of power billing system
to be completed by
Jan 14: Stating
that revenue realization has a significant
importance in stabilizing the States
economic foundation, the Minister for Finance and
Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today called
for an intensified revenue collection campaign
against the electricity consumed by the consumers
the senior functionaries of the PDD, after
inspecting main power Grid Station, Gladni, Jammu
this afternoon, the Minister urged for
accelerated efforts to achieve the targets
Mr. Rather said
that the entire Power Billing System in the State
would be computerized by ending March this
fiscal. This would help to check pilferage of
power and revenue and also save precious time of
consumers by reducing their interface with the
Mr. Rather urged
for a vigorous recovery drive against defaulting
Government Departments also, adding that about
Rs.531 crore are outstanding against various
departments on account of power bills in Jammu
division out of which only Rs.58.67 crore have
been recovered upto November this fiscal.
"Same is the
situation in Kashmir where whopping sums are
outstanding with various Government Departments
on account of power bills. This is certainly a
cause of concern for which we need to put our
heads together so that burgeoning power bill
outstanding is contained and recoveries
effected," Mr. Rather asserted. He said the
Government would explore all possibilities to
recover outstanding Power Bills against various
Government Departments at source.
The Minister took
a threadbare and holistic review of revenue
receipts in Jammu division and asked the
Engineers that their performance is being
monitored very closely at heighest level. He said
any laxity in this regard would be reviewed
seriously. He assured that the Government will
safeguard service interests of Power Employees as
an obligation. He also called for creating
awareness among the consumers about the
repercussions of power theft through pursuance
and better public relation.
to Government, Jalil Ahmad Khan, Commr/Secy. to
Government, PDD, Basharat Ahmad Dhar, Development
Commissioner Power, Asgar Ali, Chief Engineer,
Elect, M&RE, Jammu, Mohammad Qasim, Director
General Budget, Ravi Magotra and District and
Circle Level Engineers of PDD were also present.
meeting discusses security situation
Jan 14: A
core group meeting of different security agencies
today discussed prevailing security situation in
the Kashmir valley, a defence ministry spokesman
said here this evening.
He said Lt Gen
Hasnain, GOC Chinar Corps and the Security
advisor to Government, chaired the Core Group
meeting at BB Cantt here today.
The meeting was
attended by the Director General of Police (DGP)
Kuldeep Khoda, senior officers of Army, Police,
CRPF, BSF, Intelligence Agencies and Civil
Speaking on the
occasion, Lt Gen Hasnain complemented the high
level of synergy that exists between all
instruments of National and State Power in
addressing the security concerns of the Valley,
Mr Kuldeep Khoda while addressing the gathering
echoed the same sentiments and further elaborated
on key security issues as prevalent in Jammu and
deliberated on the prevailing external
environment and carried out a holistic
introspection of the way ahead.
visits Vaishno Devi
Jan 14: Union
Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel today
visited holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi ji
and offered prayers.
Mr Patel flew-in
from New Delhi to Jammu Airport from where he
took off the chopper to Sanji Chat.
obeisance to Goddess Vaishno Devi, Mr Patel
returned here from the chopper and flew back to
the Union capital.
accused held in gang rape in matador
Jan 14: Four
more accused in the rape of a woman at Burn khud
under the jurisdiction of Gharota police station
were today arrested by police while one of the
accused was still absconding.
With this, total
arrests made in the gang rape have reached five.
four rapists arrested today as Sukhwinder Singh
and Purshotam Kumar, both residents of Kangar,
Mohammad Sadiq and Mohammad Javed, residents of
Burn. Driver of the matador, in which the girl
was raped, has already been arrested. He was
identified as Balwinder Singh of Digiana.
Police said one of
the accused, Sohan Lal of Kangar was absconding
and efforts were on to nab him.
As reported, a
woman was raped in a matador in Burn khud by the
accused when she was traveling from Bantalab to
Digiana, where she had been married.
The accused have
been booked for kidnapping and rape.
FC Deptt directs closure of major canals
Jan 14: The
Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Jammu
has directed to close the major canals for
As per the press
note issued here, the Chief Engineer said that
all the major canals including Ranbir Canal, New
Partap Canal and Kathua canal and its network
will be closed from January 15 for annual
repairs. He directed all the concerned
Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers
to take up the closure work and urgently repair
He further said
date of opening the canals would be notified
decide course of action in todays meet
Jan 14: Senior
members of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)
and president JKEJAC have resolved to chalk out
next course of action in tomorrows meeting
as Government has shown cold response to their
main issue related to payment of arrears.
pointed out that the cold attitude of the
Government has created sense of disbelief among
the employees who are facing the brunt of sky
rocketing inflation. After taking the stock of
situation by JKEJAC in its recent general council
meeting and after the consultation with other
factions of the JCC it has been felt that the
leadership of the JCC has a responsibility
towards the employees and it can not remain
spectator to the cold attitude of the Government.
