fraternity architect of future : CM
Describing teaching fraternity architect of
future, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday
said that the development of high quality human
resource is in the hands of teachers.
"It is up to
you to groom the younger generation and give the
State capable, educated and responsible human
force to lead in all spheres of life with
confidence and ability", he told the
teachers asking them to deliver their noble
service to the society as a mission.
Speaking to a
large gathering of teachers and students on
Teacher's Day at SKICC here, the Chief Minister
reiterated his stress on making health and
education conflicts neutral.
Omar said "it
is the duty of all of us to keep education away
from all conflicts, disturbances and politics to
safeguard the future of the State." He said
losses on development fronts can be retrieved but
the gaps occurring in education remain unfilled
for ever, adding that students should receive
education in conducive and peaceful environment
so that they seek knowledge and attain excellence
without any hindrance.
The Chief Minister
said that the losses in studies of the students
last year due to law and order situation has
given severe jolt to their education which cannot
be repaired. "Same is the case of a patient
who could not get the treatment for his ailment
due to disturbances and suffered irreversible
loss on health count", he added.
The Chief Minister
said that the demands of teaching fraternity are
under the active consideration of the Government
and every possible measure would be taken to
address these. However, he underlined the duty of
teachers in keeping schools free from all
disturbances and rendering service with fullest
degree of responsibility.
Speaking on the
occasion the Minister for School Education
Peerzada Mohammad Sayed enumerated the measures
Education Department has initiated for the
welfare of teaching community.
The Chief Minister
gave away awards to the outstanding teachers and
the students who have secured positions in the
The Advisor to the
Chief Minister Mubark Gul, Commissioner/
Secretary to Education Naseema Lanker, Directors
of School Education Department Kashmir and Jammu
and president Teachers Form Abdul Qauoom were
present among others.
all admission seats in both
Universities: Vohra, Omar
Sept 5 :
Governor N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah today emphasized the need for
restructuring courses and urgently working out
modalities for filling up all available seats at
the under-graduate, postgraduate and Ph. D.
levels in both the Agricultural Universities of
stressed that this was imperative for ensuring
optimum utilization of available Faculty and
infrastructure for generating trained human
resource for the progressive growth of
agriculture and allied sectors.
The Governor and
the Chief Minister were addressing the 21st
University Council meeting of the Sher-e-Kashmir
University of Agricultural Sciences and
Technology (SKUAST), Kashmir, at Raj Bhawan, here
The Governor, who
is the Chancellor of the University, stressed
that the Committee chaired by Chief Secretary,
constituted for reviewing the existing admission
process must lose no further time in finding a
viable solution to reverse the declining trend of
admissions in the two Farm Universities.
stressed the need for time-bound action being
taken for the development of pastures and
increased fodder production to meet the present
and emerging requirements of livestock by drawing
up a comprehensive roadmap, at least to cover the
next 20 years, to achieve the envisaged targets.
He also stressed
the importance of the locations of various Krishi
Vigyan Kendras being finalized within the next 4
weeks so that these institutions can be
expeditiously set up in the State and the growers
can start drawing benefit. He said that for the
future growth of agriculture the initiatives in
the agriculture and allied sectors have to be in
tune with the small size of land holdings.
Minister, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the
University, said that strategies need to be
worked out for the Farm Universities to optimally
utilize the entire land, resources and other
available infrastructure. He said that there is
vast scope for developing and modernizing
agriculture and its allied sectors in J&K and
all efforts are required to be made in this
The Chief Minister
stressed the need of regular monitoring of
various projects of the varsity and those which
will be developed under the Rs. 100 crore special
grant provided to the University.
Mian Altaf Ahmad,
Minister for Forests, stressed the need for
development of pastures and grazing lands to meet
the growing needs of the livestock rearers.
Dr. Tej Partap,
Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Kashmir, made a
comprehensive power point presentation, dwelling
on the achievements of the University and the
major initiatives under consideration. He also
dwelt on the various components of the Rs. 100
crore special grant announced by the Prime
Minister for the University. He gave the
up-to-date status in regard to the setting up of
new Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the Kashmir and
The meeting was
attended by Dr. B. Mishra, Vice Chancellor,
SKUAST, Jammu, Dr. A. R. Trag, Vice Chancellor,
Islamic University of Science and Technology,
Awantipore, R. K. Goyal, Principal Secretary to
the Governor, Ravi Magotra, Director General
Budget and Prof. Farook Zaki, Registrar, SKUAST,
Festival from Sept 28
Sept 5 :
A high level meeting of officers was convened
here today to discuss the arrangements for the
ensuing Navratra Festival 2011 at the holy town
Commissioner Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal who is also
chairman of Navratra festival celebration
Committee presided over the meeting.
