process not to be allowed to derail
All political parties must evolve
consensus over Kashmir: Mufti
By Gopal Sharma
Former J&K Chief Minister and People's
Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammed
Sayeed today said that all the political parties
in the country must evolve a consensus on
resolving Kashmir issue as the people of the
State have suffered a lot in last over more than
"There was a
need for the parties across the political
spectrum of the country to evolve a consensus on
resolving Kashmir issue with Pakistan. The people
of J&K were made to suffer for decades
together for no fault of theirs in view of the
estranged relations between the two countries and
have to pay a heavy price for it,'' Mr Sayeed
said while addressing party meeting at Gandhi
Nagar here today.
While referring to
the problem, Mufti said there was no substitute
for resolving Kashmir issue that had dampened the
immense economic potential of the South-Asian
region for decades and the people of Jammu and
Kashmir were the worst victims of this problem.
"All sections of the political opinion have
to lend a helping hand in the process of solving
Kashmir issue", he said and appealed the
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the main
opposition BJP to respond positively to the
historic announcement of the then Prime Minister
Atal Behari Vajpayee during his Kashmir visit in
2003, Mufti said Vajpayee's announcement to
extend hands of friendship towards Pakistan had
boosted the peace process. He said the peace
process with Pakistan has to be initiated, rising
above party politics, and it has to be driven by
long-term goals of conflict resolution and
Confidence Building Measure (CBM) which has
positive effect on improving relations between
two countries was the opening of crossing points
on LoC", Mr Sayeed said while expressing
gratitude to Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA
chairperson Sonia Gandhi for taking personal
initiative in opening Uri-Muzaffrabad road.
his party's commitment to aggressively pursue the
agenda of reconciliation and development in the
State, Mufti said with the support of masses, PDP
would not allow this peace process to be
derailed. As the peace process was pioneered by
PDP, the party would take this process to the
logical conclusion by establishing lasting peace
in this region, he added.
Mufti said agenda
of PDP was not to grab power but to establish
sustainable peace in Jammu and Kashmir by
fulfilling wishes and aspirations of all sections
of society. "If PDP-Congress would have been
in power now, the things would have been much
better in the State", he observed.
formation in July 1999, PDP has been working to
create an atmosphere of reconciliation and to
restore a sense of security and fearlessness
among the people", he said and added that
during the PDP-Congress regime in the State the
situation was positively transformed. He said
with only 16 MLAs, the party managed to convince
the Centre with its program and policies and
managed to frame Government and win the
confidence of the people with its credible work.
The party raised voice against excesses of Task
Force, misuse of POTA etc. and tried to give
responsive, transparent and good governance. The
PDP gave an alternative to the people of Jammu
and Kashmir. The people were fed up with the
misrule of NC as it had always wanted to stay in
power by rigging elections. A fair polling in
2003 brought a turning point in the history of
Jammu and Kashmir and the people got rid of NC.
He claimed that PDP has emerged as strong power.
"Though NC is
leading the present regime, yet we hold the
bridle (Lagam). We want that this regime should
deliver good to the people and our party is
working as a responsive and effective
opposition", Mufti maintained.
senior leaders of the party including S Rangil
Singh (spokesman), Th Balbir Singh (gen secy) ,
Ex-MP T S Bajwa, Daman Bhasin, Fulail Singh,
Hussain Ali, Jagjit Singh, Bharat Bhushan, Surjit
Kour and Ashok Yogi also spoke on the occasion.
Police today lodged an FIR against Jammu and
Kashmir Pradesh Youth Congress president and
former Member Legislative Assembly from Sangrama
Shoaib Lone and his supporters for allegedly
demolishing a portion of the compound wall of the
Sub-district Hospital Kreeri in district
Police lodged an
FIR (56/2011) against Shoib and his supporters
after Block Medical Officer SDH Kreeri Dr Bilqees
lodged a complaint with Police Station Kreeri
details, Chief Medical Officer Baramulla, Dr
Muhammad Shafi said that former MLA along with
his 70-80 supporters demolished a portion of the
compound wall yesterday at around 3:30 p.m.
"We had recently closed this gate and
replaced with concrete wall as lot of pilferage
was taking place through this entrance," he
"It is 4-5
kanals of land and it does not need multiple
entrances. We have lodged a complaint with Police
Station Kreeri against Shoib Lone and his
associates' for demolition of the compound
wall," he said.
He said "I
have asked for protection from the DIG North
Kashmir and the compound wall will be erected by
BMO Dr Bilqees
said that two months ago after complaints of
pilferage and misuse of hospital property
"we closed the rear entrance of the
hospital." But the gate was stolen and then
we got it completely closed with brick wall a
residents of the area some of the hospital staff
in league with private clinics were resorting
malpractices. They alleged that some of the
doctors were doing private practice in private
clinics and referring patients to a private
ultra-sonography clinic while hospital equipment
was lying idle.
of SC/ST/OBC demonstrates
against seniority list
of KAS officers
Terming the recently issued seniority list of
KAS officers by the Government as totally
illegal, the activists of All India Confederation
of SC /ST/OBC organizations today staged a
demonstration in front of the Press Club here.
