BSP lashes out at Congress-led UPA Govt for hike in petro products

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: The Bahujan Samaj Party, Jammu and Kashmir unit, today lashed-out at Congress-led UPA Government at Centre for rise in petro products .....more

Operationalize monitoring system to track files: CS

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Secretary Madhav Lal has asked the Administrative Secretaries to ensure early operationalization of file monitoring system. ....more

Justice to all benchmark of my Government: Omar

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that justice to all and equitable development in the State is his Government's benchmark. He said fast tract progress of backward areas is focal point in the State's policy planning. ..more

Safaikaramcharis’ strike continues
Kathua, Akhnoor towns turn into garbage dumps

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JAMMU, June 29: The townships of Kathua and Akhnoor in Jammu have turned into virtual garbage dumps as the Safaikaramcharis of the Municipal Committees of both these towns have gone on strike. While the employees ....more

Price rise is death trap for common masses: PDP

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JAMMU, June 29: People's Democratic Party (PDP) demanded roll back in the price rise of Kerosene Oil, LPG cylinders and Diesel vis a vis rising menace of corruption and called for withdrawal of some taxes on the essential commodities......more

 

Governor, CM greet people on Shab-i-Mehraj

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today greeted the people on Shab-i-Mehraj. In his message of felicitations, the Governor expressed the hope that this auspicious occasion would further strengthen the bonds of amity, harmony and brotherhood and be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity in the State....more

DoP dedicating Udhampur PO to public with modern facilities

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JAMMU, June 29: The Department of Posts, Jammu and Kashmir Circle is to dedicate Udhampur Post Office with modernized postal facilities to general public from tomorrow besides 86 new post offices across the State by August 2011.....more

3 thieves held with 11 mobiles, 2 bikes

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JAMMU, June 29: Police today arrested three notorious thieves and recovered two stolen bikes, 11 costly mobile handsets and Rs 11,000 cash from their possession in Rajouri. Arrested thieves have been identified as Mohammad Gafoor son of Mohammad Maqbool, a resident of Gambhir Mugalan ...more

     
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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today took stock of the recommendations made by a Committee constituted by him for looking into the issues of decongestion of Jammu and Srinagar cities and identifying suitable areas for rehabilitation of the families whose houses have come under road widening and other infrastructural development programmes. Speaking in the meeting the Chief Minister underlined the need of gradual shifting of Government offices from the city limits to outskirts to decongest the city areas and ease the movement of traffic.

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National Statistics Day celebrated
Vyas for creation of realistic database....

SRINAGAR, June 29 : The Department of Economics and Statistics celebrated the 5th National Statistics Day here today. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Planning and Development Department B. B. Vyas was the chief guest on the occasion. The day is being celebrated to pay tribute to late Professor P. C. Mahalanobis, the doyen of Indian Statistical System. This legendary statistician was born on June 29, 1893 in Kolkata and breathed his last on of June 28, 1972 leaving abundant honour and pride behind him for the significant contribution made to Statistics and National Planning.

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BSP lashes out at Congress-led UPA Govt for
hike in petro products

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: The Bahujan Samaj Party, Jammu and Kashmir unit, today lashed-out at Congress-led UPA Government at Centre for rise in petro products and deceiving the common man just to appease the industrialists.

During the day-long dharna-cum-protest demonstration against the price rise of diesel, LPG and kerosene oil here, BSP State unit accused the UPA Government of deceiving the ‘Aam Aadmi’ who is facing great hardships to sustain its daily life.

On the occasion, BSP MP and national general secretary Narinder Kashyap was the chief guest while Co-ordinatore J&K Parkash Bharti was the guest of honour.

While speaking Kashyap described the latest hike of petro products as a death trap for common man and demanded the roll back of the decision. He accused the UPA Government of hiking the prices for 13 times since April 23, 2008 due to which the common man is finding it difficult to survive.

He said that recently rates of crude oil in international market have been decreased but Central Government further increased the prices for its vested interest which has no connection with economic base.

Mr Bharti in his address said Government has further increased the problems and hardships of common man to earn their livelihood and demanded immediate roll back its decision on petroleum products.

State president Tulsi Dass Langeh said that Government is much worried about the loss of Petroleum Corporate besides solving the problems of common man. He said that due to wrong policies of the Government, common man is on roads due to sky rocketing prices of essential commodities.

The BSP leaders also targetted the State Government for its failure on all fronts paraticularly unemployment in the State.

They demanded release of arrears of 6th Pay Commission to State employees and pensioners besides increasing the pay and other anomalies of State Legislature.

Among others who also addressed the huge gathering included R L Chargotra (State vice president), Ayoudha Kumar Manawa, Ajaib Singh Mottan, Ch Surinder Singh, S R Magotra, Somnath (former MLA), Rakesh Wazir, Krishan Thappa, Raja Singh, Capt Dewan Chand, Dalbir Bhagat and Rattan Lal Bhagat.

Operationalize monitoring system to track files: CS

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Secretary Madhav Lal has asked the Administrative Secretaries to ensure early operationalization of file monitoring system. The process will help track disposal and records for easy reference, he said.

