Gupta also refuses to appear before Disciplinary Committee

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Former Union Minister and MLA Jammu West Assembly Constituency, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, has also shown his inability to appear before the BJP Central Disciplinary ...more

'Probe into murder of Maulana Showkat complete'
No decision yet on Mirwaiz's rally : DGP

By Jehangir Rashid

Srinagar, May 19: Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda today said that decision is yet to be taken whether to allow Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to hold a rally on May 21 at Eidgah or not. ..more

Introduce written tests
for screening of
candidates : CS

Excelsoir Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 19: Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal today impressed upon the recruiting agencies to introduce written tests for screening of candidates and also consideration of qualification from recognized universities only for determining eligibility.....more

Air Commodore briefs Governor

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SRINAGAR, May 19 : The Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Srinagar, Air Commodore Upkarjit Singh, called on the Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here today. During the meeting, various security related issues came under discussion.....more

Baba Ramdev for nationwide stir against corruption

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JAMMU, May 19: Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust have announced country-wide agitation on June 4 against corruption. ...more

 

Two attempt suicide, three sustain injuries in road mishaps

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JAMMU, May 19: Two persons allegedly attempted to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substances while three others were injured in road mishaps in different parts of Jammu region...more

Master among 6 absentee teachers suspended

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KATRA, May 19: Atleast 6 teachers, including a Master were placed under suspension by the Chief Education Officer Reasi during a surprise inspection of the Government Middle School Moori in Katra. ..more

54 bovine animals seized, 9 arrested

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SAMAB, May 19: The police seized and rescued 54 bovine animals and arrested nine bovine smugglers from Nud area of district Samba since last evening. A senior police official said that receiving inputs from the villagers, the police parties during operation in Nud and Navi Gali area, rescued 54 bovine animals and arrested nine persons in this connection. They were carrying these animals in separate ...more

     
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JAC for Migrants asks KP bodies not to interfere with allotments...

JAMMU, May 19: Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Migrants while expressing its satisfaction over the procedure adopted by the Government in allotment of quarters at Jagti township, has appealed the members of displaced Pandit community putting up at Delhi and other places and having their own flats or houses not to apply for the allotment of TRTs at Jagati and instead cooperate with Government and relief organization in allotment of quarters to the migrants residing in rented accommodation. Addressing a press conference JAC general secretary and Apex Committee member Roshan Lal Raina said that the migrants having their own accommodation in Jammu and Delhi were creating hurdles

Manohar conducts extensive tour of Kandi areas...

2-day science exhibition begins...

Maha Yagya organised by MGAC ‘Brantal’...

Mankotia discusses issues of District Hospital...

UDHAMPUR, May 19: MLA Udhampur, Balwant Singh Mankotia, who is also the chairman of Rogi Kalayan Samiti District Hospital(DH) Udhampur has sought the cooperation of the citizens and other social organizations of the town to help in making the health Institution as one of the best hospital of the State. Addressing the members of the Governing Body of Rogi Kalayan Samiti (RKS) , MLA said that sincere efforts are being made to create modern facilities in the hospital for the benefit of the poor patients who can not get specialized treatment out side due to financial constrains. He said a CT Scan facility has been introduced in the hospital for the convenience of the patients.

Autonomy, self rule not acceptable: VK...

MH Yol releases ‘Vatsala’...

JAMMU, May 19: Rising Star Family Welfare Organization today organized a family welfare event at Military Hospital, Yol. During the event book namely ‘Vatsala’, published by MH Yol was released. Corps Commander and Chief of Staff, Rising Star Corps alongwith chairperson and vice chairperson, Rising Star Family Welfare Organization were present on the occasion. Besides other senior officers and their lady wives also attended the event.

Jitendra expresses concern over curtailment of yatra...

Hundreds throng Swami Mirzakak Ashram...

JAMMU, May 19: Despite scorching heat hundreds of devotees drawn from different parts of Jammu thronged the Swami Mirzakak Ashram Nagrota to participate in the annual Jag of this spiritual saint and a mystic poet of medieval period in Kashmir on his 181st Nirvan Divas today to pay their obeisance to him. On the occasion a Maha Yagya was also performed at the Ashram by Swami Mirzakak Ji Trust Hangalgund. The Maha Yagya started yesterday evening and it culminated with Puranahuti this afternoon. The devotees were served with Prashad after Puranahuti.

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MLA, SDM convene public darbar....

 

Gupta also refuses to appear before
Disciplinary Committee

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Former Union Minister and MLA Jammu West Assembly Constituency, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, has also shown his inability to appear before the BJP Central Disciplinary Committee which is meeting in Union Capital tomorrow.

