Governor calls for
showcasing of J&K’s rich cultural heritage

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 24: The Governor, N. N. Vohra, has emphasized the need for preservation and effective showcasing of the rich cultural heritage....more

Four more fasting
agriculture technocrats
shifted to GMC

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JAMMU, Feb 24: The condition of four more fasting agriculture technocrats deteriorated today and they were shifted to Government Medical College (GMC), here by police for treatment. The....more

CM frames sub-committee
to look into early launch
of Baglihar-II

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JAMMU, Feb 24 : Terming power deficit as major challenge before the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today stressed on launch....more

APSCC demands special
cell in Census Deptt

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SRINAGAR, Feb 24: The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has termed the ongoing Census in Kashmir as 'inaccurate' and 'infamous' as according to them the actual figures and facts....more

Party to corner Govt on host
of issues
BJP to oppose
more Constitutional
concessions to J&K: Gupta

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Expressing apprehensions that there is a secret understanding between the interlocutors and Central...more


Criminal held in Katra
with weapon

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Police today averted attempt on the life of four persons when it arrested a criminal with a sharp edged weapon at Painthal in Katra when he was going to make an attempt on their lives to take revenge of an attack...more

Pensioners warn

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Jammu and Kashmir Pensioners Association today warned to hold a protest rally on March 20 in support of their demands. This was announced at a joint press conference by Mukand Lal Sharma, convener Pensioners Association, its general....more

cane charged

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Unemployed physiotherapists were cane charged when they took out their march towards Civil Secretariat today. The unemployed trained physiotherapists, under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Physiotherapists Association assembled at Mubarak Mandi in large number on the 94th day of their agitation and...more

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Governor calls for preservation,
showcasing of J&K’s rich cultural heritage

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 24: The Governor, N. N. Vohra, has emphasized the need for preservation and effective showcasing of the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir for which it has been known since centuries past.

The Governor, as chief guest, was addressing the inaugural function of the 3-day Students’ Festival of Music, Dance and Drama, "Virasat-e-Riyasat", at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, Jammu University here today. Various Universities and other institutions of higher learning from the State are participating in this event which has been organized by the University of Jammu.

The Governor, who is the Chancellor of the University, observed "we should focus on reviving and strengthening our glorious pluralistic cultural traditions and heritage and work towards making India a strong and a vibrant nation. Ours is a multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural country and this unique aspect has been the greatest strength of our country and the State." He said the three regions of the State are a treasure house of art, culture and heritage which needs to be optimally preserved and promoted.

Referring to the "Virasat-e-Riyasat", the Governor said that this event has provided a very useful opportunity to the students from various parts of the State for coming together and showcasing the cultural heritage of various areas, adding that it would go a long way in further strengthening cultural unity.

Earlier, the Governor lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the commencement of the "Virasat-e-Riyasat" and released the Souvenir of the cultural festival.

The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora, who was the guest of honour, said that "Virasat-e-Riyasat" has provided an opportunity to celebrate the country’s and the State’s pluralistic ethos. He added that the students from across the State would get to see and also showcase the culture of the three regions of the State.

Mr. Jora, while lauding the University for organizing this event, hoped that the festival would emerge as a platform for celebration of our multi-culturalism, which highlights the values of compassion, love and kindness.

The Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, Prof. Varun Sahni, dwelt on the aims and objects of organizing "Virasat-e-Riyasat".

A captivating cultural bonanza showcasing the composite cultural heritage of the three regions of the State was presented on the occasion.

Silvia Sahni, Prof Riayz Punjabi VC Kashmir University, Prof RNK Bamzai VC SMVD University, Prof I.A. Hamal VC BGSBU, former VC JU Prof Y R Malhotra, MLC MY Taing, YR Sharma President Chamber of Commerce, Dr PS Pathania, Registrar, JU, Prof RD Sharma, Prof Rajive Gupta, Prof Kuldeep Sharma, Prof Jasbir Singh Co Chairman Campus Cultural Committee and a host of other academicians and dignitaries were present on the occasion. Various folk dances of the date like Ladakhi dance of Zanksar, Folk dance of Kishtwar, Portrayal of marriage scenes in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir and a ethnic customer show were the highlights of the first day.

Tanveer Jahan, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education and Mustaq Ahmed chairman J&K Bank were the special guests for the evening performances and also gave away prizes to the winning teams.

Four more fasting agriculture technocrats shifted to GMC

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JAMMU, Feb 24: The condition of four more fasting agriculture technocrats deteriorated today and they were shifted to Government Medical College (GMC), here by police for treatment.

The agriculture technocrats appointed as Rehbar-e-Zirat are sitting on fast- unto death at Mubarak Mandi here since February 21 demanding their regularization. They warned to continue the fast till the demand is met.

The four fasting agri technocrats whose condition deteriorated today included Abhimano Mahajan, Satwinder Singh, Riyaz Rather, general secretary Agriculture Technocrats United Forum Kashmir and Anshu chairman of Agriculture Technocrats Association Poonch.

It may be recalled that yesterday two agri technocrats whose condition had also deteriorated were shifted to GMC Hospital for treatment. All of them are out of danger.

Meanwhile, the leaders of BJYM led by its president Munish Sharma vice presidents, Munish Khajuria and Sanjay Baru also visited the venue of agriculture technocrats hunger strike to express their solidarity with them. They assured them that the BJYM will come on streets in case the Government failed to concede the regularization demand of agriculture technocrats.

Mr Sharma also assured them on behalf of BJP that its MLAs will also raise the issue in State Assembly.

Earlier addressing the demonstrators Surinder Radotra, president J&K Agriculture Technocrats Association which is spearheading the ongoing movement said that the fast unto death will continue till demand is settled.

