Abrogation of Article 370
impossible: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3 : Reiterating the Government’s resolve to provide all the basic facilities to the people at their door steps, especially in ....more

Governor addresses
IAS officers on Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra, today addressed the senior IAS officers attending the Mid Career Training Programme, (Phase-V, 2010-11) at the Lal Bahadur ....more

Agriculture technocrats
demand regularisation
of ReZ staff

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: The Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Technocrats Association has demanded issuance of an order regarding regularization ........more

CLP leader Ch
Aslam suffers stroke

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and MLA Surankote, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam today suffered a stroke with atrial fibrillation.........more

Dr Jitendra, Thuptsan
special invitees to
BJP National Executive

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Dr Jitendra Singh a renowned Diabetologist, a well known scholar and professor Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu has been formally approached by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to join the party and was appointed as special invitee ......more

 

Traders demand
compensation for losses
suffered due to rain

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Jan 3: Trans-Line of Control (LoC) traders today staged a demonstration here, demanding compensation for the losses suffered allegedly due to lack of storage facility at Salamabad trade facilitation centre in Uri town on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road......more

7 SPs challenge final
seniority lists, HC
orders status-quo

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JAMMU, Jan 3: In a petition filed by seven Superintendents of Police (Executive) challenging final seniority lists issued on April 29, 2010, State High Court issued notice to State through Chief Secretary, Commissioner Secretary GAD, Financial....more

Bandh observed
in Kargil

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KARGIL, Jan 3: A complete bandh was observed here in protest against discriminatory attitude of the State as well as Central Governments against Kargil district.. ....more

     
 

Govt recommends DTC’s name for national ward....

Masud lifetime Chief Patron of GDCT....

DIG distributes Rs 2.5 lakh as reward money....

Bakaya appeals Govt to implement other components of package....

Property worth crores destroyed, about 50 shops gutted....

Azad grieved over Doda accident....

Guinness World record by Jammu boy ....

Prof Gupta conferred honour by PM.....

Altaf for stern action against forest land encroachers...

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Emphasizing the importance of removing encroachment from forest lands for maintaining ecological balance, Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad stressed for stern action against those involved in encroachments. The Minister said this while reviewing the functioning of the Forest Department of Jammu division here today.

Govt serious to resolve genuine demands
of PDD employees: Shabir

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Government is serious to resolve all genuine demands of the employees of Power Development Department and is taking various steps for strengthening the functioning of the department for improving power generation in the State. This was stated by the Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan at a meeting with the representatives of Provincial Electric Employees Union, Jammu (PEEU) and State Daily Wagers Electric Union here today.

.Separate boards must to bring end to discrimination: Raj ..

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Former bureaucrat and Member State Finance Commission, Swami Raj Sharma has said that separate Regional Development Boards were must to bring an end to the allegations of discrimination and ensure equitable development in all the regions of the State.

DC reviews progress of land acquisition cases....

3rd party monitoring of projects to improve efficiency: Taj ....

Chib reviews arrangements at winter sectt....

Kashyap Jagriti Manch nominates Women Wing....

Bhalla asks officers to reach out to people, remove hardships....

Sadhotra for bringing improvement in working of GMC ...

NPP leader alleges murderous attack by Minister’s men ....

Asstt Prof Manhas presents paper in Intl Conference....

Assurance Committee recommends increase in employment days....

Work on widening of Dhar road reviewed...

25 members for Samba Kissan Board nominated ....

DDC flags off Road Safety Week rally....

PHE employees highlight demands....

Dogra Pujari, Jyotshi Sangh to launch campaign for propagation of Sanskrit....

JMC continues anti-encroachment drive ....

SSH welcomes Mattoo’s decision to join as VC CU...

Niaz seeks relief for accident victims ....

SSSC flays BJP for raising issue of Article 370...

 

Abrogation of Article 370 impossible: Rather

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JAMMU, Jan 3 : Reiterating the Government’s resolve to provide all the basic facilities to the people at their door steps, especially in remote and hitherto neglected areas, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today said all the available resources are being pooled optimally to meet the urges and aspirations of the people to provide them maximum possible comfort.

Addressing a public gathering, after inaugurating a newly constructed Treasury complex at Mandi in border district Poonch today, Mr, Rather said that provision of good governance with utmost transparency and accountability is the first and fore-most priority of the Government, which cannot be compromised in any case.

The newly setup treasury at Mandi is 5th Treasury in a row inaugurated by the Finance Minister in various remote areas of the State during the current fiscal so far to provide comfort to the people residing in hilly and topographically difficult areas.

Mr. Rather said that the Government was very serious to address the concerns of regional disparities, adding that the Finance Commission set up to suggest measures in this regard has completed its task and its report would be tabled in the State legislature during ensuing budget session.

He said the present dispensation is committed not only for equitable development of all the three regions of the State but also for uniform progress of other sub-regions including Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Kupwara districts, adding that special funds for accelerated development of these backward areas would be made available in the next annual plan.

Castigating those who misled people by demanding abrogation of Article 370, Mr. Rather said abrogation of this Article is constitutional impossibility and a mere propaganda. He said even former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee while addressing a gathering at Srinagar had publically made it clear that abrogation of Article-370 was not possible.

Referring to the burgeoning un-employment problem, Mr. Rather said despite heavy financial constraints thousands of new vacancies are being created in public sector to provide job avenues to the educated youth. He said Oversees Employment Corporation has started its search to identify jobs for youth of the State in the oversees job market and hoped that coming years would be prosperous moments for the youth.

Vice-Chairman, Pahari Speaking Welfare Board, Muhstaq Ahmad Bukhari, Vice-Chairman, Gujjar & Bakerwal Welfare Board, B. A. Naaz, MLA, Poonch, Aijaz Jan, Director General, Accountant and Treasures, G.M. Bhat and District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Kuldip Raj Khajuria were also present on the occasion.

Governor addresses IAS officers on Kashmir

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JAMMU, Jan 3 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra, today addressed the senior IAS officers attending the Mid Career Training Programme, (Phase-V, 2010-11) at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, from Raj Bhawan, Jammu, via video-conferencing, which lasted for an hour and a half.

The address was followed by a lively interactive session during which the Governor replied to the queries of the IAS officers.