The meeting was
informed that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board
(SMVDSB), Tourism Department, members of the
local committees of Katra town, Tourism Industry
of Jammu Region, other Government Departments,
Song & Drama Division (GoI) and NGOs would
jointly work for making the Navratra Festival a
It was divulged
that Navratra festival celebrations would
commence in the morning at Katra on September 28.
discussed the events of Navratra festival which
mainly included cultural procession (Shoba
Devotional Song Competition, International
Wrestling Competition, Evening Cultural programme
by Song and Drama Division, cultural programme by
school children, religious discourse, exhibition
of departmental stalls, hassya vayang and Kavi
Samelan would be the main attractions.
Among others those
present in the meeting included DIG
Udhampur-Reasi Jagjit Kumar, Additional Chief
Executive Officer SMVDSB Dr. M. K. Bandari,
District Development Commissioner Reasi, P. K.
Pole, Director Tourism Jammu Robin Singh Mehta,
Director Health Services Jammu Dr. Madhu Khullar,
SSP Reasi Keshav Chorsia, Joint Director
Information Soujanya Sharma, Deputy Director
Tourism Arvind Kotwal (Nodal officer), Dy CEO
SMVDSB Rashpaul Singh, Senior officers from
Traffic, PWD, PHE, PDD and other concerned
departments, members of Navratra celebration
Committee and President of different Associations
Katra associated with Navratra Festival.
Angral gets GOC-in-C's medal
Romesh Angral, Superintendent of Police and
Staff Officer to IGP Jammu Dilbagh Singh, has
been awarded commendation medal of General
Officer Commanding-in-Charge (GOC-in-C), Northern
Command Lt Gen K T Parnaik for excellent work
done by him.
Mr Angral had
earlier been posted as SP (Counter Intelligence)
Jammu. During his posting as the SP CI, several
operations were undertaken by various security
agencies on his information leading to successful
operations in which a number of militants were
killed, injured or arrested.
In view of this,
Mr Angral has been awarded the Northern
Commander's commendation medal, a rare feat.
commendation medal, the role of Mr Angral has
been appreciated in gathering Intelligence inputs
for anti-militancy operations.
suspended in attempt to suicide
by under trial prisoner
SSP Jammu, Anand Jain today ordered
departmental enquiry into suicide attempt by an
under trial and placed two cops under suspension.
said that an under trial Surinder Kumar, who was
lodged in the lock up of the Court Complex at
Janipur on September 2, was taken to the bathroom
by Head Constable Rajinder Singh and Constable
Jasvinder Singh on the request of the former.
In the bathroom,
the under trial tried to cut his veins with the
metal that he was wearing on his wrist. On
getting information, ASI Balbir Singh, incharge
of the police party immediately informed Janipur
notice of this lapse on the part of police
officials, SSP Jammu has ordered a departmental
enquiry against the Incharge party ASI Balbir
Singh, HC Rajinder Singh and Constable Jasvinder
Singh. The HC Rajinder Singh and Constable
Jasvinder Singh have also been placed under
turns out to be killer of bhabhi
Police today arrested brother-in-law (devar)
of a woman Shakuntla Devi, who was murdered in a
canal at Kanachak on August 17 this year. Body of
the woman was recovered from the canal under
identified the killer as Raj Kumar son of Thoru
Ram R/o Camp Kanachak.
Police said Raj
Kumar was holding grudge against his brother Bal
Krishan (husband of Shakuntla Devi) as their
father had allotted him more land. On the fateful
day when Shakuntla Devi was returning to her
house after day's work, Raj Kumar stabbed on her
head and then drowned her in the canal.
The Board of
Doctors had conducted post-mortem and confirmed
multiple injuries on the woman's head.
Police said Raj
Kumar was subjected to grilling during which he
confessed his crime. He admitted that he had
killed his `bhabi' by inflicting three stab
wounds on her and then drowned her in the canal.
He had also removed her ear rings.
Police said a
murder case under Section 302 RPC has been
registered against the accused at Kanachak police
A Kanachak police
team headed by SHO Jaipal Sharma made the arrest
of the killer under the supervision of Additional
SP Jammu Rajesh Sharma and SDPO Diwakar Singh.
thorough scrutiny of PG teachers documents
The J&K Post Graduate Teachers'
Association (PGTA) today demanded thorough
scrutiny of documents of those PG
Teachers/Masters elevated as Incharge Lecturers
in various subjects.
Addressing a press
conference here, Naresh Kumar, convenor of
Association, said that School Education
Department issued the lists of PG
Teachers/Masters for their elevation as Incharge
Lecturers in various subjects. He alleged that
many candidates, who found place in the list
prepared by the School Education Department for
their elevation as Incharge Lecturers have done
their PG after 1989 without having undergone
10+2+3 pattern in graduation or having done
Mr Naresh also
alleged that various in-service teachers/masters
in the Department had acquired PG Degrees from
unrecognized study centers and availing the
opportunity as incharge lecturers, their
documents should be verified properly and
fraudulent degree holders punished strictly.
These candidates have played a fraud with the
Government exchequer and in turn the Government
was rewarding them with benefits of elevation as
Incharge Lecturers, he added.
president of Association, demanded thorough
scrutiny of documents or after proper
verification of PG Degrees of such candidates
before elevating them as Incharge Lecturers.
