Governor inspects models of shelter sheds for Shri Amarnathji Yatris

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11: The Governor, N. N. Vohra, today visited Tourist Reception Centre, Nowgam, near Railway Station, Srinagar, and inspected models of two different types ....more

No place for non-performing engineers in the R&B: Javed

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11: Minister of State for R&B, Javed Ahmad Dar, along with Principal Secretary, K.B. Agarwal and Chief Engineer, Nazir Ahmad, today, in wee hours, visited Shehr-e-Khas and ..more

Omar inspects Srinagar-Leh National Highway status
*Underscores urgency of Zojila tunnel

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SRINAGAR, May 11: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today drove from Srinagar to Gumri to inspect the progress of upgradation and widening of Srinagar-Leh National Highway project being ....more

Garu accuses R P of harassment
Gupta seeks opinion of all 11 MLAs on cross voting episode

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JAMMU, May 11: Former Minister and MLA Jammu West Assembly Segment, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta has sought the opinion of all 11 MLAs of BJP from whom the Party High Command ....more

EJAC for draft norms on broader unity of employees

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JAMMU, May 11: A faction of Government Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) has called upon the different factions of EJAC leadership and various unions ......more

 

Court frames charges against doctor for negligence

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, May 11: In a rarest of the rare case, the Court framed charges u/s 304-A RPC (death by negligence) against the doctor in the present case, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Jammu MS Parihar framed charges against Dr. Raj Rishi and fixed July 7, 2011 for evidence...more

Two arrested for molesting girl

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Srinagar, May 11: Police has arrested two persons who allegedly tried to outrage the modesty of a girl and slit her throat with a sharp edged weapon in Budgam. A police spokesman said that Farooq Ahmad Parra son of Mohammad Parra resident of Gudsathu-Mirgund, Budgam father of four kids along with another person Abdul..more

Harshdev flays PSC for discriminatory attitude

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JAMMU, May 11: NPP MLA and its working chairman Harshdev Singh has lambasted the Public Service Commission (PSC) for large scale irregularities being committed in the conduct of various exams and in recruitment process pertaining to various selections including KAS and KCS....more

     
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Governor inspects models of shelter sheds
for Shri Amarnathji Yatris

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11: The Governor, N. N. Vohra, today visited Tourist Reception Centre, Nowgam, near Railway Station, Srinagar, and inspected models of two different types of shelter units and toilets proposed to be installed, by the Tourism Department, at identified places along the tracks to the Cave Shrine, for the protection and safety of Shri Amarnathji Yatris, particularly during adverse weather conditions.

These shelter units are proposed to be set up at various locations along both the Yatra routes i.e. Baltal-Holy Cave and Chandanwari-Holy Cave routes. Each shelter unit has been designed to accommodate around 100 Yatris with a provision for storage of disaster management stores.

The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister of State for Tourism and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, Commissioner/Secretary, Tourism, Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary to the Governor, R. K. Goyal, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, A. H. Samoon, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, M. A. Kakroo, Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Mohammad Rafi, Director Tourism, Kashmir, Farooq Shah, SSP Srinagar, S. A. H. Bukhari, Mir Altaf Ahmad, CEO, Pahalgam Development Authority, Mushtaq Ahmad, CEO, Sonamarg Development Authority, and other concerned senior officers of various Departments were present on the occasion.

The Governor, who is also the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, suggested certain modifications in the shelter units, keeping in view the severe fluctuations in the weather conditions along the Yatra routes.

Mr. Jora assured the Governor that a number of shelter units/toilets will be set up timely at nine identified locations along both the routes, before the commencement of the Yatra.

Later, the Governor, while addressing a meeting at the Tourist Reception Centre, said that Jammu and Kashmir State is bestowed with unparalleled natural beauty, which has immense potential for promotion of tourism. He said that the infrastructure created for pilgrim tourism could also be utilized, during the most part of the year, for giving a significant fillip to winter and adventure tourism in the State. He also stressed the usefulness of pragmatic packages being involved for the various categories of tourists. He also stressed the need of promoting highway tourism to generate employment avenues.

Referring to the newly constructed Nowgam Tourist Reception Centre, the Governor said that this could become the nerve centre of tourist activity in Kashmir, particularly once the Valley receives rail connectivity with the rest of the country.