CM frames sub-committee to look
into early launch of Baglihar-II

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JAMMU, Feb 24 : Terming power deficit as major challenge before the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today stressed on launch of shorter gestation power projects to reap the benefits within the minimal time period.

"We have started work on various mega, small and micro energy projects in the State and many more are in the pipeline but the focus should be on timeline completion of schemes and initiation of shorter gestation power houses to ensure relief to the people on this count in minimum time frame", he emphasized.

Chairing the 61st meeting of Board of Directors of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) here, the Chief Minister reviewed the status of various projects and directed for giving necessary impetus to implementation work.

The Chief Minister constituted a Sub-Committee headed by the Chief Secretary and comprising of Principal Secretary Planning and Commissioner Secretaries of Finance and Power Departments to look into the matters pertaining to the early launch of Rs. 2113 crore, 450 MW Baglihar-II.

Omar Abdullah laid thrust on speeding up the implementation process of 600 MW Kiru, 520 MW Kawar and 1000 MW Pakaldul hydro electro projects (HEPs) in joint venture with NHPC and PTC for which promoters agreement has already been executed, which was also rectified by the Board.

The Chief Minister, who is also Chairman of the JKSPDC, gave approval to the proposal of taking up Rs. 409 crore, 50 MW Lower Kalnai HEP in the State Sector under Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode giving directions for its early launch. He also directed for speeding up work on Rs. 686 crore, 93 MW New Ganderbal HEP.

The Board was informed that bidding process for New Ganderbal HEP would start in August 2011 and work is likely to be awarded in September 2011. The project is expected to be commissioned in December 2015. The Lower Kalnai HEP is likely to be commissioned in 2015 while as Rs. 398 crore, 37.5 MW Parnai HEP is being awarded in September this year and its completion target is September 2015.

In a power point presentation, Managing Director, JKSPDC, Shaleen Kabra stated that Rs. 6080 crore 990 MW Karthai-II will be processed for bidding under EPC mode and is likely to be completed in 2017 while as Rs. 1257 crore 240 MW Karthai-I will also be implemented in the State Sector also under (EPC) mode. The project is likely to be awarded in 2011 and to be completed in 2017.

The Board was apprised about the status of execution of various projects including Sawalkot and the schemes in pipeline for new projects.

The Board reviewed the action taken on the decisions taken in the last meetings and also noted appointment of M. Y. Khan as Chairman of Joint Venture Company of JKSPDC, NHPC and PTC.

The Board also approved raising of a football team by JKSPDC and its plan to set up a Football Academy to promote sports activities in the State.

The meeting among others was attended by Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Economic Advisor to Government, Jalil Ahmad Khan, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Secretary Power, Basharat Ahmad Dhar and other members of the Board.

APSCC demands special cell in Census Deptt

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SRINAGAR, Feb 24: The All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) has termed the ongoing Census in Kashmir as 'inaccurate' and 'infamous' as according to them the actual figures and facts are not possible in Kashmir due to turmoil.

The Committee has demanded for creation of special cell in the Census Department so that the actual population of Sikhs living in countryside of Kashmir is known.

In a statement, a spokesman of APSCC has said that Jammu & Kashmir is the only state in country where maximum youth are out of the state either for jobs, education, business and other purposes.

"Majority is already at the receiving end and minority is also being ignored. Eighty percent of Sikhs in Kashmir and border areas, have made temporary migration from village to city for security, employment and for education purposes. This temporary migration of Sikhs has not been included in the past Census-like although the migration of Kashmiri Pandits was given proper consideration," said the spokesman. He termed it as open violation of Human and Constitutional Rights given to every citizen.

The spokesman said APSCC needs to be taken into confidence so that a special cell is created in the Census Department so that the correct population of Sikhs living in villages and also those who have moved due to turmoil of 1989 from villages to cities is ascertained.

Party to corner Govt on host of issues
BJP to oppose more Constitutional
concessions to J&K: Gupta

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Expressing apprehensions that there is a secret understanding between the interlocutors and Central Government on granting Constitutional concessions in Jammu and Kashmir state, BJP Legislative Party leader, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta today warned that his Party will not allow this to happen.

Talking to reporters here today along with other Legislators of his Party, Prof Gupta said that the statements given by the interlocutors in this regard have created a lot of confusion. He, while warning against grant of autonomy, self rule and any other concession to the state, said BJP stands for the abrogation of Article 370 which was the cause of all mess in the state.

Substantiating this view BJP MLA from Jammu East and Party National Executive member, Ashok Khajuria, said any concession that takes the J&K away from Constitutional frame work of India will be strongly resisted by his party.

Prof Gupta, who strongly advocated for incorporation of Constitutional 73rd and 74th amendments in the State said all these issues will be forcefully raised by his Party in the Assembly. By ignoring the implementation of Constitutional amendments in the state, he alleged that the NC-Congress was not interested in strengthening the basic democratic institutions in the state. Except the J&K the Panchayats are fully empowered in rest of the country, he added.

He said the Jammu is given less ration than Kashmir family wise and this discrimination should end. Accusing the Government of spending crores of rupees on Kissan mela, he alleged that no measures were taken to supply DAP and Urea to farmers. These issues will be raised on the floor of the Assembly, he added.

Besides the Party will raise the demand of political reservations for the Gujjars and Bakkerwals and Gaddi Sippi people.

Maintaining that the session is of the special significance, he said after disputing the finality of the Accession issue, the State Government did not permit the hoisting of Tri-colour of the country at Lal Chowk, Srinagar last month. Besides the national leaders like Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Rajya Sabha, leader Arun Jaitley were treated shabbily and not even allowed to enter the Winter Capital to address a public rally here on Republic Day, he added.

The Party Legislators and other leaders were kept in Police custody without the arrest warrants and the workers who managed to reach Srinagar to hoist the National Flag were tortured and maltreated. This speaks volumes of the inhuman approach of the coalition, he added.

