Iranian Ambassador calls
on Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 3: The Iranian Ambassador, Syed Mehdi this morning called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah. The Minister of CAPD, ....more

Efficient work force must
for better public delivery
system: Tara Chand

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3 : Describing employees as face of the government, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today said dedicated work force plays pivotal role in ...more

Providing youth peaceful
atmosphere to polish their
talent prime concern of
JKP: Rajendra

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 3: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir Police would continue its civic action programme with full vigor and zeal, the Director General of Police, K. Rajendra..,.more

Natrang presents Urdu
comedy play 'Intzaar'

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: As the Urdu world is celebrating Cenetenary of Sahadat Hassan Manto, Natrang also contributed its bit to salute one of the most celebrated short story writer of the times by staging....more

Historic Sudhmahadev
Mela gets underway

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, June 3: Member Legislative Assembly , Chenani, K.C. Bhagat along with District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, P.K Pole today inaugurated 3-day Historic Sudhmahadev Mela ,..more

Supporters of Ram Dev,
Anna Hazare hold dharna

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Protest demonstrations were organized by Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust and supporters of veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare were held on the call of Yoga Guru, Baba Ram Dev and Anna Hazare who sat on one day fast in Union Capital today demanding the Indian black money from foreign countries should be brought back......more

J&K takes lead in
empowering people

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JAMMU, June 3: Former Advocate General of State, DC Raina appreciated the State Legislature for enacting the 'Public Services Guarantee Act', which emerges from people's right to live with dignity under the Constitution. "While it empowers the people of the State, there are only six departments presently under its purview", he said adding, this number must be gradually increased to make the act more viable.....more

Jora takes stock of
people's grievances

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LEH, June 3: Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora today visited villages of Mukleb, Phobrang, Pangong, Lukung, Spangmik, Man, Merak, Chushul and Sato-Kargyam. ...,,..more

     
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Iranian Ambassador calls on Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 3: The Iranian Ambassador, Syed Mehdi this morning called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah. The Minister of CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon and Minister for Animal Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhulla were also present on the occasion.

Matters relating to mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.

Meanwhile, a deputation from Banihal area led by Sajad Shaheen called on Chief Minister, and presented him a memorandum of demands relating to the development of the area.

The deputation requested for special packages for road connectivity, installation of mini hydel and wind projects under new and renewable energy, upgradation of basic amenities and recruitment drive by the Police Department in un-represented and backward areas of Banihal Constituency.

The Chief Minister gave patient hearing and said that the demands would be given due consideration.

Efficient work force must for better public delivery
system: Tara Chand

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3 : Describing employees as face of the government, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today said dedicated work force plays pivotal role in efficient public delivery system and goes a long way in meeting the expectations of common masses.

"Government has enacted ambitious legislation to ensure time bound delivery of public services through Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) and best results are only possible when employees work with zeal, dedication and commitment towards their duties," he added.

He said ambit of services covered under PSGA would be gradually increased and more services would be included, so all the employees should work with the same efficiency so that public gets time bound services and menace of corruption is checked.

Mr. Tara Chand was addressing a convention of Employees Welfare Cell at Khour today. Prominent among those who attended the convention included, Chairman Brij Lal, President Balwan Singh and scores of employees of the area.

The Deputy Chief Minister said number of initiatives have been taken by the Government to address genuine demands of the employees and the State is among those few States which have implemented Sixth Pay Commission. The Government is well aware of the problems confronting the employees and concrete steps have been undertaken to watch interests of the work force, he added.

He said a major share of the State's budget goes in salaries and pensions and not with standing financial constraints the government has agreed for giving Sixth Pay Commission arrears also and the employees have already received installments of the same.

Underscoring the measures put in place for welfare of the employees, Mr. Tara Chand said the Government has implemented transfer policy to watch the interests of the employees and the policy has various provisions for ensuring time bound transfers as per availability, suitability and keeping in view the requirements of Government work.

"The employees are asking for their rights, they should also be aware of their duties and one who demands for rights has to first ensure that he's coming up to the expectations of his duties," he said.

Various demands were projected during the convention which include, confirmation of employees working under various arrangements, removing disparity of wages, implementation of transfer policy in true letter and spirit, ensuring de-attachment of employees and removing infrastructure bottle necks for those services which are covered under PSGA.

The Deputy Chief Minister assured that all the genuine demands would be taken up at the right quarters for early redressal of the same.

Providing youth peaceful atmosphere to polish
their talent prime concern of JKP: Rajendra

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 3: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir Police would continue its civic action programme with full vigor and zeal, the Director General of Police, K. Rajendra Kumar today said that bringing police closer to the public especially the youth will be the main focus of Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Speaking at the inaugural function of 35th National Learn to Live Together camp at Youth Hostel Srinagar this evening, Mr. Rajendra said that youth is a valuable asset to the nation which needs a peaceful and congenial atmosphere to polish its talent.

He said that youth from 23 States of the country are participating in the weeklong camp during which they will undertake various activities including competitions and fun activities, theatre and puppetry, theatre creative workshops etc. They will be the state's ambassadors in their respective areas with a message of peace, brotherhood and hospitality of the State. He said JKP will provide all the required assistance to the students participating in the camp as it has been doing in the past as well.

