Preparedness to face calamities imperative: Omar

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BARAMULLA, Mar 24 : Highlighting the necessity of preparedness to tackle eventualities and calamities, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that floods have always been cause of threat to the life and property in the State. He said that the phenomenon of flood cycles witnessed in the ...more

Gujjar Heritage fascinates Usha Vohra

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JAMMU, Mar 24 : First Lady Usha Vohra, today visited 'Gujjar Heritage exhibition' organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at Kala Kendra.,...more

5 gun licenses of criminals cancelled

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JAMMU, Mar 24: In a significant decision, District Magistrate, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today cancelled gun licenses of five persons with criminal background on the initiative taken by SSP Jammu Prabhat Singh.....more

PDD staff disconnecting Power supply beaten up

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Some PDD employees, part of special team engaged in disconnecting the power connections of defaulters were manhandled by the traders in Purani Mandi market, followed by strike and snapping of power supply to the entire old city today by the PDD Workers Union. ....more

SRTC’s VRS given workers stage protest

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Volunteer retirement given employees of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) held protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground near Press Club ...more

Parkash Karat rules out mid term poll, says UPA has numbers

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JAMMU, May 24: CPI (M) national general secretary and Politbureau member Parkash Karat today ruled out that the country was heading for mid term poll as was stated by Samajwadi Party leader, Chief Mulayam Singh ...more

ATG's "Ghair Zaroori Log" invited by WZCC on World Theatre Day

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Amateaur Theatre Group's highly acclaimed production "Ghair Zaroori Log" in Urdu,written by Shahid Anwar and directed by Mushtaq Kak is invited by West Zone Cultural Centre,Udaipur on the occasion of World Theatre Day and silver jubilee celeberation of WZCC, Jaipur on March 27 and it will be also performed on ...more

Power shut down

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JAMMU, Mar 24: In order to carry out the work of stringing of 33 KV Roop Nagar-Muthi line, the of 132 KV double circuit Barn-Canal line has been allowed.......more

     
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Preparedness to face calamities imperative: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

BARAMULLA, Mar 24 : Highlighting the necessity of preparedness to tackle eventualities and calamities, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that floods have always been cause of threat to the life and property in the State. He said that the phenomenon of flood cycles witnessed in the State after regular intervals calls for all the more focused attention for required measures on this count.

"We should be amply prepared and alert to the threats of heavy floods so that we are not caught unaware at the time of emergency", he added while addressing a function after inaugurating ` 21.38 crore Dredging Scheme at Jati, Duabgah and Ningli in Baramulla district today.

Omar Abdullah said that the Government is working on a comprehensive flood protection project to increase the intake capacity of major rivers, strengthen the bunds, revive flood channels and introduce long term and short term measures, adding that the dredging operation in river Jehlum is the part of this strategy.

"While we feel satisfied by constructing bridges, roads, schools, colleges, water supply installations and similar other development schemes as these facilities are in positive use of public but when we create flood protection like facilities we pray to God that we may not be compelled to put these measures in use", he said laying stress on preparedness and alertness of the administration and the people to face the challenges of nature.

The Chief Minister said that the importance of dredging of river Jehlum can be visualized by the fact that the first Dredger was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India at Baramulla some 60 years back.

It was during the stewardship of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah that the first Dredger was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru and dredging operation continued from 1959 to 1986. The scheme was revived by the Chief Minister today in the presence of Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din and Minister of State for R&B, Javid Ahmad Dar.

Referring to the development of Baramulla town, Omar Abdullah said that he has asked the District Development Commissioner to prepare a roadmap and formulate projects for the comprehensive development of Baramulla town focusing on improvement and upgradation of old town.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din explained the salient features of the Dredging Scheme and its benefits to tackle flood threats.

The Chief Minister also planted a chinar sapling at Duabgah.

Legislator Mohammad Ashraf Ganai, Commissioner Secretary PHE, B. D. Sharma, Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, Kashmir, District Development Commissioner, Baramulla and other officers were present on the occasion.

Gujjar Heritage fascinates Usha Vohra

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JAMMU, Mar 24 : First Lady Usha Vohra, today visited 'Gujjar Heritage exhibition' organised by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at Kala Kendra.

She went around all the stalls put up in the exhibition and evinced keen interest in the items on display, particularly the jewellery , handicrafts products , blowups, photographs, books projecting Gujjar Bakerwal tribal culture of Jammu and Kashmir.

In the comment book she recorded 'I am delighted to see the traditional Gujjar-Bakerwal art and artefacts .I have found the exhibits fascinating'.

The First Lady interacted and enquired about the various items put up on display.

Dr. Javaid Rahi, Chief Editor Gojri while briefing to First Lady about the exhibition said total 900 exhibits are on display in all the five galleries of Kala Kendra. The exhibition was inaugurated on March 19 and will remain open till of March 25 (Evening) he said.

He informed the Lady Governor that a number of individuals and NGOs contributed for the Gujjar Heritage Fair includes Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation, Gurjardesh Chairtable Trust, Majlis un Nisa Aboral Manuscripts and rare books Library , Jammu, Neeru Films, Bazme Adab Kala Kote, Rajouri, N D Jamwal, Tariq Fahim, Mian Nazir Ahmed, Arif Chowdhary and others.

5 gun licenses of criminals cancelled

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JAMMU, Mar 24: In a significant decision, District Magistrate, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today cancelled gun licenses of five persons with criminal background on the initiative taken by SSP Jammu Prabhat Singh.

Jammu police had detected that some criminals had managed to get gun licenses and were using them for crime and other illegal activities like attempt to murder, extortion and other criminal cases in Jammu.

Police submitted the list of five criminals to the District Magistrate Jammu after gathering evidence against them that they were involved in criminal activities but continued to hold gun licenses.

