Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with religious fervour, gaiety across Jammu region

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: Like other parts of country, Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety throughout the Jammu region today with thousands of Muslims thronging different Eidgahs to offer Eid Nam ....more

Jora inaugurates J&K Pavilion in WTM at London

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JAMMU, Nov 7: While participating in the World Tourism Travel Mart (WTM) in London, Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora inaugurated J&K Pavilion in the Mart in London today.....more

Rich tributes paid to
martyrs of 1947

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JAMMU, Nov 7: Rich tributes were paid to martyrs of 1947, who laid down their lives in fighting Pak invaders in Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Bhimber Kotli, Poonch, Baramulla and other parts of the State at a Shradhanjali Samaroh at Gurudwara Kalgidhar .....more

BCES holds counseling session for students to study abroad

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JAMMU, Nov 7: The British Counseling and Educational Services (BCES) organized counseling session for the students to study abroad here at Jammu Club, this evening.Rajendra Sampat of University of East London, UK, while interacting with students about the advantages of studying abroad, particularly .....more

Candle march organised at Reasi
ABVP continues
stir, holds meet

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JAMMU, Nov 7: Terming the new recruitment policy of Government as anti-youth and draconian, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today demanded its immediate scrapping.A meeting of student leaders from various city colleges, Jammu ....more

Manufacture, sale of Letrozole drug suspended

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JAMMU, Nov 7: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 26 A of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, has issued a Gazette Notification under which the manufacture, sale and distribution of drug Letrozole for induction of ovulation in an ovulatory in fertility has been suspended in the country with immediate effect. ....more

NHPC celebrates 37th Raising day

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JAMMU, Nov 7: NHPC Limited celebrated its 37th Raising day today with great pomp and show at its office complex at Narwal and at Jyotipuram.In Jammu, OP Thakur, Executive Director, Regional Office, presided over the function as chief guest and inaugurated the function by lighting lamp......more

Maj Gen Balbir Pama new Chief of Staff

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UDHAMPUR, Nov 7: Major General Balbir Pama, took over the reins of Chief of Staff of the Northern Command here today. The General has done the senior command, higher command and National Defence College courses. During his service career he has held a variety of sterling and balanced portfolios of command, staff and instructional assignments......more

     
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JAMMU, Nov 7: Aditya Birla Group today inaugurated its first ever exclusive showroom in the winter capital namely, "Planet Fashion" at Gandhi Nagar.The showroom was inaugurated by Surjeet Singh Slathia, Minister for Commerce and Industries while Raman Bhalla, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation presided over. Owner of the "Planet Fashion" exclusive showroom, Ashok Gupta, officials of Aditya Birla Group and local populace were also present during the inaugural ceremony.

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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with religious fervour,
gaiety across Jammu region

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: Like other parts of country, Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety throughout the Jammu region today with thousands of Muslims thronging different Eidgahs to offer Eid Namaz.

In Jammu the biggest congregation was seen at Eidgah Residency Road where thousands of Muslims offered Eid Namaz. Among the prominent persons who offered Eid Namaz at Eidgah here included Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik.

Elaborate arrangements were made by Auqaf administration for the people at Eidgah on the occasion.

Besides offering of Eid prayers, exchange of sweets and hugs were the other highlights of celebration of Eid in winter capital city today. A large number of Hindus and members of Sikh community including leaders of various political parties had reached Eidgah to greet their Muslim brethren on the occasion.

They included former Deputy Chief Minister, Mangat Ram Sharma, Advisor to Chief Minister Devinder Singh Rana, former Ministers, NC MLC, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal and Deputy Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma.

Tight security arrangements were also made across the Jammu city and its outskirts for smooth and peaceful celebrations of the festival.

A large number of people from Muslim community offered Eid Namaz at Jamia Masjid Talab Khatikan, Eidgah Narwal, Jamia Masjid Kachhi Chawni, Sidhra, Bhatindi, Jamia Masjid Tawi Bridge and other mosques of city.

Talking to reporters Abdul Gani Malik said that Eid-ul-Azha gives the message of sacrifice. He expressed the hope that this Eid will bring India-Pakistan, who already have started a dialogue process to improve bilateral relations, more close to each other.

He said the coalition Government in the State led by Omar Abdullah is committed to solve the problems of the people of the State and added that the doors for talks are open to resolve the issues, if any.

