Omar for expeditious
execution of SKIMS
up-gradation project

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 11: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, while addressing 35th Governing Body Meeting of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) highlighted the importance of health sector and said that Government has accorded top priority to....more

Taj reviews pace of
Hydraulic Projects, WSSs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud- Din today reviewed the pace of work on the Hydraulic projects under execution in the Ramanagar area of Udhampur district. He was informed that Rs. 1 crore..more

78 civilians cross LoC

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Apr 11: Seventy-eight civilians today exchanged sides at Chakan-Da-Bagh cross-LoC point in weekly Poonch-Rawlakote bus service. For third consecutive week, there was no civilian from this part of the divided State to visit Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the weekly bus in the absence...more

Governor, CM greet
people on Ramanavami

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: The Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today felicitated the people on Ramanavami and expressed sincere hope that this auspicious occasion would be a harbinger of peace, progress and.....more

DGP reviews security
situation in Valley

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 11: In the run up to the coming Panchayat elections, Darbar Move of offices to the summer capital and maintenance of law and order in the Valley, the Director General of Police....more

 

HC’s directive to
SSP Udhampur

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: In a habeas corpus petition alleging that 54 persons are in illegal custody of Ravi Kumar, owner of Shivalik Brick Industries at Berollah in Udhampur, State High Court has directed the SSP Udhampur to search the premises of brick kiln and set to liberty....more

Vice Chancellor SMVDU,
Director Colleges
release GDC publication

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UDHAMPUR, Apr 11: During a visit to Government Degree College (GDC), Udhampur, Prof RNK Bamezai, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) along....more

2 killed, 3 injured in
mishap

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Two persons were killed and three others sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a car and a truck at Tethar near Banihal on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway this afternoon. Report said that the.....more

     
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Omar for expeditious execution
of SKIMS up-gradation project

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Apr 11: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, while addressing 35th Governing Body Meeting of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) highlighted the importance of health sector and said that Government has accorded top priority to this vital sector and several measures have already been initiated and most of the health institutions have been equipped with necessary medical equipments particularly in rural areas to bring down the pressure on the SKIMS and other hospitals in Srinagar.

The Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Medical Education, R. S. Chib, Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Director AIMS, Dr. Rekhi, Director SKIMS, Dr. A. H. Zargar Members of the Governing Body, Dr. G.Q. Allaqaband, Dr. Mehraj-ud-Din, Principal GMC Srinagar, Dean Faculty SKIMS and Principal SKIMS Medical College were present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister said that Government is keen to launch joint ventures in health sector in private public partnership mode, adding that cabinet sub-committee constituted to frame a policy in this behalf would submit its report soon.

Director SKIMS, Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar while presenting agenda of the Governing Body informed that a prospective project for consultancy contract costing Rs 262 crore has been formulated for up-gradation of SKIMS. The project include Accident Emergency Services, a separate seven storey building for indoor patients and new OPD block to cater the rush of patients.

Dr. Zargar also apprised the Governing Body about the functioning of this prestigious institution.

The Chief Minister directed that all procedures should be completed expeditiously so that on the basis of proper consultancy, the project is taken up accordingly.

He urged upon the doctors to provide proper medicare services to the people.

The meeting discussed in detail various administrative measures and appropriate decisions were taken to streamline the functioning of the institute. The Governing Body was apprised about the progress in various fields and construction of female nursing hostel, maternity and administrative blocks which are at final stage.

The meeting was also informed about the functioning of different faculties and the Chief Minister appreciated the good work of entire staff of SKIMS, particularly, the Director, Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar for providing medicare facilities to large number of patients who are visiting the Institute for treatment.

Taj reviews pace of Hydraulic Projects, WSSs

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud- Din today reviewed the pace of work on the Hydraulic projects under execution in the Ramanagar area of Udhampur district.

He was informed that Rs. 1 crore is being expended on Jandhari and Channi- Mansar Water Supply schemes (WSSs) to make them commissionable with in this financial year.

The Minister also directed exploring and tapping sub- surface water resources in Majalta area for which he advised engineers to use the latest satellite imagery for the purpose. He said Government has decided to provide home filters to the inhabitants of areas which are solely depended on tank water.