The persons, whose gun licenses have been cancelled by the DM Jammu on the charge of criminal activities, included Jasbir Singh alias Lucky son of Raj Singh R/o Magowali, RS Pura, Baldev Singh son of Mehar Singh R/o Gandhi Nagar, Mohammad Yusuf alias Shamma son of Faqir-ud-Din R/o Karyani Talab, Narwal Bala, Ram Lal son of Munshi Ram R/o Kangrail, Kana Chak and Nazir Ahmed son of Shamas Din R/o Kot, Gharota.

A directive has been issued by the DM Jammu to surrender the gun licenses, sources said.

Police was conducting scrutiny of more gun licenses to ensure that no person involved in criminal activities was in possession of license.

PDD staff disconnecting Power supply beaten up

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Some PDD employees, part of special team engaged in disconnecting the power connections of defaulters were manhandled by the traders in Purani Mandi market, followed by strike and snapping of power supply to the entire old city today by the PDD Workers Union.

The police has registered an FIR against one Rajesh Gupta and some other traders allegedly involved in manhandling of the Power Department employees. The problem took place after a team of PDD employees from M&RE wing of the department from Division –I and PDD Sub Division –I Parade Ground was busy in disconnecting power connections of the defaulters, following a directive from the Chief Engineer concerned for expediting revenue generation. As the team led by an AE, foreman, meter readers and linemen were on the job, some traders allegedly interrupted them. It was followed by verbal duel. The traders then allegedly manhandled some members of the team. After this, the employees who had not sought security with them, returned to their divisional headquarters and narrated the story to the senior officers.

Later, SE PDD Vinod Sharma and XEn A K Chibber also reached. The employees struck work and went on strike. They snapped the power suppy to the entire old city as police earlier pressurized the workers to go for compromise. They sat on dharna at Parade office and demanded arrest of the attackers. Later, DSP City reached the spot. He assured to take action in this regard. An FIR was lodged against the accused and the power supply was restored at around 8 pm to the area. The team now accompanied by police will start this drive to disconnect connections of the defaulters from tomorrow. The Union, however, warned to go on strike, if the accused were not arrested by 10 am tomorrow.

SRTC’s VRS given workers stage protest

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Volunteer retirement given employees of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) held protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground near Press Club here today.

The VRS workers of the Corporation, under the leadership of Dev Raj Bali, president All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retirement Employees Association, assembled at the Exhibition Ground, near Press Club today and held protest demonstration. They were shouting slogans against the SRTC management and demanding payment of their pending arrears.

They alleged that SRTC management was just buying time and has denied 126 slabs of COLA to the VRS given workers. They said the VRS given workers have also been denied benefits of 6th Pay Commission. They condemned the adamant attitude of the Government for not clearing their pending dues. They demanded 126 slabs of pending COLA arrears with effect from January 1, 2006, due drawn bills including leave salary, gratuity and ex-gratia grant. President of the Association Mr Bali drew the attention of the SRTC Management to implement the Government order No. 237-F of 2010, dated August 30, 2010.

Later, staging demonstration at Exhibition Ground, the agitating VRS workers tried to take out protest march towards Civil Secretariat, taking banners and placards in hands. As they moved towards Gumat from Dogra Chowk, the police contingent intercepted them. They showed some resistance but strong contingent did not allow them to move ahead. The agitating ex-workers then sat on dharna near Press Club.

Parkash Karat rules out mid term poll,
says UPA has numbers

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JAMMU, May 24: CPI (M) national general secretary and Politbureau member Parkash Karat today ruled out that the country was heading for mid term poll as was stated by Samajwadi Party leader, Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday.

Talking to reporters at the sidelights of Party’s rally at Press Club here today, he said "I don’t think that mid term polls were inevitable as the UPA Government has the numbers in Parliament’’. "However it is a scam riddled and directionless Government and hence has no moral right to be in the office," he added.

On the formation of the Third Front as an alternative to UPA and NDA, Mr Karat said "it is not possible at this stage but added that they were trying for non BJP and non Congress alternative’’ at the Centre.

On the reported coal scam, the CPI (M) leader said the CAG report has not come into open and truth will only come to light after the publication of this report.

Supporting a strong Lok Pal he said the Left will support it if three to four amendments given by it are accepted. He made it clear that the Lok Pal should be strong and so powerful that it should have powers of prosecution and its own mechanism for investigation and for the same it should not be dependent on Government.

Opposing the NCTC, he said its provisions directly affect the federal system of the country and hence the Left opposed it.

Earlier addressing the rally Mr Karat took the UPA Government led by Dr Manmohan Singh to task for its failure in containing corruption, price rise, unemployment and maintaining the supply of fertilizers in the country.

He said the UPA Government, which will complete three years in office in May has created a history of sorts. "This Government has created a record for the first time after independence in the country that prices of food items hiked by 10 percent, he added’’.

He said there is apprehension that the Government may increase the prices of petroleum products after first part of Parliament’s budget session is over on March 30. Besides, the prices of urea and fertilizers, which have doubled will be further increased, he added.

Mr Karat said the UPA has been exposed and its real face has come before the public now. The Planning Commission announced that any one in India earning ` 22 in rural areas will not be considered for BPL and likewise any one living in urban areas earning ` 28 per day will also be not considered for the BPL category.

Terming it a "big conspiracy", Mr Karat said it would deprive the poor people of BPL benefits. Instead of giving subsidy to BPL people, the Government was offering subsidy to multinationals and big business houses like Ambani and TATA, who earned crores, he added.

These companies were given land on cheaper rates after snatching the same from farmers and electricity on less rates but there is no subsidy for a person earning ` 22 per day, he said.

He urged the people especially the working class to join hands and fight the Congress led UPA for its anti people policies. He expressed grave concern over the increasing privatization and contractual system of working class.

Maintaining that only Lok Pal will not end corruption in the country, Mr Karat said it is not only corruption but "open loot of public money" in the scams like 2 G, gas, coal and petrol. Till a broad policy is not framed, this loot will not end, he added.

