Omar discusses fertilizer supply issue with Union Minister

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Srikant Kumar called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here and discussed matters relating to the ...more

Multi crore scam BDO among several booked by Vigilance

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JAMMU, Sept 20: State Vigilance Organization today booked Mohd Sadiq, then BDO Mendhar, Mohd Nazir, then Accountant and Mohd Azam, then Senior Assistant in BDO Office ..more

National seminar on "Mapping Contemporary Pakistan" concludes
Nation is strong enough to handle any situation: Maj Gen Mehta

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JAMMU, Sept 20: "War is not an option, we hate war, Nation is strong enough to handle the situations and troops are vigilant enough to deal with infiltration along the Indo-Pak border", said Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma...more

Use minimum force while dealing with Law & order problem: ADGP

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: K. Rajendra Kumar ADGP Armed/Law & Order J&K alongwith IG AP/IR Jammu and DIG AP Jammu Range visited Battalion Headquarters JKAP 6th ...more

Two thieves, 2 jewelers held with ` 3 lakh goods

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Pacca Danga police today arrested two thieves and two jewelers, who were recipients of stolen property, ..more

SKUAST-J celebrates
12th Foundation Day

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Jammu (SKUAST-J), today organized a blood donation camp to celebrate 12th Foundation Day of the university. Fiftyeight units of blood were donated by the students, faculty and staff of the university, besides students also presented cultural programme and mesmerized the audience with their perfomances....more

Cabinet decision
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JAMMU, Sept 20: Jammu Kashmir Agriculture Technocrat Association (JKATA) today urged the Chief Minister to redress their demands at the earliest or they would resume their suspended fast unto death strike.....more

Go for organic
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JAMMU, Sept 20: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today asked the rice growers of the State to go for organic farming as it has inherent cost advantage in view of growing markets for organic products at global level......more

     
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JAMMU, Sept 20: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla has said that the Government was committed to provide adequate irrigation facilities to the farmers across the State and there was no constraint of funds for digging irrigation tube wells, irrigation pumps, besides construction of irrigation channels. The Minister was a addressing a gathering at village Dharp after laying foundation of a deep drill Irrigation tube well estimated to cost `63 lakh. The irrigation scheme is being funded under NABARD.Mr. Bhalla said focus of the Government was to develop all the rural areas at par with urban pockets by providing all basic amenities like better roads, safe drinking water, electricity, medical services, education, besides better lanes and drains. He said the Government has launched number of welfare schemes to upgrade the living standard of the ruralities which include Indira Awas Yojna, PMGSY, MGNREGA etc. He asked the people to avail the benefits of such type of schemes.

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Omar discusses fertilizer supply issue with Union Minister

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Srikant Kumar called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here and discussed matters relating to the supply and utilization of fertilizer in the State with him.

The Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Union Secretary for Chemical and Fertilizers, Sutanu Behuria Jena, Principal Secretary Agriculture, M. I. Khandey, Union Joint Secretary, Satish Chandra and other Central and State officers were present in the meeting.

The fertilizer position, its availability and supply were reviewed in the meeting. Matters pertaining to the requirement of fertilizer by the State for the Rabi and Kharief cultivation also come up for discussion in the meeting.

The Union Minister assured that full quantity of the fertilizers would be provided to the State, adding that 3 rakes of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) will be supplied to the State in advance. This fertilizer is imported from other countries to meet the domestic requirements of the country.

Detailing the State's diverse and difficult topography, the Chief Minister underlined the need for establishing adequate storage facility of fertilizer in the State. He said sufficient chemical fertilizer should remain stocked in Jammu and Kashmir to cater to the needs of farmers especially in far-flung and cut-off areas. Omar Abdullah also sought special dispensation to the State with regard to the freight regime.

The Union Minister said that the freight policy is being reviewed and the State's concern would be looked into positively.

The meeting also discussed establishment of National Sample Survey Organization units in the State to help collection of statistics and samples for research and data base building. This would help in providing befitting scientific advices to the farmers helping in the increase of agriculture produce.

Earlier, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, highlighted bottlenecks in delivering the fertilizer due to non availability of additional Notional Rake points at Leh, Kargil, Kupwara, Poonch and Kishtwar. He also stressed on setting up buffer stock of DAP fertilizers in the State.

Multi crore scam BDO among several booked by Vigilance

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JAMMU, Sept 20: State Vigilance Organization today booked Mohd Sadiq, then BDO Mendhar, Mohd Nazir, then Accountant and Mohd Azam, then Senior Assistant in BDO Office Mendhar and others for their involvement in the multi-crore scam.

According to the vigilance case, a joint surprise check was conducted into the allegations of misappropriation of huge Government money by Mohd Sadiq, then BDO Mendhar in connivance with Mohd Azam and other officials of BDO Office Mendhar.

During the joint check, it came to fore that during the financial year 2010-2011 then BDO Mendhar, Mohd Sadiq in connivance with Mohd Azam, Senior Assistant of BDO Office Mendhar withdrew and misappropriated an amount of ` 62,36,492 from the account No CD 234, which was meant for the constituency development, by way of issuing 12 bearer cheques in name of 12 officials of his office against which no work was executed.

An amount of ` 5.40 lakh was also found withdrawn by the officials from the Government exchequer, which was meant for construction of play grounds in the different schools of Block Mendhar. Moreover, the BDO in criminal conspiracy with Mohd Nazir, then Accountant misappropriated ` 2, 62, 000 from the official account No 5930 of J&K Bank Mendhar meant for constituency development fund (MLA/MLC) regarding which no record was maintained by them.

As per the guidelines issued by MGNREGA, the payment to the beneficiaries has to made through invoice in their personal account issued by the concerned BDO within the 15 days but the BDO in league with the Mohd Nazir, then Accountant in BDO office Mendhar again withdrew and misappropriated an amount of ` 31,593 from the official account No 10398 of J&K Bank Mendhar.

During the enquiry, it also came to fore that under MG-NAREGA Scheme ` 8.23 crore were earmarked for Block Mendhar. According to the monthly statement issued by the BDO, the funds under the scheme were utilized but there was nothing on ground.