In a letter to president of the Committee, Prof O P Kohli today, Prof Gupta said he would like to meet his old friends but not as an accused. He further said that he has failed to appreciate the logic behind calling all the 11 MLAs by the Committee when seven are only accused and four are "Mr Clean". "On what grounds we have been singled out and they have been given the clean chit, only God knows’’ he added.

Reiterating that he has voted in favour of Party candidate and none else, Prof Gupta urged the Party High Command to defer the decision on the suspended seven MLAs as the matter under enquiry is subjudice. Referring to Prof Kohli’s letter of May 11 which asked Prof Gupta to appear before Disciplinary Committee, the former Union MoS said he has made it clear time and again that he was innocent.

The context of the letter addressed to Prof Kohli by Prof Gupta is as under,

"In response to your communication of May 11, 2011, I am constrained to submit that in my previous explanation I asked for the documents which led to my suspension on cross voting, the parameters adopted and the measuring scale applied. I have received none. Instead a letter from you asking me to send the copies of the cases pending in different courts on this subject are called for, which I am dispatching’’.

"You have also desired to appear me before the Disciplinary Committee personally. I may write that I would have loved to meet my old friends like Shri Tandon Jee, Kesri Jee, O Raj Gopal Jee and Behan Mirdula Sinha Jee with whom I have toiled and contributed my services to build this Party for so many years as a colleague and friend but not as accused to which I am already declared. Moreover I fail to appreciate the logic of all the eleven MLAs now being called, when seven of them are accused and four Mr Clean on what grounds only God knows.’’

"So as far as I am concerned I have said time and again that I voted for the Party candidate’’.

"I reiterate that matter under enquiry is subjudice before law courts which require your consideration and necessary action’’.

'Probe into murder of Maulana Showkat complete'
No decision yet on Mirwaiz's rally : DGP

By Jehangir Rashid

Srinagar, May 19: Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda today said that decision is yet to be taken whether to allow Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq to hold a rally on May 21 at Eidgah or not. He said police only allows such programmes that don't create any law and order problem.

"We generally allow such rallies where we feel that there is no threat to the lives of people and the situation would remain peaceful. Any programme that is likely to create disturbance in law and order is not allowed. A decision is yet to be taken regarding the rally to be carried out by Mirwaiz," said the DGP while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function held in connection with foundation laying of SSP Railways office at Nowgam railway station.

Mirwaiz Umer is scheduled to lead a rally at Eidgah here in connection with the 21st death anniversary of his father Moulvi Mohammad Farooq.

Replying to a question Mr. Khoda said that the police have completed investigations in the Maulana Showkat's killing and charge-sheet against the accused would be presented in the court soon.

He said police goes by the facts and evidence while carrying out probe with respect to a particular case and the same parameters were followed in former Jamiat Ahli Hadees president's killing.

"The investigations have been completed in Maulana Showkat's killing and some arrests have been made. We are going to produce the charge-sheet in the court and law will take its own course. The arrests have been made on basis of evidence and allegations that the accused are innocent are not true," he said.

The DGP while responding to a question about the criminal activities of some of the surrendered militants said that legal action would be taken against these people, adding that nobody would be allowed to take law into his hands.

"The Jammu & Kashmir Police has been doing excellent work on various fronts be it fighting the militancy, maintaining law & order, crackdown against anti-social activities and providing relief to the people. We don't take any issue lightly and same holds true with criminal record of some surrendered militants. These persons would be dealt with and action under law would be taken against them," said Mr. Khoda.

The DGP said that police along with CRPF have intensified their vigil along the railway track in Kashmir so that no harm is caused to railway track, railway stations and other installations. He said mobile surveillance teams have been set up in order to thwart any attempt to disrupt the railway services in Kashmir.

Earlier, while addressing the gathering Mr. Khoda said that security is an important component in functioning of railways in any part of country more so at a place like Kashmir. He said for this purpose police along with CRPF, GRP and RPF are working in close collaboration.

"The infrastructure of railways can be enhanced only when there is peace in Kashmir and the situation is normal. Both the Union Government and State Government want to add on to the existing infrastructure and we are ready to extend our cooperation in this regard. We need to take all the construction works simultaneously otherwise the benefits in this regard would not accrue," said the DGP.

Speaking on the occasion, IG Railways Navin Agarwal said that security has been beefed up on railway track across the Kashmir valley.