The Phase V programme is being attended by about 100 IAS officers belonging to the 1980, 1981 and 1982 batches. This 5-week long programme includes one week exposure visit to the Harvard Kennedy School, USA, with an emphasis on cross country experiences in regard to various aspects of governance and the remaining four weeks at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie.

Earlier, the Joint Director and Course Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, P. K. Gera, thanked the Governor for addressing the IAS officers.

Agriculture technocrats demand
regularisation of ReZ staff

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JAMMU, Jan 3: The Jammu and Kashmir Agricultural Technocrats Association has demanded issuance of an order regarding regularization of Rehbar-e-Zarat (ReZ) staff in the State Agriculture department.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Surinder Radotra, provincial president of the association said that youth engaged as ReZ in the state are eagerly waiting for their regularization. Despite assurance from the Government and even the minister concerned, formal orders in this connection have not been issued so far. He said the technocrats were facing lot of problems due to meager package being provided to them.

He further disclosed that on January 1, 2011, a deputation of the representatives of the Association from Kashmir and Jammu met the Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir at his residence The Minister assured that Government was committed to regularize the services of ReZ and very shortly State cabinet will approve their case.

Mr Radotra said the Association launched a campaign in the month of December 2010 to meet all the Cabinet ministers. The members held discussions with the ministers during meetings and sought their support. All the ministers gave patient hearing and assured them that the period of their regularization would be 5 years continuing from April 2007. They also disclosed that many technocrats were highly qualified and were going to be over-aged shortly.

Among others present in the conference included Dr Rajeev Sharma, general secretary, Dr Rather Riaz, Dr Manjeet Singh, Dr Yasir Tak, Dr Umesh Khajuria and Dr Harmeet Singh.

CLP leader Ch Aslam suffers stroke

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and MLA Surankote, Choudhary Mohammad Aslam today suffered a stroke with atrial fibrillation.

He was brought to Emergency Wing of the Government Medical College and Hospital this morning by his family members and later shifted to Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital. Senior doctors have been monitoring his condition.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed visited the hospital to personally know the well being of veteran leader, who has remained Member Parliament, Speaker of Legislative Assembly and president of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC).

Mufti Sayeed stayed with the family members of the leader and enquired about his health from the doctors treating him. He prayed for Choudhary Aslam’s immediate recovery.

Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Speaker Legislative Assembly, Mohd Akbar Lone, Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, Minister of State for Power, Shabir Khan and PDP leaders Nizamudin Bhat and Abdul Rehman Veeri also rushed to the hospital after they came to know about the sickness of Choudhry Aslam.

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Dr Jitendra, Thuptsan special invitees
to BJP National Executive

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Dr Jitendra Singh a renowned Diabetologist, a well known scholar and professor Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu has been formally approached by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to join the party and was appointed as special invitee to Party's National Executive. Besides Dr Singh, Thuptsan Chhewang, ex MP and LUTF chief who had already joined BJP was also appointed as special invitee to National Executive.

This was announced by BJP state chief, Shamsher Singh Manhas at a hurriedly called press conference here today. He said that the Party national president, Nitin Gadkari has nominated Dr Singh as special invitee to National Executive and urged him to join the Party.

Mr Manhas said that a handout in this regard was issued from the Ashoka Road, New Delhi office of the Party and a copy of the same was faxed to Party's State office.

He said the BJP has sought the services of Dr Singh to strengthen the Party at State level. Besides, Dr Singh, this is for the first time when in an unprecedented and rare decision, the BJP national president has appointed any person directly to the National Executive of the Party even before his formal entry into the Party.

Meanwhile, the BJP national leader and Prabhari J&K, O P Kohli, has also written a letter to Dr Jitendra Singh on behalf of Mr Gadkari apprising him of the Party decision. Mr Kohli has apprised Dr Singh about the decision of the Party chief and asked him to spare his services for the Party by relinquishing the Government job.

Mr Kohli, while appreciating the role of Dr Singh in the public service said the decision was taken by the Party High Command in recognition of his clean image and long standing public service.

The letter requested Dr Singh to initiate the process of relinquishing the Government job so that the national president of the party can formally and officially entrust him with organizational responsibilities at national and state level.

The process for nominating Dr Singh to BJP had actually started during the 2008 Amarnath land row agitation in which Dr Singh played a pivotal role in presenting the viewpoint of the nationalist people of the State.

When contacted Dr Jitendra Singh confirmed that Party has approached him and the issue is under his consideration.

Manhas also informed about the "Rashtriya Ekta Rally" being organized by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) from Kolkata to Kashmir from January 12.

He said the rally in which thousands of BJYM activists across the country will take part will reach Jammu on January 24. The Party will hold a massive rally at Jammu on January 25 and later leave for Kashmir Valley next day. Besides hoisting the National Flag at Lal Chowk, Srinagar on January 26, the Party will hold functions at Uri and Baramulla also.

He said the portrait of Brig Rajinder Singh a great warrior of the State and the martyr Mohammed Maqbool Sherwani's memorial will be garlanded at Uri and Baramulla respectively by the BJYM activists on January 26.

He said besides the BJYM national president Anurag Thakur, BJP general secretaries, Anant Kumar and Diwinder Pradhan will also attend the programme.

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Traders demand compensation for
losses suffered due to rain

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Jan 3: Trans-Line of Control (LoC) traders today staged a demonstration here, demanding compensation for the losses suffered allegedly due to lack of storage facility at Salamabad trade facilitation centre in Uri town on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road.

"Rains have caused damage worth Rs 7 crore to our goods due to non-availabity of covered storage facility. The Government should compensate for the losses and complete the work on infrastructure at Salamabad urgently," Salamabad-Chakoti Traders Association president, a body of cross-LoC Traders, Asif Lone said.

Lone said the State Government has promised and assured time and again for improving the infrastructure for the trade and commerce across LoC but no concrete step was taken in this direction till date.

"Our Association is involved in the trade since last two years. The inconvience and hardships faced by us was brought to the notice of the concerned but no attention was paid to our just and genuine requests," Lone said.

The traders are not in a position to bear the financial losses caused to them by the inaction of the State machinery, he said adding "We have decided to suspend the trade till our grievances are not addressed."