Under the irrigation sector, the meeting was told that of the 10 schemes targeted under AIBP, 4 have already been completed, whileas 6 are expected to be completed within this fiscal. 14 new irrigation projects under the scheme and 2 under NABARD assistance in the area have been submitted for funding, the meeting was told.

The meeting was also told that 57 hand pumps are at present operational in the area catering to drinking water needs of a large chunk of population. The meeting was also informed that 10 schemes benefitting 26 habitations would be completed in the area this year.

Mr. Taj also directed improvement and stabilization of Panch- Grain Khul at an estimated cost of Rs. 15 lakh.

The meeting was attended by MLA, Ramnagar, Harshdev Singh, Commissioner/ Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mehboob Iqbal, Chief Engineer, PHE, Irrigation, B.R. Dogra, Senior Engineers and officers of concerned department.

78 civilians cross LoC

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POONCH, Apr 11: Seventy-eight civilians today exchanged sides at Chakan-Da-Bagh cross-LoC point in weekly Poonch-Rawlakote bus service. For third consecutive week, there was no civilian from this part of the divided State to visit Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the weekly bus in the absence of permits.

Reports said 27 civilians left Poonch for Rawlakote in PoK this morning in the weekly bus. All of them were PoK citizens, who returned home after staying with their family members and relatives on this side for over a month.

From PoK, 51 civilians reached Poonch. They included 48 guests from PoK, who reached this part of the State for the first time to meet their divided family members. Three others on board the bus were citizens of Poonch, who returned home after completing their stay across the Line of Control.

Mohammad Yunus Choudhary, District Agriculture Officer and M A Qureshi, DySP DAR Poonch were present at Chakan-Da-Bagh during cross-LoC movement of the civilians. The PoK side was represented by Parvez Akhter, SDM Hajeera, Rawlakote.

Governor, CM greet people on Ramanavami

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JAMMU, Apr 11: The Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today felicitated the people on Ramanavami and expressed sincere hope that this auspicious occasion would be a harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity of the State.

In his message of felicitations, the Governor said that the celebration of festivals, which are an important aspect of our glorious pluralistic history, strengthen communal harmony, brotherhood and secular ethos.

The Governor prayed for the well-being of the people of the State.

In a greetings message, the Chief Minister said that the pluralistic ethos of Jammu and Kashmir and its high traditions of communal amity get further strengthened by celebrating the holy occasions in an atmosphere of brotherhood and harmony. "Let us spread love and happiness universally and remember the needy and poor on the holy occasions of festivity and joy", he said.

The Chief Minister expressed the hope that this day will herald a new era of peace and development in the State.

DGP reviews security situation in Valley

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SRINAGAR, Apr 11: In the run up to the coming Panchayat elections, Darbar Move of offices to the summer capital and maintenance of law and order in the Valley, the Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda today reviewed overall security scenario in the Kashmir.

The high level meeting was attended by the chiefs of various wings of JKP, District Superintendents of Police and other para-military forces deployed in the Valley held at Police Control Room here this evening.

Mr. Khoda called for close synergy between various law enforcing agencies to ensure free and fair elections. He emphasized the need for creating a congenial atmosphere for maximum participation of voters in the democratic exercise at the grassroots level. ‘No body will be allowed to vitiate the atmosphere and create obstacles in smooth conduct of polls’, he asserted.

Mr. Khoda directed that strict vigil must be maintained on the anti-social elements in all the nooks and corners of the Valley so that their ill designs are foiled. He further directed the police and all other agencies to maintain congenial atmosphere in the Valley for overall peace and prosperity of the people.

The DGP stressed upon the officers to work with greater zeal and maintain close liaison with each other for smooth conduct of elections which will begin from April 13. He impressed upon the field officers to strengthen deployments and the manpower on the ground so that the people are able to elect their representatives for the Panchayats in a free and fair atmosphere.

During the meeting, the  DGP was briefed by different district police chiefs that a number of measures have been taken with regard to improving security and deployment of personnel for maintaining law and order in their respective jurisdictions. The district chiefs said that many civil society meetings and youth conferences have been organized for creating better police-public relation by involving people of all walks of society, particularly the youth.