It has now been
resolved by mutual consensus by majority of the
JCC members including Abdul Qayoom Wani and
Khursheed Alam that next course of action would
be decided in the proposed meeting tomorrow. They
also issued appeal to all the leaders of the JCC
/ EJAC from Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh to
participate in the meeting so that a consensus
could be evolved to announce joint struggle to
get the issues of the employees resolved. They
pointed out that unrest was prevailing among the
employees in view of soaring prices of the
essentials and all other items while the
Government was denying them their hard earned
money. Mr Wani further said that EJAC will also
hold its meeting earlier and discuss the
employees issues. He said employees were worried
and suffering a lot in view of price hike. They
are feeling helpless and dejected. It becomes the
responsibility of the leadership to take a lead
and discuss strategy for getting the issues
The JCC leader
again impressed upon the Government to release
the arrears of 6th Pay Commission, issue orders
of regularization of adhoc, contractual and daily
rated employees as per decision of the Government
taken in the Assembly and remove the pay
examination partly postponed
Jan 14: As
per Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission
the compulsory papers of General Knowledge and
English of ACF (Main) Examination, 2010 scheduled
to be held on January 15, 2011 and January 16,
2011 at Jammu and Srinagar centres have been
postponed till further orders. The dates for
conduct of these papers would be notified
However, rest of
the papers of the examination would be held from
January 17, 2011 onwards as per already published
date sheet at Srinagar & Jammu centres.
Jitendra Singh quits job
Jan 14: Dr.
Jitendra Singh, nationally known Diabetologist,
author and scholar, who was recently nomiated as
National Executive Member of Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) by hte party national president Nitin
Gadkar, today formally put in his papers to quit
the post of Professor in Govt Medical College
When contacted, Dr
Singh confirmed the news but said he would
continue his clinical practice and alays be
available to his patients for consultation.
Dr. Jitendra Singh
took this decision in response to a written
communication to him from the BJP high command in
Delhi requesting him to relinquish his Government
job so that he could be officially entrusted with
organizational responsibilities of the party at
national and State level.
Menawhile, the BJP
sources had all praise for Dr Jitendra Singh who,
they said, had set a rare example for others by
quitting a senior lucrative Government position
in response to call of service for nationalist
and patriotic ideals.
to empower women:
Chairperson State Commission for Women
Shameema Firdous inaugurated two day
workshop-cum-training programme on gender
budgeting at Samba today.
Industries and Commerce Surjit Singh Slathia was
chief guest on the occasion.
In her inaugural
speech, Mrs. Shameema said that women empowerment
is must for socio economic development and
Government is endeavouring to empower the women
folk of the society by providing them equal
chances of upliftment in every sector, adding
that concept of gender budgeting was necessary to
empower women economically.
the importance of the gender budgeting, Mrs
Shameema said there are a number of gender
specific barriers which prevent women and girls
from gaining access to their rightful share.
"Unless these barriers are done away with
thorough planning, the fruits of economic growth
wont reach to them", she said and
stressed the need for policy interventions to
make women equal shareholders of growth and
Mrs. Shameema said
that Government has initiated various schemes for
welfare of women which need to be implemented in
letter and spirit at grass root level. She urged
upon women to avail optimum benefit from the
schemes launched by State and Central Governments
for their better livelihood.
Mr Slathia said
the gender budgeting is an important powerful
tool in transforming the status fair sex. He said
the full contribution of women in the development
will be realized only after they are made
announces support to BJYM move
BJP asks CM to desist from
hurdles in flag hoisting
Jan 14:- Reiterating
its firm resolve to hoist the National Tricolor
at historic Lal Chowk, Srinagar in Kashmir Valley
on the occasion of Republic Day, BJP today warned
that it will not allow any political party to do
politics over the issue.