The protestors led
by R K Kalsotra, president of the Confederation,
were demanding immediate revocation of seniority
list as it has hurt the sentiments of the people
belonging to down-trodden communities whose
fundamental rights have been usurped.
alleged that in the seniority list of KAS
officers, the people belonging to reserved
categories were placed at bottom in violation of
prevailing laws and rules. They termed this as
against the Constitutional guarantees to the
members of reserved categories.
Mr Kalsotra said
that the seniority list has snatched the
reservation benefits, extended to the officers of
reserved categories in promotions during the
regime of Ghulam Nabi Azad and Governors
rule in 2008.
immediate intervention of Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah the protestors urged him to issue orders
regarding revocation of seniority list issued by
GAD and restoration of position of the reserved
also submitted a memorandum to Divisional
Commissioner through Assistant Commissioner
highlighting their demands.
Among others the
leaders of Saryara Sabha, Ravidas Sabha, Bhagat
Maha Sabha, Megh Sabha, Gujjar Bakerwal Sabha,
Mahasha Sabha, Barwal Sabha, Backward Classes
Union and Tehreek Insaf also participated in the
demonstration. MLA Yash Paul Kundal, Ghulam
Rasool and Akhtar Hussain also took part in the
fraudulent ration cards,
July 10: During
the raids conducted in various zones by Relief
and Rehabilitation Commissioner (M), Vinod Kaul,
it was found that one person namely Shadi Lal
Pandita son of Sarvanand Pandita of Nagrota Camp
and presently putting up at Jagti has obtained
migrant ration cards in different zones on same
names for himself and other family members
He has concealed
the information while obtaining such ration card
and has been availing this facility during the
past more than a decade. The amount drawn by him
fraudulently on different names is being
calculated which will be running in lakhs.
Mr Shadi Lal
Pandita is registered with Nagorta-A for five
souls and he has obtained fraudulently another
card for himself from zone Janipur-B on the name
of Shanti Lal Pandita S/o Soom Nath. Also his
wife is figuring in his ration card which has
been issued by Nagrota camp and she has also
fraudulently managed another card in the name of
Lalita Dhar w/o S L Dhar from zone Janipur-A for
So far during the
preliminary investigation made in few zones it
has already been established that the family
which includes his two brothers have managed
fraudulently eight ration cards and the number of
souls indicated are repeated in most of the
ration cards or the persons who are shown in the
ration cards as dependents do not exist.
Organization has decided to refer the matter to
Crime Branch for carrying thorough investigation
and in the meantime the facilities being provided
to the family are being suspended for the time
being. The amount drawn fraudulently by Shadi Lal
Pandita and other members is being worked out and
necessary process for recovery will be made in
due course of time.
killed, 20 hurt in house collapse
July 10: One
person was killed while at least twenty others
injured as a kutcha house collapsed
at village Kottan in Mendhar tehsil of district
A police spokesman
said that the mishap took place at round 12.30 pm
when relatives and villagers had assembled in the
house of one Qudrat Ullah (80), who passed away
last night. Today was the burial and many
villagers and relatives were sitting on the roof
top of the muddy house made along the hilly
slope. Unable to bear the extra load, the central
wooden beam of the house got broken and the house
Some of the people
were trapped under the debris. They were rescued
by the others. However, 50-year-old Rehmat Jan,
wife of Alam Hussain died on the spot. Police
party from Mendhar also reached the spot and all
the injured were shifted to Sub-district
hospital. Three seriously injured were further
referred to GMC, Jammu. They were identified as,
Kulsam Akhtar, wife of Mohd Bashir of Kottan,
Shamim Akhtar, wife of Maroof Khan of Suiyyan and
Shamim Akhtar, wife of Khadim Hussain of Kottan.
supports JCCs protest march on July 18
July 10: A
faction of J&K Government Employees Joint
Action Committee (EJAC) has decided to endorse
call given by the Joint Consultative Committee
and to participate in large number in the march
towards Civil Secretariat on July 18.
media-persons here today, senior EJAC member Ram
Kumar said that in a joint State-level meeting of
the three factions of the EJAC led by himself (
Ram Kumar), Abdul Qayoom Wani and Khursheed Alam
held at Srinagar on June 27, it was unanimously
decided to revive State- level JCC of the State
Government employees on collective leadership
basis and united action. Again a full house of
the three factions in a meeting held on July I at
Srinagar, took strong note of the anti-employee
and anti-worker stance of the Government.
It was unanimously
decided in the meeting to march towards Civil
Secretariat on July 18, 2011, if the Government
failed to conced to the pending demands of the
employees. He appealed the employees from Jammu
region to actively participate in the programme
and make it a grand success.