The high level meeting was attended by ADGP, Armed/Law & Order, K. Rajendra Kumar, IGPs, S. M. Sahai, B. Srinivas and Z. H. Chisti, IGPs CRPF, B. N. Romesh and Ravi Prakash Meharda, DIGs, Rauf-ul-Hassan, Muneer Khan, A. G. Mir, Garib Dass and S. A. Watali, all District Superintendents of Police of the Valley and other police officers.

HC’s directive to SSP Udhampur

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JAMMU, Apr 11: In a habeas corpus petition alleging that 54 persons are in illegal custody of Ravi Kumar, owner of Shivalik Brick Industries at Berollah in Udhampur, State High Court has directed the SSP Udhampur to search the premises of brick kiln and set to liberty any person who is found in illegal custody.

In the petition, Ranjit Masih submitted that his five children, mother, father and brothers were in illegal custody of owner of Shivalik Brick Industries. He along with other petitioners mentioned the names of 54 persons, who are in illegal custody.

After hearing the petitioner-in-person along with counsel, Justice J P Singh issued notice to the respondents and directed SSP Udhampur to search the premises of Shivalik Brick Industries Beroal Udhampur and in case the persons whose name appear in the petition were found in illegal custody, they shall be set to liberty forthwith.

Vice Chancellor SMVDU, Director
Colleges release GDC publication

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Apr 11: During a visit to Government Degree College (GDC), Udhampur, Prof RNK Bamezai, Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) along with Prof Sham Lal Gupta, Director Colleges, Department of Higher Education, today released the "Institutional Calendar" of the college.

On the occasion, Principal of the College, Prof Nutan K Resutra along with teaching and non-teaching staff and PG students of the college were present.

Addressing the audience, Prof Bamezai stressed on the need to blend the traditional and the modern for the better performance and develop a model of approach based on Gandhian and Nehruvian models so that the local and the global are blended to face the challenges ahead.

Prof Sham Lal Gupta lauded the endeavours of the college for infrastructure enhancement and said that colleges play important role in producing the adequate human resource which is must for the sustenance of any economy.

Earlier, Prof Resutra presented the welcome address and outlined various initiatives to be taken during the current session.

On the occasion, Ashok Kumar, Joint Director, Department of Youth Services and Sports and Rajguru, Sportsperson were honoured for their immense contribution for the development of sports campus activities. Besides this NSS volunteers Kuljeet Singh, Pankaj Sharma, Shivani Bhat, Bhahishan Singh, and Kannav Sharma were also given prizes for their participation in a symposium held during NSS workshop.

Prof Sudhir Singh, Convener, IQAC, conducted the proceedings.

2 killed, 3 injured in mishap

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: Two persons were killed and three others sustained injuries in a head-on collision between a car and a truck at Tethar near Banihal on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway this afternoon.

Report said that the Santro car bearing registration number JK01M-5707 was on its way from Jammu to Srinagar when it collided head on with a truck bearing registration number JK0IAJ-1517, which was coming from the opposite direction.

Soon after getting information about the accident, a police party from Banihal Police Station rushed to the spot and started rescue operation. All the critically injured occupants of the car were brought out of the badly mangled vehicle and rushed to Emergency Hospital Banihal, where two of them were pronounced as brought dead.

The deceased have been identified as Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din, son of Mohd Sultan of Soura and Hilal Kanth, son of Ghulam Din Kanth of Ganderbal.

The injured have been identified as Eijan Ahmed, Ibrar Ahmed and Mohd Iqbal, all the residents of Ganderbal. Their condition was stated to be out of danger when reports last came in.

Police has registered a case in this connection.

'Let CM order an inquiry in land grabbing'
Charak to initiate legal action against BJP MLA

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Gulchain Singh Charak has said that he would initiate legal proceedings against the Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Basohli Jagdish Raj Sapolia who raised land grabbing allegations against him in the J&K Legislative Assembly recently.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Charak said that he came to know about the baseless allegations raised against him by the MLA through certain news papers. The said MLA on April 1, 2011 alleged in the House that Charak was in illegal possession of State land falling in Khasra No. 1845/1737 in village Birpur in tehsil and district Samba. Mr Charak said that he strongly refutes the allegations raised by the MLA.