Over 2000 Muslims offered Eid prayers at Khara Madana Eidgah, Purmandal, Samba. Prominent among those who offered Namaz in the Eidgah included MLC Master Noor Hussain, Mohammed Siddiqi and Bashir Sarpanch.

According to reports Eid- ul- Azha was also celebrated with full religious fervour at Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Ramban, Kathua, Udhampur, Basholi, and Billawar today.

Thousands of Muslims offered Eid Namaz at Eidgah Rajouri. DIG Rajouri Poonch, Vijay Kumar and SSP Rajouri Vijay Samyal greeted the people at Eidgah on the occasion. Minister of State for Power Shabir Khan offered the Eid Namaz among hundreds of Muslim devotees at Manjakote Eidgah. Hundreds of Muslims also offered Eid Namaz at Ramban,

Over 15,000 people offered Eid Namaz at Eidgah Poonch. On the occasion MLA, Poonch, Aijaz Jan, DC Poonch, A K Sahu and Additional SP Jugal Manhas greeted the people.

MLA Kathua, Charanjit Singh, D C Kathua, Zahida Khan and S P Kathua greeted the Muslims during Eid Namaz at Eidgah while Minister of Cooperatives Dr Manohar Lal greeted the members of Muslim community at Billawar and MLA Basohli Jagdish Raj Sapolia greeted the people at Basohli.

Thousands of Muslims also offered Eid Namaz at Eidgahs of Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah today.

Jora inaugurates J&K Pavilion in WTM at London

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JAMMU, Nov 7: While participating in the World Tourism Travel Mart (WTM) in London, Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora inaugurated J&K Pavilion in the Mart in London today.

Mr. Jora is in UK as a part of Indian delegation headed by Union Minister for Tourism, Subodh Kant Sahay.

The function was attended by large number of stake holders from India as well as abroad.

While addressing the gathering, Mr. Jora emphasized the visit of foreigners to Jammu and Kashmir particularly in view of prevailing peace and harmony in the State. He also appealed the Union Tourism Minister to take up the matter with the UK and other European countries to withdraw the advisory issued to their respective natives not to visit in J&K. He said that the need of the hour is to highlight the beauty and tranquility of the State known worldwide.

He further stated that over the years the inflow of foreign tourists has increased manifolds in the State of Jammu and Kashmir particularly in the Ladakh region. He hoped that by withdrawing the negative advisory the number of foreign tourists would increase in the coming years that would give further impetus to the State economy.

The State delegation comprising of Commissioner/Secretary Tourism, Atal Dulloo and Managing Director, JKTDC, Satish Nehru also participated in the event.

Rich tributes paid to martyrs of 1947

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JAMMU, Nov 7: Rich tributes were paid to martyrs of 1947, who laid down their lives in fighting Pak invaders in Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Bhimber Kotli, Poonch, Baramulla and other parts of the State at a Shradhanjali Samaroh at Gurudwara Kalgidhar Rehari here today which was organized by Movement for Justice for Refugees of 1947 (MJR-47) from PoK.

While recalling their sacrifices the speakers said had they not put their stiff and continued resistance for five days, the Kashmir Valley would have fallen a prey in the hands of raiders by the evening of October 22, 1947.

Terming the figure of these martyrs as 40,000 they said these unsung heros, who sacrificed their lives in defending their motherland and honour of their women and children saved the State and also in turn paved the way for them to save their lives by migrating to this part of the State.

The speakers narrated the eye-witness account of the horrendous killings of the innocent people belonging to Hindu and Sikh communities by the brute and cruel raiders. They also showed their deep resentment towards the consecutive Central and State Governments for ignoring the rights for relief to the refugees over and above forgetting the supreme sacrifices made by the martyrs in 1947 during the last 64 years. The issue of Kashmir can’t be assessed in isolation of the refugees of 1947, the very first victims of accession of the State with Union of India, they added.

Prof Himmat Singh, a son of the soil, from Punjab University Patiala, who has written a historical book "Kashmir Layee Kurbani’’ giving detailed accounts of martyrs all over the State, was honoured by MJR-47, for putting on record the details of this historical event which also contains more than 3,000 names village wise of the martyrs in the Valley only.

Besides the convener, S Jagjit Sudan many other speakers including Prof Inder Singh, Yog Raj Sharma, O P Khajuria, Surinder Singh, ex president Jammu Bar Association, S Mohinder Singh, S Charanjeet Singh Khalsa, Kulwant Singh and others also spoke on the occasion.

