CM ridicules propagandist
outlook of Opposition

Excelsior Correspondent

ANANTNAG, July 21: Listing the achievements of his Government during last two and the half years, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday ridiculed those who refuse to..more

Trade, industry oppose
proposed hike in
power tariff

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: The trade and industry of State today strongly opposed the hike in power tariff as proposed by the Power Development Department in the petition filed before the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC)....more

Govt not interested
in delegating powers
at grass root level: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

KULGAM, July 21: Questioning intention of the National Conference (NC) led Government to decentralize power at grass root level, former Chief Minister and patron of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that indifferent attitude to.....more

Australian tourist
found dead

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SRINAGAR, July 21: An Australian tourist was found dead in Leh, official sources said here this evening. They said Brian Anthony Barnett passport No M-9355805 was found dead at Potosa Photola under the jurisdiction of Police Station Leh....more

Sagar meets Governor

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SRINAGAR, July 21: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar called on Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here this evening.....more

Need to portray
Kashmir positively in
films, dramas: CM

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today said Kashmir needs to be portrayed positively in films and dramas. "Over the past 20 years or so, violence has cast a negative image on the overall scenario in Kashmir......more

Chopras murder case
Rohit Chopra levels serious

allegations against
Ajab, Kewal Pandit, others

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: In the much publicized Chopras murder case, Rohit Chopra, son of deceased cement tycoon Rajinder Bhushan Chopra today leveled serious allegations against Ajab Singh and Raju Simblia, who are....more

Students block Canal
Road, demand
early opening of JCU

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JAMMU, July 21: Demanding early functioning of Jammu Central University, students from various colleges from Jammu region today staged demonstration outside GGM Science College......more

     
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CM ridicules propagandist outlook of Opposition

Excelsior Correspondent

ANANTNAG, July 21: Listing the achievements of his Government during last two and the half years, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday ridiculed those who refuse to recognize the visible development on political and economic fronts during this period. "These elements have kept their eyes shut", he said, adding that blind eyes only see the darkness and pre-occupied minds rebound the positivity.

Addressing a large public gathering at Qaimoh in Anantnag district, the Chief Minister said that from the day first his Government focused equal attention on political and developmental issues.

"We highlighted the importance of addressing political issues politically and carrying forward internal and external dialogues with consistency to achieve normalcy and register lasting peace in the State. I am not the person who will forget the basic political issues confronting the State when on chair and ventilate these when out of power. I as a Chief Minister of the State vehemently underlined the necessity of concentrating on resolution of basic political issues, revocation of AFSPA and reduction in the footprints of forces", he said, adding that it was during his regime that the reduction of forces took place and 40 bunkers were removed from Srinagar city. "God willing all these issues will move towards the settlement in near future", he expressed confidence.

Omar Abdullah said that various new power projects started during his regime in the State, hundreds of new schools opened and upgraded, new degree colleges launched, new health centres established and hundreds of kilometres new roads constructed, upgraded and macadamized itself speak of the Government's endeavour on the development front.

Without naming PDP, the Chief Minister said that those who talk about the waters of Kashmir did not even generated a single MW of power during their time while we started about a dozen of power projects aimed at generating over 4000 MW of electricity during next eight years.

"My Government aims at self reliance in power generation to remove the dependence of people on candles during power cuts", he said elaborating on the new power schemes started under joint venture with NHPC and independently.

"Deceit is the trade mark of this party and nurturing on falsehood is its trait", he said, adding that their slogans of employment to every household and 'goli nahi boli' proved a total fiasco like their other promises made to people. He said that this party (PDP) raising false slogans about opening of LoC routes, even opposed the resolution in the Assembly regarding return of youth from PoK. "We have now taken initiative in this regard under the newly introduced Rehabilitation Policy to enable the youth to return and be a part of normal life activities", he added.

The Chief Minister said that his Government received the crisis of employment as a legacy but it has taken various initiatives to tackle it and find out a befitting solution. "It is my Government's initiative to provide stipend to the un-employed youth till they get absorbed in the Government or private service", he said, adding that others during their tenure only talked about providing jobs to each family.

The Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Devinder Singh Rana, Legislator Bashir Ahmad Veeri, provincial president, National Conference, Ali Mohammad Dar, former Ministers, Mohammad Akbar Ganai, Peer Abdul Rashid and local leaders also spoke on the occasion.

Trade, industry oppose proposed hike in power tariff

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: The trade and industry of State today strongly opposed the hike in power tariff as proposed by the Power Development Department in the petition filed before the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC). Addressing media persons, Y V Sharma, President Chamber of Commerce and Industry Jammu, T S Reen, Chairman of Federation of Industries Jammu, President AoI, Gangyal, Annil Suri, Co Chairman of FoI and President Bari Brahmana Industries Association and Nazir Ahmed, General Secretary Federation Chamber Industries Kashmir said, "any increase in the power tariff will have adverse impact on the competitiveness of the industries and trade due to locational disadvantages and land locked State", adding "the proposed power tariff if imposed may prove a last death nail for the industrial sector and majority of the industrialists will have no option but to close down their units which will result into further increase in the unemployment".

Annil Suri said that Government had promised subsidised power tariff to the industrial sector as a result of which several large, medium and small scale industrial units were set up in the State but the power tariff has been increased a number of times in the past without any subsidy to industrial sector.