The issue of flag
hoisting is the matter of national unity and
integrity and no interference will be tolerated
in this regard, BJP state president Shamsher
Singh Manhas, told reporters here along with BJP
Kashmir chief, Sofi Mohammed Yousf and MLA
He said any
citizen of India can hoist National Flag in any
part of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari
and no one can object in it.
exception to the statement of Chief Minister,
Omar Abdullah that why BJYM is hoisting the flag
after 19 years, he clarified that Omar Abdullah
has no knowledge over this issue as the Party
leaders are hoisting the National Tricolor at Lal
Chowk, Srinagar every year since 1992 after the
then president of the Party Murli Manohar Joshi
along with other senior leaders unfurled the
Tricolor there. So there should be no problem for
Chief Minister if BJYM has decided to hoist the
flag this year, he added.
He said this way
Mr Abdullah was supporting the Hurriyat and JKLF
leadership who have opposed the flag hoisting. If
Omar Abdullah, his Ministers and senior
functionaries of administration can hoist the
National Tricolor in other parts of the State why
the BJYM activists cant hoist the Tricolour
in Kashmir, he asked?.
Meanwhile the Shiv
Sena while taking serious exception to the
statement of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah over
Ekta Yatra has extended full support to BJYM in
organizing the Yatra.
In a statement
issued today vice president North India SS,
Kuldeep Luthra, said the BJYMs effort will
lead to curbing down the nefarious designs of
separatists in J&K.
Committee to probe
mass exodus of Pandits:
All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC)
held a meeting here today under the chairmanship
of R K Raina its senior vice president to discuss
the prevailing situation in the state.
meeting Mr Raina criticized the duel policy of NC
patriarch and Union Minster, Dr Farooq Abdullah
and accused him of changing statements from
Kashmir to Jammu. He said such a policy of the NC
leader was responsible for spoiling the
atmosphere in the state.
meeting, H L Chatta general secretary, ASKPC said
the exodus of KPs and other nationalist forces
from Valley in 1989-90 and afterwards was due to
wrong policies of Dr Abdullah who headed the
Government at that time.
He demanded that a
high level Committee headed by an acting judge of
Supreme Court be appointed to probe the mass
exodus of KPs and fix responsibilities. He said
by becoming mere apologetic will not serve the
purpose nor can it change the history.
criticized the double standards of present Chief
Minister and alleged that he has given a raw deal
to Pandits. He reiterated that KPs will only
return to Valley if they are settled in a single
addressed the meeting included Ravinder Riana, M
K Sher, D N Kissu, Ravi Raina, Ashok Dhar, Reeta
Bhat and Grishim Gurtoo.
Nagar Welfare Committees plea
Jan 14: Durga
Nagar Welfare Committee in a meeting today held
under the chairmanship of Roshan Lal Raina its
president expressed grave concern over the
delaying tactics adopted by the Government in
construction of park in the area.
The meeting said
that despite the assurances given by VC JDA no
head way was made till date regarding the
construction of park in the area.
The meeting in an
appeal to Housing and Urban Development Minister
has sought his immediate intervention in the
The meeting also
expressed concern over the blockage of drains and
lack of proper matador service in the area. It
demanded immediate construction of drain and
installation of flood lights in the area.
debarring militancy victims
Jan 14: Terrorism
Affected Peoples Front (TAPF)Jammu
criticized the State Government for issuing a
fresh SRO debarring the militancy victims whose
family member was killed by terrorists of Rs five
lakh as compensation.
After issuing an
official letter on January 27, 2009 that the
militancy victims whose monthly income will be Rs
5000 will not be given Rs five lakh as
compensation the State Government has backstabbed
them, Mohammed Farooq Mir, ex MLA and TAPF
president Mohamed Aslam Kohli chairman Jammu
Migrant Front (JMF) and Ravinder Raina told
reporters here today.
This is a matter
of shame and instead of providing a healing touch
and justice to the militancy victims, the
Government seems to have shirked its
responsibilities towards them Mir said.
He said there are
thousands of pending cases in the Government
offices under SRO 43 in the districts of Poonch,
Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar,
Kathua and even some cases in Samba district who
have not been given full compensation.
The people were
asked to submit income certificates which is
totally unjustified, Mir said, adding that the
Front will not sit as a mute spectator to this
all and it will come to roads against this gross
He said that
thousands of the militancy victims from the hilly
and far flung areas of Jammu region who have
migrated are still unregistered as migrants by
the Government which has adopted the double
standards and utilized different yardsticks for
migrants of Kashmir Valley and Jammu region.
Mir said the Jammu
migrants are on constant dharna in front of
Divisional Commissioners office but the
authorities are not paying any heed to their
These migrants are
the victims of Governments apathy as they
are leading a miserable life for years together.
