Omar for preserving
State's eco-system

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, Sept 15: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Thursday reiterated the necessity of preserving State's unique bio-environment and natural beauty. He said while promoting tourism and opening new areas for tourist interests this aspect should receive focused attention..more

Er Nanda gets Lifetime
Achievement Award
IEI celebrates Engineers Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: The 44th Engineers day was celebrated by The Institution of Engineers (India), Jammu Local Centre at its institutional complex, Channi Himmat. The..more

Mehbooba blames
successive NC regimes
for backwardness
of Chenab Valley

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Sept 15: Blaming successive National Conference (NC) regimes for the backwardness and under development of Chenab Valley area, People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today observed that this belt...more

Lt Gen Parnaik visits
remote areas of Kishtwar

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Sept 15: GOC-in-C Northern Command Lieutenant General KT Parnaik paid a visit to Counter Insurgency Force Delta, today. The Army Commander was accompanied by Lt Gen JP Nehra, GOC White Knight Corps....more

Managing appointment on
fake documents
Court denies pre-arrest

bail to SI

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal today denied pre-arrest bail to Madan Lal, son of Kaka Ram of Trindi Ramgarh, who had obtained appointment in Police Department on fake..more

7th Rajya Puraskar Award
ceremony held
Governor for bringing

more youth under Scouts
& Guides movement

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Governor, N. N. Vohra, has stressed the need for taking the activities of Bharat Scouts and Guides to the remote and far-flung areas of the State to bring a very large number of youth under its orbit. The Governor, who is the Patron of the J&K State Bharat..more

CJ lays foundation of
Alternative Dispute
Resolution Centre

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Chief Justice State High Court, Justice F. M. Ibrahim Kalifulla today laid the foundation stone of Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre at Batmaloo. Built at a cost of Rs 1.69 crore, the Centre is hoped to speed up justice delivery system....more

Woman held with
over 1 kg charas

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 15: Police today arrested a woman narcotics smuggler and recovered over one kilograms of charas from her house. Police spokesman said that on the basis of reliable information about the involvement of a couple in the drug trafficking, a police party..more

     
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CVPA protests against Traffic Police, Transport Deptt

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JAMMU, Sept 15: The Chenab Valley People's Association (CVPA) today held protest demonstration against Transport Department and Traffic Police for their failure to keep proper check on passenger vehicles and effective road transport policy at Foutain Plaza, University of Jammu. Carrying pla cards, large number of activists of CVPA gathered under the leadership of Fairoz Khan, State president and raised slogans against the Government, Transport Department and Traffic Police.

Ex-Servicemen organize function to mark week-long celebration

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: The Ex-Servicemen of Kathua today organised function to mark the Ex-Servicemen week-long celebration as part of All India Ex-Servicemen Week celebration. On the occasion, Zahida Parveen Khan, Deputy Commissioner Kathua was the chief guest while Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, president of the League presided over the function.

 

Omar for preserving State's eco-system

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, Sept 15: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Thursday reiterated the necessity of preserving State's unique bio-environment and natural beauty. He said while promoting tourism and opening new areas for tourist interests this aspect should receive focused attention.

Laying stress on balanced growth of tourism for enhancing economic activities and creating job facilities, the Chief Minister said "we should equally concentrate on maintenance, preservation and conservation of the eco-system, culture and heritage of the State under all circumstances".

Addressing the concluding function of 15-Day Ladakh Tourism Festival, organized by the State Tourism Department at Leh, the Chief Minister highlighted the need for sustaining environment and eco-balance for generations to come.

"While showcasing the rich and varied tourist potential and raising infrastructural facilities, the necessary attention has to be paid on protecting our environment, mountains, rivers, atmosphere and natural beauty from all kinds of pollutions and unnecessary human interference", he said emphasizing on making this aspect as an integral part of Tourism Development Policy.

"As the real custodians and responsible generation we have to make sure that the precious treasure of natural beauty and bio-diversity, God has bestowed upon the State, is protected and maintained", he said and asked the people to play their pro-active role in this direction. He told them to work jointly with the Tourism Department and other concerned agencies in ensuring prevention of air, water and environmental pollutions while promoting the tourism.

Stating that the beautiful mountains and vast terrains in Ladakh region possess great potential for attracting visitors from all over the world, the Chief Minister said that adventure and sports tourism can be propagated and showcased viably in the area.

Announcing an 18-hole Golf Course at the banks of river Sind in Leh, the Chief Minister said that Kashmir and Jammu are already on the map of world golf destinations. The development of full-fledged golf course in Leh would open new avenues of sports tourism in the area.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora highlighted the schemes Tourism Department has initiated in the State especially in Ladakh region for the promotion of tourism.

The Minister said that every measure would be taken to safeguard the environment and cultural heritage of the State while promoting the tourism activities.

Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Chief Executive Councillor, Rigzin Spalbar, legislators and officers were present on the occasion.

Later, the Chief Minister addressed Panchayat members after inaugurating 4-day orientation camp for sarpanches and panches of Leh Assembly constituency. He underscored the role of Panchayats in the process of development and social reforms and said that these institutions would develop as an important tool for socio-economic change in the State.

The Chief Minister said the role of Panchayats in achieving the cherished goal of holistic and equitable development of the State in accordance with the aspiration of people is of pivotal importance. He said that Panchayati Raj would not only give considerable fillip to good-governance but help in a big way for empowering base level public representatives to make decisions on the development front, formulate plans, implement works and monitor physical and financial progress of schemes.

Er Nanda gets Lifetime Achievement Award
IEI celebrates Engineers Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: The 44th Engineers day was celebrated by The Institution of Engineers (India), Jammu Local Centre at its institutional complex, Channi Himmat. The day is celebrated all over the country to commemorate birth anniversary of the greatest engineer Sir M Visvesvaraya, Bharat Ratna.

Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjit Singh Slathia was the chief guest on the occasion, who appreciated the services rendered by engineers in building the nation and advised them to follow the footsteps of Sir M Visvesvaraya.

The engineers were also assured for consideration of their demand of running pay scales to them to minimize stagnation.

Er Anil Verma, former Honorary Secretary of Jammu Centre, while paying rich tributes to Sir M Visvesvaraya, highlighted his qualities like austerity, integrity, competence and discipline.

Er Ashok K Gutpa, Chairman of the Centre presented the welcome address in which the qualities of Sir M Visvesvaraya were highlighted. Different problems being faced by engineers like stagnation, time bound promotions, removal of structural anomalies in engineering services of J&K and jobs to unemployed engineers were put forth before the Industries Minister.