He said more than 10,000 people are directly or indirectly engaged in the trans-LoC trade but lack of infrastructure for the smooth running of the tran-LoC trade is proving a major impediment.

The trans-LoC trade started in 2008, three years after Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was opened for weekly bus service to facilitate meeting of divided families and was billed as mother of all confidence building measures for restoring peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

7 SPs challenge final seniority lists,
HC orders status-quo

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JAMMU, Jan 3: In a petition filed by seven Superintendents of Police (Executive) challenging final seniority lists issued on April 29, 2010, State High Court issued notice to State through Chief Secretary, Commissioner Secretary GAD, Financial Commissioner Home, DGP, Special Secretary Home Department and 49 private respondents, who have been posted as SPs in different wings of J&K Police, returnable within four weeks and ordered that in the meantime status-quo as on date shall be maintained till next date of hearing.

In the petition, it has been submitted that the petitioners were appointed as DySPs by virtue of Government Order No 73-GAD of 1999 dated July 12, 1999 and presently they are working as Superintendents and Additional SPs were appointed directly.

The respondents vide Govt Order No Home-597 (P) of 2008 dated September 4, 2004 accorded sanction to retrospective promotion of police officers including private respondents from the rank of Inspector (General Executive Cadre) to the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police with effect from February 6, 1997.

The petitioners becoming the members of the J&K Police (Gazetted Service) on July 12, 1999, a grade pre-judice was done to the petitioners as no notice providing adequate opportunity of being heard was given to them, thereby causing irreparable loss to the petitioners as the private respondents were adjusted over and above the petitioners in excess of their quote and violation of the directions of Apex Court in a case titled Suraj Parkash Gupta, the petitioners further submitted.

With these submissions, the petitioners sought quashment of Government Order dated September 4, 2008 by virtue of which the private respondents were accorded the benefit of promotion as DySP with retrospective effect from February 6, 1997.

After hearing Advocate S S Ahmed appearing for the petitioners, Justice Hasnain Masoodi issued notice to State of J&K through Chief Secretary, Commissioner/ Secretary GAD, Financial Commissioner Home, DGP, Special Secretary Home Department and 49 private respondents returnable within four weeks and ordered that in the meantime status-quo shall be maintained as on date till next date of hearing.

Bandh observed in Kargil

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KARGIL, Jan 3: A complete bandh was observed here in protest against discriminatory attitude of the State as well as Central Governments against Kargil district.

The bandh was observed on the call given by Young Wing of Jammiat-ul-Ulama Madrasa Asna Ashriya (ISK).

"Due to unsatisfactory and irritative services provided by BSNL to the masses of Kargil for the last two months, the people are very furious", Secretary of the Young Wing of ISK said, adding "the Central Government organizations in the district are creating a sense of alienation among the people by providing poor and partial services in every field of development and information".

"Due to partiality, ignorance and rejection policies of Central Government established agencies at Kargil, resentment is brewing among the masses and if the step motherly behaviour is allowed to continue the people would be left with no other option but to come on streets", he said.

"If the problems are not redressed in time and State as well as Central Governments continue discrimination with the district, Young Wing will start agitation on a large scale", the Secretary of IKS warned.

Govt recommends DTC’s name for national ward

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JAMMU, Jan 3: The State Government has recommended the name of Deputy Transport Commissioner (DTC), J&K, Bhumesh Sharma to Union Surface Transport Ministry for 6th National Award on Road Safety.

Disclosing this in an official handout here today, Transport Commissioner, Dr Syed Mohammad Fazlullah said that name of DTC has been recommended for 6th National Award on Road Safety for preparing an emotional and heart touching documentary of 20 minutes on road accidents.

Bhumesh Sharma has also been invited by the Government of Australia in a programme on 3rd Annual Urban Transport World Australia –2011 to be held in February. The topic of the programme is "Smart transport and how technology and innovation is being used in urban transport to improve the customer experience".

Dr Fazlullah said that on the request of Deputy Transport Commissioner, the Department has decided to observe January 7 as a Remembrance Day for the Traffic Accident Victims every year.

He said that a book on transport system of J&K compiled by Deputy Transport Commissioner, Bhumesh Sharma is being released by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on the occasion at Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu.

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Masud lifetime Chief Patron of GDCT

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JAMMU, Jan 3 : Veteran educationist, public administrator and social reformer Masud Choudhary has been designated as lifetime Chief Patron of the prestigious Gurjardesh Charitable Trust, an institution conceived and brought up with his visionary efforts.

Masud Choudhary, who was until recently Vice Chancellor of the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University and earlier retired as Additional Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, has been chairman of the Gurjardesh Charitable Trust since 2004. He had conceived the idea of Gurjardesh Charitable Trust in 1991 and brought up the institution as one of its kind in South Asian region after an unflinching hard work of 20 years.

The Gurjar Center for Arts and Culture was formally inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on May 29, 2010 during a mega function in Jammu which was attended, among others, by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Ministers Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dr Farooq Abdullah, state Congress president Prof Saif-ud-din Soz and almost all Cabinet Ministers. For the non-political approach and sincere community effort, the Gurjardesh Charitable Trust continuously enjoyed patronage of all Chief Ministers and Governors over past 20 years who frequently visited the Trust and appreciated the vision of Masud Choudhary.

During her visit to the Gurjardesh Charitable Trust Sonia Gandhi had described Masud Choudhary as a visionary and statesmen deeply committed to secularism and preservation of cultural heritage. His work at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University impressed all Chief Ministers (Chancellors) that he was allowed to continue as head of University for seven years. Referring to the fast development of University, the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had said on November 2, 2006 that he would havepeople like Masud Choudhary as Ministers in his cabinet.

As per the constitution of Gurjardesh Charitable Trust, the elections were due on first Sunday of 2011 and Master Hashim Ali was chosen as new chairman. The new chairman and all trustees unanimously designated as Masud Choudhary as lifetime Chief Patron for continuous guidance and growth of the trust'

DIG distributes Rs 2.5 lakh as reward money

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UDHAMPUR, Jan 3 : Deputy Inspector General of Police Udhampur Reasi Range, Jagjeet Kumar convened a Police Darbar in District Police Line, here today.