Accusing Dr Manmohan Singh led Government of creating record of scams in the country, he said the Left was of the view that nexus between Government and multinationals should end.

Lashing out at the BJP, he said there is no difference between Congress and the BJP as the latter was also involved in mining scam in Karnataka. There is a nexus between Ministers in Karnataka Government and mine mafia.

He said Left was for a viable alternative to Congress and BJP and not for just poll arrangements in elections.

The CPI (M) leader said that his Party in J&K is against those who are creating a gulf between the people on the name of region, religion and language.

CPI (M) State secretary M Y Tarigami, senior leader Comrade Saleem and Sham Kesar also addressed the rally.

ATG's "Ghair Zaroori Log" invited by WZCC
on World Theatre Day

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Amateaur Theatre Group's highly acclaimed production "Ghair Zaroori Log" in Urdu,written by Shahid Anwar and directed by Mushtaq Kak is invited by West Zone Cultural Centre,Udaipur on the occasion of World Theatre Day and silver jubilee celeberation of WZCC, Jaipur on March 27 and it will be also performed on March 29 at Jodhpur on the occasion of birth centenary celeberation of Sadat Hassan Manto.

Ghair Zaroori Log stirs the collective memory, through the characters of Manto, to locate a specific political, social and cultural setting where an artist and his creation both turn into the "persona non grata". It underlines the politics of boundaries we apply to disown the very people who are, in-fact, the real constituent of any civic order.

It happened for the first time in the history of theatre in J&K that a play was performed in three different phases with different techniques.First phase was performed in Jammu, second phase was performed in prestigious Nandikar national theatre festival and Ritwik international theatre festival, Behrampore and third phase was performed in TFT national theatre festival, Chandigarh.

Amateaur Theatre Group is a Jammu based theatre group which believes in quality theatre and is being run by Mushtaq Kak former Director Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, New Delhi, major productions of group include Sawa Ser Kanak Devyaani, Marakhey (based on Suraj Ka Saatvan Ghoda), Daak Ghar, Urugbhangam, Macbeth, Ashad Ka Ek Din, Aala Afsar, Jasma Odhan, Evan Inderjeet and Andha Yug, Ant Hazir Ho, Pratibimb Oma (Dogri adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello) and Holi.

ATG has been participating in a number of national, international and zonal theatre festivals organized by Sangeet Natak Academi, Sahitya Kala Parishad (New Delhi),West Zone Culture Centre, Punjab Academy, New Delhi. The group was recently invited by Government of Karnataka to premier its new production "Sada" poetic expression based on the poems of Jyanpeeth awarded poet of the State Prof Rehman Rahi, in January. Play Ghair Zaroori Log was recently invited by Sangeet Natak Akademi to be performed at Natyanjaliutsav held in Chandigarh in February.

Power shut down

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JAMMU, Mar 24: In order to carry out the work of stringing of 33 KV Roop Nagar-Muthi line, the of 132 KV double circuit Barn-Canal line has been allowed,

Due to this, the power supply to Satwari Tope, Medical College, Bakshi Nagar, Tillo, Canal, Company Bagh etc will remain affected on March 25, 2012 from 10 a m to 1 p m.

Similarly to carry out the work of increasing the minimum horizontal clearance of the outgoing 132 KV D/C Hiranagar-Battal-Manwal transmission line and adjoining 66 KV bay at the Grid Station in connection with the installation of shut capacitors. Besides this in order to isolate and restore the 66 KV bay for carrying out the work complete shut down at 66 KV level have been allowed.

Due to this there will be shut down in supply to Hiranagar, Ghagwal, Dayalachak, Channi and adjoining areas on March 25, 2012 from 1500 hours to 1600 hours and Channi, Dayalachak, Marheen and adjoining areas from 1000 hours to 1600 hours.

In order to energize 132 KV Ramban-Khellani-Kishtwar transmission line from location No.221 onwards up to Grid Station, Kishtwar for test charging the newly constructed Grid Station, Kishtwar, the shut down of 132 KV S/C Udhampur-DHP transmission line on March 25, 2012 from 2 p m to 5 p m has been allowed.

During the period of shutdown the power supply to the Dul Hasti Project and areas being fed from Kishtwar Grid Station will remain affected.

Sagar assesses development works

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar today conducted an extensive tour of twin districts of Pulwama and Shopian to review the pace of various developmental works and implementation of welfare schemes.

The Minister interacted with various public delegations enroute from Ghat Mohalla, Kakpora, Kilagam, Takroo and other areas and directed the concerned to address the grievances of the people.

He directed 14 line departments to cooperate with Panchs and Sarpanchs in implementation of Government order in this regard. He said that the present coalition Government is doing its utmost to come up to the expectation of the people.

Addressing the public gathering at Shopian, Mr. Sagar said that Government is considering monthly honorarium for Panchs and Sarpanchs. He said few vested interests are indulging in negative politics and are trying to delude the people but he said they will not succeed.

The Minister said that to combat unemployment in the State 51000 posts have been identified which would be filled up in a phased manner. He said Government has decided to engage 43000 casual labours.

The Minister was informed that under NREGA, ` 17.74 crore have been expended in Shopian district out of earmarked ` 18.80 crore.

Gujjars depict rich cultural heritage, values: Rana

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana today went around the exhibition organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at Kala Kendra, on heritage of Gujjars.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rana said "the exhibition showcases rich cultural heritage of Gujjars and reflects their historic values and its deep roots" and emphasized the need to promote this great ethnic group.

He said the exhibition gives a glimpse into the traditions and beliefs of the Gujjar community and depicts the rich cultural treasures of a community.

Appreciating the effort of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages for organizing such event which depicts rich cultural treasures of a community, he said such events would go a long way in the preservation and promotion of heritage of the Gujjar community.