On the occasion, the chief guest presented R L Sharma Gold Medal to Er B L Rawal and Rudra Bhagwati Silver Medal to Er S C Thukral for presenting best and 2nd best technical papers during the year 2010-2011.

The chief guest also honoured Er P K Nanda, former Executive Engineer, Hydraulics and presently consultant to M/s GVR Infra Projects Limited for the construction of barrage across river Tawi with D K Gupta Engineer of the year Award by presenting him a gold medallion for his lifetime achievements in the field of engineering and technology.

This is the maiden year for institution of this award by Er D K Gupta under the aegis of IEI and Er P K Nanda has become the first recipient of this honour.

The chief guest also honoured Er Santokh Singh, Er S C Thukral, Er B L Rawal, Er Rabinder Shekher, Er S K Pandita and Er P K Nanda, MIE with mementoes for presenting two or more technical papers during the year 2010 - 2011.

The first issue of 9th Volume of quarterly news letter of Jammu Local Centre was also released by the chief guest on this occasion in presence of Editorial Board members comprising of Er Ashok K Gupta, Er B B Sharma, Er Rajinder Singh, Er P K Nanda and Er Sunil Sharma.

The inaugural session was followed by a technical session which was chaired by Er D S Pawar, Member J&K SERC in which 5 papers were presented by Er S K Sharma, Er S C Thukral, Er P K Nanda, Er B L Rawal and Er Rabinder Shekher on the theme topic "Engineering Preparedness for Disaster Mitigation".

Er Sunil Sharma, Honorary Secretary of the Centre conducted the proceedings of the function and presented vote of thanks to the august gathering for making this function a grand success.

Mehbooba blames successive NC regimes for
backwardness of Chenab Valley

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Sept 15: Blaming successive National Conference (NC) regimes for the backwardness and under development of Chenab Valley area, People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti today observed that this belt has huge natural resources in the form of water and forest but due to the wrong policies of the NC Governments this entire belt remained neglected and ignored.

Addressing a public meeting she said that entire State has been bearing brunt of the discriminatory water agreements singed by the NC regimes but Chenab Valley belt was the worst victims of these grossly unfair agreements. "Although natural resources of this belt have been senselessly exploited, no benefit has been given to inhabitants of Chenab Valley who have first rights on these resources", she regretted and pointed out that exploitation of natural resources has led to ecological imbalance in the area besides displacement of hundreds of families.

Referring to the acute backwardness of the Chenab Valley region, she said it was ironical that while other parts of the country were benefited by the water flowing from it, the region itself was steeped in darkness and further moving towards backwardness and underdevelopment.

She supported demand of the people that they should be given free or subsidized power from the hydro electric projects constructed on the river Chenab. She further demanded that inhabitants of Chenab Valley must be compensated in all forms for the losses they suffered due to discriminatory and arbitrary exploitation of their water resources.

Reiterating her party's resolve to ensure justice to all regions and sub-regions, PDP chief said the Self Rule proposal was about empowerment of all sections of society irrespective of cast creed or religion. She supported the demand of Chenab Valley Regional Council to enable people of this belt to plan and execute development projects at local levels.

Strongly demanding powers for newly elected Panchayat members, she flayed the Government for adopting delay tactics in strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State. "It is paradoxical that NC leadership demands autonomy for the State but the same party is denying constitutional rights to the newly elected Panchayat members", she said and observed that decentralizing powers at grass root level was in the hands of the State Government.

Lt Gen Parnaik visits remote areas of Kishtwar

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Sept 15: GOC-in-C Northern Command Lieutenant General KT Parnaik paid a visit to Counter Insurgency Force Delta, today.

The Army Commander was accompanied by Lt Gen JP Nehra, GOC White Knight Corps.

During the course of the visit, the Army Commander visited the forward location of a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion at Navpachchi, which is the highest and the most remote area within the area of Delta Force.

The General was briefed by the Commanding Officer, the Sector Commander and the GOC Counter Insurgency Force Delta about the operations and situation in the surrounding area.

The GOC-in-C also interacted with the troops and appreciated the excellent work being done by them. He exhorted them to continue their relentless hard work to counter the terrorists designs.

At Kishtwar, the Army Commander interacted with the prominent personalities of the district, which included the civil administration officials, officers of Central Armed Police Forces and local political leaders from various parties. MLA GM Saroori, MLA Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo and MLC Zargar were also present during the interaction. Members from religious institutions and representatives of the Judiciary and Health Department also interacted with the Army Commander.

Two disabled persons, Ex-Sepoy Thakur Das of Army Service Corps belonging to Village Moolchattar and Kantram of village Chingam were presented with wheel chairs by the Army Commander.

During the last leg of the visit, the General Officer was briefed by Major General M Ramesh Babu GOC Delta Force on the prevailing situation in the region. The Army Commander also had a detailed discussion with senior Army officers at Dharmund.

Managing appointment on fake documents
Court denies pre-arrest bail to SI

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal today denied pre-arrest bail to Madan Lal, son of Kaka Ram of Trindi Ramgarh, who had obtained appointment in Police Department on fake education documents.

According to the police case, a letter dated May 24, 2011 was received in Police Station Pacca Danga from DPO Jammu regarding registration of FIR against Madan Lal, who obtained appointment in Police Department as Sub-Inspector on fake education documents.

It was submitted that recruitment for the post of constable in J&K Police was conducted by the Recruitment Board and during the recruitment process the Board after taking physical measurement test checked the educational certificates and recommended a list of 650 candidates to PHQ Armed for approval.

The approved list in the office was received with direction to issue formal appointment orders after completing the required formalities including checking of original education certificates. The candidates appeared for the appointment by PHQ called in DPO Jammu and their Original Education Certificates were collected for proper verification.

During verification, educational certificates of some candidates were found fake and on this report police registered FIR and started investigation.

After hearing both the sides, Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal observed, "the Court is satisfied with the progress in investigation and offence committed by the accused is against public policy. The accused is involved in a commission of offence for which sentence is more than 10 yrs.", adding "in case accused is granted pre-arrest bail, there is every likelihood that he may not cooperate with the investigating agency and intervene in the normal conduct of investigation".

"There is also possibility of the accused fleeing the trial. For unfolding the net custodial interrogation of the accused is required", the Court further observed and dismissed the pre-arrest bail application.