"We have started beat patrolling at the railway stations and at the same time barricades have also been put up as a security measure. Some vehicles have also been pressed into service in order to maintain vigil. One officer of GRP along with some SPOs and security personnel have been assigned the responsibility of looking after the security aspect at respective railway stations. We are not going to take any chance as far as security of railways is concerned," said the IGP.

"The railways are here for the benefit of people and it is the responsibility to protect the railway stations, railway track and other railway infrastructure. It is an asset for them and they should protect it at all costs," said Mr. Agarwal.

Introduce written tests for screening of candidates : CS

Excelsoir Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 19: Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal today impressed upon the recruiting agencies to introduce written tests for screening of candidates and also consideration of qualification from recognized universities only for determining eligibility.

Chairing a high level meeting of officers on recruitment and eligibility of candidates, the Chief Secretary asked for introducing objective type tests as part of recruitment process followed by short listing and interviews.

The meeting decided to consider degrees from UGC affiliated regular universities only as eligibility for Government jobs and not the ones from scores of spurious distance mode learning centers except Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maulana Azad National Urdu University and DOEAC. The aim is to check the growth of illegal and unrecognized distance mode educational institutions which are alluring a large number of students.

The Chief Secretary asked for bringing in an SRO outlining the details of eligibility qualification in this regard.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Commissioner/Secretary School Education, Naseema Lankar, Commissioner/Secretary, Higher Education, Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner/ Secretary, GAD, M. S. Khan. Chairman, SSRB, Bhagat, Secretary Law, G. H. Tantray, Secretary PSC, Ashraf Bukhari and other officers.

Air Commodore briefs Governor

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 19 : The Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station, Srinagar, Air Commodore Upkarjit Singh, called on the Governor, N. N. Vohra, at Raj Bhawan here today.

During the meeting, various security related issues came under discussion.

The Governor lauded the crucial role which the Indian Air Force is discharging in J&K. Besides air defence the IAF has been assisting the State in tackling problems emerging from emergencies and natural calamities and providing succour to the people, especially those living in the far-flung and inaccessible areas, by carrying out rescue, relief and evacuation operations.

The Air Commodore briefed the Governor about IAF's recent initiatives in further securing the frontiers.

Baba Ramdev for nationwide stir against corruption

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Patanjali Yog Samiti and Bharat Swabhiman Trust have announced country-wide agitation on June 4 against corruption.

This was stated by Avtar Krishan Kaul chief patron of the Samiti for J&K State while talking to reporters here this afternoon. He said a grand rally under the leadership of Yog Guru Swami Ramdev will be held in Ramleela Ground Delhi on the day and simultaneously protest will be held at all district headquarters throughout the country.

He said besides the NRIs, millions of people all over the country will take part in this agitation against corruption which is eating basic vitals and spreading like cancer in the society.

Mr Kaul said for eradication of corruption signatures of crores of people were submitted to President and Prime Minister of India during last four months from time to time and recently a letter was also written to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in this regard but he failed to reply the same which forced us to launch this type of agitation, he added.

He said the main demands which were highlighted in letter to Prime Minster included that 400 lakh crore dollar Indian money lying in foreign banks be brought back and it be declared as national property, UNO convention against corruption be passed in Indian Parliament and later sent to the UNO back. This will pave way for bringing Indian money lying in 140 countries back to country, he added.

He said the letter further demanded ban on Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes which will render all money lying with corrupt people useless and replacing of all aggressive laws and policies with such laws and policies which are in favour of the people of the nation. Besides the land accusation law be amended in the interests of people.

Others present in the press conference included Mahatma Ram Bikshi, J&K Samaiti Patron, Dr Darakhshan Indrabi, president Socialisitic Democratic Party, Bansi Lal Sharma, Rajya Prabhari of the Samiti and Sujata, Mahila Rajya Prabhari.

Two attempt suicide, three sustain
injuries in road mishaps

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Two persons allegedly attempted to end their lives by consuming some poisonous substances while three others were injured in road mishaps in different parts of Jammu region.

A police spokesman said that Surinder Lal (30), son of Krishan Lal, resident of Anandpur under the jurisdiction of Ramgarh police station was referred to Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu for further treatment from Ramgarh by family members in serious condition. Reports said he was responding to the treatment when the last reports came in.

Meanwhile, Paramjeet Kour (26), wife of Paramjeet Singh of Digiana also attempted to commit suicide last night at home and was shifted to GMC for treatment by family members in unconscious condition. Doctors immediately gave her the stomach wash treatment followed by medicare. She was responding the treatment when the last the reports came in.

Police have registered their cases and initiated enquiry to sort out matter behind such extreme steps.

