presents State awards to
71 personalities for
Governor N. N Vohra presented State awards to
71 personalities for their excellent work in
different walks of life.
The awards were
presented for four years and the function was
held after a gap of four years. Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah, Union Minister for New &
Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah along with
the Ministers, civil & police officers and
important personalities took part in the
For 2008 and 2009,
17 persons each were selected for the State while
as the number of awardees with respect to 2010
and 2011 stood at 26 and 11 respectively. Awards
were given to people who have excelled in
meritorious public service, social reforms &
empowerment, environment, literature, performing
arts, bravery, sports, excellence in arts &
crafts, media and exemplary industrial
entrepreneurship. Awards were also given to
people for their life time achievement and
special awards were also given on this occasion.
The state awardees
for 2008 were Shiv Nath, Literature-Dogri,
Tabassum Mumtaz-Bravery, Uttam Kumar-Painter, Dr.
Rafiq Masoodi-special award, Surinder Kumar
Sapolia-special award, Tashi Rabgyas,
Literature-Bodhi, Khadim Hussain-performing arts.
Sahyog-social reforms and empowerment, Help
Foundation-social reforms and empowerment,
Sudhanshu Panday-meritorious public service,
Ghulam Ahmad Peer-meritorious public service,
Mithun Manhas, Sports-Cricket, Mehraj-ud-Din
Wadoo, Sports-Football, Arun Malhotra,
Sports-Football, M/s Kashmir Kesar
Mart-industrial entrepreneurship and M/s Hall
For 2009 State
awards were presented to 17 personalities. Late
Ashok Sodhi, Photo Journalist of Daily Excelsior
was awarded posthumously with the State award. He
has been awarded with a medal, a citation and a
cash prize of Rs. 51,000.
Besides Sodhi the
others presented with state awards for 2009 are
were Ved Kumari Ghai, Literature-Dogri, Sanskriti
& Hindi, Prof. Fida Mohammad Hasnain-life
time achievement, Prof. Lalit Magotra,
Literature-Dogri, Sadiq Ali Sadiq,
Literature-Balti, Pran Kishore-performing arts,
Raj Begum-performing arts, Ghulam
Mohammad-performing arts, Mitali,
sports-gymnastics, Gul Mustafa Dev,
sports-skiing, Ram Singh Salathia,
sports-mountaineering, Ajay Sharma, sports-table
tennis, Masood Hussain-media, Nazir
Masoodi-media, Sumir Kaul-media, Shashi Kumar
Kesri-environment and Ahmadullah Shah-meritorious
For 2010 the state
awards were given to Rukshana Kosser-bravery,
Ajaz Ahmad-bravery, Prof. Rehman Rahi-achievement
award for poetry, Prof. Sewa Singh-achievement
award for literature (Punjabi), Prof. Veena
Gupta-Literature (Dogri), Shameem Azad-performing
arts, Kailash Mehra-performing arts, Pradhuman
Singh Jindrahia-performing arts, Ghulam Mohammad
Saznawaz-performing arts, Mohammad Shariq
Farooqui-arts and crafts, Viklang Chhatra
Trust-social service, B. R Sharma, meritorious
public service, Basharat Ahmad Dhar-meritorious
public service, Nisar Ahmad Shah, meritorious
public service, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan-meritorious
public service, Chhering Angchok,
sports-mountaineering, Bilquis Mir,
sports-kayaking & canoeing, Sanaullah Bhat,
media (posthumous), Sofi Ghulam Mohammad, media
(posthumous) Dr. Arun Joshi-media, Nidhi
Razdan-media, Mahrukh Inayat-media, Iftikhar
Geelani-media, Maqsood Ahmad-media, Taranveer
Singh Gujral-industrial entrepreneurship and
Sheherbeen, excellence in media.
For 2011 the state
awards were given to Late Syed Rasool
Pompur-literature, Mishal Sultanpuri-literature,
Wali Mohammad Bhat-Literature, Kumari Krishan
Kumari-performing arts, Abhay Rustum Sopori-arts,
Dhruv Lakra, social reforms and empowerment,
Kuldeep Handoo-sports, Mohammad Saleem
Pandit-media, M K Bangroo-media, Ghanshyam Dev
Gupta-meritorious public service and Jigmet
Takpa-meritorious public service.
inaugurates international buyer-seller meet at
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that
Jammu and Kashmir faces setbacks due to
unforeseen circumstances arising due to political
uncertainty, adding that Kashmir gets coverage
only due to bad happenings.