7th Rajya Puraskar Award ceremony held
Governor for bringing more youth under

Scouts & Guides movement

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Governor, N. N. Vohra, has stressed the need for taking the activities of Bharat Scouts and Guides to the remote and far-flung areas of the State to bring a very large number of youth under its orbit.

The Governor, who is the Patron of the J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides, was addressing after presenting the 7th Rajya Puraskars to 156 successful Scouts and Guides of the Kashmir Valley at the Award presentation ceremony held at Raj BhaWan, here this evening. He also presented the President's Awards to five awardees and, besides, four awards on behalf of the J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides on this occasion.

Usha Vohra, First Lady, R. S. Chib, Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Agriculture, R. K. Goyal, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Ram Lubhaya, Additional Director General of Police, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Jai Pal Singh, Director Youth Services and Sports, Mohammad Rafi, District Development Commissioner, Budgam, other senior officers and a good number of Scouts and Guides and their leaders were present at the function.

Referring to the conduct of various Scouts and Guides Camps in different parts of the State this year, the Governor observed that such activities help in encouraging and promoting this movement in a significant manner and stressed that efforts be made to hold a large size Camp in the Ladakh region next summer in which perhaps 700 -1000 children could be invited to participate. He added that such an initiative is bound to give the required momentum to the Scouts and Guides movement in the entire Ladakh region.

Referring to the piece of land made available for construction of the Scouts and Guides organization office in Srinagar, the Governor said that the layout plan and the design of the building should provide adequate scope for expansion of the complex in the coming years. He observed that, progressively, the Scouts and Guides organization should have its own offices even in the remote areas like Nubra and Zanskar to extend this movement to the far-flung areas of all the three regions of the State.

The Governor announced a grant of Rs. 6 lakh - rupees three lakh each for the Jammu and Kashmir divisions - for promotion of the activities of the J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides in the State.

Minister for Youth Services and Sports, R S Chib speaking on the occasion, said that the Scouts and Guides movement has been progressing rapidly in the State and assured all possible support for this purpose.

Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Agriculture, said that the State has suffered on all fronts due to the situation obtaining in the past years and added that all of us would need to work with greater devotion, for the revival and promotion of the glorious traditions of Kashmiriyat and making Jammu and Kashmir a frontline developed State.

N. A. Khan, State Chief Commissioner, J&K State Bharat Scouts and Guides, in his welcome address, gave details of the activities of the organization in the State and the future plan of action for further promotion thereof. He also dwelt on the growth of the Scouting movement in the country and the State.

CJ lays foundation of
Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Chief Justice State High Court, Justice F. M. Ibrahim Kalifulla today laid the foundation stone of Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre at Batmaloo. Built at a cost of Rs 1.69 crore, the Centre is hoped to speed up justice delivery system in the State through alternative resolution and arbitration.

Speaking on the occasion, he advised the Government to pilot this concept so that pendency of cases is reduced. He also laid stress on close coordination between executive and judiciary so that justice is done to people at the earliest.

Present on the occasion were Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Justice Hasnain Masoodi, Justice J.P. Singh, judges of subordinate Courts, members and president Bar Association, Secretary Law, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Abdul Majid Mir, IGP Kashmir, S. M. Sahai and other senior officers of civil and police administration.

Woman held with over 1 kg charas

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 15: Police today arrested a woman narcotics smuggler and recovered over one kilograms of charas from her house.

Police spokesman said that on the basis of reliable information about the involvement of a couple in the drug trafficking, a police party from Kathua Police Station conducted a raid in the house of Ravi Kumar, son of Sansar Chand in Ward No.8.

During the search of the house, one kilogram and 100 grams of charas was recovered.

The contraband was immediately seized and Suman Bala, wife of Ravi Kumar arrested. However, Ravi Kumar managed to escape.

A hunt has been launched to nab him.

Passenger Transport Union to
observe strike on Sept 21, 22

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: A meeting of All J&K Transport Welfare Association was held today under the chairmanship of Anil Chopra, senior vice president of the Association and also chairman Mini Bus Workers Union, which decided to observe two day strike of passenger vehicles on September 21 and 22, in support of their demands.

The transporters strongly criticized the attitude of the State Government towards the transporters of the State. Chopra said, "we have approached the Government for umpteen times seeking revision of passenger fare due to steep hike in petroleum products and imposition of fees and taxes on the transporters, the plying of vehicles has become highly uneconomical and increase in passenger fare has become inevitable".

He added that Association has already submitted memorandum to Government with cost of operation and on the request of the Association the Government had constituted four member committee on June 28, 2011 for assessment of revision of passenger fare, but unfortunately nothing emerged fruitful. The Transport Minister on August 20, 2011, at Srinagar had assured that revised passenger fare would be announced in the first week of this month, but the matter remained at square one.

Chopra said, "we are not interested to go on strike, but the failure of the Government to take cognizance of our demands was forcing us to adopt the path of agitation.

Others present in the meeting included Prakash Singh and Vijay Sharma, vice chairman and general secretary of the Association, S Kuldeep Singh, president Jammu-Kathua and R S Pura Bus Union, S Pritam Singh, president Banihal Bus Union, Bharat Bhushan Gupta, president Poonch Bus Union, Bharat Bhushan Sharma, president Chhamb Bus Union, SKD Singh and S Mohinder Singh, president 2x2 Bus Union, Vijay Singh Chib, president 407 Matador Union, Inderjeet Sharma chairman Taxi Operators Union, D K Chowdhary, president Taxi Operators Union, R P Kohli, vice chairman Poonch Bus Union, Shanti Saroop Gupta, president Auto Union, R P Sharma, secretary All J&K Transport Welfare Association, S Gurdeep Singh, vice president Banihal Bus Union and others.

PHE employees meet CE

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Sept 15: A deputation of PHE Employees Association met the Chief Engineer, B R Dogra, at Mansar under the chairmanship of Som Nath, district INTUC president and senior vice president of PHE Employees Association, Jammu province.

The long pending demands of PHE employees were discussed in detail with the Chief Engineer, Superintending Engineer Hydraulic, Circle Udhampur, Shiv Nanda and both the Executive Engineers Civil and Mechanical, who were present in the meeting.

The Association demanded holding of DPC meeting which has not been held for the past 15 years and various posts were lying vacant thereby providing a set back to the functioning of the Department. The deputation apprised the CE that there was acute shortage of staff due to launching of various new water supply schemes vis--vis retirement of a large number of employees and no new recruitments to fill the gap. It demanded separate engagement of staff for new water supply schemes.

