reviews development progress of Ganderbal,
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah while chairing
Ganderbal and Bandipora development board
meetings here at SKICC today expressed
satisfaction over the performance of officers of
both the districts who inspite of various odds
during recent past unrest remarkably succeeded in
pursuing their development targets. However, the
Chief Minister cautioned them to remain vigilant
with regard to quality of works.
Mr. Omar said the
decision regarding beautiful Gurez valley will be
taken soon, either to expand the jurisdiction of
existing Tourism Development Authority, Manasbal
to cover Gurez valley or establish a separate
Tourist Development Authority for Gurez so that
God given natural beauty of the Gurez is tapped
and showcased to the world.
Minister for Rural
Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar, who is also
chairman of the District Development Board,
Ganderbal, Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf
Ahmad, Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam
Wani, Political Advisor to Chief Minister,
Devendra Rana, MLC, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, MLC
A.M. Bhat, Divisional Commissioner, Dr. Asgar
Samoon, DIG, Munir Khan besides all the
HoDs and district heads.
The Chief Minister
announced additionalities of over Rs. 3 crore to
district Ganderbal for completing various works
while Rs. 50 lakh were kept at the disposal of
DDC as untied grants.
Chief Minister instructed DDC Bandipora, Manzoor
Ahmad Lone to utilise the present Bus Stand
Bandipora land for construction of District
Hospital and said 41 kanals of land should be
acquired for new Bus Stand.
Mr. Omar ordered
release of Rs. 1.44 crore for district Bandipora
as additionalities for completing the works.
DDB, Ganderbal and Minister for Rural
Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar assured the Chief
Minister sad that the targets fixed for this
fiscal would be achieved in full.
The Chairman DDB,
Bandipora and Minister for CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon
said that the officers have been directed to
redouble their efforts so that fixed targets are
Earlier, the DDC
Ganderbal, Dilshad Khan shed light on the
achievements registered in various sectors. She
said 56 percent expenditure has been booked till
November 2010 and assured that the ongoing works
scheduled to complete these during this fiscal
would be completed.
CM pay tributes to Karbala martyrs
Dec 16 : The
Governor, N. N. Vohra, and Chief Minister, Omar
Abdullah today paid tributes to the sacrifice of
Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and other martyrs of
In a message on
the eve of Aashoor-e-Muharram, the Governor said
that Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions
sacrificed their lives for upholding the high
values of truth, justice and righteousness. He
added that their martyrdom reminds mankind of the
high principles of human dignity and morality.
prayed for peace, harmony and normalcy in the
In his Muharram
message, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said
that martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and
his companions depicted their unblemished and
solid faith in Almighty Allah and truthfulness.
underwent worst kind of atrocities but their
faith was not shattered at all and they did not
show even an iota of deviation in their firm
determination to uphold the righteousness and
protect humanism and justice", Omar added.
The Chief Minister
said "the lesson we derive from Karbala and
the martyrdom of Imam Aali Muqam (AS) would
continue to guide us in all fields of life and in
all times to come".
prayed for the peace in the State and well being
of the people.
persons from PoK stage protest at Mubarak Mandi
Displaced persons from PoK held massive
protest demonstration in support of their pending
demands at Mubarak Mandi today.
under the banner of PoK DP Front-1947, 65, 71 are
sitting on dharna outside the office (old) of the
Divisional Commissioner for the last 10 months.
Refugees from Deva Batala, Chhamb, Manawar,
Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, Baag, Muzzfrabad and
Poonch are demanding their comprehensive
rehabilitation. Under the leadership of Rachhpal
Singh Chib ( general secretary) the DPs staged
protest demonstration and raised slogans in
support of their demands.
demanding implementation of Wadhwa Committee
report which was constituted by the then Chief
Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Mr Chib alleged that
Government is going to rehabilitate terrorists
who have undergone training in Pakistan but for
the last 21 years, it has failed to rehabilitate
the refugees. Bill No 9 was passed by the
Assembly to bring back those who had gone to
Pakistan or PoK in 1947 but what about the
rehabilitation/ settlement of the displaced
persons from that side, they questioned?
strongly condemned the respective governments and
said that neither BJP, nor Congress, PDP or NC
were serious in resolving the issues of the DPs.
They resolved that the protest would continue
till all their demands are addressed.
After day long
protest, a delegation of the DPs led by Rachhpal
Singh Chib submitted a memorandum to the
Government through Divisional Commissioner, Dr
Bus Service suspended
Dec 16: The
Karvan-e-Aman bus-operating between Srinagar and
Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan occupied
Kashmir (PoK) has been suspended today.
said information was received from across the
border that there would be no bus service today
in view of the Muharram.
accordingly those who were scheduled to travel in
the bus were informed.
from both sides will now be accommodated in next
bus on December 23, they said.
On November 18,
the bus service was suspended in view of the
lakh bricks seized, 3 booked
Dec 16: For
the first time, authorities today seized 5.22
lakh bricks in two brick kilns at Domana, which
were under sized and were being sold to the
consumers by the owners.