The Chief Minister
said that many success stories are emanating from
this place and the media outlets should give due
coverage to positive developments taking place in
He made these
observations while inaugurating the third
international buyer-seller meet being organized
by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(KCCI). Union Minister of State for Environment
and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, was the guest of
honour at the inaugural function.
improving and situation is better when we compare
it with the situation that existed here some two
decades ago, but at the same time we suffer
setbacks from time to time. We need to come out
of these setbacks and move forward so that peace
is established in the Kashmir valley," said
buyer-seller meet as a small but significant step
in the trade activities in Kashmir the Chief
Minister said that events like these open Kashmir
market to the outside world, adding that such
events should be organized regularly. He however
said that the number of buyers should be more
than the sellers in the coming such events,
adding that this is vice-versa at this point of
around we have more sellers than the buyers,
ideally it should have been other way around. It
is heartening to note that the buyers have come
from different parts of the globe. I am not too
much concerned about the business turnover during
this buyer-seller meet as I want that a long time
relationship is developed between buyers and
sellers," said Omar.
The Chief Minister
impressed upon the traders and businessmen to
adopt fair practices during their business.
In his speech
Jairam Ramesh said that a young generation of
business entrepreneurs has emerged from Kashmir.
He said these people want that the situation to
be peaceful so that they could carry out with
"It is the
duty of both the Central and State Governments to
provide congenial atmosphere so that the business
activities flourish in Kashmir. It is heartening
to note that Entrepreneurship Development
Institute (EDI) has become fully functional here
and institutes like Craft Development Institute
(CDI) and Indian Institute of Carpet Technology
(IICT) have also made significant contribution in
the recent past," said the Union Minister.
Jairam said that
the International Trade Centre would also become
functional very soon since the funds have been
allocated for it. He said that buyer-seller meet
needs to be organized at places like Moscow,
Dallas, Dubai and other places of international
within the next one year we would be able to
complete the first phase of restoration of Dal
Lake project and my Ministry is going to take up
the project about the restoration of Wullar Lake
as well. Many other projects aimed at preserving
the state's water bodies are also in
pipeline," said the Union Minister.
In his welcome
address, Nazir Ahmad Dar, President-KCCI said
that buyer-seller meet has become a landmark for
displaying the rare Kashmiri handicrafts. He said
that a buyer-seller meet helps in tie-up between
buyers and sellers.
"We can also
call the buyer-seller meet as Kashmir Expo and it
is great to see buyers coming from various parts
of the globe.
Amarnath pilgrims registered in 4 days
May 14: Reviewing
the progress of the Yatris' registration for the
Shri Amarnathji Yatra scheduled to commence on
June 29, the Chief Executive Officer of Shri
Amarnathji Shrine Board, R. K. Goyal, disclosed
that the registration of yatris has been
progressing steadily since May 10 and 80,313
yatris have since secured the Yatra Permits
through internet based e-Registration facility
and 149 Bank branches spread across various
States, during the first four days.
The CEO further
disclosed that of 80,313 yatris, 43,435 have
opted for traditional Pahalgam route and 36,878
have secured registration for the Baltal route.
As per the available reports, about 17,000 Yatris
have availed the internet based e-Registration
media, the CEO informed that the Board is
providing, free of cost, an Insurance Cover of
Rs. one lakh for all the registered Yatris. He
appealed to all the intending yatris to secure,
in their own interest, a valid Yatra Permit
through one of the 149 Bank branches or online
e-Registration facility to avoid any
inconvenience on arrival in the State of Jammu
suspended Legislators allege 'casteism' in BJP
May 14: Three
legislators of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),
suspended in cross-voting during Jammu and
Kashmir MLC elections, today alleged 'casteism'
in the party at both the State and national
Three MLAs - Prof
Garu Ram from R S Pura constituency, Bharat
Bhushan Bodhi from Raipur Domana and Durga Dass
from Hiranagar - in a joint press conference here
this morning alleged that they were trapped under
a planned conspiracy because they belonged to
cross-voted against the party during MLC polls
but still we were among the seven suspended
MLAs," Prof Garu Ram claimed.