The main demands
of the employees included release of pending
arrears of the employees and pensioners,
regularization of daily wagers and fram a policy
for it, removal of pay anomalies, enhancement of
retirement age of the employees from 58 to 60
Madan Sangral, Bharat Bhushan, Hari Singh,
Parshotam Sharma and Babu Hussain were also
Cultural Society organizes "Just Dance"
July 10: Yamini
Cultural Society, Jammu today organized Just
Dance (An extravaganza of Dance Dhamaka) at
Abhinav Theatre, here which was the third and
concluding part of three days Lok Ras Mela-2011
being organized by Yamini Cultural Society, Jammu
in which Mangat Ram Sharma Ex. Deputy Chief
Minister was the chief guest and S. Surinder
Singh "Shingari" presided over the
Beside Rano Kundal
Dy. SP IRP 15th Btr., Chanchal Dogra
singer/actor, Munish Sharma State president BJYM,
Gautam Singh Director Yamini Cultural Society,
Shabnam Khan social worker, Tarun Sharma gen.
secy. Jammu Distt. BJYM, Rajinder Kumar Sharma
popularly known as Kishore Kumar Singer, Piyush
Gupta Publicity Secy BJYM, Nikhil Singh
Production I/C Yamini Cultural Society, Shishu
Pal Upmanyu Secy, Yamini Cultural Society and
Umesh Singh President/Director Rangshala Theatre
Group of Society, Jammu were the guests of
Just Dance- A mega
event of Dancing Star was Choreographed by the
renowned Choreographer of the State Rakesh Kumar
Director Gurukul Institute of Dancing and Aerobic
Centre, Jammu and Ravi Mehra was the Asstt.
Just Dance- A mega
event of Dancing Star was organized to explore
the hidden talent in the children of State so as
to compete with other talented youth of the
country. Participating children showed their best
ability through the dancing numbers especially
the item prepared by the little angels. Light was
designed and executed by Jai Ram Sharma, Sound
executed by Lokesh Kumar, make up by Siddharth
Singh, Prop. and Costumes By Nitigya Singh, Set
and Back Drop by Rakesh Kumar and Ravi Mehra and
courtesy by KC Hyundai.
A CD comprising of
six Ghazals Namely "Diya" in the sweet
memory of Late Rajinder Bagga, music Composed By
Prithvi Raj and Subodh Kumar and beutifullly sang
by Michael John was also released by Pt. Mangat
Ram Sharma Ex. Dy. Chief Ministers and other
dignitaries presented on the occasion
play 'Intzaar ka Doosra Rukh'
staged by Natrang in its
In its regular Sunday Theatre series, Natrang
staged Urdu play 'Intzaar ka Doosra Rukh' in its
Studio Theatre. The play written by Sadat Hassan
Manto, was directed by Neeraj Kant.
beginning of today's Sunday show, rich tributes
were paid to Natrang actor Dr. Hemant Bholla who
died last week after a brief illness at a very
young age of 25.
All present at the
show prayed for the peace of the departed soul.
play was the sequel and new dimension of the play
'Intzaar' which has already been presented by
Natrang. The Sadat Hassan Manto has used the same
characters and same situation but from a
different perspective which acknowledges that a
same story may have different faces from
different angles. When the play opens, 'Bilkis'
is getting ready very anxiously, to meet
'Mantzar' her lover. Knowing that 'Mantzar' would
also be equally excited, she is trying her level
best to reach to him in time but her mother
becomes the main hurdle in her way. She
deliberately entangles her to numerous household
works so as 'Bilkis' could not leave the home,
but dying to meet 'Mantzar', 'Bilkis' uses all
her cleverness to get rid of all the work, she
makes excuses which look very genuine and finally
succeeds to leave home, though a little late. On
the other side, after waiting for his beloved so
long, 'Mantzar' was exhausted and was taken to a
doctor for treatment. When 'Bilkis' reaches
Mantzar's home, she finds no one there to welcome
her. She gets very angry as she had done a great
effort for this date and 'Mantzar', as she
thinks, is totally unconcerned about her. She
leaves his home in anger to never come back again
and the much awaited meeting becomes an irony.
Sajra Qadir as
'Bilkis' was praiseworthy, she was equally
supported by the balanced acting of Rajni Bhatti
as 'Maa', Sakshi Prakash as 'Suraiya', Vinay
Manhas as 'Salim', Syed Fardeen as 'Mantzar' and
Vishal Sharma as 'Dost'. Lights were operated by
Rahul Singh. Mayank Bakshi scored the Music.
Mohd. Yaseen coordinated the show. Uplaksh Singh
Kotwal did the presentations.
lakh devotees pay
obeisance at Baba Sidh
July 10: A
week-long annual fair of famous Shrine of Baba
Sidh Goria at village Swankha started here with
thousands of devotees from different parts of the
State as well as from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and
Himachal Pardesh paying obeisance.
started pouring in the afternoon of July 9, 2011
in the premises of the temple and were seen
curiously waiting for their turn to pay obeisance
in the wee hours and unending lines of devotees
were seen throughout the day and about 2 Lakh
pilgrims paid obeisance on the first day of the
The shrine of Baba
Sidh Goria is prominently known in the State and
the devotees from different parts of the State
and outside throng every year in the month of
July and the Mela goes on for seven days and this
village close to the International Border has
come on tourist map, which is also providing
economic activities to the locals of the area.