A joint team
constituted by Deputy Commissioner, Jammu,
Sanjeev Verma raided the brick kilnsNew
Choudhary Brick Kiln and Bharat Earth Products,
At both brick
kilns, all 5.22 lakh bricks were under sized as
per the standards fixed by the Deputy
Mr Verma said the
seizure was made by Legal Metrology Department
under Weights and Measures Act and both the brick
kilns were asked to stop sale of bricks till
The team also
found owner of Kavi Brick Kiln overcharging from
the consumers and was booked by the team
comprising the officers of Revenue, Legal
Metrology and CAPD.
Mr Verma has
summoned entire record from the brick kiln
owners. All other units have been asked to desist
from such practices of cheating the consumers or
otherwise they too would face the action.
protest with begging bowls
A large number of physiotherapists, who are
on the agitational path for the last over three
weeks, today sat on dharna with begging bowls at
Hari Market in the vicinity of famous Raghunath
Temple here today.
the physiotherapists this afternoon assembled at
Hari Market area and begged from the
passersby. A large number of Mata Vaishnodevi
pilgrims visit the area as it is closer to Shri
unemployed doctors said that they have been
forced to beg for the livelihood as
the government has absolutely failed to listen to
their demand of absorbing them in Medical
departments. They said over 250 posts were
available with the department but they are
reluctant to fill up. No recruitment has been
done for the last more than two decades except a
few (2) posts advertised now.
The protest of the
agitating Physiotherapists at Mubarik Mandi
entered the 24th consecutive day today. Despite
their agitation for the last so many days, the
government has remained unmoved over the issue.
They alleged that no minister or public
representative from the ruling parties has
visited them so far.
Earlier, in the
morning, physiotherapists, under the banner of
Jammu and Kashmir Physiotherapy Association
(JKPA), gathered in the front of Divisional
Commissioner Office at Mubarik Mandi and shouted
assembled outside Press Club to take out a mass
rally but due to heavy deployment of police, the
rally was foiled. Thereafter, they moved to the
Hari Market. They said that their struggle will
continue unless demands are met. They also
distributed pamphlets among the people to aware
them of their ongoing agitation and policies of
the state government.
revises passenger tax
Dec 16: The
Government has revised the passenger tax in
respect of different types of vehicles.
As per the new
schedule, the lump sum passenger tax for taxi
motor cycle, rickshaws, tempos and other three
wheeled vehicles/scooters will be Rs. 300 per
annum, for taxi cars & Station Wagons with
seating capacity upto five passengers Rs.1000,
for light motor vehicles plying as taxis with
seating capacity of above five passengers
Rs.2000,for deluxe/super deluxe/video coaches,
Rs. 800 per seat for all types of buses other
than deluxe/super deluxe and video coaches,
Rs.300 and for all types of mini buses will be
Rs. 2000 per annum.
This order will
come into force from January 1, 2011.
kills another girl
A leopard attacked and killed a 7th class
girl in north Kashmir district of Kupwara,
official sources said today.
They said a
leopard suddenly appeared at Malikpora, a village
near forest, in the frontier district of Kupwara
when some children were collecting firewood.
the children could escape, leopard attacked
14-year-old Rubeena. Other residents immediately
rushed for her rescue but leopard injured her
immediately rushed to hospital where she was
declared brought dead.
department has rushed a special team to the area,
celebrates Vijay Divas
Dec 16: Indian
Army celebrated Vijay Divas in
various parts of the State today to mark the
historic victory of Armed forces on Pakistan in
Command headquarters, GOC-in-C, Lt Gen B S Jaswal
laid wreath at the war memorial (Dhruva) and paid
rich tributes to war heroes. The traditional
ceremony was held in presence of several senior
and junior officers besides retired war heroes
and other officers. A function in this regard was
held at Bikram Park, Chinar Military Station. A
medical camp was also organized and several
stalls were installed.
On this occasion,
the Lt Gen Jaswal congratulated the forces and
other war veterans Indo-Pak war of 1971 and
capturing of 90,000 Pakistani troops in
Bangladesh and making a strong army to surrender
is a matter of pride for the Indian forces.
It was on this day
that largest military surrendered after Second
World War at Dhaka when GOC-in-C Eastern Command
Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora accepted the
instrument of surrender of 90,000 Pakistani
troops from Lt Gen A K Niazi of the Pakistan
Jammu also celebrated the occasion at Satwari
cantonment here this morning. GOC of the Tiger
Division Maj Gen TPS Waraich laid wreath at the
war memorial which was highly decorated by the
forces since early morning. Various formation
commanders, serving officers and soldiers of the
Division including retired personnel were
celebrates Vijay Divas every year on this day.
The nation and Army pay tributes to Veer
Jawans on the fine professionalism and
valiant sacrifice by its soldiers. Indian
Armys dash towards Dhaka has a few
parallels in the annals of military history.
