Jora inaugurates
Shiv Khori Festival

Excelsior Correspondent

RANSOO (SHIV KHORI), Feb 19: The revered Shiv Khori Mela was inaugurated by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora .....more

Governor, CM greet people on Maha Shivratri

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion .....more

CM has no time to address people’s woes: Beigh
State Govt adopting lacklustre approach to strengthen anti-graft panels: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

SIMBAL (R S Pura), Feb 19: Reiterating demand of his party to equip the State Accountability Commission (SAC) with independent investigating agency, patron of the People’s Democratic Party ..more

JKDF holds maiden conference
Party pledges to fight against discrimination, injustice with Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: In major show of strength, the newly formed Jammu Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) held its maiden workers conference of Jammu c....more

EJAC to discuss strategy tomorrow

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: The Jammu and Kashmir Employees Joint Action Committee has resolved to discuss the next strategy concerning pending demands of the . .....more

14 injured as Sumo
falls into gorge

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JAMMU, Feb 19: Fourteen persons were injured, three of them seriously after an over loaded Tata Sumo skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Sakhi Maidan area of tehsil Mendhar in district Poonch today.....more

Several Bani villages without electricity

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KATHUA, Feb 19: Several villages in remote Bani area of district Basohli are without power for the last over two weeks. Reports said during recent rains and snowfall several cables and poles got damaged and the concerned PDD staff failed to restore power supply to Loang, Barmota, Rolka and many adjoining hamlets. .....more

Pulse Polio Immunization Prog conducted across State

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JAMMU, Feb 19: Like other parts of the country, the Pulse Polio campaign was conducted throughout the State.Various Vaccination booths were established at different places wherein Anti-Polio drops were administered to the children up to age of five years by teams of para medics......more

     
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Teachings of Guru Ravi Dass beacon light for society: Tara Chand....

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JAMMU, Feb 19: Describing Guru Ravi Dass ji as pre-eminent saint, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand paid rich tributes to the great seer and called for following the teaching of Guru Ji. He said his teachings spread the message of equality, peace and service to mankind."Teachings of Guru ji are beacon light for the society, as he gave the message of universal brotherhood, mutual co-existence and devotion to supreme lord," he added. Mr. Tara Chand was addressing a function at Khour, which was part of 635th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Ravi Dass Ji.

Comedy play 'Doctor Palta' staged in
Natrang's Sunday Theatre...

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Hindustani adaptation of a famous Punjabi comedy play 'Doctor Palta' was staged here today at Natrang Studio in the 'Sunday Theatre'. The play has been written by Balwant Gargi and directed by Balwant Thakur. The play 'Doctor Palta' is a sharp satire, depicting the early struggle of professionals striving to settle down in their profession. Payara Singh Palta after losing every penny to complete bachelor's in Dental Surgery struggles a lot to get a job but all in vain and finally decides to setup his own clinic to earn his livelihood.

Laugh Out Loud
Biwi-o-Biwi performed by NDKM...

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: On the sixth day of Comedy Drama Festival held at Performing Art Studio, Jammu, Nav Durga Kala Manch came up with a hilarious comedy play "Biwi-o-Biwi based on the daily anecdotes of a couple where woman power is shown as riding upon male bastion.The play directed by Aaditya Bhanu was a direct satire on the man woman relation when the latter part overrides on the male dominance and makes husband play to the tune of her commands.The central core theme of the play was based on a routine affair in a household where a man is seen bucked under the pressure of his wife who is quite extravagant in contrast to her husband who is very miser and tries to escape from his spendthrift wife.

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Jora inaugurates Shiv Khori Festival

Excelsior Correspondent

RANSOO (SHIV KHORI), Feb 19: The revered Shiv Khori Mela was inaugurated by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora with massive prayers and religious festivity at Ransoo, the base camp of holy cave shrine of Shiv Khori.

The three-day Mela is being jointly organized by State Tourism Department, Shiv Khori Shrine Board and District Administration Reasi. On the inaugural function, procession was also taken out in the town up to Darshani Deodi carrying Palanguin of Lord Shiva followed by large number of religious cultural troops of Reasi district.

The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal who is Chairman of Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi (Vice Chairman, SSKSB) Sheetal Nanda, Director Tourism, R. S Mehta, Senior Superintendent of Police, Reasi, Atul Goel, Board Members including Seema Shaker, S.M Saini, Additional Deputy Commissioner, R. S Tara, Assistant Commissioner, Sukhdev Singh Sambyal, senior officers of all other departments, prominent people of the Ransoo town and thousands of people were also present on the occasion.