He also urged the
Government to regularize the incharge lecturers
on yearly basis and not through one time
Among others who
interacted with media persons included Rajinder
Singh, Raj Singh, Ajay Kumar and others.
students arrested for compelling girl to end life
City police today arrested two students on the
charged of compelling a teen-ager 11th class
student Amanpreet Kour to commit suicide in her
house at Jhullaka Mohalla on August 20.
The students were
arrested after evidence was gathered against them
for harassing the girl forcing her to end her
The boys, arrested
today by Pacca Danga police from their houses,
have been identified as Sonal son of Kamal Nain
and Shubam son of Sukhbir Singh, both residents
of Jhullaka Mohalla. The girl was their
Police said the
boys had been harassing the girl threatening her
to put her photographs on the internet.
The girl ended her
life by hanging herself in her house on August 20
to save her family from harassment.
The boys have been
booked under Section 306 for abetment to suicide
at Pacca Danga police station.
Arrests were made
by the police teams headed by SDPO City Kulbir
Honda and SHO Pacca Danga Surinder Khadyal.
recruitments held in violation of laws: Harsh
National Panthers Party working chairman and
MLA, Harshdev Singh, has condemned the violation
of norms, procedures and recruitment rules in the
recently held recruitment rallies of police
constables in different parts of the State.
recruitments were held in contravention of
Constitutional guarantees as stipulated in
Article 14 and 16 of the constitution for purpose
of employment, as no wide publicity to selection
process was given through issuance of
advertisement notices in leading newspapers,
thereby providing ample opportunity to maximum
eligible youth as also holding of selection
process on the basis of established criteria and
Governor to take cognizance of all such irregular
selections, Harshdev Singh demanded a fair deal
to all eligible candidates with directions to
hold such selections as per recruitment rules and
also covering all the 22 districts of the State.
The NPP MLA has
also urged the State High Court to take suo motto
cognizance of the gross abuse of the process of
law in the matter of public employment by the
Mr Singh also rued
the non-observance of norms and stipulated
guidelines in the matter of out-of-turn
promotions to police personnel. He also
castigated the Police Department for filling up
of cadre posts from amongst the non-cadre police
He further urged
the State Government to ensure early redressal of
the concerns of agitating Home Guards,
Physiotherapists, ITI Trained Youth, Agricultural
Technocrats, unemployed doctors and engineers,
daily wagers, contractual and consolidated
workers besides other unemployed youth in
conformity with its public pronouncements.
Rajiv appointed as First Dean Research at JU
The University of Jammu (JU) today appointed
Prof Rajiv Gupta as First Dean Research in order
to cater to research area in the campus.
The University of
Jammu administration under the chairmanship of
Prof Varun Sahni in a meeting today issued the
order of Prof Rajiv Gupta as the First Dean
Research to strengthen the research area.
Prof Gupta had
very rich experience in academics and research
and is one of the senior most professors of the
Jammu University. He had served on various posts
in JU administration and is a leading organic
chemist besides having made great contribution at
National and International levels.
He is also Dean
Sciences holding additional charge of Director,
Colleges Development Council.
reviews PHE, Irrigation sectors
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said
that his Government has flagged supply of safe
drinking water as one of the most important
concerns and measures are afoot to make
remarkable dent in this sector .
flagship programmes under execution in PHE and
Irrigation sectors in the State at a meeting
here, he said that the numerous schemes launched
in these sectors have started yielding
"While we are
concentrating on universalising drinking water
supply facility across the State, the focus is on
upgrading and improving the irrigation potential
to make new strides in agricultural
production", he added.
Speaking in the
meeting the Minister for PHE and Irrigation Taj
Mohi-ud-Din gave details of the schemes and
measures taken in these sectors.
The Minister said
that various flagship programmes under
implementation in the State with Central funding
would give considerable flip to the efforts of
the Government in covering all the habitations
and entire population under protected drinking
water supply programme.
Taj said that
under a comprehensive programme all the water
supply schemes in the State would be fitted with
filtration plants. He said that filtration plants
have been installed in 400 water supply schemes
out of 900 such schemes. The facility for the
rest would be completed within next two years.
The Minister of
State for PHE Nisar Aslam Wani and Advisors to
the Chief Minister Mubark Gul and Devender Singh
Rana were present.
In a power point
presentation made by Commissioner/ Secretary PHE
and Irrigation Mehboob Iqbal, it was stated that
under the National Rural Drinking Water Programme
(NRDWP) launched in the State in April 2009 an
amount of over Rs. 1047 crore have been spent so
far to cover 903 habitations for providing
He said as many as
9536 schools housed in Government buildings have
been provided drinking water connections while
2000 schools are being given this facility during
this year. He said that 2295 water supply schemes
have been taken up for execution of which 1257
have been completed and rest are on various
stages of execution.
He said out of 534
minor irrigation projects taken up for
implementation under Accelerated Irrigation
Benefit Programme (AIBP), as many as 317 have
been completed by March,2011 and 204 schemes are
being completed in 2011-12.