"I hereby categorically assert that I am not in illegal possession of even an inch of land as has been alleged by them. The fact of the matter ascertained from an inquiry conducted by me at my own level has revealed that nature of the said land even as per revenue record is 'Gair Mumkan Khud'. The said land can not be put to agricultural use and so there is no acquisition of even inducting a tenant on the said land. I have not sold even an inch of the said land, nor have created any mortgage thereon for obtaining any loan from bank", he added.

"Raising such reckless allegations without any spot verification is the result of a well-hatched political conspiracy against me. I had no opportunity to defend me in the House when allegations were raised. I would rather advise such people to work for the welfare of society rather than indulging in mud-slinging. I would welcome an inquiry by the Chief Minister against me in this regard", Mr Charak maintained.

VKMI delegation calls on Governor

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JAMMU, Apr 11 : A delegation of the Vichar Kranti Manch International met the Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here today and submitted a memorandum of their demands.

The demands projected by the 9-member delegation of the Manch led by its chief patron, Dr. R. R. Khajuria, included, interalia, early appointment of the members of the State Information Commission, strengthening of the State Human Rights and the State Vigilance Commissions and making the Accountability Commission and Vigilance Commission fully functional.

The other demands highlighted by the delegation included promotion of moral and ethical values and incorporating these as a subject in the educational curricula, taking measures for curbing corruption, promotion of e-governance, effecting electoral reforms, etc.

Dr. Khajuria briefed the Governor about the ongoing activities of the Manch and those planned for the future.

The Governor gave a patient hearing to the deputationists and assured to take up their issues with the Chief Minister.

The delegation comprised Dr. K. C. Dubey, Dr. Gurmeet Singh, Dr. R. R. Sharma, I. D. Soni, Dr. Usha Tickoo, S. K. Jain, Harjinder Singh and Madan Mohan Sharma.  

The Principal Secretary to the Governor, R. K. Goyal, was present on the occasion.

3 die in separate incidents

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Srinagar, Apr 11: Three persons lost their lives in separate incidents across the Kashmir valley on Monday.

Reports said that a truck bearing registration number JK02AM/7747 collided with a tree near village Sopat-Devsar, Kulgam, resulting in on spot death of driver namely Mukhtar Ahmad Wagay age 21 years son of Ghulam Hassan resident of Chamgund-Devsar, Kulgam.

A driver identified as Sudesh Kumar son of Hans Raj resident of Tam Nagar, Udhampur died apparently of a heart attack near Hotel Saima Khanyar, Srinagar when he was cleaning his Qualis Vehicle bearing register number JK02T/7133. Police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC in this regard.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan aged 12 years son of Hamid Khan resident of Mir Muqam, Awoora in the frontier district of Kupwara was attacked and killed by a leopard in the jungle area of Mir Muqam falling under the jurisdiction of police station Trehgam. The body was handed over to his legal heirs for last rites.

79 cases settled in Lok Adalat

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UDHAMPUR, Apr 11 : A Lok Adalat was held in the District Court Complex here under the Chairmanship of Principal District and Sessions Judge, A.K. Sharma, who is also the Chairman of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Udhampur.

Three benches were constituted to settle the cases referred to the Lok Adalat by different courts of Udhampur.

First bench comprising Principal District and Sessions Judge, Udhmapur and Additional District and Sessions Judge Udhampur, Nighat Sultana was constituted to deal with MACT cases. While second bench comprising Chief Judicial Magistrate Udhampur, M.K. Sharma and Advocate Ajay Bandral was constituted to deal with criminal matters referred by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate and other Judicial Magistrate at Udhampur.

The third bench comprising Munsiff Judicial Magistrate, Udhampur, Anoop Sharma and Advocate Surinder Kumar Sharma was constituted to deal with the traffic challans.

Total 86 cases were taken up in the Lok Adalat by the three benches out of which two MACT and 77 criminal cases were settled and amount of Rs 4,15000 was given as compensation in MACT cases while Rs. 20140 were recovered as composition fees.

Babber nominates Baldev Raj as SS unit president

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Swarnkar Sangh (SS), Jammu, today held a meeting under the chairmanship of its President Raj Kumar Babber to discuss various problems being faced by the Swarnkars of the State.