Praying for eternal peace and prosperity to the Jammu and Kashmir, the Minister said that all efforts are being made for the promotion and beautification of Shiv Khori Shrine, which is now by all measures emerging as an important pilgrimage destination in Jammu region after Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.

Mr. Jora said that special efforts are being made to divert the pilgrimage rush from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi to other tourist and pilgrimage destinations in the State. For the purpose a comprehensive tourist circuit connecting various destinations having tourism potential is being chalked out, he added.

The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal gave a detailed resume of various developmental activities taken up in the area which include construction of bus stand on 64 kanals of land, survey of cable car, construction of conference hall at Ransoo, installation of solar lights on the 3-km track, widening of Kanda-Ranoo road, beautification of Ransoo Baazar. He also apprised the Minister that about 61,000 plants of different varieties have been planted in the area to give a green cover.

The District Development Commissioner, Reasi appreciated the role of Katra people for their coordination for the successful conduct of inaugural function.

Governor, CM greet people on Maha Shivratri

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri, which is celebrated as Hairath by the Kashmiri Pandits.

In his message of greetings and good wishes, the Governor observed that this festival symbolizes the values of piety, devotion, brotherhood and harmony, which are important facet and hallmark of our glorious pluralistic ethos.

Wishing the people a happy Maha Shivratri, the Governor prayed for sustained peace, progress and prosperity in the State.

In his greeting message, Mr Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir has rich tradition of celebrating holy occasions and festivals in amity and brotherhood. He said Shivratri observed by Kashmiri Pandits as " Hairath" has been traditional event of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood and harmony. He hoped that the love bonds between various sections of the society would get further strengthened.

Omar Abdullah prayed for peace and prosperity of the State and the country.

CM has no time to address people’s woes: Beigh
State Govt adopting lacklustre approach to strengthen anti-graft panels: Mufti

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SIMBAL (R S Pura), Feb 19: Reiterating demand of his party to equip the State Accountability Commission (SAC) with independent investigating agency, patron of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today regretted that the present dispensation headed by National Conference has adopted lacklustre approach in investigating the corruption complaints lodged with the anti-graft panel.

Addressing a meeting of party workers, Mr Sayeed observed that those facing corruption charges have managed to get stay orders from court of law but the Government on its part has not taken any serious initiative to get such orders vacated because those at the helm of the affairs were themselves not interested to properly investigate such corruption cases.

"Without its own independent investigating agency, SAC has to depend upon other organizations for investigation of corruption cases so political interferences in such investigations is inevitable", he observed and added that corruption cases cannot be investigated independently without providing SAC its own independent investigation agency.

Observing that the corruption, during the last three years, has sneaked into every part of the system, PDP patron said, "corruption is rampant in the State from bottom to top and it is result of the rampant corruption that credibility of those who are at the top the administrative system is also under cloud", adding "those at the helm of the affairs have lost moral authority to speak about corruption due to their own involvement in such practices".

"During our three year tenure we had brought accountability and transparency in the Government because we had never compromised with our principles", he said and reminded the gathering that his Government had established the SAC in 2003 with the objective of curbing corruption in high places. The institution was the equivalent of the proposed Lokpal and brought even the Chief Minister of the state under its purview.

Pointing towards the problems of 1947 refugees from Poonch and Muzaffarbad, Mr Sayeed assured the gathering that his party in any higher level discussion to be held in future for solution of Kashmir would vociferously take up the issue of these refugees. "It is not the issue of monitory benefit but it is a question of the dignity of these refugees, who deserved some token grants", he said.

Speaking on the occasion, former Deputy Chief Minister, Muzaffar Hussain Beigh reminded the gathering that PDP led regime had set at example of good governance but the present Government has reversed the whole process of governance and development.

He regretted that the Chief Minister of the State has no time to solve basic problems of the people. "Even during Assembly sessions when legislators discussed issues related to public importance our Chief Minister usually found busy fiddling with his mobile", he said, adding that it was unfortunate the Chief Minister of such a sensitive State was so causal towards basic problems of the people.

JKDF holds maiden conference
Party pledges to fight against discrimination,

injustice with Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: In major show of strength, the newly formed Jammu Kashmir Democratic Front (JKDF) held its maiden workers conference of Jammu city here today.

