Next 3 yrs to be golden era of development, prosperity : Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 19 : Reiterating that promises and commitment made to the people would be fulfilled in the right earnest, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today said that next 3 years of the present Government will be a golden era of development and prosperity in the State.Speaking at an open Awami Darbar at historic pilgrim destination, Chrar-i-Sharief, Mr. Rather said that all available resources are being mobilized to provide requisite amenities to the people as per ....more

Sai Baba's idol unveiled at Raghunath temple

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June19: Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust, today wrote the Golden Chapter by installing and unveiling graceful idol of Shree Sai Baba of Shirdi in one ....more

Kidnapped girl recovered, accused arrested

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JAMMU, June 19: Kishtwar Police recovered a 10th class student within 10 hours of her kidnapping and arrested the accused.Police spokesman said that a 10th class student was returning to her home after getting tuition when one Danish Rahim, son of Abdul Rahim, intercepted her in an isolated area and forcibly took her to bus stand and then Bhaderwah....more

MLA distributes over Rs 4.67 lakh under CDP

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RAMNAGAR, June 19 : Farmers awareness and cheques distribution programme was organised by the Department of Sericulture Udhampur here today.MLA, Ramnagar, Harshdev Singh, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed cheques worth Rs. 4.67 lakh among 113 beneficiaries ...more

Munshi Premchand's 'Balak' staged at Natrang's Sunday theatre

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Jammu, June 19 : Natrang staged 'Balak' a play based on Munshi Premchand's story, which was directed by Neeraj Kant. The presentation style, story line and concept of the play acknowledged Natrang's commitment to present variegated verity of productions in its regular theatre series, Sunday theatre...more

 

Youth nabbed with 2 kg poppy straw

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KATHUA, June 19: The police arrested a youth and recovered 2 kg of poppy straw from his possession near Sawan Chak canal while 3000 capsules of Parvan Spas were recovered from another drug peddler in the town here today. A police spokesman said that Police party from Hatli Morh police Post during naka intercepted one Harjeet Singh alias Kaka, son of Pritam Singh of Ward No 14 Kathua and recovered 2 kg of Bhukki ( poppy Straw) from his possession. He was arrested and a case registered against him. .....more

Rare pacemaker implanted in GMC’s Cardiology Deptt

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JAMMU, June 19: A rare case of pacemaker implantation in a 62 year old patient with history of syncopal attacks has been performed for the first time in Cardiology Department of the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu.The patient, Kaka Ram was suffering from syncopal attacks with complete heart block.A team of doctors in the Cardiology Department led by Dr Mohan Lal and Dr Sushil Kumar Sharma, interventional cardiologist of GMC Jammu successfully accomplished the arduous task of pacing through left superior vena cave thereby saving patient of a possible difficult surgery......more

Sarpanch booked for beating up PDD employee

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POONCH, June 19: The police has booked a Sarpanch for allegedly beating up an employee of the PDD at Mankote Power Sub-station in Mendhar last evening.The police registered a case FIR No. 82/2011 against Sarpanch Khadim Hussain of Mankote and his two sons and another for allegedly beating up and abusing lineman Mohd Farid Khan at the Sub-Station. Irritated over the power cuts in the area, there was some exchange of words between the PDD employee and Sarpanch and later, Farid was severely roughed up at the Station. ....more

     
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Next 3 yrs to be golden era of development,
prosperity : Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 19 : Reiterating that promises and commitment made to the people would be fulfilled in the right earnest, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today said that next 3 years of the present Government will be a golden era of development and prosperity in the State.

Speaking at an open Awami Darbar at historic pilgrim destination, Chrar-i-Sharief, Mr. Rather said that all available resources are being mobilized to provide requisite amenities to the people as per their urges and aspirations.

District Development Commissioner, Budgam Mohammad Rafi, Secretary Waqaf Board G. M Rather, Chief Engineer ERA, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Rafiq Qadri, Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir, Mr. Anees, Chief Executive Officer Yusmarg Development Authority Ghalib Mohi-ud-Din, SE, SMGSY, Mr. Sadhu, district heads of PHE, R&B, PDD, JKPCC, Social Welfare and other allied departments were present on the occasion.