The other issues which the BJP will raise in the House included price hike, unemployment, neglect of farmers, ex-servicemen and problems of various other sections of the society. The issues like discrimination with Jammu and Ladkah regions, rehabilitation of migrants, grant of citizenship rights for West Pak refugees, reservation of eight Assembly seats to PoK refugees would remain the priorities of the Party, he added.

The party will raise the issue of conducting a fresh survey of BPL families, more concessions for the Basmati growers in Jammu and impetus to farmers.

Other Party MLAs who were present in the press conference included Party Deputy leader, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Bharat Bhushan, Ch. Sham, Master Lal Chand and Baldev Raj Sharma.

Criminal held in Katra with weapon

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Police today averted attempt on the life of four persons when it arrested a criminal with a sharp edged weapon at Painthal in Katra when he was going to make an attempt on their lives to take revenge of an attack on him in August last year.

The criminal identified as Surinder Singh son of Chuni Lal R/o village Dadoora, Katra was heading towards the village of four persons, who had attacked him in August last year, when he was apprehended by police.

SP Katra Shiv Kumar Sharma said police recovered a sharp-edged weapon from his possession.

He said a major incident of attack has been averted with timely arrest of the accused by a Katra police party led by SHO Inspector Arun Jamwal under the supervision of SDPO P N Tickoo.

A case has been registered against the accused at Katra police station.

Pensioners warn agitation

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Jammu and Kashmir Pensioners Association today warned to hold a protest rally on March 20 in support of their demands.

This was announced at a joint press conference by Mukand Lal Sharma, convener Pensioners Association, its general secretary, Madan Lal Abrol and leaders from Kashmir, Mohi-ud-Din Poshpuri and Mohammed Amin Andleed, who warned the State Government against its delaying tactics in releasing the 6th Pay Commission arrears. They said in case any further delay was made the pensioners will launch a forceful state -wide movement for the resolution of their demand.

They demanded that the arrears of the revision of pension from January 1,2006 to June 30, 2009 be paid in one installment, the additional quantum of pension in favour of state pensioners after attaining the age of 80, 85, 90, 95, 100 years and above be paid at the rate of 20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, 50 percent and 100 percent on the analogy of Central Government older pensioners.

They also demanded that the Medical Allowance be enhanced from Rs 300 to Rs 1000 to the state pensioners, release of 6 percent DA installment due from July 2010 with arrears in one installment, the original amount of computation of pension granted in favour of pensioners be recovered in 10 years instead of 15 years and release of gratuity and cash in lieu for the period of earned leave to the fresh pensioners.

Criticizing the Government for delaying the release of 6th pay arrears to pensioners, they said it has raised the salaries of Legislators to many fold while the poor pensioners' demands are being ignored.

Physiotherapists cane charged

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Unemployed physiotherapists were cane charged when they took out their march towards Civil Secretariat today.

The unemployed trained physiotherapists, under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Physiotherapists Association assembled at Mubarak Mandi in large number on the 94th day of their agitation and then after staging protest demonstration for some time, started their march towards Secretariat.

As they covered a little distance towards Chowk Chabutra, the Cops raised barricades and intercepted them. The physiotherapists including girls, resisted the police action. The police cane charged the youth and did not allow them to move towards their planned destination.

The unemployed physiotherapists are demanding their absorption in Government job. They alleged that Government has failed to provide them jobs despite the fact that many posts were lying vacant in the Medical Education and Health Department.

New Polytechnics, ITIs to be opened across State: Chib

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Minister for Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports R. S. Chib today said that the Government was working on a mega proposal envisaging opening of Government Polytechnic Colleges and Industrial Training Institutes in every nook and corner of the State to universalize vocational education among the youth.

The Minister was addressing a high level meeting of Technical Education Department officers here today, which was among others attended by, Commissioner Secretary, Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports, B. A. Runiyal, Director, Technical Education, A. K. Sahu, Managing Director, JKPCC Tahseen Mustafa and other senior officers of the department.

He said that land for construction of these Polytechnic colleges has been identified and construction work is being started shortly. He directed the officers to formulate the detailed project reports for the purpose so that the executing agencies are in a position to take up the work in hand as soon as possible.

The meeting discussed threadbare the measures to be adopted for giving fillip to the working of the technical education department so that the student community is benefitted by the schemes launched by the Central and State Governments.

About the issue of the functioning of new Polytechnics opened in uncovered areas, the meeting was informed that the Centre has been approached to allow State government to run these Institutes in rented accommodations till the construction of the buildings .

Young Kashmiri writers take out protest rally

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SRINAGAR, Feb 24: Alleging apathy from the Government vis--vis preservation of Kashmiri language, a group of young Kashmiri writers organized a protest rally here today. The writers said that different Government departments as well as autonomous organizations have failed to preserve the Kashmiri language. "Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar, Radio Kashmir, Srinagar, State Board of School Education and Cultural Academy have failed in preserving the Kashmiri language. We have to think as well as act collectively in doing this service but unfortunately so far there has been a cold shouldered response from the stake holders," said the protesters who had assembled under the aegis of Kashmir Young Writers Association (KYWA).

They said that it is the prime responsibility of these organizations to safeguard the interests of Kashmir language and take steps towards its preservation. However, they were skeptical about the future saying that time for action has come.

"The publication unit of Kashmiri at the cultural academy has become defunct and at the same time there is discrimination when it comes to disbursal of funds for the organizations working in this respect. The authorities at Radio Kashmir, Srinagar and Doordarshan, Srinagar have failed in carrying forward the legacy of our forefathers in preserving Kashmiri language," said the protesters.

They added that charter of demands has already been handed over to the concerned institutions.

LPEF demands redressal of issues

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Low Paid Govt Employees Federation has demanded redressal of the pending demands of the employees.

