area, potential specific projects for
farm sector growth:
The Governor, N. N. Vohra, today said that
Jammu and Kashmir has vast potential in
agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and fruit
processing industry to generate large scale
economic and employment opportunities.
He added that
Agricultural Universities, State Government
Extension Agencies and the Corporate sector could
beneficially coordinate their efforts and plan to
work through the newly elected Panchayats.
The Governor was
interacting with a delegation of the PHD Chambers
of Commerce and Industry which called on him at
Raj Bhawan here today. The 6-member delegation
was led by the president, PHD Chambers of
Commerce and Industry, Salil Bhandari.
The Governor, who
is also the Chancellor of both the Agricultural
Universities of the State, observed that with the
necessary technical know-how being provided by
the farm universities to the growers the newly
elected Panchayats could become the focal points
for generating awareness about the various
Central and the State Government schemes which
are available for the benefit of the farmers.
emphasized the need for optimally benefiting from
the inherent potential of all the three regions
of the State, adding that the organizations like
PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry could help
by enabling the setting up of area and potential
specific pilot projects for value addition.
He observed that
this could be best achieved by creating greater
awareness among the growers about the latest
know-how, making available post-harvesting
technology, promoting fruit processing industry
to produce jams, jellies, juices and other
products, both for value addition and generating
Referring to the
Ladakh region, the Governor said that much could
be done for the apricot growers there by
promoting the latest technology for drying,
grading and packaging of this local produce to
secure higher returns. He said that the Chamber
could also contribute for the development of Leh
and Kargil districts by organizing vocational
training programmes for the local youth in
consonance with the requirements of trained
manpower in this region.
comprised Suman Jyoti Khatan, vice president of
the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Mohan
Lal Mathur, Resident Director, Susmita Shekhar,
Deputy Secretary General; Vikrant Kuthiala,
Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
J&K and Mushtaq Ahmad Chaya, its Co-chairman.
Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project
CS discusses proposal to train construction work
Chief Secretary Madhav Lal on Friday
discussed proposals of implementing the scheme
under National Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project
in Jammu and Kashmir worth Rs. 23.29 crore with
the members of State Executive Committee-
important that we remain prepared at all levels
to respond to any eventuality and concerned
departments should do the necessary home work in
this regard", he said.
envisages capacity building of the entire
construction work force comprising masons,
architects and engineers through many training
programs, and upgradation of knowledge and skills
on hazard resistant construction practices
including seismic retrofitting of life line
Disaster Management Authority sanctioned projects
worth Rs.62.625 lakh under Disaster Risk
Reduction Project in district Kupwara, Baramulla
and Poonch during the year 2010-11 the meeting
The meeting was
attended by Principal Secretary Home B.R Sharma,
Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical
Education G A Peer Commissioner Secretary Revenue
Katchoo Asfandyar Khan and other members.
basic pillars of democracy'
(KATHUA) July 1 : Asserting that power necessarily
brings responsibilities with it, Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Friday asked the newly elected
Panchayat members to make public service the
standard of their functioning.
sarpanches and panches of Billawar and Basohli
Assembly constituencies in Kathua district this
morning, the Chief Minister told them to come up
to the expectations of people and deliver
"It is your
prime responsibility to devote yourselves to the
public cause. Voters have reposed highest faith
and trust in you. Your success is in your
befitting performance", he maintained and
said that the success of Panchayati Raj lies in
the sincere, honest and efficient functioning of
the elected Panchayat members.
The Chief Minister
said that holding of elections to Panchayats was
a challenge which the Government successfully met
and completed the poll process in a free and fair
manner. He said transfer of powers to Panchayats
is the exact goal of his Government.
"We want to
make you powerful enough to perform your role
beyond the rural development area", he said,
adding that in the sectors of social welfare,
CAPD, health, road communication and rural water
supply Panchayats would also have an important
function to perform.
The Chief Minister
said that elections to Block Panchayat Committees
will follow the Halqa Panchayat elections and
ultimately that of District Committees will be
elected. "There will be a Vice Chairman in
the District Development Board as a
representative of Panchayats who will share the
responsibility and powers with the Minister in
formulating district development plans and
ensuring its implementation on ground", he
said terming it as an important turnaround in the
Omar Abdullah said
that about Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 crore will be
available to Panchayats annually to spend on
development schemes. He said that judicious
spending as per public aspirations should be the
standard of Panchayats to achieve. He said that
Government is determined to empowerment of people
at grass roots to strengthen the democratic set
up in the State.
Omar Abdullah said
that the hilly State like Jammu and Kashmir
cannot be run from the Secretariat; as such
decentralization of powers and involvement of
public representatives in the governance at grass
roots is imperative to ensure equitable and
holistic development of all the regions and
sub-regions of the State which forms the basic
objective of his Government.