He said a
comprehensive food management project for River
Jehlum has been prepared at an estimated cost of
Rs.2200 crore and out of it priority works
involving Rs.97 crore have been approved by the
releases Khayal's "Progressive Literary
Movement in Kashmir"
Governor N. N. Vohra has called for revival
and promotion of literary activities in a big way
to restore the Sufi traditions and pristine glory
of Kashmir as an abode of literary discussions
and philosophical, intellectual and religious
debates and discourses in the past centuries.
The Governor was
addressing after releasing a book,
"Progressive Literary Movement in
Kashmir", written by Ghulam Nabi Khayal, a
noted poet, writer and journalist, at a function
held at Kashmir University here this evening.
observed that all the stakeholders need to take
all required initiatives for the promotion of
art, culture, languages and literature for which
Kashmir was known in the centuries past.
Referring to Mr.
Khayal's book, "Progressive Literary
Movement in Kashmir", the Governor said that
it marks an important new chapter in the revival
of Kashmir's glorious past and rich literary
presented the Umar Majid Memorial Award to Mr.
Khayal on the occasion, which comprised a shawl
and a memento.
Dr. Abdul Wahid,
Vice Chancellor, Central University, Kashmir,
presented a critical appreciation of Mr. Khayal's
Prof. Talat Ahmad,
Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, threw light
on the multi-dimensional personality of Mr.
Khayal and the books authored by him.
In his address,
Hamidullah Bhat, Director, National Council for
Promotion of Urdu Language, New Delhi gave
details of the activities of his organization and
those aimed at the promotion of literary
activities in the State.
Dr. Farooq Fayyaz
of the Department of History, University of
Kashmir, presented a paper regarding Mr. Khayal's
book, "Progressive Literary Movement in
Ghulam Nabi Khayal
speaking on the occasion, dwelt on his literary
career and 27 books authored by him so far and,
besides, those to be published shortly.
Manhas, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of
Art, Culture and Languages. Qaisar Nizami and
Shazia Basheer also spoke on the occasion.
refugees court arrest, released
Hundreds of PoK displaced people today staged
a demonstration and offered their arrest at
Bakshi Nagar Police Station in protest against
the failure of Government to settle their
with flags and banners in their hands were
shouting slogans against the callous attitude of
the Government towards their demands. The
protestors included a seizable number of women
and children. They warned to continue the
struggle till it reached its logical conclusion.
protestors led by Rachpal Singh Chib president of
PoK Refugees Front, which is spearheading the
agitation, took out a procession from Maheshpora
Chowk to Bakshi Nagar Police Station this
afternoon before courting arrest. They staged a
peaceful demonstration on road in front of Police
Station. However all the arrested refugees were
demonstrators, Chib said that the refugees from
Chhamb, Deva, Watala, Manawar, Bhimber, Mirpur,
Kotli, Baag, Palandari, Poonch and Muzafarabad
were totally neglected in the comprehensive
settlement package by the successive governments.
He said these
hapless people were displaced in 1947, 1965 and
1971 wars and their entire property was gifted by
Government of India to Pakistan under Shimla
Agreement in 1972. Thousands of non camp refugees
have been registered till date but after the
passage of so many years their problems have not
been solved, he added.
Chib said that two
generations of these hapless refugees have
vanished passing the days in abject poverty and
miseries but successive governments did not pay
any heed to settle the issue and fulfill the
promises made with them from time to time.
Making a scathing
attack on State Government he said it always
became a stumbling block in redressal of their
problems and providing them the comprehensive
He said the
majority of these refuges were settled at
Indo-Pak border and they faced interment
skirmishes and heavy firing by the Pak army. He
warned that the Front will continue its agitation
for the rights of the DPs numbering about 15 lakh
to 20 lakh and the ongoing movement of court
arrest will continues till the refugees were
provided with justice.
course for new batch of KAS
The Financial Commissioner, Revenue Pramod
Jain today inaugurated four month Revenue
Training Course for newly inducted KAS officers
at Government Revenue Training Institute, Revenue
Addressing the KAS
officers, the Financial Commissioner stressed
upon the officers to acquaint themselves with
Revenue Records, Laws related to Revenue and
problems of the civil society. He further asked
officers to mix up with the rural masses, listen
their problems and difficulties being faced by
them in connection with settling their long
pending revenue records and sort out them with
their quick response and best possible solutions.
Mr. Jain also
emphasized them to learn the basics of the
revenue related laws etc. He also stressed for
public services maintenance act and said that the
common people particularly the rural masses have
great expectations from them.
Commissioner also stressed upon the new KAS
officers for strict punctuality, well dress and
professionalism while dealing with public matters
and asked them to utilize all their resources
while exercising their professional duties to
redress the grievances of the people.
Financial Commissioner also inspected the Central
Record Room after listening the public grievances
and passed immediate directions for issuance of
copies of revenue records to the needy persons.
He further said there must be a proper system to
be adopted for issuance of tokens for smooth
functioning of the land record room.