He also alleged
that he was threatened with dire consequences by
the J&K in-charge and senior BJP leader R P
Singh on telephone if he would not accept his
involvement in cross-voting. "The party high
command took action against us only because we
belong to a weaker section," he alleged.
Mr Dass said,
"I am ready to undergo the narco test and if
I am proved guilty, I will commit suicide."
The MLA said the
high command should come clear on what parameters
the legislators were identified in cross-voting.
"All the 11 MLAs should have been expelled
from the party," he added.
to the party, we stand to uphold the ideals of
socialism, secularism and democracy and declare
that in no case, we shall bow to the unlawful
demands of such members who are attempting to
harass and compel us to withdraw and separate
us," the Legislators said.
The MLAs also
demanded inquiry against the four other
legislators who were given a clean chit by the
party high command in cross-voting on April 13.
They also alleged
that Party failed to raise the issue of
disappearance of two SC girls from Paddar last
year and pledged full support to Prof Chaman Lal
Gupta as their leader.
inaugurates Army Mela at JAK LI Centre
The Governor, N N Vohra, inaugurated a
day-long Army Mela at Jammu and Kashmir Light
Infantry Regimental Centre here today.
The First Lady,
Usha Vohra, was present on the occasion.
A large number of
Veer Naris and ex-Servicemen from the Kashmir
Valley participated in this Mela, which was
organized with a view to creating awareness about
the various rehabilitation and welfare schemes
launched by the Central and State Governments as
well as by the Army for Veer Naris, disabled
soldiers, veterans, serving soldiers and their
highlights of the Mela were sky diving,
motorcycle display, dog show, mass band display,
weapon and equipment display and hot air
The Governor, as
chief guest, inaugurated the Mela amidst Fly Past
and showering of flower petals by the helicopter.
He presented keys of modified scooters to 14
physically disabled soldiers and veterans,
besides badges of sacrifice and certificates of
honour to the next of kin of seven martyrs. He
also gave financial assistance to 15 Veer Naris
and veterans on the occasion in addition to
presenting gifts to five Veer Naris on his own
honoured Subedar Jogendra Singh Yadav, a Param
Veer Chakra awardee, on the occasion.
observed that such Melas provide a valuable
opportunity to the civilian population to get to
know their Army. He said that this is also an
occasion to pay homage to the martyrs who laid
down their lives in the service of the nation. He
added that the officers and jawans of the Army,
who are amongst us today, are there to defend the
territorial integrity of the country and for
ensuring our safety and security.
Earlier, Lt. Gen.
K. T. Parnaik, dwelt on the rehabilitation and
welfare measures taken for the Army personnel and
their families right from their recruitment,
during service and thereafter.
The GOC 15 Corps,
Lt. Gen. S. A. Hasnain, gave details of the aims
and objects of the Army Mela.
Secretary to the Governor, R. K. Goyal, senior
officers of the Army, Civil and Police
Administration, ex-Servicemen, next of kin of
martyrs, Veer Naris and veterans as well as
students of various educational institutions were
present at the inaugural function of the Mela.
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free dental camp begins
Dentacare Dental Clinic and Colgate India
today jointly organized two days free dental
check up camp at Lakshmi Nagar, Sarwal.
Sarwal, Subash Nagar, Roop Nagar and other
surrounding areas availed the benefits of
comprehensive dental check up extended by Dr
Anita Kaul and her team.
the camp Dr Anita Kaul said that eating pattern
and food choices among the children and teens
were important factors that affect tooth decaying
within this age group.
During the camp
children viewed power point presentation on hand
washing practices and oral hygiene besides proper
brushing technique was also demonstrated. Free
medicines for various dental ailments were also
given during the first day of the camp.
inspects developmental works
Reiterating Government's determination to
provide better basic amenities to the people of
the State, Minister for Revenue, Relief and
Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla today said the
Government has taken several innovative measures
for improving the living standard of the people
especially, those residing in rural and
peripheral areas across the State.
