Omar pays tributes to
Sheikh Abdullah

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: The 29th death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference founder and first Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was observed across the Valley day. The main function was organized..more

Governor, CM for
introducing courses with
high employability potential

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Governor N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today stressed the need for most critically examining the employability aspects while considering the upgradation of any existing course or proposing the introduction of any new course. They added that high priority...more

IGP asks people to remain
vigilant at crowded areas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: In view of the latest terrorist attack in New Delhi, Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Dilbagh Singh, asked the people to remain extra vigilant and don’t touch any un-attended object lying near crowded areas like railway station, bus stand, religious places...more

3 drug peddlers
arrested; 600 kg poppy,
capsules seized

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 8: Police today arrested three drug-peddlers and recovered 6 quintals of poppy straw power, intoxicant capsules and liquor from their possession. An official spokesman said that on the intervening night of September 7 and 8, the sleuths of ....more

Bhalla reviews
custodian land records

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Revenue Department has earned Rs 5.50 crore on account of leasing, rent charges and transfer of Evacuees Property during last six months after introducing a new policy in this regard. This information was given in an officers meeting of...more

30 bovine animals seized,
11 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: In major drive against bovine smuggling, police today arrested 11 bovine smugglers and recovered 30 bovines from their possession in Jammu, Udhampur, Samba and Rajouri districts. The highest number of 14 bovine animals were seized and six smugglers were arrested in Rajouri today..more

Civic body pensioners'
plea to Finance Minister

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Municipal and Local Bodies Pensioners Association (MLBPA), in its general body meeting, discussed at length the order of Director General Accounts and Treasuries to provide them pension through J&K Bank and other banks. The meeting took this step as a goodwill gesture but expressed apprehension that by passing the monthly pension...more

Controversy over construction of
new bus stand at Katra
HC disposes of bunch of petitions

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: State High Court today disposed of bunch of petitions challenging the notification No.22-RD of 2010 dated September 23, 2010 issued by the Government regarding the land acquisition for construction of new bus stand at Katra. After hearing Senior Advocates AV Gupta, S S Lehar with Advocates Aditya Gupta, Farooq Ahmed Natnoo, R S Thakur, Pankaj Jamwal..more

     
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JAMMU, Sept 8: As many as 3958 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families have been covered under Rural Backyard Poultry scheme across Jammu region since the launch of the programme last year. This was revealed at a meeting of officers of Animal Husbandry Department chaired by Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Science and Technology, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi convened to take detailed review of the functioning and achievements in Jammu division, here today.

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Omar pays tributes to Sheikh Abdullah

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: The 29th death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir National Conference founder and first Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was observed across the Valley day.

The main function was organized at Naseem Bagh-Hazratbal, the mausoleum of Sheikh where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah paid floral tributes to Sheikh. He along with the party leaders offered Fateh at the grave of his grandfather and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Highlighting the struggle and sacrifices of late leader for the cause of people and the State throughout his life, Omar said that public welfare and progress of Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of any consideration, was Sheikh Abdullah's cherished goal.

The Chief Minister said that Sher-i-Kashmir laid the edifice of Naya Kashmir, stood strongly for mutual amity between various sections of the society, upheld the high principles of democracy, nurtured love and brotherhood and focused on the holistic development of the State particularly of poor and downtrodden sections of the society.

Governor, CM for introducing courses with
high employability potential

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Governor N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today stressed the need for most critically examining the employability aspects while considering the upgradation of any existing course or proposing the introduction of any new course. They added that high priority needs to be accorded to those courses which have higher employment potential in the existing and emerging job market scenario.

The Governor and the Chief Minister were addressing the University Council meeting of the Kashmir University at Raj Bhawan here today.

The Governor, who was chairing the Council meeting as Chancellor of the University, observed that the Universities must devote attention towards arranging Campus placements of the students and early upgrade their Placement Cells for securing the largest possible number of placements. He added that, to secure this objective, the standard of teaching and research would require to be continuously upgraded for bringing out high quality scholars.

The Governor also laid emphasis on engendering greater linkages between the Universities and the colleges and schools so that the issue of deficiency of well qualified faculty in various subjects at the college and University levels could be progressively addressed by encouraging the brighter students to pursue higher studies and research, particularly in respect of those subjects in which there is a shortage of teachers.

The Chief Minister said that there is urgent need for taking all required measures for ensuring the highest standards of teaching and research so that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are equipped to compete successfully with the best in the national and international job markets.

The Chief Minister stressed that there should be adequate provisions for use of solar energy and rain water harvesting in all the upcoming buildings in the University.

Abdul Gani Malik, Minister for Higher Education, speaking on the occasion, put forth several suggestions to improve the quality of higher education in the State. This, he said, is imperative to equip boys and girls with the required knowledge to compete in the job market.

Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, in his comprehensive power point presentation, dwelt on the status of various research projects, achievements of the University in varied fields, status of the establishment of new satellite Campuses, new courses being introduced and various initiatives taken for developing the University as a centre of excellence.