"The increase in the power tariff has been projected due to high transmission losses, non recovery of power dues from the Government departments, non metering of power connections, surplus staff and other factors but only Power Development Department's inefficiency is responsible for this", he said, adding "the PDD is hell bent to put the burden of the same on the consumers by proposing hefty hike in power tariff"

Nazir Ahmad also resented the move of PDD and highlighted the various factor for the high transmission losses in the Kashmir Valley. "The high transmission losses are due to age old infrastructures, hilly terrain, damage to transmission lines during winter season and other reasons like non utilization of funds for the improvement in the infrastructure", he added.

He further said that after two decades of militancy, the industrial and tourism sector has shown some significant growth in the Valley and any increase in the power tariff will disturb the whole process of growth.

They requested the Chief Minister and Chairman of SERC to defer the proposed power tariff hike and save the trade and industry.

Govt not interested in delegating
powers at grass root level: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

KULGAM, July 21: Questioning intention of the National Conference (NC) led Government to decentralize power at grass root level, former Chief Minister and patron of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that indifferent attitude to give powers to the Panchayats and inordinate delay in conducting civic bodies election reflects dictatorial mindset of the present dispensation.

"With its assiduous efforts the PDP had restored peoples' faith in the democracy but the present Government headed by NC is brazenly trying to undermine the democratic institutions", Mr Sayeed said while addressing a public meeting at Kulgam. He recalled his meeting with the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in which he had impressed on the need of reviving peoples' faith in the democracy by ensuring free and fair elections in the State.

"Democracy is the best way to address aspirations to the people and to involve people in the governance", he remarked but regretted that successive NC regimes in the State have never allowed the democracy to flourish in this region. "Formation of PDP on July 28, 1999 was the turning point in the political history of Jammu and Kashmir because this party has emerged as alternative of NC", he said.

The former Chief Minister expressed his serious concern over lackluster approach being adopted by the Government to give powers to the newly elected Panchayats. "Government is not serious to empower the Panchayats despite being the fact that turn out in the recently held Panchayat elections was over 80 percent", he said and regretted that the present dispensation was not interested in delegating powers at grass root level. "Government giving one after another excuse to delay civic bodies elections which were due in January 2010", he said and recalled that it was during PDP-Congress regime that civic bodies elections were held after a gap of 25 years.

Pointing towards rampant corruption in the State, Mr Sayeed observed that governance deficit was the main reason of increasing alienation of the people. "Corruption has crossed all limits due to lack of transparency and accountability in the Government", he said and pointed out the developmental projects started during PDP led regime were hanging in balance due to mis-goverance of the present regime.

Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Sartaz Madni, former Minister Abdul Aziz Zarger, former Minister Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Nazir Ahmed Laway, Farooq Kashmiri, Zaffarullah, Manzoor Ahmed Zarger, Sanaullah Kottay, Abdul Razak Bhat, Riyaz Dar, Sheeraj Ahmed, Mohammad Yasin, Munavar Shah, S K Raina and others also addressed the meeting.

Australian tourist found dead

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SRINAGAR, July 21: An Australian tourist was found dead in Leh, official sources said here this evening. They said Brian Anthony Barnett passport No M-9355805 was found dead at Potosa Photola under the jurisdiction of Police Station Leh.

The cause of his death was not known, they said, adding police has registered a case and initiated proceedings.

Sagar meets Governor

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SRINAGAR, July 21: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar called on Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here this evening.

During their an hour and a half long meeting, the Governor and the Rural Development Minister discussed a wide range of issues relating to the establishment of Panchayati Raj institutions consequent to the recently held Panchayat elections in the State.

The Governor shared with Mr. Sagar his own experience of functioning as Director Panchayati Raj in Punjab in the 1960s and suggested to Mr. Sagar early establishment of a very strong Directorate of Panchayati Raj and rename his Ministry as "Rural Development and Panchayati Raj".

The Governor also discussed with Mr. Sagar certain matters relating to the functioning of the judicial system in the State.

Need to portray Kashmir positively in films, dramas: CM

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SRINAGAR, July 21: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today said Kashmir needs to be portrayed positively in films and dramas. "Over the past 20 years or so, violence has cast a negative image on the overall scenario in Kashmir. It was reflected in films made on Kashmir. We would have shots in which masjids and temples were seen blasted. But time has changed now and it is important to present true picture of Kashmir," he said while addressing a function held in connection with the release of Pran Kishore's Kashmiri novel 'Gul Gulshan Gulfam' and Shanta Koul's compilation of Hindi fictions 'Kaali Raat Ka Suraj' at Women's College Srinagar.

Omar invited Kishore to the Kashmir Valley and said he should shoot a drama in the valley to carry out a positive message. He said Kishore should capitalize on the fame and recognition that he got due to his serial 'Gul Gulshan Gulfam' aired on Doordarshan in 1990s.

"It is quite regretful that we don't have a hall and more importantly there is no Tehzeeb Mahal. Some people who wanted this to come up at Government Arts Emporium and there were others who had proposed Old Secretariat as a location venue for Tehzeeb Mahal. But now we have decided to construct the same at old TRC building," he disclosed.