Abdul Majid Khan, president of the Federation in series of meetings held in Poonch and Rajouri districts during recent visit, criticized the government for causing delay in addressing issues of the employees and pensioners. He condemned the Government for its anti-employee stance. The demands projected included release of Pay Commission arrears, 10 % DA, enhancement of Medical allowance from Rs 300 to Rs 1000 per month.

PHE employees urge Govt to concede demands

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JAMMU, Feb 24: PHE Employees United Front urged the State Government to redress their demands at the earliest otherwise they will again resume their postponed strike.

An emergency meeting of the PHE Employees United Front was held here today to review the post strike scenario. It is pertinent to mention here that the employees suspended their strike for one month after the assurance of the State Government and the concerned PHE authority.

In the meeting senior leader of the front had urged the State Government to immediately release the grant for all kinds of workers and enhance rate of Rs 110 per day as per the government circular. They further demanded that all sorts of workers engaged before November, 2005 be regularized as per the record submitted to the administrative department and all other demands as per the agreement should be implemented without any further delay.

Front further reiterated that if the demands of the employees were not implemented in due course of time the employees will review the agitation again and for that the State Government will be responsible. The prominent leaders who were the part of meeting were Bakshi Singh, Vijay Luthra, Swarn Singh, Raman Kumar, Ravi Kumar and many others.

Ensure protection of newly wedded couple: HC to SSP

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JAMMU, Feb 24: State High Court has directed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu to ensure proper protection to newly wedded couple which has been facing grave threats at the hands of parents of the girl.

The directions were passed in a petition filed by Ritu Rani and Kamaljit.

After hearing Advocate Amit Gupta appearing for the petitioners, Justice Virender Singh issued notice to official respondents and disposed off the petition as prayed by the counsel for the petitioners with the observations that SSP Jammu should personally look into the matter and ensure protection to the newly wedded couple (petitioners) so as to avoid any untoward incident at the hands of private respondents (parents of the girl).

The Court further directed SSP that he would also ensure that if any complaint made by the private respondents against the Kamaljit is brought to its logical end by verifying all the facts.

Similarly, if any complaint is moved by the petitioner Ritu Rani against her parents or any of the family members of her parental side, the same shall also brought to its logical conclusion on its own facts so that neither of the party acts violently.

Govt non -serious towards plight of migrants: Committee

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Non Camp Migrant Coordination Committee has criticized the non-serious attitude of the Government towards the plight of the displaced people.

The meeting, which was chaired by its chairman D N Kissu said that the Government which announced the return module for KPs has also attached the inhuman and draconian conditions with it. The lack of seriousness on the part of the Government to redress the grievances of the displaced KPs has exposed it, it added.

The meeting demanded that compensation be paid to displaced people for the properties vandalized and damaged in the Valley and the distress sale be declared null and void.

Mr Kissu alleged that the PM's package of Rs 1500 crore has remained unutilized due to impracticable and draconian conditions attached to it.

He emphasized the need for effective implementation of the Medical Fund for the displaced community. A large segment of displaced families suffering from serious and fatal ailments are unable to meet their expenses on treatment he added.

The meeting through a resolution appealed the Government to allot the Jagati flats to those displaced people also who were putting up in rented accommodations.

Prof G L Koul its chief advisor, P L Sudeshi its president, Chaman Lal Koul, P B Raina, Vinod Durani, Satish Kissu and others were present in the meeting.

VHP demands hanging of Guru, Kasab

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today demanded the hanging of Afzal Guru mastermind in Parliament attack and Ajmal Kasab a dreaded terrorist responsible for 26/11 attack in Mumbai.

BJP state president Dr Rama Kant Dubey while talking to reporters here today has made an appeal to the president of India Pratibha Singh Patil in this regard. He demanded that terrorists should not be given any concession as this will give a moral boost them and embolden others to tread on the same path.

He said by giving the capital punishment to the two dreaded terrorists those indulging in killing of innocent people will learn a lesson and hesitate from indulging in terrorist violence.

Dr Dubey, while warning the Centre against its appeasement policies towards the anti nationals said that the dreaded terrorists like Guru and Kassab are given VIP treatment

The Government is spending the tax money paid by the Indians after their hard earning on the terrorists and this will not be tolerated any more. This way the Government is giving all indications that India is a soft state, he added.

The VHP leader also took a strong exception to the tirade launched by Congress leaders against the nationalist organizations and warned that this will have serious consequences.

He said the pseudo-secular forces which had given a one sided version of the Godhra carnage by blaming the Hindu organizations have been now totally exposed.

The VHP leaders V K Gupta and Bal Krishan Gupta were also present in the press conference.

Rs 32.25 cr NABARD funding available
to augment health facilities: Javed

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Minister of State for Health, Medical Education and R&B, Javed Ahmad Dar has asked the officers of Health and R&B departments to work in close coordination so that smooth flow of funds from NABARD is ensured to complete 108 schemes taken up in the State.

The Minister was reviewing the pace and progress of dispensaries being constructed under NABARD.

It was given out that 108 schemes have been approved for construction of health centres in Jammu and Kashmir divisions, costing Rs. 35.25 crore against which Rs. 32.54 crore stands incurred so far.

The meeting was informed that work is apace on construction of 16 ISM dispensaries in Jammu division costing Rs. 8.38 crore against which Rs.2.74 have been expended so far out of total released amount of Rs. 2.78 crore.

Likewise, in Kashmir division, 14 schemes have been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 9.92 crore out of which Rs. 4.44 crore have been expended so far.

The Minister asked the officers to maintain close coordination and review the progress of the schemes so that utilization certificates are forwarded to NABARD in time for ensuring release of additional requisite funds.

Mr Javed said that health sector is high on the agenda of the Government and asked the officers to come up with new proposal for opening of health centres in the uncovered areas. He said State as well as Central Governments are determined to improve health facilities by opening new hospitals besides up-grading existing ones.

