Forest encroachments, smuggling being curbed with iron hands: Altaf

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SRINAGAR, Nov 16: Around 50 timber smugglers on whom the State Government has slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) are absconding despite man hunt launched by the Jammu ...more

CS for effective file monitoring system

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JAMMU, Nov 16: Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal today asked Administrative Secretaries to put in place effective file monitoring system in all the departments under their control. This, he said would help to oversee the status of the cases facilitating their disposal....more

J&K to work with CAG for effective management of resources: CM

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JAMMU, Nov 16: Underlining the importance of Institution of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for proper management of resources and transparency in the financial spending, ...more

Oil tanker operators call off strike, supplies resume

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JAMMU, Nov 16: All J&K Oil Tankers Drivers and Cleaners Association called off strike this evening and agreed to make supplies of the petroleum products from tomorrow morning after the administration reopened the alternate road leading to ....more

Martyrs remembered with moist eyes

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KATHUA, Nov 16: Emotions and tears today marked the tributes paid by thousands of people to the martyrs at a rally taken out here. A massive rally organised by the Civil Society headed by Member Parliament and senior Congress leader Choudhary ...more

HC issues show cause notice to PIO Assembly

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JAMMU, Nov 16: In two petitions filed by B R Manhas regarding non-supply of information by the Public Information Officer of Legislative Assembly despite receiving two applications moved in this behalf on February 15, and February 18, 2010, the State High Court today issued show cause notice to PIO to explain as to why penalty be not imposed on him.....more

Rising Star Corps Cmdr visits Bani

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KATHUA, Nov 16: Lt Gen A K Choudhary, GOC Rising Star Corps today visited the far flung area of Bani to oversee the progress of ongoing projects and to interact with the local people and State Government officials. ...more

` 2.62 cr worth goods exchanged

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POONCH, Nov 16: Goods worth ` 2.62 crore were traded between J&K and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) today along the Line of Control (LoC) at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in this district. As many as 24 trucks, carrying bags of coconut, onion, red chilly, potatoes and embroidery items worth ` 90,52,797 rolled out from Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Ranger in this district of the State to PoK, official sources said.....more

     
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Forest encroachments, smuggling being
curbed with iron hands: Altaf

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Nov 16: Around 50 timber smugglers on whom the State Government has slapped Public Safety Act (PSA) are absconding despite man hunt launched by the Jammu and Kashmir Police while around 40 timber smugglers were arrested during past two years.

The Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad while addressing a press conference here today said that during the financial year 2009-2010, the Forest Department booked 64 timber smugglers under PSA while as during 2010-2011, 28 timber smugglers were booked under this Act. "In 2009-2010, 29 timber smugglers were arrested while as 13 timber smugglers were arrested during 2010-2011", said the Minister.

The Minister said that during the last three financial years the department seized 155 vehicles and 1620 horses being used by the timber smugglers for ferrying the smuggled timber to the district headquarters.

"During 2009-2010, 61 vehicles along with 822 horses were recovered while as 68 vehicles and 508 horses were recovered during 2010-2011. During the current financial year, 26 vehicles and 290 horses have been recovered. It was observed that the recovered horses were again used by the timber smugglers and in a bid to put a bar on this we have started auction of the horses, but the response has been poor so far," said Altaf.

Mian Altaf said that Jammu and Kashmir divisions of the State excluding Ladakh division account for 50 percent of the forest cover, adding that the Forest Department has retrieved a huge chunk of land from the encroachers. He said 183 square kilometers of forest land continues to be encroached in the State.

"Over the past one year no incident of fresh encroachment has taken place in the forests, but that doesn't mean that the game is over. There are possibilities that encroaching might take place in future and as such we have to pull up our socks. Encroaching as well as timber smuggling took place as the Forest Protection Force (FPF) employees left their duties and got stationed in the forests," said Altaf.

The Forests Minister said that the Pir Panjal range in the Kashmir valley is the most affected area as far as forest encroachment is concerned. He said along with this some of the other forest divisions have also been looted and plundered by the timber smugglers.

"Forest cover in the Pir Panjal range falling in Budgam and Shopian districts has bore the brunt of forest felling and plundering. The Langate-Rafiabad and Sindh-Ganderbal forest divisions have also faced the brunt at the hands of encroachers and forest smugglers. The forest division along the Mughal road has also been affected and the remnants are visible even today," said Altaf.

The Minister said that the Forest Department has identified many tourist spots that can be developed as eco-tourist places. He added that the infrastructure at these eco-tourist spots would be developed without tampering the beauty as well as eco-system of a particular place.

CS for effective file monitoring system

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal today asked Administrative Secretaries to put in place effective file monitoring system in all the departments under their control. This, he said would help to oversee the status of the cases facilitating their disposal.