He said the Front will decide its future course
of action on January 30 meeting and announce its
agitational programme on the same day.
Saraswati Vihar plunge into darkness
Jan 14: The colonies of Nanak Vihar and
Saraswati Vihar in Lower Muthi plunged into
darkness after a local transformer developed a
snag from January 12 mid night.
repeated pleas of the residents the authorities
till date have failed to install the transformer
in the area. The people of the twin colonies said
that they were facing many hardships due to power
failure in the area. They alleged that the
students whose exams have drawn near are the
worst hit due to the blackout.
The residents of
the area including Omparkash, Radhakrishan Bhat,
Girdhari Lal and Bansi Lal Raina have also taken
up the matter with concerned MLA.
residents of Suriya Vihar Lower Muthi are facing
the shortage of LPG. According to Dr G K Gupta
the people who have booked the LPG with concerned
agency about a month back have not received the
home delivery till date which has compounded
Dr Gupta has
appealed the Director CAPD to look into the
matter and issue directives to the concerned Gas
agency to ensure home delivery of LPG in time.
generously for disabled: Bhalla
Jan 14: Calling
upon affluent class to readily contribute for the
welfare of disabled children, Minister for
Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla
said coordinated and collective efforts are
needed to provide succor to this miserable class.
function organized by Sahyog India in
collaboration with Prerna Institute of
Rehabilitation and Research for mentally
challenged, deaf and dumb at Future Pack Higher
Secondary School, Upper Gaddigarh, Mr. Bhalla
said honest and dedicated NGOs engaged in
promoting social cause will always receive
encouragement from the Government. He said two
decades long turmoil has given rise to a large
scale disabled people for which collective
efforts of Government, NGOs and philanthropists
are needed for their well being and
The Minister said
generous help of the rich will go a long way in
mitigating sufferings of this distressed class,
adding that serious efforts are need to spot
talent among the disabled children and train them
accordingly for their transformation into
productive and capable human resources.
Sahyog India, Kh. Farooq Renzushah, president
Sahyog India, Ashwani Jojra among other senior
members included Mahesh Kinth, S Narinder Singh,
Lalit Kumar, D D Khajuria, Dr. T K Moza, 84-Bn.
CRPF Chauhan besides prominent personalities of
Red Cross home, government and private
personalities were present on the occasion.
Lakeer heralds regional cinema
Lakeer, a well-made first ever
film in Pahari language was released with lot of
fanfare at the Hari Theatre, here today, by
Abhiyaan, a NGO, committed to promotion of
With brass band
playing choicest filmi songs, audience lined up
before time and group of curious passers almost
blocking the early traffic in Raghunath
Bazarall gave a festive look to the mahurat
show of the film.
Approved by Censor
Board of India and exempted of entertainment tax
by Government, the film is being considered by
many a historic moments in history of regional
cinema in the State.
while showcasing grand tradition of communal
harmony and brotherhood amongst Hindus, Muslims
and Sikhs of the State, is a moving portrayal of
pre and post partition happenings and its
aftermath that has not only divided the land but
Directed by Shiv
Dutt, one of the senior most filmmaker of the
State, based on original story idea of Khalid
Hussain and written by Ali Adalat, the film has
emerged as a true reflection of Pahari culture
and social practices.
The lilting music
by Chaman Panthi, is a vital aspect of the film
as it has made artistic use of folk forms like
mahiya, Heer along with
poetry of Saif-ul-Malook. Based on lyrics of poet
and artiste, K D Maini, and Pervez Malik, the
songs have been sung by Surpal Singh, Suresh
Chouhan, Deepali Watal, Neelam Langeh and Sham
The actors of
Lakeer who gave brilliant
performances include Pankaj Khajuria, Monika
Singh (now leading artist in serial
"Pratigya" of star plus), Shiv Mehta,
Raghunandan Singh Bali, Shammi Malhotra, Bharat
and Late Subhash Raizada, Lalit Gupta, Madan
Rangeela, Sandesh Veer, Kusum Tikoo and Ritu
Excelsior, Manmeet of MC Khalsa School, said that
the film entertains as well as educates. Mohammad
Ashraf, who had specially come from Surankot to
watch the film said that to watch a film in
ones own mother tongue was a dream come
mahurat show was inaugurated by Mushtaq Bukhari,
VC, Advisory Board for Pahari Speaking People.
Other eminent personalities who also watched the
film included Mubarak Gul, Advisor to Chief
Minster, ex-Minister Sardar Harbans Singh and
Surinder Singh Shingari.