Meanwhile, Manmohan Singh (24), son of Surjeet Singh, resident of Basantgarh, Kathua, Mohd Rafiq, son of Attah Mohd and Mohd Zubaid, sons of Bashir Ahemd, both resident of Mahore, were shifted to GMC Jammu for treatment after sustaining serious injuries in road mishaps.

Master among 6 absentee teachers suspended

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, May 19: Atleast 6 teachers, including a Master were placed under suspension by the Chief Education Officer Reasi during a surprise inspection of the Government Middle School Moori in Katra.

The Chief Education Officer, who inspected various schools in Katra tehsil today found the entire staff of the Government Middle School Moori absent from the duty and initiated action against the erring officials.

The suspended teachers have been attached with the Chief Education Officer Reasi till further orders and inquiry.

Meanwhile, the CEO charge-sheeted High School Sirah for not maintaining attendance register properly.

The other schools inspected by the CEO included, Government Middle School Dhiriti, Government Middle School Chalk Bhagata, Government Middle School Katra, Government Primary School, Sool and Government Primary School, Sarpatian, Government Primary School, Sirah Colony.

54 bovine animals seized, 9 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMAB, May 19: The police seized and rescued 54 bovine animals and arrested nine bovine smugglers from Nud area of district Samba since last evening.

A senior police official said that receiving inputs from the villagers, the police parties during operation in Nud and Navi Gali area, rescued 54 bovine animals and arrested nine persons in this connection. They were carrying these animals in separate groups on foot, using Basanter river route for their further transportation to Valley.

Those arrested were identified as Sabir, son of Mohd Bashir from Raipur, Safeer, son of Muzaffar Hussain of Kupri in Samba, Sadeeq, son of Lal Din of Dhora in Samba, Manzoor, son of Lal Din of Bagoona, Maqbool Hussain, son of Jiki of Ramgarh, Hussain, son of Baza of Thalodi in Vijaypur, Musa, son of Fazi of Makhanpur, Jalal Din, son of Kamal Din, resident of Thalodi and Suba, son of Mian from Rajinderpura in Vijaypur. A case FIR No. 110/2011 under section 188 RPC was registered in this connection.

Two thieves held with bikes, mobile phones

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Police today arrested three persons including two thieves and recovered two stolen motor cycles, a large number of mobile telephones, cameras, laptop and other items from their possession in RS Pura.

The thieves have been identified as Sunny Kumar son of Neerbhan, a resident of Ward No. 8, RS Pura and Shakeel Choudhary alias Aji son of Abdul Qayoom R/o Bun Sultan, Miran Sahib.

The third person, arrested by police, has been identified as Sunil Gupta son of Jagdish Raj R/o Badyal Brahmana, RS Pura, who was in possession of a bike with fictitious registration number.

From the possession of thieves, police have recovered two stolen motor-cycles including a Pulsar and a Passion, six mobile telephones, one laptop , cameras, boys and other stolen items.

The thieves have confessed seven thefts at different places including one in the house of Bhasker at Miran Sahib, who had returned from London. The thieves had stolen his Pounds also, which have not been recovered so far.

Questioning of thieves was on and some more clues were expected of them. A case against the thieves has been registered at RS Pura police station for further investigations.

A police party headed by SHO Inspector Bishnesh Kumar under the supervision of Additional SP Jammu Shailender Singh and SDPO H S Gill made arrests.

JAC for Migrants asks KP bodies not to
interfere with allotments

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Migrants while expressing its satisfaction over the procedure adopted by the Government in allotment of quarters at Jagti township, has appealed the members of displaced Pandit community putting up at Delhi and other places and having their own flats or houses not to apply for the allotment of TRTs at Jagati and instead cooperate with Government and relief organization in allotment of quarters to the migrants residing in rented accommodation.

Addressing a press conference JAC general secretary and Apex Committee member Roshan Lal Raina said that the migrants having their own accommodation in Jammu and Delhi were creating hurdles in allotment of quarters to deserving people living in rented accommodation and leading a miserable life. These people should be given preference after the shifting of all camp inmates to Jagti township he added.

Raina also made an appeal to the leaders of KP bodies to refrain from making unnecessary statements on Jagti the allotment process of which is going on smoothly and in a transparent manner.

The people who have been shifted to Jagti need no body’s help and support in highlighting their problems as they are themselves competent enough to do the same, he added.

Appreciating the process of allotment Raina expressed the hope that some genuine families who have been ignored in allotment of quarters will also be considered by authorities as has been assured by the Relief Commissioner, he added.