The party launched its flag on the occasion and announced a Statewide membership drive also.

Hundreds of party activists drawn from different parts of Jammu city including women attended the programme and pledged their full support to the party which resolved to fight against over 60 year long discrimination with Jammu region.

Prof Chaman Lal Gupta also attended the meet and extended his full support to the party.

Sharing the vision of the party with gathering, chairman JKDF, Anil Gupta said that the reason for the formation of the Front is to fight against the discrimination and injustice to which Jammu region was subjected to by the successive Governments right from 1947.

He said the party will launch its battle from ensuing elections of Jammu Municipal Corporations (JMC) and other Municipal Committees in the region and field candidates for all 77 wards of JMC.

``The constant discrimination with the region is the main reason that the youth of Jammu are agitated as they feel completely alienated and cheated’’, he added.

Gupta said, while JKDF will fight against the double standards of the national parties on one hand it will also launch a struggle against the discriminative policies of the State parties on the other.

Among others who spoke included Surinder Sharma a social worker, Purshotam Sharma, Munish Gupta, Manmohan Gupta, Murari Lal, Munish Khajuria, Anmol Sethi, Desh Raj, Rajeev Luthra, Tej Ram, Deepak Sharma, R C Pandoh, Shruti Gupta, Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Nazir Hussian, Aijaz Lone, Vinod Sharma and others.

EJAC to discuss strategy tomorrow

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JAMMU, Feb 19: The Jammu and Kashmir Employees Joint Action Committee has resolved to discuss the next strategy concerning pending demands of the State Government employees in one day convention being held at Jammu on February 21.

In a meeting of the EJAC (Q) faction held here under the chairmanship of senior JCC leader and its president Qayoom Wani, the members discussed in details the outcome of the agreements made with the JCC leaders by the State Government. They also discussed the pending issues of the employees besides their pending 6th Pay Commission arrears.

The speakers in the meeting stressed for the redressal of the pending demands of the employees including enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, regularization of daily wagers and removal of pay anomalies, financial support to all PSUs besides service benefits to ReTs and EVs teachers.

The employees while appreciating the stance of Chief Minister, demanded that effective steps be taken to eradicate corruption and maintained that beginning should be made from the top. They urged the Chief Minister that corruption should be eradicated from political circles and bureaucracy first and a strong mechanism be adopted to crush this menace at all levels. They said favouritism and red tapism be discouraged.

Mr Wani appealed the delegates from Kashmir, Ladakh and others parts of State to actively participate in the one day convention being held on February 21 in Jammu. The meeting also reviewed the arrangements for boarding and lodging of the employees coming from outside ( Kashmir/ Ladakh and far off areas of Jammu region) to attend convention on Tuesday.

Fayaz Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed Trali, Khursheed Ahmed, Amrik Singh, Ganesh Khajuria, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat and Pir Nissar Ahmed were also present.

14 injured as Sumo falls into gorge

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Fourteen persons were injured, three of them seriously after an over loaded Tata Sumo skidded off the road and fell into a gorge in Sakhi Maidan area of tehsil Mendhar in district Poonch today.

A police spokesman said that mishap took place when a Sumo bearing registration No. JK02H/7211, was on its way to Mendhar from Mankote. As the vehicle reached Bhata Kas near Sakhi Maidan, the driver lost control and the Sumo skidded off the road. It landed into a gorge.

All the 14 persons including driver, injured in the mishap were shifted to Sub-District hospital, Mendhar by police and local people. Three seriously injured were further referred to Govt Medical College Hospital, Jammu. They were identified as Zaheer Ahmed (17), son of Mohd Aziz from Surankote, Mohd Hussain (65), son of Aziza and Mohd Arif (43), son of Mohd Gulzar, residents of Uchhad. The police registered a case in this connection and started investigation.

Several Bani villages without electricity

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Feb 19: Several villages in remote Bani area of district Basohli are without power for the last over two weeks.

Reports said during recent rains and snowfall several cables and poles got damaged and the concerned PDD staff failed to restore power supply to Loang, Barmota, Rolka and many adjoining hamlets. The locals approached Tehsil administration but the power could not be restored. Due to lack of proper monitoring by the senior PDD officials who hardly visit the area, the general public of the area and particularly, the student community is suffering.

