Govt mulls Air Ambulance service: Sham
* Inaugurates Blood Bank at GN Hospital

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: Minister for Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma has said that Government is contemplating to have Air Ambulance service....more

Vigilance registers case against SP Security

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: Vigilance Organisation today registered a case against Romesh Kumar Bhat, SP Security and then Additional SP Nowshera. The case was registered on the basis of enquiry...more

Omar reviews developmental works of Shopian, Pulwama

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PULWAMA, Dec 14: "While pursuing the accomplishment of the targets fixed for the various developmental works in the district, the quality of the works should never be compromised'' said the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah ...more

Jammu-Kathua Passenger Bus Service to go on strike

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Jammu Kathua Area Passenger Bus Service, in a meeting today resolved to go on strike after two days in case the authorities concerned did not cancel the route permits issued in favour of 2x2 buses, thereby causing huge losses to the passenger....more

Physiotherapists clash with cops near Civil Secretariat

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: Struggling for the last over 22 days and continuing protest for the creation of jobs in the State Health department, a large number of physiotherapists entered into clash with the police contingent when they were marching towards.....more

 

Winter vacations from Dec 27

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Commissioner/ Secretary, School Education Department has ordered that all the educational institutions including recognized private schools upto higher secondary level falling in the winter zone of Jammu division will observe winter vacations with effect from December 27, 2010 till ending February, 2011.....more

Young sculptor Rajni Jamwal bags prestigious AIFACS award

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Rajni Jamwal, the 20 years old local sculptor, has won an award in the 83rd Annual Art Exhibition 2010, organized by of All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi. ....more

VRS given SRTC workers demand arrears, COLA

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JAMMU, Dec 14: The voluntary retirement given employees of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) today demanded release of their Provident Fund amount besides arrears of COLA and 6th Pay Commission....more

     
 

National leaders discuss rally arrangements with J&K BJP...

Assurance Committee expresses dissatisfaction over working of GMCs...

Workers protest as owners close factory, go underground...

Commercial Taxes Deptt conducts seminar on e-filing...

DyCM reviews Samba district plan...

Liquor seized from karyana shop...

Development of every corner of State priority of Govt:Bhalla...

Energy generation, conservation should go simultaneously: Shabir...

JAMMU, Dec 14 : Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan today called upon the people to contribute their bit in the conservation of electricity by making its judicious use and adopting energy saving appliances. The Minister was addressing a function organized by Power Development Department at Presentation Convent School, Gandhi Nagar, to mark the 'Energy Conservation Week' being celebrated today across the country.

SC admits petition of NPP leaders against Katra police...

Training programme on e-tendering concludes...

Poonch children meet President, Army chief...

Hindustan Coca Cola felicitates meritorious students...

Pulwama gets modern library...

Div Com discusses policy on encroachment...

Court rejects bail of husband in abetment to suicide case...

Farmers facing brunt of Govt's wrong policy : PDP...

Langar Society holds free eye camp...

UKF holds meeting ...

Sanjay Dutt, Maanayata deposit twins’ stem cells with LifeCell ....

Hanuman Shakti Jagran Samiti finalizes arrangements for Hindu Sammelan....

CII, Pollution Control Board discuss waste disposal problem...

PHE workers to protest on Dec 16....

Training prog on women dev organized ....

JPPF extends support to Sham Lal; demands immediate setting up of CU....

2 drug peddlers nabbed with 1700 capsules....

 

Govt mulls Air Ambulance service: Sham
* Inaugurates Blood Bank at GN Hospital

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Minister for Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma has said that Government is contemplating to have Air Ambulance service in the State for the facilities of patients in far-flung and inaccessible areas of the State. In view of difficult and rugged terrain of Jammu and Kashmir, it is not possible to shift emergency patients at tertiary care centres for specialized treatment in time, necessitating an Air Ambulance service, said Mr. Sharma.

The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the upgraded blood bank facility at Gandhi Nagar Hospital here today.

Maintaining that Government is already in the process of procuring Critical Ambulances for each district hospital and for utilizing these on the National Highway to cater to the emergencies, the Minister said that adhoc approach in the healthcare will not be allowed. He said saving human lives is the paramount duty of the Government and numerous steps in this direction have been taken during the past two years.

Minister for Revenue and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla was also present on the occasion.

Underlining the need for further improving the healthcare facilities in every nook and corner of the State, Mr. Sharma said that Government is working as per a well-knit plan to upgrade the health infrastructure in phased manner and the Department has achieved new milestones during the past two years and the change has been duly acknowledged by the common man on ground.

Terming the Gandhi Nagar Hospital as a premier institution in Jammu, the Minister said that the hospital is catering the increased rush of patients from Gandhi Nagar and adjoining localities. The Government has ensured every facility for the patients from CT Scan to Lab tests, besides services of specialists in different streams. This hospital is fully equipped to handle any type of emergency round the clock and patients need not to go to Government Medical Colleges for normal treatments. With the upgradation of Blood Bank Transfusion facility in the hospital, a long pending demand of the people of the area has been fulfilled, he added.

Raman Bhalla stressed the need for augmenting health infrastructure in Gandhi Nagar area further, saying that the same is necessary to ease rush in GMC Hospitals. He also appreciated the functioning of Gandhi Nagar hospital and said that the doctors of the institution are providing best services to the patients.

On the inaugural occasion, the voluntary organizations organized blood donation camp in the hospital, wherein 30 to 40 volunteer donors participated.