In the meeting Raj Kumar Babber nominated Baldev Raj as President of Swarnkar Sangh, Bari Brahmana.

Addressing the gathering Raj Kumar Babber highlighted various problems including OBC status, Naga Form 411, Act of Police etc. He said that Government has increased the fee of Naga Form to Rs 1000 and appealed the Chief Minister to lower the fee to Rs 50 in favour of Swarnkars.

Among others present included Ram Kapoor, general secretary, Rajinder Sehdev, cashier, Vijay Verma, vice president, Ashok Kumar Suri, joint secretary, etc.

Over one lakh devotees pay obeisance at Chountra shrine

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RAMNAGAR, Apr 11 Over 40000 pilgrims visited the holy shrine of Chountra Mata situated on a scenic hillock in-between village Rang Bulandh and village Thail in tehsil Ramnagar and Majalta of the Udhampur district during the  7th Navratra. 

The Akhand Joyti of Mahamaya Chountra Mata which was lit at Narsingh ji Mandir, Ramnagar on April 4, 2011 on Ist Navratra was taken to the shrine on the 7th Navratra in a colourful procession followed by thousands of devotees chanting bhajan and kirtan.

MLA, Ramnagar Harshdev Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Basantghar, Amit Sharma, Block Medical Officer, Ramnagar, Dr. Rajesh Gupta, SDPO, Ramnagar, Station House Officer also visited the shrine.

According to the Mela Officer, Naib Tehsildar Ramnagar, over one lakh yatris performed darshan at the shrine during Navratra days.

Leading Gojri writer dead

JAMMU, Apr 11: Leading writer of Gojri literature and reputed Urdu scholar Sabir Afaqi died in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir today. He was 78.

According to family sources, he died after a brief illness and is survived by wife, a son and two daughters.

Afaqi has authored more than 50 books in Gojri language and over hundred articles in Gojri Language.

An educationist and a poet, Afaqi, born in 1933 at village Gohari (Muzaffarabad), did his MA in Urdu) and Arabic and Persian from Punjab University and B.Ed. from Peshawar University.

He did his PhD in Persian literature and language from Tehran University (1968-72). For 30 years, he had served the PoK University as Professor and later as head of Urdu Department. (PTI)

Home Guards not to vote for
those making hollow promises

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: All Jammu and Kashmir Home Guard Welfare Association (HGWA) demanded redressel to their demands before Panchayat elections, for which they have been fighting for the last six years but the Government did nothing to conceding their demands.

Addressing media-persons today its president, Kamla Sharma, said that Government is not working honestly for the redressel to their demands which has compelled them not to vote such candidates who had not come forward for their rescue and also to those who had make fake and hollow promises to them. She said for the last six years they are on agitation and struggling for getting resolved their demands but none of the candidate whether independent or belonging to any political party has come to listen their grievances.

She added that in State Assembly all demanded hike in salary of Legislators but no one put forth the burning issue of home guards who are struggling for getting conceded their demands since last six years. "Panchayat elections are to be held in State and now no Homeguard will not cast his or her vote in favour of candidates whose all the assurances regarding redressel to their demands have proved hollow and fake", she added.

She said that home guards are performing their duties like other belt forces but the Government is just paying them Rs 410, which was very meager at the time when the prices of essential commodities are touching sky. She added that Punjab is providing all the facilities to home guards but nothing has been done in the favour of Jammu Kashmir Home guards.

Kamla Sharma urged the Chief Minister to solve the demands of the home guards at the earliest or be ready to face dire consequences.

Among others present in the press conference were Darshna, Santosh, Shakuntla, Veena, Bimla, Tirath Singh, Mohinder Singh, Subash Chander, Abdul Majid, Mohd Sayad, etc.

Redress plight of Gujjar, Bakerwals: GBIC

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Jammu Kashmir Gujjar Bakerwal Islahi Committee (GBIC) in a meeting today under the chairmanship of its general secretary, Akhtar Hussain, discussed various problems being faced by the community.

Addressing the gathering, Akhtar Hussain said that Government of India (GoI) has issued various schemes for the upliftment of the Gujjar Bakerwal community but the State Government is not performing its duty properly. He said that funds allocated to this community are diverted to other departments and thus ignoring the demands of the community by which they are facing difficulties.