During the financial year 2010-2011, the bank statement of 49 Panchayat Secretaries collected from different banks revealed that an amount of ` 4,29,57,054 approximately was still lying in the bank in their respective accounts. In addition, the BDO in league with Nazir Ahmed, Accountant BDO Office Mendhar issued 23 cheques amounting ` 59.96 lakh on March 31, 2011 to different Panchyat Secretaries, which were not credited in the accounts of Panchyat Secretaries till April 29, 2011 and the cheque were issued without any execution of works with the intention to grab the Government money through secretaries of different panchayats.

In this manner, the accused public servants in pursuance to a conspiracy and by abuse of their official position dishonestly/fraudulently withdrew huge amount from state exchequer and misappropriated the same.

National seminar on "Mapping Contemporary Pakistan" concludes
Nation is strong enough to handle any
situation: Maj Gen Mehta

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JAMMU, Sept 20: "War is not an option, we hate war, Nation is strong enough to handle the situations and troops are vigilant enough to deal with infiltration along the Indo-Pak border", said Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma, GOC 10 Infantry Division, during the concluding day of 2-day National Seminar on "Mapping Contemporary Pakistan" organised by 16 Corps of Army in collaboration with Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu, here today.

Addressing the gathering during the session on ‘Demystifying Pakistan Army’ in the seminar, Maj Gen Rakesh said that war is not an option, we hate war, to handle the problem of terrorism, which still exist in J&K, nation is strong enough to deal with situation. Our troops are vigilant enough and data shows that there is relative drop in terrorist activities across the State, he said.

While presenting his paper entitled ‘Pakistan Army’s India Centricity and Impact on Nationhood’, he highlighted that, "the hate India campaign propagated systematically through school education needs to be curbed by the Pakistani establishment if they want to become a good nation. He proposed that, "we should jointly try to formulate a common South Asia history and discuss it more openly".

He also said, "There is no harm in talking to Pakistan army directly, as suggested by some of the circles, as talks can only improve the environment. In fact there should be more talks at all the levels including clergy to clergy talks."

He said that people of Pakistan still want peace and there is a particular section, which had created myth against the neighbouring country. There is need to increase the people-to-people contact to reduce the conflict zones, he further added.

Speaking on the occasion, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Kapil Kad, said that there is need of diplomatic footwork at fast track level and stressed to spread the awareness about role of Pakistan army at international level. He said that from Indian point of view, footprint at Afghanistan must be developed to keep proper check on Pakistan. He also discussed ‘Pakistan’s Key External Relations’ which included Pakistan’s future relations with US, military’s China dimension, China’s objectives and concerns and Pakistan military’s Afghanistan strategy on the occasion. He further emphasized on the up-gradation of internal security system to tackle the internal threats.

The session was chaired by Prof Varun Sahni, who focused on the issues like dilution of credibility, public antipathy, heightened anti-military sentiments post Osama killing and radicalisation trend.

Among others who shared their views included Prem Kumar Jha, Capt (I.N.) Alok Bansal, Maj Gen G S Shergill, GOC Romeo Force, Pradeep Dutta from Times Now, Prof Karori Singh of Rajasthan University, Prof Kulwant Kour (JU) and Prof Surinder Shukla (Punjab University, Chandigarh).

The seminar concluded with the remarks of Lt Gen J P Nehra, GOC 16 Corps. The General complimented the University for its efforts in developing discourse on contemporary Pakistan. He also stated that the Indian defence modernisation has lagged behind and needs to be speeded up. "We also need to develop capabilities in modern tools in the fields of cyber war, covert operations and spy war".

Use minimum force while dealing with Law &
order problem: ADGP

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: K. Rajendra Kumar ADGP Armed/Law & Order J&K alongwith IG AP/IR Jammu and DIG AP Jammu Range visited Battalion Headquarters JKAP 6th Bn at Draba Poonch on September 14 and took stock of functioning of the Battalion, deployment of nafri, their welfare and other related matters. ADGP took a darbar of officers and men, listened to their grievances and addressed the genuine grievances.

The ADGP while addressing the officers and men impressed upon them to maintain and promote friendly police public relations and use minimum force while dealing with any law and order situation .

He reiterated upon the officers and men to ensure zero tolerance to Human Right violations as the policy and use non-lethal weapons during crowd control in their areas of deployment, as also minimum collateral damages in anti-militancy operations.

The ADGP also issued instructions to the Unit CO and senior officers to go for the welfare measures for the jawans and for carrying out various activities beneficial for youth and common man of the region under Civic Action Programme for which he assured them that adequate funds will be provided to them in time.

Two thieves, 2 jewelers held with ` 3 lakh goods

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Pacca Danga police today arrested two thieves and two jewelers, who were recipients of stolen property, and recovered gold and cash worth ` 3 lakh from their possession.

The thieves had stolen 100 grams gold and ` 37,000 cash from the house of an old woman Pushpa Anand wife of Ram Prakash Anand at Afghana Mohalla on July 31 night when the woman was all alone in the house.

During investigations of the case, Pacca Danga police arrested two thieves identified as Ajay Kumar alias Kaka alias Tori son of Rom Nath R/o Pakki Dhakki and Pardeep Kumar alias Mongi son of Darshan Lal R/o Hanuman Gali R/o Purani Mandi.

The thieves confessed the theft and told police that they had sold gold to two jewelers—Rakesh Kumar son of Dewan Chand Verma R/o Resham Ghar and Ram Swaroop son of Amir Chand R/o Jagadhari, Haryana.

Police also arrested both the jewelers and recovered gold from them.

A case against the thieves and the jewelers has been registered at Pacca Danga police station.

Police said gold and `37,000 cash were recovered from the thieves and the jewelers.

Police parties headed by SHO Pacca Danga Inspector Surinder Khadyal made the arrests under the supervision of SP City (North) Jatinder Singh Johar and SDPO City Kulbir Honda.

SKUAST-J celebrates 12th Foundation Day

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Jammu (SKUAST-J), today organized a blood donation camp to celebrate 12th Foundation Day of the university. Fiftyeight units of blood were donated by the students, faculty and staff of the university, besides students also presented cultural programme and mesmerized the audience with their perfomances.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof RM Bhagat, DRI cum Dean, PGS emphasized on the importance of celebrating the foundation day and also detailed future programmes to be organized by the Directorate for the students of the University. He highlighted the contribution of the staff and students community of the University towards the growth and development of the institute.