The locals claim that even at Loang, which is hardly 14 kms from Bani, where transport is plying smoothly, the power could not be restored. They sought the intervention of concerned Chief Engineer in this regard and flayed the concerned BJP legislator and the Congress and NC leaders for their indifferent attitude.

Pulse Polio Immunization Prog conducted across State

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Like other parts of the country, the Pulse Polio campaign was conducted throughout the State.

Various Vaccination booths were established at different places wherein Anti-Polio drops were administered to the children up to age of five years by teams of para medics.

Pulse Polio campaign was inaugurated by R S Chib, Minister for Medical and Technical Education at Immunisation Clinic in new Paediatric Block, Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh (SMGS) Hospital here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister appealed to the public to avail this opportunity of free polio drops being administered to their children below the age of five years which was a step forward to eradicate the dreaded disease.

He informed that more than 17 lakh children were vaccinated across the State. Prominent among others present on the occasion include Dr Aniece Chowdhary, officiating Principal, Government Medical College, Jammu, Dr Arvinder Sharma, Medical Superintendent, SMGS Hospital, Dr Rekha Harish, Prof and Head, Department of Paediatrics, GMC Jammu, Dr G S Saini, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, GMC Jammu and Dr Dara Singh, Deputy Medical Supertintendent, SMGS Hospital.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Pulse Polio programme was started in 1995 and to further enhance the efforts of the Government to completely eradicate the disease, the Intensified Pulse Polio was started in 1999.

The Pulse Polio Immunization Programme (PPIP) was also carried out across the Valley by the Health Services, Kashmir.

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar inaugurated the campaign by administering Anti-Polio drops to four children including one new born at Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hospital, Rainawari.

Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo also administered the drops to three new born babies at JB Pant Hospital, Sonwar.

The Ministers were accompanied by Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, State Immunization Officer, Dr Dolma, Deputy Director Health and Medical Superintendents of JLNM and JB Pant Hospitals.

The Ministers were informed that 1053489 children up to age of five years were brought under the PPIP in Kashmir valley.

Health Services, Kashmir established 5701 Vaccination booths across the Valley which were manned by 22796 para medics, Anganwari workers and volunteers of various NGOs besides deployment of 302 mobile teams across the valley.

As many as 43828 children of Ganderbal district were administered Anti-Polio drops at 219 Vaccination booths.

In district Budgam, 121677 children were administered Anti-Polio drops while 142176 children administered the same in district Baramulla.

In twin districts of Leh and Kargil (Ladakh region), Vaccination booths were set up and 3044 para medics were deployed for administering Anti-Polio drops to 29360 children.

Meanwhile, on the instructions of DIG Civil Defence, Mubarak Ahmed Ganai, about 50 Civil Defence Volunteers assisted the Health Department in administering Pulse Polio drops in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts.

The volunteers along with Deputy Controller, CD, DySP Rashid Ahmed and Deputy Chief Warden and OSD with Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Aamir Ali assisted at various Health Centres.

Rotary Club, Jammu Tawi conducted Pulse Polio campaign at Railway Station. President of the club, Aseem Tandon, secretary, Sunil Jain, vice-president, Pardeep Jain, Subash Gandotra, Varun Bhola, A S Modi, Jatinder Gandhok, B P Munshi, Anil Gupta and other members were also present in the camp.

Innerwheel Club with president, Navneet Kukreja, secretary, Preeti Gandhok and other lady members also helped Rotarians.

The Lions Club, Vijaypur installed a polio booth at main Vijaypur chowk wherein the members of the club dropped the polio drops to all the children below the age of 0-5 years.

President of Lions Club said the Club was trying its level best to help the needy and poor people in the society.

Dr Romesh Slathia, Dr Rakesh, Ved Paul Sharma, Rounak Verma, Shiv Dev Singh, Balbir Kumar, Satdev Singh Slathia, Joginder Kumar and Rakesh Vaid were also present on the occasion.

National Immunization Day was inaugurated in district Ramban by Chief Medical Officer Commissioner, Dr B L Bhardwaj at District Hospital, Ramban.

During the first round of Integrated Pulse Polio Immunization Programme, children were immunized throughout the district.

The programme will continue on February 20 and 21.

State Govt continues discrimination with
Jammu, Ladakh: BJP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: The Bhartiya Janata Party today said the Coalition Government continued discrimination with Jammu and Ladakh.

This was stated by BJP State President, Shamsher Singh Manhas while addressing "Karyakarta Sammelan" at Gole Gujral here.