Chairing a meeting of Administrative Secretaries on Wednesday here, the Chief Secretary called for fast tracking human resource branches in the identified departments for profiling complete bio-data of State cadre officers. The move will help clear stuck up promotion proposals of officers in the identified departments, he maintained.

The meeting discussed performance of Government schools and colleges in the State and observed that required staff strength must be maintained in the education institutions to smoothen academic activities.

The Chief Secretary also directed Forest Secretary to ensure that sufficient quantity of timber is made available for construction of school buildings in the State.

Madhav Lal also directed Secretary, Industries to submit a proposal under the cluster scheme for upgrading craft skills of artisans of Srinagar city.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Agriculture Iqbal Khanday, Principal Secretary, Home B.R Sharma, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Suresh Kumar and other Administrative Secretaries.

Justice to all benchmark of my Government: Omar

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that justice to all and equitable development in the State is his Government's benchmark. He said fast tract progress of backward areas is focal point in the State's policy planning.

Talking to various deputations at 'Awami Mulakat' here, the Chief Minister said that reaching out to people in every region and sub-region to address the development needs is basic necessity for holistic and integrated development.

"My Government has flagged this aspect as one of the most important concerns", he said, adding that the regular public contact has been made a permanent feature in the day-to-day official fixtures of the Government and the administration.

The Chief Minister said that his Government would give added attention to the faster development of backward and under developed areas which have remained out of the development purview in the past. He said decentralization of powers and involvement of grass root representatives in the development process are initiatives in this direction.

Omar Abdullah said that his Government has concentrated attention on five important sectors of power, road communication, water supply, health and education while other sectors are receiving due focus to ensure holistic development in the State. He said various measures have been taken to make development policy comprehensive, balanced and equitable all across the State. "Our aim is to come up to the expectations of people and deliver efficiently", he said, adding that economic prosperity of far-flung and backward pockets has also been flagged as priority area.

The Chief Minister heard the deputations patiently. Responding to the matters of urgent importance, he issued on-spot orders while the others were forwarded to the concerned quarters for early necessary action. The pleas of personal natures were forwarded to the concerned for examination and redressal of genuine grievances. However, the Chief Minister advised those who had brought representations regarding employment that the Wednesday 'Awami Mulakats' are not meant for receiving the applications for employment.

The deputations from Srinagar, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Tangmarg, Sopore, Kupwara, Bandipora, Uri, Budgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara, Srigophwara, Qazigund, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Udhampur, Jammu, Kargil and other places presented memoranda pertaining to the development needs in their areas and sought the Chief Minister's intervention for fast track launch of works for upgradation of roads, construction of lanes and drains, augmenting water supply and irrigation facilities, construction of bridges, improvement in power supply and related to the housing and urban development sector.

A deputation from Mujgund led by MLA Batmaloo Assembly constituency, Irfan Ahmad Shah presented a memorandum of demands relating to the upgradation of basic amenities in their areas. They also raised the issue of transferring the jurisdiction of their police station from Bandipora district to Srinagar and aerial firing incident of 2007.

A deputation of SRTC led by Fayaz Ahmad Misger apprised Mr Abdullah of the functioning of SRTC. They assured the Chief Minister of the determination of SRTC employees to strengthen the Corporation and make it a profitable and viable venture. They requested for application of 6th Pay Commission recommendations to the SRTC employees.

A deputation of MS Doctors brought to the notice of the Chief Minister issues pertaining to this category of doctors while a deputation of the Non-Gazetted Employees Association of Handicrafts Department discussed measures pertaining to the strengthening of this economically important sector in the State. They demanded decentralization of the department and measures for removing the stagnation of employees.

A deputation of Contractors of Srinagar Municipal Corporation requested the Chief Minister for transferring the office of Executive Engineer, SMC from private building to the Corporation Headquarter. They also brought to the notice of the Chief Minister certain issues relating to the functioning of the Corporation and its further strengthening.

Safaikaramcharis’ strike continues
Kathua, Akhnoor towns turn into garbage dumps

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JAMMU, June 29: The townships of Kathua and Akhnoor in Jammu have turned into virtual garbage dumps as the Safaikaramcharis of the Municipal Committees of both these towns have gone on strike.

While the employees managing civic affairs in MC Kathua are on indefinite strike for the last one week, it was second day of the strike today in Akhnoor town. The workers are sitting on dharna at the Municipal Committee offices and have struck work.

The general public is facing lot of hardships and it has become virtual hell for them to live in. Heaps of garbage have scattered around, drains are choked and foul smell emanating from there has made it horrible to breathe not only while passing through lanes or even while sitting in their homes in the densely populated areas of these towns.

In the town of Kathua where workers are on strike for the last one week, the MC authorities as well as the district administration have failed to convince the workers on strike. No alternative arrangements could be made to regulate the affairs and remove garbage and or clear choked drains. These agitating workers connected with the cleanliness of the town are demanding regularization and benefits being provided to the Safaikaramcharis in other Local Bodies. Similar strike is going on at Samba, Hiranagar and Bari Brahamana.