While highlighting the historical and religious importance of Chrar-i-Sharief town, Mr. Rather announced that Chrar-i-Sharief-Yusmarg-Pakherpora would be developed as a major Pilgrim Tourism Circuit, adding that the Union Tourism Ministry has been approached to provide liberal funding for the purpose.

Mr. Rather also announced that the reconstruction of historic Khankah, Chrar-i-Sharief would be completed in a time bound manner at a cost of Rs 26 crore and directed the concerned agency to expedite the ongoing work on this prestigious project. He said the upcoming structure would be a marvellous blend of traditional Islamic and modern architecture with a capacity for about 15,000 people to offer prayers at a time.

Responding to the demands projected by a cross section of people, Mr. Rather said that power supply position in the Chrar-i-Sharief town will be further improved so that pilgrims do not face any difficulty. He also announced to construct a Mini Secretariat at a cost of Rs 15 crore in the town to provide facilities to the people under one roof. About 8 kanals of land has been identified for the purpose, Mr. Rather said.

Sai Baba's idol unveiled at Raghunath temple

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JAMMU, June19: Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust, today wrote the Golden Chapter by installing and unveiling graceful idol of Shree Sai Baba of Shirdi in one of the outer Parikrama temple groves near famous Natraj Mandir in Shri Raghunath Ji Temple Complex here.

Kanwarani Ritu Singh, Wife of Ajatshatru Singh Ji Trustee and Member Legislative Council, unveiled the idol amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras and performing of special Pooja by a team of the highly learned Pandits.

Fomer Minister and Trustee Ajatshatru Singh was the chief guest.

President, J&K Dharmarth Trust, Thakur Divakar Singh and Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust Council, besides, Secretary Shashi Khajuria, galaxy of prominent citizens and a large number of devotees were present on the occasion .

Speaking on the occasion, Trustee Ajatshatru Singh said that by unveiling the Idol of Shree Sai Baba in Raghunath Mandir complex, the Trust has fulfilled the long aspirations of people of Jammu, particularly Sai Baba's devotees coming from outside the State for darshans of Shri Raghunath Ji Mandir in Jammu.

He said that with the installation of Shree Sai Baba's Idol in Jammu's pride of Shri Raghunath Ji temple, now the City of Temples could rightly be called as the abode of secular God. Underscoring the need for unveiling the sacred Idol of Sai Baba in Shree Raghunath Ji Temple Complex, Kanwarani Sahiba said, "Now devotees of Sai Baba will not to have undertake long journeys to other places for darshans of Sai Baba."

Kidnapped girl recovered, accused arrested

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JAMMU, June 19: Kishtwar Police recovered a 10th class student within 10 hours of her kidnapping and arrested the accused.

Police spokesman said that a 10th class student was returning to her home after getting tuition when one Danish Rahim, son of Abdul Rahim, intercepted her in an isolated area and forcibly took her to bus stand and then Bhaderwah.

Getting information about the kidnapping, a police party led by ASI Ghulam Khadim under the direct supervision of DySP Headquarters, Abrar Choudhary swung into action and got some lead of the kidnapper to the bus stand area.

Accordingly, Kishtwar Police team conducted a raid in Bhaderwah town and recovered the kidnapped girl. The accused was also arrested and a case under Section 363 RPC was registered against him for further investigation.

MLA distributes over Rs 4.67 lakh under CDP

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RAMNAGAR, June 19 : Farmers awareness and cheques distribution programme was organised by the Department of Sericulture Udhampur here today.

MLA, Ramnagar, Harshdev Singh, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed cheques worth Rs. 4.67 lakh among 113 beneficiaries under the Centrally sponsored Catalytic Development Programme (CDP).