Mr. Rajindra said "I feel that huge participation of students from across the country in the camp shows as if the whole nation has thronged the city of Srinagar to share their experiences with the Kashmiri brethren''. He hoped that the camp would prove very beneficial for the youth of the valley to share the knowledge with the participating children.

He said that the police organization has chalked out a detailed calendar for organizing sports and cultural events in the valley during the current summer which will go a long way to exploit the talent of the youth. He said youth of the state have proved their ability in the national and international competitions and they would be provided all the assistance for their exposure. He said that providing a peaceful and congenial atmosphere to the youth to exhibit their talent at different fora is the prime motto of JKP.

The camp has been organized by Indian Council for Children Welfare (ICCW), New Delhi in association with Shanti Nikeetan Bal Bhawan, J&K Unit and J&K Youth Services and Sports Department in which about 250 students including special children from 23 states of the country participating.

Earlier, the organizing secretary of the camp. Dr. Renu Nanda in her welcome address appreciated the role of K. Rajindra and his team of officers for providing all the required assistance for organizing the camp in the valley, adding that without his personal intervention, it would have not possible to organize such a large camp here.

The function was attended by IGP Armed (Kashmir), Rauf-ul-Hassan, DIG Armed Sheikh Abdul Hamid, Commandants of Armed and IRP battalions. Col. Chopra, A. S. Kohli and concerned officers of Youth Services and Sports department and other police officers.

Natrang presents Urdu comedy play 'Intzaar'

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: As the Urdu world is celebrating Cenetenary of Sahadat Hassan Manto, Natrang also contributed its bit to salute one of the most celebrated short story writer of the times by staging Urdu play 'Intzaar', here today. The play has been written by Shadat Hassan Manto and is beautifully adapted and directed by Sumeet Sharma.

Speaking on the occasion, Director Natrang, Balwant Thakur informed that Natrang is starting its much-awaited Children Theatre Workshop from June 7, 2012 at Amar Singh Club and Natrang Studio, under the direction of Sumeet Sharma, the registration of which is already open.

The new and contemporary elements added in the play sharpened its impact. The situational comedy was further enhanced which made laughter irresistible for the audience.

The play opens in a very hilarious situation in which Mantazar is waiting for his beloved to come to meet him in a much-awaited date. He is waiting for her so anxiously that even half an hour becomes difficult for him to spend. He speaks with his own self and innovates different ways to pass the time calmly, but nothing works. To make the situation even worse, some unwanted guests arrive the spot.

Finally when his girl friend arrives, he falls unconscious because of overtiredness. Thinking that he is unconcerned about the meeting and is sleeping, she leaves and the much-awaited meeting turns to be a disaster, which steered the comedy towards an irony.

Mohit Sharma as 'Mantzar' exhibited his talent as a versatile actor and was equally supported by Sumeet Sharma as his innerself. Tajasvi Sharma as girlfriend was also very impressive in her short but important appearance. Pawan Verma as friend, Shivika as Mausi and Vishal Sharma as newspaper vendor also played their part very well.

Lights were operated by Gaurav Jamwal while the sound was executed by Ashwini Bali.

Historic Sudhmahadev Mela gets underway

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, June 3: Member Legislative Assembly , Chenani, K.C. Bhagat along with District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, P.K Pole today inaugurated 3-day Historic Sudhmahadev Mela in Chenani tehsil. The 3-day mela got underway amidst festivity with huge participation of men, women and children who thronged Sudhmahadev temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva on the first day of three-day mela.

On the first day the devotees took bath in the Beenisangam called Budhisudhi rivulet, which flows out from top of the Dhar Shivgarh and is considered as abode of innumerable saints.

The devotees also took bath in sin destroying spring (Pap Nashni bowli) situated just at the entrance of the temple about which it is said that a holy dip in this spring purifies the devotees of all evils.

Chief Executive Officer Patnitop Development Authority, Dr. Raman Kesar, District Information Officer, Udhampur, Dr. Jagdish Mehra, Tehsildar Chenani, (mela officer), S.N. Suman, officers of different departments, tourists, pilgrims, prominent citizens and Local Mela Committee members were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC said that administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Mela like uninterrupted power, safe drinking water, sanitation, medicare, Police Control Room, assistance booth and security have been made at the mela site beside various departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Health, National Rural Health Mission, Apiculture, Handicraft, Handloom and Animal Husbandry have put up their departmental stall to educate the masses about the various state and centrally sponsored schemes especially for socio economic upliftment.

For the facility of the pilgrims adequate arrangements of tentage have been made at Maantali. The Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust has beautifully decorated the shrine beside making arrangements of providing best facilities to devotees visiting the ancient Temple Shrine of Lord Shiva.

Supporters of Ram Dev, Anna Hazare hold dharna

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Protest demonstrations were organized by Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust and supporters of veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare were held on the call of Yoga Guru, Baba Ram Dev and Anna Hazare who sat on one day fast in Union Capital today demanding the Indian black money from foreign countries should be brought back.