The Minister was
interacting with the people after inspecting
ongoing works in Sector-7 Ward No. 44, in Nanak
Nagar area today.
The Minister said
fulfilling of people's aspirations and
developmental needs is on the top agenda of the
Government. He assured the people that all their
genuine demands and development needs would be
fulfilled in a phased manner.
stressed upon the concerned engineers and
officers to redouble their efforts and accelerate
pace on all ongoing works in the area to ensure
completion before onset of rainy season. He said
the 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 adding that it was the pro-people
policy of the Government that the masses at
present are benefited in respect of drinking
water, regular power supply in metered areas,
road connectivity, quality education and
healthcare facilities at their doorsteps.
inaugurates works in Vijaypur
Minister for Industries and Commerce, S.S
Slathia, on Saturday visited Khadergal and Chawni
villages of Vijaypur in Samba district and took
stock of development works being executed in the
At Khadergal, the
Minister inaugurated 200 meter long community
path constructed at a cost of Rs 10 lac under
Addressing a large
public gathering at Khadergal, Mr Slathia said
that all their demands would be mitigated in a
phased manner. Regarding replacement of electric
wires and poles, construction of lanes and drain
and boundary wall of school besides blacktopping
of the main road, he said these works shall be
done at the earliest. He also assured the people
for installation of two hand-pumps in the area.
Minister inaugurated Lanes and drains constructed
at village Chawni. The local people met the
Minster and apprised him of their problems
especially on account of unemployment, water
scarcity, power, roads, health and education.
He distributed Rs
85000 each, among three unemployed youth under
the scheme of Fisheries Department.
calls for scientific conservation of heritage
May 14 :
The Governor, N. N. Vohra, has emphasized the
need for the identification of all heritage
assets, their scientific conservation and
management for keeping alive their cultural
significance, which is invaluable.
The Governor, as
chief guest, was addressing after inaugurating
the 3-day international seminar on Mughal Gardens
organized by the INTACH, J&K Chapter, in
partnership with the University of Kashmir and
supported by the Department of Floriculture at
Kashmir University here today.
observed that a great deal of work is required to
be done to conserve heritage monuments and sites
in the Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions without
permitting, even marginally, any dilution or
change in the original concepts, designs and
layouts. He said that these historical assets are
required to be conserved not merely for the
promotion of cultural tourism but as
irreplaceable landmarks of our rich heritage.
Referring to the
Mughal Gardens, the Governor said that time bound
systematic efforts are required to be made for
the selected six gardens, on the tentative list
of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, brought on the
finally approved list.
congratulated the INTACH, Kashmir University and
the Department of Floriculture for organizing
this international seminar on highly relevant
topic and wished the participants fruitful
The Minister of
State for Floriculture and R&B, Javed Ahmad
Dar, gave details of the measures being taken for
conservation of various heritage sites in the
Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Riyaz
Punjabi, said that the cultural heritage needs to
be conserved for the coming generations.
Prof. Ebba Koch
from the Institute of Art History, University of
Vienna, in her keynote address spoke extensively
about the Mughal gardens and landscape art. She
also made a power point presentation on the
Prof. Ashraf Wani,
Head, Department of History, University of
Kashmir, dwelt at length on the theme of Mughal
heritage in Kashmir.
holds demonstration for passage of Temples Bill
May 14: The
activists of Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC)
staged a demonstration in front of Press Club
here this morning to protest against the failure
of State Government in enacting a law to protect
the religious places and temples of Hindus in
was led by Kundan Kashmiri, president KPC and the
protestors raising slogans in support of their
demand alleged that temples and shrines in
Kashmir are in deteriorating condition and the
State Government was still delaying the passage
of Shrines and Temples Bill.
demonstrators the KPC leaders said that Kashmir
has many religious shrines and monuments which
have historical importance but their condition
has deteriorated after the mass exodus of Hindus
They said these
shrines became the target of the wrath of the
terrorists during the turmoil period and many of
them were damaged by ultras. Besides some vested
elements have also grabbed the land of the
temples and shrines in Kashmir while others have
disposed it off in connivance with the revenue
authorities, they added.
The KPC leaders
said for preservation of these ancient monuments
the Government should without any further delay
pass the Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Temples Bill
by convening a special session of the State
Legislature on the pattern of Gurudawara
Prabandhak Board or Wakf Board.