Tiger Division has always been associated with
the J&K and in 1971 war with Pakistan, and
its soldiers had executed remarkable offensive
operation at Chicken Neck in western borders of
workers protest at B C Road
PHE workers staged massive protest
demonstration outside the office of Chief
Engineer at B C Road near Bus Stand here today.
A large number of
workers including consolidated, daily rated and
CP workers from various divisions and
sub-divisions of the two-three districts
assembled at B C Road and sat on dharna. They
staged demonstration shouting slogans in support
of their demand. They were also carrying banners
trade union leaders addressed the gathering and
strongly condemned the attitude of the government
for causing discrimination with the consolidated/
CP workers of Jammu region and not paying them
regularly. They alleged that despite assurance by
the Chief Minister and even the PHE Minister
nothing has been done in this regard. Jammu
workers are still being exploited and paid just
Rs 500 per month which is mockery of the system
There can never be two rates in one state and
government has remained unmoved on this injustice
with the workers.
They also demanded
filling up of vacant posts, regularization of
daily rated / consolidated workers, conduct of
DPC and review of transfer policy as assured by
the minister as many Class IV grade workers have
been badly hit. With the protest programme of the
workers, the normal work in many offices was also
Dec 16 :
In order to carry out the shifting of 33 KV
Company Bagh-New Secretariat Line from the
premises of Director ISM Jammu, the power supply
to Bus Stand, Mohalla Kaleeth, Ranbir Market and
adjoining areas fed by 11 KV S-3 feeder will
remain affected on December 18, 2010 from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
carry out preventive maintenance at Grid Station,
Bari-Brahmana-II, the shut down of
Gladni-Bari-Brahmana-II-Samba section of 132 KV
D/C Gladni-Hiranagar transmission line has been
allowed on December 19, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12
During the shut
down period, power supply to the areas being fed
from Grid Station Bari-Brahmana-II will remain
order to carry out urgent pending work of raising
ground clearance of 11 KV Koulpur and Bandral
feeders on NH-1A crossing at Vijaypur, the shut
down of 33 KV line to Ramgarh from Receiving
Station Vijaypur, 11 KV Koulpur Feeder, 11 KV
Bandral Feeder and 11 KV Vijaypur Feeder has been
allowed on December 19, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5
During the shut
down period power supply to Vijaypur Town,
Sawankha Morh Channi, Ramgarh, Nanga, Kamore,
Koulpur, Bandral, Abtal, Palouta, Garwal, Koso
Pakhri and adjoining areas will remain affected.
The shutdown is
subject to fair weather condition.
flays Govt officers attitude
Association of Industries (Gangyal) has
criticized the attitude of Government Officers
for discouraging local industry and violating the
standing Govt order while making purchases.
The Association in
a press statement issued here today alleged that
some officers were in habit of violating
Government Order and cabinet decision No. 19/1
dated 23.01.2004. While dealing in purchases they
continue to discourage the local units. For
according support to the industry in J&K
adequate support from the government in this
regard was also necessary.
The members sought
the intervention of Chief Minister and the
Industries Minister in this regard. They said
that necessary instructions be issued to the
officers to take care of the standing Govt
cr earmarked to upgrade power infrastructure in
Bahu Fort areas: Bhalla
Dec 16 :
Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation,
Raman Bhalla has said that coalition Government
has earmarked Rs. 3.5 crore for up gradation of
power infrastructure in Bahu Fort and its
adjoining areas, adding that existing 33/6.6 KV
receiving station having capacity of 2x6.3 MVA
and catering to Ravi Tawi Lift Irrigation as well
as local areas of Bahu Fort, Gorkha Nagar, Sheikh
Nagar, Pacca Talab, Kacha Talab, Bazigar Basti,
Boria Colony, Shahabad and Qasim Nagar will be
The Minister said
this after laying the foundation stone of 33/11
KV capacity receiving station, to be completed at
an estimated cost of Rs. 1.50 crore by Power
Development Department (PDD).
Minister of State
for PDD Shabir Ahmed Khan, Chief Engineer
M&RE, Mohammad Qasim besides other senior
officers of R&B, PDD, PHE and Revenue
accompanied the Minister.
Mr. Bhalla said
that during the last couple of years, existing
receiving station at Bahu Fort has experienced
overloading necessitating power cuts during peak
summer and winter seasons, adding that in order
to mitigate this problem, 1x10 MVA, 33/11 KV
receiving station has been proposed which will
provide regular and dependable power at 11 KV
level on completion fulfilling a long pending
demand of local residents.
The Minister said
that focus of the Government is to develop Bahu
Fort on modern lines by providing all basic
amenities to the people including drinking water,
electricity, road connectivity, education,
healthcare and surface drains.