Minister for Rural
Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Minister of
State for Rural Development, Ajaz Ahmad Khan,
Parliament Member, Lal Singh and legislator,
Jagdish Raj Sapolia in their speeches highlighted
the role of sarpanches and panches in the process
gets Doctors Day Award from DMA
The Delhi Medical Association today honoured
Dr Shakti K Gupta, Head of Department, Hospital
Administration and Medical Superintendent, All
India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr RP Centre
for Ophthalmic Sciences, New Delhi with
Doctors Day Award.
The award was
conferred on Dr Gupta tonight at a glittering
function held at Delhi Medical Association House,
Daryaganj, New Delhi.
The award was
conferred on Dr Gupta, who happened to be the son
of soil, as a mark of respect towards the
dedication and commitment of medical profession
and service of the society.
Dr Gupta, an
expert consultant of Ministry of External Affairs
for establishment of National Referral Hospital
at Thimpu and Regional Referral Hospital at
Monger, Bhutan Institute of Medical Sciences,
also happened to be an expert member of Project
Dr Gupta has over
25 years of distinguished academic and health
care management experiences.
His future vision
is to establish a full fledged Centre for
Excellence in Hospital Administration at AIIMS to
enhance capacity building. It would act as a
Resource Centre for healthcare issues of the
2 die in
separate incidents; body recovered
Two persons including a four year old girl
died in separate incidents in Kashmir today while
as police recovered a body from the Behak forests
of the frontier district of Kupwara.
A police spokesman
said that Javid Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Hassan
resident of Hallan-Waltangoo Kund, Qazigund in
district Anantnag drowned in Spring Wastang,
Kulgam. The body was fished out and later handed
over to his relatives.
The spokesman said
that due to leakage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas
(LPG) from a cylinder at Bungund-Verinag,
Anantnag, four persons received burn injuries.
The injured were
shifted to hospital for treatment where one of
them identified as Somiya, 4, daughter of Fayaz
Ahmad Parray succumbed to her injuries.
He said body of
Qasim Mughal son of Qalandar Mughal resident of
Kawari in district Kupwara was found in Paragon
Behak forests of Kupwara district.
After recent incidents of militant violence
in Srinagar city, police and security forces
today carried out checking of vehicles in Lal
Chowk and surrounding areas.
were carried out at different places since
morning in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas. The
vigil from police and security forces comes after
a couple of militancy related incidents that took
place in the Srinagar over the past two days.
On Wednesday night
(June 29) a police Inspector Shabir Ahmad Khan
was injured after being shot at by militants
inside his house in Bemina area of Srinagar city.
Yesterday the bomb disposal squad defused an
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from Boulevard
road along the banks of Dal Lake.
two incidents police and security forces have
intensified their vigil in the city centre and
the other areas falling in its vicinity. The
checking of the vehicles led to some disruption
in the traffic in the commercially important
areas of the summer capital of the State.
arrested with porno material
After the surfacing of a porno clip of a
student made by her teacher in the town, police
today raided various cybercafes and internet
kiosks to recover the pornographic and obscene
materials in the form of compact discs (CDs), pen
drives, hard drives and memory cards.
headed by Abrar Chowdhary, Dy SP Headquarters,
Farooq Khateeb SHO, Police Station Kishtwar and
SI Anayat Hussain in presence of Tehsildar
Headquater Inderjit Singh and Naib Tehsildar Qazi
Mohd Amin under the supervision of BS Tutti SP
Kishtwar raided various cybercafés and cyber
kiosks simultaneously in the town.
Police recovered a
number of computers used in making porno clips
and large number of pornographic material in the
form of CDs, memory cards and pen drives.
arrested Gagandeep Singh son of Rajbir Singh R/O
Bhawanipura District Kapoorthala, owner of
Digital World Ammar Market Kishtwar and his
associate Navdeep Sharma son of Lassu Ram Sharma
R/O Zeur Kishtwar.
is residing in Kishtwar for the last twenty
They have been
booked under section 292, 294, 201, 511 RPC and
67/67-A Information Technology Act.
July 1: In
order to carryout the replacement of defective
120 KV Disc Insulators in 220 KV Bus Coupler bay
of 220/132 KV Grid Station, Barn, the shutdown of
Grid station Barn on July 3, 2011 from 5.30 a.m.
to 11.30 a.m. has been allowed.