No place for non-performing engineers in the R&B: Javed

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SRINAGAR, May 11: Minister of State for R&B, Javed Ahmad Dar, along with Principal Secretary, K.B. Agarwal and Chief Engineer, Nazir Ahmad, today, in wee hours, visited Shehr-e-Khas and took stock of the renovation and up-gradation of roads at Islaima College Hawal, Sazgaripora, Alamgaribazar, Soura, Illahibagh, Malbagh, Naseembagh and interior links of Lalbazar.

While inspecting Hawal-Aalimasjid Eidgah road, the Minister instructed concerned engineer to ensure the completion of road within a week's time. He said renovation and up-gradation of city road is priority of the Government and elucidated upon engineers that no laxity on this account will be tolerated.

The Minister said that non-performing engineers have no place in the department and asked Principal Secretary and Chief Engineer to prepare the list of engineers who do not perform satisfactory so that action could be initiated against them. He also asked Chief Engineer to prepare list of contractors for blacklisting, who fail to comply with the guidelines of the contract and do not complete projects as per schedule time.

Groups of people also met the Minister at several places and complained about the bad conditions of roads. They demanded early completion of renovation and macadamization work in Srinagar city.

While interacting with them, Mr. Dar said that Government is committed to provide basic facilities to the people. He said Government is keen to improve city roads to make them better and comfortable. He appealed people to extend their support to executing agencies in taking forward the development plans of Srinagar city.

He assured that Government would not leave them to suffer because of the carelessness of contractors and engineers. He said that disciplinary action would be alternative to correct the system.

The Minister instructed engineers to fill potholes of Illahibagh-Dargah Hazratbal road and also repair the middle path of such roads where ERA is executing the projects and left banks of the roads for shifting of utilities.

The Minister said that engineers have been asked to apply double shift system in the city so that the targeted areas are completed as per the schedule.

Omar inspects Srinagar-Leh National Highway status
*Underscores urgency of Zojila tunnel

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SRINAGAR, May 11: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today drove from Srinagar to Gumri to inspect the progress of upgradation and widening of Srinagar-Leh National Highway project being executed by BECONS under Prime Minister's Reconstruction Programme from Srinagar to Gumri and by Vijaya from Gumri to Leh.

Omar Abdullah received brief about the present status of the construction of road and details of proposed 13 kilometres long tunnel on Zojila and 2 kilometre tunnel at Z-Morh during his inspection.

The Chief Minister inspected works between 30 kilometres to 52 kilometre on the National Highway and drove up to Gumri 114 kilometres from Srinagar crossing through the Zojila Pass. He took first hand appraisal of the status of the road and pace on upgradation and improvement works.

The Chief Minister discussed the importance of 450 kilometre Srinagar-Leh National Highway with Central Road Authorities laying stress on stepping up the progress of work. He said this National Highway is of great economic significance for the people of Leh and Kargil in particular and for the State in general.

The Chief Minister met various deputations enroute and gave patient hearing to them. The deputations mainly presented the requests regarding upgradation of basic amenities in the sectors of road communication, water supply, power, health, education, etc.

The Chief Minister said that his Government is committed to the equitable development of all regions and sub-regions, adding that far-flung, remote and inaccessible areas have been flagged as the priority concern in the development process.

Omar Abdullah said that Government is paying special attention to upgrade road communication in the State and link districts and provinces through alternate routes and tunnels. He said the upgradation of Srinagar-Leh National Highway and the 4-lanning of Lakhanpur-Srinagar National Highway are prestigious projects of greater socio-economic importance for the State.

"These would not only ensure smooth and safe ply of transport but give considerable fillip to the economic activities and trade and commerce", he said adding that the linking of remote and far-flung areas with main highways will improve the economic condition of the people living in these areas.

The Chief Minister said that State Government has attached priority to the road communication sector and various schemes for the construction and upgradation of roads and bridges are presently under implementation in the State. He said construction of roads under PMGSY, PMRP and other centrally sponsored schemes are aimed at all round improvement in the road communication sector in the State.

The Chief Minister underlining the importance of timely completion of the projects asked the executing agencies of centrally sponsored road projects to put in vigorous efforts in realizing the targets well in time to ensure benefits to the people.

The Chief Engineer, BEACONS in a presentation explained the current status of upgradation of 114 kilometers of Srinagar-Leh National Highway from Srinagar to Gumri. He also gave details of the measures in pipeline to speed up the work. It was informed that the 114 kilometer stretch from Srinagar to Gumri will be completed by 2013 end.