He said "it is the responsibility of the officers of Health Department to ascertain the public requirements and submit the proposals for approval to the administrative departments", adding that Centre is liberal in funding schemes meant for improving health facilities in the State, particularly in rural and hilly areas.

Chief Engineer, R&B, Jammu, Diptilal Sharma, Director Indian System of Medicines, (ISM), Dr. Abdul Kabir, MD, JKPCC, Tehsin Mustaffa, Joint Director Planning, Tariq Ahmad besides senior officers of Health department were present on the occasion.

Clerical cadre’s plea to Govt, employees

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh All Departments’ Clerical Staff Association held a meeting under the leadership of Sayeeda Ladakhi, State convenor.

The speakers in one voice urged the State Government to issue orders regarding removal of pay anomalies of clerical cadre.

Mrs Ladakhi said that pay anomalies of 17 different cadre of employees were removed by the Government, but case of clerical cadre has been deliberately kept aside, due to unknown reasons.

She criticized the State Government for giving step-motherly treatment to clerical cadre which are the backbone of any department, the Government after having made a commitment with the cadre has back-tracked from its assurances held to Association by high officials in the Government.

Mrs Ladakhi appealed to all the members of EJAC and JCC factions to come on a single platform and unite for the cause of employees and desist from giving separate calls for demonstrations and bandhs as the same was causing resentment and confusion among the employees, who often shy away to come out from their offices in the absence of a common leadership which is against the interests of the employees.

Others in the meeting included Babu Hussain Malik, K A Dewani, Madan Sangral, Bharat Bushan, Meenakshi Sharma, Rakesh Kumar, Raj Nath Wazir, Chaman Lal, Munish Sharma, C L Koul, Sewa Ram, Uday Singh Pathania, Veerji Koul, Umer Jan, Anil Kesar, Nazir Hussain, Naresh Mattoo, Subash Sharma etc.

Army provides computers, furniture to schools

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DODA/RAJOURI, Feb 24: A Territorial Army battalion located at Thalela area of Doda has taken up a noble project under 'Operation Sadhbhavana' to provide furniture for students to Government Higher Secondary School, Bhella .

The aim of the project is to uplift the standard of education in the remote areas of Doda on the request of the teaching staff of school and local population of Bhella, furniture items were provided to the School at Bhella today. Till now 480 students from village Bhella and surrounding area used to sit on the floor. The project will also help in providing basic amenities to the poor and needy students.

Addressing the students and staff of the School, the Commanding Officer of battalion emphasised the importance of education and motivated them to carve out a carrier for themselves.

The Numberdar Hans Raj Parhiar, Principal of the School, Bahadur Singh Kotwal, staff and students thanked the Army for the assistance.

The Army also provided three computers and furniture to Govt School Baroh in Kalakot area of Rajouri district.

JK Bank educates unemployed youth

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SRINAGAR, Feb 24: In order to make aware rural people about financial assistance for self-employment schemes, district administration Shopian organized an Employment Fair at Government Higher Secondary School Kapran, Shopian.

J&K Bank was specially invited on the occasion to educate the gathering that comprised mostly of educated, energetic but unemployed youth of the area.

District Development Commissioner Shopian Dr M.S Sood (I.A.S) inaugurated the fair in presence of Additional District Development Commissioner Shopian Syed Atta-u-llah Simnani, Cluster Head J&K bank (South-IV) and Manzoor Ahmad Suharwerdi.

In his inaugural speech, D.D.C Shopian emphasized the need of organizing such fairs and he advised job seekers to come forward and take the benefit of various schemes.

Addressing the gathering, Cluster head J&K bank Manzoor Ahmad Suharwardi dwelt upon different schemes which the bank has tailored for people with specific financial needs from time to time.

Omar for developing J&K as floriculture State

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JAMMU, Feb 24 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Thursday highlighted the potential of Jammu and Kashmir as a State of flowers, adding that floriculture promises greater economic future to the people here.

"The State is on threshold of achieving self-reliance in the production of flowers and our next step should be making Jammu and Kashmir a brand name in the global floriculture market", he said enumerating the economic advantages of commercial floriculture in present day world.

Omar Abdullah said Jammu and Kashmir can emerge as one of the biggest flower exporters in the world if the sector is nurtured in a befitting manner, roping in investors and persuading budding entrepreneurs to venture in the field.

Speaking at awards giving function to the progressive farmers of Jammu division here, the Chief Minister said that the constitution of awards for progress farmers is an endeavour to encourage farming community and recognize their hard work. He said that a similar function was organized at Srinagar last week.

Omar reiterated the importance of agriculture and allied sectors in the State’s economic development and welfare. He said Government is putting in measures to give impetus to agro-based activities and encourage ventures by young persons in this sector.

The Chief Minister said that a proposal has been forwarded to the Centre Government for Basmiti Mission for Jammu division on the analogy of Saffron Mission for Kashmir. "A comprehensive proposal in this regard is under the active consideration of Union Government and we expect a positive response from the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on this during his visit to Jammu in the month of March 2011, when he is scheduled to address SKUAST, Jammu Convocation", he added.

Omar Abdullah said that the State Government has provided handsome share to the agriculture and allied activities in the current year’s budget and due consideration will be given to this aspect in the formulation of next year’s budget.

"I have asked the Agriculture Department to work out a scheme where under attractive incentives will be provided for transforming the traditional agriculture practices into commercially viable cash crops cultivation", he said, adding that urgent measures are required in this direction.

The Chief Minister said that pressure on agriculture land is increasing and land holding in Jammu and Kashmir for the purpose is below the national average. "This necessitates added attention on cultivation of improved varieties of seeds and application of modern farm practices to increase per unit production and productivity", he said asking for focusing on organic farming and utilization of other modern trends in agriculture and allied sectors.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir and Minister for Horticulture, Sham Lal Shama presented a resume of the achievements registered in the State in agriculture and horticulture sectors during the last two years.