The stray animals have aggravated the people’s problem as they scatter the garbage in the lanes. It has become difficult to move in the lanes and main market. Worst is the condition in the Sabzi Mandi and densely populated wards of the towns. On the second consecutive day of strike in Akhnoor, the Safaikaramcharis held protest dharna at MC office. They resolved to continue their strike till their demands are met. They have been demanding regularization.

Director Local Bodies, F C Bhagat when contacted said that some alternative arrangements are being made to engage labourers from outside. Dialogue has also been initiated with their union leaders and it is hoped that issue will be resolved shortly. He said Housing and Urban Development department was seized of the matter. It is matter of concern that strike is being extended by them in other Municipal Committees. Government is likely to take some decision in this regard, he added.

Price rise is death trap for common masses: PDP

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JAMMU, June 29: People's Democratic Party (PDP) demanded roll back in the price rise of Kerosene Oil, LPG cylinders and Diesel vis a vis rising menace of corruption and called for withdrawal of some taxes on the essential commodities for the relief of the common masses.

Large number of PDP activists along with senior leaders today held a protest rally against the price rise of essential commodities, rising corruption besides unemployment. Shouting anti Government slogans they were demanding roll back in the price rise of the essential commodities including Kerosene Oil, Diesel and LPG cylinders.

Addressing the party workers, PDP leaders said that the UPA Government is working against the wishes of the common masses and their anti people policies is creating hardships especially for those who use to work day night to earn two times meal for their family. They said that the Government has failed to control the price hike and demanded roll back for the benefit of the common masses especially people living below poverty line. They said steep rise in petro products and essential commodities has become a death trap for the common people.

They further added that corruption is also increasing and the Government should work towards curbing this menace.

Rangil Singh, Trilok Singh Bajwa, Balbir Singh, Ved Mahajan, Fallail Singh, Jagjit Singh Jagga, Suram Singh, Sushila Jamwal, Rajinder Manhas, Narinder Singh, Punit Jamwal, Chaman Angral, etc. were also present during the protest rally.

Governor, CM greet people on Shab-i-Mehraj

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : The Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today greeted the people on Shab-i-Mehraj.

In his message of felicitations, the Governor expressed the hope that this auspicious occasion would further strengthen the bonds of amity, harmony and brotherhood and be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity in the State.

In a greetings message, the Chief Minister said that the Holy Night provides us an opportunity to pray to God and seek his blessings and forgiveness. "This is the occasion to pray for the betterment of mankind in general and peace and progress for the State and its people in particular", he added.

The Chief Minister expressed the hope that Shab-i-Mehraj would bring Almighty's munificence to the State and be harbinger for peace and development.

DoP dedicating Udhampur PO to public
with modern facilities

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JAMMU, June 29: The Department of Posts, Jammu and Kashmir Circle is to dedicate Udhampur Post Office with modernized postal facilities to general public from tomorrow besides 86 new post offices across the State by August 2011.

This was disclosed by Chief Postmaster General J&K Circle, John Samuel, during his monthly media interaction here. He said that Department of Posts, J&K Circle, has taken several new initiatives for better postal services to general public under project ‘Arrow’.

To provide better facilities to the people of Udhampur, Department of Posts will dedicate newly constructed Udhampur Post Office with modern infrastructure and facilities included e-posts, EMO, Speed Posts and other web facilities tomorrow.

He further added that Department of Posts, New Delhi, also decided to contruct 86 new post offices across the State under project ‘Arrow’ fully computerized with modern facilities.

Mr John also stated that due to overwhelming response of the public in the State towards the sale of quality gold coins in the Circle, Department has decided to extend the facility at Srinagar GPO, Udhampur HO and Kathua HO from next month.

He also disclosed that construction work at Janipur, Kathua and Rajouri post offices is at last stages and likely to be dedicated to public very soon.

3 thieves held with 11 mobiles, 2 bikes

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JAMMU, June 29: Police today arrested three notorious thieves and recovered two stolen bikes, 11 costly mobile handsets and Rs 11,000 cash from their possession in Rajouri.

Arrested thieves have been identified as Mohammad Gafoor son of Mohammad Maqbool, a resident of Gambhir Mugalan, Aftab Ali son of Ghulam Qadir R/o Ward No. 4, Rajouri and Riaz-ul-Haq son of Mohammad Amin R/o Surankote, presently putting up in Rajouri.

From their possession, police recovered two stolen bikes, 11 mobile handsets and Rs 11,000 cash.

With their arrests, police have worked out three cases of thefts registered at Rajouri police station.

A Rajouri police station team headed by SHO Inspector Varinder Gupta and Incharge Rajouri City Police Post Jan Mohammad made the arrests under the supervision of DySP Headquarters Mohammad Rashid.

A case has been registered against the thieves for further investigations.

CM for shifting of offices from cities to outskirts

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today took stock of the recommendations made by a Committee constituted by him for looking into the issues of decongestion of Jammu and Srinagar cities and identifying suitable areas for rehabilitation of the families whose houses have come under road widening and other infrastructural development programmes.

Speaking in the meeting the Chief Minister underlined the need of gradual shifting of Government offices from the city limits to outskirts to decongest the city areas and ease the movement of traffic. He said while constructing new office complexes the Government Departments should shun the practice of creating non-productive infrastructure. He said land is shrinking in the cities and towns due to growth of economic activities and construction of residential houses; as such its optimum use is need of hour.

