noisy scenes in Upper House
Oppn members protest killings,
troop into well; stage walk-out
By Gopal Sharma
Mar 1: The
Upper House today witnessed uproar and noisy
scenes after the opposition Peoples
Democratic Party and NPP members held protest
demonstration and trooped into the well, causing
disruption in the smooth conduct of the House
proceedings during Question Hour here today.
As the State
Legislative Council commenced its proceedings at
11 AM, all the three PDP members Murtaza
Ahmed Khan, Sayed Asgar Ali and Nizam-ud-Din
Khatana besides lone National Panthers Party
member, Sayed Rafiq Shah stood up and tried to
draw the attention of the Dy Chairman Arvinder
Singh towards the killings of innocent persons in
Kashmir during agitation, seeking action against
the killers. They were also demanding release of
all the political prisons and children picked up
by police on the charges of pelting stones.
Murtaza Khan (PDP)
moved an adjournment motion on the issue, which
however, was rejected by the Dy Chairman. He
however, offered to give separate time for
discussion in the House if the members proceed as
per rules. The PDP and NPP members then started
raising slogans, "Kaatlon Ko Saza
Hai..Hai and "Begunahon Ko Chhor
These members kept
shouting slogans for some time while standing at
their allotted respective seats. All the three
PDP members then walked into the well raising
slogans while, NPP member also moved from his
place and joined them at the main entrance of the
House. Their protest continued for some time.
The NC members M R
Qureshi, Javed Rana and Congress members Naresh
Gupta, A G Vakil and another Narboo Gialchan from
Ladakh also stood up and tried to intervene. They
also passed remarks on shouting Opposition
members, pleading the chair to restore order in
the House. Repeated requests of the Dy Chairman
failed to restore order in the house. The noisy
scenes in the house disrupted the conduct of
smooth business for about fourteen minutes.
Amidst pandemonium, Dy Chairman directed Congress
member Bashir Ahmed Magray to raise his first
question which was part of business of the House.
The Minister for Industries and Commerce S S
Slathia started replying despite noisy
atmosphere. While protesting in the House for
about 14 minutes, all the three PDP members
staged walk-out of the House, followed by the NPP
member Rafiq Shah.
The PDP members
stayed away from the House during entire business
today, however, the NPP member, Mr Shah returned
to the House during Zero Hour.
331.70 cr to be generated
from Dul Hasti, Baglihar
Mar 1: Minister
for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj
Mohi-ud-Din today said that two hydro-electro
projects namely Dul Hasti and Baglihar under the
implementation of Water Regulatory Authority Act
will generate Rs. 331.70 crore.
He was replying to
the question by Khalid Najib Suharwardy in
Legislative Council during Question Hour today.
Mr Taj said bills
for an amount of Rs. 8.75 crore and Rs. 19.22
crore for the period of November 10 to December
31, 2010 have been raised by the department
against a above mentioned NHPC and the revenue
realized will be credited to the consolidated
fund of the State.
Replying to the
supplementaries raised by Ajay Sadhotra and
Sheikh Ghulam Rasool that under the Act if the
user didn't pay the bills in due time, 15%
interest would be charged on the amount.
In reply to
another question raised of Abdul Gani Vakil, the
Minister said that high lift with capacity of 150
cusec of Rafiaabad Lift Irrigation Scheme is
functional and the steps are on the way to make
functional the low lift of the scheme also during
this year. He said Rs. 35.60 crore would be spent
on this scheme.
In reply to
another question raised by Naresh Kumar Gupta,
Mr. Taj said that an amount of Rs. 34.1 crore has
been paid to the private parties for the last
three years as hire charges by the PHE,
Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
Replying to the
supplementaries raised by Abdul Rashid Qureshi,
Altaf Ahmad and Khalid Najib Suhrawardhy, the
Minister for PHE, I&FC said that these
vehicles have been hired by the concerned local
officers on daily basis as per the office
requirement. It saves 50% Government money.
question raised by Narboo Gialchan, the Minister
said the annual plan of Leh district for
irrigation projects is formulated independently
at the district level by LAHDC without
involvement of heads of the department as the
district is working under the administrative
control of the Ladakh Affairs Department and gets
lump-sum allocation from the Planning and
Development Department after which the district
plan is finalized as per priorities.
He said 13 minor
irrigation projects at an estimated cost of Rs.
62. 42 crore are going on under Centrally
Sponsored Scheme AIBP against which Rs. 13.07
crore have been incurred upto ending January
2011. He said during 2010-11, budget certificate
alongwith UCs stand submitted to the Central
Government, Minister of Water Resources for
release of Central assistance under AIBP.
rigidity, put view point
Ramzan to Hurriyat
Mar 1: National
Conference Chief Whip Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan
today initiated discussion on motion of thanks on
Governors address in the Assembly.
Choudhary spoke in
favour of the motion and dwelt at length on the
steps taken by the Government towards
socio-economic progress of the State. He said the
State has come out from morass and hoped that
every citizen will extend helping hand to
Government in restoring complete normalcy in the
He said no doubt
several innocent killings took place in different
parts of Valley but appreciated the deep concern
of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who personally
went to victims and assured that perpetrators
would be brought to book.
He said several
enquires set up by the present Government have
been taken to their logical end, adding Chief
Minister has categorically directed the security
forces to exercise restraint while dealing with
Hurriyat leaders to shun the path of rigidity and
come forward to put their view point before the
interlocutors appointed by the Central
Congress MLA Ashok
Kumar also spoke in favour of the Governors
address and appreciated steps taken by the
Government for the prosperity and development of
all the three regions of the State. He said every
section of the society has been taken care of.
Mankotia (NPP termed the Governors address
as repetition of previous reports. He sought
reports of Working Groups constituted by the
Prime Minister and demanded equal treatment to
all migrants. He also reiterated the demand for
constitution of Delimitation Commission for
carving out new constituencies to remove regional
He also demanded
fulfilment of promises made to the Government
employees and releasing 6th Pay Commission
arrears to avoid confrontation in this regard.
Conference MLA, Mustafa Kamal castigated
opposition for dividing people and disturbing
peace in the State for petty vested interests. He
said autonomy resolution passed by the State
legislature with 2/3 majority is the complete
solution for Kashmir problem. He called for
exploiting the vast potential in agriculture and
(PDP) appreciated Chief Minister, Omar
Abdullahs move towards consolidation of
infrastructure in various sectors including in
schools, adding that unfortunately his directions
are not being implemented seriously on ground. He
sought attention of the Government towards rising
prices of essential commodities and food-grains.
He said a large
number of villages are still without basic
facilities including electricity, roads and
water. He called for redressing the grievances of
the people with regard to Sadak- Pani- Bijli and
BJP MLA Durga Dass
regretted inadequate staff in Government schools.
He said Government should fill up all vacant
posts in schools as poor children receive
education in these institutions. He also
called for appointment of Patwaris for every
village, saying that absence of the same hampers
collection of even basic revenue documents from
the revenue offices.