Manhas said although the NC-Congress Ministers and MLAs have been misleading the masses of giving equal treatment to all three regions of the State but the fact remained that Jammu and Ladakh are being discriminated be it in allocation of funds by the Centre or State for development, preservation of water bodies or development of tourist spots.

He added that there were no job avenues for the educated youth as a result of which with each passing year, the number of youth leaving Jammu has shown increase.

BJP State president declared that the party will continue with its struggle for the rights of the masses and never compromise on the issues like corruption, nepotism, discrimination and religion based politics.

National Executive Member, Dr Nirmal Singh said while our State was ranked number two in corruption, the Congress led UPA at the center too was heading towards creating record in corruption and shielding its corrupt ministers.

He also charged the State Government with denying the benefits of BPL scheme to the deserving people saying that the benefits were being extended to those having links with the ruling ministers and MLAs.

MLA Ashok Khajuria while speaking on the occasion said the Jammu-based elected representatives of Congress have totally surrendered before the Kashmir-centric leaders for the sake of chair. He further said the representatives have failed to fulfill any of the promises made during 2008 Assembly elections.

State general secretary, Sat Sharma, District President, Rajesh Gupta and BJYM State president, Munish Sharma also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, prominent people of Talab Tillo and adjoining areas led by social activist Sat Pal Karlupia joined BJP who were welcomed into the party fold by State president and other leaders.

Teachings of Guru Ravi Dass beacon light for
society: Tara Chand

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Describing Guru Ravi Dass ji as pre-eminent saint, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand paid rich tributes to the great seer and called for following the teaching of Guru Ji. He said his teachings spread the message of equality, peace and service to mankind.

"Teachings of Guru ji are beacon light for the society, as he gave the message of universal brotherhood, mutual co-existence and devotion to supreme lord," he added.

Mr. Tara Chand was addressing a function at Khour, which was part of 635th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Ravi Dass Ji.

Among others the function was attended by president, All J&K Guru Ravi Dass Sabha Piran Ditta, president Guru Ravidass Sabha, Khour Shamsher Singh, working president, block Khour Suram Singh and Milkhi Ram.

The Deputy Chief Minister said real tribute to the saints is to adopt their teachings in life and work for establishing an egalitarian society, adding that besides preaching for a spiritual way of living, they have worked for establishing class less society in which all human beings are equal before the God and nobody is supreme by birth.

"Great spiritual leaders and social reformers like Guru Ravi Dass ji have shown us the righteous way of living and spread the universal message of mutual co-existence, love and devotion to the supreme lord," he remarked.

Reiterating resolve of the Government to work for welfare of all sections of the society, Tara Chand said all out efforts have launched to address welfare issues of the people and the government has initiated various social welfare schemes to ameliorate the lot of marginalized.

Comedy play 'Doctor Palta' staged in
Natrang's Sunday Theatre

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Hindustani adaptation of a famous Punjabi comedy play 'Doctor Palta' was staged here today at Natrang Studio in the 'Sunday Theatre'. The play has been written by Balwant Gargi and directed by Balwant Thakur.

The play 'Doctor Palta' is a sharp satire, depicting the early struggle of professionals striving to settle down in their profession. Payara Singh Palta after losing every penny to complete bachelor's in Dental Surgery struggles a lot to get a job but all in vain and finally decides to setup his own clinic to earn his livelihood. Here he confronts with lot of problems in the absence of resources. An idea strikes to him to experiment new ways to attract clients by using the latest trends of marketing. To begin with he prepares his beautiful wife to become a stylish attractive nurse. This experiment becomes counterproductive and his own friends start showering advances on her which results into yet another frustration.

Dr. Palta now plans to have a telephone line at the clinic to boast of having over whelming response to his practice. The telephone department installs an instrument in the clinic but asks him to wait for the connection. Dr. Palta can not hold himself and wants to make best use of the instrument. He advises his wife now to assist him by creating telephone ring sounds through a table bell. In short Dr. Palta leaves no occasion in befooling himself. The drama reaches to a climax when he continues his posed telephonic conversation before a telephone lineman who had come to connect his instrument with the line.

Rahul Singh played the clownish Doctor Palta with much ease. His wife played equally well by Sajra Qadir. Pawan Verma in his short appearance kept the audience spellbound. Others who did remarkably well included Balwinder Singh, Pankaj Anand and Sahil Kanojia. The lights were designed and executed by Neeraj Kant. The presentations were done by Vikram Sharma and Sumeet Sharma coordinated the show.