The Chief Minister awarded State level awards to Kunj Lal of village Gordi in Udhampur district and Sanjay Kumar of village Dadwara in Kathua district. He also presented best farmer’s awards of district and block levels to about 150 progressive farmers.

Agriculture Production Commissioner, Iqbal Khandey also spoke on the occasion while legislators, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry, senior functionaries of allied departments were present on the occasion.

Forest Department achieves another feat

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NEW DELHI, Feb 24 : The Jammu and Kashmir Forest Department has achieved another remarkable feat by receiving Diamond Small State Environmental award for being adjudged as best in maintaining the State’s Environment and ecology.

The Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari presented the IBN7(CNN) Diamond State award to Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology Jammu and Kashmir State, Mian Altaf Ahmed at a function held at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.

The Jammu and Kashmir state has also the distinction of being honoured with Indirapriyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award for last two consecutive years.

On the occasion, Mian Altaf said that natural landscape of J&K exhibits rich biodiversity which makes the State a perfect destination for tourists from world over. He said the fresh measures for the conservation of State forests and environment became possible due to the personal efforts of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah despite the fact the tourist flow is at large in all seasons in the State.

While listing the major initiatives taken by the Forest Department in this direction, he said that in view of ever increasing environmental challenges and concerns the State has taken series of measures to ensure management of natural resources . He said these measures aim at environment friendly and sustainable economic growth.

"The State has taken up the process of strengthening the network of sewerage treatment plants (STPs) in the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu to ensure that only treated waste water is discharged into water bodies" , the Minister informed.

Clear pending cases under Roshni Act by Mar 31: Bhalla

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla has asked the Revenue officers to clear all the pending cases under Roshni Act by March 31, adding that delay in its implementation will have negative fall out on the people seeking ownership under the Act.

The Minister issued the directions while chairing the meeting of Revenue and Evacuee Property officers here this afternoon.

Mr. Bhalla discussed various issues related to Revenue Department and asked the officers to strengthen the department through internal audit. He asked them to improve financial management system through monthly review meetings. He called for checking the receipts and timely replies to the audit reports received from the Accountant General's office to ensure its proper compliance.

The Minister directed for ensuring timely reconciliation of revenue and expenditure figures by deputing reconciliation parties to the office of Principal Accountant General within the prescribed time frame. He threatened strict action against the officers and officials for non compliance of instructions cautioning that no one would be spared for slackness in duties.

Mr. Bhalla asked the DDCs to conduct monthly inspections to tehsil headquarters in their respective jurisdictions and submit reports to higher authorities. Regarding telephone, computer and vehicle facilities to Tehsildars and Naib-Tehsildars in remote and far-off areas of the State, he said the demands are under active consideration and would be redressed shortly. He said Government has formulated a comprehensive plan to equip all the Niabats and Patwar Khans at par with revenue offices in urban pockets so that the locals could trace their revenue related records at their doorstep offices.

Responding to the demand, the Minister asked the Divisional Commissioners to submit the list of retired skilled Naib-Tehsildars, Girdarwars and Patwaris so that they could be engaged on honorarium basis in the department for speedy disposal of general masses issues. He asked for submitting the progress of revenue office buildings, mini secretariats besides detail of disposal cases under Roshni Act.

He asked them to issue instructions to revenue staff to stop giving ownership rights of 'Gair Mumkin Khuds', which were the main source of encroachments by the professional land grabbers.

Minister of State for Revenue, Nasir Aslam Wani, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Parmod Jain, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Secretary, Revenue, Ejaz Iqbal, Custodian General, A A Lateif -u- Zaman Deva, Custodian, Jammu, Abdul Majid Wani, Relief Commissioner (Migrants), Vinod Koul, Settlement Commissioner, Sudershan Sharma besides other senior officers of Revenue, Evacuee Property, Relief and Finance were present in the meeting.

Four Common Treatment Centres coming up: Sham

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JAMMU, Feb 24 : Minister for Health, Horticulture and Floriculture, Sham Lal Sharma has said four Common Treatment Centres , two each in Jammu and Kashmir divisions for proper treatment of bio medical waste in health institutions will be installed shortly for which land is being identified.

The Minister revealed this while chairing a meeting convened here today to devise ways and means for proper treatment of bio medical waste generated in the government and private health institutions.

Mr. Sham urged upon the concerned authorities to complete the process before closure of the current financial year so that the work is initiated at the earliest. He said the land should be suitably located along the highways from Nagrota to Samba and away from habitations, adding that land in Kashmir division should also be identified in consultation with the revenue authorities. He said the area to be identified must have all the basic facilities like, road connectivity, electricity, etc.

Mr. Sham also said that in respect of inaccessible areas like Leh, Kargil districts and khalsi, the health institutions would be equipped with insulators for the treatment of bio medical waste. He said sufficient funds would be earmarked for these projects.

He said all the required formalities with regard to clearance from Forest Department and Pollution Control Board need to be obtained immediately to avoid any delay in execution of these projects.

The Minister was informed that average bio medical waste in health institutions is generated between one and half kilogram to two kilogram per bed per day which needs proper treatment to avoid any kind of infection in the health institutions. He was also told that segregation of bio medical waste is must for its proper treatment for which dust bins will also be put in place.

Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education, R.K.Jerath, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Director National Rural Health Mission and other senior functionaries were present in the meeting.

JJSF demonstrates against Controller JU

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Jammu Joint Students Federation (JJSF) held a protest demonstration under the chairmanship of Jatinder Singh, President JJSF, Jammu University, here today and declared to boycott the classes and resort to hunger strike from Monday.

First year students of Law Department assembled in front of Controller's office and held demonstration against Controller for languishing their demands of the declaration of new exam date of IPC, which were postponed on December 27, 2010, due to transporters strike.