During the shut
down period power being fed from Grid Station
Canal and Akhnoor will be affected whileas the
areas being fed from 33KV R/Station Medical,
Parade, Danis Gate, Company Bagh, Canal, Talab
Tillo, Gho Manasan, Trilokhpur, Purkhoo,
Shamachak, Batera, Marh, Kanachak, Pargwal,
Gharata, Bhawal, Gajansoo, Ranjan, Sarote,
Akhnoor Tanda, Mera Mardrian, Chowki Chowra,
Baili Gulaba, Jourian, Sohal, Khour, Pahalwala,
Bumal, Toph, Canal and Jagti will remain
employees celebrate diamond
All India Insurance Employees Association
(AIIEA) today held a function to celebrate
diamond jubilee of its strength journey which
passed through various challenges, hardships and
resulted in sweet successes. The programmes were
held across the State, which were attended by
hundreds of members of AIIEA.
function, Pawan Gupta, Division Secretary,
hoisted the AIIEA flag and during his speech
impressed upon the members to be more strong and
He said that it
was the five year struggle of AIIEA (1951-1956),
which compelled the Government to nationalize
Life Insurance business by controlling 243
private companies in 1956, and as a result LIC of
India came into existence on September 1, 1956.
Employees of LIC
of India under the guidance of AIIEA have served
at their best to the esteemed policy holders due
to which their industry has touched the great
heights of success and it is the only industry in
the world which stood like rock even during the
worst economic meltdown over the globe, he added.
AIIEA has given
tough resistance to the draconian insurance
amendment bills proposed by the Parliament in the
past and in the future too and fight against
those proposed bills, which were very dangerous
for the industry, for policy holders and also for
the country, Gupta said.
present were Ramesh Chand, Rajesh Gupta, Raj
Kumar, Dinesh, Vikram, Neelam Sharma, Rekha,
Reva, Alkiya, Sushma Jamwal, etc.
Srinagar, Northern Zone Insurance Employees
Association affiliated to AIIEA celebrated the
diamond Jubilee of AIEEA with enthusiasm. The
programme was led by AM Tantray and HU Koul.
Besides in Kathua
the programme was led by Kamal, in Samba by
Tilak, in RS Pura by Jagdish, in Udhampur by SC
Dogra, in Poonch by Sarfraz, in Rajouri by Khaliq
and in Doda by Ram Raj.
allow unregistered pilgrims: AJHLA
All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association
(AJHLA) flayed the decision of the authorities to
allow unregistered pilgrims to undertake the
A meeting was held
today to take the stock of the situation arising
out of heavy rush of Amarnath pilgrims and AHJLA
stated that arrangement made by the
Administration to conduct the yatra smoothly and
orderly appear to have been collapsed, due to
unpredicted rush of pilgrims.
They said that
over 38000 pilgrims were simultaneously covering
journey from narrow Baltal route on foot, ponies
and dandies and were jostling with each other to
get the passage, on the slippery route. AJHLA
flayed the administration decision to allow Yatra
even during the night in view of no arrangement
of lights along the routes.
AHJLA has further
observed that the SASB and the State
administration have thrown to wind the
recommendation of Nitish Sain and Mukherjee
Committee reports to allow a fixed number of
pilgrims daily to undertake the Yatra.
also flayed the decision of the authorities for
allowing current registration at Baltal and
Nunwan and demanded to carry out registration
only at Jammu and Srinagar as Nunwan and Baltal
lack adequate space for the pilgrims to stand.
AJHLA further said
that for any mishap or untoward incident SASB and
Administration will be responsible and demanded
installation of generators for lighting at quite
a distance from cave shrine.
present were Pawan Gupta, general secretary,
Baldev, treasurer, BS Manhas, vice president and
Vikram Jeet Singh, secretary.
brings back old memories
After having a successful run for more than
six months in the theatres of Jammu, Rajouri and
Poonch, the feature film 'Lakeer' is due for
screening in the Uri region. Produced by a
Jammu-based NGO, Abhiyaan, it is the first ever
feature film produced in Pahari language.
newspersons, Shiv Dutt, chairman of Abhiyaan,
said that the film dwells on the theme of the
1947-partition of the State. The Line of Control
is now a reality, but can this Lakeer divide the
hearts of the people who have been living
together for ages? Spanning the vast canvass of
more than 60 years of the post-partition milieu,
the film takes a note of the efforts of both
India and Pakistan to build bridges, such as
permission to travel across the LoC. But perhaps
such sarkari measures are not enough to cave the
deep wounds of a society that has been brutally
In 140-minutes of
moving dialogues, soulful music and excellent
photography, the film tells the tale of a poor
wrestler and the pretty daughter of a village
sarpanch of Mirpur, who fall in love and settle
down to married life in another village.
The shared sorrows
and joys of the people of the Peer Panjal range,
deftly caught on the big screen, tug at the heart
strings. There were people from as far as Rajouri
and Poonchh who have traveled all the way to
Jammu, especially to see the film. Elderly folks
coming out of the picture hall were heard saying
that a film like 'Lakeer' has not been seen for
quite a long time.
'Lakeer' has many
firsts to its credit. Shiv Dutt, who is also the
director of the film, has used the local talent,
both on camera and off it. It is, indeed, a film
made by the locals for the locals and tells a
story that is most dear to the locals.