The MLA handed over cheques amounting to Rs. 10,000 each among 19 beneficiaries as a third installment for the construction of separate cocoon rearing shed, while 32 cheques amounting to Rs. 4,443 each among the beneficiaries of Catalic Development Programme as a first installment. Besides Rs. 2250 each was handed over among the 62 farmers for the plantation of mulberry plants on their own land.

Speaking on the occasion, the MLA asked the officer and field functionaries of Sericulture Department to conduct frequent touring of their respective areas to check the prescribed utilization of the amount which was distributed among the farmers of the area.

The MLA asked the Department to hold such more awareness camps especially in far flung areas so that the people would be benefitted by various schemes initiated by the Central and State Government to raise their socio economic status. He also urged the people of the area to come forward to avail the benefits of various schemes especially meant for their socio economic transformation.

The Deputy Director, Sericulture, Udhampur, Amanullah Sheikh explained in detail, the latest now how about silkworm rearing and mulberry plantation. The details of the schemes being implemented by the department were also discussed with the farmers.

Munshi Premchand's 'Balak' staged at Natrang's Sunday theatre

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Jammu, June 19 : Natrang staged 'Balak' a play based on Munshi Premchand's story, which was directed by Neeraj Kant. The presentation style, story line and concept of the play acknowledged Natrang's commitment to present variegated verity of productions in its regular theatre series, Sunday theatre.

The play opens at the home of a writer, where he is slightly disturbed to hear the news that his honest servant 'Gangu' wants to quit his job. Gangu gives a very strange reason, of quitting as he wanted to marry a widow 'Gomti' who was married thrice but could not get settled with any of her husband.

Thinking that his marriage with Gomti may cause stigma on writer's reputation also, Gangu wants to alienate himself from the writer, just to save his goodwill. He marries Gomti and starts living a happy married life but for few months only as one day Gomti leaves him and went to unknown place but Gangu still holds very high regards for her and considers her absconding as some of her genuine problem or God's will. He still cherishes the days spent with her, regretting that they were few. One day, he comes to the writers home very happy as Gomti had come back. Actually she had gone to an unknown place to give birth to a baby, on knowing this news, he went to her and accepted both of them. It was apparent that it is not his baby as his marriage was just six months old, but still he accepted the child with a very clear and open heart, considering the baby as God's gift. He gives so many reasons of high thinking for his being so nice to the mother and child that the writer is moved and finds his thinking very petty in front of that of Gangu.

Sunil Bhardwaj as 'Gangu' very ably depicted the benevolence required for his character. Rahul Singh as 'Writer' was also very impressive. Others who supported the performance by their relevant acting included Rohit Verma, Mohd. Yaseen, Niharika Sharma, Sachin Saini and Vinay Manhas. Sumeet Sharma coordinated the show.

Youth nabbed with 2 kg poppy straw

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KATHUA, June 19: The police arrested a youth and recovered 2 kg of poppy straw from his possession near Sawan Chak canal while 3000 capsules of Parvan Spas were recovered from another drug peddler in the town here today.

A police spokesman said that Police party from Hatli Morh police Post during naka intercepted one Harjeet Singh alias Kaka, son of Pritam Singh of Ward No 14 Kathua and recovered 2 kg of Bhukki ( poppy Straw) from his possession. He was arrested and a case registered against him.

Another police naka party nabbed one Rangil Singh alias Rangila, son of Balbir Singh of Ward No. 13 Kathua and recovered 3000 capsules of Parvan Spas from his possession. A case was registered against him.

Rare pacemaker implanted in GMC’s Cardiology Deptt

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JAMMU, June 19: A rare case of pacemaker implantation in a 62 year old patient with history of syncopal attacks has been performed for the first time in Cardiology Department of the Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu.

The patient, Kaka Ram was suffering from syncopal attacks with complete heart block.

A team of doctors in the Cardiology Department led by Dr Mohan Lal and Dr Sushil Kumar Sharma, interventional cardiologist of GMC Jammu successfully accomplished the arduous task of pacing through left superior vena cave thereby saving patient of a possible difficult surgery.

Doctors said the tests revealed a very rare condition of left sided superior vena cave of the patient, which is found in only 0.3 per cent of population.