Firdous Sultan, Director Land Records, Kashmir,
Abdul Rashid Dar and Settlement Officer, Kashmir,
Gazi Ahmad Pandit were present on the occasion.
settled in Lok Adalats
Seventeen cases were decided in the Lok
Adalats held at Jammu and Reasi.
A permanent Lok
Adalat was held in the District Court Complex,
Janipur under the chairmanship of Principal
District and Sessions Judge, Jang Bahadur Singh
A bench comprising
Sanjay Dhar, Presiding Officer MACT Jammu and G K
Pandit, Additional District Judge (Bank Cases),
Jammu, took up 12 cases and eight of them were
settled. An amount of Rs 37,50,000 was awarded as
In Reasi, the Lok
Adalat was held under the chairmanship of Rajesh
Sekhri, Principal District and Sessions Judge,
A total of 24
cases were taken up out of which two post
litigation and seven pre-litigation cases were
The bench was
presided over by Rajesh Sekhri, who was assisted
by Sudesh Sharma, Munsiff Reasi.
stages protest against Omar's
statement on Afzal Guru
Sept 5 :
BJP continues its tirade against the Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah for his remarks on 2002
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as BJYM, the
youth wing of the Party, today took out a protest
rally and held demonstration against Mr Abdullah.
Led by BJYM state
chief, Muneesh Sharma, the BJYM activists
participated in the rally and also staged
demonstration in Maheshpura area here. They also
jostled with the Police as the irate Party
activists torched the effigy of Mr Abdullah.
activists also received minor injuries in the
melee while the clothes of others were also torn.
Accusing Omar of
playing the communal card, the protesters
demanded Centre's intervention in the issue.
his statement in support of Afzal Guru. It is
aimed at vote-bank politics to address the
separatist constituency of Kashmir Valley. It is
against country. Chief Minister is playing
communal card by appeasing a particular
faith," Sharma told reporters later.
Sharma said such
statements by Omar were against the "spirit
of the Constitution".
The BJYM also
accused Omar of discriminating with the Jammu
region, and asked the Congress to clarify its
stand over his announcement of amnesty to
stone-pelters during last year's unrest.
"We want that
Congress Ministers from Jammu should clarify
whether they had also supported Omar's
announcement of amnesty to stone pelters and
discrimination with Jammu youth," Sharma
said, demanding withdrawal of cases against Jammu
youth who were arrested during Amarnath land row
be two set of rules for Kashmir and Jammu
youths," he added.
The prominent BJYM
activists who participated in the demonstration
included Parimoksh Seth, Sanjay Baru, Vijay
Choudhary, Surinder Choudhary, Munish Khajuria
and Vipin Shastri.
Rs 21 cr
released under SDRF: Bhalla
The Government has accorded sanction to
release of 15.33 crore under SDRF for clearing
the liabilities on account of restoration works
done in three regions of the State in wake of
flash floods, cloudburst and hailstorm.
This was informed
by the Minister for Revenue, Relief and
Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla at a high level
meeting of Revenue Officers, here this morning.
Minister of State for Finance Manohar Lal Sharma,
Commissioner/Secretary, Revenue Department Kachoo
Isfandyar Khan besides other senior officers of
Revenue and Relief Departments were present in
further informed that Government has also
sanctioned Rs. 6 crore in favour of Financial
Commissioner, Relief for further release to
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and Divisional
Commissioner, Kashmir in equal share of Rs. 3
Mr. Bhalla said
Government has sanctioned Rs. 654.59 lakh for
temporary restoration of public utilities damaged
due to cloudburst and flashfloods during the
month of July and August, 2010.
input subsidy in favour of district Jammu, Kathua
and Udhampur, the Government has also sanctioned
Rs. 878.008 lakh in the wake of incidence of
hailstorm in Jammu division during the month of
October 2010. He said the funds will be utilized
strictly as per the norms under SDRF scheme and
utilization certificate will be furnished by the
concerned well in time.
restoration of public utilities in flood affected
areas of the division, Mr. Bhalla said the work
is going one on war-footing.
The Minister asked
the flood affected families to personally
approach the Revenue officers along with lists of
losses so that the relief could be disbursed
after proper verification by the officers.
meeting, Mr. Sharma informed the Revenue Minister
about the damages and losses caused due to
flashfloods and incessant rains in the Kathua
district during the month of July and August this
year. Mr. Bhalla assured that all help from
Revenue and Relief Departments would be provided
to the flood victims of the Kathua district. He
said instructions were issued to DDC for
submission of lists of losses of public and
private properties so that the relief under NCRF
and SDRF could be provided to them under norms
fixed by the Government.