Dr Bhagat exhorted the students to voluntarily donate blood and also participate in social activities for their overall personality development during their stay in the University.

Dr KS Risam, Director, Extension Education in his speech detailed the origin of formation of the SKUAST-J and impressed upon the students to come forward and donate blood generously.

Dr TR Raina, Head, Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine in his speech elaborated in detail the need and benefits of voluntary blood donation and its role in saving human life.

Anil K Padha, Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, also threw light on the importance of blood donation.

Earlier, Dr S B Bakshi, Deputy Director, Students Welfare presented the welcome address and appreciated the role of NCC and NSS volunteers who remain always in the fore front in all the activities organized by the university.

Cabinet decision not in favour of Agri Technocrats: JKATA

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Jammu Kashmir Agriculture Technocrat Association (JKATA) today urged the Chief Minister to redress their demands at the earliest or they would resume their suspended fast unto death strike.

Addressing a press conference, Surinder Radotra, President, JKATA, said that the cabinet decision made on August 4 was not in the favour of the agriculture technocrats and just a foul play. He said that the Government was least concerned about redressal to their demands, compelling them to come on roads once again. He said that they are going to hold protest against the Government for its wrong policies towards the agriculture technocrats on September, 26.

He said that the regularization should be strictly done on batch wise manner and neglect the merit wise options implemented by the Government in the cabinet order. He stressed upon the Government that the regularization should be done after completion of five years of their continuous service as a Rehbar-e-Ziraat (ReT), who are working since April 2007 on the pattern of Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT).

He said that the regularization of the 1996, 97, 98, 99 batches must be considered in the first phase as the maximum number of technocrats have crossed the upper age limit for being eligible to Government jobs.

Radotra also added that the Government should take initiative for the amendment of the cabinet decision and quash the merit base and must implement batch wise regularization process which is the right way of regularization. He also stressed upon the Government to provide basic salary to the remaining technocrats till they were regularized.

Among others present were Maneet Singh, vice president, Omesh Khajuria, senior general secretary, Joginder, general secretary, district Kathua and Rajinder Proch.

Go for organic Basmati rice production: Mir to farmers

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today asked the rice growers of the State to go for organic farming as it has inherent cost advantage in view of growing markets for organic products at global level.

The Minister was addressing a gathering of farmers and agriculture department officers and scientists after inaugurating a workshop on 'Organic Basmati Rice Production and Marketing' organized by Directorate of Agriculture, Jammu and sponsored by Basmati Export Development Foundation (BEDF) in collaboration with APEDA.

More than 150 farmers from Jammu, Kathua and Samba and officers of the department attended the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that there is a growing awareness and demand for organic agricultural products in the national and international market in view of the health hazards of the pesticide and chemical fertilizer residues. He added that the organic cultivation of Basmati rice needs to be popularized and is being taken up in large scale in the State. He disclosed that the farmers can harvest rich dividends and the farming can become sustainable by introducing organic farming on commercial, scientific and organized lines.

The Minister hoped that the farmers will achieve a major breakthrough in agriculture through organic farming of Basmati Rice with the innovative collaboration of the department and with the scientists.

Director Agriculture, Jammu Ajay Khajuria in his address disclosed that the promotion of organic farming is being done by the department under respective components of CSS namely RKVY, Technology Mission for NE and Himalayan states and national Vegetable Initiative for Urban Clusters.

DGM, APEDA Navneesh Sharma also discussed the role of APEDA in certification of organic production. Samidha Gupta from APEDA discussed the procedure of organic farming certification and growers group system for farmers.

Senior Scientist and Incharge BEDF, Dr Ritesh Sharma, who was instrumental in organizing this workshop, gave detailed introduction about Basmati Rice Export Development Foundation (BEDF).

The other resource persons who deliberated in the workshop included consultant HAFED, Panchkula Kamaljeet, R Sudershan Executive Director AIREA, Dr. Rameshwar from CSKKV, Palampur, Dr. Dushyant Gehlot, NCDF,Ghaziabad, DR. J P Sharma Associate Director SKAUST, Jammu, V K Bhakri, Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs) and Joint Director SLUB Mr C S Bhagat

Joint Director Agriculture Extension Dr S S Jamwal, presented vote of thanks.

e-procurement to ensure high transparency in tendering process: CS

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: The Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal today chaired a meeting to discuss the introduction of e-procurement in the State. He said fast adoption of the e-procurement mode will result in simplification of procedure, cost efficiency, shorter procurement cycle and will ensure high transparency in the Government tendering process.

"The e-procurement will cover all aspects of procurement from indent of tender to tender preparation, bidding, bid evaluation and award of contract", the meeting was told.

The Chief Secretary asked the Information Technology Department to create a dedicated team for operationalizing e-procurement in State and ensure that sufficient trained man power and requisite infrastructure and other facilities are set up.

"A well organized training schedule for capacity building should be devised for officers and bidders to facilitate the gradual transition into the e-tendering mode", he stressed and called for extending the e-procurement mode to various flagship Centrally sponsored schemes including NRHM, SSA, etc in addition to the already identified pilot departments like PWD, PHE and PDD scheduled to be covered during the first phase.

The project has been initiated by Union Department of Commerce under Centrally financed Mission Mode Project (MMP) for the year 2011-12. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is the implementing agency for the project.

The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary R&B K. B. Agarwal, Commissioner Secretary PDD, Basharat Ahmad Dhar, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Secretary Information Technology, M. K. Dwivedi and other senior officers.

PoK refugees flay Govt; several arrested, released

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Hundreds of PoK Displaced people today staged a protest demonstration and offered their court arrest at Gandhi Nagar Police Station to protest against the Government for their failure in redressing their genuine demands pending for the past so many years.

Carrying placards and banners in their hands, protesting PoK displaced people gathered at Gole Market, Gandhi Nagar, and raised anti Government slogans. The protesting people in the shape of rally moved towards Gandhi Nagar Police Station and offered their arrests. The protestors included a sizeable number of men, women and children.

However, police raised barricade and closed down the main gate of the Gandhi Nagar police station as a precautionary measure to prevent the protesting people from entering the police station. Minor scuffle took place between PoK displaced people and the Police.

As the police resisted the protesting people from entering into the police station, the protesting Pok displaced people sat on road outside the police station and protested in a peaceful manner. They raised anti Government slogans for their callous attitude towards redressel to their demands.