The meeting was attended by other members of the University Council, including R. P. Aggarwal, formerly Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Prof. Varun Sahni, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu and Tanveer Jehan Commissioner/Secretary, Higher Education. Besides, R. K. Goyal, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Ravi Magotra, Director General Budget, and Prof. Syed Fayyaz Ahmad, Registrar, University of Kashmir, were also present.

IGP asks people to remain vigilant at crowded areas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: In view of the latest terrorist attack in New Delhi, Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Dilbagh Singh, asked the people to remain extra vigilant and don’t touch any un-attended object lying near crowded areas like railway station, bus stand, religious places, etc.

IGP Dilbagh Singh today called a meeting of senior police officers and while addressing stressed upon the officers to launch intensive checking in the suspected areas and held that hard work was required to be done to neutralize the dreaded terrorist operating in the area. Singh instructed all the officers to remain steadfast in their resolve to defeat the nefarious designs of the anti-national elements and impressed upon the officers to take all precautionary and other security related measures to ensure peace and order in Jammu region.

In the meeting, a review of vital installation and nakas established especially in the Jammu city and its peripheral were also taken and he advised the field officers for strengthening the security grid. He emphasized on the surprise checking and establishment of special nakas for checking of vehicles and also directed them to increase the night patrolling and strengthen nakas which should be done under the proper guidance and supervision of senior officers.

The meeting was attended by DIG, Jammu-Kathua range, DIG, Udhampur-Reasi range, SSP Udhampur, SSP Jammu, SSP, PCR and all other SSP of district Jammu.

3 drug peddlers arrested; 600 kg poppy, capsules seized

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 8: Police today arrested three drug-peddlers and recovered 6 quintals of poppy straw power, intoxicant capsules and liquor from their possession.

An official spokesman said that on the intervening night of September 7 and 8, the sleuths of Excise Department and police personnel from Lakhanpur Police Station intercepted a truck bearing registration number JK03 B-7568 at Toll Post Lakhanpur and subjected it to checking.

From the vehicle, 600 kilograms of poppy straw powder was recovered. The contraband, which was kept in a specially designed cabin, was immediately seized and the driver namely Jagtar Singh, son of Vir Singh of Dasua, Punjab arrested.

In order to dodge the Excise Department and Lakhanpur Police, the truck driver was using fake number plate as the original registration number of the vehicle turned out to be HR46-4449 during the checking of the documents.

During questioning, the truck driver revealed that owner of the truck namely Surjeet Singh of Jalandhar was traveling behind the truck in a Tata Sumo bearing registration number PB08-6914 but he managed to escape from the spot as soon as he noticed Excise sleuths and police personnel.

The truck driver has been booked under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.

The Excise Department and Lakhanpur Police also seized 102 bags containing 20 quintals of non bio-degradable polythene bags, which were being illegally transported in a truck bearing registration number JK08A-6473.

The polythene bags were handed over to Pollution Control Board team and the driver namely Sohan Lal, son of Bhuri Lal of Gandyal arrested.

DySP DAR Rohit Baskotra and SHO Lakhanpur, Inspector Chanchal Singh were leading the police team while as Excise Department team was comprising Excise and Taxation Officers Pardeep Singh Chib, Sohan Lal Sharma, Mohd Alyas Khan, Girdhari Lal Sharma, Inspectors Rohit Sharma, Gulrez Haq and Sub-Inspector Mohd Saqib in both the cases.

Meanwhile, Hiranagar Police today arrested a drug peddler namely Davinder Singh alias Gaggi, son of Amarjit Singh and recovered 400 intoxicant capsules from his possession.

The spokesman said that Billawar Police arrested a drug peddler and recovered 48 pouches of J&K Excise Liquor from his possession. The drug peddler namely Abdul Qayoom, son of Ghulam Nabi of Malhar has been booked under 48 Excise Act.

Bhalla reviews custodian land records

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Revenue Department has earned Rs 5.50 crore on account of leasing, rent charges and transfer of Evacuees Property during last six months after introducing a new policy in this regard.

This information was given in an officers meeting of the Custodians of Evacuees Property Department convened by the Minister for Revenue, Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla, here today to review the impacts of the recently introduced policy on ground level.

On this occasion the Minister said that the policy introduced by the Government regarding safeguarding and usage of the Evacuees Property have yielded good results. He said that the policy needs to be implemented in letter and spirit so that desired results are achieved. He instructed the officers to make people aware about the policy.

Mr. Bhalla said that safeguarding of the Evacuees Property is prime responsibility of the Government adding nobody should be allowed to encroach or grab the land, houses and other related property.

The Minister directed the officers of the Custodian Department to repair and renovate the houses of evacuees so that more income is generated out of this property for which Government will provide necessary funds. He also enjoined upon them that the houses in dilapidated condition or about to collapse should be given first preference in this regard.