Chairing a meeting of Committee of Secretaries here today, the Chief Secretary took stock of various administrative issues pertaining to transparency and improvement in management system and techniques thereof.

Referring to various skill development programmes under implementation in the State, the Chief Secretary said that high tech tool kits should be made available to the artisans according to their specific needs.

Madhav Lal also called for training to the artisans to upgrade their skills, adding technical assistance should be provided to them to make their products attractive and globally competitive. He said Industries and Handicrafts Departments need to tie up with the concerned agencies for the purpose.

Madhav Lal also took brief on the preparation of Tribal Sub Plan and stressed on its timeline formulation for its early approval and consequent implementation.

The Chief Secretary also reviewed the status of capacity building programme for Panchs and Sarpanchs in the State. He said this aspect calls for focused attention so that Panchayats emerge as efficient institutions in the delivery of public service locally.

J&K to work with CAG for effective management
of resources: CM

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JAMMU, Nov 16: Underlining the importance of Institution of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for proper management of resources and transparency in the financial spending, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday, said that State Government would work together with this institution for ensuring lucidity in spending and improving the fiscal discipline.

"Functioning of CAG has become important topic for discussion in every household at present and headlines about it carried by newspapers do come to the people at their tables in the morning along with breakfast", he said asserting that the significance of this institution has remained equally vital in the past, it is vital at present and will remain same in the future.

Speaking at the valedictory function of 150th Anniversary celebrations of the Institution of Comptroller and Auditor General of India at Zorawar Stadium here, the Chief Minister appreciated the institution for valuable functioning throughout its life.

"Perhaps yours' is the oldest institution which has survived all weathers and contributed positively. We cannot do without you. CAG has existed, does exist and will exist", he told the CAG officials underscoring its necessity for ensuring management of public funds. He said that the magnitude of functions of CAG to oversee accounting and auditing from Kashmir to Kanyakumari is huge and stupendous. He congratulated CAG for organizing the anniversary celebrations and making people aware of its functions and importance.

Omar Abdullah also referred to the efficacy of Legislature House Committees particularly on Public Accounts Public Undertakings in overseeing the financial matters and helping improvement in the functioning of various departments on this count.

Chairman, Public Accounts Committee of State Legislature, Mir Saifullah and Chairman, Committee on Public Undertakings, Rafi Ahmad Mir were present on the occasion besides Principal Accountant General, Venkatesh Mohan, Accountant General (A&E), J&K, D. K. Bakshi, Principal Regional Training Institute, Sushil Kumar, Director General, Accounts and Treasuries, G. M. Bhat and various other Central and State Government officers.

In his key-note address Venkatesh Mohan presented resume of the establishment of CAG and its growth and functioning during the last 150 years of existence in the field of Accounting and Auditing for ensuring transparency and fiscal discipline in the financial transactions and spending.

The Chief Minister also released cover prepared by the Indian Post and Telegraph Department for CAG Reports.

Oil tanker operators call off strike, supplies resume

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: All J&K Oil Tankers Drivers and Cleaners Association called off strike this evening and agreed to make supplies of the petroleum products from tomorrow morning after the administration reopened the alternate road leading to depots of oil companies near Railway Station and fixed time schedule for entry and exit of tankers and trucks.

As almost all the petrol pumps turned dry due to non supply of petroleum products for the third consecutive day today, the administration called a meeting of representatives of the oil tanker operators and truckers and prominent citizens of the area from where the alternate road is passing.

After hearing the grievances of both the sides, Divisional Commissioner, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma and other officers decided to reopen the alternate road but install barriers at the required places in order to ensure that movement of trucks and tankers don’t cause any inconvenience to the people of the area.

The administration also fixed time-schedule for the entry and exit of the trucks and tankers in order to avoid conflict between them in future.

Convinced with the arrangement made by the administration, All J&K Oil Tankers Drivers and Cleaners Association called off strike and announced to resume supplies of petroleum products from 6 am tomorrow.

Martyrs remembered with moist eyes

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Nov 16: Emotions and tears today marked the tributes paid by thousands of people to the martyrs at a rally taken out here.

A massive rally organised by the Civil Society headed by Member Parliament and senior Congress leader Choudhary Lal Singh was attended by thousands of people from Kathua district and adjoining areas to pay tributes to the sons of the soil, who had sacrificed their lives for the nation.

The rally started this afternoon from Kalibari along Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and culminated at Shaheedi Chowk in main town.

The families and relatives of the martyrs with tears in eyes participated in the rally and paid floral tributes to their loved ones.

The rally was organised to remember 97 martyrs killed in Kargil war and those sacrificed their lives while fighting terrorism since 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the gathering at the rally, Ch Lal Singh said, "Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India is one and no force can divide us."