Other demands in the meeting by the deputation pertained to one and a half day extra salary to PHE employees, being essential services; rational transfer policy for those who have served for over two years away from their homes; release of timely wages of CP, ITI as also Consolidated workers, who are without wages for the past five months as of now.

Other demands included regularization of PHE workers working from Banganga to Bhawan (Katra) under SRO 64 as per previous practice of regularization after seven years services; and Benefit of SRO 43 for the posts of Assistant Lineman, Assistant Motorman and Helpers of PHE Department. The Chief Engineer assured to fulfill the demands under his competence and for other demands to take up the matter with concerned Minister soon.

Others in the deputation were Vijay Kumar Sharma, Suraj Parkash, Jagdish Magotra, Arjun Singh, Kuldeep Singh and Shiv Lal.

BSP organizes meeting

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) organized a meeting of State, district and Vidhan Sabha office bearers under the chairmanship of BSP State president Tulsi Dass Langeh.

Mr Narinder Kashyap MP and national general secretary was the chief guest while Prakash Bharti, coordinator J&K was the guest of honour.

The district presidents and their teams submitted organizational report in respect of their districts. Keeping in view the forthcoming local body elections, the selection of candidates in respect of Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees were reviewed and so many lists of the candidates in respect of various wards were finalized and cleared.

Kashyap stressed on the leadership to gear up the membership drive so that the party could achieve the target set before the State. S Ravinder Singh Pappu, district vice president of NC joined BSP along with his supporters.

Kashyap said coalition Government in the State has miserably failed to deliver goods up to the expectations of the people and that was why that the people have shown full faith upon the leadership of Kumari Mayawati, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.

Prominent among those who spoke in the meeting included R L Chargotra, Ajaib Singh Mottan, Rakesh Wazir, Pawan Gupta, ex-MLA Som Nath, S R Magotra, Harjit Singh, S Raja Singh, Capt Dewan Chand, Rattan Kumar Bhagat, Badri Nath, Tilak Raj Bhagat, Girdhari Lal Gorka, Balraj, Sanjay Bhagat, Babu Ram, Amit Kumar Langeh and Des Raj.

Body of youth died mysteriously exhumed

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 15: Body of a youth, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances, was exhumed on the orders of Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nowshera.

An official spokesman said that on September 5 dead body of a youth was recovered from Thathi area and despite message to all police stations regarding any missing report none came forward to claim the body. Accordingly, after post-mortem the body was buried.

Yesterday identity of the youth was established when a family approached the administration with missing report of one Abdul Majeed, resident of Garan in Tehsil Kalakote. The family of youth identified the body from the shoes and other clothes seized by police, as well as photograph provided by SDPO Nowshera G L Sharma.

Based on the merits of case, to facilitate further investigation and to meet the demand of local people for shifting the body to ancestral graveyard, SDM Nowshera, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ordered exhumation of body, and deputed Sunil Singh as Executive Magistrate. The body was exhumed in the presence of witnesses and family members.

Later, it was handed over to Mukhtiyar Bibi, wife of deceased, and shifted in ambulance to Garran for burial in ancestral graveyard. Nowshera police has further expedited the investigation into the case.

Kingpin of drug racket arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Sept 15 Police today arrested kingpin of a Valley-based drug racket. SSP, Shakeel Ahmed Beig said that during the questioning of a drug-peddler Sajjad Ahmed, son of Mohd Yousaf of Budgam, who were arrested on August 21 along with 45 kilograms of charas at Jakhani, revealed the identity of kingpin of the racket being operated from the Valley.

Accordingly, Udhampur Police with the assistance of Anantnag Police conducted a raid and arrested the kingpin of drug racket namely Mohd Amin Reshi, son of Gh Rasool Reshi of Shopian from Sangam Crossing. His motor cycle bearing Registration No. 2822/JK03A was also seized.

"Amin’s arrest is expected to reveal many secrets of narcotics smugglers.", SSP said.

Court rejects bail of doc, parents in dowry case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept15: Special Municipal Mobile Magistrate Jammu, V S Bhou today rejected the bail applications of Dr Javed Iqbal, B-Grade Surgeon, his father Mohd Abdullah and mother Issam Begum, all residents of village Nadian tehsil Darhal district Rajouri, who were involved in a dowry case.

According to the case, Javed Iqbal while doing his MS Surgery at PGI Chandigarh met with Gurpreet Kour and they fell into love with each other. Dr Javed Iqbal assured the complainant to enter into wed lock with her.

On completion of his course, he left Chandigarh and did not contact the complainant. Then complainant reached Rajouri and met the relatives and family members of the accused and later she filed a complaint before the SSP Rajouri and a case under Section 376 was registered against Dr. Javed Iqbal.

Upon this, family members of Dr Javed Iqbal asked the complainant to convert into Islam, which she agreed to and thereafter she married with the Dr Javed Iqbal. But after marriage, Dr Iqbal and his other relatives started demanding dowry.

She arranged more than Rs 50 lakh but despite this her harassment and physical torture at the hands of her husband and relatives continued. Upon this, she filed a complaint in the Court of CJM Jammu under Section 498-A RPC and the CJM sent this complaint to women cell.

After hearing Senior PO Rohit Gupta appearing for the State and Advocate A K Sawheny assisted by Advocate Aseem Sawhney appearing for the complainant, Special Municipal Mobile Magistrate rejected the bail application of the accused and remanded them to police custody till September 22, 2011.

Two bovine smugglers held with 16 animals

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Police today arrested two smugglers and seized 16 bovine animals, which were being smuggled to Kashmir valley.

Police spokesman said that on the basis of specific information, a police party from Vijaypur Police Station conducted a raid at Rakh Barotian and seized six bovine animals, which the accused namely Nazir Hussain, son of Lal Din had collected from various places for transporting to the Valley illegally. However, the accused managed to flee from the spot in his vehicle well before the arrival of police party.

Meanwhile, Bhaderwah Police during naka checking at Dradu intercepted a truck bearing registration No. JK06-0237 and seized 10 bovine animals from the vehicle.

The smugglers identified as Bashir Ahmed (driver of the truck), son of Gh Mohd of Akhramabad Doda and Farooq Ahmed, son of Habib Ullah of Deoli Doda were arrested.