Referring to the computerization of land records of Revenue Department, the meeting was informed that records of Poonch and Rajouri districts have fully been computerized while as the process in Jammu, Samba and R S. Pura is in advanced stage. He said that the Government is committed to take up the computerization of land records on priority basis. For this purpose, he said, Central Government has released an amount of Rs 15 crore. He said that a roadmap has been prepared for computerization/digitalization of land records.

The Minister also reviewed the status of the project reports and land acquisition for construction of Mini Secretariats at Poonch, Rajouri, Doda and Mendhar for which special grants have been released.

Financial Commissioner Revenue Pramod Jain, Commissioner/ Secretary Revenue Kachoo Isfandyar Khan, Custodian General Latief-u-Zaman Dewa, Custodian Central Bashir Ahmad Mir, Custodians of Jammu and Kashmir Abdul Majeed Wani and Muhammad Akbar Bhat, Director Finance Zahoor Ahmad and senior officers of Revenue, Planning,Custodian and Evacuees Property Departments attended the meeting.

30 bovine animals seized, 11 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: In major drive against bovine smuggling, police today arrested 11 bovine smugglers and recovered 30 bovines from their possession in Jammu, Udhampur, Samba and Rajouri districts.

The highest number of 14 bovine animals were seized and six smugglers were arrested in Rajouri today

The arrested smugglers have been identified as Liaquat Ali of Rajdhani, Thanna Mandi, Mohammad Zakir of Saranu, Rajouri, Tariq Hussain of Dhandian, Imran Malik of Rajouri, Mohammad Riaz and Mohammad Matloob of Mendhar.

Three vehicles in which the bovine animals were being smuggled have been seized. Accused were arrested by a Rajouri police station team headed by SHO Varinder Gupta under the supervision of SSP Rajouri Vijay Singh Samyal.

Nagrota police seized nine bovine animals from a truck No. 2061 JK03 and arrested two bovine smugglers identified as Abdul Hussain and Sajjad Ahmed of Kulgam.

Police parties headed by SDPO Nagrota Faisal Qureshi and SHO Sajjad Pervez made the arrests.

Kud police today arrested two bovine smugglers and recovered seven milch animals from their possession.

Police spokesman said that, police party headed by SHO Kud Inspector Pardeep Gupta laid a naka at Kud and intercepted a vehicle headed towards Srinagar. He said on frisking of the vehicle, 7 milch animals were found, which were being illegally smuggled to Valley.

Police arrested both driver and conductor of the vehicle namely Mushtaq Ahmed, son of Ghulam Hussain, resident of village Brinal Lamer, tehsil Delsar, district Kulgam and Mukhtyar Ahmed, son of Abdul Aziz, resident of Chorut, tehsil Delsar, district Kulgam. He added that the vehicle used for smuggling of milch animals was also seized.

A case has been registered under FIR No 59/2011 and Section 188/RPC, 3 PCA Act at police station Kud.

Bari Brahamana police also arrested a notorious bovine smuggler against whom non bailable warrants under Section 512 CrPC had already been issued by the courts.

Police spokesman said that on the basis of specific information, a police party from Bari Brahamana police station led by SHO Inspector Arun Jamwal conducted a raid in Kikar Morh area and arrested the notorious bovine smuggler Makhan Din, son of Mohd Yousaf of Bari Brahamana.

He was evading arrest in several cases registered at Samba, Lakhanpur and Hiranagar Police Stations.

Civic body pensioners' plea to Finance Minister

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Municipal and Local Bodies Pensioners Association (MLBPA), in its general body meeting, discussed at length the order of Director General Accounts and Treasuries to provide them pension through J&K Bank and other banks.

The meeting took this step as a goodwill gesture but expressed apprehension that by passing the monthly pension vouchers by treasury officers and then directing the pensioners to get their pension dues at their respective bank branches.

The meeting held under the chairmanship of B S Jamwal said the wrongful procedure adopted by treasury officer has created a great inconvenience to old aged and sick pensioners, who will be required to get passed their pension vouchers from treasury officers and then get pension from the banks.

The Association has appealed the Finance Minister, J&K and especially the Treasury Officers to look into the grievances of the aged and sick pensioners of the civic bodies immediately and revoke the wrongful policy, failing which the Association would launch struggle shortly.

Prominent among those present in the meeting included J C Gupta, C L Jalali, B D Verma, Mohd Aslam, K S Sambyal, Jawahar Lal, M L Pandita, K K Dubey, Badrinath Bhatt, Balbir Singh Jamwal, J R Sharma, Lal Singh Nag, Chuni Singh, Kher Chand, Latief Massih, Sardar Masih, Nazar Massih, Sosan etc.

Controversy over construction of new bus stand at Katra
HC disposes of bunch of petitions

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: State High Court today disposed of bunch of petitions challenging the notification No.22-RD of 2010 dated September 23, 2010 issued by the Government regarding the land acquisition for construction of new bus stand at Katra.