Administration has made elaborate arrangements
like drinking water supply, traffic regulation,
power supply, additional buses for facilitating
movement of people. A medical team consisting of
Doctors, para medical staff alongwith Ambulance
has been stationed, besides a control room has
been established where the magistrates alongwith
other supportive staff are available round the
clock to tackle any situation.
occasion, the departments like Agriculture,
Horticulture, Fisheries, Rural Development,
Health, Education, Employment, Handicrafts,
Handloom, Floriculture, Tourism, Animal
Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry Departments have also
put up their stalls to display the exhibits and
schemes for the awareness of the public and to
disseminate the benefits of these schemes to the
announces Rs 68 lakh for GHS Digiana
Minister for Revenue, Relief and
Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla today laid foundation
stone for construction of additional rooms,
varanda including construction of compound wall
at Government High School, Digiana, coming up at
an estimated cost of Rs. 68 lakh under Rashtriya
Madhamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). He asked the
executing agency to demolish unsafe rooms
immediately and start fresh construction for
Addressing a large
gathering, Mr. Bhalla said Central Government has
allocated Rs 60 crore under RAMSA for opening and
upgrading of High and Higher Secondary Schools in
every constituency of the State with latest
infrastructural facilities, adding that 69
schools would be upgraded under the scheme across
informed that Rs. 58 lakh would be spent on
construction of additional rooms and 15 lakh for
science laboratories in each newly upgraded high
and higher secondary school across the State. He
said the Government has earmarked Rs. 25000 each
for renovation of high school infrastructure and
Rs. 50000 for Higher Secondary School
infrastructure under RAMSA.
people's demand, Mr. Bhalla asked the officers to
ensure regular power supply in metered areas. He
informed that Government has earmarked Rs. 3.26
crore for construction of 10 MVA 33/11 KV
Receiving Station at Sanjay Nagar, adding the
project is under progress on and would be
completed by September this year. He said on the
commissioning, the power scenario in Shastri
Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Rampura and
parts of Nai Basti would be improved to large
At Gangyal, the
construction work of 350 meter long deep drain
was started in the presence of the Minister, for
which he announced Rs. 5.5 lakh.
Responding to the
people's demand, Mr. Bhalla asked the R&B
authorities to prepare a detailed project report
for construction of protection wall upto the
level of road on the right embankment of Ranbir
Canal at Gangyal.
killed, 26 injured in road accidents
Four persons died and 26 others were injured
in different road accidents across Kashmir Valley
Police said that a
Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK05A-6609
hit a Motorcycle near Police Station Baramulla,
resulting in on spot death of Motorcyclist
Mohammad Shafi Waza of Azad Gunj, Baramulla and
pillion rider Ghulam Mohammad Najar of
Bagh-e-Islam Baramulla and injuries to Sumo
driver Shabir Ahmad Malik of Kralhar Baramulla.
The injured was hospitalized.
In another fatal
road mishap, a Tata Sumo bearing registration
number JK09-1423 on way from Lalpora to Kupwara
fell down in a ballah near Khumriyal bridge,
Kupwara resulting in on spot death of Zeeba Begum
wife of Abdul Ahad Najar of Darpora and injuries
to other 11 passengers.
All the injured
were shifted to district hospital Kupwara where
from four injured persons were referred to SKIMS
Soura, Srinagar. Later, one of them namely Syed
Shah son of Darpora Lolab, Kupwara succumbed to
Police said that
an Alto car bearing registration number
JK03B-0307 and Tata Sumo bearing registration
number JK02R-7582 collided near Buchoo, Anantnag,
resulting in injuries to seven persons. All the
injured were hospitalized.
A Tata Mini Bus
bearing registration number JK03B-3840 hit and
injured a boy Mohammad Afridi of Y. K Pora at Y.
K Pora, Qazigund in district Anantnag. The
injured boy was hospitalized.
A tractor driven
by Firdous Ahmad Lone of Nowpora turned turtle
near Sultanpora, Chandoosa, Baramulla, resulting
in injuries to three persons including the driver
of the tractor. All the injured were
An unknown vehicle
hit a Motorcycle bearing registration number
JK13-7306 at Frestabal, Pampore, resulting in
injuries to Ishfaq Ahmad Wani of Pulwama and
Nissar Ahmad Beigh of Harda Mir Awantipora. Both
the injured were hospitalized.
A Tempo Traveller
bearing registration number JK02N-7139 hit a
Motorcycle bearing registration number JK01E-2220
at Jawbara, Awantipora, resulting in injuries to
Gulzar Ahmad Shah of Chandhara Pampore and Aijaz
Ahmad Dar of Batamaloo Srinagar. Both the injured
Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Jagerpora, consumed some
poisonous substance at his home last night.
He was shifted to
Sub District Hospital, Handwara for treatment.
Doctors after initial stomach wash referred him
to SKIMS Soura, Srinagar where he expired.
The body of the
deceased was handed over to legal heirs for last
rites. Police has registered a case and have
Mahajan asks Jammu
youth to exhibit talent
in film industry
July 10: Son
of soil, actor/model Arjun Mahajan today appealed
the youth of Jammu to come forward and exhibit
their talent in film industry.
media persons here, Arjun Mahajan, appealed the
youth of Jammu to come forward and join the film
industry to show their talent in the field of
acting and modeling. He said that people of Jammu
particularly youth have lot of talent but need
right platform to exhibit it.
of Mata Vaishno Devi before the release of his
debut Hindi movie in lead role and produced by
Aruna Irani, "Raqt-Ek Rishta", Arjun
thanked the people of Jammu for their love and
respect showered on him.
