Peace process not to be
allowed to derail
All political parties

must evolve consensus
over Kashmir: Mufti

By Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, July 10: Former J&K Chief Minister and People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed today said that all the political parties in....more

PYC president booked

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 10: 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...more

Confed of SC/ST/OBC
demonstrates against
seniority list of KAS officers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: Terming the recently issued seniority list of KAS officers by the Government as totally illegal, the activists of All India Confederation of SC ....more

Relief Commissioner
detects fraudulent ration
cards, orders probe

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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....more

One killed, 20 hurt in
house collapse

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Poonch today. A police spokesman said that the mishap took place at round 12.30 pm when relatives and villagers .....more

 

EJAC supports JCC’s
protest march on July 18

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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. Talking to media.....more

Yamini Cultural Society
organizes "Just Dance"

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 ....more

Urdu play 'Intzaar ka
Doosra Rukh' staged
by Natrang in its
Sunday Theatre

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: 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. Before the beginning of today's Sunday show, rich...more

     
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Peace process not to be allowed to derail
All political parties must evolve
consensus over Kashmir: Mufti

By Gopal Sharma

JAMMU, July 10: 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 six decades.

"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 prevailing situation.

Recalling 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 cooperation.

"Biggest ever 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.

While reaffirming 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.

"Since its 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.

Several other 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.

PYC president booked

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 10: 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 Baramulla yesterday.

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 today.

While giving 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 added.

"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 tomorrow."

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 month ago."

According to 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.

Confed of SC/ST/OBC demonstrates
against seniority list of KAS officers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: 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.

The protestors 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 Governor’s rule in 2008.

Seeking the 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 categories.

The demonstrators 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 protest.

Relief Commissioner detects
fraudulent ration cards, orders probe

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 fraudulently.

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 four souls.

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.

The Relief 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.

One killed, 20 hurt in house collapse

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Poonch today.

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 collapsed.

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.

EJAC supports JCC’s protest march on July 18

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Talking to 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 years ETC.

Balwan Singh, Madan Sangral, Bharat Bhushan, Hari Singh, Parshotam Sharma and Babu Hussain were also present.

Yamini Cultural Society organizes "Just Dance"

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 function.

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 honour.

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. Director.

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

Urdu play 'Intzaar ka Doosra Rukh'
staged by Natrang in its Sunday Theatre

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: 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.

Before the 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.

Today's Sunday 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.

Over 2 lakh devotees pay
obeisance at Baba Sidh Goria shrine

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, 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.

The devotees 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 fair.

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.

The District 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.

During the 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 general public.

Bhalla announces Rs 68 lakh for GHS Digiana

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: 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 them.

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 the State.

Mr. Bhalla 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.

Responding to 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 extent.

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.

4 killed, 26 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 10: Four persons died and 26 others were injured in different road accidents across Kashmir Valley today.

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 his injuries.

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 hospitalized.

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 were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, one 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 started investigations.

Arjun Mahajan asks Jammu
youth to exhibit talent in film industry

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Interacting with 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.

Seeking blessing 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 Secretary, NCP.

Riyaz Ibn Nishat joins PDP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: 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.

Welcoming Riyaz 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 the people.

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.

Shastri's plea to PM

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 essential commodities.

Addressing a 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.

Ex-MLA alleges water, power crisis in Kalakote

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Addressing 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 scarcity.

The Congress 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.

Nirankari Mission holds sixth
blood donation camp at Samba

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Contractual lecturers call off strike

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 10: The contractual lecturers of various degree colleges of Kashmir valley today called off their indefinite strike after assurances by the Minister of Higher Education.

The 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.

While giving 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."

"About the 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 Gupta

Meanwhile, 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.

JWAM demonstrates

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Chowk.

Addressing the 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 particular.

Financial awareness prog organised

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, July 10: 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 financial inclusion.

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.

Present among 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.

Reflect 'Gujjar era' in curriculum,
stop concealing history : Gujjars

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 10: 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.

Man's body recovered from Salal dam

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, July 10: The police fished out the dead body of man from Salal dam over river Chenab in district Reasi today.

Some people 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 tehsil Billawar.

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.

Govt High School Panjar without water

Non-availability 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. Does’t this practice amount to ‘’Child labour’’ that too without wages ?

Swatantra Dev Kotwal
Udhampur

Link Swarn Vihar with Durga Nagar

This important 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.

Kuldeep Kumar
Swarn Vihar
Jammu

Remove dangerous fencing

The Bakshi Nagar-Tawi Bridge Flyover has a very beautiful small garden in the middle of road somewhere above the Bus Stand area.

Although the 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 round bars.

Gagan Kamra
Jammu

Water 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 couldn’t 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 footing.

Ashiq Hussain Rather
Lower Nagri Doda

Construct Kahara-Jai road

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.

Now R&B 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 Halaran.

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.

Housewife commits suicide
5 allegedly attempt to end lives

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

The deceased’s 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.

Reportedly, they were responding to the treatment when the last reports came in.

Police has registered the cases at respective police stations to sort out reasons behind such extreme steps.

Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust honours Dr Vishwa Murti

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: The Jammu Yatri Bhawan Trust today honoured Dr Vishwa Murti Shastri and announced special discount to associated members for treatment at Mediocity Hospital.

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 diseases.

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.

BSP submits memo to interlocutors

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 Jammu.

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.

Domestic violence claims another woman's life

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, 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.

Afroza Bano, daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Reshi, of Karhama Tangmarg in district Baramulla died in Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital in Srinagar today.

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.

While giving 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.

"After being 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.

She was 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.

Police have registered a case in Police Station Pattan (FIR 166/2011 under section 309 RPC) and investigations are going on.

Kranti Dal holds demonstration

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 10: Kranti Dal (KD) organized a demonstration at Lower Roop Nagar over the prolonged power cuts and water scarcity.

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 into.

3 petrol pumps sealed

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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 districts.

An official 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 the consumers.

Accordingly, these 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.

One killed, 2 hurt in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, 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.

Meanwhile two 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, Jammu.



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