Bhagat (Congress) said that new initiatives taken
by the Coalition Government will improve
facilities in all areas. He appreciated the
programmes and policies of the Central and State
NC MLA, R S Sharma
also spoke in favour of the Governors
motion and said that due attention has been given
to all sectors. He demanded early starting
of work on ambitious Jammu-Poonch Railway line
for which necessary survey stands completed. He
also demanded setting up of more lift irrigation
schemes to improve irrigation facilities in
He said Government
has taken steps for the border migrants but the
people living near the frontal areas need special
treatment as they often face threat of firing
from across the border. He also demanded early
establishment of polytechnic college at
Sunderbani, which he said was already promised by
Nizzam-ud-Din Bhat advocated for dialogue and
reconciliation to solve issues and encourage
value based politics atleast for the sake of
those who have been rendered orphans and injured
due to political uncertainty in the State. He
called for rising above politics and
conscientious thinking to relieve the people of
poverty and deprivation. He also urged for
political stability in the State.
recovery worth Rs 500 cr pending : Vakil
Mar 1: State
Government has failed to make Sales Tax
recoveries worth over Rs 500 crores from nearly
1500 tax defaulters so far besides contesting
pending cases effectively in the courts.
Council from Congress Party Abdul Ghani Vakil
during Question Hour in the House today raised
this issue in presence of Minister for Finance
Abdul Rahim Rather. The minister admitted that ST
recovery was still to be made from nearly 1500
tax defaulters and the amount may be little
higher but at the same time he informed that
during 2009-2010, the Finance department has
managed to recover tax to the tune of Rs 75.64
Mr Rather pointed
out that department has taken several steps to
improve tax recovery regime and managed to
register a growth of 20 % in tax recovery this
year, despite longer unrest in Kashmir valley. He
claimed that Planning Commission of India has
also lauded the efforts of the J&K Government
in realization of Tax.
While replying to
yet another question of Mr Vakil, the Finance
Minister said once the tax due becomes arrears,
the process of recovery is initiated through
Collector ( Dy Commissioner Commercial
Taxes-Recovery), who initiates process under the
J&K VAT Act, 2005, the J&K GST Act, 1962
read with the J&K Land Revenue Act Samvat,
Giving break up of
the recovery, Mr Rather said that during 2009-10,
the department recovered tax worth Rs 1283 lakhs
in Kashmir while Rs 4702 lakhs from Jammu region.
The recovery from Jammu during 2010-11 (ending
Dec) was to the tune of Rs 619 lakh while 959
lakh from Kashmir. Jammu contributed total Rs
53.21 crore while Kashmir region Rs 22.43 crores
of Tax revenue, he added.
Mr Rather further
disclosed that nearly 350 cases of ST recovery
were pending in the court of law. The defaulters
obtained stay in these cases and the department
was unable to effect the recovery.
While referring to
the pending recovery worth Rs 9 crores from a
Kashmir based reputed firm, Mr Vakil said for how
long the Government will remain inactive and
helpless. Why the services of renowned lawyers
are not being hired by the department to pursue
the cases effectively in the courts. He also made
mention in the House about a businessman turned
politicians who switched over to another party
and stressed for affective steps for making
recovery from such people. He said it has
hampered, rather badly affected the development
of the State. The minister, however, assured the
House about resolve of the Government to
vigorously follow the cases and make recovery
along with penalty from the defaulters.
cr for conservation of Wullar Lake: Mian Altaf
Mar 1 :
Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmad today
said that Rs. 120 crore has been sanctioned by
Central Government under 13th Finance Commission
for the conservation of Wullar lake in Kashmir.
was given by the Minister after a question raised
by M. Y. Taing in Legislative Council today. He
said soon Wullar Lake Development Authority will
be constituted for taking comprehensive measures
for its preservation.
While replying the
supplementaries raised by Jehangir Mir and Sheikh
Ghulam Rasool, the Minister said the conservation
of the project of the lake was framed by a
renowned international agency namely
Wetland International Southland. He
said the comprehensive management plan has been
prepared for the conservation and management of
the lake in which demarcation and survey of the
lake has been included as one of the components.
Mr Altaf said the
decision regarding eviction and re-orientation
and re-settlement of lake dwellers will be taken
on the completion of this exercise while as
sewerage treatment plants are proposed to be
established in the peripheral towns of the lake
and also sanitation units are proposed to be
given to the population living in the vicinity of
extraction of Nelembium, acquiring foods and
fishes from the lake, the Minister said during
2009-10, hundred quintals of Nelembium crop and
530 quintals of Singara has been extracted from
the Wullar Lake. Besides 6,000 tonnes of fish
have been also extracted by the registered 2500
fishermen during the period, he added.
Hour in Council
Mar 1: Several
matters of public importance were raised in the
Zero hour today in Legislative Council.
demanded payment of the compensation to the
persons whose houses have been acquired due to
the widening of the road from Satwari to R.S.
demanded that the people employed in the Parnia
project in Poonch be rehabilitated in the
mechanical division besides paying pending dues
highlighted the need of providing fertilizers at
an appropriate time to the farmers of Rajouri and
Abdul Gani Vakil
demanded the recovery of Sales Tax pending with
Mr. Asgar Hussain
Karblai demanded the payment of compensation
promised to the families affected by the 2010
floods and also to the orchardists whose land has
been acquired for the widening of Kargil Highway.
demanded completion of water filtration plants
commissioned in Wachi constituency.
demanded payment of 6th Pay Commission scale to
the members of sub-ordinates judiciary.
B.R. Kundal called
for making research and report about the damage
being observed in the recent wheat crops and
instructions be passed to the concerned for
advocated for a Sarai for the devotees coming to
the Charar-i- Sharief shrine on the pattern of
different shrines of the State.
called for the filling of the vacant posts of the
Bhaderwah tehsil so that the people of the area
do not face any inconvenience.
demanded speedy completion of the road widening
project from Khanabal to Srinagar.
demanded the immediate filling of the posts of
Dental technicians of Poonch district.
Rafiq Ahmed Shah
and Amrit Malhotra raised the issues Agriculture
Technocrats (ReZ) and Physiotherapists,
announces panel of Chairmen
Mar 1: Speaker,
Legislative Assembly, Mohammad Akbar Lone today
announced the names of the panel of Chairmen for
the current budget session.
These include Ch.
Mohammad Ramzan, Hakim Mohammad Yasin and
Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami.
on Motion of Thanks in LC
Resumption of Indo-Pak talks
welcome step: Qureshi
Mar 1: While
initiating discussion on Motion of Thanks on
Governor's address, Mohammad Rashid Qureshi (NC)
welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue and
demanded implementation of recommendation of Vth
Working Groups of Justice Sagir Ahmed.
Mr Qureshi also
said that the Gujjars and Bakerwals need to be
granted Scheduled Tribe (ST) status, in view of
their poor social and economic conditions. He
appreciated the initiatives of government for
constituting Kissan Development Board and
demanded formation of Hill Development Council
for Rajouri and Poonch districts on the pattern
of Ladakh Hill Development Council.
Qureshi lauded the
initiative of Union Government for launching
Skill Development Mission saying that it would
benefit a large number of unemployed youth of the
State. He said that a lot has been done for
rehabilitation of Kashmiri Migrants, demanding
that rehabilitation of Migrants of Poonch,
Rajouri and Balakot on similar pattern.