JK Bank staffer rewarded for alertness

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 15: J&K Bank President and Zonal Head, Kashmir (Central), Bashir Ahmad Lone handed over a cash reward of Rs.5,000 and a letter of appreciation to one of its employees, Tajamul Hussain (Assistant Banking Associate) for his extraordinary efforts to avert a fraud payment against the lost token.

7 burglars arrested with Rs 60 lakh worth goods

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: Police arrested seven burglars involved in separate cases of burglary in the Srinagar city and recovered stolen goods including some Kashmiri handicraft items worth Rs 60 lakh.

Addressing a press conference here, DIG Central Kashmir range, Abdul Gani Mir said that the arrests were made after police received complaints of burglary from some parts of the city.

"One Mohammad Ashraf Wangnoo son of Ghulam Mohammad Wangnoo resident of Baghwanpora, Lal Bazar lodged a report with police station Lal Bazar that burglars have decamped with hand made Kashmiri shawls worth Rs. 18 lakh from his showroom at Baghwanpora," said Mir.

He said police received another complaint that burglars have stolen costly carpets and shawls worth Rs. 50 lakh from Zabarwan Gift House during the intervening night of July 22 and 23.

Mir said that a special investigation team comprising ASI Anayatullah, head constable Mohammad Ayoub and headed by SHO Police Station Lal Bazar Inspector Zulkarnain under the close supervision of SP Hazratbal was constituted.

"During the course of investigation two notorious burglars Parvaiz Ahmad Wagay son of Assadullah Wagay resident of Saidnara-Sumbal, a security guard with Escudo Security Services, posted at Royal Spring Golf Course and Firdous Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar resident of Gousia Colony Bemina were arrested," said Mir.

He said that stolen property worth Rs. 60 lakh was recovered from the instance of the arrested burglars. He said that cash worth Rs. 40, 000 along with a Maruti 800 car bearing registration number JK01H-0737 and a load carrier with registration number JK01H-5276 were also seized.

These burglars were working in close rapport and they formed part of a gang operating in city and adjacent areas. Police have also the other members of this gang. These include Bashir Ahmad Dar son of Mukhtar Dar resident of Shahgund-Sumbal, Shabir Lone son of Subhan Lone resident of Vijpora-Sumbal, Majeed Lone son of Maqbool Lone resident of Vijpora-Sumbal, Showkat Rather son of Sultan Rather resident of Check Saderkote and Hilal Ahmad Shah son of Ghulam Mohammad Shah resident of Botashah Mohallah Lal Bazar

Meanwhile, Kupwara police busted a car lifter gang by arresting four car lifters and recovered three vehicles and a generator from their possession.

A police spokesman said that Kupwara Police solved several cases of car lifting by arresting Manzoor Ahmad Lone son of Abdullah resident of Dardpora, Wasim Ahmad Khan son of Bashir Ahmed resident of Kralpora, Javid Ahmad Lone son of Rashid Lone resident of Dardpora and Shabir Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Sadiq resident of Dardpora.

"One Maruti car bearing registration number JK01H/5188, two Sumo vehicles bearing registration numbers JK01H/6453 and RJ-360047 and one generator were recovered from them. The accused used to lift the vehicles from district Kupwara as well as in other districts and thereafter tamper the engine/chassis numbers of these vehicles by using a chemical," said the spokesman.

He said the gang used to dismantle the stolen vehicles and sell the valuable parts as spare parts in the market. He said that the case is still under probe and more arrests are expected in these cases.

Engineers Day celebrated with enthusiasm

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Sept 15: "44th Engineers Day" was celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal, wherein students from various engineering colleges paid rich tributes to the great engineer Sir M Visveshvaraya on his birth anniversary, for his contribution in the field of engineering.

To mark the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visveshvaraya, Institute of Engineers, organized a seminar on "Engineering Preparedness for Disaster Mitigations". On the occasion, Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home, PHE, Tourism and Revenue was the chief guest who while addressing said that warnings will have no impact unless the Government and the people take protective measures to minimize devastation caused by disasters. He called upon the engineers to maximize the use of technology and use of disaster management planning so that long and short-term policies are framed for disaster management. Chief Engineers of PHE, R&B, I&FC, retired chief engineers and several other engineers were present on the occasion.

On the occasion of "Engineers Day", Model Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) organized 4th Edition of Annual Research Awards. Prof Rajive Gupta, Director Colleges Development was the chief guest while Dr Arun K Gupta, Chairman, MIER presided over the function. Dr Renu Gupta, Director, MIER, Dr Adit Gupta, Joint Director, Prof SK Sharma, Principal, MIET and Prof Ankur Gupta, Joint Director, MIET were also present. Prof Rajive Gupta, released the in-house development total quality management software, which provides facilities for collection of data related to quality parameters and performs advanced analysis on the same.

To celebrate 44th "Engineers Day", Government Polytechnic for Women organized a symposium on the topic "Role of Technology in Women Empowerment" under the aegis of student chapter of Institutions of Engineers. On the occasion, Gurbachan Singh, Principal, Neetu Maini, Convener of the Student Chapter and Naresh Gupta, senior lecturer, Electronics and Communication were present. Speaking on the occasion Gurbachan Singh highlighted the importance of the day and also threw light on the topic. He impressed upon the students to work hard with dedication to achieve their desired goals.

Government College of Engineering and Technology, (GCET), celebrated "Engineers Day" with zeal and enthusiasm. On the occasion, students highlighted the contribution of Sir M Visveshvaraya, Chief Engineer from Karnataka. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Bhopinder Singh, Principal, GCET, discussed the importance of recent advances in the field of Engineering and Technology and stressed that celebration of the day is only successful if they not only contribute in core Engineering but also in field of Social Engineering.

To commemorate the birth anniversary of M Visveshvaraya, Aryans Group of Colleges organized a function in which students and staff participated with enthusiasm. On the occasion, various events were organized including paper presentation, word hunt and quiz. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group, said that their focus has always on sharpening the skills of the students. Dr Kataria further added that such type of activities help to groom the personality of the students so that they can move along the competitive world.

On the eve of "Engineers Day", College of Engineering and Technology, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University organized a seminar on the topic "Role of Engineers in Modern Society", in which students participated with enthusiasm. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Irshad Hamal, Vice Chancellor, BGBSU, stressed upon the students on need of innovation in engineering fields and said that engineers of State should be self sufficient in meeting the needs of the State. On the occasion, Prof Dost Mohd, Dean, School of Management Studies, Prof Mohd Asger, Dean, School of Mathematical Sciences and Engineering, Mohd Rashid Choudhary, Registrar, Col Dogra, Principal, Polytechnic College and faculty of Engineering College were also present.