Dr. Javaid Rahi briefed the Political Advisor about all the exhibits including Jewellery, costumes, artifacts and objects of daily use. He informed him that around nine hundred exhibits have been displayed in five galleries of Kala Kendra and said that the response is not only encouraging but beyond their expectations.

NC-led Govt moving on Cong crutches: Bhim

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Chairman of National Panthers Party (NPP) Prof Bhim Singh has alleged that Omar Abdullah led Government in State was moving on the crutches of Congress at the Centre and days of UPA Government were numbered.

Addressing a press conference here today, Prof Singh who was unanimously elected as chairman of the party for the next term again, said that days of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre were numbered. He said in view of the developments after UP elections and emerging of new Front at the Centre, the UPA Government will not survive any longer.

With the fall of UPA Government at the Centre, the NC- led Coalition Government in the State will also go shortly. He alleged that NC led-Coalition Government was moving on crutches of Congress. It will survive till the Congress wants.

Dropping a hint at the mid- term polls, Prof Singh said NPP will play a crucial role in the formation of Government in the next term in State. He said that his party would continue its struggle against the corruption, mal-administration, injustice and discrimination. Re-organisation of the J&K State was the only solution to the Kashmir problem and party’s stand was clear on it.

He extended gratitude to the people who in large number attended the historic Samba rally on the 30th Foundation Day of the party. He said that NPP was emerging powerful in Jammu region as the people have realized that only this party can provide justice to the people of this region.

HMIL launches nationwide free car care clinic

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NEW DELHI, Mar 24: Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country`s largest passenger car exporter and the second largest automobile manufacturer, to extend the advantage of its excellent services to its customers, announced its 12th edition of the nationwide free car care clinic today.

The free car care clinic starting from March 16 will last till March 25 and will be organized at over 785 Hyundai workshops across the country.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Arvind Saxena, Director - Marketing and Sales, HMIL said, "We expect an enthusiastic response to our clinic. Our endeavor is to provide the best possible service that enables them to enjoy a trouble-free ownership experience."

The free car care clinic is offering a comprehensive 80 point check-up and a thorough examination of the engine, transmission, electrical system, under-body, AC, exterior, etc. Hyundai customers can also avail upto 10 per cent discount on spare parts, selected accessories, extended warranty and other value added services. In addition, Hyundai is offering an attractive discount of upto 20 per cent on labour charges. The nationwide event sponsors M/s Shell India and HOEC Bardahl are also offering various attractive schemes during this clinic. Customers who have been associated with Hyundai for more than 5 years can avail additional offers.

Daily attractive gifts like 100 extended warranty along with Samsung Tab, mobile phones, cameras and exciting prizes are being offered during the entire period to honor and reward Hyundai customers attending the camp. In addition to this, customers can also avail attractive discounts upto 20% on purchase of extended warranties.

EC reviews progress on public convenience facilities

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LEH, Mar 24: Executive Councilor for Tourism, LAHDC Leh, Gyurmet Dorjey today stressed upon the Wildlife Department for timely completion of the public convenience facilities along the roads as well as at sites of Pangong, Tsomoriri and Tsokhar lanes so that tourists would be able to avail the basic facilities right from the beginning of the tourist season.

Addressing a meeting of officers, he felt the need to facilitate the unemployed youths of Leh with taxi permits so that there would be no shortage of taxis during the peak tourist season.

The Councilor Nyoma, Thupstan Wangchuk apprised the meeting that new tourist destinations like Loma, which were opened for tourists last year, needs special attention from the concerned departments in creating infrastructure and accommodation facilities so that these interesting tourist spots are widely explored.

The Wildlife Warden, Leh Jigmet Takpa assured that public convenience facilities under Lake Circuit Development will be completed at Pangong, Tsomoriri and other lakes before the tourist season. He requested Councilor Nyoma to constitute committees at the newly opened tourists destinations so that paying guest house facilities could be provided to the locals through the committees under Wildlife Department scheme.

Ruhullah asks youth to look beyond Govt jobs

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JAMMU, Mar 24: "It is not possible to provide Government jobs to everyone", said the Minister for Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhullah and asked educated youth, especially youth living in rural areas, to come forward and set-up own income generating units in Animal and Sheep Husbandry sectors, adding Government is encouraging interested persons by way of providing low rate interest loan and subsidy facilities.

The Minister was addressing at a book release function organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry here today.

The Minister also distributed chaff cutter machines among the farmers of Jammu district.

The Minister said that Government has forwarded it a proposal of ` 5 crore to the Centre for procurement of chaff cutters machines, hand as well as power driven, out of which ` 65 lakh have been released by the Centre this year. He said 1317 chaff cutters are targeted to be distributed among the farmers during current fiscal.

Aga Ruhullah said the book, released today, is aimed to make the people aware about the income generating schemes and its benefits available in the Animal and Sheep Husbandry sector. Appealing youth to change their mindset, the Minister asked them to expand their vision and look out for livelihood beyond Government jobs.

Emphasizing on launching massive awareness campaign across the State, the Minister said "we should not expect encouraging results until and unless the beneficiaries are sensitized about the benefits of the scheme". He said Centre has approved number of schemes for poultry, dairy and fodder development with provision of low interest loan and subsidy ranging from 33 to 75 percent. He said though State is heading towards milk self-sufficiency, but need is to think about making its by-products, the Minister maintained.

Commissioner Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry Shaleen Kabra, while speaking on the occasion, said that farmers have to meet their needs within available land resources. He said better feeding ensures good heath of the animals which pledges increase of milk production. He said Centre has targeted to issue 16 crore Kissan Credit Cards to empower the farmers.

Among others, Director Animal Husbandry, Dr. S. L. Tickoo, Director Sheep Husbandry, Dr. A. K. Koul, Joint Director, Farms, Dr. P.K. Malhotra besides senior officers of Animal Husbandry Department were present on the occasion.