During the darbar, DIG distributed reward money to the tune of Rs. 2.5 lakh amongst the police personnel of Police Station Sudhmahadev, who have shown high degree of courage, dedication and devotion towards their duty while fighting militancy. He laid emphasize to tackle the new challenges on the security front in district Udhampur. He appreciated the valour and courage demonstrated by Udhampur Police in maintaining law and order and confronting terrorism.

He also laid stress on adopting new strategy of law enforcing agencies in streets and lanes to combat the forth coming threats.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Udhampur, Surinder Gupta said that the jawans and officers of Udhampur police have faced various challenges at different times and upheld the honour of the nation.

Among others, Additional SP, Udhampur Bhupinder Singh, Deputy SP Headquarters, Suram Singh and officer of other ranks were also present on the occasion.

Bakaya appeals Govt to implement
other components of package

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JAMMU, Jan 3: J&K National Conference (NC) Minority Cell held a meting of its office bearers at its Anand Nagar Bohri office today in which former Chief Secretary and MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool was the chief guest.

In the meeting the problems of the Kashmiri Pandits were highlighted.

Addressing the meeting Vijay Bakaya, president of the Minority Cell and MLC expressed his gratitude to the Government for the implementation of employment package for the youth of the community. He made an appeal to Government to implement the other components of the package like rehabilitation of industrial unit holders, traders, etc so that the industrial calls can restart their business activities all over again.

He also appealed the Government that remaining 3000 posts be also advertised so that the unemployed youth of the community can settle within the earliest possible time.

Mr Bakaya said majority of KPs at present acclaimed brotherhood with Kashmiri Muslims which needs to be strengthened further. He advised the community in general and youth in particular to be aware of those elements talking the language of hatred and anger thus creating hurdles in the way of respectful return to the Valley and trying to snatch the livelihood of the youth which they got after a long struggle.

Speaking on the occasion Sheikh Ghulam Rasool lauded the role of Kashmiri Pandits Community for nurturing the age old tradition of communal harmony and brotherhood which remained intact even after going through several hardships during the period of exile. He emphasized upon the importance of KPs in social fabric of the State and assured that the problems of the Pandits will be brought to the notice of the authorities.

The meeting among others was addressed M K Yogi and Anil Dhar working presidents of the Cell, Bhushan Lal Bhat , ex MLC, Pinky Bhat, Som Nath Dhar, Karan Choudhary, Pintoo Ji, M L Munshi, Gopi Krishen, Ramesh Bharti, Amit Koul, Ashwani Kumar and Bittu Ji Bhat.

Property worth crores destroyed, about 50 shops gutted

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SRINAGAR, Jan 3:About 50 shops were gutted in three different fire incidents in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said here today.

They said fire broke out at Khadim market, Bandipora, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir this morning. Before the flames could be controlled, fire spread to entire market.

They said 28 shops were reduced to ashes while seven were partially damaged. However, there was no report of any loss of life, they said, adding the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Fire also broke out at fruit mandi, Parimpora on the city outskirts near bypass. Ten shops in the double storey complex were damaged.

They said fire broke out in a shop at Sadder Bazar, Bijbehara, in south Kashmir district of Anantnag. Fire also destroyed three more adjacent shops, they said, adding the cause of the fire was not known.

Azad grieved over Doda accident

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JAMMU, Jan 3 : The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed profound grief and shock over the loss of precious lives in a bus accident near Prem Nagar on Doda-Batote highway yesterday.

Mr. Azad has expressed his sympathies with the bereaved families.

Meanwhile, MP, Ch. Lal Singh and Former Minister, G. M. Saroori today visited Medical College, Jammu and enquired about the well being of the injured persons, who have been admitted there. They conveyed sympathy with the injured on behalf of Mr. Azad.

Guinness World record by Jammu boy

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JAMMU, Jan 3: In a matter of great pride for Jammu and Kashmir, 15-year old Jammu boy Taresh Gupta has got his name registered in the world famous book—Guinness World Records.

He has made the record in gadget gaming by scoring 214,168 points on FIFA-Street 2 on Play Station Portable. Mr Gupta, son of Vinod Gupta, who resides at Gandhi Nagar and presently studying in Class 10th at Mayo College, Ajmer, is the first Indian to have a record in gadget gaming.

The supportive school environment encouraged him to try and achieve this distinct feet.

Prof Gupta conferred honour by PM

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Prof Narinder Gupta of Jammu, who is Emeritus Professor, Department of Applied Mechanics in the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi was conferred the Millennium Plaques of Honour by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh for his significant and life-time contribution to the development of science and technology in the country.

The honour was conferred at the inaugural function of the Indian National Science Congress at Chennai (Tamil Nadu) on Monday.

Altaf for stern action against forest land encroachers

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Emphasizing the importance of removing encroachment from forest lands for maintaining ecological balance, Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad stressed for stern action against those involved in encroachments.

The Minister said this while reviewing the functioning of the Forest Department of Jammu division here today.

The Minister directed the officers to work with zeal and dedication to protect the green wealth which the nature has bestowed upon State in abundance. He exhorted the officers for judicious utilization of funds provided under Compensatory Afforestation Planning Authority (CAMPA) for aforestation of degraded forest land and directed them to complete the projects in time besides using quality material for fencing of forest land.

He said that forests are pivotal for ensuring agrarian friendly climatic conditions and pollution free environment. He stressed for protection and conservation of natural resources for which more check posts will be established especially in the vulnerable areas.

The Minister directed SFC to provide timber to the concerned DFOs at the earliest for distribution among the consumers.

After threadbare discussion regarding effective monitoring of forests, it was decided to constitute a committee comprising forest officials, eminent persons and local populace to ensure better afforestation drives and checking of encroachment.

The Minister asked the authorities to simplify the procedures for getting timber to avoid any inconvenience to the people especially poor masses. He also directed the officers to ensure timely timber supply to various areas of Katra town in view of its importance in the tourism map of the state.

Regarding the physical and financial targets achieved during the current financial, the Minister was informed that 293,986 cft timbers was distributed during 2009-10 while 186,318 supplied during the current year upto Nov 2010 through various timber sale depots in the division.

The meeting was informed that 31.63 lakh plantation has been done during 2009-10 under National Afforestation Programme and under CAMPA 3.286 lakh saplings have been planted by ending November 2010 covering 1296 hectares of area.