After negotiations with police, hundreds of PoK displaced people offered court arrest and were later released in the evening.

Addressing the gathering, Capt Yudh Veer Singh, President, PoK Refugee Front said that the Government is least concerned about the redressel of their demand, thus compelling them to adopt agitational path. He said PoK displaced people are in trouble and facing hardships, but the Government was not making any concrete policy for them.

He demanded 24 seats for PoK refugees and that too reserved, reservation for their children in education and employment policies. He said that the Government should make a policy for the unemployed PoK refugees’ children for their adjustment in the Government departments and also Backward Class status to them.

Singh further added that the refugees from Chhamb, Deva, Watala, Manawar, Bhimber, Mirpur, Kotli, Baag, Palandari, Poonch and Muzzafarabad were totally neglected in the comprehensive settlement package by the Government.

He said that the hapless people were displaced in 1947, 1965 and 1971 wars and their entire property was gifted by the Government of India to Pakistan under Shimla Agreement in 1972. Thousands of non-camp refugees have been registered till date but after the passage of so many years their problems have not been solved, leading to hardships, he added.

Chib said that two generations of these hapless refugees have vanished, passing the days in abject poverty and miseries but the State and the Central Government did not pay any heed towards their one time settlement, and has just made false and fake promises from time to time, but no practically viable working policy for redressel of the problems being faced by the PoK displaced people has been framed so far.

Making a scornful attack on the State Government, Singh said it has always become a stumbling block in redressel of their plights and failed in providing them a comprehensive one time settlement package.

He added that the front will continue its protests in a peaceful manner and if their demands were not redressed in the mean time, it would resort to agitational path.

PNB distributes KCCs, pass books

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Punjab National Bank (PNB) today organized Kissan Credit Card (KCC) disbursement function and saving bank account opening campaign at Bishnah.

The function was inaugurated by Ashok Gupta, Deputy General Manager, Circle Head, J&K operations, who distributed 100 KCC to the farmers belonging to nearby villages. He also distributed saving bank account pass books to the beneficiaries along with ATM cum Debit Cards, whereby the beneficiaries were afforded free accidental insurance.

Addressing the gathering, Ashok Gupta informed that the KCC has proved to be an ideal tool for expansion of agricultural credit especially crop loans in the length and breadth of the country. He said that this in turn has helped farmers to buy seeds, enhances land use and increase agricultural production.

He said that the KCC happens to be the cheapest and affordable as the effective interest rate for a regular repaying borrower comes to as low as 4 per cent per annum. He added that every person whether a farmer, house wife, students, literate, illiterate or salaried class persons is free to open their saving bank account with the bank. He said that the customers apart from getting state of art facilities like credit cards, debit cards, SMS alert, internet banking, etc will also be provided with a free accidental insurance of up to `2 lakh through the debit cards issued to them.

Among others present were AK Mota, Chief Manager, Circle Office, RK Gupta, senior Manager, Surinder Gupta, BO, Bishnah, Rakesh Kumar and Manoj Kumar, Agricultural Officers, PNB, sarpanches and larged umber of beneficiaries and staff members of the bank.

Jagati camp inmates protest in front of Relief Organization

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JAMMU, Sept 20: The inmates of Jagati migrant camp staged a demonstration in front of Relief Commissioner’s Office here today to protest against the 14 to 18 hour power cut in the camp and prevailing water scarcity.

The demonstrators with placards in their hands were shouting slogans against the authorities for their failure in solving the power problem in the camp. They said that with the shifting to the TRT in Jagati the problems of the displaced people have increased as they were facing long duration power cuts coupled with disruption of water supply.

The demonstrators warned to intensify agitation in case the problem was not solved immediately. The protestors included women and children who were raising slogans against the authorities. They alleged that snapping power supply for over 14 hours a day is total violation of human rights which especially has added to the miseries of aged, infirm, infants and students.

They said the parents are totally perturbed over the future of their wards as due to over 14 hour blackouts they can’t pay attention towards their studies.

They also demanded plugging of leakages in some buildings and construction of cremation ground in the camp for cremation of dead.

Meanwhile the Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Raman Bhalla has issued directives to the PDD to ensure proper power supply to Jagati township and ensure that no power cut more than the routine was enforced in the camp.

The Minister who took the issue with Commissioner Secretary, Power and other authorities on phone said that the people in the camp were suffering due to long duration power curtailments and this should be avoided.

Appealing the inmates of Jagati township to cooperate with the authorities the Minister said he will personally see that all the problems of the camp are solved and power supply maintained at par with other parts of the city.

Bhalla lays foundation of `63 lakh irrigation tube well

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla has said that the Government was committed to provide adequate irrigation facilities to the farmers across the State and there was no constraint of funds for digging irrigation tube wells, irrigation pumps, besides construction of irrigation channels.

The Minister was a addressing a gathering at village Dharp after laying foundation of a deep drill Irrigation tube well estimated to cost `63 lakh. The irrigation scheme is being funded under NABARD.

Mr. Bhalla said focus of the Government was to develop all the rural areas at par with urban pockets by providing all basic amenities like better roads, safe drinking water, electricity, medical services, education, besides better lanes and drains. He said the Government has launched number of welfare schemes to upgrade the living standard of the ruralities which include Indira Awas Yojna, PMGSY, MGNREGA etc. He asked the people to avail the benefits of such type of schemes.

Regarding relief under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), the Minister asked the flash flood/rain affected people of the village to approach the revenue officers for the same, adding that Government has earmarked `3 crore each for both the regions for immediate disbursement of relief according to norms.

Responding to the villagers' demands, Mr. Bhalla asked the R&B engineers to prepare estimates for construction of lanes, drains and cremation ground in the village and submit the same for funding so that the construction works could be started. He said the Government has approved `559.18 lakh for construction of 11-km long Dharp-Kunjwani approach road adding the work is under progress on war-footing and is likely to be completed by October this year.

For facilitating people of village Dharp, the Minister said the Government has earmarked `20 lakh for construction of steel bridge over canal, adding after its completion the village would get connected with Kunjwani link road.

Regarding erecting of electric poles, he asked PDD to install 40 poles in the uncovered areas of the village so that the facility was extended to people lacking the same.