He hoped the movie
would attract a large number of audience, as it
is an emotional thriller and showed
mother-daughter relationship in a new dimension.
Briefing about the
movie, he said, it was shot in Mumbai and Devgarh
(Jaipur) and completed in two schedules.
Raqt-Ek Rishta is being produced
under the banner of Maa Tarini Films Production
under the direction of Shiva Rindan, he added.
Arjun said that
other co-stars of the film included Shweta
Bhardwaj, Sheena Shahabadi, Shakti Kapoor,
Gulshan Grover and Farida Jalal.
Arjun, has done
more than 100 commerical advertisements in TV and
also acted in famous TV serial "Raja Ki
Ayegi Baraat" besides other movies.
The actor was
accompanied by his father Rajesh Gupta, Congress
leader and Sudarshan Chowdhary, State General
Ibn Nishat joins PDP
Former Joint Director Handicrafts and a
prominent social worker of Kishtwar Riyaz Ahmed
Ibn Nishat Kishtwari joined People's Democratic
Party in presence of party patron Mufti Muhammad
Sayeed, here today.
Ahmed in the party folds, Mufti said that the
doors of the party were opened for all those who
want to work for the betterment and upliftment of
Riyaz Ahmed, who
is son of a prominent and renowned poet, scholar
and author Nishat Kishtwari, said that the policy
and people friendly approach of the party was the
driving force for him to decide to work under the
leadership of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
plea to PM
July 10 :
National Mazdoor Conference leader Subash Shastri
today appealed the Prime Minister to release the
pending installment of DA due from July at the
rate of 12 per cent in favour of the employees of
the Central as well as State Governments in view
of increasing inflation and price-hike of the
workers rally here today Shastri said that the
price index which was 5.89% in Dec-2010 now has
increased to 12.59%.
He said that the
purchasing power of rupee fell by 40 paisa in
June 2010. The purchasing power of rupee has been
further going down since April last year. Shastri
said that prices of all essential commodities
have gone up considerably, there is no
justification on the part of Govt for witholding
arrears of the employees and pensioners.
Shastri urged Dr
Singh to delcare Jammu and Srinagar as B-I cities
of State. He said that giving B-1 status to both
capital cities would ensure more flow of funds
for upgrading infrastructure and modernizing
civic amenities of these fast expanding cities.
alleges water, power crisis in Kalakote
July 10: Senior
Congress leader and former legislator Ashok
Sharma has expressed his serious concern over the
scarcity of power and water supply in Kalakote
area of Rajouri district and demanded that
immediate measures to address the hardships faced
by the people be taken.
Sarpanches, Panches and farmers at various places
during 2-day tour of the Kalakote constituency,
Mr Sharma demanded that high capacity electric
transformers be installed to ensure regular water
and power supply in the area and tankers be
pressed into service, where ever required to tide
over the crisis caused due to acute water
leader while apprising the people about the
various Centrally sponsored schemes, aimed at
their welfare and various provisions of the Right
to Information Act, said that they should come
forward in a big way to get full benefit of it.
Mission holds sixth
blood donation camp at
July 10: The
sixth blood donation camp was held at Sant
Nirankari Satsang Bhawan Samba by Sant Nirankari
Mission today. The camp was held in the memory of
Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji Maharaj who sacrificed
his life on April 24, 1980 for the noble cause of
truth and humanity.
According to a
handout by the Mission since 1980 every year
Nirankari Mission is organizing blood donation
camps all over the world to spread the message of
present Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj that
"human blood should flow in human veins and
not in drains.
The blood donation
camp was inaugurated by Divisional Commissioner
Jammu Dr Pawan Kotwal. He lauded the efforts of
Nirankari Mission for the well being of humanity
as a whole.
The camp was held
in collaboration with Blood Transfusion
Department of Government Medical College Jammu
and Indian Red Cross Society. Additional DC,
Tehsildar, CMO and several prominent citizens
were also present in the camp.
On the occasion
Ajit Singh incharge Sant Nirankari Mandal
J&K, highlighted the activities of Nirankari
Mission and informed about the message of
Nirankari Baba Ji.
lecturers call off strike
The contractual lecturers of various degree
colleges of Kashmir valley today called off their
indefinite strike after assurances by the
Minister of Higher Education.
representatives of the Contractual College
Lecturers today had a meeting with Minister of
Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik; Director
Colleges, Sham Lal Gupta and other senior
officials of the Higher Education Department in
which Government assured them that their demands
will be considered.
details, Mr Gupta told Excelsior that they were
given assurances after which they called off
strike. They were demanding salary enhancement,
reduction of work load and formulation of
Government policy for their future.
Gupta said that
regarding salary enhancement, Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah had recently called meeting of the
officials of the Higher Education Department and
matter was referred to the Finance Department.
Regarding the work
load, Gupta said that the Minister has issued
directions today and it would be discussed and a
decision will be taken soon. "These
lecturers have to give six lecturers a day but
they want it to be reduced to four."
formulation of the Government policy, we told
them that it will take time but Government is
serious about their future."
Gupta said that
there was communication gap between the lecturers
and Government that led to their strike.