The Chief Minister also emphasized on rehabilitation of the families and commercial establishments which have come under the infrastructural development programmes and widening of roads so that these are properly rehabilitated. He said that this aspect should be given top priority.

Omar Abdullah asked the Housing and Estates Departments to take initiative for construction of new flats for Government employees so that they are shifted from the tourism infrastructure in Srinagar city. "A plan to this effect is needed to be formulated early", he said underlining the need of handing over the tourism infrastructure back to the department which is under the occupation of Government employees.

Reviewing the proposals of J&K Housing Board for construction of new housing colonies in Srinagar and Jammu cities, the Chief Minister constituted a Sub-Committee under the Chief Secretary to finalize the possible modalities for construction of such colonies.

The Chief Minister said that while construction of new colonies is essential to meet the housing requirements of the people, the environmental requirement, land use, funding pattern and other necessary aspects are to be analyzed and a concrete proposal formulated to move ahead smoothly in this direction.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister of Housing, Nasir Aslam Wani, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Agriculture, Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Secretary Housing, Suresh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary Forests, Shant Manu, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, DR Pawan Kotwal and other senior officers.

Fresh survey to ascertain handicapped
population: Sakina

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SRINAGAR, June 29: Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo on Wednesday, said that Government will conduct a fresh survey to ascertain exact population of physically challenged and mentally retarded persons in J&K.

The Minister was speaking at inaugural function of Hearing Aid Distribution, organized by Composite Regional Centre (CRC), Bemina, Srinagar. As many as 150 hearing aids and 10 wheelchairs were distributed among the needy on the spot.

The Minister said that over 1.35 lakh needy persons were provided rehabilitation services by the CRC till now, adding more than 16000 aids and appliances were distributed among the disabled persons free of cost.

Sakina reaffirmed that the demands put forth by the handicapped persons association, earlier would be fulfilled, saying "it is our moral duty to provide all possible help to handicapped persons".

The Minister said that Government has recently posted Hilal Ahmad Parray as Director CRC to further streamline the activity of the centre. She directed him to organize awareness camps in rural and far-off areas to provide the rehabilitation services to the needy at their door steps.

Sakina said various loan schemes have been launched for handicapped girl students to pursue their higher studies.

The Minister also called NGOs to play collaborative role in providing succour to handicapped persons.

The Commissioner Secretary, Social Welfare, Jeet Lal Gupta urged the staff to work with dedication in the interest of handicapped persons. He said those who work honestly will be rewarded.

The Managing Director, Women Development Corporation Dr. Naheed Soz highlighted the schemes implemented by the corporation for the empowerment of the disable persons particularly women folk.

The Director CRC Hilal Ahmad Parray out lined the aims and objectives of the centre. He also highlighted achievements of the CRC.

CM takes stock of Sainik School functioning

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday chaired the meeting of Board of Governors of J&K Sainik School, Manasbal and took stock of its functioning.

The meeting convened by the Chief Minister was first in last 7 years. It discussed various matters pertaining to the infrastructure development, academic status, welfare of teachers and other employees, medical facilities, budget and other developmental and administrative issues.

The Chief Minister approved Rs. 40 lakh for the construction of residential quarters for Class-IV employees of the Sainik School and replacement of old furniture in the hostels. He also approved working out of terminal package for the employees of the school by the Finance and Planning Departments. He fixed three months timeline for this purpose.

The meeting was attended by Minister for School Education, Peerzada Mohammad Sayed, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Secretary School Education, Naseema Lanker, Chief of the Staff 15th Crops, S. S. Gill and Principal Sainik School, Manasbal, Ajaz Ahmad Kakroo.

The Principal presented the resume of the activities of the school giving details of academic status, administrative setup, infrastructural facilities, extra-curricular activities and availability of teaching faculty. He also explained the items of the agenda and budgetary requirement of the school.

Govt approves 22 new Degree Colleges

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SRINAGAR, June 29: Government has approved 11 new Degree Colleges under Centrally sponsored scheme ‘Establishment of Model Degree Colleges in Educationally Backward districts’.

These 11 model Degree Colleges will be set up at DH Pora (Kulgam), Tangmarg (Baramulla), Charar-i-Sharief (Budgam), Zanaskar(Kargil), Marwah(Kishtwar), Mahanpur(Kathua), Women’s Degree College (Kupwara), Surankote (Poonch), Kalakote (Rajouri), Nobra (Leh) and Sarah Bagha Mahore (Reasi).

This was stated by Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik here today.

The Minister said 11 more colleges will be set up at Kangan(Ganderbal), Khour (Jammu), Jhandra (Jammu), Pampore (Pulwama), Thatri (Doda), Sunderbani (Rajouri), Vailoo-Larnoo (Anantnag), Hadipora(Baramulla), Bagh-e-Dilawar Khan (Srinagar), Gool (Ramban) and Magam (Budgam) under State Plan.

In all 22 new Degree Colleges will be set up in the State, which he said, will revolutionize higher education scenario in the coming years.