He alleged that Government was meting out step motherly behavior towards their community and urged the Chief Minister to intervene and redress the plight of the community regarding development, reservation, etc. at an earliest.

Congregations on Apr 14

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Various communities are celebrating their annual and bi-annual congregations at respective places of worship on April 14, the Baisakhi Day, with religious fervour and enthusiasm.

All India Bhadwal Rajput Biradari will hold its annual congregation at the old temple of Sati Mata Kulvardhani at Bhadu tehsil of Kathua district on April 14. On the occasion, Hawan, Kanya Poojan and Preeti Bhoj (Bhandara) would be organized for the devotees. All Bhadwal Biradari Rajputs have been asked to participate alongwith families to get invoked blessings of the deity.

The annual congregation of Seth Brahman Biradari is going to be held on April 14. President of Prabandhak Committee Master Rampaul has stated that prior to congregation, Ramayan Paath will start on April 13 and Bhog will be held on Baisakhi Day. After Hawan, Sant Shri Surtesh Shastri would deliver discourses which would be followed by Bhandara.

All India Lamma (Mahajan) Biradari is to hold its half-yearly congregation on April 14 at Bua Datti Mandir, village Sanyal, tehsil Hiranagar. Jagrata will be held on April 13 and Hawan on April 14, which would be followed by Bhandara from 9 am onwards.

Sabharwal Biradari’s congregation is going to be held on April 14 at Babe Da Talab, Akhnoor Road, which would start with holding of Hawan and Kirtan followed by Langar. The members of the Biradari have been asked to participate along with families to obtain blessings of the Datti.

Woman crushed to death

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JAMMU, Apr 11: A 40-year-old lady was crushed to death by Army vehicle at Sidhra bye pass road today.

A police spokesman said Nazira Bibi, wife of Mohd Shafi of Ragoora under the jurisdiction of Bagh-e-Bahu Police Station was crushed to death on the spot by speeding Army vehicle today at Sidhra bye pass road. She was immediately shifted to GMC in a pool of blood where doctors declared him as brought dead.

The victims' body was handed over to family members after post mortem and other legal formalities.

Police has seized the vehicle and registered case for further enquiry.

AIKS holds symposium on
preservation of Kashmiri language

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) held a symposium on preservation of Kashmiri language, literature and culture in diaspora in Union Capital. M K Kaw former Secretary Human Resources (GoI) presided over it.

The noted Dogri poetess and littérateur, Padma Sachdev was the guest of honour.

Well known scholars, poets, writers and experts on Kashmiri language who took part in the symposium included Mohan Lal Sar, Bal Krishan Sanyasi, Vijay Saqi, Prof Chaman Lal Sapru and Dr S S Toshkhani. Dr Roop Krishan Bhat , Director Institute of Official languages, GoI, anchored the symposium.

The participants expressed concern over the gradual decline of the use of Kashmiri language amongst the community in diaspora which, if not arrested would lead to the erosion of community’s identity as Kashmiris.

It was suggested that there should be greater use of the language in homes, particularly with children, publication of books and other literature in Kashmiri in Devnagri script for the benefit for larger Kashmiri population now in diaspora."Need was also felt of popularizing Kashmir music, art theatre and dance forms on larger scale with the increasing involvement of youth and young children’’.

On the occasion AIKS released a special issue of its journal Naad dedicated to the life and services of Late Padamshri J N Kaul (Pappaji).

This was followed with scintillating cultural evening in which the noted singer Sushma Kalla presented a number of popular Kashmiri songs and bhajans amidst the thunderous applause. S K Bhan regaled the audience with his satirical poetic compositions.

The symposium was preceded by AGM in which the delegates from different parts of the country were present. The meeting was presided over by Moti Koul, president AIKS who highlighted the achievements of the organization.

Politicians have to take corrective
measures to check corruption: Prasad

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Sharing the concern shown by the nation over growing corruption in public life, BJP national spokesperson, Ravi Shanker Prasad today said that the whole movement in the country has arisen because of patent disgust of the people on account of Common Wealth Games (CWG), 2 G Spectrum and Adarsh scams.