Referring to the
last year's unrest in the Valley, Mr. Qureshi
said that zero tolerance to human rights
violations needs to be applied in letter and
spirit. Regarding rehabilitation of youth gone
across the border, he said that policy framed for
the purpose needs to be implemented.
B. A. Magray,
(Cong) while taking part in the discussion
underlined the need for development of
ruralities, adding that over 80 per cent of the
population of the State is living in the rural
areas. He also appreciated the steps of the
government for constitution of Kissan Boards at
District and block levels, adding that these
boards will facilitate development of farmers.
Government for bringing Land Use Bill, he said it
will go a long way to curb the conversation of
agriculture land for construction purposes. He
also appreciated the Government for fulfilling
its commitment for conduct of Panchayat elections
in the State and said that it would strengthen
the people at grass-root level.
expressed his gratitude to the Union Government
for earmarking funds for promotion of saffron and
basmati rice in the State. He said well knit
development plan needs to be framed for Srinagar
city for enhancing its beauty to attract the
tourists and maintain its heritage.
for skill upgradation of ex-servicemen
* CM announces Rs 20 lakh as financial
Mar 1: The
Governor, N. N. Vohra and the Chief Minister,
Omar Abdullah today called for taking all
required measures for skill
re-orientation/upgradation of ex-servicemen to
enhance their employability.
The Governor and
the Chief Minister were addressing the 73rd
meeting of the J&K Rajya Sainik Board, at Raj
Bhavan, here today.
suggested that Ex-Servicemen may be encouraged
and enabled to run cooperative transport units in
the State as this could contribute to a good
number of them getting gainfully engaged. To
effectively safeguard and promote the interests
of Ex-Servicemen and their families, the Governor
stressed the importance mobilizing adequate
The Rajya Sainik
Board chaired by the Governor, reviewed in detail
the progress made in regard to the construction
of Sainik Bhawans at Srinagar and Jammu and
Sainik Sarais at Rajouri, Kargil and Kupwara.
Employment of Ex-Servicemen in the State Police,
acquisition of land for Sainik Welfare Housing
Colonies etc. also came under review at the
Minister, Omar Abdullah announced a one time
grant of Rs. 20 lakh from the State Government
for providing financial assistance to the blind
and paraplegic Ex-Servicemen of the State
permanently residing in the special institutes
run by the Ministry of Defence.
the meeting of the State Managing Committee for
Funds, the Governor, who is the Chairman of the
Committee, dwelt on the budgetary support being
provided by the State Government to the
Department of Sainik Welfare, as also the
contribution of the Kendriya Sainik Board to the
J&K Rajya Sainik Board. He emphasized the
need for evolving appropriate strategies to
enhance the mobilization and collection of funds
at all levels, for enhancing the welfare of
Ex-Servicemen and their families.
The meeting among
others was attended by the Minister for Youth
Services and Sports, R. S. Chib; Minister for
Revenue, Raman Bhalla; Chief Secretary, Madhav
Lal; Principal Secretary, Home, B. R. Sharma;
Army Commander, Northern Command, Lt. Gen. K. T.
Parnaik; Chief of Staff HQ, 9, 14, 15 and 16
Corps, Principal Secretary to the Governor, R. K.
Goyal; Maj. Gen. Pramod Behl, DG (R), New Delhi;
Capt (IN) A. Mehrotra, representative of the
Kendriya Sainik Board; Vineet Saini, Deputy
Secretary, representative of the Department of
Ex-Servicemen Welfare, Ministry of Defence, New
Delhi; Col. Lokesh Kushwaha, Director
Resettlement, North Zone, and non-official
members, Lt Cdr (Retd) J .P. Kotwal; Lt Col
(Retd) Karam Chand; Brig. (Retd) R. S. Jamwal and
Hony Capt Bana Singh, PVC.
A detailed power
point presentation was made bt Secretary, Rajya
Sainik Board, Brig. (Retd) R. S. Langeh on the
occasion, detailing the measures taken for the
welfare of the Ex-Servicemen, financial status of
the Board, construction of Sainik Sarais and the
implementation of the various decisions taken in
the last meeting of the Board.
underscores conservation of water bodies
Mar 1 : Chief
Minister, Omar Abdullah on Tuesday underscored
the protection and preservation of water bodies
as the earnest duty of every citizen to safeguard
the ecology, environment and water resources of
Chairing a meeting
of Suransar-Mansar Development Authority (SMDA)
here, the Chief Minister reviewed the progress
and achievements of the authority for the
development and beautification of these places of
tourist and pilgrim importance.
The Chief Minister
said that the Development Authorities constituted
to protect and develop State's rich treasure of
natural beauty, lakes and water bodies, should
render their service with dedication and
sincerely in accomplishing the stupendous goal.
Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State
for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, Political Advisor
to the Chief Minister, Davender Singh Rana,
legislators, Harshdev Singh, Jugal Kishore,
Yashpal Kundal, Principal Secretary Planning and
Development, Khurshid Ahmad Gani, Principal
Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas and
various senior officers were present in the
In a PowerPoint
presentation the Chief Executive Officer, SMDA
explained the physical and financial progress
made by the Authority during the year 2010-11.
He told the
meeting that the Authority has completed children
amusement park, restaurant, cafeteria and games
facility, club building, day boarding and
community kitchen, bathing ghats, viewing decks,
shopping complex, public convenience, water
aerators, viewing points, paths, parking places
and approach road to club at and around Mansar
He said park at a
cost of Rs. 50 lakh is under progress in Surinsar
Lake area while as bathing ghats, children park,
tower lights, view points and other facilities
have already been completed.
The CEO said that
at Purmandal rain shelter sheds, view points,
lotus pond, high mast lights and park has also
been completed. While in Utterbani pilgrim spot
community kitchen, lighting system, shelter sheds
have also been completed.
Giving details of
the development programmes under execution in
these areas, the CEO said that an expenditure of
Rs. 3.20 crores have been incurred on various
works programmes under the SMDA during the
current financial year by the end of February.
The Chief Minister
approved Rs. 50 lakhs for the land acquisition
for constructing tourist infrastructure at
Mansar, Surinsar, Purmandal and Utterbahni.
reviewed the physical and financial achievements
registered during the current financial year and
also got appraisal of the action taken on various
decisions made in the first meeting of SMDA.
structure of relief to displaced KPs: PK
Mar 1: Panun
Kashmir (PK) urged Prime Minister to review the
entire structure of the policy of Government of
India on the issue of return and rehabilitation
of displaced Kashmiri Hindus. This policy in the
State has been primarily used as an instrument of
blackmail and holding hostage the displaced
Kashmiri Hindus to a political order, which
serves Muslim communal and separatists
imperatives in the State.
In a press
statement issued here today, Dr Ajay Chrungoo,
Chairman, PK, asked the PM to realize that his
employment package for the displaced Kashmiri
Hindus is being used to exploit the destitution
of Kashmiri Hindus to return to valley in
conditions which are far worst than in 1990.
He said that PK is
of a strong opinion that PM should take due
notice of the fact that the organs of State
Government and the society in Kashmir valley have
been demonstrating a brazen communal and
separatist bias in recent times.
He further said
that the so called voluntary undertakings by the
Kashmiri Hindus to return are basically smoke
screens created by the State Government in
cohorts with the communal establishment of the
valley to hide the real motives behind the
process. These undertakings are in fact no more
than ploys of holding hostage of displaced
Kashmiri Hindus to create a secular mirage.