After hearing Senior Advocates AV Gupta, S S Lehar with Advocates Aditya Gupta, Farooq Ahmed Natnoo, R S Thakur, Pankaj Jamwal, Meharban Singh and Javed Iqbal for the petitioners whereas AAG AH Qazi for the State and Advocate Adarsh Sharma for the Katra Development Authority, Justice Mohd Yaqoob Mir observed, "in view of law coupled with the position of case in hand, it has to be concluded that the petitioners have not been heard in support of their objections effectively, therefore, acquisition proceedings under different sections of Land Acquisition Act vis--vis land of petitioners are invalid".

"The notification issued under Section 4 of the Act is valid. The Collector Acquisition in accordance with Section 5-A (2) of Act shall hear the petitioners in support of their objections and thereafter formulate his report on each objection. Thereafter such recommendatory report be submitted to the Government and it is then for the Government to take any decision which will be binding on the petitioners", the High Court said.

AAG referred a judgment of Apex Court wherein it has been held that quashment of proceedings would operate only qua the persons who filed objections whereby against the persons who have accepted the compensation and have not filed objections proceedings are valid.

Upon this, Justice Mohd Yaqoob Mir observed, "all the proceedings vis--vis owners/ interested who have not filed any objections and have accepted the compensation, will be final and not open to any question and respondents will be at liberty to proceed ahead to utilize the same for the purpose it has been acquired because question of land required for construction of bus stand has already been set at rest by the Division Bench of this Court in a case".

The High Court directed the respondents to adhere to the mandate of Section 5-A (2) of the Act while dealing with objections of petitioners.

With these observations, the State High Court disposed off all the petitions.

Rich tributes paid to Sheikh Abdullah
on his 29th death anniversary

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Rich tributes were paid to former Chief Minister of the State and founder of National Conference Sher-e-Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 29th death anniversary today by the Party at a function held in Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here.

The function was organized by the provincial Committee of the Party. Earlier Quran Khawani was held in Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan which was followed by distribution of fruits and other eatables in old age home, Ambphalla and Mother Teresa center Janipur. Besides a blood donation camp was also organized by youth Wing of NC under the leadership of S S Bunty its provincial president. The camp was inaugurated by Rattan Lal Gupta provincial president of NC.

On the occasion Mrs Bimla Luthra MLA led a rally from Vivekananda Chowk to Sher-e-Kahsmir Bhawan.

Paying tributes to late leader, Rattan Lal Gupta highlighted the role of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the independence struggle of the country. He said Sheikh Abdullah was a visionary leader who led the state during the crucial years of partition and laid the foundation of a secular state which was the historic decision of the time.

Ajay Kumar Sadhotra ex Minister and MLC said NC is proud enough that it was Sheikh Abdullah who fought for freedom of speech, freedom of press and upliftment of down-trodden and weaker sections of the society. The NC leaders remained in jails for years together for the cause of people, he added.

Recalling the role of Sher-e-Kashmir Mohammad, Aslam Goni said he was pioneer of Kashmir movement in the early forties. He said late leader confronted M A Jinnah who wanted J&K to be part of Pakistan on the basis of Muslim majority.

Paying tributes to late leader NC Women's Wing president Laxmi Dutta said that best tribute to this great leader would be to fulfill his unfinished dreams. She urged women folk to come forward and join hands for development of the nation.

Others who paid tributes to late leader included Mohammad Aslam Goni, provincial secretary Jammu, Sheikh Basher, Ch. Talib Hussain, Vijay Bakaya, MLC, Haji Mohammed Hussian, MLC, B L Bhat, Ram Paul ex Minister, Ch Haroon, Mohammed Ayub Malik, Jugal Mahajan, Satpal Lakhotra, Rajesh Bakshi, T S Tony, Mohinder Gupta, Chander Mohan Sharma, Kuldeep Kour, Rashida Begum, Satya Jamwal and Sham Mehra.

Another function was organized at Vinayak Nagar Muthi under the leadership of B L Bhat ex MLC in which rich tributes were paid to late leader. Those who paid tributes to Sheikh Abdullah included Ashok Hangloo, M K Raina, M L Munshi, Nanaji Koul, Ashok Raina and M L Lahori.

Omar inaugurates SVO complex

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday inaugurated the new complex of State Vigilance Organization (SVO) at Peer Bagh near here.

The three storey- building complex with a plinth area of 3782 sq. feet and build up area of 14768 sq. feet has been completed at a cost of over Rs.3.30 crore. The building is an RCC structure designed to withstand high seismic tremors.

The ground floor of the building accommodates accounts, prosecution and FIR branches, various offices are at first floor and the second floor provides space for the offices of Vigilance Commissioner, Complaints branches and DIG Vigilance, while the Conference room is at the third floor.

Interacting with the officers of SVO, the Chief Minister said that the new complex would provide suitable accommodation to the Organization to function smoothly.

Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda, Principal Secretary Home B.R. Sharma, Vigilance Commissioner P.L. Gupta, Commissioner Secretary GAD Mohammad Sayed Khan, ADGP, K. Rajindra and various senior police officers and functionaries of SVO were present on the occasion.

The building complex has been completed by the Police Housing Corporation with in a period of one year and 10 months.