Mr Prasad, who is a part of BJP Parliamentarian Study Group to have the study of the situation in J&K in an informal chat with media persons here today said that politicians have to take corrective measures to root out this menace from the public life.

Commenting on the remarks of JD (S) president and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Kumara Swamy, about corruption in politics, he said what can be more expected from the JD (S) leader.

The politicians like Kumara Swamy survive on corruption, so nothing more can be expected from them, he added.

5 trucks with 42 bovines seized

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SAMBA, Apr 11: The police today seized five trucks carrying 42 bovine animals from Bari Brahmana and Bishnah area today.

Reports said the police parties during naka and also on specific inputs seized trucks at Roi Morh, Balol Khad and some other locations with the help of locals. The truck operators however, managed to escape from the spot. A total 42 bovine animals were seized along with the vehicles.

The trucks seized by police are JK02W/ 0139, JK02W/3317, JK02AB/5297, JK02N/ 1467 and JK02U/0885. Cases have been registered in this connection. The police was searching for the bovine smugglers.

People protest, demand opening of KV

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KATHUA, Apr 11: The people of Kathua and adjoining areas staged protest demonstration at main chowk here in support of their demand.

The agitating people were demanding opening of Kendriya Vidyalya at Kathua town. They said that KV at Kathua was sanctioned during 2002. The then DC Kathua, B D Sharma had assured that land will be provided for the same. Since then nine DC;s have changed but nobody bothered to sanction land for the same. They pointed out that even the local MP has failed to take necessary steps in this regard. They demanded that District Administration should take necessary steps in this regard so that people of the area are benefited.

3 thieves held with stolen goods

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JAMMU, Apr 11: Police today arrested three thieves of Madhya Pradesh and recovered stolen goods worth Rs 70,000 from their possession in Roop Nagar area.

The thieves have been identified as Ram Dayal, Gaya Din and Rakesh Kumar, residents of Chatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, presently putting up at Roop Nagar.

They had committed theft in the locked house of an Advocate Mr Koul at Paloura and decamped with household goods.

A Janipura police station team led by SHO Inspector Ravinder Parihar arrested the thieves today and recovered all stolen goods from their possession.

A case has been registered against the thieves at Janipura police station for further investigations.

Vinayak Nagar facing acute shortage of LPG

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: Acute shortage of LPG cylinders has added to the woes of the people in Vinayak Nagar, Muthi, Jammu as the residents of the area have been denied the delivery by the concerned agency for last three weeks.

In a statement, the people of the area alleged that the delivery vans of agency supplying the LPG in the area return from half way. They said that the people along with empty cylinders wait for hours for the delivery van, but they have to return without getting the supply which has resulted into the problems of the people of the area.

The residents alleged that despite the repeated pleas to concerned agency no action has been taken in this regard. The people in an appeal to Minister of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and the Director of the Department have sought their immediate intervention in the matter. They demanded that the Government should take immediate steps in ensuring the supply of LPG in the area failing which the people will be forced to resort to agitational methods.

Murder victim to be cremated

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: Nearly a week after the sensational and brutal murder of a youth in Roop Nagar forest, police have decided to get post-mortem of the body conducted through a Board of Doctors and preserve sample for conducting DNA test. After the post-mortem, the unclaimed body would be handed over to a social organization for last rites.

Police said the body remained unidentified for a week.

The samples for DNA test would be preserved. If any body turns up in future to identify the body, the samples would be matched through the DNA test, police said, adding the mystery remained unresolved but the investigations were going on.

Kashmiri migrants hold meeting

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 11: The Kashmiri migrants in a meeting at Muthi today demanded allotment of quarters to the people residing in rented accommodations for last over 20 years.

The meeting said that due to increasing prices of essential commodities these migrants are unable to meet their both ends meet and so the quarters be allotted to them at Jagati on priority basis. The meeting however lauded the steps taken by the Relief Commissioner in this regard and expressed the hope that the deserving people will be given preference.

The meeting also demanded enhancement of cash relief and appointment of remaining 3000 displaced youth under PMs package as well as appointment of waiting list candidates in place of those candidates who failed to join their duties in the stipulated time frame in Kashmir valley.



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