"Now the communication has been established,
there would be no problem in future", hoped
president of the Contractual Lecturers
Association, Dr. Muhammad Maqbool Bat told
Excelsior that after assurance by the government,
central working committee of the Association
today decided to call off strike from tomorrow.
"We will resume class work from tomorrow but
if our demands are not met by July 18, we will
again go on strike."
At least 850
contractual Lecturers were on indefinite strike
since June 28 leading to suspension of the class
work in the degree colleges of the Valley.
July 10: The
activists of Jammu West Assembly Movement staged
a demonstration at New Plots to turn the
attention of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who is
also the chairman of District Development Board
Jammu and other members of the Board towards the
long pending demands of the people of Jammu.
The activists also
took out a rally from Ambphalla which passed via
New Plots, Janipur and Sarwal. In this rally the
prominent citizens, heads of various trade
unions, Mohalla Committees and traders
participated. The rally culminated at Sarwal
rally, JWAM president Sunil Dimple urged the
Chief Minister to pay attention towards the
problems of the Jammu people. He alleged that no
development is taking place in Jammu city in
general and in Jammu West constituency in
awareness prog organised
Reserve Bank of India and other banks in
association with Lead District Manager (LDM)
Samba today imparted financial literacy awareness
during Sidh Goria Mela with special focus on
On the first day
of week long mela, thousands of devotees,
particularly young ones from J&K and nearby
States were distributed Pamphlets and books in
Urdu/Hindi and English to disseminate financial
awareness. RBI displayed variety of banners and
posters at strategic locations in the mela.
DDC Samba Mubarak
Singh while visiting the stalls lauded the
initiatives of RBI and a team of officers led by
AGM, RBI- Ravinder Bhat and had detailed
interaction with Mr. Bhat, LDM and Banks. DDC was
briefed that apart from financial inclusion/
'no-frill' accounts/distinguish features of
genuine/fake notes, public was also made aware of
fictitious NBFC's and cautioned against fake
lottery calls through their mobiles and were also
asked to be vigilant. While appreciating
performance of the bankers told AGM, RBI, that he
feels proud that the district is leading in CD
Ratio, PS Lending and share in Agri. Lending with
59% , 68% and 17% respectively in entire J&K
as on March 2011.
Rohit Mehta, Lead
District Manager, SBI Samba said that the young
visitors were also urged to derive maximum
benefits of SBI R-SETI started at Vijaypur where
free of cost training with residential
accommodation is provided and shape their future
with self-employment. Hand-holding will be done
after the completion of training till the venture
undertaken is complete and successfully started.
others who deliberated with the visitors,
distributed literacy material were officials of
RBI, Ravinder Kumar, Ram Shabad, V.K Yadav and
Gurmeet Kumar, Manager SBI Vijaypur Somnath,
Asstt. LBO Vikram Singh, District Coordinator
J&K Bank- S.M Khandey and others.
'Gujjar era' in curriculum,
stop concealing history
Expressing strong resentment against
concealing of significant details of 'Gujjar era'
in new books of History published by different
states of India as a part of University and
School curriculum, the Gujjars today pleaded
forcefully to University Grants Commission (UGC),
National Council of Educational Research and
Trainings (NCERT), School Boards of all States ,
to include all rudiments factors of "Gujjar
Pritihara" who ruled various States of India
between 6th-11th century AD, in curriculum books
of Indian History, prepared to be taught to
students reading in different classes.
In a reminder, the
community, through Tribal Research and Cultural
Foundation a frontal organization of Gujjars
pleaded with the Union Ministry of Human
Resources Development, a strong direction to all
text book publishers including all Boards,
University Commissions and Councils to portray an
accurate and factual picture of 'Gujjar era' in
India in all books of History prepared by them .
Giving details ,
Dr.Javaid Rahi , Secretary Tribal Foundation told
that some important parts of History of Gujjar
era were missing in history books prepared by
UGC, NCERT ,CBSE and other Boards. We have
written a detailed letter to Union HRD Ministry
for immediate intervention in the issue.
body recovered from Salal dam
July 10: The
police fished out the dead body of man from Salal
dam over river Chenab in district Reasi today.
noticed the body floating in the reservoir and
informed Talwara police. The police party reached
the spot during mid-day and fished out it with
the help of boat and divers. The deceased was
later identified as one Sunil Kumar Sharma, son
of Bodh Raj, resident of Chiji-Makwal (Ramkot) in
The police said
that a truck after accident fell into Chenab near
Ramban on June 26 and three persons had washed
away in the river. One dead body could be traced
today while two others were still missing.
High School Panjar without water
of drinking water at Govt High School Panjar,
winter Zone Panchari, Distt Udhampur is quite
painful. Though there exist who water tanks fully
connected to water pipe lines and constructed
within school premises for the past several
years, shockingly, those are lying in a
completely dried state for over months for the
reasons better known to the PHE authorities,
Udhampur. The school headmaster has requested
them several times for the water restoration. But
of no use.