Dachan people’s plea to CAPD Deptt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8:People of village Dachan have expressed anguish against CAPD Department for not providing ration to the area and demanded adequate supply of ration at the earliest.

The protesting inhabitants held a meeting under the chairmanship of Bodh R Parihar, Sarpanch, Panchayat Halqa Kayar who said that block Dachan is without ration for the last three months and on account of this people of the area are facing hardships. He further said that the Assistant Director, CAPD and others have totally failed to monitor the ration distribution system in the remote and hilly areas and were allegedly indulged the black marketing of the same.

He demanded thorough probe into the matter and urged the CAPD Minister to direct the authorities to redress the problem of the area.

Among others present were Des Raj, Abass Tantary, Gopa Ram, Sarpanches, etc.

Ruhullah reviews Animal Husbandry Deptt functioning

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: As many as 3958 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families have been covered under Rural Backyard Poultry scheme across Jammu region since the launch of the programme last year.

This was revealed at a meeting of officers of Animal Husbandry Department chaired by Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Science and Technology, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi convened to take detailed review of the functioning and achievements in Jammu division, here today.

Commissioner/Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandary B. D. Sharma was also present in the meeting.

The scheme envisages distribution of low input birds to BPL families in three cycles (15 birds each cycle) with an aim to provide nutritional and financial supplementation of rural farmers. The farmers, in addition, are provided Rs. 750 each for construction of night shelters, waterers, feeders etc for the birds.

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister said that the coalition Government was committed to promote the Animal Husbandry sector for which there is enough potential and resources available in the State.

The Minister stressed for increasing the cattle and poultry production to reduce the dependence on the import from outside the State. He said animal husbandry has huge potential in the state as Jammu and Kashmir is high milk, poultry and mutton consumer. He said thousands of families can earn a dignified livelihood if provided with better know-how and assistance. He asked the officers to create awareness among the farmers about the benefits being provided under various Centrally sponsored schemes.

The Minister also stressed for popularization of Rural Backyard Scheme to benefit the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in rural areas.

The Minister called for training of educated unemployed youth under Bare Foot Paravet scheme, creating awareness among the farmers about latest technical advancements and schemes/programmes of the department by organizing awareness camps, cattle shows, calf rallies, exhibitions etc, training of entrepreneurs for establishment of income generating dairy/poultry units.

Director Animal Husbandry Dr. Sohan Lal Tickoo presented a power point presentation of the objectives, achievements and various schemes of the department.

Agarwal inspects Central Jail, holds darbar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Navin Agarwal, Director General of Prisons today paid a visit to the Central Jail Srinagar. He was accompanied by Deputy Inspector General of Prisons Dr Mohammad Sultan Lone and Staff Officer Javid Ahmed Fazili.

This was Agarwal's first visit to any jail after his taking over as Director General of Prisons, Jammu and Kashmir.

Agarwal had a round of the barracks, interacted with the inmates and asked them about the behaviour of the staff and legitimate facilities being provided. The inmates expressed their satisfaction. On the spot instructions were issued to the Technical Officer to undertake repairs and renovations of barracks security pickets etc. On this occasion a darbar was also held in which the staff members put forth their grievances responding to which Agarwal assured prison personnel of early redressal.

In his address to jawans and officers, Agarwal highlighted the importance of Prison Department and termed it as an important organ of criminal justice system. He was unequivocal in making the jawans understand their responsibility and emphasized upon them to work with utmost commitment and without any pressure. He informed that welfare of personnel and their promotion avenues will be given priority.

Pensioners urge Govt to redress demands

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Sept 8: Pensioners Association has appealed the Government to settle their long pending demands at the earliest.

A meeting of the association was held under the chairmanship of its president Akther Hussain Gattu who while speaking said that the Government was not looking serious towards redressal of their demands. He demanded release of arrears of sixth pay commission in one installment, enhancement of medical allowances to Rs 1,000 per month, arrears of the revised pay scales in terms of sixth pay panel recommendation to be paid in lump sum to the pensioners who attained superannuation after January 1, 2006.

He said that the J&K bank branch has not paid sixth pay panel arrears to pensioners due form April, 2011 and demanded enhancement of pension benefits in favour of those pensioners who have completed age of 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100 years to the tune of 20, 30, 40, 50 and 100 per cent as per the pattern of the Central Government. Among others present were Shakeel Ahmed Dev, Munshi Ram, Bhagat Hem Raj, Ghulam Hassan Pampori, Akther Hussain Nehru, Gian Chand, Thakur Amar Nath, Abdul Rehman Wani, Romal Singh and D S Charak.

Two day "Script Writing Training" prog held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Two days "Script Writing Training" programme organized by Edusat Network, Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Ahmedabad, concluded today.

The programme commenced with the inaugural ceremony, which was presented by Prof Nalini Kohli, Principal, Government College For Women, Gandhi Nagar.