For construction of crates on the embankments of the Balol nallah and approach road to Gujjar basti in Dharp, the Minister said the restoration project of embankments and road are under progress and would be completed within stipulated time frame. He asked the Flood Control Department to put their sincere efforts in restoring the breached portion of the embankments of the Balol nallah.

Army comes to rescue of accident victims

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Palma (Rajouri), Sept 20: Civilians travelling in a Mini Bus from Mandirgala to Rajouri had a miraculous escape when the Mini Bus met with an accident near village Palma.

Mini Bus bearing registered No JK 11 - 6437 driven by Mushtaq was plying on Mandirgala - Rajouri road when suddenly at about 11:10am, it met with an accident at Village Palma.

As per the Local Police, while going downslope, the driver lost control over the vehicle and the bus toppled sideways after hitting the hill side at the road. It happened so fast that the passengers travelling in the Mini Bus could not get any reaction times a result they sustained minor injuries on their head, shoulders and other parts of the body.

On hearing about the accident, rescue party from Headquarters Romeo Force and 156 Infantry Battalion Territorial Army (Home & Hearth) immediately rushed to the accident site to help the injured. A total of 13 passengers (including nine women and four men) were immediately provided medical help by the Army Doctor at Palma. After providing first aid, they were shifted to Civil Hospital, Rajouri for expert medical care.

Misappropriation of ` 1.32 cr
Court directs SSP Vigilance to proceed under law

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JAMMU, Sept 20: In a complaint filed by Prof S K Bhalla seeking direction to the State Vigilance Organization (SVO) to register FIR under Prevention of Corruption Act against then Principal Government Degree College Rajouri for misusing/ misappropriating local funds to the tune of `1.32 crore, Special Judge Anticorruption Jammu, Pawan Dev Kotwal today directed SSP Vigilance Organization to proceed into the allegations leveled in the complaint under law.

In the complaint, it has been submitted that Dr Nitin K Resutra during his posting as Principal Government Degree College Rajouri abused his official position by spending whooping sum of `1.32 crore and a complaint was moved before the Chief Minister on March 3, 2011 seeking a thorough probe through State Vigilance Organization into matter.

The complainant further submitted that vide order dated April 27, 2011, the Higher Education Department constituted a committee of officers headed by Director Colleges to look into the allegations leveled against then Principal Government Degree College Rajouri presently Principal Government Degree College (Boys) Udhampur regarding the irregularities and misuse of Government.

The committee indicted Dr Nitin K Restura, which is evident from a show-cause notice published in a news paper on September 13, 2011, the complainant said and prayed before the Court that keeping in view the submissions, directions be issued to SVO to register case in the interest of justice.

Kashmir Traders Federation meets CM

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: The Kashmir Traders Federation led by Ghulam Ahmad Layigaroo called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here this morning and brought to his notice issues pertaining to the welfare of the traders.

In a memorandum presented to the Chief Minister, the Federation has raised the issue of rehabilitation of shopkeepers dislocated due to the widening of Indira Gandhi road. It also mentions the need for early regularization of shops in Budshah Hotel complex.

The Traders Federation also apprised the Chief Minister about the issues regarding the payment of taxes under VAT.

The Chief Minister gave patient hearing and issued directions to the concerned for early necessary action regarding rehabilitation of dislocated traders and regularization of shops in Budshah Hotel. He said that the issue regarding the VAT would be looked into by the Finance Department.

The Advisors to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul and Devender Singh Rana and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas were present in the meeting.

ZSWO visits Akhnoor

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Zila Sainik Welfare Officer (ZSWO) Jammu, Lt Col R L Gangal, addressed ex-servicemen and widows as also their dependents at Akhnoor.

Col Gangal spoke about various schemes available for them from the State as well as the Central Government. He stressed on the importance of joint notification so that widows don’t suffer after demise of their husband to get pensionary benefits promptly.

ZSWO informed the gathering that the Defence Accounts Department has developed and installed two softwares namely ‘SUVIGYA’ and ‘Aashraya’ and made operational at all the DPDOs across the country. SUVIGYA software has been installed in ZSWO Jammu also for benefit of the pensioners. He further mentioned that a new facility for sending monthly statement of pension by the DPDOs to the pensioners has been launched by the CGDA, so all the defence pensioners, defence civilians drawing pension from DPDOs have been requested to provide their name and complete address including e-mail and mobile number to their respective DPDO for receiving their monthly statement of pension through e-mail/SMS.

ZSWO distributed `18,000 as a relief to needy ex-servicemen and widows and also handed over the cheque of `2400 to ex-NCE/barber Jagdish Raj. All routine works like issue of Identity/CSD Card and completion of forms for the financial assistance were carried out on the spot.

Pingla Mata Yatra completes 25 years

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JAMMU, Sept 20: The Akhand Jyoti Committee is organising a grand function at village Pingal, Ramnagar to commemorate the silver anniversary of Pingla Mata Yatra on September 24, 2011.

Located in the Shivalik hills, the shrine is thronged by thousands of people from various parts of the country . In the last 25 years, the yatra influx during Navratras has increased from 2000 to over one lakh pilgrims. The devotees besides paying obeisance also enjoy the serene natural grandeur of the shrine.

Chairman of the committee also convened a meeting with the committee members, concerned officers and prominent citizens to deliberate upon arrangements and strategies for smooth and successful conduct of the Yatra.

Director Tourism, Robin Singh Mehta has assured the Committee that all efforts will be initiated to bring the shrine on tourist map of the state. Besides, the department will extend complete cooperation to the Committee in raising required infrastructure enroute and at the shrine.

The Akhand Jyoti Committee also renders yeomen services to the needy and deserving sections of the society. It extends scholarship to needy students besides working for spreading literacy and creating awareness among the people of far-flung areas about the welfare and development programmes meant for their socio-economic empowerment.

Two held, 5 bovines seized

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Police today arrested two bovine smugglers and seized a truck in which five bovine animals were being smuggled from Jammu to Srinagar, at Domail under the jurisdiction of Jhajjar Kotli police station.

The Truck No. 6354 JK14A was intercepted by police at Domail. Two smugglers were arrested from the truck and five bovine animals were rescued.

The smugglers have been identified as Abdul Qayoom son of Sharif Sain R/o Barian, Udhampur and Abdul Hamid son of Jamal Din R/o Kanga, Ramban.