Mr. Malik said at the behest of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah comprehensive survey was conducted to ascertain viability for setting up of new Degree Colleges, keeping in view the genuineness and geographical educational backwardness of the area. He said the thrust, has been laid on uncovered areas.

Dar inspects agriculture farms, orchards

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JAMMU, June 29: Minister of State for Agriculture, Horticulture and Floriculture, Javed Ahmad Dar today inspected various development works of Agriculture, Horticulture and Floriculture Departments being taken up under various Centrally and State sponsored schemes in Marh, Gharota and Akhnoor areas of Jammu district.

The Minister inspected demonstration plots of vegetables, nurseries of Hybrid Paddy Varieties PHB-71 and Poonam, maize grown in compact areas for commercial purpose which is ready for marketing, in villages Gole, Sarora and Akalpur of Marh sub division.

On the occasion, the Minister inaugurated Irrigation Pump sets installed by the Department of Agriculture on subsidy under different schemes in these villages. He also inaugurated a bore-well at Gharota which will irrigate more than 20 kanals of Agriculture land.

During the tour, Director Agriculture, Ajay Khajuria, Director Horticulture, J L Sharma, Director Floriculture, K K Sharma and other officers accompanied the Minister.

The Minister visited Grassland and Fodder Development Farm Chak Jaggar, of Department of Agriculture and inspected the functioning. He stressed upon the need of cultivation of Lemon Grass due to its high aromatic value.

At Marh block, the Minister inspected high density mango orchard established by the Department of Horticulture under Horticulture Mission.

The Minister also interacted with the fruit growers and farmers at Floura Nagbani in Marh block and asked them to avail financial assistance for establishment of deep bore wells for better irrigation of their fruit plants.

While interacting with the farmers, the Minister emphasized for adoption of new technological interventions and sowing of good quality high yielding variety seeds for better production to make the state self sufficient in agriculture production.

Khoda discusses arrangements for Police-Public Mela

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SRINAGAR, June 29: Arrangements for day long Police Public Mela, being organized by Jammu and Kashmir Police were discussed in a high level police officers meeting held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda, who is also Patron-in-Chief of J&K Police Parivar.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Khoda informed that Police Public Mela is one of the grand events organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Organization after intervals regularly. He said that the Melas have assumed much importance as the public have shown large interest in these Melas for years.

The DGP also said that the bumper prizes have made the event more attractive and people from all corners of the State wait for months to test their luck through raffle draws. He said that the transparency in raffle draws has strengthened the trust of the people upon the organizers.

After detailed deliberations, the meeting decided that the Mela would be held in Srinagar in the month of September after Eid-ul-Fitr. Discussions were held with regard to various arrangements in and around the venue. For this purpose various committees headed by senior officers were constituted and asked to start the preparations for the grand event.

National Statistics Day celebrated
Vyas for creation of realistic database

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SRINAGAR, June 29 : The Department of Economics and Statistics celebrated the 5th National Statistics Day here today. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Planning and Development Department B. B. Vyas was the chief guest on the occasion.

The day is being celebrated to pay tribute to late Professor P. C. Mahalanobis, the doyen of Indian Statistical System. This legendary statistician was born on June 29, 1893 in Kolkata and breathed his last on of June 28, 1972 leaving abundant honour and pride behind him for the significant contribution made to Statistics and National Planning.

In his presidential address, Mr Vyas, paid rich tributes to Prof. Mahalanobis and laid emphasis on creating an authentic and realistic database which is very important for economic well being of the State. He laid emphasis on this year's theme of Gender Statistics which has assumed growing interest as well as concern particularly after celebration of international year of women in 1975 and is now one of the emerging areas requiring immediate attention of planners, policy makers and all other stakeholders.

In his address, noted economist, Prof. Nisar Ali said the department has a huge contribution in generating a credible database for the State. He suggested a fresh look at the methods and processes of data collection and interpretation.

Earlier in his welcome address, Director, Economics and Statistics, B. R. Lachotra detailed the activities of the department. He highlighted the role of late Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis and urged his fellow statisticians to draw inspiration from Prof Mahalanobis.

Head, Department of Statistics, University of Kashmir, Prof Anwar Hussain, former Director General Economics and Statistics, G. A. Qureshi also spoke on the occasion.

After inaugural session two technical sessions were conducted in which officers of Planning Department, Universities, Ex. Members of Economics and Statistics Cadre spoke and presented papers.

Meanwhile, National Sample Survey Office (Field Operations Division), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, Regional Office, Jammu celebrated the 5th Statistics Day today at Amar Singh Club.

Apart from Administration and field staff of NSSO (FOD) Regional Office, Jammu and Sub-regional Office, Udhampur, the Regional Director, Central Board for Workers Education, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Govt. of India, Jammu, Qumrul Hassan, Regional Joint Director and Joint Director from Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu Rajni Chark and Veena Thapper also attended the Statistics Day.

Speaking on the occasion Director, NSSO (FOD), Jammu Kishore Kumar recalled the contribution of late Prof. P.C.Mahalanobis in the field of Statistics. He also apprised the participants about the present statistical systems in the country and the achievements of National Sample Survey Office (Field Operations Division).

Regional Director, Qumrul Hasan stressed for quality, reliable and accurate data for firm planning.

