Set up area, potential specific projects for farm sector growth: Vohra

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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. ....more

National Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project
CS discusses proposal to train construction work

force

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SRINAGAR, July 1: Chief Secretary Madhav Lal on Friday discussed proposals of implementing the scheme under National Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project in Jammu and Kashmir worth .....more

'Panchayats basic pillars of democracy'

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BILLAWAR (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 ..more

Dr Gupta gets ‘Doctors’ Day Award’ from DMA

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JAMMU, July 1: The Delhi Medical Association today honoured Dr Shakti K Gupta, Head of Department, Hospital Administration and Medical Superintendent, ....more

2 die in separate incidents; body recovered

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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. .....more

 

Police steps-up checking

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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. Surprise checks 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 ...more

2 arrested with porno material

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KISHTWAR, July 1: 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......more

Power shut down

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JAMMU, 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. ...more

     
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Insurance employees celebrate diamond jubilee programmes...

JAMMU, July 1: 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. During the function, Pawan Gupta, Division Secretary, hoisted the AIIEA flag and during his speech impressed upon the members to be more strong and united.

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'Lakeer' brings back old memories....

Srinagar, July 1: 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. Briefing 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

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Set up area, potential specific projects for
farm sector growth: Vohra

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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.

The Governor 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 employment.

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.

The delegation 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.

National Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project
CS discusses proposal to train construction work force

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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- Disaster Management.

"It is 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.

The project 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 structures.

The National 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 was told.

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.

'Panchayats basic pillars of democracy'

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BILLAWAR (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.

Addressing 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 efficiently.

"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 governance.

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 of development.

Dr Gupta gets ‘Doctors’ Day Award’ from DMA

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JAMMU, July 1: 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 Implementation Authority.

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 nation.

2 die in separate incidents; body recovered

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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.

Police steps-up checking

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SRINAGAR, July 1: 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.

Surprise checks 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.

Following these 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.

2 arrested with porno material

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KISHTWAR, July 1: 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.

Police parties 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.

Police also 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.

Gagandeep's family is residing in Kishtwar for the last twenty years.

They have been booked under section 292, 294, 201, 511 RPC and 67/67-A Information Technology Act.

Power shut down

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JAMMU, 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 affected.

Insurance employees celebrate diamond
jubilee programmes

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JAMMU, July 1: 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.

During the function, Pawan Gupta, Division Secretary, hoisted the AIIEA flag and during his speech impressed upon the members to be more strong and united.

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.

Among others present were Ramesh Chand, Rajesh Gupta, Raj Kumar, Dinesh, Vikram, Neelam Sharma, Rekha, Reva, Alkiya, Sushma Jamwal, etc.

Meanwhile, in 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.

Don’t allow unregistered pilgrims: AJHLA

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JAMMU, July 1: All Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association (AJHLA) flayed the decision of the authorities to allow unregistered pilgrims to undertake the Amarnath Yatra.

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.

The Association 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.

Among others present were Pawan Gupta, general secretary, Baldev, treasurer, BS Manhas, vice president and Vikram Jeet Singh, secretary.

'Lakeer' brings back old memories

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srinagar, July 1: 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.

Briefing 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 rent asunder.

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 shows.

Court rejects pre-arrest bail plea of Commissioner Secy

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JAMMU, July 1: 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 exchequer.

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 the evaluators.

He contended 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.

After hearing 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 vacations".

"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.

The petitioner 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 the norms".

"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.

With these observations, the Court dismissed the bail application and withdrew the concession of interim bail given to petitioner on June 11, 2011.

Govt taking exemplary measures to meet
people's aspirations: Bhalla

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JAMMU, July 1: 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.

At Gangyal 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.

Mr. Bhalla 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 Nagar hospital.

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 reduced.

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.

Road safety week concludes

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JAMMU, 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 concludes today.

During the "Road Safety Week" drawing competition on the theme of road safety was also organized in which nearly 40 children participated with enthusiasm.

Surprise checks 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.

CAs organize blood donation camp

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JAMMU, July 1: 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 year.

A cultural program was also organized in the evening at Jammu Club in which CAs along with their families participated.

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.

Rigzin Spalbar releases magazine on Doctors Day

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LEH, July 1: 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.

Addressing the 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.

Speaking during 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 magazine.

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 and science.

YAIKS holds convention, highlights problems

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JAMMU, July 1: 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.

Addressing the 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 eleventh hour.

He said the purpose of today’s 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.

Expressing his dismay Bhat said his organization will expose all those who tried to sabotage today’s programme. However he commended the Relief and Rehabilitation, Commissioner Vinod Koul for attending the function as representative of Government.

He while 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.

Demanding 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.

However Relief Commissioner said that Chief Minister was keen to attend today’s function of displaced youth but due to his preoccupation he had to cancel the programme at the eleventh hour.

Shabir lays foundation of Rs 1.14 cr road

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JAMMU, July 1: 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 crore.

The Minister 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.

Later, addressing 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.

Annual Trishul Bhaint Yatra

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BHADERWAH, July 1: 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 afternoon.

The Yatra was accorded rousing reception at various places enroute Bhaderwah.

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 locals.

The pilgrims amidst chanting of slogans of Mata Chandi had darshan of the deity in the temple.

After Trishul Bhaint ceremony and other religious rites the yatra arrived at Doda in the evening.

Elaborate arrangements of drinking water, electricity first-aid, fire and emergency services and security have been made by the local administration on the occasion.

‘State's biggest upcoming library project to
be completed in a year’

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 1: 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.

Minister for 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.

The Ministers 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.

The upcoming 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.

Omar Govt lost credibility: PDP

Excelsior Correspondent

Samba, July 1: 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 people.

Addressing a 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 State.

Lambasting 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.

Singh regretted 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 personal comforts.

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 their position.

State secretary Falail Singh, Digvijay Singh, Chander Slathia, Anita Kumari, Sunita and others also addressed the function.

Slathia inaugurates Ramgarh to Rudwan link road

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 1: Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjeet Singh Slathia today inaugurated Ramgarh to Rudwan link road completed at a cost of Rs 48.35 lakh.

During the 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.

Regarding 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.

One killed, 2 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 1: One person died and two others were injured in two separate road accidents across the Kashmir valley today.

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.

In another 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 been registered.

New office bearers of Mahajan Sabha announced

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 1: 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 (from J&K).

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.

JCC announces protest prog on July 18

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 1: Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of State Government employees has resolved to stage massive protest demonstration on July 18 in Srinagar city.

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.

Prominent among 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 Madan Sangral.

Retiring officers accorded warm send off

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 1: 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.

Protest in Darhal over college issue

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, July 1: 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 intensify struggle.

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.

"Saat Din Hamare" kick starts with Marnoprant

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 1: 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 Kala Manch.

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.

Surinder Singh 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.

Distinguished among the present were Ashok Gupta, social worker, Hitesh Badyal, Dhanesh Dogra, etc.

In its second performance tomorrow, Aur Dhin Dhal Gaya will be performed.

2 die, 8 injured in separate incidents

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 1: 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 last rites.

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 night.

The deceased's body handed over to family members after legal formalities for last rites.

Meanwhile, police has registered a case in this regard and initiated enquiry to sort out matter behind such extreme step.

The spokesman 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 Road.

Lecturers’ strike enters 5th day,
students continue to suffer

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 1: 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.

About 650 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 striking lecturers.

He said it is these contractual lecturers who are actually conducting classes while the seniors who are drawing thousands of rupees as salaries never attend classes.

Similar views were expressed by students of Government Women College Nawa Kadal and Moulana Azad Road.

Students alleged 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.



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