However, advocating Village Defence Committee members and policemen, the Congress MP demanded regularisation and hike in their salaries to inculcate more efficiency among them.

He also hinted at no revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from State.

HC issues show cause notice to PIO Assembly

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: In two petitions filed by B R Manhas regarding non-supply of information by the Public Information Officer of Legislative Assembly despite receiving two applications moved in this behalf on February 15, and February 18, 2010, the State High Court today issued show cause notice to PIO to explain as to why penalty be not imposed on him.

In the petitions, it has also been submitted that an appeal was also filed by the petitioner before Secretary Legislative Assembly against non-supply of information by the Public Information Officer but the same has also not been decided till date.

After hearing petitioner in person and Advocate Naresh Sharma for the respondents, Justice J P Singh issued notice to the Public Information Officer Legislative Assembly to show cause as to why penalty, in terms of Section 17 of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act 2009, be not imposed on him for violating the provisions of the Act.

Rising Star Corps Cmdr visits Bani

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Nov 16: Lt Gen A K Choudhary, GOC Rising Star Corps today visited the far flung area of Bani to oversee the progress of ongoing projects and to interact with the local people and State Government officials.

Lt General Choudhary, while interacting with the representatives of civil administration and locals, exchanged mutual concerns pertaining to development and security and assured to extend every feasible assistance for their overall development.

On the occasion, he disclosed that Rising Star Corps is organising a tour to South India for selected students from remote schools of Bani and Machhedi in the month of December with an aim to expose the young children to the rich, vivid and vibrant heritage of the nation, besides showcasing the strides made by India towards becoming a developed nation.

"The tour provides an excellent opportunity to the young students to broaden their horizon and help them in getting integrated with the national mainstream", he said.

The itinerary of the tour includes visit to the twin cities of Hyderabad- Secunderabad, Bangalore, Mysore and Chennai. Twenty six students (13 boys and 13 girls) and two school teachers have been selected from the remote schools of Bani and Machhedi.

Maj Gen G Sankarnarayanan, GOC Gurj Division, Brig Santosh Kurup, Cdr Infantry Bde and the representatives of civil administration of Bani tehsil were present on the occasion.

` 2.62 cr worth goods exchanged

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Nov 16: Goods worth ` 2.62 crore were traded between J&K and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) today along the Line of Control (LoC) at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in this district.

As many as 24 trucks, carrying bags of coconut, onion, red chilly, potatoes and embroidery items worth ` 90,52,797 rolled out from Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Ranger in this district of the State to PoK, official sources said.

From PoK, 20 trucks carrying bags of almonds, dry grapes, dry dates, embroidery items and Peshawari sandal worth ` 1,72,18,145 crossed to this side.

B L Meena, TFO Poonch and Ashraf Mirza, TFO Udhampur were present at Chakan-Da-Bagh during cross-LoC movement of the trucks.

Super Bazar celebrates Cooperative Week

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: Commissioner, Cooperative Department Abdul Hamid Wani today stressed upon the workers of Cooperative Societies to work with missionary zeal to meet desired results under the cooperative movement. He said a vibrant and profitable cooperative society would serve the interest of all the stakeholders.

The Commissioner was speaking at a function organized by the Super Bazar Jammu in connection with celebration of All India Cooperative Week, here today.

He said the cooperative is a people's movement and aims at to remove the middlemanship, besides providing essential commodities to the consumers at competitive prices. He said the Government has taken several measures to strengthen the cooperative movement in the State. He asked the people to set up cooperative societies in their respective areas as these will serve their mutual interest.

Registrar Cooperatives J&K, Mohammad Abass Dar, General Manager, Super Bazar Jammu Ramkesh Sharma, Chairman Cooperative Union Rajesh Bitoo and Ex-Corporator Rajesh Bakhshi spoke on the occasion and highlighted the achievements of the Cooperative Societies.

Earlier, General Manager, Super Bazar Jammu in his welcome address listed achievements of the organisation. He said that the organization registered a whopping ` 3.32 crore turnover during 2008-09, ` 5.13 crore in 2009-10 and ` 8.61 crore during the year 2010-11. He said the institution expects a business turnover of more than ` 10 crore during the fiscal.

JKCCTU revives signature campaign of employees

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: A meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee of Trade Unions (JKCCTU) presided over by its convenor Gurmet Singh was held here today. Mohd Maqbool, State convenor besides regional committee members were also present.

The meeting revived the signature campaign launched against PRDRA Bill, which is to be submitted to the Prime Minister after a march to Parliament by a large number of Central and State Government employees on March 25, 2012 at New Delhi.