The meeting among others was attended by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, R. D. Tiwari, Managing Director, SFC, Abdul Qayoom, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, A. K. Singh, Chief Conservator of Forests, FCA, Suresh Chug, Chief Conservator of Forests, Project and Planning, S. P. Arya, Chief Conservator of Forests, Campa, Lalit Sharma, Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu, S. C. Sharma, Chief Conservator of Forests, Working and Planning, Abdul Razaq, Chief Conservator of Forests, S&D,S. P. Sharma and all Conservators of Forests and all DFOs were present in the meeting.

Govt serious to resolve genuine
demands of PDD employees: Shabir

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Government is serious to resolve all genuine demands of the employees of Power Development Department and is taking various steps for strengthening the functioning of the department for improving power generation in the State. This was stated by the Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmad Khan at a meeting with the representatives of Provincial Electric Employees Union, Jammu (PEEU) and State Daily Wagers Electric Union here today.

During two hour long meeting, various issues related to employees welfare were discussed. It was assured that appropriate action would be taken on all genuine demands put forth by the concerned Electric Unions.

The deputationists led by its Provincial President P. C. Sharma and State President, Electric Daily Wagers Union Tarun Gupta put forth their demands which included retrospective effect to the already regularized daily wagers in terms of SRO-64 of 1994, re-organization of PDD, amendment in service recruitment rules, implementation of SRO-59, risk allowance to employees including daily wagers working in risk prone areas, repatriation of PDD employees working in PDC, deputation allowance to all PDD employees working in PDC and release of technical grade to all technical employees .

They also pleaded for regularization of daily wagers engaged after 1994, transparent transfer policy in the department, holding of departmental promotion committees meeting and implementation of welfare schemes.

The Minister assured the deputationists that all their genuine demands would be considered favourably. He issued instructions to the concerned officers for taking necessary action on each demand. He said that the important demands put forth by the deputationists would be taken up with the Chief Minister for their early redressal.

Secretary Power Development Department Altaf Ahmad, Power Development Commissioner, Asgar Ali , Chief Engineer, M&RE Jammu Qasim Ali besides other senior officers were present in the meeting.

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Separate boards must to bring end to discrimination: Raj

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JAMMU, Jan 3: Former bureaucrat and Member State Finance Commission, Swami Raj Sharma has said that separate Regional Development Boards were must to bring an end to the allegations of discrimination and ensure equitable development in all the regions of the State.

During an interactive session with the members of "Jammu Bachao Andolan" at Talab Tillo here today, Mr Sharma - a former IAS officer and Members J&K FC while referring to dissenting report submitted to the Government said that he has recommended three separate Regional development Board for Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions to ensure equitable development of all the areas of the State.

Mr Sharma maintained that Jammu region has faced discrimination in many spheres of economic developments as well as representation to the youth of Jammu in the professional and technical courses, adding that this tendency needs to be stopped immediately and it is ensured that the boys and girls of three regions of the state get their due share of seats in the technical and other professional institutions besides in the employment. He stressed the need of creating greater awareness among the people about their developmental issues.

Former legislator Ashok Sharma presided over the function and pleaded for rationalization of the Parliamentary and Assembly seats in the State with each region getting its due share as per its area, population and topography besides other parameters fixed for the purpose.

The Jammu Bachao Andolan (JBA) has decided to hold interactive session every Sunday with prominent personalities of Jammu region on various issues concerning the region. Wing Commander ( retd) G L Sharma extended gratitude to Swami Raj Sharma for throwing light on various issues pertaining the region.

DC reviews progress of land acquisition cases

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Samba, Jan 3: Deputy Commissioner, Samba Mubarak Singh held a meeting of Revenue Officers to review the progress of Land Acquisition Cases under PMGSY, National Highways Authority of India and other projects, besides the revenue related works.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the Officers to expedite the Land Acquisition proceedings so as to ensure the completion of projects in time. Besides, the officers were also impressed upon to disburse the land compensation to the land owners promptly.

He also impressed upon to disburse the rental compensation to the farmers whose land has been occupied by Army and BSF by organizing camps so as to maintain transparency and also make payments expeditiously on fixed dates. While reviewing the other revenue works, he asked to pay special attention towards distribution of passbooks, disbursement of levy and settlement work.

He also directed the officers to keep strict vigil against the encroachment of State Land and especially the "Kacharai" Land, besides to attend the public grievances and address the grievances/complaints promptly.

The ADC, R C Sharma, ACR, Bansi Lal Sharma, Tehsildars, Naib Tehsildars and other Revenue officials attended the meeting.

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3rd party monitoring of projects to improve efficiency: Taj

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Minister for PHE. Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din today said that the aim of 3rd party independent monitoring of development projects introduced by the J&K Government is to improve the efficiency and minimize chances of any laxity on the part of executing agencies.

Chairing a meeting to review the monitoring report of NABCON, the 3rd party monitoring agency, the Minister has said that such reports will help the government a great deal in improving the quality and efficiency of the projects being undertaken for execution.

The Minister said that many of the observations pointed out in the report have already been taken care of by the government. He said the government is very keen to bring in transparency and accountability while pursuing the path of development and progress for Jammu and Kashmir.

On the occasion, the team from NABCON shared their observations of monitoring projects with the team of officers of the State governments.

Present on the occasion, were Principal Secretary PHE, Irrigation, flood and Control, A. K. Angurana, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Director Planning, heads of several engineering wings and other senior officers of the J&K Government.

Chib reviews arrangements at winter sectt

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Srinagar, Jan 3: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, R. S. Chib has stressed upon the divisional officers to ensure all basic facilities to the people particularly during the winter months in the Valley. He said officers should redouble their efforts to complete ongoing works, so that people get benefitted in time.

Mr. Chib, who is now available in winter secretariat, Srinagar for a week for redressing the people’s problems, was addressing divisional level officers here today. The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Samoon was also present in the meeting.

The Divisional Commissioner informed the Minister regarding the arrangements made by the administration for clearing the snow and said power, roads and water supply was restored immediately including vital installations like hospitals, water pumping stations and water reservoirs.