Those present on the occasion, Director Family Welfare, Dr. Rakesh Khajuria, Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr. Ashok Sharma, Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society, Dr. Wasim Qureshi, Mission Director, NRHM, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, Controller Drugs & Food Control Organization, Satish Gupta, Director Horticulture, Jia Lal Sharma, Director Floriculture, K.K.Sharma, HoD Blood Transfusion Department, GMC, Prof. T.R.Raina,CMO, Jammu, Dr. Baldev Sharma, Medical Superintendent, Gandhi Nagar Hospital, Dr. Madhu Khullar, Regional Secretary, Red Cross Society, Anil Padha and members of various voluntary organizations.

Later, the Minister also laid foundation stone of Rs. 2.81 crore Primary Health Centre building at village Bhalwal Brahmana in Akhnoor.

Vigilance registers case against SP Security

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Vigilance Organisation today registered a case against Romesh Kumar Bhat, SP Security and then Additional SP Nowshera.

The case was registered on the basis of enquiry held into the allegations of demand and acceptance of bribe by the SP from a woman for releasing her husband from the police custody during his posting as Additional SP Nowshera.

During the enquiry, it has been found that on November 16, 2009 Mahesh Singh has clearing his field by burning the bushes on Jammu-Poonch National Highway when Romesh Kumar Bhat, then Additional SP Nowhsera reached the spot and directed Mahesh Singh to accompany him to Police Station Dharamshal for setting forest area to fire.

Mahesh Singh was illegally detained in connivance with Krishal Lal, Incharge Police Post Lamberri by Romesh Kumar Bhat, Additional SP. The wife of Mahesh Singh subsequently approached Additional SP, who demanded bribe of Rs 20,000 or two kanals of land as illegal gratification for release of her husband from the custody and for not registering a case against him.

Upon this, Chanchal Kumari paid Rs 20,000 as bribe to Additional SP for the release of her husband. The public servant after receiving bribe of Rs 20,000 released Mahesh Singh from the custody but after registering a case against him. It has also been found that public servant also returned Rs 15000 to the complainant.

On completion of investigation, Vigilance Organization today registered case under Section 120-B, 161, 342 RPC, 5(1) (c) (d), 5(20) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act 2006.

Omar reviews developmental works of Shopian, Pulwama

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PULWAMA, Dec 14: "While pursuing the accomplishment of the targets fixed for the various developmental works in the district, the quality of the works should never be compromised'' said the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to the heads of the various of the departments and district while chairing the District Development Board meeting of Shopian.

At Shopian board meeting, the Chief Minister appreciated the officers for executing works under different sectors to the extent of 56% against the allocation of Rs. 5388 lakh. He also announced additionalties of over Rs. 2.25 crore.

The Chief Minister constituted a Committee comprising MLA, Shopian, Abdul Razak Zawoora, MLC, Showkat Ahmed Ganai, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Samoon, Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, M. S. Sood for identifying land for Mini Secretariat Shopian and asked them to submit report by January 14, 2011 so that work is started immediately.

The Chief Minister asked the DDC that after re-appropriation un-spent money at the end of fiscal year should be utilized for land acquisition. He said that Rembara Bridge and Reshi nallah bridges have already been projected .

Earlier, the Chairman of the Shopian District Development Board, Aga Syed Rohullah welcoming the Chief Minister and other guests, assured the Chief Minister that work on the execution of projects and schemes would be stepped up and asked the district officers to work with added zeal and dedication to complete the works within the stipulated time.

On this occasion, MLA, Shopian and MLC also projected their demands of their respective areas.

Vice Chairman, Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory Board, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Naz highlighted the demands with regard to the welfare of Gujjar and Bakerwal Community. He demanded construction of shelter sheds at Peer Ki Gali on the Mughal road so that Gujjar and Bakerwals could take shelter for their live stock in case of inclement weather.

The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah also appreciated the district administration, Pulwama for achieving 59% expenditure against the availability of Rs. 43.21 crore. He asked the officers to redouble their efforts to achieve the cent-percent target. However, there should be no compromise on the quality of work, he added. He announced release of additionally of Rs. 3.15 crore for completion of various developmental works in the district.

On the occasion, MLA and MLC's of the district also projected various demands of their constituencies also.

Earlier, the District Development Commissioner, Pulwama, Mohammad Afzal gave a detailed resume of the developmental activities being carried out in the district.

Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Science & Technology, Aga Syed Rohulla, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Devendra Rana, Vice Chairman of Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory Board, Bashir Ahmed Naz, MLA Shopian, Abdul Razak Zawoora, MLC, Showkat Ganai, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Samoon, IGP Kashmir, S. M Sahai, Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, M.S Sood and all heads of departments district heads etc were present in Shopian board meeting whileas the board meeting of Pulwama was also attended by, Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo who is also the Chairperson of the Board, MLA, Pulwama, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, MLA, Rajpora, Syeed Bashir Ahmed, MLA, Pampora, Mir Zahoor, MLA Tral, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and MLC, Bashir Ahmed Magray, Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Mohammad Afzal, all heads of the departments and district heads.

Jammu-Kathua Passenger Bus Service to go on strike

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Jammu Kathua Area Passenger Bus Service, in a meeting today resolved to go on strike after two days in case the authorities concerned did not cancel the route permits issued in favour of 2x2 buses, thereby causing huge losses to the passenger fleet being operated by Jammu-Kathua bus service union.