At Jammu the dharna was held in front of Press Club here where about 200 supporters of Yoga Guru and Anna Hazare sat on daylong dharna and observed the fast to show solidarity with their leaders.

The protestors with pla -cards and banners in their hands were raising slogans in support of their demands. Besides demanding that the Indian black money lying in foreign counties be brought back, they demanded passage of strong Jan Lokpal Bill, removal of corrupt ministers and highlighted together several issues confronting the nation.

The speakers who addressed the protestors said the main objective of this nationwide movement was to aware people so that they will raise a forceful voice against the growing corruption, which is eating the vitals of the society.

Those who addressed included Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust Jammu Unit president Bansi Lal Sharma, its state vice president Deepak Sharma, Pavitar Singh, retired Session Judge and president JPF and other dignitaries of the Patanjali Yog Peeth.

Our Kathua correspondent adds that over 200 supporters of Baba Ram Dev and Anna Hazare sat on dharna at Bhagat Singh Parak in the town and raised slogans against the growing corruption. The protestors demanded that Indian black money lying in foreign banks be brought back. They also demanded that the corrupt ministers in union as well as state Cabinet be stripped off.

One-day dharna was also held in support of Baba Ram Dev and Anna Hazare by their supporters at Samba town today. The protestors demanded that a strong Lokpal Bill be passed by the Parliament and the black money lying in foreign banks be brought back.

Nilamber Dogra and Devyograj district Samba president of two organizations respectively said the time is ripe that an awareness campaign be launched in entire country against the corruption and misrule.

Meanwhile All J&K Movement for Peace and Justice held a meeting here today in which a fervent appeal was made to people to strengthen the hands of Baba Ram Dev and Anna Hazare who have launched a crusade against corruption nation-wide.

Kuldeep Kumar Rao one of the members of the organization said that the meeting decided that the organization will lend full support to both Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare in their crusade. These two leaders have kindled a hope in the nation that they would certainly succeed in ushering in an era of honesty. S Deep Sing, Dr G S Charak, Pankaj Sangral, S N Saproo, R L Raina , Kanwarjeet Singh Thakur, Pardeep Kumar Bhagat, Madan Gopal, Kalyan Singh Chib and others attended the meeting.

J&K takes lead in empowering people

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Former Advocate General of State, DC Raina appreciated the State Legislature for enacting the 'Public Services Guarantee Act', which emerges from people's right to live with dignity under the Constitution. "While it empowers the people of the State, there are only six departments presently under its purview", he said adding, this number must be gradually increased to make the act more viable.

Raina stressed upon the need to educate people about the utility of this Act, as also about its implementation in the right perspective.

Raina's view came while delivering a keynote speech in a function organised by Indian Institute of Public Administration, Regional Branch, Jammu on the subject 'Public Services Guarantee Act- Theory and practice'.

BL Saraf, the guest of honour on the occasion was of the view that there is a need to bridge a gap between the law and its implementation aspect for its effective usage.

Earlier in his presidential address, Prof KL Bhatia emphasized upon the co-ordination between various departments in providing services to the citizens.

An interactive session was also held wherein useful deliberation took place.

Senior officers from the departments of Electricity, PHE, CAPD, Revenue and others associated with the Act participated in the function.

Besides senior citizens, members of IIPA including Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Jammu, Dr SS Bloeria, chairman, Dr Ashok Bhan, secretary IIPA, Regional Branch, Jammu, JBS Johar, also participated.

Prof Versha Mehta presented the welcome address and introductory remarks while Prof Alka Sharma gave a formal vote of thanks.

Jora takes stock of people's grievances

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, June 3: Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora today visited villages of Mukleb, Phobrang, Pangong, Lukung, Spangmik, Man, Merak, Chushul and Sato-Kargyam.

While interacting with the Minister, the people demanded macadamization of road from Lukung to Chushul, improvement of Man-Merak road and installation of BSNL tower on top priority.

Stating that macadamization of road between Lukung and Chuchul was not possible under District Plan, the Minister said that he will try to get a project sanctioned for this road under Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) scheme for its early completion.

The Minister inaugurated a 12.5 KW Solar Power Plant at Yurgo (Phobrang) and gave on the spot directions to the concerned departments to address genuine demands of the people.

The people demanded opening of Chushul for tourists, early posting of Headmaster and teaching staff at High School Chushul, opening of a bank branch at Chushul, opening of LPG extension centre, proper drinking water facilities, construction of quarters for Government employees at Chushul and opening of an Animal Centre.

Mr Jora on the spot directed DC, Leh and Education Department to fill up the post of Headmaster and teaching staffs within a week. Responding to the demand for opening Chushul via Tsaga to Nyoma for tourists, the Minister said that he has already taken up the case with Government of India and assured the people that he will reiterate it with Union Government on priority.

The Minister also inaugurated 50 KV Solar Power Plants each at PHC Chushul and High School Chushul. Later, Mr Jora accompanied by district level officers visited Sato-Kargyam village.

Forest fire gives sleepless nights to villagers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: The increasing forest fire incidents in Nowshera (Rajouri), Jasrota and Billawar in Kathua area, have given sleepless nights to many villagers in last several days.