Swarna Deshpande, Producer from ISRO, DECU, Ahmedabad presented key note address. After that, Kamlesh Udasi, Deputy Project Director, ISRO, DECU, Ahmedabad and Swarna Deshpande held the technical and interaction session and shared their knowledge with participants.

The workshop was attended by professors from Government Women College, Gandhi Nagar and lecturers from DIETs of Jammu division.

The participants were trained to write the script for Edusat lecturers who will be the resource persons for delivering lectures through Edusat Hub.

Prof Naveen Anand, presented vote of thanks.

Army, Pritam Spiritual Foundation
organize eye, medical camp

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Sept 8: 425 Field Hospital in collaboration with Pritam Spiritual Foundation organized a medical and eye camp for the populace of remote areas of the district. Large number of people participated in the camps and were examined by the expert doctors from 150 GH and district Hospital.

The camp was organized under the overall supervision of Major General K H Singh, General Officer Commanding, Rajouri Division.

The camp was inaugurated by Brig V S Sreenivas, Commander, Poonch brigade while Sayeed Anwar Hussain Shah, ADDC, Prof Jasbir Singh of Pritam Spiritual Foundation, Dr M D Younis, CMO, District Hospital, P V Diwan, Rtd Principal, Degree College and K K Kapoor, Rtd CEO were also present.

During the camp, a team of 150 GH and district hospital examined as many as 150 eye patients out of which 50 patients have been recommended for cataract surgery. While in the medical camp more than 100 patients were examined including men, women and children. Free medicines were provided to the patients by 425 Field Hospital.

The cataract surgrey will be performed free of cost at 150 GH, Rajouri besides transportation and accommodation of the patients will be provided by Army and Pritam Spiritual Foundation.

The camp received an overwhelming response from the local populace and they urged the Army to carry out such medical and eye camps frequently for the benefit of the people of the remote and hilly areas of the State.

One killed, 4 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 8: One person died and other four were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir Valley today.

Police said a JCB turned turtle while on job at an under construction road near Checki-Arsala Khan, Bandipora falling under the jurisdiction of police station Bandipora, resulting in to death of JCB driver Kuldeep Singh age 40 years son of Sankar Singh resident of Hoshiyarpur, Punjab. A case has been registered in this regard.

A truck bearing registration number JK01Y/0194 while on way from Kargil to Srinagar turned turtle near Gagangeer National Highway, Ganderbal falling under the jurisdiction of police station Gund, resulting in injuries to the truck driver Mohammad Ayoub Rather son of Abdul Aziz resident of Guree Bijbehara, Anantnag. Injured was hospitalized. A case has been registered in this regard.

A Maruti car bearing registration number JK01K/2144 and a motorcycle without number collided near Prichoo, Pulwama falling under the jurisdiction of police station Pulwama, resulting in injuries to motorcyclist namely Shahzaan Ahmad Dar son of Nazir Ahmad and his pillion mate Faheed Manzoor Dar son of Manzoor Ahmad residents of Malikpora Pulwama.

The injured were hospitalized. Police has registered a case in this regard. A Maruti car while coming from Seer Hamdan to Mattan, hit and injured one pedestrian Mohammad Showkat Mandoo son of Mohammad Wazir resident of Rajouri at present Hutmurrah, falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Mattan. The injured was hospitalized. Police has registered a case in this regard.

Lecture on Shaikh-ul-Aalam's concept of social justice held

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 8: Markaz-i-Noor, Shaikh-ul-Aalam Chairman, University of Kashmir in collaboration with Department of Law, Kashmir University today organized a lecture on "Shaikh-ul-Aalam on social justice".

Justice (retd) B.A.Kirmani delivered lecture elucidating ideas of great sufi saint on human dignity, fair play and social justice. He quoted extensively from the verses of Shaikh-ul-Aalam to elaborate his practical philosophy on social justice.

Justice Kirmani said that Shaikh-ul-Aalam was a library in himself. He said although the great saint is commonly known as mystic poet, yet he was a multi-dimensional and prolific personality, whose verses touch education, environment, political and social systems besides other dimensions of life.

Justice Kirmani said that to explore the philosophic outlook of Shaikh-ul-Aalam, extensive research by subject experts is needed to explore his ideas on equality, justice and human dignity. He said Shaikh-ul-Aalam made use of observation and persuation to propound and propagate his thought on social justice, quoting illustratively to substantiate his view point.

Justice Kirmani said the concept of social justice as propounded by Shaikh-ul-Aalam was based on human dignity and regard for human life. He said the great saint has talked much ahead of his times as his ideas were visionary and forward looking. He said his ideas are relevant in modern times while many others will be realized and honoured in future.

A well known jurist and legal expert, Professor N. R. Madhava Menon presided over the function. In his remarks, Professor Menon called for exhaustive research on ideas and philosophy of Shaikh-ul-Aalam to propound Kashmiri jurisprudence, which he observed is universal in outlook and egalitarian in spirit.