Engineering students and faculty members of North Polytechnic, Purkhoo Camp, today paid rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Sir M Viveshvaraya on the eve of "Engineers Day". Students and faculty members in their speeches highlighted the achievement and contribution of great engineer. KR Sharma, Principal, urged the faculty members to impart quality technical education to the students and impressed upon the students to work hard and with dedication to achieve their desired goals.

Inter-State truck lifters gang busted, 3 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Police today busted an inter-state gang of truck lifters and arrested three of its members. A truck trailer worth Rs 15 lakh was also recovered on their disclosure.

Police spokesman said that on the basis of specific information, Narwal Police seized a truck bearing registration number JK02AM-440 and detained its driver namely Jatinder Singh, son of Karan Singh of Qazigund.

During enquiries from the RTO office, the registration number turned out to be that of a Passion motorcycle of 2009 model and accordingly the verification regarding the real number and owner of the truck was done by citing its engine number and chassis number from the concerned authorities.

The verification revealed the real number of the truck as HR-46B/0278 model 2009 and that registered in the name of one Vikram Singh, son of Daya Ram of Haryana.

Upon further enquiries, it transpired that one Narveer Singh, son of Jagjit Singh of H.No. 367 Upper Beli Charana had purchased the truck from one Subash, a resident of Pathankote through one Sarabjeet Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh of Jagial Colony Pathankote for Rs 5 lakh only where as the cost of 2009 model truck trailer should be around Rs 12/13 lakh as per the market value these days.

The truck had been stolen from Alwar Rajasthan in the month of March 2011 regarding which a case has been registered at the concerned Police Station. The so called owner of the truck namely Subash of Pathankote was already involved in truck theft cases and reportedly Punjab Police has already effected recovery to the tune of Rs 2-3 crore from the gang. Accordingly, Narveer Singh and Sarabjeet Singh were also arrested.

"The modus operandi of the gang was to steal trucks from different states, get their engine and chassis numbers changed and sell by putting fake number plates", the spokesman said, adding "investigation is still going on and more arrests are likely".

The gang was busted by Narwal police under the supervision of SP South Rajeshwar Singh.

Janata Dal Secular holds protest

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Janata Dal Secular today held protest demonstration and demanded posting of doctors in the Sub District Hospital, Bhaderwah. The protesters were raising slogans against the Government and the concerned authorities towards their demands, which they have submitted to SDM, Bhaderwah.

Addressing the gathering, Mast Nath Yogi, State acting president, said that the Government is least concerned towards the problems being faced by them, especially poor and down trodden people. He said that the Government has turned a deaf ear towards the problems of the down trodden people and was compelling them to adopt agitational path.

He urged the Government to make some concrete policy for the absorption of unemployed youth in the Government departments at the earliest as unrest brewing amongst them may not lead them to some where else.

Among others who addressed the gathering were Shashi Paul Gupta, Amar Chand Hiteshi, etc.

5 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Sept 15: Fifteen persons were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir valley today.

Police said a Santro car bearing registration number JK01J/6596 driven by Bilal Ahmed Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Batwara, Srinagar turned turtle at Zandwan Arizal, Budgam resulting in injuries to three passengers. All the Injured were hospitalized. A case has been registered in this regard.

A motorcycle bearing registration number JK05B/6428 driven by one Ghulam Hassan Shah son of Ghulam Mohiudin resident of Chennad Baramulla collided with a tipper bearing registration number JK02B/4725 driven by Irfan Ahmed Akhoon son of Farooq Ahmed resident of Khanpora, Baramulla at Delina, resulting in injuries to motorcyclist. Injured was hospitalized. Both the vehicles were seized the police. A case has been registered in this regard.

A truck bearing registration number JK01B/8629 driven by one Sumipal Singh son of Sumniderpal Singh resident of Kanli Bagh Baramulla coming from Uri to Baramulla collided with a passenger Bus bearing registration number JK01D/3857 at Veerwn, Baramulla falling under the jurisdiction of police station Baramulla, resulting in injuries to 10 persons. All the injured were hospitalized. A case has been registered in this regard.

A Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK08A/5218 coming from Vailoo to Ahlan Gadool hit and injured a girl namely Maha Jabeena age 12 years daughter of Abdul Majeed Naikoo at Gadool, Anantnag falling under the jurisdiction of police station Kokernag. The injured was hospitalized. A case has been registered in this regard.

Kissan Welfare Committee frames body

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Panshie Kissan Welfare Development Committee elected its office bearers in a meeting held under the supervision of Pritam Kotwal here today.

On the occasion, Bal Krishan Manhas was elected as president while Girdahri Lal Manhas elected as general secretary of the newly formed body. Hans Raj, Hem Raj and Uttam Chand Goswami were elected as senior vice presidents.

Hari Krishan Kotwal and Shamus Din Butt were elected as vice president and cashier respectively.

NSF flays JU authorities

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JAMMU, Sept 15: The students and scholars under the banner of National Secular Forum (NSF) today held a protest demonstration against the Jammu University authorities for the lack of facilities and complete mess in the Nehru hostel.

Addressing the gathering, Vikas Sharma, president, NSF, said that about a month ago, Vice Chancellor had paid a visit to the hostel along with provost and executive engineer and directed the officials to carry out repairing and maintenance of the same at the earliest.

He said that till date not even a single step has been taken in this regard, whereas the scholars putting up at hostel are facing inhuman conditions owing to lack of repair and maintenance. He demanded immediate repairing and maintenance of the hostel, for the benefit of the scholars putting up there.

Among others present were Shafaqat Malik, Surjit Choudhary, Vikram, Parshotam Singh, Amit, Manjit Singh, Anil Sharma, Zulfikar, KD Singh, etc.

Municipal Employees Union elects office bearers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Municipal Employees Union (Ministerial) today held a meeting under the chairmanship of its president Rohit George and nominated the office bearers.

In the meeting, Koushal Kumar was nominated as chairman, Jeevan Singh as vice chairman, Mohd Sharif and Basanti Razdan as advisors, Gopal Krishan as senior vice president, Rakesh Kumar as vice president, Ravinder Bhat as general secretary, Sharda Kumari and Sunaina as secretary, Jasbir Singh as treasurer, Sat Pal and Ramesh Kumar as cashier, Rajesh Gupta and Madan Baru as joint secretary, Sushil Singh, Ashwani Sharma and Kamaldeep Singh as publicity secretary, Ramesh Bhagat, Satish Kohli, Jagdish Singh and Vijay Kumar as organizing secretary.