Earlier, at Bhour
Camp and Raipur Satwari, Mr. Bhalla visited and
assessed the development related issues of the
people. He said Government is committed to
provide all infrastructural facilities to the
people across the State especially peripheries of
Urban pockets, adding there is no constraint of
funds in developing every corner of the State on
Jitendra delivers lecture on diabetes
Diabetes CME Update programme for Physicians,
Diabetologists and MD scholars was organized in
which Dr Jitendra Singh, a renowned diabetologist
delivered the lecture to aware the masse about
the reasons for increasing diabetes among the
While speaking Dr
Jitendra Singh, elaborated with the help of power
point presentation that Vitamin D, traditionally
known as sunshine vitamin is primarily provided
by the sunlight and is not only essential for the
strength and well-being of bones but has now been
understood to play a vital role in the metabolism
of glucose and maintenance of blood Sugar levels
in the body.
Dr Jitendra Singh
further explained that while in persons with type
2 Diabetes Mellitus, sufficient amounts of
Vitamin D help in improving Insulin sensitivity,
in type 1 Diabetes it helps by acting as an
immunomodulator. He added even in pregnancy,
deficiency of vitamin D leads to increased risk
of Gestational Diabetes as well as adverse
pregnancy outcomes. Deficiency of Vitamin D also
increases risk of diabetic complications on
heart, kidneys etc, he added.
According to Dr
Jitendra Singh, the common causes of Vitamin D
deficiency in modern times include less of sun
exposure, changing lifestyle and diet, use of
sun-screens, staying mostly indoors, formal dress
codes, certain medicines and drugs etc and
therefore he recommended use of Vitamin D
supplement tablets and sachets wherever required.
On the occasion,
Dr Krishan Lal Gupta, oldest practicing physician
of the age of 82 was also felicitated. The
scientific session was chaired by Dr Bharat
Bhushan Gupta, HoD, Medicine, Government Medical
College (GMC) Jammu.
rejects bail of 2 brothers in murder case
Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, Jang Bhadur
Singh Jamwal today rejected the bail application
of two brothers in a murder case filed by Rajesh
Kumar husband of deceased and Naresh Kumar
brother-in-law of the deceased Asha Devi.
According to the
police case, Asha Devi, wife of Rajesh Kumar made
a dying declaration which was attested by the
Executive Magistrate stating that she was married
with Rajesh Kumar, son of Dewan Chand of RS Pura
five/ six years back and since then her husband
was quarreling with her on one pretest or
another. In January 2010, she was set ablaze by
her husband with the assistance of her
brother-in-law Naresh Kumar.
Acting on dying
declaration of Asha Devi, police registered a
case under Section 302 RPC and after completion
of investigation presented challan in the Court.
Advocate R K Kotwal appearing for the
accused/applicants and Public Prosecutor for the
State, Principal Sessions Judge observed,
"at this stage when the trial is in
progress, it cannot be held that accused are not
guilty of offence punishable with death penalty
or imprisonment for life".
observations, Court dismissed the bail
MNRE inaugurates projects in Leh
The Secretary, MNRE, Deepak Gupta today
inaugurated a number of MNRE projects under
Ladakh Initiative Program of Prime Minister's
Commissioner, Leh Tsering Angchok, Director,
MNRE, Dr. AK Singhal, Project Director, LREDA,
Jigmet Takpa and officers and engineers of LREDA
were present at the inaugural function at
At the Residential
hostel of Jawaharlal Nehru Vidyalaya (JNV) Leh,
Mr Deepak inaugurated a Rs 25.00 lakh Solar Steam
Cooking System which is capable to cook for
500-600 persons. This pilot project manufactured
by Tharmax company is fully funded by the MNRE
and designed and implemented by the Ladakh
Renewable Energy Development Agency of LAHDC,
The other MNRE
projects which were inaugurated by the Secretary
MNRE included Solar Power Plant at Jama Masjit
Leh, 2000 litres Solar water Heater (Evacuted
Tube Collector) at Lingzi hotel, 3000 litres
Solar water Heater at Ladakh Residency Hotel,
Solar Dish Cooking System at Lingshed Area
Development Foundation at Shey-Smanla and Solar
Power Plant at Primary Health Center, Chushot.
Later talking to
the media persons, Mr. Deepak Gupta said that
MNRE is in the process of experimenting different
type of solar energy products in Ladakh in view
of vast potential in this field. He said that
their attempts so far fetched good results in
Ladakh. He said in view of larger benefit to the
people as well as students of this region, the
MNRE is giving priority in providing solar
products to educational institutions, medicals
establishments and other community centres on
Commissioner, Tsering Angchok apprised the
Secretary, MNRE about the progress of
installation work at other places.
Convocation of IGNOU held
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
organized its 24th Convocation today at IGNOU
Maidan Garhi New Delhi Headquarters and
simultaneously at its 44 Regional Centres across
the country including Regional Centre Jammu via
Dr. (Mrs.) D.
Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human
Resource Development, was the chief guest and
delivered the Convocation Address and E. Ahamed,
Minister of State for Human Resource Development
and External Affairs, delivered the Special
Convocation Address and Felicitation Address at
IGNOU Headquarters at New Delhi. On this occasion
D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) was conferred upon his
holiness The Dalai Lama.