The meeting expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the campaign so far and it was held that signatures of about 50,000 employees would be submitted from J&K.

The speakers in the meeting also expressed satisfaction over stay granted by the High Court on new recruitment policy of the State Government. The JKCCTU decided to intensify struggle on two main issues- privatization of pension and for regularization of all temporary workers and their wage policy.

The meeting was attended by Ram Kumar Sharma, Surinder Kumar, tarseem Lal, Bhushan, Thodu Ram, Ashok Kumar, Rajesh Sharma, Ajay Sharma and others.

Burglary case solved, accused arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

KISHTWAR, Nov 16: With the arrest of two accused and recovery of stolen material the Kishtwar police has solved a case of burglary committed on the intervening night of November 10 and 11, 2011.

The burglars had struck at a shop, ‘Solution World Communication’, in a lane opposite to DC Office Complex, Kishtwar and decamped with mobile sets, mobile accessories and electronic items worth lakhs.

Police teams headed by DySP Headquarters Kishtwar, Abrar Chowdhary and assisted by SHO PS Kishtwar Mohd Arif and SI Nayeem-Ul-Haq collected various important clues from the scene of the crime with the help of forensic experts. Police also gathered a lot of other clues regarding the track of mobile thieves in the erstwhile Doda district.

After strenuous task of three days police teams identified the burglars, arrested both of them and recovered all the stolen goods including costly mobile phone sets. Mobile accessories and other electronic items.

The burglars have been identified as Nasir Manzoor, son of Manzoor Ahmed Bhat of Chirra (Doda) and Jaffer Ali, son of Jalal Din Lone also of Chirra. Both the thieves are highly professional and had conducted recee of the shop and goods inside it a day before committing the burglary.

PHE workers appeal Govt to resolve pending issues

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: The PHE Workers Welfare Association appealed the State Government to resolve all the pending demands of CP need and casual workers in a meeting held here today.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Bakshi Singh, who appealed the State Government and PHE Department to redress the unresolved demands and issues of the field and operational staff.

They were demanding that all the CP need and casual workers engaged before November 2011 be considered for regularization, uniform wages at the rate of ` 125 to PHE workers, benefits of upgradation of pay scales as already extended to the left out employees be treated as sanctioned, creation of higher scale posts for various categories of field and operational staff and promotion avenues for stagnated employees.

The meeting was attended by Subash Verma, Mohan Singh, Bansi Lal, Pritam Singh, Kuldeep Sharma, Chuni Lal, Babu Singh, Vijay Singh, Surinder Kumar, Rakesh Sharma, Ajit Singh, Vinod Sharma, Varun Dogra, Manzoor Ali, Ram Parkash and Gopal Sharma.

International musical show hosted by Natrang

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Nov 16: Natrang hosted a rock show presented by a New York (USA) based music band 'Solar Punch' at its studio Theatre, Jammu.

In the honour of the visiting artists include Alan Biglow, Andrew Matina, James Dean, Joe Mitch and Alisa, Natrang presented rarest Dogri singing traditions 'Bhaakh' and 'Geetru' which were well received by them and they were mesmerized by the power of the folk music, the content of which was the concern of the farmers about the deteriorating Global Environmental scenario.

The show was coordinated through Indian youth Climate Network, which is the largest environment organization in South Asia, with 19 chapters across India, working for the cause of environment.

This unique event by Solar Punch was aimed at creating awareness about environment and climate solutions through music performance. Other than musical performance which include some Hindi songs also, they also shared wonderful experiences of their four visits in India.

Solar Punch is a solar-powered eco rock band from New York on a green mission to India. They use music to educate about the environment and transmit solutions to climate change. The Solar Punch music team which comprised of four artists mesmerized the audience through their highly evocative singing.

Speaking on the occasion Natrang Director Balwant Thakur said that it has been the endeavour of Natrang to play host to such occasions in the town which provides platform for the local artists to have creative interaction with visiting international performers. He thanked Ritu Israni, the coordinator of Youth Climate Network for providing Natrang an opportunity to host to such an important happening in the city of temples. Natrang artists who interacted with the visiting artists include Anil Tikoo, Neeraj Kant and Sumeet Sharma.

On the occasion Srishthi Band, a local music group also performed and was appreciated by the visiting artists. The artists of the band

include Sumit Sharma, Gautam Kotwal, Aneesha Kour and Dr Bhavneet.

27th District Level Science Exhibition begins

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: A 2-day 27th District Level Science Exhibition organised by District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jammu today commenced at Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Shastri Nagar.

The exhibition was inaugurated by A C Aima, Joint Director/Principal SIE, Jammu, along with Dr Nirupa Rai PO, Ajay Gupta (AO) and Varinder Kumar Sharma, principal DIET Jammu.