The innocent and
underage students are forced to labour hard whole
day long to carry water-filled buckets over their
tender heads from a small water source by
trekking steep distance of about 300 mtrs of the
hillock where the school is situated. One shivers
to see the poor students plight. The water
generally is required for the large strength of
the school students (nearing 200), staff members
and mid day meals kitchen consumption. And how
the pressing requirement is fulfilled, more
particularly in a burning summer, one can fully
imagine. Doest this practice amount to
Child labour that too
without wages ?
Swarn Vihar with Durga Nagar
issue was raised time and again with the
concerned authorities but till date no desired
result has been achieved. There is an urgent need
to link Swarn Vihar Police Colony with Durga
Nagar because the lane which presently connects
it with Durga Nagar is too narrow to allow a
scooter pass through it smoothly. Firstly, the
passage near the water tank is strewn with stones
and boulders which hinder smooth movement. During
rainy days, it turns into a pond causing
inconvenience to pedestrians as well to
scooterists. It is requested to the Housing
Society authorities to convert this nallah into a
black-topped lane. This will not incur too much
of money. Hope the authorities would respond to
this request at the earliest.
Nagar-Tawi Bridge Flyover has a very beautiful
small garden in the middle of road somewhere
above the Bus Stand area.
garden is maintained beautifully, the fencing of
the garden is very dangerous for the two wheeler
riders. The fencing is done with very sharp edged
iron angles, which may prove fatal in case of a
mishap like bike skid etc. I request to the
authorities to change the fencing from very sharp
edged iron rods erected vertically to some smooth
scarcity in Doda
People of Doda
especially residents in particular pockets have
been facing hardships due to the scarcity of
potable water. Some years back a major pipe line
was brought from Dessa, but this too
couldnt cater to needs of potable water.
Now it is learnt
that another pipe-line is being laid from Dessa
itself, work on which is going on reportedly.
It is requested on
behalf of residents of these particular pockets
that the work may be expedited so that the
problem of scarcity of water is solved at war
Lower Nagri Doda
The work on road
from Kahara to Jai was started during the Chief
Ministership of G N Azad and funds were
sanctioned for the first phase construction from
Kahara to Joura Kalan a length of 16 Kms.
Now the first
phase is complete but the sanctioned 16 kms
length ran up to Halaran only because many
unnecessary turns of the road were made in order
to touch the houses of many influential people.
The stretch from Halaran to Joura Kalan, a
distance of four Kms was thus illegally ignored.
department has handed over the work to PMGSY. We
approached the PMGSY officers at Thathri and
requested them to execute work from Halaran to
Joura Kalan and then from Joura Kalan to Jai as
is surveyed. But they told a strange version that
the said department has sanctioned a new 12 kms
road from Kahara to Joura Khurd road. This road,
if constructed, will pass through Halaran and if
Kahara to Halaran has already consumed 16 kms,
then how can there be a 12 km long road from
Kahara to Joura Khurd unless a second closely
parallel road is constructed from Kahara to
We smell a foul
play in this version. Infact, the local engineers
want to convert the original Kahara-Halaran-Joura
Kalan-Shamdlian-Jai road into
Kahara-Halaran-Joura Khurd-Jai road by floating a
false version for dodging the public so that they
donot raise any cry against this deviation.
We request that a
special enquiry should be made into the matter
whether there is really any second closely
parallel road and if not, there should be no
deviation from the original survey which will be
strongly resented to. This proposed deviation
will involve the destruction of comparatively
greater portion of forests, and wastage of more
cultivable land respectively. We further request
that keeping the original survey intact, link
road to Joura Khurd from Joura Kalan be also
constructed. We earnestly want that the people of
Joura Khurd should also be benefitted but not at
the cost of norms.
Kuldeep Kumar Rao.
on behalf of Public of Villages Budhi,
Joura Kalan, Suranga, Kunthal.
5 allegedly attempt to end lives
July 10: A
housewife allegedly committed suicide while five
others attempted to end their lives by consuming
some poisonous substance at their respective
homes and were shifted to Government Medical
College and Hospital for treatment today.
A police spokesman
said that Kamlesh Devi, wife of Som Raj of Changi
Maheen under the jurisdiction of Rajbagh Police
Station allegedly committed suicide by consuming
some poisonous substance at home. She was
referred to Government Medical College and
Hospital for further treatment but failed to
respond and breathed her last after half an hour.
deceaseds body was handed over to legal
heirs after post-mortem and other legal
formalities for last rites.
He added that five
other persons also allegedly tried to end their
lives by consuming poisonous substance at their
respective residences and were got admitted to
GMC Hospital here for further treatment. They
have been identified as Mehmood (25) of Bari
Brahmana, Ruby (20), daughter of Ashrat Ahmed of
Jangrota, Dwarka Dass (24), son of Sohan Lal of
Ghoradi, Kathua and Mithun Singh (22), son of
Santokh Singh of Digiana.
The spokesman also
added that Bindu (22), daughter of Puran Chand of
Udhampur also attempted to commit suicide by
hanging herself at home but timely action by
family members saved her life. She was shifted to
GMC after sustaining injuries in neck.
were responding to the treatment when the last
reports came in.
registered the cases at respective police
stations to sort out reasons behind such extreme
Yatri Bhawan Trust honours Dr Vishwa Murti
July 10: The
Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust today honoured Dr Vishwa
Murti Shastri and announced special discount to
associated members for treatment at Mediocity
The members of
Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust led by its president
Pawan Shastri honoured the renowned Dr Vishwa
Murti Shastri, associated to Mediocity Hospital,
on getting President's Medal this year for
outstanding service to society.