In a meeting of the group and attended by office bearers of the union, under the chairmanship of S Kuldeep Singh, president, strong resentment was shown against the office of the Transport Commissioner which has issued 2x2 bus permits without conducting any proper survey and also without any public demand. General manager of the Jammu-Kathua group, R S Manhas was also present in the meeting.

The meeting held that the 2x2 buses for which new permits have been issued were making 4 to and fro sorties from Jammu to Kathua per day at the cost of genuine service being provided by their group in all the areas enroute unlike the sorties being made by newly issued 2x2 service which was not plying its cavalcade on the other virgin routes, because they have been issued permits to bring harm to the Jammu-Kathua Passenger Bus Service group.

Physiotherapists clash with cops near Civil Secretariat

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Struggling for the last over 22 days and continuing protest for the creation of jobs in the State Health department, a large number of physiotherapists entered into clash with the police contingent when they were marching towards towards Civil Secretariat here today.

While raising anti-government slogans, nearly 50 to 60 physiotherapists including females took out a protest rally from Kachhi Chawni area and tried to march towards the Civil Secretariat complex, where already section 144 stands imposed by the District Magistare.

As the demonstrators forcibly tried to march towards the Secretariat complex despite warnings, the policemen deployed on the spot, entered into a clash with them to restrict their movement. Carrying placards and banners, the demonstrators under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Physiotherapists Association staged a sit-in amid slogans on the busy road.

"The government allows Physiotherapy Institutions to offer courses to the aspirants, then posts should also be created in the department,’’ the protesting physiotherapists demanded.

The speakers further alleged that over 240 posts were lying vacant in the health and Medical education department in Jammu province but the Government has failed to take any steps in this regard. They said that their struggle will be be intensified in near future and they will also be meeting Prime Minister in this regard in New Delhi. The day-night dharna of physiotherapists at Mubarik Mandi has entered 22nd consecutive day.

Winter vacations from Dec 27

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Commissioner/Secretary, School Education Department has ordered that all the educational institutions including recognized private schools upto higher secondary level falling in the winter zone of Jammu division will observe winter vacations with effect from December 27, 2010 till ending February, 2011.

As per a hand out issued here today, the educational institutions including recognized private schools upto higher secondary level falling in summer zone of Jammu division will also remain closed for one-week with effect from December 27, 2010.

Young sculptor Rajni Jamwal bags prestigious AIFACS award

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Rajni Jamwal, the 20 years old local sculptor, has won an award in the 83rd Annual Art Exhibition 2010, organized by of All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.

The coveted award has been to given to Rajni Jamwal’s entry titled ‘Organic Mechanism’, in sculpture section of the prestigious national exhibition. Apart from the citation, the honour also carries a cash award of Rs 15000, which she will receive on Dec 15, 2010 at the time of inauguration of national exhibition at headquarters of AIFACS at Rafi Marg, New Delhi.

In a testimony to Jammu being an energetic center of contemporary sculpture, especially since last two decades, this important award in sculpture section of the exhibition has been also won by local sculptors like Sukhjeet Singh, Chander Prakash and Gurpreet Kaur.

Rajni Jamwal, the daughter of the soil, an alumna of Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Jammu, has done her Bachelors of Fine Arts with sculpture as specialization from University of Jammu. Presently she is studying post-graduation in sculpture at Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi.

In recognition to her artistic talent, she has already been awarded National Lalit Kala Akademi’s scholarship to work in Garhi studios at New Delhi in 2008-09. She has in this young age already participated in Number of national and State level art exhibitions and also attended an artist camp at Kerala.

Recently married to a happening local painter Amit Singh presently freelancing in Delhi, the jubilant Rajni Jamwal, talking to Excelsior, said that AIFACS award is a great honour for her and she will work hard to achieve such distinctions in future also.

VRS given SRTC workers demand arrears, COLA

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JAMMU, Dec 14: The voluntary retirement given employees of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) today demanded release of their Provident Fund amount besides arrears of COLA and 6th Pay Commission.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dev Raj Bali president All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retirement Employees Association said that VRS accorded employees are demanding their dues since long but the management of the Corporation has adopted callous attitude towards their issues. He said a delegation of the Association had met the Commissioner/ Secretary Finance during first week of December and he had told that Rs 32 crore have been released for their pending arrears/ COLA etc.

Mr Bali urged the Chief Minister and the Minister for Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon to hold an inquiry into the matter. He said if the funds have been paid by the Government then why the same were not paid to the VRS given employees who are on the agitational path for the last one year.

Balvinder Singh and Surinder Singh alleged mass scale bunglings in the Provident Fund accounts and said that money deducted from the salary of the employees has not been deposited. No accounts have been maintained but the Government was maintaining criminal silence over the issue. No inquiry has been initiated moreover, no action has been taken against the officials responsible for the lapse and irregularities.

Retired Joint MD Yogesh Koul, Dwarika Nath and others were also present.

National leaders discuss rally arrangements with J&K BJP

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JAMMU, Dec 14: In connection with Party’s December 24 rally the national leaders of BJP continue to visit the Winter Capital here to hold the parleys with State leadership and discuss the arrangements.

The national leaders who reached here today to hold parleys with party leadership included Prahlad Patel, MP, Mohinder Pandey, national convener, Morchas and Cells of BJP, J&K Pradesh Prabhari of the Party, O P Kohli and party national general secretary, J P Nada.

They held series of meetings with state president of the Party Shamsher Singh Manhas, Jugal Kishore Sharma and Ashok Khajuria and took stock of the preparations being made to make the rally a grand success.