A case has been registered against them at Jhajjar Kotli police station.

Arrests were made by police parties headed by SDPO Nagrota Faisal Qureshi and SHO Jhajjar Kotli Inspector Yashpal Jamwal under the supervision of Additional SP Jammu Rajesh Sharma.

Complete ongoing projects, don't create
liabilities: Jora to CEOs

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: Underscoring the need for time bound completion of ongoing projects, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora stressed upon the concerned Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) not to create liabilities while taking up new projects.

"The existing tourism projects should be completed in all respects and outsourced after completing all legal formalities. Utilization certificates of completion of each project should be submitted before forwarding new detailed project reports for creation of tourist related infrastructure under the authorities," he said.

Chairing Kishtwar Development Authority (KDA) members meet here today , Mr. Jora said main objectives of the Government is to provide quality infrastructure facilities to the visiting tourists, with focused attention for developing new tourism potential spots.

Mr. Jora said varied tourism potential of Kishtwar district would be explored fully in a systematic manner, for which necessary initiatives have been taken already.

Member Legislative Assembly Inderwal G. M. Saroori, Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture, Atul Dulloo, Director General Budget, Mr Mangotra, District Development Commissioner Kishtwar, G. M. Malik, Special Secretary Tourism Altaf Ahmed, Director Tourism Jammu, R. S. Mehta, Chief Executive Officer KDA, Kishori Lal Sharma besides concerned officers of Tourism and Planning Departments were present in the meeting.

Reviewing the physical and financial achievements registered by the KDA for promotion of tourism activities in the area , the Minister said that KDA was constituted in July, 2009 and has received financial support of ` 10.84 crore under State and Centre Plans for creating tourism related infrastructure.

He said more projects would be forwarded to the Centre for funding so that tourism infrastructure facilities would be upgraded in the area. He directed concerned that before formulation of project reports for funding State land should be identified for the purpose as compensation for land acquisition is not a component for approval of Centre funding projects.

Chief Executive Officer, presented power point presentation depicting physical and financial achievements registered by the Authority till date.

The meeting approved the current year's annual action plan of the authority and also approved the action taken report of last financial year.

MLA Inderwal, G. M. Saroori gave detailed resume of tourism potential of the area and urged for upgrading tourist infrastructure facilities on way side between Kishtwar-Chatroo-Sinthon.

Eviction of unauthorized occupants from migrants land
HC directs DM Budgam to take action

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JAMMU, Sept 20: In a petition filed by migrants, State High Court today directed the District Magistrate Budgam to consider petitioners grievances and take action under the provisions of J&K Migrants’ Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection and Restrain on Distress Sales) Act, 1997 if their property is found to have been in unauthorized possession.

The grievances of the petitioners were that despite repeated requests the District Magistrate Budgam, who is competent authority under the Act, failed to take requisite steps to ensure eviction of unauthorized occupants from their land.

AAG A H Qazi appearing on behalf of the State submitted that State will ensure that requisite action, as warranted under rules, is initiated and concluded by the District Magistrate Budgam, in terms of the J&K Migrants Immovable Property Act 1997 after hearing all those who were required under law to be heard in the matter.

Upon this, Justice JP Singh After hearing AAG and Advocate P N Bhat appearing for the petitioners, Justice J P Singh observed, "in view of the statement made by the State counsel, there is no justification to keep this petition alive".

While disposing of the petition, Justice Singh directed the District Magistrate Budgam to consider petitioners’ grievances and take action under the law. "The entire exercise should be completed within a period of six months", he added.

Daily wagers to march towards Assembly

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: Daily wagers of various Government departments are likely to march towards Legislative Assembly in support of their demands that include regularization of their services and timely release of wages.

Addressing a press conference here, Mohammad Gafoor Dar, president, Jammu and Kashmir Employees Joint Action Committee (JKEJAC-Third Front) said that daily wagers in certain departments are not being paid wages regularly. He said Government especially Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should look into this issue and get the matter resolved.

"Around 5,000 daily wagers have been engaged in various Government departments before 1994. According to the recent agreement between the State Government and its employees, services of these daily wagers would be regularized. We want Government to do this on fast track basis, otherwise we would be forced to launch an agitation," said Gafoor, who is also president, Jammu and Kashmir National Trade Union Front (JKNTUF).

He said the daily wagers would assemble at engineering complex on September 22 and raise their demands. "Daily wagers of South Mechanical Division are without wages for the last 11 years. Similarly there are other daily wagers who are without the wages for years together. The Government should immediately redress these issues," he added.

Army provides computers

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Army today provided computers and furniture for the students of Government Middle School, Balli, district Rajouri. The Army battalion stationed at Kalakote under "Operation Sadbhavna" took up the initiative.

A total of 3 computers with furniture were donated to the school, for the upliftment of the standard of education in the remote areas of district Rajouri.

Speaking on the occasion, Commanding Officer, RR Batallion emphasized on the importance of education and more over basic computers literacy in today’s fast pace life. He impressed upon the students to make full use of this opportunity being given to them and stressed the populace to encourage their children for education, which will secure their future.

Among others present were Mohd Shariff, Sarpanch, Kothiyan, Khadim Hussain, Sarpanch, Khadariya, AK Gujral, Principal, Government Higher Secondary School, Sialsui, Raghuvir Singh, Headmaster, Government Middle School, Teachers and students.

JKBL inaugurates RSETI, starts "Entrepreneurship awareness" Prog

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SRINAGAR, Sept 20: J&K Bank today inaugurated one more Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) in Shopian. The institute commenced a 6 day programme for its first batch under the title "Entrepreneurship Awareness".

The programme was inaugurated by Atta Ullah Simnani, Additional DDC, Shopian, in presence of Syed Ashiq Hussain Zaidi, vice president, J&K Bank, Mohd Saleem, Lead Bank Officer (LBO), Aijaz Ahmad Banday, Director, RSETI and Ghulam Rasool, LBO, Pulwama and cluster head.

Speaking on the occasion, Atta Ullah Simnani urged the people to honour their commitments towards bank once they avail loan facilities from them. He said that the bank lends money to prospective entrepreneurs only when those who have already borrowed money repay their dues in time, the bank would genuinely have reluctance to finance the budding business.