Garu accuses R P of harassment
Gupta seeks opinion of all 11 MLAs on cross

voting episode

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: Former Minister and MLA Jammu West Assembly Segment, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta has sought the opinion of all 11 MLAs of BJP from whom the Party High Command had sought resignation on cross voting episode of April 13.

In a letter to all the MLAs including the seven who were suspended from the Party on the cross voting issue, Prof Gupta asked them to writer in detail to him so that they can reach at a reasonable decision.

Here is the text of the letter.

"13th April, 2011 Legislative Council’s elections have caused ripples of cross voting on all of us eleven MLAs. Party has also suspended seven of us making this a very serious matter for us all’’.

``How do you feel about this episode, please write me in details so that we could reach at a reasonable decision.’’

Meanwhile MLA R S Pura, Prof Garu Ram has demanded action against the BJP co-convener, J&K, R P Singh for harassing and threatening him.

In a letter to Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu here today, Mr Ram alleged that the co-convener of the Party contacted him on May 7 and asked him to appear before the Party High Command in New Delhi and he will use his influence in saving him from disciplinary action provided the MLA leaves the group of other six who too are facing such type of action.

The letter said as Prof Garu Ram refuted to toe his line Mr Singh again contacted him asking him to reach Union Capital on May 10 to prove his innocence before High Command regarding cross voting. The MLA who refused to do the same instead demanded that all seven suspended MLAs be also called to reach Delhi, the letter added.

It said this offended Mr Singh who threatened him and his family. Denying that he had taken part in the cross voting, the MLA said that with these threats he feels totally scared and authorities should take action in the matter.

EJAC for draft norms on broader unity of employees

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: A faction of Government Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) has called upon the different factions of EJAC leadership and various unions and associations to formulate draft norms and a clear policy for the broader unity among the employees ranks.

In one- day convention of the EJAC held here today, the House suggested that the future unity shall be strictly on the principles. It stressed for collective leadership on the basis of principle and ethics, united action, fixed target and non-party secular character of the body. It was unanimously resolved in the convention that any attempt to hijack the broader platform of employees unity, should be discouraged and discredited in the present circumstances.

During meeting the trade union leaders laid emphasis on value based trade union culture, analyzed last year’s strike/ agitation, discussed failure of Government to implement a part of agreement and possibility of single principle based trade union front of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh region employees EJACs/ JCC and the Civil Secretariat employees. The speakers alleged that Government has miserably failed to release 6th Pay Commission areas, frame clear policy for regularisation of daily wagers/ consolidated/ ad hoc employees and in removal of pay anomalies. The speakers in the convention criticized the attitude of the Government and alleged that employees were being forced to adopt the agitational path.

Prominent among those who addressed the employees convention included trade union leaders Ram Kumar Sharma, Balwan Singh Jamwal, Darshan Magotra, Madan Sangral, Khursheed Ahmed Diwani, Babu Hussain, Hari Singh, Yash Paul Sharma, Bal Krishan Chlotra, P S Chib, Manga Ram Sharma, Bharat Bhushan, Abdul Rashid, Pawan Kumar, Rashpal Singh and Pardeep Kumar.

Court frames charges against doctor for negligence

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, May 11: In a rarest of the rare case, the Court framed charges u/s 304-A RPC (death by negligence) against the doctor in the present case, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Jammu MS Parihar framed charges against Dr. Raj Rishi and fixed July 7, 2011 for evidence.

According to the case on May 14, 2008 the complainant Kapil Gupta son of Vijay Gupta resident of Rehari Colony lodged a written report with the Bakshi Nagar police against Dr. Raj Rishi and concerned staff of the Govt Hospital Sarwal to the effect that his brother Rajesh Gupta was operated for Gall-Bladder on May 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM in the Govt Hospital Sarwal by Dr. Raj Rishi and staff of the hospital and due to negligence and mishandling of the case on the part of doctor and staff, case went out of control due to massive bleeding later on the case was referred to GMC Jammu after lapse of pretty long time and by the time patient condition deteriorated and in the morning of May 14, the patient died in GMC Jammu.

It was alleged that the concerned doctor was not trained to operate laprocases and this established that the negligence on the part of said doctor and staff . On this FIR was registered u/s 304-A RPC and after completion of investigation challan was presented in the Court.