Responding to the
local demand, the Minister asked the School
Education authorities to prepare a detailed
project report for establishment of Laboratory in
Government Higher Secondary School, Bahu Fort and
submit the same for funding so that the work
could be started. He said that Government has
sanctioned Rs. 75 lakh for construction of play
field near school so that the people of the areas
could celebrate their national festivals besides
sports activities at their doorsteps stadium.
In his address,
Mr. Khan said that coalition Government is
committed to provide regular power supply in
metered areas of the State, adding that there is
no constraint of funds in power sector. He
appealed the people to use power judiciously and
pay power tariff regularly. He said that on the
endeavours of Revenue Minister, the Power
Development Department Ministry has approved two
receiving stations this year, one 33/11 KV at
Sanjay Nagar, costing Rs. 3.5 crore and another
at Bahu Fort, costing Rs. 1.50 crore. He said
that on the commissioning of these, the power
scenario in Gandhi Nagar constituency would be
improved to a large extent.
The Minister said
that the Bishnah Grid Station is near completion
under Prime Minister's Rural Programme and would
be dedicated to the people by March 2011, adding
that Government has also prepared a DPR for
construction of Grid Station at Barsel over river
Chenab in Kishtwar. He said that after completing
the codal formalities, the construction work
would be started.
Corps, Chairperson SWB, others call on Governor
Dec 16: GOC
9 Corps, Chairperson State Social Welfare Board
and deputations of College Teachers Association
and 10 +2 Contractural Lecturers Forum today
called on Governor, N N Vohra at Raj Bhawan,
The GOC, 9 Corps,
Lt. Gen. D. S. Thakur briefed Governor about the
security situation in the area of responsibility
of his command. The Governor discussed with Lt
Gen. Thakur various issues relating to the
continuing attempts of infiltration from across
the International Border and LoC.
This was Lt. Gen.
Thakurs farewell call on the Governor. He
is leaving for Delhi next week to assume charge
as Director General Military Intelligence at the
The Governor and
Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board, Khem
Lata Wakhloo discussed various schemes available
with the Central Social Welfare Board and other
agencies of the Central Government for the
welfare of the physically challenged and other
less-privileged sections of the society.
emphasized the need for optimally benefiting from
these schemes. In this context, he observed that,
for effective monitoring, district wise booklets
should be prepared of all the schemes under
implementation. This would also enable the
potential beneficiaries to become aware of their
The Governor said
that he had discussed with the Social Welfare
Minister, Sakina Itoo, in October last, several
issues concerning the welfare of physically
challenged. He also called for creating awareness
among the people about the various schemes and
monitoring implementation thereof for maximizing
briefed the Governor about the activities of the
Board and the useful outcome of her personal
tours to the districts.
A deputation of
the All J&K College Teachers Association led
by Dr Sanjay Verma submitted a memorandum of
their demands to Mr Vohra.
included release of 6th Pay Commission arrears,
enhancement of the retirement age and creation of
Professor level posts in the colleges.
A deputation of
the 10+2 Contractual Lecturers Forum also
submitted a memorandum to the Governor which
highlighted their demand for regularisation of
their services. The deputation was led by the
President of the Forum, Arun Bakshi.
The Governor gave
a patient hearing to both the deputations.
Secretary to the Governor, R. K. Goyal was
present on the occasion.
asks SHGs to diversify business
Dec 16: Asking
Self Help Groups (SHGs) to expand the ambit of
self income generating activities by involving
more women and diversifying business, Minister
for Social Welfare and Chairperson, Women
Development Corporation, Sakina Itoo has said
that self employment through micro credit is one
of the viable alternative to address unemployment
The Minister was
speaking after inaugurating 10 day exhibition
here today, organized by Womens Development
Corporation (WDC) and sponsored by National
Minorities Development and Finance Corporation
(NMDFC), Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Among others, MLA,
Bimla Lathura, Managing Director, WDC, Naheed
Soz, Director Employment, Shafat Noor, Secretary
State Commission for Women, Hafiza Muzaffer,
Director, Board of Directors, WDC, and social
activist, Reeta Jatindar were present on the
Ms Sakina said
that the purpose of providing loan to the
beneficiaries was to make them self reliant
besides socially and economically independent.
She said Government will help every such group
who want to establish their own income generating
units. She said apart from proving marketing
facilities to the SHGs, the groups are taken to
other parts of the country to participate in
national level exhibitions.
employment avenues, the Government has introduced
Sher-i-Kashmir Employment Programme, the Minister
said, adding the sealing of loan facilities has
also been extended to a large extent. She asked
the participants to come forward and take the
benefits of the programme, which not only become
their sources of income but also generate
employment for others.
Mrs Naheed in her
welcome address gave resume of the activities of
the Corporation. She said the aim of holding
exhibition was to provide marketing facilities to
SHGs, which provides them a chance to share their
experience and learn better delivery mechanism.
