ridicules propagandist outlook of Opposition
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
industry oppose proposed hike in power tariff
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
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
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
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
interested in delegating
powers at grass root
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
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 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
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.
tourist found dead
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.
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.
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
portray Kashmir positively in films, dramas: CM
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
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
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,"
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.
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.
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.
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'
Rohit Chopra levels serious
against Ajab, Kewal Pandit, others
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
further told the Court that these persons can be
allegedly involved in the murder of his father,
sister and mother.
block Canal Road, demand early opening of JCU
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
directs Divisional Manager NR to appear in person
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.
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.
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.
Rajiv Jyoti Yatra flagged off
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.
of backward areas highlighted
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
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
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.
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
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
present were Tariq Rashid Shawl, Maqsood Khan,
Mohd Aslam, Mohd Sadiq Shad, Nazir Ahmed Ghanie,
Barkat Hussain and Zamurd Hussain.
team calls on Governor
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
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.
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.
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
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.
keen to develop J&K as model State: Bhalla
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
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.
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.
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.
release of funds for renovation of SDM and
Teshildar Office at Sopore.
organizes informative, entertaining Fauji Mela
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.
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.
information was also provided to the people by
having an interaction session with the officials
from Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Health
and Hygiene Department.
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.
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
killed in accident
July 21: A
Forest Officer was killed in a road accident in
Kishtwar district today.
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.
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
20 MVA grid station made operational
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
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.
lays foundation stone of Ladakh Convention Center
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
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.
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
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.
Central University Morcha submits
memorandum to HRD
Ministry over CU issue
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
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.
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.
against abduction, rape of woman
July 21 :
Police have registered an abduction and rape case
of a woman against unknown persons in Damhal
Hanjipora in district Kulgam today.
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
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
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.
seeks view points before filing report
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
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
Majid Wani and Wakar Rasool Wani besides senior
concerned officers of Assembly Secretariat
attended the meeting.
for thorough probe into scribes links with ISI
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
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
dealer of CAPD held
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.
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.
person held for extortion
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
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.
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
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.
associate held with RDD cement
July 21: Kanachak
Police today arrested two persons including a
sarpanch and seized 100 bags of cement meant for
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
The arrests were
made by Jia Lal Sharma, SHO, Police Station,
Kanachak under the supervision of Diwakar Singh,
A case under
Section 420/409 RPC has been registered against
injured in road accidents
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
"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
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
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
A Bus bearing
registration number JKE-4805 met with accident at
Batkote, Pahalgam, resulting in injuries to two
passengers. Both the injured were hospitalized.
refugees meet Raman Bhalla
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.
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.
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.
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.
Governor, N N Vohra, Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah, Union Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, PDP
patron, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and several
Ministers mourned his demise.
workshop on departmental inquiries begins
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
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.
succumb, two attempt suicide
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
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.
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.
were responding to the treatment when the reports
last came in.
registered the cases at respective police
stations in this regard.
Kashmiri crosses to other side, 22 PoK residents
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.
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
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
A Kashmiri also
returned from PoK after completing his stay with
family members separated in 1947.
demand increase in honorarium
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.
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.