The film Lakeer
was inaugurated yesterday at town hall Lagama
Uri. The prominent citizens from far flung areas
visited in the first show. Firoz Din Beig,a
renownad Pahari writer was the cheif guest.The
film was highly appreciated by the viewers. The
film will continue in the same hall with three
rejects pre-arrest bail plea of Commissioner Secy
Special Judge Anticorruption, Jammu, A K Koul
today rejected the pre-arrest bail plea of Ejaz
Iqbal, Commissioner Secretary ARI and Training in
a corruption case.
According to the
Vigilance Organization case, Ejaz Iqbal in his
capacity as Managing Director of State Financial
Corporation in collusion with other accused/
beneficiaries breached the order of High Court
dated September 12, 2006 and facilitated issuance
of auction notice to convey lease hold rights of
the land belonging to M/s Anand Bricks Pvt
Limited and M/s Jammu Creamics Pvt Ltd at lower
cost thereby causing a huge loss to State
While opposing the
bail plea of Commissioner Secretary, CPO Parshtom
Sharma submitted that petitioner was in complete
nexus with the beneficiaries and not only he
conferred undue benefits on them but become privy
to the tempering of valuation report of one of
vehemently that the petitioner does not deserve
concession of bail because the investigation can
only be carried out meaningfully after custodial
interrogation of the petitioner.
Senior Advocate K S Johal appearing for
petitioner whereas Chief Prosecuting Officer
Parshtom Sharma along with Shakti Pathak, SP
Vigilance, Special Judge Anticorruption AK Koul
observed, "the interim bail was given to the
petitioner on June 11, 2011 mainly for two
reasons one that in the earlier report Vigilance
Organization had not been able to make out as to
why arrest of the petitioner was required and
another that the Courts were closing for summer
"In view of
the facts submitted by CPO in the status report,
the Court believes that a case for custodial
investigation of petitioner does exist.
during the posting as MD SFC appears to have
floated the orders of the High Court dated
September 12, 2006 where under it was required
that minimum reserve price should be indicated in
auction notice but this direction appears to have
been breached without any plausible reason".
"It is also
alleged that petitioner has tempered the
evaluation report of one of the evaluators to
facilitate undue benefit to the beneficiaries.
This is also revealed that one of the
beneficiaries is in close association with family
of petitioner and is allegedly acting under the
command of petitioner", the Court said,
adding "it is true that petitioner had
attended investigations once but has not divulged
the facts which are seminal to the controversy.
It requires to be ascertained as to what made him
to breach the order of the High Court and sell
the property at a lower cost without following
"As stated by
the Vigilance Organization, the petitioner had
not been cooperating in disclosing the vital
facts required to be investigated.
The Court do not
see any reason to exercise discretion in favour
of the petitioner because a huge loss is said to
have been caused to State on account of the
wrongful conduct of the petitioner", Special
Judge Anticorruption further observed.
observations, the Court dismissed the bail
application and withdrew the concession of
interim bail given to petitioner on June 11,
taking exemplary measures to meet
Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation
Raman Bhalla has said Government is taking
several exemplary measures to meet aspirations of
the people across the State, adding for this
purpose Central Government is providing liberal
funding under different development sectors.
This was stated by
the Minister while interacting with the locals
after inspecting the ongoing projects at Gangyal,
Barazalla, Nai Basti, Ashok Nagar, Lower
Gaddigarh and Raipur Satwari, here today.
Sector-4, Mr. Bhalla asked the Jammu Municipal
Corporation to immediately remove the debris from
the nallah so that the people do not face
inconvenience during rainy season.
He asked the PHE
to shift the drinking water supply pipes from the
nallah and lay the same at suitable places so
that garbage from nallah could easily be removed.
At Bhour Kothey
village in Old Satwari, the Minister inspected
the ongoing works of double lane two vented
causeway constructed over Balol nallah at an
estimated cost of Rs. 1.50 crore. He informed
that with this construction the distance to Ward
No. 1 and Ward No. 2 would be reduced to a large
extent. He asked the executing agency to put in
sincere efforts in completing the projects within
stipulated time frame.
informed the locals that the Government has
earmarked Rs. 1.60 crore for construction of
Primary Health Centre, adding the project is
nearing completion. He said after inauguration of
this hospital, the people of Gandhi Nagar and its
adjoining areas would also have an easy access to
the healthcare facilities there. He informed that
hospital would be equipped with all latest
techniques implants at par with Government Gandhi
The Minister said
Government has approved Rs. 1.53 crore for
construction of cremation ground at lower
Gadigarh near Rohi Morh. He said Government has
earmarked Rs. 1.40 crore for construction of
Revenue Complex in Lower Gaddigarh, adding after
dedication, the revenue related issues of locals
would be mitigated at their doorstep. He said a
motorable bridge over Balol nallah costing Rs.