Rajni Charak and Veena Thapper made the audience aware about the application of statistics in day to day life of a common man and importance of the data for framing the developmental socio-economic programme by the planners.

In a meeting convened to commemorate the birth anniversary and to pay tribute to late Prof. P.C. Mahalanobis, Sanjeev Gupta, State Publicity Secy., NGSEA appealed to the higher authorities to further expand and strengthen the statistical system in the state for which requisite statistical manpower may be employed which will address twin problems of employment generation on the one hand and building statistical database on the other hand.

JJSF demands introduction of Statistics
in colleges, schools

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: The Jammu Joint Student’s Forum today demanded introduction of Statistics subject in all colleges and schools of Jammu region in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Sanjay Sharma.

During the meeting, Forum members appealed the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to introduce Statistics at Colleges and Schools level of Jammu region as the subject has lot of scope in the State. They further added that Statistics taught in three colleges and few schools of Jammu division while it is available in 10 colleges of Kashmir division.

The subject has lot of relevance in private as well as Government sector so Government should pay attention and given preference to such subjects.

Among others present on the occasion included Dr Sandeep Charak, Dr R P Singh, Roohi Gupta, Priyanka Anand, Pawan Sharma, Tarunee Sahrma, Manu Smriti and Akansha.

Qureshi for improving elementary
education for better results

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JAMMU, June 29: Director School Education Gulzar Ahmed Qureshi today asked the Education Department functionaries to concentrate on improvement of education standards at elementary level to attain better results at the higher levels of schooling.

He observed that the result percentage of 10th and 12th classes can show significant improvement only by making sound educational base of students at the elementary level.

The Director, while chairing a meeting of Chief Education Officers and Zonal Education Officers of Jammu region said the School Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed is keen to strengthen the State Institutes of Education (SIE) at province level and DIETs at district levels to enable these to produce a large number of subject expert teachers . He said there is immediate requirement to utilise the services of trained manpower of SIE and DIETs to bridge the gaps between elementary and secondary education.

He said for streamlining the functioning of schools and improving the quality of education, enforcement of accountability on the part of teaching fraternity has become the necessity of the time. He said checking the menace of absenteeism, laxness and causal approach at various levels in the education sector has to be dealt with a proactive approach.

Mr. Qureshi said the system needs to be devised to adopt 100% feeding schools by the HoDs of the higher institutions falling in the ambit of their jurisdiction and cluster. He said Principal of the HSS will adopt all the feeding high schools in the ambit of his jurisdiction to monitor the academic performance and attendance of teachers, besides ensuring availability of allied infrastructural facilities to the students of each school. He said the Principal will visit the adopted schools at least once in a month while the lecturers will visit the adopted schools at least once in a week.

He said they will ensure that the institutions in their jurisdictions are functioning properly and requisite tests are being conducted regularly. He also stressed for maintaining the records of evaluation and grading of the students on the basis of their performance. He said necessary records in this regard will be maintained by the class subject teacher which will also be cross checked by the Head of the Institution.

Absorb KP youth in jobs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: Minority Cell of J&K National Conference has demanded to expedite works of special recruitment and also absorb more Kashmiri migrant youth into Government jobs.

In a meeting of the Cell held here today under the chairmanship of acting president, Anil Dhar, the members discussed the issues pertaining to the community. Provincial president of the party Rattan Lal Gupta also attended. They extended gratitude to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for the smooth and peaceful conduct of Kheer Bhawani mela in Srinagar recently.

The members demanded that process of special recruitment for KP youth be expedited and more youth of the community be absorbed in Government. They also congratulated the coalition Government led by Omar Abdullah for providing 4500 flats to the community at Jagti near Nagrota.

S N Dhar, Bhushan Lal Bhat, R N Fotedar, D K Raina, M L Lagroo, Bal Krishan Bhat and others were also present in the meeting.

Newly constituted KPC will strive for Kashyap homeland

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) was today constituted with Kundan Kashmiri as its national president.

Disclosing this to newsmen here today Mr Kashmiri said the new organisation will be headquartered at New Delhi while it will have its units in J&K, other parts of country and abroad.

He said T K Pandita and H L Mujoo will be its national vice presidents while A K Pandita, R L Raina, Sushil Bhat and Rajesh Rahi will be its general secretary, publicity secretary, organizing secretary and treasurer respectively.

Besides J N Sagar, B N Hali and S K Kaw will be members of Advisory Committee while Sanjoo Pandita and Abhay Ganjoo will be its members.

Mr Kashmiri said J&K unit will be headed by Satish Pajnoo while P N Pandita, J L Pandita, B L Tickoo and B L Raina will be its general secretary, vice president, secretary and organising secretary respectively.

Ex Corporator, Sheela Handoo will be incharge Women Wing while Babli Khushoo will be its secretary. Sanjay Dullo, Raj Kumar, S J Yogi, Subash Kuchroo and Shadi Lal Mujoo are its members.

The USA unit of the organisation will be led by Rahul Raina while Sunil Kumar will be its general secretary, he said, adding Sanjay Kumar will head U K unit and Rakesh Kumar will be its general secretary.