Kashyap Jagriti Manch nominates Women Wing

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JAMMU, Jan 3: J&K Kashyap Jagrati Manch, Jammu announced its Mahila Wing at a press conference here today.

The announcement of Mahila Wing was made by president of the Party, Sain Dass Kashyap and its women Wing chief, Asha Kashyap.

Mr Kashyap said that Asha Kashyap will head the Women Wing as its president while Swarnlata Kashyap was nominated as senior vice president.

Pooja Kashyap and Reetu Kashyap will be its vice president and general secretary respectively, he said, adding Anju Bala andNeelam Kashyap will be its secretaries.

Seema Mehra, Raj Rani Kashyap, Premlata Kashyap and Baby Kashyap were nominated as joint secretaries.

Gitanjali Kashyap and Reenu Kashyap were nominated as cashier and office secretary respectively.

Both Mr Kashyap and newly appointed women Wing Chief welcomed the decision of Chief Minister for creation of Backward Classes Welfare Board and nomination of its members with integrity and capacity to serve the people.

They demanded that caste based census of OBCs be conducted for determination of exact population of OBCs in the state which will enable the Advisory Board to formulate programmes and policies for their welfare and upliftment.

Besides they demanded providing of infrastructure and other facilities to the Board to make it functional in the state at an earliest, grant of 27 percent reservations to socially and educationally backward classes as per the recommendation of Mandal Commission, change of nomenclature of OSC to Backward Classes in the certificates issued under SRO-294 of 2005, exclusion of Backward areas and areas adjoining Actual Line of Control from the definition of socially and educationally backward classes etc.

Bhalla asks officers to reach out to people,
remove hardships

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla on Monday chaired a meeting of various departments and reviewed the progress of development works being executed in the city of temples.

Mr. Bhalla asked the Traffic Department to remove congestions on crowded areas and take action against those who park their vehicles on roads. He directed the transport authorities to fine those matadors which are not plying according to route permits. He said that Channi Rama, Greater Kailash, Trikuta Nagar, Preet Nagar, Channi Himmat and Digiana people are facing lot of difficulties due to inadequate matador services. He asked the transport authorities to issue matador permits to those applicants who have applied for mini bus services to Mahamaya temple, adding devotees are feeling inconvenience due to non-availability of transport services on the route.

Regarding land acquisition compensation to Satwari-Kunjwani, Satwari-Airport, Airport-Narwal Pain displaced families, he asked the revenue authorities to complete all the formalities within 15 days so that the compensation could be disbursed among the affected. He said a comprehensive plan has been formulated for up-gradation and expansion of Jammu airport to provide all infrastructural facilities to the passengers.

The Minister asked the DDC to issue instructions to concerned officials for preparing the lists of drought hit families of Jammu regions within week time so that the relief could be disbursed among them.

Mr. Bhalla asked the Rural Development Department to prepare estimates for renovation of Panchayat Ghars and submit the same for funding. He asked the revenue authorities to identify the land for construction of Block Development Office, Government Women Polytechnic College and ATM College for the convenience of people.

The Minister asked the PHE, PDD, RDD, R&B and UEED to immediately start the renovation works of nallahs and canals besides restoration of drinking water supply and electricity under Calamity Relief Fund in those areas where services have been affected due to recent rains.

Secretary, Revenue, Ejaz Iqbal, District Development Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, Additional Commissioner, R K Bhagat, Chief Engineer, R&B, D L Sharma, Superintending Engineer, R&B, P L Bhushan, Collector PWD, Kanta Rakhwal, Assistant Commissioner, Revenue, Mr. Inderjeet Bhagat besides others senior officers of PHE, RDD, PDD, Revenue, R&B, Traffic and Police departments were present on the occasion.

Sadhotra for bringing improvement in working of GMC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: The Departmental Related Committee meeting of J&K Legislative Council was held here under the chairmanship of Ajay Sadhotra at Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu to review the functioning of the hospital and take stock of the facilities being provided to the patients.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Sadhotra reiterated Government's resolve to upgrade the quality of medicare in government hospitals so that the patients are provided best possible attention and medical facilities. Stressing for bringing further improvement in the functioning of GMC and its associated hospitals, Mr. Sadhotra said that hospitals should be hygienically clean and environment in and around the hospital should be maintained high.

Speaking about the problems confronting hospital administration, Mr. Sadhotra asked to submit proposals for repairs and renovation of the complex, purchase of equipment and maintenance of sanitation. Emphasizing for observing discipline and punctuality, Mr. Sadhotra said that the medical service is a noble profession and every doctor and medical official should maintain the sanctity of their job.

Earlier, Mr. Sadhotra accompanied by legislators inspected various units of GMC, Jammu which included OTs, Wards and Blood Bank.

The meeting was attended by several legislators including, M. Y. Taing, Vijay Bakaya, .Mohammad Amin Bhat, Khalid Najeeb Suharawardhy and Aga Syed Raza besides Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Dr. R. K. Jerath, Principal, Government Medical College, Jammu Dr. Rajinder Singh, HoD Blood Transfusion Department, Dr. T. R. Raina, HoD ENT, Dr. Aniece Choudhary, Administrator GMC, Jammu, Reva Gupta, Medical Superintendent Dr. Romesh Gupta, Medical Superintendent CD Hospital, Dr. Rattan Pal, HoD CVTS, Dr. Noor Ali, Addl.Secretary, H&ME, Jatinder Gupta and Deputy Secretary, H&ME, Mohammad Farooq.

NPP leader alleges murderous attack by Minister’s men

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: State president of National Panthers Party (NPP) Sayed Rafiq Shah (MLC) has alleged that provincial general secretary of the party for Jammu, Rajesh Padgotra survived a murderous attack attempt made by hired men of National Conference Minister from Jammu last evening.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Shah, who was accompanied by Mr Padgotra, Pushvinder Singh Manhas, state vice president of Young Panthers and provincial vice president, NPP Khajoor Singh disclosed that murderous attack on Rajesh Padgota who contested last Assembly elections from Vijaypur in Samba had gone to Birpur alongwith one Raj Singh Jamwal. Both friends were in a Maruti car.

They noticed 2-3 vehicles chasing them. At Birpur, as Rajesh boarded off the car and started talking to a person on the road side, A white Scorpio vehicle came with great speed and tried to run over Padgotra. He jumped aside in quick action and the vehicle passed off in a fraction of seconds.