This was for the first time that such a major surgery was performed in the GMC Jammu.

Dr Sharma said that such difficult cases of pace maker implantation are done at very few cardiology centres across the country. The Cardiology Department of GMC Jammu has achieved this feat for undertaking these types of procedures for patients of the State.

Sarpanch booked for beating up PDD employee

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POONCH, June 19: The police has booked a Sarpanch for allegedly beating up an employee of the PDD at Mankote Power Sub-station in Mendhar last evening.

The police registered a case FIR No. 82/2011 against Sarpanch

Khadim Hussain of Mankote and his two sons and another for allegedly beating up and abusing lineman Mohd Farid Khan at the Sub-Station. Irritated over the power cuts in the area, there was some exchange of words between the PDD employee and Sarpanch and later, Farid was severely roughed up at the Station. A woman Sakina Bano who tried to intervene was also thrashed by Sarpanch and his sons.

On the complaint of PDD staff, the police registered an FIR and started investigation. No arrest was reported till late this evening.

Home Guards' plea to Div Com

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JAMMU, June 19: All Jammu Kashmir Home Guards Welfare Association today urged the Divisional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner to resolve their demands at the earliest.

A meeting was held under the chairmanship of its president Kamla Sharma, who said that Satish Poonchi is sitting on fast unto death for the fourth consecutive day for the redressal to the demands of Home Guards, ITI Engineers, PoK Refugees, West Pakistani Refugees, etc. She said that no one from the administration side has approached them and are compelling Satish Poonchi to continue his fast unto death.

She also added that Home Guards are fighting for the redressel to their demands from the last six years but the Government is not paying any attention towards them. She warned the Government that if their demands were not resolved at the earliest then they will launch an agitation and for any untoward incident the Government will be responsible.

Meanwhile the condition of Satish Poonchi whose fast unto death entered fourth day has deteriorated. However he resolved to continue his fast unto death till the demands highlighted by Jammu Kashmir People's Front will get redressed.

Slathia reviews developmental works in Vijaypur, Samba

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JAMMU, June 19: Minister for industries and commerce Surjeet Singh Slathia today conducted a whirlwind tour of Vijaypur and adjoining areas to inspect pace of progress on the ongoing developmental works.

The areas visited by the Minister included Kharan-Madana, Sangwal, where various deputations met the Minister and projected the demands of their respective areas which included provision for better water and power supply, construction of remaining lanes and drains, incomplete roads and up-gradation of local schools

Addressing a gathering at Kharan-Madana, the Minister assured the construction of play ground, better education and safe drinking water to the area.

Earlier, the Minister convened a public darbar at Sangwal village and took stock of the problems of the people.

He directed the concerned authorities to redouble their efforts for early redressal of grievances of the people besides accelerating the pace on all ongoing development works for their timely completion.

Slathia assured that the work on the Moyal to Sangwal road would be expedited by sorting out the issues, which are impeding the early completion of the vital link. He asked the district administration to give him details so that the matter be settled at the higher level.

Responding to the local demands, the Minister announced a submersible pump for the area to facilitate continuous and better water supply to the people. He directed the concerned authorities to construct the remaining lanes and drains out of CDR funds and use quality material.

Mr Slathia said that the Government was committed to provide basic amenities to the people of the State and equitable development of all the three regions. He asked the people to involve themselves in the implementation of development and welfare schemes for better results.

Deputy Commissioner Samba, Mubarak Singh, ACR Samba and concerned district level officers accompanied the Minister.

DIG inaugurates Police Barrack at Majalta

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UDHAMPUR, June 19: Deputy Inspector General of Police, Udhampur- Reasi Range, Jagjit Kumar, today inaugurated the Police Barrack and Lavatory block in the premises of Police Station Majalta.

The DIG said that the barrack has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh for the comfortable stay of police personnel so that they can perform their duties efficiently. He also assured that all facilities would be provided to the police personnel at their places of duty to enable them to perform their duties with dedication. He said that efforts would also help to minimize hesitation of the locals to come forward to help the Police Department to eradicate the crime from the society.