Reports said the massive forest fire in Kalsian, Bhawani, Tain Dhar, Dabbar and Kalal area of Nowshera has given sleepless nights to many villagers. Last evening, the fire reached closer to Kalal village and the Sarpanch alongwith other villagers resorted to control it. The villagers kept fighting the fire for long and they even sounded alert and sought help from Forest officials> The Forest staff too found halpless with inadequate resources and staff with them to contain it. The scared Kalal villagers spent sleepless night.

The increased temperature of the area made the life of the people horrible. The people said that for the last one week, the fire has engulfed a larger area. It has caused extensive damage to the animal life and green gold and many scared people could not sleep for last several days.

A Forest official said that during these summer days, the people for getting good grass crop (fodder) for the cattle set on fire the grass fields near forests. From there, the fire spreads. Some times, a cigarette/bidi etc thrown by villagers also cause such incidents. Rising temperature also results into natural fire incidents. He claimed that Forest department has not sufficient manpower and resources to control fire.

Reports from Kathua said that forest fire has created scare in upper reaches of Galak, Ramkote, Thein and Jasrota forests for the last few days. The villagers at their own tried to contain fire at several places. They have sought assistance from the Forest Department to control the fire. In Jasrota area near Wild Life Sanctuary, fire in certain pockets has been contained, DFO Kathua Sameer Bharti said.

In Reasi Forest division, the fire has created havoc in compartment No. 30, 31 47 and 48. It created scare in Battal Kalla area of Jyoti Puram and Siar Baba forest belt. The forest officials expressed their helplessness to contain the fire deep inside forests with shortage of manpower.

Lal Singh convenes public darbar

Excelsior Correspondent

Kathua, June 3: In order to listen the problems and grievances of the people, Member Parliament Udhampur-Doda Constituency Choudhary Lal Singh convened a public darbar here today.

The Sarpanchs and Panchs from Kandi areas demanded for early release of BPL survey list and also complaint that thousand of applications for oldage pension and widow pension are lying with the Social Welfare Department which are awaiting approval.

Other demands included early grant of pensions to the poor and needy people, better road connectivity, upgradation of various Government schools, installation of hand pumps and electric poles at various location, etc.

Sarpanch Jakhole demanded adequate drinking water supply and demanded installation of hand pumps and separate power supply feeder in the area.

While addressing the people, Choudhary Lal Singh said that 73rd and 74th Amendments will be implemented in the State to empower the panchayats to work for the welfare and development of rural areas. He said that elections for Block Samities and Zila Parishad will be held soon.

He said that UPA Government at the centre is committed to the progress and development of the country for which several programme and schemes like MGNREGA, NRHM, IAY, RAMSA etc have been launched.

He appealed the people to come forward to take the benefit of all these schemes. He asked the Sarpanchs and Panchs to identify the problems of the people of their areas and work for their redressal.

2 arrested for selling gas cylinders illegally

Excelsior Correspondent

BATOTE, June 3: Police today arrested two persons for illegally selling gas cylinders at Ladwal Morh, Batote.

Police spokesman said that, on a tip off about illegal selling of gas cylinders at Ladwal Morh, Batote, Police party from Batote Police Station rushed to the spot, arrested two persons and seized the truck bearing registration No JKO2AS 9867 of Killo Gas Agency, Bari Brahmana loaded with 200 cylinders. He added that the truck carrying the gas cylinder was on its way to Dooru, Anantnag from Bari Brahmana, Jammu.

"The arrested persons were identified as Javed Ahmed, son of Sanaullah of Sadiwara, Anantnag and Anshuman Gupta, son of Bansi Lal Gupta, of Batote", spokesman said, adding, that the another person identified as Vijay Singh, son of Shanker Dass of Batote, who was waiting for his turn in his Omni Van (JKO2B 7590), fled from the spot with 4 cylinders.

A case under FIR No 51 has been registered at Police Station Batote and started further investigation.

3 killed, 6 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Three persons were killed while at least six others injured in four separate roads accidents in Kathua, Jammu and Nowshera area today.

A police spokesman said that an unknown car hit a scooter on National Highway near Pir Baba in Kathua area this morning. Both husband and wife traveling on scooter were thrown away on the road. They were rushed to District hospital Kathua, where woman died. She was identified as Surishta Devi. Her husband Pritam Chand was undergoing treatment in hospital.

The police registered a case and started search for the car which sped away from the spot after hitting scooter.

One Sabu Kanher, daughter of Abdul Karim of Bathindi was killed on the spot and her sister, Sameera Begum was seriously injured after a truck hit them when they were moving along the road side in Barthindi area of Jammu today. Uncontrolled truck bearing No. PB02A/9577 also collided with three parked cars and uprooted a pole in the locality causing damage to vehicles and electric lines. The driver escaped from the spot. The injured sister was removed to GMC hospital while dead body of another was shifted to the mortuary of GMC hospital. Police started investigation.

One Varinder Gupta, son of Mani Ram of Talab Tillo, Jammu received serious injuries after his mini-bus was hit against divider on the road in Narwal area today. He was himself driving the vehicle. The injured was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him as dead.