Speakers appealed to all the sections of the refugees of the 1947 from different areas to come on one platform and make this movement strong enough to force the Government to give justice to them which has been kept pending for the last 64 years. After the Ardas, prayers for the peace to the soul of martyrs, a Langer was also served to the Sangat.

BCES holds counseling session for students to study abroad

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: The British Counseling and Educational Services (BCES) organized counseling session for the students to study abroad here at Jammu Club, this evening.

Rajendra Sampat of University of East London, UK, while interacting with students about the advantages of studying abroad, particularly in UK, spoke at length and informed the students about the plethora of avenues available to students after 12th standard. He briefed that UK Universities were offering over 1000 course options to students willing to study abroad for quality education.

He further informed that costs of studying overseas are not necessarily high at all places and scholarships/internships are also available for brilliant students. He declared that BCES is a trusted agency for exploring education opportunities at UEL and is a registered agency with British Council and has been a trusted partner for the British High Commission.

Mr Sampat also informed that BCES has been working for the last 14 years with its main objective of providing professional and technical counseling services and helping the students to attain their goals while studying in the leading universities and colleges of the UK.

During the counseling session, the students and their parents directly interacted with International Officer from University of East London and cleared their various queries.

Candle march organised at Reasi
ABVP continues stir, holds meet

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: Terming the new recruitment policy of Government as anti-youth and draconian, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today demanded its immediate scrapping.

A meeting of student leaders from various city colleges, Jammu University and other private colleges was held under the banner of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad.

In the meeting it was resolved that students in large number will march towards Civil Secretariat on November 9 on the "Secretariat Chalo" call given by ABVP.

Student leaders appealed the college administration and Police Department for their cooperation and support to the on going justified movement against new recruitment policy announced by Government.

ABVP has also called citizens meet on November 8 at Brahman Sabha, Parade to chalk out further strategy for ongoing movement.

Meanwhile, in Reasi, hundreds of students from various institutions took out candle march and opposed the Government’s new recruitment policy for the non-gazetted posts in the Government sector.

Hundreds of agitating students amid sloganeering assembled at Chowk Chabutra and marched towards Bus Stand in the shape of a rally. Terming the Government’s new recruitment policy as anti-youth and draconian, students were demanding its revocation at the earliest.

Heavy police posse was deployed there as precautionary measure so that no untoward incident could took place.

Manufacture, sale of Letrozole drug suspended

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 26 A of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, has issued a Gazette Notification under which the manufacture, sale and distribution of drug Letrozole for induction of ovulation in an ovulatory in fertility has been suspended in the country with immediate effect.

This has been done in public interest as the use of the drug was likely to involve certain risk to human beings whereas safer alternatives of the drug are available. The manufacturers licenced to manufacture the drug formulation, if any, in the State of Jammu and Kashmir have been informed that their licenses for manufacturing the formulation have been suspended with immediate effect.

The Chemists and Druggists are also directed to stop the sale of these formulations with immediate effect and return the un-used stocks to the manufacturers. However, Letrozole formulation for treatment of "Breast Cancer" would continue to be manufactured and marketed in the country.

NHPC celebrates 37th Raising day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: NHPC Limited celebrated its 37th Raising day today with great pomp and show at its office complex at Narwal and at Jyotipuram.

In Jammu, OP Thakur, Executive Director, Regional Office, presided over the function as chief guest and inaugurated the function by lighting lamp.

Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Sarbhoy, Chief HR, presented the welcome address.

OP Thakur in his inaugural address congratulated the employees and briefed about the achievement of NHPC Limited during the last 36 years. He also spoke about the status of various projects across the State like Nimoo Bazgo, Chutak and Uri, likely to come up shortly.

Thakur further said that for the first half of this fiscal, NHPC Limited has earned a net profit of ` 1,757.52 crore as against ` 1,227.6 crore earned during the corresponding period of the previous financial year, there by registering an increase of 43.17 per cent.

On the occasion, colourful cultural programme was also organized in which young artists enthralled the audience with their performances.

Meanwhile, 37th NHPC Raising day was also celebrated at Jyotipuram with enthusiasm and fanfare.

The function was inaugurated by CB Singh, General Manager, whereas evening session of cultural activities was inaugurated by Meena Singh with lighting of traditional lamp.

Tug of war (women and girls), cultural programme and Fete were the main attractions of the celebrations. Besides various other activities including musical chair, children race, etc were also formed part of the celebrations.