Omar said that his predecessors have failed in constructing the 'Tehzeeb Mahal'. "This has dealt a severe blow to the holding of cultural activities in the Valley. The Tehzeeb Mahal would be an attraction for the tourists. It would also help in preserving the rich cultural heritage so that future generation comes to know about it," he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Pran Kishore said that he was inspired by the characters of the serial to write a novel on the same theme in Kashmiri. He said the serial got international recognition and it was a milestone in the drama industry of the country.

"The characters portrayed in the serial, novel are real life characters of Kashmir. It depicts the real Kashmiri life and touches the heart of a common Kashmiri," he added.

Mohammad Yusuf Taing demanded that Kashmiri language should be recognized as a classical language. "This would mean allocation of Rs. 100 crore for the promotion of the language. Kashmiri is the oldest language of North India and as such needs promotion both at the government and non-Governmental levels," he added.

Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Secretary, Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (AACL) said that the academy printed 80 books in nine languages during financial year 2010-11 and four months of 2011-2012. He said folk festivals and talent hunt programmes were also organized with cultural troupes of the state visiting some states of the country.

Prof. Shafi Shouq and Satish Vimal presented an overview of Gul Gulshan Gulfam and 'Kaali Raat Ka Suraj' respectively.

Chopras murder case
Rohit Chopra levels serious allegations
against Ajab, Kewal Pandit, others

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: In the much publicized Chopras murder case, Rohit Chopra, son of deceased cement tycoon Rajinder Bhushan Chopra today leveled serious allegations against Ajab Singh and Raju Simblia, who are presently in the judicial custody, and Kewal Pandit.

In the statement recorded under Section 164-A CrPC before the court of City Judge, Jammu, Rohit Chopra said that his father was running a business of loading and unloading of cement at Railway Station besides having cement factories at Bari Brahmana, Samba, Udhampur, Srinagar and Leh and in the year 1992 his family shifted to Delhi and H P Singh started looking after business of Railway Station.

After six years, the family returned to Jammu and his father again started looking after loading and unloading work at Railway Station, he said, adding in the meantime his father came to know that H P Singh has to pay huge amount to Ajab Singh, Raju Simblia and Babby and one of their firms namely K R Traders situated at Manwal, taken over by Ajab Singh from Kuldeep Raj, resulting into huge loss to his father.

Accordingly, Rajinder Bhushan Chopra stopped high rates which were being paid by H P Singh to Ajab Singh and Raju Simblia. Even the vehicles of Ajab Singh were also stopped. Later, the work of K R Traders was taken back from Ajab Singh and H P Singh sent to Srinagar for looking after the work there.

Later, Rajinder Bhushan Chopra desired to take work of Food Corporation of India which was earlier being done by Nagar Singh and Tarlochan Singh Wazir. But when these persons came to know about this in the month of May 2006, they tried to remove his father from the work of Railway Station.

In the month of July 2006, when Rohit Chopra and Puneet Chopra were collecting papers for study in Australia they found a file in room of their father in which blank stamp-papers and Hundi containing signature and name of Ajab Singh were found and on enquiring from Raju Chopra about the same, Rohit and Puneet noticed their father quite disturbed, the statement said.

Rohit Chopra, who along with his brother went to Australia on August 3, 2006, informed the Court that every time when they rang up their parents they noticed them in disturbed condition and in the month of September they came to know about the murder of their father, mother and sister. On September 20, 2006 both the brothers came to Jammu from Australia.

In the lengthy statement, Rohit Chopra further said that after some days of murder of his family members, Kewal Pandit told them that his father had to pay Rs 20 lakh to Raju Simblia. But they refused to pay the same on the ground that they had not seen any entry in the accounts books in this regard.

Upon this, Kewal Pandit threatened them that if the money was not paid to Raju Simblia, the latter can kill both of them. After this, Ajab Singh called them at his house and office and told them to pay Rs 20 lakh to Raju Simblia. After some days, Rohit Chopra paid Rs 20 lakh to Raju Simblia under intense pressure mounted by Kewal Pandit and Ajab Singh, the statement said.

Rohit Chopra further told the Court that these persons can be allegedly involved in the murder of his father, sister and mother.

Students block Canal Road, demand early opening of JCU

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JAMMU, July 21: Demanding early functioning of Jammu Central University, students from various colleges from Jammu region today staged demonstration outside GGM Science College. The protesting students also tried to block the vehicular movement on the Canal road but were resisted by the police.

Hundreds of agitating students from GGM Science College, SPMR College of Commerce and Government Degree College Paloura, gathered outside main gate of GGM Science College on the call given by National Panthers Student Union (NPSU).

Earlier the students from Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar also boycotted their classes and joined the agitation launched by the National Panthers Student Union. The classes were boycotted under the leadership of student leaders Komal, Meenakshi, Baljeet Kour and Arti.

Addressing the gathering, Partap Singh Jamwal, provincial president, NPSU, warned the police authorities to keep patience and let student community fight for the CUJ peacefully which is the genuine cause otherwise the student community will be forced to adopt other ways to hold protest demonstrations.