He said that the cops are responsible for bringing healthy change in the mindset of the people about the functioning of police by adopting people friendly approach in discharging of their duties in the field.

On the occasion, the police personnel put forth their demands, the DIG heard them patiently and assured early redressal of the same.

Among others Senior Superintendent of Police, Udhampur, Surinder Gupta, Additional SP, S. Bupinder Singh, Dy SP, Bodh Raj police personnel and locals of the area were present on the occasion.

Asso for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry launches J&K Chapter

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JAMMU, June 19: Association for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry launched its J&K Chapter here today.

The J&K Association will be headed by Dr Azhar Malik, HoD Department of Conservative Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College Jammu.

The Assocaition has zonal representatives all over India and it has already established its branches in Delhi and Lucknow.

The main objective of the Association is that it wants to promote and enhance the clinical acumen of practicing dentists and young budding dentists.

The Association is certified under Societies Regulation Act xxi of 1860 under no 5-53893 of 2005.

The Association will conduct various courses. These include certified courses on lasers, implants, rotary, endodontics and basic clinical procedures. The first batch will start from September this year.

Injured person succumbs, several injured in mishaps

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SRINAGAR, June 19: A person who was injured in a road accident on June 18 succumbed to his injuries while as two persons including a head constable were injured in road accidents today.

Reports said that Mohammad Ramzan Malik son of Mohammad Rajab resident of Sangrama who was injured in a road accident at Sangrama-Sopore on June 18 succumbed to his injuries. A casestands registered in this regard.

Meanwhile, a Maruti car bearing registration number DNH/1558 driven by Mohammad Manzoor Bhat son of Ghulam Nabi resident of Kulagam hit and injured one person Ghulam Qadir Chopan son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Kunnan Poshpora, Kupwara near FCI Kulangam Kupwara. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment.

One Fire and Emergency Services vehicle bearing chassis number 134852 collided with a gypsy bearing registration number JK01N/951 allotted to Abdul Aziz Zargar of PDP party at Panzgam, Kulgam.

The mishap resulted in damage to both the vehicles and the driver of the gypsy identified as head constable namely Shakeel Ahmed Lone son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Samnoo was injured in this incident. He was shifted to hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard.

Meanwhile, during the intervening night of June 18 and 19, fire broke out in the shop of Mohammad Aslam Sheikh resident of Gulab Bagh-Parimpora, Srinagar, resulting in complete damage to the shop. Two persons Ajaz Ahmad Ahanger son of Bashir Ahmad and Showkat Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Rahim residents of P.C Depot sustained injuries in the incident.

Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. Cause of fire is being ascertained.

Saloni Chopra’s friends take out candle light procession

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JAMMU, June 19: A candle light procession was taken out by the friends of Saloni Chopra in her memory today who along with her parents was killed at her Trikuta Nagar residence in 2006.

The procession, which was joined by the friends of Saloni and their relatives started from Swaran Theatre, Gandhi Nagar and after passing via Apsara road, Gole market and other markets in Gandhi Nagar it culminated at Swaran theatre later.

The processionists with placards in their hands reading Saloni we miss you were demanding that other culprits who are still at large be also arrested immediately. They however praised the SIT for its action in the case. They were also carrying the photographs of Saloni and her parents with them.

Bhalla launches Rs 32 lakh development projects

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JAMMU, June 19: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla, today said that the Government has taken various innovative measures for improving the living standard of the people especially those living in rural and sub-urban areas of the State, adding that fulfilling of people's aspirations and developmental needs is top agenda of the Government.

The Minister was interacting with locals after launching Rs. 32 lakh development projects at Dashmash Nagar, Green Avenue, Govind Nagar in Digiana and Gangyal, here today.

Mr. Bhalla assured the locals that all their genuine demands and development needs would be fulfilled in a phased manner. He said the Government was determined to provide better basic amenities to the people of the State, adding for this purpose the Government has launched several projects to modernize basic services across the State.