Ajay appealed to
the PM to intervene and ensure that the
employment package for displaced Kashmiri Hindus
is implemented in Jammu by temporarily shifting
all the newly created posts from valley to Jammu
till normalcy is restored there.
He maintained that
Government of India should correct its approach
and not indulge in symbolism, which is vicious,
and self defeating. It is the return of normalcy
that will ensure return of displaced Kashmiri
Hindus to valley as well as restoration of its
secular texture. Forced return will neither
ensure return nor restoration of normalcy, he
refugees to march towards Jagti on Mar 3
Mar 1: Sticking
to the demand of allotment of flats at Jagti,
Rajiv Chuni chairman S. O. S. International - an
Organisation for PoK refugees has warned the
Government to issue immediate orders for
allotting of flats to PoK refugees otherwise it
will be a counter-productive for the coalition
media persons here today Mr. Chuni said that
refugees have forewarn the Government to concede
their demand for allotment of flats at Jagti
otherwise PoK refugees will have no other option
but to forcibly occupy these flats. "The
State Govt had not heed to our demand for
allotment of flats at Jagti township constructed
at the cost of Rs. 500 crores to PoK refugees so
we are going to occupy these flats forcibly on
Thursday March 3," he maintained.
plan Mr. Chuni told the reporters that these
ethnic Hindu and Sikh minorities and permanent
residents of J&K State - the destitute
refugees from PoK are languishing in 39 filthy
camps under subhuman conditions for the last 63
years in Jammu province and for all these years
Govt did nothing to provide them with better
living conditions. Government has constructed
modern flats at Satellite town with all basic
amenities at Jagti (Nagrota) by incurring
hundreds of crores of tax payer money for a
particular class of migrants from Kashmir valley
by ignoring the other such worst effected
class." To forcibly occupy the flats, we
have planned to assemble at Bikram Chowk, Jammu
on Thursday March 3, 2011 at 11 am to march
towards Jagti in a cavalcade to occupy the flats
forcibly he added.
Mr. Chuni appealed
to the common people of Jammu in general and
refugees in particular to come and join the
"Jagti Chalo" march to get justice, He
condemned the attitude of State as well as
Central Govt for applying two yard sticks for
relief and rehabilitation of Valley migrant
vis-à-vis PoK Refugees.
The Govt of India
in its Kashmir centric policy of appeasement to
majority community and liberal relief and
rehabilitation policy for Kashmir Pandits (KPs)
is flawed and lacks the basic principals of Human
Rights and UN charter is further
internationalising the vexed problems of Jammu
and Kashmir. It is a fact the India can't vacate
the PoK areas as already four wars have been
fought with Pakistan with no outcome and only
added the problems and miseries of PoK Refugees,
here for fresh registration of all the PoK
refugees living in J&K and other parts of
India by a special census, transfer of all the
laws for relief and rehabilitation of refugees of
partition like extension of "Displaced
Persons Compensation and Rehabilitation Act of
1954" in J&K as there is no law to
tackle the problems of refugees in Jammu and
Kashmir, a uniform policy for PoK Refugees,
constitution of PoK Refugees Development Board, a
comprehensive package for PoK Refugees with
special attention to youth, immediately shifting
of camp inmates to the newly constructed
satellite towns he added..
highlights peoples problems
Mar 1: The
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) MLC Syed Asgar Ali flayed interlocutors for
ignoring district Kishtwar despite all water
resources and mineral wealth in shape of sapphire
He said that more
than 50 per cent of its people live in pathetic
conditions and large population is still
unconnected, un-electrified, educationally
backward with almost zero industrial activity and
are practically permanent victim of drought and
totally depended on the ration supply of FCI.
therefore shows a alarming picture of imbalance
so far development and progress is concerned,
more over this region has equal number of Hindu
and Muslim population with a slight difference,
He urged the
interlocutor to visit this region and register
the aspirations of the people of Chenab Valley
before making the conclusion about the State
of Tanda Tigers Force honoured
Mar 1: K P
Singh who raised Tanda Tiger Force of Civilians
during Op Vijay ( Kargil War of 1999 ) was
presented the Northern Army Commanders
Commendation Card by Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma,
General Officer Commanding of Cross Swords
Division at headquarters today.
This award was
conferred on him by Lt Gen B S Jaswal, GOC-in-C,
Northern Command on Aug 15, 2010 for his
volunteer service rendered to the Army during
Op Vijay. It may be recalled that
Army needed 3600 Civilians from J&K to raise
6 Army Porter Companies of 600 Civilians each for
helping the Army carrying its war like stores and
ammunition to high mountain peaks in Kargil
sector when Pakistan Army personnel had occupied
vacant post in 1999.
requirement of the Army and the challenge faced
by the nation and its urgency, K P Singh along
with his companions and associates mainly from
Village Tanda of Akhnoor Tehsil numbering 250
reached Udhampur on June 8, 1999 and offered
their volunteer services to the Army as porters.
Appreciating his initiatives, Brig T S Chauhan,
the Sub Area Commander Udhampur asked K P Singh
to stay back to get more porters to meet the
requirement of 3600. The rest were enrolled in No
1 Porter company at Udhampur and send to Kargil .
Thereafter, with his own initiative and help of
patriotic friends and associates they exhorted
young boys to come to the service of nation. Army
was able to get more than 2500 volunteers
enrolled as Porters To compliment his efforts and
most needed timely help, K P Singh received
letters of appreciation from Sh Krishan Kant,
Vice President of India; Girish Saxena, Governor
J&K, GOC-in-C, Northern Command and GOC 15
Corps besides many other civilian and military
The function was
attended by Brig Rai, Station Commander,
Commanding Officers of the Division and staff
officers besides civilians of the area. GOC
presented him the written Citation and pinned the
Commendation Disc on his coat lapel amidst the
assists needy patients with help on wheels
DELHI, Mar 1: A fully-equipped ambulance
purchased by NGO Turning Point Foundation with
financial assistance of Rs. 240,000 from Steel
Authority of India Limited (SAIL) for
transportation of patients to and from hospitals/
homes/health camps and carrying out other social
welfare activities, was flagged off by SAIL
Director Personnel Mr. B.B. Singh from Ispat
Bhavan here today.
SAIL has earlier
provided mobile medical units and ambulances to
NGOs such as Deepalaya, Anygraha, Drishtidaan,
HelpAge India, etc., as part of its well-defined
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy with
the motto of making a meaningful difference
in peoples lives. Since inception,
SAIL has pioneered the cause of providing health
facilities to all sections of society. The
company has established 54 primary health
centres, 12 reproductive & child health
centres, 17 hospitals and 7 super-specialty
hospitals to provide specialised healthcare to
over 30 million people living in the peripheral
areas of its plants and units.
To create health
awareness to people residing in remote villages
of the country, SAIL has been organising
strategically-planned health camps in and around
its plants and units. Villagers are sensitised on
various health issues, and people detected with
major ailments are referred to the
multi-speciality SAIL hospitals. SAIL bears the
entire cost of the patients and
attendants travel, stay and treatment. In
recognition of its CSR initiatives, SAIL has
received numerous awards, including the Wockhardt
Shining Star CSR award, prestigious FICCI Award
for Rural and Community Development Initiatives,
Businessworld-FICCI-SEDF CSR Award, etc.