1.25 crore is under progress, adding that it
would be completed by November this year. He said
that with the completion of it, the journey to
Floriculture Garden in Bhour camp would be
Mr. Bhalla said
that Government has approved Rs. 4.92 crore for
widening of Karan Bagh-SKUAST-J link road, the
work on which is nearing completion. He informed
that for facilitating the people of Satwari Zone,
the Government has approved Rs. 3.16 crore for
construction of six multipurpose community halls.
At Barazalla and
Raipur Satwari, the Minister inspected the
construction works of projects for which
Government has approved Rs. 1.02 crore. He asked
the R&B to complete these within one month
for the benefit of locals.
safety week concludes
July 1: To
educate all the Air Warriors and their families
on various aspects of road discipline, rules and
regulations while driving, a week long "Road
Safety Week" organized at Air force station
"Road Safety Week" drawing competition
on the theme of road safety was also organized in
which nearly 40 children participated with
were carried out by the Road Safety Cell for
driving license, vehicle documents, helmets of
ISI mark and serviceability of lights, horns, etc
on all the vehicles inside the domestic and
technical area. Questionnaire, viva, and
practical tests were also held to select the best
driver and technicians.
During the week,
Department of Traffic Police conducted lectures
about traffic rules and regulation for the
children. The lectures included road safety tips,
driving license procedures, familiarization on
road signs etc. and posters, pamphlets and other
related material, which was also distributed.
Nitin Sathe, Air
Officer Commanding, Air Force Station was the
chief guest on the valedictory function of the
"Road Safety Week" and while speaking
he emphasized the importance of road safety and
strictly adhering to the road discipline by
highlighting the statistics on road accidents. He
stressed on the need to train and discipline the
minds of young generation to take road safety as
an integral part of daily life.
organize blood donation camp
On the Eve of "Chartered Accountants
day" the J&K Branch of Northern Indian
Regional Council of "Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India" organized a
"blood donation" camp here today.
A large number of
Chartered Accountants and Students of CA course
donated blood at Government Medical College,
Jammu. The J&K Branch is organizing blood
donation camp consecutively for the last three
years to mark the Day falling on July 1 a every
A cultural program
was also organized in the evening at Jammu Club
in which CAs along with their families
During the program
J&K branch also awarded "Late Sh. R.C.
Gupta memorial" award and "Late
Sh.Tilak Raj Malhotra memorial award" to CA
Arun Gupta. "Smt. Sudesh Sawhney memorial
award" was given to CA. Loveneesh Kapoor.
Also New CAs passed out during the year were also
introduced to the gathering.
The programme was
conducted by.Deepak Kapahi, secretary of J&K
branch of NIRC of ICAI.
Spalbar releases magazine on Doctors Day
Like other parts of the country,
"Doctors Day" was celebrated here today
with great enthusiasm and zeal.
On the occasion,
Rigzin Spalbar, Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC,
was the chief guest while as Dr Sonam Angchok,
Executive Councilor Health, Steering Angchok,
Deputy Commissioner, CMO and other senior doctors
were also present. During the function Rigzin
Spalbar along with other present dignitaries
released First Informative cum Academic Magazine
of SNM hospital.
gathering, Rigzin Spalbar urged the doctors to
share their views and suggestions through this
magazine and to improve the medical practices for
the quality of the magazine.
He said that the
necessary measures should be taken to put the
magazine on the official website for which LAHDC
will provide every possible financial assistance.
He also urged the doctors to celebrate the
"Doctors Day" in a big way in future.
the function Deputy Commissioner appreciated the
contribution of Doctors as well as Para medical
staff for performing commendable job during the
flash flood last year.
Dr Sonam Angchok
also spoke on the occasion and expressed
gratitude on the publication of the hospital
Earlier, Dr P
Steering, Superintendent, SNM Hospital presented
the welcome address and said that the
"Doctors Day" is celebrated to
commemorate the excellence and extraordinary
contribution of doctors in the field of medical
holds convention, highlights problems
Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) held a
one day convention here in which the long pending
issues pertaining to displaced Pandit community
and problems of the youth were discussed.
convention president, YAIKS, R K Bhat highlighted
the burning problems of the community. He
expressed his dismay over the attitude of the
Government towards the displaced community.
He said despite
being promised by Chief Minister and other
ministers to grace the occasion they betrayed the
community by not turning up in the function at
He said the
purpose of todays function was to
felicitate Chief Minister for his initiative on
employment package as youth had decided that if
Government comes one step forward they would come
four step ahead.
dismay Bhat said his organization will expose all
those who tried to sabotage todays
programme. However he commended the Relief and
Rehabilitation, Commissioner Vinod Koul for
attending the function as representative of
highlighting the problems said that more steps be
taken for improvement of facilities for the
migrant employees in Valley with construction of
more quarters at various places.