5 arrested in Excise raids; lahan, illicit liquor destroyed

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RAJOURI, Sept 15: Five moonshiners were arrested in Excise raids conducted at villages Dalhori, Argi-Potha, Saranu, Danghri, Baljerallian, Katharian, Panjpeer, Sassal Kote, DarianJhamger, Narian and Lam Darhal areas of Rajouri district.

The raids were conducted by Dr Sajid Majid, Inspector Excise under the supervision of Excise and Taxation Officer Rajouri Afaq Ahmed under direct supervision of Deputy Excise Commissioner (Central) Jammu. During the raid 700 kg lahan and 180 liter illicit liquor was seized and destroyed by the Excise team.

Five persons were arrested and booked under Excise Act. They have been identified as Amar Nath son of Gokal Chand, Geet Devi wife of Vinod Kumar, Amrit Devi wife of Ramesh Chander and Babu Ram son of Khaki Ram, all residents of Jhangar and Mangal Singh son of Sachin Singh of Narian.

BJP nominates ward president

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JAMMU, Sept 15: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) today held a meeting at Trikuta Nagar and nominated president for Ward No: 53.

On the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh, State chief spokesperson and National Executive member of BJP was the chief guest while Assem Gupta, National Executive member, Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM), presided over the meeting.

In the meeting, Sham Lal, was nominated as president of Ward No 53 by Arun Khosla, Mandal president, Gandhi Nagar, with the consultation of Rajesh Gupta, district president, BJP.

STD-PCO/Photostat Asso frames body

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JAMMU, Sept 15: In a meeting of STD-PCO/Photostat Association of Talab Tillo, Jammu various problems were discussed and later office bearers were elected under the supervision of Ashok Kumar.

Baldev Raj was elected as president, Raman Kumar as secretary, Yog Raj Razdan as cashier while Koul, Akash, Deepak and Karan Singh as executive members.

IIPS organizes lecture on hospitality sector

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: IIPS organized a guest lecture on the topic "Scope for Management Graduates in Hospitality Sector and how to further one’s career as a manager", in which students participated with enthusiasm.

On the occasion, Nitin Shankar Nagrale, Director of Procurement at Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Mumbai, was the key speaker who said that the service industry and such as hospitality sector is growing at a fast pace and there is much growth and career opportunities in the same. He stressed upon the need for management graduates to be focused on their career and make intelligent choices. He also offered placement for the final year students.

Later, Nitin Shankar Nagrale interacted with the students and cleared their doubts relating to the hospitality sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr KK Sabharwal, Campus Head, said that IIPS always takes initiative to provide its students with extra knowledge apart form classroom studies so as to groom their personalities and to shape them into successful mangers of future.

7 cases settled in Lok Adalat

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Sept 15: District Legal Services Authority today held a Lok Adalat at Court Complex in which 7 out of 16 cases of pre-litigation were decided.

The bench of Lok Adalat was presided over by Rajesh Sekhri, Principal District and Sessions Judge, who was assisted by Kalpana Revo, Chief Judicial Magistrate.

An award of Rs 462470 was passed in the pre-litigation cases and an amount of Rs 7800 was recovered and paid to the other side on spot.

Philatelic exhibition in Valley after 32 yrs

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sep 15: After a gap of 32 years, Srinagar is hosting the philatelic exhibition in the last week of this month where one lakh stamps would be put on display.

The five day exhibition titled as 'Chinar-2011' would start on September 26 and will culminate on September 30.

Addressing a press conference here, John Samuel, Chief Post Master General (CPMG), Jammu and Kashmir Circle, said that last time philatelic exhibition was organized in Srinagar in 1979. He said the Department of Posts would hold letter writing competition, quiz competition and workshop on philately during the exhibition.

"The major attraction of philately exhibition would be the availability of My Photo option for the visitors. Seven cameras would be ready during the exhibition to get the photo clicked of those who want to put their picture on the stamps. I hope the visitors to the exhibition would avail this facility and make the event memorable," said Samuel.

Samuel said that the exhibition would be inaugurated by Governor N. N Vohra, adding that the event would kick-off the postal office festival in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that 500 double sided frames would be put up during the exhibition so that one hundred thousand stamps are put on display.

"The exhibition was supposed to end on September 29, but it had to be extended by one more day since the meeting of Chief Ministers of North Zone is scheduled to be held at SKICC on September 27," said Samuel.

He said 2,000 students are expected to take part in the letter writing competition on September 29. "The first three winners of the competition would be awarded with Rs. 10,000, Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 2,500 respectively. During the course of exhibition special covers of Kashmir life would be released, he added.

Samuel said that stamps depicting hollywood, railways, Princess Diana, Harry Potter, magnificent cars, environment, stamps on fauna of Kashmir, defence services, animal kingdom and beautiful birds would be on display. He said that stamps depicting flora and fauna, tourist destinations, postal services and Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir would also be displayed, he added.

Court rejects bail of 2 in abetment to suicide case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: Special Municipal Mobile Magistrate Jammu V S Bhou today rejected the bail applications of Sonal Gondhi and Subam, both residents of Jullaka Mohalla, who were allegedly involved in much publicized suicide case of a school going girl.

While rejecting bail, Court observed, "the manner in which offence has been abetted prima-facie proved involvement of accused and evidence collected by the Investigating Officer pin-point guilt of accused".

"The accused persons in the past too were intimidating the victim of uploading photographs and letters on internet in case she does not develop physical relation with them", the Court further observed, adding "in case accused are released on bail, they would temper with prosecution evidence".

APMCC threatens to launch agitation from Oct 7

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 15: All Parties Migrant Co-ordination Committee (APMCC) threatened to launch agitation against State and Central Governments if their demands were not considered up to September 30.

Addressing a press conference here, APMCC general secretary Advocate Arun Kandroo said that APMCC has served an ultimatum up to September 30, 2011 to the State and Central Governments to declare a time frame for initiating process of considering the 6-points charter of demands for Kashmiri Hindus. He said that Vinod Pandit, chairman of the Committee, would resort to indefinite strike in Kashmir valley on October 7, 2011 if the Government failed to come out with a time frame to resolve the pending issues of Kashmiri Hindus.