She informed that Corporation has planned to hold
similar exhibition at Jaipur, Rajasthan next
The Minister went
round the stalls and appreciated the efforts of
the participant SHGs. Kashmiri shawls, sozni,
crewel, chainstitch, paper machie, jute, leather
and fur, artificial flowers and dry fruits were
among the main items kept on display and sale in
the exhibition. The participant SHGs have made
sale worth Rs.6.30 lakh so far in the exhibition.
Minister distributed cheques amounting to Rs.
36.90 lakh and sanction letters worth Rs. 44.07
lakh among 62 beneficiaries under various NMDFC,
NBCFDC, NHFDC, ESW schemes.
chief visits Vaishno Devi shrine
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma
today had darshan of Goddess Vaishno Devi shrine
in Trikuta hills of Katra in Reasi district.
reached Katra this afternoon and left the holy
town, the base camp of the shrine, for Mata
Vaishno Devi Bhawan at 3 pm on foot. He had
darshan of natural pindies of the shrine late
The Navy chief
will return to Katra tomorrow morning and fly
back to Mumbai.
Senior Army, CRPF
and police officers received Admiral Verma at
regime has failed to carry forward agenda of
Dec 16: Expressing
concern over failure of the present dispensation
to carry forward the agenda of peace and
development in the State, People's Democratic
Party (PDP) today reiterated commitment of the
party to fulfill aspirations and wishes of all
regions and sub-regions of the State.
Addressing one day
meeting of the district committee members of
Poonch district here today, PDP leaders said the
party has pioneered the agenda of peace and
development in the State to establish sustainable
peace in this region. They said that agenda
adopted by the PDP had given encouraging result
during the tenure of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but
the present Government headed by Omar Abdullah
has miserably failed to carry forward this
asserted that biggest achievement of the previous
regime headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was
creating conducive atmosphere for initiating
peace process and taking Confidence Building
Measures (CBMs). They mentioned towards opening
of crossing points on Line of Control and
beginning of the cross LoC trade in border
district of Poonch. They pointed out that peace
prevailing all along the borders from Kathua to
Kargil was result of the reconciliatory policies
and initiatives taken during the regime of Mr
committee members about the steps taken during
the regime of Mr Sayeed for socio-economic growth
of the people of Poonch district, PDP leaders
said that work on Mughal road, which had been
stopped for the last two decades, was restarted
only during PDP regime. They mentioned that as
Chief Minister of the State Mufti Mohammad Sayeed
had arranged special funds for the completion of
the Mughal road which after completion would
ultimately change socio-economic conditions of
the people of Poonch district.
In the meeting a
prominent social worker of Surankote Shabir
Hussain Shah also joined PDP in the presence of
prominent leaders. Prominent among those who
spoke on the occasion included vice president
Sardar Trilok Singh Bajwa, general secretary
Thakur Balbir Singh, Murtaza Khan, MLC, Sardar
Rafiq Hussain Khan, MLA Mendhar, Ved Mahajan,
Daman Bhasin, Hussain Ali Wafa, Shanti Devi,
Deepinder Kour, Surjeet Kour, Hamid Manhas,
Imtiyaz Bandey, Abdul Azim Mirza, Mohammad Ajam
Sagar, zone president Mendhar, Dr Mumtaz Bukhari,
Sheikh Mukthiar Shoukat Manhas Gurmeet Singh
MSME hold day-long industrial motivation prog
The IECS and North Polytechnic, Purkhoo in
collaboration with Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises Development Institute (MSME-DI)
organised day-long industrial motivation campaign
in the premises, here today.
campaign was organised to inculcate
entrepreneurship skill among the students and
incourage them to become an entrepreneur.
Director, MSME, Jammu and Deepak Jah from PNB
threw light on the importance of self employment
in present scenario and apprised the students
about various schemes on the occasion.
Earlier, Dr Ajay
Singh Jamwal, Head Training and Placement
welcomed the guests whereas Dr P K S Rathore,
Deputy Director, MSME highlighted the aim and
objectives for organizing such programmes.
Prof Kuldeep Raj
Sharma, Rajneesh Magota and Nitika Lamba also
spoke on the occasion.
concern over delay in procurement of CT scan
Taking strong note of unnecessary delay in
purchasing six CT scans of Jammu division, the
Departmental Related Committee (DRC) of
Legislative Council on Health Department has
instructed the concerned officers to purchase the
which met here today under the chairmanship of
MLC Mohammad Rashid Qureshi, discussed the
functioning of the department besides reviewing
implementation of various healthcare schemes in
urban and rural areas of Jammu province.
Mohammad Yousuf Taing, B. R. Kundal, Subash
Chander Gupta, Syeed Asgar Ali and Khalid Najib
Suharwardy gave several suggestions for further
improvement and effective implementation of
healthcare schemes to cater to the diagnostic and
treatment requirements of the people especially
those living in remote and inaccessible pockets
of the State.