LPEF highlights demands

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JAMMU, Mar 24: President, All J&K Low Paid Employees Federation (LPEF), Abdul Majid Khan, while commenting upon the release of 7% DA installment by the Central Government in respect of its employees and pensioners, has urged the State Government to release the same in favour of the State employees and pensioners.

He said like central employees they too are reeling under the onslaught of sky rocketing prices of essential goods of daily use.

Khan also laid stress upon enhancement of minimum daily wages to ` 200 soon to relieve the daily wagers from undue financial hardships they are facing due to unprecedented price hike.

VC for improvement of research atmosphere at campus

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: A meeting of the Syndicate of the University of Kashmir was held here under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad, during which various academic and administrative matters were discussed.

While chairing the syndicate meeting, Prof Talat Ahmad emphasized on further treading the path of excellence in higher education with more focus on improvement of research atmosphere at the campus and the affiliated colleges.

Prof S Fayaz, Registrar, KU said several issues concerning the campus including administrative matters, academic progress and steps to be taken for the welfare of the students were discussed during the meeting.

Indian Oil organizes free eye check up camp

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Jammu DO, organised a free eye check up camp at M/s DDGK, Narwal.

The camp was inaugurated by Sachin Sharma, Manager, RS, Indian Oil, who while speaking informed that Indian oil has already been conducting such events of social cause. He added that similar camps will be held at other petrol pumps also.

On the occasion, Rahul Jairath, Deputy Manager, Fleet, Dipender Singh Madaan, Deputy Manager, Retail Sales and Jitender Sharma, Assistant Manager, Engineer, were also present.

Dr Babar Maqbool, examined the patients and free medicines were also distributed among them.

Anti-drug rally organized

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UDHAMPUR, Mar 24: Police today organized anti-drug rally at Panchari to create awareness among the youth regarding harmful effects of drug addiction.

The rally, which was flagged off from the Dayari jungle by SSP Udhampur, Shakeel Ahmed Beig, concluded at bus stand Pancheri after passing through main bazaar.

Speaking on the occasion, SSP said that motive of the rally was to create awareness among the youth about harmful effects of drug addiction

A symposium on topic "Abuses of Drugs" was also organized at Government Higher Secondary School Pancheri in which students of various schools of Pancheri participated. Nitin Khajuria of Himalaya Public High School stood first in the symposium followed by Jameel Ahmed of New Star Public High School, who secured second position. Vijay Rani of Himalaya Public High School bagged third position.

Woman convicted for attempting to kill step-son

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Additional Sessions Judge Udhampur, M K Sharma today convicted Leela Devi, wife of Nasib Chand, who was facing trial for the last six years for attempting to murder his step son, and awarded her one month imprisonment and fine of Rs 500.

While convicting Leela Devi, Additional Sessions Judge observed, "throughout the history of folklore step mothers are portrayed as evil and self centered. There are standard personality traits these women possess", adding "sparked by jealousy they often mistreat or plot against their step children. These schemes usually fail, and as a result the step mother is punished by the time the story concludes".

"This too is a unique case where step mother attempted to kill her step son, caught and has been made to stand trial", the Court said.

The accused, who was present in the Court, was sent to District Jail Udhampur to carry the sentence awarded by the Court.

Soz addresses rally at Pattan

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: (Former Union Minister) and president J&K Pradesh Congress Committee Prof Saif ud-Din Soz visited Nihalpora Pattan and inspected certain developmental programmes.

He was accompanied by R.S.Chib Minister of YSS and Sports, Gulam Nabi Monga vice president J&K PCC, Aftab Ahmad Beigh working president Baramulla, Jasbir Kour mahila district president and all block presidents of the district and Sarpanchs and Panchs of the area.

Prof Soz addressing a public gathering said that the essential elements of any political activity is service to the people and keeping this in view he had visited Nihalpora which has lagged behind in developmental process.

Refering to demand of sports field Prof. Soz said that he raised the demand of the area and approached the department of Sports and Youth Service which has now provided sum of ` 15 lakh for provision of sport field at Warpora Nihalpora. The Chairman of the Auqaf Committee and Sarpanch of the concerned area offered 26 kanals of the land for the sports field. Prof. Soz thanked R. S.Chib for his prompt response to this important local demand.

Prof. Soz assured the people that he would personally ensure that an electric sub station at Kalseri Nihalpora and Horticulture zone for provision of irrigation facility. He also sanctioned a Transformer for Mati Mohalla ( Nihalpora) and fencing of Middle School at Warpora ( Nihalpora) out of his MPLad Funds.

Speaking on this occasion Mr Chib assured the people that he is taking personal interest in promotion of sports activities in J&K and provision of ` 15 lakh for the sports field at Nihalpora was part of the same programme.

Gulam Nabi Monga and Aftab Ahamad Beigh also spoke on this occasion.

Earlier Prof. Soz, accompanied by R.S.Chib visited sports ground at Aloocha Bagh, Srinagar and addressed a huge gathering of youth there and assured them that they would be provided sufficient land to serve as sports field for games like cricket, footbal, hockey etc.

Prof. Soz told the people that Mr Chib would explain to the Commissioner Srinagar Muncipal Corporation that sufficient land is to be provided for sports activities. As for rest of the land, it would be explained to the SMC that construction of an abattoir and barracks for stray dogs can not be provided in the heart of the city.

DyCM visits GMC, enquires about accident victims

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today visited Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu to enquire about health of those injured in yesterday's road accident in Khour.

Mr. Tara Chand interacted with kith and kin of the victims and directed the hospital administration to provide required medical attention to the injured.

Malhotra posted as Principal Pvt Secy to Chairman PSC

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Vinod Kumar Malhotra, Principal Private Secretary with Director Handloon has been transferred and posted as Principal Private Secretary with Chairman J&K Pubic Service Commission against an available vacancy.

An order in this regard was issued by General Administration Department today.

NSF flays Higher Education Deptt

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JAMMU, Mar 24: National Secular Forum (NSF) today flayed the Higher Education Department for not sanctioning Science and Commerce stream for the Government Degree College, Bishnah.