About 127 Science models including 54 from Higher Secondary Schools, 49 from Secondary Schools and 24 from Elementary Schools are being displayed on the theme of this year exhibition "Science, Society and Environment".

While speaking, Mr Aima impressed upon the students to develop scientific temper for the progress and prosperity of the country in the present era of Science and Technology.

Burglary in temple worked out, 2 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 15: Police today worked out burglary in a temple and arrested two thieves along with stolen gold ornaments.

Police spokesman said that on April 2, 2011, Raman Kumar, member of the Shiv Mandir Committee Kashmiri Mohalla, Akhnoor lodged a written report at Police Station Akhnoor that some unknown burglars have stolen a ‘Nath’ and ‘Tikka’ adorned on the deities in the temple. Upon this, a case was registered and investigation started.

During the course of investigation, a large number of suspects particularly drug addicts with past record of thefts and burglaries were put to thorough questioning. After sustained efforts, Akhnoor Police succeeded in striking a clue about the burglars, who were accordingly arrested.

They have been identified as Ranjeet Singh alias Vicky, son of Balbir Singh of Ward No 3 Akhnoor and Raj Kumar alias Pothi, son of Sham Lal of Ward No 1 Akhnoor. The stolen ‘Nath’ and ‘Tikka’ were recovered on the disclosure of the burglars.

53 cases settled in Lok Adalat

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Nov 16: A Lok Adalat was held in the District Court Complex here and Munsiff Court Thanamandi under the chairmanship of A K Koul, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Rajouri.

A total of 53 cases including 11 MACT were settled through mutual settlement and an amount of ` 23,52,900 was awarded as compensation.

The benches were comprised of Ch Zubair Ahmed Raza, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Rajouri, Mohd Ashraf Khan, CJM Rajouri, Parvaiz Iqbal Sheikh, District Mobile Magistrate (T) Rajouri, Ehsan Malik, Munsiff Thanamandi and Advocates Lok Nath and Khilat Mehmood Bhat.

Army organizes tour

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: Rashtriya Rifles Battalion under the aegis of Counter Insurgency Force (Romeo) organized a 10-day tour comprising 23 students and 2 teachers to New Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal from today.

The children mostly in the age group of 11 to 14 years hail from remote far flung areas of Rajouri and Poonch districts of the State.

The aim of the tour is to give exposure to young children about varied developments that are taking place in the rest of the country and to introduce them with plethora of cultures, people and landscapes of India.

Commander Sector RR flagged off the tour from Basoni near Bhimber Gali today in the presence of eminent persons, parents and guardians of children.

Omar for fast tracking power generation schemes
* Gives nod to
` 1118 cr works programme

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: Stressing the need for fast tracking power generation schemes in the State to shrink the gap between its availability and utilization, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday approved updating of Karnah Hydro Power Project from 2 MW to 12 MWs to augment the electric supply in the remote area.

Chairing the 63rd meeting of Board of Directors of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC), the Chief Minister also sanctioned works programme for execution of various power projects involving ` 1118 crore. He also approved creation of recreation centre and park by the Corporation at Kulan over an area of 100 kanals and making available JKSPDC land for Degree College, Kangan.

The Chief Minister said that his Government has flagged power sector as one of the most important concerns, adding that his Government is keen to transform the power generation scenario in the State from deficit status to the self-reliant one. He asked the JKSPDC to put in redoubled efforts in helping to accomplish this stupendous goal.

Omar Abdullah said that sufficient availability of electricity by our own means would give considerable forward push to the development and growth of all sectors in the State, adding that JKSPDC has a vital role to play in this direction. "The pace on progress of new power projects under execution by Corporation need to be accelerated", he stressed.

The Chief Minister called for closer cooperation between JKSPDC and Power Development Department (PDD) for utilization of power generated by the Corporation in the State. He also emphasized on dependable power transmission and distribution network to reduce the transmission losses.

Omar Abdullah received the brief on the status of hydro power potential in Ladakh for which he has already unveiled Indus Concept Plan at Dha while commissioning 1.26 MW Sanjak power project constructed by JKSPDC. Asking for optimum utilization of existing infrastructure for projects on Sindh River, the Chief Minister emphasized on harnessing of maximum potential available. He received details of the progress on 93 MW New Ganderbal, 84 MW Shutkari Kulan and 27 MW Kanzil Wangat hydro electric projects in pipeline on Sindh River.

Managing Director, JKPDC, Shaleen Kabra informed the Board about the capacity addition of 4000 MWs in the State sector by way of major projects taken up by the Corporation. gave details of the tendering process for various projects.