Raina also demanded recruitment of displaced youth on remaining 3000 posts immediately and conversion of reserved posts for KPs in general category.

Highlighting other issues he demanded enhancement of cash relief by Rs 100 per day per soul in view of rising prices, immediate passage of Temples and Shrines Bill and restoration of migrants land and other immovable property occupied forcibly by anti social elements in Valley.

He further stressed that the agreement of power tariff at Jagti be deferred for time being and transport facilities from Jammu to Jagti augmented.

Others present in press conference included O N Kaw, Krishan Ji Koul, H N Bhat, M K Raina, B L Raina , P L Bhan and Ravinder Razdhan.

Manohar conducts extensive tour of Kandi areas

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, May 19: Minister of State for Cooperatives, Printing and Stationary and Elections, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma accompanied by Member Parliamentary, Ch. Lal Singh and Member Legislative Council, Subash Gupta conducted an extensive tour of several villages of Kandi belt of Kathua district and took stock of the problems being faced by the people.

The people of these areas brought to the notice of the Minister acute shortage of drinking water and requested for overcoming the problem. They also apprised about other difficulties like road connectivity, up-gradation of health services, power scenario and employment for unemployed educated youth. They sought immediate redressal of their problems.

The Minister assured the people that Government will attend to their problems on priority. He said that Government was committed to provide basic facilities to the people especially in the rural and far-flung areas. He asked the elected public representatives to identify the priority areas of their villages/hamlets for systematic development.

Meanwhile, the Minister has asked the Chief Engineer, PHE, Jammu to take immediate steps to overcome the scarcity of drinking water in the kandi belt of the district, particularly in Billawar tehsil. He has asked for pressing into service the tanker service in the vulnerable areas during the summer months. He directed the engineers to keep a close vigil on the situation and ensure adequate supply of water to rural areas.

2-day science exhibition begins

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 19: Minister for Education and Public Enterprises, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed has underlined the need to develop scientific temper among the students to facilitate their technical and scientific pursuits.

This was stated by the Minister after inaugurating a 2-day science exhibition of Inspire Award Programme-2010-11 organized by District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Srinagar here today.

As many as 316 students drawn from various Government Schools of all the zones of Srinagar district are participating in the exhibition.

The Minister stressed on organizing such exhibitions in all the districts of the State to explore the hidden talent of the students. He said afterwards a series of exhibitions would also be organized at divisional and State levels to foster completion among the student community.

He said trained teachers have been posted in all the educational institutions for imparting better and quality education to the students to make them more competitive.

Peerzada said that the suggestions put forth by the president, Employees and Joint Action Committee chairman J&K Teachers Forum Abdul Qayoom would be considered sympathetically.

He said that Centre is providing sufficient funds for the development of the State. He said flagship programmes initiated by the Centre in education sector have been instrumental in leading the country towards cent percent literacy, adding Jammu and Kashmir is also fast moving towards this direction.

Later, the Minister inspected the stalls displayed by the students in the exhibition. He appreciated the students for their vision.

Earlier, the Minister inspected the pace of ongoing construction work of Teachers Bhawan and Auditorium which are being constructed at a cost of Rs.14.45 crores.

Maha Yagya organised by MGAC ‘Brantal’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Maha Ganesh Asthapan Committee (Brantal) in collaboration with Sirru Biradari organised an annual Maha Yagya at Shiv Mandir, Durga Nagar Sector-1, with religious fervour and gaiety.

The Yagya commenced with Kalsh Puja & first Suhakar and culminated with Puran Ahuti on Ganesh Chaturdashi and Maha Bhog (Naveed) was later served to devotees. The Yagya was attended by a large number of devotees and Biradari and a section of which performed Bhajan Kirtan on the occasion.

Meanwhile, the Maha Ganesh Asthapan Committee (MGAC) held a meeting today, wherein the Committee members decided to establish the replica of Maha Ganesh Asthapan Sirru Dangar Pora very soon in Jammu.

The meeting with regard to establishment of replica of Asthapan among others was attended by Piyaray Lal Pandita, Daya Krishan Koul, Autar Krishan Dhar, Hardey Nath Bhat, Chaman Lal Bhat, Durga Nath Pandita, Ramesh K Koul, Kiran Ji Koul, Sunil Pandita, Veer Ji Koul, Bhushan Lal and Rajesh Dhar.

Speaking on the occasion, MGAC vice-president, Daya Krishan Koul briefed about the historical background of the Asthapan and the significance of the this Maha Yagya.