Addressing a press conference, Vikas Sharma, State president, NSF, stressed upon the Government to apply a serious thought to strengthen the rural education infrastructure and support under privileged children besides strengthening the education system.

Sharma said that GDC, Bishnah, is having faculty of Arts stream and the students were forced to join the stream, which is very unfortunate on the part of the Government and the Higher Education Department.

He demanded construction of permanent building for the college, which at present is housed in the premises of Government Higher Secondary School (Boys). He added that land for the college has already been demarcated in the nearby village of Chak Avtara, but till date no initiate has been taken by the authorities, showing their apathy towards rural education in the State.

BWA discusses demands

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JAMMU, Mar 24: J&K Batwal Welfare Association (BWA) today expressed grave concern over the plight of people of Batwal community.

Expressing concern over the matter, various members of the Association alleged that people belonging to Batwal community have been denied full reservation benefits/rights, granted to the Scheduled Caste communities by the Government so far, even after 65 years since independence.

Speaking in a meeting at village Jassor, tehsil RS Pura, the Association members said that they had exhausted all the channels at the State and Central level in support of their basic and genuine demand for granting them full rights but the State and Union Government remained blind and deaf and even 65 years of independence, they are deprived of their rights.

Prominent among those present in the meeting were RL Kaith, Gunni Ram, Chaman Lal, Rattan Lal, Madan Lal, Nand Lal, Bishan Lal, Bodh Raj, Vijay Motan and Sham Lal.

One killed, 4 injured in road accidents

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: One person was killed while as four others sustained injuries in different road accidents across the Kashmir valley.

Reports said that a Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK03B/1259 hit and critically injured a boy Ubaid Malik aged five years son of Javid Malik resident of Gohan-Vailoo, Kokernag. The injured boy succumbed to his injuries while on way to hospital.

An Alto car bearing registration number JK02AB/8086 hit and injured a lady Saja Begum aged 55 years wife of Gull Mohammad Bhat resident of Sunsuma-Achabal at Laizbal, Anantnag. The injured has been shifted to hospital for treatment.

An auto bearing registration number JK03A/1528 collided with a motorcycle bearing registration number DL55W/8540 at Chawalgam-Kulgam, resulting in injuries to motorcyclist Mubarak Ahmed Khan son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Manzgam and pillion mate Imtiyaz Ahmad Sheikh son of Bashir Ahmed resident of Mirharhama. Both the injured were shifted to district hospital Kulgam for treatment.

Similarly, an un-known vehicle hit and injured a pedestrian Wali Mohammad Hajam son of Abdul Gaffar resident of Bandipora near Galibabad, Parimpora here. The injured has been shifted JVC Hospital Bemina for treatment.

Police has registered cases of rash and negligent driving against the erring drivers and further investigations are on.

STA frames zonal body

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JAMMU, Mar 24: State Teachers Association (STA) today held a meeting and framed the zonal body of zone Ramgarh.

In the meeting, Sunil Thapa was elected as president while Rohit Kumar as vice president. Vikram Singh was elected as general secretary, Janak Raj as publicity secretary, Gopal Dass and Rajinder Kumar as cashiers, Ravi Kumar Singh as organizer, Kamal Singh, Mohan Lal and Rajinder Kumar as organizing committee members.

The body was framed under the supervision of Shahid Hussain, general secretary, Government Employees and Workers Association, Farid Ahmed, general secretary of the STA and Vijay Sharma, vice president.

Harni village sans power

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MENDHAR, Mar 24: Residents of Choti Harni area are facing severe problem as the transformer of the area was out of order for the last nearly one month.

Residents of the area assembled at the House of Sarpanch and lodged their strong protest. They alleged that transformer got damaged and despite request to the field staff it could not be repaired or replaced. They said the transformer got damaged thrice in short span of time and concerned staff was least bothered. They urged the Sarpanch to take up the issue with higher authorities.

BJP organizes women rally

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JAMMU, Mar 24: To highlight the problems and role of women BJP Mahila Morcha organized a women rally of Ward No. 19 at Lajpat Nagar today. Hundreds of women from all walks of life took part in it.

The rally was organized by Anju Devi, general secretary of the Morcha.

BJP State president Shamsher Singh Manhas, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that even after over 60 years of independence the women in the country have not been accepted as equal by the society.

Manhas said that the BJP has already granted 33 per cent reservation to women in its organizational setup and has advocated reservation to them in Parliament and Assemblies so that they are given an opportunity to be part of the decision making. He declared that the BJP will support any bill in the Parliament as well as Assembly which is aimed at granting them political reservation. He appealed the women voter to take part in the forthcoming JMC elections in large number to ensure the victory of BJP candidates.

Jammu East MLA Ashok Khajuria said that women constitute almost half of the population and play a pivotal role not only in family but are actively participating in all such activities which were considered to be only in the control of men. He said that in our society the women are marching ahead by the dint of their hard work and capability and the time has come when we all must recognize their ability.

Mahila Morcha State president Sakina Bano, while condemning the practice of female feoticide, said "although we claim to be educated and modern but still our mindset has not changed’’. She said that the birth of a female child in a family is still treated as a curse while the birth of a male child brings joy and happiness on every face in a family.

BJP Mahila Morcha district general secretary Anju Devi, Ramesh Arora (Adv) Rajesh Gupta, Munish Sharma, Krishan Pahalwan, Priya Sethi, Sunil Dogra, Parveen Arora, Krishan Lal Gupta, Chaman Lal, Kasturi Lal, Maan Devi, Puran Chand, Raj Kumar, Vinod Gupta, Chinta Dogra, Vidya Devi and Saroj Devi were prominent among those who also addressed the gathering.

Truck carrying 40 kg poppy straw seized

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KATHUA, Mar 24: Alert police foiled a smuggling bid of contraband stuff and seized a truck carrying 40 kg poppy straw and arrested its driver near Hatli Morh here today.