Laugh Out Loud
Biwi-o-Biwi performed by NDKM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: On the sixth day of Comedy Drama Festival held at Performing Art Studio, Jammu, Nav Durga Kala Manch came up with a hilarious comedy play "Biwi-o-Biwi based on the daily anecdotes of a couple where woman power is shown as riding upon male bastion.

The play directed by Aaditya Bhanu was a direct satire on the man woman relation when the latter part overrides on the male dominance and makes husband play to the tune of her commands.

The central core theme of the play was based on a routine affair in a household where a man is seen bucked under the pressure of his wife who is quite extravagant in contrast to her husband who is very miser and tries to escape from his spendthrift wife.

In the process he is seen obeying all commands of his wife who trains several guns on her husband while keeping him under his control.

Tarun Sharma as the henpecked husband brought up the lively performance.

Reetu Manhas as the shrewd wife gave a scintillating performance and of late has groomed as one of the best talents in the field of theatrics.

Dilshad Shazi in his appearance too equally supported the performance that was almost a laugh riot.

Anil Kotwal, Atul Sharma, Heena Arora, Kannav Chopra, Farah Khan, NIshat Khan made up the strong team in Biwi-o-Biwi.

Music was done by Sumit Soodan, lights by Abhishek Malik and make up taken care of by Reetu Manhas. Komal Parihar did the presentation.

Shashi Bhushan' gave the story line idea which was innovatively made up by the Aaditya and his team.

United Forum of Centre, State Trade Unions formed

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Representatives of various employees and workers of Central, State and Public Sector Trade Union today held at meeting at Press Club and expressed their views on the present challenges faced by them.

The meeting was presided over by Mohd Gafoor Dar, Ram Kumar Sharma, NK Dogra, Ashwani Pradhan, Rafiq Ahmed Khanyari and Balwan Singh Jamwal.

Speakers in their speeches highlighted some of the major challenges including lack of social security, outsourcing of jobs, privatization, contractorization of work of permanent nature, adhocism, equal wages for equal work in Government/ Public/Private sectors and corruption in corporate system.

The representatives also formed the joint platform with the name "United Forum of Centre State Trade Unions"

They also resolved to hold protest demonstration on February 28 in support of the call given by All India Major Trade Unions and they also appealed other trade union to join the forum, so as to fight for their rights through a common platform.

Truck driver goes berserk, injures 5

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Feb 19: Police today fired at and injured a truck driver who had gone berserk on the national highway by hitting over a dozen vehicles and injuring at least 5 people.

The injured driver identified as Ashok Kumar of truck bearing registration number JK14 8587 was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar. He was asked by the police to stop at Qazigund and instead of stopping, he fled and hit the vehicle of SHO Qazigund.

Police said that the driver hit around 12 vehicles between Qazigund and Bijbehara on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and injured at least 5 people.

Kumar had gone berserk and Police at Bijbehera was informed and they fired at the tyres of the truck and at the driver resulting injuries to him, police said.

The truck driver was arrested and shifted to Bone and Joint Hospital in Srinagar. The truck was seized and a case was registered against Kumar.

JPPF appeals for revision of electoral rolls

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Inderjeet Khajuria, senior vice president, Jammu Province Peoples Forum, has appealed the Government to give due attention to revision of electoral rolls and correction in the existing electoral rolls, required to enable the voters to exercise their franchise.

In a meeting, the senior vice president said that there are lots of omissions which are required to be corrected. These omissions and commissions have caused hue and cry amongst the voters for Municipal election announced by the State Government in April 2012.

The meeting expressed that delimitation, rotation of male/female reservation in wards is time consuming and it will be difficult to complete it by April end even.

JPPF proposed to postpone the Municipal elections and conduct the same somewhere by June end.

S Gajan Singh Khajuria, Amrit Mangotra, M S Katoch, R S Jasrotia, M L Sharma, Kamla Sharma, Avinash Bhatia, Romesh Singh Jasrotia, Iqbal Singh Sambyal, B P Singh, B L Bhardwaj, R L Tandon, Ram Paul and Rajiv Mahajan were amongst others in the meeting which was attended by office bearers of JPPF also.

Health awareness camp organised

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Amar Singh Club today organised health awareness cum checkup camp in collaboration with Medanta, the Medicity, Gurgoan and Ayu Sanjeevni Healthcare Private Limited.