The KPC leaders
said that in this regard various resolutions were
passed by KP organizations from time to time and
memorandums also given to Government by them but
these all failed to yield results till date.
also expressed concern over the plight of
displaced youth and said that they have been
worst sufferers of 21 year long turmoil. They
urged the Government to concede their long
pending demands like age relaxation, one time
financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh and creation
of employment avenues for them.
The KPC state
president Satish Pajnoo, its general secretary, P
N Pandita, national general secretary A K
Pandita, M K Tickoo, Bharat Bhushan Kaul, Ram
Krishan Bhat and Rakesh Kumar addressed the
campaign to raise awareness about rare migratory
birds on WMBD
By Lalit Gupta
With droves of school children lining up to
enjoy the splendor of rare birds in natural
habitat of the Jammus world famous Gharana
Wetland, Gurdev Rajs photo-exhibition of
migratory birds seems to have fulfilled succeeded
individuals campaign to highlight need for
the protection of migratory birds and their
Bharat Pratibha Vikas Mandal on occasion of World
Migratory Birds Day (WMBD), which is celebrated
on May 14 every year, the two day exhibition at
Master Sansar Chand Art Gallery at the Kala
Kendra has 150 pictures on show have captured
rare species of migratory birds which visit the
Replying to the
questions by students who showed keen interest in
the rare birds, Gurdev Raj, for whom Gharna
wetland has been a passion since more eight
years, said that about 25 to 30 rare species of
birds visit Ghrana every year especially during
in winter season and most common birds include
Bar Headed and Graylog Geese, Pintail, Common
Teal, Grey Heron and Little Grebe from New
Zealand, America and Australia.
The photos, which
show Gharana wetland from different angles, along
with stately birds, also draw attention towards
problems like its weed problem, construction
activities and encroachments that is fast
shrinking of the reserve which has been reduced
to an area of half a kilometre square area only.
One of the salient
features of the exhibition, which shows rare
birds in different actions and moods and postures
in the setting of the wetland, is labels, which
give English, Hindi, Dogri and sometimes Kashmir
names of the birds captured in photos. A fact
which was appreciated for its educational value
by the spectators which also included teachers
and students of schools like BR Ambedkar School,
Rajpura and Ban Talab, Blooming Dale Public
school, Nanak Nagar and Dati Todi Memorial
Convent Higher Secondary School, Ratnal, Bishnah.
the audience were Gyan Chand, chairman, BR
Ambedkar Schools, Dr Subhash Gupta, president,
Dahramarth Trust Sudhar Committee, Som Nath,
Preetam Sharma, Karnail Sharma, Krishan Kapoor,
Vijay Kumar, Jagdish Soodan and others. The
exhibition will remain open till tomorrow from 11
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Interlocutors' report public: Jitendra Singh
BJP State Chief Spokesperson Dr Jitendra
Singh has demanded that the Interlocutors' report
be made public and left open to a wider debate,
before the UPA Government takes any decision
about implementation of any of the
recommendations made in it.
Dr Singh expressed
serious objection to the reported contents
including change of nomenclature to
Sadr-e-Riyasat and Prime Minister in the final
part of Interlocutors' report ready for
submission to Union Home Ministry and issued
stern warning on behalf of the BJP that the party
will launch a mass movement across the country to
expose this conspiracy and would oppose any such
proposal which is Kashmir-centric or ignores the
interests of Jammu and Ladakh.
Dr. Jitendra Singh
also alleged that the Interlocutors had followed
a biased approach right from the beginning and
their report failed in projecting an objective
view of every section of polity as well as civil
society. Substantiating his charge, he said that
during each of their visits to the State,
interlocutors had deliberately avoided
establishing contact with the BJP leadership.
During their very
first visit to the State they did not seek
meeting with BJP leadership while during their
second trip, they visited the BJP headquarters at
Jammu on January 17 and apologized for their
inability for not having met during earlier visit
but explained that this had happened due to a
"goofe-up" on the part of local
administration, he added. He said during the one
and half hour meeting that followed, the BJP
leadership placed before the Interlocutors the
main issues of party concern which included
"Delimitation of election
constituencies", discrimination against
Jammu and Ladakh, implementation of 73rd and 74th
amendments before holding Panchayat election,
displaced Kashmiri community as well as PoK and
West Pakistan refugees, unemployment among youth
According to Dr.
