Kalashpora, Jenab Saheb Soura, Khiram-Sirhama, Pinjoora-Shopian and other places.

Administration had made elaborate arrangements for the devotees. State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) operated special bus service for the people visiting the Hazratbal shrine.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda paid obeisance at Hazratbal Shrine and took stock of security and traffic arrangements.

The DGP took stock of security and traffic arrangements in connection with the celebration of Friday following Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi. He also visited the Urs camp set by J&K Police to facilitate the people during their visit to the shrine and stressed upon for augmentation of the camp so that it can serve greater number of visitors.

Meanwhile, two persons suffered minor injuries at Hazratbal after the conclusion of Friday prayers, as an iron gate they were passing through broke down. The injured were identified as Ghulam Ahmad Kambay resident of Wanihama, Alasteng and Ali Mohammad Sheikh resident of Saloora, Ganderbal. Both the injured were shifted to Bone and Joint hospital, Srinagar.

Liquor haul from car, scooter

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: Police today seized a Maruti car and a scooter as the persons driving them fled away leaving behind a large quantity of liquor at Jai Road in Bhaderwah area of Doda district.

The liquor was being smuggled illegally to Jai, police said.

On being intercepted by a police party led by SDPO Bhaderwah Abdul Qayoom Dar, the drivers of both Maruti car and scooter fled away. Police searched the two vehicles and recovered a large quantity of liquor from inside.

Verification of documents revealed that the car and scooter were owned by Sanjay Kumar and Sunny Kumar, both residents of Parnala, Bhaderwah.

A case has been registered against the accused at Bhaderwah police station for further investigations.

JURSEA takes strong note of delaying tactics for CU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: The Jammu University Research Scholar’s Executive Association (JURSEA) took strong note of the delaying tactics by concerned authorities for setting up the Jammu Central University (CU).

In a press note issued here, Rakesh Chib, President of JURSEA, lambasted the concerned authorities for playing with sentiments of Jammuites. He said the issues of Jammu Central University was still hanging and concerned authorities were not serious about the matter. He said that one session of other Central Universities has been completed but till date there is still dilemma about the appointment of Vice Chancellor of Jammu Central University.

Mr Chib also said that Jammu people have lot of talent to hold the coveted post of Vice Chancellor.

The JURSEA further warned the authorities to start agitation very soon and appealed the people of Jammu to remain united and come forward to fight for the cause.

Engineering College of Aryans Group
to start function from May

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 18: The Aryans Group has started an Engineering College near Chandigarh and the college would function at a vast campus comprising of 20 acres of land. This college is going to add on the already offered courses of group that include MBA, BBA, BCA and B.Ed.

This information was provided by Dr.Anshu Kataria, chairman, Aryans Group while addressing media persons here. He said that the college would function from May, 2011.

Dr. D. P Singh, Director, Aryans Group said there would be total 300 seats in the upcoming Engineering College with 60 seats each for Civil, Mechanical, Electronics, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments.

"For the Engineering College we are looking for collaborations with the top national and international organizations and industries for the admission, training and placement of engineering students," he said.

Ten percent seats would be reserved for meritorious students and these candidates would be selected by Dr. Kiran Bedi and her team of Navjyoti India Foundation.

The Aryans group started functioning in 2007 and it is providing courses like MBA, BBA, BCA and B.Ed at this time.

LJP for CBI probe to expose land mafia

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: A meeting of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has appealed the Chief Minister to initiate CBI probe in to alleged nexus between some politicians, police officers, bureaucrats and land mafia, which has caused much loss to the State ex-chequer.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of its State working president, Sanjeev Manmotra, stated that a thorough CBI inquiry was a must to expose the politicians and others in the land acquired by them under Roshni Act.

The LJP also called for provision of two Chairman and two secretaries respectively for Board of School Education, one each for Jammu and Kashmir provinces.

The meeting was attended by K K Rao, Anil Kumar Bhagat, M R Puri, Madan Gopal, Subash Baba and Sanjay Kumar.

60 kanal land grabbed in Sainik Colony: Col Padwal

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JAMMU, Feb 18: Sainik Co-operative House Building Society Ltd has alleged that nearly 60 kanal of prime land in Sainik Colony has been grabbed by the land mafia men in connivance with the top politicians, some police officers and revenue officials.