Syed Ashiq Hussain Zaidi dwelt in detail upon the various steps that the bank has taken in the form of RSETI to institutionalize entrepreneurship in the State. He said that the establishment of RSETI across the State testifies its commitment to nurture the culture of entrepreneurship here.

Earlier, Aijaz Ahmead Banday, presented the welcome address and said that the institute will provide not only skill development to young and budding entrepreneurs, but also hand hold them for at least 2 years till they are able to establish their own viable units.

The cluster head at last presented vote of thanks.

NC led regime miserably failed to honour
mandate of people: PDP

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Jammu, Sept 20: Terming National Conference (NC) led coalition regime as non performing liability, president of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti today said that the State has once again plunged into unprecedented crises due to the mis-governance of the present dispensation headed by Omar Abdullah.

Addressing a function to welcome large number of youth who joined PDP, party general secretary Thakur Balbir Singh said that except promises nothing concreted has been done by this Government during the last about three years. He said that this regime appear only on papers because the ruling elites were more particular about issuing press statements and conducting photo sessions to befool the people rather than taking effective steps on grounds.

He said that due to failure of the Government to connect itself with the common masses, resentment is brewing among the people. He further warned that mis-governance of NC led regime would further fuel alienation among the people because the common masses, braving all odds, had expressed faith in the democratic process with a hope that the democratic elected Government would solve their day today problems. "It is unfortunate for the State that this regime has failed to come up to the expectations of the people", he regretted and added "neither this regime can carry forward the reconciliatory process nor the developmental activities initiated by the previous PDP-Congress coalition".

"Inability of the NC Government to respond to the problems could have a negative fall out on the situation in the sensitive State", he observed.

Senior leader and former Minister Sardar Rangil Singh, former Rajya Sabha member Trilok Singh Bajwa, former MLC Ved Mahajan, Daman Bhasin, Shanti Devi, Falail Singh, Hussain Ali, Capt (Retd) Anil Gour, R K Bali, Som Nath and others were also present on the occasion.

Accounts Employees Asso holds meeting

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JAMMU, Sept 20: J&K Accounts Employees Association held a meeting here today under the chairmanship of J S Charak.

The meeting said present mess in the Department is the cause of resentment among the accounts personnel.

It said the Finance Department has since switched over to the system cashless transactions at the treasuries but the Government cashiers numbering about 130 are still on deputation to J&K Bank at the cost of State exchequer.

The meeting demanded strict implementation of SRO 210, removal of anomaly in the grade pay of Assistant Accounts Officers, regularization of accounts personnel promoted in their own pay grade, declaration of services as permanent/ quasi permanent, clearance of pending cases under SRO 43, creation of posts in Forest Division, Police and other departments, promotion of class IVth employees as cashiers, creation of promotion avenues for data entry operators, assistant programmers, conducting of refresher courses for accounts personnel, up-dating of accounts manual and other code books and removal of time barrier for appearing in departmental examinations.

JU organising North Zone meet of CRSI from tomorrow

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JAMMU, Sept 20: The Department of Chemistry, University of Jammu in collaboration with Indian Institute of Integrated Medicines (IIIM), Jammu is organising the North Zone Meet-2011 of the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) from September 22 to 24, 2011 at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium of the Campus.

This was disclosed in a press conference here at JU, jointly addressed by Prof Rajive Gupta, Dean Sciences, Prof Meenu Sharma, Head, Department of Chemistry and Ranjeet Kalra, Assistant Director Academic Staff College.

They disclosed that about 200 participants from various parts of the country and across the globe are participating in the conference. They said during the North Zone meet of CRSI, renowned scientists from India and other countries would present papers on various topics.

Prof Meenu said that in connection with the International Year of Chemistry-2011, the Department of Chemistry organized a series of events included lectures by Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director IIIM, Jammu, Prof V K Singh, Director IISER, Bhopal and Prof Goverdhan Mehta.

She added that event would also herald the beginning of the Golden Jubilee Year celebrations of the Department of Chemistry, which was established in 1962.

The north zone meet of the CRSI presents an opportunity to the department to interact with fellow scientists from all over India and abroad and to project the research potential of the region in an international forum, she said.

Among others present on the occasion included Dr K K Kapoor (organising secretary), Prof Renu Sacher, Dr R K Bamzai, Dr Satya Paul, Dr Devinder Singh, Dr Amit Kumar Sharma and Ashwani.

Indefinite hunger strike by SMC employees

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Srinagar, Sept 20: Six employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) are on indefinite fast to press for their demands.

The chairman of Municipal Employees Union Abdul Qayoom Jan along with his five colleagues went for indefinite fast yesterday and they were joined by scores of employees of the SMC in sit in protest in the SMC complex.

They said that the Housing Department is sitting on the file of the Departmental Promotion Committee that met two months back. They demanded regularization of the consolidated pay employees who are working in the SMC for last 15 years. They alleged that despite vacancies they are not being regularized.

They demanded time bound promotion as it is not taking place for several years now. They also demanded that alleged un-necessary punishment and thrashing of sweepers by the higher ups of the SMC should be stopped.

JKCLA observes mass casual leave, submits memo to Govt

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JAMMU, Sept 20: The All J&K Plus 2 (10+2) Contractual Lecturers’ Association (JKCLA) observed mass casual leave today and later a deputation of Association met the Additional DC Jammu and submitted a memorandum enlisting their demands. The JKCLA bodies of other districts also submitted memorandums to their respective Deputy Commissioners after observing mass casual leave.

The demands contained in the memorandum pertained to their regularization on the analogy of doctors, engineers, technocrats etc. They alleged that they were being discriminated against at their respective institutes as also in the various offices of the Education Department, and also demanded enhancement in their salary equal to basic pay of Plus 2 lecturers.

The problems and hardships being faced by their cadre, appointed in far flung areas were also highlighted in the memorandum. They demanded that they be included in the recruitment drive adopted by the Government for contractual, consolidated and adhoc employees for their regularization.

The deputation was assured that their demands would be taken up with higher authorities for redressal of the same.

Those in the deputation at Jammu included Anil Kumar, Surinder Pal Singh, Rashmi, Manmeet, Payal, Sugandha, Sarika, Anjana, Surbhi, Tripta, Neeral, Bhuvneshwar, Babloo Kumar, Feroz Khan, Jagbir etc.