Mr Padgotra disclosed to the media-persons that he could not see the registration number of the vehicle but it was white in colour and one of the occupants, he recognized

was one Binu Singh Jamwal of Birpur. He claimed that two other vehicles also passed off as some people gathered there. He could identify some of the people closer to the NC minister. He said the incident took place at around 5 pm last evening. An FIR was lodged with Bari Brahmana Police Station in this connection. It was disclosed that they were hired men of the concerned sitting minister from National Conference. The party will wait for two days and if no action was taken, a massive agitation will be launched including dharnas at Police Station or the SSP office and even ‘gherao’ of the minister.

Mr Shah further disclosed that 10 more JJSF activists led by one Sumit Mahajan joined Young Panthers today. He said the Young Panthers have been emerging stronger day by day and was gearing up to launch massive agitation in the region. He also condemned the Chief Minister for his statement in the State Assembly and said that accession of J&K with the Union of India was full and final.

Asstt Prof Manhas presents paper in Intl Conference

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Assistant Professor Jatinder Manhas from Department of Computer Sciences and Information Technology, University of Jammu has presented paper in International Conference on Computer-aided-Manufacturing and Design (CMD-2010) recently held at Hong Kong and China.

Mr Manhas presented paper on "Performance Evaluation of Educational Website Using Web Diagnostic Tool:

A Case Study of J&K". The conference was jointly organised by Institute of Electricals and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Intelligent Information Technology Application (IITA).

Assurance Committee recommends increase
in employment days

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: The Assurance Committee of Legislative Assembly, which met here today under the Chairmanship of MLA, M.Y.Tarigami has asked the Rural Development Department to further streamline the implementation of MGNREGA in the State. The Committee observed that implementation of the scheme in rural areas, particularly neglected areas, can empower their socio- economic status to some extent. The Committee recommended increase in employment days from 100 days to 200 days in view of varied nature of development works. The Committee also suggested for amendment in present Panchayat Act for better services to the people.

The Committee asked the functionaries to implement the scheme in letter and spirit at gross-root level to benefit the people.

MLAs, N.A. Gurezi, Jugal Kishore, Charanjit Singh and Durga Dass participated. Besides, Secretary R&B, Yadullah, Director Rural Development Department Kashmir and Jammu, M.Y. Zargar and Jehangir Mir, Special Secretary RDD, G. R Wani, Additional Secretary, A.G. Sofi, Member Secretary NREGA, Dr. Syed Hanief Bakshi and other officers of RDD and Assembly Secretariat were present

Work on widening of Dhar road reviewed

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Jan 3: District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Baseer Ahmed Khan reviewed the progress of shifting of utilities by Departments of Public Health Engineering, PWD and GREF involved in widening of Dhar Road from Domail to Slathia Chowk. here today.

Addressing the meeting, the District Development Commissioner stressed upon the executing agencies to work in a coordinated manner to get the utilities shifted within scheduled period thereby paving way to complete widening of the road within the stipulated time by the GREF.

Mr. Khan asked PHE and GREF authorities to make a joint visit on the spot to sort out the problem faced by the public in the cross drainage. He directed the Executive Engineer PWD to make sincere efforts to over come the drainage problem faced by the public. He also appreciated the officers of EM&RE and BSNL for timely shifting of utilities.

25 members for Samba Kissan Board nominated

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Jan 3: Vice Chairman J&K Advisory Board for Development of Kissan (farmers) has nominated 25 new members of the District Advisory Board for Development of farmers.

Those nominated includeed Tejinder Singh from Abtal, Tej Ram from Gudwal, Capt Tirath Ram from Chak Bana, Darshan Lal from Khour Slarian, Capt Ram Lal from Dug Chhani, Master Rikhi Ram Sharma from Pandore, Punu Ram from Nud, Srikant Sarpanch from Uttravahni, Tara Chand from Dagore, Shamsher Singh from Nanga, Salim Choudhary from Bari, Vinod Choudhary from Kaleban, Gurjeet Singh from Palka Labana, Chander Udhey Singh from Samba, Major Singh from Bhabti, Dwarika Nath from Chhazwal, Karan Singh from Nud, Janak Raj from Patyari, Ajeet Kumar from Camp Galar, Yogwaj Singh from Bari Brahmana, Kulbhushan Sharma from Adda Sarore, Dev Yog Raj from Sarore, Vijay Choudhary from Nandpur, Prem Singh from Brikamila and Dhani Singh from Papar Avtara in Nud.

DDC flags off Road Safety Week rally

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar G. R. Bhagat on Monday flagged off a Road Safety Week celebration rally from the premises of Government Degree College Kishtwar in a function organized by Motor Vehicle Department of Kishtwar district.

About 200 students of Government Degree College and other schools took part in the rally with banner/placards regarding road safety week for creating awareness among the general masses. The rally passed through main road of the town and culminated at Dakbanglow.

Addressing the participants, District Development Commissioner impressed upon them to share their roll in such important events with dedication which is important for the general public to inform and educate them about the traffic rules/regulation and safety to minimize the menace of mishaps and accidents in the district Kishtwar. He asked the Transport Department to put in their sincere efforts in involving the public in this endeavour for better traffic management on all road in the district.

Meanwhile, ARTO Rajouri in coordination with the President, Jammu-Poonch Passenger Service Group organized an awareness camp for drivers, conductors and transporters at Bus Stand, Rajouri in which experts from Police Department, traffic Police and ARTO office, Rajouri participated.

The SSP Rajouri, DSP HQ Rajouri, ARTO Rajouri and president, Jammu-Poonch Passenger Service Group delivered lectures on Road Safety regarding traffic regulation and road safety measures to be taken for safe driving on roads. They advised the drivers to obey traffic rules and develop safe driving habits to curb the menace of road accidents.

ARTO Reasi Rattan Singh Jamwal organised a medical camp at Bus Stand for check up of driver and conductors.

PHE employees highlight demands

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Jan 3: An executive meeting of PHE Employees Association (PHEEA) for districts of Udhampur and Reasi was held here under the chairmanship of Vijay Kumar Sharma, general secretary in which long pending genuine demands of the employees and workers were highlighted.