The Minister said crores of rupees have been earmarked for construction of recreational parks, bridges, flyovers, tube wells, receiving stations, hospitals, schools and roads across Jammu city and its peripheries. He stressed upon the concerned engineers and officers to redouble their efforts and accelerate pace on all ongoing works to ensure completion before rainy season. He directed them to use quality material in execution of the works, adding that the objective of the Government is to build durable basic infrastructure for providing better civic facilities to the people.

Mr. Bhalla said that Government has taken some bold and historical steps to rejuvenate overall developmental profile of the State. He said sectors like PHE, health, R&B, education, tourism, power among other sectors have received focused attention of the Government. He said that it was due to pro-people policy of the Government that the masses at present are benefitted by quality education, healthcare, drinking water, electricity and road connectivity.

Later, at Gandhi Nagar hospital, in connection with 41st birth anniversary of young and dynamic Member Parliament Rahul Gandhi, the Minister inaugurated one-day blood donation camp organized by National Rahul Gandhi Youth Brigade.

About 50 volunteers donated blood at the camp.

Minister for Agriculture visits Ramban district

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JAMMU, June 19 : Organic cultivation of potato seed and other crops to be started soon in the Ramban district.

This was announced by Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir while interacting with the farmers, officers and field functionaries of the Agriculture Department during his visit of district Ramban today.

Mr Mir stated that the department was in the process of appointing service providers for the adoption and organic certification of nucleous potato seed as per the guidelines of National Project on Organic Farming in villages Sana and Batani of Ramban district under Potato Corridor Project to be completed in 5 years. In the first two years, chemical residuals are determined and organic parameters are adopted and certification is done in third year. After this the organic seed will be grown in the hilly belts of Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Doda Ramban, Kishtwar, Kathua and Udhampur districts in phased manner under area expansion programme until the whole area is organically certified.

Mr. Mir impressed upon the officers and field functionaries of the department to work in close association with the newly elected sarpanches and panches for the betterment of the farming community.

Director of Agriculture, Jammu, Ajay Khajuria and CAO Ramban, Ashok Koul were accompanying the Minister.

Gang of burglars busted, 5 held

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SRINAGAR, June 19: Police has busted a gang of burglars who were involved in various cases of theft in South Kashmir's Pulwama district. Some of the articles stolen by these thieves have also been recovered from them.

A police spokesman while providing details said that six cases were registered against these thieves in Police Station Pulwama, following incidents of burglary/theft in the jurisdiction of this police station.

The spokesman said that a special squad under the supervision of Superintendent of Police Pulwama, Amit Kumar assisted by DySP headquarters, Abdul Rashid and SHO Pulwama, was formed to crack this module.

A breakthrough was achieved following a tip-off and the gang of five persons was busted from Pulwama. The arrested burglars have been identified as Mohammad Younis Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat resident of Prichoo-Pulwama, Bashir Ahmad Wani son of Abdul Ahad resident of Naroo-Pulwama, Mohammad Qasim Malla son of Mohammad Sadiq resident of Arahal-Nikas, Abdul Rashid Bhat son of Ali Mohammad resident of Doompora-Rajpora and Mohammad Younis Mir son of Ghulam Mohi-u-din resident of Drusoo, he said.

Police recovered 14 gold rings one diamond necklace, one golden necklace set, four bangles, five pairs of ear-rings, six chains, one chain pendulum and some other golden articles. A wrist watch, two mobiles and cash worth Rs. 60,000 was also recovered from the thieves.

Chhamb DPs meet Bhalla

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JAMMU, June 19: A deputation of Chhamb Displaced Persons of 1965 and 1971, met the Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla under the presidentship of S R Nagial and submitted a memorandum of pending demands and problems of Chhamb Displaced Persons.

Mr Nagial apprised the Minister about the problems of DPs of Chhamb area and requested for holding a joint meeting of all the concerned officials to monitor the progress achieved after first meeting, which was chaired by Revenue Minister on September 24, 2009 in which some important decisions were taken.