CJM Jammu MS Parihar after hearing CPO Pawan Khajuria appearing for the state and Sudershan Sharma for the accused and referred the judgment of the Supreme Court and observed that keeping in view the principles of law laid down by the Supreme Court, the court came to the opinion that there is sufficient material on the file to presume that the accused had committed offence and charges framed against him u/s 304-A RPC and directed CPO to produce the evidence on the next date of hearing July 7, 2011.

Two arrested for molesting girl

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, May 11: Police has arrested two persons who allegedly tried to outrage the modesty of a girl and slit her throat with a sharp edged weapon in Budgam.

A police spokesman said that Farooq Ahmad Parra son of Mohammad Parra resident of Gudsathu-Mirgund, Budgam father of four kids along with another person Abdul Qayoom Parra son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Ichkot-Mirgund, Srinagar made an attempt to molest one girl (name with held) resident of Gudsuthu-Budgam while she was on her way to paddy fields.

The accused persons slit her throat with a sharp edged knife. Budgam Police swung into action and arrested both the accused immediately after the commission of the crime. The weapon of offence, a sharp edged knife has been seized on the confession of the accused persons. The injured girl was shifted to District Hospital Budgam where from she was referred to SMHS Hospital, Srinagar for further treatment.

He said that a case under Section 307, 376/511, 341 RPC was registered in Police Station Budgam.

Harshdev flays PSC for discriminatory attitude

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: NPP MLA and its working chairman Harshdev Singh has lambasted the Public Service Commission (PSC) for large scale irregularities being committed in the conduct of various exams and in recruitment process pertaining to various selections including KAS and KCS.

In a press statement he said that there were large scale complaints of eligible and highly qualified candidates who had alleged bias and prejudicial treatment at the hands of members of PSC during the process of interviews.

Mr Singh said that several Jammu based candidates with higher merit in the written test of KAS were marginalized and rejected by giving them negligible marks in the interview. On the contrary, he claimed that there were several blue-eyed candidates who despite lower merit in written exam were given maximum marks in the viva-voce so as to ensure their selection. He said some of the members of the Selection Committee had selected their own relations and wards by giving them high marks by throwing all norms and canons of morality to the winds. He claimed that a large number of highly qualified students of Jammu including scholars were given as low as 8% to 10% marks in the interview and rejected summarily despite their high merit in written exams resulting in great unrest and resentment amongst the educated youth.

JNPP leaders further called for introduction of reforms in the process of selections by PSC so as to make the same transparent and accountable. He called for bifurcation of PSC so that equitable number of KAS seats could be ensured to both the regions of the State. He said neglect of Jammu youth and blatant discrimination against them in the process of selections shall be forcefully agitated in the Assembly and fought tooth and nail. Mr Singh further questions the rationale behind reduction in the age limit for KAS from 37 to 35 years. Mr Singh said even the UPSC had given relaxation of five years for J&K State in Indian Civil Services but the J&K Government had restricted the age limit to 35 years.

Mr Singh further called for holding KAS exams a annual basis rather than the prevalent practice of holding it after 2-3 years. He castigated the PSC for huge fee structure for KAS exams and said. UPSC was charging merely Rs 270 for conduct of exams, whereas J&K PSC was charging Rs 1300 for holding the KAS exams.

College non- teaching staff observes ‘demands day’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: J&K College Non-teaching staff observed ‘demands day’ and held protest demonstration at GGM Science College here today.

A large number of staff members led by Ram Kumar Sharma, state chairman of J&K College Non-Teaching Employees Association assembled at Science College here in the morning and held demonstration in support of their demands. They were raising demands of the employees. College staff from city colleges besides other areas including Samba, Rajouri, Kathua, R S Pura, Akhnoor, Udhampur etc assembled on Canal Road and participated in the programme.

While addressing the gathering Ram Kumar alleged that Higher Education department has failed to provide staff according to increased work load in the colleges especially after the opening of 24 new colleges. It has failed to fill up nearly 40 % vacant posts of the non-teaching staff. He said daily rated workers engaged in the colleges were suffering for the last over 10 to 15 years and they were not regularized. Besides Ram Kumar, Prahlad Singh, Sham Lal Pankaj Kumar also spoke on the occasion.

One dies, three attempt suicide

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JAMMU, May 11: One person succumbed to injuries while three allegedly attempted to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at their respective residences in Jammu region today.