He said in the
Apex Committee meeting besides enhancement of
monthly cash relief for displaced people, it was
decided age relaxation for those youth who during
the time of migration were in their twenties and
could not come in merit due to certain reasons,
be also granted relaxation.
revamping of Apex Committee he said since its
constitution in 2009 only two meetings were held
till date. He also advocated for grant of Rs 25
lakh as one time compensation to over aged youth.
Commissioner said that Chief Minister was keen to
attend todays function of displaced youth
but due to his preoccupation he had to cancel the
programme at the eleventh hour.
lays foundation of Rs 1.14 cr road
Minister of State for Power, CAPD, Transport,
Forest and Labour and Employment, Shabir Ahmed
Khan today laid foundation stone of road from
Dassal Gujjara to Dassal Jata to be constructed
under PMGSY at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.14
directed the concerned authorities to complete
the road within stipulated time frame which on
completion will provide connectivity to more than
3000 souls of the area.
a public meeting at Dassal and Dungi Sasalkote,
the Minister said that the Government is
committed to provide basic amenities to the
people of the State like road connectivity,
interrupted power, adequate water supply,
employment etc at their doorstep.
Trishul Bhaint Yatra
The annual Trishul Bhaint Yatra of Mata Chandi,
was conducted today in Bhaderwah, popularly known
as unexplored heaven on earth.
The Yatra which
started from Doda town in the morning reached the
temple of Goddess Chandi at village Chinote in
The Yatra was
accorded rousing reception at various places
At Bhaderwah, the
yatra was received by various officers including
Sub Divisional Magistrate, Bhaderwah, S V Meena,
Chief Executive Officer, Development Authority
Bhaderwah, Kalyan Singh, Additional SP Bhaderwah,
Tehsildar Bhaderwah, SDPO and large number of
amidst chanting of slogans of Mata Chandi had
darshan of the deity in the temple.
Bhaint ceremony and other religious rites the
yatra arrived at Doda in the evening.
arrangements of drinking water, electricity
first-aid, fire and emergency services and
security have been made by the local
administration on the occasion.
biggest upcoming library project to
be completed in a
State's biggest project in public library sector
coming up on the Maulana Azad Road here will be
completed in a year. Rs. 17.34 crore
multi-storied building for the SPS Central
Library, presently housed in the backside of the
old museum building at Lal Mandi will, on
completion, meet the demand and requirement of
the ever increasing reading community in Kashmir.
Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora
accompanied by Minister of State for Home,
Tourism, Culture, Housing and Urban Development
and PHE, Nasir Aslam Wani today visited the
project site and took stock of the ongoing
construction. Director Libraries and Research,
Khalid Bashir Ahmad was also present.
fixed the timeline for completion of the project
as July 2012. They asked the project executing
agency, JKPCC, to speed up work in double shift
and complete the project by that time. They also
emphasized on local aesthetics in the design of
the building and called for change, if necessary,
in the design to ensure that the complex gelled
well with the environment and traditional
architecture of Kashmir.
Both Mr. Jora and
Mr. Nasir were of the opinion that the project on
completion would serve as an important academic
centre of the Valley and they would make all out
efforts to mobilize special dispensation of funds
for its early completion.
building, besides housing the Kashmir's oldest
public library established in the year 1898, will
have an art gallery, fire-proof blocks for one of
the richest manuscripts collection in Asia,
café, exhibition cum art centre, researchers'
cabins and children's section.
Govt lost credibility: PDP
Terming National Conference led coalition as
non performing liability, People's Democratic
Party (PDP) today regretted that during the last
two and half year this regime has befooled the
function at Vijaypur today, PDP general secretary
Thakur Balbir Singh said that ruling National
Conference has lost credibility due to
mis-governance and rampant corruption in the
National Conference led coalition for its failure
to bring transparency and accountability in the
administration, he observed that legalizing
corruption and nepotism was the only noticeable
achievement of the two year tenure of regime
headed by Omar Abdullah.
that the present dispensation has betrayed people
of Jammu and Kashmir because all promises made
with the people during the Assembly elections
remained on papers. He remarked that during the
last two and half years this Government has
failed to even connect itself with the common
masses. He alleged that common masses in the
State have been struggling with number of
problems but the members of the ruling coalition
have been using State resources for their
Speaking on the
occasion, senior PDP leader and former
Legislative Council member Ved Mahajan regretted
that State Government has delibrateily made
important institutions non functional just to
hide its misdeeds. He mentioned about State
Accountability Commission and State Information
Commission which have become non functional due
to its casual approach.