While speaking, Pushvinder Singh Manhas, State vice president, Young Panthers and incharge, NPSU, lambasted the Government for its delaying tactics for not making the Jammu Central University functional at the earliest.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Jammu Central University Morcha headed by Prof Virender Gupta, Uday Chand, Rajinder Singh, Rampal Sharma, Balvinder Singh, Mohan Singh and Sonu Sharma submitted a memorandum to Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

They urged the Minister to give nod to the functioning of Jammu Central University at the earliest by appointing its Vice Chancellor.

The Minister apprised the delegation that fresh recommendation and a new panel of the selected academicians have been selected for the post of Vice Chancellor. He added that the same recommendation have been sent to President of India for clearance. He assured the delegation that the functioning of the Jammu Central University will begin this semester.

DB directs Divisional Manager NR to appear in person

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JAMMU, July 21: In the PIL seeking modernization of Jammu Railway Station, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice J P Singh and Justice Hasnain Masoodi today directed the Divisional Manager Northern Railways, Jammu to appear in person on the next date of hearing.

After hearing Senior Advocate S S Lehar assisted by Advocate Meharban Singh for the PIL whereas Advocate P S Chandel, Central Government Standing Council for the respondents, the DB said that on April 25, 2011 direction was given to Divisional Manager Railways to file affidavit indicating information regarding modernization and extension plans of Jammu Railway Station, the facilities available for old, infirm, physically challenged and children to cover the distance from parking area to the railway platform, the facilities for movement of old, infirm, physically challenged and children from one platform to another platform, the number of people who visited Jammu Railway Station as passengers or otherwise during the period from 1st April, 2010 to March 31, 2011.

Despite service the respondent has not filed the affidavit. The counsel for the respondent has no explanation to make as to why requisite information has not been supplied by Divisional Manager Northern Railway, the DB observed and directed the Divisional Manager to appear in person and report compliance of order dated April 25, 2011.

20th Rajiv Jyoti Yatra flagged off

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JAMMU, July 21: With the aim of highlighting the contribution of former Prime Minister, Late Rajiv Gandhi, All India Rajiv Gandhi Brigade (AIRGB) today started 20th Rajiv Jyoti Yatra, which was flagged off by Ravinder Sharma (MLC), general secretary and spokesman of JKPCC, here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajinder Dubey, All India president of Brigade said that this Jyoti will pass through all states, like Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, UP, Bihar, MP, Maharashtra, Gujarat and finally culminate at Veer Bhumi, New Delhi, where the Jyoti would be handed over to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, who is chief patron of the Brigade, on August 20.

Today rally marked the voice against terrorism and anti national forces, bring in brotherhood and spread the message of Rajiv Gandhi to every nook and corner of the country.

He said that Jyoti is launched every year to remember the contribution of late Rajiv Gandhi who laid down his life for the unity and integrity of the country and to maintain the communal harmony and peace in the world.

Those present on the occasion included Sanjay Sawhney, State president, Jai Prakash Tirwadi, Veena Dubey, Sushil Tiwari, Akash Dubey, along other workers of the Brigade.

Problems of backward areas highlighted

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, July 21: Thanna Mandi United Development Forum and Backward Villages Development Forum today jointly held a protest demonstration against the Government for not redressing their demands pending from the last so many years.

A large number of people from all walks of life including political workers, intellectuals, Beopar Mandal Committee, Non Governmental Organizations and Transporters assembled today and raised anti Government slogans, demanding early redressal to their demands.

While highlighting the demands, speakers said the Government had earlier sanctioned Community Health Centre, creation of posts of Specialists and para medical staff, but in practical nothing has been done so far.

They urged the Government to create all the posts and make the staff available with the creation of separate medical block for the benefit of the poor people of this remote area.

Addressing the gathering, Ghulam Mohidin Arif, chairman, Thanna Mandi United Development Forum demanded sanctioning of polytechnic so that the youth be able to acquire the international skills to earn their livelihood.

He further demanded road connectivity to nine backward villages like Dhoke, Khanyalkote, Darra, Barhoon, Neli, Bhateli, Allal, Karyote and Kalas.

He also demanded construction of roads from Manyal to Darra removing all the hurdles and obstacles immediately at once to ease the grievances of the concerned people.

Among others present were Tariq Rashid Shawl, Maqsood Khan, Mohd Aslam, Mohd Sadiq Shad, Nazir Ahmed Ghanie, Barkat Hussain and Zamurd Hussain.

NAAC team calls on Governor

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SRINAGAR, July 21: The 11-member team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), currently on a 6-day visit to the University of Kashmir, called on N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhawan here last evening.

The Governor had informal discussions with the NAAC team led by Prof. S. P. Thyagarajan and comprising Prof. Ashish Ray, Prof. V. Vijayakumar, Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Prof. K. P. S. Unny, Prof. S. P. Singh, Prof. T. N. Mathur, Prof. Javaid Akhter, Prof. Sudha Rai and Dr. M. S. Shyamsundar.

Prof. Thyagarajan informed the Governor that the NAAC team had very useful interactions with the teaching and non-teaching staff, teachers and employees associations and the students and were able to assess the academic resources, research activities, teaching facilities, support services and other related areas. The NAAC team had visited various Departments and Research Centres and had detailed discussions with Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, and other officials of the varsity regarding the self-assessment report submitted by the University.