A police spokesman said that Barosha Devi, wife of Chuni Lal of Kistwar, presently at Channi Himmat succumbed to injuries at Government Medical College and Hospital today. She was shifted to hospital in serious condition when hit by mini bus at Narwal near Gurudwara under the jurisdiction of PP Bathandi on May 9.

The deceased's body handed to legal heirs after postmortem and other legal formalities.

Meanwhile, three persons were shifted to GMC Jammu after they allegedly attempted to commit suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at their respective residences. They were responding to the treatment when the last reports came in.

They have been identified as Balbu (20), son of Om Parkash, resident of Chowki Choura; Rani (18), daughter of Amarjeet Siingh of Dai Chack, Gho Manshan and Shammi Kapoor (21), son of Joginder Paul of Vijaypur.

Police has registered their cases at respective police stations and initiated the enquiry.

The Spokesman added that Mohd Fayaz (37), son of Mohd Arif Shah of Doda shifted the GMC Jammu after receiving serious injuries which hit by car at Doda.

River cruise launched at Peerzao in Jehlum
Peace imperative for tourism boom: Jora

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11: Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora today added one more tourist attraction in the Tourism itinerary of Jammu and Kashmir State by inaugurating river cruise in Jehlum at Peerzoo Island in the heart of Srinagar city.

The scintillating function organized in this connection by the Tourism Department was attended Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister of State for Tourism, PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani besides a large number of the members of travel, tour industry, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Director Tourism, Kashmir, Chief Engineer, Irrigation Flood Control, Kashmir and media persons.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jora said that Government is pooling all the available resources to exploit tourism potential in the State and restore tourism industry to its past glory. He said peace is imperative for promotion of tourism industry in the state and sought cooperation of the all stakeholders especially members of travel and tour agencies. He underscored the need for extending wholehearted hospitality to the visitors so that they would become the ambassadors of J&K Tourism Industry in their respective areas. Mr. Jora hoped for a booming tourism season this year with the improvement in the security scenario.

The Minister said the objective of launching Motor Boat cruise in river Jehlum is to provide tourists and locals an opportunity to explore the city from a different perspective. He said as for most ancient cities, Srinagar has also initially been developed on the banks of the river Jehlum and old buildings that had stood the test of time hold a great historical and cultural significance today due to their unique architecture. He said one can only also see various temples on the Ghats of the river as well as some revered shrines located on the banks of the river Jehlum.

Mr. Jora said the cruise will initially operate from Peerzoo to Khankahi-Maula, and depending upon the response, the department will introduce more motor boats.

The Minister said government is constantly endeavoring to provide diverse experiences to visiting tourists. He said while the Mughal Gardens and Dal Lake constitute the prime attractions in Srinagar city, efforts are under way for creating additional places of attractions like Zabarwan Park, Nigeen Club and recently Chinar Bagh which presents an overview about the rich culture and heritage of the State.

The Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control on the occasion gave a detailed account of beautification measures of historic river Jehlum in Srinagar, adding that the traditional Chattabal Weir has also been revived which would help to restore navigation traffic in coming days. He underscored the need for reviving site seeing through traditional Shikaras for having a glimpse of the interiors of old Srinagar city know as Shaher-e-Khas.

The Minister of State for Tourism in his speech reiterated government's determination to showcase J&K's tourism potential in the world tourism market, adding that a massive tourism infrastructure development at various tourism places has been launched in the State. He called for extending good hospitality to the visiting tourists so that J&K become the most favored tourist destination once again.

The Director Tourism, Kashmir gave a detailed resume about various tourist promotion taken by the government during last two years.

Altaf distributes special donation

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SRINAGAR, May 11: Minister for Forest and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad today called upon the Philanthropists' to contribute towards the upliftment of down trodden sections of the society.

Speaking at a function at Madar-i-Meharban Women and Child Welfare Institute, Miskeen Bagh, Srinagar, organized in connection with providing donation to the under privileged women's orphans and widows, the Minister said that serving the poor and needy is the real form of worship to God and urged the rich with means to invest for the welfare of the poor people.

The function was organized by University of Kashmir, Directorate of Life Long Learning (DLLL). The Minister on the occasion distributed donations among the beneficiaries. The function was attended by Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof. Dr. Reyaz Punjabi, Prof. Dr. Neelofar Khan, Director DLLL, Chairman, Madar-i-Meharban Women and Child Welfare Institute, Miskeen Bagh, Srinagar, Prof. Suriya Mattoo, President Private B.Ed College Association Prof. C.L.Vishnu, Director Social Welfare, Kashmir, Hilal Ahmad Parray, Mumtaz-ul-Nissa Soz and Dr. Girja Dhar.