Addressing a press conference here today, Chairman of the Society, Col (Retd) K S Padwal alleged that one Kuldeep Singh and his musclemen using force and with the help of hired men grabbed a large piece of land land under Khasra No. 772 and 773 in the middle of Sainik Colony during January 15 and 24 this year. He said this massive operation was not possible without the patronage of political people. He said when the Board of Directors of the Society rushed to the spot. The Police officer assisting them warned the ex-servicemen body that all of them would be arrested if they tried to stop the work as it was being carried after a court direction.

He said even the hired men of the Kudlip Singh, branding weapons remained there for couple of days for the protection of the workers. They with the help of two JCVs and a number of workers managed to fence the area, smashing plinths of the plots of the people. He said there is a grid station and school constructed on the land falling under these Khasra numbers. No body raised even any objections then.

Another Director Col (Retd) S S Chib disclosed that Kuldeep Singh who managed to manipulate record and obtain Farad of this land during 2001, now has come out in open. He is said to have taken power of Attorney from noted land grabber who was detained by Government under Public Safety Act. He said many people including influential political persons, police and revenue officials have grabbed massive land in and around Colony in connivance with the land grabbers.

Col Padwal further said that Board of Directors met the Chief Minister and narrated him whole story. The CM directed Divisional Commissioner Jammu to hold thorough probe into the matter. He said that the Society now also moved to the court of law. Col Padwal said all the culprits be exposed before the public and land grabbed by mafia be freed. The Board members alleged that a senior officer refused to help and even his junior in the City South snubbed them when they approached for help. The attitude of a few Revenue officials was negative. This indicates that well-knit nexus of the land mafia was operating in the Sainik Colony and probe by a top agency was must to provide justice to the ex-servicemen, he added..

JWAM takes out rally, stages demonstration

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: Continuing its ongoing agitation against the mis-governance and discriminatory policies of the State Government, the Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) held a demonstration at New Plots today.

The protestors accused the State Government of its failure in delivering the goods and termed its two-year rule as total mis-governance.

The demonstration was led by Sunil Dimple president of the Front. The irate people from various localities came on road and protested against the wrong policies of the Government that has totally failed to provide the basic amenities to the people.

Mr Dimple said that Jammu is facing worst ever traffic chaos as the Government has completely failed to look into this problem.

He also said that there is lot of ire among the masses against the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) Department which has completely failed to maintain the proper supply of essential commodities. The rising corruption in the organization has led to scarcity of the essential commodities as the ration which is to be supplied to the people on controlled rates is sold by the CAPD officials in black, he added.

He also criticized the Chief Minister and alleged that he has failed to dispense justice to the common man. The people have suffered more during his two year misrule, he added.

He alleged that the police was used to suppress the demonstrators who also took out a rally in the area.

Shri Ram Sharnam opens terminal care center

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Feb 18: Col. (retd) K S Juneja founder of Shri Ram Sharnam Udhampur and national secretary, Purav Sainik Parishad has started terminal care center for the patients suffering from terminal illness for whom medical science has no remedy and who are on the last leg of their life.

The terminal center will take care of such patients whom family can’t look after and bear the further treatment and medicines due to lack of facilities available with them.

Col Juneja, while addressing the inaugural function of the terminal today said the service of living beings is service as well as worship to God. Col Juneja, who had served over three decades in Indian army has taken Wanparast after retirement and was engaged in various social organizations including the RSS.

He has himself devoted now in the service of the people suffering from terminal diseases and for whom all medicinal facilities, comforts of life and spiritual therapy will be made available in the centre.

He said first the two rooms have been set up to accommodate such patients and they will be provided all facilities including ACs, cooking gas, cook, washing facilities, geyser, heater etc. In the terminal center the doctor will be available on call while nursing orderlies etc will be always available for looking after the patients he added.

This is first kind of its center in the state, he said adding more rooms will be added to it.

The function besides Col Juneja was also attended by Col. (retd) Kumar.

2-day workshop concludes at SMVDU

Excelsior Correspondent

Katra, Feb 18: Two-day workshop for Indian Forest Service Officers concluded at College of Management, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University here today.

The workshop was marked by an extensive brainstorming session, insights from the experts, a lively panel discussion and a platform for sharing professional experience by the participating IFS officers on a broad range of issues including environmental sustainability, operational efficiency, and enlightened human resource practices.