He said that if the Omar led Government and UPA at Centre would continue to sit silent over the various sensitive issues regarding Hindus, the APMCC and its activists would launch an indefinite hunger strike in various parts of the country to highlight their grievances.

They have been demanding dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Sharda Peeth in PoK, probe into the multi crore temple/shrine land encroachment in valley, passing of the pending Temples and Shrines Bill in Legislative Assembly, one time compensation for over-aged migrant youth, special employment package for non-migrant Hindus of Kashmir Valley and establishment of Sharda Peeth University in Kashmir.‘

5 smugglers held, 57 bovine animals rescued

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JAMMU, Sept 15: Nagrota Police today arrested five bovine smugglers including kingpin and rescued 57 milch animals, which were being illegally smuggled to valley from here.

Talking to media, Faisal Qureshi, SDPO Nagrota said that on specific inputs about illegal smuggling of bovine animals, a naka was laid and a vehicle bearing registration No JKO3C 2094 was intercepted. During frisking, the owner of the milch animals presented a fake permission letter issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Samba. He said that both the accused namely Shabir Ahmed, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Jakhani, district and tehsil Udhampur and Haji Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Khasana, son of Ghulam Rasool, resident of Kangan, tehsil and district Ganderbal, the kinpin were arrested and 11 bovine animals were rescued.

Mr Qureshi added that a vehicle bearing registration No JKO2AH 8825 was intercepted by police for checking and during frisking 9 bovine animals, which were being illegally smuggled to the Valley, were seized. He said that Abdul Majid, son of Mohd Iqbal, resident of Anantnag has been arrested and nine bovine animals have been rescued besides the vehicle has been seized.

Mr Qureshi further added that during routine checking at Nagrota check post, police intercepted three vehicles bearing registration Nos JKO2AJ 4071, JKO2AL 2783 and Tata Mobile JKO2AG 9758, but the trio didn’t stop the vehicles and speed up. Police party chased the vehicles but the drivers parked the vehicles in an abandoned area and fled away. However a search has been intensified in the surrounding areas to nab the drivers. A total of 26 bovine animals from the three vehicles have been rescued and the vehicles have been seized.

The SDPO added that in another incident, a vehicle bearing registration No. JKO2AL 3279 was intercepted and during frisking 11 bovine animals were seized. He added that both driver and his accomplices namely Ghulam Rasool, son of Mohd Yousuf, resident of Reasi and Ghulam Mohd Shan, son of Mohd Sudan, resident of Anantnag were arrested.

Police party headed by SHO Nagrota Sajjad Parvez made the arrests under the supervision of Additional SP Rajesh Sharma and SDPO Faisal Qureshi.

Young woman ends life due to in-laws harassment

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 15: A young woman allegedly committed suicide due to the harassment at the hands of in-laws leading to protest demonstration from her family members and relatives and subsequent arrest of her husband.

Police spokesman said that Iqbal Kour, wife of Tijender Singh of Dangri was brought to the District Hospital Rajouri last evening after she allegedly consumed poisonous substance. Though the doctors tried their level best yet she could not fight for life and died.

As soon as her parents in R S Pura area of Jammu came to know about her death, they rushed to Rajouri and informed the police that Iqbal Kour was being harassed by her husband and in-laws for want of a car in dowry.

Paramjit Singh, brother of the deceased told the police that ever since Iqbal Kour entered into wed-lock with Tijender Singh she was being harassed and tortured for want of more dowry particularly a car. He alleged that his sister was murdered by in-laws.

On the demand of deceased’s parents, police got the post-mortem of Iqbal Kour conducted through a board of doctors. Later, parents of Iqbal Kour took her body to R S Pura for last rites.

Acting on the complaint of the Iqbal Kour’s parents, police arrested Tijender Singh into custody and started further investigation.

CVPA protests against Traffic Police, Transport Deptt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: The Chenab Valley People's Association (CVPA) today held protest demonstration against Transport Department and Traffic Police for their failure to keep proper check on passenger vehicles and effective road transport policy at Foutain Plaza, University of Jammu.

Carrying pla cards, large number of activists of CVPA gathered under the leadership of Fairoz Khan, State president and raised slogans against the Government, Transport Department and Traffic Police.

Addressing the gathering, Fairoz Khan expressed concern over the rising accidents in Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar district. He said that the accidents are reported from the Chenab valley and in every two to three months, 30 to 40 people die and for that Transport Department and Traffic Police are responsible.

He said that drivers ply the vehicles on the roads without driving license and with overloaded vehicles, but the Transport Department and Traffic Police have become the mute spectators. He said that it is duty of these departments to check out the overloading, driving licenses, etc but are not doing anything, just for their pety gains.

He urged the Transport Commissioner to verify the ground situation and take proper steps in the rising accidents in the Chenab valley and also the implementation of the rules so that the accidents on these hilly terrains will come to an end.

Pawan Singh Bandral, president, JU, CVPA, said that in long routes, superfast buses, the student concession is an alien concept and said that Chenab valley is a vast region where the students are suffering a lot and urged the Traffic Police to look into the matter for the benefit of the student community.

Among others present were Joginder Singh Thakur, vice president, Natwar Singh, Dorwra, Narender Sharma, Ajay Kumar, Vijay Katoch, Sandy Raju, Nasir Ali, etc.

Ex-Servicemen organize function
to mark week-long celebration

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 15: The Ex-Servicemen of Kathua today organised function to mark the Ex-Servicemen week-long celebration as part of All India Ex-Servicemen Week celebration.

On the occasion, Zahida Parveen Khan, Deputy Commissioner Kathua was the chief guest while Maj Gen Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, president of the League presided over the function.

While speaking, the Deputy Commissioner promised full support to the demands of the Ex-Servicemen. She assured the ex-servicemen that the people are grateful to the soldiers and announced that Zila Sainik Welfare Board Land at Kathua would not be used for Kendriya Vidyalaya as separate land has been allotted for it.

District president Capt Sagar Singh also submitted a charter of demands to Deputy Commissioner on the occasion.

They were demanding complete implementation of one rank one pension, relief in VAT on canteen stores, Acquisition of land for defence colonies by November 2011, 15 percent reservation in Government jobs at par with Himachal Pradesh and revival of Sainik Vanaspati Cooperative factory immediately.

The League members also distributed cheques to Veer Naries on the occasion.

Later, the Ex-Servicemen from all the tehsils of Kathua in the form of rally highlighted their various demands.



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