The Minister while lauding the efforts of Chairman, Madar-i-Meharban Prof. Suriya Mattoo said that the mission of Madar-i-Meharban who laid the foundation of the Miskeen Bagh Welfare Institute for the welfare of the destitute women, should be followed with full vigor.

Omar reviews progress of land transfer
to Central University

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today reviewed the progress of transfer of land to the Central University Kashmir being established at Ganderbal.

The Chief Minister chaired a high level meeting here this afternoon to receive first hand appraisal of various aspects relating to the transfer of land to the University.

Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Nasir Aslam Wani, Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Vice Chancellor, Central University, Kashmir, Abdul Wahid, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Tanveer Jahan, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Ajaz Iqbal, District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, Showkat Ahmad and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister impressed upon the officers to finalize the transfer of land to the University as soon as possible so that construction of complex takes place.

It was stated that 1650 kanals of land has already been transferred to the Higher Education Department for onward transfer to the University while more 430 kanals will be transferred very soon. It was informed that arrangements are being finalized for the transfer of another 1400 kanals of land to the University.

The Vice Chancellor, Central University said that University is presently functioning at a temporary campus and three subjects of MSc IT, MA English and MBA are being taught at present. He said 5 more subjects of Economics, Mass Media and Journalism, Mathematics and 5 years course of BA, L.L.B are being started from June this year.

The District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal explained the measures afoot to finalize the transfer of additional to the University. He said the University has demanded about 4000 kanals of land for its Campus and steps are afoot to provide the land to the University.

NPP activists stage protest demonstration

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, May 11: National Panthers Party activists, staged protest demonstration against the stance of the Government on Dogra certificate issue.

Led by State president of the party, MLA Balwant Singh Mankotia, the NPP workers in large number assembled at main Chowk here and held demonstration. They were shouting slogans against the State Government for revocation of decision on Dogra certificate. They also burnt the effigy of State Government.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Mankotia lambasted the Government for revocation of the previous government order for issuance of Dogra certificate under the pressure of anti-national elements.

He claimed that it was only Panthers Party which is fighting for the issues of Dogras for the last over 28 years in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and outside it. He alleged that Congress and NC have always played with the sentiments of the Jammu people and now BJP stood totally exposed for its lip sympathy with the Jammu people.

Mr Mankotia appealed the people of Jammu region that they must support the NPP which is committed for the cause of Jammu people and believes in providing justice to all.. He pointed out that reorganization of the State was the ultimate solution of the J&K problem and impressed upon the Government to constitute Delimitation Commission so that each region of the State get equal political share.

Several NPP leaders whole spoke on the occasion included Sukhdev Singh, Sudesh Sharma, Gulshan Kesar, Sanjeet Kumar, Naresh Kumar and Girdhari Lal.

DC chairs District Sainik Welfare Board meet

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SAMBA, May 11: District Development Commissioner, Mubarak Singh, today chaired the meeting of District Sainik Welfare Board, Samba.

The meeting was attended by Zila Sainik Welfare Officer, Samba, Col K B Gupta and all district officers.

Col Gupta presented a brief description on functioning of Zila Sainik Welfare Office. He said that there are 8975 ex-servicemen, 3040 widows, 130 war widows, 77 gallantry awardees and 105 persons getting World War 2 relief while 17 were getting J&K Milatia relief. He further said that various welfare schemes sponsored by Rajya Sainik and Kendriya Sainik boards were implemented during the last year.

Under these schemes, Rs.1,26,700/ were distributed as incentive among children, Rs 2,25,000/ as daughter marriage grant while Rs. 79,000/- as penury grant. In addition, the Kendriya Sainik Board provided Rs 9,60000/ for daughter marriage, Rs3,95,000/as demise grant, Rs 3,34,000/ as education grant, Rs 10,50,000/ as penury grant to ESM above 65 years.

IIPS Jammu launches its prospectus for new batch

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: The Jammu campus of Indigrow Institute of Professional Studies (IIPS) affiliated to Everonn Business Education Limited (EBEL), a pioneer in management education launched its prospectus for the MBA and MBA (Retail Management) programmes for 2011-13 batch during a press meet, here today.