Meanwhile, a Maruti van No. JK-14/5882 which was on way to Reasi from Nowshera overturned near Inayatpur today. Four persons on board were injured in the mishap. They have been identified as Chaman Lal, Roshan Lal, Kanta and Van driver. The injured were removed to Nowshera hospital. They hail from Kallah in Reasi. One Mangat Ram of Jhangar was injured after he was hit by a Tata Mobile vehicle near Inayatpur in Nowshera today. While driver escaped, the injured was hospitalized by people. The police has taken cognizance of the matter.

Shoot-out in Samba Industrial area
People protest against police

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, June 3: People from Kehli Mandi area of Samba town held protest demonstration against police for its inaction in a shoot-out incident in Industrial area and sought intervention of Deputy Commissioner into the matter.

Reports said one Navin Singh, son of Nischant Singh of Kehli Mandi, Samba is constructing a factory in Phase-II of Samba town. There is a piece of land belonging to one Brij Mohan Singh of Kehli Mandi near the factory. When some people of Brij Mohan were busy in leveling of land with the help of a JBC for further raising construction there, the rival party objected to it, claiming that they were encroaching upon a common passage passing through that land.

Over this issue, both parties had a tiff. The JBC driver was pulled out and beaten up by the members of the rival party. During scuffle, Navin Singh allegedly fired some rounds in the air with his revolver to terrorise the members of the rival party. The work was stopped. Later, an FIR was lodged with the Samba police by Brij Mohan and his men but no action was taken in this regard by police.

Today nearly 150 people from Kehli Mandi area held protest against Samba police, raising slogans against SSP and the SHO.

They alleged that police failed to take any action against the accused. Later, they met DC Samba Mubarak Singh at his official residence and sought his intervention. They alleged that police has not arrested Navin Singh and even his gun has not been seized. Mr Singh assured the people that necessary legal action will be taken against the accused persons in this regard. Later, the people dispersed.

1300 capsules seized

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JAMMU, June 3: Assar police in Doda district today arrested a drug peddler and recovered 1300 capsules and 90 bottles of intoxicant syrup from his possession.

The drug peddler has been identified as Mehraj-ud-Din Sheikh alias Tikka son of Abdul Latief Sheikh R/o Pasri Adda, Bhaderwah.

Police said Tikka was arrested during a special naka laid by police at Assar this afternoon. From his possession, police recovered a consignment of 1300 capsules and 90 bottles, which were being smuggled by the accused from Jammu to Doda.

Police parties headed by SHO Assar Inspector Ravinder Rakwal made the arrest. A case has been registered against the accused at Assar police station.

Sharma demands Rs 500 crore relief package for
drought hit farmers

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SUNDERBANI, June 3: Chairman, All J&K Kissan Union and former Legislator, Ashok Sharma today demanded Rs 500 crore relief package for drought hit 40 lakh farmers of Jammu region. He also demanded issuance of Kissan Credit Card (KCC) and pass books before November 2012 besides making of entry regarding loss of Rabi crop.

While addressing a largely attended dharna at Sunderbani organized by farmers in support of their demands, Sharma pleaded for formulating a comprehensive farm policy for the State, so that the losses caused to standing crops, orchards and live stocks due to drought, excessive rains, floods hail storms and various diseases could be offset by providing them full compensation for such loss.

Referring to the long dry spell prevailed in Jammu region during last two months, the former legislator demanded a special package of Rs 500 crore to compensate the farmers whose Rabi crops got damaged. He also advocated for providing free seeds, fertilizers and other agriculture inputs to the farmers for the Kharif crop.

Sharma also pleaded for strengthening of local-self Government by incorporating 73rd and 74th Amendments in the State Constitution.

The AJKKU vice-chairman, MS Jamwal pleaded for crop and cattle insurance on Government expenses. He urged the farmers to unite themselves on single platform to fight against their exploitation.

General secretary, AJKKU in his speech demanded augmentation of irrigation facilities and bringing of small and marginal farmers under BPL category besides reservation of seats for their children in professional, technical and institutions of higher learning.

The other demands highlighted by various speakers were setting up of fire control stations at vulnerable places to save ripe crop from fire, fresh survey of BPL and establishment of Kissan mandies to prevent the exploitation of farmers by middleman and establishment of Kissan Bhawans at block, district and division levels.

NC committed to equitable development of State: Gupta

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Provincial President, NC, Rattan Lal Gupta today said that the National Conference (NC) is the only premier political party in the State which has contributed in all spheres of life.

He said that that the party is committed to develop the State on equitable development and that is why it has given a roadmap to develop the State on modern pattern with latest technological system.

He said the Coalition Government headed by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has sanctioned a huge amount to develop sanitation system, construct lanes and drains, in Jammu and its surrounding areas. Keeping in view the requirement of drinking water, new overhead tanks are being built in the city", said Gupta while addressing a meeting of party workers held here at Paloura.

The provincial president however said there are unscheduled power cuts in various areas of Jammu region adding to the woes of public. He asked the concerned authorities to ensure the minimization of these power cuts as the temperature in Jammu and its surrounding has crossed 44 degree.