While addressing the meetings, the leaders said that state leadership as well as national leadership of BJP is seriously concerned over the developments in the State, especially the situation arising out of the utterances of the state Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah over the finality of accession of J&K with the Indian Union. They said that repeated discrimination with Jammu region and the decision to rehabilitate the militants are the other issues which will be taken up by the Party leadership and the BJP.

The BJP leaders warned that the people of the State will not tolerate any such statements and discrimination to the two regions and disrespect to the Constitution and rehabilitation of militants.

Assurance Committee expresses dissatisfaction over working of GMCs

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : Assurance Committee has expressed dis-satisfaction over the working of Government Medical Colleges (GMCs) of Srinagar and Jammu, observing inadequate faculty in these premier medical institutions is telling upon quality of medical education.

The committee which met under the chairmanship of MLA M. Y Tarigami, called for posting of faculty members adequately for smooth functioning of the twin medical colleges. It observed that lack of teaching staff especially Professors and Associate Professors runs the risk of de-recognition of some disciplines by MCI.

The other members of the Committee, MLAs Charanjit Singh, Jugal Kishore and Durga Dass also underlined the need for paying focused attention on the health sector.

The Committee asked the Government to take necessary measures for posting of doctors especially gynecologists in rural health institutions, observing that people of these areas are facing lot of hardships on account of non availability of specialist doctors.

The members made a special mention about the posting of Gynecologist in Gurez. They also suggested for providing CT Scan facilities in all health institutions of the State. Committee members also directed for implementation of assurances held out by the Government on the floor of House.

Addressing the meeting, Tarigami said these institutions have a good reputation of producing doctors of national and international fame. He urged Government to be serious about the issue lest the problem will have spillover effect on the quality of healthcare.

Principal Secretary, Health, Dr. R. K. Jerath, Principal Government Medical College, Jammu, Dr. Rajinder Singh, Principal GMC Dr. Shahida Mir, Principal Government Dental College Dr. Romesh Singh, Managing Director NRHM, Dr. Yashpaul Sharma and other senior officers of Health and Medical Education and Assembly Secretariat attended the meeting.

Workers protest as owners close factory, go underground

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KATHUA, Dec 14: Over 250 workers of factory have sat on dharna as the entire management/ owners have gone underground after closing down a unit at Industrial area of Kathua town here.

Reports said that workers of Metrate India Ltd, a metal unit located at Industrial Estate Kathua went on protest dharna on Monday after they came to know that entire management has gone underground after putting lock at the main gate and closing down the unit. These workers led by the Union president Raj Kumar rushed to the office of Assistant Labour Commissioner and reported the matter.

Labour Officer Pawan Mansotra when reached the unit, the private security guards at the factory did not allow anybody to enter and not opened the gate. The management has abandoned the workers without clearing their dues worth lakhs and went underground.

Ashok Choudhary, Asistant Labour Commissioner said that the unit management had been issued warnings by the District Magistrate and also by the Labour Commissioner during a dispute with the workers last year. They had agreed to pay the labour/ wages under Minimum Wages Act. It was agreed to pay pending dues of Rs 9 lakh. But they never complied. Now, it has been evaluated that management owes Rs 84 lakh to the workers liabilities. Charges are being framed under Labour laws and prosecution is being sought for taking legal action against the management/ owners, he maintained.

Commercial Taxes Deptt conducts seminar on e-filing

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : The Department of Commercial Taxes today conducted a seminar to familiarize all the stakeholders about computerization project embarked upon by the department to automate its working.

Commissioner Commercial Taxes, Khawaja Bashir Ahmad in his welcome addresses gave an overview of the e-project. He said the aim of the seminar is to aware the people especially traders fraternity about e-registration, return filing and payments for which the department is geared up to use state-of-the-art data centre equipped with the latest servers and routers duly supported with internet and intranet.

Khawaja Bashir said that the project aims at streamlining the system and providing transparent services to the dealers. He assured the dealers about facilitation of the system for their convenience and goodwill.

Earlier, expert of the project, Alok Jain explained in detailed the concepts of e-filing. He said the system on operation would promote interface between the department and traders fraternity.

Prominent among those present on the occasion were the representatives from Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, Association Associated Chamber of Retailers Federation, Jammu, Association of Small Scale Industries Association, Digiana and Gangyal, Bari Brahmana Industrial Association, Association of Chartered Accountants, Tax Bar Association, Jammu and Association of Sales Tax Practitioners.

DyCM reviews Samba district plan

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : As many as Rs.2640.29 lakh against approved outlay of Rs.5515.17 lakh have been spent on various development works in district Samba upto ending November this fiscal.

This information was given at District Development Board review meeting presided over by Deputy Chief Minister and Chairman of the Board, Tara Chand. Minister for Industries and Commerce S. S. Slathia was also present on the occasion.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Chief Minister appreciated the progress achieved till date in different sectors. However, he impressed upon the concerned functionaries to speed up the pace of work on different projects under execution to achieve the target within stipulated time frame.

Referring to the points raised in the meeting, Tara Chand said that the issues will be looked into and accorded priority so that the sectors which have not been given due attention till date are taken up for consideration.

Mr. Tara Chand asked the concerned to formulate a detailed report for short term and long term projects to ensure the implementation of various schemes in letter and spirit.

Earlier, Industries and Commerce Minister S. S. Slathia said that some kandi belts of Samba are suffering for want of safe drinking water and irrigation facilities. He stressed the need for digging up tube wells and providing tanker services in uncovered areas.