The renowned senior consultant Cardiology, Dr HR Tomar from Medanta gave some tips to the gathering for maintaining good health and advised them to incorporate these tips in their morning routine.

He gave six mantras to enjoy healthy life which included stretch in the power, eat a balanced diet, drink green tea, morning walk, yoga and eat fibre, and advised everyone to start their day with these mantras.

Dr Yudhvir Singh Manhas, MD, Ayu Sanjeevni Healthcare Private Limited, Jammu also highlighted the topic and explained in detail healthy life style management and tips to be taken in this regard.

Later free consultation by Dr Tomar was provided to the club members.

Free Echo Cardiography was also conducted besides checkup of BP and weight of deserving patients.

A large number of Club Members attended the camp and availed this opportunity.

Sudhanshu Sharma, Incharge Medanta J&K thanked Dr Gotam Goel, MD Goel Nursing Home for providing para-medical staff and other assistance in conducting the camp and promised the gathering that such camps would be organised in future also.

24 fined for smoking

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Feb 19: Twenty-four persons were found smoking at the public places and a fine of ` 2040 was realized from the violators in the town.

A team comprising of officials of Drugs and Food Control Organisation, carried out a special drive in the town for securing compliance of Section 4 of the cigarette and other tobacco products (prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act 2003.

The team also installed sign boards at prominent public places displaying the warning "No Smoking Area-Smoking here is an offence". The signage are also depicting the designation of functionaries authorized to take cognizance of violations under the provisions of the said section.

Sketch of Shree Chandi Dham released

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Shree Chandi Dham Trust (SCDT) today released the sketch of the site plan of the proposed Shree Chandi Dham.

Addressing a press conference, Bansi Lal Gupta, Chairman of the Trust said that the proposed Shree Chandi Dham will consist Temple of Shree Chandi Mata, Satsang Hall, Open Space for spiritual performs with an attractive Doice, Bathing Ghat, Mata ka Bagh, Langer Hall, besides many other chambers.

Gupta appealed the Jammuites to extend full co-operation to the Trust so that the proposed Shree Chandi Dham, first of its kind, may come up soon at Jammu being a famous historical and religious spot.

He further stated that Shree Chandi Mata Bhajan Competition, the first step towards the construction mission of Shree Chandi Dham has been successfully conducted last week.

As many as 60 participants were selected in the audition by a team of three Judges namely Yash Pal Yash, Surinder Manhas and Prof Suraj Singh, he said, adding, that all the selected participants will now display their talents in the first round of the competition being held at Mahajan Hall on February 26.

Among other members of the Trust SC Sahni, KD Sharma, SP Sud, Ravish Jain, Som Dutt Tak, SP Sethi, Abinash Gupta, Yash Blouria, Kuldeep, Mohit Gupta, Madhu Kapoor, Indu Anand and Mamta.

JKPMF expresses concern over increasing road mishaps

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Jammu Kashmir Political Migrants Front (JKPMF) in a meeting here today expressed grave concern over the increasing road accidents in the State.

The meeting which was chaired by president of the Front, Sheikh Mohi-ud-Din Shabnam said that six people were killed in a road mishap at National High Way near Khoni Nallah yesterday while one of their senior party activist Manzoor Ahmed Thokar was also killed in a road mishap while on his way to Jammu from Srinagar at Samthan green patch near Awantipora in Kashmir Valley.

The meeting urged the Government to take immediate measures in maintaining proper check on traffic so that increased road accidents are averted.

It also demanded that the next kin of the deceased by given compensation by Government. Nanak Singh Bedi provincial president Jammu, Sayed Pervez Hilal Provincial president Kashmir and Bal Krishan Bhat State secretary of the organization attended the meeting.

VK Group launches McCoy products

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: VK Group, one of India's foremost OEMs specializing in electric home appliances that launched their Air Cooler Range under the McCoy brand name called 'McCoy Summer Army' in most of theStates of India today launched the same in the city of temples.

In the first year of operations four models of air coolers were launched - Captain, Major, Colonel and General. The products have some of the most unique customer friendly features like the 60 litre tank in the 'General' model which not only makes it the largest Desert Cooler but also gives uninterrupted cooling to the customer for a long period.

The inbuilt castor wheel does away with the use of big and cumbersome trolley thereby offering greater convenience to the customers. The 'Colonel' model has a unique surround air system that cools every corner of the room.