Express arrives Udhampur
Jan 14: "
Science Express", the state of art science
exhibition mounted on a specially designed train
was inaugurated by Additional District
Development Commissioner (ADDC), Udhampur, Ram
Rattan Sharma at Railway Station, here on Friday
which is being packed on a train, was conceived
by Indias Department of Science and
Technology. The Executer of the exhibition is
Vikram A Sarabhai from Community Science Centre,
The exhibition on
wheels with more than 300 large format visual
images, over 150 video clips and multimedia
exhibits highlighting cutting edge research in
Science and Technology would remain open for
students in particular and masses in general upto
January 17, 2011 from 10.00 A.M to 5.00 P.M at
Railway Station, Udhampur.
efforts of organizers for holding Science express
in Udhampur Railway Station, the ADDC said that
the exhibition would provide an opportunities
especially to the students and others having
scientific bent of mind to know the glorious
legacy of India future programmes in Science and
Technology. Mr. Sharma said that efforts have
already been made to involve maximum number of
students so that they could learn how science is
enabling society to face the global challenges of
the 21st century.
of the Science Express include Indias
achievements in IT, Bio-Tech, Space and
Nanotechnology besides film shows on Innovations,
Inventions, Discoveries and Topical issues.
Another special feature of the exhibition is
"Joy of Science Lab" where students can
conduct hand-on experiments in Physics,
Chemistry, Biology and Math Projects.
Large number of
students from various Government and private
educational institutions thronged Udhampur
Railway Station on Friday to be on board
"Science Express" to see the various
advancements in the field of Science and
Technology. Science educators and communicators
explained the different science exhibits and
answered their numerous queries.
VTP for students of winter zones begins at BGSBU
The 3-week Vacation Training Programme (VTP)
for students representing winter zones under the
aegis of Centre for Biodiversity Studies (CBS)
commenced here at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah
BGSBU Prof Irshad A Hamal inaugurated the
programme. While addressing, he said that
popularizing science and creating public
awareness regarding nature conservation is the
need of hour and such outreach and training
programmes would go a long way in spreading the
Prof Hamal also
hailed the selection of Centre for Biodiversity
Studies as one of the Regional Resource Agencies
(RRAs) for implementation of national level DNA
club programmes in the State.
Registrar M Rashid
Chowdhary, lauded the role of RRA in organizing
such programme for the students of winter zones
nodal schools of Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu
Academic Affairs Prof A K Koul stressed on the
need for sensitizing the young students about the
importance of conservation of nature and appealed
the young minds to play their vital role.
Investigator of the DNA Club programme Dr Ashfaq
Ahmed Zarri, gave detailed presentation on the
project and highlighted the various activities
organised during the last three years.
The students from
Leh, Kargil, Srinagar, Pulwama, Kishtwar and
Poonch districts would undergo training during
Others present on
the occasion were ACR Shahbaz Mirza, university
officials, head of various departments, scholars
panel to study documents on PF misappropriation
Jan 14: A
meeting of the House Committee of Legislative
Assembly constituted to examine and investigate
the issue of misappropriation in the Employees
Provident Fund Organization, was held under the
Chairmanship of MLA M.Y Tarigami, here today.
received the requisite material from the
concerned Organization for its perusal, which the
Committee decided to study in detail to arrive at
Mr. Tarigami asked
the Members to examine the documents in detail so
that a common view is evolved for farming the
opinion. He asked the Members to give their
opinion in the next meeting.
Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, Abdul Majid Wani, Sukhnandan
Kumar, Ashok Kumar and Charanjit Singh besides
officers of the Assembly Secretariat attended the
Jagriti Manch expresses resentment against Govt
The J&K OBC Jagriti Manch showed
resentment against the State Government for
ignoring their demands in a meeting, here today.
The meeting was
held under the chairmanship of Madan Chalotra,
who said that OBC people were struggling to get
their due rights. He said that Backward Classes
Commission is working against the aspiration of
these downtrodden people. He demanded that the
recommendation of Mandal Commission report in
which 27 per cent reservation has been granted to
OBC people should also be granted to them.
The Manch members
also demanded quota in Legislative Assembly to
highlight their problems and grievances. They
further demanded that chairman should be
appointed from OBC people only for the interest
of down trodden people.
efforts needed to conserve green gold: Altaf
Jan 14: Stressing
on collective efforts to conserve green gold in
the State, Minister for Forest and Environment
Mian Altaf Ahmad has called for sensitizing
people regarding bearing of shrinking forests on
climate change and global warming.
workshop on 'climate change and role of forests
in green house GHG mitigation', he emphasized the
need to green the environs by planting plants on
every available space subject to feasibility.