Jitendra Singh, the head of Interlocutors team
Dileep Padgaonkar told the BJP leaders that they
needed time to further study these issues and
promised that they would get back in next 20 to
25 days. But, they deliberately avoided any
future contact with BJP in utter disregard of the
courtesy to be shown to a national party, he
"We look at
'Autonomy', 'Self-Rule', 'Achievable Azadi',
'Azadi' as part of the same secessionist
spectrum," said Dr. Jitendra Singh and added
that the only Kashmir roadmap proposed by BJP is
that of full and final integration of Jammu and
Kashmir with the Union of India and will not
accept anything less than this.
brings laurels to State
Pooja Hali daughter of Sh.Surinder and Indu
Hali of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. Hardwar has
brought laurels to the State by qualifying the
Civil Services Exams 2010. She has secured 200th
Born at Srinagar
in Kashmir Valley, she did her schooling from DPS
Ranipur Hardwar. Later she graduated in
Electrical Engineering from College of Technology
GBUAT Pantnagar, Uttaranchal. After serving Tata
Consultancy Services for 2 years she left the job
and prepared for Civil Services.
student and a distinction holder all through her
academic carrier, Pooja attributes her success to
hard work and constant encouragement from her
parents. She pledged to serve the nation with
Having a good
family background, Pooja from her childhood was
interested to do some thing special in her
career. Zealous to serve the society Pooja
thought that the Civil Services was the only
option to attain this objective.
Pooja Hali is the
niece of Justice Sunil Hali and Dr.Sushil Razdan
trade suspended till May 18
Cross-LoC trade via Chakan-Da-Bagh Line of
Control (LoC) point in this district has been
suspended for another week by the cross-LoC
traders in protest against slapping of Sales Tax
and VAT on the trading commodities.
decided to suspend cross-LoC trade between the
traders of J&K and Pakistan occupied Kashmir
(PoK) via Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in
protest against the State Governments move
to slap Sales Tax and VAT on the trading
goods", LoC Traders Union president Pawan
Anand said after meeting of the cross-LoC traders
be no cross-LoC trade on Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing
point on May 17 and 18", he said.
The traders had
earlier suspended the trade for past 11 weeks in
protest against the Governments decision.
Government to sort out the issue as early as
possible, Mr Anand said that Government had not
initiated any step to resolve the issue of Sale
Tax so far.
terms Laden's funeral prayer by
Geelani as un-Islamic
Describing the holding of Al-Qaida chief
Osama-bin-Laden's funeral prayer at Srinagar
recently by Hurriyat Conference leader Ali Shah
Geelani as un-Islamic, Chairman Anjuman Minhaje
Rasool Maulana Sayed Athar Dehlavi today said
that Laden was never identified with Islam.
Addressing a press
conference here today, Maulana said, "Terror
has no religion and caste and so was Osama bin
Laden, who was never identified with Islam."
The Islamic cleric
said, "Geelani's call to offer funeral
prayers in absentia, for Bin Laden, after Friday
prayers in Batmaloo was un-Islamic."
separatists should accept the reality that
situation was returning to normalcy in Kashmir
and people were fed up of their ideology.
Kashmir now want peace and to live in harmony.
Separatists should accept that their ideologies
are no longer being acknowledged and
followed," the cleric said. This was well
proved as there were no reactions in Kashmir
after Osama's killing, he added.
death can never be treated as loss to Islam.
Whether it is 9/11 or 26/11, terrorists should
not be spared."
However, on the
United States, Maulana Dehlavi said,
"America should at least come clear on
Osama's death as it has become a mystery."
He said on terrorism, the US should have no
double standards. On Pakistan, the cleric said,
"Situation in Pakistan is worrisome and it
should not be taken for granted. He referred to
yesterday's two bomb blasts in Pakistan and said
that Pak must develop cordial relations and
strengthen its ties with India. This is
essentially in the larger interest of that
country as well as the people of India.
releases books of Sayil, Sudeshi
Former Additional Secretary Cultural Academy
and renowned Dramatist Moti Lal Kemu today
regretted that Sahitiya Akademi has developed a
trend to ignore the writers from the Kashmiri
Pandit community with regard to selection of
their books for awards.
