Theatre, Trikuta College of Education
to organize one day theatre festival
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
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.
"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.
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.
conference on SDEIAT-2011 ends at JU
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.
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
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.
Nair, Director, Research and Development,
Taylors 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
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
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.
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.
refugees threaten to forcibly occupy Jagti flats
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-à-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
leaders, monks call on Home Secy
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
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
of the Himalayan region are nationalists and
patriotic to the core and have fought wars on the
borders to defend their motherland", they
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
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
inaugurates pavilion of TAAK
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
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.
president TAAK told the gathering that best
infrastructure is available to tourists in the
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.
reviews budget session arrangements
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
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.
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.
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.
long religious functions conclude
in various ashrams
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.
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
The Yagya started
yesterday afternoon and it culminated with
serving of prashad to devotees.
against BMO, ASI for misleading court
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
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.
Shah arrested along with supporters
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.
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.
Altaf visit border areas
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.
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
Mr. R.S. Chib,
also visited Satrayan village and took stock of
the village Panchayat Ghar.
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.
reaching out farmers with new
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
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.
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
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.
Director, Business Development, Monsanto Seeds
said that good quality seeds coupled with best
agronomic practices can give good yields and
better profit margin.
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%.
Brigade organises Sadbhavana Mela
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.
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.
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.
Gyagi Jayanti celebrated
Feb 18: Jammu
and Kashmir Batwal Welfare Association today
celebrated Guru Gyagi Jayanti in a grand scale.
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
Gyagi Foundation Special Secretary R.L. Kaith
acquainted the gathering with the philosophy of
Guru Gyagi and its relevance in the modern times.
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'.
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.
story of progressive farmers
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
calls on Rana
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.
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.
following Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi celebrated
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
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
made elaborate arrangements for the devotees.
State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) operated
special bus service for the people visiting the
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.
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
haul from car, scooter
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.
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.
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.
takes strong note of delaying tactics for CU
Feb 18: The
Jammu University Research Scholars
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.
College of Aryans Group
to start function from May
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.
was provided by Dr.Anshu Kataria, chairman,
Aryans Group while addressing media persons here.
He said that the college would function from May,
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 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.
CBI probe to expose land mafia
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
The meeting was
attended by K K Rao, Anil Kumar Bhagat, M R Puri,
Madan Gopal, Subash Baba and Sanjay Kumar.
land grabbed in Sainik Colony: Col Padwal
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
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
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..
takes out rally, stages demonstration
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.
accused the State Government of its failure in
delivering the goods and termed its two-year rule
as total mis-governance.
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
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 alleged that
the police was used to suppress the demonstrators
who also took out a rally in the area.
Sharnam opens terminal care center
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.
center will take care of such patients whom
family cant 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
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
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.
besides Col Juneja was also attended by Col.
workshop concludes at SMVDU
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
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
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.
BNP Paribas shortlists 8 students
Feb 18: The
Geojit BNP Paribas shortlisted eight students for
final round of interview during campus placement
of Kathua Campus today.
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.
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
Earlier, Dr Vivek
Sharma, Academic Co-ordinator and Naresh Sharma
welcomed the dignitaries from BMP Paribas in the
drive was organised by Naresh Sharma, Placement
Co-ordinator under the guidance of Prof Ashok
Aima, Rector, Kathua Campus.
integration tour of Gujjar, Bakarwal flagged off
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
Colonel D. R Rai,
Comm-anding Officer, 50 RR (Kumaon) was also
present on the occasion.
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
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
The aim of the
tour is to develop awareness among the Gujjar
& Bakarwal community about the country's
economic growth, development and cultural
raise unemployment issue in
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.
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.
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