MLC Vijay Bakaya in his address highlighted the achievements of Government particularly concerning Kashmiri Pandits. He said it is the sincere efforts of the Government that Jagti Township for Kashmiri migrants has come up in a shortest span of time and all the issues of KPs are taken up one by one.

Ex-Deputy Mayor, Dharam Veer Singh Jamwal said that due to his efforts the Municipal Corporation has given priority to develop the undeveloped areas.

Ex-Corporator, Ashok Manhas presented charter of demands to the provincial president and highlighted day-to-day issues of the area.

Chib reviews pace of development works

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SRINAGAR, June 3: Minister for Youth Services and Sports and Medical Education, R.S. Chib today conducted a day long tour of Baramulla and took stock of the pace of ongoing developmental works in various areas of the district including Pattan, Wakura and Saloosa.

The Minister also addressed a public gathering at Saloosa and sought people's cooperation in implementing the welfare programmes and developmental schemes launched by the Government. He said Coalition Government was committed to the equitable development of all the three regions of the State, adding that a new era of peace and development has dawned in the state during last three years of the present dispensation.

Responding the demands of the people, Mr. Chib said that the Government is well abreast with the problems of the people and all the resources are being pooled to redress their grievances. He said promises made to the people will be fulfilled in a phased manner.

Former MLA, Shoaib Lone also addressed the gathering.

Woman commits suicide

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JAMMU, June 3: A woman allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at her native place RS Pura.

Identified as Baby, wife of Surinder, resident of RS Pura, allegedly consumed some poisonous substance at her native place on June 1. Noticing her unconscious, family members shifted her to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where she failed to respond to the treatment and died today.

The body was handed over to legal heirs after autopsy.

Meanwhile, Sweety, daughter of Rashpal Chand, resident of Shiv Nagar, made an abortive attempt to end her life by consuming some poisonous substance.

Family members shifted her to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where her condition was stated to be stable when last poured in.

Four day long workshop on translation held

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JAMMU, June 3: Renowned Hindi writer, poet and critic Dr Maharaj Krishan Bharat who is working as Assistant Professor and HoD Hindi in Government Degree College Rajouri participated in four day long short story translation workshop in Shimla HP. During the workshop different short stories of Kashmiri literature were translated into Hindi language.

Among others who participated in this workshop were from Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. The participants and eminent writers were Prof C L Sapru, B N Betab, Peyare Hatash, Vijay Wali, Dr Veena Budki and budding writers like Rinku Koul, and Nisaar Azam. The main objective of the workshop was to translate Kashmiri short stories into 24 Indian languages and the main source of translation will be Hindi.

ReT teachers hold monthly meeting

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UDHAMPUR, June 3: All J&K ReT Teachers Forum today urged the Chief Minister for early redreseel to their demands, so as to raise the literacy rate of the State.

A monthly meeting of the forum was held under the chairmanship of its State president Vinod Sharma, in which ReT and EV teachers from all the zones participated.

While speaking, Vinod Sharma, State president, of the forum, highlighted the demands of ReTs and EVs.

He demanded regularization of EVs as general line teachers, who have completed their seven years since march 2010, inclusion of 5 years rendered service of ReTs for seniority benefits, implementation of Government order No 115 dated 29-2-2008 for old pension scheme in favour of ReTs engaged before 1-1-2010, implementation of Government order for enhancement of wages of ReTs as announced in the assembly session, transfer policy in favour of regularized ReT teachers and provision of SRO 43 in favour of ReTs and EVs.

Among others present were Lekh Raj Parihar, Sham Sharma, Sukesh Khajuria, Sukdev Singh, Ravinder Singh, Parmod Sharma, Pritam Goswami, Chain Singh, Vipin Sharma, Sushil Singh, Rakesh Salaria, etc.

Sainik Colony residents' protest, Gupta's concern over
power crisis

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JAMMU, June 3: Sainik Colony resident held a demonstration against long and unscheduled power cuts and blocked the National Highway and shouted slogans against PDD.

In a statement issued here today the residents said that the road blockade led to inconvenience to passengers prompting police to divert the traffic from other side. The release said that protestors sat on Highway for eight hours demanding improvement in power supply.

The erratic power supply will likely worsen the situation in June and July if immediate steps were not taken to better the supply, said Gurmeet Kour Randhwa of Jan Sewa Sansthan. The low voltage has also added to the woes of people in general and old and infirm people in particular, she added.

She accused the PDD of turning deaf towards their long pending demands, Mrs Randhwa demanded up gradation of transformer to 10mva. The inmates of the colony including Brig (retd) Ajit Singh Saini, Bablu, Sukhdev Singh, Bunty, Parkash Jamwal, Mrs Salathia and others have made an appeal to local MLAs, Shabir Khan MOS for Power and PDD authorities to take steps in improving power supply and upgradation of transformer to 10mva, she added.

She said police pursued the people to call of demonstration and it also sought an assurance from Chief Engineer M&RE that the grievances of people due to unscheduled power cuts will be looked into. The CE has invited the delegation of the colony in her office chambers tomorrow for a meeting to sort out the issue.