Nagial said nothing much has been done as far as the problems of Chhamb DPs were concerned.

Others who accompanied the deputation were Khushal Chand, Thoru Ram, baldev Raj, Ch Puran Chand, Baldev Raj, Khazoor Singh, Kashmir Singh, Jagtar Singh, Kulwant Singh, Major Ram, Kanshi Ram etc.

SPT organizes camp

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JAMMU, June 19: Shanti Path Trust (SPT) in association with Indian Red Cross Society, State AIDS Control Society and BMO Sunder Bani conducted a free medical camp at Channi Prat, Sunderbani.

Hundreds of patients from the nearby villages were examined during the camp and provided with free medicines.

During the camp people also took benefit of eye specialist and 15 cases of cataract were identified for operation who will get operated on June 21 at Government Medical College Hospital Jammu.

The team of doctors and staff including Dr DP Sharma, Dr Puran Nayyer, Dr NN Dogra, Dr Shikha Diwedi, Deepika Thakur, Radhika, Dur Drishti, Dr Suresh Kapahi, Dr Jyoti Mahotra, Dr Harminder Singh, Kuldip Bhat and Surinder Vermani were present during the medical camp.ified

PK asks Govt to provide basic facilities to Jagati camp

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JAMMU, June 19: Panun Kashmir (PK) has expressed grave concern over the disconnection of power supply to internally displaced Kashmiri Hindus at Jagati camp.

The PK which held an interactive session with the community members at Durga Nagar here today said that a fact finding team which visited the camp was astonished to see that camp inmates were without electricity for last one day. Even many inmates were without gas connections which needed to be expedited by the Relief agency.

The interaction with the local residents and inmates has revealed that an impression has been created that the new accommodations are some sort of elite colony which has to be treated at par with such colonies elsewhere while the fact is that it is the an upgraded camp facility and the Government is duty bound to provide all facilities to the camp inmates which have been promised by Prime Minister while laying the foundation stone of the camp.

The meeting, which was chaired by P K chairman, Dr Ajay Chrungoo said the deliberate disconnection of power supply to the camp has created appalling conditions in this excruciating heat which has affected general water facilities as well as drinking water availability.

The PK urged the authorities to immediately look into the matter of electricity, water and cooking gas supplies of the residents of the camp at Jagati and redress them immediately. Dr Chrungoo has urged the Government to desist from creating false and elitist impressions about the new camp. He urged the authorities to concentrate in making the camp fully operational with all the facilities, which were promised by the Government.

SVL organizes Quiz Competition

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JAMMU, June 19: Shri Vishwakarma Library (SVL) today organized a Quiz Competition in which students of 8th to 10th class participated.

The Quiz was based on the questions on Science and General Knowledge.

The Quiz material was prepared and presented by Balwant Kataria while Shashi Verma, Principal, Verma Academy, Hakkal and Joginder Angotra were the organizers.

In the Quiz Competition, Varsha, Shamli Kataria, Nidhi Dalmotra, Sahil Goutham. Shubam Verma and Sunakhi were adjudged as best performers.

Among others present were RC Angotra, KC Dogra, Vijay Kumar, Dharma Pal Kataria, Madan Chalotra, OP Kataria, Nagarmal, Ashok Goutham besides parents.

JUTA shows grave concern over security

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JAMMU, June 19: The Jammu University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) today condemns the acts of violence and expressed "grave concern" over the security lapses in the University of Jammu in an emergency meeting.

The meeting was held under the presidentship of D S Jamwal in several issues regarding security lapses and acts of violence in the campus were discussed.

The JUTA condemned the recent incident in the Bhuddhist Studies Department, wherein a group of students have shown aggression to disturb the examination and raised several questions on security lapses in the campus.

They further resolved that such acts of violence are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in or around University premises.

The JUTA members also demanded that security personnel deputed in the campus to be made more effective to tackle any incident of violence.

The JUTA leaders also advised the students and their representatives to work for upholding cordial teacher-students relations to raise the standard of education academic reputation of the University.