He intimated about the likely upward revision of capacity of Sawlakote HEP in view of the extensive power potential studies carried out recently. He also gave resume of the status of Karthai-I HEP and said that the capacity of the project is likely to go up from 240 MW to 400 MWs. He said Pre-Qualification Bids (PQB) are likely to be issued next month.

The Managing Director also informed about the progress on 990 MW Karthai-II, adding that the project at present is under advanced stage of examination.

Present in the meeting were Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Economic Advisor to the Government, Jaleel Ahmad Khan, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Power, Basharat Ahmad Dhar, Secretary, Sunil Gupta and other officers of the Corporation.

Matters relating to the recruitment, restructuring of the Corporation, Audit and introduction of new courses in the five ITIs taken up by the Corporation at Bhalesa, Basholi, Dharmadi, Kalakote and Kangan were also taken note of in the meeting.

Recruitment Policy: Students boycott classes,
protest enters 17th day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: Demanding revocation of Government’s new recruitment policy, students of Government Degree College (GDC), Akhnoor boycotted their classes for the second consecutive day and held massive protest demonstration against Government. The students protest against Government’s new recruitment policy entered 17th day today.

Raising anti-Government slogans, hundreds of students including boys and girls of GDC, Akhnoor assembled at the main gate of the college and marched towards the main road in the shape of rally.

The agitating students sat on the busiest Akhnoor-Sohal road and blocked the road for more than one hour, leading to traffic chaos all around the Akhnoor city.

The agitating students were demanding revocation of Government’s new recruitment policy under which a fresh recruit would get only 50 per cent of basic pay for first two years and 75 per cent for next three years without allowances.

Addressing the gathering, student leaders threatened the Government to revoke the anti-social and anti-youth policy otherwise face dire consequences in the coming days as the youth had been left with no option other than to come on the roads to protest.

They alleged that the new recruitment policy is anti-youth and thus all the student community reject such kind of policy and warned the Government not to play with the future of students in general and unemployed educated youth of the State in particular.

They called upon the students to come forward and fight jointly against such move of the Government.

Reports pouring in from other quarters revealed that similar protests were also held at Samba and Doda where agitating students took out protest rallies against the new recruitment policy alleging that it is a mockery with the future of the youth in the State and the Government is intentionally forcing them to adopt the path of violence.

Akhoon for strict measures to minimize road mishaps

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Nov 16: Advocating strict measures to minimize the incidence of road mishaps, Minister for Transport Qamar Ali Akhoon today asked Police, Transport and other concerned Departments to synergize efforts in that direction.

Chairing a high level meeting of officers here, he said it has been observed that frequent road accidents are taking place especially in hilly routes mainly due to overloading and rash driving and these practices need to be stopped forthwith.

The Minister said that loss of precious human lives is a big concern of the Government, adding strategies put in place to reduce vehicular accidents need to be implemented strictly. He said every step is required to be taken to stop this kind of tragedy and ensure smooth and safe plying of transport on the roads especially on national highways and hilly routes.

The meeting was informed that 70 kms road stretches has been blacktopped this year on Batote-Doda-Kishtwar highway and crash barriers installed on 23 kms accident prone areas besides 5 kms parapet walls created at vulnerable curves to avoid the accidents.

The Minister directed the Assistant Regional Transport Officers of all the districts to take decisive steps including cancellation of driving licenses in their respective areas to curb the menace of overloading and rash driving.

Minister of State for Transport Shabir Ahmad Khan stressed upon the concerned authorities looking after highways to install concrete sign boards and proper regulators on road sides.

The meeting was informed that widening of Jammu- Srinagar National Highway has started recently. The construction work of Chenanai- Nashri tunnel has also been taken up by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). It was also given out in the meeting that Valley will get an alternate road from Jammu to Srinagar in 2016 which will have 14 tunnels reducing the odious and day-long journey just to 4 hours.

Among others, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr.Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner/Secretary Transport and CAPD Pardeep Gupta, Transport Commissioner, Dr. S.M.Fazullah, Inspector General of Police, Jammu, Dilbagh Singh, Inspector General of Police Traffic H.K.Lohia, Project Director NHA1 Udhampur Veerander Singh, CDR, 35 BRTF Col K.V.Pratap, Deputy Transport Commissioner Dr. Subash Gupta, RTOs, ARTOs and senior officers of BEACON, NHAI and officers of civil administration of various districts attended the meeting.

SR College holds lecture for IAS, KAS aspirants

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JAMMU, Nov 16: The S R College of Competitions organised special lecture to guide the KAS and IAS aspirants of the State in its premises here today.

Dr Raj Shekhar, a senior faculty from Delhi's leading institute for IAS, Ayush IAS was the resource person, who guided students about the latest developments in the field of Information Technology, Science and Space. He discussed the non-conventional areas of the Science and Technology, which are becoming important in new pattern of UPSC and also KAS.