Meanwhile former Union MOS and MLA Jammu West Assembly Segment, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta has voiced his great resentment over the power crisis in Jammu. He in a statement issued here today said it is intriguing that the situation has developed immediately after darbar move from Winter Capital to Summer Capital.

He demanded a probe that why such a serious situation was allowed to emerge in Jammu soon after Darbar move when the mercury has crossed 40 degrees and people are faced with scorching heat of Summer.

Prof Gupta said the scheduled and unscheduled power cuts have paralysed the whole life as the water supply also remains hampered due to power curtailments. The ruling alliance owes an explanation to people that why such long duration power cuts have been

enforced and why they failed to harness the vast hydel power potential which the state has despite spending thousands of crores in the name or execution of power projects.

He said the failure of Government is evident that they could not exploit even 10 percent of the total hydel power potential of over 20,000 mega watts of the state.

Two-day training programme for Sub-Judges,
Munsiffs organized

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SRINAGAR, June 3: State Judicial Academy organized two days special training programme for Sub-Judges and Munsiffs of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts in the High Court complex here. This training session was organized under the guidance of Acting Chief Justice Virender Singh and Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir.

The training programme was conducted by Abdul Wahid, Director J&K State Judicial Academy and Syed Javed Ahmed, Faculty Member (retd District and Sessions Judge) on the topics-- "Constitutional Rights - Speedy Trials, Negotiable Instrument Act, Code of Criminal Procedure and Juvenile Justice Act".

It was impressed by Abdul Wahid, Director Judicial Academy that speedy trial of the case would ensure justice to accused as well as victim. "Right to speedy trial is a fundamental right implicit in Article 21 of the Constitution of India", he added.

Some ideas and suggestions were thrown for ensuring the fulfillment of constitutional goal of speedy trial. It was suggested that old cases should be taken-up on priority and time frame be fixed for their disposal. The prosecution wing should be geared up and Investigation Officers be directed to make the attendance of witnesses possible.

Recent amendments made in CPC which inter alia include taking of evidence on affidavit by courts in civil matters were concisely explained by Syed Javed Ahmed, Faculty Member of the Academy. The participants were requested to strictly follow these amendments which would go long way in reducing the pendency in the courts.

There was lively interactive session on Negotiable Instrument Act and Juvenile Justice Act. The participants were asked to strictly follow the mandate of law and guidelines laid down by various courts in respect of juveniles, who are in conflict with law.

Meanwhile, the State Judicial Academy, in its intense drive to train and develop the skills of staff as well as to strengthen the Judicial Institution in holistic way, imparted training to Private Secretaries, Senior Stenographers, Junior Stenographers and Steno-Typists of Srinagar and main wing of the High Court.

Abdul Hamid, Faculty Member was the resource person, who imparted training on important matters relating to ethics and behaviour, vocabulary and punctuation, improvement of speed, maintenance of secrecy and confidentiality.

Postal Deptt takes various steps for welfare
of pensioners: Samuel

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JAMMU, June 3: Chief Post Master General J&K, John Samuel today said that the Department has taken many steps to redress the problems of the employees and pensioners in the State.

Talking to a delegation of pensioners here he said that the Department has taken all steps for their welfare. He said one day free medical check up camp for the Postal employee, pensioners and their family members will be held here on June 9 from 9am to 1pm in which special doctors from Gandhi Nagar Hospital and Directorate J&K Health Services Jammu will give free consultations to the patients attending the camp.

He said the ENT specialists, child specialists, orthopedic specialist and other doctors will examine the patients. Besides the eye check, the medicines will also be provided at Postal dispensary Jammu and free blood sugar and blood grouping of all patients will be conducted.

Dr S K Gupta Chief Medical Officer Postal Dispensary Jammu was also present in the meeting.

Shabir lays foundation of WSS

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RAJOURI, June 3: Minister of State for Power, Forest, CA&PD and Transport, Shabir Ahmed Khan today laid foundation of Water Supply Scheme Panjgrian Rajouri. The construction work of this scheme would be completed at a cost of Rs 4.78 crore. The scheme after completion would cater drinking water requirement of over 10000 population of this border area.

The Minister also laid foundation of construction of Middle school building Chanba, which would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 15 lakh.

Addressing a public meeting after laying foundations of these projects, the Minister said that Government was well abreast about people's problems and developmental needs. He said that in this regard the Government has taken several reformative steps to push forward the all-round development of the State. He said up gradation of infrastructure under core sectors has received focused attention of the Government during last few years. He said it was the endeavor of the present Government that people of hilly and remote areas also witnessed all-round development in their areas.

The Minister said that power infrastructure in Panjgrain border area would be upgraded. He said in this regard a project report of Rs 1.10 crore has been submitted to Center for approval of funds under R-APDRP .He said that construction work of receiving station Gambier Brahmana is apace at an estimated cost of Rs 2.62 crore and after its completion the power supply in the area will be improved to a large extent.

Relief holders meet Apex members

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JAMMU, June 3: The protesting relief holders at Jagti township today accused the Government of deliberately ignoring their plight. Ajay Bhat and O N Kaw while addressing the dharna said that thought they are on chain hunger strike for over two months now the State and Central Governments do not bother to settle the issue by enhancing the cash relief as demanded by them.