This, he said will help to minimize impact of
global warming besides ensuring attractive
landscape and scenic surroundings. The workshop
was organized by Soil Conservation Department
environment is everybody's concern", he said
and called for roping in NGOs and students to
spread wide awareness about promotion and
conservation of tree cover in Jammu and Kashmir.
Stating that survival of life is dependent on
forests, he said Government is endeavouring to
expand green cover and protect unique flora and
fauna of the State.
massive plantation along highways, roads and
industrial concerns will go a long way in
minimizing impact of green house gases on the
human and plant life. In this regard, he called
for emulating green policy of New Delhi and
replicating it in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mian Altaf called
upon the experts to help in formulation of
efficient plans for protection of forests. He
said such occasions should help working out in
better policy inputs to safeguard forests for the
Forests, Shantmanu, Additional Director General
of Forests, Government of India, Jagdish Keshwan,
and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of
Forests (PCCF), Director Soil Conservation Abahi
Kumar also spoke on the occasion and highlighted
the co-relation between forests and climatic
calls on Addl DC
A deputation of Shri Ram Sena called on
Additional Deputy Commissioner and highlighted
about the problem of renovation work at Institute
of Music and Fine Arts, here today.
members led by State president Rajiv Mahajan
apprised the Additional Deputy Commissioner about
the deteriorated condition of the building of
Institute of Music and Fine Arts and stressed
that students and staff members should be shifted
to the premises of New Campus of Jammu
University, as there is apprehension of major
The Sena members
stated that students were facing inconvenience
and difficulties due to risk of their lives. The
deputation also highlighted that former Deputy
Commissioner had personally inspected the
building and assured that the execution of works
for the renovation would be undertaken
immediately, but nothing has been done till now.
Deputy Commissioner gave patient hearing and
assured that matter would be taken on priority
basis and renovation of building started at an
condemn Govt for offering jobs to stone pelters
Jan 14: Young
Panthers and National Panthers Students Union
(NPSU) have strongly condemned the State
Government for rehabilitating stone pelters in
Kashmir valley and offering jobs to them.
Addressing a press
conference here today vice president of Young
Panthers, Pushvinder Singh Manhas lambasted the
National Conference leadership for its
discriminatory attitude towards the youth of
Jammu region. He pointed out that recruitment
rallies are being organized regularly but the
youth from this region are being ignored.
He pointed out
that a BSF rally and two district police rallies
were held recently and now again recruitment
rallies are being held there but State Government
was deliberately delaying the select list of the
executive police for Jammu province. Mr Singh
alleged that NC was mainly responsible for
turmoil in Valley which instigated the youth for
resorting to stoning and now offering Rs 5 lakh
and jobs to them. It is now exposed that NC was
playing duel role.
The Young Panthers
appealed the educated unemployed youth from Jammu
region to wake up from deep slumber, realize this
hard fact and get united to launch a decisive
battle against the discriminatory policies of the
Valley based parties and get them uprooted from
Jammu. He alleged that NC was black-mailing the
Central Government to get fulfilled unjust
demands of the stone pelters. Instead of
punishment, they are being offered jobs and cash.
This has proved the saying, "Andher Nagri
The NPSU leader
Partap Singh Jamwal and Pushvinder Manhas
declared war against the Kashmiri rulers and
urged the students from Jammu region to get
united under one umbrella and go for agitation.
They said NC was mother of terrorism, corruption,
discrimination and favouritism and expressed the
resolve that it would be taught a lesson. They
claimed that NC has to be uprooted from the
region for its anti-Jammu stance.
They declared that
as part of its beginning, Young Panthers and NPSU
would hold protest demonstrations at all district
headquarters in Jammu province on January 18.
Effigies of the Government would be burnt outside
every college to register their protest against
the government policies.
extends full support to
JPPFs 2nd phase of
Jan 14: Extending
its full support to the Jammu Province People's
Forum (JPPF) in its second phase of agitation
against the posting of Prof. Amitabh Mattoo as
Vice Chancellor of Central University, Jammu
Central University Morcha (JCUM) leaders today
asserted that they will not allow any person to
head this prestigious institute who has been
indicted by CAG as well as other committees.