Students are facing hardships and they are so depressed and demoralized that they are forced by administration to take extreme step. Many of them have decided to go on hunger strike from Monday and boycott classes till new date will be finalized.

Others who were present on the occasion included Akhileshwar Jamwal, Vinay Sambyal, Vishal Kapoor, Neeraj Singh, Ella, Upasana, Niharika and many others.

BOPEE conducts entrance test for MD, MS courses

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JAMMU, Feb 24: The Jammu and Kashmir Board of Professional Entrance Examinations (JKBOPEE) conducted entrance examinations for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma course and MDS Course-2011, on February 20, which was simultaneously held at Srinagar and Jammu.

The evaluation and process of answer sheets were completed in just thirty six hours including generation of selection list and merit list. This is the improvement over last year when the result for the said examination was declared in fifty six hours.

With an attempt to bring total transparency in the system the Board had notified that in the event of any discrepancy in the question paper, the same should be brought to the notice of Board within two working days and a number of representations were received and considered.

The entire process of result generation and evaluation was conducted under the supervision of Prof Mushtaq Ahmad Peer, Chairman, BOPEE and Dr Gopal Gupta, Controller of examinations.

Officers of Customs, Central Excise resent neglect of cadre

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JAMMU, Feb 24: There is great resentment prevailing in the cadre of group ‘B’ Gazetted officers of the Customs and Central Excise Department against the stagnation in their cadre.

The officers posted in Jammu and Kashmir expressed their anguish by wearing black badges on the Central Excise Day here today. They were seeking parity with their counterparts in the Income Tax Department and examiners and preventive officers in the customs, in the ongoing restructuring process being under taken by the Finance Ministry.

The anguish is mainly on account of step motherly treatment being meted out to them as compared to their counterparts who are recruited by the same competitive exams conducted by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

Shabir ask officers to conduct regular market checking

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) and Power Shabir Ahmed Khan today directed CAPD authorities to conduct regular checking of sale outlets to ensure timely supply of ration to the consumers, adding that providing food grains through Public Distribution system to the people without any hindrance was the priority of the Government.

The Minister was chairing officers meeting of CAPD Department of Kashmir Division held here today to review the stock and supply position of essential commodities in the Valley.

Minister underscored the need for early dispatch of food grains to all sale outlets for onward distribution to the consumers well in time. He directed concerned authorities to closely monitor the dispatch of quota to the sale outlets and further distribution. He asked the authorities to get feedback from the consumers to know whether they are getting the ration in time and as per the prescribed scale.

He also called upon the Oil Companies to make available adequate stock of LPG cylinders and their further distribution to the consumers in various parts of the Valley. The Minister said that the matter with regard to setting up of bottling gas plant of Indian Oil Corporation in the Valley would be taken up with Union Ministry of Petroleum soon.

The Minister was apprised that sufficient stocks of food grains are available at food godowns of Food Corporation of India.

The district level stock and supply position of food grains was also reviewed and it was made out that distribution of ration is being made smoothly in each district of the Valley.

Lakeer to usher in seventh week

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Making a history of sorts, Lakeer, the first ever film in Pahari language completed its fifty days of showing.

The film was opened for public viewing from January 14, 2011, is getting good response and has completed six weeks and is set to usher in its seventh week. On great demand of Pahari speaking people of other districts, we have decided that this is going to be the last week of screening of Lakeer. The movie is still attracting lots of viewers, said Shiv Dutt, director, Lakeer.

He specially thanked the audiences of Jammu and adjoining areas, educational institutions for their enthusiastic response to the film Lakeer, which is a dramatic and wrenching saga of the 1947 partition of J&K and its aftermath with which the people on both the sides of the LoC have been living even today.

Coalition working for peace in region

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SRINAGAR, Feb. 24: Asserting that coalition Government led by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah would deliver effectively on the front of development and give further impetus to the development scenario during next four years, senior Congress leader and former Minister, Abdul Gani Vakil said that the tenure of present Government would be remembered as the period of development and political stability in the State.

Addressing workers' convention at Ganderbal today Mr Vakil said, "both Congress and National Conference are working in tandem to transform the State's socio- economic and political scenario for permanent peace and prosperity". He underlined the need for further strengthening the ties between the two parties to achieve the cherished goal of 'Khushaal Jammu and Kashmir.'

Welcoming the Army for launching recruitment drive in the State, Vakil said the enthusiasm of youth to join Army and serve the country should be encouraged by recruiting more and more youth in the forces from the State. He asked the State Government to take up the matter of recruiting Jammu and Kashmir youth in various wings of the Army and para-military forces on large scale to help to address the unemployment crisis.

SBI holds function

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UDHAMPUR, Feb 24: A colorful programme was organized by the State Bank of India (SBI) in the village Hartrityan to aware public about Kissan Credit Cards (KCC), Self Help Groups, Dairy and other allied agricultural schemes.

The programme was chaired by PK Abrol, Regional Manager, SBI, Jammu. Abrol highlighted various schemes of bank and their implications. The programme was attended by more than two hundred people of adjoining villages. On this occasion Abrol handed over twenty three KCC sanction letters to the borrowers.

The programme was attended among others by DDM, NABARD, officers of Agricultural Department and NGO representative Kikar Singh. PL Koul, Branch Manager SBI Garhi Branch, thanked all the people and dignitaries for attending the function.

NSF activists start 3-day hunger strike

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JAMMU, Feb 24: The activists of National Secular Forum (NSF) today went on 3-day hunger strike against the mismanagement in University of Jammu.

The NSF activists led by Vikas Sharma, alleged that university officials have failed to take action against corrupt officials as students' fund are being embezzled by them for personal use without any fear.