CB Singh, presented prizes to the winners of various activities, organized during the function and also presented letter of appreciation to Anjusha, Sunali Dogra and Suresh Kumar, winners, all India devotional song competition held at Katra recently by Salal NHPC Limited.

On the occasion, Singh also distributed sewing machines among the needy widows for generating income through this resource.

Maj Gen Balbir Pama new Chief of Staff

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UDHAMPUR, Nov 7: Major General Balbir Pama, took over the reins of Chief of Staff of the Northern Command here today.

The General has done the senior command, higher command and National Defence College courses. During his service career he has held a variety of sterling and balanced portfolios of command, staff and instructional assignments.

The General Officer has vast experience in counter insurgency and high altitude warfare and has commanded 2/3 Gorkha Rifles, an infantry brigade in J&K and an infantry division in the plains of Punjab.

He has been instructor in Infantry School, Mhow and a United Nation Observer in UNIMOG. The General has held a number of prestigious staff appointments to include Brigadier Major, Colonel General Staff and Brigadier General Staff.

Before taking over the mantle of Chief of Staff, Northern Command, he was the Additional Director General of Perspective Planning at Army Headquarters. The General Officer stands approved for the rank of Lieutenant General, which he will be assuming shortly.

On his arrival here, Major General Balbir Pama, laid wreath at the Dhruva Shaheed Samark and thereafter met all officers posted in headquarters Northern Command.

Yusuf's death exposed prevailing corruption in Govt: PDP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: People's Democratic Party (PDP) today lambasted National Conference led coalition Government for its failure to bring transparency and accountability in the administration.

Addressing public meetings at Miran Sahib and Simbal Camp, PDP leaders regretted that corruption has crossed all limits and the example of this is the murder of NC worker Haji Yusuf, which has exposed prevailing corruption in the Government as well in the ruling party.

They said that all promises made during the Assembly elections remained in papers and added that the Government has also failed to connect itself with the common masses.

They further regretted that common masses in the State have been struggling with number of problems but the members of the ruling coalition have been using State resources for their personal comforts.

Those who addressed that gathering included Rangil Singh, Trilok Singh Bajwa, Balbir Singh, Ved Mahajan, Shanti Devi besides others.

Ex-Policemen League discusses problems

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JAMMU, Nov 7: Ex-Policemen League in a meeting, presided over by its president, KS Sambyal, discussed the issues pertaining to the welfare of the retired police officials.

The issues discussed in the meeting pertained to enhancement of ex-gratia relief, in the event death of retired police officials, to be paid at the rate of ` 5,000 on spot through district SSP to meet the expenses of the last rites; Re-imbursement of medical claims should be paid to the retired police officials with the monthly pension of each month; 5 per cent reservation in the police recruitment and in professional institutions for their wards.

It was resolved that a deputation of retirees of district Jammu will approach the chairman of the League, MM Khajuria, to work out further directive strategy to call upon the DGP for redressal to their grievances.

Among others present were Dayal Singh Slathia, Choudhary Chirag-u-Din, VP Gupta, Sagar Singh, Manmohan Bali, Surinder Mohan Koul, Baldev Raj Thappa, Mohd Saleem and Kasturi Lal, etc.

Thief arrested

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JAMMU, Nov 7: Police today arrested a thief and recovered stolen sanitary wares from his possession in Bantalab area of Domana. He was part of a racket operating in the areas, whose other members were being traced by police.

Police identified the arrested thief as Sudesh Kumar son of Ram Pal R/o Keran, Bantalab.

He had stolen sanitary wares from the house of Rattan Lal, which have been recovered.

During questioning, Sudesh Kumar admitted that he was part of a gang engaged in stealing sanitary wares from the houses. Police was trying to arrest other associates of the gang.

A case has been registered against the thief at Domana police station. A police party headed by SHO Domana Ajay Jamwal made the arrest under the supervision of SDPO Sandeep Mehta.

4 day Ved Prachar programme held at Arya Samaj

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: Four days Ved program of Arya Samaj Trikuta Nagar here concluded today. While first three days programme was held at Arya Samaj Trikuta Nagar the fourth day programme was held at SOS Home, Narwal Jammu.

During the first three days daily Yajan, Bhajan and Parvochans were held. The discourses were delivered by Udeyvir Ji from Mathura and Dr Dev Sharma, Vedic Schoalr from Delhi. They threw light on preachings of Vedas, the oldest religious books of the world. They also threw light on the principles of Arya Samaj.