Later, Mr Pawan
also announced 25 to 30 per cent discount to
Jammu based patients associated to Jammu Yatri
Bhawan for treatment at Mediocity hospital. He
disclosed that Mediocity has offered special
discount to people associated to Jammu Yatri
Bhawan for patients ailing from different
He said during the
2-day camp organised by Jammu Yatri Bhawan at
Thakur Dwara, Shakti Nagar, Dr Ashok Vaid of
Mediocity treated 110 patients and distributed
free medicines of Rs 1.5 lakhs.
submits memo to interlocutors
July 10: A
delegation of the State unit leaders of the BSP
met the visiting interlocutors here and submitted
a memorandum to them.
Led by state
president of the party, T S Langeh and
accompanied by R L Chargotra, Rakesh Wazir, RK
Bhagat and Charan Dass, the delegation projected
various issues related to Kashmir problem and
other problems of the people from all the three
regions, giving special emphasis on neglect of
The major issues
covered during meeting included strong opposition
of Azadi, Self-Rule and autonomy, creation of
Kshmir and Jammu as separate states and Ladakh as
UT, citizenship rights to West Pakistan refugees,
package to migrants from Udhampur, Doda, Rajouri
etc at par with Kashmiri migrants, due
reservation to SCs/STs/OBCs, rehabilitation of
people living near LOC/IB and proper
implementation of Roshni Act.
violence claims another woman's life
July 10: Two
days after a woman committed suicide in Tangmarg
area, another woman today died in the same area
under similar circumstances of alleged domestic
violence by her in-laws.
daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Reshi, of Karhama
Tangmarg in district Baramulla died in Shri
Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar
The woman had
consumed some poisonous substance yesterday after
what her relatives said she failed to cope up
with domestic violence against her by in-laws in
Sherpora, Pattan Baramulla.
details, father of the woman, Reshi said that his
33-year-old daughter Afroza was mother of two
girls and was married to one Fayaz Ahmad Dar at
Shirpora, Pattan. He alleged that she was forced
by her in-laws to take the extreme step.
subjected to domestic violence for the last few
years, Afroza had somehow managed to resist it.
But finally she failed to take that stress and
consumed some poisonous substances around 4 pm on
Saturday," he said.
immediately shifted to Sub District Hospital
Pattan where after stomach wash she was referred
to SMHS hospital in Srinagar.
Afroza was buried
at her father's ancestral graveyard in Karhama,
and not at Shirpora, the village where she was
married. "No one from her in-laws and
Shirpora were allowed to attend her funeral
prayers," Reshi said.
registered a case in Police Station Pattan (FIR
166/2011 under section 309 RPC) and
investigations are going on.
Dal holds demonstration
July 10: Kranti
Dal (KD) organized a demonstration at Lower Roop
Nagar over the prolonged power cuts and water
The protest was
held under the leadership of Pritam Sharma,
general secretary of Kranti Dal. He said people
from different localities including the Roop
Nagar and other areas were facing power cuts for
last over one month and people are suffering for
want of basic amenities. He said the Government
had promised 24 hour power supply but it failed
to keep the promise.
He said the area
is also facing water scarcity and PHE Department
is accusing the PDD for the same and the
authorities of the Department are not ready to
hear the woes of the people.
He said that
Government is collecting huge amount as fee for
power and water from the consumers but it has
failed to maintain supply. He warned to intensify
agitation in case the problem was not looked
July 10: A
team of officers of Legal Metrology Department
from Jammu and Doda today conducted extensive
checking of petrol pumps in Doda and Kishtwar
spokesman said that three pumps---Shivam Filling
Station Bhaderwah, Hills View Service Station
Kishtwar and Sen Filling Station, Kishtwar were
found selling less than the permissible limits to
units were sealed and sale stopped. The owners
were booked under the provisions of Weights and
Measures and amount of Rs 50,000 recovered as
composition money from the defaulters.
The team was
supervised by Joint Controller and Deputy
Controller Enforcement Jammu.
killed, 2 hurt in road accidents
July 10: A
truck driver was crushed by another trucker at
Lakhanpur on J&K-Punjab border today.
The deceased has
been identified as Aditya Lal Paswan alias Raju
hailing from Sangroor in Punjab. He was standing
near his truck at Lakhanpur when another truck
bearing registration No. HR-55K/7755 crushed him
to death on the spot this afternoon. The police
shifted the body to Kathua hospital and arrested
driver Satwainder Singh of truck No. PB013Q/6602.
The vehicle was also seized.
persons were seriously injured after a car
skidded off the road and fell into a gorge near
Nowshera late last evening. The mishap took place
when the vehicle was on way to Jhangar from
Nowshera. The injured, Tilak Raj, son of Jagdish
Raj of Kariyan ( Rajouri) and Raju Sambyal, son
of Dass Ram of Ladoka, were shifted to Nowshera
hospital by Army men and later referred to GMC,