Mankotia discusses issues of District Hospital

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, May 19: MLA Udhampur, Balwant Singh Mankotia, who is also the chairman of Rogi Kalayan Samiti District Hospital(DH) Udhampur has sought the cooperation of the citizens and other social organizations of the town to help in making the health Institution as one of the best hospital of the State.

Addressing the members of the Governing Body of Rogi Kalayan Samiti (RKS) , MLA said that sincere efforts are being made to create modern facilities in the hospital for the benefit of the poor patients who can not get specialized treatment out side due to financial constrains. He said a CT Scan facility has been introduced in the hospital for the convenience of the patients.

Complimenting the functionaries of the Samiti, Mr. Mankotia said that due to their sincere and dedicated efforts, hospital has registered new achievements in providing better medicare to the patients. He said that the construction work on Trauma level II Hospital is in progress and would be completed in next few months. For the purpose, he instructed the officers of PWD to complete the work within stipulated time frame.

The other issues which were discussed threadbare included upgradation of OPD complex, laboratory, X-rays sections, operation theaters, emergency indoor complex, negotiation for opening of ATM in the hospital premises, fixing of CCTV cameras for monitoring and supervision , out sourcing for disposal of biomedical wastes and manning of main gates.

To take stock of facilities being extended to the patients, the MLA, accompanied by the members of RKS also had a round of different sections and wards of the hospital.

Among others, Chief Medical Officer, Superintendent District Hospital, Deputy Superintendent District Hospital, Project Officer ICDP, Executive Engineers PWD and PDD attended the meeting.

Autonomy, self rule not acceptable: VK

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Vision Kashmir (VK) in a meeting under the chairmanship of Sunil Fotedar, convenor, warned that no decision on resolution of Kashmir which would be thrusted on nationalist people of the State would be accepted.

The meeting, while referring to Sageer Ahmed Committee and Interlocutors’ recommendations said that nationalist people who constitute majority in J&K are totally against the Azadi, self rule and autonomy. These demands have been rejected by all sections of society including KPs, it added.

He said people of Jammu and Ladakh regions, Gujjars and Bakerwals besides KPs are totally against these demands.

Criticizing the role of interlocutors the meeting accused them of their total failure in projecting the demands of seven lakh displaced Pandits who were thrown out of Valley by the terrorists over two decades back.

The meeting urged the all the nationalist forces in the State to come on one platform to defeat the designs of divisive forces and their sympathizers.

Ashok Bhat general secretary of the organization demanded that all the genuine migrants be given accommodation at Jagti and no such family was made to suffer.

MH Yol releases ‘Vatsala’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Rising Star Family Welfare Organization today organized a family welfare event at Military Hospital, Yol. During the event book namely ‘Vatsala’, published by MH Yol was released.

Corps Commander and Chief of Staff, Rising Star Corps alongwith chairperson and vice chairperson, Rising Star Family Welfare Organization were present on the occasion. Besides other senior officers and their lady wives also attended the event.

On the occasion, Commanding Officer of the Hospital Corps Commander and chairperson, Rising Star Family Welfare Organization welcomed all the guests.

Baby bags containing sheets, towels, overalls, bibs, sweaters and blankets for the new born were presented by the chairperson, Family Welfare Organization, whereas Corps Commander presented them LCD television and central piped music system.

Speaking on the occasion, Corps Commander said that the book ‘Vatsala’ would be of immense help to pregnant women. Highlighting about the contents of the book, he added that this book provides guidance and tips to a women in her journey of ‘Motherhood’, starting from pregnancy till child birth and after.

He called upon the medical fraternity to treat patients with compassion. He commended the good work of providing quality health care being done in MH Yol and expressed his brief that the same will be continued in future.

Jitendra expresses concern over curtailment of yatra

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Dr Jitendra Singh, BJP Chief Spokesperson & National Executive Member, alongwith party general secretary Sat Sharma (C.A) and VHP Organization Secretary Surinder Mishra visited Reasi and attended meeting of Baba Amarnath Yatra Niyas of Reasi district.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, while expressing grave concern over the curtailment of Yatra period by 15 days, said that the motive behind this decision is to keep people under control of Kashmir-centric Government, which is highly condemnable.

He said "Shri Amarnath Yatra is a mode of expression of faith in the composite culture of Jammu & Kashmir and is synonymous with the enjoyment of religious freedom in a democratic set up". Shri Amarnath Yatra Shrine Board under the State Governor N.N. Vohra has been taking unilateral decisions in the mode and duration of yatra which result in the curtailment of the yatris without consulting the devotees and public forums like Baba Amarnath and Buda Amarnath Yatra Niyas (BABAYN).