Speaking about Ravi Tawi Canal Project, Mr. Slathia said that Samba is at its tail end thus receiving very little water supply. He said more pump sets need to be provided to these areas for extending irrigation facilities.

The meeting was among others attended by Deputy Commissioner, Samba, Mubarak Singh, Director Local Bodies, Director Agriculture, Jammu, SSP Samba and all the sectoral officers of the district.

Liquor seized from karyana shop

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Police today arrested a bootlegger and recovered a large quantity of liquor from his karyana shop in Kanachak area.

The bootlegger has been identified as Kirpal Singh son of Mohan Singh R/o Mishriwalla Cantt.

He was selling liquor from his karyana shop to the local people when he was arrested by a Kanachak police station team led by SHO Inspector Narinder Singh.

A case against the accused has been registered at Kanachak police station.

Development of every corner of State priority of Govt:Bhalla

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla has said that coalition Government is committed to develop every corner of three regions of the State on modern lines by providing all basic amenities at their doorsteps.

Minister was addressing a large gathering at Gandhi Nagar, Sector A, after laying the foundation of various development works including laying of water supply pipes and pre-mixing of internal links at Lower Gaddigarh, interlock tiles and grating work at Digiana near Shishu Mandir and development of park in B/B block in Gandhi Nagar, to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 20 lakh.

Mr. Bhalla said that Government is fully aware of people’s problems and is making all out efforts to mitigate them in a phased manner. He appealed the inhabitants to personally monitor the quality of ongoing development works in their localities, adding that people’s participation ensures completion of projects as per the quality parameters.

The Minister said that Government was endeavouring to uplift the socio-economic condition of the people of the State adding that beside other sectors, promotion of tourism industry was also one of the priorities of the Government. He said, Jammu, in near future would become a hub of tourism activities. He said, besides developing new tourist destinations in the region, a massive tourism infrastructure base was being developed in the region for visiting tourists.

Later, at Government Middle School, Markhari in Channi Himmat, the Minister distributed teaching material, scholarship and fee to weaker sections children at a function, organized by the school management.

On the occasion, the students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme which was highly appreciated by the audience.

Energy generation, conservation should go simultaneously: Shabir

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan today called upon the people to contribute their bit in the conservation of electricity by making its judicious use and adopting energy saving appliances.

The Minister was addressing a function organized by Power Development Department at Presentation Convent School, Gandhi Nagar, to mark the 'Energy Conservation Week' being celebrated today across the country.

The department organized essay writing, slogan writing and painting competitions aimed at awakening the students about the importance of energy conservation.

He further said that Government is presently importing power from Northern Grid to meet the electricity requirements of the State so it becomes the prime responsibility of all of us to ensure its judicious use by installing power saver and effective appliances in houses and business establishments.

The Minister stressed upon the PDD authorities to organize massive awareness campaign especially in rural and hilly areas to make people aware about the significances of saving energy which is pre-requisite for development of an area. He said that students can play a pivotal role in this regard as they better understand the importance of energy conservation for better future.

Later, the Minister distributed award certificates and prizes among the winner students.

Commissioner/Secretary Power, Asgar Ali threw light on energy conservation and said Power Development Department is taking all required measures for maintain better power scenario in the State.

Saumya Negi, Harshita Anand and Parul Uppal won first, second and third prizes respectively in slogan-writing competition.

Ayush Gupta, Harjeev Kour and Raghav Magotra bagged first, second and third prize respectively in painting. In the senior category, the participants from GCW Gandhi Nagar namely Neetu, Pallavi Sharma and Pragati Sharma fetched first, second and third prize respectively.

SC admits petition of NPP leaders against Katra police

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JAMMU, Dec 14: The Supreme Court has admitted a special petition of Anita Thakur, H.C. Jalmeria, P.K. Ganjoo under Article 32 of the Constitution of India against the District Magistrate, Reasi Mr Varma, D G Police, IGP, Jammu, then SHO Katra , SS Sambyal, ASI S Pal Gill on the peacefully marching Talwara migrants from Reasi to Delhi in support of their demand of getting implemented Supreme Court Order of July, 2006, to provide them (Jammu Migrants) relief at par with the Kashmiri Migrants.

According to the submission made, the police attacked the Talwara migrants peacefully marching at the Bridge. Advocate HC Jalmeria when approached the police to stop lathi-charge, was dragged by the police, beaten, abused and the police broke his leg leaving him on the roadside. When Anita Thakur tried to persuade, SHO Katra, S S Sambyal attacked her followed by half a dozen policemen in which women and children were kicked, beaten and even Anita Thakur was dragged publicly on the road by the hair for half a kilometer and then detained for three days.

A Division Bench comprising of Justice S. Ravindran and Justice A.K. Patanaik after hearing Prof Bhim Singh appearing for the petitioners, admitted the petition for hearing.

Training programme on e-tendering concludes

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : A training programme to switch over to e-tendering for various works in R&B/PMGSY department concluded today. Engineers and staff working in the departments attended the programme.

The programme was declared open by Chief Engineer, R&B, Jammu, D. L. Sharma in presence of Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Jammu S. L. Bhat. All the Superintending Engineers of Jammu Province also participated in the training session. The training programme was conducted by Technical Director (NIC Jammu Centre), J. S. Modi, Principal System Analyst, Rama Amritham and Scientific Officer (NIC Delhi Centre), Mr. Atul Kumar.

e-tendering will help in making the tendering process transparent and faster. Principal Secretary to Government PW (R&B) Department, K. B. Agarwal while addressing at the training programme asked the participants to get themselves aquatinted with e-tendering so that tendering process is made online immediately.