The new organisation which will strive for 15 point charter of demands will also keep the unity among all KP organisations on top of its agenda, said Kashmiri.

"We will struggle for the consolidation of KPs in Kashyap homeland in Valley, constitution of high level commission to probe mass exodus of the community, passage of KP religious places and Shrines Bill, action against those responsible for killing of hundreds of KPs, creation of constituencies in exile till homeland demand is met with etc.’’, he said.

J&K Bank organizes camp for Panchs, Sarpanchs

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 29: To make the newly elected Panchs and Sarpanchs aware about basic financial products and services available at the bank, the J&K Bank organized a first of its kind awareness camp in block Tral.

Held under the aegis of Financial Literacy and Credit Counseling Center (South Zone), the one-day camp was organized in collaboration with Rural Development Department.

The idea behind the initiative was to educate the grass root level representatives about the role of banks in socio-economic development of their panchayat halqas.

The camp witnessed comprehensive interactions of the panchs and sarpanchs with various senior block level Government functionaries and Bank officials.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lead Bank Officer (Pulwama), G R Kumar gave a detailed overview of the various credit products of banks especially those of J&K Bank. He informed the participants about various schemes available with the bank for the rural entrepreneurs.

He urged upon the elected representatives to come forward and avail the benefits of various bankable schemes from Central and State Governments for poverty alleviation in their halqas.

Speaking on the occasion, Block Development Officer (BDO) Tral thanked the bank for organizing such a camp while elaborating the importance of banking in enhancing livelihoods and creating employment avenues, he urged upon the sarpanchs to disseminate the information to their respective constituents.

Also present on the occasion, the Sheep Development Officer, Tral, appealed the youth to work hard and explore sources of livelihood beyond Government jobs. He apprised the participants about various bankable schemes available with the department for setting up sheep farms.

One killed, 6 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 29: One person was killed and six others sustained injuries in different road accidents across the Kashmir Valley.

Reports said that an accident took place between an Ashoka Leyland of Army bearing registration number ALSO3D154959N driven by Naik Ram Rattan No. 15398429N and motorcycle bearing registration number JK03B/9771 driven by Umar Farooq aged 26 years son of Farooq Ahmad resident of Achabal Anantnag near T.T Gate B.B Cantonment, Srinagar, resulting in injuries to said motorcyclist and his pillion mate namely Mohsin aged 20 years son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Achabal Anantnag.

The injured were shifted to bone and Joints hospital for treatment where Umar succumbed to his injuries.

A Piaggio bearing registration number JK18/2342 driven by Ajaz Ahmed Sheikh son of Mohammad Afzal resident of Lisoo-Kulgam hit and injured one person namely Peer Adil Mubarak aged 19 years son of Peer Mubarak resident of Gudder at Gudder-Kulgam. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment.

A Tata Mobile bearing registration number JK05/8678 hit and injured a pedestrian namely Ghulam Nabi Malla son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Takiyabal Sopore at Arampora, Sopore. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment.

An Alto bearing chassis number 1851463 driven by Mohammad Ashraf Bhat son of Abdul Majeed resident of Kralpora-Kupwara coming from Mattan to Khirbal turned turtle at Khirbal-Mattan, resulting in injuries to three persons travelling in the said vehicle. The injured were shifted to hospital for treatment.

JU conducting PG course in Gandhian Studies

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: The Gandhian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Jammu, is conducting Three months’ Post Graduate Certificate Course in Gandhian Business and Corporate Ethics from August 16, 2011.

The GCPCS has issued the admission notice for 3 months’ course, which would commence from August 16. For admission, a candidate must be Graduate from any recognized Universities in any discipline, subject which have intake capacity of 20 seats.

For Application Form and Information Brochures, candidates should approach the office of Gandhian Centre, Department of Political Science, JU from July 1 to 18, 2001, during working days. The last date for submission of forms will be July 27, 2011.

CM condoles demise of Qazi Aman

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 29 : Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of noted religious leader and Mirwaiz of south Kashmir Qazi Aman.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said that his passing away has created a vacuum in the religious circles which is difficult to fill up. He said Mirwaiz was a popular religious figure, who enlightened the people of south Kashmir through his inspiring sermons throughout his life.

Omar Abdullah termed Mirwaiz as a great religious luminary and a pious soul, who worked for peace, harmony and brotherhood apart from preaching religious and humanistic values. Belonging to a well known scholarly family, Mirwaiz was president of Ulema wing of Peace Foundation also, where he actively contributed in peace and normalcy.

The Chief Minister prayed for peace to the departed soul and patience to the bereaved family and people of south Kashmir in general to bear this irreparable loss.

Retiring officers, officials accorded warm send off

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: The officers and staff of Sheep Husbandry Department accorded a warm send off to Som Nath, who retired from active Government services as Chauffeur.

Director Sheep Husbandry Dr A K Koul, recalled the services rendered by Som Nath during his service tenure to the Department and wished him a happy and healthy post-retirement life.

The Director also wished happy and prosperous life to Dr V K Butyal, who retired from Government services as District Sheep Husbandry Officer Kathua today on attaining age of superannuation.