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that right from beginning we have been urging the Governor to take BABA Yatri Niyas" into confidence in deciding the timing, duration and conduct of Amarnath Yatra but the authorities have shown total disregard for the sentiments of people and arbitrarily curtailed the Yatra period only to appease the diktats of separatist leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Expressing worry over the impending confrontation between Baba Yatri Niyas and SASB, Dr. Jitendra Singh refuted one by one each and every argument forwarded by the Government to curtail the period of Yatra.

VHP Sangathan Mantri Surinder Mishra , while speaking on the occasion, extended invitation to all the social, religious and political groups to come forward and display unity against the decision of the SASB. Sat Sahrma, Kuldeep Raj, Kabbla Singh, Daya Ram, Daya Parkash, Ashok Kumar, Vikram, Varun, Sheel Kumar, Ajay Nanda, Naresh Kumar, Puran and Rajiv Kumar also attended the meeting.

Hundreds throng Swami Mirzakak Ashram

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Despite scorching heat hundreds of devotees drawn from different parts of Jammu thronged the Swami Mirzakak Ashram Nagrota to participate in the annual Jag of this spiritual saint and a mystic poet of medieval period in Kashmir on his 181st Nirvan Divas today to pay their obeisance to him.

On the occasion a Maha Yagya was also performed at the Ashram by Swami Mirzakak Ji Trust Hangalgund. The Maha Yagya started yesterday evening and it culminated with Puranahuti this afternoon. The devotees were served with Prashad after Puranahuti.

On the occasion the scholars threw light on Swami Ji’s life and spiritualism who kept the Kashmiri Vaakh Parampara alive. They said that his Vaakhs were as relevant today as were during the lifetime of Swami Ji.

They said the Swami Ji was a great spiritual power that he had made a prophesy while talking to his disciples against the end of tyrant Afghan rule in Kashmir and its replacement by Sikh rule and the same happened within days.

During the day Bhajan and Kirtan continued in the Ashram which was followed by Samohik Arti. The president of the Trust D N Hangloo detailed about its functioning.

The day was also celebrated at the original Samadhi of Swami Ji at Hangalgund in South Kashmir district of Anantnag where a Hawan was solemnized by Swami Kumar Ji of Geeta Satsang Ashram. A large number of devotees including the newly recruited employees in Kashmir Valley attended the function.

A langer was also organized for the Muslim Biradari of the area outside the Asthapan premises on the occasion.

2 drug peddlers arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 19: Police today arrested two drug peddlers from Anantnag district and recovered 148 bottles of Recodex from them.

A police spokesman said that during a naka a police party from police post General Bus Stand of Anantnag arrested one Sarfaraz Ahmad Bhat resident of Arwani along with 16 bottles of Recodex.

"On his disclosure another 52 Recodex bottles were recovered from Bijbehara. During his questioning, the accused revealed the identity of another person as Mohammad Aslam Sheikh resident of Bijbehara who was involved in the sale of this prescribed drug among the youth. Following this, a raid was carried out wherein Aslam was also arrested and 80 bottles of Recodex were recovered from his possession.

The spokesman said that Sarfaraz is the brother of active militant of LeT namely Shabir Ahmad Bhat alias Tahir alias Samiullah.

Stocks of 4 unlicensed medical shops seized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: A team of Drug and Food Control Organization today seized the drug stocks at four un-licensed medical shops in district Kathua.

The shops belonged to Joginder Pal Sharma at village Jalibar, Ajay Kumar at Muthi Jagar, Bishan Dass at Buddhi and Daljeet Singh at Jandore.

The team seized stocks of drugs valuing Rs. 10,000 from these shops and initiated action against them under Drug and Cosmetic Act 1940.

The seizure included 160 ampoules of Oxytocin Injection allegedly administered to milking animals for enhancing the quantity.

Meanwhile, the Licensing Authority, Udhampur cancelled the Licenses of M/s Ram Medical Hall Pancheri for obtaining the license through mis-representation and suppression of material facts.

CSSS, Caritas India launch Peace
Development Programme

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Catholic Social Service Society (CSSS) and Caritas Indian today launched Peace Development Programme.

On the occasion, Anil Gupta, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Samba, was the chief guest while as Dr Peter Celestine, the Bishop of Jammu-Srinagar was the guest of honour. Besides Frederick D Souza, Assistant Executive Director, Caritus India was the special guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Gupta appreciated CSSS for its love and concern to the needy and marginalized. He wished all success to the new ventures of CSSS.