Poonch children meet President, Army chief

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NEW DELHI, Dec 14 : It is for the first time that under-privileged children from insurgency affected remote border areas of Poonch district got an opportunity to meet both the President Pratibha Patil and chief of the Army Staff on the same day.

Inspite of their busy schedule, the President and Army chief took out time and had an audience with these 23 school children alongwith two teachers who are on 11 day educational tour to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The tour is being organized under 'Operation Sadbhavna' and is being conducted by a Rashtriya Rifles battalion under the aegis of Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo).

Aim of the tour is to provide an exposure to the participants to the development and progress made by the country in various fields, visit places of historical and cultural importance and also see quality of life in other parts of the country. These children from insurgency affected remote border areas have moved out of their villages and seen the life in a city for the first time.

At Delhi, the tour participants have visited India Gate, Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Purana Quila, Lotus Temple, Raj Ghat and various other tourist destinations including a maiden visit to a Shopping Mall. After Delhi visit, they will be moving to Agra and Jaipur before returning home via Jammu.

The President and Army chief interacted with them informally and met each and every child. They exhorted them to imbibe the virtues of love and peace and work hard for a better future free from prejudices and grow up as responsible citizens of this great nation. The children were delighted with this rare lifetime experience.

Hindustan Coca Cola felicitates meritorious students

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JAMMU, Dec 14: In continuation with its initiative to support and encourage meritorious students of Government Middle School, Marakhari, Channi Himmat, to further excel in their studies, Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Jammu today felicitated meritorious students belonging to the economically weaker sections with scholarships.

The scholarships were given to the students securing first three positions in the annual examinations of class fifth to eighth.

The company supported the school by aiding infra-structural work and providing students with annual fees, stationary like pens, pencils notebooks etc. It also provided annual educational expenses for nearly 250 students studying in the school.

Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, Raman Bhalla presented the scholarship cheques to the parents of these students at a function held in the school premises today. Beside the parents, students and staff members of the school, a large number of people from surrounding areas were also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bhalla appreciated the gesture of Hindustan Coca –Cola and said that the company has been playing a positive role in supporting the education of the poor children for past many years. According to Sarabjit Singh, HR Manager Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages, Jammu unit, "the company has always played a lead role in the developmental activities of the local people’’. Under the company’s social initiative programme in Jammu a concerted effort has been made in the education sector to strengthen the educational foundations of the young people and also facilitate educational institutions through infrastructual support’’, he added.

Among others Headmaster of the School Amarpal Kaur also spoke on the occasion.

Pulwama gets modern library

Excelsior Correspondent

PULWAMA, Dec 14 : Reading community in this south Kashmir district today had something to really cheer about- the inauguration of the two-storied spacious and modern district library building with a collection of over 16,000 titles, a large reading room and a rich assortment of 3500 reference books.

A separate Children Section with story books, toys, DVD player and a computer set makes an added attraction for young children now to visit the new library complex. The new complex is a literal transformation from a two-room cramped and dark rented accommodation housing the library till yesterday.

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora, accompanied by Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Revenue, Tourism and Culture, Nasir Aslam Wani, inaugurated the new building, first such district level facility in Kashmir in terms of infrastructure and collection. Director Libraries & Research, Khalid Bashir Ahmad was present and briefed the two ministers about the new library complex and facilities made available to the visitors.

Mr. Jora and Mr. Wani appreciated the efforts of the Department of Libraries & Research in providing excellent library facility, both in terms of infrastructure and collection, to the people of Pulwama.

Mr. Khalid Bashir Ahmad gave a brief account of infrastructure development in the libraries sector and said that construction of a multi-storey central library complex at M. A. Road, Srinagar was apace which, on completion, would meet the modern requirement of a central public library.

Div Com discusses policy on encroachment

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JAMMU, Dec 14 : Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal today convened an officers meeting to discuss the implementation of the policy to regularize, relocate or remove unauthorized construction on public places by religious structures.

The meeting was attended by IGP Jammu Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, SSP Jammu Basant Rath, DDC Kathua Zahida Khan, District Development Commissioner, Rajouri G. A. Khawja, ADDC Samba and other senior officers of various departments.

The meeting was apprised that all new encroachments by religious structures on public places are banned with effect from 29.9.2009.

The meeting also discussed to ensure that no encroachment on a public place by religious structures takes place in future in addition to take suitable preventive action in cases where reports on attempts to encroach on public places are received. To give due publicity to the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court through the media in order to make the people at large aware and the need to comply with such order and to compile accurate data regarding the existing encroachments on public places by religious structures in their respective jurisdiction in a prescribed format so as to review these cases by the Government.

It was also apprised that there will be a Divisional Level Committee in each Division of the State to monitor the implementation of the policy and to perform such functions. The committee shall consist of Divisional Commissioner (Chairman), Inspector General of Police (Member), Deputy Commissioners (Member) and Mayor/President/Chairman etc of the concerned urban/rural local body as member.

Court rejects bail of husband in abetment to suicide case

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec14: Chief Judicial Magistrate Jammu, M S Parihar dismissed the bail application filed by one Ajay Sethi, son of Ram Krishan Sethi of Durga Nagar, who was allegedly involved in abetment to suicide of his wife.