Dr Shekhar said that new areas emerging in the field of nuclear energy, especially nuclear safety, nuclear melt down, effects of radiations on human beings and other related issues also deserve special focus for preparation.

Issues like doping in sports medical tourism and drug resistant-super bug were also discussed during the question-answer session and given special tips for covering the various segment during the exam.

About 100 students participated in the special lecture and cleared their various queries.

13th Prof BD Sharma Memorial Inter Collegiate Debate held

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JAMMU, Nov 16: Office of the Programme Coordinator, National Service Scheme (NSS), University of Jammu organized 13th Prof BD Sharma Memorial Inter Collegiate/Inter Departmental Debate on the topic "A Teacher can be recognized as the Role Model to save Deteriorating Structure of the Society".

In all 35 teams comprising of 70 participants participated in the competition.

Prof Jasbir Singh, Programme Coordinator, NSS, JU, presented the welcome address and introduced the theme of the debate. He also highlighted the academic and research achievements of Prof BD Sharma, renowned economist of the State.

In the valedictory session, Prof NK Tripathi, Dean Students Welfare, University of Jammu, was the chief guest. While speaking Prof Tripathi apprised the gathering of the valuable contribution made by Prof BD Sharma in the field of economic research.

Dr Aroon Sharma, son of Prof BD Sharma, also graced the occasion and gave away the trophy to the winners.

In the debate competition, first second and third positions were bagged by Anshul Gupta of MAM College, Palvi Kudyar of ASCOMS and Apporva Jamwal of Government College for Women, Parade, respectively.

Bipen Lal of Government Degree College, Kishtwar and Polina Singh Kala of Government Women College Gandhi Nagar got the encouragement prizes.

Prof Vijaya Thakur, Dr Anju Thapa and Mitali Gupta were the judges for the competition.

The programme was compered by Chetna and Dr Anupama Vohra, presented vote of thanks.

Among others present were, Dr Vishav Raksha, Dr Niharika Subash, Mohd Arif, Harpreet, Rabia, Abdul, Heena Bani, Sumit Kumar, Rakesh Kumar, Isha Sawhney, Vijay Kumar, Sandeep Bhat and Shiv Dutt.

Electrical Engineer Graduate Association frames body

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JAMMU, Nov 16: The Jammu and Kashmir Electrical Engineer Graduate Association has constituted its executive body for Jammu province in the general body meet held under the chairmanship of Er Ramnik Singh (state general secretary).

Neel Kanwal Singh and Janak Raj Sharma were elected as senior vice presidents on the occasion. The other elected members were Lenin Kundoo, Kuldeep Gupta and Navdeep Arora (vice presidents), Harvinder Singh (provincial secretary) Ratnesh Puri (publicity secretary) while Abhineet Gupta (cashier).

The Association members also constituted finanacial committee, legal committee and organising committee on the occasion.

The financial committee members were Sanjeev Mohan Dutta (financial secretary) and Navneet Singh Raina (treasurer) while Sanjeev Pathania (legal advisor) while Vandana Manhas will assist in the legal committee. In organising committee, Vivek Sharma (chairman) and assisted by Gaveesh Singh. P D Singh was elected as spokesperson.

HPCET organizes workshop on "Atrocities on Women"

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JAMMU, Nov 16: Hill People College of Education and Trainings (HPCET), Kangar Morh, Kot Bhalwal, organized one day workshop on "Atrocities on Women" in the college hall.

The first session of the workshop was inaugurated by Khalid Jahangir Malik, chairman of the College who while speaking said that in addition to academic activities, extra curricular activities are also part of B Ed programme through which one’s mind sharpens and hidden talent is uncovered.

Dr GQ Sheikh, who was the resource person, disseminated the information with respect to women atrocities, eve teasing, dowry deaths and violence against women.

Teacher trainees prepared the charts on the theme while all necessary material was provided to them by the management. The workshop comprised of 10 groups of students and each group was headed by teacher incharge.

The second session was chaired by Prof Sanjay Tickoo, Principal of the College, who encouraged the students for taking part in such activities.

On the occasion, Dr Mohd Sharif, Academic Advisor, was also present.

Goldi Walia presented vote of thanks.

Welfare Committee discusses problems

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JAMMU, Nov 16: The Welfare Committee Durga Nagar, Jammu highlighted the various problems being faced by the inhabitants in a meeting here today.

The members discussed in detail about the problems being faced by the inhabitants of Durga Nagar and expressed anguish on the dilapidated condition of link roads leading to Durga Nagar Sector-2. They stressed that matter has been taken with Municipal Corporation to find out the cause for leaving the work taken up by concerned authorities incomplete.