Calling upon the
party workers to educate the people about the
misdeeds of this regime, he said that Government
is neck deep in corruption from top to bottom and
leaders of the ruling party have been brazenly
indulged in accumulating huge wealth by misusing
Falail Singh, Digvijay Singh, Chander Slathia,
Anita Kumari, Sunita and others also addressed
inaugurates Ramgarh to Rudwan link road
Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjeet
Singh Slathia today inaugurated Ramgarh to Rudwan
link road completed at a cost of Rs 48.35 lakh.
inaugural ceremony, the Minister appreciated the
role of executing agencies for timely
construction of this link road which will benefit
about 3500 souls of the Rudwan, Trindian, Sarva,
Kairan Wali, Ramloo Brahmana and adjoining areas.
construction of community facility centre in the
area, the Minister said that Rs 22 lakh have
already been sanctioned for the purpose. He said
that with the construction of this centre, the
long pending demand of the people of the area
would be met.
The Minister was
also apprised about the problems being faced by
the people of the area. Mr. Slathia directed the
concerned officers to take up necessary steps for
redressal of grievances of the people.
killed, 2 injured in road accidents
One person died and two others were injured
in two separate road accidents across the Kashmir
Reports said that
a Tipper bearing registration number JK02L/8250
hit a motorcycle bearing registration number
JK01D/2394. The motorcyclist Asif Ahmed Ganie,
18, was injured. He was removed to Sher-e-Kashmir
Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar for
treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries.
incident, a motorcycle bearing registration
number JK16/0865 was hit by an Army vehicle
bearing registration number 098181472 near
Shilwat-Sumbal, in district Bandipora. Both the
motarcylist and his pillion rider were injured.
They have been identified as Showkat Ahmad Mir
and Tahir Ahmad Mir residents of Ahan-Ganderbal.
Police seized the Army vehicle and a case has
office bearers of Mahajan Sabha announced
Akhil Bharatiya Mahajan Shiromani Sabha has
announced its new office bearers.
The new executive
body members of the Sabha were announced by its
president Dinanath Mahajan in the general house
meet held at Amritsar ( Punjab) the other day. T
R Gupta was inducted as patron-in-chief, Yash Pal
Gupta as senior vice president, Kailash Kumar
Langar as general secretary, Om Parkash Mahajan (
Kaku Shah) as secretary, Kuldeep Kumar Gupta as
publicity secretary, Ram Saroop Gupta joint
secretary while Surinder Mohan as joint secretary
The function was
organized by Amritsar Mahajan Biradari under the
chairmanship of Banarasi Dass Mahajan, president
Satpal Mahajan and Mohan Lal Mahajan vice
president Central Mahajan Sabha, Amritsar. The
members of the State affiliated units with All
India Mahajan Sabha participated in large number
in the general house. Nearly 400 members from
J&K also joined them. The meeting was
conducted by Mahesh Gupta, Zonal president
J&K. Several resolutions were adopted there.
It was resolved that poor widows of Mahajan
biradari will be given financial assistance of Rs
500 per month, Legal cell will be framed to sort
out their grievances and an Advisory committee
will be framed.
A committee was
framed for scrutinizing record of Mahajan
Engineering College at Shahpur Kandi in Punjab.
announces protest prog on July 18
Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of State
Government employees has resolved to stage
massive protest demonstration on July 18 in
In a meeting of
the JCC held here today under the joint
leadership of Abdul Qayoom Wani, Khursheed Alam
and Ram Kumar Sharma, it was unanimously resolved
to hold demonstration and launch march towards
Civil Secretariat on July 18, if Government
failed to take a decision regarding pending
demands of the employees till July 17.
They pointed out
that State has received sufficient funds from the
Centre and there can not be any excuse with
Government now. They demanded release of 6th Pay
Commission arrears, enhancing retirement age of
employees from 58 to 60 years, regularisation of
daily wagers and removal of pay anomalies.
others present in the meeting included Muntazir
Mohiuddin, Fayaz Shabnam, Khursheed Bhat, Abdul
Rashid Mir, Bashir Ahmed Ganaie, Shabir Langoo, K
A Dewani, Parshotam Sharma, Balwan Singh and
officers accorded warm send off
Two Government officers who retired on
attaining age of superannuation were accorded
warm send off by their colleagues at different
functions held here.
After putting in
over 38 years of service in Department of
Horticulture, Nazir Ahmed Akhoon, Section
officer, was accorded warm send by the officers
and colleagues of the Horticulture department on
attaining the age of superannuation.
On the occasion,
JL Sharma, Director Horticulture was the chief
guest and hailed the contribution of retiring
officer. He also wished him a very happy, healthy
and prosperous post retirement life.
JN Sharma, Joint
Director Horticulture, KR Sharma, Deputy Director
Horticulture (Central), JL Raina, Chief
Horticulture Officer besides other officials of
the Horticulture Department were also present.
The officers and
officials of Directorate of Health Services at a
function bid farewell to Dr Subash Bhagat, Deputy
Director, Health Services (Schemes), who attained
the age of superannuation.