Mr Kemu, who was
addressing a function in connection with release
of two books of Kashmiri writers P N Koul Sayil
and P L Sudeshi here this afternoon said though
the Pandits were founders of Kashmiri Sahitya in
1948 yet the writers from the community are
ignored while selecting books for national awards
by the Akademi.
efforts of the authors of the two books, Mr Kemu
said that he feels elated that these books have
been released. Highlighting the contribution of
the community in the field of literature, he said
the Pandit writers always stood in competition.
He while making a
scathing attack on Government and Akademi said
every time it announces awards for writers but
writers of this minority community are ignored
for unknown reasons which is not good for the
promotion of literature.
Mr Kemu alleged
that well known writers of the community were
deprived of the Sahitiya Akademi award and the
authorities at the helm of affairs should look
He also alleged
that the demand of accepting Devnagri as an
alternative script for the Pandits was not
conceded by the Government though majority of the
writers of the community are not in a position to
write in Nastaliq script.
He said even the
well known Muslim publishers in Kashmir Valley
were publishing the books in Devnagri script
book 'Vadi Hai Na Manush' a detailed paper was
read by Mr Sayil while on Sayils book Aahi,
T N Ganjoo Wishwas read the paper. The function
was organized by Nagrai Literary Forum, Jammu in
collaboration with Cultural Academy.
A galaxy of
writers and scholars attended the function. The
function was presided over by Prof P N Trisal
while Dr K N Pandita was the chief guest on the
occasion. Savita Bakshi, Additional secretary
Cultural Academy was the guest of honour. The
chairperson of the Forum Bimla Raina was present.
The proceedings were conducted by P L Hatash.
residents facing scarcity of LPG
The inhabitants of various localities in
Muthi including Laxmi Nagar are facing acute
scarcity of cooking gas with authorities sleeping
over the issue.
residents of the area the gas agencies are
maintaining monopoly as the booking number is not
followed by priority which has added to the woes
of the consumers to a great extent. During the
marriage season the gas is not supplied at all as
the agents of these agencies sell the same in
They said the
senior citizens and working women are the worst
sufferers of this problem and the concerned
agencies are not paying any attention to redress
In an appeal to
the Minister CAPD and its Director the residents
sought their immediate intervention in the matter
and ensure that the gas is supplied on first come
first serve basis.
statistical officers promoted as Assistant
The State Government has promoted 23
statistical officers as in-charge Assistant
Directors in Economics and Statistics (Gazetted)
Service in their own pay and grade for a period
of six months or till the clearance by the
Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) and Public
Service Commission (PSC).
officers included Abdul Ahad Ganai, Mohan Lal
Sharma, Vias Raj, Mohammed Hayat Kumar, Ghulam
Rasool Hajam, Subash Chander, Vijay, Gopal Singh,
Babu Ram, Kiran Bala, Tilak Raj, Reshmi Dogra,
Arvinder Kour, Gurcharan Singh, Harmeet Singh,
Yash Paul, Surinder Singh, Kuldeep Singh,
Noor-ud-Din, Sham Lal Kalloo, Mohammed Jamal
Kumar, Robinder Singh and Chagger Singh.
The posting orders
of these officers will be issued separately.
Himmat residents resent absence
of Safai Karamcharis
A meeting of Channi Himmat Residents
Association was held under the chairmanship of
its President V.K.Grover in which the members
strongly resented and expressed their deep
anguish over the absence of Safai Karamcharis of
Jammu Municipal Corporation who do not report for
their duties for days together and fail to
execute works assigned to them.
A resolution was
passed reprimanding the municipal authorities in
failing to take stock of the situation and do
their work on regular basis. The municipal staff
registers its presence in the colony only when
they have to collect the monthly payment on
account of Safai which is seldom done regularly.
has appealed to the Commissioner JMC S.C.Sawhney
to personally monitor the situation as long
absence of municipal workers from their duties
may cause an epidemic like situation and spread
diseases related to such negligence.