They warned to launch the indefinite fast in case the demand was not settled within a week's time.

Meanwhile the relief holders who are on fast in front of Relief organization organized a meeting with Apex Committee members today and discussed the issue with them. They urged them to take up the issue with Government forcefully and get the same solved.

The Apex Committee members assured the relief holders that they will take up the issue with the Government within two days.

The members of Apex Committee who were present included H L Chatta, H N Jattu, R K Bhat, Piaray Lal, Roshan Lal Raina, Ashok Hangloo, K K Khosa and A K Raina vice president AIKS.

The camp representatives included Ravinder and Muno Ji from Jagti camp, Mr Talashi and Vimal Ji from TRT Nagrota, A K Kaul from TRT Muthi. Besides the representatives from Bantalab, Janipur, Bohri, Poloura and Muthi also were present.

Development of backward areas Govt’s priority: Sakina

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SRINAGAR, June 3: The Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo today conducted a day long tour to the Noorabad constituency and took stock of the ongoing developmental works.

The Minister also addressed a public meeting at Nagnar village and highlighted the achievements of the present Coalition Government. She reiterated Government's resolve about uplift of down trodden sections of the society, adding that all round development of the backward and remote areas of the State was prime concern of the Government.

The Minister instructed the concerned officers to speed up work on Nagnar link road and under construction water supply scheme in the village. She announced grants out of CDF for construction of housing facilities for 5 families of this village under IAY. She instructed the Chief Education Officer of the district to construct two bath rooms in the Middle school besides posting two additional teachers there. She also asked the Assistant Director CA&PD to open a Ration sale depo in the village.

BGSBU entrance test concludes

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SRINAGAR, June 3: Over two thousand candidates appeared in the B Tech entrance test conducted by Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri at three centers including Amar Singh College, Srinagar, University of Jammu and BGSBU campus.

The successful candidates will be admitted in one of the five branches of B Tech viz Civil Engineering, Electronics and Communication, Information Technology, Computers, Electrical and Renewable Engineering in the College of Engineering and Technology (CoET).

Good placement record, state-of-art facilities including well equipped library, training workshops and laboratories, moderate climate, picturesque location, peaceful atmosphere and excellent residential facilities have made the CoET one of the favourite destinations for B Tech aspirants.

6 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 3: Six persons were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir Valley.

Reports said that a Maruti Van bearing registration number JK01C/9362 and a Motor Cycle bearing registration number D185H/0683 collided, near Ladwina-Ganderbal resulting in injuries to three persons. All the injured were hospitalized.

A vehicle bearing registration number JK03C/7242 hit and injured 17 years old Rahil Mushtaq son of Mushtaq Ahmad resident of Sangam-Bijbehara. The injured has been hospitalized.

A Motor Cycle bearing registration number JK01J/3821 collided with an Auto Load Carrier bearing registration number JK04B/3997, near PHE crossing Budgam, resulting in injuries to both the Motorcyclist and the Auto Driver. The injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

JPU launches website

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Jammu Photographers Union (JPU) launched its website www.jpu.co.in here today.

On the occasion, Member Parliament, Madan Lal Sharma was the chief guest while president, Chamber of Commerce, YV Sharma was guest of honour.

The website was launched by keeping in mind the latest online trends so that the members of the JPU can interact with each other. This will update the union members regularly and the communication will be much fasters, besides the members can create their portfolio online and can also display their work to their clients, which will help in getting more business.

While speaking, Madan Lal Sharma, assured JPU of helping them in building the union office.

Among others present were Gulshan Chargotra, president, JPU, Narinder Bali, general secretary, Pushpender, cashier, Bharat Arora, senior vice president, executive members and general body.

Bovine smuggler held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Police today arrested one person and recovered 11 bovine animals from his possession, which were being illegally smuggled to Valley.

Police spokesman said that, on a tip of, police party from Ramsoo Police Station laid a naka at National Highway and intercepted a truck bearing registration No JK02H 4487.

During checking, police recovered 11 milch animals and arrested the driver namely Mohd Sadiq, son of Hassan Din Gujjar of Girian Morh, Reasi, spokesman said, adding, that the vehicle has been seized.

A case under FIR No 31/12 stands registered at Ramsoo Police Station and started investigation.

Office bearers elected

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Welfare Committee Durga Nagar today held a meeting and elected the office bearers.

Sunil Raina and Sanjay Koul were elected as president and secretary of the Welfare Committee whereas Amarnath Raina and Ravinder Bhat as president and secretary of the Mandir Committee.

Sanjay Koul was elected as treasurer, Ravinder Bhan as joint secretary, Ajay Raina, Ravi Turki and Sandeep as organizers cum publicity secretaries and Vijay Dhar as auditor.

The committee also comprises of 15 executive members and 4 advisors.

Ashok heads Kotli Mahajan Sabha

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 3: Ashok Kumar Gupta was today elected as president of the Kotli Mahajan Sabha (ward No 24 and 25), Rehari Colony.

In an election meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Vijay Mahajan (Election Commissioner), all the members unanimously elected Ashok Gupta as new president of the Sabha for the next two years.



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