NSGEF constitutes unit

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UDHAMPUR, July 21: National State Government Employees Federation (NSGEF) today held a meeting under the chairmanship of its State general secretary Subhash Chander Verma and constituted its district unit. In the meeting large number of employees and workers of Floriculture Department were present.

In the meeting Jagdish Chander was elected as president while as Harvinder Singh as vice president, Parkash Chander as general secretary, Sharief Ahmed as cashier and Vikas Sharma as office secretary.

Centre keen to develop J&K as model State: Bhalla

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SRINAGAR July 21: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla on Thursday said that the Government will give focused attention on the development of apple town Sopore to restore its past glory.

The Minister was addressing a large public meeting at Warpora in Sopore town.

Bhalla said Sopore is known for its large scale fruit production and special attention will be paid to boost marketing avenues for the horticulture produce of the town to promote the industry in a big way.

The Minister said various flagship programmes are under execution to achieve the goal of making Jammu and Kashmir a model State. He said expansion of National Highway, laying of railways tracks, National Rural Health Mission, MGNREGA and construction of mega power projects and other developmental schemes are funded by Union Government to ensure the speedy development of the State.

The Minister said that the Government is committed to devolve plenary powers to the Panchs and Sarpanchs to make them powerful institutions at the grassroot level. He urged them to work whole heartedly for the welfare of the people and economic prosperity of their respective areas.

Responding to the public demand for upgradation of 28- km Sopore-Bandipore road, the minister directed Dy. Commissioner, Baramulla to monitor the work of this vital link keenly.

Chairperson Social Welfare Advisory Board, Khem Lata Wakhloo and Ex-Chairman Handicrafts and MLA Sopore Haji Abdul Rashid Dar and Congress leader Surinder Singh Channie, Mir Mushtaq Ahmed Nowsheri also addressed the function.

Earlier, the Minister convened a meeting with local administration at SDM office Sopore and reviewed the working of the Revenue Department. The Minister directed the functionaries to work with zeal and honesty.

Bhall ordered release of funds for renovation of SDM and Teshildar Office at Sopore.

Army organizes informative, entertaining Fauji Mela

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MENDHER, July 21: To lend support to local youth, retired personnel and Veer Naris, Indian Army organized a "Fauji Mela" under the aegis of Romeo Force here today.

The event was attended by Ranjeet Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dr Zulfikar, BMO, Subhash Dogra, Tehsildar, Mohd Rafiq Hussain Khan, MLA, People's Democratic Party (PDP), Javed Rana, MLC, National Conference (NC), Parveen Tandan, Sarpanch besides many others.

The attraction of the function was the display of artillery guns and latest weapons.

Students from various schools presented cultural items and enthralled the audience with their performances. Dog show was the great attraction and gathered the thundering applause from the people present on the occasion.

Usefull information was also provided to the people by having an interaction session with the officials from Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Health and Hygiene Department.

During the function, Veer Naris were also honoured by senior Military officials. They enlightened the Veer Naris and ex-servicemen about the various welfare schemes started by Central and State Government for their benefit.

The people present during the function had an interaction session with the senior officials of Civil Administration, Army and Police departments and highlighted their plights.

The ex-servicemen and locals present during the function expressed gratitude to the senior officials of the Indian Army for organizing such an informatory programme in the remote and militancy affected area of the State.

Forester killed in accident

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KISHTWAR, July 21: A Forest Officer was killed in a road accident in Kishtwar district today.

Police spokesman said that a Maruti car bearing registration number JK02L-3770 driven by Forestor Mohd Aslam Bhat, son of Ghulam Hassan Bhat, a resident of Ward No.7, Shahidi Mohalla plunged into River Chenab after skidding off the road.

Though Army and police immediately started rescue operation yet neither he nor the vehicle was traced despite several hours long operation due to strong current of water in the river.

"There were rumors that four more persons were traveling in the ill-fated car but only the family of Forester approached the police following the incident which established that only one person was traveling in the car", DySP Kishtwar, Abrar Choudhary said.

Kalakote 20 MVA grid station made operational

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JAMMU, July 21: Kalakote 20 MVA grid station has been made fully operational to provide hassle free power supply to the consumers of twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch, said Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmed Khan during his inspection to the grid station on Thursday.

The Minster said that this grid station was gutted recently due to lightening. "The Government speedily took up repair works and replaced the damaged portion of the grid station, made it operational in record time for benefit of the consumers of the area", he said and added that providing upgraded power supply facilities to the consumers is priority of the Government.

Mr. Shabir, who was on extensive tour of Rajouri for taking stock of the people's problems and, inspecting pace of several ongoing developmental projects in the area, today visited the site proposed for construction of Soit 50 MVA grid station. He said the Government has already approved project cost of about Rs. 17 crore for construction of this grid station.

The Minister while interacting with the people, reiterated that Government is committed to upgrade power scenario across the State, adding besides State plan's RGGVY and PMRP guarantees to extend electricity facility to all un electrified villages and hamlets of the State.

Jora lays foundation stone of Ladakh Convention Center

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LEH, July 21: The J&K Tourism and Culture Minister, Nawang Rigzin Jora today laid the foundation stone of Ladakh Convention Center at Leh which is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 12.00 crore through tourism sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jora said that this convention center is going to cater the infrastructure need for holding international level meets and conferences mainly related to the tourism. The Minister said that it would play a significant role in promoting further tourism in Ladakh.