According to the police case, on May 24, 2010, an information was at Police Station Janipur that a woman namely Minakashi, wife of Ajay Sethi has died in suspicious circumstances and the dead body is being taken by her legal heirs to Jogi Gate cremation ground for last rites.

On this report, a police party from Janipur Police Station proceeded to Jogi-Gate and took the possession of the dead body, which was swollen and emanating foul smell. The body was, later, shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem and legal heirs of the deceased, who were residing in Delhi, were informed.

During the enquiry, it came to fore that applicant used to beat his wife and on May 22, 2010 at about 6:30 pm, the wife of the applicant due to harassment committed suicide. The applicant kept the dead body in his residential house and on May 24, 2010 when foul smell started coming out of the dead-body, he tried to cremate at Jogi Gate.

On conclusion of proceedings under Section 174 CrPC, a case was registered under Section 302/201/511 RPC and further investigation was initiated. The applicant was arrested on December 2, 2010.

After hearing Advocate Rohit Verma appearing for the applicant and CPO Pawan Khajuria with PO Pankaj Sethi for the State, CJM M S Parihar observed, "investigation of the case is at its initial stage and in case applicant is released on bail, there is every apprehension that accused will temper with the prosecution evidence".

With these observations, the Court dismissed the bail application.

Farmers facing brunt of Govt's wrong policy : PDP

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BISHNAH, Dec 14 : Charging Omar Abdullah led coalition regime with adopting anti-farmers policies, People's Democratic Party (PDP) today vowed to expose wrong policies being pursued by the coalition Government.

Addressing a meeting of party workers at Morchapur village of Bishnah Assembly segement, PDP vice president and former Rajya Sabha member Trilok Singh Bajwa termed the present dispensation headed by Omar Abdullah as anti-farmers which is not aware of the problems of the farming community. He said that total failure of Omar Abdullah Government can be evident from the fact that every section of the society has been annoyed with the functioning of this regime. He pointed out that the Government had promised to provide fertilizers to the farmers but the promises were not fulfilled. He said that farmers have been struggling to get fertilizers and Government is making false claims.

Mr Bajwa said that all sections of the society have been facing hardships due to mis-governance and wrong policies of this Government but the farming community was the worst victims of the policies of the Government. He said that neither seed nor fertilizer was available to the farmers at the time of sowing.

He lambasted the coalition regime for rehabilitating leaders of the ruling parties in Kissan Advisory Board which has been constituted for taking political mileage. He said that businessmen and traders have been accommodated but on ground no step has been taken to minimize woes of the farmers. He termed formation of Kissan Advisory Board as cruel joke with the farmers and their real representatives.

PDP secretary Hussain Ali Wafa, Chatter Saini, K K Sharma, Ajay Sharma, Magar Singh, Ashok Kumar, Ram Dass and others also addressed the meeting.

Langar Society holds free eye camp

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: A free eye operation camp was organized by Datee Sheela Wanti Langar Welfare Society at village Kaleeth for the poor and down trodden people.

The camp was inaugurated by Prof T C Langar, president of the society, yesterday. More than 500 people were examined by the team of eye surgeons of Health Department, of which 76 persons were admitted for eye surgery.

The surgery was done at Sub Division Hospital Akhnoor. The entire boarding and lodging arrangements for patients and their attendants were borne by Langar Welfare Society at Mahajan Sabha Akhnoor. The camp will continue till December 18.

UKF holds meeting

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JAMMU, Dec 14: United Kashmiriyat Forum in a meeting here today held under the chairmanship of Bharat Raina cautioned the displaced Pandit community against the vested interests who were opposing the PM"s employment package to confuse the younger generation of the community. The meeting said that the leadership opposing the package should understand that after 20 years of exile the bottom line still remains that KP community does not want to become history of past as the survival of the community lies in no other place in India except Kashmir.

The community can’t get lost in the huge Indian society and loose their basic characteristics of being a Kashmiri Pandit.

He said instead of opposing the package the community leaders should press for remaining 4300 posts. Convener of the Forum, J N Sagar said that the employing one third of PM’s package will no way compensate the agony, trauma and hardships faced by the community for last 20 year and the employment package can’t be related to return move which can only be considered after situation becomes conducive for the same.

Sanjay Dutt, Maanayata deposit twins’ stem cells with LifeCell

CHENNAI, Dec 14: Bollywood Actor Sanjay Dutt and his wife Maanayata Dutt, who were recently blessed with twins, have taken the innovative step to bank their babies’ umbilical cord stem cells with LifeCell, a pioneer in stem cells domain in India.

The couple who joins many other celebrities in this decision, will stay connected with the latest trends in healthcare and provide their children a secure future with the gift of lifetime, a company release here today said.

With Sanjay Dutt signing up for this service, LifeCell has expanded its celebrity clientele portfolio with Bollywood Actors like Hrithik Roshan, Raveena Tandon, Madhavan and many others having banked their child’s stem cells with LifeCell, it said.

Umbilical cord stem cell banking is a service wherein the baby’s umbilical cord blood and cord tissue are collected immediately after birth which is otherwise discarded after birth.

The collected sample is sent to the central laboratory where it is tested, processed and the stem cells are preserved at minus 196 degrees centigrade for potential medical use in the future. This is a simple and safe procedure for both mother and the baby, LifeCell claimed. Whenever the stem cells are required for therapy, the parents can approach the bank and retrieve the preserved stem cells. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the preserved stem cells are the greatest asset to the child and siblings to provide them a secure future and treat many critical ailments should they occur in the future. (UNI)

Hanuman Shakti Jagran Samiti finalizes arrangements for Hindu Sammelan

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JAMMU, Dec 14: Hanuman Shakti Jagran Samiti has finalized all arrangements for the Hindu Sammelan to be held at Parade Ground here on December 19.