The meeting was
informed that two CT scans are presently
available at Gandhi Nagar Hospital and SDH
hospital Kathua but the facility in Kathua is not
functioning for lack of the specialist. In this
regard, the Committee asked the Chief Medical
Officer to impart training to the Radiologist
already working there.
Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education,
R.K. Jeerath, HoDs of different wings of Health
Department and other senior officers of Council
Secretariat attended the meeting.
play "Balidaan" staged at Youth Hostel
Dec 16: Sangam
Theatre Group, Reasi in collaboration with Amba
Kids Home, Panthal today staged Hindi play
"Balidaan" at youth hostel Nagrota
which has been selected for National Youth
The play was
written by Surya Veer Sagar and
Directed by M Akram Khan.
Assistant Director, Youth Services and Sports,
Madam Sunita Goyal, Zonal Sports Officer and
other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
is a famous folk story of village Chamba. It was
depicted in the play that the villagers lived
happily in the regime of King Rana who had a son,
daughter-in-law and a little grand-son. Suddenly
due to some natural calamities, draught hit his
all empire. People used to get water from the
nearby village and divided 50-50 between the
locals and the royals.
But one-day that
source of water also dried up as villagers and
cattle faced dying days due to natural calamity.
One day Rana saw a
dream in which his Kul Devi ordered to sacrifice
animal but he refused, then Kul Devi ordered him
to sacrifice some villager but he again refused.
At last, Kul Devi ordered him to sacrifice
someone from his own family. Rana narrated the
whole story to his daughter-in-law, who
sacrificed herself to save Kings son and
grandson for the sake of the villagers. When she
was sacrificed, sudden thunder-storm hit the
region with heavy raining which made a river in
the centre of the village.
But, Rana realized
that he had done a great mistake by sacrificing
his daughter-in-law, as he loved his only son and
grand son. Although Rana becomes a great king for
the common people but in his own eyes, he was a
The artists who
performed included Rekha Devi, Smriti Rajput,
Rekha, Sanjana, Chandni, Surbhi Antal, Sheetal,
Karan Singh, Ajay Singh, Vipul Katoch, Jagdeep
Singh, Suresh Sharma and Ambic Khajuria. Ashwani
Katoch was the Production Controller of the play.
The play will be
performed in National Youth Festival at Rajasthan
in January 2011.
Forum calls on Chief Minister
The J&K Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers Forum
under the chairmanship of Gazi Abdul Aziz called
on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at his official
residence, here today.
comprising of 28 representatives from all the
districts of the State and the apex body apprised
the Chief Minister of their long pending demands.
They also submitted a memorandum of demands to
Chief Minister on the occasion.
meeting, the Rehbar-e-Taleem Teachers and
education volunteers highlighted various issues
with Chief Minister which included inclusion of 5
years honorarium service for service benefits,
EVs be converted and regularized according to set
procedure and their whole period should also be
included in service record and monthly honorarium
Rs 1500 should be enhanced.
The Chief Minister
assured them that their long pending demands
particularly the inclusion of five years and the
problems of converted EVs will be considered on
priority basis and special attention would be
paid on others.
The other members
of the delegation were Bupinder Singh (Vice
Chairman), Farooq Ahmad (Secretary), Bashir Ahmed
Dar (Provicial President), Sheikh Pravez Ahmad,
(District President, Kupwara), Z A Beg, G M Dar,
M Y Lone, Peer Mushtaq, Pravez Iqbal, Khaliz
Mehraz, Mohd Yaseen, Mohd Iqbal, Ishad Ahmad,
Saleem Sagar, Altaf Hussain, Reyaz Rehman, Shabir
Ahmad, Assad Ullah Wani, Farroq Ahmad, Qazi
Tasleem, Altaf Choudhary, Sarfaraz Lone, Neenu
Lata, Danish Kumar and Shiv Dev Singh.
Later, Gazi Abdul
Aziz interacted with media persons in a press
conference and briefed about the meeting of ReTs
with Chief Minister.
The Ex-Policemen Welfare League today
highlighted the various problems being faced by
them in a meeting held under the chairmanship of
The meeting was
attended by large numbers of league members and
functionaries who highlighted various problems
being faced by the retired police personnel. They
highlighted that 15 per cent reservation should
be given to the wards of police-retired personnel
in recruitment quota of J&K Police at par
with army, loan from police welfare fund without
interest at dire need, the wards of retired
police personnel who were retiring from their
services prematurely on health or voluntary
grounds may be taken into service as was previous
practice, relief from police welfare fund to
retired police personnel for marriage of their
children and GP Fund should be paid to the
retirees at the time of retirement as a welfare
The Provincial Electric Employees Union
(PEEU) highlighted various demands in a meeting
held under the chairmanship of P C Sharma, here
meeting, the Union members strongly condemned the
State Government for ignoring their demands
already submitted up to Chief Minister Omar
Mr Sharma appealed
the other Unions of PDD to remain united as
Government is not serious for fulfilling their
demanding clearance of DPC within 15 days,
implementation of welfare schemes, implementation
of SRO-59, risk allowance to all PDD employees
working in risk prone areas, rational transfer
policy, reorganization of Department and
amendment in PDD service recruitment rules.
