Teaching fraternity architect of future : CM

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SRINAGAR, Sept 5: 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 ..more

Fill up all admission seats in both Agricultural Universities: Vohra, Omar

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SRINAGAR, 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 ...more

Navratra Festival
from Sept 28

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JAMMU, 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 of Katra. ...more

SP Angral gets GOC-in-C's medal

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 .....more

2 suspended in attempt to suicide by under trial prisoner

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JAMMU, Sept 5:  SSP Jammu, Anand Jain today ordered departmental enquiry into suicide attempt by an under trial and placed two cops under suspension. Police spokesman said ...more

Devar turns out to be killer of bhabhi

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 mysterious circumstances....more

PGTA for thorough
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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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....more

Two students arrested
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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 life...more

     
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Teaching fraternity architect of future : CM

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 5: 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 examinations.

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.

Fill up all admission seats in both
Agricultural Universities: Vohra, Omar

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SRINAGAR, 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 the State.

The Governor 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 today.

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.

The Governor 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.

The Chief 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 direction.

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 Ladakh regions.

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, Kashmir.

Navratra Festival from Sept 28

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JAMMU, 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 of Katra.

The Divisional 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 successful event.

It was divulged that Navratra festival celebrations would commence in the morning at Katra on September 28.

The meeting discussed the events of Navratra festival which mainly included cultural procession (Shoba yatra).

All India 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.

SP Angral gets GOC-in-C's medal

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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.

In the commendation medal, the role of Mr Angral has been appreciated in gathering Intelligence inputs for anti-militancy operations.

2 suspended in attempt to suicide
by under trial prisoner

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JAMMU, Sept 5:  SSP Jammu, Anand Jain today ordered departmental enquiry into suicide attempt by an under trial and placed two cops under suspension.

Police spokesman 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 Police Station.

Taking strong 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 suspension.

Devar turns out to be killer of bhabhi

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 mysterious circumstances.

Police today 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 station.

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.

PGTA for thorough scrutiny of PG teachers’ documents

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 bridge course.

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.

Paramjeet Singh, 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 exemption.

Among others who interacted with media persons included Rajinder Singh, Raj Singh, Ajay Kumar and others.

Two students arrested for compelling girl to end life

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 life.

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 neighbour.

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.

Police recruitments held in violation of laws: Harsh

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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.

He said 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 stipulated norms.

Urging the 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 State Government.

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 personnel.

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.

Prof Rajiv appointed as First Dean Research at JU

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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.

Omar reviews PHE, Irrigation sectors

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 5: 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 .

Reviewing the 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 encouraging results.

"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 drinking water.

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 Centre Government.

Governor releases Khayal's "Progressive Literary Movement in Kashmir"

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SRINAGAR, Sept 5: 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.

The Governor 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 history.

The Governor 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 book.

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 Kashmir".

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.

Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. Qaisar Nizami and Shazia Basheer also spoke on the occasion.

PoK refugees court arrest, released

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 demands.

The protestors 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.

Earlier the 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 released later.

Addressing the 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 settlement package.

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.

Training course for new batch of KAS
officers inaugurated

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SRINAGAR, Sept 5: The Financial Commissioner, Revenue Pramod Jain today inaugurated four month Revenue Training Course for newly inducted KAS officers at Government Revenue Training Institute, Revenue Complex Bemina.

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.

The Financial 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.

Meanwhile, the 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.

Principal, RTI, Firdous Sultan, Director Land Records, Kashmir, Abdul Rashid Dar and Settlement Officer, Kashmir, Gazi Ahmad Pandit were present on the occasion.

17 cases settled in Lok Adalats

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 Jamwal.

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 compensation.

In Reasi, the Lok Adalat was held under the chairmanship of Rajesh Sekhri, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Reasi.

A total of 24 cases were taken up out of which two post litigation and seven pre-litigation cases were decided.

The bench was presided over by Rajesh Sekhri, who was assisted by Sudesh Sharma, Munsiff Reasi.

BJYM stages protest against Omar's
statement on Afzal Guru

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Some BJYM 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.

"We condemn 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 in 2008.

"There cannot 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

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 the meeting.

The Minister 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 crore.

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.

For providing 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.

Regarding 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.

During the 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 modern lines.

Dr Jitendra delivers lecture on diabetes

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 people.

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.

Court rejects bail of 2 brothers in murder case

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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.

After hearing 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".

With these observations, Court dismissed the bail application.

Secretary MNRE inaugurates projects in Leh

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Leh, Sept 5: The Secretary, MNRE, Deepak Gupta today inaugurated a number of MNRE projects under Ladakh Initiative Program of Prime Minister's special package.

The Deputy 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 different places.

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, Leh.

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 huge subsidy.

The Deputy Commissioner, Tsering Angchok apprised the Secretary, MNRE about the progress of installation work at other places.

24th Convocation of IGNOU held

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 tele-conferencing.

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.

Convocation at 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.

Prof. Bamezai 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 employment.

Regional Director, 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.

Chib pays floral tribute to martyr

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R 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 martyrdom.

Shaheed Sepoy Romesh Lal attained martyrdom on September 5, 1998 while fighting with Pakistani Army in Poonch Sector. He was serving in 8 Dogra Bn.

Highlighting the 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. Pura block.

MLA Suchetgarh, 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.

MLA for making Poonch Hospital polythene free zone

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POONCH, 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.

He issued 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.

Meanwhile MLA 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.

Lift travel advisory against J&K: Jora to UK

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SRINAGAR, Sept 5: Government today made a fervent appeal to the Britain to lift Travel Advisory against the Jammu and Kashmir as the situation here has considerably improved.

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 Kashmir.

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 Kashmir.

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 year.

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.

Aijaz takes stock of people's problems

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 under NFBS.

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 optimum results.

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 area, etc.

The Minister 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.

Dogri poet Yash Sharma passes away

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JAMMU, Sept 5: Eminent Dogri poet and writer, Yash Sharma passed away at his residence here at Gandhi Nagar this morning. He was 82.

Sahitya Akademi 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 State.

Recently, he 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.

Different literary 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.

Below Gumat traders stage dharna

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JAMMU, Sept 5: 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 months back.

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.

The Association 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.

JMC seals building at Gandhi Nagar

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JAMMU, Sept 6: Jammu Municipal Corporation sealed yet another building at Gandhi Nagar on the instructions of SC Sawhney, JMC Commissioner, today.

The enforcement 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.



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