Jammu was held at Auditorium, Govt. College for
Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Prof. R N K Bamezai,
Vice Chancellor, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi
University, Katra was the guest of honour on this
occasion. He awarded degrees and diplomas to the
eligible learners. A total of 792 learners from
Regional Centre Jammu were declared successful
and eligible to receive Diplomas and Degree
Certificates out of which about 234 learners were
awarded Degrees and Diplomas in the Convocation
function at Jammu in person.
termed the 24th Convocation of IGNOU as an
occasion of celebration of IGNOU's achievements
to be referred to as the People's University
accessible to all those far and wide who
otherwise would have lost the opportunity to
acquire higher education, improve upon their
qualification and increase the chances of
K K Bhat, presented the Regional Centre Report on
the occasion of and 15th Convocation of the
Regional Centre Jammu since its establishment in
the year 1998. In his report, Bhat presented a
description of the initiatives that Indira Gandhi
National Open University and the Regional Centre
Jammu have taken to strengthen the Student
support services network as a whole.
pays floral tribute to martyr
S PURA, Sept 5: Minister for Medical Education,
Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports, R
S Chib on Monday paid floral tribute to Shaheed
Sepoy Romesh Lal at his native village Kaloyan in
Suchetgarh of R. S. Pura tehsil on his 13th
Romesh Lal attained martyrdom on September 5,
1998 while fighting with Pakistani Army in Poonch
Sector. He was serving in 8 Dogra Bn.
role of security forces in fighting the militancy
in the state, Mr. Chib said that the valiant
soldiers of Indian Army and other security forces
have made great sacrifices to save Jammu and
Kashmir from the enemies both from outside and
within the state. He said hundreds of Army, BSF
and other security forces personnel laid down
their lives while fighting militants and
protecting the frontiers of the state.
"It is due to
their sacrifices that peace is returning in the
state paving the way for development and
growth", Chib said, adding that the people
in the State who were living in constant threat
of the gun are now able to breath in a free
atmosphere and enjoy the fruits of development.
Mr. Chib said that
Suchetgarh Octroi Post would be constructed on
the pattern of Wagha Border for tourism
promotion. He said that under Border Tourism, Rs.
5 crore is being spent on first phase for
construction of park, war memorial, photo gallery
of martyrs of the area, shops etc for which
economy of R. S. Pura block will be improved. He
said that various stadiums are coming up in R. S.
Ch. Sham Lal, Sub Divisional Magistrate, R. S.
Pura, Ashwani Khajuria, SSP HG, Bhupinder Singh,
SP Rural, Shailender Singh, Ch. Chela Ram Father
of Late Sepoy, Krishna Devi mother of Late Sepoy,
Sarpanches/panches of the area and large number
of people were present on the occasion and paid
floral tribute to Shaheed Romesh Lal.
making Poonch Hospital polythene free zone
Sept 5: Member
Legislative Assembly Poonch Ajaz Ahmed Jan today
chaired Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) meeting in which
directions were passed for complete ban of
polythene bags in Hospital Complex.
In the meeting,
MLA issued direction to Chief Medical Officer and
Superintendent District Hospital for issuing an
order to completely ban polythene bags inside
Hospital premises. He said that fine should be
imposed on the persons who transport polythene
bags inside the premises according to law.
directions to the Drug Controller to hold
surprise visits of Poonch Market to check the
medicines being sold by the chemist shops. He
said that market checking is important for the
health of the ailing patients.
asked Superintendent District Hospital to make
all Ambulance active for meeting any disaster. He
said that poor people under BPL category will not
be charged for use of ambulance. In this regard,
he issued orders to Superintendent.
travel advisory against J&K: Jora to UK
Government today made a fervent appeal to the
Britain to lift Travel Advisory against the Jammu
and Kashmir as the situation here has
A strong plea in
this regard was made today by the Minister for
Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora while
interacting with British Deputy High
Commissioner, Jullan Evans who along with a team
of senior officers is on a three days visit to
Mr. Jora reminded
him that Germany has already lifted Travel
Advisory against J&K following which a large
number of foreign tourists have visited the
State. He said lifting of Travel Advisory by the
Britain will also lure tourists of commonwealth
countries like Australia, Newzealand, Canada to
He said tourism is
the mainstay of State's economy and the State
Government has launched a vigorous tourism
promotion campaign at the country as well as in
overseas countries. He said recently a team of
senior tourism officers along with
representatives of tour and travel trade, Shikara
wallas and House Boat owners visited Malaysia to
showcase State's rich tourism treasure.
Mr Jora apprized
the British Deputy High Commissioner about
various tourism promotion measures under taken by
the Government, adding that main focus is to
bring virgin tourism places on the canvass of
world tourism map. The creation of world class
tourism infrastructure is also priority of the
Government, Mr. Jora added.