Association demanded fulfillment of the agreement reached between PHE Employees United Front and the Government on March 6, 2010.

The demands pertained to one and a half day extra salary; Enhancement of CP workers to Rs 110 per day; Clarification on SRO 149, which stands implemented in a few divisions of PHE and for which clarification has been sought from the Government which has not been done during the past three years.

Other demands highlighted in the meeting included holding of DPC meeting for filling up of vacant posts; Implementation of Minimum Wages Act; Stoppage to back door entries in the department; as also benefit of SRO 64.

Vijay Sharma while assuring to participate in the proposed rally to be held on January 17, expressed resolve to the Association to resort to any means including stoppage of water supply in case their demands were not met with.

Others who spoke included Rattan Singh, Suraj Parkash, Tilak Raj, Subash Chander, Jagdish Magotra, Shiv Lal Pathania, Baldev Raj, Krishan Lal, Dinesh Kumar and Jabbar Singh.

Dogra Pujari, Jyotshi Sangh to launch campaign
for propagation of Sanskrit

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Dogra Pujari,Jyotishi, Shastri Sangh has reiterated its resolve to launch a campaign for propagation of the Sanskrit language in the state and support the poor Brahmin children in attaining the education and their livelihood.

This was stated by the president of the Sangh, Ram Pal Shastri while talking to reporters here.

He, while condemning prevailing social evils said the Sangh will also launch a crusade against them.

He said the Brahman Sabha was supposed to help the poor and backward students from the community. He criticized the Sabha for closure of the Sanskrit and Karam Kand classes being run by it for years together. He also expressed concern over the disunity among the Samaj and held the Sabha responsible for the same. While the Constitution of the Sabha is for the unity of the Brahman Samaj it has failed in this responsibility till date, he added.

The Sangh chief said his organization will strive for popularization of Sanskrit language in the state. He also renewed his appeal to Government to make teaching of Sanskrit compulsory in all Schools of Jammu region as well as migrant schools.

The Government should also ensure posting of Sanskrit teachers in schools. He demanded that the Pujaris from the Jammu be called for all religious functions conducted by the Brahman Sabha and there should be no harassment to Pujaris conducting pooja in temples.

Brahmin Sabha should hold Working Committee meeting after every 15 days or once in a month as per constitution. He also appealed the Director General of Police to initiate action against those gangs which are misleading the school children by forcing them to drug addiction etc.

Chander Mohan Shastri vice president, Udhampur district of the Sangh, Sham Mishra Shastri Vice president Samba, Nand Kishore Shastri, vice president Jammu, Des Raj Pujari general secretary Jammu, Dewan Chand Purjari , joint secretary, Hans Raj Pujari, member, Surinder Sharma joint secretary and Mahesh Sharma member were also present in the press conference.

JMC continues anti-encroachment drive

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: Continuing anti-encroachment drive, a team of Enforcement Wing of the Jammu Municipal Corporation led by Satish Khajuria, Chief Enforcement Officer today conducted extensive tour of different areas and initiated action against the encroachers.

The team demolished the unauthorized shop raised by Kuldeep Raj Gupta, son of Om parkash Gupta at Sector- 9 of Trikuta Nagar and plinth of boundary wall raised by Vijay Kumar, son of Mansa Ram, who had encroached upon the part of canal distributory at Greater Kailash.

The team also visited the areas of Gandhi Nagar and Canal Road and seized the goods/articles like fruits, vegetables, benches, crates, chairs, dustbins and tarpals, which were placed by the shopkeepers and vendors on footpaths/ pavements and also removed the hoardings/ kiosks /banners from the public places. Ten rahries were also seized.

The team also inspected various shops/outlets and seized about 30 kgs of polythene carry bags. A fine of Rs 5400 was charged from 23 defaulters, who were using the polythene carry bags.

SSH welcomes Mattoo’s decision to join as VC CU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 3: Shiv Sena Hindustan (SSH) in its Central Body meeting here today has welcomed the joining of Prof Amitabh Mattoo as Vice Chancellor Central University Jammu.

Addressing the meeting president SSH, Dimpy Kohli said that the President of India has taken the right decision and SSH is thankful to her for appointing Prof Mattoo, the son of the soil as VC of Central University, Jammu.

He said under his able administration and guidance the Central University will develop fast and rise to the international repute like the University of Jammu. Mr Kohli appealed the people of Jammu to welcome Prof Mattoo once again as being a local, he understands the regional problems of Jammu and can provide the better solutions.

Mr Kohli also expressed the hope that the Central University will start functioning soon as already a lot of time has been wasted.

The meeting was chaired by Vipin Hindu chairman of the Party. It was among others attended by G I Singh, Rajan Gupta, Sanjeev, Shiv Kumar, Vikas Dewan, Rakehs Kak, Krishan Salaria and Rohit.

Niaz seeks relief for accident victims

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Jan 3: Expressing grave shock and sorrow over the tragic road accident in Doda, former minister and MLA Bhaderwah Mohd Sharief Niaz, has demanded ex-gratia /relief in favour of the families of the deceased persons and compensation for those injured in the accident.

In a press statement here Mr Niaz demanded that families of all the three dead persons should be provided immediate ex-gratia/relief and compensation be paid to all other 22 injured in the accident. Mr Niaz also conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

He further demanded deployment of more SRTC buses in the hilly districts of Doda and Kishtwar. There should be total ban on use of Mobile phones by the drivers on this route while driving, he added.

SSSC flays BJP for raising issue of Article 370

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 3: The Jammu and Kashmir State Samaj Sudhar Committee (SSSC) flayed BJP for raising the issue of Article 370 to divert the attention of public, here today.

Addressing a press conference here, State president Mohd Yusuf Wani said that Article 370 according to Constitution is a bridge between State and Centre and BJP is raising the issue of its dissolution just to divert the attention of the people and trying to divide the people, he alleged.

Mr Wani further stated that present financial assistance being paid to migrant families is not sufficient and should be enhanced. He said due to rise in prices of essential commodities, they were suffering hardships to sustain their life.

He also appealed the Government for the development of the Gumat bazaar of as thousands of devotees and pilgrims from various part of country visit it daily.



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