Talking to media
persons here the leaders of Morcha including Ram
Pal Sharma, Rajinder Jamwal, Uday Chand,
Balwinder Singh Bhatia, Mohinder Pal Singh and R
R Raina said that during the tenure of Prof
Mattoo as the head of Jammu University the
educational standards went to the lowest ebb
which resulted into the sufferings of the
students and delay in declaration of results.
Mattoo of working like a dictator they said he
tried to install one of his blue eyed boys second
in hierarchy just after VC and the same order was
kept in abeyance by the present Chancellor after
a Committee led by S L Bhat was constituted in
JCUM leaders have
lashed out at those who are trying to mislead the
common man that only Prof Mattoo is capable of
leading the University, saying that there are
many more capable people in Jammu who have much
more potential of leading the University.
appointment of Prof Mattoo as Vice Chancellor of
Central University, they said many irregularities
were found during his two term tenure as VC Jammu
University from 2002 to 2008 and he has been
indicted by various committees including AG
J&Ks audit report, S L Bhat Committee
constituted by the Chancellor of the University
and Performance Review Committee on Working of
University of Jammu.
The Morcha leaders
also appealed the people to join the torch light
procession against the Mattoo being organized by
officials disconnect 250 illegal connections
Jan 14: The
Power Development Department engineers and other
staff members today raided some areas in Janipur,
Subash Nagar, Roop Nagar and Mishriwala and
disconnected 250 illegal connections besides
seizing 40 heaters.
The raid was
conducted under the supervision of Rashpal
Bhagat, AEE on the directives of Chief Engineer,
also warned the people to stop the using
electricity illegally and urged those who have
illegal connections to approach the Department
for power connection by following a proper
During the drive
the Division III of M&RE and Sub Division
I Canal has disconnected illegal
connections besides seizing 15 electric heaters
at Muthi -Barnai area.
The AEE Electric
M&RE, Sub Division Ist Canal Somnath led the
team. He was accompanied by AE, Ashok Siwal, JE
Rasik Bhagat and other officials of the Sub
Division including Surinder Kumar and Vijay
disconnecting 20 illegal connections, seizing 15
heaters the team also increased the load of 30
The Department in
a handout issued here later said that the drive
is also the part of vigorous campaign launched by
it to educate the public about the judicious use
of electricity. These measures will minimize the
problem of low voltage, frequent burning of
transformers and breakage in electricity wires,
The drive will
also be extended to other parts and the
Department has appealed the people to approach
the concerned office of PDD if they find any
illegal connection from anywhere.
injured in road accident
Jan 14: At
least 15 persons were injured today when a
passenger vehicle skidded off the road due to
snowfall in Bandipora district of north Kashmir,
official sources said here.
The mishap took
place this afternoon as a passenger vehicle (Tata
407), which was on its way to Banidpora town from
Sumbal area, skidded off the road at Nadihal, the
They said at least
15 passengers received minor injuries in the
accident, which was caused by the slippery road
due to snowfall in the valley.
All the injured
persons were hospitalised for treatment but later
discharged as the injuries were minor in nature,
the sources said.
persons were injured in different road accidents
in Kashmir valley during the day.
A Maruti Car
bearing registration number JK04-8975 met with an
accident near Chungi Achabal in Anantnag
district. The driver of the vehicle and Ashiq
Hussain Shah were injured in the incident. Both
the injured were hospitalized. Police has
registered a case in this regard.
A Load Carrier
bearing registration number JK01K-2605 hit and
injured one pedestrian namely Nazir Ahmad Malik
at Qamarwari near petrol Pump. The injured was
candidates selected for placement
The first ever State Level Placement Fair for
polytechnic and ITI trained candidates, announced
recently by Minister for Technical Education and
Youth Services and Sports, R. S. Chib commenced
today at Government Polytechnic College, Jammu.
This fair was
organized by the Technical Education Department
in collaboration with ITI and the Polytechnic
Inspite of bad
weather conditions today, more than 350
candidates participated in the fair and were
registered with the placement cell. UFlex Private
Ltd. conducted the written test and interview of
diploma holders and selected 25 candidates for
placement of their Jammu based industry.
Pre-placement training for candidates was also
conducted by eminent faculty.
industrial representatives as well as candidates
evinced keen interest and enthusiasm in the fair.