Urdu copies of Address different'
It's PoK not PAK, BJP reminds
Mar 1: PAK
or PoK? A brief debated ensued in the Legislative
Assembly today when BJP MLA Ashok Khajuria
objected to the use of word PAK by PDP
Legislature Party leader Mehbooba Mufti during
her speech on Motion of Thanks to Governor's
Mr Khajuria said
Ms Mufti has used the term `Pak Azad Kashmir' for
PAK. However, Mehbooba as well as other PDP MLAs
said she had used the word Pak Administered
Kashmir for PAK. Mr Khajuria reminded Ms Mufti
that it was the word Pakistan occupied Kashmir
(PoK) and not PAK.
Akbar Lone said the word PoK is used in our
State. Mr Khajuria charged the NC and PDP with
running industry over dead bodies of the people.
He said J&K problem is not political but
communal. He rejected autonomy and self rule.
Party leader Prof Chaman Lal Gupta pointed out in
the Assembly that the copies of Governor's
Address in English and Urdu were different.
Raising the issue,
he said the Address copy in Urdu had no mention
of Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies elections,
which has been mentioned in the copy circulated
Prof Gupta wanted
to know which copy of the address should be
treated as authentic.
``What should we
presume? The Government wants to hold elections
or not? The matter should be set right'', he
The Speaker said
there could have been a mistake and he would ask
the Government to clarify the issue.
demanded into dismantling of urinal
Mar 1: Parade
Traders Union (PTU) today demanded enquiry into
dismantling of urinal at Sabzi Mandi, Moti
Bazaar, which was being used by the shopkeepers
of the area.
PTU said that the
municipal authorities has allotted the same land
to some body without any public auction.
They said that it
is very surprising that the Government place,
which was used by general public daily, has been
dismantled by the authorities and allotted for
some considerations to a private party.
They requested DC
Jammu to look into the matter and arrange early
construction of the dismantled urinal and an
enquiry should be initiated in this regard.
citizens meet President
Mar 1: Senior
citizens from remote area of Khari Bowl, Ramban
met the Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, President of
India, as part of the "Operation
Sadbhavana" tour by the Indian Army, aptly
with the senior citizens, the President said that
as citizens they should make use of the
opportunities being provided to them by the
Indian Army, so that they can contribute towards
national development and harmony.
She expressed her
keen interest to know about their villages, daily
life and listened to their experiences during the
The tour was
flagged off from Ramban on February 19, and
visited Jodhpur, Ajmer and Jaipur before reaching
citizens told the President that they had come
out of the State for the first time and
interacted with the people from different States
and experienced the unique cultural diversity and
economics development in the country.
They also thanked
the Indian Army for providing them a life time
Mir tiff in Assembly
Mar 1: Two
political rivals-PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig
and Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir-today
countered each other on the issue of timing
allotted by Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone to
different parties for speaking on the debate on
Motion of Thanks to Governor's Address.
After the Speaker
announced the time slot for different political
parties, Mr Baig urged the Chair that time
counted for the Ministers or ruling parties
should be excluded from NC and Congress as they
don't speak on the Motion and the Chief Minister
gives the reply.
The Speaker said
he would consider the suggestion.
Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir objected to Mr Baig's
remarks saying a Minister could intervene in the
It may be
mentioned that Mr Mir had fallen apart from the
PDP after Mr Baig was made as Deputy Chief
Minister by the PDP during Congress led coalition
visits Jagti Township, inspects works
Mar 1 : The
Satellite Township at Jagti for Kashmiri Migrants
is presently receiving fine tuning for its
expected inauguration by the Prime Minister, Dr.
Manmohan Singh during his visit to Jammu.
Omar Abdullah today visited Jagti near Nagrota
and inspected various aspects of the completion
of the project.
The Chief Minister
was accompanied by Minister for Revenue and
Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla, Minister of State
for Housing and Urban Development, Nasir Aslam
Wani, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister,
B. B. Vyas, Secretary Revenue Ajaz Iqbal and
Commissioner, Relief and Rehabilitation, Vinod
envisages construction of 4218 two room flats for
Kashmiri Migrants besides many facilities in the
form of hospitals, schools, community halls,
envisages construction of 176 blocks in 6 zones
to house 4218 flats. The Jagti Township is the
part of the ambitious housing project under PMRP
for Kashmiri Pandits for construction of 5242 two
room housing units at a cost of Rs. 385 crore.
Under the first
phase 1024 flats have been constructed at
Purkhoo, Muthi and Nagrota which have already
been allotted to the beneficiaries.
foils Physiotherapists march towards Civil
Mar 1: Police
today foiled attempt of Jammu and Kashmir
Physiotherapist Association (JKPA) to march
towards Civil Secretariat, Jammu.
Physiotherapists assembled in SMGS Hospital and
started marching towards Secretariat via Indira
Chowk, but were stopped by the police, which
resorted to mild cane-charging. Police arrested
nearly 70 Physiotherapists including Dr Vimal
Singh Manhas, President, JKPA, Jammu, Dr Jagat
Singh, president, Haryana Physiotherapist
Association, Victor Disuza, National Vice
President, All India Students Federation (AISF)
from New Delhi, Parvesh Chandil, National
Executive Member and All India Youth Federation
(AIYF) from Himachal Pradesh.
Excelsior, Vimal Singh Manhas, President, JKPA,
condemned the attitude of the Government towards
the Physiotherapists who were marching towards
Secretariat for seeking solution to their long
pending demands. He said that from the last 99
days we are agitating for the redressel of our
demands but the Government has till date done
He said that in
the cane charge Jagat Singh get his right hand
fractured where as Dr Sonavar Tak got head
injury, Dr Neha Bakshi got her left hand
fractured besides injury in her foot and were
shifted to GMC Hospital for treatment.
He alleged that
the present coalition Government led by Omar
Abdullah has no concrete policy to tackle the
increasing unemployment issue and added that
instead of looking into the demands of
Physiotherapists, the Government has subjected
them to lathi charge. He said that this shows
that Government has nothing to offer to
He urged the
Government to redress their all the issues at the
earliest, as they will not defer from the
agitational programme till the State Government
concedes their demands.
Sources said that
all the arrested Physiotherapists were shifted to
different police stations of Jammu including City
Police Station, Bus Stand Police Station, Pacca
Danga Police Station and also the female
Physiotherapists arrested during the protest
demonstration were shifted to Women cell.
He also said that
all the arrested Physiotherapists were released
in the evening.
Yuva Morcha (BJYM) State President Munish Sharma
in a meeting of Morcha office bearers including
Aseem Gupta, Sanjay Baru, Surinder Choudhary,
Raghunandan Singh, Vipin Shastri besides many
others condemned the use of force on the
agitating Physiotherapists who are also on roads
like the State Government employees for redressel
of their demands.
Besides this, BJP
leaders including State President, Shamsher Singh
Manhas, Virender Gupta, National Executive Member
and Munish Sharma visited the GMC hospital and
inquired about the agitating Physiotherapists
admitted in the hospital.