The police acting on a specific information, intercepted a truck bearing No. JK08B/0190. It was found loaded with lime stone. It was on way to Sawan Chak, Kathua from Kashmir. The police party led ASI Sher Ali, under the supervision of Inayat Ali I/C PP, during physical check of the vehicle found 40 kg poppy straw concealed beneath the lime stones.

The truck driver, Amarpreet Singh, son of Dewan Singh of Sawan Chak tried to escape but was caught after hot chase. The police seized the consignment alongwith truck and arrested driver. SSP Kathua, JL Sharma closely supervised the entire operation. The police was looking into the role of local industrial unit owner, where truck had to unload the line stone.

Plea of erstwhile shopkeepers of migrant camps

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Pending Shopkeepers Association Jagti Township has reiterated its demand of construction of over 200 shops in the Township for the rehabilitation of those shopkeepers and other traders who had established their small business establishments in erstwhile camps of Muthi Phase I, Mishriwala, Purkhoo and Nagrota.

This demand was made at a press conference here today by the office bearers of the Association who among others included Subash Handoo, Manu Ji Tickoo, Manu Ji Ganjoo, Piyaray Lal Pandita and Daya Krishan Raina.

They said that these shopkeepers had already deposited CDRs of Rs 15000 per shopkeeper for allotment of shops at newly constructed Jagti township but out of 250 shops as were needed to accommodate all the businessmen of the erstwhile camps only 50 shops were constructed at Jagti with the result the others could not be allotted the shops.

They said that all of these shopkeepers are over aged and dependent on meager cash dolls from Government. In view of the increasing price rise they are unable to meet their day-to-day expenses as shifting from one camp to another has added to their woes, they added.

They said during the visit of Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla and MoS Revenue Nasir Aslam Wani during last month to the camp the duo announced publicly to construct a shopping complex of 200 shops in the township for which the land is available with the Department.

However no construction was started till date due to administrative changes. This has added to the woes of shopkeepers further, they added . The Association in an appeal to Government urged it to take immediate steps in constructing the shopping complex in the township as promised.

Ensure proper power supply during Navratra festival

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 24: The Power Development Department (PDD) has come to a severe criticism for continuing increasing power cuts during the holy Navratra festival also.

In a statement issued here today, the BJP leader and former Corporator Omi Khajuria said that various localities witnessed power curtailments for long duration during the first and second day of Navratra also.

He made an appeal to PDD authorities to ensure round the clock power supply during the nine-day long Navratra festival so that the devotees performing religious functions in temples and ashrams during the festival period are not put to hardships.

He said it has been a precedence that no power cuts were enforced during the Navratra festival but this time it is not known why the authorities have adopted a new system.

JWAM holds protest

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 24: A protest demonstration led by president, Jammu West Assembly Movement (JWAM) was held today to express the resentment against the failure of the Government to solve the burning problems of the people.

Addressing on the occasion, JWAM president Sunil Dimple urged the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to allocate special funds for the Jammu City and the Jammu West constituency and pass the special directives to the departments for the construction of flyover to solve the traffic problems, to stop power cuts, improvement of the power infrastructure and to solve the acute scarcity of the drinking water.

He also criticized the increase of water rent and called it ‘Jazia’ on water.

Dimple alleged that since the expulsion of the MLA from the party, no development has taken place and the Congress party is least bothered about the development of the Jammu City.

Blood donation camp organised

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: To cope with the shortage of blood, a blood donation camp was organised by 144 Bn CRPF at Bouleward Hotel on the occasion of its Raising Day.

The camp was inaugurated by Special Director General CRPF, Anirudh Uppal.

More than one hundred members of CRPF including senior officers voluntarily participated in the camp and donated their blood. DIG North, PK Pandey also donated his blood.

The donors’ contribution was appreciated and acknowledged by the staff of SMHS hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Director General CRPF said that CRPF was always committed to its social responsibility and such camps would be organised in the future also.

Commandant 144 Bn CRPF, MR Alam said the main purpose of celebrating day was to donate the blood to save the precious lives of human beings and prove the presence of CRPF for noble causes.

CPI (M) extends support to struggle of displaced youth

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JAMMU, Mar 24: CPI (M) has extended full support to displaced KP youth in their struggle and urged the Government to take immediate steps in settling their demands

The CPI (M) national general secretary, Parkash Karat who along with State secretary of the party and MLA Kulgam Mohammed Yousf Tarigami visited the displaced youth who are on chain hunger strike for last 12 days in front of Press Club here assured them all support from their party in their ongoing struggle for implementation of PM’s employment package.

Addressing the protestors, Mr Tarigami accused the Government of adopting delaying tactics in implementation of package announced by Prime Minister over four years back. He said it shows that State Government was not sincere in implementation of package and his Party has taken a serious exception to it.

He said the Party leaders will also take up the issue with Union government.

Earlier, addressing the protestors, president YAIKS, R K Bhat said that the Pandit youth have now lost all patience and they can’t tolerate any further delay in implementation of the package. He demanded that Government should immediately issue appointment orders for over 1500 posts from the waiting list candidates for de-reserved and non joining posts.

The demonstration among others was addressed by H N Jattu of AIKPC, A K Raina, Usha Tickoo and Aryan Ramesh of AIKS, Comrade Mohan Lal and Kuldeep Pandita of J&K Thinkers Forum.

Dr Vaid to give consultation to patients through video conference

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JAMMU, Mar 24: The world renowned Oncologist, Dr Ashok Vaid will be giving follow up consultation to the cancer patients examined by him, at monthly free medical camps to be organised by Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust (JYBT), every week.

This was announced jointly by Dr Ashok Vaid and President JYBT, Pawan Shastri, at 22nd medical camp organised by JYBT, here today, in which 95 patients suffering from cancer related ailments were examined by Dr Ashok Vaid.