Jora said that the need of a convention center in Leh was felt necessary for holding meetings and conferences among corporates as Leh is a nearer destination from Delhi with only one hour travel by air. The Minister said that a major tourism infrastructural development project worth Rs. 50 crore for Buddhist pilgrimage in Ladakh is under way through INTACH J&K State chapter which will be sent for approval of Union Tourism Ministry. Under this project, facilities for tourists at key monasteries besides tourist accommodation at block headquarters would be created, the Minister added.

The Chief Executive Councilor Rigzin Spalbar in his address termed this center as a precious gift for Ladakh saying that the present challenge is to meet the infrastructural need for the increasing influx of tourists.

Executive Councilor Tourism, Gyurmed Dorjey, Executive Councilor Agriculture Sonam Dorjey, Executive Councilor Health Dr. Sonam Wangchok, Deputy Commissioner, Leh Tsering Angchok, President LAB, Dr. Tondup Tsewang, former Union Minister P. Namgial, Councilors of LAHDC, Leh, Director Tourism, district officers and representatives of all stakeholders were present on the occasion.

Jammu Central University Morcha submits
memorandum to HRD Ministry over CU issue

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: A delegation of Jammu Central University Morcha called on Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports and submitted a memorandum for taking early steps to start the functioning of Jammu Central University.

This was disclosed of Morcha members including Prof Virender Gupta, Rajinder Singh Jamwal, Uday Chand, Rampal Sharma, Balvinder Singh and Mohan Singh in a press conference here. They said that Morcha members apprised the Union Ministers that two years have already elapsed since the announcement of Central University resulting in a great resentment among the public and students’ community in particular. They demanded for appointment of Vice Chancellor to make it functional at an earliest.

They asserted that HRD Minister assured that fresh recommendations and a new panel of the selected academicians for the post of Vice Chancellor stands sent to President for finalization. The Minister further assured that Jammu Central University would start functioning from this year so that students’ community may not suffer any further.

The visiting members of Morcha also met Union Sports Minister to highlight discrimination in the field of sports with Jammu region and asked for equitable allocation of funds, they stated.

Protests against abduction, rape of woman

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21 : Police have registered an abduction and rape case of a woman against unknown persons in Damhal Hanjipora in district Kulgam today.

Hundreds of residents of Damhal Hanjipora today came out on streets in protest against alleged abduction and rape of one Rukaya Banoo, wife of Mohammad Latief Bhat of Gujjardhar Manzgam, presently living at Bhek-Chiranbal.

They were demanding that culprits be identified and punished. Senior Police and civil officers reached the spot and assured the angry residents that culprits will be identified and brought to justice.

Police said that Rukaya alleged that about 7 p.m. on Tuesday when she was returning from a nearby spring to her home, two persons in security force uniform appeared in her way.

Both were carrying weapons and forced her to accompany them to forest. The duo kept her in a dhok and raped her. They left her today morning and she reached her home and informed her brother in law, Shah Wali Bhat about the incident.

Police said that a Special Investigation Team has been constituted to investigate the matter.

Panel seeks view points before filing report

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: House panel constituted to look into the causes of frequent road accidents in erstwhile Doda district today shot letters to Home, Transport, Tourism, BEACON and R&B Departments seeking their view points on the issue.

The Committee, which met here today under the chairmanship of M. Y. Tarigami decided to analyse observations of all the concerned departments before filing a comprehensive report on the subject.

The Committee also decided to have separate meetings with different departments for smooth operation of traffic as well as to convey interim observations to them for reducing incidence of road mishaps in the trio hilly districts of Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar.

Legislators, Abdul Majid Wani and Wakar Rasool Wani besides senior concerned officers of Assembly Secretariat attended the meeting.

Jitendra for thorough probe into scribes links with ISI

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21 : Terming the arrest of Kashmiri separatist activist Ghulam Nabi Fai for being an agent of Pakistan ISI as simply a tip of the iceberg, the BJP J&K chief spokesperson and national executive member, Dr Jitendra Singh has alleged that ever since the advent of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989, several politicians, activists, intellectuals and scribes operating in the grab of human rights leaders or journalists have been on regular pay role of foreign funding agencies for their anti-India activities and this calls for a thorough probe.

Dr Jitendra Singh said that the activities of Fai and his associates in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in Delhi were never a secret but each time when the issue was brought to the notice of Government of India, the Centre not only turned a blind eye but the UPA Government also went ahead to announce state awards for some of these scribes. This also vindicates the BJP's repeated stand that the so called separatists movement in Kashmir is sponsored by foreign powers hostile to India and facilitated by UPA's appeasement policy towards separatists, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh who was himself recently denied visa to travel to Washington DC as a member of BJP delegation despite an official invitation from the Republic Party of America and International Republic Institute (IRI), said it is a shame that nationalist and patriotic activists and intellectuals are being prevented from traveling to US while so called intellectuals known for their anti -India tirade are allowed to travel frequently to US and other foreign countries to attend seminars and symposia dubiously funded by anti-India agencies and organized with a well calculated motive to weaken India's position on Kashmir.