The prospectus of Jammu Campus of IIPS-EBEL was launched by Dr K K Sabharwal, Campus Head along with Sumeet, Ridhi Sharma, Nikhil, Romesh, Pardeep and Varun with an aim to be among the world's leading business schools, creating thought leaders and excellent managers for Indian and multinational organizations. While briefing the media-persons, Dr Sabharwal said that we at IIPS have a team having rich experience in providing one of the best education and training in management with affordable fee structure and scholarships. The IIPS team members have excellent record of placements of MBA students, he stated.

He further said that IIPS focuses on spreading quality management education at affordable prices to nullify social and economic boundaries in its about 60 campuses nationwide.

Dr Sabharwal highlighted that IIPS has adopted new-age learning at its Campus including IT Lab, Soft Skills Lab, Live Projects, Learn Earn and Develop (LEAD) programme, summer internship, VSAT enabled classrooms besides highly qualified and experienced faculty members. The Campus is also awarding the PGPM certification by Everonns's IIPS to the students and placement assistance, he asserted.

Replying to query, Dr Sabharwal said that the campus runs on-site programmes of UGC recognized NAAC accredited Government University. He said that prospectus containing the application form and details of the MBA programme could be obtained from IIPS Office near City Farms, Marble Market, Kunjwani Bye-Pass Road.

HC grants bail to accused booked in NDPS Act

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, May 11: Justice Mohd Yaqoob Mir of J&K High Court Jammu wing today granted bail to one Mustaq Ahmed Malik who is facing trial in the court of 3rd Additional Sessions Judge Jammu under NDPS Act with the direction that petitioner must furnish bail bond of Rs 50,000 to the satisfaction of the Trial Court and personal bond of the like amount to the satisfaction of Supt Jail concerned.

According to the case on March 17, 2010 it was alleged that a car was intercepted on search in presence of Gazetted Officer, 1.8 KG Hashish/ Charas was recovered. Both petitioner and the co-accused Feroz Ahmed Shah were taken into custody and recovered contraband sent to FSL for examination. After the report FSL challan was presented.

While granting bail Justice Mohd Yaqoob Mir after hearing advocates Mohd Abdullah Pandit and Zulfikar Sheikh Ajay Sharma appeared for the respondents observed that for the recovery of small quantity the punishment prescribed for the offence U/S 20 NDPS Act is up to six months RI and same is the position of section 21, 23 & 28 of NDPS Act.

The accused has been arrested on March 7, 2010 which would mean that he has been in custody in connection with the offence alleged committed for a period of more than one year and directed to the petitioner must furnish bail bond to the of Rs 50,000 to the satisfaction of Trial Court and personal bond of the like amount to the satisfaction of Supt Jail concerned with conditions.

Bhajan Sandhya held in memory of Sodhi

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: The Print and Electronic Cameraman Association, Jammu today organized a Bhajan Sandhya to pay homage to Photo Journalist, Late Ashok Sodhi, who sacrificed his life while performing his duty during a militant attack in Samba.

Among others, MLA, Ashok Khajuria, IGP, Jammu, Dilbagh Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, media persons and prominent citizens were present on the occasion.

Offering floral tributes to late Sodhi, the dignitaries said that he was a great photo journalist who had so many achievements in his credit and we should get inspiration from such persons who do not hesitate in even sacrificing their lives while serving their profession.

Meanwhile, officers and officials of Information Department also paid homage to the late Journalist who laid down his life while performing his professional duty.

Migrant Teachers call on Bakaya

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: A delegation of Migrant Teachers Welfare Association, called on former Chief Secretary and MLC, Vijay Bakaya and discussed the functioning of camp schools with him.

The delegation was led by Ramesh Raina president of the Association. The delegation also discussed the shifting of the camp Boys Higher Secondary School Bakshi Nagar , Camp Higher Secondary School Satwari and Camp Girls Higher Secondary School Shastri Nagar from their existing locations to non camp migrant locations like Bohri, Gangyal, Barnai etc.

The delegation also briefed the MLC about the present educational scenario and stressed that in order to keep up the promise of basic right to education to the migrant community it becomes imperative to shift these schools to areas inhibited by displaced Pandits for their proper functioning.

The delegation also handed over a memorandum to Mr Bakaya saying that these schools were established vide Government decision in 1990. The MLC assured them that matter would be taken up with the concerned authorities on priority basis. Other members of the delegation included C L Dhar, Sushil Razdhan and B B Kachroo.