The fair will
continue till January 22, 2011.
vacant posts of doctors in Doda: MLA
Jan 14: Former
Minister and MLA Bhaderwah Mohammad Sharief Niaz
has demanded filling up of more than 100 vacant
posts of doctors and opening up of health centres
at Panchayat level in this hilly and backward
Mr. Niaz visited
Bhallesa area and met a number of public
delegations at Changa, Thaloran Khui, Kalotran,
Gohari, Gandoh, Thathri, Karra and Kollala. The
people complained that due to excessive rains
their crop has been destroyed and they have
suffered huge losses. The people said that they
dont have even seed to sow for the next crop
season. They also complained of inadequate health
facilities in the area.
Niaz demanded free
ration for six months, seeds and fertilizers in
rain affected areas of the erstwhile district
Doda and subsidized timber depots at
Malikpura-Bhatyas, Sawara, Kahara, Thathri,
Balla, Bela, Drodu and Seri.
concern over the power scenario in the district
and demanded upgradation of power infrastructure
in the area. He asked the administration to
execute the development works of high quality and
maintain transparency in the execution of works.
enhancement of wages of ReTs, ReZs, who are
highly qualified and the wages of
Numberdars/Chowkidars, who are serving the State
for peanut amount.
He said shortage
of doctors in the hospital and dispensaries was
worrisome and resulting into loss of life. He
asked the Government to immediately post doctors
against the vacant posts especially posting of
lady doctors in the rural areas.
Pandits to observe Holocaust Day as Black Day
Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) has decided
to observe "Holo-Caust Day" on Jan 19,
as "Black Day" by wearing black badges
and holding corner meetings.
This was decided
in a meeting of KPC at New Delhi today. The
meeting was chaired by its national president
Kundan Kashmiri. He appealed whole KP Biradari to
wear black badges and switch off the lights of
their respective residences and business
establishments to draw the attention of the
Government towards KPs problems as well as to
condemn the atrocities and nefarious designs of
anti national elements.
He also urged the
activists to launch a campaign to educate the
youngsters and other Indian masses about the
dreadful events which culminated in to the forced
exodus of KPs from the valley as well as their
Human right violations.
Kashmiri along with C.L. Gadoo Ex-President
Kashmir Samiti Delhi., S.K. Bhat. Nanacy Kaul,
Mohan Lal Koul, G.L. Bhat pleaded before National
Human Right Commission (NHRC), New Delhi to
influence State and Central Governments for
posting of newly K P employees particularly women
in safer zone of the state. They also told the
Commission that situation in Kashmir is not
conducive for the Kashmiri Pandits to return and
had it been so such a hue and cry would have not
been raised by political parties in power over
the decision of BJYM regarding hoisting of
National Flag in Srinagar on Republic Day.
They also demanded
allotment of quarters to non-camp migrants at par
with camp dewellers and restoration of land
belonging to Pandits in Kupwara which has been
allotted by the administration to other
departments with out the knowledge if its
protest dharna continues
Jan 14; Despite
rain unemployed physiotherapists protest
dharna outside the old office of the Divisional
Commissioner at Mubarik Mandi continued here
today. These trained physiotherapists are on the
agitational path for the last more than fifty
days. They are demanding their absorption in the
departments of Health and Medical Education. They
pointed out that many posts were lying vacant in
A large number of
youth who are on struggle for the past 52 days,
held massive protest demonstration at the venue
site and then moved to Panjtirthi and staged
protest outside Raj Bhawan. They claimed that
their protest will be continued till the demand
is addressed by the government. Braving rain and
chilling weather they continued their protest for
couple of hours there and then dispersed and
moved back to original dharna site.
killed, 3 injured in car-truck collision
Jan 14: Two
persons were killed and three others sustained
injuries in head-on collision between a truck and
a car at Tikri on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway
said that a brand new Ritz car collided head on
with a truck bearing registration number
JK02G-5167 near Tikri critically injuring all the
five persons traveling in the car.
On the receipt of
information, a police party from Tikri Police
Station led by SHO P D Singh swung into action
and started rescue operation. It took about one
hour to the cops to bring out the injured from
the car as Ritz was badly mangled in the
All the five
occupants of the car were rushed to District
Hospital Udhampur where two of them succumbed to
injuries. All the three injured were, later,
referred to Government Medical College and
Hospital Jammu for specialized treatment. Their
condition was stated to be critical when reports
last came in.
The deceased have
been identified as Rajiv Singh, son of Pritam
Singh and Manohar Lal, son of Jagdish, both the
residents of Kot Bhalwal.
The injured have
been identified as Ram Lal, son of Barfu Raj,
Surjeet Singh, son of Janki and Sonu, son of
Joginder Singh, all the residents of Kot Bhalwal.