Bargotra, State President, Janata Dal (S), Mast
Nath Yogi, Kuldeep Singh, Ram Rattan Sharma and
RR Sharma in a meeting condemned the cane charge
on Physiotherapists and said that Government
should talk to them and build a plan for their
absorption in Government departments.
Tarigami, MLA, also visited GMC hospital and
inquired about the admitted Physiotherapists who
were injured in cane charge. He said that he will
take up the issue of manhandling by the police
against the agitating Physiotherapists who were
marching towards Secretariat for redressel of
CM greet people on Mahashivratri
Mar 1: Governor,
N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today
extended warm greetings to the people on the
auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri, which is
celebrated by Kashmiri Pandits as Hairath.
In his message of
felicitations, the Governor said that this
festival symbolizes the values of piety,
devotion, brotherhood and harmony, which are the
hallmark of our glorious composite cultural
wished the people a happy Mahashivratri and
prayed for peace, progress and prosperity in the
In his greetings
message, the Chief Minister specially referred to
the tradition of celebrating Hairath in Kashmir
in unity and amity by Kashmiri Pandits and
The Chief Minister
also highlighted the State's rich traditions of
celebrating holidays and festivals in an
atmosphere of love and brotherhood, adding colour
to the festivity of these occasions.
expressed the hope that these traditions and
secular fabric of the society would get
strengthened day-by-day and the beauty of peace,
happiness and bonds of love will keep shining on
the State's horizon.
The Chief Minister
also prayed for tranquility and prosperity in the
State and well being of the people.
12 paramedics found absent
Mar 1: On
the instructions of Chief Minister, a team of
officers headed by the Additional Commissioner,
Kashmir inspected various health institutions of
North Kashmir which include SDH, Sopore, PHC,
Chogul, Handwara and District Hospital, Baramulla
today at 10:30 am.
In these health
institutions, the Additional Commissioner found
19 employees absent from duty which include 7
doctors and 13 Para medical staff. It was given
out that 9 employees and one doctor were found
absent in SDH Sopore, one doctor and one employee
from DH Handwara, 5 employees from DH, Handwara
and 2 employees were found absent in DH,
One doctor working
in DH Bandipora, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Ganai was
caught red handed while practising in his private
clinic at Scan Centre, Sopore at 10:30 am.
He said that
strict action under rules will be initiated
against the absentees.
Professors among several found absent
Mar 1: District
Development Commissioner, Doda, Farooq Ahmed Khan
today paid a surprise visit to Govt. Degree
College Doda where only five out of 21 staffers
were found present.
namely Dr S. P Sharma (Principal), Ashwani Kumar,
Dr Aejaz Ahmed, Rajiv Katoch were found absent
from duty. Four professors namely Wahid Balwan,
Sarita Parihar, Hans Raj and Atter Singh were
stated to be on duty out of college but no duty
order was produced except in case of Wahid
Balwan. Five professors namely Babu Lal, Veerji
Kaul, Sania Hamid,Falak and Ram Diyal were on
leave sent telephonically. Prof. Ali Akbar was on
study leave and Dr Raj Kumar is attached in DDC
contractual lecturers posted in the college who
though had marked their presence on the
attendance register, were found physically
absent. DDC has initiated action as warranted
under rules against the absentees.
Mar 1 : The
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, in an hour long
meeting at the Raj Bhawan last evening, briefed
the Governor, N. N. Vohra, about the various
important matters likely to come up in the
Legislature, which went into session yesterday.
also covered issues relating to internal security
management, the establishment of the
Accountability, Human Rights, Vigilance and
Information Commissions and other important
technocrats' fast unto death continues
Mar 1: Agricultural
technocrats sitting on fast unto death under the
banner of J&K Agricultural Technocrats
Association, in support of the demands, continued
their protest as a few of them today fell
unconscious on the ninth day of their fast unto
death and were removed to GMC hospital for
removed to hospital was Dr. Shahid Ahmed Mir of
Poonch who was sitting on fast developed kidney
pain and was shifted to GMC.
The reports said
they had refused to take anything and held that
they would break their fast only when the State
Government would concede their demands of
President, People's Democratic Trade Union and
Rajinder Singh Manhas, Vice President of Youth
PDP visited the dharna site and extended full
support to the agitating technocrats. They warned
the State Government to concede the demands of
the technocrats otherwise they will come on to
Yasir Ahmed Tak,
Vice President, JKATA, condemned the lathi charge
and illegal detention of protesting technocrats.
He said that this type of act can't discourage
them as they are determined and will intensify
Tarigami, MLA, CPI, along with Sham Kesar visited
the dharna site and assured that he will take up
the issue with Chief Minister for early redressel
of their demands of regularization.
Shiv Khori mela inaugurated
(REASI), Mar 1: Divisional Commissioner,
Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, who is also the Chairman
of Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board (SSKSB)
inaugurated 3-day long Shiv Khori mela at village
Ransoo, the base camp of Shri Shiv Khori Shrine,
here today.The mela is being organized by Shiv
Khori Shrine Board and J&K Tourism
Speaking on the
occasion, the Divisional Commissioner said that
Shiv Khori Shrine is bestowed with serenity and
one could experience the spiritual manifestation
at the sanctum sanctorum itself. He said that due
to the sincere efforts of SSKSB and Tourism
Department, pilgrimage to the holy shrine is
witnessing enormous increase in the rush of
pilgrims after every passing year.
Infrastructural facilities are being created at
the base camp and enroute the shrine to attract
more pilgrims from across the country, he said
and hoped that the pilgrimage to the holy cave
shrine would gain new heights in near future.
Dr. Kotwal said
that the Government has formulated a
comprehensive master-plan for the holistic
development of Shiv Khori and its adjoining areas
for the socio economic transformation of the
people. Elaborating on the Master Plan, he said
five storied Yatri Niwas at holy cave shrine,
Yagyashalla, View points, Darshani deodi have
been completed to facilitate the pilgrims besides
helicopter service from Katra to Shiv Khori
Shrine is under trial.
Commissioner Reasi, presented a detailed profile
of various development works under execution in
the shrine area.
cultural programme was also presented by the
artists of Song and Drama Division, (GoI) which
was highly appreciated by the obeisance present.
to be provided solar
Mar 1 : Minister
for Science and Technology, Animal and Sheep
Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhullah today said that
Government has taken up a mega project of
providing solar home lights to 40,000
un-electrified households of remote and far-flung
areas which include Doda, Reasi, Ramban and
The Minister was
addressing an officers meeting of Science and
Technology here today.
further said that by augmentation of solar home
lights, the life style of the people living in
remote areas would change as it would facilitate
students community to study and people would feel
Speaking about the
performance of Scientific Council, the Minister
said that the department is stepping up the
research projects, seminars, Science Congress and
debates to encourage promotion of science and
research through Universities and other
issued directions for development of future
technologies, solar wind and micro-hydel projects
in each district of the State and also directed
for organizing publicity awareness camps. He said
that proposals for solar townships and water
heating system are being sent to Government of
India for accord of sanction.
speeding up the process of augmentation of
various facilities to the people of the State
through Science and Technology Department, Syed
Ruhullah directed the officers concerned to take
their job seriously, maintain discipline and work
with zeal and dedication so that the purpose of
launching renewable energy programme by Central
and State Government is fulfilled in letter and
Mar 1: Police
arrested three burglars from the Kupwara area and
some articles including mobile phones were
recovered from them.