The Committee leaders further alleged irregularities in water supply and appealed the PHE Department to direct the concerned for scheduled supply of water in their areas. They also demanded for installation of additional transformer in Durga Nagar for supplying proper voltage.

The Committee members also appointed Chaman Lal Koul as president till new elections on the occasion.

Govt focusing on enhancing employability: Gul

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JAMMU, Nov 16: With the introduction of innovative employment generation schemes, the State Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, is focusing on roping in multinational private investors to help employment enhancement in Jammu and Kashmir.

This was stated by Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul, while interacting with various deputations of youth, who called on him here today.

Th deputationists apprised the Advisor of their problems and sought an immediate redressal to the same.

Spelling out the achievements of the coalition Government during last three years, the Advisor said that numerous welfare and development programmes have been launched in every sector which has brought a discernable change in the State. He asked the youth to keep firm faith in the Government led by the Chief Minister which is keen to address the public demands in all areas.

He extolled that programmes like SKEWPY have tremendous scope for youth to venture upon in feasible industrial field and give boost to MSME. "This would not only help them to earn their livelihood but give a big fillip to economy of the State as well", he added.

The Advisor said that an effective mechanism is being evolved to ensure healthcare services to the people, for which, adequate number of medicines and para-medicos have been deployed, especially to cater to the healthcare requirements of people of rural and hilly pockets of the State.

JU, IYCN hold music concert by rock band from New York

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JAMMU, Nov 16: The Departments of Environmental Sciences and Dean Students Welfare, University of Jammu in association with Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) organised music concert for Environment awareness by Solar Punch-the eco rock band from New York.

The rock band consisting of Alan Bigelow (PhD and Scientist with University of New York), James Dean Conklin (Video Filmmaker), Andrew (Financial Analyst) and Joe (Computer Analyst), thrilled the audiences with their songs based on the theme of conservation of environment. Through their performances, they communicated that music is a very binding force and youth have a strong attraction of music, which could play an importance role for the betterment of environment and that efforts should be made at individual level to combat environmental changes. They also gave presentations and demonstrations of climate solutions products to familiarize the youth with the latest products in the field of renewable energy in the most interesting and interactive manner.

The most interesting thing of the concert was that artists have given their performance on the equipments, which use solar energy.

Earlier, Anil K Raina, Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, JU, in his introductory remarks stressed upon the importance of environmental awareness and urged the young generation to change their mindset to combat various environmental issues.

Reetu Asrani, Project Co-ordinator, IYCN, J&K, introducted the Solar Punch, which were on green mission in J&K to spread awareness about environment issues and clean energy solutions through their songs.

Owaise Raheem, Chief Coordinator, IYNC, J&K Chapter gave formal vote of thanks.

Among others present on the occasion included Prof N K Tripathi, DSW, JU, Prof S P S Dutta, Prof G M Bhat, Kashmir Univerity, R S Jasrotia, O P Sharma, P R Dhar, Assistant CEO JEDA, Ashwani Kumar, Assistant CEO JKEDA, Jammu, Mustaq, Joint Director DST, Dr R K Rampal, Dr Sanjay Sharma, Dr Piyush Malaviya besides scholars and students.

Prof Shehnaz from Jamia Millia Islamia delivers lecture at JU

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JAMMU, Nov 16: The Department of Urdu, University of Jammu organised extension lecture on "First Freedom Struggle of 1857 and Urdu Journalism" at Prof Gain Chand Jain Seminar Hall, here today.

Prof Shehnaz Anjum of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi was the resource person on the occasion. Dr Ashok Kumar, member SSRB, was the chief guest, Prof Quddose Javeed, Head, Urdu Department, University of Kashmir, presided over the function while Tanveer Ahmed Khatieb, Editor Daily Uddan was the guest of honour.

While delivering, Prof Shehnaz informed that due to the writing of Urdu Journalist in 1857, people came openly against Britishers and fought a war against them. She said that Urdu journalist published revolutionary poetry in their journals during freedom struggle which revolutionized the common masses.

She added that Urdu Journalist also played pivotal role through their writings for awakening the people of India about their education, culture and above all civilization.

Dr Ashok in his address appreciated the efforts of Department for organizing such thought provoking lecture and appealed the youth to choose the field of Journalism which is a noble profession.

Prof Quddose informed that it was the efforts of Urdu Journalist that helped India to get freedom and also threw light on contribution of various writers during freedom struggle.

Earlier, Prof Shohab Inayat Malik welcomed the guests and highlighted the origin and development of Urdu Journalism in the country.

Dr Mohd Reyaz Ahmed conducted the proceedings while Prof M A Wani gave vote of thanks.



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