Dr Bhagat who
served the department for more than 32 years was
send off by the senior officials and officers of
the Department and wished him happy and
prosperous post retirement life.
On the occasion,
Dr Ashok Sharma, Director Health Services, Dr
Shahid Rehman Mughal, State TB Officer, Dr Baldev
Raj Sharma, Chief Medical Officer, Sushil Sudan,
president Jammu Kashmir Medical Employees, CL
Koul, Anil Kesar, besides staff members of the
Directorate Health Services were present.
in Darhal over college issue
People of Darhal and adjoining areas held
massive demonstration at Darhal town in protest
against Government decision to ignore this area
while allotting Degree colleges.
A large number of
people led by local Congress leader Iqbal Malik
and one Hafiz Sayeed assembled in the town today
and staged protest demonstration. They were
shouting slogans against the Government. They
demanded that Government should reconsider its
decision otherwise, people will be forced to
They warned that
if the government failed to announce college
within ten days, the people will move down to
Rajouri and launch indefinite protest dharna.
They pointed out that Darhal has been
deliberately ignored by Government while it has
five feeding Higher Secondary schools. The market
also remained closed and traders joined the
protest besides students of the area.
Din Hamare" kick starts with Marnoprant
Marnoprant, a strong emotional theatrical
presentation marked the beginning of "Saat
Din Hamare, a seven days short plays
festival organized by Aaditya Bhanu for Nav Durga
The play being
already synonymous with every performing artist
of the nation written by Surender Verma is a
strong presentation of man-woman relation which
highlights extra marital affair in a very unique
and understanding way.
The play is a
rendezvous between two men, one being a husband
and the other lover who exchange their thought
views over their dead beloved and the wife.
Anil Kotwal and
Deepak Jamwal enacted the characters in the most
professional way and gathered great applause from
the select audience present on the occasion.
Shingari, Congress leader was the chief guest on
the occasion and while speaking appreciated the
efforts of Aaditay Bhanu and his team for
organizing a meaningful theatrical venture.
among the present were Ashok Gupta, social
worker, Hitesh Badyal, Dhanesh Dogra, etc.
In its second
performance tomorrow, Aur Dhin Dhal Gaya will be
2 die, 8
injured in separate incidents
Two persons today succumbed while eight
sustained injuries in separate incidents and
shifted to Government Medical College and
Hospital for treatment.
A police spokesman
said that 26-years-old Kanti, wife of Makan Lal
of Majalta today killed in road mishap.
Reportedly, she suffered serious injuries near
Battal Morh, Udhampur when motorcycle slipped.
She was shifted to GMC where doctors declared her
as brought dead.
The victim's body
handed over to legal heirs after post mortem for
He added that
Seema Jamwal, daughter of Surinder Singh of
Akhnoor committed suicide by consuming some
poisonous substance at home. Doctors referred her
GMC Jammu from Akhnoor hospital after stomach
wash treatment where she breathed her last late
body handed over to family members after legal
formalities for last rites.
has registered a case in this regard and
initiated enquiry to sort out matter behind such
further added that eight persons were admitted to
GMC after sustaining injuries in separate
incidents for treatment.
They have been
identified as Angrez Singh of Bari Kand, Kangra,
HP; Jameer Abbas of Shahdi Chowk, Parshotam of
Chattisgarh, Rukshar Hussain of Thanamandi,
Mustaq Hussain of Rajouri, Nirmal of Kabir
Colony, Nadia of Kabir Colony and Sourab of Canal
strike enters 5th day,
students continue to
Students across the Kashmir valley continued
to suffer as strike by contractual lecturers
entered the 5th day today.
It was violence,
killings and arson last summer and this year it
is the strike by the contractual lecturers,
alleged the students who had come from far flung
and remote areas to attend their colleges.
contractual lecturers have been on indefinite
strike since Monday, demanding revocation of the
nomenclature, terming them academic arrangement
lecturers and teaching assistants instead of
contractual lecturers, in addition to monthly
stipends equivalent to the basic salary of the
post on which they are serving and an end to new
norm of six classes per day.
Some students of
Government Degree College (GDC) Baramulla, who
had come from far flung and remote areas, said
that they had spent more than Rs 100 daily to
attend the college. But it goes in vain because
of the strike.
Last year it was
strike, curfew and violence which had badly
affected the students, they said, adding now it
is the strike by lecturers.
Ghulam Rasool, a
student of final year criticised the Government
for failing to reach any agreement with the
He said it is
these contractual lecturers who are actually
conducting classes while the seniors who are
drawing thousands of rupees as salaries never
Similar views were
expressed by students of Government Women College
Nawa Kadal and Moulana Azad Road.
that despite repeated complaints to principals no
action was being taken against senior lecturers,
who refused to attend classes.
A delegation of
College Contractual Teachers Association has left
for New Delhi to meet Union Human Resources and
Development Minister Kapil Sibal.