A police spokesman
said that Kupwara police arrested three burglars
and recovered mobiles and other stolen goods from
The spokesman said
that police has solved two burglary cases by
arresting three persons namely Showkat Ahmad
Gojree son of Sonaullah, Tanveer Ahmad Ganie son
of Abdul Majeed and Mohammad Shafi Waza son of
Abdul Rashid residents of Nagri-Malpora from the
Three new mobile
phones, eight old mobile phones including various
other accessories worth Rs. 12000/ were recovered
from their possession. Other items including
biscuits and oil along with cigarettes worth Rs.
4000 were also recovered from them.
initiative against tobacco menace
Mar 1: In
a major initiative towards curbing the menace of
cigarettes and tobacco, Governor NN Vohra has
recommended a representation to Finance Minister
Abdul Rahim Rather pertaining to increasing the
tax rate on these two items to discourage their
said Mr Vohra had received a representation from
Jammu and Kashmir Voluntary Health and
Development Association, Pandrethan, Srinagar,
whose Executive Director and Chairman wrote twice
to the Governor suggesting higher tax rate on
cigarettes and tobacco in the upcoming budget to
discourage their use by the people.
initiative, the Governor has recommended the
representation to Mr Rather hoping that it will
be good if the representations are reflected in
budget in the interest of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mr Rather is
scheduled to present budget in the Assembly on
Incharge PP posted
Mar 1: SSP
Jammu Basant Rath today ordered postings of four
SHOs and one Incharge Police Post in Jammu
Kumar has been posted as SHO RS Pura police
station in place of Inspector Gurmeet Singh.
Inspector Sunil Sharma has been posted as SHO
Domana police station vice Inspector Zahid Wani.
Singh Slathia has been posted as SHO Kanachak
police station in place of Inspector Narinder
Singh. Inspector Sameer Jeelani has been posted
as SHO Satwari vice Bishnesh Kumar.
Jaleel Kitchloo has been posted as Incharge
Narwal police post vice Sameer Jeelani.
deputation of prominent citizens of RS Pura today
met IGP Jammu Dilbagh Singh and demanded
revocation of the order of SHO Gurmeet Singh
saying he was doing an excellent job.
They threatened to
protest if the order was not rescinded
actor Ranbir Kapoor in Valley for film shoot
Mar 1: Bollywood
actor and heartthrob of millions Ranbir Kapoor
was spotted by some people on the Boulevard road
along the banks of world renowned Dal lake here
on Tuesday. Ranbir is in Kashmir these days in
connection with shooting of his film 'Rockstars'.
The film is directed by Imtiyaz Ali and it casts
Pakistan actress Nargis as opposite to Ranbir.
The traffic on the
Boulevard road had to be stopped for sometime as
the Bollywood here took the lead actress on a
motorcycle and drove for some distance on this
road. The shooting crew was stationed in a house
in the Nishat area where they had shoot some
shots relating to a typical Kashmiri marriage.
Wearing a pheran, Ranbir drove down the Boulevard
road and enjoyed the cool breeze coming out of
the Dal waters.
Locals could be
seen joining the shooting crew and they too
rendered their help in making the logistics
available for the film. They did not want to miss
a chance to see Ranbir son of Rishi Kapoor,
Bollywood superstar of 1970s and 1980s.
Police Officer (SDPO), Nehru Park, Muzaffar Ahmad
Shah could be seen personally monitoring the
movement of the superstars and he ensured that
they don't face any problem while carrying out
their professional obligations. The people
watched the entire proceedings calmly and there
was no chaos as well as confusion during the film
shoot. However, the personal security of the
superstars did not allow the people and more so
the select photo journalists to come near them
fearing that something untoward may happen.
Ranbir along with
the other members of shooting crew reached
Kashmir valley and went to the world famous
health resort of Pahalgam. At Pahalgam they shot
some of the scenes in the famous Betaab valley
that got its name and fame after the Sunny Deol
some days there, the crew reached Srinagar
yesterday and they are going to shoot some scenes
in a house located in the Nishat area.
member visits AIIMS
DELHI, Mar 1: Dr. Muzaffar Ahmed, Member -
National Disaster Management Authority visited
the Department of Hospital Administration, AIIMS
He presided over
an interactive presentation given by the teams of
resident administrators of AIIMS on "A
comparative study of Public Sector and Private
Sector Hospitals" in the country.
Along With Dr.
Shakti Kumar Gupta, Head-Department of Hospital
Administration and Medical Superintendent, AIIMS
as chairperson, Dr. Muzaffar, who hailed from
J&K, interacted with the hospital
administrators over various issues and aspects
concerning Health System administration as in the
country today. The issues deliberated upon had a
wide spectrum and covered some of the very
emerging areas including role of private
hospitals in national health programs, modern
systems of logistics and medical supplies
management, the ratio of beds that cater to
Indian population and strategies that could
enable optimal healthcare delivery in the
changing psycho-social-economic environment.
The patient of the
present day, being aware to a much greater extent
than ever before, about his medical conditions
and treatment possibilities with easy access to
internet tools and information availability,
desires quality to the level of his satisfaction.
Though it remains a challenge to provide to the
masses - a healthcare delivery model that is
accessible at the remotest village, that which
does not impoverish the patient financially and
that which is of an acceptable quality remains
the focus of expert consultations and
deliberations, he said.
Further to the
advance in medical technology and healthcare
administration, the onus remains to look for
better strategies and a brighter clientele
satisfaction as regard modern healthcare delivery
is concerned, he added.
lodged against substandard
Mar 1: Minister
for Industries Surjit Singh Slathia today said
that FIR has been lodged against the
manufacturers who are supplying substandard
fertilizers in the State.
Replying to a
question raised by Congress Member, Bashir Ahmed
Magray in the Upper House during Question Hour
today, the minister said that strict action would
be taken by the Government against the unit
holders indulging in mal-practices.
to another question, Slathia said Agriculture
department being the licensing authority has the
powers to enforce quality of the product. He
further disclosed that only two units are
registered in Kashmir for manufacturing
granulated mixed fertilizers. On being asked that
several factories continued to indulge in
manufacturing substandard fertilizers despite
Crime Branch several times having declared their
product as under quality, the minister denied
having such information. He said that samples are
taken when any complaint comes and action under
law is taken.
Mr Slathia while
responding to yet another question of Ghulam
Qadir Pardesi said that 11 stone crushers were
operating in Zewan area of Kashmir and no fresh
proposal was there to shift them some where else
near foothills. He said they are existing there
since long and doing business. Mr Slathia said no
stay order on the functioning of the units has
been received by the department. The court has
imposed stay on the payment of royalty imposed on
the units by the Geology and Mining department.
organizes awareness cum
training programme on
fire fighting at JU
Mar 1: Disaster
Management Center (DMC), University of Jammu
(JU), in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir
Fire and Emergency Services Department (JKFESD)
organized second phase of awareness cum training
programme on fire fighting for the employees of
JU here today.
The programme was
attended by a large number of employees of JU.