Among others present in the meeting included Dr Prakash C Antahal, Dr Vinay Chauhan, Dr Ravinder Singh and Dr Jaspal Singh.

ASKPC for immediate passage of Shrines Bill

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JAMMU, June 19: All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) while reiterating its demand on passage of Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places Bill has criticized the Government for maintaining a silence over the issue.

The ASKPC in its meeting here today held under the chairmanship of its vice president Ravinder Raina discussed various issues pertaining to the community.

Addressing the meeting M L Kashkari accused Government for ignoring Migrant Properties Act under which Deputy Commissioners have been made custodians of migrants land and property in Valley. He said some KPs are also responsible for grabbing the land belonging to religious places in Valley and urged the Government to ensure that land and property of Sheetal Nath Shrine at Srinagar is fully protected.

General secretary of ASKPC, H L Chatta stressed on immediate passage of the Bill. He also extended full support to Pt Prem Nath Bhat Memorial Trust in its ongoing movement in this regard.

Phoola Kaul and Ravi Raina warned those elements who want to grab the land and property of Sheetal Nath temple complex. M K Sher, Bharat Bhushan and Ashok Dhar also addressed the meeting.

KPC for release of salaries to newly appointed displaced employees

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 19: Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) has demanded immediate release of six months salaries of the newly appointed Kashmiri Pandit employees in Valley, allotment of accommodations to the migrant employees posted in district Kupwara, looking into the accommodation problems of migrant employees putting up at Sheikhpora and construction of 200 more shops at Jagati for the allotment to the left out shopkeepers.

It also demanded that immediate steps be taken for locating the missing KP youth Sunil Kumar Raina, construction of Jagati like accommodations at Delhi for Delhi based KPs, laying of new electricity polls for Jawala Ji shrine at Khrew in Kashmir Valley, renovation of spring at Khrew, restoration of idols to their original place, maintenance of Bala Devi shrine and Jewan Sahib Shrine in Ladhoo

The KPC national president, Kundan Kashmiri, while reiterating his demand on passage of Kashmiri Hindus Shrines and Religious Places Bill alleged that Valley shrines lack proper management and for this purpose the enactment of law was need of the hour.

Commenting over the recent remarks of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that there is a division among KPs on the Bill, Kashmiri said there is a consensus among the community on the enactment of law to protect the Hindu shrines in Valley as entire community is untied on this issue.

He also demanded that Government should take care of providing all basic facilities to the displaced Pandits at newly constructed Jagati township and also stressed on redressal of the problems of the newly appointed migrants in Valley.

Mother, daughter die mysteriously

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, June 19: A mother and her daughter died under mysterious circumstances in Ramgarh area of district Samba late last night.

A police spokesman said that middle- aged Rajwanti, wife of Dev Kumar and her daughter, Madhu were working in the brick kiln of one Prittam Singh in Ramgarh area. Last night, both slept after taking dinner. During mid-night condition of both- mother and daughter worsened. They were removed to Vijaypur hospital where mother was declared as dead by medical staff.

Madhu was rushed to GMC hospital Jammu but she too, died there in the Emergency unit during early hours today.

SHO Ramgarh said it appeared to be the matter of poisoning. However, a case under Section 174 CrPC has been registered. Both hailed from Chhatisgarh and were working as labourers in a brick kiln in Ramgarh area.

AWOA demands DPC in time frame

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 19: Agriculture Welfare Officers Association (AWOA)today held a meeting and impressed upon the Administrative Department to conduct DPC for the gazetted cadre in the time frame as per the service rules of 1988 so that the deserving officers are not deprived of promotion chances.

Speaking during the meeting the members said that since most of the officers have retired after rendering their valuable services on the post which they had joined through PSC with out getting any promotion the holding of DPC has become imperative now.

Executive Body also called on Director Agriculture, Ajay Khajuria and apprised him of the concern of all the Gazetted Cadre Officers due to non conducting of DPC. They sought his immediate intervention in the matter.

Ajay Khajuria assured them that the demands will be recommended to the for their logic conclusion.



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