He said 20 years of militancy has proved a big boon for certain individuals and groups in Jammu and Kashmir espousing the cause of so called Kashmir Liberation and violation by security agencies, said Dr Jitendra Singh and demanded constituting of an Inquiry Committee to investigate the source of income of some of so called activists, politicians and intellectuals who were living hand to mouth before 1990 but became over night rich and amassed huge movable and immovable properties.

Storekeeper, dealer of CAPD held

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, July 21: Police today arrested three persons including storekeeper of CAPD in Nowshera, ration dealer of Chowki and driver of the vehicle for selling the wheat meant for public distribution, in black.

According to police, SDPO Nowshera G L Sharma and SHO Nowshera during a routine checking intercepted a truck carrying wheat meant for public distribution. The police on inquiry from Teshil Supply Officer (TSO) Nowshera came to know that the storekeeper had no place in the Nowshera store for keeping the wheat so he transferred 154 bags to Chowki.

When the police team went Chowki for physical verification they found only 42 bags lying in the store while 112 were missing. The police seized 53 bags containing 30 quintals of wheat, which were lying in vehicle and to be sold in black.

They arrested the driver of the vehicle Ashok Kumar, dealer Sat Paul and storekeeper Ashok Kumar. They have been put to sustained interrogation.

Media person held for extortion

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21 : Baramulla Police claimed to have arrested a media person Showkat Maqbool Moon on charges of extortion from Sheeri in district Baramulla.

A police statement issued here said Showkat Maqbool Moon of Noorbagh Baramulla was arrested yesterday and Rs. 5000 were recovered from his possession which he had extorted from a CRPF officer, near patrol pump Sheeri.

Police said a written complaint was lodged by Assistant Commandant Harsh Tripathi of 129 Bn CRPF based at Baramulla alleging that the media person associated with "News Today" was repeatedly making telephonic threats to him for the purpose of demanding money. In his calls he claimed that it has come into the various news papers of Valley that CRPF posted in Baramulla has harassed and thrashed innocent civilians during night patrolling in on July 19.

Police further said that the media person threatened the CRPF officer of dire consequences in case he failed to pay him Rs. 30000 for not publishing his name in the newspapers.

In order to catch Showkat red handed, police asked the CRPF officer to offer him Rs. 30000 in installments. The media person accepted the offer and was trapped near petrol pump Sheeri after he received Rs 5000 from the CRPF officer.

The money was seized on spot in presence of civil witnesses. An identity card bearing No 012 issued by Chief Editor News Today, a cell phone and Rs 5000 were recovered from his possession.

Sarpanch, associate held with RDD cement

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: Kanachak Police today arrested two persons including a sarpanch and seized 100 bags of cement meant for public works.

Police spokesman said that on a tip off, police party from Kanachak Police Station raided under construction poultry farm at Gadla, owned by Harjeet Singh, Sarpanch of Chatha Gujjaran, son of Gurcharan Singh, resident of Chatha Gujjaran and seized 100 bags of cement which were issued from Block Development Officer, Kanachak for public works. He said that the accused was using the cement bags for his own use despite the fact that the same was meant for public works.

He said that Harjeet Singh and his acompliance Rajesh Kumar, son of Krishan Lal, resident of Paloura were arrested.

The arrests were made by Jia Lal Sharma, SHO, Police Station, Kanachak under the supervision of Diwakar Singh, DSP, Domana.

A case under Section 420/409 RPC has been registered against them.

11 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: Eleven persons were injured in different road accidents in Kashmir valley today.

Police said a motorcycle bearing registration number JK01-4010 collided with a scooter bearing registration number JK01-2240 at Maloora, Sumbal, resulting into injuries to Scooterist Yasir Hamid of SDA Colony Bemina Srinagar. The injured was hospitalized.

"A Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK01E-8889 hit and injured one traffic personnel Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din No. 270/SG son of Noor Din Khan of Dewar Lolab Kupwara at Kulangam Chowk. The injured was hospitalized."

A motorcycle bearing registration number JK09-6105 driven by Ishaq Ahmad Ganaie of Gain Pora Handwara hit and injured one pedestrian Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Bhat of Shalpora Langate at Main Bazar Langate.

A vehicle bearing registration number JK09-1226 driven by Hilal Ahmad Najar of Darial Baramulla hit and injured one boy Talib Hussain War of Hardona at Hardona Handwara.

A Maruti car bearing registration number JK01P-1292 collided with an Alto car bearing registration number JK04-9986 at Naik Pora Padshahi Bagh, of Police Station Sadder, Srinagar, resulting into injuries to four persons including Maruti Car driver Umar Farooq Bhat of Gulshan Nagar.

A Truck bearing registration number JK13-8665 hit and injured a pedestrian Sajad Ahmad Dar of Alamgari Bazar, Srinagar at Kharmode National Highway. The injured was shifted to PHC Awantipora where from he was referred to Bone and Joint hospital Srinagar.

A Bus bearing registration number JKE-4805 met with accident at Batkote, Pahalgam, resulting in injuries to two passengers. Both the injured were hospitalized.

PoK refugees meet Raman Bhalla

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Refugees met Raman Bhalla, Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, and demanded granting of ownership rights to the displaced persons of 1947, as directed by the High Court of J&K.

