inaugurates Shiv Khori Festival
(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.
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.
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.
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.
Development Commissioner, Reasi appreciated the
role of Katra people for their coordination for
the successful conduct of inaugural function.
CM greet people on Maha Shivratri
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
Wishing the people
a happy Maha Shivratri, the Governor prayed for
sustained peace, progress and prosperity in the
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.
prayed for peace and prosperity of the State and
CM has no
time to address peoples woes: Beigh
State Govt adopting lacklustre
approach to strengthen anti-graft panels: Mufti
(R S Pura), Feb 19: Reiterating demand of his party to
equip the State Accountability Commission (SAC)
with independent investigating agency, patron of
the Peoples 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
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
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
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.
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",
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.
Party pledges to fight against
injustice with 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.
discrimination with the region is the main reason
that the youth of Jammu are agitated as they feel
completely alienated and cheated, he
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
discuss strategy tomorrow
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
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
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.
Farooq Ahmed Trali, Khursheed Ahmed, Amrik Singh,
Ganesh Khajuria, Manzoor Ahmed Bhat and Pir
Nissar Ahmed were also present.
injured as Sumo falls into gorge
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
Bani villages without electricity
Feb 19: Several
villages in remote Bani area of district Basohli
are without power for the last over two weeks.
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
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
Polio Immunization Prog conducted across State
Feb 19: Like
other parts of the country, the Pulse Polio
campaign was conducted throughout the State.
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.
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,
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,
Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo also administered the
drops to three new born babies at JB Pant
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
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.
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
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.
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.
with president, Navneet Kukreja, secretary,
Preeti Gandhok and other lady members also helped
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
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.
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
The programme will
continue on February 20 and 21.
Govt continues discrimination with
Jammu, Ladakh: BJP
Feb 19: The
Bhartiya Janata Party today said the Coalition
Government continued discrimination with Jammu
This was stated by
BJP State President, Shamsher Singh Manhas while
addressing "Karyakarta Sammelan" at
Gole Gujral here.
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.
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
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
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
secretary, Sat Sharma, District President, Rajesh
Gupta and BJYM State president, Munish Sharma
also spoke on the occasion.
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.
of Guru Ravi Dass beacon light for
society: Tara Chand
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
Guru ji are beacon light for the society, as he
gave the message of universal brotherhood, mutual
co-existence and devotion to supreme lord,"
Mr. Tara Chand was
addressing a function at Khour, which was part of
635th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Ravi
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
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.
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.
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.
play 'Doctor Palta' staged in
Natrang's Sunday Theatre
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
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
Biwi-o-Biwi performed by NDKM
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
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
Music was done by
Sumit Soodan, lights by Abhishek Malik and make
up taken care of by Reetu Manhas. Komal Parihar
did the presentation.
gave the story line idea which was innovatively
made up by the Aaditya and his team.
Forum of Centre, State Trade Unions formed
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.
representatives also formed the joint platform
with the name "United Forum of Centre State
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.
driver goes berserk, injures 5
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
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.
appeals for revision of electoral rolls
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
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.
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
awareness camp organised
Feb 19: Amar
Singh Club today organised health awareness cum
checkup camp in collaboration with Medanta, the
Medicity, Gurgoan and Ayu Sanjeevni Healthcare
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
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.
consultation by Dr Tomar was provided to the club
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
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.
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)
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
of Shree Chandi Dham released
Feb 19: Shree
Chandi Dham Trust (SCDT) today released the
sketch of the site plan of the proposed Shree
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
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
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.
expresses concern over increasing road mishaps
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
launches McCoy products
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
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
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.
products, manufactured in-house with precision
and quality, the customers can now finally
exercise their right and can now pay less for the
Chowk shopkeepers highlight demands
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
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
district president, Youth NC, Veena Oberio,
Satwant Kour, OP Gupta, Yudhvir Singh, Darshan
Gupta, Sudendu also spoke on the occasion.
organises educational, motivational tour
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.
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.
they will visit Lore Bungalow, Rangoli Rangliot,
Melli, Batasia Loop, Chowrasta Botanical Garden
and History Museum.
programme on water conservation held
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.
Fiesta displayed at Airport
Feb 19: All
New Global Fiesta made history today by being the
first ever car to be displayed at the Jammu
The car display
platform was inaugurated by M Suresh, Director,
Jammu Airport in presence of ML Mehra,
Superintendent of Police, Jammu Airport.
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
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
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