On the concluding day 90 children of SOS Home were benefited by sermons, which were mainly related to the moral values of life and children’s duties towards their families and the nation. The program was arranged with kind consent of Amrish Kumar Khajuria, patron of SOS Home.

The programme was also graced by Bharat Bhushan Arya, president Arya Pratinidhi Sabha J&K.

Congregations

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: Various communities held meetings at their respective places of worship to finalize the arrangements for the congregations to be held this week with fervour and enthusiasm.

Angotra Biradari is celebrating its annual congregation at 'Sajawati' Dehri, Hamirpur Sidhar (Pangali) in tehsil Akhnoor on November 9. Biradari has asked its members to get invoked blessings of 'Devi Sajawati' by ensuring their participation. Pooja and traditional ceremonies would be followed by community kitchen.

Annual congregation of Khajuria Biradari is being held at Sajawati Mandir Kul Dev Sthan Sangwali, near Police Post Jatwal, on November 10. All Biradari members have been asked to participate with families and receive the blessings of Sajawati Mata and Kul Dev. In addition to routine activities a special programme would be organized to pay glowing tributes to son of the soil martyr Lieutenant Sushil Khajuria, who sacrificed his life on September 29, 2011 at Kupwara in Kashmir while fighting militants.

Sapolia Padha Biradari is holding its congregation on November 10 at Kuldevta Mandir Paloura Jammu. All devotees of Biradari has been asked to attend the same and have blessings of the deity.

Annual congregation of Puri Biradari is going to be held at Suketar, near Sula Park on November 10. All biradari members have been invited to at attend and seek blessings of Daati Maa for their well being and also partake Parshad at Langar. The function will start at 10 am with Pooja.

Pandotra Biradari congregation will be held at Devsthan, Ghagwal (Samba) on November 10. Hawan will be performed followed by Langar. All Biradari members have been asked to participate and obtain blessings of deity.

All India Mahajan Kangal Biradari is holding its congregation on November 10 at Mandir Maa Sajawati at Shivalya, Panjbakhtar Jammu. The doors of Mandir for Darshan would open at 6 am, Mundan at 11 am and Bhandara at 1 pm onwards. Biradari members have been stressed upon to participate with families to take blessings of deity.

Akhil Bhartiya Lamme (Mahajan) Biradari's annual congregation is being held on November 10 at Bua Daati Satyawati's Darbar (Pracheen Sthan) at Sanyal. Ramayan Paath will begin on November 9 at 7:30 am and Bhog of Ramayan Paath will be held at 7:30 am on November 10 and Hawan will be performed at 8:30 am and Langar served to devotees after 11 am.

"Planet Fashion" inaugurated

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 7: Aditya Birla Group today inaugurated its first ever exclusive showroom in the winter capital namely, "Planet Fashion" at Gandhi Nagar.

The showroom was inaugurated by Surjeet Singh Slathia, Minister for Commerce and Industries while Raman Bhalla, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation presided over.

Owner of the "Planet Fashion" exclusive showroom, Ashok Gupta, officials of Aditya Birla Group and local populace were also present during the inaugural ceremony.

The showroom will showcase brands like Van Huesen, Louis, Phillipe, Levis, Allensolly, Peter England, By Ford, Jockey besides many other brands.

Surjit Singh Slathia accompanied by Raman Bhalla had a glimpse of the brands and also expressed their satisfaction on the fashion wear put on display. They said that the showroom would provide various choices to the customers before going for shopping.

Among others present were Rajesh Bakshi, district president, National Conference, Vivek Gupta, district vice-president, National Conference and Surinder Singh Jamwal, district Youth NC president.

Vishal Mata Ki Chowki at K C Residency

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Nov 7: KC Residency here in association with Virtu Hospitality of Delhi and Shri Mata Vaishno Sewa Mandal Delhi, organized a grand Mata Ki Chowki at its lawns on Sunday from 5pm to 8 pm.

The event was titled as Diwali Ke Baad Diwali and 15,000 lamps (diyas) were lit on the occasion. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Sewa Mandal headed by Raj Sehgal participated in the function with team of devotees from Delhi and other parts of the country. The event was a unique one in holy town of Katra.

The devotees of Mata Vaishnodevi participated in huge numbers in the event which was free to public. The highlight of the function was holy Jyot brought form Jawala Ji and lit 100 days prior to the event.



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