Earlier, Chairman, Shaikh-ul-Aalam Chair Dr Basher Bashir in his welcome address termed Shaikh-ul-Aalam as symbol of Kashmiri culture and pluralistic ethos. He said his verses need to be researched to unravel his philosophy and wisdom for the collective benefit of mankind.

Don’t make Jagati a political battle field: Raina

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Jagati township inmates today appealed the community leadership residing outside the camp not to make the Jagati a political battlefield and interfere in the affairs of the township.

Talking to reporters here today Roshan Lal Raina and Bansi Lal Koul members Apex Committee migrants also objected naming Jagati as camp by certain community leaders and said that Jagati is a township and its inmates should not be hence forth nicknamed as camp dwellers.

They said some persons were busy in creating confusion about Jagati by issuing statements day in and day out.

He said the migrants who have shifted to this new township were living in camps where there were no civic amenities and other facilities and they were living in very unhygienic conditions in these camps. The majority of migrants who shifted to this new township are feeling comfortable. However there are some minor problems in some quarters which are being redressed and the company is in agreement to set these problems before their handing over to Department, he added.

Both Koul and Raina expressed their profound gratitude to Government for construction of township and expressed their total satisfaction with the construction.

However they turned the attention of the Department towards the power problem and demanded reduction of power cut from 14 hours to normal eight hours. They also demanded redressal of drainage problem which has increased due to the rainy season, providing of proper transport facilities, opening of LPG supply depots, construction of cremation ground, completing the remaining works in the township, passage of shrines and religious places bill, enhancement of cash relief, one time compensation of Rs 25 lakh to over aged and ration to employees.

Others who were present in the press conference included Pintoo Ji, Ravinder Raina, Krishan Ji, Moti Lal, Hira Lal Bhat and Jagdish Singh.

SKUAST-J holds training prog

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JAMMU, Sept 8: Two days training programme organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Jammu (SKUAST-J) on "De-boning of Carp Fish and Preparation of value-added products" at Bishnah concluded today.

In the two days vocational training programme, the fish farmers were practically demonstrated by making different products to adopt the value addition of carp after deboning to increase their income and profitability.

The training programme was organized under the overall guidance of Dr K S Risam, Director, Extension Education, SKUAST-J. In his message, he emphasized that carp fish contributes more than 80 percent of the aquaculture production of the country but it fetches low market price due to intramuscular bones as compared to catfish and prawn having less or no intramuscular bones.

Earlier, while addressing the farmers, Dr Rakesh Nanda, Programme Coordinator, KVK, informed that fish is high value protein diet for growing children and deboning will help in higher consumption of fish among them.

In two days training programme, Dr Prem Kumar, SMS, Fisheries, SKUAST-J, deliberated the ways of ensuring effective utilization of fish, which is to process ready-to-serve or ready-to-cook value added convenience products.

During the two days programme, Dr Pardeep Kumar Rai, SMS, Joginder Sharma, ADF, Department of Fisheries, Manish Sharma and Jagmohan were also present.

SBI inaugurates ATM

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Sept 8: State Bank of India (SBI) in its commitment to provide prompt services to Army and para military forces, today inaugurated sixth ATM at HQ 59 BN, BSF at village Penthi.

The ATM was inaugurated by Virender Singh, DIG, BSF Sector, Inderashwar, in presence of Ashok Gupta, Dy General Manager, SBI, J&K module and official from its SBI branch, Samba.

Talking to media, Virender Singh hailed the efforts of SBI in providing prompt services of ATMs and various other products designed by it as per needs of para military forces in particular under PMSP scheme.

Ashok Gupta in his speech said that SBI is going to install one more ATM in September at Indershwar Nagar, Miran Sahib, for the benefit of BSF personnel and their families.

Speaking on the occasion, I K Raina, Chief Manager, SBI, Samba assured that all the banking facilities under PMSP scheme will be made available to the officers and jawans.

Rains, flash floods create havoc in 2 villages

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Four kachaha houses were damaged while two cattle including one goat and one ox died while standing crops were damaged in flash floods in a local nullah due to heavy rain fall during the late last night hours in twin villages of Godhan and Nardi in Akhnoor tehsil.

The SDM Akhnoor, Sushma Chauhan who visited the area along with other Revenue Officers today said that the affected people will be provided relief by the Government and the Department has assessed the loss caused to the people of twin villages in the area.

She said Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma is also visiting the area tomorrow to take the stock of the situation and all help and assistance will be provided to inmates of the two villages under norms and rule.

She said the heavy rain fall during the late last night resulted into flash floods and land slides which damaged four kachha houses and also caused loss to the standing crops in low lying areas as flood water inundated the agriculture land.

Meanwhile Minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla said that relief and other assistance under norms will be provided to the affected villagers. He said the instructions have been given to revenue authorities to assess the loss and submit report.

The Government will try its best to compensate the loss as admissible under rules, he said, adding the houses will be constructed under Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) for those people whose shelters were damaged in flash floods.

ASKPC discusses displaced KPs demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) held a meeting under the chairmanship of its president AN Vaishnavi in which various Kashmiri Pandit organizations participated and discussed the agenda of apex committee besides some issues of the KP community were also take up.