He said Government
has established about 20 tourism development
authorities to exploit vast tourism potential
across the State. "Our motto is to diversify
tourism itinerary to newer and virgin places like
Bangus, Gurez, Doodpathri, Verinag, Kokernag,
Aharabal, Wullar, Mansbal etc beyond the main
tourist destinations of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Mr. Jora also
apprized the visiting British team about vast
pilgrim tourism potential of the State, adding
that the number of Vaishno Devi pilgrims could
touch one crore mark whereas the Amarnath yatris
have touched all time high of over 6.35 lakh this
He also briefed
about distinct and diverse culture and religions
existing in three district regions- Kashmir,
Jammu and Ladakh of the State, adding that
despite this diversity, the people of the State
live in harmony and brotherhood which is the
hallmark of the State's rich cultural ethos.
takes stock of people's problems
Minister of State for Haj and Auqaf Aijaz
Ahmed Khan today conducted a public darbar at
Arnas to listen to the public grievances and
demands as well.
On the occasion,
the Minister distributed appointment orders among
9 Anganwadi workers and 13 helpers besides
inaugurating the installation of high mast light
worth Rs. 11.5 lakh in the area. He also
distributed 6 cheques among the beneficiaries
Speaking on the
occasion, Mr. Aijaz said that Government is fully
aware of the problems being faced by the people
of hilly areas and several measures are being
taken to mitigate the same. He asked the people
to cooperate with the Government so that the
development programmes launched could yield
The people of the
area projected various demands and grievances
mainly related to safe drinking water, better
road connectivity, un-interrupted electricity,
filling of vacant posts, installation of poles
and transformers, employment to youth of the
exhorted upon the officers to work in a more
organized manner to ensure better services to the
people of every area of the State could be met
successfully. He also directed the officers to
work on war footing for the completion of various
development projects which are being executed in
Arnas and adjoining areas. He asked the officers
to use quality material in the construction works
and ensure their timely completion.
poet Yash Sharma passes away
Eminent Dogri poet and writer, Yash Sharma
passed away at his residence here at Gandhi Nagar
this morning. He was 82.
Awardee who was popularly known as "Dogri
Geeton Ka Raaj Kumar" was unwell for the
past several years. However, despite his illness
and frail health he remained a prolific writer
all through his life and remained most loved and
respected figure in the literary circles of the
compiled a new poetry book, Boond Trailu Di (Dew
Drop). The book by the octogenarian poet came
within a span of less than four months after an
anthology of his Dogri poetry, Hun Main Utthein
Nahin Rohanda (Now I No Longer Live There)
compiled under Writer in Residency scholarship
awarded by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, was
released in Jammu University.
A recipient of
many literary awards, Yash started writing poetry
during his college days under the tutelage of
famous Hindi poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Sharma
retired from Radio Kashmir and wrote three
volumes of poetry including, Jo Tere Man Chitt
Laggi Ja, the book fetched him the Sahitya
Akademi Award, Bedi Pattan Sanjh Mallah, Hun Main
Utthein Nahin Rohanda and Boond Trailu Di.
Besides, there is also an English translation of
his poetry, Tale of a Virgin river. He also wrote
popular songs of the first Dogri film.
He is survived by
his wife, noted Hindi writer, Raksha Sharma,
three daughters including noted peace singer of
the subcontinent, Seema Anil Sehgal, Shayamla,
Shailja Sharma and a son Dr. Aseem Sharma.
and cultural organizations including writers and
poets have expressed shock and grief over the
death of Yash. According to them the poet will
continue to live on through his immortal songs
which have already attained the status of folk
songs in public psyche.
Gumat traders stage dharna
A sit in dharna was held by the members of J
P Chowk below Gumat Traders Association here
today in protest against the Government for not
renovating the road in the area which was dug six
President of the
Association, S Gurdarshan Singh said that big
pipes for sewerage have been kept on the road for
last six months and the work on the laying of
pipes was started only after the holy Amarnath
yatra started. This way the business season of
the Bazar and hotel owners was badly affected and
traders of the bazar suffered a heavy loss.
He said the
Department had given an assurance that when the
main hole covers will be laid the construction
work of the road will be taken up in hand. Now
all main holes have been laid but still the
renovation of the road has not been taken up in
hand till date, he alleged.
demanded that top priority be given to black
topping of the road otherwise the traders of the
area will intensify the agitation. Besides the
president of the Association prominent among
others who were on dharna included Vinod Sharma
chairman of the Association, Murarilal its
general secretary, Rajesh Gupta secretary,
Rajinder Mehra casher, Jyoti Sarup Gupta legal
advisor, Gagan Aneja.
seals building at Gandhi Nagar
Jammu Municipal Corporation sealed yet
another building at Gandhi Nagar on the
instructions of SC Sawhney, JMC Commissioner,
staff led by Chief Enforcement Officer while
continuing the drive against the violation of
land use sealed the garage of one Banarsi Dass
rented by Tarun Gupta to R K Arora where the
Cam-Zone Arora Foto Goods showroom was opened at
17 B/B Gandhi Nagar, Jammu under the provisions
of J&K Control of Building Operation Act.
The team also
demolished the ramp and stairs, which were raised
by encroaching upon part of lane at Gangyal,
Jammu. The said drive was conducted with the
assistance and co-operation of police force from
Gandhi Nagar and Gangyal Police Stations and from
District Police Lines, Jammu.