He said that there is no accountability in the campus and examination system has crippled the and results of various courses have not been declared since past six months. The NSF leaders raised slogans against university and blamed that VC Prof Varun Sahni was shielding the corrupt officials and students were suffering in day to day life.

Implement pre revised pay scales: SNEA

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JAMMU, Feb 24: A protest demonstration was held today at GMTD office at Bahu Plaza against the demolition of JTO cadre as per the direction of CHQ, New Delhi.

The executives in the BSNL belonging to this organization are struggling for the upliftment of JTO since 1979. During various agitations and trade union actions it was recognized that JTO is the backbone of the department and on the basis of various committee reports as SM Aggarwal Sarin Committee, the case was recommended to Government and the pay scale were revised with executive steps.

It is the matter of great concern that instead of upliftment of the JTO cadre, BSNL now in gross violation of rules and regulations was making demolition of the JTO cadre.

Sanchar Nigam Executives Association (SNEA) demanded pre revised pay scales with E2 and E3 scales with status for the JTO cadre.

The gathering was addressed by SK Mahaldar, Circle Secretary SNEA (I) J&K Circle, PK Bali, district secretary Jammu, TB Gadoo, CWC member, Jeet Raj, vice president and many others.

The leaders stressed to continue the struggle till the pay scale was implemented.

Civic Safai Karamcharis Union projects demands

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Members of the Civic Safai Karamcharis Union in a meeting held here today, criticized the authorities for ignoring the demands of the employees.

In a meeting of the Union held here today under the leadership of Deva Nand Gill, the members alleged that DyCM Tara Chand has failed to honour his commitment. They said the workers had suspended agitation on his assurance but no promise was fulfilled. They alleged that JMC authorities have failed to conduct DPC of all cadre, recruitment of over 1000 Safaikaramcharis, creation of posts of Ward officers, and creation of three Zones in Health & Transport section besides time bound promotions.

Karam Singh, Ramesh Gill, Shanti Devi, Bansi Lal and others also attended the meeting.

Workshop held at Ramisht college

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KATHUA, Feb 24: A two days workshop on the preparation of low cost teaching aids was organised in the Ramisht College of Education, Basohli.

The main purpose of this workshop is to prepare the teaching aids in order to make the teaching learning process effective in the class room and to provide first hand knowledge to the students by depicting these teaching aids. Different faculty members of the college guided the students and gave demonstration regarding the low cost teaching aids.

The workshop was presided over by Vijay Kumar Khajuria, Principal, DIET, Basohli, who said that teaching aids play an important role in the teaching learning process. He advised the teachers to make extensive use of these low cost teaching aids in the class room to make the teaching learning process more effective. The Chairman of the college RP Sharma also applauded the efforts of the teachers and presented vote of thanks.

KHC’s concern over soaring prices on walnuts on Shivratri

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JAMMU, Feb 24: Kashmiri Hindu Conference (KHC) which met here today under the chairmanship of its president M L Thusoo expressed concern that as Mahashivratri was approaching near the prices of essential commodities have started sky rocketing.

The meeting said the walnuts which are an essential item for the celebration of Shivratri festival cost Rs 300 a kg. The meeting in an appeal urged the community to make the judicious use of walnuts.

It said that most of the essential items needed for the Mahashivratri are not available in the market. It blamed the Government for ignoring the community even on the holy festival of Mahashivrarti.

The meeting also expressed serious concern over shifting of Relief zone from Women polytechnic College to Shanker building and then to Muthi Camp. This will cause many hardships for migrants seeking relief from the zone as the displaced people from peripheral area of Bakshi Nagar, Shakti Nagar etc have to travel to Muthi Camp.

The meeting in an appeal to the Relief authorities urged them to reopen the Zone either at Shiv Nagar or Shakti Nagar or Shanti Nagar.

The meeting urged the Chief Minister to take initiative to restore secular order in Kashmir which is becoming a strong hold of fundamentalists. The need is to strengthen secular bonds of the people, it added.

The conference also hailed the efforts of P K Josheph Dhar who has published a Kashmiri translation of holy Bible and which was recently released. This way Mr Dhar has served the mother tongue Kashmiri, it added.

The meeting among others was addressed by P L Koul Budgami, convener of the organization, K L Ganjoo, S N Raina, M L Daftri, A K Bhat, C L Bhat, A K Koul and M L Koul.

AMCCC delegation calls on Madhav Lal

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Jammu Feb 24: A delegation of All Migrant Camp Co-ordination Committee (AMCCC) met Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and highlighted problems being faced by the migrants. The delegation comprised of Chairman AMCCC Ajay Bharti, Vice President Kaka Ji Bhan and others. The delegation asked the Chief Secretary that with the shifting of camp inmates to Jagti the business class at different camps will face immense problems. They stressed upon him to allot shops at Jagti so that they can continue their business and earn bread butter for their families. The delegation apprised Chief Secretary about the encroachments of properties of the migrants and demanded immediate measures in this regard. They also demanded reasonable rates for essential commodities should be maintained and two months cash assistance in advance so that migrants can celebrate Shiv Ratri without any difficulty.

NHPC gives scholarships to trainees

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Jammu Feb 24: A function was organized at Baglihar Power Station to award the scholarship amounting to Rs 41,000 to the selected trainees of ITI Ramban and handed over the material to its authorities.

The function was chaired by Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ramban where as Chander Mohan, General Manager, Baglihar Power Station, officers of JKSPDDC and Mudassir Shams, Superintendent of ITI Ramban were also present.

As per Government of Indian policy NHPC limited has adopted 11 ITI’s in the country including five ITI’s of J&K.

Chander Mohan, in his address narrated the salient features of schemes and handed over water cooler with purifier, drawing boards, book shelves, steel almirahs, beds, computers with peripherals, multi media projector with peripherals, printers scanners, ceiling fans, wall fans to Superintendent ITI Ramban.

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