A delegation comprising of Paramjit Singh, Kulwant Singh, Dharminder Singh Bhargav, Mohinder Singh, Balwinder Singh and Kulwant Singh which met the Minister, highlighted the plight of PoK refugees.

The delegation apprised the Minister that the Supreme Court has directed the Government to hand over the possession of the allotted land to the refugees, which is under the illegal tillers of the locals.

The Minister gave a patient hearing and instructed the Custodian General to make the detailed report in the light of the decision of both the courts. The Minister also convened a meeting with the Commissioner Secretary, Revenue and Rehabilitation along with the members of the refugees for implementation of the Courts decision.

Agri Minister bereaved

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, July 21: Haji Mohammad Abdullah Mir, father of Agriculture Minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir, passed away today

Mir was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Hariwatnu Tangmarg. Hundreds of people participated in his nimaz-e-jinazah. His Rasm-e-Chahrum, according to family sources, would be held on July 24 (Sunday) at the official Church Lane residence of G H Mir.

Meanwhile, Governor, N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, PDP patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and several Ministers mourned his demise.

2-day workshop on departmental inquiries begins

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: In order to equip the officers of Jammu and Kashmir Armed and IR Police with proper knowledge of procedure and disposal of departmental enquiries, a 2-day workshop on "procedure of departmental enquiries" for the officers of Armed Range Kashmir was inaugurated by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Armed/Law & Order, K. Rajendra Kumar at Armed Police Headquarters this morning.

In his inaugural address, Mr. K. Rajendra said that the workshop is aimed at achieving desirable results in enforcing the accountability, efficiency, discipline and deliverance in the entire force with regard to departmental enquiries. He said that the departmental enquiry is an effective tool to correct the delinquencies in the department and the proper procedure is laid down within the department to weed out the erring officials and develop discipline.

Stressing upon the participants to adopt the laid down procedure while conducting departmental enquiries, the ADGP said that proper implementation of the procedure helps to take enquiries to logical conclusion. He disclosed that the enquiry officers are vested with the sufficient powers to alter the behaviour of erring officials creating indiscipline in the department and emphasised upon following transparent procedures while awarding punishments and rewards.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Trainings), Armed Police Headquarters, Abdul Qayoom Manhas, who chaired the first day session of the workshop, highlighted the need to have adequate knowledge of procedures for conducting the departmental enquiries to ensure time bound disposal of the cases. He said that such workshops would be organized at Jammu also. He emphasised upon the participants to share their experiences during the deliberations in the workshop.

On the occasion, the Deputy Director (Prosecution), Armed Police, Mufti Javaid Ahmed Faroqui gave a detailed power point presentation on the procedure in departmental enquiries and gave an account of relevant case studies in accordance with the rules. He said that in some cases laid down procedure are not being followed with the result orders of such enquiries are quashed by the court because of non adoption of proper procedure.

4 succumb, two attempt suicide

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 21: Four persons today succumbed at Government Medical College and Hospital here while two others allegedly attempted to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substance at their respective residences.

A police spokesman said that four persons failed to respond to the treatment and succumbed to injuries at GMC. He said that Shahnaz Begum, daughter of Mohd Salim of Sole, Katra and Karishna Lal, son of Laju Ram of Moungri, Udhampur, who had been admitted to hospital on July 17 and July 19 respectively after allegedly having attempted to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substance.

He added that Pardeep Kumar, son of Nek Ram of Firozabad, UP and Naser Hussain, son of Niaz Ahemd of Gatha, Bhaderwah, also failed to respond to the treatment and died.

All the bodies were handed over to legal heirs after postmortem for last rites.

Meanwhile, Rakesh Kumar, son of Uttam Raj of Chhatisgarh, presently at RCM School, Kathua and Tania Chib, daughter of Balkar Singh of Raiper Satwari were shifted to GMC for treatment after allegedly making attempt to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substance at their respective residences.

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

Police has registered the cases at respective police stations in this regard.

No Kashmiri crosses to other side, 22 PoK residents arrive

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: Not a single Kashmiri crossed over to other side of the Line of Control (LoC) while 22 fresh guests from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) arrived here this afternoon.

As many as 41 returnees also crossed sides in the Karvan-e-Aman bus, operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, capital of PoK.

Official sources said that not a single Kashmiri crossed over to the other side. This is for the 50th time that no resident of Kashmir went to PoK in the weekly bus during 2011.

However, 40 PoK residents, who had arrived here in previous buses, returned to their homes today after completing their stay here.

They said 22 fresh guests from PoK arrived at Kaman Post, the last Indian Military post on the LoC in Uri sector after crossing the Aman Setu ( peace bridge) on foot.

A Kashmiri also returned from PoK after completing his stay with family members separated in 1947.

ReTs demand increase in honorarium

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, July 21: The Jammu and Kashmir Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) Teachers Forum has demanded that their monthly honorarium should be increased to Rs. 7000.

According to a spokesman of the Forum, the demands were put up during separate meetings with Commissioner Secretary (Finance) Sudhanshu Pandey and Secretary School Education, G. A Peer.

"The honorarium for ReT teachers has not been increased since 2000 and it needs to be increased. The ReT teachers appointed before January 1, 2010 should be covered under the old pension scheme and EVs should be converted into general line teachers," said the spokesman.



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