For follow up video consultation, the patients can contact Dr Deepak Abrol, Oncologist in Government Medical College Jammu or JYBT.

Free medical camps organised by JYBT are held every month at the spacious residential premises of Pawan Kumar Shastri and Dr Ashok Vaid, the son of the soil, has been rendering free service to the Jammuites to give free checkup and consultation to the cancer patients. Dr Deepak Abrol and Archina Choudhary working in SKUAST are regularly assisting him in his humanitarian and benevolent venture.

Minor girl kidnapped

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KATHUA, Mar 24: A minor girl belonging to Gujjar community was allegedly kidnapped by a youth hailing from Mai Chak village in Kathua on Friday.

Mohd Gazi, father of the 14-year-old girl told the police that her daughter has been kidnapped by one Jarnail Singh, son of Dalip Singh of village Mai Chak. The Gujjar family also belonged to the same village. The police registered a case and started manhunt for the girl and the kidnapper.

PoK refugees to court arrest

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JAMMU, Mar 24: PoK Refugee Front today appealed all the PoK refugee families to participate in the large stir, scheduled to be held on March 26, in support of their permanent settlement, share of Assembly seats, delimitation of Assembly constituencies, citizenship of West Pakistan refugees, rampant corruption by the ministers and bureaucrats, anti people bills and policies, and policy of appeasement of terrorists and separatists.

Speaking on the occasion, leaders of PoK Refugee Front appealed all the refugee families of PoK to assemble at Subhash Park, Maheshpura Chowk, Bakshi Nagar at 10:30 am to 11:30 am, wherefrom at 12 in the noon they will march towards Police Station Bakshi Nagar for court arrest.

They alleged that PoK families from Chhamb, Deva, Watala, Manawar, Nah, Bhimber, Mirpur, Kotli, Muzaffarabad and Poonch are being sidelined in the State Assembly sessions. They are not bothered to allot time for discussion on their permanent settlement.

They also appreciated the efforts made by opposition parties from Jammu region for raising their voice.

BSNL providing poor services in Sidhra area

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 24: The BSNL consumers in Sidhra By Pass area are feeling agitated over the poor BSNL services and networking. The consumers of BSNL in Sidhra in general and Tawi Vihar in particular have expressed grave concern over poor services. They said that their mobile as well as land line phones and internet services were not functioning for last 36 hours.

In an appeal to BSNL Chief General Manager they urged him to take personal interest in restoration of BSNL services in the area.

J&K lawyer becomes member of Intl Road Fed

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JAMMU, Mar 24: Rohit Kapoor, an advocate from J&K and Consultant registered with Asian Development Bank, has been admitted as a member of European Union Law Group, International Road Federation and Law Society of Ireland. The IRF has two Programme Centres at Vernier Geneva, Switzerland and Washington.

IRF is a non-Governmental, non-profit organization with the mission to encourage and promote development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks. The IRF has a major role to play in all aspects of road policy and development worldwide.

Dental College silent over inflated rates

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SRINAGAR, Mar 24: The authorities of Government Dental College (GDC) Srinagar today described the news about the multi-crore purchase scandal at GDC, Srinagar and GDC, Jammu as baseless without justifying inflated rates provided by the authorities to the company from which medical equipment was purchased.

The press release issued here by the GDC, Srinagar, through Directorate of Information has touched the tendering process of the purchased equipment in its statement but the Excelsior story was not about the tendering process.

The statement has failed to touch the aspect of the inflated rates paid by the college authorities for procurement of digital panoramic x-ray machine model and make of ORTHOPOS XG 5 DS CEPH-Single Sensor (AERB approved) and Complete Vertical Rack Sterilization System from VILLA-India, New Delhi.

The College authorities through their statement have failed to justify the difference of ` 26 lakhs on account of purchase of digital panoramic x-ray machine at GDC, Srinagar. At the same time they have not said anything about the excess payment of more than ` one crore made with respect to purchase of 15 complete vertical rack sterilization systems for GDC, Srinagar and GDC, Jammu.

The revelations about the scandal at Government Dental College, Srinagar came to the fore after its Medical Superintendent (Public Information Officer) responded to Right to Information (RTI) application moved by one Tanveer Hussain Khan. Through his RTI application, Tanveer had sought details from the PIO about the purchase of Complete Vertical Rack Sterilization System and OPG machine made by the college authorities.

Placement Cell, JU to function as Nodal office for UDAAN

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 24: A meeting was held in the office chamber of Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu for setting up of Resource Centre and other coordinated activities for the UDDAN Programme.

The meeting was attended by Prof MP Singh Ishar, Vice Chancellor, University of

Jammu, K Skadan, Joint Secretary (K), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of

India, Tanveer Jahan, Commissioner/Secretary, Higher Education, Dilip Chenoy, MD, National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC), New Delhi, Jahangir Hashmi, Under Secretary, Chief Minister's Monitoring Cell and Imran Farooq, Public Relations Officer, University of Jammu.

In the meeting it was decided that the Placement Cell, University of Jammu, will function as the Resource Centre (Nodal Office) for coordinating for the UDAAN programme in Jammu zone and Dean Students Placement, University of Jammu will be the Co-coordinator of the programme (UDDAN).

Langeh visits Mazdoor Basti

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JAMMU, Mar 24: State president, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Tulai Dass Langeh, today visited the Mazdoor Basti of Reshamghar colony after getting the complaint from the inhabitants of the Basti that a nallah passing through the Basti is in a dilapidated condition and has totally damaged at few points posing a danger of collapse of the adjoining houses at any time.

Langeh after observing the condition, urged the Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation to visit the spot and look into the matter personally and issue immediate orders for the repair of the nallah to avoid any mis-happening.

BSP leader was accompanied by secretary DISA, Sanjiv Bangotra, president, Jammu West Vidhan Sabha (JWVS), Raj Kumar Angral and secretary JWVS and Sanjay Kumar.



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