On the occasion,
Prof MA Malik, Director, DMC, inaugurated the
programme whereas SC Verma, Divisional Fire
Officer, JKFESD was the resource person.
employees, Prof Malik emphasized the need of
awareness and training in tackling fire
disasters. He said need of hour is that every
individual should get ready in combating the
disasters, both natural andl anthropogenic.
He said that
Center has developed an action plan to create
awareness in all the institutions in a phased
manner and in the campus this will be a regular
feature. Malik appreciated the efforts of the
JKFESD for its cooperation and said that the
department is always at the beck and call of the
appreciated this initiative of the JU and assured
full cooperation in future on behalf of JKFESD in
tackling fire disaster and further taught how to
act during such deadly disasters.
The JKFESD experts
also gave the demonstration of using fire
extinguisher in which the employees of the JU
Gohar Hafeez Fani,
Field Liaison Officer, DMC conducted the
proceedings of the programme and presented vote
PRO, JU, was also present on the occasion.
Care celebrates second Annual Day
Mar 1: Dream
Care, a playway school celebrated its 2nd Annual
Day in an impressive way, here today.
Prof Chaman Lal
Gupta, MLA, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Small kids of the
school presented cultural bonanza including
dance, songs, fancy dress contests and
entertained the spectators with their spellbound
Jyoti Chopra, read out the annual reports and
stressed that tiny tots are valuable assets of
the society and should be nourished in proper
Later, the guests
distributed prizes among the meritorious
police being trained to tackle mob
personnel along with Jammu and Kashmir Police are
undergoing training in handling crowds and mob
violence that claimed over 100 lives in the
Valley during protests last summer, a senior
official said today.
"We are doing
training with State Police in handling crowds and
how to deal with mobs," Special Director
General CRPF (J&K zone), Anirudh Uppal told
reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
Uppal hoped that
there would not be a "repeat of situation
which we faced last year".
Asked if some of
the killings could have been avoided, he said
these were all "academic questions".
all academic questions which I cannot answer
because these sort of unfortunate incidents when
they take place then each incident is
different," the official said.
CRPF and police
have been accused of using disproportionate
amount of force in response to stone pelting.
"We had these
non-lethal weapons last year and we are bringing
more of them this year, so that collateral damage
is limited and as less as possible," Uppal
individuals do may be misguided, or in the heat
of the moment they do. I suppose the adults are
responsible for their actions. One attempt now is
that let boys and girls of the state know that
they have lots of choices that they can
make," he said. (PTI)
averted as beam falls from cargo
Mar 1: A
major tragedy was averted today when a beam
accidentally fell from a cargo copter near
technical airport here.
"It was a
close shave for the residents of village Phallian
Mandal when one of the beams fell from a cargo
copter carrying goods to the Rajouri
district," sources said.
As soon as the
copter took off from the technical airport this
afternoon, it developed some snag following which
one of the beams, fell in the fields near village
Phallian Mandal, sources added.
On receiving the
information, police, army and locals rushed to
the spot and started rescue operation.
is being investigated," sources said.
take legal action against news paper
Mar 1: Public
Service Commission in its 3rd meeting held under
the Chairmanship of S.L. Bhat, Chairman took
serious note of various publications by a local
daily "Early Times" wherein derogatory
news items have been published by the paper to
malign the Commission and its Members which has
caused tremendous loss to the honour and dignity
of the Commission.
The Chairman also
apprised the Commission that he had discussions
with D. C. Raina, Senior Standing Counsel of the
Commission regarding initiation of legal action
against the paper.
resolved that legal proceedings be initiated
against the News Paper for publishing defamatory
and derogatory news items and the Commission
Secretariat will take further action into the
matter by providing the necessary inputs to D.C.
Raina. K.M. Wani, Member informed the Commission
that he intends to initiate legal proceedings
against the paper individually also.
reopens; movement of trucks restricted
Mar 1: Closed
late last evening due to landslides, the
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was reopened for
vehicular traffic this afternoon.
National Highway, Kifayat Haider said that Border
Roads Organization, which is responsible for
maintenance of the Jammu-Srinagar National
Highway, cleared the landslides at Khooni Nullah,
which blocked the highway late last night, at
around 2 pm.
Soon after the
restoration of road link between Jammu and
Srinagar, all the stranded vehicles including the
passenger ones and the load carriers carrying
essential commodities to Kashmir valley were
cleared, the SSP said.
movement of passenger as well as load carriers
was allowed from Jammu, the SSP said. There was
smooth movement of vehicles on the highway till
late tonight as the weather remained favourable.
To a question, Mr
Haider said that if the weather permitted there
would be both way movement of passenger vehicles
tomorrow. However, the movement of heavy vehicles
has been restricted up to March 15.
will be one way movement of the heavy vehicles
from tomorrow up to March 15 that too during
night keeping in view problems at Kunfar Nullah,
Digdol and Khooni Nullah", the SSP said.
Yatra taken out on eve of Maha Shivratri
Mar 1: On
the eve of Maha Shivratri, a grand procession and
rally was organized here by Dharmarth Trust today
with great religious fervour and gaiety.
A grand rally was
organized by Dharmarth Trust from Parade Ground
here, which passed through Ranbireshwar Temple,
Shalamar Road, Indira Chowk, Hari Market,
Raghunath Bazar, City Chowk, Purani Mandi, Link
Road, Jain Bazar, Dhounthali, Chowk Chabutra,
Pacca Danga, Moti Bazar and back to Ranbireshwar
A large number of
devotees of Lord Shiva participated in the rally
with enthusiasm and religious fervour. A large
number of tableux accompanied the Shobha Yatra
depicting various aspects of the life Lord Shiva.
had made elaborate arrangements including police
for safety and security of the people
accompanying the Yatra.
The Shobha Yatra
by all means remained a grand success.
connection with celebrations of Maha Shivratri, a
grand Shobha Yatra was taken out at Udhampur town
with fervour and enthusiasm, which was organized
by Shri Sanatan Dharam Sabha Udhampur, in which
various Jhankies formed the main focus of
attraction of the people. People from all sects
welcomed the Yatra by ensuring the full
deputation calls on Director
Mar 1: A
deputation of J&K United School Teachers
Association (USTA) today met Director School
Education, here today.
The delegation led
by Hari Singh apprised the Director about the
problems being faced by teaching community. They
highlighted that masters who have completed their
tenure in others district should be transferred
to home districts.
The also demanded
the removal of pay parity in favour of under
graduate teachers appointed between 1992 to 1997
and sanctioning of senior teacher grade.
School Education gave patient hearing and assured
the for early redressal of their problems.
present on the occasion were Darshan Lal, Tara
Mani, Kamal Lal, Vinod Kumar, Hukam Singh, Prem
Nath, Romesh Singh, Om Prakash, Rafiq Ahmed,
Naresh Chand and Ashok Kumar.
holds protest against Govt
Mar 1: The
National Students Union of India (NSUI)
today held protest demonstration against
Government against the decision of administration
to close the evening shift.
The NSUI activists
led by Jagjyot Singh and J P Singh protested at
MAM College against the decision taken by the
administration to close the evening shift of GGM
Science College and MAM College from next
demanding not to take such decisions as students
were suffering to get seats in the city colleges.
They also warned
the Government for serious consequences for such