Radio, TV employees project demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: The Radio and TV Engineering Employees Association discussed the pending demands of the employees here today.

In a meeting of the Association held here today under the banner of Joint Struggle Committee ( Sanyukt Sanghrash Samiti), the members from all the three recognized bodies of these organizations, expressed their strong resentment over the delay being caused in resolving the pending issues of the engineering and programme cadre.

State secretary, A K Sharma appealed the members to remain united and wage struggle for the implementation of all the demands such as one cadre one pay, grant of ACP to Engg & Prog staff, pay parity of technicians with Lighting Assistants, merger of EA to SEA, stopping of out sourced man power and cadre review of sub-ordinate engineering and programme staff. Vijay Kumar and G L Khajuria were also present.

Separatists playing dual track politics: Andrabi

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11: Socialist Democratic Party president Dr Darakhshan Andrabi today alleged that separatists in Kashmir were playing dual- track politics and confusing people of the State.

Addressing an on-line conference on `` Politics of Resistance in Conflict areas in India’’ organised by Ma Prabhu Media Pvt Ltd in New Delhi today, Dr Andrabi said `` The violence and political discourse can not go side by side. Separatists in Kashmir are trying to befool people by speaking peace and sponsoring violence.’’

Taking a dig at the separatists leaders, Dr Andrabi strongly criticized them for confusing innocent Kashmiri people by playing dual- track politics. She alleged that those separatists, who claim of peaceful political standing are open advocates of violence and bloodshed and their dirty role is the major road block in the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.

Audio CD of Durga Saptshati released

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: Durga Saptshati audio CD in the voice of Pt. Prem Nath Shastri, a doyen of Kashmiri culture and a scholar of Shastras was released at a function held at Talab Tillo here today by Mahant Mahadev Giri Ji Mahraj.

The function was organized by Pt. Prem Nath Shastri, Sanskritik Shodh Sansthan. Speaking on the occasion Pt. Omkar Nath Shastri chairman of the Shodh Sansthan highlighted the contributions of late Shastri Ji and Vijeshwar Kariyalya of Bijebehara to the Hindu society.

The function started with the welcome address of Jyotshi Avtar Krishan while the vote of thanks was proposed by Raja Ji Kaul.

In his address Mahant Ji said the contribution of late Shastri Ji and the Jyotshi Karyalya of Bijebehara in dissemination of Shastras and linking the KP community to its roots through the publication of yearly almanac is laudable.

Swami Nitishpuri, Sanjay Hangloo, Suman and Vimarsh Jyotshi were among others who attended the programme.

NCP frames committee to protect environment

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 11: In an initiative beyond politics, NCP state president Th Randhir Singh formed new 31-member committee to protect environment and save the mother earth.

Addressing media persons here today the NCP chief said that global warming has created major problem in the world. The Committee on the nature has taken pledge to protect the environment and save the mother earth. He appealed all the nature loving people of the State to come forward and join hands.

Mr Singh said that he would invite environmentalists and ecologists of the State who are working in the field to get together and fight against the forces who are destroying our natural resources.

He demanded appointment of Lok Ayukt in the State where Chief Minister, ex-Chief Minister, Ministers, IAS officers and Ex-MLA’s could be brought under Lok Ayukt Bill and illegal wealth, black money which has polluted the political atmosphere in J&K.

Commenting on cross voting of BJP MLAs, Mr Singh said taking and giving of bribe is a crime and this act of public representatives has brought bad name to the democracy.

Earlier, announcing the names of members of J&K Environment and Ecology Committee, he said that O P Thakur, advocate will be chief organizer, Sudershan Choudhary as president, Prof Romal Singh and Prof G M Pal as vice presidents and R S Billowaria as general secretary whereas, NCP chief J&K will be the chief patron of the Committee.

House panel to look into causes of mishaps

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 11: Speaker, Legislative Assembly Mohammad Akbar Lone has nominated a 7- member House Committee to look into the causes of frequent road accidents taking place on Batote- Kishtwar road. The committee to be headed by M Y Tarigami has been tasked to suggest measures for prevention of incidence of road mishaps on the hilly route.

The other members of the Committee are M S Niyaz, G M Saroori, A M Wani, Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Ashok Kumar and Viqar RAsool.

The committee has been directed to submit report during the next session of the assembly.



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