Among others who
attended the meeting were Barkat Hussain, Sanjay
Sharma, Badar Jan Manhas, Puran Chand, Rashpaul,
Bishan Singh, Darshan Singh, Davinder Sharma,
Ghulam Hussain Chopan and Narinder Singh Charak.
Gandhi Nagar holds extensive lecture
Dec 16: An
extensive lecture for the students was organized
by the career counseling unit of Government
College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, here on the
topic "Higher Education in India and Career
Dr Sandhir Sharma,
Prof and head of the department of Marketing in
Chitkara Business School, Chitkara University,
Chandigarh, delivered the lecture.
Dr Sharma spoke in
length and breadth on different career prospects,
which will definitely help the students to have a
clear view about the future career options and
also about the management education. The lecture
was focused on the status of Higher Education in
India, policies and programmes being implemented
and the output.
In the interactive
session, the students got a very healthy
Vote of thanks by
Co-ordinator, Career Counseling unit marked the
conclusion of the programme.
Minority Cell holds workshop on SKEWPY
To apprise the displaced Pandit youth about
the benefits of Sher-e-Kashmir Employment Welfare
Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) a scheme launched by
the State Government, a workshop was organized by
NC Minority Cell at its Anand Nagar Bohri Office
today under the chairmanship of Vijay Bakaya MLC.
The workshop among
others was attended by Deputy Director
Employment, Sham Sundar Gupta and Mrs Teja Kaul,
member of the Women Welfare Development
Corporation as chief guests.
A large number of
displaced youth from camp and non camp localities
attended the workshop.
Speaking on the
occasion, Mr Bakaya said that the SKEWPY was
launched by the State Government last year to
help the prospective entrepreneurs to settle in
private sector. He laid emphasis to create
awareness on the schemes among those unemployed
youth of the community who have grown overaged
and those who are interested in the self
Both Mr Gupta and
Mrs Kaul explained the youth about the aims and
objectives of the scheme and gave details about
the benefits of the scheme and urged the youth to
take the benefit of the same.
information about the Voluntary Service Allowance
(VSA) scheme which offers monthly allowance to
the educated youth from matriculation level to
the Post graduate level was also shared with the
Mr Bakaya also
complimented the youth for having shown foresight
in accepting the appointment orders and joining
their duties in Kashmir Valley defying
irresponsible calls made for boycotting this
The vote of thanks
was proposed by M K Yogi working president of the
Cell. Others who attended the meeting included R
N Fotedar, Anil Dhar, Bansi Lal Bhat, S N Dhar,
Pinky Bhat, Karan Choudhary, Bala Ji Bhat, Ramesh
Bharti, Gopi Krishen, Amit Koul and P L Talashi.
accommodation to KP youth at district level:
Dec 16: All
Kashmiri Migrant Welfare Society (AKMWS) has
urged the State Government to make arrangements
for accommodation for the newly appointed
displaced youth in Kashmir Valley at district
In a statement
issued here today, president of the Society M K
Bhat expressed apprehension that the displaced
youth may suffer for want of accommodation at
district level in Valley after joining their
Mr Bhat who
accompanied the youth to Ganderbal and Srinagar
for joining their duties also met the DC
Ganderbal who showed his inability to provide any
accommodation at present as the district being
newly created has no such arrangements nor the
Government has given any firm directives to meet
out such requirements as yet.
expressed satisfaction over the treatment given
by the officers and the people of the Valley to
the newly appointed youth. He said the youth
being the future of the country will certainly
help in bridging the gap between the two
organizes seminar on finance, accounting
Dec 16: The
NIIT organised seminar on Career Opportunities in
Finance and Accounting and launched its new
diploma course in Tally 9 ERP, here today.
Regional Head of the Tally Solution Private
Limited, was the resource person, who launched
the programme on the occasion. While addressing,
he stated that lot of opportunities have been
existing for young undergraduates in the field of
computerized accounting based Tally software. He
discussed at length various job profiles
available after qualifying programmes on Tally.
Director, Jammu NIIT Franchisee Company, stated
that NIIT has already established its
credentials, operating in Jammu for the last
nearly two decades and providing diploma
programmes for IT related job/skill development
which were conducted from time-to-time. He also
thanked Harish Rajput for awakening students on
holds protest against price rise
Jammu West Assembly Movement held a protest
demonstration against failure of UPA and State
Government to control the rising petroleum prices
and burnt effigies of the Government.
Assembly Movement, president, Sunil Dimple, while
addressing criticized the Government for no steps
having been taken by the State as well as Centre
to control pricing index.