GGM Science College celebrates International Year of Chemistry

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JAMMU, Sept 20: The Department of Chemistry, G G M Science College, Jammu, celebrated the International Year of Chemistry by organizing a guest lecture on Green Chemistry by Dr S C Taneja, Scientist G, IIM, Jammu today.

Dr Satinder Singh, Principal of the College was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Welcoming the guests, Dr Satish Bhan, Head of the Department of Chemistry said that the aim of celebrating International Year of Chemistry 2011 was to increase public appreciation of Chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in Chemistry among the young people and to create a zest for the future of Chemistry.

In his address Dr S C Taneja explained that Green Chemistry also known as sustainable Chemistry, is a philosophy of Chemical Research and Engineering that encourages the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances.

Dr Satinder Singh, emphasized the importance of Chemistry in daily life and said that Chemistry is vital to modern living as we are dependent on products that chemists and other scientists have developed. Dr Pooja Sharma conducted the proceedings and Dr B L Bhat delivered the vote of thanks.

Mangat asks youth to take part in membership drive

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Jammu, Sept 20: In connection with Youth Congress membership a programme was organised by former Deputy Chief Minister and senior vice president PCC Mangat Ram Sharma at his residence.

All the block presidents, ward presidents, ex-corporators and various office bearers of Jammu West were present in the meeting.

Mangat Ram Sharma said that maximum youth of J&K should participate in this process and strengthen the hands of Rahul Gandhi.

The LRO Kiran Waghela guided the way how to fill the form to the gathering.

Narinder Gupta who was nominated as co-ordinator by Kiran Waghela in his address appealed to the Youth Congress activists to avail the opportunity and enroll maximum youths in the party as per the wishes of AICC general secretary (Incharge Youth Congress) Rahul Gandhi-MP and elect an educated, honest and dedicated person as president of Pradesh Youth Congress. Mr. Gupta also disclosed that Rahul Gandhi has appointed him as returning officer of Western Uttar Pradesh for holding Youth Congress elections.

The prominent office bearers present in the meeting were J. L. Kaul, Pt. Keshavanand, Sanjeev Sharma, Sunil Singh, Joginder Singh, Pawan Sharma, Babu Singh, Gopal Sharma, Rajinder Singh Baghi, Jagan Nath Sharma, Rajinder Singh Pinky, Anoop Khajuria, Pankaj Chibber and others.

Plus 2 Lecturers submits memorandum

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SAMBA, Sept 20: All Jammu Kashmir Plus 2 Lecturers Forum today held a protest demonstration and also submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister through Deputy Commissioner, enlisting the demands and their immediate redressal.

Addressing the gathering, Sonu Sharma, president, said that their protest will continue till their genuine demands were not redressed by the Government. He reiterated that their protest will not in any way jeopardize the academic interest of the students and class work will not suffer in any way. He impressed upon the Government to immediately fulfill their demands to avoid any unpleasant situation, which could derail the smooth functioning of higher classes being taught by the contractual lecturers.

Sharma further said that the Government has agreed to create new posts from upgraded middle, high and higher secondary schools and contractual appointments were announced against these posts with the assurance to regularize them after three years which yet has not been maintained and upheld.

Among others present were Pavinder Kumar, district vice president, Rajni Jamwal, general secretary, Rakesh Suri, treasurer, Ashanand Sharma, Sikander Pal, Sachin, Jatinder, Pawan Sharma, Mohinder Kumar etc.

Meanwhile in Rajouri, a delegation of Plus 2 Lecturers held a rally from Children Park to DC Office under the chairmanship of its district president Ashiq Bhat. The delegation submitted memorandum to DC Rajouri, GA Khawaja, pertaining to their long pending demands.

Constitutional guarantees must for return: YAIKS

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JAMMU, Sept 20: Expressing their satisfaction over the sincerity shown by the Government of India in implementation of revised PM's package for migrants, the Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) activists who met here today under the leadership of its president, R K Bhat, however urged the Government to take steps for Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the majority community and minorities.

He also demanded political empowerment, Constitutional guarantees and minority status for the community saying that these were the important factors for ensuring the safe and dignified return of the community to ensure the success of revised package.

The meeting is hopeful that Centre will take concrete steps for the appointment of remaining 3000 posts under PM's package by providing funds to the state besides paying attention towards the rehabilitation of over-aged youth in the revised package.

Others who addressed the meeting included D N Bhat, Manoj Handoo, B K Bhat, Sunil Koul , Ajay Safaya and Vijay Raina.

NAAC accreditation for RGMCE

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KATHUA, Sept 20: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore accredited Rajiv Gandhi Memorial College of Education (RGMCE) with Grade "B".

This was announced by Anu Dogra, during the press conference held here. Talking to reporters, she applauded the efforts of the students, faculty, non-teaching staff and the management in successfully organizing the visit of the NAAC peer team.

She said that the NAAC peer team comprised of Prof P Ramaiah, Chairperson, Prof Girijech Kumar, coordinator and Dr NK Bansal, member visited the college this year in the month of May.

Anu congratulated the stakeholders of the college and said that their college is among the few, which are accredited by the NAAC peer team. She emphasized that the college will continue to make consistent efforts to achieve the goal of excellence in teaching education.

On the occasion, Anu read out the congratulatory message sent by Prof Rajive Gupta, Director, CDC, University of Jammu.

Among others present were Pankaj Dogra, Trustee, Dr GP Sachdeva, Principal, Teaching and Non Teaching members.

Transporters to observe strike today

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JAMMU, Sept 20: The private transporters will observe a total strike tomorrow in view of the Government’s failure to increase the fare as the petroleum products have touched sky.

The decision to observe a one day strike tomorrow was taken by All J&K Transport Welfare Association an amalgam of various transport unions in protest against the failure of the Government to keep its word and hold negotiations with the Association today as was decided in earlier meeting with their representatives by Minister of Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon at Srinagar.

This was stated by general secretary of the Association, Vijay Kumar Sharma. He said earlier Association had given two days strike call on September 21 and 22 but in view of the Government extending invitation to its representatives for talks tomorrow afternoon at Srinagar the Association has withdrawn strike call on September 22.

He said the transporters are left with no option but to go for strike in case the fare is not hiked as there is a huge increase in prices of diesel, insurance premium, passenger tax and spare parts.



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