In a statement issued here today it said hundreds of the volunteers of the Samiti are campaigning round the clock for the success of the ensuing Vishal Hindu Sammelan. It said huge hanuman Chalisa recitation programmes along with public meetings were held in Shiv Mandir, Radha Krishan Mandir Janipur, Shiv Mandir Paloura Top and Shiv Mandir , Pamposh Colony recently in which the speakers apprised the people about the Ram Janam Bhoomi and construction of magnificent temple over there.

The people were cautioned against the recently raised bogey of half accession theory of J&K with rest of the India by people in power and the anti national sinister designs of separatists elements.

Addressing the meetings at different places H L Chatta, general secretary ASKPC asked the displaced community to remain vigilant against the vested interests hell bent on disintegration of the state and the nation.

T N Koul assured the leaders that the displaced Pandits will continue struggle for return to their homes and hearths in Kashmir.

Swami Kumar Ji who was the chief guest asked the devotees to join the function held in connection with 5111th Geeta Jayanti Samaroh on December 17 at Geeta Satsangh Ashram Muthi.

CII, Pollution Control Board discuss waste disposal problem

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: The CII J&K State Council in collaboration with J&K State Pollution Control Board organised function on Municipal Solid Waste Management, here today.

Deputy Commissioner Sanjeev Verma was the chief guest in the inaugural session. While addressing, he stressed on the problem of waste disposal in near future and said the waste products need to be treated holistically, recognizing its harmful impacts on environment and human health. He added that increasing urban population has made the waste management a difficult issue to handle in the near future, if a new paradigm for approaching is not created.

Chairman, CII J&K State Council, Vicky Mahajan said that due to rapid urbanization and uncontrolled growth rate of population, problem of municipal solid waste management has become acute in India.

Chairman, J&K State Pollution Control Board, Lal Chand discussed the various techniques by which the solid waste could be converted into useful products. He also insisted on the need for required action on part of all Government and Non-Government agencies.

Among others who spoke on the occasion were A B Jandyal, Amit Gossain, Mandeep Bagga, Devendra Rajora, Sanjay Puri besides officials from Pollution Control Board, Jammu Municipal Corporation and Directorate of Local Bodies.

PHE workers to protest on Dec 16

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: PHE Employees United Front has resolved to stage protest demonstration in support of their demands on December 16.

A spokesman of the Front claimed that the Front has decided to stage protest demonstration on December 16, 2010 in support of their demands at PHE complex B C Road, Jammu.

The Front leaders demanded that PHE workers be given at least Rs 110 per day and their pending wages be released soon.

It was also stressed that transfers of the Class IV workers be made at the section level and not at the Division and the Sub-Division level.

Training prog on women dev organized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: A training programme on women development and empowerment was organized by ICDS Project R S Pura from December 6 to Dec 15 in which over 180 Anganwadi workers participated. The CDPO, Jasmeet Singh was the coordinator of this programme and IMPA sponsored it.

Sub Divisional Magistrate R S Pura, A K Khajuria, SDPO H S Gill , BMO Dr Basant Kumar and CDPO Bishnah Coni Sethi participated as guest speakers.

The SDM spoke on the policies and programmes of the women empowerment. CDPO spoke on the nutrition and the health care.

JPPF extends support to Sham Lal; demands immediate setting up of CU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Dec 14: Jammu Province People's Forum (JPPF) has expressed serious concern over the inordinate delay in setting up of the Central University at Jammu.

Expressing apprehensions of a conspiracy to scuttle the establishment of Central University, Jammu, the Forum has said that while all other recently sanctioned Central universities have become functional and CU Kashmir has completed one semester the Jammu CU is nowhere in sight after it was sanctioned by the Government last year.

The Forum said that the State has not even acquired the land for purpose. It, while condemning the use of brutal force against the unemployed physiotherapists including the females by the J&K Police and State administration, has also demanded their immediate placement in Government jobs of all the physiotherapists.

It said while Government has chalked out policy for education in physiotherapy, it has not formulated any policy of employing the qualified and trained physiotherapists. The Forum which held its meeting here today under the chairmanship of Th. Pavitar Singh, Sessions Judge (retd) has also extended full support to Congress Minister, Sham Lal Sharma, who has identified himself with the aspirations of the people of Jammu. The Forum, while pledging whole hearted support to Mr Lal who has taken the cause of Jammu people by saying that entire Jammu will follow him.

It cautioned the Congress of serious consequences if any action was taken against the Minister for the views expressed by him about separate Jammu state and UT status to Ladakh. A deputation of the Forum also met the Minister to express its solidarity with him.

The meeting among others was attended by Sunil Sethi, president Bar Association, Th. Narayan Singh, president Rajput Sabha, Inderjeet Khajuria, president Hotels and Lodges Association.

2 drug peddlers nabbed with 1700 capsules

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Dec 14: The police arrested two drug peddlers along with 1700 intoxicant capsules here today.

The accused have been identified as Kewel Krishan, son of Sansar Chand of Akalpur and Vicky Massih, son of Anoop Massih, resident of Valmiki Colony Gandhinagar, Jammu. The police recovered 1700 capsules of Parvan Spas from their possession. A case was registered against them.



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