On the occasion,
he warned the black marketers and hoarders to
stop hoarding and also blamed for unavailability
of kerosene oil, ration and other essential
effective measures to exempt sales tax on LPG,
petrol and diesel as also to control the prices
of eatables and added that with increasing prices
of essential commodities, the common man was
being badly affected.
Others present on
the occasion were Ishar Das, Sunil Sharma,
Kulwant Sharma, Rakesh Sharma, Viky, Hans Raj,
Vipan, Vinet Gupta, Ramesh Chander Kohli, Dr Sham
Saroop Gupta, Mohan Lal Sharma, Sanjay Nagraj,
Kulbir Singh, Manjit, Rajinder Verma, Devinder
Kumar and D N Bhat.
migrants for removal of pre-conditions on
Dec 16: Non
Camp Displaced Co-ordination Committee in a
meeting here today held under the chairmanship of
D N Kissu its chairman took the stock of
political and other developments in the State.
meeting Mr Kissu alleged that the PMs
rehabilitation package has remained unimplemented
till date as the ex-gratia for the burnt
properties to displaced people was partially
He demanded that
the Government should pay the assessed amount for
the gutted properties immediately and removing
the draconian conditions attached with PMs
special employment package for the displaced
youth. The inhuman affidavit that is being sought
from the displaced youth for serving in Kashmir
Valley alone needs to be removed as most of the
displaced youth are afraid of joining their jobs
because of dreadful affidavit which the entire
displaced community condemns, it added.
The meeting also
demanded allotment of quarters at Jagati to the
non camp migrants residing in rented
accommodations or they be paid the feasible rent.
It also demanded
that the hassles free medical fund may be made
available with Relief Commissioner and it should
be without administrative bottlenecks. The fund
be kept in readiness for patients suffering from
heart ailments, malignancy and patients on
dialysis. It also demanded one time assistance of
Rs 25 lakh to overaged displaced youth for their
rehabilitation and political empowerment for the
The meeting was
addressed by Prof Girdhari Lal Koul, chief
advisor, P L Sudeshi president, Rohsan Lal Raina,
convener, Virender Raina, national spokesman PK,
Makhan Lal Pandita, Vinod Durani, Phoola Ji,
president Women Wing, Nana Ji, C L Koul, M L
Bhan, Badri Nath and Chaman Lal Koul.
Sahni releases 15th Urdu book of Prof Shohaib
Dec 16: The
15th Urdu book of HoD, Department of Urdu Prof
Shohaib Inayat Malik, was released by Prof Varun
Sahni, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu (JU)
at Prof Gian Chand Jain Seminar Hall along with
other dignitaries, here today.
Vice Chancellor Prof Reyaz Punjabi was the chief
guest. MLA M Y Tarigami and Ved Bhasin were the
guest of honours.
Prof Sahni while
congratulating Prof Shohaib for bringing out
valuable book, said that Prof Shohaib was not
only prolific writer of Urdu but also an able
administrator who had contributed a lot for the
development of Urdu language and literature in
Prof Reyaz highlighted the qualities of Prof
Shohaib. He said that he has gone through all the
articles which had been published in the book
which bring out hidden aspects of writers and
poets of the State.
him as a reputed writer having secular bent of
mind who had organized various functions in the
nook and corners of the State for spreading
message of love and brother hood. Tarigami said
that he had gone through the book and had come to
the conclusion that the writer has done justice
to the theme of the book.
Earlier, Prof M A
Wani welcomed the guests while Dr Mohd Reyaz
Ahmed conducted the proceedings.
The author of the
book Prof Shohaib Inayat Malik presented vote of
thanks on the occasion.
appoints Ranjeet as MAM College president
Dec 16: The
National Students Union of India (NSUI) today
declared its unit for Government PG MAM College
in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Arjun
Singh Pathania, State general secretary.
meeting, Ranjeet Thakur was appointed as
President of newly formed body. The other elected
office-bearers were Rakesh Singh Bhau as senior
vice-president, Jasvinder Singh Sohal as vice
president, N S Punjabi as general secretary,
Ranjeet Singh Manhas, Shoket Ahmed, Shamsher
Singh and Nitin Manhas as secretaries.
Besides this, the
NSUI leader also announced 45-member executive
for raising infrastructure at Ujh Peer Baba
Minister of State for Cooperative, Finance
and Planning, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma convened a
meeting of tehsil and block level officers for
seeking suggestions regarding provision of basic
facilities to the devotees of Ujh Peer Baba in
tehsil Billawar in an effort to develop the
shrine here today.
It is pertinent to
mention here that thousands of devotees of
different religions from different parts of
Kathua throng the place to seek blessing of Peer
Dr Manohar Lal
Sharma passed instructions especially to the
officers of Social Forestry and Forest Department
to do needful for beautification of surrounding
area of the Peer Baba. He also asked PDD and PHE
officers to ensure uninterrupted electricity and
water supply to the Peer Baba shrine.
Among others, SDM
Billawar Jatinder Kumar Singh, district, tehsil
and block level officers were accompanied the