Joint Director (Extension) Dr J C Gupta, the officers and officials from other sections of the department also spoke high on the occasion and highlighted the qualities of head and heart of the retiring personnel.

Meanwhile Dr J P Sharma, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, who also attained age of superannuation after rendering 33 years of unblemished services to the Department, was accorded a touching send off.

The function was attended by many senior officers and staff of the Department. Dr Behlm also spoke on the occasion reflecting his association with Dr Sharma and also the Department. Director Animal Husbandary Department, Dr R P Hans, praised the contribution of the officer, while the programme was conducted by Dr Chohan.

S N Das Gupta College organizes interaction session

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 29: S N Das Gupta College organized an interaction session of students with recently qualified IAS and KAS candidates at Handwara. The session was part of the career awareness programme launched by the college for the students who want to appear for the civil services examinations.

In a statement issued by the college it has been said that the students carried out interaction with Ovessa Iqbal, Dr. Syed Abid, Shoaib Noor, Dr. Bashir Ahmad, Murtaza Hussain, Jafar Hussain, Hilal Ahmad, Peer Zahid and Ashraf Lolabi .

The qualified IAS and KAS candidates shared their experience with the students and counselled them as how to approach the civil services examinations. The students raised questions with the same being answered by qualified candidates to their satisfaction.

SC, ST Confed demands action

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organization through its president RK Kalsotra has apprised the Deputy Chief Minister and other Ministers that some SC/ST officers were denied of their rights.

The apprehension expressed by the confederation proved true and final seniority of KAS officers issued wherin SC/ST officers were shown at the bottom despite the fact that slots belonged to them from 2004-07. They finished the provision of reservation in promotion guaranteed by the constitution of India and Constitution of State also existing rules.

The confederation urged the Chief Minister to withdraw final seniority order and also order an enquiry about the officers who played with the future of SC/ST officers and also take stern action against the same.

He urged its cadre throughout the State and also outside the State for agitation as per the programme intimated to them.

YAIKS for one time compensation to
displaced over-aged youth

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: Demanding one time compensation for displaced over-aged Youth, the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) today expressed the hope that the Government will fulfill its promises made with the community youth in this regard.

Addressing a meeting of the organization here today, its president R K Bhat said that the condition of the over-aged youth is pitable as they have no source of income except relief and to stand upon their own legs the Government should come forward in helping them by establishing their business units.

Mr Bhat also demanded announcement of remaining 3000 posts as promised under PM’s employment package, filling up of left over posts in already advertised 3000 posts, passage of temples and Shrines Bill and grant of minority status to the community.

He while apprising the members about the youth convention to be held by his organization on July 1 here said that all these demands will be placed before the Chief Minister on the occasion.

Suspension of Deputy Director Floriculture revoked

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, June 29: The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Poonch has revoked the suspension order of S K Bali, Deputy Director Floriculture, Returning Officer Arai Haveli Block Mandi in view of the forgoing facts and the suspension order of the officer has been treated on duty.

The decision to revoke the suspension order was taken by ADC after Mr Bali represented before the authorities that the counting was made independently by ARO Arai Malikan and he was responsible for declaration of result only. The version of Returning Officer was also confirmed by BDO Mandi that ARO conducted the counting and then he approached the RO for declaration of result as per election guidelines.

Chain hunger strike enters tenth day

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, June 29: The chain hunger strike of District Committee of J&K United School Teachers Association has entered tenth day here today.

The teaching community members were protesting against the callous attitude of educational authorities and biased functioning of CEO Kathua.

District president Shashi Pal urged the educational authorities to intervene into matter and questioned repeated transferring of helpless masters into Bani and Malhar zones.

Among others who sat on the dharna included Hari Singh, Sewa Ram, Om Parkash, Sham Lal, Shubnandan Sharma, Des Raj, Inderjeet Sharma, Kanwar Singh, Sudesh Kumari and Ram Pyari.

Durga Nagar delegation calls on officials

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: A deputation of Durga Nagar Welfare Committee led by its president Roshan Lal Raina called on Chief Engineer PDD, SE PHE, SE, JDA and XEn UEED and apprised them of the problems of the area.

The delegation apprised the Chief Engineer PDD that due to the coming up of new colonies the load on Janipur Grid has increased to a greater extent and demanded that a separate Grid Station be constructed in between Roop Nagar and New Janipura to over come the increasing power cuts in the area.

The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Engineer in this regard.

The delegation while apprising the SE PHE about the water scarcity in the area demanded that fresh motor set be installed to over come the problem which the later assured will be done within 10 days.

Sukhnandan calls on CM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 29: The BJP MLA from Marh Choudhary Sukhnandan called on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at Srinagar this evening and apprised him of the difficulties being faced by farmers due to shortage of fertilizers.

The MLA informed Mr Abdullah that the delay in supply of fertilizers has added to the woes of farming community in the State in general and Jammu region in particular. He also informed the CM about the bottlenecks created in the way of maintaining proper supply of fertilizers and said that it was only his untiring efforts that supply was released for farmers recently.

The MLA urged the Chief Minister to take personnel interest in future and issue directives to the higher authorities to ensure smooth supply of fertilizers to farmers so that they will not be made to suffer again in future.



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