The speakers said that employment should not be linked with the return and rehabilitation of the KPs. The speakers said that the community was discriminated and ignored for giving any employment to educated un-employed youth with the result most of them got over-aged.

They showed resentment against the Government and the Cabinet Minister for not giving any relaxation to the overaged youths and also not providing any financial package to them.

Meeting resolved that the members will approach the Government regarding filling up of remaining 3000 posts among KPs under Prime Minister’s Employment Package on the war footing basis.

Among others present were HN Jatoo, All India Kashmiri Pandit Conference, HL Chatta, All State Kashmiri Pandit Confernce, Bansi Lal Kaul, Roshan Lal and Piyare Lal.

Helpage India celebrates world Physical Therapy Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: In connection with celebration of world Physical Therapy Day today Helpage India organized a camp at Kotli Bhawan Rehari for the general masses. The camp included medical checkup, ENT checkup and physiotherapy services. Besides this free medicines were also distributed among the people.

Dr. Gurdass Medical Consultant, Dr. Rajni Malhotra ENT specialist, Dr. Surain Singh Physician specialist, Dr. Mairaj Muzaffar Neuro-Physical Therapist and volunteers from Jammu College of Physiotherapy provided their professional services for the noble cause. Nikhil Kumar helpline counselor also provided on spot counseling for the elders.

The camp was concluded by honouring Mr. Arun Kumar president Kotli Bhawan by Mrs. Sunita Santoshi Manager HelpAge India.

Army flags off educational tour

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 8: S N Rai, Brigadier of Kalidhar Bridge under the aegis of Crossed Swords Division, today flagged off 30 youth from remote areas of Sunderbani for educational tour under Operation Sadbhavana to South India.

During interaction with the youth, Brigadier Rai impressed upon the important role youth have to play towards nation building.

The tour will be for a duration of two weeks and return to Akhnoor on September 21. During the tour, the students will visit places of tourist interest at Hyderabad, Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Kanyakumari.

The students will also witness the prestigious Passing Out Parade at the Officer Training Academy in Chennai.

Swami Ji highlights 2nd chapter of Shree Ganesh Puraan

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: In the ongoing Ganesh Mahotsav at Parade ground, Vidant Acharya Swami Akshranand Giri Ji today highlighted the second chapter of the Shree Ganesh Puraan and elaborated the stories related to Lord Ganesh’s incarnation while taking reference from various puraans and other scriptures.

Threadbare illustrations were made of the real meanings and their practical applicability in daily life of Ganesh family comprising father Shiv, mother Parvati, brother Shadanan, wives Riddhi and Siddhi, son Yogakshem and similarly the holy Rat.

Knowledge seekers thronging in thousands in this major spiritual congregation now-a-days are wonder struck by listening rarest kind of such explanations and feeling it entirely different from mere story telling discourses.

3.3 qtls bhukki seized in Banihal

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Police today arrested a narcotics smuggler of Jallandhar, Punjab and recovered 3.3 quintals of bhukki from his possession at Chabanwas in Banihal tehsil of Ramban district.

The consignment of narcotics was being smuggled from Kashmir to Punjab, police said.

The narcotics smuggler has been identified as Shabi Lal son of Nar Bahadur, a resident of Jallandhar, Punjab. He was smuggling the consignment in his truck No.2565HR38C.

A Banihal police station team intercepted the truck at Chabanwas and seized 3.3 quintals bhukki from it.

The accused has been booked under NDPS Act at Ramban police station.

Arrests were made by police parties headed by SDPO Banihal Abdul Qayoom and SHO Showkat Ahmed under the supervision of SP Ramban Anil Magotra.

AK rifle seized in Arnas

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: Security forces today busted a militant hideout and recovered a rifle along with magazine in Reasi district.

"On specific inputs, police and Army this afternoon launched search operation in Gajna Wali area of tehsil Arnas in district Reasi and busted a militant hideout," official sources said.

They said during searches, one AK 56 rifle with magazine were recovered from the hideout adding, "no arrest has been made so far but a case has been registered and investigations are in progress."

40-yrs old person drowns; four attempt suicide

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 8: A 40-years old person today drowned while four others allegedly attempted to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substance at respective residences.

A police spokesman said that Gurmukh Singh, son of Amar Singh of Sarwal Chowk, today found dead from Ranbir canal near Patoli Domana under the jurisdiction of Domana Police Station.

The body was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital for postmortem. Police handed over the body to family members after legal formalities.

The spokesman added that four persons allegedly made abortive bid on their lives by consuming some poisonous substance at respectively residences and were admitted in GMC by family members in unconscious conditions.

They have been identified as Summit Kumar (25), son of Vijay Kumar of Udhaywala, Vijay Kumar (52), son of Sita Ram of Udhampur, Neetu (22), daughter of Raghubir Singh and Lok Raj (50), son of Tilak Raj, both residents of R S Pura.

They were responding to the treatment when the reports last came in.



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