The chief guest RD Tiwari, PCCF, during valedictory function emphasized the relevance of carefully thought HR Blueprint in augmenting the potential of human resources in Indian Forest Services. He also moderated the panel discussion on the roadmap for creating a sustainable and motivated organization.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, the guest of honour, B. K. Singh recognized the relevance of such training programmes in bridging the gap between thoughts and processes for creating a motivated organization. Roop Avtar Kaur, the Registrar of the University expressed gratitude for the whole-hearted support of the participants in making the event a success. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay, Dean College of Management in his address, also appreciated the enthusiasm of the participants in the entire programme.

Geojit BNP Paribas shortlists 8 students

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 18: The Geojit BNP Paribas shortlisted eight students for final round of interview during campus placement of Kathua Campus today.

Savikrit Kashyap, Regional Head of Geojit BNP Paribas, along with Vishal Passi visited the Kathua campus for placement of students. They shortlisted eight students for final round of interview during interaction with students.

While interacting with students, they briefed about the company with various financial products/services. They also explained the working and functioning of stock market and scope growth through various aspects.

Earlier, Dr Vivek Sharma, Academic Co-ordinator and Naresh Sharma welcomed the dignitaries from BMP Paribas in the campus.

The placement drive was organised by Naresh Sharma, Placement Co-ordinator under the guidance of Prof Ashok Aima, Rector, Kathua Campus.

 

National integration tour of Gujjar, Bakarwal flagged off

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Feb 18: A national integration tour for Gujjar & Bakarwal community organized by 50 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was flagged off by Brigadier Narinder Singh, Commander, 1 Sector RR from Shar-Khrew area.

Colonel D. R Rai, Comm-anding Officer, 50 RR (Kumaon) was also present on the occasion.

The tour participants boarded a flight for Jammu from the Srinagar international airport and after reaching Jammu, the participants would visit Mumbai and Pune. In Mumbai, they will visit places of historical and cultural importance like Haji Ali Dargah, Gateway of India, Nehru Planetarium and Nehru Museum.

They will also get an opportunity to visit National Defence Academy, Singarh Fort and the historical Shahiwar Vada in Pune. In Jammu the tour participants will visit Bagh-e-Bahu, Fish Aquarium and Maharaja Hari Singh Palace.

The aim of the tour is to develop awareness among the Gujjar & Bakarwal community about the country's economic growth, development and cultural diversity.

 

NPP to raise unemployment issue in
Assembly: Harshdev

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb. 18: National Panthers Party MLA Harshdev Singh has strongly condemned the despicable apathy and culpable negligence displayed by the Govt, in addressing the issue of unemployed, semi-employed and under employed in the State. In a press statement issued here today Mr Singh said the Govt was averse and inimical to the problems of educated unemployed youth who were on agitational course for seeking a favourable Govt response compensate with its public pronouncements.

Expressing solidarity with the cause of unemployed youth including physiotherapists, engineers, ITI diploma/degree holders, Agricultural technocrats, Forestry graduates, architecture graduates, computer engineers graduates, Medical degree holders, ReTs, Education volunteers, daily rated workers, contractual, adhoc and consolidated workers besides other unemployed degree and diploma holders, Mr. Singh declared to agitate their cause vociferously and vigorously ensuring Budget session of the Assembly.

Later addressing unemployed youth of various districts of the State, who called on him at party headquarter here, Mr. Singh said that the ruling coalition had made loud exhortations and tell pronouncements of providing one job to each family and even promised to provide jobs to middle pass candidates as well as the time of elections and thereafter. He said this was followed by the announcement of providing voluntary service allowance soft loans and jobs under the Employment policy called SKEWPY. He said that this was again followed by announcement made on Aug 15 this year of providing fast track jobs to 50,000 youth with additional 46000 jobs of seasonal workers. The Government never bothered to explain as to what happened to its slogan of one job for each family or to promise of providing eligibility to middle pass candidates for seeking Government jobs or to its fast track employment package. He said the most intriguing aspect of the matter was withholding of select lists during the last few months in respect of posts already advertised and processed by SSRB and PSC. The Employment policy too drew a flak and was rejected by the unemployed youth of the State, he claimed.

Mr. Singh further called for equitable share to all regions of the State in the matter of employment and removal of all discriminations against Jammu in matters relating to recruitment. He said Jammu region was required to be given adequate share in district Cadre, Divisional Cadre and Secretariat level posts as well as in the posts referred to SSRB and PSC besides due share in professional institutions. He said that the cause of the unemployed youth including the semi-employed under employed, contractual, consolidated and daily rated workers will not be allowed to go unattended in the forthcoming session of Legislative.



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