Celestine also appreciated the good work and encouraged the movement to march forward to create a better nation.

D Souza spoke about the importance of launching of Peace Development Programme. He said that it is a new initiative of the CSSS and Caritas India to bring harmony among the communities.

Fr Justin, Director, CSSS, presented vote of thanks.

Remain punctual: Qureshi to teachers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: Director School Education, G A Qureshi has asked the teachers to remain punctual to their duties to achieve the goal of providing quality education to the students.

The Director was speaking at a function organized by All J&K Plus 2 Lecturers Forum, at Government Higher Secondary School Mubarak Mandi to bid farewell to Joint Director Kuldeep Sharma on his retirement from the Government service.

The Director said that all school managements have been directed to ensure punctuality in the schools and immediately inform the higher authorities about those teachers who illegally remain absent from their duty. He made it clear that absenteeism in the schools would not be tolerated at any cost as Government cannot compromise on the future of the students.

The Director also lauded the contribution of Joint Director Kuldeep Shrama towards the betterment of education in the region and hoped that he will continue to serve the society future as well.

2 killed, 29 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR , May 19: Two persons were killed and 29 others sustained injuries in different road accidents in valley.

Reports said that a 407 vehicle bearing registration number JK04B-2635 while on way from Gulmarg to Magam turned turtle near Baba Reshi crossing, resulting in on spot death of Hafizullah Bhat son of Ghulam Rasool resident of Garend Khurd, Budgam and injuries to 16 other passengers.

All the injured were shifted to SDH Tangmarg and among them 12 were referred to various hospitals of Srinagar. Out of these Manzoor Ahmad Wani son of Abdul Jabar resident of Wahidard Pattan succumbed to his injuries at SMHS hospital Srinagar. The body of the deceased was handed over to legal heirs for last rites.

An Oil Tanker bearing registration number JK08-5773 turned turtle on national Highway at Nepora, Qazigund, resulting in injuries to three persons travelling in the vehicle. All the injured were hospitalized.

A Truck bearing registration number JK05A-8047 turned turtle at Nowshera-Boniyar, resulting in injuries to driver Khazir Hussain son of Khadim Hussain resident of Jabdar Bijhama and conductor Zahid Hussain son of Khazir Hussain resident of Jabla Uri. Both the injured were hospitalized.

A Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK14-9781 turned turtle at Zalangam-Kokernag, resulting in injuries to seven passengers travelling in the vehicle. All the injured were hospitalized.

A Sumo bearing registration number JK01D-4886 hit one Motorcycle at Chattergam-Chadoora, resulting in injuries to Motorcyclist Manzoor Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Rasool resident of Rakhi Shalina Nowgam, Srinagar. The injured was shifted to SKIMS Soura. Police has registered a case in this regard.

A Tipper bearing registration number JK04A-0157 turned turtle near village Patlibagh-Budgam, resulting in injuries to one person travelling in the vehicle. The injured was hospitalized. Police has registered a case in this regard.

Meanwhile, body of Mudasir Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Shafi Mir resident of ward No. 4 Bandipora was brought to SDH Bandipora by his family members under suspicious circumstances. Inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC have been initiated.

A lady (name with held) of Muqam Shah Wali, Kupwara tried to commit suicide when she spread kerosene oil upon her and set ablaze herself, resulting in her injuries. The lady was shifted to DH Kupwara where from she was referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar for further treatment.

MLA, SDM convene public darbar

Excelsior Correspondent

BASANTGARH, May 19: MLA Chenani, Krishan Chander Bhagat along with Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Dudu Basantgarh, Amit Sharma convened a public darbar at hilly village Sira here today.

Revenue, Police, Forest, CAPD, Works Departments actively participated in the public darbar in which of people from all nearby remote belts of the Sub Division participated.

They highlighted the demands of their respective areas which included the provision for basic infrastructural facilities in the Sub Division, especially Sira Morh and adjoining mohras and villages . The MLA and SDM gave a patient hearing and issued on the spot directions to all the concerned officers to address the problems of the people in a time bound manner. They stressed upon the concerned officers to come up with innovative solutions to public issues rather than posing their difficulties to seniors in light of the constraints prevailing in the area. The SDM directed Tehsildar Chenani to prepare a roster of all departments headquartered at Chenani to hold camp offices in remote corners of Latti and Sira at least once a month to facilitate early redressal of the problems of the needy villagers at their doorsteps. He also directed for holding an exclusive camp of Revenue Department within a fortnight to clear the pending mutations in real-time basis.



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