The 'Major' model is suitable for a smaller room as it has a tank with 34 litres capacity.

After the launch of air coolers, other McCoy products like gas stoves, instant water heaters, wet grinders and tower fans were also launched.

All these products are of super quality and available to the customers at lower prices.

With McCoy products, manufactured in-house with precision and quality, the customers can now finally exercise their right and can now pay less for the best.

Dudhadhari Chowk shopkeepers highlight demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: MLA Bimla Luthra today presided over a public meeting of residents of Ward No. 21 which was convened by Vivek Gupta, district vice president National Conference (NC) Jammu (Urban) and president, Dudhadhari Chowk Shopkeepers Association.

On the occasion the residents of the Ward apprised Bimla about the problems they are facing and highlighted their demands including installation of electric sub-station/upgradation of capacity of existing transformer from 400 KVA to 630 KVA, mending of leaking water pipes, black topping of roads and lanes, reconstruction of pulis and drains, regular cleaning of lanes and drains, adequate street lights and issuance of voter identity cards.

Bimla Luthra gave a patient hearing and said that Ward No. 21 being important segment of Gandhi Nagar Constituency could not be ignored for the development of basic civic infrastructure.

SS Jamwal, district president, Youth NC, Veena Oberio, Satwant Kour, OP Gupta, Yudhvir Singh, Darshan Gupta, Sudendu also spoke on the occasion.

Army organises educational, motivational tour

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Barasingha Brigade under the aegis of Ace of Spades Division organised an educational and motivational tour for economically backward senior citizens of far flung border areas of Mendhar and Chirangari to Kolkata, Darjeeling and Gangtok.

Deputy Commander of Krishna Ghati Brigade flagged off the tour from Mendhar town in the presence of large number of civil dignitaries and locals.

During the tour, the senior citizens would visit St Pauls Cathedral, Victoria Memorial, Kalighat Temple, Howrah Bridge and Science City in Kolkata.

The citizens will also get a chance to visit Zoological Park, Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Tsomgo Lake, Tashi View Point and Nathula Pass.

At Darjeeling, they will visit Lore Bungalow, Rangoli Rangliot, Melli, Batasia Loop, Chowrasta Botanical Garden and History Museum.

Awareness programme on water conservation held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), North Western Himalayan Region, here today organised an awareness programme on "Ground Water Conservation and Protection" at Government Higher Secondary School, Ghordi (Ramnagar).

A total of 30 selected students drawn from various schools participated in painting competition on 'Conserve and Protect Water'.

The best messages were awarded with prizes while five encouragement prizes were also given.

A group of 135 people comprising 100 students, teachers and 25 villagers also took part in 'Jal Yatra'.

The yatra started from the school via passing through village lanes, bus stand, local market and finally culminated at school.

The students were holding placards with different slogans relating to conservation of water.

Speaking on the occasion, N R Bhagat, Head, Central Ground Water Board emphasised on water conservation, rainwater harvesting, artificial recharge etc.

He also pointed out the necessity of protecting the old spring and water resources.

K P Singh also spoke on the occasion.

M A Mir, District Soil Conservation Officer was the chief guest on the occasion while A K Raina, Principal, Government Higher Secondary School, Ghordi was the guest of honour.

N R Bhagat presided over the programme. Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Sarpanch, Ghordi was also present.

The programme was organised under the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities of Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources.

Ford Fiesta displayed at Airport

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 19: All New Global Fiesta made history today by being the first ever car to be displayed at the Jammu Airport.

The car display platform was inaugurated by M Suresh, Director, Jammu Airport in presence of ML Mehra, Superintendent of Police, Jammu Airport.

Devinder Singh, sales manager, Jammu Ford, while speaking said that they are excited with the opportunity to display the All New Ford Fiesta at Jammu Airport. He said that the premium sedan, since its reveal in July last year, has grabbed the attention of car buyers in India with its engaging passenger communication technology.

"The globally evolved product brings to its segment a new meaning to passenger safety, delivers class leading fuel efficiency and comes with first-in-segment smart feature such as cruise control, electric power assisted steering (EPAS) and advanced bluetooth voice control", he added.

All New Global Fiesta is powered with 1.5 litre Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5 litre Duratorq TDCidiesel Powertrains, he said, adding that all new fiesta is available in four premium trims, across eight variants-style, trend, titanium and titanium plus, with both petrol and diesel powertrain options in manual transmission.



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